Monday, 14 February 2011

A Valentine's Gift: Neal's Yard Power Berry Skincare Essentials.

Last week my boyfriend told me he’d figured out the perfect Valentine’s Day present for me but I needed to pick either berry, orange or rose. I had no idea what he was going to get me and I wasn’t expecting anything because all of his hard earned pennies are going towards refurbishing his new house but I opted for the berry option, still totally in the dark. A few days later the nice delivery man brought a little Neal’s Yard box to my door and I knew I would love whatever was inside.

My gift was all beautifully wrapped with a cute Neal’s Yard ribbon and an adorable little message on the gift tag that I am going to keep forever because I’m soppy like that! I had to photograph the gift-wrap because it’s just pretty and makes it extra special so if you ever send someone a gift from Neal’s Yard you can get it beautifully wrapped!

I opened it pretty much straight away after spending a few minutes debating whether I should save it for Valentine’s Day or not. In the end I decided I couldn’t possibly wait that long, I’m super impatient! I was so excited when I saw what was inside because I’ve had my eye on this for quite a while. They haven’t had their trial sized essentials kits for very long but I’m so pleased that they do because it’s always lovely to try mini versions before spending the money on something you’re not sure you’ll love.

Without even knowing it I managed to pick the option that I would have gone with if I had known what my gift was going to be so I’m super happy about that. I got the Power Berry Skincare Essentials kit and it comes with a 50ml facial wash, a 30ml moisturiser and a 20g face mask. The bottles may look tiny, how cute is the little face mask pot, but I think these are going to last me quite a while.

I have had the Power Berry Daily Moisture before and I use it in the summer time sometimes as my daytime moisturiser but also mixed in with my foundation to make it more like a tinted moisturiser. It’s very light, suitable for sensitive skin and really lovely for youthful skin. The full size moisturiser costs £22.50.

Neal’s Yard face washes have always been on my list of things I have to try but I’ve been trying to use up the ones I have over the past few months. I’ve been using the Power Berry Facial Wash for the past week now and so far I think it’s a beautiful product. It’s very gentle and Neal’s Yard say it gently cleanses, soaks up skin-ageing free radicals and is soothing with aloe vera. I’ve been using this after my cleanser and you need the tiniest amount so I can see this little bottle lasting me a while. The full sized facial wash costs £14.80.

The Power Berry Facial Mask is a product that I have always wanted to try and I’ve had lots of people recommend it to me. The one thing that’s always put me off is the fact the jars are quite small and I wasn’t sure how long it would last. So far I’ve used this mask twice and look at how much I still have left! As you can see it looks like jam, essentially it does feel like you’re smearing jam all over your face and I love it! You can leave it on for up to 10 minutes and then when you rinse it off with warm water it turns into a milky consistency and you can use the little particles to gently exfoliate your skin. The mask gives you an instant radiance boost, it’s suitable for sensitive skin and includes moisturising fair trade Brazil nut oil. I really really love this and I have no doubt that I will be purchasing a full sized pot of this in the near future! The full sized pot costs £24.50 and I think it’s worth every penny!

I still owe my boy a Christmas present & I’m waiting on him to tell me what he needs for his house, but I had to send him a Valentine’s gift and wanted to get a little something for the house. I found lots of adorable little salt & pepper shakers ranging from beach huts to elephants, so I gave him all the options and made him pick one without knowing what he was choosing. He definitely chose my favourite so I quickly ordered the last one of these adorable bird salt & pepper pots. I adore them, they’re super cute and I think they’re going to look adorable in his kitchen when it’s all finished! I’ve decided I’m the yellow bird and he’s the blue bird!

Did you receive a Valentine's gift this year?
xoxo

P.S. I hope you’re all having a lovely Valentine’s Day whatever you’re doing. I hope you get to spend it with someone you love, whether that’s your other half, your best friends, your pets or your family! I wish I could spend the day with my boy, but it’s okay because I know we’ll get to be together soon. This is our year, I just know it. ♥

28 comments:

  1. Ohhh how lovely!! You lucky girl you! You've got a keeper there! Jim didn't get me anything haha! xx

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  2. Aww, such a lovely gift :) You're one lucky lady!

