Just Charlie G

Lush Salted Coconut It’s been a very long time since I bought anything in Lush, but I was called by the promise of new things, its a bit naughty as I’ve actually been boycotting them but I am weak and here we are. I’ve picked up a few bits lately, but I wanted to put a quick post together about this, Lush Salted Coconut, which is by far my favourite product by any brand that I’ve tried lately.

Salted Coconut is a salty, coconutty, hand scrub.

Lush Salted Coconut Lush Salted Coconut It’s a creamy coconut base, rammed with salt. You just grab a dollop with wet hands rub your hands together. If your hands are especially dirty, then apply to dry hands.

The sea salt scrubs while the coconut oil hydrates and it smells out of this world. According to the Lush website the scent is sweet gorse, but I get coconut and salt. Whatever it is, it smells amazing and the scent lingers on your hands for a long time after washing. I can get wafts if it over the course of a day.

Its not a huge pot, but you don’t need a huge amount. Your hands will be soft and flake free after use, and I promise there’s not a hint of grease left on your skin either, its just lovely. I’d use it at every hand wash if I could, but really once a day is plenty to keep your hands in tip top condition.

Honestly, the best thing Lush have ever made.

100g is £7.95 and 250g is £13.95.

I bought this with my own money (not provided for review purposes!) and you can get your own here.


So I recently showed you my simply amazing toner duo from Aveda, that I’m using twice daily. I also did a post about the face oil and balm cleanser I’m currently using. I’ve also told you all about how my skin is looking so much better these days. I’m still getting spots at my time of the month, but they are going much faster than ever before, but best of all, all the bumps under my skin are GONE. Every single last one of them. Gone. I’m going to thank my prescription med and a quality lot of products for this about turn in my skin which is looking pretty radiant at the moment, even with my spots!

Next in my arsenal of regular products which I think have really helped get me back on track is the Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner.

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner

I use the liquid Exfoliant twice a day, but this one, a more traditional exfoliator, I use twice a week. Tourmaline, finely powdered, boosts the skin’s energy and radiance. The product itself is thick and creamy, and made with clay, bamboo extract and tourmaline. Simply massage onto a moist face and remove with a warm, damp cloth, blot your face dry and then brush away any particles left on the skin. A word on the moist skin thing, I’d go much much further and say make sure your face is really wet. The first time I used this my skin just wasn’t wet enough and it was nearly painful and left my skin quite red. Rookie mistake, I didn’t make that mistake again, once I started to get my skin wetter, I found this to be an exceptional product, you feel like your skin has been really exfoliated, and you’re left bright and glowing afterwards with no discomfort.

It’s truly amazing, used in conjunction with the exfoliating toner, I believe these have had a drastic effect on my skin, for the good.

It’s not cheap at £32 for 100ml, but this is another winning product and one I will absolutely buy again. No question, that said, a little goes a long way so I’d expect it to last me quite some time.

You can purchase from counters nationwide or from the Aveda website here.

*Disclosure – Sample sent for Review Purposes*
07. 08. 2013

Today I just want to tell you briefly about a retailer that I’m really impressed with! BigGreenSmile.com are an online retailer stocking a huge amount of natural products. There are natural cleaning products, baby products and above all, a huge range of beauty products! The site is absolutely brimming with information. Each product has lots of info and the ingredients listed where applicable, as well as telling you about the brand, so you can see whether you’re buying handmade local goods or from a brand that is larger and further away. You wont find any products tested on animals, you won’t find products that contain unnecessary chemicals, and many products are organic and/or vegan.

So for us beauty fans, what’s there, well there are numerous cosmetics brands including Dr. Hauschka, Lavera and Alva and there are so many desirable brands, Zoya polishes, EOS lip balms, Hurraw lip balms, tonnes of Korres, Burts Bees, (my fave) Melvita, Organic Surge, thisworks, and many many more.

I picked out a couple of things to try out from the site, and I think I picked well.

The EOS lip balm in Pomegranate & Raspberry is truly a fantastic product and worthy of the hype. I use this every single night and it’s hands down my favourite lip balm. Smells delicious, tastes delicious and does a great job. £4.99 and lovely.

