A fresh, hydrating breeze

avene-eau-thermale-review - 2I am a huge fan of face mists, there is no denying.

Now that the weather is slightly better, I feel I can talk about it and not feel that if I actually spray water on my face, it would freeze before reaching it. Yes, I am bitter with this lack of summer thing.

Avène Eau Thermale thermal spring water spray, however, is a bliss for any weather.

In the summer, it cools and refreshes. In the winter, it is perfect for soothing. Because the thermal water is captured straight from the source, it retains all its amazing natural soothing and anti-irritating properties.

avene-eau-thermale-review - 1All squeezed into in a handy spray. The very fine mist lands lightly and feels amazing on the skin, delivering immediate comfort. It is fabulous over makeup, to freshen up, but even better directly on the skin.

It is very pure, all it has is the purest water, and also leaves a barrier for a long-lasting effect. It is great for all skin types, but mainly irritated and sensitive skin.

I confess I am a bit addicted!

This is 50 ml (around £3.50) and the 2016 special edition of their flower girl, but you can get this size all year round in the normal packaging – perfect for handbags and flying.

The Avène Eau Thermale thermal spring water spray also comes in 150ml (£6.50) and 300ml (£10), and can be bought from big retailers, such as Boots, in-store and online.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Embracing the power and purity of plants in my skincare routine

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 1The Herbfarmacy is a company you cannot help but love. They love their plants: they take good care of them, they nurture and give them time and space to create fabulous organic skincare.

They grow their own organic herbs and create their products from plant to jars in their farm in the Welsh border.

From the planting to the infusion process, all care is taken so we get the purest active ingredients into the products, which are suitable for sensitive skin and carry nourishing, conditioning and cleansing plants and oils, and are very fresh.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 6Now, I tried a few and have to say I am impressed.

Starting with the gorgeous Rose & Mallow Facial Oil (£24.50, 25ml), which combines plants and oils to hydrate the skin and promote radiance.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 2The damask rose is toning, the marshmallow, nurturing and protecting, the calendula, calming, the evening primrose oil, anti-inflammatory, the rosehip oil, regenerating and the hempseed oil, restoring and soothing. Phew.

With all this goodness packed in, it is not surprising that this rich facial oil makes skin feel supple, bright and moisturised.

I mentioned a few times I love a facial mist and once again, the Herbfarmacy offer does not disappoint.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 3The Rose & Echinacea Toner (£17.50, 95ml)  is fresh and cool on the skin. Echinacea is a natural astringent which helps detoxify and close pores. The damask rose is a skin tonic and also adds a lovely smell.

Sometimes, I just spray it to freshen up and give my face a mid-day uplift!

Beauty balms, for me, were never that highly rated, until now. The Mallow Beauty Balm is award-winning for a reason: it softens, moisturises and gives radiance, as well as healing and protecting, thanks to the marshmallow, mullein and calendula in its formulation.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 4It is also multi-tasking as it can be used as a cleanser or a balm directly on the skin for fine lines or deep skin repair. I like it on lips, battered hands from hoop, scrapes and grazes, as well as around the eyes.

Balms are “their things” and they have a fabulous, extensive range, including the Meadowsweet Muscle Balm, which is fantastic to rub on tired muscles post workout.

I’ve been using is an awful lot, and apart from working a treat on my shoulders and back, it also has the most amazing smell that comes from eucalyptus, pepper and ginger essential oils, which is invigorating.

It contains soothing and repairing comfrey, tension-easing and ache-calming hypericum and sore muscles-relieving meadowsweet.

Other balms, looking after body and mind, include the Skin Rescue, Temple and Easy Breathe. But there are many more in their extensive range of balms.

All balms mentioned are 100% organic and cost only £15 for 30ml (Temple and Easy Breathe £8.50 for 15ml), which goes a long way.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 5My obsession with face creams is never ending, so I was happy to also try their Replenishing Face Cream (£24, 60ml). It is pure skin food to rejuvenate mature or very dry skin.

With the nurturing and protecting properties of marshmallow and healing calendula, it promotes regeneration and restores radiance.

The Herbfarmacy has, apart from the Replenishing, a Calming (£19.50), a Balancing(£19.50) and a Nourishing Face Cream (£19.50) in their range.

