I received this lovely letter from Wahanda the other day.
I am very honored that I have been named one of the top rated businesses on Wahanda. Thank you for all of your support and lovely reviews. There has been a lot of change with MoniqueHBeauty throughout the years but by receiving lovely comments and reviews keep me going.
The festival season is just about to start so I have come up with a few must have beauty products to get through the weekend.
I have been to a few camping festivals in the past including Glastonbury last year. I asked a few experienced festival goers – what essential products should you take to a festival?
The first thing I worried about was what would I be eating. It was a long journey from the car to the campsite so I knew I needed to pack lightly. The food was relatively cheap with some quite healthy but with that extra drinking (if that applies to you) or fast food it’s always good to have some extra supplies.
This is my saviour product especially if by mistake you drink more than you ought to. Have a couple of shots of this before you sleep. It’s very high in antioxidants so it will help kill off any free radical damage and I found that I would wake up feeling well. This is also great for those who have a low immune system – it will prevent you getting ill.
I have heard some of these festivals are now providing a big choice on healthy foods. This is a great shake to have first thing in the morning preventing that hunger feeling. It will also provide you with all the nutrients you need for the day.
The pot this comes in is quite big to carry, so best to empty the amount you need into a plastic bag that will seal easily.
You may be tempted with face-wipes as the ideal travel make-up remover, however they do contain a lot of chemicals and I know for myself I have sensitive skin so I can come up in a rash. I also find they leave a residue and so your face is not totally clean.
A great tip is to buy a few muslin cloths, decant your cleanser into a smaller bottle so it is not too heavy to carry, massage into the face and wipe off with a cloth it maybe a little bit more pricey but you can keep and re-use the cloths afterwards.
Everyone I asked this was in their top ten must-take items! Batiste is a common favourite, however if you are looking for a more gentle formulation. I would recommend Klorane which contains soothing oat milk.
If you are on a budget You can also use cornstarch as this is the main ingredient in some of the products being sold it helps soak up the grease.
This is my favorite eyeliner of all times. I would recommend the MAC pro longwear pencil. You can feel confident that it will last the whole day and won’t smudge under the eyes if its rains – this is especially good news due to the lack of mirrors in the toilets!
This is a light powder which give great coverage. Mineral based powders do not block the pores so its ok if you forget to remove your makeup before you go to sleep. It also contains a spf 15 with titanium dioxde which will protect your skin in the (hopefully!) sunny weather.
If you have any other top tips or must take products – please tell me in the comments box below!
NEOM Luxury Organics candles are made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances so they burn without releasing harmful
pollutants, toxins or soot. They work as powerful holistic treatments as you breathe in the scented air so it is best to burn them for between 2-4 hours at a time. These smaller travel candles are great to use in smaller rooms such as bathrooms, or for trying new scents.
Each candle has 1 wick and burns for up to 20 hours (30% longer than standard premium candles).
They have different types of scented candles I chose this blend as I love Jasmine and sweet basil, they also come in a bigger size if you want it to burn for longer
It is such a reasonable price compared to other top brands and you know you arent inhaling chemicals just a lovely Aroma
Experience Pukka’s naturally active organic skincare. At its heart is Ayurveda, an ancient Indian philosophy of health and wellbeing, which advocates skin detoxification and nutrient replenishment in the quest for a vital, radiant complexion.
Experience a complete skincare routine inside this collection box. They come in mini sizes So this is a great way to try out the skincare products without spending too much
Gentle Cleanser 10ml Organic Rosewater & Green Tea Skin Purifying Formula Uplifting Toner 10mlOrganic Rose & Orange Flower Skin Firming Formula Radiance Serum Organic Aloe Vera & Manuka Honey Revitalising Formula Deep Moisture Day Cream 10ml Organic Neroli & Shea Butter Deep nuRture Complex Nourishing Night Cream 10ml Organic Frankincense & Avocado Total Repair Complex Firming Face Oil 2ml Organic Starflower, Arnica & Rosehip Mature Skin Formula
Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil, from the Aromatherapy Associates Collection, £37.00
Aromatherapy associates is a highly effective and powerful blend with therapeutic levels of essential oils. They have many different blends of oils live de stress, revive but I love this Relax blend with lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain. It is expertly blended for gentle relaxation to help combat the everyday stresses of a busy lifestyle, this delicate preparation can help to ease tension headaches and uplift your senses. It will help to restore you mentally and physically and will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and supple.