And then I picked out the Korres Fig Body Scrub. Yum. Really works like a charm, smells gorgeous, is vegan and goes perfectly with my Korres Fig Body Lotion. Very happy with this. Ground bamboo and jojoba beads do all the work and it’s lovely. This one is £12.

Please do head over and check out BigGreenSmile.com, you’re sure to find something you like!

*Disclosure – products provided for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own*

Clinique have everything you need to get Summer ready and today I’m going to run through few of them!

Clinique Summer


  1. The Editors Pouch by Ela. Actually not from Clinique but a jolly lovely thing anyway. Silver, studs formed in the leather. Perfect for holding either your ipad or just your “stuff”. I wish I could give you some more info about this as it’s amazing, but alas, I can’t find a UK stockist!
  2. Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion. Available in Light – Medium £18 for 150ml. My dream come true product. I suck at fake tans, even though that profess to be streak free streak on me, but this one, well it’s really pale, but not too pale (for me). I usually use gradual tans, just to take the edge off my whiteness, and this is a step up from that, but it’s foolproof. I am sold! Fantastic stuff.
  3. Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral (£16). A vivid coral shade lipstick. The colour is incredible and the wear time is amazing. A must have colour for the Summer months.
    Clinique Long last Lipstick in Runway Coral
  4. A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Strappy Sandals.  Matches the clutch perfectly. Silver. Really silver. Wears well, looks great, but be warned, these types of metallic colours show up every flaw in your nails!
    Clinique strappy sandals
  5. City Block Sheer SPF25 (£16.50). Oh this is a dream product. I struggle with sun protection on my face. Uh-mazing. Although this calls itself tinted, it’s not really, it comes out of the tube a pale tint shade but disappears on the skin. Foundation applies flawlessly on top of it. Hooray. Get it, it’s a great price too for such a fab product.
    clinique city block sheer
  6. After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe (£24). Not tried this one yet but this after-sun balm is sure to help if you’ve over indulged, sun wise!
  7. Sparkle Skin Exfoliating Cream (£20 for 250ml) What an amazing exfoliator! I love scrubs. I love really scrubby scrubs. This one is really scrubby (but not scratchy) and minty fresh, leaves my skin smooth, shiny and feeling ultra clean. My keratosis pilaris on my upper arms is all but gone after one use of this.
  8. Last but not least, quite possibly the best bronzer ever. The Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Almond and Blossom Blend. A beautifully simple case, with a pretty flower embossed powder, in just about the most perfect colour ever. The powder is so soft and pigmented, you need very little on your brush to get a great effect, but the colour is incredibly natural. It’s brown with a hint of pinky red, much like my natural colours when I catch the sun. When I naturally catch the sun, there’s no orange, there’s no gold, it’s like this. Perfect. £16.
    Fresh Bloom All Over Colour
If you’re interested, here’s me wearing the Fresh Bloom All Over Colour (on my cheeks) and the Runway Coral lipstick.
All of the above are available from your local Clinique counters or from www.clinique.co.uk and there’s not one dud here, all of the above are great!

*Disclosure – All items received free of charge for review purposes*

I recently posted about a couple of beautiful Brenda Anvari skin care products I was using, the Skin Tonic and the Skin Serum. Those two items have made a massive difference to my skin, seriously, dehydrated skin? What dehydrated skin? So I’ve now added a few more products to my weekly and daily skin routines.

Brenda Anvari Skincare

I recently went along to Visage House for a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial which was superb. I have raved before about the experience at Visage House and this occasion was no different, with the exception that on this occasion I was treated by Brenda Anvari herself. Not only was my skin treated to a very excellent and effective facial but I was able to pick Brenda’s brains to get the benefit of her many years of expertise in the skincare industry.

I have learned that since using the Skin Tonic and Skin Serum twice daily since my last visit I have managed to stop my skin being dehydrated which is in itself a revelation. I’ve learned a lot about the little bumps on my face (which is why I was there). A huge amount of those little bumps on my face have now been removed, a few remain, particularly on my chin, which Brenda was unable to work so thoroughly on as I was having a break out at the time of my appointment and squeezing and digging around in infected spots is a strict no no.

