Latest In Beauty: July 2020

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
We all know by now how much I adore the monthly boxes from the amazing people over at Latest In Beauty! If you aren't familiar with the subscription, bear with me while I explain as it isn't quite as simple as other boxes (but it's so much better). There are three price options for their monthly boxes: Beauty Novice (three products, £16), Beauty Enthusiast (six products, £22) and Beauty Guru (nine products, £25). The prices listed are for the one-off boxes but you can purchase a recurring subscription.

I am lucky enough to be kindly sent the *Latest In Beauty Beauty Enthusiast Box each month but I would genuinely buy the monthly boxes as well as the limited edition boxes from my own pocket as they are such good value for money, in my opinion. The Latest In Beauty boxes differ in a few ways compared to other boxes, the first are the price options and the number of products per box but the main difference is that you can choose every single item in your box so you don't receive unwanted or unsuitable products (which was my own negative about other subscription boxes). 
*It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
I'll start by reviewing the haircare products I chose for my July Beauty Enthusiast box. It's a 10 is an American brand that has been coveted in the beauty and blogging world for years and it is a haircare item I have wanted to try since Fleur (of Fleur De Force, naturally) raved about it perhaps six or so years ago. It claims to add shine, deeply condition, control frizz, protect, detangle and act as a heat protection, among other claims. I've only used it a couple of times since I received my box at the end of July but so far I'm loving it. Not only does it smell heavenly but it definitely helps to detangle and reduce frizz. 

*SportFX Body Building Dry Shampoo 
The second and final haircare item is a dry shampoo from SportFX. I have their original volumising version and like the effectiveness so I wanted to try their 'fresh vanilla' scent. I find both to be effective at reducing greasiness and oiliness as well as adding a little volume; although I prefer the vanilla scent to the original. 
*Oh K! Caffeine Body Mask
One of my favourite products from 2020 so far, in terms of skincare, has to be sheet masks. I have become a complete sheet mask convert in 2020 and I'm always happy to try more. I have only used eye, lip and face sheet masks but never one for the body so I had to give this one a go as it sounds intriguing. The 'masks' are strips of a hydrogel material that gently adhere to the skin much like a traditional sheet mask. I do prefer the 'hydrogel' sheet masks as they are much easier to fit onto the skin and tend to be quite cooling. 

The direction images on the packet suggest to place the patches on the underarm which is what I did and although it did feel quite strange and cooling at first, it wasn't unpleasant or irritating. It is advised to leave the patches on the skin for 20 to 30 minutes but I removed mine between 10 to 15 minutes as they weren't sticking very well. While the patches did feel like they provided a smoothing and slightly tightening effect, I didn't notice too much of a difference or any lasting improvement unfortunately. I think I'll just stick to facial sheet masks in the future!

*Jiinju Under Eye Mask 
My favourite product from the July box has to be these refreshing, smoothing and cooling under eye masks. I used this product on an unusually hot day in Manchester so the cooling effect was very soothing - I'd recommend keeping sheet masks in your fridge for added refreshment to your skincare treats! The masks stayed on the skin very well, they didn't irritate and they left my skin feeling plumper, smoother and refreshed. I'm very tempted to add these to my August box...
*Burts Bees Wild Cherry Lip Balm
Next up is a lip balm from Burt's Bees which I choose not for myself but for my mum as she needed a new lip balm and the Burt's Bees balms are fantastic. I used to love the original beeswax version although now I'm personally avoiding products with beeswax or honey within them where I can (and to be honest, when I remember to check the ingredients list). 

*OM Skincare Konjac Sponge 
Within a previous Latest In Beauty box, I added a detoxifying konjac sponge and I've loved using it so I wanted to try another. The OM Skincare konjac sponge is 100% natural, suitable for sensitive skin and claims to increase circulation and detoxify the skin while leaving it more radiant. It also states that it is 'fantastic for anyone with acne or clogged pores' and as I've been suffering so many awful and very stubborn spots since lockdown, I hope this cleansing sponge will help!

Have you tried any of these products? Will you be created a Latest In Beauty box in August? 

July Reading Wrap-Up 2020

Sunday, August 02, 2020
July was a month of two halves, the first half of the month consisted of a reading slump but thankfully the second half was full of audiobooks and short reads so it wasn't a completely fail filled reading month. I started a Scribd subscription at the end of the month which was definitely kick started my love of reading again as well as my love for audiobooks. My favourite books of the month include: Skincare by Caroline Hirons and Bloody Work by Holly Tucker. 

