August Favourites

Is it really  September? I just don’t know where the days are going!  This post was originally meant to be a mid month favourites but with the summer holidays and a well earned trip abroad time just flew by and sadly this one got left in the draft file…my bad!

So – here we are a new month and a new season (though it’s more of an Indian summer in the south of the UK) I give you a few of my favourite finds from last month.

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Summer – whilst I always welcome it with open arms and sleeveless tops, but my thighs weep! I have absolutely bundles of maxi dresses and summer wear but in all honesty I dread it, god gave me curves and with that comes thick thighs..ok so my heritage is mainly to blame for that one what can I say it’s a blessing and a curse!

Like so many the cycle shorts(or similar) and talc were a staple  prevent the “chub rub”.  For me I’ve normally stuck to harem pants or jeans and vest but when the occasion required the dresses and glad rags were needed.   Despite dresses and skirts being easy and breezy, they also came with their fair share of thigh sized problems.  That was until I found Tortz, the tights/shorts hybrid was the answer to my prayers.

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Image with thanks to Tortz

These pretty undergarms are perfect for those hot summer days, light enough as their sheer and comfortable too.  The lace trim is so pretty and gives it a little sassy edge.  It also has a silicone trim on the underside to keep them securely in place.

I picked up a pair from their eBay store and couldn’t wait to to take these babies out for a test run.  They slip on well however if you have long nails (or talons like what I had at the time) be careful as you can like me stick a big hole in the lace trim (my bad) sizing is pretty good too.  Though I would recommend for my curvier sisters to go a size up for added comfort.

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Image with thanks to Tortz

Priced from £8.50 they’re an absolute steal plus there’s no fears of coming home and reaching to stick the bag of peas between your thighs lol

Available in nude or black and as a multi pack, grab your’s here

Dames & Dimes 

I stumbled upon  Dames & Dimes on Instagram one evening,   The cute branding had me aesthetically! Their posts were interesting, appealing and full of wit.  One evening I had a lovely chat with them online following on from a post on their foot cream.  I’ve always taken care of my feetsies’ but since the dreaded sprain back in March I’ve been living in trainers, whilst comfy as hell, the wear has played havoc with my feet. I noticed they were very dry and despite my sticking to  regular footcare routine the dryness hadn’t changed.  So after some great advice and a little banter I decided to give these guys a whirl.

When my order arrived I was so excited as I’d heard so much about the foot cream – the smell alone was reason enough  to buy.

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How beautiful is the packaging?

Gorgeous packaging and lovely note of thanks

The Soothing + Restoring Intensive Foot Butter, is a rich cream which you lather on your feet before bed pop on some cotton socks and let the foot doctor do it’s magic.

Texture is more like a whipped mousse, which melts into an oil base rich with moisture. Made up of Mango butter and organic cocoa butter, it smells so edible with the addition of the peppermint oil it almost reminds me of a delicious milkshake (or frappuccino of sorts) either way it smells good enough to eat (though not recommended of course)

I’ve been using this now for a few weeks, and it’s worked wonders for my feet, they’ve been restored back to beauty and ready for holiday!

What I love most is that it’s 100% natural and handmade, so a lot of love and labour has gone into creating such a fab product.

The foot butter comes in at £9.95 for a 80g pot which will last you absolutely ages. I know the idea of popping on socks when you go to bed isn’t ideal in the heat but trust me you’ll want to make sure you put on a light cotton pair otherwise the oils will just soak up into your sheets – so you’ve been warned lovelies. But remember in the morning you wake up to super soft and nourished feet!

I also received a pot of the Energizing + Rejuvinating Sea Salt Body Scrub which I’ve tried and absolutely love and was a treat for my body whilst I was on holiday last week, it kept my skin super soft.  I always go for either citrus or sweet, and the scrub is packs a lime punch (think mojito for your skin) the scrub is made up of Epsom salts, sea salts and Dead Sea salts so you’re guaranteed you’ll be saying farewell to those dry skin cells!

