Sunday, 18 May 2014

Herbfarmacy Haul

At the start of March I felt it was time to order some things from Herbfarmacy. I treated my Mam to some Herbfarmacy products for Christmas. Now it was time to treat myself.

I decided to order the Luxury Foot Cream, Melissa Lip Nurse and Lip Conditioner as I couldn't decide which one to purchase and I ordered a sample of the Exfoliating Cleanser which has been recently released.

I have had the lip conditioner before and it's the first time I have tried the other products.

Now for the reviews

Luxury Foot Cream is a similar texture to their cleansing mousse. You can really smell the spearmint. It sinks in quickly and is great as an over night treatment with cosy socks on. Overall I would score the Luxury Foot Balm a 4/5

Lip Conditioner is a creamy textured balm and smells of vanilla. This is lighter in consistency to the Melissa Lip Nurse. I find the Lip Conditioner is best for day use in the summer months. I would score the Lip Conditioner a 4/5

Melissa Lip Nurse is definitely my favourite lip balm. The smell is gorgeous, it is a thicker consistency making it perfect for constant dry lip sufferers like myself. I would highly recommend this lip balm. I score the Melissa Lip Nurse a 5/5

Exfoliating cleanser is a very fine exfoliator. The texture is the same as their cleansing mousse with tiny jojoba beads added for gentle exfoliation. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin. I would use this once a week only on my sensitive skin. I score the Exfoliating Cleanser 4/5

What are your favourite Herbfarmacy products? Have you tried any of the ones I have mentioned?

- Louise

A recent shopping trip

In January I make a list of the things that need replacing clothing or household wise.and when my Birthday comes it's all about indulgence. As I have mentioned on here in my earlier posts this year I have added things into my wardrobe gradually.

For my Birthday I decided to purchase some bigger purchases that I would not normally buy willy nilly. April has seen me replace t-shirts that were starting to look faded or had been ruined by deodorant marks, a treat for my feet and a new practical bag. 

My shopping trip took place all around Cornwall, only not in person.

I had been looking at Poppy Treffry ever since I received one of their cosmetic purses with a Trevarno bath oil set my Brother gave me for Christmas. The problem with Poppy's designs is they are all so tempting! It took me months to finally decide on the bag I wanted. I decided on the Herb Robert print in the Mount's Bay messenger style. I have other leather bags which I love, but I wanted one that I could fit all my possessions in for the day(s) ahead. The bag has proved to be a really great purchase as I have used it everyday since receiving it. The Mount's Bay messenger bag is the largest bag I own. I am not a big bag person and I was worried about the size of it when ordering which is why it took me so long to bite the bullet. But I'm so glad I did.


So after my trip to Poppy I decided to go to SeaSalt to purchase a breton top. I love breton tops for spring and summer. So I purchased their Breakwater Top, it has a modern twist on a classic style. I chose the Gateway French Navy option.

I needed to stock up on my skincare and when I saw Spiezia had a special promotion on I couldn't resist.

My final purchase was from Bloom Remedies and it was the Peppermint and Lemongrass foot balm. This is my favourite foot conditioner and I am sure I will continue to use it for as long as the make it. I really like it as the smell is very different to other foot care products. I apply it every night and pop on socks afterwards and I wake up with soft feet. Perfect for this time of year. Unfortunately I don't have a picture to share as I started to use it before doing this post and have hardly any left. The picture below is curtesy of Bloom Remedies. I am really looking forward to purchasing more from Bloom Remedies.

Have you purchased from any of these companies?

- Louise

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Herbfarmacy - samples

Herbfarmacy samples review

The samples I am reviewing were kindly sent to me when I purchased from them.

 All opinions are my own.

Citrus Hand Cream 100g - £15.95
The hand cream is a lovely light textured cream. It keeps the hands moisturised, is easily absorbed without any residue and smells divine. I really liked this hand cream for day time use. One of things I really love about the full sized version is it's in a tube which makes it perfect to carry with you in your hand bag.

Mallow Beauty Balm 30g - £14.50
It's classed as a lush facial balm and I can really see why. A tiny amount is all you need to moisturise your skin. I have very sensitive skin which can become quite dry sometimes and this is perfect as an added boost to your skincare regimen. I have since purchased the full sized jar of this. It's divine.

Skin Rescue Balm 30g - £13.00
Is lovely to use and is quickly absorbed into the skin. I use this overnight and the Mallow Beauty Balm in the morning. It smells like summer in a jar to me it's lovely. The balms are extremely economical as you only need a small amount. The Skin Rescue Balm can be used on any areas of skin that are in need of a conditioning boost.

You can read more about Paul Richards here

You can find Herbfarmacy here

- Louise 

Have you tried Herbfarmacy? What are you favourites?

Friday, 2 May 2014

Isle of Skye - candle company

I first came across Isle of Skye Candles in Kelso, Scotland. They were in a beautiful boutique called Just Plum.  They are handmade on the Isle of Skye and are made from Soya wax.

From the selection in Just Plum I chose the Oriental Lily candle.

The smell is very true to life, you can imagine having a big bouquet of lilies in your home when this is burning. What is outstanding for me when it comes to these candles is they smell even when not lit. The smells aren't cloying or heady. Just very true to life. The Oriental Lily candle would be a perfect present for a bride. Either for the day itself or for a bridal shower.

The perfect candle for this time of year.

The large tumbler retails for £15 and burns for approximately 45 hours. I found the candle had to be lit for slightly longer than was recommended on the packaging. Due to the wastage of wax I won't be  repurchasing the large tumbler candle.

The next two candles were ordered directly from Isle of Skye candles and they arrived within a day of ordering. The travel containers are very cost effective, they burn for a long time and are great as presents or as a treat for yourself. They are perfect for travelling to. The lids can be placed underneath the tins to protect the surfaces they are on.

Fig is one of my all time favourite scents when it comes to candles. I love the woodiness of it. I was intrigued to try this one as it was combined with vanilla. The fragrance of the vanilla & fig candle work really well together. You get the warmth of the vanilla with the woody notes of fig. If you normally find vanilla too sickly sweet, try this one. It's not in anyway sweet or woody. It's a very unique fragrance.

Juniper is an uplifting candle. Perfect to burn at the end of a busy week or when you want an extra bit of pampering. It's not too strong or heady. 

The travel candle containers are perfect for gifts and retail for £8 and burn for 30 hours

Another candle I tried from the range was the Winter Warmer candle in the votive size. This to me is the most true to life winter scented candle. It burnt for an extremely long period of time is one of the most affordable candles. 

The votive candle is priced at £5 and burns for 20 hours. I will be purchasing the larger size of the Winter Warmer fragrance for this winter. 

Out of the candles I have tried so far from Isle of Skye, I would repurchase the small votive candle and the tins.

Isle of Skye website -

They can be found on Facebook

and Twitter

Have you tried Isle of Skye candles? What do you think of their range?

- Louise