The Insecure Girl's Handbook by Olivia Purvis (256 pages) ★★★
I'm always looking on Amazon to see if the kindle books on my ridiculously long wish list have reduced in price and thankfully two books on my wish list were reduced to 99p in the first week of July, including, The Insecure Girl's Handbook by blogger Olivia Purvis. I've been following Olivia on Instagram for a while and I adore her style, photos and humour so I had to pick up this ebook. As the title suggests, the book focuses on insecurity in all its forms and everything that accompanies feelings of insecurity such as negative thoughts or your inner critic, measuring 'success', comparison, body image issues and more. 

I related to so much of this book especially in terms of comparing my achievements (or lack of) to others, thinking that I have to accomplish everything by a certain age and body image issues. I liked her humour and personality throughout the book, it was an easy read, I liked the interviews and I found the tips and quotes interesting as well as comforting in a way as it reminded me that so many of us are struggling with the same issues, thoughts and feelings. I did find it quite repetitive especially with the recaps after every section but I think it is a great book, especially for those who do suffer with insecurity. 

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker (336 pages) ★★★★
I read City of Light by Holly Tucker a couple of months ago and utterly adored it (it is one of my favourite books of the year so far) as she manages to make a time spanning and relatively complex time period, event and topics feel like an enthralling TV drama so I was very excited to read Blood Work. It focuses on the history of blood transfusions and all of the politics, debate, ethics, professional rivalry, successes and failures along the way. As with City of Light, the book focuses on a number of individuals and a specific event but it also encompasses the wider history and setting too. 

I adore the authors writing as it is so easy to read, page turning (something I didn't think I'd really find in a non-fiction read), interesting and drama filled. Holly Tucker manages to paint such a vivid picture of not only the main individuals and the events that are unfolding but also the setting so it feels at times like a captivating historical fiction read! However...there were so many aspects of the book, especially the first 30% that were so difficult to read as it contained horrifying, despicable animal torture and animal experiments that I found utterly heartbreaking. 

Sadly I didn't find this read as compelling or as interesting as her previous book; however I did find it intriguing and it contained a tonne of facts, historic events and individuals I didn't know about. I would recommend this read if you are interested in the topic but be aware of the heart wrenching information about animal experiment that I found very difficult to read. I'd also highly recommend her other book, City of Light, which is my favourite of the two. 

The Victoria Letters: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen (The Official Companion to the ITV Series) by Helen Rappaport (327 pages) ★★★
Next up, a bit of an unusual book for me but it was a quick and interesting read that was free on Kindle Unlimited. If you didn't know, I utterly adore history (one of my biggest regrets was being persuaded to study chemistry at college instead of history as I'd wanted) but one of my least favourite time periods to read about is the victorian era because, you know, the awful attitudes towards women, colonialism, horrendous treatment of the poor and children, I could go on. Also I'd read a book that previously included a section on Queen Victoria (Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes) which left me with an insight into how unusual she was, such as her strange views on her own children and how controlling and volatile she was; however that was somewhat explained by her upbringing, mother and her isolated childhood as explored in this read. 

However, I'm glad I read this TV show accompaniment as it did include quite a lot of information I wasn't aware of in terms of the other people close to the Victoria such as Melbourne and her Uncle Leopold, among others. I'm glad the book didn't solely focus on Victoria and instead encompassed a wider context with the main individuals that affected her life, reign and UK politics. I'd recommend it if you like the show or the Victoria era in general but it's not something I'll ever re-read. 

An Enchantment Of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (304 pages) ★★★ (3.5)
Towards the end of the month, I decided to start a free 30 day trial of Scribd which is a book, magazine and audiobook subscription service in which you can read/listen to an unlimited number of books or audiobooks for £9.99 per month. I've heard good things about the service so I started the trial and I'm so glad that I did as they had so many books as well as audiobooks that I was going to buy in August (August is my birthday month so it's an easy excuse to spend!) but now I don't have to. 

The first book I finished via Scribd was a YA fantasy read following Isobel, a master painter, who is in demand as a portrait artists by the fairies. Fairies within this world cannot create anything so they require humans to write and paint for them. Isobel is commissioned by the autumn fairy prince to paint his portrait and what follows is a hunt, an exploration into the darker side of the magical fairy world (where things are the opposite of what they appear to be) and a budding romance between Isobel and the autumn prince. 

