Dr Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil

Not so long ago I tried out another or Dr Organic’s products the Manuka Honey Face Scrub http://thekatspaws.com/2014/07/03/dr-organic-manuka-honey-face-scrub/ and couldn’t wait to try another item from the collection. I decided to go for a bath and a massage oil because I love baths and massages basically!

The Bath & Massage Body Oil is a hydrating anti-ageing, regenerating oil that restores and balances the skin and senses. The super rich hydrating Organic Argan Oil has an exotic powerhouse of bio-active components including skin regenerating essential fatty acids. This stunning oil contains a sensual and spicy blend of natural and organic essential oils and extracts.

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To use, you simply pour some of the oil into your palms and rub them both together to generate heat before applying the oil to the skin and then massaging in. I personally added a small amount to my bath water as I found this left my skin gorgeously soft and smooth after my bath. Plus the essential oils really helped me to relax whilst in the bath. It can also be used as a massage medium oil for massaging a partner or friend and really nourishes the skin and leaves it glowing with natural vitality.

The Dr Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil costs £9.99 and is available from www.hollandandbarrett.com

Love,

Kathryn xx

Trilogy Blemish Control Gel

Hi Pretties!

Due to some medication I have recently been on, my skin has been plagued with blemishes and so I wanted to try a more natural product than the regular teenage spot treatments. Trilogy Blemish Control Gel is perfect for those of us who are a little older but still suffer from blemishes and breakouts.

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Trilogy Blemish Gel contains natural ingredients as well as containing the active acne-clearing ingredient salicylic acid. This is a key ingredient in clearing out those blocked pores and decongesting pimples. Other beneficial ingredients include;

* Rosehip to repair skin and reduce scarring

* Lemongrass and mandarin which are natural antibacterials

* Ginger to reduce inflammation and redness

The combination of these ingredients ensures that your skin is left healthy even when zapping your blemishes. The gel comes in a white tube which is easy to use and the gel itself is quite a thick gel and a little certainly goes a long way. I found that the gel dried quite quickly and I was able to apply my regular foundation over the top.

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I found that the Trilogy Blemish Control Gel worked really well for me, and noticed that it does dry my blemishes up quicker than if I simply left them alone. I did experience a slight tightness on my skin when the gel was applied but it didn’t dry my skin out at all.

Trilogy Blemish Control Gel is available at www.trilogyproducts.com for £12.50

Love,

Kathryn xx

Kneals Luxury Chocolates

Whilst browsing for some chocolates online I recently came across Kneals. For those of you who have not yet come across Kneals, here is a little bit about them…

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“Kneals is a Birmingham chocolate and confectionery business set up in September 2011, in partnership with my wife Gaëlle. We have always been passionate about food and wine and we often dreamt about creating our own food-related business. The previous year as I was working for a local bookbinder, my hours and my pay were cut by 25%. I felt disheartened at first but this ‘misfortune’ also allowed me to have time on my hands; that is when I decided to try something new. A few experiments (messy but fun!) confirmed my passion for chocolate and Kneals was born. The same year, over Christmas I tested my creations on family and friends with great results so it was with confidence that I enrolled in a 2 day course at the Chocolate Academy in Banbury. This was an eye-opener for me and I soon realised that the chocolates I had created up to that point, although good, were not to the standard I really wanted to achieve. After another two courses and a lot of experimenting, I created my luxury collection of 12 unique chocolates with its distinctive box incorporating our logo. In additon, we sell our products at independent retailers, cater for wedding and corporate favours or requests for special events and of course, we are aiming at developing our internet services. In November 2013, I was made redundant from my bookbinding job, but sad though it was, I realised it was the push from fate that I needed to take Kneals to another level. I am now able to offer chocolate parties, truffle-making workshops and as an artisan, I have so much fun coming up with innovative ideas and designs!”

Neil Hughes

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I must admit that I love hearing the background of smaller companies and how they developed their product. Neil and Gaëlle have clearly worked hard to achieve such a level of perfection. Their gorgeous range includes chocolate bars, luxury box selections, truffles and chocolate gifts including mini handbags (super cute!). For those of you who live in Birmingham you can even book a Kneals chocolate party in your very own home! Mmmm I think every girl loves chocolate!

