Tips For Choosing Skincare

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We are finally heading into the sunnier part of the year and therefore it is time to get a good skincare routine in place. The change in weather can often leave your skin feeling too dry or too oily – particularly if you keep using the same skincare routine that you were using in the cold winter months filled with time spent indoors and in the bath. When it comes to your skin there are a whole host of things that you need to think about and consider. Below we have put together a list of things you need to think about with your skincare.

Think of what you want it to achieve

There are many things you need to consider when choosing your skincare and the first of these is what you actually want it to achieve. Are you looking for products that will help with how to deal with skin redness? Are you looking to combat acne scarring? Or perhaps you have severely dry skin that you want to sort. No matter the reason there will be something out there that can help, it is just important you tailor your products for what it is that you want to achieve.

Consider what you get for the cost

Some skincare can be ridiculously overpriced so ensure that you are getting the right bang for your buck. It is a good idea to look at other online reviews from people beforehand so you can see if the product you want is really worth it. If the product you have your eye on is really expensive, then it might be worth seeing if you can get a sample size beforehand so you can try it out. This way you can see if it is worth it or not before shelling out on it.

Are there ethical reasons?

Unfortunately, some products out there have been tested on animals, or contain ingredients that aren’t vegan. This is why it is a good idea to do research into a brand before you buy their products, particularly if you haven’t heard of the company before. With so many brands out there, you will be able to find plenty that fit in with your ethical guidelines but you will need to research first.

What are the ingredients?

If you have any sensitivities it is a good idea to check the list of ingredients before buying a product. Even products that you love and use regularly can mix up their ingredients from time to time if they update it, so ensure that you check and compare old and new bottles or pots each time you buy a new one. 

These are just a few tips for choosing skin care products. Taking care of your skin is so important and that is why you need to make sure you make the right decisions. You only have one skin and so you want to take care of it. What are some top skincare rules or tips that you ensure you always adhere to? Let us know!

Sarah x

Guest post: Perry’s Bath Bombs

Guest post:

Hi there, I am Perry and I run an independent bath bomb business, based in Reading UK.

I started my little business as a side-line to my beauty salon. I wanted to produce bath bombs that were suitable for sensitive skins. Especially for children with sensitive skin as my daughter was irritated and allergic to nearly every product on the market. Very frustrating!

This idea then quickly grew into quite a substantial small business. I have been super busy over the 3 lockdowns and have grown my range massively. Due to my beauty salon being closed, I was able to spend more time growing my bath bombs and adding more to my range. I am so grateful for my lovely customers as they have kept the money coming in whilst I am unable to work in my primary business.

I am now very excited to announce I am branching out into wax melts! I have my own electric burner in my beauty salon and I love having different fragrances for my customers whilst they relax in a treatment. I have wanted to make melts for a couple of years now but the bath bombs have taken up all my time!

Initially I am focusing on scents that I already have in my bath bomb range so they can be paired up nicely. My other thought is that if purchasing a gift for a friend, it will be really lovely to be able to pop together a gift box with a mix of bath bombs, wax melts and maybe even a pretty wax burner.

I can ship gifts directly to recipients with a gift card which is also super handy in the height of a global pandemic when we are all locked down most of the time! Anyhow, I hope they will be a hugely successful as my bath bombs because they are lots of fun to make and I can get creative with the appearance and scents. There is no end to the combinations I can make!

My wax melts are vegan and CLP compliant. I spend a lot of time making sure all my products are correctly manufactured and I am fully insured. You can purchase via my website www.perrysbathbombs.com

I am always keen to hear feedback so do let me know if you try any of my new melts! Thanks so much for taking the time to read about me and my little product range.

Perry x

Velvet Bio Skincare

This post contains gifted products:

Velvet Bio provide natural, chemical free and organic cosmetics products to keep your skincare routine simple but effective. Their products are suitable for each and every skin type. Perfect for everyone, no one is left behind. You can use their natural oils as moisturisers, hair conditioners and to treat skin issues.

