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Pulpe de Vie

I have been lucky enough to try out some wonderful products from Pulpe de Vie. The Tickle Me Body Scrubbing Butter is the perfect product to make you feel sunny. It’s creamy apricot scent is lovely and it really works too.
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The apricot kernels, which actually do the scrubbing, gently buff your skin leaving it beautifully smooth. I love the thick texture of the scrub which makes it feel luxurious and more substantial than other scrubs I have tried.
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I was also sent a couple of sachets of the Luscious Glow moisturiser. It is a body milk which gives your skin a hint of shimmer. It has a pretty strong grapefruit scent which might be a little off putting to some, but I really like it personally.

You can buy Pulpe de Vie products online at Absolutely Divine. Tickle Me costs £14 for 125ml and Luscious Glow is £17.90 for 150ml.
After trying these two Pulpe de Vie products I am looking forward to discovering more of their range.

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Lush Peace Massage Bar

The Lush Peace Massage Bar is my new favourite moisturiser! It contains shea butter and cocoa butter, both of which are super hydrating and smell amazing. The idea of the massage bar is that it melts into an oil as you massage your skin and it works best if you use it straight after a nice hot bath.
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The name of the massage bar comes from the fact that the cocoa butter used in the bar comes from the Peace Villages of San Jose de Apatardo in Colombia. The Peace Villages are a cooperative who have chosen to step out of the civil war in their country and live peacefully off the land. The Fair Trade olive oil used in the bar comes from Sindyanna Women’s Cooperative in the Galilee.

The massage bar costs £6.95 for 50g. I will definitely be buying it again!

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Primavera Bath Oil

I love a hot bubble bath to relax but recently have been trying out the Primevera Bath Oil in Ginger & Lime. Before I tried the Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath and Shower Oils a couple of years ago now, I had convinced myself that I didn’t like bath oils and never went near them. I still don’t like all bath oils but the Primevera Bath Oil is just as good as the Arometherapy Associates version. It smells so good that it makes up for the lack of bubbles and I love that you don’t need to use moisturiser as it is really hydrating. And it leaves your skin scented for a few hours afterwards.Primavera Bath Oil

You can buy the bath oil here for £15 for 100ml. There are also other flavours if Ginger & Lime isn’t your cup of tea. I think the price is really good considering that the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils costs £39 for 55ml and would definitely recommend it.

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MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

First things first – this smells amazing! The MuLondon White Chocoalte Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream is based on shea butter and also includes jojoba oil and coconut butter. It is really great for keeping elbows soft and helping with cracked skin on heels. Cocoa extracts and bourbon vanilla are used to fragrance the cream naturally and it doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens, silicones or other man-made chemicals. The cream costs £19 for 60ml and is a really luxurious product that works brilliantly!MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm

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Gamila Secret Beauty Bars

Gamila Secret Beauty Bars are a range of 100% natural soaps made in Galilee, Israel. They are made from cold pressed olive oil and a selection of herbs by Gamila, who was taught to read nature with her hands and senses by her blind father. There are a range of 10 different soaps which are suitable for different skin types.Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty BarGamila Secret Beauty BarI have the Soothing Geranium version which is for combination skin. The second I opened the box I fell in love with the bar – the smell is just gorgeous! Having the bar open in my shower makes the whole room smell lovely! The soap itself is also really good – I’ve used it on my face as a cleanser, as a body wash and as a shaving cream. At £21 per bar I don’t think it’s the sort of soap I would buy often, but I think it would make a great gift for someone or a nice treat for yourself! You can buy the bars from selected House of Fraser stores on their website.

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Holiday Essentials

Holiday essentialsSun cream – This year I’m trying the Piz Buin sun cream which can be applied to wet skin so will be good for using after a swim.  I’ve also got the Oriflame Sun Zone Lotion for Face and Body which I plan to use on my face as it’s not quite as oily as the Piz Buin!

Insect repellent – I usually get horribly bitten on holiday (unless I am with my blonde sister – all the bugs love her!) so always smother myself with insect repellent.  I used Ultrathon last year when I was in Kos and barely got any bites so have decided to use the same brand this year.  I hope it works as well!

Deodorant – Everyone needs a good deodorant, especially when it’s hot and sunny.  I am taking the Sure Maximum Protection with me which is twice as strong as most deodorants and doesn’t smell too strong.

UV protection for hair – My hair does not like hot weather!  The sun dries it out completely and makes it even more frizzy than usual.  I am really excited to use the Tints of Nature’s Seal and Shine Leave-In Conditioner which smells amazing and as well as being a conditioner also has UV and chlorine protection.

Foot file – To keep my feet looking smooth I am taking an S-Ped foot file.  It’s a much better shape than other foot files so is easier to use.

Nail varnish – As you know I am addicted to nail polish.  I tend to use a pale colour on holiday so that it’s not too obvious when it chips.  This year I’m taking Models Own Indian Ocean which I got from Littlewoods.  It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer!

