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Cognito Luxury Lip Balm – Coconut, Plum, Vanilla, Strawberry, White Chocolate

Published April 11, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Lip Balms

We all have tubes of it dotted around the house, in our bags and coat pockets.

Why do we have so many?

Some of them smell yummy, some really moisturise, some I have bought just for the super cute packaging.

Nothing has ever stood out for me.

I have now discovered the exception to the rule. It ticks all boxes

It smells mouth wateringly good. Which will always entice me to use it.

The ingredients are natural with no nasty chemicals.

The container is a gorgeous pale blue glass that would not look out of place on a dressing table.

Cognito Luxury Lip Balm


They have introduced 5 new Luxury Lip Balms to their range and I was sent some of the flavours to try. I wish there was smellavision, because they are actually making my mouth water. I have always loved coconut so thought coconut macaroon would be my favourite, but the plum crumble has swayed me.


They come in the following flavours

White Chocolate Truffle

Strawberry Cheesecake

Plum Crumble

Coconut Macaroon

Vanilla Ice Cream


Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) butter, Cera Alba (beeswax), Oryza Sativa  (rice) Bran oil, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus  Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Vaccinium  Macrocarpon (cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aroma, benzyl alcohol, anise alcohol, benzoate.

No Paraffin or Petroleum derivatives


Apply to lips as often as needed. Excess balm can be massaged into cuticles, hands, elbows, in fact anywhere that has dry skin.


As soon as I looked at the ingredients I knew this was going to be a fabulous balm. I love products with Shea Butter in them. It melts at normal body temperature and is full of vitamins. I had not come across some of the other ingredients before and had to research the benefits of some of the oils included.

I am including an explanation of the oils, in case you are not familiar with them either

Cranberry Seed Oil – It contains one of the highest anti oxidants of all fruit/veg oil. Rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and vitamin A, C, E and K.

Apricot Kernel Oil – It is a great oil for dry skin where it nourishes and protects. Rich in vitamins A, B and E. Calming and soothing

Rice Bran Oil – It has a high sterol content making it invaluable in the fight against free radicals.

I have been applying this luxury lip balm morning and night and can see an improvement in the skin texture.

It leaves a delicate sheen on the lips. It is not greasy at all, so you can pop it on before going out , with no fear of your hair sticking to your lips.

Available from

Cognito Spa

And selected beauty salons


Etude House Blending Sleeping Cream – Korean Spoon Sleep Mask

Published March 17, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

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Sleeping pack varieties

Olive – Richly Moist

Royal Jelly – Firm & Moist

Shea Butter – Nourishing & Moist

Evening Primrose – Shine & Moist

Blueberry – Antioxidant & Moist

Rosehip – Bright & Moist

Seaweed – Smooth & Moist

Green Tea – Clear & Moist


Instructions for use

1. Squeeze paper cover to slightly open up and remove enclosed spoon.

2. Remove sealing cover slowly starting from the end of spoon handle.

3. Break off the spoon from pack container and evenly blend together golden herb water-gel and cream with spoon’s smaller end.

4. Pick up blended Sleeping Cream with hands and evenly apply a certain amount onto face.

Wear overnight and rinse off with lukewarm water the next morning. (Roseroseshop)


My review

The first time I used these, I made the mistake of using the whole pack on the first night. Yes it left me with a wonderfully plump moisturised face, but it also moisturised my pillow and quilt. I now get about 3 nights wear out of these sleeping packs. I have read that some people get 5 days use!

Just remember to seal them up after opening, so that they do not go dry after the first night. Popping it in a small plastic bag works just fine.

In the morning there is no residual stickiness but I can feel it slightly in the shower when the water hits my face. All of them deliver a very good moisture hit.

My favourite is the seaweed sleeping mask. It smells lovely and really plumps up my skin in the night.

I alternate between this one and the shea one. I have always liked shea butter. I used to swathes it neat on my skin when I was younger and I am sure it helped to keep some of the wrinkles at bay, even if it did ruin every pillowcase I have possessed.

They are available at Roseroseshop for only $1 each plus shipping, which I think is great value for money

In fact this is how much I love them

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What do you think of them? Are there any sleeping masks you prefer?