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21 Jul 2016

I've not been buying as many products recently, or agreeing to PR samples as much as I had SO many products. I've just had a clear out of old skincare and make-up that's out of date or I've simply had it for ages and never used it. It feels so good to have less of a stash and it made room for just a few new pieces which I'm going to share today.
I went to the Clean Cult event a couple weeks ago and met Jenny from Supernatural Beauty. She kindly gave me a travel size of the Redemption Oil which my skin has been absolutely loving. I use it in the mornings and at night but when I wake up, my skin looks so hydrated & glowing! I'm very impressed so far and it's definitely on my list of oils to buy. Content Beauty have an offer on at the minute where you can get a free 10ml Redemption Oil with the purchase of any Supernatural Beauty product.

I've also been using the Beautitude Skin Salvation Oil which recently won a Gold Award in the Green Parent Magazine Beauty Awards. It's full of rosehip oil, neroli, cumin seed oil and other natural oils & essential oils and it's a lovely, lightweight oil. Sometimes these types of products that claim to be skin saviours are on the heavy side but this is lovely & light and smells amazing. You can buy a 10ml sample of this for just £13.50 to celebrate their win.
Whilst I do love Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I've not really tried much else from their range so I was happy when their Nutri-Active Day Cream showed up on my desk. It's £60.00 for a 30ml glass jar so its on the pricey side but this moisturiser is lovely and light so works well for my oily/combo skin type. It's aimed at mature ladies as it claims to be anti-aging and help with lines & wrinkles which isn't something I'm worrying about right now, but it has MSM which is in most of Oskia's products as well as milk peptides, omegas and prebiotics. I've not quite made my mind up on this yet but I'll keep you posted!
And last but not least we have this blush from Avril. I got a few make-up products in the post from Avril and I'm loving the shade of this blush in Praline. I probably only have one or two powder natural blushers in my make-up collection so it was well needed. It has a lovely texture and goes on nicely & well pigmented. Some of their make-up has carmine so be sure to check the ingredients list before buying.

What new products have you been trying recently?

Amber

No More #GreenChat

14 Jul 2016

Today's post is a little different and just a quick note to let you all know that I won't be doing #GreenChat anymore on Sunday evenings. Unfortunately with writing the blog, running my new website Nectar & Bumble and just life in general, I can no longer carry on hosting.

I've been hosting the chat since around October/November 2014 so it's been on for a really long time and it's such a lovely hour to spend catching up with other green bloggers and brands & I'd like to thank everyone who has taken part at one point or another.


If anyone else would like to host then it would be amazing to still have a #GreenChat, but unfortunately with Sunday's being my only day off work, I just need that extra little bit of time to relax and take a break from everything else.  

Amber

Beauty Heroes July Box Kari Gran

6 Jul 2016

It's not been long since my last Beauty Heroes post but here we are again, half way through the year with July's box! This month features Kari Gran which is a brand whose skincare I've always wanted to try as I've previously tried one of their lip whips which smells ah-mazing!
Beauty Heroes July 2016 Box Kari Gran Skincare
Beauty Heroes July 2016 Box Kari Gran Skincare
Inside the box is a full-size 30ml Three Sixty Five SPF28 Facial Sunscreen and the sidekick is a 3 piece mini skincare set which includes a Cleansing Oil, Lavender Hydrating Tonic and an Essential Serum which is worth $83 altogether.
Beauty Heroes July 2016 Box Kari Gran Skincare
Seeing as I live in England and we don't get a lot of sun (and I'm inside at work 6 days a week, and I've already had my Summer holiday this year) I'm not that excited about the SPF to be quite honest but that's the risk you take with these boxes. I'm sure I'll make use of it over the next couple of months. It has ingredients like raspberry seed oil, macadamia nut oil, kukui nut oil, beeswax and avocado oil so it doesn't even look like an SPF ingredients list so I'm sure it'll be a lovely added boost to the end of my skincare routine.
Beauty Heroes July 2016 Box Kari Gran Skincare
The three piece mini skincare set is so, so cute and would be the perfect luxe travel kit. I might save these for our house move so I don't have to rummage through loads of boxes to find my skincare routine!
Beauty Heroes July 2016 Box Kari Gran Skincare

I think this months Beauty Heroes box is an interesting selection and I'm looking forward to trying all of the products. You can get this month's selection by ordering before 20th July. You can subscribe on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription here. Just be warned if you are buying to the UK - thanks to the Brexit, the £ is not very good so this box cost me £44 this month, when it usually is £39!

Amber

Mallow + White Blossom Balm

3 Jul 2016

Today I thought I'd share one of the most exciting things that blogging has allowed me to do and that is collaborating with Mallow + White on a product together.

I have known Mallow + White founder Joanna since before she re-launched M&W. White Wash Soaps was her first brand and I had the chance to try her lovely products from her previous range. She re-launched as Mallow + White in 2015 with a range of clay masks and facial oils. We kept in touch through the re-launch and when I had the idea to create Nectar & Bumble, I thought who better to get in touch with than Joanna. I knew she had been umming and ahhing about what her newest product would be so it was the perfect opportunity to work on something together.

We knew we wanted to use products from the hive, so we started off with beeswax and honey powder in a blend of a few different ingredients. Joanna made a few different batches for me to try with different blends and some without honey powder too. Although I absolutely loved how the honey powder made the balm have a slight exfoliating effect, I was finding myself reaching for the blends without it as I was using those on a more regular basis and it still made my skin feel super soft anyway.
Mallow and White Blossom Balm is available exclusively at Nectar and Bumble
After a lot of trialling and testing, we both fell in love with a blend of six ingredients; apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, camellia oil, beeswax, lavender oil and rosemary oil. We wanted to create a product that was based around bees and chose plants and oils from flowers that bees love like camellia, sunflower, lavender and rosemary and therefore, Blossom Balm was born!

The balm is 100% organic and natural and Joanna uses the highest quality ingredients. It is a multi-purpose balm so it can be used as a cleanser which is my favourite way - if you've followed my blog for a while then you'll know how much I love my balms! It can also be used as an overnight boost treatment or simply for anywhere that needs a little bit of nourishing. It is a truly wonderful multi-tasking product!

I absolutely love this balm and I wouldn't be stocking it on my website if I didn't. It has a lovely light texture, it melts upon contact with the skin and the scent of the lavender and rosemary comes to life when you rub it on your skin which is just incredible.

Blossom Balm is available exclusively at Nectar & Bumble priced at £30.00 for a 50ml jar.

You can read more about the Blossom Balm on Mallow + White's blog. I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Joanna for allowing my idea to come to life and creating this beautiful product with me!

Amber

Ingredients: Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil* (Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool - constituents of essential oil) *organic.
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