Yaoh Brand Review*

Yaoh Brand Review*

Yaoh is a UK based company, founded in 2002, who use hemp oil in all of their products. Hemp Oil is used within skincare products for two main reasons; it is a natural moisturiser especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin, hair and nails and it helps to improve skin hydration and oxygenation. They offer food products and an extensive range of body and haircare ranging from lip balms and shower gel to shampoo, conditioners and body butters all available in exciting scents. All of Yaoh’s products are 100% vegan and free from animal testing, and their food range is 100% certified organic.

The brand very kindly sent me some of their products to try and review. I’ve been trying them out over the past couple of months as well as repurchasing a couple of the products again and its about time I shared my love for them with you guys. They sent me: Deep Forest Moisturiser, Original Body Butter, Tropical Fruits Bubble Bath, Caribbean Breeze Lip Balm, Coconut & Lime Shower Gel, Tropical Fruits Shampoo and Summer Breeze Conditioner.

The shower gel and the bubble bath were the first two products that I used up out of the selection of products that they sent to me. I’m in love with the shower gel that I received and have since repurchased twice before. It lathers up really well and has left my skin feeling nourished after stepping out the shower without even applying moisturiser. The bubble bath smells like those Fruit Salad chews that you used to get within pick and mix selections. It doesn’t create as many bubbles as a bubble bar from Lush however the scent lasts for such a long time. My bath time usually lasts an hour or two and I can still smell the fragrance on my skin when I’ve got out.

The body butter is one of those staple products that you should have in your skincare collection especially if you have dry skin. I’ve had eczema ever since I was taking my GCSEs and have tried a range of products to help improve and hopefully clear it especially when I am feeling stressed. Apart from E45 cream that is unfortunately tested on animals and my beloved Dream Cream nothing else has worked however this has helped on the days it hasn’t been as bad during a flare up. The formulation is thick and creamy but leaves your skin feeling nourished and moisturised. One of the things that I look for in a body butter or moisturiser is how fast the product dries as there is nothing worse than standing in your underwear waiting for it to sink into the skin. Luckily enough the body butter dries extremely quick which I love. I’ve not had the chance to try the moisturiser properly yet however the scent is so unusual compared to anything else that I’ve had before. The best way I can describe the scent is earthy and natural. I can imagine that this would be the scent that would suit either men or women looking to buy a new moisturiser.

The shampoo and conditioner has been my favourite combo of products that I have tried from the collection. My hair usually feels pretty dry and damaged when I’ve not gone for the dreaded hair cut regularly however this combo has changed that. My hair feels so soft and looks healthy too. As well as being organic, cruelty free and vegan, the formulation doesn’t contain parabens or sulphate which is meant to be good for you hair. At first, I didn’t think it would be so effective on my hair due to how thick and curly it is however I’ve had no problems. Unlike other shampoo and conditioners the formulation doesn’t lather up which is one of the reasons why I didn’t think it would be as effective as it is. I still use the Umberto Giannini No More Frizz Serum as mentioned in my post last week and my hair still feels amazing.

Finally, the lip balm has become a handbag staple. I don’t use it as much now compared to the days I was at University and during the winter but this is a god send. It is so moisturising on the lips and leaves them feeling soft and plump. If you are someone who deals with cracked lips then this is definitely the product for you as it combatted mine. Beeswax is an ingredient found in many lip balms however they’ve managed to recreate a formulation like their competitors without this in. Did I mention that the scent is amazing too?

As well as the products that I’ve mentioned above, you can also buy: suncream, hemp oil and hemp seeds. You can shop all of their products here or find your local stockist here. As you can see on the website, the prices are extremely affordable as well which is perfect if you are on a budget. Have you ever tried Yaoh before? What’s your thoughts? Is there anything that you’ve got your eyes on?

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*The products were kindly gifted to me by the team at Yaoh however this does not affect my opinion.
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Cool Things I Have Been Loving Recently

I actually think ‘favourite’ posts are the ones that I enjoy reading the most. The idea of sharing things that you are loving at the moment is nothing but good! Not only can you chat about it in the comments but you can also receive and give recommendations for products.

