Organic Shop Lavish Avocado & Avocado Haircare |Product Review

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new purse friendly haircare range that is now available in Tesco stores. The range is developed using natural and organic ingredients and is also cruelty free. It includes a selection of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks all of which are priced at just £2.50.

5 different formulations are available, each developed to meet specific haircare needs. I opted to try out the Lavish avocado and honey repairing formula. It sounded exactly like what my hair was in need of.

The formula promises to soften and restore dry feeling hair. Protein rich Avocado Oil contributes to stronger and healthier hair growth whilst Honey helps to restore shine and control frizz. It claims to do all this whist still being free from silicones and parabens. As it also has no synthetic colours, dyes, fragrances or GM ingredients it is certified by the soil association and Cosmos Natural.

So is it any good?

I found the packaging to be fairly basic. This doesn’t surprise me considering the low price point. It does have the benefit of a pump on the shampoo and conditioner bottles which I found really practical.

None of the products are very scented but you can smell a slight hint of honey.  I found the shampoo lathered well which is surprising considering it claims to have no SLS or SLES (that’s sulphates). A quick check of the ingredient list though and I can see why it lathers well for a ‘Natural’ Shampoo. It contains Sodium Coco-Sulfate which is usually  derived from coconut oil. This is where the lather comes from and probably why it states on the bottle that it is 98% of natural origin. Fortunately my scalp doesn’t feel irritated by this.

After using all three products together my hair feels soft and smooth without that weighted down feeling. That feeling has lasted between washes. It is worth noting that I usually wash my hair every 3rd day. My hair has continued to look shiny throughout that time period as well. I don’t feel it looks any greasier that it would normally do.

Overall I think this is a good option for someone that is looking for ‘as natural as possible’ ingredients on a budget. As it is stocked in Tesco it is easily obtainable, though you can also purchase the products directly from the organic shop website. Here you will also find the full range of bath and body products available including bath foams, salts, scrubs, body conditioner and much more. I know I’m interested in trying out more from the brand. They have a candy floss body scrub! 

There is also the opportunity to enter a competition to win a holiday for two in in the Carribean. 

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Dandi Patch – A viable alternative to deodorants & anti-perspirants? 

Let’s be frank here, we all sweat. It’s one of those necessary body functions designed to to keep us cool. It’s no fun though when it starts to pong or leave embarrassing sweat patches on your outfit. No wonder the top two selling brands, lynx and female sure,  net a cool £172 million in annual U.K. Sales. (Source: statista)

For years many of us have hardly given a second thought about reaching for chemical based products in an effort to combat the odour.

It is only fairly recently, now that Aluminium free options are on sale, that I personally have questioned the safety of such ingredients. Can they really contribute to breast cancer?

So far I’m yet to come across any scientific evidence that it does, but given my family history with breast cancer I now use such products with caution.

Here’s the conundrum…I am yet to come across an Aluminium free anti-perspirant that works as effectively as one with it in.

I recently came across this product the dandi patch on the Latest In Beauty website. I definitely had to try this out!

So what is a Dandi Patch?

These triangular patches are designed to be a discreet and effective solution to the problem of underarm sweat marks and the inevitable odour.

They are the brain child of sisters Theresa Pope and Hayley Leete, who won ‘British Invention of the year’ back in 2015, for the product. The pads can be worn for up to 24 hours and claim to hold up to 2000 times the average amount of underarm sweat.

As sweat is trapped within the pad it means you no longer have to suffer those embarrassing damp sweat patches, bad odour or ruin a light coloured top with yellow staining. Why does sweat do that?



I’m got going to lie and pretend these things are sexy. They’re not! In fact to me it looks like I’m wearing a giant plaster. I certainly would only ever wear these with sleeves.

They are not uncomfortable but did take a little bit of getting used to.

I deliberately choose to wear a blouse that I have previously had a sweaty patch problem whilst wearing. Off I went to deliver my work presentation, feeling a little hot and bothered. I could already feel the nervous sweat starting.

One presentation down and the patches have done their thing. I might have been internally sweating but on the outside you would never know. There were no sweaty marks or unpleasant odour. They work!

I don’t think I could use these on a daily basis. I am far too conscious that I’m wearing them. However for certain occasions they are a great confidence booster. I didn’t have to worry about my appearance or how I smelt and could focus on the task at hand. Did I tell you I nailed that presentation?

Dandi patches are available in a pack of 10 for £8.99. They also come in a male sized patch as well.

Let me know whether you would ever try these out or if you have actually come across an Aluminium free deodorant that works.


