Brand Focus - Manuka Doctor

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brand focus dr manuka.jpg 2 Organic and natural products are having a real moment in the skincare world right now. So I thought it was about time I tried some for myself.  As a Manuka Honey fan anyway, (you can read my guest post on Benefits Of Honey For The Skin here I'm all ears when a skincare brand uses the benefits of Manuka Honey and combines with Purified Bee Venom to 'create skincare solutions that work'. Sounds good huh? *cancels the botox*.

The Manuka Doctor range is split up to four categories for different skincare concerns; ApiClear, ApiRefine, ApiNourish and ApiWellness. I've been trying out a few products and they are seriously good.

Brightening Facial Oil.

I love a good facial oil and this one is certainly delivers. Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil is formulated with powerful plant extracts that sink into your skin beautifully leaving it super soft and supple. Along with the key ingredient Manuka Honey; oils rich in antioxidents such as Argan and Rosehip help protect against damage whilst smoothing and evening out skin tone. After just one use my complexion was radiant, glowy and really hydrated.

The oil is fairly thick but not greasy and only takes a minute or so to sink in. I've been using this in the evening as its a lovely one to use before bed. Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil helps to reduce age spots and scaring, so far I've not really noticed much difference on my age spots. (I have 2 on my cheek and its a serious bug bare of mine). It did however heal a few scars left over from some pesky spots. Literally used this overnight and in the morning they had almost disappeared.  Overall a great anti - ageing brightening facial oil that leaves you with a luminous, younger - looking, plumper complexion.

Apirevive Restorative Hair Mask.

Fabulous for dry or broken hair, this is a great repairing mask which heals damaged hair and restores natural goodness. The Manuka Doctor Restorative Hair Mask contains, Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil and Abyssinian Oil creating a rich luxurious velvety mask that feels gorgeous on. I've been using this twice a week and my hair is feeling softer and more nourished. After blow drying my hair has lots of volume and easier to style and much more shiny. I love that it doesn't leave my hair feeling  'coated' with product like some high end masks do.

Its a great all rounder mask that does wonders for your hair considering its only £19.99. Much cheaper than some of the masks I've used before as just as good if not better.

ApiRefine Radiance Serum (with purified bee venom)

This is the perfect pick me up serum to give your skin a little oomph. You know the days when you wake up looking a little grey or tired or your skin just looks like its missing something? This little serum will sort you out. It promises a lot (reduces wrinkles, plumps skin, enhances complexion, tightens and smooths) and it delivers a lot too. The serum itself is lightweight and has a slight pink pearlised tint to it. The ApiRefine Radiance Serum is incredibly illuminating without being shiny or shimmery. It instantly perked up my skin as soon as I applied it and gave my complexion a real boost. Like a little pot of magic. My skin does feel smoother after application, I can't say that its tighter but it did feel lovely on.

I've been using before my primer and it creates a good base/canvas for the rest of my make up. I like a dewy finish and after applying my foundation; my skin is glowing and radiant. Good skin days all round. I've only been using for a couple of weeks but so far I love it and I am hoping to see some long term benefits from it. Well if it's good enough for Millie Macintosh then it's good enough for me.

Again it has a bargain price tag of £17.99 a hell of a lot cheaper than my usual serum which only goes to say that you don't have to pay the earth for a fabulous (and natural) skincare product - and coming from a self confessed high end beauty addict that's saying something!

Have you tried anything for the Manuka Doctor? Which natural skincare products do you love?

Love L xx

*pr samples


Luxe Beauty Wish List #2

wishlist There's nothing better on a rainy Sunday afternoon then cosying up and making ridiculous wish lists. I love a wish list. I make them all the time. (You can read my previous  beauty luxe list  here) My favourite places to online shop are Space NK, Sephora, and Feel Unique and my baskets are constantly full of can't - live - without - luxury products and lustful make up that quite often I have no intention of buying. This time however my list is a little more realistic.

