So to follow on from my recent post where I showed you the products I managed to finish up for #BeautyChallenge5, here comes the logical next post showcasing my little Alice & White AND Leahlani Skincare haul I so gleefully procured! Let’s get straight to it, shall we?
Since accepting the #BeautyChallenge5 I had somehow managed weeks, nay months, of not shopping at my all-time favourite Alice & White. Withdrawal symptoms? Let’s not go into any details, it ain’t pretty (review on the store here). Only thing rejoicing was my bank account. Of course. But it can go feel sorry for itself in the corner cos Nic has remembered her credit card digits again! (very useful but dangerous ability…I would know). So what did I splurge on? First thing on the agenda was getting a new toner so without delay I put May Lindstrom’s The Jasmine Garden into my little shopping basket. It’s as gorgeous and exquisite as everyone told me it would be and my skin has been loving this mist. If you love jasmine and cocoa, togetha, well you will love this black bottle of skinlicious goodness. Yes, skinlicious is a word even if I just made it up. I also don’t need to keep spritzing this (not that I wouldn’t want to but it is a product I want to savour as long as possible!) which is a plus in my books.
I also had to replenish my beloved Ilia mascara so I decided to try another natural option, this time in the form of RMS Beauty Volumising mascara and so far so good. I personally prefer the Ilia brush as I feel it deposited the product better onto my lashes. That said, in terms of performance my new mascara does just as well which means no flaking or smudging at all. The whole day. And no irritated eyes. Plus, it looks great in my bathroom with that sleek silver packaging.
And now comes the fantastical part that is Alice & White- the immensely generous gifts and samples I received along with my order. I felt very spoiled indeed and I thank them once again for sending me these products. First up, this little beauty requires no introduction, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile. It seemed quite orange/corally when I opened it up, more so than in the photo so I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t suit my skin tone but thankfully I was wrong! This shade goes on quite bright but after just a few seconds it seems to have melted into my skin and in some magical way that Rose Marie Swift may only know, it has adjusted itself to my skin tone giving me a lovely flush that I can only describe as a “hey, I just took a brisk country walk in the cool autumn weather” look! And the best part is that it stays put pretty much all day. Have yet to reapply from applying it in the morning. I do miss a powder blush once in a while which is when I return to my beloved Magù Eco blush but Smile is what I’ve been reaching for most lately.
I also received Swell’s Dry Shampoo and I can’t say too much about this product since I still lovingly use One Love Organics Healthy Locks. I’ve tried Swell once and I did like the effect but one time is not enough to give a proper review so I will refrain. What I do like a lot is the unique Eco-Pump delivery system, making it very easy to dispense some product directly to my scalp or into the palm of my hand.
And last but certainly not least, Bodhi & Birch’s Bath and Shower Therapy in travel size. I love these bottles as they come in SO handy when going away for the weekend or a mini-vacay. That being said, you only need a little of these beauties so I’m sure one little bottle could last quite a while. Either way, I have a little selection growing by the bathtub and I just love picking one out depending on my mood. The new scents I received were Siam Ginger (formerly Galangal Spice, my boyfriend’s fav) and Camomile Sky which is very similar to Palmarosa Verde but even better. This one, along with Jasmine Falls are my two favourite scents from the line even though I have yet to try Mint Thé and Ylang-Ylang Incensa; they could very well join my current favs.
That was my Alice & White haul and now for my little parcel of sunshine all the way from Hawaii! Enter Leahlani Skincare and all the olfactory goodness it brings. If you want to read my reaction the moment I tried the Kauai Orchid perfume oil you need to head over to my Instagram as I believe I captured it the best there. Even made Leah, the creator of this beautiful brand, shed a few tears. Of the good kind of course! This perfume is OUT OF THIS WORLD gorgeous and if you love the scent of jasmine bushes wafting on a delicate summer breeze then you will ADORE this oil as mastermind Leah has somehow managed to capture this exact scent in a roller ball bottle. Very handy if you want to smell like jasmine bushes all day and honestly, who wouldn’t?? Now, it doesn’t say jasmine anywhere on the bottle, instead it proudly states that it contains tahitian gardenia (tiare), plumeria and orchid so I’m not sure what is coming out so strong to be likened with jasmine but obviously this combination works! I also received, very generously, the Pikake perfume oil with a description of Hawaiian jasmine on the label…which might confuse us jasmine lovers! This scent is a lot sweeter and warmer than Kauai Orchid and not reminiscent of jasmine bushes (ok, I have a thing for them). It’s lovely in its own way and it evokes images of a sunset by the beach with a soft breeze in the air and the sound of rolling waves…honestly, this is one of the things I love about Leahlani so much, the images that so easily come to mind when using any of the products. Leah also kindly added dinky samples of the Puakini Tuberose perfume oil and the Coconut Infusion in the same scent and both are divine, what else. This scent is definitely the sweetest of the bunch by my olfactory senses but equally original. No scent is the other alike so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. I’m just so happy to have found Kauai Orchid as it was the scent I was searching for. And now I can stop searching. There’s a lot of comfort to be had in that.
Last but not least in my parcel was of course my full-size Mermaid Mask. A girl can’t have too many masks! It’s also the new and improved version with Kaolin and green clay added, along with the original skin-loving ingredients of Hawaiian raw organic honey, Hawaiian spirulina, chlorella, luminess algae and sea buckthorn fruit to name but a few! This combination helps to clarify, hydrate and plump your skin and we don’t say no to that. Oh, and of course, it smells delicious too, like a citrusy cocktail with a hint of ocean. If that makes sense. Before I end this post, I have to comment on how talented Leah is not only at creating beautiful skincare products, but also at painting, which is evident from the lovely card she sent me with the bird motif. Thank you kindly for the sweet personalised touch.
So that was the sound of my bank account crying, just after the last full stop. I really shouldn’t be rubbing it in but I can’t not share these gorgeous products with the green beauty community. So we’ll just ignore the whimpering sound. Hey, I’m gonna be smelling sooo gooood with silky smooth skin so I reckon it was worth it! Have I made a dent in my wish list? Not one bit I’m afraid. This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg! Oh lord, the whimpering in the corner has turned to wailing. Best tend to that now I think…
Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Or are any of them on your wish list perhaps? Share away!
*Like always, what I write I own and neither Alice & White nor Leahlani Skincare have coerced me to write anything I wouldn’t willingly write myself. No necessito when they both do their jobs so well! With Love From Sweden