I love trying out beauty boxes or bags as it is always a great way to either buy your favourite products for a fraction of the cost or to try new things you wouldn’t usually buy.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Beauty Expert Collection: Icons Edition

The bag contains 6 iconic products worth £170:

Within the bag you receive the following products as well as a leaflet explaining more about each product:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® All-Over Miracle Oil (100ml)

I have been using this oil for about a year now as it is a great multi purpose lightweight oil. I usually use it on my face every few evenings if I need an extra bit of moisture as some of my acne creams can be very drying. It is also ideal to use on your body, especially dry ankles or elbows! You can even put it on the ends of your hair. It smells fab and a little goes a long way. It was great to get one in this set as I had nearly run out!

Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel (100ml) in one of the following: Heavenly Gingerlily/Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose/Suma Ginseng/Rhubarb & Rose

Molton Brown have always been a favourite of mine for luxury bath and home products. They can often be expensive but I usually treat myself to a body wash in the sales. This is a great way to try the brand if you haven’t before and you will receive one of the above scents. The bottle is a good size too.

NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% (30ml)

I hadn’t heard of this brand or tried this before so was quite excited to give it a go. It claims to basically become a photography filter for your skin in real life. It helps to smooth your skin out and hide any imperfections and give you a natural radiance. You can wear it on its own if you are going for a natural look or you can put it on under your make up. I have used it a couple of times now and have been impressed with the finish.

Eve Lom Cleanser (100ml)

This is something I had wanted to try for a very long time but couldn’t justify buying it as it’s usually about £50-60 for a pot this size! It comes with a muslin cloth for you to try too and has been compared a lot to Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I have been using it for a week now and you only need a small amount to cleanse your face. It smells really nice and has left my skin feeling very clean and soft and I would love to buy it again when I run out so will probably look into getting a set where it’s included again!

Babor Skinovage Reactivating Eye Cream (15ml)

Not a brand I had tried before but now I am in my 30s it’s about time I started using an eye cream and more anti aging products. I am happy that this is a lightweight eye cream as I always worry about putting anything too thick near my eyes! It soaked in well and can be applied thinly at night or even in the morning if you need a bit of a boost when you have tired eyes.

NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Comforting Face Balm (50ml)

Nuxe has always been a favourite brand of mine for skincare, I love their oil and was excited to try this face balm. It is a luxurious honey infused face cream that can be applied day or night and it smells so good! I was impressed how well it soaked in and by using it before bed the nights I don’t use my oil it helped to keep my face hydrated. I also put a small amount on in the morning too and it soaks in well and doesnt leave my face greasy.

I think this is amazing value for £79 and for a limited time if you use code SARAH_20 you can get an additional 20% off making it only £63.20!

Something else I love about Beauty Expert is that if you spend over £35 you get to pick a free gift too!

Have you tried anything from this set?

Sarah x

I had been wanting to try a retinol treatment for a while and came across this one from Skin Chemists and as I have tried a few bits from them before and always been impressed I decided to give it a go.

Skin Chemists – Pure Retinol 0.3% Biphase Serum

£39.90

“Daily Biphase serum instantly replenishes moisture and revives skin’s radiance with the help of its powerful active Retinol. This special form of vitamin A has been proven to minimize fine lines, improve pigment problems, revitalize skin and make its overall appearance fresher and more youthful. The lightweight serum effortlessly melts into the skin leaving a velvety-soft finish, with a quick-absorbing formula created combining the freshness of water with the nourishing effects of Retinol.

Why do I need this product?

• Prevents wrinkles and smoothes existing fine lines
• Brightens dull skin by exfoliating at a cellular level
• Fades dark age spots, sun damage & hyperpigmentation

What are the key benefits?

• Retinol can reduce the appearance of ageing with impressive results
• Helps to defy signs of ageing – including softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven tone
• A powerful form of Vitamin A, Retinol encourages cell turnover, revealing healthier, softer skin while also tackling blemishes and dark spots” – skinchemists.com

I have been using this now for a couple of weeks along with a brightening face wash and moisturiser to really try and tackle acne scars and also to try and stop my skin ageing. Retinol, when used correctly can be amazing for your skin. It will tackle ageing as well and smoothing out your skin and helping with any scars or pigmentation.

I have really noticed a difference whilst using this and not only does my face feel softer, it also looks a lot softer and brighter.

Have you used a retinol product before?

Sarah x

Recently my shoulder has really been hurting from overdoing the exercise as I am not used to it! I am trying to strengthen my upper body by boxing and a pull up bar but have managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder.

I had been having lots of hot baths to soothe it but wanted to see if a muscle soak would help.

I have been really impressed with this Al!ve muscle ease bath foam that you can get in sainsbury’s for £5. The bottle is quite big and you only need to use a small amount at a time.

I find that hot baths really help if you are suffering with muscular pain. The dead sea salt will help with the aches and the seaweed and eucalyptus help revive your body and skin and remove toxins.

The bath foam smells really nice and I feel really clean and invigorated after using it. It has really helped with my shoulder and I plan to give it a bit of a rest now so it heals fully.

How do you help yourself recover from muscle pain?

Sarah x

I wanted to share with you a couple of skincare products I have been using this month.

Kind Natured ginseng & grapefruit brightening daily moisturiser

£12

I am really into brightening products at the moment as I feel like my skin has been looking a bit dull due to it being quite dry from the time of year and heating etc. I also am still battling acne scarring so wanting to try and resurface my skin and brighten it and get rid of the scarring. It is important to use a moisturiser, even if you have oily skin, you need to use one daily. This is full of vitamins and avocado oil to help hydrate your skin and get that glow back!

Super facialist vitamin C brightening gently daily micro polish wash

£9.99

I have been using this face wash for the last few weeks and I really like how as well as cleaning the skin, it also slightly exfoliates your face and over time you can slowly see how it has resurfaced your skin and my face now feels a lot smoother and it looks a lot brighter after I have washed it. It includes ferulic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E to help brighten your complexion. I am going to continue using this and it is slowly helping my acne scars too around my jawline as its really brightening my skin again.

Teamed together, these are both working really well for me!

Have you tried any new skincare products recently?

Sarah x

Coffee body scrubs are advertised all over the internet and can often look very messy but I have been trying out the perky blenders coffee scrub the last few weeks to see how I got on with it.

I am not a massive fan of the smell of coffee so wasn’t sure how I would get on but I was really surprised as it wasn’t overpowering at all.

Coffee scrub is so good for your skin as whilst it is exfoliating it is also tightening the skin and helping with any blemishes.

It is easy to use and isn’t messy at all if you use it whilst in the bath. You only need a small handful to use all over your body and it feels very invigorating!

Caffeine from the coffee helps to stimulate blood flow and the coconut oil and butter help to soften your skin so you don’t even need to moisturise after using it.

Have you tried a coffee body scrub before?

Sarah x