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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

beauty expression acquarella natural non-toxic nail polish brand new spring colours review

 
 
This is the 2nd post of 3 reviews of products from this website that are all natural in origin.
 
 
 
 
I received a nail polish from the brand Acquarella in one of the new spring colours in the shade poppet. There are over 70 great colours to choose from.
 
I wasn't aware that conventional nail polishes were originally derived from automotive paint in the early twentieth century which explains why polishes usually contain a lot of chemicals. On the other side of the scale this brand is completely non-toxic so it contains no petro-chemicals or nasty fumes and is actually water-based.
 
These polishes are not tested on animals and this is recognised by PETA.
 

 



I let my six year old girl have a little play with it because it is perfectly safe for even toddlers to use. It is even safe to use during pregnancy as there are no toxic fumes to deal with. My daughter actually noticed that it doesn't smell horrible like normal nail varnishes. 
 
This is with just one coat and no base coat or topper which I think is quite impressive. It dries to touch in just a few minutes and is dry for use after about 20 minutes.
 
My favourite thing with these nail varnishes is that if you do make a mistake it is so easy just to wipe off and start again.
 
So I would definitely recommend this brand primarily for its low toxic smell and also its quick drying time.
 
 
 
 
 

beauty expression natural sensitive skin eczema skincare review QMilk


This is the first of 3 blog posts I will be doing featuring products from this website which has a wide array of products that are natural and suitable for sensitive skin.
 
 
 
 

The first set of products I received was from the brand QMilk. This is a German skincare brand that is natural and handmade. I was very interested to see on their website that they even make clothes out of milk protein which is incredible.
 

I received a natural peeling cream and I really like the concept of this cream. It contains biopolymer beads from milk which cleanses old skin cells and protects the upper skin layer. The genuine rose petals wax protects the skin after peeling.
 

The beads dissolve without residue and don't clog the pores. You only have to put it on for 10-20 seconds and straight away after first use the skin feels deeply cleansed.
 

I have very sensitive skin especially on my face and I also have eczema so this was a perfect combination for my skin because it was exfoliating but did not irritate. I had no reaction to the cream, no itchiness or redness.
 

I also received a lip gloss and I really liked the consistency of it. It wasn't sticky and it absorbed really well and you can use it on its own or as a base layer or as a topcoat with a lipstick its so versatile.

Like the cream, the lip gloss contains no chemicals or artificial ingredients it is 100% natural. The products are not tested on animals and have been tested by medical practitioners and their patients.

So these products tick all the boxes for me and I highly recommend this skincare line.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

aloe 24-7 juice drink review / aloe gel review / natural / sensitive skin / eczema

 
 
 
 
This is along the same lines as my previous post that I did on birch water. Again I was looking for a drink to replace squashes and juices that didn't have lots of added sugar and I came across this company.
 
The three juices that I received were the original aloe juice flavour with nothing added and the other two had lemon, ginger and honey and cinnamon and honey added.
 
It has a sort of syrupy texture but is still thin enough to be refreshing when you drink it and this texture actually helps in lining the digestive tract.
 
Like with the birch water I did favour the ones that had flavour added. My favourite was the cinnamon one as this had a nice sweet flavour but not too overpowering.
 
They can also be added to fruit juices and smoothies to give that extra boost of vitamins and minerals.
 
They all have no added preservatives and yet it lasts for a year unopened after production and when opened in the fridge will last 7-8 days which I thought was quite impressive.
 
As well as the juices I also received a tube of aloe gel. This is a super combination of eight healing wonders which are aloe ferox gel, aloe ferox leaf extract, kalahari melon seed oil, rooibos, cape chamomile, lemongrass oil, sunflower seed oil and rosemary oil.
 
There are so many things that this gel can be used for but I found this particularly effective when used as an aftersun gel as it was really refreshing on the skin and I don't have any other products quite like this at the moment. 
 
I have eczema on my hands so I have to be really careful what I use on them. When I used this gel it was really soothing and it felt like it went really deep into my skin and left it feeling really moisturised and I had no reaction no itchiness or redness.
 
I also found it worked really well as a protective layer to prevent nappy rash and is suitable for a babys sensitive skin as it is all natural.
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 
 
 
Or on Facebook here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 3 July 2017

treevitalise / natural birch water / vegan / organic

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
I received three flavours of birch water:
 
Lemon
Mint
Original
 
The packaging was lovely and very well presented.
 
This is a relatively new concept to me as I knew nothing about birch water until I found this company when looking for an alternative to drinks such as juices with added sugar.
 
What really appealed to me is that each small bottle contains no more than 10kcal.  
 
