Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm

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Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all having a good week! Today's post is going to be a review of the Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm which I was kindly sent for review. Melvita is not a brand I was familiar with before I started blogging, but since discovering their products I have become quite a big fan! Melvita is a French skincare company and all their products are organic and paraben free. The Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm contains royal jelly, cocoa butter and stevia leaf, as well as 3 different types of honey (thyme, acacia and orange blossom). These ingredients have been formulated to hydrate and nourish dry skin and that's exactly what my skin needs during this time of year.
Thyme, Acacia and Orange Blossom
Thyme, Acacia and Orange Blossom
I use a lot of fake tan which can be quite drying on my skin. Like most people, my skin also tends to feel a lot drier in the winter months. I have found that using the Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm makes a big difference to my skin. I am applying this body balm on the days when I am not fake tanning which is about 3 times a week and it keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I must admit I was slightly worried about the fact that this body balm contains a blend of 3 different types of honey as I don't especially want to rub anything into my skin that will leave it feeling sticky, but I was pleasantly surprised because this product does not make my skin feel sticky at all. The Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm has a thick texture, and once I rub it into my skin it absorbs really well. I love using it after shaving my legs because it leaves them feeling extra smooth!  
Now for me, one of the most important things when using a moisturiser is that it will not ruin my beloved fake tan, and I am happy to report that the Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm preformed well in my fake tan test and did not leave me looking patchy the way some moisturisers do. It also has quite a subtle sherbet scent which isn't perhaps my favourite, but that might be because I am used to body butters that are strongly fragranced, and I do appreciate that this product is organic and really good for my poor skin that has to endure constant fake tan abuse haha.
I know that this body balm is more on the pricey side. It retails for £22 for 150ml, but a little really goes a long way when you use it so this pot will last me quite a while, especially as I don't use it every day.
The Melvita Apicomsa Ultra Nourishing Body Balm is packaged in a white plastic tub with a gold lid. It's perhaps not the most luxurious packaging I have ever seen, and considering that the body balm does have a premium beauty price tag I would have preferred it if it came in slightly prettier packaging, but other than that I am loving the results I'm getting from using it.
Have you tried any Melvita products?
Nuala xxx
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Origins GinZing Eye Cream

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream
Hey Lovelies,
Today's post is all about the Origins GinZing Eye Cream which I was lucky enough to receive when I attended an Origins event in Mayfair last month. Origins is a brand that I love and I'm always impressed with their products, so I was really excited to try out this eye cream, especially as I already love their Plantscription Eye Cream which I've reviewed here. Unlike the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser, the Origins GinZing Eye Cream doesn't have a citrus scent to it.
I've been using this eye cream for a few weeks now. It's very different to a lot of the other eye creams I have tried because it contains optic brighteners which brighten the under eye area and instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles. The ingredients include Caffeine from Coffee beans, Panax Ginseng and Magnolia Extract. According to the Origins website, these ingredients will help refresh and awaken tired eyes.
I have found that this eye cream feels light and soft when I apply it to my under eye area. It sinks into my skin very quickly and I love how it instantly brightens my eyes and makes me look more awake, even if I've had a bad nights sleep. 
However because the formula of the Origins GinZing Eye Cream has no anti ageing properties in it, I am only using this as my morning eye cream which is what Origins recommend anyway. In the evenings I am still sticking with my Plantscription Eye Cream.
As you can see from from the picture below, the Origins GinZing Eye Cream has slight pink undertones to it. It leaves a sheen  when you apply it, but don't worry , this effect is quite subtle and wont leave you with shimmer under your eyes. It will simply make you look more bright eyed and bushy tailed! This eye cream is quite hydrating, but I am not sure if it will have any long term benefits or permanently reduce the appearance of my dark under eye circles. Having said that, I am loving the immediate results I get from using this product!
The Origins GinZing Eye Cream retails for £23.00 for 15ml. Now that might seem like a lot of money, but for an eye cream 15ml is a very reasonable amount. Because you only use it under your eyes, you barely even need a pea sized amount for each application, so this little pot should last you around 6 months if you use it on a daily basis. Most eye creams on the market need to be used every day for at least 3 weeks before you start seeing any results. If you are looking for a quick fix that offers instant results, the Origins GinZing Eye Cream is definitely a product I'd recommend checking out or perhaps even popping on your Christmans list!
Have you tried this product? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque

