My Gemstone Obsession

Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with gems and semiprecious stones. Our family regularly visited Castleton in Derbyshire, taking trips down the famous Blue John caverns, and I always returned home with a new gemstone to add to my collection. Fast forward thirty years and I still love looking at gemstones, turning them in my hands and feeling their weight. Whether in their natural state, or tumbled, each stone is beautifully unique and captivating.

Today I thought I’d share with you just a few pieces from my collection of gemstone jewellery, many of which came in the Belladonna Box which I purchased a year or two ago from a lovely online shop, Noctua.

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Detox Your Skin With Sönd

Did you know the key to beautiful skin can be found in your diet and lifestyle? You may be forking out hundreds of pounds on the latest skincare, but if you don’t pay attention to what you put into your body then your skin will reflect that. Staying up late, excessive alcohol, and junk food can all lead to dull, oily, spot prone skin and exacerbate skin complaints such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

Skincare experts at Sönd firmly believe that beauty starts from the inside out, and because the New Year is all about new starts they have teamed up with Dr. Isabel Sharkar of Super Human Health, to find out more about the effect that toxins can have on our skin and how a detox can help solve many common skin complaints. They have also launched a fantastic giveaway to win your very own skincare consultation with Dr Sharkar so do read on to discover more and enter!

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Birchbox – January 2017 Review

January can be a dull month. The Christmas holidays are over, the decorations are down, and the mornings seem darker than ever. Cue Birchbox to brighten up your day with a box full of beauty treats and help banish those January blues!

For £12.95 Birchbox delivers a monthly box chocful of beauty products – including samples and full sized items – for you to put to the test. It’s a great way of discovering new brands and trying out the latest launches. The January theme is ‘Sprinkle Happiness’ but have Birchbox managed to bring some happiness into my life with this month’s box? Read on to find out!

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Spa Magik Organiks Sleep Therapy 6 Oil Super Serum

From the makers of Dead Sea Spa Magik, Spa Magik Organiks is a new range of products that offer therapeutic spa solutions to help alleviate the most commonly suffered ailments, encourage overall well-being and nuture beautifully clear skin. Experts at Spa Magik Organiks blend pure essential oils, therapeutic plants and healing sea water – elements that have been used for centuries – to heal and revitalise our bodies, and each and every formulation is natural, organic and free from nasties.

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Bach Original Flower Remedies

This time of year can be so stressful. The busy Christmas period and all its difficulties may be out of the way but the New Year often brings with it new challenges and anxieties, from small things like getting back into the routine of work or the school run, to larger ones like December’s credit card bill hitting the mat or how you are planning to keep all those New Year Resolutions.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, worried, fearful or dealing with any other negative emotion which is effecting your day to day life and relationships the Bach Original Flower Remedies* are a safe and natural method of bringing about calm and restoring balance. Discovered by Dr. Bach in the 1920’s the 38 different remedies gently restore the balance between mind and body by combating negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision, allowing peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

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Laila London Chamomile & Lavender Clay Mask  

In order to keep my complexion clear and blemish free I swear by a good clay mask and I usually try to indulge my skin once a week to help combat those pesky blemishes and spots.

The Chamomile & Lavender Clay Mask from Laila London, which is one of this month’s brilliant Libbie Club offers, is a perfect choice for skin that is misbehaving. Because it contains only three naturally sourced ingredients – Sodium Bentonite Clay Powder, Organic Lavender and Organic Chamomile – it is also suitable even for sensitive skins.

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Latest In Beauty Build Your Own Box

​It has been quite a while since I placed an order with Latest In Beauty, in fact they have had a big revamp since my last box with a new website, a larger selection in the Build Your Own Box section and also monthly subscription options.

I had resisted placing an order for quite some time but when I saw the latest Build Your Own Box products a number of them caught my eye so I decided to take the plunge. I opted for the £18 ‘Beauty Guru’ box which allows you to choose 9 items. This works out at only £2 per item, which considering there are a number of full sized products to select from means it’s great value.

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Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Review

If you’ve ever longed for a brighter, whiter smile and have done your research you will know that professional teeth whitening can cost hundreds of pounds. I don’t know about you, but that not a sum of money I can justify!

Luckily nowadays there are a bunch of at-home teeth whitening kits, all professionally developed and safe to use, which you can pick up at your local chemist and the latest I have been trialling is Instant Whites.

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MOA The Green Balm Daily Cleansing Ritual

After the excesses of Christmas and new Year celebrations your skin may be looking a little lacklustre, so what better way to Spring clean your beauty regime and pick up a new cleansing product to reawaken your complexion.

Moa’s Daily Cleansing Ritual (RRP £17.50, Libbie Club price £15.75) is ideal if your aim for 2017 is clear, glowing skin. This must-have combo contains a 50ml pot of The Green Balm plus an organic bamboo face cloth for the ultimate deep cleansing and skin perfecting experience!

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