TK MAXX BEAUTY FINDS #1

TK Maxx Finds

I have decided to create a new section of blog posts, where I share my recent finds at the store TK Maxx. I love going to TK Maxx because it is a bit like a treasure hunt; to find the most exciting beauty products and brands. I will also reveal the original price of the product, compared to the discounted price I bought the products for.

In my recent trip to TK Maxx, I found seven products and spent under £40, which was a very good bargain!

EOS Ultra Hydration body lotion, (original price £8.99, purchased for £2.99)- This is definitely my favourite purchase because it was such a good deal and smells so beautiful! Also, this product is extremely moisturising; due to the shea butter and cocoa seed butter!

Rodial Freeze and Smooth Neck Mask, (original price £56, purchased for £12.99)- This was the best deal from my trip to TK Maxx because I saved £43.01, which is amazing! I have been wanting to purchase these neck masks for so long and was so happy when I saw them! These masks were so effective and after one use, my neck seemed firmer; due to the ingredients amino acids and wheat protein.

Neom Real Luxury Bath Foam, De-stress scent, (Original price £9, purchased for £3.99)-  I love the de-stress range by Neom because it is extremely relaxing and smells beautiful, so I was excited to see the bath foam in TK Maxx! I really enjoy using this bath foam because it has 74% natural ingredients; including  aloe leaf, coconut and sweet almond; which condition and soothe your skin! The scent is a combination of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood; which is so relaxing!

Purederm Botanical Choice Eye Puffiness Minimizing Patches “Ginkgo,” (Original price is £4.50, purchased for £2.99)- I have used this eye masks before and I love them because they are so effective at minimising puffiness and contain no parabens! The pack contains four treatments and they are fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic; so they are great for sensitive skin.

Purederm Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches “Sunflower,” Original price is £4.50, purchased for £2.99)- I have also purchased these ‘Sunflower’ eye masks because they contain sunflower seed oil, Vitamin A and E, which are proven to make the under eyes look brighter, lighter and softer. I feel these masks are just as effective as the ‘ginkgo’ masks!

Lee Stafford Fix It Shampoo and Conditioner (Original price is 8.99 each, purchased for £3.99 each)- Due to the heat, I have been using the Lee Stafford hair dehumidifier  spray and it has been so good at calming my hair! So, I wanted to try the shampoo and conditioner from this range. After using this shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt softer and felt hydrated.

Overall, I am very happy with all my purchases from this TK Maxx store and can’t wait to go back to collect more beauty goodies!

ARBONNE ‘CALM’ RANGE REVIEW

Skincare

Recently I have been approached by an Arbonne representative ,Gabriella, and have been given the chance to try the ‘Calm’ range; which is perfect for sensitive skin, and I thought I would share my views on the products with you.

Arbonne

Arbonne is an international company which sells pure, natural products; ranging from skincare and make up to nutrition. The company has been running for over 35 years and their mission is to “always improve and evaluate our ingredient policy as an ever-evolving standard of excellence.”

The Calm range includes four products; a gentle daily cleanser, gentle daily moisturiser, soothing facial serum and a soothing eye gel.

Arbonne Gentle Daily Cleanser, (£20)- This cleanser is very effective at taking any make-up left off and it is very gentle; due to the cucumber extracts. Another great thing about this cleanser, is that it is vegan and gluten-free and this product does not have a fragrance; so it is perfect for those with very sensitive skin! However, I do not feel that this cleanser is as intense for a night cleanse alone, but it is ideal for the second cleanse or morning cleanse.

Arbonne Gentle Daily Moisturiser, (£30)- I was also able to try the gentle daily moisturiser. I really enjoyed using this product because it is light weight and absorbs into the skin very quickly. After using this product, my skin felt soothed; due to the aloe vera and cucumber extracts, and softer; this is because of the liquorice ingredient. Just like the cleanser, this product does not have a fragrance and is vegan!

Arbonne Soothing Facial Serum, (£41)- The soothing facial serum is also very light weight and did leave my skin feeling tacky; as it absorbed into my skin very quickly. I found this product particularly effective at soothing my skin when it felt irritated; so I would highly recommend it to those with sensitive skin or irritations on the skin. My skin also felt very hydrated; due to the aloe vera extracts, and felt softer and soothed; due to the ingredient mallow. I really liked the pipette for this product, because it released the same amount of the serum each time; so each drop was a consistent amount, ensuring that the product will not run out too quickly!