Shower gel – I love the new range of Radox shower gels!  Coconut Kiss is my favourite scent but Berry Burst and Cherry Blast are lovely too.

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Calcot Manor Summer Range

I love the products from the Calcot Manor summer range. I’ve been using the Lazy Evening Gentle Salt Scrub (RRP £3.99 for 350ml) and the Lazy Evening Dry Oil Body Spray (RRP £4.99 for 200ml) for the last few weeks.  Both of them smell fantastic and the oil is really hydrating.  Calcot Manor Lazy Evening Gentle Salt ScrubCalcot Manor Lazy Evening Gentle Salt ScrubCalcot Manor Lazy Evening Dry OilCalcot Manor Lazy Evening Dry OilI think the packaging makes them look much more expensive than they really are and I will definitely be trying more from the range!  You can buy the products in Tesco or in Calcot Spa in The Calcot Manor which looks like an amazing hotel!

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Tropic Organic Luxury Oil

Tropic Skincare is the skincare range created by Susan Ma (from The Apprentice) and is 100% natural and organic.  I have been using the Organic Luxury Oil for a couple of months now and was looking forward to trying it on my hair which has been drier than usually recently. Tropic Organic Luxury OilWhen the oil arrived I was surprised to see that it wasn’t runny but then noticed on the bottle a note saying that it can solidify when it gets cold.  As it was delivered when it was snowy, I didn’t think it was unreasonable that it was solid.  It is easy enough to turn it back into a liquid – just leave it in a basin of hot water for a few minutes.  In the few months since I’ve had the oil, there hasn’t been a day where it hasn’t solidified which is getting really annoying and puts me off using it!  Even recently when it’s been up to 24°C, it hasn’t been warm enough for the oil to stay liquid.Tropic Organic Luxury OilI love the design of the bottle and the oil smells lovely and fruity.  It would be such a good product if it wasn’t such an effort melting (is that the right word?) it each time I want to use it!  It means that I can’t just apply a little bit to get rid of frizz before I leave the house in the morning without leaving it in hot water first.  And sometimes in the evenings I am too tired to wait for it to melt to use it as more of an overnight hair mask.  When I do get around to using the oil a few days running it definitely does improve the condition of my hair so I really wish it didn’t solidify all the time!  It seems especially good when I use it overnight.Tropic Organic Luxury OilThe oil costs £25 for 100ml and I would say it is worth it if you don’t mind melting it when you want to use it, or if you live somewhere warmer where it won’t solidify all the time!  The oil itself is brilliant and I barely need to use any to see an effect on my frizz!

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Victorinox Victoria Eau de Toilette

Today I thought I would tell you about my new perfume, Victorinox Victoria Eau de Toilette.  It smells much more flowery than the sort of scent I usually go for but also smells quite sweet – it’s a lovely combination.  Victorinox Victoria Eau de Toilette 20130523_200702It is described as having freesia, plum and blackcurrant top notes, Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley and viola heart notes and cedar leaf, sandal wood, white mush and myrth base notes.  It is quite a strong scent so you don’t need to apply more than a squirt or two and it lasts well throughout the day.  Victorinox Victoria is from the makers of Swiss Army Knife and costs £51 for 100ml.  It’s not a brand I had really heard of before but I am glad I found it!

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Bio Oil

My sister Megan has been trying out Bio Oil and here is what she thinks of it….

The red pigments on the tops of my arms have always made me self conscious, especially when wearing t-shirts or bikinis which are pretty basic necessities for the summer.  After using countless creams and tablets all claiming that they’ll “work wonders” and “clear everything up” and evidently doing absolutely nothing at all, I officially gave up. With summer fast approaching and a fun-filled holiday with friends getting nearer by the day, I finally found the wonder that is “Bio-Oil”. Bio OilWeary of it at first (call me a cynic), I was tempted to just forget about it and go on with my day. But what the hell, I thought, may as well. Bio-Oil is a specialist skin care for all types of skin problems including stretch marks, uneven skin tones, ageing skin, scars and dehydrated skin and with the special ingredient of PurCellin Oil (I don’t know what it is either) it smoothes skin and makes it soft and refreshed. I have been using this product for well over two weeks now and have already noticed a difference. It must be applied twice a day which is easy enough when waking up and before going to sleep – quick and simple and perfect for people on the go. The red pigments on my skin are gradually going down and I am feeling more confident about showing my arms during my summer holiday – on the note of summer holidays, BioOil does have a particularly sun-creamy type smell, constantly making me think of going on sunning it up on a beach…not so good whilst I’m in the thick of exams! Sceptical at first due to being let down by so many other products, I am extremely glad that I gave this a try and am definitely going to go and buy myself another bottle!

Bio Oil costs £14.99 for a 125ml bottle in Boots.

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