Alassala - Moroccan Rhassoul Clay

Being the curious beauty enthusiasts that we are, we at The Amazing Blog love experimenting with unique beauty products and techniques. Having already fallen for organic UK brand, Alassala in the past, we were eager to try their intriguing new product: Moroccan Rhassoul Clay. Upholding Alassala’s 100% natural ethos, this ethically produced powder may just be the answer to all of our beauty needs.

Rhassoul Clay has been a multi-tasking beauty tool for centuries. Used to treat a multitude of skin and hair dilemmas, we were impressed to discover that the clay mix can be applied as a natural all-in-one detoxifier, cleanser and softener. With this vast collection of uses, it’s a sure-fire way to declutter your bathroom cabinet. All we needed to do was add few drops of Alassala Moroccan Organic Argan Oil and mix with water, and we were left with a silky smooth clay paste, reminiscent of a luxury spa treatment.  The natural oils allow the soft scrub to treat your skin and hair without any irritation, a quality that we can’t get enough of. Providing care for a variety of skin types, the clay gently absorbs impurities and excess oils from skin and hair, leaving us with baby soft skin, and lusciously smooth locks. Enriched with calcium and potassium, among other beauty boosting minerals exclusively sourced from the Atlas mountains, the product improves skin clarity, elasticity and texture as well as reducing dryness, flakiness and blemishes. The benefits of the clay treatment seem to be endless.

Used by the Royal Family of Morocco, we can certainly see how this natural Moroccan treatment is fit for a queen. You can purchase the Moroccan Rhassoul Clay here for £12.99, and you can shop the rest of the Alassala beauty collection here.

Rouge Bunny Rouge - Raw Garden Palette in Chronos

Here at The Amazing Blog, we can’t get enough of Rouge Bunny Rouge. From eyeliners to face powders, everything we’ve tried has filled our beauty loving office with delight, so we were over the moon when they sent over their new limited edition Raw Garden Palette in Chronos. A selection of five beautiful metallic shades, it’s the perfect palette to have in your arsenal this autumn.

Although you can create a variety of looks with the shades, the selection was created with a smoky eye in mind. Envious of the smoky looks that graced the weekends’ LFW catwalks, we were keen to get creative with these divine hues. Of the five beautifully pigmented shades, we particularly enthralled with the lightest peachy shade, appropriately named ‘Champagne Pewter Highlighter’, as well as ‘Aged Bronze,’ a sumptuous olive colour, which blended together perfectly to create an autumnal sultry look. Adorned with a delicate hummingbird motif, all five colours are designed to complement any eye colour, and every one of them blended like a dream so that mastering our smoky gaze was a breeze for everyone in the office, from novice to expert. To put the icing on this deliciously metallic cake, the five pans are magnetic, so that if you aren’t happy with one of the colours, you can swap it out for your favourite Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow. Although, we can't see why anyone would want to part with any of these gorgeous shades.

If, like us, you can’t wait to start dusting these beautiful hues over your lids, then head over to the Rouge Bunny Rouge website, where you can purchase the Raw Garden Chronos Palette for £43.82.  You can also browse the rest of Rouge Bunny Rouge's make-up delights here.

BRYT Skincare - BRYT Skincare For Him

Being the only male in the office, the grooming products I receive are sadly, but not surprisingly, few and far between. I’m pleased to announce, however, that this has been my lucky week, as The Amazing Blog received a range of mens beauty treats, courtesy of BRYT Skincare.  With a range of skincare for him, from cleanser to moisturiser, I couldn’t wait to go home and get cleansing.

Of the four products that BRYT Skincare kindly sent over; the Boys Foaming Cleanser, Boys Wash, Boys Moisturise and Boys Shave, I was most excited by the Boys Wash. A gentle lathering gel, the first thing that caught me was the smell. The minty scent provided a wonderful morning pick-me-up, and the fact that the product is a 'two in one' for both hair and body makes it ideal for those speedy morning showers when I’ve slept in for a bit too long. Despite being a foaming wash, the product wasn’t drying at all. A combination of amino acids and essential oils from apple, mandarin, lime and orange help to nourish hair and keep skin soft and supple, making it the perfect product to stash in the shower. I was also really impressed with the Boys Shave. Using a Far Eastern approach to shaving, essential oils soften the hair, making it easier and more comfortable to shave, and eradicating awful shaving burn. The soothing formula also includes essence of bergamot, known for its anti-acne properties, which will definitely offer me a helping hand on my bad skin days.