Arbonne Soothing Eye Gel, (£26)- This was my favourite product from the Calm range, because it is so soothing; particularly due to the cooling eye roller applicator; which left my eyes feeling refreshed! Also, after using this product, I saw a significant change in the appearance of reduced dark circles and puffiness. I would definitely recommend this product because it is perfect to use, as it is not to thick and absorbs into the skin very quickly.

Overall, I have enjoyed using this Arbonne Calm range and am currently thinking about purchasing the Advanced Prepwork Gel Eye Masks to test out! My favourite product from this range is definitely the soothing eye gel, as it is so refreshing and made me feel very relaxed! The Arbonne Representative I have been in touch with, Gabriella Mauro was extremely helpful, kind and lovely, I would definitely recommend talking to her if you have any queries or would like to try some of Arbonne’s products!

ESSENTIAL BODY PRODUCTS

Body Care

Sun, soaps, cosmetics and diet are four external factors that dehydrate skin. In this post I will talk about my favourite body products at the moment, that leave my skin feeling soft, smooth and glowing!

BODY CREAMS

  • *Sol de Janeiro Bum bum cream (£18)-This is one of my favourite body products because it is extremely hydrating; due to the fact that bum bum cream is rich in coconut oil, acai and guaraná; which increases circulation. Also, the scent of this body lotion is so luxurious, it smells like the beach because it is such a tropical scent, which lasts!
  • *Caudalie the des vignes  Nourishing body lotion (£27)-My second favourite body lotion is the Caudalie The Des Vignes Nourishing body lotion because it is very moisturising and leaves my skin feeling and smelling beautiful! Also, this product has anti-wrinkle properties; due to the ingredient of polyphenols; therefore it not only hydrates your skin, but it also stops the ageing effect in the future.
  • Wow You Babe Butter (£18)-I bought this moisturiser a few weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it! It contains coffee butter, which is known for its firming benefits and can reduce the appearance of cellulite! After using this product, my legs feel so smooth and hydrated, plus this body lotion has a beautiful coconut scent!
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream skin protectant (£15)-I also like the Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream because it is one of the most popular all-purpose balms at the moment; it is known for curing dry skin in eight hour! I love how thick this product is as it is very moisturising, however it is not as fast drying as the products above.

BODY OILS

1.*Caudalie the des vignes body and hair nourishing oil (£18)-  Caudalie’s the des vignes body and hair nourishing oil is a summer must-have! This product contains shea butter; which is moisturising, grape-seed oil; nourishes and repairs the skin, and sesame oil; which softens the skin. I love how this oil has a non-greasy, drying effect and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth!

2. *REN Atlantic kelp and microalgae anti-fatigue toning body oil (£35)-I also like to use REN’s Atlantic kelp and microalgae anti-fatigue toning body oil because it is ideal for all skin types and leaves my skin feeling very moisturised. Moreover, this product contains red algae extract which tones and firms the skin; so not only does this body oil hydrate the skin it also improves the elasticity!

BODY SCRUBS

  • REN Atlantic kelp and magnesium salt anti-fatigue exfoliating body scrub (£28)-This body scrub is perfect for all skin types as it is gentle yet effective! It contains magnesium salt; which hydrates the skin, and Atlantic kelp extract; boosts skin’s vitality. I recommend this product because it leaves skin feeling smooth, silky and has a natural glow!
  • Caudalie Divine scrub (£22)-My second favourite body scrub is by Caudalie, (of course!?) because it is gentle and smells beautiful! This product contains brown sugar; which exfoliates the skin, and grape-seed oil; which nourishes the skin.
  • Wow You Vit-Sea Scrub (£17)–  I have also been enjoying using this body scrub because it smells so beautiful; it is the tropical scent, and is very effective at exfoliating dead skin; due to the Himalayan salt. Moreover, this product contains mango and pineapple, which are known for brightening the skin, making it look more radiant and leaving the skin feeling softer!
  • Lush Scrubee (£6.95)-I also recommend Lush’s Scrubee solid body scrub because not only does it exfoliate the skin; due to the natural ingredient of ground almonds, but it also hydrates the skin; as the product contains very moisturising natural ingredients, this includes: shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil. I love the Scrubee in both Winter and Summer, however it can melt in hot temperatures; so I would recommend storing it somewhere cool.
  • Lush Rub Rub Rub (£10.75)- Rub Rub Rub is a great product for sensitive skin because it is very gentle; this is due to the fact that this body scrub contains mimosa absolute; which is calming,  and yet does not reduce the products effectiveness. Also, Rub Rub Rub is packaged in one of Lush’s black tubs, so you only need four more black tubs to recycle them in the store to receive a free fresh face mask!

