Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sleepy Cow - The perfect night's sleep

Drift off into a perfect night’s sleep with our new Cowshed Sleepy Cow Calming collection. Here is the answer to all your dreams!

Starring a unique aromatherapy blend of Melissa and Lemon Mrytle essential oils to relieve tension and quieten the mind, this little but powerful range is the perfect antidote to restless minds and sleep. Sleepy Cow is the answer to all your dreams in 4 simple steps:

Step 1. Cowshed Sleepy Cow Bath Salts, £16: Prepare for a good rest by relieving tension and stress. This therapeutic, deep sleep inducing bath soak with Himalayan sea salts, moisturising Olive oil and melissa and lemon myrtle essentials oils.
Step 2. Cowshed Sleepy Cow Body Butter, £24: After your bath, apply this ultra-pampering, sleep-inducing, non-greasy body butter that quickly sinks into the skin to help you unwind and prepare you for a fantastic rest.
Step 3. Cowshed Sleepy Cow Tea, £5: Prepare this calming and comforting tea that will help you to drift off into a good night’s sleep, with a blend of calming organic Chamomile, Lemon and Marjoram.
Step 4. Cowshed Sleepy Cow Calming Pillow Mist Spray, £16: If you are having trouble falling sleep, this 100% natural mist will help to calm your mind and ensure restful night's sleep thanks to natural but effective blend of St John's Wort, Lady's Mantle extract, comforting Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils.
Enjoy a good night’s sleep!

Shop here for: Cowshed Sleepy Cow.

Kjaer Weis - Spring Colours

Spring makeup tends to look like peachy lips, pastel eyes and bronze skin, but the beauty looks this season is throwing us a few surprises in the form of vivid lips and strokes of brilliant color. 

Some of prettiest colour you're going to want this spring comes courtesy of Kjaer Weis. This luxe natural and organic certified line, encased in jewellery-like metal packaging and formulated by Danish born, New-York based makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, has in its latest launches for Spring 2015 some of our favourite shades.

The range of new Spring products, just landed at Naturisimo. There is a new Kjaer Weis foundation ‘Silken’, £49 with a smooth cream formula that doubles-up as concealer and provides ‘skincare’ thanks to its moisturising formula including Jojoba oils, coconut and almond seed.

Then, our favourites, the two new beautiful Kjaer Weis lip tints in ‘Amazed’ and’ and ‘Rapture’, £33 These are very sheer, like a lip balm with a hint of colour that give a chic, fresh look. You can wear on lips and cheeks for a lovely, modern natural finish.

Shop here for: Kjaer Weis

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Best of British: Skin & Tonic

Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple. New brand Skin& Tonic creates hand-crafted, organic skincare created free from all synthetics and preservatives with never more than 7 ingredients. 

Simple is best
Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated. Surely we can do without the parabens, the ETDA’s, the mineral oils, the dioxins, the phthalates, the gender discrimination, the cheap labour, the exotic ingredients and, let’s not forget, all that excessive, wasteful packaging?

Why is organic so awesome?
The organic ingredients used at Skin & Tonic are highly therapeutic when retained in their natural, unadulterated state. The plant oils used have all been grown to international organic standards (as certified by The Soil Association) and have NOT been sprayed by nasty chemical pesticides. Skin & Tonic use ingredients that are packed full of nutrients, anti-oxidants and omegas that help maintain cellular growth. They also help fight the free radicals that we’re all exposed to every day through pollution and are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Skin & Tonic products are as unisex and as multifunctional as possible. Check out Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub that doubles up as a face mask or Skin & Tonic Calm Balm to calm both your dry skin and your mood.
From Sarah, the founder
I created Skin & Tonic with help from Josh (my boyfriend/partner-in-crime) and with inspiration and support from Deirdre (my master soap-making super mum). Josh and I met at a party in 2009 over a glass of Gin & Tonic and that was that – the unwitting union of two little like-minded dreamers/believers took place.
Together, we’ve been through some ups and some downs. Life can really suck at times and this was most definitely the case in 2010 when I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Getting sick made me realise that I needed to simplify my lifestyle and pay more attention to what I was putting into AND onto my body. I researched skincare and soon discovered that much of what I was using was full of nasty synthetic chemicals that were carcinogenic and endocrine disrupters.
I started to make skincare for myself using simple, organic ingredients. Within no time, a persistent case of dermatitis disappeared and my skin looked, and felt, great. So why couldn’t I buy something similar to this in the shops? I couldn’t find a single product that was completely free from synthetics and preservatives, or silly-frilly names and promises. Instead, all I found was overt gender discrimination and huge amounts of excess packaging. There was nothing out there that was simple, straight-talking, organic and cool! So I decided to do something about it. I quit my career in TV and re-trained in Aromatherapy and Skincare Formulation. Skin & Tonic was born…Thank you so much for joining our little skincare revolution.

