National No Make-Up Day: pink box surprise

22 March 2012

About 3 days ago, I had a very intriguing email from Pegasus PR saying they'd like to send me a secret pink box and that it was to do with National No Make-Up Day. Today actually is National No Make-Up Day (I wonder how many of us are actually participating?!) and in perfect timing, a HUGE pink box arrived for me. This almost felt like extreme idea what's in the box, but the box is 4 times bigger. Filled inside the pink box I found a months supply of 8 different products, all from Holland and Barrett, focusing on skincare. Skincare is something I find quite important in my daily routine, so this was a really exciting treat for me. Plus, it really fits in with the whole 'no make-up thing'. I've never bought anything from Holland and Barrett skincare wise so this is going to be a whole new experience for me.

What I received:

Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil: I've heard my mum talk about this before, and I know that a lot of people use it in the Caribbean on their hair and skin, but I've never used it. Apparently, when Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr (Orlando Bloom's wife) admitted she doesn't go a day without coconut oil, H&B sales of this went up 50%! It is meant to be fabulous for the skin, especially dry skin, but can also be used for conditioning hair. This coconut oil can also be used for cooking too - talk about a multi-functional product!

Dr Organic's Manuka Honey Skin Lotion: On first smell, this smells very much like L'Occitane with their honey range. It includes Manuka Honey, Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil, and has no artificial colours or fragrances. It's ticking lots of boxes for me! The lotion is meant to rebalance the body's natural moisture levels and bio-activates the skin's cell structure leaving skin feeling smooth, firm and healthy. Now I don't know much about cell structure, but it smells great, and having smooth, healthy skin is what we're all after, right? Presenter Jameela Jamil uses and loves it and says she wants to eat her face it smells so food. I think I will stick to just using it on my skin ;)

Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C: Hyaluronic Acid is apparently a substance that occurs naturally in skin and helps it deal with allergies and sensitivities, meaning with this little boost, you should have a firm and youthful skin tone. The Vitamin C helps to form natural collagen. This should be an interesting one to try..

Hydrolysed Collagen: This is basically a 'no needle' form of collagen. Natural collagen is a protein that we have in our skin, and this is meant to help keep everything as it should be. It sounds similar to the Hyaluronic Acid, but I will give it a go, definitely.

Argan Oil: Kylie Minogue appears to be a fan of Argan Oil. This oil is apparently one of the rarest oils in the world, as the tree it comes from only grows in a very specific area in Morocco. It's rich in fatty acids which helps to prevent skin wrinkling and become more toned. It can also be used for hair repair after sun damage. Sounds like a fab product to me. Could it be similar to moroccan oil? I'm not sure, but I can't wait to try!

Skin Hair & Nails Formula: When looking at the vitamins included in these tablets, it almost seems like a powerful multivitamin focused on skin, hair and nails. However, I will give these a go as taking vitamins is never a bad thing!

Dr Organic's Anti-Aging Hand and Nail Cream: This smells as fab as the lotion..very L'Occitane-esque. It has so many lovely oils in it such as Sandalwood, Lemon Peel, Patchouli etc. With first test, it feels and smells lovely, so I'm going to pop this into my handbag and see how it goes!

Dr Organic's Rose Otto Facial Serum: This item really does intrigue me. It seems to be an oily toner that sets into the skin. It's filled with gorgeous oils again and genuinely smells like a massive bunch of roses. It's meant to lock in moisture, so I'll definitely be interested in my test of this, as I do have quite dry skin.

So, I'd say I have a lot to try don't I ladies? I'm not a massive pill taker when it comes to extra vitamins and that. I try to get as much as I can from food so don't usually knock back the tablets. However, it doesn't hurt to try these things and it will be interesting to see if any of these work. Seeing as I have about a month's worth of items, expect sporadic reviews of these items in around May.

Are you taking part in National No Make-Up Day? Personally, I'm using today to focus on my skincare, and sit in the sun with the dog whilst reading a book. We all need a bit of make-up free time sometimes ;)

-Tamsin xxx


  1. ahh I'm so jealous. I take sea kelp daily which is meant to be amazing for hair and nails and swear by coconut oil and argan oil for my hair (its nearly identical to morrocan oil quality wise!) and skin!

    I'm going makeup free for today :) but im not a huge makeup wearer anyways!


  2. Ahh I didnt know it was national no make up day but I'm not wearing any anyway! I think I need to try some of this stuff xxx

  3. I am definitely wearing makeup today, I just couldnt force my huge cheek spot on the world! Altho yesterday I wore no foundation (but loads of mascara!). This is such a cute little box, what a nice surprise! I've been thinking about taking a few vitamins recently AND I just found out about the 50 uses of coconut oil so I will have to invest! xxx

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  4. Oh wow what a great bundle!

  5. Wow, what a fab box.
    I only ever wear make up when I go out so today has been an average non make up day for me anyway :-)
    I like to let my skin "breathe" and have a break from all the make up.

    Holli x

  6. i love this idea - and the fact that you're using the day as a time to focus on your skin and keeping it healthy from the inside out! xx

  7. Oooh I'll look forward to hearing about the rose serum

  8. The manuka honey stuff is supposed to be insanely good! :D

  9. i got a box too & can't wait to try out everything! The argan oil is my fav :) looking forward to hearing your thoughts! x


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