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E:15/07/17, Win a Pure Radiance Restore Skincare 30ml, RRP £54.86

Embrace a beauty revolution to get the look of dermal fillers without injection, downtime, or price tag! This month we are offering one of our reviewers the chance to trial a full-size Pure Radiance Restore Skincare 30ml, RRP £54.86. This newly launched serum uses pioneering Instant Volume and Lift Liposome Technology to restore the natural radiance of skin and turn back the hands of time.

What is advanced Liposome Technology?

Liposome is a phospholipid molecule that helps deliver into the dermis all of the skin fortifying, natural and smoothing nutrients you need. It is absorbed by your skin and fills out those troublesome facial lines: lip lines, forehead and lines around the eye area to make skin smoother, fuller, more vibrant and youthful.

How does it work?

After you apply the cream to the desired areas of your face for plumping, the liposomes work their way into your skin, penetrating its tough hard-to-breach outer layer that normally stops a cream dead in its tracks, fusing with cell membranes to release the natural nutrients they carry directly inside the cells. Read more.

Which nutrients are used?

The complete list of active ingredients contained in Restore is available here however the most important, providing the greatest benefit,are:

  • Hyaluronic acid: Excellent moisturising properties that can properties can also prevent moisture loss at the level of the skin. Guarantees a smoother and suppler appearance.
  • Guarana seed extract: Works at the level of the skin’s structural matrix, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Makes common signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, less visible.
  • Vitamin C: Antioxidant properties, fights against the damage done by free radicals. Brightens the skin and evens out the complexion.
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate: Skin rejuvenating properties, works to remove the damage done by free radicals.
  • Coenzyme Q10: Antioxidant properties, makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 15th of July 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook and add your comment below this article. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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Natural Beauty from Myanmar

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THANAKHA

While we were on holiday in Myanmar I noticed most of the women and and children as well as number of men had a yellow patch of something on their faces. I asked our local guide what it was. He explained that it was called Thanakha and was a make up which also worked as a sun protection and as a bonus smelled good too.

We saw this for sale as a piece of wood that needed to be ground which looked like hard work so I asked where I could buy it as a powder. He said that it was available in markets in some places but the wood that you ground yourself was better. I decided I would go for the powder regardless and was lucky enough to find some in pots in one of the hotels we stayed at and then again in a market so I have two lots.

Thanakha cools the skin, prevents sun damage, clears up acne and can even reduce fevers and headaches if swallowed. I haven't tried that though. There is virtually no research to prove any of these claims but the Burmese people certainly all have beautiful skin and look really young for their age. One 2010 Thai study found that “extracts from thanaka bark showed strong anti-inflammatory, significant antioxidation, mild tyrosinase inhibition and slight antibacterial activities.”

Some women managed to produce the most amazing art with their thanakha while others just put a splodge of the stuff on each cheek which looked a bit random. Some applied it to their arms as well as sun protection and for the scent.

Thanakha packet             Thanakha on m    Thanakha wood

 You can buy this on amazon and also there are some beauty products made using thanakha sold under the name shwe pwi nann which are apparently available through ebay.

Apparently thanakha powder mixed with kusumba oil which is also from Myanmar is effective in hair removal making the hair root become weak and loose its strength and then after a time the hair will fall off a bit like men going bald. For hair removal you ned to make sure you get grade A thanakha as it is stronger while grades B and c are okay to use in cosmetics.

The kusumba oil can also be bought on ebay. The oil comes from the seeds of the kusumb tree grown in India, Pakistan and other countries in Asia like Myanmar. It is said that this oil Kusum oil is used in hairdressing and to promote hair growth it seems to counter the idea of using for hair removal ! The oil is also used for cooking and lighting as well as in traditional medicine for skin problems such as acne, itching, and burns and even as massage oil to relieve the pain of rheumatism.

