Tropic | Super Greens

 

Super Greens, Nutrient Boost Serum

I had been wanting to get my hands on this product ever since Tropic first released it. I have used a lot of oils and masks to try and repair my skin damage. I get a lot of dry skin in areas, as well as some under-the-surface bumps so hearing people buzz about the nourishing qualities it has, got me intrigued. I wanted to test that.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetSuper Greens is a nutrient boosting serum which contains a plethora of natural ingredients filling this green potion with sheer goodness. The Marula and Kendi oils calm skin irritation and combat redness while also being lightweight on the skin and fast absorbing – no stickiness! The green oils and tamanu oil help skin repair (note: tamanu has a scent to it, which I can only link to a curry smell however in my opinion it isn’t too overwhelming). And then Kale and Maca root extracts give the essential vitamins (and overall magic!) to nourish deeper layers of your skin.

To use: Simply massage a few drops into your skin, in upward circular motions for at least a minute or so. This will allow the nutrients to soak into the deeper layers of your skin. When I first used this product, I neglected to spend time massaging it into my skin however, I have made a point to change this routine and have seen such a difference since in the appearance of my skin since. I tend to apply it at night time after applying my Night Repair, not only for optimal effect overnight but also because I’m quite sensitive to scent and i’d be conscious of people being able to smell the serum.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetOverall, this product is great to boost your skins natural defences which I think is exactly what we all need around this time of the year. This product has found a holy grail spot in my skincare routine, and no doubt has for many others too. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Have you tried the Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum?

Cheerio for now!

Instagram | Twitter | YouTube |Bloglovin’Tumblr | Pinterest

Lush | Dark Angels

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Are you sitting down? Because I’m about to say something that some folks may find shocking. I’ve never understood the fuss when it comes to Lush products. Hear me out -I grew up with a mother who would get a headache when we passed by the Lush store at our local shopping centre. She’d spot it a mile off and rush us past it as quickly as possible. Growing up, many of my friends had the same reaction. In fact, I can think of only one friend of mine who can actually tolerate the scent enough to step inside. So because of that, I’ve never really explored the realm of the Lush store -until lately.

 

It was a few weeks ago, I spotted the store and suddenly wanted to go inside. Inside I purchased two products, one a bubble bar and the other this cleanser, Dark Angels. The labelling says this product is a Face and body cleanser but believe me when I say that it is so much more than that. You know when you stumble across a product, use it and have to stop and marvel at the wonders it works -well that has been a constant routine of mine since I have been using this product. 

 

Dark Angels is not just a cleanser, its both an exfoliator and cleanser all in one. It has Charcoal and Black sugar to exfoliate, but also has Rhassoul Mud to cleanse and Avocado oil to soften and moisturise -so as you can see there’s a nice balance to the ingredients of this product. Not only does it remove dirt and cleanse the skin, but I’ve noticed it also leaves my skin with a glow that I have never experienced from any other product. The mask itself is black and makes you look rather terrifying if you don’t warn the people you live with that you’re using it, however, it does apply and remove really easy so that’s a nice little bonus. 

 

It’s pretty much up to you how much or how little you apply, and it’s the easiest to make. You simply take your chosen amount out the tub, add a little water, mix around in your hand and apply to your face or body. Once you’ve graced your skin with its amazing qualities, then rinse off with water and follow with any steps you require. I usually sweep a pad around my face with some toner sprayed onto it, just to remove any little excess bits of the cleanser that I didn’t manage to rinse off. I follow that up with my moisturiser or some coconut oil. 
I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this product and although it can be a bit more of a messier product (if you’re not careful), I really notice the effect it has on my skin and can’t imagine using any other product other than this now. 

Have you ever tried Dark Angels? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now!