Available online to order I give Dames & Dimes a massive thumbs up! I’ve just ordered myself the Nail & Cuticle balm – I’ve heard such great things and based on what I’ve tried, I know I’m in for a treat, look out for more fab reviews from a firm fave brand of mine!  In the meantime head over to their website to check out more from their range

Right Guard Shower Oil

So this was a surprise product for me as it just happened to be on my weekly shopping list, but Right Guard Shower+Oil is just fantastic and a winner for me this summer.

I picked up this bottle of happiness after having a disappointing experience with an in shower moisturiser.  So I was keen to try this gem, I think the scent and ingredients pretty much sold it to me (not to mention it was only £1.00 at the time)

Consistency is much like a shower gel but not as thick or gloopy, it lathers up well and feels smooth and silky on the skin.  Enriched with Argan, Marula and Almond oil, you just know you’re not only going to feel amazing but smell fab too thanks to the Monoi Blossom.

Post shower, my skin feels wonderfully moisturised, soft and supple, but for how long?  I road tested without further moisturiser and went on a day trip with son, by the time I came home and changed into PJ’s (yes that early) my legs were still soft and smooth, no dry patches at all.

Labelled as for dull skin, I’d agree and also just say if you love shower oils without the dangers of slipping in the shower (yep done that too!) then go for it.  It’s a great treat, and smells like holiday (if it had a scent)

I also found this great for shaving your legs, whilst the conditioner life hack was a god send, this shower oil works a treat, plus you can lather in the remainder once you’ve de-fuzzed.

Right Guard Shower +Oil is a great time saver especially if you’re in a rush or always have the intention to moisturise but forget!  It’s effective and won’t break the bank, I love this shower oil  and have since learnt that Right Guard also have other oils in this range which means I’ll be heading to the store very soon.  and will probably be sticking to this for a little longer.

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Monoi Blossom…a simple flower with a wonderful fragrance.  Image : Wikipedia

Do you have a favourite shower product that you always pick up at the store? Or perhaps you enjoy the two step approach of wash then moisturise?  I’d love to hear your recommendations and thoughts.

Til next time lovelies.

N

xoxo

Maya Curling Creme Review

I was given a sample of this styling cream while back when it was included in my Blogger Beauty Box.

As a girl with natural curls I was pretty excited to try out. Packed with lots of natural ingredients like olive oil, Argan oil, Shea and cedar wood bark oil to name a few,  Maya’s confident curling crème claims to combat dryness, ageing, split ends and frizz.

First off it smelt great and light in texture.  Application is directly on to damp hair and style as normal.

Immediate opinion was impressed, my waves looked natural and frizz free. Unfortunately they didn’t last the day.. to be fair it could have been our British weather that caused mayhem with the hair but as they day went on, my hair lost it’s smoothness and waves became a little frizzy.  I also noticed I was left with white flecks of residue in my hair, which wasn’t great, I’ve experienced this with a well known brand hand have just learnt it’s not for me or my hair.

Overall it’s a lovely product, however I wish the sample pot was a bigger so I could have given the cream a few more uses before delivering my verdict, but smells lovely, feels great and is also reasonably priced.

For more information on the brand and to purchase products click HERE

May Empties

It’s been a while since I did an empties post and it just so happens I had a few lying around so here goes…..

Sanctuary White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash

I’ve been a huge fan of Sanctuary products for such a long time now, in fact it was my first introduction to the world of Spas and Spa treatment/products.

Thanks to Boots and the amazing 3 for 2 at Christmas I can pretty much guarantee a treat from a loved one, not only do they offer fantastic value gift sets but quality is second to none.

If you’ve read my previous posts I absolutely love roses and their scent, so I was excited to try the White Lily and Damask Rose scent – it sounded so sultry however from what I understand it’s a hybrid rose which is often harvested for perfumery and it’s petals are edible! Mixed together with the White Lily and you have a delicately fragranced scent that can only be described as elegance!

The body wash also has beads which burst on contact with your skin.  It’s not a big lathering so if you like to get your soap n suds on, but leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.  For extra softness I used the body lotion from the same range.

For me this is a definite re-purchase, I love the scent, how my skin feels after use and the price.  At £5.50 for 250ml it’s a small price to pay for a little luxury.