All of their products are cruelty free and vegan.

Organic Jojoba Oil

£18.99

Jojoba oil is considered to be the perfect moisturiser. It works well on all skin types (dry, oily, combination and normal skin). Its consistency is similar to the consistency of the oils produced by the human skin. It’s full of antioxidants, minerals and contains vitamin E and B.

The benefits of Natural Jojoba Oil are:

– Helps produce collagen

– It’s a great antibacterial and antifungal solution that keeps your skin clear.

– Helps to treat acne scars and sunburn

I have been using this on my face and body to try and help with scarring and skin issues and it has really helped. You only need a small amount and it soaks into your skin really well. Using this every few nights on my acne scarring on my chin has really helped to improve the appearance of the skin and help the scars heal quicker.

Facial Serum

£18.99

This facial serum is suitable for sensitive skin and non-comedogenic. It thicken the dermis, to naturally ease fine lines and is essential for firm, youthful skin improving wrinkles on the skin.

This serum is great if you are wanting to help improve the sign of wrinkles or as a preventative. It’s important to start using anti ageing products before you feel you need them as it’s easy to prevent signs of ageing than it is to reverse them.

Using a facial serum like this makes your skin look plumper and more hydrated as well as making your skin look more youthful.

Sarah x

Mother’s Day gift guide 2021

Contains gifted products:

If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Britain Loves Baking – Baileys Red Velvet Chocolate Fudge & Prosecco

£28

All the ingredients in the box are weighed out for you:

Makes 600g of fudge & a bottle of Prosecco  

50ml of Baileys Red Velvet (this has been decanted into)

1 Tub of condensed milk from sustainable UK farms

1 Bag of Belgian White Chocolate

1 Bag of Belgian Dark Chocolate

1 Bottle of Vanilla extract

1 Bag Dehydrated mixed berry powder

1 Recipe card

1 75 cl  Prosecco 

I think this is a great idea as you can either gift this as a box so your loved one can make the fudge/you can make it together or you can make it yourself then give it as a gift. It’s such a unique idea to be able to give something you can make as well.

The instructions are easy to follow and it really does include everything you red to make delicious fudge as well as a bottle of prosecco.

Il Gusto Miniature Limited Edition Gin Gift Set (Pack of 8 x 40ml)

£29.95

8 bottles including:

Elderflower Gin (26%)

Strawberry Gin (31%)

Cherry Bakewell (31%)

Rhubarb Gin (25%)

Violet Gin (25%)

Turkish Delight Gin (26%)

Blood Orange Gin (31%)

Pink Grapefruit Gin (31%)

If she likes gin then this set is ideal. Il gusto have such an amazing range of gins and other liquors as well as vinegars and oils so there is something for everyone. Their variety boxes are a great way to try different flavours or if there is a particular flavour she likes then you can get a variety of shaped bottles with just the one flavour in.

Prezzybox – Personalised Mothers Day Favorites Box – Caramel

£26.99

This is such a lovely idea as you can pick her favourite Cadbury chocolate bar and get a whole box personalised with Happy Mother’s Day on and you can also have your name put on it. I think it’s a cute design and such a great gift idea as who wouldn’t want a massive box of their fave chocolate bar?!

Stirling Distillery – Lockdown Virtual Tour and Tasting

£25.95

Includes:

Virtual Tour of the Distillery hosted by our Team and Founders Cameron and June McCann

4 x 5cl minis (Stirling Gin, Battle Strength Gin, Raspberry Red Cap Liqueur & Bramble and Mint Green Lady Liqueur)

2 x Bottles of Fever-tree mediterranean tonic

1 x Orange (dried orange)

1 x Cocktail Recipe Book

1 x Small Bottle of Hand Sanitiser

What’s great about this gift is not only do you get a great range of liquors to try, you also get a virtual experience of the distillery and get to learn more about how the drinks are made. Educational and tasty!

