Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Rodin Olio Lusso Lavender Absolute Body Oil

The Lavender body oil from Rodin is one of those beauty products that's almost too luxurious to use. Perfect for gifting, the yellow oil comes in a weighty 120ml glass bottle adorned with a pale purple label and packaged in a matching lavender tinted box. We all know it's what's inside that really counts though and this body oil manages to tick all the right boxes.

You know how lavender is one of those scents that can smell vastly different depending on the circumstances? Sometimes it smells fresh and earthy, sometimes it's distinctly floral and then occasionally you'll come across a lavender product that just smells a bit like disinfectant?

Well, I can confirm that Rodin's interpretation is pretty much spot on when it comes to what I think makes a great lavender scented beauty product- rich, natural and real. Rodin have blended their offering to perfection by combining warm and rich French Lavender Absolute with slightly herbaceous Bulgarian Lavender and mixing it seamlessly with Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Calendula Flower, Argan, Sunflower, Apricot, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils.

The result? A luxurious, calming and altogether beautiful treat for the body. Applied to slightly wet skin after a bath or shower, this oil is like cocooning myself in a comforting blanket and has become a favourite pre-bedtime ritual that almost forces me to relax.
The Lavender Absolute Body Oil leaves the skin delicately scented - at first, the oil smells quite heady and earthy but the scent does dissipate a little to leave me (and my pyjamas) subtly scented.
Perfect for this time of year when I rather enjoy slathering my limbs (and growing bump) in rich creams and oils, this is also a perfectly trans-seasonal product that could add easily be used to add a little moisturising sheen to bare arms and legs come next June.

Rodin Olio Lusso Lavender Absolute Body Oil is £80 for 120ml at Panache Cosmetics.



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Friday, 25 November 2016

Quick Black Friday Beauty Deals Round Up

Black Friday sales have become an increasingly big deal in the UK in recent years. No longer reserved for our friends across the pond, grabbing a pre-Christmas bargain on the day after Thanksgiving is perfectly acceptable here and more and more retailers are getting on board and grabbing a piece of the (pumpkin) pie. Here's my short and sweet round up of the beauty retailers and brands offering deals this Black Friday:

Deciem

The Deciem Black Friday Promo popped up on Facebook and it's pretty impressive! The sale includes different kits from the Deciem brands at heavily discounted prices. My pick - the Masque Set which contains Sanskrit Saponins 90ml, Myrrh Clay 50ml and Mastic Must 90ml for £30 instead of £76. A pretty sweet deal. Shop the Deciem Black Friday Sale here.
Niod Masque Set. Image Credit: Deciem


Look Fantastic

There are deals-a-plenty to be had at Look Fantastic from brands including FOREO, ghd and Eve Lom as well as 20% off a selection of premium beauty offerings with code PREM20.
There is also a 25% off declining discount site wide (Some exclusions) with code LFBLACK.

Look Fantastic Black Friday Beauty Box Special
Image Credit: Look Fantastic

Look Fantastic have created an exclusive Beauty Box especially for Black Friday. The box contains at least 10 products and is valued at over £100. It's only £20 and I'm scared I'm going to buy one myself. I think beauty boxes also make lovely Christmas presents, so could be an idea for that friend or family member who has everything. It's available here.

Cult Beauty

My favourite online destination for weird and wonderful and high end beauty finds is getting in on the Black Friday action today with 3 different discount offers: Save £5 off a £15 spend with code BLACK5, £15 off a £100 spend with code BLACK15 and £30 off a £150 spend with code BLACK30. These sort of discounts are never a bad thing, especially if you were planning on doing some serious spending today and stocking up on presents for loved ones and/or yourself anyway. Cult Beauty have some great new stuff in at the moment too including the Pixi Best of Bright Kit which at £20 is a very reasonably priced way to try out 3 bestsellers from the brand (though won't take you to the first discount threshold obviously). I'm a bit taken with the Bella Freud Fairytale of New York candle - in fact I don't really care what it smells like (blood orange, mimosa, myrrh, oud, patchouli, musk, amber, tobacco flower) because Pogues. The other new bits that have got my attention (and will qualify for a discount) are the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit which contains five 50ml masks including the blogger-famous Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and an applicator/removal tool and The Intent Observer collection from Aesop featuring four parsley seed products.
Image Credit: Cult Beauty


Superdrug

At the somewhat more affordable end of the price spectrum, Superdrug have some very decent Black Friday deals, with many giftsets and bits and pieces at 50% off (or more). If you're after stocking fillers, there are plenty of bargains to be had from Patisserie de Bain including the English Tea Duo Tartlettes which are strawberry and lemon meringue scented and are on sale for £3.99 instead of £6.99. Makeup Revolution fan? The 12 Days of Christmas Storage Chest is now £25 instead of £50 so it's a perfect opportunity to grab it as a present or treat yourself to some goodies.
Image credit: Superdrug

Beauty Bay

Beauty Bay are offering up to 30% off selected lines including fantastic skincare brands such as Alpha H, Oskia, Antipodes and Pai and haircare and makeup brands like Philip B, Gerard Cosmetics, Anna Sui and Fairydrops. No code needed, the discounts are already applied.

Latest in Beauty

Latest in Beauty are getting well and truly into the spirit of things and offering 30% off everything until Tuesday 29th November. By everything, they really mean everything - whether it's a collection box, build your own or your first subscription box, get 30% off with code CYBER. If you haven't got your hands on a beauty advent calendar yet, you can get hold of the Latest in Beauty 2016 offering for just under £53 (including delivery) instead of £73.90. That's justifiable, right?
Image credit: Latest in Beauty

Other deals worth mentioning - TanOrganic are offering 30% off  with code BlackFridayGlow16 - the tanning oil is particularly enjoyable to apply at this time of year (you can read my review here if you fancy). Boots have predictably got a whole load of decent deals going on including the SensatioNail Limited Edition Ultimate Gel Starter Kit which has everything you need to do the whole gel nail thing at home and is £35 instead of £80! As a Real Techniques fan, the Mega Set which features 12 brushes and sponges is exceptionally appealing at £40 reduced down from £100 and would obviously make a fantastic gift for make up addicts and subscribers of Nic and Sam. Boots also have a huge range of discounted fragrances and fragrance sets so follow your nose over to the website if you're keen to sniff out a bargain ;)

This is obviously a very edited selection of the beauty retailers welcoming Black Friday to our fair shores this year - have you found any Black Friday bargains today? Please let me know!

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