Temple Spa: Palm Balm Review

“Your body is a living temple, honour it, enjoy your life and live it to the full” – Temple Spa.

Temple Spa Palm Balm…I am obsessed! I received this for christmas last year as a gift from my boyfriends parents, and I am hooked.

RRP: £18.50 / 100ml.

http://www.templespa.com/body/hands-nails/palm-balm


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Palm Balm boasts so many amazing benefits:

  • A luxurious treatment for hands.
  • Excellent nail & cuticle conditioner.
  • Long lasting hydration.
  • Rich in aloe, jojoba & vitamin E.
  • Anti-ageing benefits.
  • Absorbs quickly, nongreasy.
  • Silky, smooth & soft skin.
  • Paraben free.

Let us be honest here, I am not that kind of girl who loves a good hand cream, I hate the tacky, sticky feeling you are left with after applying it. I hate it when you apply lotion and you are left with sticky hands for a good ten minutes afterward, and then at least half an hour of a greasy residue which then gets all over your phone and keyboard – I am so not into that! But I do get dry hands, especially at work as I wash my hands constantly and desperately needed something to hydrate them and add some moisture.

This stuff works miracles, it is a very creamy balm like texture (as the name would suggest) and it sinks into the hands so quickly. When applying it to the hands it is of medium consistency and sinks into the hands almost immediately. Your hands are left nourished and smooth within a couple of seconds. No greasy residue, no sticky feeling, just silky soft nourished skin begging for more.

This product has become a staple in my handbag and I will not go anywhere without it! It has a very subtle spa like fragrance which I personally find very comforting and uplifting and I really enjoy.

The bottle states “Probably the best hand cream you’ll ever use” – I can 100% agree with this statement, I love this product and I am constantly shouting it’s praises to all my family and friends, and I suggest you give it a try too. Available on www.templespa.co.uk.

Love, Luce ♥

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Review: Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser

“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skincare, you really won’t need a lot of makeup” – Demi Moore.

Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (RRP: £10.50)

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Available at:

http://www.sanctuary.com/en-gb/polishing-hot-cloth-cleanser/

http://www.boots.com/en/Sanctuary-Polishing-Hot-Cloth-Cleanser-125ml_1109879/


As a person with sensitive but combination skin I find it difficult to find a good cleanser that combines everything I need. I suffer from dry patches around the nose and on the jaw line, and can get oilier in the T-Zone. Combine this with sensitive skin and it can be quite a handful to find skincare that does it all.

I’ve tried a lot of cleansers over the years, many of which have ended up straight in the bin, or passed on to family or friends. My skin can become easily irritated and it gets a rash like texture – aka bumpy and red.

The product has a screw cap which isn’t the most convenient if you’re trying to use this in the shower – a pump would be much more preferred, or alternatively a squeezy cap.

The Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser is a really rich and creamy consistency which feels calm and soothing on the skin. It is a very thick cream but when rubbed between the fingers it turns smooth and creamy. I also find this is a really nice product to massage into the skin.

The product is naturally fragranced with plant extracts and essentials oils which gives it a lovely at home spa feeling. The muslin cloth included in the box is a nice size and helps to gently exfoliate the skin. It has a slightly rough texture to it but alongside the creaminess of the cleanser it allows for a gentle exfoliation to the skin.

I have used around six tubes of this product over the years and would highly recommend it. I feel it would be suitable to most if not all skin types – especially sensitive skin like mine.

Love, Luce ♥

What’s In My Shower?

“Life always offers you a second chance, it’s called tomorrow” – Unknown.

I’ve been trying out a lot of different products in the shower in the past few months and I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with them.


Shampoo: TRESemme Expert Selection Vibrant Naturals – Nourish and Replenish (RRP: £4.99 / 750ml).

tresemme-shampooThis is a certified organic shampoo with aloe vera and avocado oils. I chose the Nourish and Replenish option which says it is designed for healthy looking nourished hair.