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I tried out the 12 Luxury Handmade Chocolates (£9.50) and received a luxurious looking box with a lovely bow tied at the side of the box. I could see the majority of the chocolates included through the clear window of the box – stunning golds, reds and chocolate brown colours appeared. Gold chocolate you ask? Well, yes! Some of my chocolates were sprinkled with gold dust which made them feel extra special and this really would be an amazing gift for someone special. This particular set includes the following flavours;

* Rum & Raisin

* Vanilla

* Chilli

* Lemon

* Double Choc

* Orange Crunch

* Amaretto

* Ginger

* Lavender

* Mocha

* Rose

* Soft Caramel

At just under 80pence per chocolate the quality and taste is outstanding, it is really hard to pick a favourite chocolate but at a push I would have to go for the Soft Caramel as it was dreamily smooth and so tasty.

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I definitely recommend trying Kneals Chocolates out, if not as a gift for someone then certainly a gift for yourself!

Kneals website is www.knealschocolates.com and they are also on Twitter @knealschocolate

Love,

Kathryn xx

Soap & Glory FabuLipSticks

Every girl I know, as well as a few boys are in love with the Soap & Glory range, including myself and when they released a cosmetics range I couldn’t wait to try it out. In this post I would like to tell you all about their Super-Colour FabuLipSticks.

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I have the FabuLipSticks in Matte Blush Pink and in Naked Beige. The Powdercoat Matte Blush Pink FabuLipStick is a matte (obviously) lipstick (obviously) in a gorgeous dusky pink colour. Even though it has a matte finish, the lipstick is really creamy and easily slides on to the lips. The Naked Beige FabuLipStick is a neutral everyday colour and leaves a gorgeous shine to the lips.

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Soap & Glory FabuLipStick in Matte Blush Pink

Each of the FabuLipsticks are collagen boosting with plumping pre-peptides and hyaluronic acid which helps to create the perfect soft, smooth, dewy, plump pout. It certainly doesn’t give you a trout pout that’s for sure. They feel almost like lip butters they are that soft but they have great pigmentation in them and they last for ages before you have to reapply again.

I think the packaging and attention to detail has really been thought through well, it has the infamous Soap & Glory logo on the front as well as embossed onto the actual lipstick which I really liked. The colour-coded sticker on the bottom of each lipstick also shows you which colour you have which is good when you are rifling through your make up bag.

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Soap & Glory FabuLipStick in Naked Beige (Sorry about the brace!)

I love wearing these lipsticks as they leave my lips feeling really soft afterwards which is different to some brands I have tried which have really dried out my lips. As with all Soap & Glory products I have ever tried, these beautiful lipsticks have not let me down and I cannot wait to add to my collection.

Both lipsticks cost £9 each from www.boots.com where you can currently buy one Soap & Glory make up item and receive another for just half price.

Have you tried any of the other Soap & Glory cosmetics?

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream

This moisturising cream, which I have recently been trying out, has a gently creamy texture that provides ultimate skin comfort and immediate soothing benefits. With its original balance restored, the skin regains a softer, smoother, more supple feel and a radiant appearance and is perfect for those with sensitive skin, just like me.

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I found that this cream didn’t dry my skin out and provided a really good moisture boost that was much needed. After my morning application I noticed that the cream provided me with enough hydration to ensure I wouldn’t need to reapply until the evening. Even though the formula is rich it still feels quite light to touch and sinks into the skin really easily and smoothly and there was no grease or oil left after application.

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Another thing I was really pleased with was that my skin didn’t seem to break out whilst trying out this cream, which is something that happens every month just before my period. I read some reviews on the cream that said the scent was too strong, but I really didn’t find this at all and thought it quite nice, light and refreshing.

I would definitely recommend the Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream for those of you with dry, sensitive skin and I can’t wait to show you my other products from the Eau Thermale Avene range.

The Avene website is www.avene.co.uk and you can pick up this gorgeous cream amongst many other fab skincare.

Love,

Kathryn xx

Peppersmith Fresh Mints

I have never really been a minty kind of girl, always preferring chewing gum, but since I had my brace fitted, chewing gum is a no-no and mints are my go-to choice for keeping my breath smelling fresh. Peppersmith makes both chewing gum and mints that come in pretty little recyclable cardboard boxes.