Lee Stafford Here Come The Curls Creme Lite Hair Cream

As a girl blessed/cursed with naturally curly hair, I’m forever in search of the perfect product, that tames the frizz and leaves you with curls to die for without the crispness that remind you of your school days (if you’re my age then you know exactly what I mean!)

Enter Lee Stafford and his amazing Creme Light, all hail the pretty pink tube! I’m a big fan of hair creams, especially when it comes to my sorting my curls out.  Apply to damp hair and style as normal or style and go (my preferred method…especially when I’m the school run)  I love that this particular cream is specifically for finer hair, as hair cream can be a little heavy especially if you “accidentally” go overboard with the cream (Guilty as charged!)

As with all Lee Stafford’s products, they look great, smell great and work a treat. I’m left with endless waves that look great, healthy and feel soft to touch.

ATM this is my go-to product when it comes to going “au natural” with the hair.

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JR Naturorganics Organic Mandarin and Chamomile Moisturiser

I’ve not heard of the brand, so I was pleased to see a little sample in my Beauty Blogger Box in April.  Founded in the UK, JR Naturorganics provide natural skincare products which are  SLS/SLES, paraben, phthalates, and silicone free not to mention they’ve taken into consideration vegans, and those with dairy, gluten, and peanut allergies.  So if you tick any of these listed, this is definitely a company you need to check out.

I’m a fan of naturally fragrant products and the sweet scent of Mandarin comes through well.  Packed with loads of goodness including avocado, jojoba and lavender, they have carefully curated the perfect ingredients to create a lovely hydrating moisturiser.

The consistency of the cream was quite thick for my liking but absorbed well into my skin, and though the cream has skin balancing ingredients, I found cream made my skin more oily than usual.

I should say that this cream is recommended for normal to sensitive skin which isn’t my skin at all, though having checked out other fellow bloggers posts on this product, the overall feedback is a positive one.

For more information on JR Naturorganics and their products click HERE

Vichy Purete Thermale Perfecting Toner

Ah Vichy, can you do any wrong? Nope not in my eyes.  I just love pretty much ALL their products that I’ve tried, but I’m a massive fan of their cleansing range. So I figured it was time I gave their Purete Thermale range a whirl.

Created for sensitive skin and enriched with their thermal spa water, this range for me feels like a treat for my skin.  It smells and feels wonderful.  The scent is fresh and leaves my skin fully cleansed and smooth without drying it out.

Along with the toner I bought the cleansing gel but I’ve only just started using, so far so good, but I’ll give you more deets soon.

With Vichy they always deliver great quality at affordable prices, so if you’re after a little treat from the high street (or online) I urge you to give them a try,and if you’re looking  for something for your sensitive skin, that’s delicately fragranced and without all the nonsense like parabens etc… then this brand is for you!

Available online and in Boots stores

So what do you think?  Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any recommendations for me to try I’m always looking for new products and new brands to discover.

Lots of love

Miss Naddy

xoxo

 

The Beauty Blogger Tag

Hey lovelies, I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was out with a few girlfriends…no I didn’t fall over and break the other leg but had a fantastic night out, saw a few old friends, made some new ones too!!

So whilst catching up on some of my favourite blogs, the lovely Claudia Marie’s most recent post was a blogger tag, which was a great read she also challenged her readers with her own beauty questions so here goes :

Which of your features do you like most and why?

Wow this is a tough one for me, as I’ve spent many years self loathing and not really being able to love what mama nature gave me. I’d say my lips with eyes coming a close 2nd.

What do you notice first when you meet another woman wearing makeup?

I generally notice her smile first, and her eye make up, I’m always seeing how other girls wear their make up then I get on YouTube and get practising on my sunday afternoons.

On a scale from 1 to 10 how confident do you feel drawing a winged liner?

I’m a strong 7!  Like many of us I have a good days and bad days, but I do have winged envy of many blogger beauties.

Which colour family do you like the most at the moment?

I’m really drawn to dusky rose and pinks at the moment, I guess now the sun is shining more it’s time to leave those dark colours for nights out.

If you’d be a celebrity makeup artist who’d you want your client to be?

As of today Lil Kim!