 

Tropic | In The Best Hands

In The Best Hands Collection 
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
Processed with VSCO with a4 preset
From the many posts I have produced about Tropic products, it’s pretty evident that it is my favourite brand -I just love their products! If you don’t know who Tropic are or what their brand is about, head on over here and have a quick read about them before continuing this post. On to the product…
 
I noticed this hand collection some time ago and was eager to get my hands on it, but with moving and life in general it just was put on the back burner and forgotten about until my birthday. I knew I wanted to try it and there was nothing I really wanted or needed for my birthday so I directed a lot of people to my wantfeed page (where this little gem of a collection was residing). My boyfriend gifted me this collection for my birthday …but he didn’t know what it was or who Tropic were. It’s quite amusing to receive a gift from someone and then have them ask what it is once you’ve opened it. 
 
Anyways, Tropic In the Best Hands collection is a bedtime ritual to achieve softer hands overnight. It contains a Hand Smooth Revitalising Polish, Soft Touch Intensive Hand Mask, and Bamboo Gloves. 
 Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset
The hand smooth is an exfoliating polish which, I’m not going to lie, is quite gritty at first touch but once you start massaging it against the skin and then start rinsing it off, it melts into the most beautifully silky texture on your hands. 
To use: simply massage onto rough or dry hands, and then rinse with warm water. My personal advice would be not to go too hot with the water but just a luke warm to rinse it off nicely. 
 
This hand mask is super rich in its formulation and incredibly moisturising. I was apprehensive about the word ‘Intensive’ being used in the title and I did wonder whether the product would live up to that title but it did that and more. 
To use: Once you’ve dried your hands from the rinsing of the revitalising polish, apply a generous layer working it into every rough patch on your hands and then whip your bamboo gloves on and leave them overnight to let your hands soak up all the goodness of the mask. (Side note: I have done this process throughout the day, going through the steps and leaving the gloves on while I study). 
 Processed with VSCO with a4 preset
I had been suffering from insanely dry hands during October and November (I think from the temperature change and having to have a heater on in my room) so this hand collection has come in so handy and really been a god send for me. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry or rough hands, or anyone who just loves giving their skin a little TLC. Also, before I forget, the website says this product is limited edition so if you do want to give it a go, I’d suggest getting your hands on it sooner rather than later. 
 
Have you ever tried this product? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now! 

Yes To: Micellar Cleansing Water

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Now I have to be honest when everyone started hyping about Garnier’s’ Micellar Cleansing Water, just over a year ago, I really didn’t understand the fuss. Around that time my skin had suffered a lot from drugstore products, which had many harmful ingredients and synthetics in, and I felt as though I couldn’t justify using this new product; which could potentially make my skin worse. I decided to skip out on the ‘Micellar hype’ and toddled off towards Tropic Skincare and other natural brands and Cruelty-free brands.

Within the past six months, I have started dabbling a little with the brand Yes To. I experimented with some of their products, which didn’t go so well, and then I stumbled upon these gems. I came across them on the beauty section of ASOS and with a voucher to spend on nothing else I thought why not?

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Yes to Cotton Comforting Micellar Cleansing Water 
This variation is made for the most sensitive of skin and for those who suffer from the allergy-prone skin. As the packaging states, this cotton comforting cleansing water has cotton extract which nourishes and protects sensitive skin, while the cottonseed oil protects and softens the skin keeping your skin perfectly calm.

To use: place a cotton ball or pad on top of the push-down pump, use around two pumps and gently swipe around your face avoiding contact with your eyes. You can use Micellar Cleansing Water to remove makeup, cleanse the skin and moisturise all in one. It is a simple and straight forward routine that anyone can do.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Yes To Coconut Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water
This variation is pretty much the same product but it is more focused on hydration. The coconut extract helps restore and condition your skin while giving it that ultra hydration it needs. I personally have been using this one more than the other, especially with the sweltering heat we experienced here in the South East England a few weeks back.

To use same as above product. Place a cotton ball or pad on top of the push-down pump, use around two pumps and gently swipe around your face avoiding contact with your eyes.

Both of the above products are 95% natural and are free from Parabens, SLS, and Silicones. Another thing I love about these products is their easy twist-lock caps. An amazing feature for chucking it in your bag to go away without fearing a product explosion.