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The three flavours I tried from the Peppersmith range include Eucalyptus and Fine English Peppermint, Fine English Peppermint (original) and Sicilian Lemon and Peppermint. All of the mints are sugar free and naturally sweetened as well as containing xylitol which can help fight tooth decay and so there is really no reason not to try these out.

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The Eucalyptus flavour was like a breath of cool fresh air in your mouth, the Sicilian Lemon was fruity and fresh without being bitter and the Original Peppermint were minty without giving you that burning sensation that sometimes strong mints can give. I really liked these mints as they were different to ones that I have tried previously and are not full of sugar like some mints can be. I now always have a little packet of these in my handbag and at my desk to ensure my breath is fresh throughout the day, and also because I love the taste!

Visit www.peppersmith.co.uk to discover more about the history of these fab mints and their other ranges. The Mints cost £8.10 per set of 6.

Love,

Kathryn xx

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream

BB creams have been a really popular addition to the world of beauty, and The Body Shop recently brought out their very own version, infused with tea tree oil. For those who haven’t yet come across BB creams, they are more beneficial for your skin than most foundations and still give a light coverage.

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The BB cream from The Body Shop is fab for those of you who have blemished spot-prone skin and comes in three shades – I chose Shade 01 as this was the lightest and even though I am prone to redness on my cheeks I didn’t want a colour that would be too dark. I think that tea tree oil smells so fresh and invigorating and you can smell the oil in this cream too which I really liked as it didn’t have that fake foundation smell which I am really not too keen on. The texture of the BB cream is as the name suggests, creamy but not at all heavy like a regular foundation and a small amount goes a long way, which is good as when I saw the tube it comes in I thought it looked quite small but you really do not need to use much at all to cover your whole face.

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I am not sure if you can tell, as the light was bad but I have the BB cream on the right side of my hand.

I thought it gave a really fresh clean look to my skin, without making it shiny and the tea tree oil leaves a cool soothing feeling on the skin too which I really loved about this product. I think this product will be great for using when I am due on my period as that is when I am more prone to break-outs and blemishes.

You can purchase this gorgeous BB Cream from www.thebodyshop.co.uk for £8 per 40ml tube.

Have you tried any BB creams? What are your thoughts?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

A cult beauty brand, Revlon never fails to bring out amazing products and their Colorburst Lip Butters certainly don’t disappoint. The formula is balmy but with lots of shine and they come in an array of beautiful colours.

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The Lip Butters are completely unscented and so are perfect for those of you with sensitive skin and they contain mango, shea and coconut butter to really moisturise the lips. They are a mixture of a lipstick and a lip balm. With regards to packaging, the colour of the case matches the colour of the Lip Butter inside and they have a kind of quilted appearance on the lid which gives a luxurious feel to the product.

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Berry Smoothie 050 is a deep pink/purple colour with a very subtle pink shimmer. It gives quite a sheer finish and so the colour isn’t as deep on the lips but you still get the shine and shimmer.

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I think this shade would be fab for everyday use, as it only has a hint of colour, for those who do not like a full make-up look on a daily basis.

Peach Parfait 025 looks a brownish colour with a golden shimmer in the tube but once applied it isn’t as brown or as dark as it appears.

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It is a pretty peach colour, very natural, again with a little bit of shine and shimmer running through it. I really love the gold sparkle in this Lip Butter as it is pretty without being too disco-diva-ish.

Sweet Tart 090 is a really bright, pretty pink in the tube and doesn’t have any shimmer in it but the glossy shine still remains.

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On the lips the colour is still a lovely bright girly pink with slight red tones and this would be fab for a night out with the girls.

The quality of these Lip Butters I found brilliant as they feel lightweight when you are wearing them, as well as hydrating but also give off a really pretty subtle colour. I found that when applying they glided on really easily and kept my lips well moisturised throughout the day. As they are quite sheer, you may need to keep applying if you are after a stronger colour, but the shine lasted me hours.

Have you tried Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters? What is your favourite shade?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Astral All Over Moisturiser

Astral All Over Moisturiser is one of those staple products that I can remember seeing on the shelves of Superdrug ever since I was little but was something I hadn’t tried up until recently. The original formula is specifically formulated for mature skin and as an all over moisturiser, being safe to use on hands, the face and the body.

