Arabelle Skin Sense – Invigorate Body Oil

natural body oils

I’ve been trying this new body oil by Arabelle Skin Sense over the last couple of weeks and i love it. Not only is my skin super soft but it smells fresh and invigorating too. The fragrance is fresh and light as well so it’s not over powering like some body oils. the main scent is the sweet orange essential oil. The normal retail price for this is £18.50 for 200ml.

They do a whole range of products so check out the website to see them all.

 

Reader Offer Arabelle Skin Sense has been kind enough to set-up a reader offer code – for 25% off.  To get the discount enter the code bbeauty25 at checkout. This offer is valid until 30th November 2013 so hurry to get your now! 

Get yours here 

Joyce xx

Nicara Luxury Spa Body Scrub

Body scrubs and lotions

I’m a great believer in exfoliation and I love natural smelling products too. So when i was sent a sample of Nicara Spa Body Scrub I couldn’t wait to try it. Not only does it smell gorgeous but it’s packed with essential oils* and no artificial fragrance in sight. I used it straight from the container and then showered it off, the result is silky smooth gorgeous skin. You don’t need a lot of product because a little goes a long way! (

Natural Body Scrub

 

£26.40 – 200ml

 

Body exfoliation

I’ve also been using the scrub as a hand scrub for silky soft hands pre manicure. They are so soft all the time 🙂

There are other products in the range too! Great to be able to do a spa at home treatment. For more details visit the website here

*Contains Nut Oils

Joyce xx

 

Win a pair of Hotpants

A little over a year ago I was on Twitter and I saw a tweet that said lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. Well of course I was sceptical but they were doing a giveaway so I thought I would give it a try. I had nothing to lose except inches (no pun intended).

Hotpants for slimming

In July  my hotpants arrived and I decided to take the 2 week challenge and all I had to do was wear the hotpants everyday for 2 weeks for at least  30 minutes a day! I sweated a lot but within a week I noticed how smooth the skin on my legs were and at the end of the 2 weeks I was over the moon because not only had I lost 7lbs in weight I could also get into smaller jeans!

Not long after I became an Ambassador for hotpants

weightloss

So today I am delighted to give you the chance to win a pair of Hotpants Vivas! There are 3 pairs up for grabs!! These Vivas have an RRP of £50 a pair. So enter the competition now!

Hotpants vivas

For a chance to win a pair and brighten your summer, all you have to do is:

1. Tweet to your followers – I entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Viva hotpants competiton. You can win a pair too! http://bit.ly/OO7CzZ #vivascomp

2. Leave a comment Why you should win with your twitter or real name.

3. Follow me on twitter.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don’t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

3 (Three) Prize Winners Will Win:

RULES: Entrants must be at least 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. The competition ends on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

Three winners will be chosen at random!

Good luck!! 🙂 

 

Read more about Zaggora products here!

Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing Exfoliating Scrub

Exfoliation is one of my top must do treatments. I’m always on the look out for new products. A couple of weeks ago in my Glossy Box I received satchets of Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt brushing.

body scrub

When I opened the pack I was pleased to see that it was already mixed with oil. The smell is good enough to eat. Citrus aromas oozed from the packet. I applied it to dry skin and the oils made my skin silky smooth for a few days afterwards. I love this product and will definitely use it again.

Dead Sea Magik ScrubAs you can see from the picture its oily so that makes application easier. Make sure you’re standing in the bath or shower when you apply it. It can make the floor very slippery so be careful. It rinsed off easily without drying my skin.

It was voted ‘Best Body scrub’ by You Magazine!