From my past experiences with Yes To products, I have found that a lot of the products are too heavily fragranced for my personal liking so with these products I was quite apprehensive about what to expect. The Cotton Comforting one had a fragrance to it, however, it was incredibly subtle that you almost miss it. The Coconut Hydrating one has more of a fragrance to it but is in no way as overpowering as some of the other Yes To products I have previously tried. If fragrance is something that you cannot tolerate in products then I would suggest going into a store where you know your desired Yes To product is, and see if you can catch a whiff of it before purchasing.

Have you ever tried any Yes To products? Which has been your favourite? Comment below
Cheerio for now!
Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Tumblr | Pinterest 

 

Kind Natured: Deeply Nourishing

Kind Natured with Deeply Nourishing Shea & Macadamia 

Whenever I visit Boots I always check out the Kind Natured products and see if they are on offer (I tend to stock up when they are), but it wasn’t until my later part of my uni year, when I was too busy to go to the shops and was doing an online shop, that I realised they had released new products. Now there are quite a few new products but the ones that caught my eye were the Love Curls Shampoo and Conditioner, which I have a post on coming soon and this Deeply Nourishing collection of products. All of the products below are catered for very dry skin, perfect to quench your dehydrated skin throughout the summer months. 
 
If you haven’t read my past posts on Kind Natured you can do so here. Even so, I will still give you a brief rundown of the brand. Kind Natured keeps it natural, with their products being 97% natural and entirely free from Sulphates, Parabens, and Petrochemicals. Their products are cruelty-free, vegetarian & vegan-friendly and their packaging is recyclable: so as you can see, in every way possible they are animal and earth-lovers, wanting to preserve our planet and produce kick-ass products. 
Body Lotion is something I have only got into in the past year or so. I think because so many lotions can be quite clammy on your skin that it put me off for a really long time. Since having a beach hut and visiting it in all weathers (yes, even wind and rain) I have realised that we need to keep our skin hydrated and nourished, especially when the weather is harsher. 
 
This body lotion is very quick to absorb but you still feel as though it is having an effect on your skin as opposed to your skin absorbing it and then still feeling dry or itchy. I love applying this after a shower, especially on my legs which have been a lot dryer since the weather has been warmer and I have had them out more. 
Hand cream is something I usually overlook entirely, which is odd because I suffer from super dry hands and get really bad eczema on the sides of my fingers (really nice, I know). I didn’t know what to expect from this hand cream. From my limited experience with hand creams,’ they fall into one of the two categories: either super heavy oil-based creams that make your hands clammy for half an hour or useless, in that your skin immediately absorbs all product and you feel no difference whatsoever. This hand cream, however, serves up some serious skin hydration without clammy or sticky skin and without you deeming it useless. 
 
You can apply as frequently as you require. I tend to apply after my face routine, in the morning and at night. With it being part of my skin ritual it is impossible to forget this important step and make sure my hands get the TLC they deserve. 
I first tried this body scrub a few days after I received some pretty severe windburn. Now, I know I probably shouldn’t use a body scrub on the damaged or fragile skin, such as windburn, but after feeling the creamy consistency I thought I’d give it a whirl on my burnt skin which was starting to peel. It was like magic, so gentle on my sore skin but also so effective at buffing away my dead skin and softening the dry, dehydrated skin from long days at the beach hut. I couldn’t help but feel my renewed skin and constantly be surprised at its’ softness. 
 
Its’ recommended to use this once or twice a week on damp skin. Rinse with lukewarm water, and use a body lotion for maximum results and baby soft skin.

As I mentioned, all of these products are made for dry-very dry skin, however, Kind Natured do have a range of products for normal-dry skin too if that is more suited to your skin type. 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?
Cheerio for now! 

