L'Occitane Shea Honey Hand Cream

L’Occitane Shea Honey Hand Cream Review

I recently saw L’Occitane doing a give away on their Facebook page. On reaching 75000 likes they promised to send out vouchers so that their customers could redeem one tube of their 30ml hand cream. You were allowed to choose between Shea Honey, Shea Butter, Lavender, Cherry Blossom and Rose des Champs.

Although tempted by the beautiful floral scent of Rose des Champs, I chose the Shea Honey Hand Cream and it is just wonderful! To be brutally honest I never purchased an item from L’Occitane before and my previous experience with the brand comes from sneaking a dash of my mum’s creams from time to time.
However, the L’Occitane Shea Honey Hand Cream is part of a limited edition range so I just had to pick it!  It has such a delicious and sweet scent of honey, which proves to be very long lasting. It also contains twenty per cent of natural Shea butter, which has worked its wonders in nurturing and revitalizing my winter damaged hands. The thick white cream soaks into the hands, leaving them instantly soft and nourished and without the usual stickiness associated with hand creams.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK OF THE L’OCCITANE SHEA HONEY HAND CREAM?

The creamy formula is also gentle enough for those with sensitive skin and I put this down to all the lovely natural ingredients within. It really does soothe and comfort tired and aching hands. I write all day, every day, so I would know!
To top this wonderful product off, the packaging is just adorable! A little illustrated brown bear sits eating his honey as his bee companions buzz around him tending to their hive.
This cream is only available in 30ml so is brilliantly handy for those constantly on the go. Unfortunately, it is still limited edition, so those who have fallen in love (like me) then you best stock up quick!
Have you tried L’Occitane hand creams before? What was your experience? 
 
Stephanie xox

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Accessories can really make a room at times, they are personal, gorgeous and can really help to create that perfect space.
I adore anything “pretty” and unique. When I came across the tinned candle collection by Bomb Cosmetics I instantly fell in love. I was tempted by the Vintage Velvet Tinned Candle but after a nudge in the right direction chose the Passion Fruit Sundae Tinned Candle*.
Oh gosh was this the perfect choice! This is one of Bomb Cosmetics most popular products and I can see why. Firstly, the packaging is just beautiful. A golden tin with regal looking purple covering and gold letters stating this candle to be “easy like a Sunday morning“. I can see why, the smell just makes you feel so relaxed!
It is a very sweet citrus smell, a perfect combination of the two, the passion fruit fragrance is strong and other notes include peach, mango and satsuma. Talk about a fruity treat eh! Bomb Cosmetics themselves say: “We pride ourselves on making our product not only smell and feel wonderful on your skin, but it also must look beautiful too!” The candle within features a gorgeous bright yellow colour with the addition of four pretty orange hearts, just lovely upon a bedside table
Did I mention that all the products made by Bomb Cosmetics are all handmade on the premises, as natural as possible and packed full of love essential oils? The Passion Fruit Sundae candle is graced with the addition of pure orange and mandarin essential oils and has an approximate burn time of around 35 hours.
What do you think of Bomb Cosmetics tinned candles? What is your favourite fragrance of candle? 
 
Stephanie xox

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Why you should dress for your body shape and not your dress size

The amount of times I have been out with my female family members and friends and heard the frustrated cries from their dressing room while jumping about in an outfit is ridiculous.

Worst thing is, I too have been guilty of exclaiming ‘why doesn’t it look right?!’ before giving up and slinking off for a coffee and depleted chat.

Shopping can be both a pain and a joy when it comes to finding the perfect outfit and the amount of damage these changing room blunders can cause on us girls is shocking.

I’ve decided to take Trinny and Susannah’s 12 body shapes as a definitive guide to help you dress to suit your shape, avoid that body criticism and dress to show off your best assets!

A GUIDE TO THE DIFFERENT BODY SHAPES:

APPLE: Average chest, larger tummy, flat bum and average legs.

BELL: Small shoulders and chest, small and short waist with large thighs and bottom.

BRICK: Broad shoulders, undefined waist, average tummy, flat bum and large thighs and calves.

CELLO: Large chest, hips, bottom, and thighs with a  short waist and slim lower legs.

COLUMN: Slight waist, long legs, same width shoulders, and hips.

CORNET: Broad shoulders, small breasts, undefined waist, slim hips, and long slender legs.

