T.O.S.e Apothecary Skincare and Bodycare Range

Monday, 16 October 2017

I've recently received the whole skincare and bodycare range from T.O.S.e Apothecary and let me tell ya, these handmade all natural products are simply divine. You guys know how much I love the Wild Rose Facial Serum by this brand so the founder Abha who is the loveliest lady I know has kindly sent over the entire line for me to try and I couldn't be happier because these are some of the best green beauty products on the market today. 

Let's talk about her face oils first because girls can never have too many face oils am I right?! Like the Wild Rose Serum, these two oils are light, delightful to use and absorbs almost instantly, never feel greasy or sticky. The Organic Argan Oil is clear, and this is great for someone who has normal to dry skin because Argan has a fantastic moisturizing property to it plus it's rich in antioxidants so it's good for the skin, hair, and body. As for her Organic Rosehip Oil, it's good for people who suffer from hyperpigmentations, skin dullness or fine lines and wrinkles as the vitamins and fatty acids in this little bottle would really help to replenish, brighten and nourish your skin. It has a yellow toned colour to it just like other rosehip oils, and it has a distinct smell but much lighter than the Pai Rosehip Oil, kind of like cucumber if you will, very refreshing actually. I'm loving it. I like to mix a pump of the Rosehip oil, a pump of the Argan oil and 3 drops of Jordan Samuel Retinol oil for my night time serum/moisturiser, and my skin has never looked better. 

(the clear one is Argan oil and the yellow toned is Rosehip)

You know I'm a cleanser freak so that's why I'm so happy that I got to try her not-yet-launched Clean Green Facial Cleanser. It's made with 100% natural/organic ingredients and they all work so well together in terms of cleansing and exfoliating the skin in the gentlest way possible. It's a 2 in 1 product so I don't think you need it every day although it's gentle enough to use it every single day. I use it 3 times a week and sometimes if I'm feeling a little drier than usual, I'd mix with a couple drops of her face serum or face oils to give a hydrating and glowing effect. It's really easy to use, just add water and mix into a paste, and if you want to use it as a mask, you can use rose water, honey or yogurt, a couple drops of her serums and leave it on for like 5-10 minutes and rinse off. Trust me, your skin will look amazing afterward.  Again, this is not launched yet but if you are interested just drop an email or contact her on social media

I don't know about you but for me, I get dry lips easily when the weather changes so frequent exfoliating and moisturising are crucial. I have been testing her Vanilla & Coffee Butter Lip Scrub for the past a couple of weeks and it's unlike other lip scrubs I've tried in the past. It's very liquidy which I don't mind but I prefer a denser scrub like Henné Organic Lip Scrub. But that being said if you have sensitive lips you might want to try this one because it's very gentle plus smells amazing, like a good cup of coffee, perfect to use in the morning before putting on lipsticks.  

And to moisturise, I have been using the Organic Vanilla Lip Balm. It's very smooth, smells amazing, works really well but you do have to reapply throughout the day so it makes a great handbag essential. 

If you are someone who loves to indulge and relax I suggest you check out her body range because they are all freaking fantastic. So, on my pamper night, I like to start with her Refresh Your Senses Bath Salts which smells incredible, so refreshing and relaxing as it's made with Lavander Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Lavander Flower and all that goodness. IT WILL CALM YOU DOWN AND PUT YOU TO A RELAXING MODE AND READY FOR BED. I'm falling head over heels with it and I might have to buy it when it's launched so stay tuned because you don't want to miss out on this one as it will change your bath experience. 

I, sometimes, like to exfoliate while I'm in the tub so I have been using the French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Body Scrub, and O. M to the G... It smells divine and I can't believe how hydrating this stuff is. You can also use it in the morning while in the shower because the zingy lemon scent would really wake you up and make you ready to face the busy day ahead. As for scrubbing away dead skin cells, it's okay, not great, because of the gentle formula. I still prefer coffee scrubs but this is a great option for daily use, and for dry/sensitive skin peeps. 

And to complete my pamper ritual, I seal everything in with her Ylang Ylang & Macadamia Body Oil which is the best smelling body product I have ever tried! I honestly don't know what Ylang Ylang smells like but I guess it smells amazing because this one is just beautiful. You have to use it while your body is still wet then just towel dry, and it just makes the skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated after. It absorbs instantly, has zero nasties in it and it also makes a great face oil. I've contacted the founder and she has confirmed that it's absolutely safe to use on the face plus it has Q10 which makes it a great antiageing face product. 

So there you have it, the entire T.O.S.e line. Honestly, these are incredible and so good for the skin so if you are a green beauty lover like me, go check them out and you won't regret it. 