This book pulled me out of my reading slump as it was such a quick, very easy and enjoyable read filled with magic, deception, an adorable sulking prince and a sweet romance. I don't ever read books involving fairies but I loved the version of fairies which portrayed them as conniving, devious, dark and disturbing! If you're looking for an easy and magical fantasy read then definitely check it out. 

Skincare by Caroline Hirons (audiobook) ★★★★
The next audiobook was by the queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons. I've been watching her Youtube channel for a year or so and I love her no nonsense, easy to follow and straightforward approach to delivering skincare advice and product recommendations with her sarcastic and almost blunt humour, all of which were present in her audiobook. Caroline narrates the audiobook herself which I loved and I think the book (or audiobook) would be ideal for anyone, whether you are a complete skincare novice, beauty blogger, skincare junkie or if you just want to learn more about the fundamentals of skincare and skincare ingredients. 

She includes easy to follow steps for looking for your skin with specific advice and product recommendations for all skin types and conditions. I knew some of the tips, advice and the more famous products but there were still so many facts and tips that I didn't know such as: don't use eye cream as your last skincare step, wash your pillow cases at least once a week and how much SPF to use - it's so much more than you think. 

Along with a baffling number of comparisons to bras and teaspoons, the audiobook is filled with so much useful information, not just about common skincare myths or generic tips but very specific information such as your post-exercise skincare routine for your skin type and skincare recommendations for those with various health conditions, for example. Also the audiobook has a bonus section at the end with a Q&A with Caroline as well as bloopers which I did chuckle at! I will be buying the physical book as I know I'll want to re-read - highly recommend! 

Monsters You Should Know by Emma San Cartier (112 pages) ★★★
Now a few short reads from Scribd to finish my July reading wrap-up, the first is an adorably illustrated book all about various mythological creatures from around the world. It's a very short but very cute read with the most wonderful illustrations, that would be ideal for older children or young teens. It's an adorable little book that was perfect to flick through while lounging in the sun. 

Make Yourself Cosy by Katie Vaz (128 pages) ★★★
Another very short and sweet read that is filled with beautifully illustrated ideas of self cafe, relaxation, cosy days at home and lazy days. As with the previous book, my favourite aspect has to be the illustrations as well as the occasional recipes. I think it's a lovely little book that would make a sweet gift, especially during the colder months as that's the quintessential cosy time. 

The Make-Up Manual by Lisa Potter Dixon (160 pages) ★★
After reading and loving Skincare by Caroline Hirons, I wanted to read more make-up and skincare books so when I saw this book on Scribd by the famous Benefit Cosmetics makeup artist, I had to read it. Sadly, it contained only general and almost old fashioned makeup tips as well a some contradictory skincare advice that Caroline Hirons advised against! I personally didn't like the layout of the book and none of the information was new to me. The only section I found useful at all was all about brows but other than that it was so disappointing. I think I'd only really recommend this book to teens or those with no knowledge of makeup at all.

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Anderson (112 pages) ★★★
I've read a previous illustrated comic from this author so I thought I'd read another as they are relatable, entertaining and easy - perfect to get out of a reading slump. I liked her previous comic and this one has the same art style (which I love), simple layout and humour. I think they are very relatable and entertaining short comics that most people would enjoy. 

The Terracotta Bridge by Zen Cho (51 pages) ★★★
I've been loving short fantasy and translated novellas this year so I was happy to see this one on Scribd as it's been on my Amazon wish list for a while. We follow Siew Tsin after she has been married off to one of the richest men in hell (yes hell, complete with demons) and she tries to reconcile with his first wife and new artificial wife. I loved the setting, the premise and the inspiration of the Chinese afterlife; although it's such a strange read! I will be picking up more from this author in the future though. 

Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley (53 pages) ★★★
As with most of the books I read in July this one is a combination of beautiful illustrations and a low page count, it has definitely helped me get out of my reading slump! Other-Wordly looks at unusual words from various languages and explains the meaning alongside gorgeous illustrations. It would make such a lovely gift or coffee table book!

Galata by Madeline Miller (20 pages) ★★★
Last but not least is a very short story by Madeline Miller, an author I've wanted to read for a while. We follow a sculptor who has created the most perfect woman out of marble and his sculpture has been blessed by the goddess with life. I didn't read anything about this short story beforehand and I am not familiar with the ancient greek myth that it was inspired by so I had no idea what to expect and it was a little shocking, unusual and bizarre, if I'm honest. If you like greek myths then it might be of interest to you. 

