The following articles were authored by Helena

Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oils

A couple of months ago I review an Aromatherapy Associates Candle which I really loved so I couldn’t wait to try out the Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection.  It is made up of 9 x 3ml cute little bottles of natural oil, each with a different scent.  They all smell beautiful, make you feel as though your bathroom is actually a fancy spa and really are very relaxing!  The only downside to these oils is that they will make you fall in love and want to buy the quite expensive full size bottles which are £37 for 55ml.  I was planning to ask for a full size bottle for my birthday but not sure if I can wait until November!  I think these would make a lovely gift – maybe a good idea for Mother’s Day which is coming up in a few weeks?

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Alva COLEUR Eyeshadow

Time for my first MyPure review of the month – Alva COLEUR Makeup Duo Eyeshadow.  I chose the Autumn Forest shade and am really pleased with it.  The colour is much stronger than I would have expected after trying other natural eyeshadows, it also stayed put all day and barely creased.  It is soft and very easy to apply but isn’t so soft that if falls all over your cheeks!

This eyeshadow costs £12.25 and like all of the products sold by MyPure it contains no parabens, sulphates or phthalates.  There are 6 different colour sets to choose from; fushsia, smoke, silver, gold, light blue, autumn forest.

I still haven’t got the hang of taking photos of my own face and really don’t understand how other bloggers manage to get such clear close ups (maybe my camera just isn’t very good)?!  Any hints would be very welcome :-)

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Black Chicken Body Oil

Black Chicken Remedies is an Australian brand who make a fantastic body oil which has recently been launched at Selfridges.  The body oil is 100% natural and is made using a mixture of essential oils – sandalwood, ylang ylang, geranium – and other natural ingredients including hazelnut, coconut, rosehip and avocado.  It is recommended that you apply the body oil daily after a bath or shower but I wouldn’t use it in the mornings as it does take a while to sink in.  I absolutely love the smell which is really luxurious and relaxing and I think everyone should have the chance to use this body oil!  This is another one of those times when I wish I wasn’t a student as the Black Chicken Body Oil costs £45.50 for 100ml – it does come in expensive looking packaging though!  This will definitely be added to the list of products I want to buy once I’ve got a proper job!

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Technic Aqua Max Mascara

Technic Aqua Max Mascara is a lengthening marscara which costs just £1.49.  I sometimes find that cheaper mascaras don’t actually work very well but I’ve been quite impressed by this one.  I’ve taken photos of before and after so that you can see the difference but it turns out it’s really hard to take a photo of your own face so they’re a tad blurry – hopefully you get the idea though!

 

 

 

 

I’ve got quite sparse eyelashes so it would be nice if the mascara plumped them up a bit more but for £1.49 that’s not really an issue.  The mascara stays put all day but is still quite easy to remove.

If you want a mascara on a budget which does what it claims and lengthens your eyelashes then this is definitely worth a try.  You can buy Technic mascara from Love Thy Make-Up which also has a great range of other products and delivery is only £1.50.  I’ve got a few more items to review from this website so watch this space!

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Graze

I don’t know if you’ve heard of Graze before but I think it’s a fantastic idea!  Graze is a website which was set up by people from LoveFilm and it’s a similar idea but this time with food – they send a box of healthy but tasty snacks straight to your door.  You can update your profile by rating the food they send you so that they begin to learn your preferences and can send you personalised boxes.  The boxes fit through your letterbox so there’s no signing for deliveries or missing the postman.  It’s a very convenient way to make sure you eat healthily and I really wish I’d thought of it!

All of the food Graze sends out is free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives.  When I  heard that they sent out healthy snacks, I immediately thought seeds!  But don’t worry, there are plenty of other snacks to choose from – nuts, dried fruits, focaccia, olives and even some flapjacks and chocolaty fruit and nut mixes.

The box I received contained four snacks and a personalised card telling me exactly what was in each snack with all of the nutritional information so I could see exactly what I was eating.  I really enjoyed three of the snacks included in my box but wasn’t so keen on the ‘Beach Bum’ which includes banana, mango and coconut.  This isn’t a problem though as I can update my profile to say that I don’t want to be sent it again.

Graze boxes cost £3.49 each and there is no delivery charge.  There are a few different delivery combinations and you can cancel your boxes at any time.  It is also really easy to move your deliveries around if you are going away or just want to change your delivery schedule.  Anyone who finds themselves snacking on rubbish throughout the day should definitely consider trying a Graze box!