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Astral Cream is a pure white thick cold cream that spreads onto your skin and sinks in pretty quickly so you are not stood waiting for ages for the moisturiser to dry into the skin. Rich and luxurious, a little of this cream goes a long way and comes in three sizes: 50g handbag sized pot, a 200ml pot and a large 500ml pot which is perfect for storing in the bathroom for all-over body use.

As the cream is quite thick in texture I think this is a moisturiser best used on an evening before bed to give your skin a really intensive moisturising treatment. I did find the formula a little greasy and so I personally didn’t use it on my face but I found it fab for my hard skin on my feet and also on my hands and nails.

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Many celebrities are also fawning over this traditional cream and here are their comments:

Joanna Lumley says:I’m thrilled to try all sorts of face firmers and wrinkle-reduction creams, but the one I always come back to is plain, simple Astral cream. I’ve used it for over 35 years and it just works for me. I also use lashings ofAstral moisturiser to take off make-up. I travel everywhere with a little pot ofAstral in my bag.”

Jessy Nelson from Little Mix says:“I use Astral All Over Moisturiser as it’s good for my face – I smother it on at night and let it sink in.”

Amanda Holden says:“I get sent all sorts of high-end lotions like Creme de la Mer but the best tip I’ve had is Astral cream. I still love the smell of Astral.”

Kate Beckinsale says: she “makes sure her skin stays smooth and lovely by slapping on lots of Astral Moisturiser.

Patsy Kensit says: “I useAstral moisturiser because my mum did.”

Sam Faiers from The Only Way Is Essex says: “I use Astral Moisturiser. I apply it all over my face if I’ve had quite a heavy weekend and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels really hydrated.”

Can’t argue with a Towie cast member! Astral is available from stores such as Superdrug and Boots and is £1.52 for the 50ml pot and £4.28 for the 200ml pot.

Have you tried Astral before or are you planning on after reading this post?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Playboy Cosmetics

Playboy is a huge international company and they have recently re-designed their cosmetics range so I thought I would give you all a peek of some of their gorgeous new products. The quality of the packaging and products themselves is top notch and the prices are really reasonable. Here are my top picks from the range…

Nail Polish in Minx Pinx and Gold Glitter

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Minx Pinx is an amazing illuminous pinky coral colour and looks absolutely fab with a tan and so is a perfect summer shade. To achieve the colour I have swatched I only had to apply two coats which is good for illuminous colours as they sometimes come up quite sheer. The Gold Glitter polish is actually named something else but because the writing is so tiny and the glitter was shining through the bottle I couldn’t see the correct name. Regardless of the name it should have, this is a beautiful bronze/gold glitter polish with larger and smaller glitter particles in it. I applied two coats on the swatched nail and was really pleased with the result as it wasn’t too in your face glittery, just a really glamorous shimmer.

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Blushing Bunny Shimmer Bronzing Powder

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I think this is my favourite piece out of the whole collection. It is a beautiful matte black compact with a mirror inside the lid and the powder itself is a stunning pink, gold and bronze powder that is patterned to look like a leopard print. The mixture of colours gives a gorgeous finish and the bronzer wasn’t too orangey, it just gave a pretty sunkissed glow to my cheeks. If you use a smaller brush you can pick out the pink or gold too as the gold is perfect for using as a highlighter in summer.

Sleek Lashes Lengthening Mascara

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I do have a particular favourite mascara at the moment which is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and so I was a little bit unsure at bringing a new mascara into my collection as I am so loyal to the Too Faced one. The brush of the mascara is a lovely thick fibre one, which is great as I don’t like the new plastic brushes as much for my lashes. My eyelashes are quite thin, light coloured and very straight but after trying out this mascara it made my lashes jet black, and really added thickness and length to my ‘boy’ lashes.

Lipsticks in In The Pink and Playboy Red

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In The Pink

In The Pink is a really pretty English Rose colour, more of a dusky pink than a bright pink but this is perfect for everyday wear. The tubes themselves are again matte black like the other products and the lipstick formula is lovely and creamy and really lasts throughout the day. The only time I had to re-apply was after lunch. Playboy Red is a really rich red with an orange tone which I loved as with the brighter reds they are great for a special occasion but not necessarily good for everyday use.

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I think you will all be just as impressed with the new Playboy Cosmetics range as I am. Check the collection out at http://www.directcosmetics.com/shop/playboy

Love,

Kathryn xx