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Bumble and Bumbe Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque
Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all well and having a good week so far! Today's post is going to be a quick review of the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque which I recently picked up in Boots. This product is a weekly conditioning treatment for dry hair. If your hair is fine or oily, this product may not be for you. However if you have dry hair like me, read on. 
After you've washed your hair, you leave the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque on for about 7 minutes before rinsing it off. If your hair is especially dry you can even leave this mask on overnight. This product contains mango and shea butters, coconut and avocado oils as well as botanical extracts. Now you would think that ingredients like this would make your hair a greasy mess, but you couldn't be more wrong! The Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque leaves my hair feeling really soft and looking nice and glossy. The texture of this product is light, yet creamy, making it a pleasure to apply. I usually keep this on for about 10 minutes before I rinse it off. As it doesn't feel heavy or sticky on my hair so I could easily keep it on for longer. The only reason I don't is because it's winter at the moment and I don't fancy sitting around with wet hair for too long haha!
What made me chose this hair mask over some of the others in the Bumble and Bumble range is the smell. As the name suggests, the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Topical-Riche Masque has an amazing coconut scent which reminds me of being on holiday. This mask will set you back £22.50 for 150ml. Now I know that that's quite a lot of money to pay for a hair mask, but I've recently started getting into high end hair care and I think it's worth the money because the condition of my hair has improved quite a lot since I've started using more expensive hair care. I have less split ends and my hair finally seems to be growing! This is obviously great news for my hair, but sad news for my bank balance as I am pretty sure I will be investing in a lot more Bumble products in the future. 
Have you tried any Bumble and Bumble products? Which ones do you recommend?
I hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Christian Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm

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Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balmHey Lovelies,
The other day I made the mistake of going to the Dior counter while I was on my lunch break at work. I had no intention of buying anything but then I tried the Dior Creme de Rose lip balm and all good intentions went flying out the window. I've heard quite a few bloggers raving about this product and now I am the proud owner of it I thought I'd do a little review and let you know what I think of this rather pricey lip balm. Well, first of all I can confirm that this is by far the most luxurious lip balm I have ever used! (Yes, you cynics out there are quite right in saying that for £20, it better had be haha!).
The Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm contains Damask Rose essential oil extract and Shea butter. According to the Dior website, these ingredients will leave your lips feeling moisturised, plumped and soft. Now I certainly agree that this lip balm softens and moisturises my lips, but I am not so sure about the plumping part as I have not noticed my lips being any fuller whilst I've been using this product. But then again, I don't really fancy looking like Courtney Stodden anyway so maybe that's a good thing haha! As the name suggest, the Dior Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm does have a subtle rose scent to it which might not be everyone's cup of tea. However I really like the smell, otherwise I wouldn't have wasted my precious Boots points on it! 
Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm
For those of you who like swatches here's what the lip balm looks like on the lips. As you can see, it doesn't really add any colour except maybe a slight pink sheen to the lips. The sheen does fade quite quickly though.
Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm
What I like about this product is that it really moisturises and softens my lips. The consistency of this is very thick, but it still has a soft texture that absorbs well into my lips without making them feel sticky. It also makes a great primer for lipstick!
The one negative thing I have to say about this product is the packaging. It comes in a really simple off-white plastic pot with a screw top lid. Most Christian Dior products have stunning packaging. I just think that for a £20 lip balm they could have really made a bit more of an effort. The plastic doesn't feel cheap but I would have preferred it to look a little bit more glamorous. This is a Christian Dior product after all!
Now I know if I wanted some lip balm I could have bought a pot of Vaseline or Carmex, but where would the fun be in that eh? I am pretty pleased with my little purchase (thank you Boots points!), and if you are a lover of lip balms or looking for a luxurious product to add to your make up bag, I'd recommend checking out Dior's Creme de Rose lip balm. With Christmas almost around the corner, it would even make the perfect stocking filler for any beauty lover!
What do you think of this lip balm? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Ojon Super Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner

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Ojon Super Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner
Hey Lovelies!
Over the last few months I have been dabbling in high end hair care. Since then not only does my hair seem to have had a bit of a growth spurt, but the condition of my hair also improved, so I definitely think that high end hair care and salon brands are worth the extra money. I was using the salon exclusive Paul Mitchell Curls range before, but as I recently had my hair relaxed and it is now no longer curly, I decided to switch over to the Ojon Super Sleek shampoo and conditioner. This range has been designed to seal in moisture and leave your hair looking smooth, sleek and frizz-free.
The Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Shampoo is sulfate free, but unlike many other sulfate free shampoos I've tried, it still lathers up nicely when you use it. This shampoo contains Ojon Oil and Plant Keratin and is designed to cleanse your hair and keep it moisturised at the same time. Don't be fooled by the rather runny consistency of this shampoo, I only need to use about the same amount as a 50p coin to cleanse my hair with the Ojon Super Sleek Shampoo. It has a lovely fresh scent and leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling great. 
The Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner does a brilliant job at conditioning and softening my hair without weighing it down. Like the Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Shampoo, it also contains Ojon Oil and Plant Keratin. The consistency of this conditioner is quite thick and creamy, but it's very easy to distribute through your hair, and as with the shampoo I only need about a 50p coin sized amount every time I use it. This conditioner promises to protect your hair from the effects of humidity (ie frizz) for up to 8 hours. Just like the shampoo, the Ojon Super Sleek conditioner also has a fresh scent to it. In fact, both products have almost an identical smell!
One of the things I noticed since I've been using the Ojon Super Sleek range is that it's taking me less time to blow dry my hair than before. Now that's a great thing because it means I am spending less time applying heat to my hair. My hair feels really soft, light and managable. I love how these 2 products cleanse, condition and moisturise my hair without weighing it down or leaving it feeling sticky. 
All in all I have to say I am really impressed with these 2 products from the Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing range and will definitely checking out more haircare from Ojon in the future. 
They are pricey (£21.00 for the shampoo and £23.00 for the conditioner), but I have found the quality is amazing and they are lasting me longer than drugstore shampoos and conditioners do, so I am happy to pay more. I bought my Ojon products from Boots.
Have you tried anything from the Ojon range? If you have let me know which other products you would recommend.
Thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser

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Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
Hey Lovelies,
A couple of weeks ago I was incredibly lucky to get invited to an Origins event which was held at the Leica Gallery in Mayfair. I nearly wasn't able to go because I was on the late shift at work that day, but luckily a last minute rota change meant I had a day off, and even though I felt a bit of a cold coming on I still went along to the event as Origins is, together with Clarins, my favourite skincare brand. So as you can probably imagine, I was incredibly excited about this event! 
Upon arrival at the Leica Gallery, the guests, which included make up artists, bloggers and press were greeted by the Origins PR team treated to some lovely cocktails and canapes. We were introduced to the Origins team and learned a little more about the brand. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that Origins also organised a Pick and Mix of their products at the event. It's pretty safe to say this is the best Pick and Mix I've ever seen, and everyone at the event got an extremely generous goody bag full of Origins products to take home. I'm going to review all those products separately for you, and today's post is going to be all about the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser which I chose from the Pick and Mix.
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
I picked the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser for my goody bag because it's a beauty blogger favourite and I've been pretty keen to find out what all the fuss is about. Well, after using this product daily for the past 2 weeks I am happy to say that the Origins GinZing  Moisturiser certainly lives up to the hype surrounding it! This product contains Panax Ginseng and Coffee Beans to help refresh your skin and keep you hydrated and looking radiant. It's completely oil free and has a lovely cirtus scent to it. Now as the scent of this product is quite strong, I can imagine it not being to everyone's taste. However personally I love the smell of this Origins moisturiser and it makes a nice change from the floral scents many skincare products seem to have. I would say that the Origins GinZing moisturiser has more of a gel rather than a cream texture, perhaps even sitting somewhere in between the two. It absorbs really quickly into my skin when I apply it and makes a perfect base for my make up. 
Now as my skin type is combination it can be quite difficult for me to find products that are moisturing enough but don't leave my face looking oily. I work on an airconditioned shop floor and the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser has been keeping me hydrated all day long. I have also noticed that my T-zone has become less oily since I started using this product. I never really thought I'd find a product that comes close to my Clarins Multi Active Day Cream, but Origins are really giving Clarins a run for their money with this moisturiser! 
The Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser retails for £23.00. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed that high end skincare is becoming more and more expensive. Well done Origins for bringing out an amazing high end moisturiser that doesn't break the bank. Other brands seriously need to take note. You can use this moisturiser morning and night, but as I am in my early 30s (nearly 33 now - argh!!) I would rather use a product with anti aging properties in the evenings, so this will just be a daytime moisturiser for me. The only thing I'd change about the product is perhaps adding an SPF to it, but other than that I am happy to say I have found another favourite to add to my ever growing list of Origins products I love! 
What are your favourite Origins products?
I hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for reading! 
Nuala xxx
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November Advertisers