Flawsome – Mother’s Day Gift Box

£10.99

This box includes two bars of galaxy uniquely wrapped in Flawsomes creative packaging to spell out words inspired by famous chocolate wrappers as well as some little chocolate hearts. You can pick from a large selection of words and they have some really great rude ones to pick from as well!

Mandira’s Kitchen – Chicken Biriyani

£8.50

Mandira’s Kitchen create a great range of authentic Indian food to be enjoyed at home. They have lots of dishes that can be stored in the freezer and are simple to heat in the oven. This dish tasted so good and the portions are ideal as it’s for two but it’s split up so you can cook separately if needed. This would be a great alternative to a takeaway for your mum.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Vegetable Samosas

£6.50

Alongside the main you can also get a good range of sides and the samosas are really tasty! This pack will do a couple of meals as well as they are easy to heat up.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Naan

£3

An indian meal isn’t complete without naan bread and these are easy to heat up and taste so nice. They are so much nice than ones you get from a supermarket and a good size too. There are three in the pack so quite good value.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Pineapple Chutney

£5.99

This is a pleasant change from mango chutney and can be enjoyed alongside a curry. It tastes good and you get quite a lot in the jar.

Really impressed with the range and think it would make a nice treat for someone this mother’s day.

Bodycare

SOS H20 Day Serum

£15

This is a really luxurious vegan and cruelty free serum packed with antioxidants to reduce wrinkles and to help protect the skin. This would be a great gift for anyone that likes to take care of their skin. It can be used as a daily serum and contains SPF.

Sugar Coated Leg Hair Removal Kit

£9.99

Kit includes:

200g wax, 3 spatulas (2 big & 1 small) and 15 re-usable strips 

This is a really great leg hair wax and it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s easy to use and contains rosehip oil to soothe your legs. It really helps to prevent ingrown hairs and leaves tour legs super soft.

Prezzybox – Gelato Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This set contains four lovely handmade melts that are shaped like tasty cupcakes and have iconic ice cream scents such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Lemon Sorbet and Cookies & Cream! They are so luxurious and smell amazing. A must for any bath lover!

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Mother’s Day Box

£15

1 x huge No 1 mum glittery bath star (scented in beautiful dreams)

1 x small neroli bath bomb

1 x small be calm bath bomb

1 x moo free chocolate bar

This box is a great idea for anyone that loves bath bombs. They are all handmade and smell amazing. I use bath bombs from Perry all the time and her scents are so lovely and the bombs are made with such loving care. The box also comes with a chocolate bar as an added bonus.

House Of Purple Rose – Regenerating Gold Concentrate Serum with Gold Flakes

£50

This serum is made from a blend of pomegranate, bearberry, papaya, turmeric, hexylresorcinol and vitamins. Including natural botanicals and pure 23 carat gold flakes this is a really great product for your skin. It provides a range of powerful anti-aging benefits, including firming, moisturising and tightening of the skin. A great gift idea for anyone that wants to take care of their skin.

House Of Purple Rose – Brighten and Clarify Cleanser

£18

The Clarifying Cleanser is boosting with Caviar lime, Acerola, Papaya which work together to fade blemishes, combat dark spots and promote an even skin tone.

It is also infused with Green tea and Silk amino acids which offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution making skin feel instantly smooth, silky and healthy looking. It is a great cleanser to use and would make a great gift.

Newport Gifts – 24 Soap Flower Heart Box

£24.99

Soap flowers are something I had never even heard of but they are such a unique gift idea. You simply add a one or two roses to your warm bath, relax and watch the cute flowers dissolve right before your very eyes. It creates a beautiful colourful water and great scent. It leaves your skin soft, silky, and smelling wonderfully fresh.

Newport Gifts – Flower Bouquet

£18.99

This is another variation on the above but is displayed as a bouquet so you have a variety of different flowers to add to your bath. I think this is a really cute and fun gift idea as they can go on display as flowers until they are used. They look too nice to use and could be kept for display if you wanted and they smell so good!

Their website is currently under construction so you can message them on Twitter to purchase.

