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

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Beauty News: H&M Launch Huge Beauty Collection!



Exciting stuff! The High street favourite H&M are launching a huge beauty collection in the Autumn.

The collection will feature over 700 items (wow) and will include a Luxe collection and an Ecocert approved collection (that's an environmentally friendly to you and me!).

The collection includes a wide range of make up, beauty tools, hair and body care. With prices ranging from £1.99 - £19.99 you can expect a sell out!


The H&M Beauty collection will be available in over 900 stores world wide and online at too.

I can't wait to try the make up, from a first look at the photos the packaging looks very luxe. I'll be interested to know what the quality is like. Its definitely worth a little further investigation, look out for some reviews in the Autumn.

What's your first impression? Will you be shopping the H&M Beauty Collection?

Love L x

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