The founder of Herbfarmacy, Paul Richards is absolutely lovely and we can feel the passion and care he has for the herbs and process, so it is not surprising you can actually see all that translated into each product.

I recommend watching their video on spring seedlings to feel the love!

Not to mention their amazing price point – exceptionally good value for money.

You can get your hands on the Herbfarmacy Skincare organic range on their brand new website.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Hydration powered by the grape: the new Caudalie Vinosource

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 1When Caudalie invited me for a pink night of cocktails and canapés to celebrate their new hydrating skincare range, I was very excited.

Caudalie has fabulous products and everything I try agrees with my skin; the new Vinosource skincare range.

There are four amazing new products, all in different shades of pink and harnessing the power of organic grape water, which contains antioxidant polyphenol and polysaccharides, to prove that life is, indeed, better in pink.

The moisturisers, which offer different levels to cater for hydration and finish needs.

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 4From the lighter pink, the Moisturizing Sorbet is perfect for dehydrated sensitive skin. It’s light in texture and melts upon contact, being absorbed in seconds.

Soothing, moisturising, protecting and strengthening, thanks to the grape water, Vinolevure, chamomile, polyphenols and aqua-regulating complex. Ideal for warmer days.

One of my favourites, the Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid combats shine. It has a fluid consistency, absorbs well and sits wonderfully under makeup, blotting, even in warmer climates (I took it to Brazil with me), and delivers a matte, velvety finish.

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 2Of course, it contains grape water, Vinolevure, Java tea leaves extracts, flax powder and Polyphenols. It is 92% natural ingredients, oil-free and does not cause acne, which is very important for me.

The Moisture Recovery Cream is smooth and soothing for skin to heal. I also took this one on holidays to help my skin overnight, as sun exposure is higher.

The fact it is delivers that extra care and is really light is a huge bonus for me, as my skin does not like rich creams.

Grape and borage oils, Vinolevure and Polyphenols make this one pack a punch. caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 5

Finally, the Vinosource Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream. Although it says intense, I didn’t feel heavy, although thicker than the others. I like using this one at night.

It has a “bandage effect”. Confused? I’ll explain: it really does acts as a bandage to replenish lipids in the skin, immediately making it more comfortable, soft and supple.

Grape oil, chestnut extract, organic and fair trade shea butter, Vinolevure and Polyphonols work together to deliver all promises. Aand it’s 92% natural.

And addition to the range, not new, is the Grape Water (in pink, is special edition). Feels great on the skin; it is soothing, refreshing and moisturising.

The fine mist is suitable for all skin types, with no fragrance or preservatives, just 100% organic grape water. Perfect all year round, either to refresh in the summer or soothe in the winter. Better still, only £6 for 75ml.

Honestly, a range that is a joy to mix ad match. My skin thanks me (and Caudalie) for the pink love!

Each moisturiser costs £23 for 40ml and you can get them from the Caudalie website, shops (including the pretty Covent Garden store) and other online retailers. 

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Read about other Caudalie products I love:

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 face moisturiser (I explain more about polyphenols here)

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask (all their masks are fab!)

This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

 

 

Product review: balance Me skin bright hydrating face mist

balance me hydrating face mist - somanylovelythingsWhen the balance Me skin bright hydrating face mist came my way after the Vevie pop-up shop event, I actually had been thinking about getting a facial mist for a while.

My skin gets quite dry in the office and I usually go to the gym in my lunch break, so a mist seemed the perfect way to keep my face fresh all day, without having to spend too much time washing and moisturising.

The balance Me mist is nicely packaged in a glass bottle which has a great atomiser delivering a very light mist, which is quickly absorbed by the skin. The smell is very delicate, kinda sweet but herb-y and doesn’t stick around. It does not interfere with the make up, freshening the skin up and taking the dry edge away instantly.

I also found it very useful at the beach – I was carrying it in my beach bag every day and spraying in between sunscreen applications, to keep myself fresh and hydrated.

It contains “hyaluronic acid which holds more than 100 times its weight in water; replenishing and balancing pineapple and rose floral water and revitalising neroli and spikenard essential oils.”

The skin bright hydrating face mist retails for £20 (60ml which go a long way!) and you can buy this and other natural, high-performance, paraben and sulphate free, aromatherapy skincare and made in the UK (phew!) on the balance Me website.

This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my own true experience with the products and reflects my honest opinion on them.