Harmful ingredients in your Beauty Products

Disclaimer: I am not a skincare expert, nor have I ever worked in the beauty industry. The information below is a combination of research I have taken part in as well as information I have been passed on by health professionals. Also, if you are happy with your skincare routine, feel it works for you and your body and have no desire to change or be exposed to what is actually in the products -I would say not to read this. Finding out certain information can broaden your mind in so many ways, but once you hear/read certain things you cannot unread them. On that note, if you would rather stay blissfully unaware and enjoy those drugstore buys, click off now! 

Product free from sulphates, parabens & petrochemicals

Now I’m no expert when it comes to skincare but over the past two years, I have become increasingly aware of the harmful ingredients in skincare products and what they can potentially do to our bodies. When I first started to change my skincare routine (you can read my skin story here) I was in an odd frame of mind. I had all this new found knowledge of these harmful ingredients thrust upon me and was horrified to learn what havoc it could potentially be causing my body. I felt as though the rose-tinted glasses had fallen off my face and I was seeing the beauty industry for what it really was -not pretty. I couldn’t believe that I had been blissfully unaware of all the harmful ingredients I was putting onto my body and letting it absorb.

Fragrance: I thought I’d start with fragrance seen as this is a pretty loose, elusive ingredient that no one really knows what it entails. What do I mean by that? Well, companies can label their product with Fragrance as to not give away their secret ingredients but as to what actually makes or contributes to that fragrance we don’t know. Because of this ‘loophole’, you could use a product thinking it is free from all the nasty ingredients below but those ingredients may contribute to the Fragrance. Sneaky, huh?


Parabens: From my understanding, Parabens are used as a preservative for products, and prevent the product developing bacteria or mould. It has also been linked to breast cancer, with samples of the chemical found in tumour biopsies. Parabens can also be found in many body products and even in pharmaceutical products as well as food.

Phthalates: These are basically a group of chemical which softens plastic -I think. From my reading, the chemical has been banned in children toys’ in the EU but is still used in products such as deodorant, body lotions, perfumes and nail varnish. Phthalates have their equal effect on the body as many of these other ingredients and are linked to various cancers’ such as Breast, Kidney, Liver and Lung cancer.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This ingredient really helps foam a product so it is usually found in face wash, body wash, shampoos and even cleaning products. When the body absorbs this chemical it can cause issues with kidney, lung and the skin as well as being very irritating to eyes. This really is a nitty-gritty bugger that you want to avoid as, from my reading, it seems that when the chemical mixes with others it can potentially create a whole new harmful ingredient hosting a whole new set of problems to the body.

I specifically chose these ingredients from the long list of ingredients I could have mentioned as I felt these were the ones I had always heard of but never actually knew what they did and how they affected the body. Now I’m not going to tell you not to use them, that would be pretty impossible as many of the products in your bathroom cabinet contain them, the purpose of this post was more so to educate and make people a little more aware. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ and absorbs a large portion of everything you put on it, so naturally, it’s only right we know what is inside. Think of it like eating artificial preservatives in your food, except your applying them to your skin.

If you want to read more about cleansing your skin, the beauty industry and avoiding these harmful products I’d recommend this book. I also posted a review on it, which you can read here.

How do you feel after our skin lesson? Head hurt? Feel portrayed? I did too. 
Cheerio for now! 

Soothe the senses with Tropic

Tropic Soothing Body Wash & Soothing Body Oil (in Tropical Multi-Coloured Packaging)
Tropic Soothe The Senses (calming body wash) & Soothe the Senses (luxury body oil)

It’s getting to that time of the year when things become a little stressful for us students. Whether it be the finishing off coursework, sitting final exams or merely packing your dorm and trying to decide where to move for the next year. Some of us are way ahead of our workload, eagerly awaiting Summer to jet off traveling, while others’ are pulling all-nighters, living off red bull and hibernating under a fort made out of textbooks. I’ll admit more often than not I fall into the latter –though I survive off tea rather than a red bull. I don’t know about others’, but when this happens the only thing that will calm my stresses and ease the knots in my hunch back is a warm shower and a luxurious pamper. what can I say? -it’s what we skincare junkies do!

