Aromatherapy Associates are a brand which have always intrigued me. A natural skin and body care brand, famous for their luxury bath oils, I knew I just had to give them a try. Luckily for me, I recently won two of their products – The Revive Body Gel and their hydrating Inner Strength Soothing Face Oil. Both wonderful, luxurious products, it’s safe to say I’m now a fully fledged Aromatherapy Associates fan.
Being the nosy person that I am, What I Got For Christmas posts have to be one of my favourite posts to read! I know some people think it’s bragging, but it’s most definitely not and I know this is a bit late, but better late than never, huh?! If you wrote one of these posts, please leave a link in the comments!
This Christmas was a quiet one which was nice after such a hectic, emotional year. I didn’t get as many presents as I normally would, but as we all know, that’s just all part of getting older! (Can I go back to being a kid, please?!) However, I appreciate every gift I did receive and it’s not all about presents but spending precious time with family too, having fun and eating too much!
Usually, I’d get a lot of makeup related gifts but surprisingly this year, I only ended up with one! Haha. The Benefit Besties Gift Set was on my list and my lovely Mum got it for me. It includes six deluxe mini versions of Benefit’s bestsellers such as Hoola, Gimme Brow and They’re Real. It also contains a makeup bag, tips and tricks booklet and £5 worth of Boots Advantage points when you purchase any full-size Benefit bestseller product. It’s a really lovely gift and I’m glad I’m finally able to give Hoola a try!
My Mum also got me another bottle of my favourite perfume, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. I received my first bottle for Christmas 2 years ago and it started to run low just before Christmas. Perfect timing! I just adore this scent.
Last Christmas, my best friend bought me a Pandora bracelet, so inevitably I got two new charms for Christmas this year! I got the Jolly Father Christmas charm and the Christmas Kitten Charm. They are both so cute.
Other bits that were on my list were a Cinematic Light Box mainly as a blog photo prop although it is a nice addition to my shelf! Yankee Candles were also on the list, I received the Holiday Party 5 Votives Gift Set which contains 5 votives and they all smell incredible! I am currently burning Red Apple Wreath, it’s sooo good.
If you know me then you’ll know about my obsession with The Walking Dead. Whenever I get obsessed with a TV show, it kind of becomes a tradition for me to get the DVD every year, so this year I received the Season 6 DVD, can’t wait to have a re-watch!
As well as buying me the Jolly Father Christmas charm, my best friend also got me some other wonderful presents! She got me two Lush items, the re-useable Magic of Christmas bubble bar and the Father Christmas bath bomb. I haven’t got round to using them yet but as you can imagine, they smell amazing!
Lastly, she got us both a Spa Day at the Clifford Day Spa in Nottingham. I’m so excited, I’ve always wanted to go on a spa day! God knows I need it after all the stress and worry I’ve gone through recently. We’re hoping to go at Easter, I can’t wait!
What was your favourite Christmas present that you received this year?
Back in November, I posted my second Product Empties post. 5 months on, I’m back with a third instalment featuring all the products I’ve used up recently. This time round, it’s very skincare heavy, I have finished loads of skincare in the past few weeks which has been a bit of a pain as I literally can’t afford to buy any new products due to my upcoming travels! But when I get back, a spree is gonna be happening!
Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
Seriously the best shampoo I’ve ever used! I’ve never raved about a shampoo like I have this one. I have uber greasy hair and I could never go a day without washing it until I used this, I can now go around 2-3 days which is something I had been dying to achieve for ages and nothing would work so I really adore this shampoo and as you can see I’ve recently finished two tubs! It gives great volume too and smells incredible!
Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Foam
I received this shower foam in a beauty box a while back and finished it quite a while ago too, it’s been sitting in my empties box for some time! From what I can remember, I loved the smell of this product, the Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose scent is gorgeous however Rituals suggest this turns to foam on contact with water.. Not true! It came out of the bottle as a foam and it would be quite difficult to dispense especially near the end, that is the only downside though! This left my skin feeling lovely.
Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel
Pretty much everyone’s favourite Lush shower gel… but not mine. I had this for ages and never used it as I just have so many shower gels lying around my bathroom, it’s a bit silly how many I have really! I started using it recently and I have to say I don’t find anything particularly special about it – it’s average and I do find the scent a little overwhelmingly sweet. I loved it when I had a sniff in store but for some reason when I was using it, I didn’t really like it. I probably won’t be purchasing this next Christmas..
