Fresh Naturals | Natural, Vegan and Organic Pampering Goodies

 

 

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We all need a bit of a pamper sometimes what with long working hours, family life and just general everyday stresses. When Fliss from Fresh Naturals offered to send me some gorgeous samples to put to the pamper test, I really couldn’t refuse. I rarely get time to just lie back in the bath and relax, but made sure I set myself some time aside. Baby J was in bed and the husband was on the xbox – perfect! Here are the products I put to the test, along with others I have been using over the last couple of weeks.

Keep reading for a special 20% off code too!

Tropical Crush Bath Bomb (150g) – £3.25

This bath bomb took a long time to dissolve in my bath, which I love. I feel that this is the sign of a good quality bath bomb – cheaper ones just tend to dissolve in a matter of seconds, whereas this one was going for a good few minutes. It filled my whole bathroom with fruity and tropical aromas which gave me a positive energy boost. Beautiful! This bomb contains Apricot Kernel oil for soft skin and mineral-rich dead sea salt. Buy yours here.

Wake Up and Go Handmade Bath Bomb (120g) – £3.00

I haven’t used this one yet, as I’m saving it for a rare morning bath treat. It smells incredible though! This bomb contains sense awakening oils that will wake you up, ready for the day including peppermint oil and lemon oil. Buy yours here.

Tea Tree and Poppy Seed Natural Sugar Scrub – £3.50

When I spoke to Fliss about this product, she said that they are one of her best sellers – one customer even bought fifteen of them! The are different combinations to choose from including, Peppermint and Blue Cornflower, Avocado and Olive Oil and Lemon, Grapefruit and Calendula.  These can either be used on your feet, like a pumice stone, or run under warm water and then rubbed over the skin. I used it the second way, especially on my arms and it left them smelling great and feeling silky smooth. Buy yours here.

A Pamper Pack of Mini Bath Time Treats

Oh my goodness, I actually squealed a little bit when I opened up the box containing all these beautiful goodies! Inside I received (from left to right in photo) –

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Also, don’t forget that Fresh Naturals is a vegan friendly, cruelty free, organic brand – making us and the animals very happy.

To receive 20% off your order (excluding delivery) use the code SPARKLEWITHKERRY at the checkout (valid until the end of August 2017).

Visit Fresh Naturals here.

Kerry x

 

Lavera | Natural, Organic and Vegan Beauty Products

 I have been in contact with Ingrid Hume from Pravera for a while now and she has kindly sent out some high-quality and beautiful natural products to me. You may have previously read my post on Benecos Cosmetics (if not, click here) where I gave them a glowing review. Now it’s the turn of the brand Lavera – a natural, organic and vegan beauty brand.

I created the look pictured below, using the products I was sent. Here’s a run down of everything I used and how I used it.

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Lavera Illuminating Eyeshadow Quattro Indian Dream 03 – 4 x 0.5g

This eyeshadow quad is just STUNNING. My mind went into overdrive when thinking of all the looks I could create using just these four colours. I love the mix or peachy pinks and golds with khaki greens. They just match beautifully. I’m really into khaki eye makeup at the moment, so was very excited to try this out.

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Swatches in natural light
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Swatches taken with a flash

 

 

Here I created a very simple look using the mini palette. I used my Benecos single eyeshadow in Mauve in the crease, as I like to use matte shades there. I then used the pink colour over three quarters of my lid, starting from the inner corner. On the outer corner I used the peachy/gold tone. Along the lower last line I used a tiny amount of both of the green/gold colours.

Lavera Mineral Sun Glow Powder Duo – Golden Sahara 01 – 9g

This bronzer has a beautiful texture and consistency and blends like a dream. The colour is very buildable and I would say it looks much darker in the pan than it actually is. You can use the colours singly, or swirl them together with a brush. I mix them together as I find this to be the perfect match for my skin tone. I applied the bronzer just below the cheek bones, around the forehead and perimeter of my face. I love how glowy it made me look!

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Left to right- lightest shade, darkest shade, both mixed together

Lavera Organic Highlighter 4g – 03 Golden Shine

Wow, this little highlighter really packs a big punch! It is a cream product, so is best used before a powder. I have particularly enjoyed this on no-foundation days as it gives me maximum glow without all the other products. It’s been brilliant on these hot days we’ve been having. I applied the highlighter to the usual places where a glow is very welcome – cheekbones, bridge and end of nose, Cupid’s bow and brow bone.