We all know that men are a little more relaxed in their approach to beauty regimes, but BRYT Skincare have put a little excitement back into my skincare routine. With an easy, fuss-free system, and multi-purpose products that simplify the skincare process, my skin will definitely thank me for discovering the BRYT way. Head over to the BRYT Skincare website to grab the Hair and Body Wash For Him for £13.99 here, the Foaming Cleanser For Him for £12.50 here, the Moisturiser For Him for £16.00 here, as well as the Shave for Him here for £15.00.

Gluten Free Baking and Living - Gluten Free Baking Courses

The entire nation seems to be engrossed in The Great British Bake Off at present, and we here at The Amazing Blog are no exception. Week after week, we tune in to marvel at the delicious doughy creations, but it strikes us that it must be near torture for those intolerant to gluten, who cannot join in with the delectable delights. With this in mind, we were delighted to discover these Gluten Free Baking Courses, offered by Gluten Free Baking and Living.

We all know that gluten isn’t the healthiest of ingredients, but often find it hard to resist the pull of those mouthwatering cakes. Thankfully, married team, Ian and Deborah Thackeray are here to teach us how to produce scrumptious bakes, with none of the gluten. With a range of cookery classes throughout the autumn and winter months, Deborah and coeliac, Ian instruct on how to make a range of sumptuous treats like cinnamon buns and baguettes. As well as their beginners, patisserie and bread making courses, they also teach a hotly anticipated Christmas class, where you can master the art of Christmas cakes, Christmas pudding and delicious stuffing. And if you ask us, there's nothing like getting an early start on your Christmas checklist. If you’re desperate to get baking, but can’t make it to the courses, not to worry, as Ian and Deborah also offer at home’ courses. Presented in a novel comic book style, you can teach yourself how to bake gluten free products like a pro in the comfort of your own kitchen. Speaking for ourselves, we can't wait to get adding to our baking repertoire.

The one-day courses run from the 7th of September to the 30th November in 3 different locations – London, Wirral and Harrogate. Priced between £75 and £110, depending on the course and location, courses include all the ingredients, tuition, refreshments and lunch. Book your place on a range of courses here, and perfect your gluten free baking skills. Alternatively, you can 'try before you buy' and sample the 'at home' cheesy scones course for free here. You'll be creating bakes to rival Mary Berry's in no time.

Divine Herbal - Facial Treatment Serum

As the colder months are slowly creeping up on us, here at The Amazing Blog, we are beginning to retire our light summer moisturisers, and the search is now on for rich, hydrating products to keep that dreaded dry skin at bay. So when natural skincare brand, Divine Herbal got in touch, we thought that their Facial Treatment Serum would be just the thing we were looking for.

A British born company, Divine Herbal strive to create botanical based, chemical free products, using a range of plant oils and extracts. Ever a fan of all things natural, we couldn’t wait to try out the intense serum, which claims to ‘correct pigmentation, dark circles and uneven skin tone.’ Although we don't think we've used it for long enough to support these lofty claims, we can certainly speak for its hydrating and nourishing abilities. After smoothing a couple of drops onto our face and neck in the evening, as per the instructions, we felt our tired skin breathe a sigh of relief as it drank in the nurturing oil. We definitely agree with Divine Herbal’s evening oil prognosis, as this is not an oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. Usually not a quality we value in our products, as a treatment serum, we were happy to leave it overnight to work its oily magic. A potent combination of Rosehip Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Grapeseed Oil, among other naturally derived ingredients, it left us with an enviable complexion, allowing us to greet the day with a radiant, silky and supple visage.

If you’re looking to revive your skin in a natural caring way, the Divine Herbal Facial Treatment Serum is available here for £22.99.