Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask

Insta Natural dead sea mud mask

I have been using Insta Natural's Dead Sea Mud Mask* now for about 3-4 weeks and have got to say I am very impressed by it.

First thing you notice is the size of the tub, it's really big. I really wasn't expecting such a big tub so this is a huge plus, if you are using this once or twice a week it will still last you a very long time.
The mask it's self looks like it could be quite thick but it actually isn't. When you start to apply it to your face it is actually quite thin and looks a bit water based. 
However this isn't really a problem as you only need to spread a thin layer on anyway.
You only need to leave it on to dry for roughly 10-15 minutes and it washes off quite easily.

Insta Natural dead sea mud mask

My skin was left looking nice and fresh and felt soft. I have certainly noticed a difference with using it regularly for the past few weeks. My skin is softer than it was and almost younger looking to.
The only thing I will say is if you have sensitive skin, DON'T use this.
I have a friend who also tried it and she has quite sensitive skin sometimes and after about 10 minutes her skin felt quite itchy and her skin was very slightly on the pink side.

You can buy Insta Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask from Amazon for £21.95. 

Have you tried this face mask yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


*this was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review

Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil

No7 Youthful Facial Oil

I have been looking at using a facial oil for quite a while now and No7 is my trusty go to brand when I want to try something out. They are supposed to be good for your skin, putting the moisture back in. This is part on Boots No7 anti ageing range.

I have been using this morning and at night to get the maximum effect.
This oil has a perfect blend of natural oils and vitamins for soft, nourished and radiant look, whilst fighting fine lines and wrinkles. With vitamin A,C and E, Rose hip and jojoba oil.

No7 Youthful Facial Oil

After a week of using this my skin looked healthier, plumper and slightly more youthful with a lovely glow to it. I only need to use 4 drops so this will last a very long time.
It sinks in to the skin lovely and doesn't make my skin look greasy. Even after massaging my face cream in after applying this oil my skin still doesn't look greasy. It just looks nice, fresh and radiant.

No7 Youthful Facial Oil

I am very impressed with this facial oil, then again No7 are usually very good quality products. I got this on offer for £15.00 however it has now gone up to £23.00 but for the quality and for how long it will take to get through a bottle of this, I would still pay the £23.00. Don't forget you sometimes get £5.00 off beauty products from Boots as well, so if you get it whilst you have one of those vouchers it will only cost you £18.00.
You can get it from any Boots store or why not order it online from the comfort of your sofa.

Has anyone else used this facial oil yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Book Review: Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There

Book Review: Through The Looking Glass | Tea And Beauty

I am a massive Alice In Wonderland fan but this book I actually had never read before so I was really looking forward to reading this one. I have read the first Alice In Wonderland book and absolutely loved it.

The themes and settings of Through the Looking-Glass make it a kind of mirror image of Wonderland the first book begins outdoors, in the warm month of May, and the second opens indoors on a snowy, wintry night exactly six months later, on 4 November uses frequent changes in time and spatial directions, and draws on the imagery of chess. In it, there are many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on.
The White Queen offers to hire Alice as her lady's maid and to pay her "Twopence a week, and jam every other day." Alice says that she doesn't want any jam today, and the Queen tells her: "You couldn't have it if you did want it. The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday- but never jam to-day." This is a reference to the rule in Latin that the word iam or jam meaning now in the sense of already or at that time cannot be used to describe now in the present, which is nunc in Latin. Jam is therefore never available today.
Whereas the first book has the deck of cards as a theme, this book is based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares. Most main characters in the story are represented by a chess piece or animals, with Alice herself being a pawn.
The looking-glass world is divided into sections by brooks or streams, with the crossing of each brook usually signifying a notable change in the scene and action of the story: the brooks represent the divisions between squares on the chessboard, and Alice's crossing of them signifies advancing of her piece one square. Furthermore, since the brook-crossings do not always correspond to the beginning and ends of chapters, most editions of the book visually represent the crossings by breaking the text with several lines of asterisks ( * * * ). The sequence of moves (white and red) is not always followed.
Lewis Carroll decided to suppress a scene involving what was described as "a wasp in a wig" (possibly a play on the commonplace expression "bee in the bonnet"). It has been suggested in a biography by Carroll's nephew, Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, that one of the reasons for this suppression was due to the suggestion of his illustrator, John Tenniel. In a letter to Carroll, dated 1 June 1870, Tenniel wrote:
...I am bound to say that the 'wasp' chapter doesn't interest me in the least, and I can't see my way to a picture. If you want to shorten the book, I can't help thinking – with all submission – that there is your opportunity.
For many years no one had any idea what this missing section was or whether it had survived. In 1974, a document purporting to be the galley proofs of the missing section was sold at Sotheby's; the catalogue description read, in part, that "The proofs were bought at the sale of the author's ... personal effects ... Oxford, 1898...". The bid was won by John Fleming, a Manhattan book dealer. The winning bid was £1,700. 
The rediscovered section describes Alice's encounter with a wasp wearing a yellow wig, and includes a full previously unpublished poem. If included in the book, it would have followed, or been included at the end of, chapter 8 – the chapter featuring the encounter with the White Knight. The discovery is generally accepted as genuine, but the proofs have yet to receive any physical examination to establish age and authenticity.