Have you read any of these books? What have you read in July? 

Wedding Guest Dresses ft. Goddiva

Friday, July 31, 2020
Images from Goddiva
Collaborative post (not paid)

Lockdown may still be in place, especially if you are based in Greater Manchester as I am but if you do have any formal events, weddings or parties to attend in the next few weeks or months, then you will be sure to find a dress (or two) to dazzle from Goddiva. As well as wedding dresses, they also offer a wide range of bridal, eveningand bridesmaid dresses. Additionally, you'll find a huge selection of maxi, midi, cocktail, evening, summer, work and casual dresses, in a range of prices, colours and styles.  

Maxi Dresses 
Unless the bride has requested a specific dress code, style or colour scheme, there aren't too many rules when it comes to wedding guest outfits. Make sure your dress isn't white and you should be fine! I think maxi dresses or longer evening dresses are the perfect mix of formal and sophisticated but also comfortable, light (ideal for a summer wedding or a celebration abroad) and elegant. I wore a maxi fitted dress as a bridesmaid a couple of years ago and not only was it comfortable to wear all day but it instantly looked elegant and fitting for the occasion. There are a few of my favourite maxi dresses from Goddiva above which I think would make gorgeous wedding guest or evening dresses

As well as maxi dresses, I think that anything with a little sparkle in the form of sequins makes any outfit or dress look wedding ready! Although I think there is such a thing as too much sparkle so perhaps keep the sequins to a minimum (the dress above as a great example of well placed and simple sparkle) or make sure they are specific to one area of the dress such as the bodice. Goddiva has a wonderful array of sequinned and sparkly dresses, from full on 1920's flapper-style fringe dresses to elegant diffused sequinned maxi dresses. 

Cocktail Dresses
Lastly, if you are unsure of what to wear to the ceremony or the evening party, a simple but elegant cocktail or party dress might be the answer. Ideal for warmer climates or a hot English summers day, a cocktail dress can be sequinned and glamorous, floaty and sophisticated or it can be figure hugging, there are so many opinions to choose from. It is also the style of dress that can be worn to multiple occasions!

What do you think of the Goddiva dresses I've chosen? Do you have any wedding guest advice or wardrobe recommendations? 

DegustaBox - July 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
It's almost the end of July (where has July gone!) so that means it is time for my review of the July DegustaBox. I am lucky enough to be a DegustaBox ambassador so I receive their boxes to review on my blog, although all opinions are my own. Also, as an ambassador, I may receive extra items or more flavours (so I can try more than one of the opinions available) than you will receive if you subscribe. 

*DegustaBox - July 2020 
Each box contains a wide range of snacks, drinks and cooking ingredients for a variety of tastes and diets. Additionally, each box has a theme and the theme for July was 'summer'. The items in the July box are mostly sweet items, rather than the usual mix but they're all great opinions to share as part of a socially distanced summer picnic or snacks for a summer staycation. While this box isn't my favourite of 2020 so far, there are a few items that I loved! 
*Bebeto Part Mix Tub (£2)
There are so many sweet treats within this box so if you have a sweet tooth then you'll have loved this months box. I don't typically have a sweet tooth as I prefer savoury food but I do have one weakness...gummy sweets! I have been ordering from Vegummies during lockdown which has been fulfilling my vegan sweet craving. Sadly the huge tub of sweets within the July box aren't vegetarian or vegan so I passed them onto my mum as she shared them with all of the children in her class as a leaving treat and they loved them. 

*Golden Creek Maple Syrup (£2.49)
I'm reviewing the super sugary options first and my favourite of the sugary treats has to be the Canadian maple syrup blended with sugar syrup. I absolutely love the adorable packaging and I love maple syrup so this item was always going to be one of my favourites from this months selection!
*Natvia Natural Sweetener (£5)
The most expensive item in the July box is a tub of natural sweetener from Natvia which is a brand I haven't tried before. It is composed of naturally sourced GMO free ingredients and can be used not only within hot drinks but also cooking and baking. I have only tried one sweetener before and it wasn't too pleasant but thankfully this one is much better. It isn't sugar but it is sweet enough within hot drinks (I haven't tried it in baking yet) and it doesn't have much of an aftertaste, thankfully. 