The press down cap is really convenient when in the shower as opposed to a screw cap – I like this feature a lot!

It has a really satisfying scent, very clean and fresh. Although, my scalp is not currently getting on with this and it’s becoming very sore and dry. I have previously had troubles with other TRESemme formulas drying my scalp out and making it itchy and sore – maybe they’re just not for me.

I have used around half of the 750ml bottle although I think I am going to have to switch to something else for the time being.

http://www.tresemme.co.uk


Conditioner: Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask (RRP: £1.99/ 350ml).

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‘This intensive hair mask is suitable for normal to dry hair. It is specifically formulated to smooth frizz, leaving hair soft, shiny, tangle free and deeply moisturised’.

This product is remarkably good considering the price tag. (I normally use either the Lee Stafford or Andrew Barton one). It has a lovely summery scent, it definitely smells more of almond than coconut but it is refreshing none the less. The consistency is very gloopy and thick but it coats the hair nicely and really does hydrate and condition.

Normally I would only use a hair mask once a week, but lately I have been using this in place of a regular conditioner due to my hair being rather dry . I feel this could be related to the TRESemme shampoo listed above.

http://www.boots.com


Body Wash: Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash (RRP: £6.50 / 500ml).

soap-and-glory-orangeasm‘This is a zesty-fresh and revitalising body wash with skin softening, moisture boosting properties and exclusive MSUDS technology, triple tea, antioxidant complex, ginseng and pinkpepperberry. It’s scented with fresh green mandarin, sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel oils’.

I have been a lover of Soap & Glory body washes for the last few years and this one is no different. It is extremely moisturising to the point where I don’t always need to follow-up with a moisturiser afterwards. The pump is so handy and convenient and really speeds up shower time in the mornings as there is less faffing with bottle caps. I’m not that sold on the scent of this product as opposed to other Soap & Glory scents – personally I much prefer their ‘Clean on Me’ scent or ‘Sugar Crush’.

http://www.soapandglory.com


Scrub: Sanctuary Spa Mela Black Pepper & Ginger Body Scrub (RRP: Approx £6.00 – £8.00 / 200ml).

This is a limited edition body scrub from the sumptuous Indian sanctuary-body-scrubtraditions range. The scent is black pepper and ginger which is a beautiful fresh combination which also gives a nice warm aroma to the room

‘The warming and stimulating ginger root are boosted with stimulating black pepper oil whilst crushed coconut shells gently exfoliate the skin’.

This is a really good scrub but not too harsh on the skin, I find that buffing it in gently using my fingers is the best combination, as I have made my skin quite red and sore when using with an exfoliating glove due to the larger exfoliating particles.

I picked this up in TKMaxx and as it was a limited edition piece I can no longer find the RRP of the product – sorry. Although I am sure they will be bringing out more signature scents in the not so distant future.

http://www.sanctuary.com


Shave: Gillette Satin Care Pure & Delicate (RRP:£ 3.55 / 200ml)

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‘Dye and fragrance free for soft and satiny smooth skin, formulated without perfumes or colorants to minimise the risk of skin irritation’.

I have been using the shaving gel for as long as I remember – I have previously switched to other brands but I always find myself coming back to this one. There are many different scents and formulas in the range, including sensitive and dry skin formulas. Different scents include: Avocado Twist, Lavender Kiss, Floral Passion, and Radiant Apricot.

This product has a lovely thick consistency which smooths on the skin easily allowing your razor to  glide freely, minimising  the risk of cutting the skin.

http://www.gillettevenus.co.uk/en-GB/


Cleanser: Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (RRP: £10.40 / 125ml).

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‘The Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser is  a cleanse, polish and conditioner in one illuminating treatment. It is designed to leave skin glowing with a luminous, dewy finish’.

This is a beautifully creamy product that really calms down the most sensitive of skin. It comes with an exfoliating but gentle muslin cloth that really works well with the cleanser.

