Well it’s that time of month again and the exciting Amarya Beauty box day has finally rolled around!

This beauty box was a bit hit and miss with me. On the plus side I got some brands that I’ve wanted to try and a TOTALLY NEW (!) brand that I had never heard of and was really excited to see!

So excited in fact that I slapped it on my face almost straight away, which A) as my Boy pointed out, was silly because it was a night balm and it wasn’t night time (actually mid afternoon) and so how could I really see night time results if not at night?…How indeed. Then B) in my typical over-exuberant style (bad habits, hard to break, yadda yadda) I liberally applied far too much and in the wrong way. What can I say, the excitement took over and I got carried away with it all. This is how you learn kids!

Other than this, I was disappointed because it was all skin/body care other than a room spray. That I kind of felt – ‘meh!’ with, room sprays aren’t really my thing  (allergies and all that jazz) and I prefer a product that I can really test out and play with. But hey, that’s just me being picky and I’m sure once I have a little spritz I’ll rather enjoy it (even if the Boy doesn’t ahha)

So, to sum up what I received in this August Amarya Beauty Box ,and my initial impressions:
(in photo order)

Neom - Tranquility English Lavender, Sweet Basil &Jasmine Room Mist: Meh, we will see, gotta give these things the benefit of the doubt…you never know I could be raving about it in a week!

Santaverde - Aloe Vera Hydro Repair Gel: A little confused over this one…it’s a regenerative serum/cream. I will have to do some research before delving into this one!

Cowshed -  Lazy Cow Soothing Bath & Shower Gel: Always wanted to try Cowshed and they always have good reviews so I’m interested to test this one out! It has a blend of Jasmine, Chamomile and Sandalwood and smells pretty yummy- reminds me of the smell of health food stores! Yum.

Pomegranate - Active Night Plus: A rejuvenating anti-aging roll on balm.
I.e. the balm that I rolled energetically over my face like a loon. With the benefit of hindsight, I’d avoid this method, you just end up trundling around with one very shiny, greasy face that makes your eyes water with the intensity of the scent from the copious amounts you’ve put on. Also to note if you have your other half with you, they might (will/did) stoically refuse to interact with you until you’ve gone and sorted your face out, and then sporadically wrinkle their nose at you until the scent has faded many hours later…. Like I say though this only might happen, it’s not meant to be part of the night balm experience…

Amarya Beauty Box - August


More exciting news to share!

I just heard through the grapevine (pun intended...you'll get it in a min) that Antipodes are set to release a new serum that is designed to plump, smoothen and quench the skin!

It's called Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin Plumping Serum and it's a high performance serum for boosting skin hydration and tone.

Made with Vinanza grape, natural grapeseed extract and extract of mamaku black fern this serum is organically certified, uses bioactive technology and is oil free! Obviously named H2O it's a water-charged formula that rapidly hydrates and quenches thirsty skin, this plumps the skin and makes it smoother, more toned and look brighter and fresher. Thanks to the grape extracts it is also a powerful antioxidant for the skin, leaving it clear and purified!

Designed for daily use this serum will cost £28 and will be available in the UK (already available in Aus and NZ) sometime around mid-september, in Selfridges and other stores as well as Antipodes online site

Exciting, no?!

NEWS// Antipodes - Hosanna H2O Intensive 'Skin-Plumping' Serum

As you probably know a while back I posted about Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream etc.  Well now I have been using this beautiful cream for a while and it is absolutely delicious!

Normally I’m not the biggest fan of honey, I find the scent a little to raw for me, but this hand cream has a wonderful blend of organic essential orange oil that is sweet but subtle and blends in beautifully with the honey.

At first I was way too overzealous with the amount I used and squeezed out a huge dollop that took forever to rub in and left my hands feeling quite greasy. So a word from experience, you really don’t need much at all to get a good result from this cream. When you use the right amount (for my little hands, about a large pea sized dot) you aren’t left with any residue or greasiness, which is a fair rarity when essential oils are used.

It’s quite a thick cream formula but is ultra smooth and soft and is easily absorbed by the skin. Like I said the smell is divine. As you first apply it, the citrusy zingy orange is quite strong but that quickly blends down as you massage it in and you are left with a very subtle hint of orange oil. I wouldn’t say the scent lasts particularly long on the skin but it’s very enjoyable while it lasts, careful though you don’t get too carried away enjoying it, I have recently received some very quizzical looks on the tube, no doubt people are wondering what’s going on with the ‘hand sniffer’! haha it just smells amazing and really perks me up when I’m tired in the mornings. It’s actually designed to energise and lift the spirits and I genuinely think it does a little!

For a 50ml tube you pay £10 online (I got it for £9.50 in store) and you can also buy it in a little set with some wildflower seeds. Not bad seeing as some of the proceeds (5% I believe) go to helping raise awareness to save the bees! (I chose the latter as I rather like a spot of planting.)

Ps. Of course it is also paraben and SLS etc free! 

Review ~ Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream

Excuse the photo overload, just got my new DSLR and loving getting to grips with it! Best buy ever! Still learning so bare with me haha!

Inika is a brand I have lusted after for a long while but never taken the plunge to buy. Not sure why, but there you go. So, when in my July Amarya beauty box, I received an Inika Mineral Eyeshadow, I was beyond excited!

If you don't know about Inika, they are an amazing luxury natural skincare and cosmetics brand. One half of the Inika product range is certified Organic, the other half is a line of 100% pure mineral makeup. All of the Inika products are vegan, and certified halal and cruelty free.

My sample was in the shade Peach Fetish.
Originally I thought it looked a lot more bronze than it actually is, it actually looks very pink to start. It's a beautiful blend of peach and pink initially but has a absolutely divine base of bronze and gold. It's a colour that literally has layers of shades and colours to it, which I just love!

Peach Fetish has a highly shimmery iridescent finish that blends in easily and smoothly. I love that I can manipulate the colour tone by how much I use, if I'm aiming for a bronzer colour I use a very light coating but if I want a pinker/peachier tone I layer it up a little more. It's a really versatile shade and I can't say how much I love it enough, I literally wear it everyday now, its also beautiful for lining under the lower lash and as a highlighter on the upper outer brow and inner corner of the eye.

Its a great long lasting eyeshadow as well and I never have to touch up or build back up the colour apart from under my eyes where my khol smudges, so for me this eyeshadow is definately a winner 100%.

I think they are a little pricey at £11.75 for a 1.2g pot but so far I actually used very little product even from my sample sized pot, as the shadow is highly pigmented and you use the littlest amount even when layering it up. If you mix it with a little drop of water it can be used as an eyeliner which is lovely!

I would definitely go and buy this eyeshadow myself now that I have tried it and already have my eye on some other shades in the range.

Of course Inika is also an amazing ethical brand. They are a Truth in Beauty brand which means they are guaranteed and certified to be safe, ethical, environmentally friendly and vegan, halal and cruelty free. Snaps!

You can check out the amazing Inika collection here

Inika ~ Mineral Eyeshadow / Peach Fetish

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