What is the one skin care item you can’t live without?

I’d have to say my facial oil.  Currently using Mitchell & Peach

Do you remember what your first beauty item was? If yes, what was it?

When I was in my early teens my mum bought me a coral lipstick from Avon and Heaven Sent Perfume by Helena Rubinstein (Yes I am that old!)

What is your message to young girls starting off with make-up?

You don’t have to wear make up, you are beautiful as you are  – There’s plenty of time to experiment with make up but if you’re already using cosmetics then 4 golden rules :

ALWAYS remove your make up at the end of the day!

CLEANSE and not with baby wipes!

MOISTURISE But keep it simple no need to spend loads of money.

NEVER feel you have to wear make for a guy/girl – wear it only for yourself and there are no rules, dare to be different.

So there you have it!  Now to pass it on, I have a few questions for you, I’d love to know :

  1. What’s your favourite perfume and what do you think it says about you?
  2. Contour or Strobe?
  3. What’s your night-time skincare routine?
  4. Favourite Lip colour shade?
  5. Favourite Eyeshadow Palette?
  6. What’s your No.1 make up tip?
  7. What’s your favourite store to shop cosmetics?
  8. What’s your high end brand make up item you’d love to own?
  9. Which celebrity do you feel nails it makeup-wise?
  10.  You’ve got an hour to pack for a surprise weekend away, what all rounder palette and  lipstick would you choose to take with you?

Remember this is all a bit of fun, plus it’s always great to hear from you.  Please do make sure you tag me in so I can check out your answers.

Until next time lovelies.

Naddy

xoxo

 

 

Meet SASS

Being a woman comes with so many rituals, skincare, body care, make up, dress up, shower I could go on.  Often intimate care is only whispered.  As a mother (and almost out of my ahem 30’s) I’ve learnt to try not to care and whilst I don’t want to say “trend”  but with the likes of the beautiful Stina Sanders who kept it real! it has become quite popular to talk about what would have been taboo topics, but hey we’re not living in the dark ages, and in the era of sharing our lives intimate care etc, is not off the table for discussion.

This brings me on to introducing SASS, the new intimate skincare brand and girls they have you covered, from beauty, health and sports, they have cleverly designed products to support you and enhance your body care routine.

I received a full size bottle of of their Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate in my Blogger Beauty Box, the packaging was pretty sexy and cool, even before I knew what it was I thought it looked pretty snazzy!

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SASS Packaging

In a nutshell the concentrate helps with preventing  ingrown hairs, reduces hair growth and as a post shave balm.

No matter your preferred choice of tool, ingrown hairs are a problem for us all.  Yes exfoliation is the key, but every now and then we’ll get a few of those buggers! I’m an epilate and shave kinda gal. Having prepped for a few nights out I saw them as opportunities to give SASS’s concentrate a whirl.  Substance looks very much like an opaque serum, delicately scented and absorbs really well into your skin, leaving you well moisturised for the day!

The cover is a sleeve which reveals a cute white box which has their brand embossed on the front

Absolutely love the detail and care they have put into the packaging

So the burning question – does it work?  Surprisingly YES!

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and only yesterday realised how little re growth I’d had over the last 3 weeks.  So yes it definitely does work.  I also hadn’t noticed any ingrowns either.

For the record my body care routine would normally be post shave moisturise, exfoliate weekly with a scrub and I brush my skin, BUT I can’t lie, I do lapse as I tend to forget.

The great thing about this product is that it can be used in intimate areas too and I love that it doubles up as an alternative for my regular moisturiser.

So overall I’ve been really impressed with SASS and having checked out their collections I’m keen to try some of their other products.

In terms of intimate care I only really know 1 or 2 brands, which I feel come with a stigma and seem rather dated in packaging, but SASS is simple, chic and of course sassy! You wouldn’t feel embarrassed (and shouldn’t feel embarrassed either) with an SASS item in your basket.  The packaging is pretty and products come small enough to keep in your bag.

They’re products are available in Boots and other online retailers and they’re products are priced between £7-£14.  The concentrate I tried retails at £12.00 for 100ml bottle.