At Visage House there are four Face Treatments ranging from 45 mins to 1hr 45 mins, each is tailored to the individual. Prices range from £50 to £89 and if you are in the local area (Exeter) I highly recommend.

After my Face Treatment I was sent off with three new products to add into my daily and weekly regime and much like the Skin Tonic and Skin Serum, these are absolutely fabulous and my skin is really starting to show  the difference now I believe.

The Cleansing Milk (£15.95 for 250ml) is beautiful, with Lavender, Grapefruit and Bergamot. It smells out of this world. In the evenings I use this after first using an oil cleanser, and in the mornings I am using this alone. You just massage it in really well before either rinsing off or removing with a tissue or cotton wool. I prefer to  wash away with a muslin as I feel that’s most effective, but this is beautifully gentle, but still super effective. I then follow up with the Skin Tonic and the Skin Serum. Morning and night.

Then in addition I have the completely amazing Facial Exfoliating Cleanser (£15.95 for 250ml).

Brenda Anvari Skincare

I love this. I love everything about it. I love the herbal scent (rosemary). I love the light creamy texture and I love the amount of scrub it gives… it’s perfection. It leaves my skin glowing. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a scrub that’s so gentle you can’t feel the scrub, but neither is this harsh, it feels like it’s working and it leaves my skin glowing. I use this three times a week.

Finally, I’m now using the Intensive Face Mask (£15.95 for 50ml)

Brenda Anvari Skincare

For something called Intensive, this is the lightest creamiest  mask ever. It’s not one of those that dries on your face like a clay mask, nor is it a peel off mask, this is one of those that dries almost invisible and there are several ways of using it. You can use it as your traditional face mask, apply it and leave it on for 15-30 minutes then remove. Or if your skin is in particular need of saving, you can apply and leave on overnight. Then finally Brenda told me that if you do ever squeeze a spot (tut tut), then apply some of this to it immediately after and leave. The mask replenishes and restore the skin with it’s ingredients, Sea Buckthorne Oil That has a rich source of vitamin A and Omega 7 and Bergamot Oil for anti-aging and conditioning. It’s truly gorgeous and leaves my skin so smooth and radiant.

My skin is still not perfect, I’m still battling with hormonal spots that never seem to go, but that aside, my skin has never been better. I’m also using a wonderful moisturiser and eye cream which I’ll be blogging about very soon, but I credit Visage House and Brenda Anvari for the massive change in my skin. The treatment has cleared out the vast majority of blocked pores (some of which I’m told had been blocked for a long long time) and the products I’m using are helping to stop the pores from getting blocked again. Things are definitely on the up. Each blocked pore is a spot waiting to happen, so to have so many removed really helps me get back to a blank canvas as it were. Now my skin is no longer dehydrated, but is combination, but because it’s sensitive that means it could change at any time… so I’m doing my best to look after it.

I cannot recommend Brenda’s skincare products highly enough, they are exceptionally well priced considering the expertise and wonderful ingredients that go into them, and they are really effective, without any scientific babble to blind you. Gentle, cruelty free, simple and effective, perfect.

The next step for me on the road to skin recovery is to get the rest of the blocked pores unblocked and then I’m keen to get a facial oil into my routine somewhere. I’m also thinking I might go for a bit of Microdermabrasion at some point but will be taking advice from Brenda as to when she thinks that will be appropriate.

If you’re in Devon and you need your skin sorting, get yourself to Visage House for the most luxurious, effective Skin Treatments around. If you’re not in Devon but you like the sound of any of the products then you can buy the whole range online along with the beautiful home fragrances and body products.

Postage and Packaging is free if you spend over £50 and that is easily done, especially with Christmas looming, or  it’s £6.95 per order.

*Disclosure – Both the products and the treatment were provided to me free of charge*

24. 10. 2012

Oh I do love a good scrub. I have a few on rotation that I’m currently loving, two of which are these:

St Ives Scrubs

First up the Elements Warming Scrub. It warms gently on contact with water, ingredients include sunflower and camomile and Sunflower to soothe and sugar and jojoba beads to exfoliate, leaves my skin glowing I have to say and it’s a very budget friendly £5.10, perfect for the winter months to get your glow on.