Candles

Tribal Unicorn – Nova Candle

£35

Tribal Unicorn candles are inspired by London Life. From the sweet pineapple and jerk vibes of Notting Hill Carnival to the candlelit hip hop yoga classes in Shoreditch. Using the highest quality perfumes and clean burning wax available. Their vegan-friendly, luxury candle brand is the answer to boring, lackluster, shop-bought candles.

They use organic, ethically sourced soy, rapeseed, and coconut wax and every candle purchased helps them to support our two chosen charities. Fareshare and Women’s Aid.

I love the scent and the colour of the Nova candle, it looks like galaxy print! It is a rich, floral accord of bluebells and hyacinth enhanced with notes of galbanum, rose and jasmine.

Cutch Company – The Self Embrace Candle

£30

The name ‘cutch’ is a variation of a spelling of cwtch , which is a Welsh word for a special kind of hug or a cuddle. They brand have created a candle based around Embraces . There are 3 within this range – Friendship, Self and Lovers. They have also just released A Loving Cutch just for Mother’s Day .

Cutch Company use soy wax, recyclable materials and essential oils and paraben free perfumes in their candle scents. All candles go out in the post snuggled up in tissue paper which has been fragranced using their scents. The unwrapping experience is a very pleasant one and you know you have been sent a Cutch.

The self embrace candle smells so good! Powerful lavender oil calms the heart and encourages peace and healing, whilst herbaceous eucalyptus and rosemary help clear the mind, giving strength and renewed courage for the coming day. Warm, nutty supporting notes of clary sage add reassurance and warmth to this hand blended candle, poured with love. Light, relax and press the reset button.

Other

Chewie Cat – Coco Teething Necklace – Black

£10

Chewie Cat specialise in teething necklaces, designed to be both fashionable and practical.

They designed these silicone teething necklaces for stylish mummies who are looking for some baby proof jewellery. They are non-toxic and safe for baby to play with or chew when teething, helping to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. It can encourage early motor skills when baby grasps this necklace.  

The necklaces are made with strong satin cord and a breakaway safety clasp. The silicone beads are made from high quality food-grade silicone which has been safety tested and free from all nasties.

Josie Dom – Lums Mum Book

£9

Lum’s Mum – the perfect gift from a toddler to Mum. The book is all about Lum missing his Mum, with lots of love and adventure going on, and a ‘guaranteed’ hug for Mum at the end. It would make a great gift for mother and child to read to together or for your child to read and give you peace and quiet until they have finished.

Leo Charley and Me – Cherry Stone Warming Pillow

£20

If they suffer from regular aches and pains these cute cherry stone pillows are just the thing you need to buy.

Using heat or cold therapy can really help to ease the pain caused by muscle tension, arthritis and sprains.

These little pillows are filled with cleaned and dried cherry stones which heat up easily and rapidly in the microwave and will stay warm without the dangers associated with traditional hot water bottles. They can also be chilled in the freezer and used like a bag of frozen peas on injuries or for headaches.

They come in a variety of designs and this dog one is super cute.

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021

This post contains gifted items:

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share some gift ideas with you. No matter who you are buying for, whether it is your partner, future love interest or a friend(for those that celebrate Galentine’s), I have you covered!

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Il Gusto Pick n Mix

£28 for 3 bottles

If you want to get someone the gift of spirits but aren’t sure what they may like then Il Gusto is worth checking out as they have a great range of pick and mix bottles that stack together. You can pick from vodka, gin or a creamy liquor and then pick out your different flavours. They have so many great flavours to pick from and you can even have your own message written on the bottles.

I have always been impressed by the quality of Il Gusto products and have tried various things from them in the past. They also do a great range of vinegars and oils in special bottles.

Prezzybox – Personalised chocolates

£10.99

These personalised chocolates are a great idea. You can pick you own photo to use on the little card that comes with them as well as a message. These are a great gift that can be shared. I know by giving this to my husband he will end up sharing with me! The picture is removable as well as is a nice little keepsake to keep hold of after the chocolates have been eaten!