KINBUN/KINPUN

The kinpun I have looks and even smells a bit like ground coffee beans. The Kinpun is the tree grown in dry regions, and its botanical name is Acacia cocinna. First, dry hard and dark-brown Kinpun beans are boiled, cooled down and sieved and to make a shampoo from Myanmar dark hir this liquid is mixed with the liquid collected from soaking the tayaw bark. I cannot use this shampoo as it is for dark hair and makes dark hair darker and shiny.

Selection of the three products            Ground kinbun seeds  Ground kinbun seeds                      Ground kinbun

 I have kinpun beans ground which I have use as a body scrub and I add this to my natural shower gels or soap. It is quite a gentle scrub as my kinpun is quite finely ground. If I had ground it myself I guess I could have left it coarser.

I mixed mine with my coconut oil too and a little shower gel and this made a lovely moisturising scrub which left my skin feeling clean and smooth and looking very well cared for. I usually make my on body scrub with ground coffee beans and coconut oil – with or without shower gel and so I just replaced the coffee with kinpun and it worked well.

TAYAW

The Tayaw is a kind of small tree or shrub and its botanical name is Grewia Polygama. For the shampoo they use just the bark in small pieces. This is soaked in water for around 15 to 20 minutes then you mix it up with your fingers to get a slippery slightly frothy mix and this is then the shampoo you use for washing your hair.

The bark is beaten till flat and the flatter the bark the more foamy your shampoo mix becomes . If you have dark hair then you can add the kinpun but if like me your hair is light then they suggest adding some lime juice to lighten it , cure and prevent dandruff and any itchy scalp.

Personally as I can't used the kinbun which is the soapier I found that using a good natural shampoo then the tayaw worked best for me and the Tayaw worked well as a natural hair conditioner making the hair soft and pliant and therefore easy to comb.

Tayaw bark        Tayaw bark soaking

Although this shampoo is still widely made at home by many Burmese people these days you can also buy it ready made in plastic bags in the markets. There are also small modern packets of Tayaw-Kinbun shampoo made with modern machines by local manufacturers sold in bottles. I didn't buy any as it was the one with kinbun so only good for dark hair.

Traditionally Burmese people consider hair washing to be auspicious and so on the Myanmar New Year Day, the young people pay their respects to the aged by washing their hair and cutting their nails.

I love finding out about natural beauty products traditionally used by other cultures and we have started to learn from these over recent years. If you think about argan oil, shea butter and tea tree to name just a few that are now used widely in beauty and toiletries world wide.

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E:31/03/17, Win 1 of 2 Organic Surge Rose Whisper Hand & Body Washes, RRP £14.95 each

This week, we are offering two of our most active reviewers a chance to test and review the Organic Surge Rose Whisper Hand & Body Wash 300ml worth RRP £14.95 each, an Ecocert certified product containing a minimum of 96% naturally derived ingredients.

Why we love it?

The Promise Collection brings you indulgent, natural perfumes combined with exotic ingredients, creating a finest selection of skincare products and making the everyday a little more special. The Wash is enriched with Damask Rose, Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera to offer all skin types an elusive scent of rose whispers through a warmly fragranced caring wash. It is proudly formulated in Britain to lavish the skin with naturally-derived, intensely nourishing ingredients and deliciously fragrant essential oils. Read more & Review.

  • 98% Natural Hand & Body Wash
  • 70% total ingredients from Organic Farming
  • Enriched with Damask Rose and Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera
  • Conditions and soothes all skin types
  • Elegant, luxurious natural fragrance
  • Animal-friendly, suitable for vegetarians and vegans

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 31th of March 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:19/03/17, Win 1 x Morganna's Alchemy Bellatox® Moisturizer, RRP £32.48

This month, we have teamed up with Morganna's Alchemy, a vibrant brand of luxury organic and eco-certified skin care products developed by their Founder and Chemist Maya Hyppolite-Williams (M.A), to offer one of our reviewers a chance to test their star product, Morganna’s Bellatox® 15ml worth RRP £32.85.

How can Morganna’s Alchemy help your skin?

Your skin may be dehydrated if it is dull, tight, oily or showing signs of breakouts. BellaTox® has been especially formulated to treat dehydrated skin and reduce wrinkles. It provides immediate plumping and also moisturizes the skin for up to 24 hours.