Brand Focus – Jurlique skincare 

Back in Febuary, Latest in Beauty featured High end skincare brand Jurlique in their product menu. I have been using and enjoying the Rosewater balancing Mist for the previous year so this was a great opportunity to try out some other products from the brand.

Jurlique was developed by German husband and wife duo DR Jurgen and Ulrike Klein. The couples vision was to create the brand using a homeopathic approach that would connect its users back to nature. After settling in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia the couple set to work drawing on their skills in biochemistry and botany, along with  influences from the ancient arts of alchemy and herbal medicine, to create a sustainable organic range of skincare. The brand Jurlique was born.

Now that I have a good couple of weeks to try out the products and being really rather impresses I decided it was a great idea to feature Jurlique in a brand focus on schoolrunbeauty.com.

I have featured the products in the order that I use them in my skincare routine;

Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser £30 100ml

This cleanser contains tiny polishing beads designed to refine the skins texture and help to restore skin to a smooth glowing appearance. It contains Jojoba Ester, a non-polluting alternative to synthetic micro-beads, and willow bark extract to dissolve dirt and impurities. Already a big thums up from me!

Jurlique suggest that this cleanser can be used daily both morning and evening. I did this to begin with however my skin can be very reactive to over stimulation and this was just too much for me. I instead I have been using this, like I would an exfoliator, twice a week. Used this way it leaves my skin feeling super smooth and cleansed without causing inflammation.

Rosewater Balancing Mist £18 50ml

This is actually the first product that I tried from Jurlique and I instantly fell in love with it. I am currently using this as my toner of choice in both my morning and evening routine.  For the past year I always carry a mini size in my handbag to freshen up on my lunch break. It has a beautiful soft rose scent and really helps to combat the drying out effect of my workplaces air conditioning system.


This product formula is aimed at normal/combination skin, which I have. It is great at combating those annoying dry patches I can sometimes get around my nose. Key ingredients include Marshmallow root and Aloe Vera providing hydration, softening and skin balancing properties.

Activating Water Essence £40 100ml

This product is an added step to your skincare routine and works as a moisture booster. This has a very thin liquid consistency similar to a toner. To use I apply a few drops to the palm of my hands and then press into my skin. I am used to using hyaluronic acid for this step which I do find I actually prefer. For that reason I wouldn’t repurchase this. It isn’t a bad product though. If you don’t like the thicker tackier consistancy of hyalauranic acid this may be a good alternative for you.


Key ingredients include marshmallow Root for hydration, Calendula flower extract providing calming and anti-oxidant benefits and Peach leaf Extract for anti aging and radiance.

Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum.  £56 30ml

This is a non greasy serum that sinks quickly into the skin. It is free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, PEGS and Sulphates so is ideal for sensitive skin.

The combination of Beech tree bud extract, Blue Algae and Oat Kernal extracts work together to add elasticity and bounce, smooth fine lines and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

I have a fairly prominent squint line between my eyes (I really should wear my glasses more).  After 10 days use this does appear to be looking much less prominant. I’m also convinced the integrity of my skins texture is much improved.

Herbal Recovery Advanced Day Cream – £46 50ml

This moisturiser contains a combination of 18 carefully selected botanicals of which the star ingredient is Japanese Cedar.  It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leave the skin glowing and looking feeling soft and supple.

It has fresh clean scent that doesn’t smell too strongly of herbs. The cream  sinks in well to the skin without any greasiness. So far I feel that there isn’t anything not to like about it.

Overall I think Jurlique is a great natural skincare brand. I have found the anti-aging products to be very effective. After using this combination of products exclusivly for 10 days my skin is feeling very smooth and supple. Visually it is looking very healthy which is a miracle considering how harsh the weather has been recently.

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5 Birthday Freebies you too can enjoy. 

I turned 36 last week, yikes! It feels weird just writing that. Anyway…growing old bleat over, I do like to see my Birthday as an excuse to be a little bit indulgent. Thanks to my love of loyalty cards I’ve been able to do just that without damaging my pocket.

I thought it would be great idea to show my readers what Birthday freebies I picked up, just in case you didn’t know that these offers were available. FYI, I didn’t know about free booze from Miller & Carter,  until my brow waxer told me about it.

The Body Shop – 

If you are a member of their Love Your Body reward card you will receive a £5 gift voucher on your birthday.

I traded mine in for a mini of my favourite Hemp Hand Cream.

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Benefit Cosmetics – 

If you have a Benefit brow bar near you then make sure you book an appointment for a free brow wax. This has to be scheduled within two weeks either side of your birthday. You don’t need to sign up to a loyalty program just bring along proof of your birthday date to your appointment.

