Thursday, 12 January 2017

Organic and Botanic Skincare | My First Impressions

This is completely bizarre, my very first blog post of 2017. How fast did that last year go? I've been uhhming and ahhing as to when the Christmas break should end and make my way back to this fabulous part of the internet. It seems today was that day. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an incredible start to the New Year. I hope this year is going to be a great one! Surely it cannot be as bad as 2016 right? That's the year we just won't speak about, although two good things came out of it, my engagement and finding out I'm pregnant with my second baby. Oh this year sounds like it's going to be pretty good to me.

Anyway, before I babble on any longer I wanted to let you in on a fantastic brand I discovered late into last year, Organic and Botanic. My skin has had its good and bad days, mainly bad days since I found out I was pregnant. One minute I will literally be a hot mess with a dull complexion alongside breakouts and the next it will be a completely different story. With the help of two products from Organic and Botanic I have managed to improve my skins texture and appearance. 

Organic and Botanic is as you imagine a completely organic brand which is completely cruelty free and vegan friendly too. The products in question are the *Mandarin Orange Enhancing Night Moisturiser and *Madagascan Coconut Energising Facial Serum.

Organic and Botanic Skincare

The *Mandarin Orange Enhancing Night Moisturiser is an absolute dream. It comes packaged within a small 50ml glass jar which lasts a long time. It smells so bloomin' good too! I wouldn't normally use a night moisturiser, my basic skincare routine would be to cleanse, tone and apply a spot treatment(kind of a moisturiser and spot treatment in one). Since adding the Night Moisturiser into my routine I have found my skin to be in better condition. The lightweight and gel-like formula sinks into the skin super quickly and come morning it feels so smooth and soft and I look completely revitalized with a certain glow to my skin. It is truly a brilliant moisturiser if that is what you're looking for, however it is certainly not in the most affordable of price ranges at £67. I guess that's what you have to shell out for the most natural of ingredients.

 I'd like to think I would purchase it once it's been used up but personally the price is too steep for me. I have to admit there are some moisturisers on the market at the moment which do the exact same job at a much better price. For example; the Bodyshop Vitamin C Moisturiser and Origins GinZing.

Organic and Botanic Mandarin Orange Enhancing Night Moisturiser

Now onto the *Madagascan Coconut Energising Facial Serum. As I've mentioned before I haven't tried many serums, just because I felt like they would make my skin break out but of course that hasn't been the case which I am pleasantly surprised and happy about. Admittedly I am not usually a fan of coconut scented skincare but the serum isn't very heavily scented, it's natural and subtle which is why I seem to be loving it so much. The serum comes within a 30ml glass bottle with a drop applicator. I find this so handy as it is easy to control the amount of product you apply to your face.

I apply 2 droplets of the Facial Serum after cleansing and toning and before the Night Moisturiser. It doesn't feel greasy in the slightest and my skin drinks it up so easily and quickly but once it has sunk in it feels slightly tacky. I actually find that to be a good thing as you can easily apply it before makeup with no worries about it disrupting your base. It has completely changed my skin in terms of it reducing redness, pigmentation and evening out my skin tone and texture. It is sure going to be a staple in my skincare routine during the next few months of my pregnancy. Unfortunately though, like the Mandarin Orange Night Moisturiser it is pricey at £67.

Organic and Botanic Madagascan Coconut Energising Facial Serum

If you are perhaps thinking of picking maybe one or both of the products up then you'll be pleased to hear that they are currently selling at a reduced rate on Amazon. The Facial Serum is just £9.75 here and the Night Moisturiser is £13.54 here. Now that is what I call a bloomin' good bargain! 

Have you tried Organic and Botanic Skincare? Will you be trying out any of the products?


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Friday, 23 December 2016

Last Minute Beauty Gifts | Christmas Gift Guide

We're only two days away from the big day, Christmas, and I am way too excited for the day to arrive. As a child I used to stay up until 10pm watching Christmas films with my family and wake up on Christmas Eve as early as I possibly could, jump on my parents beds with excitement and persuade them to let me open up my presents, along with my brother and sisters. Although I am now worlds away from my childhood Christmas there is still so much to be excited about as an adult. It feels weird to say that I am an adult and yes, whilst it is scary, there is a LOT to look forward to. I now have a fiancee, a beautiful boy and another one on the way to spend the next god knows how many years of Christmasses with. It is going to be a joy to wake up every Christmas Day and see that same excited smile on my little boys face(and this next baby of course) as I did all those years ago. Now I find that I am rambling on and getting a little bit emosh, as you do. I didn't make the best effort of announcing the big pregnancy did I? *head in hands emoji*.

