It is that time again when I thought I would pull my finger out and get up a Lately I'm Loving post. The past couple of months hav e been filled with a whole host of great skin and body care to try, which is just perfect timing as everyone's skin needs a bit of a boost when it comes to the colder weather.
Afterspa Makeup Remover*.
Is it just me who gets lazy in winter? I seem to have so much less energy than summer and so anything that saves a bit of time is a good thing for me. The Afterspa Makeup Remover is just magic at removing your makeup with nothing else needed but warm water.
Lasting up to 1000 washes the Afterspa Makeup Remover is simply this little pink cloth. Before use you want to pop in into the washing machine and then that's it you're ready to wipe away your makeup with ease.
Hands up I took one look at this cloth and thought yes it is nice, it feels soft and it is going to be a pleasure to use, but it is never going to take my makeup off with just water. However, I was left surprised, it actually works and as well as leaving my skin makeup free (yes it even removes waterproof makeup), it really is soft and kind to the skin, so no “I just had to scrub my skin raw” feeling needed again)!
The Afterspa Makeup Remover comes in at £5.50 and can be bought from Boots now.
Ekia Eye Contour Care (Baume Regard) 15ml*.
Hands up I love a good eye cream, my eyes get so sore in the day from wearing contacts, which means it is nice to be able to pamper them a little before and after using my contacts. The Ekia Eye Contour Care is an all in one care system for ageing eyes (yup that would be mine).
This particular product has 99.1% of the total ingredients from natural origin and 55% of the total ingredients from organic farming. It has a 2 step prognosis when it comes to the differences you will see, the first is an immediate effect of your eye contour being soothed, smoothed and protected and the second, which is visible within 3 months, is your wrinkles being less prominent and a decrease in puffiness and black circles.
The cream itself is wonderfully velvety and smooth, with a small pump going a long way (I've found I don't need to fully depress the pump to get enough). The cream itself isn't sticky or greasy and absorbs easily into the skin on application.
Having only used this for around 4 weeks, I cannot speak on long term effects, it is however very soothing to the eye area, which is wonderful after a day of sore contacts. It also seems to have started to smooth out the area and I'm sure my dark circles aren't quite as bad as they once were.
If you fancy trying the Ekia Eye Contour Care (Baume Regard) 15ml you can buy it now from the Ekia website where it costs £34.29.
Natura Siberica Frost Berries Nourishing Hand Mask*.
I've mentioned Natura Siberica before and I am thrilled to be able to include another item from this amazing brand (I have a few more items to come as well). One thing that stands out about Natura Siberica is they really offer pocket-friendly items.
The ingredients that have gone into the Frost Berries Nourishing Hand Mask have been well thought out, they start with Arctic Cloudberry and Northern Lingonberry Oil which actively nourishes the skin while helping to restore the natural protective barrier your skin has. This is joined by wild honey which can help smooth the skin, along with being a natural moisturiser, lastly it is rich in vitamins A, F and B6.
I personally have been using this mask before bed, allowing it to work its magic throughout the night. I've found that while I need an extra boost with this around my cuticles and nails, overall it really has kept the most of my hands soft, smooth and free from dry skin.
If you fancy trying the Natura Siberica Frost Berries Nourishing Hand Mask for yourself it can be bought from their website where it costs just £5.
Organic Shop Organic Jojoba and Orchid Color Shampoo
I finally got around to having my greys all covered, so I was interested in trying different offerings to see what helped keep my colour looking at its best for longest. The Organic Shop Organic Jojoba and Orchid Color Shampoo and Conditioner are new to Tesco stores and have 99% of the ingredients from natural origin.
This duo of products uses Organic Jojoba Oil & Orchid extract to bring about a natural shine and silkiness, while replenishing elasticity and helping protect the colour.
These products come in at just £2 each (although they are on offer for £1.50 until 10th October), for the price I think they are great. That said I will be honest, I did find my hair got greasy more often and at that point would go a bit itchy. However, if I only had a small budget and needed to get some more colour product products I would definitely pick them up again, after all when it comes to the price and the fact they are natural you can't beat it.
Rooi Boston Check Brushed King Cover Set in Grey by Belledorm*.
Rooi kindly sent me the Boston Check Brushed King Cover Set in Grey by Belledorm and I have to say it is absolutely beautiful. It is made from 100% brushed cotton, which makes for a wonderfully soft and smooth set. As it is cotton it should also be cooler in the summer and warmer in winter as it's won't just trap your body heat as other materials do.
I have to admit we still haven't put our duvet back onto the bed from the warmth of summer, though I really think it needs to happen soon and what interests me about this duvet case, is the upper corners have hand holds, which should make putting the case on easier.
This particular design comes in a choice of Blue, Red and Grey and is reversible. Personally, I would most definitely suggest people buy it as honestly it is wonderfully soft and it is just a dream to lie under.
You can check all the Belladorm items Rooi has to sell, including this one over on their website.
Rossi Rhassoul & Strawberry Powder Face Mask*.
For anyone who loves a good clay mask the self mix Rhassoul & Strawberry Powder Face Mask from Rossi maybe the next one you need to try. As you may have guessed from the name, this mask includes Rhassoul clay, which is a lava clay from the Atlas Mountains of Morroco. Rhassoul has been used for 1000’s of years as a conditioning cleanser for the body, face and hair. For this particular mask it has been mixed with strawberry powder, which is packed full of vitamin C and valuable omega 3, as well as containing anthocyanidins and anthocyanins.