Have you heard of SASS or used any of their other products? What’s you’re routine and will you be giving SASS a try?

 

March Favourites

So with all the many purchases I’ve made last month I wanted to share a few of my favourite discoveries with you all.

The Bodyshop British Rose Body Butter

I was given a sample of this gorgeous body butter in my You Beauty box last month.which I was quite excited about as Rose is one of my favourite scents so receiving a generous 50ml pot I couldn’t wait to lather up.

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For me there’s just nothing quite like the smell of a rose, it’s delicate and sweet smelling but a subtle sweetness. I always think elegance when I think of the scent of a rose.

The Bodyshop launched a whole range and the body butter is the first to have glow enhancing rose essence. It’s pearlescent in colour  and light in texture. Recommended for normal to dry skin and absorbs well.  I’m a sucker for anything from The Bodyshop and thoroughly enjoyed using this product and can’t wait to try more from the range. The Body Butter is from £6 and available in 50ml and 200ml tubs.

Meruyama Melting Cleansing Balm

So I reviewed this amazing hot cloth cleansing balm last month and would have to say it’s definitely one of my favourites and will be a staple for me.  It smells great, works really well by literally dissolving your make up (including removal of mascara) and leaves my skin feeling so soft and amazing after. To read more of my original review click HERE

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Fortune Favours the Brave Palette 

As many of you know I was lucky enough to attend Make Up Revolution’s 2nd birthday party (read all about it HERE) and I was privy to a few new products which were due for launch later in the year one of which was the coveted Fortune Favours The Brave with BritishBeauty Blogger.

One of the reasons I love the brand is the amount of brand new products they launch and the frequency.  Just before you can say “you know what I need?” you get the email saying – “just launched”  Much to all our surprise this palette was launched much sooner than any of us expected and anyone who attended the party knew this was an opportunity to be missed, and so I immediately ordered.  Like all my Make Up Revolution products it did not disappoint!

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30 gorgeous colours to suit all skin tones and versatile enough to take you from day to night.  The colours are rich and really pigmented with mattes and shimmers encased in a metal pallete casing.  This is a collaborative piece with Jane of BritishBeauty Blogger. This has been the most talked about eyeshadow palette over the last month and you can see why. Priced at £9.99 available online and at your nearest Superdrug

Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF30

I received a sample of this gem of a product and I’ve been converted!  This lightweight multi use cream is a must for anyone.  It’s non greasy (yay!) and also packed with a broad spectrum sun protector SPF30, giving you 8-10 hours of protection from UVA & UVB rays.

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Despite my natural skin tone, us sisters too need to protect our skin and I think I’ve found my summer holiday skincare essential.  I love how light and non greasy it is and on application it absorbs well into the skin. It’s delicately scented and just feels amazing on your skin. It can be used alone in place of a regular moisturiser or on top for added protection.  It can also be used as a make up primer .  I did try it on top of my day cream but found it was a bit too rich together for my skin(combo/oily).

This little pot of goodness comes in at £45 for 50ml I received a 5ml sample, and I am still using it – a little really goes a long way with this cream.  I highly recommend this product and would suggest you make it a staple for the summer.

So there you have it, my favourites from last month.  Have you tries any of these products? Tell me what have been your favourites last month?

Until next time lovelies!

Miss Naddy

xoxo

*samples I received were purchased as part of my personal subscriptions to You Beauty Box and Glossybox

Hot Cloth Cleaners

The popular method of cleansing your skin these days has to be the hot cloth method. A cream, gel or balm is massaged into the skin dissolving make up then you remove the dirt using hot water and muslin/cloths, wiping away in circular motion to help exfoliate the skin.

I’ve been a massive fan and advocate of these type of cleansers for well over 2 years  now and couldn’t live without it especially after a long day… I can’t wait to get my make up off!

The idea of a product literally melting your make up away is just bliss and to be able to simply wipe it away without using facial wipes or dare I say – baby wipes (we’ve all done it!)

I first tried Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel when a friend gifted me instantly I fell in love – infused with marula oil, it literally melting my make up away, leaving your skin feeling so soft, well cleansed and smelling amazing, however I always found it struggled with my mascara, so eye make up remover was a must.