What is inside?

BellaTox® is an Ecocert product using only organic active ingredients such as Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Imperata Cylindrica root, Spilanthol, and Hyaluronic Acid. Blended together, they help counter the natural ageing process and maintain the skin’s fullness - leaving it smooth, hydrated, and wrinkle-free. Read more & Review

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: Envelops the skin, instantly smoothing visible surface wrinkles and imperfections, forms coherent films on the surface of the skin, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother looking appearance.
  • Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella oleracea: Reduces muscle contractions and relaxes your features. This reduces fine lines, particularly around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Your skin becomes noticeably smoother.
  • Imperata cylindrica, also known as blady grass: This plant grows in the very driest of South America’s desert regions and is able to survive even in saline soil. This extract supplies the skin with moisture for up to 4 hours.
  • Hyaluron, one of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) found in skin: Together with lipids, NMFs keep skin from losing water, maintaining skin’s young, smooth, non-flaky appearance. It creates a slight swelling of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. NMFs in skincare products also help to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 19th of March 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winner will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:19/02/17, Win 1 x Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Ageless Rose Otto Face Cream, RRP £34.55

Time to discover the aromas and properties Bulgarian Rosa Damascena. This month, we are offering our reviewers a chance to test and review one Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Ageless Rose Otto Face Cream 50ml worth RRP £34.55, produced by a family-owned, award-winning company with their own organic rose farm and distillery, in the heart of the Bulgarian Rose Valley. Read more & Review.

This Natrue certified organic intensive rich cream, enriched with rare Bulgarian Rose oil helps reduce wrinkles and boost skin’s natural repair mechanism. It is known to restore skin’s natural balance and resilience for a firmer, more radiant look. The cream is best for line and wrinkle reduction, rejuvenating, firming and nourishing. It is suitable for all skin types but it is specially recommended for dry, lifeless and aging skin.

  • Rosa damascena / Organic Rose Oil-Rose Otto: Refreshes, nourishes and soothes the skin. Fights free radicals, stimulates collagen production and helps slow down the aging process. Has a toning and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface. Makes skin glowing and charming.
  • Oenothera biennis / Organic Evening Primrose: Stimulates cell turnover and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. This precious oil deeply hydrates and firms lifeless skin. It is known to brighten skin by reducing discolorations and brown spots.
  • Punica granatum / Pomegranate extract: A powerful antioxidant that supports skin regeneration and fights free radical damage. It is rich in vitamin C that plays a key role in collagen production. Pomegranate penetrates deep into the skin to provide lasting hydration.
  • Pentaclethra macroloba / Organic Pracaxi Seed Oil: Nourishing oil that helps even skin tone and improves natural glow. Also, it possesses strong hydrating, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties for clear and well-hydrated skin.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 19th of February 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:31/01/17, Win 1 of 6 Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipsticks Ruby, RRP £20.00 each

Want to dress up your lips? During the festive season, we are offering our reviewers a chance to win 1 of 6 luxurious Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipsticks worth RRP £20.00 each. This cult American favourite is a make-up bag must-have that is sure to have you turning heads for all the right reasons!

These lipsticks are formulated with natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. They are smooth, silky, 100% natural, deliver a long-lasting nourishing colour and provide a natural protection from the sun. Give your lips a flash of gorgeous and irresistible colour whilst keeping them hydrated and nourished throughout the day. Read more & Review.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 31th of January 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:15/12/16, Win 1 x APPLE & BEARS Honey & Hemp Luxury Body Care Gift Set, RRP £34.95

What about a special gift from APPLE & BEARS this Christmas? Discover their luxurious Body Care Collection and enter our Christmas giveaway for a chance to spoil yourself, or a loved one, with a radiantly balancing Honey & Hemp Gift Set - worth £34.95. The cold winter days of the festive season are the ideal time to enjoy a bath and body experience that will rejuvenate and re-energise body and soul.

The Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp Gift Set

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Care Gifts are the perfect sets to pamper yourself or to treat someone special in your life. A wonderful present for any occasion, this set contains one full size Luxury Body Wash to indulge when bathing, alongside one full size Luxury Body Silk to rejuvenate and protect your skin after a bath or shower.

Luxury Body Wash Collection Honey & Hemp, 300ml: Revitalise your skin to reveal a healthy glow with this anti-oxidant rich and mineral balancing organic body wash, bursting with natural vitamins and minerals. Organic Honey, known to improve skin’s elasticity, leaves you glowing from head to toe, whilst anti-oxidant rich Hemp nurtures with Vitamin E, Carotene and essential minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium to balance dry skin.

Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp, 250ml: Replenish the moisture in your skin with the fresh, subtle, earthy fragrances of this rich and luxurious silk, infused with organic natural ingredients to delight the senses. Nourishing Honey delivers power packed nutrients that hydrate, while Hemp’s concentration of Omega 3, 6 and 9 detoxifies and soothes. Light and non-greasy, this rich, smooth silk nourishes and renews, while the natural firming ingredients actively work to tighten and firm.

How to apply for this Twitter giveaway?

Follow @AppleAndBears and @beautyontrial on Twitter and Retweet before the 15th of December 2016 to enter this prize draw. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before you apply.

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E:31/07/16, Win $7,800.00 worth of INNARAH® VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

Our biggest giveaway ever! This summer, we have teamed up with INNARAH® to offer 20 of our reviewers a chance to test and review a travel size -15 ml, $90.00 each- plus a full size -50ml, $300.00 each-   VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème.

INNARAH® VenoDefense™ Treatment Range

INNARAH® has developed a new skincare formulation using unbuffered glycolic acid and a unique bio-fermentation process, which works with the immune system to give immediate and permanent results by repairing and rejuvenating the skin.

“This all natural range of products is free of synthetic ingredients and will keep your skin glowing from within.” Manzoor H. Jaffery, Founder and CEO.

INNARAH® formulated the unique technology known as bio-fermentation to perfect its fermented anti-ageing formulas and signature VenoDefense™ collection using cutting edge ingredients such as Elk Antler Velvet, Ormus Gold, plant stem cells and Marine Phytoplankton.

So now you can target your skin’s natural immune system for younger, glowing, healthier looking skin by using INNARAH® skin care products.” Manzoor H. Jaffery, Founder and CEO.

Win 1 of 20 INNARAH® 15ml VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

- 15ml, $90.00 each - worth $1,800.00

VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème is formulated with INNARAH® proprietary complex of anti-inflammatory ingredients that synergistically inhibits the activation of key mediators in inflammation and aging. This ultra-rich formula deeply replenishes moisture with the first application. The appearance of lines and wrinkles is smoothed and skin becomes instantly radiant. Read more about this product or purchase it now.

Win 1 of 20 INNARAH® 50ml VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

- 50ml, $300.00 each - worth $6,000.00

Have you ever recorded a video review of an INNARAH® product? Why not submit yours for a second entry to win a full size VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème? Each member selected for the trial is invited to submit a video of findings online –You Tube, Dailymotion or Vimeo- and will receive a full size product worth $300.00. Notify us by posting a link to your recording on Twitter including @beautyontrial and @INNARAH_USA in your tweet.

How to apply for the trial?

To enter, follow @beautyontrial and @INNARAH_USA on Twitter and retweet. Alternatively, like @beautyontrial and INNARAH on Facebook and share. Read the terms and conditions carefully before applying for this trial.

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E:12/06/16, APPLE & BEARS | 20% Off Everything

To celebrate the launch of their new online store and the Queen's 90th Birthday, APPLE & BEARS are offering an exclusive 20% OFF their first visitors' baskets. Use coupon code QUEEN20 at checkout until the 12th of June 2016 and remember that 5% of your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Care.

