Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Body Butter

Since I was given a tub of Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Body Butter* in a goody bag at an event at the end of March (read about the event here) I could say my review has been a bit of a long time coming.  You know me though, I like to give new products a thorough testing before I review them here; hopefully it's worth the wait!

A picture of Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Body Butter against a pale, natural background.
Honestly, I'm a little bit lax when it comes to body care (moisturising & exfoliating etc), so it's quite something for me that since I received the Beauty Sleep Body Butter from Neal's Yard Remedies, I've used it at least a couple of times a week (not a perfect body care routine, but it's a start).

The thing I found most appealing about this body butter initially was it's name and the idea that using it could help me drift off to sleep on those evenings when I find it a little bit difficult to get some rest; since I have epilepsy I really need my sleep!.  It certainly didn't disappoint on that front; the blend of oils, butters and essential oils (including sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, cypress oil, patchouli, ylang ylang and sweet orange) contained in this lovely tub combine into a scent that's deep and rich (without being overpowering) and intensely relaxing.  It really feels like it helps me get a little bit more rest.

As a body moisturiser the Beauty Sleep Body Butter is just plain fantastic.  The texture is very thick and rich, it takes a little bit of work to get it massaged in all over (the only negative as far as I'm concerned) but once that's done my skin feels extremely well nourished and hydrated and smells amazing.  By the next morning my skin is beautifully soft and still has a very light scent of the butter.

Because this product is made with natural and organic ingredients I expected to like it, but one thing I wasn't expecting from was the effect that the body butter has on the little bumps I have on the back of my arms (keratosis pilaris).  Whilst it doesn't get rid of them completely, I'm not sure if anything could, it definitely reduces the redness in the skin and makes my arms feel generally a bit smoother.  This is such a bonus for me, especially with the warm weather coming up, as I've always been very self conscious about my arms.

Overall I completely adore this offering from Neal's Yard Remedies, it's a little on the pricey side for a body butter, £22.50 for 200g (available here) but the tub I've been using for six weeks still has a lot of product left.  I'd probably dither for a while about purchasing a tub when my current one runs out, but it's very likely that I'll give in when it comes down to it, I love it that much.

Have you tried any Neal's Yard Remedies products?  What are your favourites?

Sharon x

*PR Sample

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Origins Super Spot Remover

In general I tend to have pretty clear skin, but if I'm not eating well or am generally a bit run down I can get the odd spot or little breakout.  For years I would just let these occasional blemishes run their course, but a few months back I had a particularly persistant little blighter that seemed like it was going to hang on forever, so off I went in search of a solution.  I had a quick look on some of my favourite skincare blogs and the same product was recommended and reviewed time and again - Origins Super Spot Remover.
A picture of Origins Super Spot Remover remover against a pale background
As this was to be the first spot treatment I'd ever tried, I was a little wary of spending so much on the Origins Super Spot Remover (especially as it's such a tiny bottle) but now I've tried it for a little while I honestly don't regret the purchase at all.

The bottle may only contain 10ml of product, but you don't need to use much at all, and the ingredients pack a punch.  Salicylic acid aids healing, witch hazel is a natural astringent, clove oil has antiseptic properties and cucumber and caffeine help to calm and reduce redness.

Now the type of blemishes I get tend to be angry red bumps rather than full on spots and if I catch them early, using a cotton bud to apply a very thin layer of Origins Super Spot Remover a couple of times a day, the redness is soothed and healing time is drastically reduced.  In the past one of these blemishes could take well over a week to heal completely.  That time is now easily cut in half so I love this spot treatment for that.

The only negative thing I have to say about this product is that it can be a little drying if not applied literally just on the spot - being a little more careful in application easily solves that problem though.  The herbal/medicinal smell of this used to bother me at first too, but now I've gotten used to it I find it smells more 'clean' than anything else.

It's safe to say that Origins Super Spot Remover has been a big hit in my house and even Gaz has gotten in on the act and bought himself a bottle.  I can see us always having a bottle of the spot remover on hand.

Origins Super Spot Remover is £13.00 and is available from the Origins website (here).

Leave a comment if you've tried this product, or let me know about your favourite spot treatment.

Sharon x 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

A General Ramble and the End of the Spending Ban

Today has gotten off to a very unusual start for me.  On an ordinary day I'd have already been up for a few hours and would have headed to the office trying to keep on top of my workload whilst still having dozens of emails pouring into my inbox (did I mention my job was a busy one?); instead I'm sitting around waiting for a guy to come and fix a radiator in my house and it suddenly dawned on me that this is the first opportunity I've had to blog in oh about two weeks.
So here I am, seizing that opportunity with both hands, and what do I have to say for myself?  Well, probably sounding like a broken record here, but I have one of those jobs that takes up so much energy and thought that I'm often pretty much a zombie when I get home, and if I haven't prepared and scheduled blog posts, things tend to fall off a little.  I do have things to update you on, so here goes...

100 Day Spending Ban
So the official end of my spending ban was 25th April, but as I'd had a very naughty month in March I decided to continue it on for a few extra days.  I must say that after that (major) blip I was pretty much an angel for the rest of the ban and at the end, feeling in a rather reflective mood I thought about a few things that I had learned...

1. I already have a massive stash of make-up so I really don't need to buy something from every collection that comes out, and shopping my stash is fun!
2. As much as I love skincare, I only have one face, I need to look after it properly and I can't keep trying to buy every lauded product under the sun.
3. I'm a grown-up that works very hard for the money I earn so I will continue to enjoy spending it on treats, just in a more restrained manner
4. If I need to save for something in particular I have no problem doing another spending ban but 100 days might be a little much (as evidenced by the major splurging in March)

Getting fit and healthy

My first post about my new plan to get fit and healthy was a few weeks ago now (you can read it here) and whilst I've made some changes to my lifestyle, I'm not quite on plan yet.  I've been feeling massively inspired by health and fitness accounts I've seen on Pinterest and Instagram in the last few days (you can find me as StargazyEyes on both) so expect to see another update from me very soon.

Well I guess that's all from me for now folks, I've got some great reviews almost ready to post so look out for those, and got a couple of new series planned (I just need the day job to calm down slightly now).  Hope you're all having a great day, whatever you have planned!

Leave me a comment if you've been doing any type of spending ban or if you've got any posts on kick-starting/maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Sharon x
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