I’ve never tried anything from Morphe before but I picked an eyeshadow palette and a highlighter palette up when I went to Birmingham a good six months ago. I’ve not really reached for the eyeshadow palette as much but the highlighters are stunning! They are so pigmented compared to anything that I’ve used before. My go-to shade is definitely Galatic because it is such a classic highlight shade however I have been using Comet or Trance recently to give more of a bronzed look. I’ve also been reaching for the Lottie London Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Hey Bae. It’s an everyday chocolate brown shade that sounds awful but actually looks really nice on the lips. Once again this is another makeup product that I have picked up on a whim but I love it. The lipstick is buildable and easy to apply. I like how it dries matte as soon as it is applied on the lips. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is not long lasting.

Since I have been away from the blogging world I’ve since discovered my new luxury perfume. I went cruelty free years ago but it has took me all this time to find a perfume that is cruelty free that I like until everyone and their cat recommend Stella McCartney. I decided to pick her original up and it smells amazing and so luxurious! I am awful at describing scents but it has rose, peony, mandarin essence and amber so it is quite warm and floral. I’ve also discovered a new body butter as well. I’m not going to go into it too much as I have a dedicated blog post going up about it soon but Yaoh contacted me a while ago to try out a range of products and within the selection was a body butter* in the original scent. Not only does it smell as though you have just hopped off the plane but it dries quickly and it is cruelty free and vegan. What more could you ask for?! They have a range of different scents so if this one doesn’t take your fancy you don’t have to worry. I’ll talk about it more in next week’s post where I explain about it a little bit more in-depth. I also wanted to give a little shout out to the Umberto Giannini range. I’m usually a hardcore Phil Smith fan however after discovering that Umberto are cruelty free I decided to pick up a few bits to give a go. First of all is the Grow Long Shampoo and Conditioner which has no only left my hair smelling amazing after every wash but it is also  extremely soft and nourished. I haven’t been paying attention as to whether it has ‘promoted hair growth’. I should probably go and get my hair cut and then test that theory because I have been really enjoying the haircare combo. It has seaweed within the formula which is a fatty acid from marine nutrients to improve split ends which has prolonged the hair cut further. However the real star of the show is the No More Frizz Anti-Frizz Curl Serum that I picked up within the offer that they had on in Boots. I’ve been using this when my hair has been wet, plaiting it and once it has dried I would take them out and I’m left with frizz free curls. Okay my hair is in desperate need of a cut but this stuff has made it look all healthy again which I am here for. It instantly tames my frizzy curls and gives a healthy shine to my hair which I am all for.

I finished University for the Summer over a month ago now and it has took me this long to find something to keep myself busy with. I feel like I have kind of lost who I am a little bit since Christmas so I am using the Summer months to get creative and find out what I enjoy doing again. I’ve started making the most of my iPad and Apple Pencil which has been really testing my creativity. Apple stores do these skill sessions that teach you how to draw and use Procreate which is something I never knew existed so I’ve been attending them. They are free and the vibe you get from my local store is amazing and so motivating! If you’re wanting to learn how to draw then I highly recommend going to one at your local Apple store, you don’t even need an iPad and pencil because they have spares specifically for those sessions.

If I’ve not been drawing on my iPad I have started to read again. As soon as I finished reading Alexa Chung’s book, The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton came through my door and although it is a completely different book I’ve found it very informative.  It is like the book that I’ve never had when I was a teenager. It has made me feel a lot more normal when it comes to moods around that time of the month and I don’t feel so alone about my endometriosis now.  Finally I’ve dusted off my little Canon EOS M10 and started filming little videos. I’ve uploaded a couple onto YouTube but at the moment I am taking it all very lightly. It has given me a new hobby to get stuck into which at the moment I am enjoying.

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Naked Cherry First Impressions

It feels like it has taken me ages to fall back in love with my blog however I’ve finished University for the summer now and I’ve finally got the sudden urge to write about things that I love again. I’m not going to be putting any pressure on myself with a schedule but as long as you follow me on socials or my blog over at Bloglovin’ then I am sure you will be kept in the loop with when I post.

I’ve been wanting to share my love for Naked Cherry for a while now but like I said in my previous post things have been a little tough to balance out. I picked up Naked Cherry when it was first released because the shades looked stunning and much better suited to my skin tone than the Naked 3 palette which I still love but not as much as the Cherry now. When I received the palette the shades are equally as gorgeous in person than they are on the website, if not better!