REVIEW OF REN SKINCARE ‘EVERCALM’ RANGE

Skincare

 

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REN skincare is a British brand founded by Robert Calcraft and Antony  Buck in 2000. One reason why I love the brand REN and it’s products is that they have an amazing ethos; they are cruelty free and believe in clean skincare; therefore their products only contain natural ingredients and do not contain parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, T.E.A, D.E.A or silicones. This is very important to me because I do not want to put anything harmful onto my skin as it can have many long-term negative affects; for example parabens have been found in breast tumours and sulphates can have many negative effects on your hair; this includes hair loss, irritations and drying.

Recently, I have been very lucky to have received REN skincare’s entire Evercalm range; which is specifically for those with sensitive skin! The collection contains a gentle cleansing milk, a gentle cleansing gel, a global protection day cream, an anti-redness serum, an ultra comforting rescue mask and the brand new product from this range; an overnight recovery balm!

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REN Gentle Cleansing Milk (£19)-I have always been a fan of cleansing milks for my skin because I do suffer with dry skin; particularly when the weather is colder, which is often the case in England! I felt that this cleansing milk is ideal for my skin because it is so nourishing and the texture of this product makes it perfect to use to massage my skin; to clear my pores! Also, it is so gentle that is perfect for a double cleanse and a little bit of the product goes a long way; especially with the product’s pump, which makes it very hygienic. This product is ideal for those with sensitive skin or those who suffer with acne and rosacea, as it is proven to reduce redness and irritation on the skin!

REN Gentle Cleansing Gel (£19- I have been using this product a few times a week; for a deeper cleanse, and the cleansing for the other cleanses. I really like the consistency of this gel and the fact that it cleans all evidence of the day without irritating or drying the skin! Previously, I have found that sensitive cleansing gels tend to not be as effective at deeper cleanses, however that it is not the case with this cleanser! This product is perfect for sensitive skin as it contains beta-glucan; which reduces redness and irritation, and prebiotics; which are proven to balance the skin’s natural bacteria; making this product ideal for those suffering with acne as well!

REN Global Protection Day Cream (£32)-This day cream is so lovely as it left my skin feeling hydrated, soft and it smells beautiful; which is 100% natural! The day cream contains blackcurrant seed which is the reason why this product makes my skin feel so smooth and moisturised. However, this day cream also helps protect the skin from future affects; like premature ageing and reduce the skin’s appearance of redness and irritation!

REN Anti-Redness Serum (£32)-I was also excited to try this anti-redness serum by REN because it is a protective serum and can prevent effects of ageing of the skin and redness. After using this serum, my skin felt hydrated and it left y skin feeling less irritated! The best thing about this product is that it trains the skin to be less sensitive and fights against premature ageing; so it solves future as well as present problems!

REN Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (£30)- This product was one of my favourites because it is so soothing on the skin; I use this product whenever my skin feels extra irritated/sensitive and it does the trick! After 15 minutes I take this mask off and it leaves my skin glowing, feeling hydrated and smoother! I have also experimented using this mask as an overnight face mask and the results were incredible; my skin tone seemed even and my skin felt as soft as silk!! I love the packaging of this mask because it also has a pump; which means that the product is not contaminated after one use, also it comes with a small lid to attach to the nozzle; to avoid the product drying out!

REN Overnight Recovery Balm (£40)- The product I was most excited to use was this overnight recovery balm because it is brand new to the range! I placed this product on my cleansed skin; instead of a moisturiser, and when I woke up I was amazed with the results! My skin felt hydrated, soft and there was no sign of irritation; this is due to the ingredients a this product contains almond oil and linseed oil, which are known for replenishing and nourishing the skin as enzimatic activated oils go deeper into the skin! Moreover, the sunflower extract in this product soothes the skin; as it helps repair the skin barrier, and the yeast extract reduces the skins sensitivity. I really loved this product as it left my skin feeling brand new!!