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Body Collection Crystal Suede Nail Varnish

I love the colour of this Body Collection Midnight Blue nail varnish.  It is really hard to photograph below as it looks much glitterier in real life!  In some lights there you can also see some dark purple flecks.

I found the nail varnish quite hard to apply as the brush is quite thick and even though I’m usually quite good at putting on nail varnish, this time I managed to make a massive mess, getting blue on the skin all around my nails!  I had to apply it very slowly!  The nail varnish dries pretty quickly but you need at least two coats so that it doesn’t look patchy.  Before I applied the top coat, the varnish was really glittery but quite a dull navy blue colour.  Once the top coat was on, the blue seemed to get darker and looked much shinier.  The photo shows the nail varnish with a top coat.  I really liked the effect without the top coat but I always manage to chip my nails really quickly so a top coat is essential for me as it means I don’t have to redo my nails every day!

Even though I found this varnish a little tricky to apply I would buy it again as it is such good value at £2.99 and I really do love the colour.  It just isn’t the nail varnish to use when you’re in a rush!

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Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm

Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm is made from organic Arnica Montana which is grown in the Scottish highlands.  Arnica Montana is an alpine plant with bright yellow flowers which has natural anti-inflammatory properties.  There are no parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, SLS’s or PEGs so should be ok for sensitive skin.

I’m not sure why it’s called Bath & Massage Balm as I always think of balms as solid whereas this is much more of an oil.  You can apply it to damp skin as an intensive moisturiser and although it takes a while to sink in, it’s definitely worth the wait!  You have to be careful when getting the oil out of the bottle though as it’s so runny so you can easily pour out far too much.  The oil can also be used as a massage oil for stiff muscles or you can use it instead of bubble bath.  I’ve got to admit that when I tried this, the bath didn’t look very appealing – no bubbles and the water looked milky and a bit grubby.  However the flowery smell is gorgeous and not overpowering and when I got out of the bath my skin felt so hydrated that I didn’t even need to use any moisturiser!

It’s a reasonable price at around £8 and I’d really recommend it to anyone with dry skin.  You can buy Arnicare Bath & Massage Oil from Boots as well as some pharmacies.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop

On the weekend I went in to Build-A-Bear Workshop to find the perfect bear for my cousins first birthday.  I’ve never been in before so wasn’t really sure what to expect. Nick came with me grudgingly but I think he ended up having a good time helping to customise the bear!

The first step in the shop is to choose your bear.  As you can see from the photo there are lots to choose from and not just bears either – rabbits, sheep, dogs, owls….  The prices seemed to be between £9 and £15 depending on the type of bear you went for.  We ended up choosing the Lil’ Chocolate Cub who has such soft strokeable fur!

Next we moved on to the sound station where you can choose a sound to go inside your bear.  These cost extra and the prices vary with the type of sound.  You can get anything from a bear roar or owl hoot to a personalised message.

After that it’s on to the big machine which they use to fill your bear up with fluff.  I actually managed to forget to take a photo of this but it’s quite impressive.  You are able to hug your bear after it’s been filled to see whether you more stuffing or not.  When that’s done you pick a heart for you bear and the member of staff who’s stuffed your bear does a heart ceremony for you which involves spinning round, making a wish and kissing the heart.  I think this is great fun for little people but I did feel a bit silly!

Once the bear was stuffed we moved round the shop to the clothes section.  There are so many outfits to choose from!  We ended up going with a cute pair of denim dungarees.

The final stage of the Build-A-Bear experience is to get your bear a birth certificate.  Scanning in the bar code of the bear gives you the colour, height and weight of the bear and then you just need to give it a name.  The birth certificate also says who the bear belongs to and who the bear is from.  You had to put in your address and email address to get the certificate so I hope I don’t get endless messages from them now asking me to buy stuff!

Anyway, here are some photos of Dylan the bear.  I really hope my cousin loves him as much as I do!

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DK First Aid Manual Competition – Winners!

The 5 people randomly selected to win the First Aid Manuals are…….

Marcia

Teresa

Ellie

Phyllis

Dana

Congratulations :-)

You should have an email from me to find out your addresses so please can you let me know them asap!  Thanks!

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Spa Paradisa Sweet Coconut Lip Balm

I really love the summery tin this Spa Paradisa Sweet Coconut lip balm comes in and I also love the lip balm itself!  It smells delicious and is really moisturising – it works really well on dry, chapped lips.  There are no parabens in the lip balm which is always a good thing and it contains shea butter and vitamin E.  Now I really want to try some other Spa Paradisa products!  There are lots in the range – body butters, body scrubs, bath soaks and more.  You can buy Spa Paradisa products from Boots and Next.

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