*Nesquik All Natural Milkshake Powder (£1.89)
Sticking with more 'natural and healthier' sweet treats is a milkshake powder which contains five natural ingredients including raw sugar cane. It doesn't contain artificial sweeteners or flavourings and the paper packaging is fully recyclable - that is something I hope more manufacturers opt for. I personally don't like milkshakes but I know that so many people love Nesquik!
*Manilife Peanut Butter (60p each)
Two of my favourite items from the box are the two mini tubs of peanut butter. They've been including in a previous DegustaBox and I loved them so I was very happy to receive more! I love peanut butter on toast, within baking and most of all, in thai peanut noodle dishes! I love the original but my favourite of the two is the deep roast crunchy peanut butter. 

*Premier Protein Chocolate Brownie Protein Bar (£1.49)
Usually there are a few snack bars within each box but this month there's only one and it sounds delicious; sadly it isn't vegan though. The bar contains a whopping 20g of protein and only 1.3g of sugar so it is a healthier snack for work, school or on the go. 
*Skinny Food Co Samples 
Moving onto the more savoury options and the first is a mix between savoury and sweet. They are listed as a 'gift' on the leaflet which is something DegustaBox include every so often. You will find a surprise bag of four samples from The Skinny Food Co in your box. Within mine I received the mayo, garlic mayo (obviously the one I was most excited about), ketchup and white chocolate syrup. They contain zero calories which definitely intrigued me and I had high hopes but sadly they were not for me. I didn't read the packaging before trying them after seeing the vegan label and they all (even the mayo and garlic mayo) contain added sweeteners which makes them far, far too sweet for me - not impressed. 

Plant Pops Popped Lotus Seeds - Peanut Butter (£1.50)
Let's get the other disappointing product out of the way and sadly it's the popped lotus seeds snack. I haven't tried lotus seeds before so I was interested to give them a go, especially as they are peanut butter flavoured and we all know how much I love peanut butter. Sadly, they had quite an unusual flavour that we didn't enjoy unfortunately. 
*Pravha Lighter Tasting Pilsner (£2)
The last category and the final three products are all drinks, including the alcoholic item in the box. I personally don't love beer or lager but my dad does so I'm going to pass on this pilsner (a type of lager from the Czech Republic) to him to see if he likes it. 

*Wunda Milk Alternative (£1.99)
The penultimate item is a dairy free milk alternative which is high in protein, low in sugar, low in fat and it is fortified with vitamins including A, D, B2 and B12. I have personally never really consumed cows milk even as a child and over the past five or so years I've only been using oat and almond milk, both of which I love, so I'm interested to try a new alternative. 

Minor Figures Nitro Cold Brew (£1.95)
Last but not least is a cold brew coffee that comes in the most instagram-worthy packaging! I've seen this brand online but haven't tried any of their products. I have the mocha flavour but there are two others you could have received instead. It is a light, dairy free drink that has no added sugar. I really liked this drink and I definitely want to try the other flavours. 

Have you tried any of these products? Don't forget to use the code: DTPL4 to get your box for only £9.99!

The Taste of Italy with Independent Wine

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Happy Sunday! Today's post is a little different as I'm reviewing a selection of Italian wine from Independent Wine which is a new-to-me online wine shop that offers a range of red and white wine, rose, sparkling wine and whisky. I'm featuring Italian wine within today's post but there are options from France, Spain and Argentina available online too. If you follow me on Instagram (@ofbeautyand) then you'll have already had a sneak peek of this post!
No matter which variety you are interested in, the majority of the wine available within their e-shop are award winners so if you are a beginner to the world of wine, you know you are choosing from a great selection. I was very kindly sent two bottles to try, both of which award winners from Northern Italy. Italy is famous for many things, from the delicious cuisine and epic history to its glorious sun-kissed landscape and of course, wine. 

