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Product Review: L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit

I love having my hand creams around to keep my hands moisturised, especially in this cold season. I came across this L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit on my way to Dubai. I like going through the in flight shopping magazine when flying. It keeps me busy and I am always sure to find a few things I like. I got this L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit and the Lip Smacker Coco Cola Tin Box Set. I reviewed the Lip Smacker Set last week, so catch up on that review post (link above) if you missed it.

Now back to this L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit.

 

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Enjoy a handful of scents and softness in this exclusive travel retail collection of 6 Shea, Pivoine Flora and Rose Hand creams. Enriched with shea butter, these must have creams will moisturize hands any time of the day. The perfect gift or indulgent treat.

 

Here are my thoughts on this hands kit:

PROS

  1. I love the colourful packaging. So very pretty.
  2. I like the fact that the hand creams come in a 30ml tube. So handy and compact for travel or to pop in your handbag.
  3. They all smell amazing. Like out of this world amazing. My favourite scent is the Shea hand cream.
  4. The hand creams are light textured, non greasy and they moisturise my hands perfectly. My hands also stay moisturise longer with these hand creams than with others.
  5. They absorb quickly as well so no stains anywhere.

 

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CONS

None.

I can’t fault this L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit at all. This is my second time using  a L’OCCITANE hand cream kit and I will be buying again once am done with this set. It is definitely one of the best if not the best in the market, and I mean that. These sweet-smelling hand creams should be in everyone’s bags.

 

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What do you think of this L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE Lovelier Hands Kit? Have you used any of these hand creams before?

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Why you shouldn’t wear makeup everyday

For most women, putting on makeup is a daily routine. Although makeup can enhance your beauty and make you feel more confident about yourself, it can negatively affect your skin. You may not see it now but as years go by, your skin goes on a gradual decline as it loses its health and vigor.

 

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If you’re the type of person who uses makeup everyday, knowing what exactly makeup can do to your skin can help you prevent your skin from being damaged and your overall system from being harmed. Here are some reasons why you should take a leaf from Alicia Keys’ book, and ease up on your makeup usage. Trust me your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Clogged pores

This is the most common problem faced by women. Applying layers of makeup everyday can clog your pores. When your pores are clogged, your pores do not get the chance to breathe. Clogged pores are the number one cause of acne as grime and dirt from the makeup block the pores. This is what causes pimples to start forming on your skin. The pimples are pores that were infected and got inflamed. Pimples cause dark spots and destroy the overall look of your face.

  1. Chemicals get absorbed in your skin

Most makeup contain a lot of chemicals. These chemicals can be extremely harmful to your skin and your body. As you apply makeup on your face, your skin absorbs those harmful chemicals into your bloodstream. As you keep applying makeup, it creates a buildup of those chemicals in your system. Some of the chemicals found in makeup are sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, parabens and carcinogens.

  1. Applying makeup everyday may cause some parts of your face to wear away

Constant use of makeup will start thinning down sensitive parts of your face. For example, regular use of mascara can cause your eyelashes to thin down and break even though mascara is expected to make your eyelashes look longer and more pronounced. The reason why this happens is because of the type of chemicals contained in the mascara. In order for the mascara to be more effective, the level of those harmful chemicals is enhanced and this causes negative effects on your lashes.

  1. May cause you severe allergies

We all have different skin types and different kinds of makeup affects us in different ways. Prolonged use of makeup could cause your skin to grow sensitive and you may end up with a rash with each application of makeup. When not checked, this rash will get red and inflamed which will cause more harm to your skin. What causes the allergic reaction is the level of harmful chemicals contained in that particular makeup brand. The more you use it, the more your allergies will aggravate.

 

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Now I am not saying you should not wear makeup. That will be hypocritical because I do wear makeup a few times a week, and I would have worn it everyday if I had an office to go to but since I work from home, I can’t be bothered to look glam half the time. What I am saying is make sure you wear your makeup safely and give your face a day or 2 each week to breathe without makeup. Also make sure you wipe every trace off and moisturised properly before going to bed, no matter how tired you are.

Thanks for reading and have a fab day wherever you are.

Product Review: A Massage Oil and a Cleansing Body Wash

I like a good massage. There is nothing better than having a full body massage. Trust me, it is the best feeling in the world, as long as you have it done with the right products and hands.

I try to take time off regularly to go for a good massage. With the nature of my work and my busy life, I see this regular treatments as a necessity not luxury. A good massage kind of puts my body back together.

This review post is all about an Aromotherapy Associates Restful and Tranquil Massage Oil and a Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Burst Body Wash.

 

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Aromotherapy Associates Restful and Tranquil Massage Oil £42

Here is the product description by Aromotherapy Associates –

Indulge in a moment of relaxation with our Relax Body Oil which works to leave the skin looking and feeling silky smooth. Infused with Vetivert, Camomile and Ylang Ylang, this luxurious natural body oil is easily absorbed into the skin whilst also calming your body and mind to prepare you for a comforting and peaceful night sleep.

 

I have used this massage oil for months now, so here are my thoughts –

PROS

  1. I love the fragrance a lot. It smells amazing and reminds of a Spa.
  2. It feels so good on the skin. I love the texture of the oil.
  3. It leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth and radiant.
  4. It is great for mental health. It calms my body and mind. It is best to use just before sleep as it aids relaxation and guarantees a good night rest.
  5. It is quite affordable at £42 for a 100ml body.

 

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CONS

  1. The packaging is a bit of issue. The pump on my bottle tends to fall off a lot so I have to be very careful with it.

Overall, I would recommend this Aromotherapy Associates Restful and Tranquil Massage Oil to anyone in need of a good massage and body oil. This oil is amazing, trust me.

 

Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Burst Body Wash £5.50

Here is the product description by Sanctuary Spa –

Sanctuary Body Wash is an aromatic body wash infused with essential oils and spices to gently cleanse and condition, whilst moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba burst on the skin to help leave it feeling soft, silky smooth and subtly scented.

I have used this product for weeks now, here are my thoughts –

PROS

  1. It smells amazing. The lovely fragrance puts me in a good mood every time I use it.
  2. I love the packaging. It looks amazing in my bathroom cupboard.
  3. You only need a small amount, a little goes a long way.
  4. It leaves my skin looking and feeling silky smooth.
  5. It i so affordable at £5.50 for a 200ml bottle.
  6. It is completely free from polyethylene microbeads.

 

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CONS

None.

This Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Burst Body Wash is a must-have for everyone.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

 

*I got the massage oil from my local spa – The Mere Knutsford Cheshire, and the body wash was one of the goody bag products sent to me by Boots.