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Swatched in natural light
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Swatched with a ring light
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Applied to the cheekbones. Taken with ring light

Lavera So Fresh Rouge Powder – Plum Blossom 02

Sorry guys, but here’s another product I just LOVE! I really don’t have anything negative to say about any of the Lavera products I’ve tried. This blush is pigmented, creamy, buildable and easy to blend out. It looks just stunning on the cheeks for that ‘glowing from within’ look. It is a plum toned powder, with a shimmer. I applied this to the apples of my cheeks.

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Swatched in natural light
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Swatched with a ring light

 

I’m so pleased with how these products transferred onto my face. They have brilliant staying power too – I’ve even been for a run this evening and the eyeshadows haven’t creased! These are lovingly made, high-quality beauty items. I’m excited to try more from the range. Lavera also have skin, bath, baby, men’s, dental and other products to name just a few. Definitely check them out on Pravera here.

What do you think of my finished look?

Kerry x

Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

Benecos Natural Beauty – Product Reviews

 

Last week I was sent some gorgeous goodies from Benecos to review. Benecos produce natural, cruelty-free and vegan makeup and sell them at affordable prices. They also sell natural skincare, natural hair care and natural body care products which are all 100% natural with organic ingredients. In my package I received the Natural Light Fluid Foundation, Natural Lipstick in ‘Catwalk’ and two eyeshadows – Shimmery Eyeshadow in ‘Rose Quartz’ and Eyeshadow Matte in ‘Mauve Me’. I tried them all out today and here’s my honest review…

Benecos Natural Light Fluid Foundation in Dune – £7.16

This is a lightweight foundation which blends beautifully and evenly over the face. To apply it I used my Kabuki brush. I built up the coverage because I have some redness on my cheeks which I like to cover. The foundation coped very well with this and evened out my skintone effortlessly. I took a photo of the coverage on just half my face for comparison purposes.

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The foundation on half of my face (my left side), after applying just one layer

The foundation contains organic, hydrating and nourishing ingredients including Avocado Oil and Argan Oil to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. It has a matte finish – perfect for me and my oily T-Zone! I also found that it lasted for a good few hours too and only started to cake slightly around my nose (no foundation has ever passed this test – trust me!). To purchase this foundation for yourself, click here.

Eyeshadows – Shimmery Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz and Eyeshadow Matte in Mauve Me

I received two beautiful eyeshadows, which perfectly compliment one another. I find that Mauve Me is perfect for the crease area, and have been reaching for it a lot.

Rose Quartz is a gorgeous shimmery shade, excellent for brightening up the eyes and I love to use it on the centre of the lid and inner corners for exactly this purpose. This would also make an absolutely stunning cheek highlight.

The eyeshadows are, of course, made from natural ingredients including Macadamia Oil and Sunflower Oil to help care for the delicate eye area. To buy yours, visit the eyeshadow section of the website here – there are lots to choose from!

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  Benecos Lipstick in the shade Catwalk – £5.56

 

 

 

I love this lipstick colour! It’s an orange-toned red and is such a statement lip colour. It is very nourishing on the lips and glides on with ease.

It contains beneficial and kind ingredients including Olive Oil and Avocado Oil to keep your lips feeling soft and moisturised throughout the day. It is just beautiful! To purchase your own, click here or to see what other shades are available, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I am very pleased with these products and the high quality payoff I get from them. They also have fantastic longevity and didn’t need touching up throughout the day (apart from the lipstick!). I especially rate the foundation as the coverage is excellent and so natural looking. It also made my skin look silky smooth and the colour was a perfect match for my skin tone!

Visit the Benecos website here to find out more about the brand. I just know you’ll love them too!

Kerry x

Amy’s Organics & Naturals

This is my first post in a series all about gorgeous, independent businesses. With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to support smaller businesses and not buy all your gifts from big chain companies. Buying from independent businesses can make your gifts special and usually unique.

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The first business I’d like to introduce you to is Amy’s Organics & Naturals. This is a small family run business with excellent and personalised customer service. They use only recyclable or compostable packaging and sell organic and natural products. Amy herself is very approachable and knowledgeable about the products she sells. She has trawled through thousands of products to carefully select appropriate and affordable ones for her online shop. To find out more about Amy and the business, click here.