Paperchase

If you hold a Paperchase treat me card then you will receive a £5 voucher on your birthday. The voucher is valid for two weeks from that date and is automatically loaded onto your points card.

I traded mine in for a notebook and cute avocado stickers.

Miller & Carter 

So this I eluded to earlier. If you sign up to Steak Club you can get a free glass of prosecco for yourself and guests on your birthday. At least four of you need to be ordering a main course to qualify.

Now I know this isn’t a cheap please to eat but I was heading there anyway for my birthday meal anyway so of course I wasn’t going to miss out on my free bubbles!
Hobby Craft 

I haven’t actually claimed this one yet, but I have a few days left to do so.

If you are a member of the Hobbycraft Club you will get a £5 voucher on your birthday. Unlike other vouchers of this type you can use it not just on full price items but also sale and clearance items.

Mine will be going towards a knitting needle case. I have so many needles that all sit loosely in a mess. Finding the correct matching pair can be a nightmare.

I hope you found this post helpful.

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara – First Impressions? 

I’m not really one to get myself caught up in  the hype around new Mascara launches. In fact I never buy mascara as it’s one of those items that is so frequently given away as a gift with purchase, or included as part of gift set. I wasn’t in a hurry then to buy Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang volumising mascara. That was until I was able to get a free travel size (worth £10.50) as a new user of TopCashback. Not one to miss out on I deal I jumped at the chance, so here I am then sharing my first impressions. 


Marketed as a gravity defying mascara the formula contains space technology aero-particles, (mouthful), BADgal Bang promises to deliver massive weightless volume. The brush has been custom designed to provide 360 degree reach providing maximum impact. It also contains Pro-Vitamin B5 which with prolonged use helps to improve lash thickness. 

So is it any good…

I really like the brush. It has a conical shaped soft plastic flexible brush making it comfortable and easy to work with. 

I did find the formula quite wet though however because the brush is so easy to work with this isn’t a problem for me.

As you can see from the pictures below the difference this mascara makes to lashes upon application is dramatic, even with just one coat. I really liked how this looked. It was when I applied a second coat that I wasn’t so keen. I felt that my lashes now appeared clumpy. Not a look I personally appreciate! 

I didn’t have any problems with flaking, smudges or running throughout the day, even in the snow. However I did find that if you rub your eyes it will transfer to your fingertips. If you are habitual eye rubber this will have an impact on wear time. 

The mascara is easy enough to remove. I used a duel phase eye makeup remover on a cotton pad. I did find that I needed to hold the pad over my eye for about 10 seconds to allow it to dissolve the mascara before wiping it away. 

This isn’t a bad mascara. I do think it is a comparable to marmite though. If you don’t like that clumped lash effect you aren’t going to love it. 

Have you had tried out BADgal Bang Mascara yet? What did you think of it? 

Why I still Love A Beauty Box

Scrolling through Twitter recently I couldn’t help but notice an increase in negative feelings towards beauty Subscription Boxes. 

A couple of years ago it seemed the likes of Glossybox and Birchbox could do no wrong. Based on their success everyone wanted a piece of the action and there are now a huge variety of boxes to choose from. If you want high end there’s Cohorted. Is French Beauty your thing? We have My Little Box. Want something to make your monthlies a bit more appealing? Pink Parcel has you covered. Has the novelty worn off though?  Am I in the minority? I still love a beauty box you see. 

To settle my curiosity I ran a little Twitter poll. 


Of the 39 people that responded 56% said that they no longer enjoyed a Beauty Subscription Box. Perhaps they are falling out of favour then! 

If you are one of those people I would love to know why this is. For now though I’m going to share my reasons for still loving a Beauty Box. 

  • I love trying out different beauty products but don’t necessarily want to purchase a full size. What if I don’t like a product? What if it isn’t right for me? I’ve either wasted my money (If I really cant use it) or I’m stuck using a product I don’t like. 
  • It means I can afford to try out those expensive Beauty products I wouldn’t usually be able to afford. You can usually make huge savings if you are savvy. This is why I love Latest In Beauty. There is the option to curate your own box from a Huge menu of products. I usually do a little bit of googling to find out the RRP of products so I get the best value for money. 

    • I’m still discovering new brands all the time. QVC’s Tili Box is particularly good for this. I am eagerly anticipating their latest Box that is launching on September 1st. 
    • I am pushed out of my comfort zone. Often those surprise boxes contain types of products or shades that I wouldn’t ever consider choosing myself. I’ve discovered some of my favourite products in this way. 
    • It’s something to look forward too. I still get excited about the anticipation of receiving my monthly box of goodies. It almost feels like receiving a present. 