Prezzybox always have a really great range of presents and most of them can be personalised.

The Edible Museum – Chocolate human heart

£25

This is amazing. How else would you show your loved one you care than by giving them a heart? I think this is a brilliant idea and it looks so cool.

The heart is formed to look as realistic as possible to a human heart and is made completely out of chocolate and to scale. Each one is hand painted with chocolate to look as realistic as possible. It is such a unique gift!

Push Chocolate – Valentine’s Day box

£4.99 per bag usually, packaging is an additional cost:

Two pouches £9.99

Three pouches £13.49

Four Pouches £16.99

All the prices above include UK P&P.

This box is a great gift for any chocolate lover. It contains a bag of chocolate buttons in a flavour of your choice, wrapped in valentine’s themed paper as well as a beautiful fake rose.

All of their ingredients are natural with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or any other nasties. Their chocolate contains 50% less sugar than mainstream chocolate and is boosted with plant proteins, which help to provide the essential building blocks keeping your body healthier as part of a balanced diet. Those chocolate is vegan and suitable for people who are intolerant to lactose, gluten and soy.

They have so many different flavours to pick from!

For the love of the land – Cook book

£22

Another great idea is a cookery book. Forty fantastic farmers from all over the British Isles share their recipes and stories about what British farming means to them. It is a great way to find out new recipes and also a must have book for anyone that loves cooking and spending time in the kitchen! If your loved one enjoys cooking then this is a really useful gift idea.

Heart of Hearts – Mini prosecco

£9.49

Say it with champers is a company that creates personalised champagne and prosecco. They offer a variety of sizes and you can pick whatever label design and text you want. The heart of hearts label is perfect for the occasion and you can add your own message. They will even send you over a copy of the label before printing if you want to check what it will look like. I think this is a thoughtful gift with a message on.

Mooze botanical spirit

£19.99 for 70cl

Mooze 12% is a crisp, lower alcohol botanical spirit, distilled by international award winners in Essex, filling the gap for when you want to drink, but less units and calories.

Mooze contains 6 delicious Botanicals: Juniper, Cucumber, Orange, Clementine Zest, Coriander and Macadamia Nut.

It is a great alternative to regular spirits as it means you don’t get that awful hangover or feel as drunk but still get the taste of a nice alcoholic drink, the perfect gift for anyone that likes a drink or two!

Orriss & Son sauces

£7.25 each for a 200ml bottle

These sauces are a good source of protective antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals, chillies are a great addition to a nutritious, balanced diet. All in all, these three carefully crafted chilli condiments combine authenticity and deliciousness with ultimate convenience and health benefits. Choose from:

‘Even Flow’ – the one that started it all. Orriss & Son’s original recipe hot sauce, based on fiery and fruity habaneros plus red and smoked chillies, tomato and apple juices to deliver that defined ‘hit’.

‘My Wave’ takes inspiration from the heat of the classic and now familiar piri-piri seasoning. Fresh and dried chillies are combined with red peppers, tomatoes and cider vinegar along with the traditional lemon, bay and garlic, to bring a fresh piquancy and balanced salinity to a host of dishes.

‘Fresh Tendrils’ is based on the subtle heat of fresh green jalapeños, balanced with green peppers, apple juice, earthy nettle and mint to impart a vibrant acidity in a tasty green sauce.

They all taste really great and a donation from the sale of each bottle also goes to a water aid charity which changes millions of lives every year, working in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Accessories

Sharkie and Bear – Heart studs

£8

These beautiful earrings are lead and nickel free stainless steel with a heart pattern on, they are such a cute gift idea for valentine’s and they have so many different designs to pick from in studs or in dangly earrings. They also have a good range of non heart related ones that are worth checking out. They are so well made and a really good price for something so delicate and lovely.

Trendhim – Freek Black Knitted Cotton Gloves

£30

These black knitted mens gloves feature touch screen capability on the thumbs and forefingers so are great for anyone that uses a phone or tablet regularly.