The RRP is £13.30 for a 500g tub from Shop for Spa

Its also available at John Lewis, Debenhams, Harrods, Selfridges, Holland & Barrett and independent retailers,

Today’s Post is all About Margarita Bloom

 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

My name is Regina which in Latin means “Queen” *wink wink* I’m the beauty and brains behind Margarita Bloom. I’m just a girl who loves beautiful things, glamour and life’s little luxuries!!! To put it simply, here’s me….I love Paris. I love fashion. I love luxury. I love Pinups. I love glamour. I love poetry. Shakespeare & Poe. I love sunshine and pretty flowers, sparkling water, cute furry puppies and kitties. I love Mother Nature. I love rockin tunes like “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele to Goldfrapp, Marilyn Monroe “I wanna be loved by you” and Etta James’s “At Last”. I love the BEACH!, sun, sand between my toes and refreshing breezes from the ocean. I adore Marilyn Monroe and anything from Old Hollywood. Sigh…I love chocolate and thoroughly enjoy experiencing new foods and drinks. Pictures and words inspire me and I in turn LOVE to inspire people.

I’ve taken all that and entwined it into my Beauty Company, “Margarita Bloom” to create Retro inspired bath & skincare goodies. Our company is light hearted and totally fun while having super fabulous skincare items to pamper yourself with which I think is a necessary luxury in anybody’s life. Sometimes when life gets stressful we need to have some downtime; some time to have fun, laugh, be light-hearted, and just be happy! Our products were made to have darling names like our “Lulu and the Volleyball Instructor” Coconut Lemongrass Scrub to our “Tea and Crumpets” Cream cheese Frosting Body Balm so when you read them….you smile! They have amazing scents so when you sniff them, you go ahhhh…and smile and when you use them…well by that time the bathroom door has closed and BLISS has arrived. lol… One of my favorite parts of my business is getting to know my peeps, getting their feedback on our products, what did they like, didn’t like, their opinions on packaging and types of goodies they’d like to see at Margarita Bloom. I really want to get their input to continue having wonderful products they’ll love for a lifetime.

Website: http://www.margarita-bloom.com

Twitter: twiter.com/margaritabloom

Where are you based? We’re based in the USA. Though we do not have a physical boutique we are an online boutique found at www.margarita-bloom.com and we can ship to many locations outside of the USA.

When did you establish your business? Margarita Bloom came to life around 2006.

Why did you decide to start this business? I always knew I wanted to have my own business even when I was little. It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do because I needed to be passionate about it. I needed to LOVE it so I could give 200% and more to it. When you’re passionate about something you love doing, success is sure to follow. When I discovered this amazing world of beauty I was hooked and I’ve never lost interest in it. Every day is an adventure with meeting new customers, creating new products, sniffing new scents and more.

What’s your unique selling point? We’re retro, doll! Va va Voom Vintage, Glamorous and Gorgeous and of course everything is made fresh at the time we receive an order, only the best for our peeps!

What’s you best selling product? It’s funny because our customers always say, “I want everything!” lol…so everything! *wink wink* Some of our best selling goodies to give you some ideas would be our Cupcake Love Soaps, Bramble Briar & Rose Luxe Milk Soak, Antoinette’s Rose Garden Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Soaks, I Smell Delicious Roll on Parfume Oils and so much more.

Who’s your target market? Anyone and everyone who wants to be pampered and smell sweet.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products? I think from the beginning of time people have been enraptured with using plants and other materials from Mother Nature to beautify themselves. Look at Cleopatra…she adored baths in milk, honey and rose petals, and used Jojoba Oil on her face for her complexion. She even travelled to the Dead Seas to use the minerals and muds located there. The idea of using plants and oils from nature & refining it into a usable item that you can add to lotions, potions and scrubs and so on I think is timeless and has never changed and will always be there.

Can your products be used on any age customer? Yes, they can. Of course, always use supervision with children. You don’t want them taking a bite for example of our Cute Cupcake Soaps….they may look tasty but they sure don’t taste tasty! lol..

Do you ship your products worldwide? But of course! If our shopping cart isn’t setup for a particular location, feel free to email us and ask if we can ship to your country. We’re always looking to expand and beautify more peeps!

I just wanted to say thank you Joyce for this wonderful interview! I’m so glad I was able to meet you through my company! You’re a true Margarita Bloom gal! xoxo

Here are all the lovely soaps I bought. Delicious all of them… I had the whole Geisha Glamarama range. click here to get yours!

Visit Margarita Bloom for fun retro soaps and pampering products! Treat yourself or someone else.