I've been lucky enough to visit a range of cities within Italy from Venice, Florence and Ravenna in the north to Rome, Naples, Bari and the Island of Sicily in the south. So I've indulged in delicious traditional Italian dishes, however I haven't tried had the pleasure of sampling much of their world famous wine. Thankfully, Independent Wine have a great range of awarding winning Italian wine to bring the taste of Italy to your door. 
*Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018 (£19.90)
I'll start with the red wine which contains the Sangiovese grape variety; harvested between September and October, the wine is then aged for one year within oak barrels to maintain a rich but fresh and floral flavour. The aromas and notes include dried red cherries, chocolate, raspberries, strawberries, red currant and sweet cakes, among others. I personally prefer light and sweet rose or white wine but I'm always happy to try other varieties as I am very much a beginner when it comes to wine tasting so I'm glad I was able to try an option I wouldn't have otherwise tried. I have to admit that it is a little strong, rich and more acidic compared to what I've tried previously but I do love the rich berry flavours. 
*Malvirà Saglietto Arneis 2016 (£19.90)
Last but not least is my favourite option of the two I was very kindly sent from Independent Wine. The white wine is produced in an organic winery and is carbon neutral so if a more environmentally friendly option is something you are interested in then Malvirà is the winemaker to keep in mind. The winery is constructed deep underground with geothermal heating and cooling systems which sounds like a James Bond villain's version of a winery! Composed of the Arneis white grape variety and matured using both oak barrels and stainless steel vats, the wine has a high acidity but a light, refreshing flavour. With lingering notes of tropical fruits, lemon and pear, I also get a moreish cooked apple flavour. I think both options would be great summer alfresco dinner with family and friends, while socially distancing, of course. 

I also wanted to mention Zzysh, the wine preserver I use, which I've reviewed previously on my blog. 

For more information, check out their e-shop or their knowledge base!

Are you a wine lover? Will you be visiting Independent Wine to browse their selection? 

Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Gift Bag

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sanctuary Spa has been a staple in my bathroom cabinet since I was a teenager, which was too long ago and it's not something I want to think about as I approach my 30's. Without fail, every birthday or Christmas I would very happily receive a Sanctuary Spa gift set from my parents, friends, cousins or aunties as it was a firm favourite with everyone, myself included. There are more photos of the set including the towel and bag on my Instagram stories!

I was very happy to receive their new limited edition summer gift set which includes the watermelon shower gel, watermelon body scrub, watermelon jelly in-shower body moisturiser and the watermelon mist, all of which are full sized products. As well as all of the summer scented bath and body products you also receive a large gift bag (that would be an ideal beach or pool bag) and a cute watermelon print beach towel. I think this gift would be perfect for a coast or beach staycation this summer. 
*Sanctuary Spa Watermelon In-Shower Radiance Jelly 
I'll start with one of my favourites from the set, the radiance jelly which is an after-shower moisturiser that is very similar to their existing moisture miracle which I reviewed as part of a Latest In Beauty box last year. I have received a couple of the smaller sizes of the moisture miracle and I loved them so I knew I'd like this version too. 

I love the packaging of all Sanctuary Spa products and these are no different but the scent is. I personally adore the original Sanctuary Spa scent as it is not only lovely but it is also very nostalgic and almost comforting. I do like the new summery watermelon scent as it is very refreshing but I do prefer the original scent overall. I love using products like this as I am quite lazy when it comes to body moisturising so in-shower and quick options are always what I'll reach for over a traditional body lotion. 

*Sanctuary Spa Watermelon Body Scrub
Even though I tend to skip body lotion out of laziness, I always love to use a body scrub as who doesn't love the feeling of squeaky clean and smooth skin! I do have a few favourite body scrubs, however, I find that most just aren't...scrubby enough. If the body scrub doesn't feel like it is sanding my skin then I'm going to be disappointed. Thankfully, the Sanctuary Spa scrub is a great combination of scrubby particles and shower gel. The scrub leaves my skin incredibly smooth and soft but with a subtle fruity scent that I like more with each use. While I love the radiance jelly, I think the scrub might actually be my favourite product from this cute summer set. 
*Sanctuary Spa Watermelon Shower Gel 
I think that out of all of the Sanctuary Spa products available in their range, the shower gel and the salt scrub have to be their most beloved and famous products. I know that both the scrub and shower gels are my favourites from their extensive range, closely followed by the beautifully designed gift sets! The watermelon shower gel is just as lovely to use and effective as their original but again it has the new summery fruity scent that I thought I wouldn't love but I'm enjoying more and more. 

*Sanctuary Spa Watermelon Face and Body Mist
Last but not least is the smallest item in the set and it is an item I haven't tried from Sanctuary Spa previously. I don't think I've tried any of their skincare before but I definitely want to especially the masks as if you've been following me on Instagram (@ofbeautyand) you'll know that I've been loving using face masks much more during lockdown. I don't use face mists very often, unless we have a rare but glorious heatwave in the UK so I wasn't sure if I'd like this product but it actually surprised me. The spray is incredible fine unlike others I've tried that have felt like a water gun to the face! It's such a light, fine and refreshing mist with a lovely scent that would be great for cooling down on a hot summers day. 

Have you tried any products from Sanctuary? Will you be picking up this great value limited edition set?