If you hadn’t guessed by now, my favourite brand is Tropic (who you can read more about here). I find their products so luxurious so naturally, they make for the perfect pamper. Within the past few months, my pamper routine has had some new additions, two of which I wanted to share with you today.

Body Wash and Tropic Packaging

Soothe the Senses, body wash
I was super excited to finally try this body wash and it didn’t disappoint by any means. The body wash is a velvety, creamy texture, with a heavenly vanilla scent. The consistency is more runny and thinner than other shower gels so a little goes a long way. Having said this, it lathers up just as well as any other body wash and within a few scrubs, you feel fresh as a daisy!

Tropic Luxury Body Oil with Gold flower within

Soothe the Senses, luxury body oil
Now, my mom has been pretty obsessed with this oil for over a year now. It is a vital part of her post-shower ritual and as such, she can’t live without it. I, on the other hand, had never really been brave enough to try it. I’m one of those people who has always feared oils (that’s a story for another post) though the alluring floral scent and the pretty flower enticed me and soon I was hooked.

The body oil has a combination of oils including rosehip and argan oils so it is perfect to give your body a dose of hydration and a silky finish post-shower. It is also multi-functional and can be used in your bath, as a conditioning mask for your hair and to tame split ends. Ideal, huh? 

What is produces are essential for your pamper sessions? 

Cheerio for now! 
Instagram | Bloglovin | Twitter | Goodreads

You can check more Tropic products featured in this space here.

Review: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay

Health & Beauty - Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask Tub
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - Green Bentonite Clay Powder

I saw this face clay around over a year ago but steered clear thinking it was simply a gimmick product like a perfume called ‘mermaid tears’ or body shimmer called ‘fairy dust’. It wasn’t until it popped up in one of Simply_Kenna’s Cruelty-Free Products video that I finally thought I’d give it a shot. The Aztec Healing Clay comes in a screw top tub, as seen above, which I paid around £9 for a 1 Lb tub from Amazon. There was a mixture of reviews on the site which made me a little hesitant but at such a cheap price I decided to go for it. 

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay has multiple uses and benefits, including removing dirt and impurities from pores. It’s deep cleansing properties are miracle workers for the minimized appearance of pores and brightening effects on the skin. Bonus factor- it’s 100% natural Calcium Bentonite (Green) Clay. 

How can you use it? 

  • The tub says the clay can be used for facials, acne, bodywraps, foot soaks, baths and insect bites. Personally, I have only used it on my nose, around my lip area and on acne as those are my problem areas. 
  • To use, simply add equal parts of the clay with raw apple cider vinegar or water to form a smooth paste. 
  • To mix, it’s required to use a non-metal bowl and utensil
  • Make sure no liquid gets into your tub of product so the rest of the clay powder doesn’t ruin.
  • Once the mixture is smooth, apply to problem areas and let dry. For delicate skin let the mix sit for 5-10 minutes and 15-20 minutes for normal skin. It will feel tight and may even have a warming effect on your skin. 
  • Once ready to remove, rinse off with warm water. 
  • Once removed skin will have a redness to it for around 30 minutes but soon disappears. 
  • Use once a week, or more often for problem areas. 

This product has become a must-have in my skincare regime and I use it once a week. Because you are mixing it yourself, at times it is a little tricky to get the consistency right and in the first few uses you can potentially waste quite a bit of the product. My advice to avoid this would be to start with the smallest amount and go from there, even if that means mixing up a new batch if you don’t quite have enough for your use. I have to say, overall I am super impressed by this product and its’ quality. I would recommend to anyone who wants to give their skin some extra TLC.



Have you ever tried Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay? What did you think?
Cheerio for now! 
Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads 

The Power of Tamanu

Tropic products - Tamanu Rescue and Tamanu Healing balm


Tamanu has quickly become my skin saviour for pretty much everything, Dry skin, eczema, scars, stretch marks, bruises, stings, insect bites -everything! I use both these products; the balm on my body and I keep the rescue in my bag for emergencies. Both are 100% naturally derived so you don’t have to worry about all those nitty-gritty ingredients you don’t want your skin absorbing.

