Maggie Bob Loves: Organic & Botanic

I keep insisting that I’m not a beauty blogger, and yet I keep coming across beautiful products that I want to try and tell you all about. Organic & Botanic offered to send me some of their all natural skincare products for me to try, and when I saw their range of products I couldn’t say no.

I’m completely addicted to citrus scents at the moment – the two perfumes I’m alternating between at the moment are Soap & Glory’s Orangeasm (which they don’t seem to do any more) and a lemon verbena one from L’Occitaine. So when I was sent two items from their Mandarin Orange range, and was so excited. I don’t know whether it was the excitement of something new to try, or the heady scent, but I was a happy Maggie.

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Everything at Organic & Botanic is, well, organic. All of the packaging is recyclable – cardboard boxes and good old fashioned glass jars. The products are all made with natural ingredients, and everything is animal friendly and completely vegan (which is getting hard to find in certain cosmetics). I don’t have a skin care regime to speak of, and that’s served me okay so far. Whenever anyone has asked what I do for my skin, I’ve always glibly said “water, sun cream and not smoking”. But I’m trying to treat myself kinder, look after me a bit in among caring for the spoonie husband, so it’s been nice to set time aside to do this.

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Of course, I’ve not stuck to it rigidly – I’m very forgetful – but I’ve been applying both the Enhancing Day Moisturiser (£57.06) and the Restorative Eye Serum (£58.77) in the morning after washing. The moisturiser goes on nicely – I was relived it didn’t leave a sticky feeling to my face and my sensitive skin didn’t react by going blotchy like it sometimes can. What’s particularly great (as this is a rather pricey product) is that this spreads well so I’m only needing a wee dollop of cream per application and the jar is going to last me a good long time.

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The eye serum was a completely new product to me, and I had to look up online how to apply it. Apparently it’s best to use your ring finger because it makes you have a lighter touch. I put a few drops of the serum on my finger and smoothed it over the skin around my eye, then did the same on the other side. This felt very refreshing, so was especially nice to apply on tired morning eyes.

My full verdict – both lovely products that felt like a real treat to use even as everyday items. And walking around all day with a face that smelled of mandarin was basically a dream for me!

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** The products were kindly send to me by Organic & Botanic to try out and give my honest opinion which I have done. All photos and thoughts are my own and I have not been paid for this blog post **

Tuesday Quickie: Caffeine Boost Face Mask

A proper quickie for you this evening. I can always tell when I’m run down, as it’s the only time I get any form of breakout or rough skin on my face. That was the point I reached this weekend. So, feeling run down and exhausted, I decided to whip up a rejuvenating face mask, using things I had at home.

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I know it looks muddy, but this DIY mask is amazing. Mix up 1 and a half tablespoons of used coffee grounds (make sure these are fine grounds) with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a squirt of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Gently massage this mixture in to your face, avoiding your eyes of course. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water

Note: do not use this if you have sensitive skin, and rinse off immediately if you feel any irritation.

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The coffee reduces redness and puffiness (as well as even just the smell making me feel more awake) and exfoliates along with the salt. The oil moisturises your skin while the lemon juice provides a jolt of vitamin c. Everything you need for that glowing and awake feeling!