New In: Evolve Organic Beauty

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New In Skincare: Evolve Beauty

I've recently been introduced to a new brand, Evolve Organic Beauty. I fell in love! Everything about them, from the packaging, the ethos of the brand to their products, is beautiful! I have tried two products from Evolve so far and both have become staples that I will be buying again as soon as they run out. 

Evolve is an artisan producer of organic and natural skin, body and hair products. Everything they create is hand-crafted in their studio in Hertfordshire, UK, using natural and organic oils, butters and natural superfoods. Their products are vegan and cruelty free (love that!) and made in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness.

New In Skincare: Evolve Beauty

The first product I tried was the Hyaluronic Serum 200. I am slightly obsessed with hyaluronic acid as a skincare ingredient, it's made the biggest difference in the quality of my skin - no more dry patches or wrinkles caused by dehydration! The Evolve Beauty serum is packed with goodness; apart from the hyaluronic acid it also contains pomegranate extract (helps regulate cell turnover) and is very delicately fragranced with damask rose water. This product is simply beautiful, there is nothing I don't love about it! My skin looks supple, hydrated and radiant... what more could I ask for?

Hyaluronic Sermum 200 (£28) is available from the Evolve Organic Beauty website

New In Skincare: Evolve Beauty

Next up is a body product. I admit, I am terribly lazy when it comes to body moisturisers, exfoliators, etc. Love the idea of them but then life takes over and the last thing I think of is to slather mosituriser all over myself when I collapse into bed at night. But (!!!) I found a way to fake perfect, glowing skin when I need to! That is not to say you shouldn't moisturise (you should!) but if you are anything like me, this is the product you need in your arsenal... Ladies, I give you the Satin Leg Gloss. It's specifically designed to make your skin that glossy high-shine finish that you associate with celebs and runway models. An added bonus: it's packed with fabulous moisturising oils like Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Bisabolol and Organic Castor oil that are great for your skin, make it look amazing but without making it greasy. I know it says Leg Glos... but I've put it on my arms & shoulders too!

Satin Leg Gloss (£20) is available from the Evolve Organic Beauty website

I am extremely impressed with Evolve and am dying to try more products! The best part - they are pretty affordable considering the high quality and beautiful ingredients! I have my eye on the Radiant Glow Mask next...

Have you ever tired any of the Evolve products?

*this post includes PR Samples

Alex Signature

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Battle of the Cleansing Balms: Clinique vs. Boots Botanics

Battle of the Cleansing Balms: Clinique vs. Boots Botanics

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that I am a big fan of cleansing balms and very partial to the Clinique Take The Day Off in particular. I stick by everything I have previously said about it, it's still a staple in my skincare collection! But as it is a high end product I always like to have a more affordable alternative up my sleeve.

So do we have ourselves a dupe?

I wouldn't say its an exact duplicate product but rather a very good alternative. It contains different ingredients and therefore feels completely differently on the skin but all in all, it is brilliant at taking of even heavy makeup and a very good cleanser in general. It definitely feels heavier and more oily than the Clinique offering and has to be taken off with a muslin cloth or, my favouirte, a hot flannel.

The Boots Botanics balm contains a blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil and feels super nourishing on the skin. It leaves the skin feeling very clean but at the same time soft and supple. It leaves a tiny feeling of residue on the skin, so if you prefer that squeaky clean feeling after cleansing, this product is not the one for you. Even though I have combination-oily skin, my skin can get quite tight and dry after cleansing so I don't mind that feeling at all.

The Clinique balm has absolutely no fragrance whereas the Boots version distinctly smells of Rose and Beeswax. But it's a pleasant and natural smell, noting perfumed or invasive.

Battle of the Cleansing Balms: Clinique vs. Boots Botanics

The Boots Botanics balm is €12.99 for 65g and the Clinique one comes in at €29.99 for 125g. The Boots offering is a little more than half the size of the Clinique balm but you will still save some money going for the smaller Boots balm - because of the thick consistency you really don't need to use much of it at all. The only annoying thing about the Botanics balm is that it seems to be out of stock a lot of the time, so if you see one, make sure to get it!

