Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil*

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Lying in the bath is one of my little luxuries – a couple of candles, a book and an hour or two can normally sort me out, but when I need a little extra help getting to my happy place, I turn to Aromatherapy Associates De-Stree Mind Bath and Shower Oil.

A mix of the finest frankincense, rosemary, and wild chamomile oils means a capful turns a regular bath time routine into a mini spa. Yes, the oils lack the fun of bubbles, but the smell is heavenly – fresh, relaxing, and not too strong. Once a capful of the bath oil has been added, I can feel any sort of care or worry melting away.

Not only do I love the oil and the effects which it has, but the glass bottle it comes in is really beautiful. It looks elegant in the bathroom, and allows me to monitor my usage. Since I only use the recommended capful per bath, I have a feeling I will be enjoying this oil for a while.

The oil is priced at £37.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Looking Shady

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Even when you’re feeling a little rough, a pair of statement sunnies can elevate a look from blah to boring. Here I picked 6 of my favorites.

  1. A-Morir
  2. Jeremy Scott
  3. Elizabeth and James
  4. Moo
  5. Vintage Chanel
  6. Louis Vuitton

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm*

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I’m a sucker for a good balm, and the multipurpose nature of The Organic Pharmacy’s offering boasts over twenty uses. A mix of rose, argan, pomegranate, rose hip and calendula oils, the balm boasts some real heavy hitters for both moisturizing and healing.

Packaged into an easily portable tub, the balm is a little thinner in consistency than I was expecting – when you swirl your finger you get more of an oil than a balm, but it glides on easily and soaks in quickly. The scent is undoubtedly rose, although there is a faint fruity trace, which I’m guessing is thanks to the pomegranate. This means it lacks the old-lady element which you find with some rose fragrances.

I have primarily been using the balm as a lip product, although it also works nicely on cuticles and on any little bits of dry skin which appear. When I travel my skin tends to seize up, so I can’t wait to pop this in my carry-on!

Rose Balm is priced at £25.00

A Pop of Colour

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Today is the first nice day in an awfully long time, which means this might be the very start of Spring. In celebration of this, here are four coral purses which will see you through the season.

  1. 3.1 Philip Lim
  2. Chloe
  3. Proenza Schouler
  4. Salvatore Ferragamo

Clarins Gloss Prodige*

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I sometimes feel that when brands launch special collections, whether it is for Spring, Summer, or a celebrity endorsement, that the colours can be somewhat unwearable, or are just boring. With their Spring 2013 collection, Clarins could not be further from this idea. I have previously reviewed the supremely wearable eye quad from the collection, and here is one of two lipglosses which is included in the collection.

Water Lily 09 is a pretty, sheer pink, which feels like a thick balm when applied. There is none of the stickiness of other brands, and the colour subtly enhances your natural lip colour. Like Clarins other glosses, it smells glorious – all sweet and fruity, I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. The gloss wears well – around 4 hours on me, and left my lips feeling moisturized. Because of the flattering shade and the lovely texture, the gloss has a permanent place in my handbag!

The Gloss Prodige is priced at £15.50

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