So currently in my virtual baskets are...


luna sunday rileyLuna Sleeping Night Oil | Sunday Riley I really don't need any more night oils but as soon as I run out my current 4 or 5 I have on the go I'll be investing in this little beauty. It claims to reduce pore size, improve the appearance of damaged skin and reduce wrinkles. I've read countless reviews on Sunday Riley products and I feel the need to introduce them to my skin care regieme.



urban decay setting spray

Urban Decay Chill Make-Up Setting Spray  I've heard lots of good thing about setting sprays lately, via twitter and other blogs. Personally I've not tried them before but love the idea of a product that keeps your make up intact all day. This Urban Decay Chill Make Up setting Spray has a temperature control technology to freeze the top layer of make up and make it last for up to 12 hours. Sounds impressive huh? I need to try this out!


oskia renassiance maskRenaissance Mask | Oskia I've not tried anything for Oskia before and this Renaissance mask looks delightful. It's anti - ageing (tick) and promises to illuminate (tick) and re awaken your complexion (big tick). At £48.50 for 50ml its a pricey one (hence the wish list) but I'd quite like to smother my face in this dreamy mask.



Mimosa Scented Candle by Diptyque I have a small collection of Diptyque candles I  love to burn them in the evenings there so relaxing and make my house smell beautiful. I currently have Baies and Vanille and next I think I'd like to try   Mimosa. Plus I the perfect space for it on my coffee table.



Clarins instant light

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base I'm in love with Clarins Instant Concealer and next I'd like to try this. I'll try anything that promises gives me a radiant dewy complexion. You can use it as a primer or just on its own to give your skin a bit of life. I love Clarins and I might just have to purchase this next time I'm passing the beauty counters.

I could go on and on listing wonderful products that pop in and out my baskets but for now these are my top 5 that are on my wish list. (oh and I need some more ripped jeans, some cut out sandals from Zara and a Givenchy bag). Not too much to ask!

Have you tried any of the above products? Would you recommend them?

What's on your wish list?

Love L x

*pics from google and we heart it

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser Review

Aurelia miracle cleanser

I'm always a little sceptical of a beauty product with the word Miracle in  its title, its a tall order to fill. But the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser is a glorious skincare dream.

As soon as you take the lid off your hit with a beautiful strong smell of rosemary and eucalyptus which reminds me of a spa facial. Aurelia Miracle Cleanser is a soft, nourishing cream cleanser. Its texture is not too thin - that it slides off your face and not too thick that it's heavy on your skin - its a perfect balance. The cream cleanser absorbs well and feels wonderful when massaged in (lots of mmmhs and ahhhs on my first use). It rinses off well when using a muslin cloth (you get a muslin wrapped in a cute pink bow with the cleanser) and doesn't leave any residue on your skin.

After a single cleanse my skin feels clean and fresh and soft to touch. I prefer to double cleanse in the evening as I like to feel really clean before I go to bed and make sure all my make up is removed. You only need a small amount as it massages in really well. After using for about 3 weeks now I can't say I've noticed a huge difference in my skin but that's not a bad thing - it has kept my complexion clear, smooth and dare I say radiant - no sign of a break out or blemishe. (apart from the standard hormonal spot).

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Aurelia Miracle Cleanser  contains probiotic proteins, essentials oils: rosemary, eucalyptus, chamomile and bergamot, plus an impressive, extensive list of ingredients (way to many to list on here). If your not a fan of essential oils then this might not be for you but personally I love them.

This is my first product from Aurelia, a brand I've been wanting to try for a while. After I used  up my faithful Eve Lom Cleanser I thought this is the perfect opportunity to buy into the brand  and I'm pretty sure I will be purchasing a lot more in the not too distant future. At £34.00 for 120ml its a tad cheaper than Eve Lom so I'll be interested to see how long it lasts me.

For now thou - it gets a big thumbs up.

Have you tried anything from Aurelia? What would you recommend?

Thanks for reading

Love L xx


The £25 Make Up Challenge!

£25 face cover When Helen from GrumpyWomanLovesBeauty and some of my lovely beauty blogging and Twitter friends suggested a collaberation on a post I jumped at the chance. The post however is The £25 Face challenge .... Can you achieve a whole make up look for £25 or under???

Errr.....I should have thought this through! My foundation alone costs £30! Now I'm not saying I'm a make up snob - and I'm not rich by any means. I just have a preference for high end make up. This is going to be a tough one.

As I'm in my 30's now (ouch) I have spent years testing, trying and buying make up in search of the perfect products. And my outcome usually requires a trip to the higher end beauty counters like Nars and Laura Mercier. But I'm always up for a challenge and I use alot of Rimmel and Loreal too so plodded off to my local Boots and various other drugstores in search of some make up bargains... and I have to admit I was plesently surprised -  there's some pretty great make up out there that doesn't cost the earth.

