Susan Kohutova has worked in the health and beauty sector for over 20 years as a consultant and therapist for some of the top cosmetic companies. Having personally suffered with extremely sensitive, allergy prone skin she was determined to develop a range of natural cosmetics, free from harsh detergents and synthetic ingredients that could be tolerated by even the most delicate skin and so Zuzka Natural Beauty was born.
When I heard Benefit were launching a new mascara I was super excited. Having long since been a fan of BadGal and more recently of the brilliant They’re Real I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sneak preview they’ve put inside every copy of February’s Elle Magazine!
I don’t go in for Valentine’s Day in a massive way, and I’m not overly keen on huge romantic gestures or extravagant presents, but I must admit to enjoying a little surprise gift so I decided to compile a small, budget friendly gift guide to help anyone who may be struggling for inspiration!
This gift guide is not about expensive presents, but small tokens that you can give the beauty addict in your life. So what products have caught my eye?
Whilst browsing online I recently came across Soaparama, a relatively local company (Manchester based) who specialise in handcrafted soaps, bath fizzies and organic soy candles. Their products looked so enticing I had to make a small order.
The latest box that Korean Beauty experts Memebox have kindly sent me to review is Memebox #52 WTF Wonderful Treasure Finds*.
Wonderful Treasure Finds are those amazing products that may have been overlooked; unsung Korean beauty heros that are the secret of few. Memebox decided to gather these under-the-radar beauty products into one brilliant box and here we have it. So what Wonderful Treasure Finds have I discovered?
I can’t say I’m really into the Boxing Day sales but one exception has to be the Lush sale, which happens online for one day only!
It would appear everyone else loves this sale too and I had to battle though the extremely glitchy Lush website in the hope of bagging a few bargains. Once I managed to get on, rather than umm and ahh over individual products, I quickly chose some of their lovely gift sets (emphasis on the word quick there – everything was selling like hot cakes) and checked out!
So what did I get in my haul?
When teapigs invited me to take their Matcha Challenge I jumped on board. I’d already decided 2015 was going to be the year when I got fit, then illness over the festive season compounded the necessity. As soon as I was feeling better I hit the gym for the first time in three years and also embarked on my daily Matcha* shot.
January is the month where our thoughts turn to the year head and make pledges to get fit and healthy, save money or perhaps just make more time to see friends and family. So Susan has taken this idea of new journeys and new promises and used it as the inspiration for the January Lacquer Love box theme; New Beginnings. My box arrived this week and I was eager to see what colours So Susan had chosen for the first box of 2015.
Signature Fragrances London is a company founded by two friends, Solomon and Yinka, with a passion for perfumery. All the perfumes they produce are at an indulgent Pure Parfum strength, and unlike eau de parfum or eau de toilette they contain little to no alcohol. Just highly concentrated perfume oils that result in a longer lasting scent. Expect your perfume to last from dawn to dusk!
I must hold my hands up and admit that I’ve never really got into using foundation sponges; partly due to laziness and partly due to never quite getting the hang of them. I’ve heard however that using the right foundation sponge is a makeup game-changer so I was eager to try the Marvel 4 in 1 Makeup Blending Sponge* from Nanshy.