It is quite an interesting process that involves birch tapping. Only around 2% is taken from the trees during the harvest in March. They are then left to thrive through the seasons for the rest of the year.  
 
The infusion of mint or lemon is natural and nothing artificial is added.
 
The original flavour was okay and I would drink this because I knew it was good for me but I did prefer the ones that were flavoured.
 
The mint one was my favourite as I love peppermint tea and it was just like drinking this it was so refreshing.
 
These are also nice added to smoothies to get your nutrients that way. Vitamins and minerals found in birch sap include potassium, manganese, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, sodium, iron, amino acids and Vitamin C.
 
I also like the fact that they are manufactured in glass bottles because this keeps the drink chilled better when its in the fridge so its even more refreshing.
 
You can follow this company on Facebook here
 
 
And also on twitter here
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 19 June 2017

write size / correct size pencils / ages 2 - 10+

 
 
 
 
I was sent a selection of this companies pencils to try out.
 
The sizes range from:
 
ages 2- 6
ages 6-10
ages 10+
 
The idea is that they are all made to scale to fit the childs hand which I think is brilliant. This seems a simple idea and yet it makes such a difference.
 
The website makes the point that you wouldn't give a small child a full sized guitar first to learn to play or a full sized football to a toddler so why give a full size pencil to a child who is just learning to write.
 
I have a little girl who is 5 and a boy who is 9 and funnily enough these were more ideal for my son as he struggles a bit more with holding his pencil so this for him was a real help and really did make a marked improvement. He also said that they didn't hurt his fingers this is probably because it was easier for him to hold it right so he was putting less pressure on his fingers.
 
I think the price is really good at just £3.99 for 5 pencils they are really affordable and as these pencils have high graphite content they have an increased durability so less sharpening and they last longer.
 
They even have colouring pencils coming soon which look great so watch this space!

What I also like about this company is that they are also involved in charity work. The daughter of the managing director went out to South Africa and donated some of these pencils to the local schools. In the future for all packs sold in the UK they will donate a percentage of pencils to help children in the developing world. So this shows for me that the company takes this very seriously and wants to make a difference.
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 
 
And on Facebook here
 

 

Monday, 5 June 2017

la chiva / natural fruit snacks / no added sugar / vegan

 
 
 
I was sent this assortment to try by lachiva snacks in their three flavours mango, pineapple and strawberry.
 
What first attracted me about these was that they have no added sugar because a lot of the fruit snacks you can get these days have a lot of unneeded sugar added which defeats the point of trying to eat healthily.
 
Particularly for my youngest who is 20 months old these are a great healthy snack instead of reaching for biscuits or crisps.
 
I was looking forward to trying them as these are three of my favourite fruits, particularly mango, and I was pleased that the flavour of the fruit was not lost in the drying process.
 
These are ideal to put on top of porridge or cereal for breakfast. They are also great to pop in your child's lunchbox for school and it is one of their five a day.
 
The eye catching packaging makes it fun and is also a good talking point because then other children ask what they are.
 
The mango and pineapple bags contain 39 calories and the strawberry bags just 23 calories.
 
These snacks are freeze-dried and I didn't know that freeze drying preserves all the goodness in the fruit so this was interesting to find out.
 
If you order 3 packets or more at the website above then you get free delivery which is great.
 
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 
 
Or on Facebook here
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 12 May 2017

ombar organic raw cacao chocolate review / natural / vegan / dairyfree / glutenfree

 
 
This company very kindly sent me four of their raw cacao bars for me and my family to try out.
 
 
 
 
Strawberry myth
Coco myth
Coconut 60%
Dark 72%
 
Each of the bars are vegan, dairyfree and glutenfree.
 
This is the first time we have tried anything like this as we don't have a dairy intolerance but the products really appealed to me because these bars use coconut sugars to sweeten which is a healthier alternative to cane sugar so I was happier with my children eating it, especially my littlest who is only 18 months old, because I knew it contained no hidden nasties.
 
This was a great selection to choose from as it had something for everyone and this is only a small selection of their range. They also do buttons as well which is a great idea if you have smaller children.
 
The children's favourite was the coco mylk bar and I think this was because it was the closest tasting to what they are used to in a normal chocolate bar.
 
My personal favourite was the strawberry one as this made such a lovely combination and just melted in the mouth.
 
If you want a bar with a bit more of a dark kick to it then the 72% one is a good one to go for.
 
My husbands favourite was the coconut one which he picked for himself as soon as he saw the choices and he was not disappointed and the bar did not last long!
 
I like the fact that these bars contain natural antioxidants. They are also a source of magnesium which contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue which I thought was really interesting.
 
You can follow this company on twitter here:
 
 
Or Facebook here: