To top this all off, regardless of their sheer beauty in every way, Saaf Pure Skincare is one of the world’s most accredited skincare ranges.
So first off I’ll be frank, I bought these products just to build up my collection as they are SO cheap (everything is under £3). I wasn’t expecting much from them and just thought they would be handy to have around. BUT!!!! I am literally obsessed. I don’t know how they’ve done it, but they have. These have very quickly become products that I now use every day. How!?!?
“Natural Collection has curated a selection of cosmetics to work with your natural beauty rather than covering it up. From soft and timeless hues to a touch of colour, this is our ‘show you’ range (not ‘make up’), created to show off the best of you.
Our beauty experts have developed a simple range of lightweight, simple to use, wearable and easy to understand products that fit into your life, not take it over! Beauty isn’t about looking perfect, it’s about finding what works for you and celebrating what makes you individual. Freckles, scars, stretch marks and they are your stories, your beauty.
Embrace your natural beauty, don’t cover up, just shine!
No nonsense make up. Beauty made simple.”
“Our Hydrating and Radiance Foundation has been created with a lightweight formula that glides onto skin, giving you light coverage.
Containing moisturising and luminescent properties that will help leave skin radiant, whilst feeling beautifully hydrated. An instant boost for tired or dull looking skin.
Kind to skin. With camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £2.99
So this is the product that shocked me the most. For £2.99 I was kind of expecting a cakey foundation that didn’t really cover anything or last more than 5 minutes. This miracle has become my every day base product. The finish is absolutely stunning and it somehow does last really well! It does “fade” towards the end of the day but baring in mind I work outside the fact that it lasts past lunch time at this price is impressive! Plus it fades rather than going patchy so it still looks good at the end of the day. The coverage is more on the natural side, but I absolutely love it. I am usually a BB Cream girl but this is definitely more coverage than a standard BB Cream. I have the shade “Cameo” which matches my current skin tone (a little tanned) bang on, and I will definitely be picking up a lighter shade for when this sunshine disappears. I just love it.
“Our Blushers have been created to give a hint of natural colour, adding a delicate glow to your complexion. It’s easy to blend and build, to help you create your perfect everyday look.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
“Our Bronzing Powder is lightly tinted to add a natural, healthy glow to your complexion. Infused with golden pearl, this subtly frosted Bronzing Powder enhances the warmth of your skin and is blendable and buildable, for a natural sunkissed look. This powder is great for use on its own for a more natural finish or over your base for a more intense glow.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
Again these two products are just life. They have such a stunning finish to them and look so natural. I have the shades “Peach Melba (Blush)” and “Golden Glow (Bronzer)”. If you’re after a strong sharp contour and a bright blush then these probably aren’t what you’re looking for, but to warm up the skin and add some subtle colour to the cheeks these are fabulous.
“Our Mono Eyeshadows have been created to give beautifully pigmented colour.
Our soft and creamy formula provides an easy and smooth application,which is both blendable and buildable. Available in a variety of colours to suit all looks.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
Another diamond, the shade range on these eyeshadows are pretty impressive and they are suprisingly pigmented. That being said they again have such a lovely finish are super easy to blend. I have the “Milk Chocolate” shade and it is beyond perfect for everyday.
“Our Definition Mascara has been created to define and separate lashes from corner to corner for a fanned out, clump free and wide-eyed effect.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect” – £2.49
Last but not least, this mascara is a game changer for me. I don’t tend to wear mascara on a daily basis (I have fairly sensitive eyes and tend to use mascara for occasions rather than every day). But, this gentle mascara has not irritated my eyes in the slightest. This doesn’t make your lashes look like falseys so if you’re more into full on drama or clumpy mascaras then this isn’t going to fit the brief. It looks so natural and just defines the eyes without it being obvious that it’s even there – which for me is perfect. Obviously I do like to go all out when it comes to special occasions, but for an every day makeup I am obsessed.
Overall it is safe to say that I am beyond impressed with this whole collection. Had I known it was going to be quite this epic I would have picked up a lot more products when I was there! But I can now crack on and trust that the standard of these ridiculously cheap products is beautiful. I don’t know how they’ve done, and I don’t need to – I’m just glad they did!!
So I came across this duo on YouTube on the hunt for Cruelty Free CG Method Approved products. If you have curly hair and you have not heard of Curly Penny – get on it! Other than the fact I already watch pretty much all of her videos, these products in particular caught my attention. Inoar is a Brazilian brand, but I found them on Amazon and jumped straight in!!
Well other than the obviously gorgeous packaging, this duo literally is amazing. The twist top opening is super easy to use and the bottles just look stunning. My hair has a tendency to get rather matted as I have mentioned before, and even just the shampoo made it feel like silk! The ingredients in these products are just awesome and as already mentioned CG Method approved (if you follow the CG Method) AND obviously Cruelty Free.
This shampoo straight up looks like a conditioner. It smells insane, and has a sort of “whipped” consitency. The scent is actually nothing like I have smelt before, kind of coconut but kind of vanilla and kind of fruity….. either way it’s amazing. My hair was already detangled just from the shampoo!
So as if the shampoo doesn’t transform hair into sheer beauty enough, the conditioner really is the cherry on the top. I did panic slightly as it looks really watery and I tend to steer towards thicker conditioners, but this honestly just melts into the hair and made it instantly tangle free. Actual magic….
There is also a Mask and a Curl Gel in the range which going on this dreamy duo I have already added to my Amazon basket! There really aren’t enough good things I can say about these, I can’t even put it into words! (It’s difficult to be speechless and blog about it!!!) But I know that I will 100% be repurchasing the Inoar Divine Curls Shampoo & Conditioner for the foreseeable future – along with the other products in the range! I am SO glad I found these through Curly Penny, they are so beautiful it’s scary!!
So! What products have I been loving in June 2018!?
In no particular order as usual…
Eden Perfumes is a brand I have loved for a long time, and their new candle release got me all in a tizzy! This scent is not your typical candle scent, but it is absolutely beautiful and the unusual scent reminds me of a spa! I keep mine in the bathroom and it literally makes every bubble bath perfect!
Saaf is a fairly new brand to me, but I have become obsessed. This *Facial Oil is my absolute dream product that is not only a monthly favourite but definitely a new holy grail product.
Another product from Saaf, their & Cleanser is so buttery and nourishing but still manages to completely clean the skin. Using this with the exfoliating cloth is definitely my new cleansing power couple.
This candle not only smells incredible but it looks beyond amazing. The whole range from Filthy Candles are ridiculously stunning, and this Bone China Tea Cup Candle is just perfect. There are also crystals and real flowers in it!
It is no secret that the first palette from the Makeup Revolution / Soph collaboration is one of my all time favourites – but the new Extra Spice Palette makes the most amazing partner for it. It has similar vibes to the first palette (which I love) but offers completely different shades to make this whole collection just the best collab ever!
This stunner has kind of transformed my skin. Moisturising my body on a daily basis is not something I usually remember to do. Not only does this fast drying mist make it so quick and easy to use every day, but it is so moisturising it leaves skin literally feeling like silk. Just amazing.
Another eyeshadow palette this month, the Morphe 25A Copper Spice Palette is a product I have had my eye one for a while, and lucky old me received this as a birthday present! I have been obsessing over it ever since!
While the e.l.f. Tinted Lip Balms aren’t particularly new to me (I am a true e.l.f. super fan!) with the weather being the way it has been lately these are brilliant to add a comfortable pop of colour AND are super moisturising. Win win!!
The ZAO Silk Foundation is another product I have been probably a little too obsessed with lately. While I don’t tend to wear full foundation every day, on the occasions that I do wear foundation this is my current go-to. It has such a beautiful natural finish but still makes the skin look flawless.
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So finally we have the Revolution Conceal & Define which I started out using on occasions but now use pretty much every day. The coverage of these is so build able that they are perfect for every day “no makeup – makeup” or built up with a full face for super bright under eyes. They are ridiculously affordable and there are so many shades to choose from!
This is the first subscription box I have tried from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box and honestly it was beautiful before I’d even opened the box! Straight away the rose gold logo had me hooked! (Shallow, but true!) The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is primarily a Subscription service for Cruelty Free makeup, beauty and hair products – but they also offer One Off Boxes, Build Your Own Boxes AND they have a general Beauty Shop, AND a Reward Scheme! So pretty much all bases covered there!
The Subscription Box is the perfect way to try out different brands and products that you may not normally come across – plus the amazing thing is if you fall in love with something you can continue to buy this from their Beauty Shop! The Month to Month Subscription costs £14.95 (this can be cancelled at any time) and the 3 Month Prepay costs £43.50 (£14.50 per month). They also have a 6 Month Prepay for £84.00 which reduces this down to £14.00 per month. This all being said, the value I received was way more than £14.95 (my math makes it over £30) so this really is super affordable – plus they even give discount on first orders!! That was too many numbers!! So let’s get going!
Finding Cruelty Free Deodorant can be a bit of a challenge, so this was a lovely product to include – not the most glamorous but definitely appreciated!! The fact that this deodorant comes in cream form, in a jar, could be a little unnerving. But! This genuinely works! It also leave underarms feeling super soft and moisturised which is a huge bonus. And the scent……. Oh the scent. This Lemon Breeze fragrance is so subtle but so refreshing and actually quite addictive! They also have a Lavender Fresh scent too which I would imagine smells just as beautiful. This deodorant is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free.
So this gorgeous little beauty bomb is a nourishing face cleanser in the form of a bar of soap – and it literally is beautiful. Lathered up with a little water it creates and creamy foamy cleanser that is just a dream. It smells incredible and is prefect for sensitive skin. It is super calming and leaves skin feeling as though it has already been moisturised! As well as being cruelty free, the ingredients are all so natural and the box is even made from plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging. Again this also has an alternative option of Cocoa Butter which is described as being good for dry skin and even eczema! At such an affordable price on its’ own I am positive I will be loading up!
RRP 5ml £8.00 / 10ml £16.00
So, a funny story! A little advice with this one – read the note inside the box.
In my excited state I of course had to jump straight in and ended up losing almost half of this product. It quite clearly states inside the box to be careful when opening this product due to its watery consistency – of course I didn’t see this until afterwards. Completely my fault – so please learn from my mistake! Anyway! This product is more of an eye treatment to me than an eye cream as such, and it is SO luscious. It instantly feels refreshing under the eyes and feels so soothing! This is genuinely amazing on tired eyes (which I seem to have a lot…) and it reduces puffiness like magic. The full size comes with a roller ball applicator and given how refreshing it is just using finger tips my brain can’t quite comprehend how amazing it would be with a roller ball! Definitely a favourite!
This was a nice surprise to find as Johnny Concert is a brand I strangely haven’t come across before. (I have since been nosing through their website!). The shade Desert Trap is a stunning Khaki shimmer shade that is absolutely bang on for me! The undertones are neutral so this would literally suit anyone, and the golden reflects give it that extra glow. A simply beautiful shade. Again this products’ ingredients are just brilliant, and as beautiful as this shade is there are SO many shades to choose from (29 if I counted correctly). Click here to view all the shades!
Now this product – a dry body oil mist – I wasn’t quite sure how to go about using. So (for once) I just followed the instructions and BAM! This is beyond awesome! It is a light weight but intensely moisturing spray body mist that is so ridiculously easy to use! A light spritz transforms the skin making it silky soft, and it smells amazing!!!! Because it is such a light mist it doesn’t even need to dry! This really is epic, and if I was forced to choose a favourite product from this box I think this has to be it!
“Our Founder, Chloe has always been on a mission to make a difference. However, signing petitions, speaking out and avoiding Companies just wasn’t good enough-Yes, it kept her awake at night! She wanted something much bigger than that and to help people see what was happening in the world of Animal Testing and to help them make the change to Cruelty Free – Many people say you can’t change the world, if we all though like that what would get done’?
We have all always been aware of animal testing and boycotted the Companies who allow this, but then as time went on we realised we hadn’t been avoiding them at all. We realised just how sneaky Companies could be – Logo’s were fake, Companies sold in China, they didn’t test but 3rd parties did…. And so it unraveled! That’s when the light bulb went off – We needed something that made it simple for us to enjoy a Beauty Box but one we could trust & enjoy without any guilt whatsoever! Oh & to show these “ugly” companies that it’s beyond acceptable… and so the journey of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box began!”
So there it is!! Whether you want to surprise yourself with unknown new products every month, create your own box or just shop in a place that you can trust, The Cruelty Free Beauty Box has cracked it!!
I’m not sure if its’ appropriate to be quite as excited as I was about this collection, but after I tried the first Revolution X Soph collaboration I could not wait to get my hands on the new products! When Soph announced on her YouTube channel that she had created more products with Revolution and that they were being released that day, I was literally a woman on a mission. And they are so ridiculously beautiful! So here they all are!!
This is just a stunning palette. Such an incredible range of shades, I have already done a full review of this palette (click here for Full Review) but shades that are worth bringing up again are Cuppa Tea, Peaches, Pumpkin and Pine Tree. And Petrol. Just all of them!
If you have watched Sophs’ YouTube vidoes you will know that a highlighter palette was a must, and she definitely didn’t hold back! Again I have already included this palette in another review (click here for Full Review). Literally every shade is gorgeous, and any shades that are too light/dark to use as highlighters for your skin tone work fabulously as eyeshadows too!
OK, so now onto the new stuff. This palette is so freaking pretty! The shades are in some way bolder than the previous palette but are still so wearable.
This paired with the tones of the first palette make the absolute dream team. The shade Cookie Dough is by far my favourite transition/crease shade I think I have ever used! Lakes is a stunning khaki tone and combined with the rose gold shimmer called Dreams these instantly grabbed my attention, but literally all of the colours are just beautiful.
I love the reversed colour scheme used for the packaging, with the rose gold lid and pale pink writing (opposite to the first palette) and this one as with the first includes a full mirror. As always with Revolution eyeshadows the pigmentation is incredible, and at just £10.00 it really is too good to miss!
Soph plus lipsticks just has to equal nude shades right? Exactly right. There are 3 shades to this collection and i am in love with every single one! The packaging is as cute as you could imagine, with the frosted pink bullet and rose gold lid. Also, these are £4.00! It’s madness!
Syrup is the lightest shade of the three and is a stunning pale nude with a brown undertone that looks so natural and elegant.
Cake is more of a rosey nude, and fortunately is my perfect “my lips but better” shade!
Fudge is the darkest shade and is a gorgeous rich brown nude.
Overall, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed with this collection. Even though I do have a fair amount of other palettes I genuinely think that for a beginner these palettes together are everything you would need to create SO many looks. Combining these eyeshadows with the popping highlight shades and beautiful nude lipsticks this collaboration is just absolutely genius! Congratulations Soph – you nailed it!!
Here are my current favourite Cruelty Free Foundations – in no particular order!!
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Saaf Skincare is a brand that I came across through Nature’s Dream and was instantly drawn in by their beauty! The packaging alone is so stunning and looks so “spa like”. The products look so luxurious but are actually very affordable! Saaf Skincare are certified Cruelty Free, Organic and Vegetarian with the majority of products also being Vegan certified. Could it get any better!? Let’s find out and get pampering!!
“Saaf Pure Organic Skincare brings together the very best of naturally active and ethical ingredients to produce a wonderfully luxuriant skincare range that protects, heals and moisturises, to reveal naturally beautiful and radiant skin.
Active ingredients help to keep skin looking younger and more supple and, by not adding water to bulk and dilute the formulations, the Saaf range of serums, balms and oils remain at their most effective and pure. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Beeswax, Safflower Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Mandarin are just some of the ingredients found in Saaf’s products, all chosen for their skin and hair enhancing effects.”
“A luxuriously purifying, balancing and soothing face cleanser suitable for all types. Gently removes impurities and make-up whilst exfoliating, rejuvenating and moisturising the skin.”
This cleanser is simply beautiful. Just to look at it is so darn satisfying and makes me feel calm! But deeper than that, this cleanser is so gentle and moisturising that I wasn’t convinced it would be removing makeup – but fear not! It removed literally everything giving such a deep clean, but also left my skin feeling like it had already had a full on facial! The texture of this initially looks and feels like a wax, but it melts into the skin feeling more like a buttery balm. Combining this with the included Exfoliating Cloth is just a dream. I love a good face scrub, and using a cloth is so much cleaner, quicker, easier and feels SO nice on the skin! This gives a soft exfoliation that doesn’t feel sharp or gritty, it just leaves skin glowing! This whole set is £24.99 which I think is very affordable for both products – plus Saaf also sell the Exfoliating Cloths separately in packs of 2 for £4.99.
“Decongest, balance & improve the tone of normal to oily/combination skin with this rich facial serum. Balance oily skin, clear breakouts, smooth away blemishes, and improve skin tone and texture.”
So this is literally the product I have been waiting for. I love the idea of Face Serums but as my skin is ridiculously that of combination (it changes daily!) any serums I have tried in the past have either been too heavy, too oily, too greasy, too thin etc….. THIS however, is perfect. The consistency is literally bang in the middle – not thick but also not watery and runny. It feels so luxurious on the skin and actually soaks in. No grease! I use this before going to bed and in the morning my skin is so hydrated and plumped – I am completely in love! Luckily for me this product is also pretty affordable at £19.99 – but it will last for such a long time!
“Nature’s correction fluid in a bottle, this impressive toning and smoothing oil is a skin-saving formulation. Calm irritated and itchy skin, promote healthy skin renewal and keep skin supple and smooth.”
OK so this is where my life changed (well that sounds dramatic but it kind of is…). I can tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to moisturising my body – I absolutely love bubble baths and body scrubs, but once I’m out the bath I usually forget to follow it all up! Until now! Obviously I initially first used this to try it out when it arrived, and I’ve used it pretty much every day ever since. It feels like pure luxury on the skin and leaves it feeling like silk. It soaks in beautifully (again, no grease!) and completely evens out the skin tone giving the most gorgeous glow! While this is on the higher end of pricing at £24.99, this bottle is huge! As with the Face Serum a little goes a very long way so this will last for ages.
So overall, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed. The Saaf range as a whole is on the smaller side currently with 8 products – but I cannot wait to try more of their collection! All three of these products still wow me every time I use them (which is pretty much every day now!). Another point to mention is the scent of these products!! It is beyond amazing. I can’t really put it into words, but it smells like a “sweet spa” – as in spa like but not chemical or perfumed, and sweet but in a soft smokey way. (Safe to say I’m not the best at describing scents…) You just have to smell it to know what I mean!!
To top this all off, regardless of their sheer beauty in every way, Saaf Pure Skincare is one of the world’s most accredited skincare ranges.
Filthy Candles is an absolute gem that I came across on Instagram (you can check this out here!) and I am SO in love! Not only are Filthy Candles made from 100% Soybean Oil, natural, biodegradable, free from pesticides, Vegan friendly AND are Cruelty Free, but they are also just so freaking cute! There is a stunning vintage vibe to each and every candle – and you can tell they are made with such passion! So! I have 3 candles from the collection – lets get started!
“My main focus is turning old items into beautiful, Eco friendly soy wax candles.
As an absolute animal lover, these candles are cruelty free and vegan friendly as they are made from 100% soybean oil. My cheeky companion, Kevin Bacon likes to help with my candle making – she can be such a rascal for the scented ones! I have a lot of ideas, and almost all of my products are unique and one-of-a-kind so please watch this space for more as I’m still quite new to this and just getting started setting up my shop!”
This – regardless of anything else – is simply beautiful. An absolutely gorgeous set that is so stunning it could just be a display piece. That however would be a huge waste! This candle smells absolutely incredible before it is even lit! Such a gorgeous and understated floral scent that literally fills the room instantly. (£6.00 – £8.00)
So this is an interesting one, not only is it in a super adorable plant pot (decorated with a bow no less…) but this opens a whole new door to crystals and their benefits. This amazing little plant pot contains a hidden amethyst stone within the wax – a powerful and protective stone that has many healing properties. “It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love and protects you from all types of harm.” Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.. the list goes on. On top of that (as if that isn’t enough!) it smells absolutely divine! (£6.00)
As if these candles couldn’t get “unique” enough – this is just genius! I received the “Valda Pastilles” tin and it is so darn cute! (£6.00)
This candle also features wooden wicks – Filthy Candles description below:
“Valda Pastilles” genuine vintage tin, transformed into a beutiful, eco-friendly soy wax candle with two wooden wicks. When burning your wooden wick, you will hear that old familiar crackling sound of a campfire as the flame breaks apart the pieces of the wood that make up the candle wick. Even without any scent in the wax, your candle will give off a light wood-burning scent. These wicks are longer lasting; that can contribute many romantic nights of sitting around a faux fireplace. (please allow a few seconds to hover your flame over the wick for it to really catch)”
So! The incredible Filthy Candles has a stunning Etsy shop – full of unique and beautiful candles. (I know – I’ve use the word beautiful a lot but that is literally Filthy Candles in a nutshell!). Another thing I feel I just have to bring up is the packaging. While these candles are not boxed or individually packaged, the whole package (for delivery) included cards along with a ridiculous amount of real petals! The scent just from opening the box was amazing!
The care, passion and love that is clearly behind this whole brand is absolutely mesmerizing and I am so happy to be able to get behind it!
Here we have my first ever Pip Box! I was so excited to recieve this as not only is it such an easy way to try out new products, but also introduces you to brands you may not have come across before! The Pip Box is a Subscription Box containing all Cruelty Free & Vegan friendly beauty products (an award winning subscription box might I add!). All products are either full sized or travel sized – no sachets or samples, with an average box value of £45 – for £13.50!? Another incredible part to point out is that 50p from every box is donated to Animal Free Research UK. On top of all that, The Pip Box is named after her dog Pip – so cute!!!
So let’s get into the products included in May 2018’s Pip Box!
Weirdly enough I have recently been researching stamping and watching alot of YouTube tutorials, with MoYou being the focus! Bare in mind i am definitely no nail technician, but this stamping set is so easy to use! Much easier than I had expected! This particular plate is from the Kaleidoscope Collection and would normally cost £5.99, along with the Classic Stamper – usually £2.99. Overall this duo is the perfect introduction to stamping and has taken my DIY mani’s to another level!
This is an absolute gem! I had no idea what to do with this initially as I have not come across these before so I just followed the instructions – and I am in love! Not only does this smell absolutely amazing, but it genuinely boosts my mood! Applied to “pulse points” as the instructions recommend this works perfectly as a subtle fragrance AND it just makes you smile! Usually priced at £4.80, I’ve no idea how it works but I am obsessed!
Now here is the perfect example of discovering new brands… I had not come across Glo By Glory before so was intrigued to try this out. It is a stunning, full size liquid lipstick with a gorgeous finish (as it states in its’ title – a semi-matte finish). This would normally be priced around £14 (the website is in dollars) so with just this product alone the value included in this box is insane! The colour (Sugar Dumpling) is absolutely beautiful, a soft but rich dusty rose shade that has brilliant pigmentation but still looks natural. Super adorable packaging, a genuinely lovely product!
Another brand that is new to me – and it’s hair! This hair duo are in the Grapefruit and Cedarwood collection and for the 250ml sizes it would normally cost about £23 for a full sized set (these are travel sized – perfect to try a range out!) The packaging is so simple and clean looking and the scent is heavenly! There is definitely the grapefruit there but in a sort of soft musky way… difficult to describe but SO addictive!
So!!! A fabulous range to start with! While a subscription to beauty products isn’t something I have done before, it is such an affordable way to try out new brands and products – and so much fun! There is also a 10% discount if you sign up for 3 months at a time instead of the usual monthly plan, PLUS there are 2 subscription plans to choose from. You can also earn “Pip Points” (seriously satisfying to say…) with your orders that you can redeem as vouchers.
On a side note if you like looking at pictures of cute pups (who doesn’t…) then check out the About Us page too!
OK, so while the packaging of a foundation shouldn’t really be important, the ZAO Silk Foundation just looks incredible! However, packagine does not reflect the quality of a product – so let’s jump in and see if this really is as good as it looks! ZAO products are free from Parabens and Toxic Preservatives, and – obviously – Cruelty Free!
The light texture of ZAO Silk Foundation applies easily and meets the needs of those who like a luminous complexion with full coverage and a natural finish. Besides organic silica contained in bamboo hydrosol, organic sweet almond oil, jojoba and shea butter give this foundation a nourishing effect. It has a mattifying finish and uniform coverage for a long lasting coverage throughout the day.
The first thing that strikes me with this foundation (other than the gorgeous packaging of course!) is the beautiful texture that I can only describe as “silky”. It almost feels like a moisturiser, it is SO light and creamy. I find applying this with a damp sponge gives the most flawless finish, although it does blend beautifully with a brush too. This foundation is described as “strong coverage”, and it really is incredible how something so light can do so much! Definitely a full coverage foundation, but it doesn’t look cakey!
I would say there is a demi-matte finish to this foundation that keeps it looking completely natural. The shade range is fairly decent with 9 shades – I have the shade “Light Sand” which is absolutely perfect for my yellow-toned pale skin. I must say though, even if you aren’t sure on your exact shade match this product is so blendable that it would be so easy to make it work regardless!
In regards to the packaging I have probably said enough, but just in case…. This is frosted glass with a pump applicator – and the bamboo lid!? Just amazing. While the glass is probably not the most travel friendly, it feels and looks absolutely stunning on display and really doesn’t seem that heavy! Mine also came in a cute little case too!
Price wise the ZAO Silk Foundation is at the higher end of what I would normally be willing to spend on a foundation – £34.95. While I wouldn’t usually use a more expensive foundation on an every day basis and would probably save it for special occasions, a little goes a very long way with this – one pump is enough to cover my entire face – so this will last for SUCH a long time even using every day! (Plus I do have a discount code below!)
With such an incredible finish and with so little product needed, the ZAO Silk Foundation really is an absolute joy! In my opinion this is definitely worth spending some extra pennies on, I see it as more of an investment! Beautiful packaging for a beautiful product!
Maui Moisture is a brand I came across in Superdrug (I will admit it was the packaging that caught my attention!) and I instantly began researching their position on animal testing. As you can imagine, I was beyond excited when I found out that not only are they cruelty free, but they are vegan, gluten free, sulphate free, silicone free, everything free! As a curly girl (another note is that all of the ingredients seem to be CG Method approved if you are a follower of the Curly Girl Method!), I dove straight in and bought the Maui Moisture Curl Quench Collection and couldn’t wait to get started. So let’s go!
Maui Moisture Claims:
“Rich coconut oil is blended into this creamy gentle *collection along with papaya butter and plumeria extract. It helps detangle, defrizz and define your curls while enhancing softness and body for shiny, bouncy curls, coils or waves.”
So I will admit this was one of the first curl specific collections that I used in the beginning of my curly journey, before I properly knew how to manage my curls – so the finished results on my hair weren’t all that different to look at. What was instantly different however was how my hair felt. My hair loves to tangle so in the past I have had to use a ridiculous amount of conditioner or even constant hair masks to try and work through it. But literally straight away – and just with the shampoo – my hair felt nowhere near as tangled as it normally would, and following with the conditioner my fingers practically glided through my wet hair – this was impressive!
A little further down the line and I have tried different techniques on managing my curly hair, and I must say this magnificent duo still remains my go to combo on wash days. My hair is left so clean and soft, but not heavy or weighed down – and most importantly of all it feels moisturised and tangle free!
The scent of this collection is absolutely amazing. A mix of buttery scents and coconut, it is like a tropical haven! I have recently added the Maui Moisture Curl Quench Coconut Smoothie – and so far so good – very good. It takes this process to a whole new level and enhances the beautiful scent that lasts in the hair for days (unless your styling products are strongly scented in which case make sure they get along!).
The other thing I love about the Maui Moisture Curl Quench Collection is the price. Compared to other curl specific products this range is SO affordable! Both the shampoo and conditioner are priced at £8.99, and there are also regular offers and promotions to keep your eye out for. That being said, these bottles are pretty decently sized so depending on how often you wash your hair these should last a good while!
Overall, I really can’t find any negative points about this collection. The only thing that would improve it would be to add in a hair mask or some styling products, but as a wash day collection these will remain in my go to products for the foreseeable future! Just gorgeous!!
I have finally got my hands on the hyped up Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer! These concealers were a pretty big launch from Makeup Revolution, and some are describing this as a dupe for the infamous Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (which is considerably more expensive!). So! Let’s dive in!
Makeup Revolution Claims:
The concealer for everyone. 25 shades ranging from fair to deep, in cool, neutral and warm undertones. Lightweight yet full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, even skin tone and counteract dark circles, with a matte finish that won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores. Long wearing intense pigment that can also be used to contour and add definition. Our large doe foot applicator allows for smooth application that won’t drag on the delicate skin under your eyes.
Firstly, I think the shade range needs to be mentioned again…. 25 shades!? Absolutely incredible! I found my shades quite easily as I already have the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation (Full Review Here) so that is a pretty accurate guide, but Makeup Revolution do have full shade descriptions :
C0 – pure white. For the fairest skin tones.
C0.5 – For fair skin tones with a pink undertone
C1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone
C2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone
C3 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone
C4 – For light skin tones with pink undertone
C5 – For light skin tones with golden undertone
C6 – For light/medium skin tones with neutral undertone
C6.5 – For light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C7 – For medium skin tones with peach undertone
C8 – For medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C8.5 – For medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C9 – For medium skin tones with a peach undertone
C10 – For medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C10.5 – For medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C11 – For medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone
C12 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C12.5 – For medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone
C13 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C13.5 – For dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C14 – For dark skin tones with a cool undertone
C15 – For dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C16 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C17 – For dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C18 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
So! Once you have found your shades the fun really begins! The first amazing thing about these beauties is the packaging. Slightly “fatter” than typical concealer packaging but I love it! Plus this allows for the mega doe foot applicator which is honestly epic (and for some reason ridiculously satisfying to look at….). This combined with the rose gold detailing I think the packaging in general is pretty perfect.
I have the shades C0, C2 & C6. While it may seem like quite a jump between C2 & C6 these are actually my perfect shades depending on whether I have fake tanned or not! And as with their foundation stick I just mix them together when I am somewhere in the middle. I also picked up the white mixer just in case and this is SO stunning! I tend to like my concealer to look as natural as possible on a day to day basis, but when I am doing more of a full face of makeup mixing C0 with C2 lightens everything up to cover and highlight under the eyes.
Of course it doesn’t really matter what the packaging is like (or shouldn’t anyway..) and it comes down to the actual product. Thankfully, this concealer is genuinely beautiful. The application is a dream (again, super satisfying using the giant doe foot!) and the consistency is so creamy. As far as coverage goes for me it is bang on. It is fairly full coverage, but doesn’t completely blank everything out. It blends out beautifully – I just use my finger – and doesn’t crease or break up throughout the day. If you are looking for a concealer that literally covers everything then this layers up brilliantly. I wouldn’t necessarily go with more than 2 layers of this as it may start to look a bit cakey, but it is really easy to build up. It does dry down fairly quickly so bare that in mind too.
Overall, I am obsessed. At £4.00 – yes, £4.00, the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer is absolutely genius. It is so easy to customize the coverage of this and the shades match perfectly. Even when building up the coverage it still looks natural! It really is just fabulous – more please!!!!
So here we have another new addition to my foundation collection. The PHB Pure Skin Organic Liquid Foundation is described as being full coverage with a natural finish – sounds incredible yes!? This is currently the only liquid foundation from the PHB collection, so let’s dive in!
Skin nourishing liquid foundation that blurs the line between makeup and skin care. Made with organic ingredients that nourish and protect skin. Long lasting and full coverage foundation with a light and silky texture that won’t clog pores. Provides a natural looking flawless finish.
This description sounds pretty epic! Any foundation that can also act as skin care is a winner in my book, so I couldn’t wait to give this a whirl. And I must say they are pretty bang on with the coverage and finish description. This is definitely on the thicker side of foundations, but it does blend out beautifully – although personally I find this works best over a dewy primer due to its thick consistency. It dries down fairly quickly too which is worth noting, but the finish is absolutely stunning! It is what I would call a “satin matte”. Not oily or particularly dewy, but it has a subtle sheen which gives a really gorgeous finish. It also doesn’t feel sticky at all, but at the same time it doesn’t feel powdery either! It just feels like super soft skin!
In regards to lasting power this is pretty impressive. After a full day it does tend to sink in to a few lines (which is normal for me) but what I love is it doesn’t start breaking up or getting patchy.
The PHB Pure Skin Organic Liquid Foundation comes in 6 shades which I know isn’t a huge range, but they all have fabulous undertones making them blend in with the skin easily. I have the shade Medium Rose, and this is perfect for when I have fake tanned! It does oxidize a little so bare that in mind too.
Price wise this foundation is in the middle at £19.95 (site wide discount code below!), but due to the coverage it gives a little goes a long way so this will last you well! The packaging I LOVE. It looks so clean and “green” – so simple but so beautiful.
So overall, I wouldn’t necessarily use this on an every day basis as I tend to steer towards a lighter coverage and BB Creams. However, for days when I want that extra coverage and a more flawless finish it is literally perfect! The finish is stunning and I can depend on this to last well. As a first impression of the brand too, the PHB Pure Skin Organic Liquid Foundation is definitely a very good start – I can’t wait to try out more of their collection!
I came across Jasmine Rebecca on a recent holiday, and was instantly intrigued. She has a gorgeous shop in Polperro, and paired with the cobbled streets and beautiful surroundings it is so heavenly! Of course I had to have a nose, and obviously when I saw that everything is Cruelty Free (and Vegan) and also made using recycled glass – I couldn’t resist picking myself up a candle to try out! So lets get into it!!
Butterfly Kisses – Wisteria, Orange Blossom & White Tea.
“The sweetest of all my candle collection, this is for those with a sweet tooth and penchant for chasing butterflies, and/or kisses 🙂 Playful, warm, sweet as a custard cream biscuit and a cup of tea!”
While I do typically look for candles with sweet scents, the smell of this candle is beyond words! I wouldn’t know quite how to describe it so I’m glad Jasmine has! Custard Cream is definitely a good description! It gives off a stunning subtle sweet scent even when not lit, but when lit the magic really happens.
This candle does come in 2 sizes, and had I realised just how much I would love it I would have bought the bigger one! The smaller size is £5.25 and the larger size is £10.00.
Obviously these are sold in her shop, but if you are not in the area or able to make the journey down south (although it is definitely worth a visit!) then fear not! This candle and the other scents are sold on her website, along with other scents, gifts and beautiful art.
A gorgeous shop that makes absolutely perfect gifts – even if you are just gifting yourself!
BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) is a stunning Cruelty Free Makeup brand that is fairly new to my collection. The first product I am trying from them is the BWC Ultimate Natural Liquid Foundation, and we are off to a very good start!
Ultimate Natural Liquid Foundation fortifies skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including Pentavitin for lasting deep hydration even under the driest conditions, jojoba and vitamin E to maintain the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rice bran wax also creates a smother application and finish. Build-able coverage allows you to customize your look from light to full coverage.
So skincare AND a foundation!? Double winner! BWC’s description is pretty spot on actually, this foundation is super hydrating – but not greasy or oily at all! I typically have combination skin which does tend to get a bit shiny throughout the day – but this lasts well!
The coverage of this foundation is definitely a plus, it is so easy to build up to the coverage you would like without it looking cakey! When first pumping out the foundation it does appear to be quite thick (alarm bells went off in my head….) but this is so deceiving. As soon as I began blending into the skin it just melts into a beautiful “fluid” with a satin matte finish. There is a slight scent to it, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is – just a “clean” scent – but it is SO subtle that you’d have to be literally sniffing my face to even detect it.
The shade range for this foundation is on the smaller side, but the undertones of all 5 shades are beautiful and seem to just blend in with the skin tone. I have the shade Light, and while this does already have a yellow base my skins undertone is actually even more yellow (not like a Simpson I promise..). That being said, I can still wear this foundation so easily without having to intermix other products in to make it match – it just blends and works!
Price wise this is pretty affordable on the scale of Cruelty Free foundations, coming in at £12.50 – although I do have a site wide discount code at the end of this post!
Overall, this is a great every day foundation – or even every night! The build-able formula is just genius and you can choose your desired coverage! As an introduction to the brand, the BWC Ultimate Natural Liquid Foundation has won me over, and I can’t wait to try more of their collection!
On a recent trip to the Eden Project, the last things I expected to come across were beauty products! Not just any beauty products, but Cruelty Free, Natural and Handmade beauty products – I know right!? It put the cherry on the top of a fabulous day there, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
“Our bath and body products are packed full of natural essential oils and real ingredients that you’d find in your own kitchen cupboard. With packaging designed by our in-house artists here at Eden, they make the perfect eco friendly gift.”
“Our rose hip moisturiser contains high levels of vitamin A, C & F which is helpful for cell and skin regeneration. Made with essential oils and 100% pure ingredients this rose hip moisturiser feels rich and beautiful on your skin. Rosehips have one of the highest vitamin C content of plant sources along with lycopene which is also the most efficient oxygen and free radical quencher!”
“Lavender & honey moisturiser good for revitalising dry or damaged skin. A classic blend of soothing lavender and healing Cornish honey combined with anti-ageing evening primrose, nourishing wheat germ oil and Vitamin E. Our moisturiser is gentle, antibacterial and perfect for calming and restoring the skin.”
“Calendula is a popular skin healing herb and known for its gentleness. Calendula’s healing qualities can be beneficial for slow healing wounds, burns, eczema & inflammations on the skin.”
As a lover of lip balms, I couldn’t wait to try this. And wow – my lips are literally loving life. You can genuinely feel the quality of this lip balm, and it gave my lips moisture and softness that lasts. The consistency is more of a waxy balm than the traditional twist up sticks, and I love it. The jar is the perfect size for popping into a handbag, and at £3.50 for the amount of product and how long this will last it is so affordable!
Both of these moisturisers are just beautiful. I love “general” moisturisers that are not for specific areas, just for wherever needs a little TLC! I am tending to use these in my night time skin care routine, and I am loving the results. My skin feels so soft – and actually youthful – which is always a winner! The scent of these are what I love probably a little bit too much… The Rosehip 100% reminds me of a spa, and the Lavender & Honey is such a relaxing scent – they both smell so luxurious I feel pampered before I’ve even used them! These are £5.95 each, but at the time they had a promotion in store of 2 for £10.00.
I love jars as packaging, not only are they recyclable but I tend to reuse them for other things – they make great candles if you’re into making your own!
So on top of the Eden Projects already incredible and inspiring approach, they are taking the same approach into beauty products – and beautiful ones at that!
The E’Lifexir Natural Beauty Collection is definitely different to anything I have tried before – each product is individually designed to target specific areas of the body – so basically the perfect body in bottles!? Whether you want to go all in or just target something specific, there is a product for everything. There are 7 products in this range, meaning this is going to be lengthy post, so grab a cuppa and let’s dive in!
“Welcome to the next generation of natural body care products – an ECOCERT Natural Cosmetic certified, VEGAN body care range with seven products each targeting specific parts of the body.
e’lifexir Natural Beauty is a new body treatment range created from natural and organic plant and fruit extracts.
Made with more than 99 per cent natural ingredients, all e’lifexir products have been dermatologically tested, are suitable for all skin types, and are hypoallergenic.
e’lifexir products contain NO parabens, acrylates, colourants, petrolatum, mineral oils, paraffin, silicones, PEGs, sulphates or artificial fragrances.”
While this statement doesn’t cover the fact that this brand is Cruelty Free – it is. To give these a go I went all in and used everything! So here’s a run down on each product, and my first impressions.
“Black elder extract helps improve microcirculation and decongestion of the skin tissue to relieve tired and ‘heavy’ legs.
Rutin (a citrus flavonoid found in a wide variety of plants and fruits) and olive oil prevent and reduce the appearance of redness. Also contains natural cherry, cranberry and grape water, rich in antioxidants, which protect the skin from free radicals. Acticire (a natural, multifunctional active texture agent based on jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower waxes) ensures legs feel comfortable, relaxed and moisturised all day long.”
I LOVED this. As someone who is on my feet all day, I found this to be so soothing and had a “cooling” sensation that definitely made my legs feel lighter. The scent reminds me of floral herbs (if that’s a thing), and a bonus is that this is ultra moisturising – definitely one of my favourites.
“Centella Asiatica leaf extract helps to increase the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Scotch thistle extract helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks through a dual action, increasing both the elasticity and moisture levels of the skin, which stimulates the regeneration process. Natural cherry, orange and grape water, rich in antioxidants, improve the well-being of the skin’s protective barrier.”
This one was really difficult to pin down actually – in a good way. The scent was like floral veg – another strange description I know… it smelt so good! Another really moisturising product, and actually left my skin feel super toned and had a slight numbing effect when first applying.
“Sundews leaf, a carnivorous plant, helps to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Dragon eye extract protects the skin tissues through its antioxidant action and improves skin texture. Black elder extract helps improve microcirculation and decongestion of the skin tissue while cherry, cranberry and orange water help protect the skin.”
This one was a little thicker in consistency than the others, and I seriously liked it! It has a subtle cucumber scent, and I could definitely feel it tightening my thighs and generally making them appear less “wobbly”! Another of my favourites!
“Caffeine helps tighten the skin for a more sculpted looking figure.
Dragon eye extract protects the skin tissue and reduces fatty deposits. Black elder extract helps improve microcirculation and decongestion of the skin tissue while lemon, cranberry and orange water, full of vitamin C, boost the production of collagen, leaving skin smooth and glowing.”
As I was starting to run out of body parts by this point, I actually convinced my boyfriend to try this one out. It again has a floral herb type scent, and along with being super soft it did seem to tighten the skin. This recommends applying before working out to see this products’ full potential.
“Caffeine helps tighten the skin for a more sculpted looking waistline.
Centella Asiatica leaf extract helps to increase the firmness and elasticity of the skin. Lemon, cherry and orange water, full of vitamin C, protect and soften the skin while olive oil helps reduce the signs of ageing thanks to its restructuring properties.”
This one grew on me. The scent started off “herby” but when applying actually ended up smelling quite fruity! It left my skin super soft and moisturised. I am quite fortunate that my tummy isn’t really my main concern (100% pear shaped over here!) so I did tend to concentrate more on the other products, but this one was definitely lovely if your tummy is you area of concern!
“Oleoresin, extracted from guggul, an Indian tree, has a re-densifying action which adds volume to the skin.
Scotch thistle extract helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks through a dual action, increasing both the elasticity and moisture levels of the skin, which stimulates the regeneration process. Natural cherry, orange and grape water, rich in antioxidants, together with centella asiatica leaf extract, improve the skin’s firmness and tone.”
So while I am not particularly blessed in the breast area, I really liked this! So moisturising and left the skin ridiculously soft and supple (feels cringy saying that…). I also used this on my chest and neck and have a feeling it will be really good for slowing down signs of aging there too! Scent wise we still have that floral veg smell, another one of my favourites!
“Mate and stevia leaf extract help to redefine the look of buttock contours by smoothing the skin.
Scotch thistle helps to improve cell renewal and protects collagen, preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Black elder extract helps improve microcirculation and decongestion of the skin tissue, while cherry, cranberry and orange water provide antioxidants and protective benefits to the skin.”
So here’s the biggy – literally. This was the product I was hoping would come through – and it did! Similar to the BODYLIFT Cream, this had a tightening effect that definitely made everything alot less wobbly! A subtle gorgeous fruity scent, I loved this!
So there we have it! Whether these will literally give you a supermodel body it is too early for me to tell… But so far I am very impressed. As mentioned, my favourties are the Bodylift Cream, Actidern Leg Gel, Push-Up Breast Cream and Push-Up Buttocks Gel. All of these are priced at £15.99, and the packaging is so colourful but also so sleek!
So whether you are looking to improve the appearance of an area or two, or just want to go to town the E’Lifexir Natural Beauty products are just fabulous! I can’t wait to keep using these, so watch this space!!!
When it comes to Cruelty Free Foundations I have previously been a little set in my ways and haven’t branched out to try new products – until now! And starting with the INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Foundation, I love the finish am so relieved that this is a success! A beautiful foundation, it is right up my street!
INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Foundation combines natural antioxidants, minerals and Certified Organic ingredients to hydrate and illuminate the skin.
INIKA’s description of their Liquid Foundation is short and sweet, but nicely rounds up what this foundation is all about. The finish is absolutely stunning, somewhere between matte and glowy – this gives the perfect balance of illuminating the skin without getting oily.
I would say this foundation has a medium coverage, but is so buildable. It looks SO natural and lasts amazingly well, and at the end of the day it wears down so naturally – no patchiness or separating in sight! Just perfect!! The consistency is fabulous as for me it is bang in the middle – not too runny to slide all over the place, but not too thick either keeping the natural finish. It gives the coverage without the cake!
There are 8 shades in this foundation, all of which will suit any skin tone perfectly. While this isn’t a huge range of shades, the undertones in them are perfect. I have the shade “Nude”, and while there is a small amount of oxidisation, this was actually a great thing as the shade works beautifully with my pale yellow-toned skin. They have pretty detailed shade descriptions on the website so it is super easy to match yourself up!
This packaging is so chic! It is almost a frosted matte black and the gold detailing gives an extra edge of class. The pump applicator makes it so easy to use and avoids any mess or product wastage. I use one good pump and this covers my entire face. At £33.00, it isn’t the cheapest foundation I have tried, but in my opinion is definitely worth the extra pennies – plus MeiKind have kindly given me a site wide 10% discount code for you below!
Due to its consistency a little goes a long way, and even though this a new foundation for me I already know I can depend on this when I need my skin to look good and last! The INIKA Liquid Foundation is a beautiful product from a beautiful brand – and going on the quality of this foundation I can’t wait to try out some more products from their collection!
I first noticed Noughty on a random trip to Superdrug, and was instantly intrigued! Their packaging is so sleek, and there is a range to suit every hair type! While I do have curly hair, rather than opt for the obvious “Wave Hello” range – as my hair has been on the dry side lately I couldn’t resist this To The Rescue Collection. This range includes a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and serum. So – I jumped in head first!
“Like a knight in shining armour, our 97% natural *collection comes charging to the rescue of dry and frizzy hair.”
“Sweet almond and sunflower see extracts help to transform splits, snaps and that dreaded frizz into the perfect fairytale ending!”
“Sweet almond, shea butter and olive oil help to transform splis, snaps and that dreaded frizz into the perfect fairytale ending!”
“Come charging to the rescue of hair in distress. All the goodness over processed hair needs, with none of the heaviness or build-up. Packed with nourishing sweet almond, restoring black oats and vitamin rich argan oil to help repair and transform frizzy and damaged hair. It’s your knight in shining armour!”
“This deeply nourishing, anti-frizz serum aids in repairing and protecting dry locks, splits and snaps. Bursting with sweet almond and argan oils. It’s your knight in shining armour.”
So if my math is correct, that’s 2 knights (shining armour included) and 2 fairytale endings! Who wouldn’t want that!? But in all seriousness, this collection is heavenely. The sweet almond scent is so luscious and these products feel genuinely luxurious. The shampoo lathers up like a dream and doesn’t leave hair feeling stripped or dry – just clean and soft. Personally I use hair masks in between shampoo and conditioner, and to be honest this hair mask literally did it all! Detangling is so quick and easy, and my hair feels like silk after just a few minutes. Following this with the conditioner is just the cherry on the top of a beautiful hair loving cake! Not a knot in sight, and my hair is left clean, moisturised and smelling incredible!
As I then use styling products suited to my curly hair (Wave Hello Taming Cream is now one of them!) I use the serum right at the end when my hair is almost dry – and wow. It doesn’t weigh hair down at all. I scrunch this into my ends and the finish it gives is stunning. It perfectly defines, smooths any flyaways or frizzy bits and gives amazing shine, and I use it again between washes each night before going to bed to prevent any frizz that may occur during sleep!
The obvious best part (other than everything I have just raved about!) is Noughtys’ commitment to not just being Cruelty Free, but their products and ingredients in general. “All our gorgeous products are packed full of goodness, vegan-friendly, contains no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals or silicones and of course we don’t test on Bambi, Skippy or Lassie.” They have an entire page on this called “Bunnies Unite!“.
On top of this, they are so affordable! The Shampoo & Conditioner are priced at £6.99, and the mask and serum are £8.99. Depending on where you purchase from, there are also offers and deals so keep your eyes peeled! Currently you can buy direct from Noughty, Ocado & Superdrug – but they have also just confirmed they will be launching on Feel Unique before the Summer! There is a range literally for everyone, so go ahead and find your Noughty side!
Lottie London Blush Crush is among the cutest blushers I think I have seen! I started with one of these, and now have three. They are just so darn adorable! There is an amazing colour range and they are so affordable. Named after male celebrities, these addictive blushers are so satisfying in so many ways!
Lottie London Claims:
A collection of easily blendable powder blushes, inspired by your favourite celeb crushes! Achieve perfectly pinched cheeks worthy of any selfie queen. Available in 6 beautiful and long-lasting shades to intensify your rosy glow. Simply swirl and pop onto cheekbones!
The most difficult part of this collection is deciding between your favourite shade or your favourite person, but either way I am hooked! I have the shades “Justin”, “Nick” and “Harry” (although I chose these for the shades and not the person they represent…. definitely… I think…).
“Justin” is a gorgeous soft blush in the perfect rose shade. Totally matte, this is the most natural looking blush out of the three.
“Nick” is definitely pink! It is the brightest blush of these and has a shimmer finish (a subtle shimmer though, more glowy than glitter).
“Harry” is a gorgeous deep red toned blush. Something like this would normally be out of my comfort zone, but the shade is muted and more on the natural side – probably now my favourite!
The pigmentation of these is superb. They are not over the top (so there isn’t the risk of looking like a clown…) but they are pigmented enough to build up and they blend like a dream. They are powder (obviously) but have an almost creamy feel to them which is probably what makes them look so natural and flawless. No chalkiness in sight!
Packaging wise we have established that they are beyond cute – but they are genuinely bang on. The size is perfect to travel around (and there is a mirror!), and the amount of product included is in my opinion very generous! These are priced at £4.95, which makes me rather happy! Super affordable and a shade for every skin tone and occasion! The Blush Crush Powder Blushes are simply genius – and if you can’t pick your favourite (like me) then just get the lot – after all it would be rude to leave anyone out right!?
When I first decided to make the transition to become Cruelty Free, I genuinely assumed if a brand was certified as Vegan then that would mean it does not involve animals – at all, right? Wrong. Bizarrely, just because a brand is certified as Vegan does not mean that its’ products are not tested on animals. Crazy! To me that defeats the whole idea of being Vegan in the first place if the products then go on to be tested on animals! And on the other side there are brands that while they claim to be Cruelty Free also sell their products in China or only state that their products are not tested on animals… but do not mention their ingredients or third party involvement.
It is not always clear what is Cruelty Free or Vegan, so here is a rough guideline on what these actually mean:
– products are not tested on animals – at all. Not just the finished products, but the ingredients or any third party involvement. Also, if a brand sells its’ products in a country where animal testing is required by law (such as China) then the brand as a whole is not Cruelty Free.
– products are 100% free of any animal ingredients or ingredients that are derived from animals. These brands will find alternatives instead, such a Glycerine. However, a brand that is Vegan Certified is not neccesarily Cruelty Free.
Basically, they are completely different concepts. Brands that are Cruelty Free are not necessarily Vegan, and vise versa. On the whole, brands tend to be pretty proud if they have received certification for being either of these and will display their certified logo on their website and products. Not always though, so I tend to look in their “about” pages and they will usually clarify their status there. If I find I am having to hunt a little too hard to find some sort of clarification, then I start to become suspicious and doubtful. There is also the Parent Company situation for some brands, but that is a whole issue in itself that is down to personal opinion – I have a full discussion post on this – Where To Draw The Line?
The main and ultimate mission of Belles’ Bunnies is to highlight cosmetic animal testing and create awareness of just how many brands are still testing on animals. The Cruelty Free Brand List on Belles’ Bunnies is constantly updated, which hopefully makes the whole process of shopping a lot easier! Overall, an official certification such as Leaping Bunny or PETA is a clear way to ensure a brand is Cruelty Free, and in my experience brands that are genuinely Cruelty Free are proud and display this for all to see!
Shea Moisture has become one of my all time favourite hair care brands. The packaging is always stunning and the products really are beautiful. As I have mentioned before I previously owned a Hair & Beauty Salon, and even comparing Shea Moistures’ products to higher end “professional” products the results are incredible. As a curly girl, the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine collection caught my attention straight away!
Shea Moisture Claims:
Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
Cleanse dry, delicate curls with this gentle Sulphate-free shampoo. Formulated with fast absorbing, nutrient-rich Coconut Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to leave curls vibrant, bouncy and healthy looking.
Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
This lightweight, daily conditioner restores moisture and smoothes dry hair cuticles. No more knots, snarls and tangles. Tames frizz as it defines and enhances natural curls.
The Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus collection were the first “curly hair specific” products I tried when I started my curly hair journey, and they are still very much in my staple hair care items. The shampoo is literally delicious, and doesn’t tangle up my hair as a lot of shampoos normally would (it is usually a matted mess until I soak it in conditioner!). The conditioner is actually a little too lightweight for me personally, however that being said it is perfect for detangling and doesn’t weigh the hair down at all. I slather this all over and can be confident that it won’t make my hair flat or greasy – and then just use something a little thicker and more concentrated on my ends if needed.
The scent of this collection is heavenly! Like a Shea & Coconut cocktail, it smells incredible and the scent lasts for days! And as for the packaging, Shea Moistures packaging has a standard theme with each collection colour coded. I absolutely love their packaging, and the pump on the conditioner helps to prevent any wastage.
Price wise these are so affordable, both cost £9.99! Plus there is often some sort of sale and they are regularly in 3 for 2 offers! I also use the Shea Moisture Coconut Curl Enhancing Smoothie which has become one of my ride or die products! Overall this collection is nurturing and moisturising but light enough not weigh curls down. And the gorgeous scent is the cherry on the top! Beautiful!!
No7 has such a wide range of products it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start! I came across the No7 Skin Illuminator when I was actually looking for a glowy BB cream. And while this doesn’t provide coverage, it does give such a beautiful glowy sheen to the skin and I have fallen in love with it!
Multi-faceted light reflectors instantly enhance your complexion, for a natural looking radiance.
And that’s it. It literally does what it says on the tin (or tube in this case). I think that what I love so much about this is just how natural it is. If you’re looking for a blinding highlight then this probably isn’t the product for you, but it gives a radiant glowy finish to the skin that is so addictive! I use it under a BB cream, as I think putting a full coverage foundation over the top would just cover up the gorgeous finish of this and would be a bit pointless! As I mentioned earlier this product doesn’t provide any coverage, but it makes skin look so healthy I end up trying to cover up as little as possible! A thin layer over the top of a moisturiser on “no makeup” days is spot on.
The No7 Skin Illuminator comes in 2 shades. I have the shade Nude and it is absolutely perfect. They also have a Bronze shade which I am desperate to try out as I think it will be beautiful for Summer.
The packaging is great, and I love the simple design of No7 products – keeping it looking classic and elegant. The 30ml tube will last ages, as a pea sized amount (a small pea – think “petit-pois”) literally covers the whole face. Priced at £12.50 this can seem on the expensive side compared to other brands with primer style products, but the No7 Skin Illuminator is completely different to any product I have used.
So even though my first encounter with this product was on a search for something different, I am SO glad I found it! A wonderful happy accident – some things are just meant to be!
Natura Siberica is one of my all time favourite Cruelty Free brands. Their products are always beautiful, and the Royal Caviar Collection (wild harvested – completely cruelty free!) has flown to a whole new level of luxury. These products are so indulgent, even the packaging makes me feel special!
“Loaded with proteins and amino acids Beluga Caviar Extract effectively smoothes out wrinkles and reduces skin sagging by increasing collagen density. This serum is a perfect treatment for the delicate eye. It helps brighten dark circles, strengthens, tones and lifts the skin, reducing puffiness.”
The Caviar Platinum Intensive Toning Eye Serum was just beautiful before I’d even got started. The packaging is gorgeous with a pipette style applicator (which feels so posh to use!). I love this application style, and it makes it so easy to avoid applying to much or wasting product. The scent is like a creamy vanilla, although this is subtle and not overpowering or particularly “fragrance feeling”. The consistency is fairly thick, and more creamy than a serum. I personally like eye products on the thicker side so as I can actually feel them, and this glides on beautifully. While I don’t particularly have wrinkles (yet) I am very conscious of trying to prevent such things, and this is an absolute winner. I apply this before going to sleep, and my eyes feel so refreshed and youthful in the morning – sort of “plumped up” in a way that smooths out under eyes and looks genuinely rested (I am not a great sleeper so this is very much appreciated!).
“Loaded with proteins and amino acids Beluga Caviar Extract effectively smoothes out wrinkles and reduces skin sagging by increasing collagen density. This cream perfectly treats mature skin, preventing the loss of skin’s elasticity and smoothing out wrinkles. It effectively defends the skin against environmental damage, improving the complexion. Suitable for all skin types.”
The Caviar Platinum Intensive Modeling Day Face Cream is just as stunning as the Eye Serum. The packaging looks is a mirrored tube and has a pump applicator. Another clear win on the packaging. Consistency wise this is on the thinner side of moisturisers and it soaks into the skin like a dream. 2-3 pumps covers my entire face – and bare in mind each pump gives a small amount of product so this gives about the size of a jelly bean. This consistency makes it perfect for applying under makeup. The scent is quite difficult to describe, but to me, and bare with me, it smells like luxurious vegetables…. a strange description on my part that sounds bizarre I know, but it smells healthy and almost nutritious – it really does smell beautiful! Again I wouldn’t describe my skin as sagging (at least that’s what I like to believe..) although I do tend to get a very dull complexion. This makes my skin so soft and radiant, it genuinely feels pampered like I’ve just had a spa facial!
Even the boxes look incredible, and I genuinely want to have these on display. They are so classy and elegant! The Toning Eye Serum is priced at £32.50 and the Modeling Day Face Cream is priced at £34.50. While these are on the pricier side of Natura Sibericas products, they are sheer luxury and in my opinion totally worth the price. The consistencies mean they will last ages which is usually the case with their higher priced products, and the results are worth every penny. Both the packaging of the products and the products themselves are simply beautiful. I use mine to follow my Northern Collection Cleansers, and my skin is absolutely loving it. Pure Indulgent Luxury!
Another collection from one of my favourite Cruelty Free brands, the Natura Siberica Northern Collection is totally unique. These products are black in colour, and although they seem unusual they are absolutely genius when it comes to skin cleansing products – and they smell epic!
“Northern Black Cleansing Butter transforms into a silky cleansing milk when in contact with water, gently and effectively cleansing the face. Charcoal absorbs impurities and cleanses pores, Organic Linen Oil is both nourishing and softening. Organic Oils of Siberian Pine and Altai Sea Buckthorn, combined with Wild Rhodiola Rosea leave skin enviably soft and resilient. Skin is clean and supple, revealing a radiant complexion.”
I LOVE this cleanser. Partly becuase the consistency reminds me of Nutella, but mainly due to the fact is a ridiculously beautiful cleanser. Removing makeup is effortless, and it leaves skin actually feeling hydrated rather than stripped. The Black Cleansing Butter comes with a little spatula to scoop out the product, and I just warm it in my hands and massage over the face – literally all makeup is removed instantly and my skin feels so soft! I use a small dollop (pictured) and this is enough to cleanse my entire face – then remove with a flannel or wash cloth. The scent is on the sweeter side, but still has a slight floral undertone – and I’m pretty sure i can smell a hint of chocolate too…. Either way it is heavenly. Not overly fragranced or perfumed, but enough to entice me to keep randomly smelling it each time I’m around the bathroom!
“Featuring highly absorbent activated carbon to draw impurities from deep within the skin. Enriched with unique and powerful wild harvested herbs and berries from Northern Siberia. Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap will leave your skin super clean and sparkling.”
Super duper clean and sparkling! I actually leave this cleanser on as a sort of face mask, and you can literally see it working! The Northern Soap comes with a “sponge” as an applicator, and it is brilliant. Damp the sponge, and the product slides out and onto the skin like butter. The sponge does dry like a brick afterwards so it does need to be damp, but this application is fabulous! My skin feels so clean and detoxed after using this, but still soft and hydrated. I follow with the Royal Caviar Collection and these 4 products combined is amazing. A black face cleansing mask may look a little scary if the doorbell rings, but the results are astonishing. My often dull complexion and combination skin looks so radiant and healthy. And for the scent – wow. I actually make excuses to smell this as often as possible. I would say marzipan, but it’s actually sweeter – like a bakewell or a battenburg. It is beyond words – it takes me to a happy place.
There are 6 products in the Northern Collection, all unique in their own way and all pretty affordable. There are products for every skin type (as mentioned I have combination skin that can be sensitive, and tend to have a dull complexion if that is anything to go by), and they’re not just black – there are white options too! The Black Cleansing Butter is priced at £17.99 and the Deep Facial Cleansing Soap is £12.00. Because of their unique formulation and application styles they last for such a long time. As unique and unusual as this collection may be, these products are so addictive.
LUSH Hair Custard not only has an incredibly yummy sounding name, but is incredibly yummy in every aspect to match. It has completely won me over altogether. I was a little apprehensive at first, as I am personally not a fan of heavy cream styling products as they tend to weigh my curly hair down and build up. BUT! I was so impressed with this product that it has become a genuine staple in my hair care routine – and an absolute bonus is it smells insane!
A supremely creamy tub of comforting vanilla pod infusion and exquisite argan oil, whipped up into a mouth-watering hair dessert. The proof is in the pudding (and in the layers of softening Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, beeswax and honey, of course). A mere trifle is all you need to lightly style, hydrate and perfume in one. Dab on wet ends or scrunch through dry hair for light hold and protective hydration.
So. I’m sure just from reading the description it is obvious that the scent of this product plays a big role in its attractiveness. To me, it legit smells like Caramac (if you haven’t tried a Caramac – get one. Seriously.) It smells so delicious, and the scent really does last even without refreshing.
As a curly girl, anything that will “oomf” up my hair without weighing it down gets me interested – and when it smells this good!? It would be rude not to! Consistency wise it is fairly self explanatory, literally just like custard. It melts into your palms and becomes a light sort of cream which I wouldn’t usually expect to do much in the way of volume and definition. But it really does create a complete transformation! I do notice a bit of a build up if I use it every day (between washes), so I tend to use on freshly washed hair and then again on a day where I want some of that extra “oomf” rather than using every day. And as I mentioned, the scent will last until the next wash day – better than a hair perfume!
The Lush Hair Custard is standard for the packaging of LUSH, which I have previously made obvious that I am big fan of. The tub is a great size giving enough product to last but also being convenient for travelling etc. It may have been easier to apply in a pump format rather than a pot, but due to its custard like form that probably wouldn’t have worked. I just dab a finger onto the top of the product in the pot and warm up in my hands before scrunching – there really is no need to scoop out excess amounts of products. A little goes a long way, and it works its magic instantly.
This isn’t exactly on the cheaper side of LUSH’s product pricing at £14.95 for 100g or £29.95 for 200g, but considering the teeny weeny small amount needed it really will last for ages which to me is worth every penny. It is no secret how much of a fan I am of LUSH’s products, and the LUSH Hair Custard is yet another superb addition to my all time favourites!
So I may be a little later than most to jump on this wagon, but in my defense they were out of stock so darn often! And I can see why. The Makeup Revolution Soph X collaboration produced 2 palettes – an Eyeshadow Palette and a Highlighter Palette, and they – are – epic!
“The 24 versatile shades give you everything you need to create your look no matter what time of year, whether you’re looking for light shimmers, warm browns, rich golds, rusty oranges, dark smokey shades or even a pop of colour – this palette is for you! – Soph x”
My gosh the girl did good! The selection of shades in this palette are amazing and right up my street! There are 14 matte shades and 10 shimmers, perfect for literally any eye look you can think of! The infamous “Cuppa Tea” is literally just life. It is the most flattering shade that will suit any skin tone, and sits perfectly with all the other shades in this palette. As a lover of olive toned shadows, “Pine Tree” & “Petrol” are also among my top favourites in this palette. And while there are some shades that I wouldn’t usually go for, they sit next to such complementing shades in the palette that it is so inspiring just to look at!
“With 8 different shades, you can pick your favorites or mix and match colours to create the perfect glow for your skin tone. You know what they say… you can NEVER have enough higligter! – Soph x”
While I don’t 100% agree with Soph’s statement (I do think that there is a line when enough highlighter is enough – or at least there should be in some cases!) I do completely adore her highlighting palette! The various shades she has put into this palette are so dreamy! There are such different tones to these highlighters, and there are 5 baked and 3 pressed depending on the desired finish. Being a fan of all things bronze my favourites have to be those on the right hand side (there are no shade names) and even though I think these were designed with darker skin tones in mind (as I have mentioned before I am on the paler side..) I absolutely love the subtle bronze and gold sheen that these highlighters give. Those along with the brighter highlighters makes this palette an absolute go to!
So overall, these palettes are basically just awesome. The shades are so beautifully selected, and as with all Makeup Revolution palettes the pigmentation is amazing. The packaging is absolutely stunning, and I love the nude and gold theme that Soph has used. Price wise again for Makeup Revolution these palettes are super affordable, with the Eyeshadow Palette priced at £10.00 and the Highlighter Palette priced at £8.00. The Makeup Revolution Soph X Collaboration is pure genius, and even with all the hype that already surrounded these palettes I am still very impressed – and very obsessed!
These MUA Lipsticks are like little bullets of pure colour! The shade range is awesome – and for such an affordable brand is really impressive! I would say that it makes it difficult to decide on which shades to get, but when you see the price of these lipsticks you will understand why it is perfectly acceptable to just get them all!!
MUA Lipsticks offer a shade for every occasion in easy to wear colours.
With just one swipe you’ll have fantastic colour pay off resulting in gorgeous lips! Why not pick a shade you’ve not tried before and get a new look?
And why not indeed MUA! While these shades are so pigmented, there are bang on by saying that they are easy to wear. All of them! Even the brightest shades seem to immediately look “right” even if they are out of your comfort zone. I started with 8 shades, and while their shade-naming system does seem a bit random I will do my best to give my own description for each!
Bare – Exactly what I would call a Nude with a beige/neutral undertone.
Shade 9 – Unusual shade! Definitely a nude but with more of a brown undertone and a shimmer finish.
Shade 7 – Gorgeous! A beautiful and subtle pale pink – perfect for Spring & Summer!
Tulip – A stunning baby pink, brighter but still wearable and would suit everyone.
Pomegranate – A more vibrant hot pink with red undertones, great for a more colourful look.
Coral Flush – Exactly what it says on the tin. A bright but understated coral.
Shade 13 – I would refer to this as a “glamourous” red – bright but elegant.
Vintage Rouge – A deep red with rich brown undertones.
As someone who usually sticks with a nude lip, a few of these would definitely normally be out of my comfort zone (Pomegranate & Coral Flush for example). That being said, I am so glad I mixed up my usual choices! These colours really are stunning, and this is just 8 shades from the range – there are 18 in total to choose from! If I had to choose my current favourites I would go with Shade 7, Tulip and Vintage Rouge.
The application of these is great, very smooth and easy to glide on (however they are firm enough not to make a complete mess as would probably be the case using brighter shades with me…). In regards to staying power, these do transfer. Not horrendously, but if you’re eating or drinking just bare in mind that the more vibrant shades may wear off. It is super easy to layer these up though, so just a quick touch up is all you’d need.
Packaging wise these are pretty standard as lipstick packaging goes, glossy black packaging with the shade showing at the bottom. These aren’t the most heavy duty lipsticks I’ve seen, but for the price I think they are spot on.
So here is the big part. The price. Now to me, affordable lipsticks pretty much means anything under £10 (under £5 and I start getting a little too over excited). But, the MUA Lipsticks come in at……. £1.00. £1.00! How is that even possible!? Either way, MUA is serious. The quality of these lipsticks for that price is insane!
I am so impressed with these lipsticks, and it makes it easy to build up a collection with such a wide range of shades. So whether you are a beginner with makeup or looking to expand your current lipstick collection, the MUA Lipsticks are the perfect answer! Fabulous!!
Now this is an exciting product!! Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation has had a lot of hype building up to its launch, and I will admit I was among those waiting online for its launch ready to buy them before they sold out! Stick Foundations have become a popular alternative to traditional Foundations, providing a fuller coverage and quicker application. So when Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation was about to launch, I was ready to dive straight in!
Makeup Revolution Claims:
The easy-to-apply stick formula melts into skin, blending seamlessly to leave a fresh and dewy finish.
Twist up, swipe on and blend out with fingers, a beauty sponge or your favourite foundation brush.
The packaging of this Stick Foundation is adorable! A beautiful pink nude frosted plastic with rose gold detailing, so gorgeous. These were actually larger than I had expected too. The shade number is clearly printed on the bottom of the product, so it is easy to tell them apart if you have a more than one shade to use like I do. It twists to reveal the foundation, and there is a decent amount of product in these for a stick foundation. While other more expensive brands may contain more product in theirs, for £5.00 – yes £5.00 – the amount of product in this is exceptional value.
I think the most exciting feature of the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation is the shade range. There are 18 shades to choose from! Finding your perfect match is easy with the detailed descriptions of the undertones, and at the ridiculously affordable price I chose 4 different shades (F2, F4, F6 & F8) to alternate depending on whether I have tanned or to use to bronze or define. The massive shade range is incredible for such an affordable brand, especialliay compared to others creating products in usually 6-8 shades.
Makeup Revolution Shade Descriptions:
F1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone
F2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone
F3 – For fair skin tones with pink undertone
F4 – For light skin tones with neutral undertone
F5 – For light skin tones with pink undertone
F6 – For light/medium skin tones with yellow undertone
F7 – For medium skin tones with peach undertone
F8 – For medium skin tones with yellow undertone
F9 – For medium skin tones with a peach undertone
F10- For medium skin tones with a golden undertone
F11 – For medium/dark skin tones with a beige undertone
F12 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F13 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
F14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
F15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
F17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
So the big question, is it actually any good? To test this out I used all 4 shades I have in different areas of my face so as to also try to define and bronze, and blended half with a brush and half with a beauty sponge. This is a pretty full coverage foundation, so try not to literally paint yourself with it as you may end up with a cake face! Start with less and add more as you need. The product goes on smoothly and glides across the skin, and to be honesty I didn’t notice much difference between using a brush or a beauty sponge. If anything I found it easier to blend with the brush compared to a sponge being my usual choice, but there really wasn’t a lot in it. The product does tend to dry fairly quickly, so i would recommend applying in sections and blending as you go.
The finish I absolutely love. Full coverage (without looking like a mask), and leaving a gorgeous dewy glow. Usually I would use a setting powder, but I enjoyed the finish so much I just powdered around my eyes where I tend to crease and slightly on the t-zone to avoid getting too oily but to keep the skin glowing. It did ever so slightly cling a little to dry patches, but dampening the brush or sponge and dabbing over the top smoothed this out immediately.
Overall, I love it. Definitely worth the hype. A gorgeous product in gorgeous packaging, and so darn cheap! I think this would work perfectly with the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer, which comes in the matching 18 shades plus more!
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation has just reinforced the brands wonderful reputation, and this is yet another new product from them to become a definite favourite of mine! Well Done Makeup Revolution!!
Have you tried the Fast Base Stick Foundation? Let me know your thoughts!
I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs are quite possibly the cutest makeup product I have ever seen! I know they are probably aimed at Easter, but these little pods of beauty are so unique they deserve credit all year round! I purchased Surprise Rose Gold, Surprise Gold and Surprise Dragon (although now I have tried them I regret not buying the whole collection – but there’s still time!).
“A rose gold surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between four shimmer shades, pale pink, rose pink, dark rose gold and dark rose brown, plus a matte rose brown. Create a radiant glow with the light and medium rose gold highlighter duo.”
This miraculous egg is packed with stunning rose gold eyeshadow shades, with a matte warm chocolate to blend out the beautiful shimmers. The dark rose brown shimmer is a tone that is rare and beautiful, it is a stunning crossover between bronze and rose gold and looks incredible. The other three shimmer shades are equally as amazing, and bringing all of these shades together is a match made in heaven! There is also a beautiful soft beige highlighter and a bright glowing champagne to compliment. Just looking at the shades together in the “egg” brings up so much excitement for those glowing rose gold makeup looks. Absolutely gorgeous!
“A golden surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three matte brown shadows, one light, medium and dark, plus two stunning shimmer browns. Get a golden glow with the two highlighters included, a yellow gold and soft bronze gold.”
The leading role in this particular egg goes to the blinding yellow gold highlighter. It is beyond a winner! Such a rich tone of gold, it gives a radiant sunkissed golden highlight without leaving a yellow cast underneath. It’s genius! This is paired with a stunning – actually almost rose gold – highlighter with a bronze subtle sheen. The eyeshadows in this keep to a more neutral colour palette, with three matte shades to build up a stunning soft brown look. The shimmers are quite different from eachother, but blend together beautifully to give a smooth gradient effect. The darker of the two is more of an olive toned brown, while the lighter keeps that rose glow to pair perfectly with the highlighter.
“A surprise fit for a dragon, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three shimmer shadows, a fiery red, a gorgeous gold and a beautiful bronze, plus two matte brown shades. Including two warm and cool highlighters.”
This egg is simply gorgeous – and probably my favourite if I had to choose one. The rich eyeshadows include beautiful red tones in both a matte finish and a gorgeous burnt toned shimmer. The other copper and gold shimmers show this off beautifully, and the soft matte brown blends these out like a dream. Surprisingly, the highlighters are more neutral toned, both a simple champagne with one warmer tone and one cooler tone. With the bold eyeshadows, these subtle highlighters make this collection all about showing off those beautiful burnt fiery shades.
I am sure it is now obvious that the packaging for these palettes is in the form of eggs. However, said “eggs” are so shiny and mesmerizing I love having these out on show – all the time! Luckily the 3 I chose fit together perfectly and I am actually able to make a display out of them!
Their size makes them perfect for travelling, and although they are plastic they are super strong and sturdy. The colour pay off is incredible, so pigmented and easy to blend. The highlighters are not over the top allowing you to build them up to the intensity you are looking for, and they sit well on top of foundation – although I would suggest using a powder before applying to make the blending process even more seamless. But! These eyeshadows really are just something else. The colour collections are perfect and every single shade is wearable for so many different eye looks. You literally only need the egg!
Another fantastic bonus to these is that they are priced at £5.00. That’s actually cheaper than buying an Easter egg – and I know what I would prefer!!
Have you tried I Heart Revolution? Let me know your thoughts!
LivOliv are a brand that I came across via social media, and I instantly fell in love with their products. LivOliv is a family run company based in Poole, and all of their products are Non-Toxic, Vegan and Cruelty Free (they have also joined PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program)! Their nail polishes are absolutely beautiful and there is a massive range of colours, along with their luxurious hand creams and cuticle oils this is a brand I know will become my holy grail for anything hand and nail related!
I am so excited to be collaborating with LivOliv and have chosen one of their gorgeous Gift Boxes to dive into! There are 2 variations of gift boxes depending on which size of nail polish you would like, and for this review I have the 10ml Version priced at £29.99. Individually, the nail polishes are £8.99 for a 10ml bottle – although if you are wanting to try out various shades there are also 5ml options for just £4.99! The Gift Boxes include 3 nail polishes of your choice, along with a hand cream (usually £7.50) and cuticle oil (usually £3.99) – again both of your choice! The value of this gift box is incredible, and being able to completely personalize its’ contents is amazing!
LivOliv breaks down its huge selection of shades into categories, and as I am obsessed with all things bronze I chose my 3 colours from the Brown & Copper selection.
The application of these nail polishes is an absolute dream. They are the perfect consistency – not too thick making it difficult to get a smooth application, but also thick enough to have complete control. The pigment is beautiful, and 2 coats gives a stunning full coverage finish. Another thing that I love is the drying time! I am quite an impatient person when it comes to drying nail varnish, but these polishes dry within minutes making it super easy to apply a quick second coat and be done! The shine of these are incredible, and LivOliv also has Top and Base Coats (including a Matte Top Coat!) along with a Nail Polish Thinner to replace the ingredients that evaporate when older polishes become a little “tired”.
For my Gift Box I chose the Sweet Orange and Rose hand cream, with the matching Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil. Starting with the hand cream, the packaging is so chic! It comes in a twist top tin and looks so elegant. The consistency of this is on the thicker side, and feels intensely nourishing and luxurious. The scent is exactly as imagined, a subtle sweet orange undertone with a feminine rose fragrance to top it off. Delicious! Because of its thick consistency a little goes a very long way, so it really will last for ages. It soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving hands soft and moisturized but not tacky or sticky.
The Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil is a new favourite in my beauty routine which is a welcome surprise. I am usually one to forget about using a cuticle oil, but this smells so delectable it is so addictive! You can see the results instantly with this, and the results last. It makes nails looks so healthy and genuinely cared for, and melts into the cuticles leaving behind a stunning glow and subtle rose scent. The packaging of this is genius, a “clicker” style brush that makes application so easy and clean – no mess or product wastage!
I am so happy to have found LivOliv. The quality of their products is just incredible for such an affordable price. They also stock natural handmade soaps from Lucy’s Soap Kitchen which look so indulgent!
I am beyond impressed with all of the products I have tried so far, and their shade selection of nail polishes is ridiculously brilliant. There is literally a shade for every occasion or style – I can’t wait to build up my collection!
Have you tried LivOliv? Let me know your thoughts!
Now this is a palette! I ordered my Makeup Revolution Ultimate Palette online and honestly had no idea just how epic it was going to be! And big! I was expecting a typical sized palette with small sized shades, but no! This palette has 32 – yes – 32 full sized highlight, blush, contour, strobe and bronze shades packed into this mammoth palette. I actually don’t know where to begin!
Makeup Revolution Claims:
Our fan favourite Ultimate Blush Light and Contour is back with new and improved shades! Everything you need to bronze, contour, blush and highlight with this amazing 32 shade face palette contains a mix of matte and shimmer shades for all skin tones, ranging from fair to deep.
The colour selection in this palette is just awesome. There are shades to suit every skin tone, but each one is so usable for everyone that I know I will use every single shade. There are no shade names on this palette – and I don’t blame them considering how many there are… But I will do my best to put the locations into words!
For some reason one of my favourite makeup products is banana toned powders (probably because I love banana scented products, and no these are not scented but the banana tone pleases me just as much). There are 3 to choose from, a neutral tone, the beautiful banana, and then a slightly warmer tone and I can see all of these being used as much as each other for different looks or to set different areas. Underneath these are the bronzing and contouring shades. With 5 different tones to play around with these are fab for bronzing all over as well as detailed contouring. The second from the bottom is a gorgeous shimmery bronze, that come the summer I know will be a top favourite.
On to the highlighters, and it really is difficult not to explode with excitement at the range of colours here. 8 magnificent shimmery highlighters, ranging from my beloved banana, through champagnes and golds and finished off with a stunning lilac. There is no glitter, or even any obvious sparkle. The shimmer infused into these is just heavenly and they are so soft on the skin. Other than the banana tone my current favourite has to be the third from the bottom, a gorgeous hint of bronze giving a stunning but understated golden glow.
And finally, the blushes. Just looking at these makes me so happy! There is every shade of blush you could ever possibly need, both matte and slight shimmers. Ranging from mauve through to bright pink, then from oranges and coral tones to nude pastels. I would cross some of these over into bronzers as I have fairly pale skin, but again for summer looks using these as a bronzey pop of colour on the cheeks will be incredible.
All of the products in this palette will look beautiful together, and there are so many combinations to try! The pigmentation is excellent as always with Makeup Revolution products, and they blend together so beautifully it really is hard to stop. All of the colours are buildable, so be daring and try shades that may usually be out of your comfort zone.
The Makeup Revolution Ultimate Palette is priced at £10.00. I know – unreal!! The quality of this palette for the price is insane, and it provides every shade of blush, bronze and highlight you could ever need – probably for the whole year (although they make such beautiful palettes I can’t guarantee I won’t be buying others too…).
I am so impressed with this palette, and it has already become an absolute must have for all occasions. It is perfect for trying out different looks and shades you may not normally go for, and I definitely recommend using this to give your makeup routine a little “spruce up”. Simply Beautiful!
Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Ultimate Palette!? Let me know your thoughts!
OK, calling all blondes! Lush Daddy-O Shampoo is by far the best purple toning shampoo I have used. As a former hairdresser I have tried a lot (probably in the hundreds!) of purple shampoos, and while some are considerably better than others, the Lush Daddy-O Shampoo is a very clear winner for me and miles ahead in its own league!
Daddy-O works to add volume and shine to your hair. It’s the lemon and organic lime juice which allow the cuticles to lie flat and reflect more light, helping the hair to shine. We’ve created an infusion from toothed wrack seaweed and organic lemons, that cleanses and softens. Extra virgin coconut oil hydrates the hair, whilst fine sea salt gets to work by to softening and giving body to your hair. What makes this extra special is that it can revive your silver and blonde tones.
Lush Daddy-O is literally everything you could want from a purple shampoo. Mainly, it actually works! The colour pigments are clear just from looking at it, and it really knocks out any yellow or brassy tones. Also, this actually isn’t just for blondes. This is perfect for anyone wanting to get rid of warm tones regardless of your hair colour. If you are a blonde though, be slightly cautious about leaving it on a little too long, as it really does work so you may get that pastel tinge if left unattended (although that is actually a really popular colour that can be hard to get!).
The other wonderful thing about this shampoo is that it is such a lovely shampoo on top of its toning miracles. It is super moisturising, smells like a floral perfume and lathers up like a dream.