The Relax range gives a little respite at the end of a busy day. Use these soothing blends for gentle or serious relaxation.
All the make up is organic, suitable for vegans Certified Halal and cruelty free, And last very well
You can get this set from a website called Amayra they also do some very nice gift boxes too. The postage is quick.
Hard working hands, £45.95
This is a beautiful gift set to revive and replenish hard working hands and is suitable for all skin types. This collection contains three organic hand products especially created to help nourish your skin.
This set contains:
A zingy, refreshing organic lemon and cedarwood hand wash which cleanses thoroughly without drying hands out, and has great anti-septic and anti-microbial properties
A soothing organic hand lotion which gently moisturises without feeling greasy or just sit on the skin . We have used organic fair-trade shea butter and quenching organic cocoa butter to help your skin to feel lovely and supple. Organic sunflower oil assists in nourishing the skin whilst organic rosehip oil restores the moisture balance to your hands quickly .
An ultra-soothing organic hand cream which has been carefully created to help replenish and restore hard working hands. This contain Geranium which is my favourite and avocado oil which will help moisturize
If you buy any of these products then please let me know what your mother thinks of them
Gift vouchers are also available
For either a treatment or Value
Treat your mum to a lovely Massage, Facial or a lovely Manicure.
I have decided that each week I am going to share with you one of my favorite products that I am currently using.
This week my favourite pick is…
With so many colds and flu’s around I have started to protect myself from those nasty germs that I face on a day to day basis. My life consists of using public transport (tube, trains) almost every day and being in constant contact with people.
I started using Silver Shield by Natures Sunshine last year and noticed that I hardly became ill at all, especially when everyone around me seemed to be suffering from colds. So I highly recommend it, especially if you work with a lot of people, or around children.
I have spoken to the company and found out that this is safe to use on babies and children. They always pick up so many nasty colds and I always find that when you catch a cold from them it always seem ten times worse. It is great that you can use this product as a prevention from illness – as over the counter cold remedies are full of chemicals and contain lot of sugar and flavourings.
Silver shield is a natural antibiotic and has many other uses. It is an excellent disinfectant and can be used to clean surfaces. A tip from a client is that they take this on holiday firstly to prevent catching illness off the place. They also take it before eating to prevent an upset stomach.
If you have a food allergy such as wheat and dairy – take silver Shield before eating and you wont get as bad side effects.
It doesn’t really have a taste so it’s a bit like taking water. Natures Sunshine recommends a teaspoon a day but if you are ill or going to be surrounded by ill people you can take more. If you are protecting yourself against food they recommend you pour some on your food or take it before you eat to kill off any bacteria
This product is definitely something you should have in your cupboard.
I would like to share with you some of my favourite Organic & Natural beauty finds. In my blog you will find an array of different finds that will appeal to you from Homemade beauty Recipes that you can make at home, to the exclusive secret products. I will also include reviews on reasonably priced high street brands, nutrition and natural products.
We all know how bad chemicals are for your skin, so I’ve ensured that all of the products I refer to will contain a minimum amount of chemicals.
About Monique (me)
Before I set up my own therapy room, I worked with one of London’s top facialists at the time. She had her own skin care brand and her focus was on eliminating all petrochemicals from her products. Her vision inspired me.
Having been a therapist for 10 years, I had worked with many beauty facial & body brands that either claimed to be free from chemicals or that marketed themselves in a way that made the customer believe that all the ingredients were from a natural source. I started to research into what the big high street brands actually put in the products to make these claims. I was shocked by the amount of chemicals they used to preserve and bulk up the creams/ lotions.
I made the decision to set up a therapy room of my own, which has given me the freedom to guarantee my clients that I am choosing to either make my own natural product or that I am choosing the best organic product out there, depending on their skin need.
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