The product is naturally fragranced with plant extracts and essentials oils which gives it a lovely at home spa feeling.

http://www.sanctuary.com


Hairbrush: Tangle Teezer – The Original (Orange) (RRP:£10.99).

tangle-teezerI have used Tangle Teezer’s for years – I feel that they really work well with the hair eliminating the chances of breakages and tugging at the root.

I personally just use my original Tangle Teezer in the shower and out of the shower as I feel it does just as good a job in both cases. I would like to try the Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash next though to see how that compares. The Aqua Splash is designed specifically for use in water.

I would highly recommend Tangle Teezer’s!

https://www.tangleteezer.com


I really hope you found this post useful, comment down below if you have any recommendations.

Love, Luce ♥

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Luxury Gift Box

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci


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I was recently perusing the shelves in Boots looking for some new skincare items to try out. As I’m a person with quite temperamental skin it can prove difficult for my skin to agree with new products. I try to stay clear from really cheap products as I find my skin doesn’t get on well with them.

I came across the Crabtree & Evelyn brand, I have never used any of their products myself but I have previously bought gifts for family and friends from this brand and they have always gone down a treat.

Unfortunately, they didn’t sell any of their products individually, but they did have a ‘Luxury Gift Box’ which intrigued me. The gift box was from the La Source collection which is specifically designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate skin. I continued to look at the ingredients that were inside as I personally have never used any of their products. Ingredients include underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds which are used to revitalise and regenerate.

The set was packaged in a beautiful pale blue box with a rose gold emblem printed on the lid and sides of the box. When you open the box you are welcomed by bright summery patterns, a combination of fruits and florals which tie the gift together beautifully. The items are presented on a bed of brown shredded cardboard which gives it a lovely rustic look.

What’s included?

  • Relaxing Body Wash (500ml)
  • Relaxing Body Lotion (500ml)
  • Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (50g)
  • Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (25g)
  • Moisturising Soap (100g)

La Source Relaxing Body Wash / 500ml (RRP: £20.00)

This is a combined bath and shower gel which is pH balanced and enriched with oat amino acids, milk proteins and marine extracts to condition, soothe, moisturise and nourish the skin.

This product can be used for a bubble filled bath or to leave the skin feeling beautifully cleansed after a shower.

The La Source range has a relaxing sea scent with aquatic notes and gentle musk.

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/la-source-shower-gel-500ml-163580.html


La Source Relaxing Body Lotion / 500ml (RRP: £20.00)

This light formula is enriched with aloe vera, glycerine and marine extracts to soothe, moisturise and nourish the skin leaving skin silky smooth with no greasy residue.

Perfect for that everyday moisturised feeling.

Scented with clean refreshing aquatic notes, and gentle shoreline breezes.

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/la-source-body-lotion-500ml-163581.html


La Source Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy

50g (RRP: £9.00)

25g (RRP: £5.00)

This multi-award winning product is made up of rich shea butter to soothe, condition and moisturise hands.

The gift set comes with two handy sizes, a 50g and a 25g for your handbag – what more could you want?

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/la-source-hand-therapy-50g-80549.html

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/la-source-hand-therapy-25g-5071883.html


La Source Moisturising Soap 3 x 100g (RRP: £15.00)

This triple milled soap is vegetable based alongside shea butter to soothe, condition and moisturise your hands and body.

The set contains 1 soap (The set of 3 and RRP are based on the Crabtree and Evelyn website).

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/la-source-soap-3x100g-314420.html


The Luxury Gift Set’s RRP was set at £50.00 which I think is an absolute steal for everything you get inside – but that’s not it…it’s currently on promotion in Boots for just £15.00!

Gift Set available at:

http://www.boots.com/en/Crabtree-Evelyn-La-Source-Luxury-Gift-Box_1628414/

Individual items available at:

http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/collections/la-source/?pid=button

Normally I would wait until I have tried a product before telling you about it but I didn’t want you to miss out on this incredible offer! I can’t wait to try out the products from this collection and report back to let you know how I get on with them.

Love, Luce ♥