GOBLET: Broad shoulders, large chest, undefined waist, narrow hips, and long legs.

HOURGLASS: Large chest, small and short waist, big hips, and generous thighs.

LOLLIPOP: Large chest, slight waist, slim hips, and long legs.

PEAR: Small chest, long waist, flat stomach, and large legs.

SKITTLE: Average chest, slim waist, average stomach, large thighs, and calves.

VASE: Large chest, longer defined waist, hips to match, slim thighs and legs.

Still confused about which you are? Use the Body Shape Calculator based on Trinny and Susannah’s shapes here or the diagram below.

Trinny and Susannah Body Shape Quiz

HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE:

Now to dressing for body shape,  here is what to opt for to flatter the following shapes:

APPLE: To avoid attention to your midriff wear clothing items that elongate your figure and adds structure such as blazers, ruched dresses and shirts, tunics and empire tops that gather below the bust and flow outwards. Opt for bootcut and flat fronted trousers to lengthen and compliment your legs. The use of large vertical print and patterns also works a treat on highlighting your best assets. Avoid baggy, tight and high-necked clothing that will swamp your figure.

BELL: The bell, like the pear and skittle, means you are bigger on the bottom. As bells naturally have a narrow top half balance needs to be restored to keep you in proportion.  To do so you must use volume in clothing to increase your upper half, avoiding use of the same colour, v necked clothing and long jackets which will emphasis. Use of turtle and cowl necks, vests and frilly shirts will make your upper half appear larger and therefore your lower half will appear smaller. Wearing pleated heavy fabrics and wide trousers will cover and compliment your widest parts.

BRICK: Draw attention and create the illusion of a waist with the use of belts and dresses that clinch your midsection, avoid shapeless clothing and opt for well fitting and structured items that will compliment your figure. Avoid strapless items that will broaden your shoulders and mini skirts that will throw off the proportions of your lower half. Opt for draped fabrics to create curves, fitted tops and knitwear that will bring in and compliment your figure, patterned items that will create shape and panelled skirt which will define your waist and flare to elongate your body.

CELLO:  The cello is voluptuous and often tall, everything remains quite proportionate with a defined waist which needs to be focused on. Wear fitted items that flatter your figure and chest and stand tall. Items such as scooped and v necks, long fitted jackets, empire waist clothing and wide-legged trousers will define and flatter your slim torso, long legs, and large thighs.  Avoid mini skirts, skinny jeans, and polo-necks that will draw attention to these larger areas.

COLUMN: Like the brick you must draw attention and create the illusion of a waist with the use of belts and dresses that clinch at your midsection. Use a variety of solid colours when choosing clothing and avoid the use of print which will fail to highlight your slender figure and the creation of curves.  Opt for high waisted or wide legged trousers which will frame your waist and show off your legs, additionally you can get away with wearing round necked jumpers which will balance your frame. However, avoid cropped  items as they will elongate and emphasize your already enviably long limbs.

CORNET: With your athletic and slender figure draw attention and create the illusion of a waist with the use of belts and dresses that clinch your midsection. Shapeless clothes are a no-go, it will only throw off your proportions even more. Opt for asymmetric clothing that creates shape and proportion, skinny jeans that will give you the illusion of curves and show off your long and slender limbs and flared dresses that shape you.

GOBLET: Known for larger upper halves and slender legs, goblets must take the emphasis off their upper body to create proportion. Avoid baggy clothing (such as shift dresses, wide legged pants and ?), bright colours that will create emphasis on the top half and create disproportion and high neck lines.  Opt for empire waisted tops that bring in your waist and flatter your midriff, wide-necked tops that compliment your chest and low-rise trousers that skim your hips and compliment your slender legs.

HOURGLASS: An evenly proportioned shape that needs simplistic and fitted clothing that work with your natural curves. Opt for items that compliment your chest, hips, and waist and avoid shapeless items. Wrap dresses work well to define your shape, as do scoop and v necklines, three-quarter length sleeves, small belts at the waist, pencil skirts and skinny jeans. Hourglass shapes must avoid layering, baggy clothing, tunics, chunky knitwear and high necklines which will swamp, covering up throws off your proportions and can lead you to feeling and looking frumpy.