After trying both balms out alongside each other for the past few weeks I can say that I still love my Clinique balm for every day use but reach for the Boots option when traveling (much more compact packaging!) or when I feel like my skin needs that extra bit of nourishment.

All in all, a really lovely cleansing balm and I can highly recommend it. Have you tried either one of these?

A. xx

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Sore Muscle Therapy: Neals Yard Warming Massage Oil

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Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming  Oil | Pink Elephant BlogI have recently upped my yoga practice and can proudly say, I manage to squeeze in a yoga session at least 4 times a week these days. Unfortunately, more often than not it results in some kind of sore muscles, mostly in my legs and shoulders. I've always reached for the trusted Deep Heat but to be honest, I hate going to sleep smelling of it - not the most attractive smell in the world, let me tell you!  I found the Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming Oil at this year's Irish Beauty Show and have used it regularly ever since.

It contains a mix of essential oils of ginger, juniper, rosemary and sage for healthy circulation, plus muscle relaxing lavender, in a base of skin softening and conditioning sunflower, almond and wheatgerm oils. The ingredients are 100% organic.

It feels absolutely lovely on the skin and the smell is just out of this world - I wish you could smell it through the laptop. It smells warming and soothing... and just heavenly. I love applying it into my shoulders and legs at night, it not only relaxes my tight muscles, but also leaves my skin feeling softened and hydrated.

Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming Oil €14.95 from the Natural Skincare Emporium (also available in Harvey Nichols / Space NK)

I love aromatherapy products. What is your favourite?

A. xx

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Loving

There's a lot to be loving at the minute, our top five is looking a little like this right now...

1.    Cheesecake Dublin Loving1Located on South William St, Cheesecake has converted me from having ‘take it or leave it’ feelings over cheesecake to waking up in cold sweats at 4am craving it! From Oreo cookie to white chocolate & raspberry these guys know their cheesecake. Do your sweet tooth a favour by paying a visit to this beautifully styled little retro gem and try EVERYTHING. You’ll thank us that you did. 

2. Topshop Spring CollectionLoving2 I find myself back in love with Topshop as they roll out more beautiful pastels throughout their Spring collection.  I'm particularly  obsessed with their underwear range right now (is it just me or is there nowhere decent in Dublin to buy nice underwear- something in between pvc and Bridget Jones would be nice!!) So to brighten up a bad case of the Monday blues this week, I ordered these lovelies....

3. Farmers MarketsLoving3

I've always been a fan of local farmers market and love the idea of buying fresh local, organic produce. It's worth the effort to know you're not pumping a side of hormones into you with your cheeseburger, and apart from the health benefits it's always a plus to support small local Irish business. Now that Spring is here and the threat of sunshine looms, I'm dedicating my Saturday mornings to stuffing my face at Marlay Park Farmers Market- well worth checking out.Loving4

4. Orly Nail Polish in Country Club Loving5Every now and then when himself is picking up dinner and I get a ‘what do we need’ phone call, I respond with ‘milk, kitchen roll and a surprise please’. Usually my surprise is in the form of a glossy mag or slab of chocolate (both equally acceptable) and a couple of weeks back he came good with an issue of Cosmo complete with this little Orly nail polish FGWP. I’m a big fan of nude/mink polishes and am so impressed with this one. The colour is perfect, especially good for work and it just lasts and lasts- even when I neglect a topcoat. Great stuff! (below pic is two days in btw- minimal chipping)

5. Max Benjamin Candle Fragrance for HerLoving6

This baby made its way onto my dressing table on Valentine’s Day and I adore it. Always a fan of Max Benjamin candles- I actually regularly stop when passing it and just inhale the scent (that’s normal right?!). Max Benjamin Fragrance for Her is a combination of Mandarin, Bergamot blend, Jasmine and Lily with base notes of Vetyvert- it's amazing. There’s something very high-end boutique about the glossy purple glass finish that I LOVE, even without lighting it, it looks so pretty on my dresser.

What are you loving right now?

B. xx