Years later I moved on to Liz Earle Skincare and was introduced to the idea  of hot cloth cleansing with a cream based cleanser and the rest is history I guess.

I noticed I had a little collection building thanks to the likes of You Beauty, Glossybox and my regular shopping outings, so I thought it would be nice to give you the low down on what I’ve tried and what are my likes and loves….

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Hot Cloth Cleansers

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm 90ml – £18

I’d heard of Pixi and have tried the Glow Tonic, but up til the end of last year I really didn’t know that much about them.  I’m a big fan of Em Ford’s Blog, as a fellow sufferer of acne I’m always keen to hear about products she’s tried.  On her You Tube channel she had a fantastic video on her evening routine of make up removal.  After seeing this balm I figured it’d be worth giving this balm a go.  I picked mine up at my local M&S, which was super handy as I’m not very patient when it comes to our postal services haha

It’s a good size tub and smells amazing (That’ll be the almond oil and cocoa butter) It’s a balm to oil formula and really only need a small amount per cleanse so you will get your moneys worth out of it.

It’s smooth and creamy on application, I found that it had small balls within the balm which were a little more difficult to massage in (they kept falling off my skin and sticking to the sides of the sink).

As its oil based, after massaging into your dry skin you’re left with a thick oily residue on your hands which of course won’t wash away without soap or wiped off with a cloth.  So does it work – YES! You are left with soft, smooth and hydrated skin.  I tend not to use anything else after cleansing with balm. The only downside for me would be that I found the balm quite sticky and as I said the oily hands weren’t so great for me.

I would most definitely recommend this product for someone with dry skin and in terms of price, I did find it a little pricier than others, saying that you will only need a small amount so it will last you a lot longer.

Soap & Glory The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml – £10

Now you all know I’m a sucker for Soap & Glory so when Boots had a 3 for 2 I figured what better way to take advantage and try some new products.

Ultimelt is the cheapest of the cleansers that I’m reviewing and the great of this brand you already know what you’re getting with them.  I love everything about them, the packaging, the scents, the quirkiness well you get where I’m going.  Cutely packaged like a toothpaste tube you get a lot for your money.  A simple white cream with the most beautiful sweet scent  with notes of citrus and lavender. Cuts through make up really well, it just simply melts away, leaving your face well cleansed.  It also helps with rebalancing and brightening your skin.

A great value for money product from a trusted brand, though this cleanser is not suitable for those sensitive to essential oils.

Merumaya Skincare Melting Cleansing Balm 100ml – £16.99

I received a sample of this  with one of my beauty boxes, I’ve  not heard of Merumaya but they have quite an extensive collection of products, Founder Maleka Dattu created “Integrative Effective Skincare”  which helps you age youthfully, by preventing signs of skin ageing.

So this is probably one of my favourites Let’s start with the smell -Just beautiful (Sweet Almond Oil and Echium Seed Oil (RevitElix™), Mangosteen extract and the MERUMAYA Signature Essence Blend. In terms of consistency – To look at it you would imagine it to be very thick and almost gloopy but it’s just right, and goes onto the skin evenly and with ease.  Once you add water to your face, it melts into a milk which makes it easy to remove with a cloth.

As a balm this is most definitely my favourite and the price is great too!  I will be purchasing this balm and exploring  Merumaya’s other products more in the future!

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2 in 1 Cream Cleanser 100ml – £11.50

We all know the amazing properties of Honey and Propolis are for you inside and out, so when I received a travel size pot of of this little gem (30ml at £4.95) in my January You Beauty Box,  I couldn’t wait to try.

It’s light but effective and took off my make up really well.  It smells like a summer’s day, the propolis and wild honey have a subtle sweetness but there’s also a fresh smell to it which is oh so lovely. Packed with mother natures natural vitamins and nutrients I’d say this is a brand I’d definitely love to try other products from and I’ll most definitely be purchasing this cleanser again.

So what’s favourite way to take your cleanser?  Do you like foams, gels, balms or the ever convenient micellar water or wipes? Any products you’d recommend? Let me know.

Miss Naddy

xoxo