Introducing Nectar & Bumble...

27 May 2016

As I announced in last week's #GreenChat, I have recently been working on a website and I am so, so excited to announce that it has now launched!

Nectar & Bumble is a new online store stocking a range of products all based around bees. If you can't tell from my blog design, I am a little obsessed with bees and you'll often find me taking photos of them whenever I see any and buying anything that has a bee on it! I have a lot of favourite brands who sell bee related products and I thought what better way to bring them all together, than with my own online store, where I'll be donating 10% of profits to bee charities too.
There's three sections to the store; gifts, homeware and natural skincare. We have beautiful candles from Beefayre that have hand-drawn designs on the glass, honey-filled moisturisers from Therapi Honey Skincare and super cute bee print mugs from Creature Candy, just to name a few.

I have also been working on a collaboration with Mallow + White founder, Joanna, on a 100% organic multi-purpose balm that will be exclusive to Nectar & Bumble for now. We fell in love with a beautiful blend of apricot kernel, sunflower and camellia oil, with beeswax and lavender & rosemary essential oils. It's perfect for cleansing the skin, as an overnight mask or simply anywhere that needs a bit of nourishing. I'm so, so excited about this balm and it's been a pleasure working with Joanna on choosing the ingredients and collaborating together!

There will be a blog on the site where we'll share post on how to save bees, identification of bees, photos of days out to National Trust gardens and we also stock Seedball Bee Mix so you can play a part in helping to save the bees too by creating a bee-friendly haven for bees in your gardens!
We'll also be stocking a few handmade items including bee print make-up bags, lavender filled bags and last but certainly not least are prints and notebooks  designed by my sister, Mia Felce. We both came up with a few design ideas and Mia got drawing, then put them onto the computer to digitally alter them into prints. There are three different designs to choose from and these will be launching in a few weeks time!

We will be donating 10% of our profits to bee charities and conservations in order to help save the bees and we hope it encourages others to take an interest too! We'll be gradually expanding the ranges over the next few months, introducing more stock as we go along!

I hope you all love the website. If you would like to shop, I have a 10% discount for you "ABT10" valid until midnight 8th June.

Amber

Living Nature Manuka Honey Facial

18 May 2016

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to Botanical Brands to experience a Living Nature Manuka Honey Facial at their office. Now you might be thinking that's an unusual place to enjoy a facial however Kim & Linda set up a lovely warm massage bed with blankets and put on some relaxing music so once my eyes were closed, I completely forgot I was in an office...although their offices are in a very peaceful part of the countryside anyway!
Living Nature use rose quartz crystals as part of their signature facial along with warm manuka honey which isn't anything I've ever experience before. This isn't me in the photo above however this is what I would have looked like with the manuka honey mask on.

Manuka honey is often described as a miracle beauty ingredient, thanks to the nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and minerals inside. It is derived from the nectar of the native New Zealand Manuka flowers and it has very special qualities. It has hydrating, nourishing, healing, rejuvenating and protecting benefits and when warm, these benefits are enhanced making it ideal to use in facials.
I had a consultation with Linda to discuss allergies, skin type etc. and then I hopped onto the bed to begin the facial. She started off by cleansing my face with the Vitalising Cleanser and removing my mascara with the Make-Up Remover. My skin was then treated to a lovely exfoliation using the Skin Revive Exfoliant which had a thick gel type consistency with jojoba beads as the exfoliant which were very gentle but effective.

Then we moved onto the main part of this facial - the manuka honey and crystal massage. Living Nature's warm manuka honey mask is warmed up and applied using a brush, all over my skin. I actually didn't realise Linda was using a brush until a couple of minutes later as it was so smooth! The warm honey felt so, so lovely on my skin and helped me to relax into the facial. The rose quartz crystal wands were used to massage my skin, with the larger flat part being used on my cheeks, and the smaller ends around my nose and brow bones. 

As my skin had quite a few blemishes around my chin, after the manuka honey mask was removed, Linda applied the Purifying Mask around my chin to clarify and help reduce redness, whilst cotton pads soaked in the eye gel were laid over my eyes. Whilst the purifying mask was working its magic, Linda gave me an arm and hand massage using the body lotion which was lovely and relaxing.

