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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:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, 1 May 2017

ecoegg hard surface cleanser / natural / qvc todays special value tsv

 
 
 
 
 
I was recently given the opportunity to try out a brand new product from ecoegg, the liquid hard surface cleaner.

The formula for the liquid cleaner is even gentler than the clay hard cleaners and so its ideal for cleaning delicate items.

Its so easy to use. All you do is wet the sponge, apply the liquid, rub the surface in circular motions, then use the microfibre cloths to clean away any residue from the surface.

I found it was perfect for mirrors and windows as the cloths give a streak free finish and it also polishes. I was also very impressed with how it cut through grease on the cooker and tough stains on the kitchen table.

I received the item in citrus burst which was a subtly refreshing fragrance not too overpowering. There are 3 other scents also available- orange, lavender and aloe Vera.

I have eczema on my hands so I have to be very careful with products that I use because they can irritate my skin. As this product is 100% natural and contains no harsh chemicals I had no adverse reaction and had no itchiness or redness after using.
 
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 
 
 
 
 Tuesday May 2nd 2017 everything you see on the review:
 
2 x 500ml Hard Surface Cleaners, 1 x 250ml liquid Hard Surface Cleaner, 4 x sponges, & 2 x microfiber cloths
 
Available for just £15.98 on QVC Todays Special Value Products at the link below!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, 16 April 2017

pink and green skincare / organic / natural


 
I am always on the lookout for products to try that are 100% natural so I was very pleased to receive this pack which is known as the Organic Skincare Ritual Collection.
 
It contains an organic facial cleansing oil, an organic facial oil and an organic rose floral water spray.
A muslin cloth is also included.
 
The first thing I noticed straight away was the lovely way the products were packaged and the pretty labelling and attention to detail.
 
Organic facial cleansing oil
 
I have oily skin and it also sensitive so I need a product that is going to cleanse but not be harsh on the skin and irritate it so this cleansing oil was perfect for my skin. The ingredients are all natural with no hidden nasties so I had no reaction, itchiness or redness. I haven't used a cloth before with oils so this was a new experience for me and I wasnt disappointed.
 
Organic rose floral water
 
After the cleansing oil I then used the rose water as a toner. This is suitable for all skin types. I really like the smell of this as some floral waters that I've tried before have an overpowering smell but this is very subtle. This was my favourite product as it was so refreshing and made my skin feel really soft.
 
Organic facial oil sensitive skin
 
I received the facial oil for sensitive skin and I used this after I had used the cleanser and toner and it really finishes off the whole experience nicely. It absorbs really well into the skin and does not leave any greasy residue. As with the cleansing oil and rose water I had no reaction, no itchiness or redness.
 
Another thing to add that impressed me was that there were detailed instructions for each product which meant I was able to get the most out of them and use them in the correct way.
 
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

ah... skincare review / eczema / organic natural





This company came up on a Google search for natural skincare that is free from parabens so I was delighted when the owner Andrea Hutchins very kindly offered to send me some samples to see how we got on. She even included a product particularly for young skin for my daughter to test.






Gentle facial lotion for young skin

This is the one that my daughter tried out and she absolutely loved it.

I tend to find the lotions that are for sensitive skin don't have any scent at all but this one had a subtle natural scent of to it which we found very pleasant. 

My daughter has very sensitive skin and so I have to be very careful with anything she uses but she had no reaction or itchiness so I would definitely recommend this product.





Co-Q10 Daily Cleansing Polish

I had heard a little about co-q10 before but I had never used anything with it in. What's great about this product is that after using it my skin felt properly cleansed but it was gentle and didn't leave me with red marks or itchiness.


Caffeine Night Cream

I think if I had to pick a favourite of the products I received I think it would be this one. It is absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals.

An interesting fact that I learnt from the website was that one of the ingredients named creatine is an organic acid that occurs naturally in the body to supply energy to cells. Natural creatine levels fall as we age, so this moisturiser contains creatine in order for the skin to make a better barrier, repair damage, and produce natural collagen.
 



Pro-age night serum

This felt so nice to put on my skin because it had a calming feel to it. It was not oily or greasy so it was pleasant to sleep with it on my face.

 

Pro-age eye cream

I use this once in the morning and once at night. I was particularly excited about this product as with three young children the dark circles under the eye are starting to show and I already knew arnica oil is one of the natural ingredients to use to combat this. My eyes are so sensitive so I can't use anything with chemicals on my eye area so this was perfect for me as it contains only natural ingredients.






 Honey face scrub
 
This product is perfect for my skin because my skin gets very oily and greasy. You only need to do it once a week to get rid of dead skin cells so this will last quite a while. It contains pumice stone so no microbeads which is better for the environment.



 
 
Elderberry moisturiser

The packaging describes this as a skin booster and this is the perfect way to describe it because it really does give your skin a boost. I don't usually use a moisturiser because my skin can get really greasy but this left my skin feeling soft and supple and absorbed really well into the skin.



You can follow this company on twitter here

https://twitter.com/AndreaHuBeauty