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Current Empties #22

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hey guys, do you know what time it is? It's Empties time... 

I have accumulated a lot of used up products for the past 3 months so I am not going into details with each and every one as I have already reviewed almost all of them in the past so if you are interested in any of the products which I'm about to show you, just type the name on my blog and search for it, or simply click the links below. However, I will let you know if they are worth repurchasing or not so let's crack on... 

I'll start with skincare cuz you know, I'm a skincare junkie, so:

  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Treatment. This is one of my all-time favourite exfoliators. It has both chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA, fruit enzymes as well as the actual granules. The result is instant, and I've loved it till the last drop. Highly recommend it if rough skin texture, redness, and dullness are your main skin concerns. 
  • Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser. Very gentle and calming, great for normal, combo and oily skin. I would repurchase it. 
  • Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner. I've gone through several bottles, it's gentle and soothing plus it's affordable and natural. Definitely a repurchase for me. 
  • The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA. I did not care for this, and would never repurchase it. It did not do anything to my skin, in fact, it made my skin rather dry after applying it. Total disappointment. SKINCARE TIP: if you don't like certain products on your face, just use it on your neck or body instead of binning it, and that's exactly what I did with this one. 
  • Jordan Samuel Hydrate. This is probably the only hyaluronic type of serums that did not make my skin dry. Loved it till the last drop and will most definitely buy it again. 
  • *Kathy Sue-Ann's Rejuvenating Rosehip Facial Serum. Hands down the best rosehip serum I've tried. It's even better than the Pai one. It's so Lush. And Kathy if you are reading it, I NEED ANOTHER BOTTLE! 😝
  • Herbfarmacy Marlow Beauty Balm. This is a good all natural face balm that can be used in many different ways. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
  • Herbfarmacy Skin Rescue Balm. If you have sensitive, irritated skin or redness even, this would be your best pal. It's soooo soothing. 
  • Oskia Renaissance Mask. The most hydrating, calming enzyme mask I have tried. You'll see results instantly. Highly recommend it. 
  • Oskia Micro-Exfoliating Balm. It's probably the best exfoliating cleanser I've tried to this day. It's gentle, and it does the job brilliantly. 👍
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask. It's affordable and it's effective. I would buy it again. 
  • Human + Kind Deep Cleansing Cloths. I have purchased these several times and they can be found at Sephora. These are ultra gentle and I will always have them in my skincare cabinet. 
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Iconic beauty product, and it's everyone's favourite for a reason. I have 2 back-ups ready to go. 
  • Pinks Boutique Ocha Cleanser. It's a gentle cream cleanser that is made with 90% organic ingredients and love. It's calming, soothing, and very hydrating. It gives a subtle glow on the skin which I like. This is a great morning/second cleanse product. 
  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I use this to wash my brushes and it's only good for that purpose. 
  • Sunday Riley Artemis. This is by far the thickest oil I've tried but in the best way possible. I've loved it because it's so nourishing without being greasy. This is an HG product for my husband. Shame that it's discontinued. 
  • NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00%. It's a strange product to me but somehow I feel like it works. When I use it my skin just looks good. I will buy it again. 
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I'll save it... #repurchase 

Well that's a lot of skincare empties but what can I say, I love skincare! Now let's move onto makeup, shall we?! Not a lot I'm afraid because I don't go through makeup like I do with skincare. 

As for hair, I have used up the Grow Gorgeous Intensive Hair Growth Serum. I have a back-up ready to go. This definitely strengthens the hair and makes it grow faster. 

Last but not least, body care empties:
  • *Monkey Business Farm Hand & Body Cream. Ok now I haven't reviewed this one yet on my blog but I have a pretty in-depth review on my Instagram Page. It's a cream to oil type of product so it's very nourishing. It's made with 100% natural ingredients, and it's definitely a winter essential plus it's for a good cause so go find out more on my IG page. 
  • KIKO Intensive Hand Balm. A pretty good drugstore hand balm but it's not as good as the Anti-ageing one that KIKO carries. Will not repurchase it. 
  • *Kathy Sue-Ann's Organic Body Scrub. It's made with dead sea salt and coconut oil so it's very gentle. It's good for sensitive skin, and I really like that the salt actually dissolves as you exfoliate. I won't repurchase it just because I prefer scrubs that are more "harsh" for my body, something like coffee scrubs, but that being said if you have sensitive skin this would be perfect for you. 

There you have it. Again I have reviews on almost all of these products so go check them out if you are interested. Until next time... 😘

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    Current Favourites - Skincare

    I'm starting a whole new series of "Current Favourites" instead of monthly favourites so I hope you guys would enjoy this kind of posts because I think this is a great opportunity to share the products that I love so you can benefit from them as well without having to wait until the end of each month. So here goes pt. 1 of the series, and my personal favourite - Skincare! 

    In no particular order, Bare Origin Golden Chocolate Oil has been my skin saviour for the past a month or two, not just because it has the most delicious chocolate scent in the world but the texture, the way it feels on my skin, and how my skin looks after, I mean it just delivers results. It's made with pure Argan Oil with a touch of organic raw cacao beans and pure bourbon vanilla! Tell me if that doesn't sound lovely to you! it's superfood for your skin! You can use it either on your face or all over the body. If you have dry skin you must give this a shot, but if you have oily skin, just make sure to use half the pump and press the oil onto the skin till it's fully absorbed. It will balance out your oiliness without a doubt. 

    I also like the Pure Argan Oil because it gives the same effect as the chocolate one, maybe a tad richer in terms of texture but the same greatness. However, I prefer the chocolate one a lot more simply because of the delicious smell. 

    (Pure Argan oil is more of a yellow toned oil and Golden Chocolate is the clear one)

    I got this Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% by NIOD when I was on holiday, and it really wowed me! It's funny that I can't really tell you exactly what it does to my skin but my skin just looks good and healthy with it. It's one of those products that you don't think you need but when you don't use it for a while you'll see the difference. It's made with pure copper concentrate which apparently is a great anti-ageing ingredient so if you have mature skin, give it a go. It comes with an Activator so what you need to do is to pour all of it into the serum bottle and shake well before the first use. It has a lovely clear blue/purple colour and it has to be used up within 6 months once opened. 

    Glossier Priming Rich Moisturizer has been a favourite for many and I can see why because it is truly a good primer for dry skin peeps! I normally use this in the morning as my last skincare step before I put on a foundation. My skin, honestly, looks luminous, healthy, and foundation lasts really well throughout the day! I highly recommend checking this out if you are looking for a good primer for your dry skin problem. Don't be scared of the word "rich" because it is not greasy at all so if you have normal to oily skin, I think you can still benefit from it but during the cooler months perhaps. 

    You guys, I have just found the perfect hydrating face mask. Skin & Tonic Coco Mask is probably the best all natural face mask I've ever tried. It comes in a powder form but listen, the powder is so finely milled and feels so creamy, as soon as you add water, or rose water in my case, it just becomes a creamy lotion that feels soothing and moisturising on the skin. I even add half a teaspoon of organic raw honey to make it more nutritional so go get it guys, this would be a skin essential in winter for all skin types especially if you have sensitive skin as it contains the soothing Aleo Vera, Coconut Milk and the Kaolin Clay would even help to detoxify congested skin. Though it doesn't have the most beautiful scent in the world, for a mask that is as good as this one, I do not care. 

    I have been using this N. Pack Cream by a Korean skincare brand called Zemu and I've really enjoyed it. It is a cream, dah, but it's more like a sleeping mask cream if that makes sense?! It can be used as your normal face mask which is what I have been doing, just apply a thick layer and wash off after 20 minutes, but it's actually designed to leave it overnight as a sleeping mask so if you are into this kind of product you may like this one as it contains Zeolite which is a mineral from Rotorua, the famous city of Hot Springs in New Zealand. It has an outstanding power for moisture retention, and it's also great for absorbing impurities. 

    (applied a thicker layer as a wash off mask)

    It has a smooth texture and very lightly scented which is great, I love how hydrating this mask is, and of course the gorgeous shiny gold packaging. It comes in a massive 120ml bottle which would last for a long time, and it can be purchased on Amazon. The only reason why I don't use it as a sleeping mask is that I simply hate when skincare gets all over my pillow so if you want to leave it overnight, make sure apply a thin layer and wait until it's absorbed before hits bed. 

    Caudalie Beauty Elixir has been around for ages, everybody who has tried it, loved it, and I'm no exception. In fact, I love it so much I got this pack of 3 at airport duty-free. This has the most beautiful, calming scent that is great just to inhale with it after spraying onto the face and it'll wake you up instantly in the morning, ready to face the day, but make you feel all relaxed in the evening so it's easier to fall asleep. For me, this is more than just a toner. If you haven't tried it yet, you are missing out! It's also a great makeup setting spray for that natural healthy glow. 

    Last but certainly not least is my beloved Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. This is by far, the best face cream I've used. If you follow me (which you should 😜), you know that I'm a big fan of face oils, I almost never use creams especially at night but this baby is everything I would ask for in a cream. It's 100% natural, and I love the rose essential oil smell in it. It might be strong for some but it does disappear once it's on. 

