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October Favourites

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I know I say it every month but hasn’t another month flown by? October went by in a flash and 2017 is quickly disappearing. I started October off by spending a long weekend in Cornwall for my birthday. The weather wasn’t very good but we still had a great time. The rest of October consisted of tidying up the flat and a spending ban! I haven’t done a favourites post in a while and as I love Autumn I thought it was high time I did another one. So without anymore waffling here are my October favourites…

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Firstly I’ll start off with an eyeshadow palette that seems to have been dominating Instagram since it’s launch this Summer; of course I’m talking about the much anticipated Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay. The Naked eyeshadow palettes are the most searched for palettes in the world so it made sense that Naked Heat would set hearts alite with lust when it launched. The palette contains 12 amped up shades from burnt oranges to rich reds and sizzling bronzes. Naked Heat has received high praise largely due to the fact that the shades seem to suit everyone. I have dark blonde hair & very fair skin, so I worried that these shades may look too intense on me but I’m glad to report I was wrong. I haven’t worn eyeshadows as warm as this before as I thought they wouldn’t suit me but I love this palette. Naked Heat is the warmest of all the Naked palettes & most of the other Naked palettes have mostly cool toned eyeshadows (which I also love). As with all eyeshadows there was some fall out when I pressed the shadows onto my eyes but not too much. As you’d expect from Urban Decay, each eyeshadow in this palette is very pigmented & lasts all day. The shades in this palette are perfect for Autumn.

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The other eyeshadow palette I haven’t been able to put down is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I was very late to the party with this palette but I’m so glad I finally managed to get my hands on it. The packaging of the palette looks like a chocolate bar & the eyeshadows smell like chocolate too! The palette features 16 candy inspired shades from subtle browns to pretty neutrals and sweet pops of colour. The shadows feel really buttery & don’t crease either. The formula is long lasting too. This palette has a mixture of shimmer & matte shades, which I love. The palette comes with a leaflet showing you how to create three different looks.

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I’m sure you’ve seen and heard all the hype over the Lush Sleepy body lotion. I heard all the rave reviews but I wasn’t convinced. I’ve been tempted into buying hypped up products before that have let me down so I needed convincing. I went into the Lush shop in Bristol with no intention of buying this body lotion but after being given a delightful demonstration by one of the Lush assistants I knew I had to buy a tub. The lotion has a lovely thick & creamy texture as well as smelling dreamy and devine. The scent is a mixture of lavender, oatmeal and cocoa butter. The formula is really nourishing and leaves my skin feeling silky soft. The product definitely helped me to feel more relaxed at bedtime & I do feel like I slept better when I used it. Sleepy has helped me a lot when I’m struggling to sleep due to chronic pain & I’m sure I’ll be buying it again. An added bonus of Lush products is that they are made in England, they’re not tested on animals and they’re suitable for vegans too!

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Another bodycare treat I’ve been loving is the vanilla pumpkin body butter from The Body Shop. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know how much I love body butters. They all have a magnificently rich, creamy, soft & buttery texture that helps to eliminate dry skin without feeling heavy or oily on the skin. Plus I love the wide range of different scents available. So when The Body Shop launched a new scent in September I knew I had to try it. I got vanilla pumpkin for my birthday at the end of September & I’ve been using it ever since. As with all The Body Shop products, the body butters aren’t tested on animals. The smell of vanilla pumpkin is quite sweet & reminds me of baking; the perfect Autumn/Winter scent.

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Recently I’ve been suffering with dry cracked hands & I’ve tried countless products but the L’Occitane shea butter handcream is the only one that has actually helped. The fragrance in other handcreams just made my hands more itchy & red but not this one. The formula is nice & thick as well as being creamy. My hands don’t feel sticky or greasy after use. The high concentration of shea butter in this handcream (20%) is one of the main reasons why it is so effective.

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I love it when a beauty product not only delivers on its promises but if it’s a bargain too then that’s fantastic! The Superdrug own brand hair therapy oil with argan is exactly that. This oil is not only a bargain but it’s also cruelty free and suitable for vegans too. To use this oil I just rub a small amount (1-2 pumps) into the palm of my hand then I smooth the oil through mid lengths and ends of my hair. The oil can be used on damp or dry hair. The multipurpose oil helps to reduce heat damage & frizz as well as conditioning the hair. The bottle claims to reduce drying time by 40%. I can’t say whether my drying time was reduced by 40% or not but my hair definitely did dry quicker. My hair looks healthier and shinier after every application. A 50ml bottle of this oil cost me less than ยฃ3!

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No matter what the season I seem to always have dark circles under my eyes. I’ve tried many different things to get rid of them but nothing completely gets rid of them. I usually get a good nights sleep but even that doesn’t seem to reduce those pesky dark circles. I came across the Origins GinZing eyecream in a bundle offer & was so impressed that I ended up buying it separately. The effects of this eyecream are instant as well as improving with each use. The pale pink cream is gentle enough for my sensitive skin yet powerful enough to depuff and brighten the under eye area. This eyecream won’t completely erase your dark circles but it will definitely help to blur them & stop them from being so prominent.

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Thank you for reading & I hope you enjoyed my October favourites. What products have you been loving recently?