I’ve been using this little gem nearly every single day since purchase because I am in love with the shades so much. For my daily makeup routine I usually use a mix of Bing and Devilish on the outer corner and Caution or Hot Spot in the inner corner of my eyes. I think one of my favourite things about this palette is that the shades are all wearable on their own without being too light or too dark so it is great if you lead a really busy lifestyle and don’t have much time for a full on makeup routine.

For an evening look, I tend to stick to the darker side of the palette by patting Drunk Dial on top of Privacy which creates a lovely smokey eye with Bing and Feelz. Of course I know that Urban Decay have brought out some other gorgeous palettes that are still on my wishlist, hello Reloaded and Born To Run but it’s important to not forget about this little gem. As with all Urban Decay eyeshadows I love the pigmentation of them and the colours come off really well when applied onto your eyes.

Have you got your hands on the Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette? What’s your thoughts?

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Lush Christmas 2018

I can’t get over how fast the end of 2018 is going! I don’t know about any of you but it feels as though I’ve blinked and Summer has disappeared and then suddenly everyone is talking about Christmas plans. I wasn’t really feeling it until the other week when I was kindly invited for a Christmas preview event at Lush Newcastle.

The event was lovely! There was only a few of us but we were given an in-depth guided tour of all the new products that enabled us to experiment with the products and see all of the bath bombs, bubble bars and skincare products. The store looked as though Christmas had hit the store which is exactly what I love about the festivities.

There has been so many new products this year and I’m kinda loving it! A few of my usual favourites have returned including Shoot For The Stars, Golden Wonder and Snow Fairy Shower Gel (my personal favourite) but there are also some new ones that I still on my wish list. I thought I would pick up a couple of the new and exciting products to try.

Bubble bars are one of my favourite products that Lush do, especially around Christmas. The first one that I picked up was Puddy Holly which is the only Christmas Bubbleroon. It smells exactly the same as marzipan so if you are into sweet smells that this one is definitely for you. I love the silver glitter coated all over it too but perhaps that is just my personal choice. You would expect Candy Cane to have a minty smell however that’s not the case; it has bergamot and sicilian lemon oils giving the bubble bar a rather citrus scent which enhances when crumbled in the hot water. I love unique scents so when I smelt the strawberry scented Naughty Elf, he landed in my basket. He has violet leaf absolute and mango absolute in the formulation so it smells quite refreshing and uplifting.

I’m so excited to get my hands on the Sleepy Shower Gel. I use the body lotion every night as the lavender helps me feel relaxed when the insomnia kicks in during the evening. I can’t wait to have a bubble bath with this one when I’m struggling to sleep however it was Cinders Shower Gel which excited me the most. I can’t describe the scent but it just smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It’s a stronger marzipan scent that what Puddy Holly has but it also contains pumpkin seed oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin. Can you imagine having a refreshing shower with this on a winter morning? I can’t wait!

I didn’t pick up many bath bombs as I want to spread them out across the winter months. I picked up the Cheery Christmas bath bomb because it just looks stunning when in the water. Sharing a similar kind of scent to Snow Fairy and the Comforter with a strong blackcurrant scent. It just smells so good! I also picked up Perle De Sel because the scent was quite relaxing. I find anything with rose absolute relaxing but it also looks quite luxurious with African salt pearls.

Finally, I did pick up a bottle of Snow Fairy Body Spray! Yes you have just read that correctly! It’s quite pricey however it smells exactly the same as the classic candyfloss and bubblegum scent that most Christmas Lush fans fall head over heels in love with. I picked one up for a birthday present but I kinda want to get a bottle for myself.

Are you excited by this year’s Lush Christmas range? Next up, I definitely want to get Gingerbread Man moisturising bar and Once Upon A Time body lotion. You can see the entire range on their website. Let me know your favourite in the comments!

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An Autumnal Pamper Night

Now that evenings are finally getting a little colder, thank you Britain for a gorgeous Summer; we can start thinking about those nights in where we can well and truly pamper ourselves. Grab yourself a cuppa and pop on your favourite Netflix series kinda nights.

My evenings usually begin with a bath and pyjamas before the anything else. I’ve been using Sainsbury’s Baby Bubbles because they are cheap and make my skin feel super soft. I tend to pamper myself up whilst laying in the bath with a face mask and a hair mask as well. Have you used The Body Shop’s Banana Mask yet? It smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling well nourished and shiny.

