Ooharr Creamy Face Masks

Ooharr is back with another set of lovely masks, this time focusing on cream based masked that will hydrate and nourish the skin, perfect as Winter approaches.

As with the previous Ooharr masks I reviewed these are colourful, fun and priced at just £1.20 each are very purse friendly. They are bursting with nutrients and natural ingredients to reinvigorate tired skin and bring back the natural glow of your complexion.

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AA Skincare Wipes

Now the warmer weather is here your thoughts, like mine, have probably turned to how you can keep yourself feeling fresh as the temperatures soars. If you’re attending a music festival, going camping, or travelling somewhere and likely to be cooped up on a train or car for several hours, then the ability for you to freshen up quickly and easily is even more important.

An obvious product to keep close at hand for such circumstances is a good cleansing wipe. Now I know some people hate them, and I would never recommend them for everyday cleansing, but for the odd occasion when time is short or bathing facilities are basic or worse, non-existent then a cleansing wipe is definitely way better than sleeping in your makeup, and AA Skincare have two fabulous options to keep you feeling clean when the mercury rises!

When I choose a cleansing wipe I like to make sure it is as skin-friendly as possible, and the wipes from AA Skincare totally tick that box with zero alcohol, parabens or artificial fragrance and packed full of natural ingredients. They’re also made of 100% biodegradable viscose making them environmentally friendly to boot.

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DGJ Organics HairJuice Range

My hair can be very temperamental when it comes to shampoos so when I decide to change hair products I approach it with some trepidation. In the past SLS-free shampoos especially have not always agreed with my hair, leaving it lank, greasy and feeling straw like, but knowing the benefits of ditching the sodium lauryl sulphates I have been determined to find a brand that suited my hair, so when I was invited to try DGJ Organics I had my fingers crossed.

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Weleda Skin Food

Weleda has been one of my favourite brands since I began exploring natural skincare. The quality of everything I’ve tried so far is second to none and it is also affordable and accessible with stockists that include high street stores including Boots and Holland & Barrett. Their Calendula range is also one of the few skincare ranges I entrusted my little girl’s delicate skin to when she was a baby.

One of Weleda’s most iconic products has to be Skin Food, which this year – along with Her Majesty the Queen – celebrates its 90th Birthday. Apparently two packs of this celebrity favourite are sold every minute!

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Skin Food (30ml, RRP £6.95)* is the ultimate natural moisturiser for dry, rough skin everywhere and has been performing miracles on parched skins since 1926! A multi-tasking saviour Skin Food targets dry, rough skin on faces, elbows, hands and feet, completely transforming it. With extracts of wild pansy, calendula and chamomile, in a rich, emollient base of organic sunflower oil and beeswax, Skin Food gently nourishes, calms and hydrates stressed skin.

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Christmas Gifting with Sweet Cecily’s

Sweet Cecily’s is a small company based in Whitby, North Yorkshire, that specialises in handcrafting small batches of natural bathing and skincare products, and this year they feature some extra special gifts alongside their usual lines.

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One of the gifts especially launched for Christmas 2015 is the Secret Santa Christmas Parcel (RRP £17.95)*. This one is particularly brilliant as it showcases three different products from Sweet Cecily’s range, including a Sea Buckthorn Berry Handcream (50ml), a limited edition Chocolate Orange Lip Balm (10ml), and a Christmas Pudding Bath Bomb (170g). Also tucked inside is a little bag of spices perfect for making Mulled Wine and bringing a bit of extra cheer to festivities.

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Acne Ultra Clear by The Derma Group

Speak to people about their skin concerns and most people will cite acne and blemishes. The skincare experts at The Derma Group know all too well how spots can knock a person’s confidence so they created Acne Ultra Clear, an all-natural face cream proven to conquer uncomfortable and embarrassing blemishes, leaving your skin clear, smooth and healthy.

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AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion

There was a time when affordable skincare meant slapping on creams high in mineral oils, bulked out with synthetic fillers and fragranced with artificial perfume. Now thankfully companies have caught up, delivering skin-friendly, high performance formulas that are kind to your purse. One of the companies leading the way is AA Skincare, whose excellent products I’ve had the pleasure of featuring before, and today I have one of their face lotions to introduce you to.

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The AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion (100ml, £6.96)* is a light and readily absorbed lotion, which not only moisturises but helps to tone and restore your skin. The tea tree oil and lavender makes the lotion naturally antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal, meaning it is perfect for acne prone skin; helping to blitz spots, blemishes and aiding the skin to heal.

The lotion comes in a generously sized 100ml pump dispenser, from which one pump is adequate for my whole face and neck. The texture is light and cooling, instantly soothing any redness and inflammation. Bolstered with Rosehip Oil, which has great rejuvenating and regenerating properties as well as being high in Vitamin C, and highly nourishing and antioxidant rich Grapeseed Oil the lotion really helps revive and brighten the complexion too.

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If you’re battling breakouts or suffering with hormonal breakouts this lotion is the perfect product. It doesn’t strip the skin or contain any harsh ingredients that could upset the balance of your skin, but treats it gently and respectfully. Plus the super affordable price point makes it really worth a punt!

You can explore the full range on the AA Skincare website and if you use promo code BLOG20 you can enjoy a 20% discount on your purchase.

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Pure Potions Skin Salvation Scalp Oil

There is nothing worse than that burning sensation caused by an itchy scalp, and it can be especially embarrassing if you’re at work, on the bus or in an interview and you just can’t help but scratch to relieve the irritation.

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I have a patch of scalp which from time to time feels irritated. I noticed it when I suffered a small amount of hairloss and since then, even though my hair grew back, that area of scalp often feels hot and itchy, and I literally have to sit on my hands to stop me from scratching. When I was sent the Skin Salvation Scalp Oil from Pure Potions to try it was a godsend, really helping alleviate both the immediate irritation but also in the longer term helping to keep the problem at bay.

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SheaMoisture Repair & Transition Kit

The SheaMoisture haircare range is designed to give to upmost care to dry, coarse or transitioning hair. Utilising raw Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil and extracts of Sea Kelp it helps restore moisture, elasticity and shine to dull and damaged hair. Until now only available in the USA, the range will be hitting Boots shelves here in the UK from October, and I’ve been lucky enough to have had a sneak peek at their Repair & Transition Kit!

The SheaMoisture Repair & Transition Kit* contains everything you need to care for your tresses naturally, with the Moisture Retention Shampoo, Restorative Conditioner, Deep Treatment Masque and Reconstructive Elixir. As my hair has been misbehaving recently – feeling rough and looking lifeless – I was excited to see if this kit would infuse my hair with some much needed vigour!

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MBotanicals Balancing Himalayan Salt Scrub

One of my favourite things is discovering new skincare, especially from smaller British brands that focus on natural formulations, and with September being Organic Month it seems only apt that I feature one such brand today.

MBotanicals is a range of 100% natural, organic skin and bodycare, handmade in London. Priding themselves on safe, effective products their cruelty-free, all natural formulations are thoroughly researched and tested, with all ingredients meeting ECOCERT certification standards. Free of synthetics, fillers and chemicals MBotanicals utilise only natural plant preservatives. In addition only very small batches are produced at a time ensure products reach you at their most potent.

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