I'm sure by now you all know that I love fashion, makeup and supporting the strength and growth of other women. What you probably don't know is that I am a veggie going on vegan, petition signing nature lover. So, when I come across a product that is awesome AND awesome for you, I find it very difficult to resist!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by Batty's Bath, a botanical skin care brand from Ontario, Canada. They have a wicked selection of natural, remedies and potions for your skin, and luckily I offered to send me two samples! I wanted absolutely everything of course, so we began with their Charcoal and Lemon Detox Mask and the all natural Whipped Cream Foundation.
So why Batty's Bath Charcoal Detox Mask?
There are plenty of active Charcoal Masks out there, but what makes this one so special is the additional ingredients that work together to sooth and brighten up your skin.
Charcoal is well known for it's absorption properties, drawing out toxins. Put this miracle mask all over your face and let it soak deep into your pores and draw out all the built up dirt and grime clogging up your poor pores.
Whilst Charcoal is being a babe and cleaning up your skin, the Aloe Leaf juice is busy soothing. Aloe is most commonly used for burns and chronic skin conditions such as eczema. The Egyptians called it the plant of immortality, and for good reason. Aloe possesses moisturising and healing properties that calm and repair the skin. The two active hormones (Auxin and Gibberellins) heal broken skin and reduce inflammation. Gibberellins is also acts as a growth hormone, stimulating the renewal of skin cells and reducing scarring. Did I mention that Aloe includes 75 different nutrients too? Win Win!
Batty is spoiling us now, adding some Lemon Oil to the mix. It's an omnipotent antioxidant so it kills all bacteria whilst gently toning your skin, making for a more even complexion.
USING THE MASK:
So, as the directions suggested, I slathered this stuff generously over my face. It has a smooth, gel like texture that spreads on the skin with ease. It smells fresh due to the Aloe, and even leaves the fingers you used to apply it feeling buttery smooth!
Yeah, charcoal is black, but because the face mask has other awesome ingredients, this mask is actually semi transparent. It dries quite nicely, giving a taut feeling after a while. Directions say to leave this miracle mask on for up to an hour, so of course I just spend my time trying to organise photoshoots for the blog (it's a nightmare) and watching How I Met Your Mother.
Once my time is up, I make sure I have an exfoliator at hand so I can gently scrub away all those impurities! Better to use a natural one such as Batty's Bath Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub, but otherwise I make sure it's something eco friendly without those awful plastic beads in!
Now I apply just a little bit of moisuriser to my face and I am ready to rumble! My skin is feeling smooth, soft, hydrated and super clean! I love using this mask and now include it in my weekly skin care routine. It's so easy to use and has made such a big difference to my complexion. As I have sensitive combination skin, it has made all the difference using a product with natural ingredients.
Now For the Foundation!
When adorning your skin with such luxurious products, one should not really whack on makeup straight after BUT.. when you're slapping on Batty's very own foundation, I think we can make an exception.
What's so awesome about Batty's Whipped Foundation is the ingredients she spoils us with. Most foundations have chemicals that dry out the skin whilst clogging up your pores, leaving it dry and prone to break outs.
This all natural product contains skin loving ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil and Shea Butter. There are seven shades in total and each one is formulated from 100% natural, vegan and Gluten free ingredients. What I love is that Batty has added Zinc and Titanium Dioxide, both acting as a natural layer of protection from the suns rays.
Using it daily for a fortnight I have really noticed a difference in my skin. It's clearer, smoother, and less prone to flaking and break outs. I apply it with clean hands and/or a clean makeup sponge. The texture is thick and creamy, though when applied it is lightweight and easy to build up for both light and heavier coverage. I also don't need to reapply throughout the day, which is great because I have an extremely busy work schedule.
What's best is that I could use it to cover up my problem areas, and the foundation got to work repairing my skin whilst making me look damn fine!
I have really enjoyed using Batty's Bath products, and I reckon since Payday has just come around, I may just have to spoil myself to a few extra bits. It's really great using beauty products that are good for you! The products are easy to use, beautifully packaged and wonderfully presented. What's even better is that Batty now allows you to purchase samples for just a pinch of the price, so if you're making the switch from conventional makeup to botanical, you can test the products for yourself first!
Batty's Bath currently offers 10% off to all new customers, so get in there quick, you seriously won't be disappointed.