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The Body Shop Frosted Plum: Shower Gel & Body Butter

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” This is something I really do believe as I absolutely adore Christmas time & everything that goes with it! Yes I even enjoy Christmas shopping and normally have all my gifts by the end of November (some people might think I’m mad and to be honest I do go a bit mad with excitement at Christmas!)

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I’m a huge fan of Christmasy scents so every year I indulge in seasonal body products & The Body Shop are definitely one of my favourites. The Body Shop releases a selection of seasonal bath and body products and they normally have three seasonal scents to choose from. Frosted Cranberry has cropped up every year so far so this must be the Taylor Swift of scents! (very popular). I do really like the Cranberry and have purchased it before. It does smell very Christmasy to me especially as a lot of people have cranberry sauce with their turkey on Christmas day. The second seasonal scent is Glazed Apple and this is another gorgeous smell. The glazed apple first appeared last year & has made a comeback this year which I’m very happy about. When I heard that The Body Shop were introducing a new scent for their festive collection this year naturally I was thrilled as I have loved all of the seasonal smells so far. Obviously I was very eager to try the latest addition called Frosted Plum. When I first smelt it I really fell in love with it. Wow! It’s such a beautiful smell and it’s by far my favourite of all The Body Shop’s Christmas smells. It’s sweet but not too sweet and I think it would be great as a gift for a woman of any age.

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A very sophisticated fruity & floral scent greets your nostrils as you open the lids of the products. The Frosted Plum shower gel definitely made me feel relaxed yet indulgent in the shower. The fragrance has notes of ripe plum from Turkey, peony and magnolia. The smell really is special. The shower gel produces a rich lather and is soap free so your skin won’t feel dried out. After your shower you can give your body a moisturising treat with the legendary Body Butter in a festive plum scent. The body butter has a beautiful buttery texture and leaves skin feeling softer & smoother. The body butter really did make my skin feel so much softer even my dry neglected elbows & knees. I only have one issue with this BB it can leave a slightly greasy feel sometimes. The BB smells the same as the shower gel but has the added ingredient of community fair trade babassu oil which helps to moisturise the skin.

DSC_0362.JPGย Overall I really love this range & I would love to use it again. Any product from this collection would make a perfect gift for your busy best friend or super stressed mum! Plus you can give them these products knowing that The Body Shop doesn’t test on animals, they’re eco friendly, fair trade, they donate to charity and their loyalty card is pretty generous too!

DSC_0363.JPGย The Body Shop Frosted Plum Shower gel (250ml) is priced at ยฃ4 RRP & the Frosted Plum Body Butter (200ml) is priced at ยฃ14 RRP. These are available from http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk or The Body Shop stores nationwide. Glazed Apple & Frosted Cranberry have the same prices and gift sets are available of all the seasonal scents. The Body Shop does discount codes & sale events regularly so keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think and I’d love to know what your favourite festive products are or what your favourite Body Shop products are!ย Kate x

 

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The Body Shop Spa of the World Collection

There’s an exciting new launch from The Body Shop arriving in August 2015 called Spa of the world. The collection features three rituals: the Relaxing ritual, the Revitalising ritual and the Blissful ritual. The collection is all about providing a spa experience at home. So send your partner to the pub, light some deliciously scented candles and enjoy a night of pampering.

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I was lucky enough to try three products from the range and they were – Japanese Camellia Cream, Dead Sea Salt Scrub and the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. I found all of the products to be high quality and beautifully scented. I also really like the packaging as I think it looks sophisticated and exactly like the kind of products you might find at a spa. The only thing I would say about the packaging is that it is quite bulky & heavy so they’re not really ideal for holidays or weekends away. My best product from the trio I tried is the Japanese Camellia Cream and it’s a new favourite of mine. I really love it because it has a truely heavenly scent, it moisturises my entire body even the tougher skin on my elbows and feet and it has the perfect texture (it’s thicker than a lotion but not as thick as the body butter). Also a little goes a long way so it will last ages. I’m pretty sure that when this launches I’ll be in the queue to buy some more of this and maybe sample some of the other products in the range. I was also impressed by the Dead Sea Salt Scrub with it’s ability to remove hard/dead skin so easily without irratating my sensitive skin. This freshly scented scrub has a really thick texture and feels expensive. My only problem with it is that it’s very grainy and things can get pretty messy when you apply this product to the body. However it did exfoliate my skin really nicely and it also left my skin feeling quite moisturised. I’ll definitely be using this scrub again. And Finally the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, this product aims to remove impurities from the skin which will then leave the skin looking brighter and feeling softer & smoother. When I first squeezed the product out of the tube and started rubbing it into my skin I was a little alarmed by how intense the colour was. It’s very dark grey and unfortunately it was very difficult to remove from the skin even with hot water and a body puff therefore I didn’t find this product to be very relaxing to use. However it did leave my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother. I’m going to keep using this for now but maybe I’ll apply a thinner layer and be prepared to scrub! ย Prices are yet to be confirmed but the full collection will be available from August 2015 onwards in The Body Shop stores and at www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Thankyou for reading. Please leave a comment letting me know how you relax & what your favourite relaxation products are! Kate x

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