After the first mask was removed with a warm cloth, the Nourishing Face Mask was then applied all over my skin to moisturise and treat my skin, and Linda massaged this in with her hands.

To finish off, Linda applied the Night Facial oil onto to my skin, although my skin was completely saturated at the end as it's more towards the oily side, and my skin didn't need much more hydrating. My skin was glowing after and I felt so, so relaxed. I had to sit on the bed and have a big glass of water to bring me back to reality! The next day my skin felt and looked great. There were no dry patches at all which is something I usually get around my forehead and any blemishes that might be on their way out.

I would definitely recommend finding a therapist near you who offers these facials as it was so, so relaxing and it left my skin feeling thoroughly cared for & glowing! Therapy in East Dulwich offer this treatment, you can find details here.
You can also find all of the products used in my facial at Botanical Brands.

Amber

Living Nature Wild Fire & Pure Passion Red Lipsticks

16 May 2016

A few weeks ago I popped by Botanical Brands to preview and try out the new Living Nature red lipsticks. I am lucky that I have a fair few brands that are local to me and I had a lovely catch up with Kim talking everything green beauty & blogging!

The new red lipsticks, Wild Fire & Pure Passion, are COSMOS certified organic and are made without carmine - woohoo! I can honestly say I've not seen any natural and organic lipsticks, made without carmine that are as bright, vibrant and gorgeous shades as these two!

I'll start off with Wild Fire which is described as a warm, classic red with an orange undertone. It is a "semi-matte" so it doesn't have any shimmer to it, but it isn't drying like some matte lipsticks can be. It works perfectly with my skin-tone and doesn't make me look washed out at all like some red lipsticks I've previously tried before. It has a lovely consistency and can be applied fairly lightly for a sheer wash of red, or layered up for a bold, classic red.
Living Nature Wild Fire Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch
Living Nature Wild Fire Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch
Living Nature Wild Fire Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch

The darker of the two, Pure Passion, is described as a rich, deep semi-matte red with a subtle crimson undertone. This again can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of colour, or built up for an opaque, deep red shade. This one would be perfect for Autumn/Winter time.
Living Nature Pure Passion Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch
Living Nature Pure Passion Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch
It has a slight more pink-ish tone to it than Wild Fire but it isn't as dark on the lips as it looks in the bullet. Again, it isn't dry on the lips and both wear off evenly throughout the day. They are both seriously long lasting too.
Living Nature Pure Passion Organic Lipstick Review & Swatch

You can get the Living Nature lipsticks from Botanical Brands for £19.50 each.


Living Nature have just released a new video all about their brand and you can even see how they've made these lipsticks too! (video)

Amber

*indicates PR sample

Ingredients:
Ricinus communis (castor) oil**, Cera alba (beeswax)**, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax**, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil**, Glyceryl behenate, Mica (CI 77019), Iron oxide (CI 77491), Melia Azadirachta flower extract, Melia Azadirachta seed extract, Coccinia Indica flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Iron oxides (CI 77499). ** Certified organic. 100% natural origin. 90% organic of total.

Herbfarmacy

13 May 2016

A few weeks ago at the Natural Products Show I met with lovely Nicola who gave me some of the new look Herbfarmacy products to try. I had been invited to the press event but unfortunately I was unable to make it, so I was so happy to get a lovely bag full of products to share with my readers!

Herbfarmacy are probably one of the most British organic skincare brands you can come across. The ingredients for the products are all grown in their fields in Herefordshire by farmer & owner Paul Richards. And this last week they have officially re-launched with brand new packaging and products!
Their products are now housed in deep green glass jars, with a botanical print design on the labels. I have to be honest, when I first saw the new look online I thought they looked a little tribal-esque but since having them in my hands and seeing them in real life, I can see the true beauty in the design and they honestly do look beautiful and reflect the brand perfectly.
The Mallow Beauty Balm is a wonderful cleansing balm and I've already been through one pot so I'm sure I'll get through this one just as quick. I'm yet to try any of the other products but if anyone has their eye on any they'd like me to review first then leave me a comment below!

Let me know what you think of the new Herbfarmacy look!

Amber
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