Shop here for: Skin & Tonic from £3.90

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

La Potion Infinie by Argentum

ARgENTUM uses the timeless strength of silver to deliver la potion infinie. After many years of research in the field of anti-ageing ARgENTUM has formulated a patent pending fusion of two vital ingredients – Silver Hydrosol & DNA HP. The result is a natural, super hydrating cream that may visibly improve fine lines, wrinkles and the overall texture of your skin. la potion infinie is 99.5% from natural origins. Here we catch up with CEO & Founder, Joy Isaacs.

Tell us a little bit about the story behind La Potion Infinie?
The idea to start ARgENTUM came to me a few years ago when I had an actual dream about Colloidal Silver with its extraordinary antibacterial and healing properties and using it in skincare. Prior to this dream I experienced a severe infection after major surgery and my saving grace was the Doctors agreeing to use expensive silver wound dressings, which ended up being miraculous in their healing power. This traumatic experience must have stayed in my subconscious, only to resurface at a later time as an empowering dream. Since then the journey to deliver a magical product with integrity and love, has been an inspiring one.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started?
I could say I wish I’d known this or that, but the story of ARgENTUM has been all about the journey and the joy of learning, every step of the way. I try and stay focused on the moment-by moment creating whilst holding a vision of the end result, which is easier said than done. I don’t know everything, nor do I feel I need to; instead I make a point of being guided by my intuition.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
I love all the different aspects and involvement that come with being an entrepreneur. For me, the hardest part is trying to juggle being a mother and pursuing a corporate career. I have three very active boys who take me far away from the world of beauty…maybe that brings in the balance I so desperately crave.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
What matters, is what you make matter. We always have a choice, even if it’s how we choose to feel about something. I try and focus my energy only on what I want to matter, what is important to me and what is positive. Self-help authors like Neale Donald Walsch explain this notion beautifully. I have applied this concept to ARgENTUM, making sure we focus on our core belief of beauty delivered with integrity and love, because I wholeheartedly believe what you give out, you get back.

What are your everyday beauty essentials?
That would have to be mascara first and my runner up is eyeliner. As I have gotten older, I have become more aware of protecting my eyes from the daily barrage of black kohl and gunk we plaster in and around this delicate area, so I am always on the lookout for new and natural eye make-up that is non-toxic and gentle.

Who do you admire and why?
There are so many admirable people out there, but today one of them stands out for me and she is Stephanie Thierry, the co-founder of ARgENTUM. Since the start of this journey when I shared my dream with her, she has given me unwavering support and belief in everything we do. When you hold a dream, you are blessed to have the support of dream believers, people who share your passion. I admire her focus and determination in helping to deliver such a natural product.

What’s your favourite holiday spot?
That would have to be Cape Town, South Africa. There is something so unique about being at the most Southern tip of the world, sandwiched between the ocean and table mountain. It has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

If you would treat yourself to one thing this month it would be…
Well I’m lucky enough to have an endless supply of la potion infinie, so I think I would splash out on a manicure and pedicure. The summer is nearly over and I’m going to try and wear sandals until the frostbite sets in.

Shop here for: Argentum La Potion Infinie, £147. Sample available here.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Beyond organic: Ila Skincare

Bringing purity, energy and balance into everyday life is an aim we share our brand 'ila'. This British brand' creates luxurious skincare products that work at every level and go 'beyond organic'. Everything is cruelty free and comes directly from supreme quality plants or minerals to support holistic wellbeing. 

The brand’s signature cult product is the Ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, £75. This organic face oil has been called a 'little miracle' because it helps skin rediscover its natural bloom. As it deeply nourishes, it gives an instant healthy glow to your face.

The Ila range is quite expensive and one of the best way to try the range is their Ila Spa Travel Essentials Collection, 12. This is lovely travel essentials and utterly pampering collection of natural skin, hair and bodycare presented in a convenient, zipped travel bag.
Shop here for: Ila Skincare.