 

Today’s post is all about Niki McGlynn


Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

I trained as a homeopath after using homeopathy when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering crippling morning sickness. I had taken everything my doctor had to offer and still ended up in hospital on a drip. My health visitor recommended a local homeopath, I had used it before with my son when he had dreadful eczema, so I was prepared to give it a go. I decided to add reflexology later as the two treatments work well together. Once qualified I was a bit shocked at the lack of products available for use in treatments. Most products contain petroleum and everything smells of peppermint! I wanted something natural which would help with various skin issues and smell better. I used my knowledge and experience as a homeopath in order to develop my range of Balms. They are all naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plus the oils they contain are really effective at moisturising and helping cracked or damaged skin to heal. They work amazingly well on cracked heels but my customers will often email me with other skin problems that they have used them for. For example Original Balm seems great for insect bites, fungal nail infections and cold sores and the Lavender & Chamomile seems really effective for burns and eczema.

Baby Bottom Balm is great for nappy rash and is also good for children eczema as it is a bit milder. Some of my customers also use Lavender & Chamomile Balm as a cleanser/moisturiser on their faces.

Balms can be ordered from my website www.nikisbalms.co.uk I am also on twitter @nikimcglynn or @nikisbalms where I am always happy to answer questions

Where are you based in the UK?

I am based in Wokingham, in Berkshire

When did you establish your business?

2 years ago

Why did you decide to start this business?

I wanted a natural product which would help my clients and would smell good!

What your unique selling point?

There is nothing quite like my balm on the market, apart for the fact it smells amazing, it is organic and made in small batches in order to maintain the quality yet it remains very reasonably priced.

What you best selling product?


My Original Organic Reflexology Balm is still my best selling product, closely followed by Original Organic Balm as other reflexologist clients buy it to use themselves as it is so lovely.

Who your target market?

Reflexologists primarily, and then people who are interested in using natural products on their skin.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products?

I think that people are becoming aware of the benefits of more natural products, and that they minimise the impact on the environment as well as providing safe and effective care for themselves and their families. They work well and are so much better than using petro-chemicals.

Can your products be used on any age customer?

Absolutely! I offer a Baby Bottom Balm which is mild and softer, perfect for babies and people with more sensitive skin and Original Organic Balm and Lavender & Chamomile Organic Balm are rich without being heavy or greasy and have excellent moisturising effects. I am currently developing a Warming Balm, which should help improve circulation for people with cold hands and feet.

For more information contact Niki here

Get Beach Body Ready With a Little Help from Debenhams Beauty Hall

With Summertime only around the corner and the dreaded call to bare skin beckons, it essential to guarantee that our skin and body are prepped for maximum exposure. Tighten those wobbly bits and scrub away tired looking winter skin with these hot picks from Debenhams Beauty Hall.

 

Mama Mio Get Waisted 100ml ( £35)

The holy grail of slimming potions, Get Waisted works by increasing lipolysis, thebreakdown of stored fat, the fat cells within your skin. This proven tummy tightener isclinically proven to boost fat burning and inhibit future fat storage with the added bonus oftwo anti-ageing components for a Halle Berry-esque washboard tight stomach.

Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt 100ml ( £29.70)

Dubbed a ‘holiday in a bottle , this exquisite treatment oil contains an exoticblend of coconut oil and frangipani flowers, offering long-lasting hydrationto troublesome dry areas such as elbows, knees & nails.

Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow ( £35.50)

Scrub away your winter blues with this invigoratingexfoliating treatment. Enhanced with detoxifyingsea salt, stimulating ginger and purifying lime peel forsumptuously smooth, glowing skin, great forprepping skin for that lusted ‘cared-for glow.

√Ø ª øClarins Extra Firming Body Care ( £39.32)

Easily absorbed, this luxurious, deeply comforting cream is a must fortightening, firming and defining tired, lacklustre skin. With nourishing SheaButter, detoxifying Agrimony, Pro-Vitamin A (to stimulate cell renewal) andpatented anti-ageing Bocoa, your skin will be left soft yet firm.

To purchase these products head to your nearest Debenhams Beauty Hall

Box Clever with New Functionalab Beauty Packs!

