Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Join the Hero Project and WIN a Bottle of VITC30 Serum

I've teamed up with The Hero Project to let them know my Big Beauty Discovery at 30. Because I'm a total skincare junkie, my big beauty discovery is pretty simple - that is that basically now I have the perfect excuse to invest in good quality, effective skincare. Speaking of which, The Hero Project have just released a brand spanking new product - VITC30, which is a powerful Vitamin C serum ideal for complexions that are 30+. To be in with a chance to win a bottle of VITC30 for yourself, just watch me being awkward below then make a video of your own and send it through to big30@theproject.co.uk. To find out more about The Hero Project's latest Beauty on a Mission, search the hashtags #BeautyOnAMission #TheHeroProject #Big30 :D






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Monday, 29 August 2016

Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap

When I went to the Love Natural Love You exhibition at Olympia London in July, I spent quite a bit of time hovering around the Aviela stand. I'd heard of the brand before and loved the backstory - founder Patricia Monney used unrefined shea butter to heal her two year old daughter's ankle problems (yes, really) and so began a journey of discovery of the wonders of this multi tasking ingredient.
Though I didn't purchase from Aviela at Olympia (their stand was pretty busy!), fate seemed to intervene when Aviela got in touch a few weeks later to ask if I'd be keen to try their Shea Butter Black Soap. Spooky.
Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap Review
The first thing I noticed about the black soap is that it's not actually soap at all. In fact, it is distinctly soap-less. Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap contains; Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Baobab Leaf Extract, Neem Leaf Extract, Water and Cocoa Pod Ash.
100% natural, black soap was traditionally used in Africa to gently wash babies and I totally get why. While it's mild, the black soap leaves skin feeling perfectly clean yet nicely moisturised and it really doesn't smell of very much at all. The soap is a multipurpose cleanser so I used  it all over. I liked it on my body and loved it on my hair but I have to say I didn't enjoy washing my face with it at all. I tried using it as a facial cleanser twice and both times it felt a bit tight and uncomfortable. My face is sensitive  to the most random things at random times so I will give it another go and see what happens. I've not written you off yet, black soap.

The soap can definitely be used in place of shampoo too. I've washed my hair with it a few times and loved the way it added a bit of volume and shine - some people might enjoy the fact that it's virtually scentless too, especially if you don't like your hair to smell like flowers/ coconuts/ unicorn tears etc.
I also really like the look of the shea butter black soap - it's like molten gold so it feels quite luxurious to use, which is always a bonus in my book.
Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap is £14 for 250ml from Aviela, Superdrug and LoveLula.

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