Earlier this week, I was invited to a Neal’s Yard pamper morning in my local area, hosted by the lovely Heidi Ringshaw who is a consultant for the brand. With an array of products on offer to sample and buy on the day, including the opportunity to enjoy treatments, fruit teas and cake, it sounded like a beauty bloggers heaven, so I couldn’t wait to go along and to try out what was on offer!
Although I have previously heard about Neal’s Yard, I have never before had the opportunity to try their products (honestly, I call myself a beauty blogger), so I was eager to have a look around and test a few out. As someone who suffers from fairly sensitive skin, Neal’s Yard products are perfect, as they are 100% organic, natural and paraben free. It is also refreshing to hear that each and every product in the range is made and produced in the UK, which makes a change from the numerous cosmetics brands which are made overseas (and are often found to have harmful chemicals and parabens in).
I absolutely love the overall feel of the products, as they are both beautifully packaged and smell amazing. With aromatherapy oils and natural ingredients, each product feels very luxurious and relaxing. The body butters and moisturizers are all very rich, but they glide on smoothly to skin and leave it feeling soft and supple, rather than sitting on the top and feeling heavy. One of my favourite products is the Sensual Jasmine Body Cream, which is gorgeously fragrant, but somehow – doesn’t react to my skin at all (usually my skin comes out in a rash if I use heavily fragranced products). I’ve been using it constantly since I attended the pamper morning and it leaves skin feeling unbelievably smooth.
Above: yes, this is me (in relaxed mode). How lovely do my new brows look?!
Heidi kindly gave me several products to try out at home, which I have enjoyed testing out over the last few days (my bedroom now smells like a spa!). Alongside the Sensual Jasmine Body Cream (mentioned above), my other favourites and recommendations include the White Tea Enriching Facial Mask – which although looks and feels a little like thin pale mud (at first), it is the most amazing face mask in terms of smoothing skin, evening out any blemishes and toning down redness. I have tried EVERYTHING on the planet it seems to shrink my pores and tone down the red blotches on my face and so far, this is the only product that has worked for me. I am going to review all of the products on my blog next week, as I feel there is so much to say that they deserve their own post – stay tuned!
Above: before and after brows!
If beauty products galore wasn’t enough, I was also lucky enough to be able to have my eyebrows threaded during the pamper morning, which (although some might call me mad) was a real treat, as I have never really had my brows professionally shaped. As a rather overzealous and regular eyebrow plucker, the process itself didn’t hurt too much – but I do agree with the statement that threading gives you a much nicer shape. The overall result of the threading was amazing, my brows are so much neater, tidier and a far better shape. I was a little shocked at first about quite how different they looked, as I have been used to staring in the mirror and seeing two great slugs staring back at me. Nicky, the therapist did such a fantastic job, I’m not sure I can go back to plucking them myself!
On the way home from the pamper morning, I started thinking – not only is Neal’s Yard Remedies a great brand for consumers, but it is also a fantastic business opportunity for any skincare lovers or beauty bloggers, who are looking for an extra income or job opportunity. Similar to Avon, NYR offers consultancy opportunities, where you buy a starter kit (£95 for £200 worth of products), and then you can start selling products to friends, family and online (you can even have your very own website provided for free), host pamper mornings and beauty parties in your local area. Heidi told me she not only enjoys working for a brand with such great products, but also loves the social side of the business – as she can host pamper mornings and build relationships with her clients, whilst talking about what she loves.
If you would like to find out more, please visit Heidi’s website – here.