So your snuggled into your pyjamas and wrapped up cosy warm in your blankets, what are you going to watch? Well Netflix have some pretty awesome chick-flicks on right now including Sierra Burgess is a Loser, The Kissing Booth, Angus Thongs And Perfect Snogging and, of course, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. If your not in a film mood, I recommend The Good Place. It’s third season is coming out later this month which I am super excited for. The Bodyguard over on BBC iPlayer is a good little series too.

Next on the agenda is comfort food. Whether that be your local takeaway and some nibbles or your favourite dinner dish. My personal choice is a pizza followed by some delicious chocolate. Sometimes I make my classic Nacho dish which is basically crisps with plenty of cheese melted on top – yummy! I was lucky enough to be sent some of the new vegan products released from Gourmet Chocolate Pizza and believe you and me, they taste heavenly. The Devilishly Dark Vegan Chocolate Slice is one of my faves but I have to admit the Hot Chocolate stick with vegan friendly Marshmallows was a firm favourite too.

Finally, I think the most important thing about a pamper night is to turn your phone off. Try not to spend the majority of your night glued to your phone. Social media can be so positive at times but when you are wanting to relax have a technology free night is probably the best way forward. I know from my experience it usually leads to an amazing night sleep as well.

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Hempz Herbal Haircare Collection Review

We all know how much I love discovering new haircare products especially when they are cruelty free and vegan friendly. I was more than happy to be given the opportunity to test out the new Herbal Collection from Hempz.

Hempz is a brand that I’ve tried a lot of over the past year. All of their products are enriched with 100% pure natural Hemp Seed oil which is known for high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals making it a really well nourishing ingredient for any formulation.

The Herbal Haircare Collection is made up of five different products that include: Shampoo and Conditioner, Dry Shampoo, Workable Hairspray and Flexible Styling Sculpt all of which share a delicious Hemp and citrus scent. As I mentioned before, the whole collection is cruelty free, vegan friendly and also free from sulphates and parabens.

The Hempz Shampoo & Conditioner have been specially formulated with gentle cleansers to not only help maximise the life of coloured hair but to aid the condition, soften and smooth. The Hemp Seed oil helps to nourish and strength your locks leaving them looking healthier and shiny. On using the products, the first thing you notice is how amazing they actually smell. Similar to other Hempz products I’ve used in the past, the scent was like a tropical paradise leaving quite a fruity scent. The shampoo foams up extremely well which is something that many other sulphate and paraben free shampoos struggle with. Both formulations are rich and thick to help de-tangle and calm frizzy hair as well as being able to seal in moisture. Another issue I’ve struggled with when using a natural haircare combo is that my hair used to get greasy quite quickly but after using the Hempz Shampoo & Conditioner, I can go up to a week without washing my hair which is brilliant for natural oils. My hair still looked and felt great after day four.

Next up was the Workable Hairspray which is designed to add body and volume. I’ve never really had a memorable experience when using hairspray in the past but that’s probably because I hardly ever used it. My hair is extremely frizzy and it gets worse due to humidity so when I heard the Hempz Hairspray works to guard against dryness, humidity and control frizz, I was excited to give it a go. I noticed that even after a full day of shooting photos or working, my hair style for that day would still be in tact which is fantastic! As far as controlling the frizz is concerned, it does do a fab job but I’m not sure whether it is a mixed combination of the hairspray and other products.

The final product I was able to try was the Flexible Styling Sculpt. Not going to lie to you, I was a bit confused when I first received this product mainly because of texture and formulation of the product. Firstly, a little goes a long way. It helps to provide hair with moisture, shine and protection whilst controlling frizz and combating dry hair. I’ve got to be honest with you, when I first started using the product I wasn’t sure whether I loved it or hated it until I went back to using it a couple of weeks ago and realised how much I’ve missed it. I melt a little bit in between my palms and then smooth it through the ends of my hair. It controls my frizz and emphasis my natural curls.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Hempz Herbal Haircare Collection. The products I’ve tried have been amazing and I would definitely recommend them if your wanting to try something a little bit more luxurious. As I mentioned in my previous Hempz post (read here), I love the products that they come out with and would love to try their other products including their Aftersun and Milk & Honey Range.

Have you tried the Hempz Herbal Haircare Collection recently? What’s your thoughts?

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