They are crafted from 100% recycled cotton, they keep the heat in without trapping sweat, really soft and come in a variety of sizes but also slightly stretchy to be more accommodating. The gloves are great quality and a really good gift idea.

Homeware

Asda – Photo canvas

From £12 depending on size and design

Asda have such a good range of photo items from cushions to blankets or mugs as well as wall canvases. You can personalise them exactly how you want, from the size to the border to the colour scheme. I created this absolutely massive one to go on our wall in the living room complete with 4 wedding photos, two in black and white and two in colour. It came out so well and the pictures look so clear on it. It comes with small wooden blocks if you want to stretch the canvas further but I didn’t need to.

I have always been impressed with the Asda photo products as they are always such great quality and are affordable compared to other photo companies. Their website is so easy to use and I designed the canvas from my phone. You can upload your photos and use their tools to crop and resize as well as change the colour hue.

Crosskey Avenue – Ischia scented candle

£39

I think candles make a great idea as a gift, whether they are for your loved one or if you wanted to treat yourself. Crosskey Avenue have a good range of scents but the one I have been burning is Ischia which is freshly picked lemon, red rose and tomato leaf combine with Mediterranean cypress to produce this zesty yet floral perfume redolent of the Italian island of Ischia. It smells beautiful and even after burning for a while you it still lets off a powerful scent without being overpowering.

Each candle is wrapped in minimalist matt white glass and presented in a beautiful gifting box embossed with the signature Crosskey Avenue keyhole. It has approx. burn time of 38 hrs and the packaging is sustainable.

Skincare

Prezzybox – Men’s wellness collection

£12.99

This is the ideal gift for anyone that likes to pamper themselves as it contains:

Mr Tea Bath Tea Bag, Mr Melt Bath Melt, Mr Smoothie Shower Smoothie and 50g Lime and Cedarwood Shaving Soap.

It is a lovely set all packaged together in a blue themed box aimed for men and I think it’s a really good idea as some men love using different bath products but don’t go out of their way to get them so to receive this as a gift is a really nice thought.

Neves Bees – Everything looks rosey gift box

£14

Neves bees have the most lovely range of products made from natural bees wax, blended with pure, sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and fragranced with natural essential oils and packaged in recyclable tins, card and linen packaging.

This everything looks rosey gift box contains 1 Rosey Hand Salve in a 30ml tin and 1 Rosey Lip Balm in an 8ml Slider tin. I love their hand save and use is regularly especially in the colder months and when washing my hands more frequently. I love the quality of their products and the packaging is really cute.

COSRX – Acne pimple master patch

£7

This is a great idea to treat yourself to if you are preparing to look your best for valentine’s day, whether you live with your loved one and are having a takeaway or having a virtual date with someone over zoom, you will want to look and feel your best.

These patches work so well overnight by reducing inflammation and redness of spots whilst protecting them and helping them heal. I am really impressed with these patches and surprised how well they work on pesky little spots.

Embryolisse – Hydra serum

£16.05

If you want to treat yourself or your loved one to skincare then Embryolisse is a great brand and their products are so kind to your skin, whilst really working, especially good for the colder months when your skin needs extra love.

The hydra serum is great to replenish moisture without leaving your skin sticky or greasy, it soaks in well and really helps to hydrate your skin.

Embryolisse – Hydra cream light

£12.60

The hydra light cream is designed for people that don’t like heavier creams or serums. The lightweight, ultra-nourishing moisturiser sinks into the skin in seconds to provide hydration that lasts all day long. The refreshing texture doesn’t feel heavy and protects the skin’s natural barrier against external aggressors. It helps to give you glowing, healthy looking skin.

Lane 44 – Rose gold razor

From £26 depending on blade supply

This beautiful razor is designed to be an affordable sharp and plastic free design. You can buy it with a 1, 6 or 12 month supply of double edge blades and the 6 or 12 month options come with a free blade bank.