My Purchases from Amy’s Organics and Naturals

Natural Deodorant M/F by Faith in Nature ~ £3.95

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For me, deodorant has become an expensive game. I’ve never really found one that I like – either because of the scent, consistency or the way it makes my armpits feel. I always read horror stories in the media about the awful things deodorant can do to your body. With all of this in mind, I was keen to try a natural but effective deodorant. I have heard only brilliant things about crystal sticks and decided to finally bite the bullet and buy one from Amy. I must say, after using it for a few days, I am extremely impressed with this product. It doesn’t have a scent, it doesn’t feel sticky, I have no odour or sweat issues and my armpits don’t feel irritated. It’s an all-rounder! I highly recommend this – give it a go, you won’t be disappointed! Buy yours here.

Shampoo Bar – Lavender, Tea Tree & Castor Oil by Friendly ~ £2.45

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This shampoo bar smells gorgeous! It is also vegan. It can be used on all hair types and lengths and left my hair with a beautiful shine. This soap will last as long as three conventional bottles of shampoo! It will make a unique gift or stocking filler. Buy yours here.

Organic Body Wash by Bentley Organic ~ £3.50

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I purchased this body wash in Olive, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus which is for deep cleansing. You can also buy Lemon, Grapefruit & seaweed for detoxifying and Lavender, Aloe Vera & Jojoba for Calming and Moisturising. The bottles contain 250ml of body wash and smell divine! Buy yours here.

I will posting again in the next few days about Amy’s Organics & Naturals as I have some baby products to review. So keep an eye out for that.

Make sure you support brilliant independent businesses like Amy’s this Christmas.

You can follow her on Twitter – @InfoAmys

Kerry x

10 Reasons why Coconut Oil is Awesome!

Today I’m sporting my very cool Deliciously Ella coconuts t shirt. This gave me the inspiration to write you lovely lot a post about why I think (and know!) coconut oil is awesome. Here are just 10 reasons, but there are hundreds more!

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Peace, Love and Coconuts by Deliciously Ella
  1. Coconut oil is great to cook with. It has a very high boiling point and high smoke point so you can fry all your favourite foods in it. I fry my two-ingredient pancakes in it (blog post about that coming soon!) and also add it to many of my favourite vegetarian dishes like chilli con carne!
  2. It is brilliant for conditioning your hair. If your hair is dry and brittle, or just needs a boost, add coconut oil from the roots to tips and leave it on for as long as you can. Make sure you wash the oil out carefully and thoroughly, condition your hair and you will definitely see a difference.
  3. Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturiser. Rub it into dry patches on your face or body and let the natural oils do their work. You’ll also smell lovely too!
  4. Replace all your butters and margarines with it. It is a lot more concentrated than most butters, so you need less of it. Putting it on your grainy toast in the mornings is a wonderful start to the day.
  5. Boost the nutrients in your smoothies. Add a tablespoon or so to your fruit smoothies each time for a boost to cholesterol fighting compounds, plus a delicious flavour. Recipes coming soon.
  6. It is a great, general, all-round beauty product. Use it as a mouthwash to help whiten teeth. Rub it into your nail cuticles to soften them and protect them from bacteria. Remove even waterproof eye make up with it by putting a small amount onto a cotton pad and rubbing the eyes gently. Reduce wrinkles by adding a small dab to problem areas. The list goes on!
  7. Coconut oil is fantastic in the bath. The aroma relaxes you and will leave your skin feeling very soft when you get out.
  8. Did you know you can also use coconut oil as a deodorant? Just rub some under your armpits after washing and let it do its natural thing to keep odours at bay.
  9. Coconut oil is a natural energy booster which will wake you up if you need a mid afternoon pick up, or after a workout. If combined with chia seeds, you’ll be feeling refreshed in no time. Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of chia seeds and eat them straight from the spoon.
  10. It’s an amazing popcorn coating. Pop organic corn in coconut oil and then drizzle with just a touch more melted coconut oil and some sea salt. Yummy!

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There are many brands of coconut oil to buy, and they seem a little expensive at first. However, you don’t need much each time you cook as it is so concentrated and a little goes a long way. My favourite brand of oil is Lucy Bee Organic Coconut Oil which you can buy in Sainsbury’s, Booths and other independent health shops. Or go to Amazon and you’ll find many different options there. Lucy’s oil is fairtrade and organic so it is extra fantastic.

IMG_20150927_140125 Let me know in the comments if you have coconut oil and have any other interesting uses for it. I would also like to know if you are new to the product and how you are intending to use it.

Kerry x

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