 

Overall, I highly recommend the REN skincare Evercalm range to those who suffer with very sensitive skin, as it is such a soothing and hydrating collection! My two personal favourite products from this range are definitely the Overnight Recovery Balm and the Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, because they are so effective for my skin and left my skin feeling brand new!

FAVOURITE FACIAL MISTS

Skincare

Facial mists are known as the new toners; they can make your makeup look glowy, hydrate your skin and can balance out oil production.

I thought I would share with you my growing collection of facial mists!

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MARIO BADESCU 

Mario Badescu are famous for their three facial sprays;

  1. Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rose Water (£7-£11)- This facial mist is my favourite Mario Badescu facial spray because it is beautiful, not only does it make my skin feel hydrated, it also calms and tones my skin! I have been using this product before applying my makeup and it has been very effective. I recommend this facial spray because it leaves your skin looking dewy and radiant!
  2. Facial Spray with Aloe Cucumber And Green Tea (£7-£11)-The Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Cucumber And Green Tea tones and revives tired skin. Also this product contains cucumber extract and peppermint; which have a cooling effect on the skin. I really like this facial spray because it is extremely hydrating and makes my skin feel soft.
  3. Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender (£7-£11)-I find this facial mist extremely calming and so I am always spraying this facial mist throughout the day!

 

CAUDALIE

  1. Caudalie Beauty elixir (£12-£32)-This is one of my favourite skin care products! The beauty elixir makes me feel like I am at a spa; as it smells beautiful and is very calming! This facial spray contains grapes; which plumps and moisturises the skin, rose extract; which tones the skin and rosemary; known for energising the skin. I really recommend this product because it is perfect for setting make up, tightens pores and hydrates the skin.
  2.  Caudalie Grape Water (£6-£11)-I also love this Caudalie grape water because it contains 100% natural ingredients; due to its key ingredient being extracted from grapes; which moisturises and soothes the skin. I really like how this product makes my skin feel fresh and hydrated, without leaving any residue or irritating my skin. This makes it ideal for sensitive skin!

Extra Facial Mists from low to high in price:

Evian Facial Spray (£8.95)-I recently bought this facial mist to use before doing my makeup. This facial mist is great for gently hydrating the skin and perfect to take in your travel bag to a hot country, as it is so refreshing and cooling!

Avène Eau Thermale (£13)- I think this facial spray is ideal for sensitive and easily irritated skin because it is so gentle and is proven to be effective at soothing sun burns! Also, just like the Evian Facial Spray, this mist is great at refreshing and cooling the skin and setting makeup!

Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist (£18.50)- This facial mist is amazing to use in the morning or during the day as it is very refreshing; due to the citrus lemon peel oil and orange extract, and energising; as this product has caffeine as an ingredient. However, this mist’s sprayer is not as strong as the Mario Badescu or Caudalie facial mists; as only a little bit of the product comes out in one squirt!

REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist (£24)-I also love this facial mist because it is suitable for all skin types and fights against pollution damaging the skin; by creating a barrier, due to the ingredient biosaccharide gum. This makes this mist ideal to use when you are in busy cities; for example I always use this spray before and during visits to London. Moreover, I also use this spray before and during a flight, because the air conditioning on a plane and the plane’s fuel is very harmful for the skin. Pollution causes the skin to have less oxygen, causing premature ageing; therefore skin loses elasticity and wrinkles are formed. Furthermore, when the skin is exposed to smog, it can cause acne, dryness and rashes, this shows that it is vital to protect your skin to prevent these from occurring!

Sisley Paris Floral Spray Mist (£66)- This facial mist costs a lot more than the Evian and Avène facial sprays. However, I love the scent of this mist because it is so floral and the spray is very effective; a little bit of product goes a long way!

Overall, my collection of facial mists is growing and becoming a bit excessive, but I highly recommend purchasing a spray because they are so cooling and refreshing; so they are perfect for the hotter months! Furthermore, as previously explained, they are hydrating refreshing and have toning benefits to your skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 PRODUCTS TO HELP CURE INSOMNIA

Health and Wellbeing

Insomnia is the inability to fall a sleep. Ever since I was eleven years old, I have struggled with insomnia. I have tried a range of techniques; from drinking milk, chamomile tea to putting lavender oil onto my cushion.

However, I have now found products that have helped improve my sleep and I thought I’d share them with you!

