21.10.14

Balm Balm Frankincense Facial Skin Care Gift Set


Since going paraben free I've become more picky about the skincare products that I use. After all the skin is the body's largest organ and it deserves lots of love and tlc. Balm Balm recently sent me their Frankincense Gift Set to try out. The gift set contains a cleansing balm, a facial tonic and facial oil. Frankincense is said to be good for the skin as it's calming and soothing. 

The set contains three wonderfully effective organic products to keep your skin feeling happy, healthy and youthful. Made from organic oils and waxes, each product will work synergistically with all skin types. This is because your skin will absorb as much or as little of their precious ingredients as it needs. Use them individually or in our 1,2,3, routine for really healthy, glowing skin.

Frankincense is well known for its rejuvenating effect on the skin but did you know that it is also reputed to improve deep breathing and thus improve circulation? Good circulation reflects in beautiful skin so... take a deep breath with our wonderful Frankincense Facial products and let your skin breathe too. 

I start to reach for a deep cleansing balm when winter draws closer. There's nothing better than removing your make up with a balm and a warm muslin cloth. Even though this pot is mere 30ml size which doesn't sound that much, a little of the balm certainly goes along way. All that's needed is a small piece of the balm, heated between your fingertips and then massaged into the skin. The balm easily removes make up with a breeze and it does a good job at removing eye makeup too but I did find it irritated my eyes a little, so I wouldn't recommend it for that.

After cleansing comes toning and what's better than a sooth facial tonic spritz? I spritz two pumps of the Frankincense Soothing Facial Tonic 30ml over my face allow it to sink and then sweep a cotton wool pad over my face. This makes my skin feel refreshed whilst toning my skin too. It also doesn't contain any alcohol which is a big winner for me, as most facial toning mists tend to be loaded with harsh alcohol based ingredients.

I've been put off from using facial oils in the past for fear that I would end up making my skin uber oily. However I may have just been converted to facial oils. I find one to two drops of this facial oil (depending on how dry my skin feels) is enough to cover my whole face. The bottle comes with a pipette which allows you to control how much oil you use which stops you pouring too much out. Combined with a little facial massage it leaves my skin looking fresh and glowy. It's personally not something that I would use on a daily basis but more so on a "every other day" basis. 

A good muslin cloth is a must needed aid for any cleansing balm. I particularly like ones which are strong, durable and have a slightly exfoliating weave to them. The muslin cloth included with the gift set is made from organic cotton and cut by hand in Bexhill on Sea. It dries quickly too which means it can be chucked in the wash basket as soon as it's ready to be washed.

I'd highly recommend checking out Balm Balm's products as I love the fact that all their products are made from natural, organic ingredients and they're affordable. I have my new winter skincare routine sorted for sure.

The full range of Balm Balm products can be found on their website.
For those outside the UK Balm Balm products can be bought from Feel Unique.
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21.5.14

My Bedside Essentials



Recently I have started following a mini pamper routine that I do just before I sleep. I keep all of my bedtime essentials in an old Boudoir Prive box which has a magnetic lid. It keeps everything compact and in one place so I don't have to get out of bed to look for anything.

Lavera Basis Hand Cream (£4.45) From washing dishes to cleaning, my hands don't get the best of treatment sometimes, so I try to moisturise my hands religiously. My current favourite hand cream is this one from Lavera. I first discovered it from my January Birchbox and after being wowed by it, I purchased the full size. It has a sweet almond scent and most of it's ingredients are natural and organic.

YuBe Moisturizing Skin Cream (£13.00) Another product from a previous Birchbox is this medicated multi-purpose Japanese moisturiser. I have tried applying this to my lips and it just didn't work for me, so I use this little tube to add some nourishment to my cuticles. It's not something which is amazing but it's another sample which I need to use up.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£15.00) I have never quite understood face oils and to be honest I still don't. I got this from a beauty swap and I dug it out recently with the intention to use it up. It comes with a rollerball applicator to help with ease of application. I like to use this around my nose and to add some extra moisture to areas on my face where I suffer with dryness.

Origins Super Spot Remover (£14.00) Blemishes, oh blemishes, oh blemishes. Yes I'm in my mid-twenties and I still suffer with the odd blemish. I apply this with a cotton bud if I can feel any blemish wanting to make an appearance. Despite it being only teeny 10ml bottle, a little really does go a long way. This is probably one of the only spot treatments that I have found which actually works for me.

Monu Professional Skincare Moisture Rich Collagen Cream* (£22.50) This is a Turkish Delight lovers dream, as it smells just like the real thing because of the rose oil it contains. I like using this as a kind of face mask when my dry skin needs some moisturise and some TLC. It doesn't make my face feel uber greasy and it sinks in fairly easily. I'd recommend it for anyone who has dry skin as an occasional skin treat.

Palmer's Olive Butter Formula Concentrated Cream (£2.49) I haven't found a foot cream which performs as well as this does. I generously apply a thick layer of cream and then pop on some socks to get rid of any dry skin on my feet and to make them super soft.

Biotherm Aquasource Eye Cream* (£22.50) I always forget to apply eye cream when I moisturise my face, so that's why this is sat by my bedside so I don't forget. It comes with a rollerball applicator and it has a cooling effect on the eyes. 

Dr Lipp Original Lip Balm For Lips (£11.50) This lip balm is really a little miracle worker. However due to it's extremely thick consistency I can only use this at night time. I like to apply this before sleeping to repair my dry or chapped lips before morning. 

Cuticle Pusher (99p) My cuticles most of the time seem to have a mind of their own so I use this to shape them. I picked up a pack of ten of these from eBay for just under a quid and they really do make a difference when it comes to making your hands more presentable. 

What are your bedside essentials?
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