    If you have oily skin, do not use it because it will make you look shiny, very shiny in fact, but the good news is Dr. Hauschka has a Lighter version of this cult favourite so yeah. I, however, love this one and I'm not even that dry. It gives the most healthy looking glow and somehow I feel like this cancels out my redness on the cheeks as well. I love this stuff, and I will always repurchase it. In fact my favourite actor from Friends, Jennifer Aniston is a big fan so, if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me. 

    Current Favourites - Bodycare, Haircare and Lipcare

    Tuesday, 3 October 2017

    Ok, here comes the last part of my Current Favourites series, and today it's all about the body, hair and lips so let's start! Oh and if you haven't read the first two episodes, just click here and here

    Now when I first got this *Rosemary Body Butter by Ezàpè Naturals I was a little sceptical to use because it smells exactly like rosemary. I mean it's not bad or anything, I just don't want to be smelled like "roast pork" when I go out and about you know what I mean?! But to my surprise, this scent actually disappears as soon as it's on my body so I'm really okay with it plus this body butter just melts into the skin, doesn't feel greasy and leaves a nice subtle sheen which I like. I'm so surprised that as a body butter this doesn't feel heavy nor oily. I'm a big fan. 

    Another product I have been testing from this brand is the *Chamomile Balm. It's a multi-purpose product that can be used on skin, body, cuticles or on the lips. I tried it as a cleansing balm, it's not bad but I prefer my cleansing balms to emulsify and this one is a solid balm so it doesn't do that when you add water to it. I mean it's nice if you have dry skin but it's just not for me. I also tried it as a moisturizer, it feels kind of "heavy" but on my body it is amazing. It's moisturising without being greasy, it makes my legs look so smooth and shiny. It smells quite minty and herbally, very refreshing rather so I'm digging it. 

    Just so you know that all of Ezàpè products are made with natural and certified organic ingredients for people who suffer from dry and sensitive skin so if you are sensitive these might be your autumn/winter skin saviours! 

    When the weather gets cooler my skin gets really dry and kind of rough so my autumn/winter body care regime has always been about exfoliating and moisturising, but that being said I absolutely despise products that make my body greasy, that's why I'm super happy to have this *Indulge Pure Originals Cocoa Butter with me. It looks like your normal bar soap but it is actually a body butter so after showering, you need to "melt" this bar by running it under warm water, rub it on the body then towel dry. It's so moisturising without being shiny or oily. But what I have been doing is cutting it into smaller pieces and just throwing them into my bath. It's like the LUSH butter bear bath bars but made with natural ingredients and smells like chocolate. Big fan! 

    And speaking of body butter, *Evolve Tropical Blossom Body Butter is hands down the best smelling body butter I have ever tried. It smells like, wait, let me just get another whiff of it, oh my god, it smells exactly like tropical blossom. I wish you could all smell it through my blog post, seriously guys, THIS STUFF SMELLS AMAZING! You can totally just have this on without any perfumes. It's not strong by no means, it's just pure enjoyment. I'm loving it! 

    As for hair... Josh Rosebrook Hair Texture and Volume Spray is the best all natural hairspray IMO because of 3 reasons: 
    1. It does exactly what it says which is adding texture and volume to the hair. 
    2. It smells insanely good, like a refreshing citrus fruit juice. 
    3. It's made with organic ingredients that are good for the scalp and strengthens hair. 
    One thing I need to mention is that it makes the hair a little crisp after spraying so what you need to do is run your fingers through a couple of times and it just makes your hair look naturally textured and volumised. If you haven't tried it yet, YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE! I can't live without it now. 

    I have been pairing the JR hairspray together with *Monty's Glow Herbal Hair Leave-in Conditioner, and these 2 are my hair heroes at the moment. I spray JR on my roots and apply MG on my ends, and my hair has never been so smooth and manageable. 

    Last but not least, lips... Exfoliating with *Henné Organics Lip Exfoliator and moisturising with *Nakin Lip Treatment Balm, and these two are my current favourite lip products. 

    The exfoliator is gentle yet effective and smells like wild berries which is never a bad thing, and the lip balm is very hydrating and I even use it as my lip gloss because it is not over-the-top shiny and it keeps my lips nice and moisturised all day long. I do have to re-apply throughout the day as it disappears quite fast but honestly, I don't mind it at all because it feels really nice. It doesn't have much of a scent to it but it feels a little cooling on my lips which I really like. 

    That's it guys, the last episode of my Current Favourites. Spot any of your faves? 

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