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Hey Lovelies,
Today's post is a slightly different one from me, and something I'm going to start trialing over the next couple of months: Advertising. Every month between now and March 2014 I am hoping to bring you a post where other bloggers tell you a little bit more about themselves and their blog. I really hope you'll enjoy these posts and that you discover some amazing new blogs to read! My November advertisers are the lovely Nicole, Jane, Carrie and Louisa, so read on to find out more about these girls and their blogs!
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I have always been interested in the world of make up and beauty but even more so as I'm getting older, and I can honestly say, I think that may job has aided this obsession! I deal with make-up every single day but be well assured my bank balance has been feeling it! My purse practically tries to run away from me! 
 My main passion is definitely beauty, that's the sole reason I started my blog (and YouTube channel) The excitement of trying something new is incredible, gives me a real buzz! I think I may even have a slight shopping addition. Over the last month or so though I have really started to try and branch out my blog to other things such as fashion with the odd lifestyle post chucked in for good measure, as I truly enjoy those elements too! 
I have such a bubbly personality, that’s what my friends & family tell me anyway! I hope it comes through in my posts, as that is seriously important to me and I utterly love blogging, its a passion for sure. When your a child and asked “What do you want to be when your older?” I never knew, but now, I know. I want to be a blogger, and tell the world about what products that they need to have on their dressings tables. 
Nicole 

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My name is Jane, I'm a 30 something Beauty Addict with a love for all things Pretty!! Northern Beauty Blogs is full of reviews, swatches, Hauls, Favourites and many more! I always give my honest opinion. I have always been an enthusiast of all things "Beauty, Fashion & Life" related. After enjoying various other Beauty Blogs & watching many videos on YouTube as a way to discover all the latest goings on in the Beauty world, I decided to be brave & start to put my thoughts & opinions into words. Come over and say Hi!
Jane 
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My name is Carrie and I am a 30 year old Beauty Blogger from Scotland. My blog is mostly beauty with the odd bit of lifestyle and fashion thrown in for good measure. I love makeup, mostly drugstore, and absolutely love nothing more than buying new products to test out, once I have photographed them for a blog review of course! Come on over to my blog for a visit and say hi, you never know you might just find a new product to be added to your wish list!
Carrie
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I am Louisa, a beauty blogger from Cheshire. I absolutely love all things make up and everything girly. By day, I work in a law firm, by night I blog. I have been blogging for a few months and I love it.   My blog contains reviews of products and given my name, the majority of products are those that I love. You will also find me over on Twitter at @louisaloves217, where I tweet all things Beauty. I love to talk with other beauty bloggers and find new blogs. My favourite product is mascara and there will be more mascara posts coming up, along with a review of my new Urban Decay products. If you love reading about all things beauty, be that skincare, make up, nails and more, then pop over to my blog and take a peek around.
Louisa  
Further details about advertising on my blog are in the Disclaimer / PR section of my blog and if you are interested in advertising with me in December, drop me an email as I still have 3 spaces left. 
I hope you've enjoyed this post and found some new blogs to add to your reading list!
Nuala xxx
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Haircare Haul