Tropic - Tamanu healing Balm, intensive treatment for scars and damaged skin


Tamanu Healing Balm
The super-healing powers and sheer strength of this product are the stuff miracles are made out of and its’ nourishing formulation of Shea, Cocoa and Monoi Butter gives the most soothing, smooth and luxurious feel to your skin.

To use, just apply as much or as little as you see fit to damaged or dry areas.

Tropic - Tamanu Rescue Healing balm tube


Tamanu Rescue
This product is pretty much the same as the Healing Balm; though the consistency is slightly different. The consistency is quite silky and a lot smoother than the balm: my guess is so that it can be easily squeezed out of the pocket-sized tube.

You can use this the same as the balm, but where this is smoother in consistency I like to dab some onto my chapped lips. You only need to use a little dot when you use it -a little goes a long way!

To read more about the brand Tropic, simply click here
If you’d like to take a browse at other Tropic products I have posted about, click here

Have you ever used Tamanu? What did you think?
Cheerio for now! 

Tropic ABC Collection

Tropics ABC Skincare Collection 

tropic - ABC collection face routine

 

Having started to go natural with my skincare and toiletries, I came across Tropic last year through a friend. The first element of my routine I was trying to change was my face care, so naturally, the first products I bought were the Smoothing Cleanser, the Vitamin Toner and the Skin Revive to fill the place of my usual 3-step routine. It’s more than likely that customers will purchase certain products to use together, so Tropic has created certain collections with products such as this. For instance, those three products come in a collection along with the Eye Refresh and save £15 in the process (essentially you get the eye refresh free).

Tropic Products - smoothing cleanser, vitamin toner & skin revive

Smoothing Cleanser, complexion purifier with bamboo cloth:
The Smoothing Cleanser is the first step in the ABC face routine. The cleanser contains Golden Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil and Avocado oil giving a refreshing blend for clear and soft skin. The texture is milky and smooth to apply, and it quite literally melts away makeup in the gentlest of ways.
 
To use you simply massage 2-4 pumps onto dry skin in gentle circular motions. This will remove any makeup or impurities on your eyes, face, and neck. To remove, rinse off with warm water using the bamboo cloth. If you use this to remove makeup it’s recommended to use another 2 pumps to cleanse your face after, and remember to give your bamboo cloth a good rinse after removing your make up.
 
Vitamin Toner, pore refining mist
The Toner is probably the most refreshing product I have ever come across. With a mixture of Rose Water, Cucumber, and Aloe Vera Juices it is perfect to calm, rejuvenate and minimise pores.
 
After using the cleanser, just spritz the Toner across your face and neck, and leave to sink in. You can also use a cotton pad to wipe around the face, it’s just as effective either way.
 
Skin Revive, nourishing cream concentrate
With a blend of Rosehip oil, Golden Jojoba oil and Aloe Vera Juice I can see why this product is labelled as nourishing. Skin Revive is hydrating and moisturising on your skin, whilst also being gentle and giving a radiant complexion.
 
Use 2-3 pumps onto face and neck in circular motions and leave to absorb.

Tropic products - bamboo cloth & eye refresh
Eye refresh, cooling gel roll-on
In a rollerball applicator, the Eye Refresh is easy to apply for that little pick-me-up or when you need to look wide-eyed. The cooling blend of Cucumber Juice, Aloe Vera, and Ginseng makes the mixture perfect for calming puffy, tired skin and dark circles. This little bad boy has quickly become an essential to not only keep on me when I go out but also when I’m studying or just lounging around the house. 
 
To use, simply roll under eyes as much as you require.
 
I love each and every one of these products. All of them work so well together but also have such strength as individual products. Whenever I have come across natural products in the past they have often been way out of my price range, so it’s incredibly refreshing to come across natural products that are not only within my budget but also effective and match my own ethos. 
You can read more about Tropic and their brand here.


Have you ever tried Tropics?
Cheerio for now! 
Instagram | BloglovinTwitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads