Lily Storm

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Beautiful Body Butters

Soft, luxurious and yummy-smelling. Body butter warms the cockles of my heart. It is a sweet addiction!

Natural ingredients like shea butter, honey and coconut make them all the more special. Slather it on after a warm bath and you’ll wake up with baby soft skin in the morning. I’ve been through quite a few, but these ones steal the show.

Tree Hut Almond & Honey Body Butter

I discovered the US brand Tree Hut whilst browsing the Takealot.com website. Almond and honey are two of the best skincare fragrances in my book, so I couldn’t wait to test their stuff. What caught my attention is that their products are paraben free. Also very cost effective – at R79 for 200ml. The consistency is rich and creamy, best for bedtime use. Some of the ingredients are certified organic shea butter, sweet almond oil, honey, and cocoa butter. Smells uber delicious!  Click here to check it out. They have other lovely variants like Lavender and Chamomile, and Vanilla Spice.

Victorian Garden Double Rose & Rose Scented Geranium Body Butter

Proudly South African, and organic. What more do you need? Truly one of the best moisturizers I’ve used in a very long time. It has become part of my night-time ritual. Shea butter blended with Jojoba and organic Rosehip and English Rose oil offers maximum hydration and anti-aging benefits. If you like soft floral scents, then you are going to adore this. I have so much love for this product. R119 for 200ml.

Victorian Garden Quince & Orange Body Butter

Summer in a tub! Perfect for smoothing onto parched, tender sunkissed skin. Quince seed is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is one of the oldest known cultivated herbs and was favoured by Queen Catherine. Well, if it’s good enough for her…it’s certainly good enough for me. R119 for 200ml. For more information on the Victorian Garden range, visit their website on http://www.thevictoriangarden.co.za.

Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Butter

Smooth and lightly textured, ideal for daytime use. Melts into the skin easily, with no greasy residue. Contains organic olive oil from Italy, and community trade soya oil from Brazil. The pretty fragrance lasts for hours too. You can even use it in instead of perfume. Just lovely. R125 for 200ml.

*If you’d like to win a hamper of Rose Geranium skincare from The Victorian Garden (worth R400), then please follow me on Twitter, as well as the the kind folk at The Victorian Garden! The prize hamper contains:  body butter, body scrub, rose and applemint lip balm, handwash and hand cream. Competition closes on 30 November 2012.

xx

LUSH – fresh handmade cosmetics

British High Street beauty retailer Lush, recently opened a brand new store on African soil - at the V&A Waterfront. I’ve heard so many great things about the brand via social networking, so decided to check it out for myself on Friday.

One foot in the door, and I was in love. The delicious aromas made me feel like a kid in Mr Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! The intention was just to ’browse’, but I honestly don’t think that’s possible. I challenge any girl to try. Doesn’t help that the staff are so intensely happy, helpful and enthusiastic either!

Think hand-made, natural and fresh merchandise, butcher’s blocks, prices by weight, greaseproof paper wrapping and best-by dates. In this ‘beauty deli’, soaps are piled high on Provencal-style wooden tables like strange exotic cheeses, whilst a myriad of orbs (fizzing bath ballistics) are presented like perfectly round apples. There is so much to choose from…solid hair shampoo bars, shower gels, bath melts, and colour cosmetics.

Lush products are made as naturally as possible and they avoid using synthetic preservatives. Some of the hair conditioners even contain fresh strawberries, vanilla, melon juice and yoghurt!

My favourites? (tried and tested)…

Trichomania solid shampoo:  I’m happy to say that after using this natural shampoo bar, I will never go back to fancy salon stuff which only clogs my scalp with synthetic ingredients. Crammed with lashings of creamed coconut, it creates the most luxurious lather. Very easy to rinse out too. A 100g bar should last you about two months. I love it!