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Haircare Haul Ojon Bumble and Bumble
Hey Lovelies!
What's your hair type? My hair is naturally curly and frizzy, and I hate it. I don't think I've worn my hair curly since I was about 12. With over 20 years practise, I've become quite good at blow drying my hair straight straight and abusing it with the hair straighteners. However, the weather is my worst enemy and it seems as soon as I step out of the house, the curls that I spent ages straightening magically reappear. A few years ago I used to get my hair relaxed using the L'Oreal Xtenso Cera Thermic hair straightening treatment. This is a chemical relaxer that lasts for about 6 months on my hair. It does not make my hair pin straight, but it does get rid of all my curls and frizz, and makes my hair wavy and very easy to straighten. Now this treatment used to cost me over £200 every time I had it done, and the salon was quite out of my way as well so I stopped going. A few weeks ago however I discovered that my local Toni & Guy salon offers the same treatment, for £70! That's over half the price I had been paying before! Obviously, I booked myself in at Toni & Guy straight away (pardon the pun haha) and had my hair relaxed. I'm very pleased with the results, my hair is now wavy and so easy to straighten. When I get caught in the rain, I no longer look like I rammed my fingers into an electric socket. Happy days. Well, to celebrate my new curl and frizz free hair, I treated myself to some new haircare products from Ojon and Bumble. Can you believe I had never tried anything from either of those brands before? 
After a bit of dithering about as I always do whenever I am buying something new that I haven't tried before, I decided to get the Ojon Super Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Riche Masque which smells absolutely amazing. I also picked up the Bumble and Bumble Polished Two-Step set which consists of their Thickening Hairspray (125ml) and Straight Blow Dry Lotion (150ml).
Bumble and Bumble Polished Two Step
I've started using this products already. So far I am really impressed with them and will be reviewing them on here soon. Here are the prices and links for you if you are interested in getting any of these products for yourself or as a Christmas treat for someone else

Have you tried any Bumble or Ojon products? Which ones are your favourites?
Nuala xxx
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A phone camera to rival the Canon 600D?

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Hey Lovelies,
As the weather has started to cool down and winter nights are getting closer, I am no longer reaching for my pastel nail polishes. Purples, reds, greys and browns are my new seasonal favourites, and today's NOTD post is all about Essie's A List nail polish which they describe on their website as an award winning classic creamy red.
I used the Nails Inc A&E base coat which I absolutely love because it does not dry out or go gloopy after a while the way many other nail products can. It also prevents the nail polish you are wearing from staining your nails and strengthens dry or damaged nails.
After letting the base coat dry for about a minute I applied 2 layers of Essie A list. The colour is very vibrant and you could probably get away with applying just one layer of it if you wanted to, but personally I do prefer painting my nails with 2 layers of any nail polish I'm wearing because it makes the colour more intense and helps the manicure last longer. 
Finally I applied one coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri as my top coat. Sally Hansen Insta Dri is great because it makes your nail polish really glossy, prevents it from chipping and dries your nail polish in under 5 minutes. My only criticism of it is that it turns into a glue like consistently fairly quickly so you do end up throwing out the bottle before you've used it all up. I've done a full review on Sally Hansen Insta Dri which you can read by clicking here
Essie A List
I took the pictures for this post using the Nokia 925 which I was kindly sent by Nokia for a 2 week trial. Since June of this year I have been taking pictures for my blog using my Canon 600D, and as you can see the image quality using the Nokia 925 is brilliant and comparable to my Canon 600D. As with my Canon 600D, I did have to edit the photos I took with the Nokia 925 on photoshop first, but I am extremely happy with the end result.
The Nokia Lumia 925 has a Zeiss lens which gives the images extra clarity and renders the colours more true to their original state. That's obviously really important to any beauty blogger because we want our swatches and products to look as close to real life as possible! I have found that the camera performs really well in low light and it also comes with an in-built flash. It also gives you the option to select settings manually or automatically and has a close up setting which is perfect for beauty blogging purposes and it's the setting I used when I took the pictures for this NOTD post. The camera also lets you take a succession of shots and chose the best ones to post online as an automatic upload or send in an email to friends. What's more, it has an in-built face recognition - perfect if you like taking selfies! You can also create GIF files with the Nokia 925. These are basically very short videos (usually about 4 secs long) that loop over and over. You can video anything you like which makes this feature is so much fun! As with all smartphones, you can download apps like Facebook and Twitter on the Nokia 925 and check your emails while you're on the go. The phone also lets you watch YouTube videos, the only thing that's really missing on it is Instagram. So, if you are on the market for an affordable phone with an amazing camera, I can really recommend checking the Nokia 925 out. It's is availabe on a 2 year contract from £32 a month . I was truly amazed by how good the picture quality is, I never thought a phone camera could come close to my beloved Canon 600D! 
For more information on the Nokia 925 and full specs please click here.
Nokia 925
What camera do you use when you are taking pictures for your blog?
Nuala xxx
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