So here's what I brought......

The base. I love a good primer to create a good base and this strict budget is not going to allow for much. So I found Seventeen Instant Glow Skin Wow Tan for £4.99!

I'm so impressed with this - It creates a dewy glow and instantly adds radiance. I apply using my fingers to my cheeks, forehead and chin. It sinks in well and you can apply bronzer or powder pretty much straight away. For £4.99 you get a large tube with a pump which is quite generous and I've found a little goes a long way.

SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Skin Wow Tan - Boots

25 face concealer

Concealer. I need a concealer mostly to cover dark shadows under my eyes and to cover a few blemishes. I brought Seventeen Stay Time concealer  in medium £4.49. I quite often use a cheaper concealer and this Seventeen concealer is fantastic value for money. It has a good coverage for under eyes and blemishes too. I found it lasts throughout the day quite well and only need a couple of touch ups under the eyes.

SEVENTEEN Stay Time Concealer - Boots

25 face bronzer


Next I brought: Collection Gorgeous Glow Block £4.19. This highlighting palette is great for adding a little colour and highlight to your face. I've used this all over to give my face a little colour. I used a bronzer brush and literally covered my whole face. As I needed a teeny bit of colour. So now my face is quite shimmery and my pores look huge but I'm embracing it and on the whole its not looking to bad so far.

Collection Gorgeous Glow Block - Boots

So now I'm up to £13.67 and I haven't even touched eyes or lips yet.......

25 face eyes

Fear not. I found the most lovely bargain eye palette and couldn't believe it cost only £3.99  AND there was £1 off so I got it for £2.99 (does a little happy dance). Introducing 'The Collection Uncovered Palette' in nude grey. The palette contains 6 cool toned shades that are wearable and blend together well. The colours all go well together except the brown shade which I found a bit misplaced in this palette I though a darker grey would sit better. However it did come in handy for defining my eyebrows!

To apply I used my Zoeva brushes (not included in the budget) (Zoeva Rose Gold Complete Eye Set - L's Beauty Spot.and applied the lightest shade all over to create a base, with the light grey in the other corners and crease of my eyes to create depth and finally the darkest shade which is almost black in the other corners to create a smokey eye. The colours are quite pigmented but nothing like mac so I did need to apply quite alot to build up the colour.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Grey - Boots

I usually use a liquid eye liner but budget wouldn't allow for this so I brought Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Eye liner in Black. This is my absolute favourite product that I purchased. It's so long lasting, the colour is intense and it doesn't budge all day. Literally doesn't budge. Its waterproof and I had to really scrub my eyes with eye make up remover to get it off! I applied the Rimmel London Scandal eyes along my eye lid and dotted it along my bottom lashes and blended with a cotton bud to create a smudgy finish.  If your looking for a budget eye liner then this one is only £3.99 and it's a beaut.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Boots

25 face mascara


For mascara I chose Collection Volumising Mascara in black £3.99. Its not bad, it has a thick brush and I found it a little awkward to apply. I needed 2 /3 coats to get the desired effect. The results aren't bad It clumped a little but on the whole ok results for spending £3.99

Collection Volumising Mascara - Boots

And for lips I used Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly £1.95. I'm quite lucky that I have quite high pigmented lips so to add a touch of natural shine I just added vaseline. I also applied Vaseline to my eyebrows to keep them in shape and to my cheekbones to give a little highlight and shine. (A tip I learnt through my friend and fellow collaberator Eleanor.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly Original 20g - Boots

And finally 1,235,000 selfies later here's the final result!

me 25 face

Grand Total of look: £22.60. Apologies for picture quality my camera doesn't like me.

So I guess what I've learnt from this challenge is that make up doesn't have to cost the earth and there are some fab bargain products out there. And.... some not so much and are definitely worth a spurge. Mascara and a good primer especially!

I collaberated with these lovely girlies on this challenge see below for links to their blogs and check out how they did in the challenge. Helen  - GrumpyWomanLovesBeauty Alice - Alice Red  Eleanor - Eleanor Davorens Blog ♡  Amy - thecurvaceousvegan | thecurvaceousvegan

Special Thanks to Helen for asking me to take part.

So What do you think of my £25 face? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Love L x