Tuesday 8 April 2014


Last week I attended a fab event hosted by Urban Retreat focussed on natural beauty products. I have become a bit of a health-junkie of late; when I met my cousin for a catch-up over a green juice I had the sudden realisation that I'd morphed into one of those 'LA-types' - spirulina, smoothies and superfoods - you name it, I'm trying it! Instinctively, now I want to learn how my beauty regime can be infused with natural goodness too. A few natural beauty ranges stood out for me at the UR event, here are my favourites:

There's nothing worse than the chemical-laden 'biscuity' fragrance of fake tan, so Tan Organic is an exciting new discovery for me. This organic tan brand creates a golden glow without harsh chemicals and residual scent, I tested the tanning oil overnight and it is 100% fragrance free - incredible! 

Douvall's retail a range of Argan Oil based products. Sourced from the kernals of the Argan tree, this miracle ingredient is raved about by the beauty editors. Alicia Douvall, the brains behind the brand, is passionate about her product and it was great to talk through the range with her. Alicia gave me a sample of the Argan Oil bronzing lotion to try and it's completely gorgeous - it gave my skin a plump, moisturised sheen with a super-subtle hint of shimmer. 

We've all heard of drinking your probiotic's, but did you know they can enhance your beauty regime too? Aurelia probiotic skincare harnesses this anti-aging goodness; the Miracle Cleanser has received rave reviews. The brand also boasted prettiest packaging in the room, neatly boxed in blush pink with the sweetest ribbon-tied bamboo muslin cloths. I have tried & tested the cleanser - packed with beautiful ingredients including chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot it has a lovely herbal scent - and left my skin feeling squeaky clean whilst soft and plump. 

The Natural Kitchen & Urban Retreat laid on superfood-laden spread at the event, with nutrient rich kale and squash salads and seared salmon steaks. I sipped on a great wheatgrass green juice which gave me a much needed post 9-5 energy-boost. Over the next few weeks I will be trialling and reporting back on more natural products available at Urban Retreat, I have since sampled the gorgeous  Hydrating Balancing Aroma neroli flower face oil by Delarom Paris and it is a wonder product: non-greasy, residue-free and a beautiful bedtime moisturiser. A big thanks to Urban Retreat and all the brands involved in the event for introducing me to the wonders of natural beauty products. I'll let you know which become my beauty staples!

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