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
I feel like I’ve mentioned this cleanser so much here on the blog but it is my favourite cleanser so that’s no surprise! I was so upset when I finished this up! I’ll definitely be re-purchasing this, it removes makeup so well and leaves my skin feeling amazing. There’s a full review on this popular cleanser here.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Another fabulous product for makeup removal! I really love this micellar water and having tried Garnier’s version too, I have to say I prefer Bioderma’s offering much more as the Garnier one can sometimes leave my skin a little irritated. I’ll be buying another bottle of this very soon!
Elemis Hydra Balance Day Cream
I love Elemis products but because they are so pricey, I have to rely on beauty boxes & samples to try out their products. The Hydra Balance Day Cream is actually for combination skin but I found it worked well on my dry skin leaving it feeling hydrated, soft and supple. A great moisturiser!
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
This has to be the best lip balm I’ve used and I’ve used a lot. It’s rich, thick texture really helps smooth out and nourish dry, chapped lips keeping them moisturised for hours. This little pot lasted me around 2 months which is great considering I applied it about a million times a day. I need to buy another pot asap.
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
I have to say that Caudalie do the best serums. This is the second one from them that I’ve tried and I love it, the other was the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which was incredible. The Vinosource Serum is ideal for dry skin as it’s super hydrating leaving skin soft and refreshed.
Codage Paris Eclat & Energy Serum
Another great serum comes from Codage Paris. If you have tired dull skin, it’s perfect for you. It banishes signs of fatigue brightening your complexion and leaves your skin feeling amazing. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive but if you can afford it, it’s well worth the splurge.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
I much prefer liquid exfoliants over the usual scrubs as I have quite sensitive skin and scrubs can just be a bit too much and can cause some irritation. This exfoliant by Paula’s Choice has become one of my favourite skincare products as it really renews my skin improving my skin’s texture and appearance. If I ever have a breakout, this helps reduce the redness and clears my skin in no time at all. It’s also great at minimising the blackheads on my nose. A definite re purchase for years to come!
February’s Shine Bright Like A Diamond beauty box from Birchbox is without a doubt my favourite box I’ve received since I first subscribed in March last year. Only last month, I was considering cancelling mainly due to the fact that I could save £13 each month but also because I wasn’t overly impressed with the contents of January’s box and hadn’t been too keen on a few of the previous ones either. However, February’s box contains so many great products, I’m totally staying onboard with it for now! As usual, this month’s box is filled with 6 beauty treats with one being from Birchbox’s own newly launched beauty line, LOC (Love of Color).
Firstly, Birchbox have launched their own beauty line, LOC which stands for Love Of Color. They gave us subscribers the chance to pick which shade of their One & Done shadow sticks we would like to receive. The options were Champagne Problems & Perfect Cents. I chose Champagne Problems as Perfect Cents is an intense, metallic copper shade and I already own a few similar. Champagne Problems is stunning on the lids, super pigmented and creamy. The first time I used this, I went without primer and wore it for around 5 hours, it did not budge one bit! Birchbox claim this can last for up to 11 hours and I can certainly believe it!
When I read we would be receiving a brush by Spectrum Collections this month, I was so excited! I’ve been lusting over these gorgeous, one of a kind brushes for a long time! The Tapered Finishing Brush is just beautiful. *heart eyes emoji* I almost didn’t want to use it but I have and It’s perfect for use with bronzer and highlighter.. The synthetic bristles pick up the right amount of product and it feels super soft on the skin. I’m in love!
theBalm’s Frat Boy blush is also included this month. Such a gorgeous blusher that can also be used as an eyeshadow. The sample is super tiny but it really does pack a punch, so you can still get a good feel for the product. It’s incredibly pigmented!
Next we have the Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleanser. This is a cleanser, toner and eye make up remover that is said to be extremely gentle and allows your skin to breathe. Rich in vegetable oils and milk proteins emulsion which will cleanse, tone and remove all your face and eye make up, dirt and sebum. You can use this cleanser either by rinsing off or removing with cotton pads. Skin is said to be left soft, hydrated and supple.
The AYRES Body Butter in Pantagonia smells incredible and leaves my skin feeling soooo soft. Formulated with natural plant emollients, herbal extracts and vitamins to soothe and moisturise. Pantagonia contains a soothing mix of jasmine, lavender, ylang-ylang and fir. I love this stuff!
The bonus beauty item this month is the Derm Eyes Makeup Remover Wipes which as you can see from the picture, they have the longest name ever! These makeup remover wipes are perfect for sensitive eyes, those with delicate eyelids or contact lens wearers like myself. I’m not a huge fan of makeup remover wipes these days, I much prefer giving my face a proper cleanse but I will give this a try and see what it’s like!
I can’t wait to see what Birchbox have in store next month! Hopefully it will be another great box, fingers crossed. Want to sign up and see for yourself? Use my link here and get £5 to spend in their awesome shop!