To use this mask you need to mix it yourself the instructions, which are easy to follow. You want to take 1 – 2 heaped teaspoons and mix it with 2 – 3 level teaspoons of warm water and mix, then leave it for 5 minutes before applying to the skin for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Personally, I really liked this mask, I found it simple to mix (although as I'm me, a little messy), although it did take some time to work out the right quantity. It has a lovely scent of strawberries, which as it is in powder form I didn't expect. It also seems to really draw impurities away from the skin and leave the skin feeling refreshed and looking a lot brighter.
If you are a fan of clay masks, especially those using Rhassoul clay, I really do suggest giving this a try, after all, you are really getting a bargain of a product as it comes in at only £13.50 and can be bought from the Rossi website.
SAAF Organic Foot Softening Balm*.
SAAF Organic includes all the credentials you would like to see from an organic company and they have a whole host of items to help you pamper yourself from top to toe. First up from them today I have their Organic Foot Balm.
This particular foot balm is said to be best used at night time, applying it before you go to bed and popping on a pair of cotton socks over the top to allow it to work its magic.
This particular balm includes key ingredients such as Safflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Olive Oil, Neem Oil, Lemon Myrtle and Rosemary to name just a few. I personally admit I'm not sure what I think of the smell of this balm, it definitely has quite a unique scent to it, but of course, as it's being used on the feet that doesn't really matter.
I would say with this balm a little goes a long way and for it to be able to work properly you do want to have some socks to pop on on top overnight. It is most suited to those who have really dry feet, which are need of some extra TLC, as I feel the ultra-moisturising formula is perhaps a bit lost on feet which are already in an OK condition.
If you fancy trying the SAAF Organic Foot Softening Balm comes in at £14.99 for 40g and can be bought from the SAAF website.
SAAF Organic Super Hydrating Body Balm*.
Working our way up the body with SAAF Organic I next have their Super Hydrating Body Balm again this is ultra hydrating and perfect for extremely dry and itchy skin. This time key ingredients include Safflower Oil to help soothe irritations, Sesame Oil to moisturise, Organic Beeswax to help soften dry skin, alongside others such as Shea Butter, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Lavender and Clove, which help give this balm it's beautiful scent.
Once again a little goes a long way, with the balm melting in your hands as you scoop a little from the pot.
Personally I've found this has been a huge help on my itchy skin and as such I have been using it around those areas, as well as extra dry locations, rather than just slathering it all over my body. I did find this one also takes quite a while to soak into the skin, so for me it is a night time only cream, however once again it doesn't lbehindehing any sticky or greasy residue.
If you fancy trying the SAAF Organic Super Hydrating Body Balm for yourself it comes in at £24.99 for 150ml over on the SAFF website.
SAAF Pure Face Cleanser*.
Last but by no means least from SAAF is the Pure Face Cleanser, this comes complete with an exfoliating cloth. This face cleanser is perfect for removing both your makeup and impurities, while exfoliating, rejuvenating and moisturising the skin.
Ingredients include Jojoba Oil to melts away make-up while softening; Safflower Oil to help soothe irritations and Olive Oil has a regenerating effect on the skin. While Organic Beeswax helps soften dry skin and Shea Butter helps improve elasticity. Last of all Soothing Lavender, skin-harmonising Geranium and nurturing Grapefruit Peel Oil are added into the mix.
This is of course once again a balm based item, which quickly melts away in your hands, it is suggested you first dampen your face, before rubbing in a generous amount of the balm and massaging it into your skin. Lastly you want to gently wipe it off using the exfoliating cloth.
To me this is a really nice cleansing balm which melts away any makeup and dirt from the day, leaving your skin feeling pampered and not tight at all. The perfect cleansing balm for anyone who loves to pamper their skin and wants to use a product that they know is good all around.
If you fancy buying the SAAF Pure Face Cleanser for yourself it comes in at £24.99 for 40g.
Skin Yoga Almond Orange Face Scrub*.
Before I go any further with this review, can we just take a moment to appreciate this packaging how amazing is it! They have really thought through how they want their brand to come across and offered something completely recyclable that is really eye-catching and memorable.
I shall totally admit I make a complete mess with this when I use it, but it is oh so worth it. Using the goodness of almonds and oranges this scrub not only exfoliates the skin but also cleanses and repairs.
There are two ways to use the face scrub, first off as a daily cleanser you use 1/2 teaspoon of scrub powder and mix into a thick paste, then gently massage it into your skin, before washing it away. As this is a gentle exfoliator, it can be used this way daily.
The second way is to use it as a face mask, you prepare it in the same way but then leave for 15-20 minutes (or until the mask feels tight) before removing.
Personally I found this scrub really good, yes I made a total mess making it, however, it was so gentle on the skin, yet it still felt as though it was doing its job, exfoliating as well as cleansing the skin.
If you fancy trying Skin Yoga Almond Orange Face Scrub it comes in at £24 and can be bought from the Janiro website.
So there you have my Lately I'm Loving for September, what do you think of the products I have included, does anything take your fancy?