The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation V’s e.l.f Beautifully Bare Foundation

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (£16/30 ml)



Medium build-able coverage and covers redness

Goes on easily with brush or beauty blender

Very long wearing

Very lightweight/natural feel

Non drying

Non greasy

Available in realistic skin tones

Easy pump action, let’s you choose the exact amount you use

Easily recycled glass bottle

Reasonably priced

SPF 15

Exact colour match as small colour sample on the website

Contains English Rose Water and Aloe Vera


Way too matte. Doesn’t give a ‘fresh’ or ‘natural’ finish.

e.l.f Beautifully Bare Foundation (£9/14ml)


Medium build-able coverage and covers redness

Goes on easily with brush or beauty blender

Very long wearing

Very lightweight/natural feel

Non drying

Non greasy

Available in realistic skin tones

Easy pump action, let’s you choose the exact amount you use

Easily recycled glass bottle

Very reasonably priced

SPF 25

Exact colour match as small colour sample on the website

Contains Vitamin A, C, & E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry


Almost too matte. Sadly, it doesn’t make skin look ‘radiant or dewy’.

The winner

e.l.f Beautifully Bare Foundation

It has ten more SPF than The Body Shop Fresh Nude foundation; works out slightly cheaper and contains more active ingredients for healthy skin. It changes over three hours of wear to look a little less matte, which I’m very glad about.






Balance Me Revitalising Hand and Body Wash

Glamour are giving away samples of Balance Me products with their March issue so I picked up this Revitalising Hand and Body Wash which is normally £6.00 for 100ml upward. It usually comes in a lovely white square pump bottle that would look rather classy in anyone’s bathroom.


Balance Me  say…..

‘Sensitive skin: Our bespoke blend of zesty, skin-quenching essential oils that soothes irritation and prevent dry patches.
Him and Her: The perfect gift to fill any bathroom with a unisex aroma
Normal skin: Grapefruit Essential Oil with a hint of mint refreshes skin whilst Bergamot balances and Sweet Orange rejuvenates’

I say it’s wonderfully effective….

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve always had hands that are prone to dryness and look at least ten years older than they should – humph. I used this product to wash my hands, expecting to slather on a mass of hand cream after but I didn’t need to as my hands didn’t become dry again for around 10 hours! It also has a really fresh unisex scent, so everyone is fighting over it in our bathroom.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Have you used any Balance Me products before?

Chrissie ❤



Well, Aloe There!

Forever Living is a company which gets the best out of Aloe Vera gel in so many ways – including fitness, beauty, home and pet care products – it would take me a very long time to sample them all. For this reason, I’ve chosen to stick with the skin care and wellness side.

Forever Bright Tooth Gel

Cruelty free toothpaste

You’ve cleaned your teeth and soon after you take a welcome swig from your first brew of the morning – which tastes of toothpaste – urgh! I hate it when this happens so I’ve been trying to find a solution for a while. I’ve tried fennel toothpaste and hated the taste but the natural spearmint and peppermint flavour here is so subtle I barley noticed it. It foamed up like a regular tooth paste and made my breath fresh and my teeth looked brighter. My following cuppa tea tasted great as well.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion

Aloe Moisturiser

I’ve known for a while that the best thing to apply to sensitive or combination skin is aloe moisturiser. This version is light, hydrating, soothing and contains collagen and elastin to smooth and balance the skins PH levels. As this works well under makeup, it’s the perfect everyday moisturiser.

Aloe Propolis Cream

Aloe and Propolis moisturiser

Propolis is the sticky glue that bees use to fill any gaps or broken parts of the hive. It also happens to have incredible healing properties when applied to the skin, which means it’s used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and even burns. The first thing I noticed about the cream was it’s sweet pleasant scent and the second was how thick it is. I’ve been suffering from chilblains which have left the skin on my fingers sore, damaged and dry. I applied a pea sized amount of the cream to my fingers twice a day for five days and my skin is now back to normal.

Aloe – Jojoba Shampoo

Aloe shampoo

I’ll admit I was sceptical about how effective this would be on my dry coarse hair but I needn’t have worried. A small amount of this shampoo was even more moisturising than my usual coconut shampoo, making my hair soft and manageable. I need to get more of this, quickly!

Aloe – Jojoba Conditioning Rinse

Aloe Hair Conditioner

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know my hair needs a lot of conditioning, so as I only had a sample sized amount of conditioner, I tested it on the driest part of my hair, the front. I took my regular conditioner into the shower incase but this did the job perfectly. Apparently this conditioner ‘removes build up of electrostatic charges’ and ‘protects the hair from the effects of excessive blow-drying’. I honestly have to say my hair behaved in a calmer, more manageable manner after I’d used the hairdryer on my roots.

Aloe Heat Lotion

Due to my nerves struggling to automatically control my muscles when I’m sitting and standing, I often get back and shoulder ache, as soon as I stop paying attention to my posture. Just call me Miss Slumpy. My electric blanket over my seat sorts this out when I’m at The Blokes but at my parents it’s another, rather achy matter. This works exactly like Deep Heat (even the scent is similar) but without all of the chemicals. This heats up upon application and stays warm for a long time. This was massaged into my skin but applied fairly quickly. I then wrapped myself up in an old sweatshirt and a scarf and was able to completely relax for the rest of the evening. Quite a relief! Due to the strong smell of this product, do not use this if you are going out later and always wear something that you can machine wash afterward.

Aloe Vera Jelly

Aloe Vera Gelly

Waxing, prickly heat, laser hair removal and sun burn. No problem if you have a tube of this handy! I used it on my freshly waxed legs which were hot and stinging as if someone had just given them a good slap. The relief to my skin was instant as the gelly soothed and cooled. This is one of those products that you should always have in your medicine cupboard or even in your handbag, come summer.

It appears that most of my skins requirements can be met with Aloe Vera! It’s so handy that there is one place where I can get pretty much everything I could need all at once, rather than schleping around lots of different shops and websites.

Which products do you like the sound of?

Chrissie xx

These samples were was sent to me for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion of the products.

Zuzka Natural Beauty (Botanicals) Rosa Canina Body Butter Review

Zuzka created by Susan Kohutova a qualified Beauty Specialist & Registered Medical Herbalist is founded on the principal of using herbs, plants and flowers in skin care and beauty to help all skin types. Susan has sensitive skin and allergies herself so all of the Zuzka products are natural and soothing.


I wish more products would bold chunky packaging like this as it’s so easy to see what the product is and which category it comes under (Botanicals is for mature skin), plus it’s easily recycled. This Zuzka Natural Beauty body butter (£24.99 for 250ml) containing organic cocoa and shea butter is incredibly rich and little bit goes a long way. Skin feels a little tacky afterward but not greasy and even the driest skin stays moisturised all day, so I’m going to be using this on my hands twice daily.

Zuzka Botanicals Body Butter  Zuzka Botanicals Body Butter


The Rosa Canina scent is absolutely beautiful – so delicate and feminine. It lasts for around an hour on the skin but is subtle enough not to clash with other products or perfumes. It actually reminds me of a scent from my childhood, which is really comforting and nostalgic :0)

This item was gifted to me for review purposes. This does not effect my opinion of the product.

Chrissie xx