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  1. *Lush Sleepy Body Lotion (£7.95)-This product has been one of the most effective products that have helped cure my insomnia! Sleepy contains both lavender oil and oat milk; which are both extremely soothing and calming. Moreover, it has cocoa butter; so not only is it good for helping you sleep, but the product is also very moisturising; making your skin feel soft and silky! If you want to ensure you have an extra good night’s sleep, Lush also sells a bath bomb in this beautiful tonka and lavender scent; (Twilight bath bomb £3.95) and a body spray; (Twilight body spray £20)
  2. Neom Tranquillity Reed Diffuser (£38)- The Neom Organics Tranquillity Reed Diffuser is in the scent to sleep range, it contains English lavender oil, basil and jasmine, plus sixteen other essential oils to ensure you have a good nights sleep. I bought this product in January and not only has it made me feel calmer but it also has improved my sleep!
  3. Neom Perfect nights sleep pillow spray (£20)I also highly recommend the pillow mist from Neom Organics to sleep range because the luxurious scent is beautiful; due to the 19 essential oils it contains, and it has been great to use; as it is long-lasting on the pillow!
  4. Tisserand Aromatherapy The Little Box Of Sleep Kit Roller Ball (£11.95)- Aromatherapy pulse point roller balls are a great way to improve sleeping habits. This kit contains three pulse point roller balls; breathe deep; which is a blend of orange, petitgrain and coriander, true comfort; a blend of bergamont, cardamom and ylang ylang, and sleep better; lavender, sandalwood and jasmine. From using these pulse point roller balls on my wrists, I have noticed my sleep pattern seems deeper and I feel more refreshed.
  5. The White Company White Lavender Home Spray (£16)-Finally, I recommend this room spray because it smells like serenity; it contains lavender, basil and Sicilian lemon, which lasts a long time once sprayed!

Overall, I feel it is really important not to give up trying different products, as it can be frustrating but it will be worth it once you find the right one for you!

I really hope these natural products help improve your sleep!

FRESH ‘SKINCARE TREASURES’ GIFT SET REVIEW

Skincare

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If you follow my Instagram, (@EmilyMaySkincare) you may be aware that I have recently purchased a Fresh skincare gift set called Skincare Treasures. Fresh is a skincare brand that was founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg in Boston.

John Lewis, Fresh Skincare Treasures (£49)

It comes with the Fresh Soy Cleanser, the Sugar Face Polish, the Lotus Preserve Face Cream, Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream and Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15. The ingredients are natural; this includes soy; which is amino acid­-rich, lotus; known for boosting your skin’s radiance and brown sugar; which is great for preserving the skins moisture!

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Fresh Soy Cleanser: The Fresh Soy Cleanser is an extremely gentle gel cleanser; making it perfect for sensitive skin, this is due to the cucumber and aloe extract ingredients. Not only does this product leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised, but it also tones the skin! I love this product because it makes my skin feel so beautiful and I am definitely going to add it into my morning routine!

Sugar Face Polish: This product is an exfoliating mask made from brown sugar and it can be used three to four times a week on clean, damp skin and should be left on for five to ten minutes.  After, rinse the product off and it will leave your skin feeling very smooth and fresh! I really like this product because it made my skin feel very soft and look more radiant!

Lotus Preserve Face Cream: I also really liked this moisturiser because it made my skin feel hydrated and I immediately noticed my skin looked more radiant and healthier after using this product! The ingredients in this product include: fig fruit extract; which moisturises the skin, lotus flower extract;  defends the skin from radicals that cause wrinkles, and vitamin E which makes the skin feel softer.

Lotus Preserve Eye Cream: The Lotus Preserve Eye Cream has become one of my favourite eye creams; as it is so thick and hydrating due to the ingredients which include hibiscus fruit extract. It leaves the eye area moisturised for twenty-four hours! Also, this product prevents future ageing of the eye area; as it contains lotus flower extract and blue-green algae! This product has become a must-have for me because of the anti-wrinkle properties and the way it makes my eye area feel hydrated!

Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: Also, this gift set came with the Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment, which is a beautiful rosy shade; perfect for the Summer! This product made my lips feel hydrated; due to the ingredient of sugar, softer; due to the grapeseed oil and left my lips protected from the sun’s harmful rays!

Overall I would highly recommend this gift set because you get a lot of products for your money. It would make the ideal gift for someone who loves skincare or is a great way of trying out a range of Fresh’s products for less money! The packaging this set comes in is very summery and I loved all of the products inside!

This review was not sponsored at all!