If you’re starting to think about the summer holidays or a bride going on honeymoon! Want some help with your bikini body. Here are some treats to help you on your way!

Functionalab Beauty Pack

Functionalab Beauty Packs are the perfect solution to your skin needs both inside and out. This new approach to skin health unites the latest dermatologist-developed cosmeceuticals using clinically proven active ingredients with potent beauty supplements using natural active ingredients. Used synergistically together, they provide a total solution to nourish, moisturize, protect and repair the skin.

Each Beauty Pack features an Advanced Cosmeceutical combined with a Beauty Dose Advanced Nutricosmetic supplement to create the most effective Deep Skin Nutrition system available. Functionalab’s expertly crafted beauty solution packs are suitable for differing deep skin nutrition needs.

Body Toning Beauty Pack ( £77)

Consists of Body Sculpting Gel, which is proven to visibly reduce cellulite by using innovative BodyfitTM and MatrixylTM technologies and the added draining benefit of ingredient Ruscus aculeatus with Beauty Dose Body Toning supplement, which contains potent Grape Seed Polyphenols, Vitamin C and Collagen to help enhance fat metabolism and collagen synthesis for smoother and firmer body skin, whilst helping to fight cellulite.

Body Sculpting Gel

There are also other packs available in the range including:

Age Defence Beauty Pack ( £75)

Represents a powerful antioxidant system combining the most effective antioxidant blends, both in topical and ingestible form. More specifically, it combines Age Defence Complex Antioxidant Face Serum with five specialized active ingredients to stimulate and strengthen the skin’s natural defence system against free radical damages with Beauty Dose Age Defence 30+, a complete nutrient and antioxidant supplement blend with Lycopene and Soya to help maintain firm youthful skin and protect against the visible signs of ageing.

Anti-Age Beauty Pack ( £95)

Anti-Age Beauty Pack combines Deep Nutrition Complex anti-aging cream that contains six active ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, combat the visible signs of ageing and restore radiance with Beauty Dose Anti-Age 40+ supplement that blends optimum levels of Bioflavonoids and Omega-3 fatty acids to support skin hydration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Customise your own pack with ‘My Beauty Box’

My Beauty Box

Functionalab recognizes that one solution does not fit all. With its large assortment of ten targeted Beauty Doses Advanced Nutricosmetics and its line of Advanced Cosmeceuticals, Functionalab offers the opportunity to build your own ultimate √¢‚Ǩ≈ìinside out√¢‚Ǩ ù skincare system with My Beauty Box. For example, you could replace the Body Toning Beauty Dose with the Weight Management Beauty Dose containing Garcinia Cambogia and Chromium to support healthy weight management. The choice is yours!

Products are available exclusively at Harvey Nichols from 16th-30th April and then from Harrods and Fenwick in the United Kingdom and from www.functionalab.co.uk.

 

 

Body Beautiful for Valentine’s Day with Vie!

Get your body buffed and polished for Valentines day!

I love to exfoliate my skin on a regular basis. I have tried lots of different brands too! I decided to try the Vie range to get Body beautiful. The first product I tried was Spa Invigorating Bath & Shower Scrub! I liked this scrub but i do usually prefer something more abasive so that my skin feels zingy and tingly afterwards. I think this would suit someone who likes that lighter feeling. It was easy to use and rinsed off really easily!

You don’t need much of the product so it will last for ages!

Revives and rejuvenates your skin. Contains Dead Sea Salt, Red Seaweed and Volcanic Sand exfoliating particles. Infused with mineral-rich Swiss Glacial Water and Spirulina.

The second product is Spa Detoxifying Body Treatment! Its a great idea but easier for people with a shower because you have to leave it on for 5-10 minutes before you rinse it off, which I found quite difficult in the bath! My skin felt soft afterwards and stayed like that for a couple of days. It goes on easily, skin has to be damp though. I used it straight after the exfoliator.

Deep cleanses, softens and helps hydrate your skin. Contains deep cleansing China Clay and infused mineral rich Spirulina.

Both Products are £12.00 each for 250ml and available from www.vieathome.com


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