LOLLIPOP: Lollipops are tall and slender with long limbs and a sizeable chest so the idea is to broaden your hips and shoulders to maintain proportions. Avoid high necked and high waisted clothing that will over emphasise your chest, long legs and create unbalance, shapeless items are a no go also. Opt for fitted items and draping fabrics to create curves, wide neck lines that will compliment your chest and bring in your waist and flared trousers to balance out your chest and make the most of your slender legs.

PEAR: Pear are a slim shape with wide thighs, not necessarily hips (although this is a common misconception). To create proportion you must balance your small upper and wide lower half. Opt for items that compliment your chest, hips and waist and avoid shapeless items such as tunics and wrap dresses. Wide and straight-legged pants are great for slimming your thighs and adding length to your legs, especially dark colours. The use of an A-line skirt works wonders too, covering your thighs and creating a classic look. The use of high necks is also goods as it will broaden your torso Avoid skinny jeans that will hug your wider half, mini skirts that will elaborate your thighs and bright colours on your lower half that will draw unwanted attention and throw you off  balance.

SKITTLE: Similar to the pear, skittles have wide thighs and calves along with voluptuous legs. Once more to create proportion you must balance your small upper and wide lower half. Opt for fitting clothing on your upper half to draw attention away from your lower, detailed blouses work wonders also. The addition of a flared skirt will skim your thighs and highlight your enviably small waist. Like the pear, wide and straight-legged pants are great for slimming your thighs and adding length to your legs. Avoid skinny jeans that will hug your wider half, mini skirts that will elaborate your thighs and calves and bright colours on your lower half that will draw unwanted attention and throw you off balance.

VASE: A vase closely resembles an hourglass but with a much longer and gently curving torso that must be complimented in similar ways. With long limbs, it is best to show them off with straight leg trousers and high waisted pencil skirts. Opt for fitted shirts to compliment your waist. It’s best to keep clothing simplistic and to avoid covering up with layers, especially baggy or high necked items that will swamp you.

The idea is to understand your body and its proportions and dress to flatter them, but at the end of the day wear whatever makes you happy and confident!

What do you think of the Trinny and Susannah body shapes? Do you dress to suit your shape?

Stephanie xox

Lush Season's Tweetings Christmas Box

Lush Season’s Tweetings Christmas gift box review

Who can resist Lush at Christmas? The bright wrapping paper, the array of content and the delicious scents filling the air of your bathroom – and lets face it, the entire house. Actually, who can ever resist Lush products?

I found the Lush Seasons Tweetings* box at my door this festive season containing an amazing variety of skin-loving treats to aid you against the chill. The box includes the Twilight shower gel, Ro’s Argan body conditioner, Tiny Hands solid hand cream and Snowcake star soap.

So, what did I think of the Lush Season’s Tweetings gift box?

Twilight shower gel (100g)

This is my absolute favourite of the Christmas limited edition shower gels. It smells absolutely amazing and is a ridiculously unique fragrance. It is a very sweet lavender smell. I often associate the smell of lavender as a harshly lasting and a rather dull fragrance. However, this shower gel has taken that smell and added a load of sugary goodness and some wonderful silver shimmer too! It really does get me off to sleep after a long day at university and leaves you feeling wonderfully calm and relaxed. I had previously done a review of this wonderfully scented product here.

Tiny Hands solid hand cream (60g)

Tiny Hands is a solid hand cream bar shaped as a delicate little palm. It is a very creamy bar and although small proves to be a very hard worker indeed as it nourishes your hands, soothing and repairing the skin. It leaves my hands feeling fabulously smooth and fresh with its beautiful floral fragrance of chamomile, marigold and lime flower oils. Leaving you, and your hands, feeling wonderfully relaxed! The addition of cocoa and fair trade shea butter provide a gorgeous feel for that additional moisturisation. I find it goes on quite oily but give it a few minutes and the product sinks in a treat! I prefer an oilier product on my hands anyway, and I find this perfect for my winter damaged skin!

Ro’s Argan body conditioner (45g)

This rose oil scented body moisturiser is just delicious. Packed full of nourishing oils and butters, the ingredients include argan oil, brazil nut oil, almond oil, fair trade shea butter, cocoa butter, cupuaçu butter and oji berry juice! The smell of the rose will leave you feeling luxurious while the ingredients work their magic softening the skin. All you have to do is smooth it all over and rinse off!