    I have to admit I do tend to get bored after a while if I am subscribed to an individual subscription for too long. Each company definitely tends to favour a few brands over others. 

    There are loads of different services I haven’t tried yet so I will just switch to someone else. I have my eye on The Vegan Kind as I would like to be using more cruelty free and natural products. 

    If you love a beauty box service do share your favourite in the comments below. 

    Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer 

    I’m always on the look out for a good Concealer. To be quite frank when it comes to Concealer I’m hard to please. 

    I want something that provides high coverage, blends easily, doesn’t cake and  stays put, all without clogging my pores and aggravating any breakouts. Oh and I almost left out non creasing. 

    As part of Feelunique’s pick & mix service I recently tried out this Concealer from Australian brand Nude by Nature. Though it’s not perfect, it does come very close. 

    Nude by Nature produce Mineral Makeup using Australian native ingredients.The products do not contain any synthetic ingredients or preservatives, and are 100 % Cruelty Free and PETA certified 

    The combination of ingredients offer Makeup with skincare benefits. 

    Key Ingredients includes;

    Kakadu Plum – An anti-oxidant and natural source of highly concentrated Vitamin C.

    Ceramic Extract – Provides anti inflammation and hydration.

    Avocado oil – Moisturisers, repairs and protects.

    Jojoba Oil – An anti-oxidant and helps to restore skin elasticity.

    Kaolin Clay – Purifys and helps to remove toxins. 

    Shea Butter – Provides an intense hit of moisturisation. 

    The packaging is Gorgeous. It looks and feels luxury with its rose gold caps and lids. 
    I have tried this out as both an under eye and spot covering Concealer. 

    The formula is very creamy and feels hydrating. As an under eye concealer it works great. It blends well and doesn’t crease or settle in fine lines. I like to use the pointed end of a beauty blender to tap it on.    With setting spray it lasts well enough throughout a full 8 hour shift at work. 

    I found that it covered skin discolouration and imperfections well but didn’t fully cover major spots. A key pro for me though is that it didn’t aggravate or make spots any worse. 

    As Concealers go this is teetering towards the more expensive end of the spectrum with an RRp of £20. Feelunique are currently selling it with 20% off at £16 

    At this price I am definitely tempted to purchase a full size of this concealer. Fortunately for now I do have a second sample of this concealer that I am currently using. 

    Dupe Alert! | The £5 alternative to Illamasqua hydra veil 

    I am a huge a fan of Illamasqua hydra veil £32I did a full review of this hydrating gel primer back in December. I won’t go into too much detail about that product now as I would just be repeating myself. If you want to read that indepth review you can do so here. What am going to talk  about  today  though is a budget dupe I have for the primer.

    The Skin Define Hydro Prima MUA £5 is a great purse friendly alternative to the Illamasqua’s cult primer.

    Now I’m going to get the flaws of opting for the budget alternative out of the way first. You aren’t going to get the same skin care benefits of the original from the MUA offering but it is 1/6 of the price.

    However If you are looking for a hydrating aqua based primer that performs in a similar way then this will do just that.

    It feels just as light and refreshing on the skin and plumps up those fine lines so you have a perfectly smooth base for applying foundation.

    In terms of longevity it isn’t quite as good as the Illamasqua primer but not enough to stop me using this for work on an everyday basis. Let’s be honest here for special occasions I will always reach for the original.

    Visually and texture wise the product is very similar. Both have a very jelly like texture that settles back smoothly in the jar after being disturbed.

    The MUA packaging is very basic looking in comparison but then if it had super fancy packaging it would cost a lot more than £5.


    The MUA Skin Define Hydro primer is a budget dupe definitely worth trying out if you can’t justify spending out £32 on Illamasqua hydra veil. 

    Have you tried either of these primers before? If you have tried both do you agree with me? As always share your thoughts in the comments. 

    Anne Semonin Express Radiance Eye Cubes | Product Review 

    Today I have for you a product review. I’ve been having a play around with the Anne Semonin express radiance eye cubes. Some might say that this product is an expensive gimmick, I however quite like them. 


    My misspent youth saw me have one too many late nights and regularly falling asleep drunk with my eye make up on? Yep I was a bit of a bad girl! 

    Meanwhile my partner in crime bestie, no matter how drunk she was, would always remove her makeup. She has always had better skin than me. Hmmm….I wonder why that is? 

    Eventually her good example did rub off on me. That and being freaked out by a story once told to me by a makeup artist.  Apparently every time you go to bed with your makeup on it ages you by 10 days. Bugger! 

    Yes so I’m a changed women and and religiously remove my makeup of an evening, followed by a good cleanse and moisturise. 