Anyway, I was meaning to pop my Chistmas gift guide up back in the middle of November and that clearly didn't happen did it? What can I say, things can get a little bit busy over here in our household with the Christmas preparations, Alfies bithday and the new pregnancy. There's been very little time for me to sit back, relax and get back onto my favourite part of the internet. 

Being a complete makeup junkie I thought it would only be right to bring you a gift guide solely for those with a love for everything makeup, skincare, body care and fragrance. It's officially Christmas Eve Eve so we are only 2 days away from the big day. If you're struggling on ideas for your last minute dash to the shops then I'd like to think I can help you there. 

Last Minute Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Starting with Skincare, Skin Chemists can be a liiiitle pricey when it comes down to their products, most of which are around the £100 mark, but that's a price you have to pay for good quality skincare with the best skin loving ingredients. A range that has quite impressed me is the Caviar range, two products in particular, the *Advanced Caviar Facial Serum and the *Caviar Night Moisturiser. The Facial Serum is designed to boost, hydrate and smooth the skin with a little help from the wonderful ingredients, Caviar Extract, Aloe Vera and Seaweed Extract. It did a fab job of moisturising my skin, getting it back to it's normal state after the cold weather wreaked havoc on it. As for the Night Moisturiser, it smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a babys bum. Although they are luxurious and expensive I happened to see that both products have been reduced online. The Facial Serum and the Night Moisturiser are now reduced at a special price of £19.99 each. If that wasn't enough I also have a discount code which will give you 70% off the range up until the 30th of December. All you have to do is use the code 'CAVBLOG1'.

The YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum is the perfect gift, with the beautiful glitter bottle and irresistable scent, it's bound to make one girl very happy this Christmas. It is my favourite, with a special concoction of Vanilla, Black Coffee and White Florals. Black Opium comes in three different sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 90ml. For a 30ml bottle it is £42.30, for a 50ml it is £65.50 and a 90ml is £87. Bare in mind that a 30ml bottle has lasted me a while so you don't need to spend too much.

 The Baylis and Harding Beauticology Soldier Cracker Gift Set is super adorable, not to mention very inexpensive at just £5. It would make a great stocking filler. Within the cracker you'll find two mini sized products, a Cherry Candy Cane Body Wash and Pink Peppermint Candy Swirl Body Butter. Very festive eh? Available to buy in Boots stores.

Another fabulous stocking filler is the *Roger & Galett Bois D'Orange Mini Gift. Inside is a Bois D'Orange Hand and Nail Cream alongside a 1.2ml sample size fragrance. It will sure come in handy for anyone who's suffering from dry hands this Winter. It is available to buy online and in store from M&S for just £6.

Last Minute Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Soap and Glory always bring out the best Gift Sets come Christmas. There's something for everyone for different budgets. My personal favourite is the Soap and Glory Get into the Smooth set, a trio of sensationally scented body butters, and it's only £7.50. If that isn't a good deal then what is? It's currently sold out online as far as I can see but hopefully you may be able to bag one in your local Boots store. 

Another gift set that is great value for money is the Sleek Mini Matte Me Collection. Inside there are four mini sized Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks in surprisingly wearable shades for just £5. Considering a full size Matte Me Liquid Lipstick is £4.99 alone that is seriously good. It seems to have sold out on Boots online so it's probably best to take a peek inside the shop, you never know, you may be lucky enough to find one. If not then you can always buy a full size liquid lipstick or two, perhaps three. 

An eyeshadow palette that is sure to make someones heart melt is the Stila Eyes are the Window Soul Palette. It is aesthetically pleasing with copper packaging and 12 creamy, blendable eyeshadow shades, perfect for daytime AND night looks. It might seem a bit steep at £30 but it is truly beautiful. You can purchase it online from Cult Beauty or M&S. Stila is also available in various M&S stores too.

Now onto highlighting, one of my favourite subjects, and possibly one of the best 'inventions' ever. It takes ones complexion from dull to glow and one of the best products to do just that is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. It's so affordable too at £9.99 and can be found online or in Boots stores. Perfect for those with a love for highlighting.

I really hope this helped you with your last minute shopping. I hope you have an amazing Christmas and New Year!



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