Snowcake star soap (70g)

This beautiful festive soap comes shaped as a glittering gold star smelling of sweet Christmas treats with its marzipan and fruit fragrance, it works a treat also! This soap cleanses and nourishes the skin and lathers up wonderfully, leaving the beautiful rapeseed and coconut oil to treat the skin.

This box is a festive exclusive! Fear not though, Lush gift boxes are available all year round with a variety of amazing products.

What do you think of Season’s Tweetings? What beauty products did you get this Christmas?

Stephanie xox

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A Byron Bay cookies Review

I have always loved Byron Bay cookies having purchased them from some of the nicest coffee shops in Oxford for years. Getting the chance to review them in all their glory certainly could not be missed! I tried both the ordinary and gluten free alternatives* for the majority of their cookies and here is what I discovered!

I also was lucky enough to try the gluten free cookies also. Now although delicious, I found these less tasty than the others. However, they make a fabulous alternative and are made with the same impeccable quality. I merely found the taste of the biscuit to be noticeably different.

So, what do I think of Byron Bay cookies?

White Choc chunk and Macamdemia nut (original and gluten free)
This is my favourite of all the cookies, a lovely mix of thick white chocolate chunks and wholesome macadamia nuts. The perfect blend of savoury and sweet. I have always been a lover of white over milk, and the soft nuts really compliment the melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate and crumbly biscuit.

Triple Choc Fudge Cookie (original and gluten free)
Now this is a chocolate lovers dream, packed full of chocolate and fudge and making it incredibly moist and moreish. I found this gluten free version to be not as soft as its alternative. It had a strong chocolate cocoa taste and it felt a lot more dry in comparison. However, the fudge and chocolate pieces remained plentiful and delicious!

Dotty (original and gluten free)
One of the most amazing cookies, not only thick chunks of chocolate but sugar coated chocolate drops on top also! This is what I used to crave as a child and I have to say my mother never said no to one either! The gluten free option is a triple choc cookie with the addition of choc dotty choc drops. Surprisingly it is not as chocolate smothered and proves great with a strong cocoa taste.

Strawberry and Clotted Cream Cookie with White Choc Chunks ( gluten free)
Now this was delicious. The smell of strawberry, strong and sweet with the addition of thick pieces of the fruit. The clotted cream was not as evident but this may have been overpowered by the sweet taste of the fruit and my adored white chocolate chunks!

Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut Cookie (gluten free)
It is always nice to have a non chocolate option too! This cookie has a strong smell and taste of ginger with the sweetness coming from the dates. It has a really festive feel and the walnut is wonderfully crunchy! I will definitely be on the hunt for these this Christmas!

As you can see Bryon Bay have an incredible variety in terms of ingredients, taste and dietary needs. What is better on a cold day than a warm drink in hand and a lovingly made cookie?

Have you ever tried Byron Bay Cookies? Which flavour would you pick?

Stephanie xox

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I have been intrigued by the Lush lip scrubs for a while now and was skeptical to how they would work. These thoughts were dumbfounded and the following products are amazing! I tried both the popcorn* and bubblegum lip scrubs.

The method to these scrubs is very simple, you place a small amount on your lips and scrub gently in circular motions. You can lick off any excess while trying your best not to actually eat the stuff. I was not over enthusiastic with my Bubblegum Lip Scrub (although it is rather difficult not to be!), I was somewhat neglectful, spilling some of its contents, much to my sadness! (explains the difference in content!).
The caster sugar packed into the scrub makes your lips feel and taste amazing while banishing away any of that winter dryness. You see an immediate difference and the jojoba oil in the product really soothes the lips, preparing them for the day ahead and leaving them nicely moisturised. I think these are fabulous to use as part of your skincare and makeup routine, the scrubs really prep your lips for a dash of gloss or a swipe of lipstick, ridding you of any unsightly flakiness!
These 25g plastic tubs are packed full of the product. The girly and pink Bubblegum flavoured scrub leaves you feeling as ‘sweet as candy‘ while the Popcorn is packed with coconut, sea salt and polenta to really treat those lips. It also features popping candy and a delicious salted caramel flavour. Each scrub is only £5.25, so there is no excuse not to have beautiful lips every day!
What do you think of the Lush Lip Scrubs? Which flavour of the two would you pick?
Stephanie xox