The other item up there is a St Ives Classic, Invigorating Apricot Scrub. What can I say, it’s a bargain price of £3.99. Leaves my skin soft and beautiful. It’s not quite my favourite scrub out of all the ones I am using but it’s a budget favourite.  Nice amount of scrub without being too harsh (for my tastes) and well worth keeping in the bathroom.

I am having a massive flashback to some amazing St Ives Shampoo and conditioner I used to absolutely love. A quick google would seem to suggest they don’t make shampoos any more though. 🙁

The St Ives range is available from Superdrug.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Another post about another amazing product from Dr Lewinn’s, this time the Facial Polishing Gel (£26 for 150G).

Dr. Lewinn's Facial Polishing Gel

So far this range can do no wrong for me and this product is no exception. This exfoliator is recommended for all types of skins but you need to vary the frequency with which you use it depending on your skin type, so if you have oily skin, use every other day and for drier skin types, once or twice a week.  I am a bit of both, but still, I’ve been using about three times a week and my skin loves it.

It’s lightly scented with citrus, and it contains jojoba beads to exfoliate. It feels gentle on your skin and it immediately makes a difference. As I rinse the product away my skin feels so soft. It doesn’t normally I can assure you. I don’t mean it feels tight, or squeaky clean, I mean it feels soft, smooth and clean, and it certainly has a little extra glow.

One gripe, and it’s only a tiny one, but the product is very liquidy and when I squeeze the bottle I nearly always get more out than I need as a little goes a long way, but that’s probably just me being careless. My bottle is nearly finished though so guess I’ll be ordering some more soon, along with other products since this range seems to have totally won me over. I’m thinking about investing in the whole Renunail stuff, I have reviewed it on this blog, but it was my Mum who trialled it as my nails were pretty good at the time…now however my nails are shocking.

So anyway, great product, you can get yours here should you wish to try it. It’s fab and you won’t regret it.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

Absolutely LOVING these products I was sent to try out from Mary Elizabeth Bodycare.

Before I talk about the products individually in a little more detail, I just wanted to tell you a little about the company and products generally. The ethos is simple. Natural, organic, effective products to help you look good and feel good. There are no boxes, to save on wasteful packaging. Each product contains enough essential oils to ensure that they have all the beneficial properties of the oils, rather than just a minimal token amount to enable the company to list them in the ingredients, all products have undergone all EU testing requirements as well as challenge and stability testing and finally Meadowfoam Oil is used in the moisturiser and balm.  This is a fairly new oil in skincare, is apparently supernourishing and makes any product “luxurious and high end” according to current reviews of the oil, I know nothing of Meadowfoam Oil but will be investigating!

In 2010 Cecilia Rathe had skin cancer, and whilst the treatment for the cancer was successful, it left her skin raw, irritated and with a high possibility scarring. She tried various products to no avail but being a fully qualified aromatherapist, it was only a matter of time before she used her knowledge and skills and created a product herself…which worked. And Mary Elizabeth Body Care was born.

Here’s a quick run down of the products.

Camellia and Geranium Gentle Face Scrub 50g £12.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

A beautiful facial scrub made with Camellia Oil, Avocado Oil, Geranium and Lavender oils and rich in Vitamin E. This is beautiful, you just massage into your skin, dampen, massage again and then remove, you can use this once daily, but I’ve been using it probably every couple of days, only because that’s the best way I can fit it into my already working very well regime. Would definitely without question recommend and re-buy.

Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser 50g £21.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

What a beautiful moisturiser. I think you can see in my photograph, it has the most beautiful texture. At first you think this might not absorb too well, as it feels richer than you think when you apply it, but actually it’s mere moments before it’s disappeared into your skin. By the time I’ve reached into my drawer to decide on the day’s foundation, my skin is ready to go. Its full of beautiful ingredients, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Frankincense, Rose, Vitamin E, Lavender… it smells beautiful and it feels beautiful.

Juniper and Jojoba Hand Cream 50g £9.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

Another beautiful product. Jojoba Oil, Calendula Oil, Juniper, Geranium, Chamomile… oh it really is lovely. This is by no means a heavy handcream, but it’s certainly moisturising and has become my bedside table handcream of choice, joining the elite products that make part of my bedtime ritual. This is a handcream but you could use it anywhere, I’ve used it on my rough upper arms with some success.

