Beauty Trials: What I am Currently Testing

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Working in beauty I get to try/test out products. Some I have purchased, some are samples given after training sessions and some I’ve earned by winning sales incentives…lucky girl I am indeed.

Here’s a little look at some of the fantastic products I’m currently trying out, I would love to hear your feedback of these brands and products you may have tried or love. All of these are available in store where I work or online, I’ve added direct links below so you can read product overviews about them and view price points etc…

Korres Jasmine Shower Gel & Body Milk click here

Bamford Botanic Body Oil & Pebble Soap click here

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm & Balancing Moisturiser click here

de Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm & Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate click here

Aveda Stress Fix Body Cream click here

Nars Blusher and Velvet Matte Skin click here

Results coming soon…

Secondblonde x

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When it’s so good you get another!

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If you are a regular reader of my post’s you will already know how much I love this body cream from Bamford, read full post here. So here I am on my second jar and still madly in love with it for it’s all day hydrating non-greasy texture and most of all it’s beautiful calming scent which I personally find so comforting and relaxing.

If ever I know I will have a busy day ahead after my morning shower I add extra cream to my upper body, neck and back of my ears. This is so when I’m moving around (normally at a pace) I get little bursts of it’s beautiful scent which instantly makes me feel relaxed.

I did mention in my original review that I’d like to try the Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint body cream next. I do in fact have it ready to go however, I couldn’t resist another jar of this first!

Have you tried any of the Bamford bath and body range? I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your reviews. You can buy this beautiful certified organic body cream here. and check out some of thier other wonderful products.

Secondblonde x

Review: bamford rose,camomile,lemon hand and body wash 200ml and body cream 200ml

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For those who haven’t heard of Bamford let me introduce you…

In 2006 Lady Bamford began a clothing and beauty company called Bamford, Bamford is a way of life. The quiet luxury of the Bamford range includes natural bath, body, baby and home products. Bamford is an effortless brand of quality and their beauty products boast a high percentage of organic ingredients, 72% for the body wash and 95% for the body cream. They are Certified by the Soil Association, the highest standard of Organic.

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Rose, Camomile, Lemon Hand and Body Wash 25oml

The packaging is a plastic recyclable bottle in their signature green colour. It has a delicate fragrance which is surprisingly uplifting and invigorating. As you massage you get to experience all the different layers of this beautifuly soft scent. I can smell the moroccan rose, the camomile, the ylang ylang the blackcurrent and the subtle twist of lemon.

As it’s sulphate/parabens free it doesn’t bubble up like a foam party but give’s a luxurious lather which is just enough to satisfy our obsession with our need for foam to feel clean! (which we all know isn’t true, extra ingredients are added to most drugstore cleansers to give the “foam” effect we all crave)

It leaves my skin feeling fresh, very clean and awake, in fact my skin feels great! It feels soft to touch and slightly scented however, it does feel like it needs a moisturiser.

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Rose, Camomile, Lemon Body Cream 200ml

The packaging is a glass recyclable jar in the same green colour which I really like. The texture is deliciously thick like a butter without feeling heavy or greasy. It contains botanical butters and oils such as jojoba, cocoa, shea butter and protective honey.

As I apply it absorbs fairly quickly, it smells the same as the body wash with all the delicate layers of each scent, after a while I feel like I can smell the camomile and subtle lemon the most.

My skin feels so soft and really hydrated with a healthy sheen yet not greasy residue. It feels like I’ve enveloped my skin in pure luxury! And indeed it is, I haven’t used any other body creams which are 95% organic with no artificial colours or fragrance. My skin was hydrated for endless hours. The subtle scent is so nice and has a calming effect on my mind, I can’t get enough of it! I absolutely adore these products and can’t wait to try some of the other’s in the range. I fancy trying the Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint next and the Botanic Sugar Polish.

You can purchase Bamford at Liberty of London Body and Hand Wash £22, Body Cream £35.

Have you tried any of the products from the Bamford range? I would love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x

Review: Creamy Almond Body Butter 200ml

After my Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Butter finished review here I was on the look out for an Almond Body Butter at a lower price point. One afternoon browsing the body care shelves at Boots I stumbled across this…almond body butter
Hmmm it looked promising I immediately removed the lid to smell it and see theconsistency of the butter. It did smell good for a £6 body butter so I decided to throw it in my basket and give it a whirl.

As I applied this thick butter it felt very creamy without being greasy which is great when you are in a rush in the mornings and need to get dressed as soon as you’ve finished applying.

The smell is lovely however as soon as you’ve applied you can’t smell it anymore 😦 this I find disappointing as the Laura Mercier Body Butter last’s and last’s and I constantly get stopped at work throughout the day to be asked “what are you wearing you smell lovely” I shouldn’t compare this as the price points are completely different.

All in all this is a nice body butter that does it’s job and keeps my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day. I wouldn’t rush to re-purchase (sorry boots) however I will enjoy using it all up.

What Boots Extract Fairtrade beauty products have you tested?

Secondblonde x IMG_0122

WHIPPED CLEAN Shower gel and Body Butter all in one – smells good enough to eat! 

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This Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash and Shower Butter all in one does not disappoint. A shower butter that’s so thick and creamy it feels luxurious on your skin and smells oh so good!

With 25% moisture oils and butters it’s so moisturising leaving your skin hydrated and smooth with no residue but fresh clean soft skin. I do not feel the need to moisturise after cleansing with this product, it’s a great time saver for early mornings before work.

The vital ingredients include cocoa, shea butters, grapeseed, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, oh and the added scent of pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla which is why it smells good enough to eat!

It arrived in my Soap and Glory Hattie Stewart designed Christmas Gift Box, I’ve only just gotten round to using it. A little product on a bath sponge goes a long way, it’s great value at  £8 250ml I would repurchase it, take a look here soap and glory. I do love a bit of S&G pampering, how about you?

Secondblonde x

Heaven in a Jar! Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème

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IMG_8833.PNGThis is most definitely heaven in a jar! On first look/smell I thought it was going to be overpowering and sickly, but I was so wrong!

The Promise:
Inspired by the comforting scent of almond and coconut, this ultra-whipped scented soufflé body crème provides luxurious all-day moisture protection without being too heavy or greasy. Vitamins A, C and E are included for nourishment and Shea Butter for moisturising. This Laura Mercier Crème gives the skin optimum moisture levels.

The Science Bit:
Grape Seed and Rice Bran Oil condition the skin while Vanilla Extract and Honey offer soothing benefits. Sweet Almond and Hydrolyzed Rice Proteins, along with Pro-Vitamin B-5 provide moisture balance and protection. For skin that deserves the ultimate luxury, indulge in this luscious Body Crème.

My Verdict:
I love the packaging, the glass jar looks great on show in my bathroom. The consistency is whipped and thick , easy to apply and absorbs into the skin really well without any heaviness or greasiness leaving my skin perfectly moisturised for the whole day.

The smell is delicious and apparently inspired by that of a French Patisserie, the sweet aroma almond and coconut are warming and lifting, it really calms my senses and puts me in a “feel good” mood.

My skin is nourished and moisturised and give it a smooth luxurious feel. The perfume isn’t overpowering in my opinion however when I’ve applied this Crème I skip my spritz of perfume to avoid a clash!

Some save their best creams for moisturising just arms and legs and use a budget option for the rest of the body but I just can’t help applying it all over as it feels and smells so good.

Summary:
I’ve fallen in love with this ridiculously luxurious little pot Body Crème. The only downside is the price tag, it’s quite an indulgent luxury but so worth every penny!

This 150ml is part of a box set, you can purchase an individual 300ml jar at £45 purchase yours here

secondblonde x