"It was only fitting since we are based in Wraysbury, a village which is a part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, that we launch our new E-Store to coincide with the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday" Co-Founder, Kay Butt

Since 2011, APPLE & BEARS have grown from strength to strength, attracting a following of conscience and ethical consumers for their luxury products. Their e-shop was opened this week to meet this growing demand for their finest natural and organic collections and enable you to buy directly from the source. 

Terms & Conditions 

  • End Date: 12 June 2016
  • Discount: 20% OFF all products in the Body Wash Collection, Body Silk Collection and Luxury Gift Sets.
  • Restrictions: The code can be used once per person aged 18 or over exclusively at APPLE & BEARS e-store and is valid for United Kindgom orders only.
  • Code: Enter code QUEEN20 in the relevant coupon code field of your cart before proceeding to checkout.
  • Shipping:  Free delivery with dispatch within 2-3 working days
  • Charity: 5% of your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Care

Keep in touch for more offers

     

Receive regular updates and stay informed about special promotions and giveaways when you follow APPLE & BEARS on social media.

Visit their website to discover more about the brand and their environmentally friendly collections. Would you like to find a distributor near you? Check their wordwide list of stockists. To find out more about an item, or even just to say hello, feel free to drop a line to Kay Butt, Co-Founder & Managing Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)1784 483 886.

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E:06/06/15, APPLE & BEARS | Win 1 x 4 Luxury Body Care Gift Sets | RRP £34.95 each

This month, we have teamed up with family owned skin care company, APPLE & BEARS, to introduce their truly pure and luxurious Body Care Collection launched in 2011.

Their founders, Kay and Dean Butt, are on a mission to harvest the power of beauty in nature and unleash the one within. They are committed to produce locally, ethically and responsibly premium cosmetics using the finest organic and natural ingredients.

We are offering our members a chance to pamper themselves or to treat someone special in their life with a wonderful duo perfect for any occasion. Apply before the 6th of June 2015 to win 1 of 4 Luxury Body Care Gift Sets worth RRP £34.95 each. 

The Ethical Values & Inspirations

APPLE & BEARS deluxe, gentle but effective beauty range is ECOCERT certified, not tested on animals, packaged with recyclable material, produced in the UK, suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians and encompassed sustainable development and fair trade. As an official partner of Breast Cancer Care, they donate 5% of the profits on the sale of every bottle to this charity

Their name is inspired by the goodness of nature (APPLE) and a reminder of our duty of care (BEARS) of our world. Their logo is a tribute to the courage, perseverance and faith (Koi Fish) of the breast cancer survivors and to their mystical grace and enchanting spirit of freedom and adventure (Mermaids). Their luxurious packaging is handmade, refined and luxurious.

The Luxury Body Wash Collection

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Wash Collection is formulated with the finest, natural extracts and gentle aromas to produce a pure blend that cleanses impurities gently and effectively. It nurtures and nourishes your skin delicately and naturally whilst revitalising the senses with full and luxurious foam for a bath and shower experience that rejuvenates and re-energises mind and body.

 

The Luxury Body Silk Collection

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Silk Collection is a sensationally creamy and luxurious body care experience. Infused with a blend of natural ingredients to boost the skin’s elasticity and firmness and formulated with the finest natural fragrances and gentle aromas, it revitalises and relaxes the senses. 

 

 

The Luxury Body Care Gift Set

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Care Gift Set is the perfect gift to pamper yourself or to spoil someone special in your life. A wonderful treat for any occasion, this set is beautifully presented in a traditionally handmade box and contains one full size Luxury Body Wash to indulge yourself when bathing, and one full size Luxury Body Silk to rejuvenate and protect your skin after your bath or shower.

 

Stay in touch

Receive regular updates and stay informed about special offers and giveaways when you follow APPLE & BEARS on social media.

Visit their website to discover more about the brand and their environmentally friendly collections. Would you like to find a reseller near you? Check their list of stockists nationally and Internationally.

To find out more about an item, or even just to say hello, feel free to drop a line to Kay Butt, Co-Founder & Managing Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)1784 483 886.

How to apply?

Read carefully the terms and conditions before applying for this prize draw.

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