Finally the Nuture Balm with Spearmint and Tea Tree 15ml £6.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

This is the only product I’ve not used a great deal, for no other reason than that Tea Tree and I are not the best of friends and I have many problems with it in the past. When using on wound they get worse, when used on spots they get worse and so it is with this that I’ve only tentatively given this a whirl, and that was on my cuticles. It has a lovely texture, and if you are not weird with tea tree like I am, then you can use this anywhere, lips, heels, elbows, cuticles… anywhere.

What a lovely brand, truly, the products feel like they’ve been made with lots of tlc and are truly beautiful.

At the present time the products are available only from the Mary Elizabeth website but I hear a couple of national online stores are interested in stocking the brand so watch this space.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Origins Modern Friction

As part of my second skincare overhaul (!), this time using mostly Origins products. I’ve got to say so far I’m absolutely loving everything so far. I’m battling my hormones at the time of writing and I don’t think I’m ever going to be free of these spots, I’ve also been dealing with some stress that I think has increased my bad skin, but whilst I’m a bit spotty, overall my skin is positively glowing.

So as well as the Origins Night-A-Mins cream I’ve previously mentioned, I’m also using this, Origins Modern Friction “Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion”.

Rice starch in a a cream for exfoliation, lemon oil for illumination, vitamin C. Take a little product (and a little goes a long way), massage in small circles all over your dry face. Add a little warm water to loosen and it turns milky, then remove using warm water and I like to use a muslin.

Just wow. My skin is still a little bumpy, but I’ve only used it maybe six times and I’m optimistic, my skin glows after using this. I use it twice a week and the effects seem to be lasting between uses. It is lightly scented, nothing offensive. Spots don’t get angry after use, it doesn’t make my skin red, my skin feels so incredibly clean after using, but without that squeaky feel which I really don’t like.

It feels scrubby and it feels like it’s really working but it doesn’t feel harsh, perfection. And it leaves my skin feeling like silk apart from the tiny bumps I’m still trying to shift but I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few weeks they’ve gone too. We shall see.

So that’s all I really have to say, its lovely, it does what it says it will and it gives immediate results. It’s not a cheap product but I can’t see me being without this ever again. It’s £30 for 125ml which I think is going to last a really good amount of time.

Just before I go, here’s a close up of the texture, just in case you were wondering.

Origins Modern Friction

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Ok, I know we’ve all seen millions of reviews about this product. I personally have seen quite a few negative reviews and almost all of them have had a bad experience because they’ve not used it properly. I thought it might be helpful to do a sort of how to post. Now, I’ll say from the off that I really do like this product, it leaves my lips flake free and soft, but I do have reservations but I’ll go into that later.

The cost. It’s £4.99. I don’t think thats much tbh. It lasts a really long time.

Opening for the first time. It will no doubt have sugar around the rim. Run your finger all around the outside of the pot and clean it all off. Then use whats on your finger. Thats the outside of the pot cleaed up. Next time you use it, squish it all down in the pot firmly and that should sort any overflow/mess.

Using the stuff. Don’t scoop. you don’t need to. I’ve seen reviews where people are complaining that it drops off their lips and fingers. I saw a review which featured a picture of lips covered in the stuff (way way way too much). General complaints about messiness and so on. So to use, simply press your finger firmly on to the top of the product. What sticks to your finger is more than enough. I promise. Like this:


Thats it. That’s enough for one lip.  It’s firmly stuck to my finger, no mess. Scrub it in and repeat for the other. Lick off whats left. And thats where I have reservations. I’ve seen people complaining about how repeating it several times a day would be bad for their teeth and diet. Once or twice a day should be adequate. However, what I’m totally not getting is the licking off bit. I’ve always though licking your lips wasn’t good advice since it’s drying. Maybe that’s just an old wives tale I don’t know, but licking your lips doesn’t seem the best idea for dry lips. I’ll carry on using this because I do like it, but I doubt I’ll buy again since I think licking it off aggravates flakiness….clever trick Lush! Ooh my lips are so flaky better buy some more scrub!

Totally unrelated but look at these beauties:

Thank you Graham.xx