War Paint Makeup bag from Smudge by JillyWhen Jill sent this parcel to our office, I got to thinking about our first meeting and just how different things are now.

It was a couple of years ago, I was delivering digital training across Yorkshire and she was working on the same programme. We connected immediately, two northern chatty lasses having a right banter!

Time rolls forward and she’s been a busy lady designing websites for businesses but also following her passion to launch her own cosmetics and skincare range.

Which is no mean feat.

I was genuinely over the moon to receive the parcel, all beautifully wrapped in brand colour tissue and tied with raffia string. I felt really proud of this gutsy lass.

Hidden within the parcel was a 100ml tube of Natural Tea Tree and Lemon Face Wash, £12 and a fab makeup bag emblazoned with War Paint (true enough most days!) which retails at £10.

The face wash is lush. A really subtle mix of tea tree and lemon, the lemon fragrance wins out for me, handy as I love fruity fragrances. My face felt really clean after using it and it’s especially good for oily skin (mine isn’t so I’d probably use the product every other day).

Jilly is developing a full range of skincare products and hand poured soy candles which are cruelty free, only tested on humans, organic and the ingredients are sourced in the UK.  Next on my list to try; the scrumptious looking lip balm and glosses.

If you’re keen to support small, local businesses, then jump over to Jilly’s website and take a look around.

 

Handmade soap

Having very fussy skin means that I have to be really careful what I put on it. Anything rammed with loads of additional ingredients which I can’t read, just irritate and make me itch.

Natural soap tends to cause fewer problems, so I was excited to try these bars from Oakwood Soaperie. My favourite fragrance is definitely the Carrot & Orange which surprisingly is also packed with Greek yoghurt as well as fresh organic carrot and citrus essential oils.

Mike preferred the fragrance of the Honey & G’oat which is particularly suitable for sensitive skin like mine as it contains no essential oils, but is packed with Northumbrian Honey, Goat’s milk and oats.

The soap isn’t drying and has left my hands feeling smooth and lovely. Looking at the size of the bar on the sink in the bathroom,  I reckon it will see me through to the autumn!

£3.95  for 100g

Nic x

Love Shea moisturiserI don’t know about you, but the very instant the weather turns cold, my skin becomes dry and itchy in protest.

And with those extra thick and obligatory winter tights, and it’s enough to make you want to pack off to warmer climes.

This autumn, I’ve got to say a big thank you to Love Shea, who sent me a jar of their Shea Soufflé to trial. I’ve never been a flowery fragrance type of girl; happily Lemon-Lime Scented Whipped Organic Shea Butter most definitely doesn’t fall into that category.

This is heavy duty moisturisation in a jar. The label states ‘ An intensive rich, natural moisturiser for dry skin and hair. A little goes a long way.’

It sure does. Essentially, this is a pot of gloriously fragranced shea butter and oils, perfect for dryness, not so great if you’re getting dressed in a hurry.

You really don’t need a lot,  so be sparing with the application, and give it a good rub in – I think it’s perfect before bedtime as it can soak in overnight. The best bit is the feel and the sound of the product in the jar, it really does sound like a souffle!

Handmade and £8.50 for 120 ml, it won’t break the bank and in buying, you’re supporting an independent, UK based beauty company.

Nicola x

P.S. I’ll let you know about the facial oil featured in the image in a couple of weeks.