My Review

Now I'm going to be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with this one, I love the first book and had high hopes for Through The Looking Glass. It was a bit of a struggle to get through, the great thing about the first book is the silliness and fun of it, and even though you can see that Lewis Carroll tried doing the same thing with this book, it just didn't work out that way. 
It was actually quite boring, there were a lot of poems in there that you just couldn't understand and didn't make sense in any way. The story was supposed to be that Alice was playing chess so she could be queen, but you completely forget all that for half of the book as it doesn't seem to focus on that so much. You came across a few of the characters that you see in the Disney film and some new characters.  

It was actually quite confusing at times as well, I unfortunately didn't have the same excitement reading it as Alice felt. We meet new characters as I mentioned before but to be honest they didn't really make much sense, like Humpty Dumpty who just talked complete nonsense and a sheep shopkeeper that sells eggs, and the more you buy the less expensive they are. 
It felt more like short stories as there felt like there wasn't any particular plot going on really. 
When people talk about Alice In Wonderland do they talk about the queen of hearts or the red queen? Humpty Dumpty or the cheshire cat? I do feel that the first book was so good and this just feels like quite a bad sequel. Alice In Wonderland was fun, silly nonsense, this one was just pure nonsense I couldn't really get my head around. I was very disappointed after finishing this one.

Have you read this book, what did you think?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Flamingo Candles: The Melt Crowd

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

I have been reading about the new candle subscription box from Flamingo Candles from other bloggers and have been lusting after them since they came out as I love candles! 
I have finally this month gotten around to signing up and I am really glad I did it this month.

If like me you are a candle addict then this is the perfect subscription box for you! The great thing is with your first box they actually send you a free wax burner.

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

What has impressed me with Flamingo candles is they they do full sized candles, scent melts and the monthly subscription box. They are all reasonably priced as well.
The scent melts are great if you just want to try a scent before committing to the full sized one, I think I prefer the melts just for the fact that it's nice to have something different each time you burn one.

The Melt Crowd however is a monthly box containing eight scent melts and is shipped out on the 1st of every month. It also comes with a card inside with tells you which scents you have, safety guidelines and a 20% off discount which you can use during the month.

For the month of November I got Blackberry & Bay Leaf, Blackcurrant Jam, Darjeeling Tea, Parma Violets, Violet & Lime, Warm Vanilla Sugar {Melt Crowd Exclusive}, Bah! Humbug {Melt Crowd Preview} and Christmas Tree-O {Melt Crowd Preview}. Overall I am very happy with the scents I got, I am quite sad that the Warm Vanilla Sugar is just a Melt Crowd Exclusive though as that one does happen to be one of my favorites out the box. The Christmas ones are great and I am saving them till last as then hopefully it will be nearer to December and it's full on Christmas for me then. The melts are said to last between 15-30 hours, which is great if like me you really only tend to burn them for a few hours in the evening, then they will last about a week each. 

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

My favorites out of the box are Warm Vanilla Sugar, Blackcurrant Jam, Christmas Tree-O and Darjeeling tea. This is a great box overall though. I can't wait till next month's box, I'm hoping it's all Christmassy.
You can subscribe to The Melt Crowd for just £10.00 a month, this includes postage here.

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

Flamingo Crowd | The Melt Crowd

What do you think to these scent melts? Do you have this subscription box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Beauty | Guest Post: Beauty And The Bird

MAC Plumful

Like many others, I absolutely love MAC lipsticks.  The shade range is amazing, so there's something for everyone, and something for all the different times of year!

This autumn I've been reaching for one particular lipstick above all the others in my small collection, and that is MAC Plumful.

MAC Plumful is described by MAC as a "blossoming rose-plum" shade.  It's the perfect shade for autumn if you're looking for something a little more subtle and brightening than a berry lip, and is definitely a lot easier to pull off than a deep berry shade!  It looks amazing on most skin tones and it also looks good with most eye makeup looks, including my favourite gold/bronze eyeshadow shades!

MAC Plumful comes in MAC's 'Lustre' finish, which means that it gives a sheer coverage, which is buildable and quite glossy.  I particularly enjoy the Lustre finishes by MAC during the colder months as they feel so creamy and are really comfortable to wear.  I find that they really help to keep my lips moisturised and prevent them from drying out, unlike matte lipsticks.  They are also great for disguising dry lips and making them look all plump and healthy!  

As with most moisturising lipsticks, MAC Plumful does not last very long on the lips, and I do find myself having to reapply this every 2 hours.  However, I don't really mind this as it feels amazing on the lips and looks beautiful!  As it's sheer, you can also wear this over a darker lip liner if you're going for a more vampy look!

I would highly recommend checking out MAC Plumful next time you're passing by a MAC counter.  It is truly a perfect shade for autumn!

Thank you so much Rachel for your great post! Please go and visit Rachel's blog Beauty And The Bird.
Who else has trued this lipstick? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.