Betrousse Beauty Box

A few weeks ago I ordered a beauty box from the French company Betrousse for the purposes of reviewing on my blog. I have now tried all of the products and feel ready to write a good account of my thoughts on them.

J.A.S.O.N. Normalizing Shampoo

When I first saw this product I thought it looked like something cheap; as if I’d popped down the £1 shop and came away with a bargain. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As it has none of the chemicals that normally cause shampoo to yield to bubbles, I thought it would be very difficult to create a lather. It is for this reason that I put off using the product for a couple of weeks. I shouldnt have though, because it did create a good soapy exterior. I had to add a bit more water to my head than I normally would but lathering was definitely not an issue. When I washed it off the hair felt squeaky clean. I added my normal conditioner and left it to soak for a few minutes. After towel-drying I could feel the cleanness even better and it wasnt as knotty as it usually is when I combed it through. After drying it was also softer and more managable than it usually is. I will be sat when this bottle runs out!

This Mango and Safflower Body Moisteriser is probably my favourite product in the box. A Fair Trade product that smells lovely and has a rich, thick texture. I really suffer from dry skin and need a product that absorbs really well into the skin and lasts until my next bath. I am pleased to report it definitely does that. It’s actually a really nice experience rubbing it into the skin; it relieves the dryness and makes my skin feel young and supple again – and at my age that is no mean feat!

This is a face scrub. Anyone who reads my blog will know I love my face scrubs. They leave me feeling so fresh and clear. I have to say this is my least favourite product in the box. Not because it isnt any good, it is. But its very soft and gentle. If that is what you love in a face scrub you’ll love this product, but for me the rougher the better. I really need it to strip the pores and I feel like if you cant feel it then its not getting in deep – but there is no evidence to support this idea. I think this product would suit teenage skins the best, probably boys.

I’m not normally a huge fan of lip glosses. They feel sticky and dont stay on for very long. But I am not really one for lipstick either. For the most part my lips stay nude. I am always trying to improve my appearance though so I am keen to find a lip product I can stick with. This product is very glittery and glistening on the lips. It is quite sticky though and needs to be reapplied now and again. Its quite a big tube though so that isnt really a real problem if you like to keep your lips covered.

This picture shows the option of having an oil or a toner. Which you get is entirely random and the product that arrived on my doorstep was the relaxing massage oil. I was very lucky to have my lovely boyfriend rub this into my back so I can offer a review of its effects. I am not someone who relaxes easily. Meditation does nothing for me and I have had insomnia for as long as I remember. Moreover, I have ME/CFS which was bought on by anxiety and stress – so I wasnt exactly hopeful for a bit of oil to do its job of relaxing me. However, I should have felt more positively because this product is utterly amazing! My boyfriend would claim its his magic hands of course but I am pretty sure there is some cocted ingredients that left me so relaxed I could barely move and had me closer to a natural sleep than I have been in years. If you suffer from stress I cannot recommend this product enough!!!

PS. Don’t forget about the competition I am running to win signed copies of a children’s series!!!


St Ives Apricot Face Scrub

I have always had dodgy skin. As a teenager I was riddled with acne, and actually it probably lasted until I hit about thirty.  I tried every cream and potion you could find, used anti-biotics, even had a period as an outpatient for a course of Ro-accutaine. In hindsight though, there were two things I didn’t do that would have made more difference than all of the above put together. The first and biggest thing would have been to cut out all junk food from my diet, the second thing would be to use a daily face scrub.

While diet works from the inside-out and there is no substitute for that, a good face scrub will get rid of any surface grime, unblock pores and keep bacteria at bay. I have tried a number of different scrubs over the years but in my opinion nothing matches the St Ives Apricot scrub.

Whether I have a few spots or not (its quite rare these days, thankfully) St Ives Apricot scrub is my go-to face product whenever I have a bath (daily). It isnt the cheapest product on the face scrub shelf but its not extortionate for what it gives you either – in fact, I would suggest it is worth every single penny.

I have tried a few of them. The one for Sensitive Skin is nice and creamy in texture but is not grainy enough for me. I like to be able to feel the grains on my face when I rub them in. I can sometimes spend too long just rubbing my face, feeling more and more relaxed from the sensation it gives me (perhaps why this brand is my favourite). This is why its only the Fresh Skin version this scrub that I will buy these days.

When I have finished scrubbing my face, my skin is always very noticably clearer. It always surprises me how it can go from dull and lifeless to springing back into action with the help of a few little grains. The skin does feel a little dry when it dries but you are going to get that after using any scrub. I always rub in my face moisturiser afterwards and that solves that problem.

The best thing about this scrub is that its eliminated the need for a face mask to be used, which I used to do about once a week – now its once every few months.

If you are looking for a new face scrub to use, I cannot recommend St Ives Apricot Scrub for Fresh Skin enough. Try it and see!