Retread hair conditioner:  I have just stopped using the GHD on my hair, because it’s been causing incredible damage and dryness. So I needed something to help speed up the repair process and was guided towards this product. It boasts some serious breakdown recovery ingredients such as olive oil, jojoba and avocado oils, fresh melon juice and yoghurt. After applying to my scalp and hair, I wrapped my hair in a warm towel for about 15 minutes. Voluptuous shine and softness will be yours.

American Cream: More hair conditioner. Okay I know, was it a necessary purchase? Probably not. But how I could resist a product with a label that reads: “Bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner. Double strength and extra creamy to leave your hair gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly“. Oh and the smell…it is just amazing. Word on the street is that the fragrance lingers for days after use. Sold!

It’s Raining Men shower gel: I’m pretty sure this can used on skin and hair. Contains honey and exotic flowers. I used it last night and could smell it on me the next morning. The gel is rich and creamy so a little on a body sponge creates a mass of lather. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Million Kisses lip tint: Beautifully packaged in a little tin. Just a smidgen on the lips is enough to give you ruby stained lips more fabulous than Scarlett Johanssen’s. Again…smells like candy floss. I apply a dot small pat of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on top for a little glow.

I also purchased two fizz balls with real dried rosebuds. Won’t be using these just yet, but will display it around the bath. I can’t stop smelling them! Worth every cent. Great decor idea…how about filling a basket with different balls and fresh / dried flowers, to show off in your bathroom?

Lush will be getting in a lot more stock over the coming months so I’m excited to get my hands on the fresh face masks. This is now my one-stop beauty shop and I cannot wait to go back. The concept is fantastic and very original.

xx

September GlossyBox

If you follow my Twitter updates, you’ll know that I’ve been chomping at the bit – waiting for this GlossyBox to arrive. Well it’s here! There have been quite a few mixed reactions with regards to these beauty boxes. Is what you receive, worth paying R130 per month? I’d say yes…for the most part.

It’s like sending yourself a gift every month! The packaging is divine and the products are high end. Even though GlossyBox mainly consists of samples, I think it’s great to be able to try something really expensive that you wouldn’t normally purchase. This is my first box, but from what I’ve seen, they do include at least one travel sized product. As well as discount and gift vouchers.

Nevertheless, here is a quick review on the September contents. I haven’t tried anything except the perfumes yet, but I just couldn’t wait to write about my little pressie! 

- Prada Candy eau de parfum (1.5ml) – Not my kind of fragrance. Very sweet, almost caramel-like. You’d like this if you’re an ‘Angel (Thierry Mugler)’ kind of girl.

-Carolina Herrera CH L’eau (1.5ml) – This personifies the purpose of GlossyBox. Try…and then BUY! CH L’eau is officially going to be my summer scent. Playful, fresh, feminine, soft…just beautiful. Makes me want to frolic in a field of daisies wearing a bright floral dress. I am a Gucci fan and prefer sexy, strong fragrances. But oh my – completely sold!

Sans Soucis Deep Moist Depot (3ml) - A two phase moisture concentrate suitable for all skin types. Can’t wait to try this because it consists of botanical ingredients and mineral-rich thermal spring water from Baden-Baden (no clue where this is, but it must be good). Vitalizes the skin and fights against free radicals. Who doesn’t need that right? Perfect for one of my spa evenings at home!

L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate (8ml) - I’ve never tried this brand, but it’s always intrigued me. I don’t know if it’s the plush french feel of the stores, or the luxurious description of their products. A huge almond milk fan, so very excited to use this toning and firming body moisturizer. I know it’s going to be fabulous.

Salon Care Moisture Boost Serum - I am currently using the Salon Care facial range. Not too impressed though. After 3 months, I’m considering ditching it as my skin is really starting to play up. (Time to reconcile with Clarins maybe??) I will however, try this serum and see what it’s all about.

Gold Cuff bracelet from YDE - pretty, gold, shiny! Love it. Perfect for a night out.  

Very pleased, and will certainly be ordering another next month. http://www.glossyboxsa.co.za

Enjoy! xx