    My boy took me shopping on saturday and bought me lots of make up (I obvs chose it all :P) and some bodycare/skincare items (Lush). Hope he'll bring me flowers tonight (after work) ;)
    Never usually celebrate valentines day but receiving/giving presents is always fun ;)

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  3. Oh that was so lovely of him! Even though you aren't with your boy you can snuggle up with Ralphie, I'm sure he would appreciate any love coming his way! :)

    Sarah x

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  4. What a sweet gift! Those toiletries look lovely.
    I'm at work at the moment, and just received a gorgeous bouquet of roses and lillies from my boy! ♥ It's such an amazing feeling, isn't it.
    x

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  5. @The Roxy Loves - Aww, tell him to go and get you some flowers! hehe <3
    @Miss A - Aww that's so lovely! Enjoy your goodies!
    @Sarah - Hehe I'll be giving Ralphie extra love today! And a carrot hehe.
    @Lauren - Aww that's so adorable! You've got a keeper there <3

    xoxo

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  6. That's fasntastic how well he knows you, great little present to recieve :)

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  7. Those salt and pepper shakers are so cute!! :D

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  8. Wow what a beautiful gift you lucky girl! I havent got anything this year big boo! but that's because we are moving out next year so its boring old save save save! It will all be worth it in the end! :o) xx

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  9. What a gorgeous gift, you're so lucky!

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  10. That is so lovely of him :) and yes i do quite believe its your year too:) v.happy for you! xxx

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  11. What a lovely gift! I'm so sorry you guys can't be together today...
    Me and Tom don't do Valentine's at all, but today is our second official night in the flat and he's not even going to be here! He's at a gig in glasgow and then going back to his mum's so I've got the place to myself, kind of glad we don't do Valentine's since that's the case haha.
    Hope you're well lovey xxx

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  12. That's an amazing gift..your lucky!!
    My boyfriend is away in Paris but he sent me a strawberry and nuts cream cake in the shape of a heart :)Happy valentine's Day :D
    Steffie @
    www.thechicorner.blogspot.com

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  13. @Peacock Lace Face - I know bless him, wasn't expecting it at all!
    @Raffles Bizarre - Hehe I love them so much! I had to get them!
    @Lulu B - Aww it'll definitely be worth it! <3
    @Cherry Pullinger - I know! He spoils me!
    @City Girls Fashion Box - Aww thank you!
    @Heather-Louise - Aww! It's nice having the place to yourself sometimes! Have a girly night! <3
    @Steffie - I know, so lucky! Aww that's adorable <3

    xoxo

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  14. This looks lovely! I adore Neal's Yard stuff, I swear by their lip balm, and it smells so lovely without making me want to eat it!

    Penny x

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  15. This is such a thoughtful present, and the packaging is completley adorable, I keep (pretty much all) tags too xx

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  16. i wonder if you'd have the same effect if you simply smeared jam on your face.. sometime i'll have to experiment, who knows, as ridiculous as it sounds it's fairly possible, right? but this is all quite lovely, he must adore you <3 and i hope you had a great valentine's.

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  17. Awww, your boyfriend is so sweet! You're so lucky :)

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  18. Lucky you! And haha I agree the facial wash does look like jam!
    xx

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  19. aw that's such a lovely present! so cute of your boyfriend :) happy valentines day love xo

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  20. Aw how lovely! The face mask actually looks proper yummy!

    I had a very chilled out Valentine's as my boy was working a split shift, but we managed to have a bit of Gary Tank Commander time and a yummy lunch.

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  21. @Penny - Ooh I've not tried a lipbalm from them, I really must!
    @Alice - It's nice to keep them! <3
    @Kat - Ooh maybe. I think it might be way stickier though! <3
    @Jane - I know, I'm so spoiled!
    @Georgie - <3
    @KLEE - Thank you sweets, happy valentine's to you too!
    @Alison - It is super nice! Aww that's lovely! <3

    xoxo

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  22. That is such a lovely gift :) I hope you get to spend next Valentines Day with him! <3

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  23. @Jazzy E - They have some gorgeous products! xo

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  24. i love this blog, it's so sweet :) i have neal's yard eyeliner, it's really good! x

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  25. how sweet of him!!

    xoxo

    www.afashionhouseofcards.blogspot.com

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  26. What a lovely present, how thoughtful of your boyfriend! x

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