By using a single blade razor you can get a close cut shave without irritation and ingrown hairs. It’s so easy to hold and use and is already the perfect weight and size so you don’t have to apply pressure. This would be a great treat to yourself or for someone you love that suffers with sore skin after regular shaving.

Other

Mood cards – For me and you

£12.50

These are a set of 20 practical activities to get couples into a positive mindset and enhance their connection. They are the perfect Valentine’s day gift, designed to encourage partners to grow and have fun together, to understand and support each other better, to share mutual appreciation and complicity.

They can be used together or in turns, so works well as a gift they can be sent directly to the recipient with a free message and fit through the letterbox.

The cards are printed on FSC paper and have a bio lamination, which makes them compostable and 100% plastic-free. They come in a lovely tin box that is reusable too.

Smart screen – Antibacterial cloth

£9.95

This is a great gift idea to treat yourself to something useful and give your phone or tablet some love. This lifestyle accessory, though produced predominantly for phone and tablet use, can also be utilised for reading glasses or camera lens cleaning thanks to its versatility. It’s so handy to have and I have used it on all my devices as well as my glasses to keep my screens clean and clear.

It’s available in six different colours (Navy Blue, Saffron Yellow, Slate Grey, Powder Blue, Polar White and Camel Brown)

Loving small business box

From £17

Loving Small Business have a monthly subscription box that supports independent small businesses and charities. All of their box contents are a surprise which subscribers love. Their previous boxes have included handcrafted jewellery, natural beauty products and home fragrance, this is an example of what a box may contain.

I think this is a great idea as a gift or a treat for yourself and a really good way to try out products you wouldn’t usually buy or haven’t heard of. The boxes have a great mix of products and you can view previous boxes on their website if you want an idea of what people have received in the past.

They have a continuous offer of 30% off the first box for anyone who subscribes to their newsletter!

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

NeuroSkinFeeds – The MicroMilk

Contains gifted products:

NeuroSkinFeeds - The Micromilk

I have previously tried out the MicroOil from NeuroSkinFeeds but today wanted the share my thoughts on the MicroMilk.

It’s key ingredients are

• Aloe vera gel – hydrating; soothing and cooling; reduces inflammation and itchiness; known for its anti-bacterial and healing properties; easily absorbed. Contains vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids. Helps to hydrate the skin without any post- application greasy feeling. Locks moisture into the skin whilst leaving it smooth and soft

• Karite (shea) butter – rich in fatty acids and vitamins to soften skin. Anti-inflammatory and healing, it conditions, tones and soothes skin. Rich in vitamins A and E, it has anti- inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

• Camelina sativa seed oil – a strong antioxidant due to high vitamin E content; acts as an anti-inflammatory, calming sensitised skin, whilst adding moisture; boosts the immune system; packed with omega-3 fatty acids; enhances skin barrier function- healthy barrier function is essential for survival, as it prevents bacteria from entering the skin; suitable for all skin conditions.

• Cannabis sativa seed oil + 1% CBD – intensively nourishes and regenerates sensitive and tired skin; reduces inflammation in the skin; calms skin and reduces redness; has antioxidant and regenerative qualities to help offset damage from the sun, pollution, and ageing; rich in vitamins A and E; deeply moisturises and improves skin structure; creates a barrier, helping skin retain its own moisture; relaxes skin and mind, ensuring nutrients are absorbed better.

There is a strong connection between what you put on your skin and your mood, this ensures that only good ingredients are used to help promote a better mood.

My thoughts

I have been using this regularly the last couple of weeks as my skin has been really dry due to the weather and having the heating on. It’s really helped with any dry patches I have and it also apples so nicely and smells nice that it really does put you in a better mood after using it!

The pump bottles makes it really easy to use and you don’t need much to really make a difference to your skin. It soaks in well and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or greasy which is a bonus.

NeuroSkinFeeds products are vegan, 100% natural and cruelty-free and suitable for sensitive skin. I would recommend both of their products I have tried.

Have you tried this before?

Sarah x