    Here’s the thing though…. very occasionally I revert back to that bad girl of my youth. Usually this is when I may have had one to many and had to put to bed by the husband. Yes the poor man has seen me in a few states. Trouble is now in my mid thirties that bad behaviour will show on my face the next morning. I end up looking a swollen puffy hot mess! Thank good for these stashed in my freezer then. 

    Here is what the brand has to say about them; 

    Anne Semonin’s Express Radiance Eye Cubes are perfect for soothing stressed, irritated eyes whilst firming and nourishing the delicate eye area.
    These little ice cubes are made using  Marine Spring Water & Hyaluronic Acid to help provide hydration & condition the delicate eye area.  Ginkgo Biloba helps stimulate micro-circulation and Gourd Extract alleviates inflammation and puffiness. Bioflavonoids dramatically improve the appearance of dreaded dark circles so eyes instantly appear brighter, tighter & well rested.

    I keep my ice cubes stored in the freezer so that the are good to go when I need one. Each cube is  in individually sealed in a capsule to keep them hygienic. Once removed from the capsule you pop it into the little bag provided and press this under each eye till it has melted. Im guessing the bag is to protect yourself from accidentally giving yourself an ice burn. 

    This does feel very refreshing, especially if your eyes are feeling sore and tired. 

    Now I’m not going to lie. At £45 for 6 that is an expensive price to pay for being naughty. These are for emergency use only! 

    Expense aside, If you look at my before and after pictures these do work wonders. Yes I got away with my bad behaviour on this occasion didn’t I! 


    As these are so expensive I am going to have a little experiment to see if I can make my own. If I’m successful I will share a little DIY 

    Have you any tips for getting rid of puffy bags? 

    Do share in the comment section. 

    3 Disappointing Beauty Products | #blogmas 13

    I have always been a bit reluctant to do a dedicated disappointing beauty products post as it seems a very negative thing to do and I try to keep this blog a positive space. Actually though it is just as important to share the dud products as it is the rave reviews. Not only does it demonstrate honesty but it also might save someone else from wasting their time and money on those duds. 

    So enough waffling, here are 3 products I have been very disappointed with. 


    L’OREAL Nude magique cushion foundation – 

    When this was launched at the start of the year there was a lot of hype around  this foundation. It had been a while since any drug store brand had realeased anything that could be considered innovative. L,Oreal though was ahead of the game in just doing just that with the ‘cushion foundation’. 

    Lots of high end brands have released their own version of the cushion foundation  including Mac, YSL and Lancôme. This promised to be a more purse friendly option. Though at £14.99 I still consider this to be expensive for a high street brand. 

    Having had a play around with mine for the last month I can honestly say that I don’t ‘get the hype’. I find it difficult to apply enough product with the included sponge to satisfy covering flaws and even with a setting spray it wears off really fast. 

    I know this is supposed to a very natural looking light weight finish so perhaps my coverage issue is personal preference, I do expect my foundation to stay put though.

     I also have issues with how little product you get for the price. £14.99 is at the top end of the scale for drug store foundations. It doesn’t actually say on the packaging how much product you are getting for your money, just 14.6g e. In other words no  fluid quantity and this probably includes the weight of the sponges. 

    As a consumer you are actually paying for a fancy pants packaging delivery system rather than any product. It is not good value for money. Pheww!! That turned into a bit of a rant. 

    Natural Collection Brow Gel dark brown – 

    Priced at just £1.99 I had such high hopes for this product as a budget friendly alternative to some of the more expensive brow products on offer. 

    It’s not a terrible product but it is a pain in the arse. Application wise it’s great the problem I have is it smudges like a Son of a B! When I was using my Urban Decay all nighter setting spray to set it down it was fine. Since running out of that and using the brow gel with my other options I’m experiencing major smudging again. 

    Basically It is far too much of an effort to make this product work hence its made its way to the disappointing product list. Sorry natural collection I usually love your products! 

    Avon Advance Techniques Large Barrel Brush – 

    So this is the second of these brushes I have had. The first one I sent back thinking perhaps I had just received a dud. Nope! The second brush has recently done exactly the same. Though it did last longer this time. 


    As you can see from my picture the glue securing the barrel to the handle keeps coming away. Now I’m not particularly rough with a hair brush, but I do like to pull tight when I rotate the brush so I get a sleek blow dry. I can only assume the glue is melting with the heat of my hairdryer?? However I only ever use it on a medium heat setting so why is this happening?? Im chalking this up as ‘not fit for purpose’. 

    Have you tried any of these products and experienced any issues? Maybe you love them so let me know how you make them work for you.