It is no secret I am a huge fan of Lushs’ packaging, I love the quirky chalkboard logo and simple packaging – and the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic.
Lush Daddy-O Shampoo comes in a few different sizes, 100g £6.25, 250g £12.25, 500g £19.95 and 1kg £34.95. This size range is epic! It makes it so affordable if you are new to this product and want to just try it out, but at the same time once you are addicted to it (which you will be!) then the value of the bigger sizes is incredible. The bigger sizes may seem expensive, but believe me they will last SO long and you will get so much more product for your pound.
This really is an incredible shampoo for so many reasons, but mainly – as a toning shampoo it really does work. Whether you are just wanting to banish yellow or orange tones from your hair or want to maintain a super ashy cool tone, this is an absolute must have product that I know I will turn to time and time again.
Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment has been surrounded by a fair amount of hype in the world of hair products and as a curly girl my hair needs all the help it can get. I was keen to try this out and I must say, I love it – definitely worth the hype. I could literally feel the difference it was making to my hair as soon as I applied it, and it left my hair super soft, nourished and tangle free.
Aveda Claims :
Intensive treatment packed with quinoa protein strengthens damaged hair with deep repair. Leaves hair feeling healthy, smooth and strong. Aveda’s own pure-fume™ aroma with certified organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences.
My very sensitive hair definitely felt stronger after using this, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to detangle! The softness it creates is beautiful, and it manages to deeply condition hair without weighing it down or making it feel flat and heavy.
While I am someone who lives for amazingly (and usually strong) scented products, this understated perfume-like scent actually made a refreshing change to my usual choices. The smell isn’t particularly strong, but this was a plus for me and it worked so well with the other strongly scented products in my hair care routine.
The packaging for the Aveda Damage Remedy is right up my street. I love the simple design, it looks so elegant and “spa like”. A little goes a very long way with this, which is unusual for my hair. I usually slap on ridiculous amounts of conditioner to sort out my matted curls, but a small dollop of this just melted away the tangles with ease and left such softness. I left this on for about 5 minutes (I always intend to leave masks on for ages but get bored easily…) and it was more than long enough. To be honest, I felt it working its magic instantly after applying so I now also use it just as a conditioner in between.
As hair masks go the full size of this is a little on the pricey side, but in my opinion it is totally worth it. 150ml is priced at £29.50, and this really would last such a long time! If you get hooked and are in a position to do so, there is also a humongous 500ml bottle, but this does cost £70.00. If like me you are wanting to try this without parting with that amount of money, then fear not! There is a “travel size” (I use quotations because I think this is actually a really decent size for the price) which costs just £9.00!!! At 25ml it is alot smaller than the others, but there is genuinely such a good amount of product!
Overall, I 100% rate the Aveda Damage Remedy. As a former hairdresser I have tried a lot of hair masks out and have developed very clear favourites that I continue to use – and this is now one of them. It does exactly what a hair mask should do, transforming brittle dryness into soft and healthy hair. I can definitely recommend this as a staple must-have mask in anyones hair care routine, and I straight up have no idea how I managed so long without it!
Have you tried Aveda products? Let me know your thoughts!
Treacle Moon Bath and Shower Gels are as yummy as they look! A simple bath and shower product taken to the next level, the Bath and Shower Gel collections are an absolute joy to use and actually get me excited about having a shower! They look beautiful, smell beautiful and are just beautiful!
“Deep in the night when all dreams come true there is a candy store laden with gloriously coloured jars, each filled with memories so beautiful you want them to stay forever.”
Marshmallow Hearts Bath and Shower Gel actually makes me feel like a baby. While that may sound a bit weird (it probably is…) the scent of this is so clean and sweet – like a freshly bathed baby! The marshmallow and candy scent is in such an elegant form it is more like a feminine sweet shop than pure candy. Treacle moon have also created a Hand Cream to match this scent, guess what’s on my shopping list!?
“I’m going to a faraway place she said… just for a while… her toes wriggled in the warm sand and a silly seagull laughed and danced in the sweet wind.”
My Coconut Island is an absolute must for coconut lovers. This tropical scent is a perfect pure coconut that transforms a regular shower into a tropical waterfall! I find this much more “coconut-y” than other coconut scented products – with others there is usually a sweeter scent mixed into it. This smells exactly like you would expect a fresh tropical coconut to smell, it is so dreamy and rich! Treacle Moon has created an entire line for this scent, including a Hand Cream, Creamy Shower Mousse, Body Scrub and Body Butter. This could make it difficult to choose which products to buy, but as they are so darn affordable just get them all!!
“The girl loved bees…precious and clever in their fabulous velvet coats, yellow boots and tiny feet dusted with the souls of millions of flowers.”
This quote actually doesn’t do The Honeycomb Secret justice. This product has such an addictive scent that actually makes it quite difficult to describe. I suppose it does just smell of honeycomb, but then there is so much more to it.. like a richer, deeper, crazily amazing version of honeycomb! The only down side to this is that currently there are no other products in this line, and as someone who would definitely want slap on as many layers of this scent as is physically possible I am seriously hoping they expand this line. That being said, all of the Bath and Shower Gel scents last for such a long time that the honeycomb goodness will linger for hours after using it. It really is stunning.
If you’re not already on your way to delve into Treacle Moon and buy the whole product range, then here’s the kicker – they’re £3.00. OK! Go Go Go!
You can also pick up the mini versions in most supermarkets if you want to try them out first, but as soon as you open the lid to do the well known “sniff test” I guarantee you will be as in love with these products as I am!
Have you tried Treacle Moon? Let me know your thoughts!
e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of my absolute favourite brands for makeup. I have loved every product I have tried from them, and the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil has been no exception. I tried this brow product out when I decided my previous brow pencil was just too expensive to use on a daily basis, so the idea behind this was to find an alternative to wear every day and use my old one for “special occasions”. However, I have been completely won over by this and it is now the only brow product I use – all the time, every day and special occasions. Definitely a holy grail product!
e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil shapes, defines, and fills in brows for a natural, polished look. The dual-sided design applies colour with the fine tip liner on one side and tames and combs brows with the other to create natural and defined-looking eyebrows.
The e.l.f. Cosmetics website also breaks down the shades to help find your colour match.
My problem with eyebrow products has always been warmth, I have a cool undertone to my hair and I have had difficulty finding eyebrow products to match. But this is perfect – literally. I use Neutral Brown, and it has the perfect taupe / ash undertone that has always beenthe goal. The colour is so natural it perfectly mimics my brow hairs, and allows me to shape and fill in areas without having to go overboard to even out colours (always avoiding a Sharpie brow!). There is also a lighter option – Taupe, and a darker option – Deep Brown.
With previous eyebrow products I have tried (which are also a lot more expensive) their main feature has been the super fine tip, and I will admit the e.l.f. Instant Brow Pencil does appear to have a thicker tip which could seem off-putting. But it really doesn’t apply in that way, and when it looses its sharpness it is still SO easy to create super fine hair like strokes that blend beautifully. Plus it has incredible staying power that lasts all day.
The brow comb on the opposing end serves its purpose well. I’m not one to get excited over an eyebrow brush, but it is soft enough to not scratch and strong enough to easily shape the brow hairs. It does exactly what it is supposed to do with ease.
Going back to my original motivation for buying this product, the price is absolutely mesmerizing. It is £3.00! How crazy is that!? E.l.f. products are always very affordable, but the quality and colour of this brow product for the price of a sandwich is ridiculous! AND if you subscribe to their mailing list you will get notified of their offers – one of which is 50% off. This happens fairly regularly, and makes the already epic price of this product doubly epic.
Hopefully I have made my feelings about the e.l.f. Instant Brow Lift pretty clear, but to clarify – it really is amazing. And at this price, the real question is can you afford NOT to try it!?
Have you tried this brow product? Let me know your thoughts!
As a former salon owner SO many people ask: How can I grow hair faster? Do these products work? Well, yes and no – there is no secret to have long hair overnight, but there are things you can do to speed the process up. So here is a breakdown on how to grow hair faster! (There is also a Cruelty Free Brand List at the end of this post!)
There are so many products claiming to make hair grow faster, and while there are some that can help with this in general, unfortunately, it is a bit of a fad. Hair growth treatments that tell you to apply the product to your scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes? No. It is massaging your scalp for 5-10 minutes that will help your hair grow not the product itself. That being said, products with stimulating ingredients such as caffeine or tea tree will help stimulate the scalp too. My favourites are Watermans Grow Me Shampoo & Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. Using these types of products you will notice your scalp tingle and start turning pink – this is the blood circulating to your scalp which in turn promotes faster hair growth. So don’t buy into a brand that claims to make your hair grow, be smart about it! Look for stimulating shampoos (such as the ones mentioned) and leave this on for a few minutes to get the blood flowing. Conditioners won’t do a lot for your scalp as slapping this all over will probably just make your hair greasy, but be sure to use a good deep conditioner to replenish the moisture that stimulating shampoos will strip out. And regarding treatments, if you use hair masks (which you should!) then go ahead and massage this in for as long as your fingers can handle – or even better use oils.
Using oils as hair masks and treatments is so much more beneficial than using a typical hair mask. The results from using oils are incredible. They repair damaged ends, sooth the scalp, give incredible shine and so much more. Apply oil all over your hair before you are going to wash it, concentrating on the ends and then massaging the rest into your scalp (above). Leave for as long as you are able (overnight if you can), then wash your hair as normal. Coconut oil is my personal favourite, but using castor oil on your scalp will help to get the circulation flowing. Most cruelty free brands will also have some sort of hair oil (cruelty free brand list at the bottom of the post), and honestly the more you can use the better!
No, no it doesn’t. Cutting the ends off of your hair will in no way make it come out of your head any quicker. However, trimming your hair will make it get LONGER faster. If your ends are split or dry, they will break off. As an example, if your hair grows ½ inch per month but also snaps off ½ inch per month, it isn’t going to get any longer, whereas if you trim off less than it grows you will gain length a lot faster! A comment I have heard a lot is “my hair has stopped growing” – no, no it hasn’t. If you colour your hair and still get roots it has not stopped growing – chances are it is just breaking off as much if not more than it grows so isn’t getting any longer.
You don’t necessarily have to cut off your ends every 6 weeks if you are trying to grow your hair, but you definitely do have to look after it. As mentioned above using oil treatments will help to prevent breakage and can even repair ends over a period of time. BUT, and here is the kicker, the biggest form of damage to hair is from heat. So if you are serious about wanting to repair your hair and grow it longer faster, using heat is a straight up no no. Straighteners and tongs etc are hard to give up, so if this is something you will find difficult at least just try to cut it down to special occasions. Believe it or not, natural healthy hair is always beautiful – frizziness is caused by dryness and damage. So while you may feel like your hair looks better when its straightened, every time you use them you are making your situation a whole lot worse. Imagine putting your hand inside the straightener? It burns! Just think what that’s doing to your hair.
With frazzled ends and straighteners it’s a bit of a downward spiral. We all know that straighteners will smooth out frizzy damaged ends, but it is burning it even more every time so will just keep breaking and getting shorter regardless of how many oils or treatments you use. Heat protection sprays are an absolute must if you do use heat occasionally, but still think about whether you would trust it to protect your skin when touching an iron!? If you have short snapped pieces (these are usually around the face at the front) then do not use heat to try and hide them. Tuck them behind your ear if you can or use hairspray if needed to blend them in. If you don’t particularly like your natural hair (at the moment, because trust me once it’s healthy you will!) then there are hundreds of heatless hairstyles and hacks to help while you’re healing your hair. Pinterest and YouTube are great for these. And if you are a curly girl like me, embrace it! Some of my favourites are the Osmo Curl Collection, Lush Cosmetics Curly Wurly & the Shea Moisture Curl & Shine range. Starting my curly journey was the best thing I ever did for my hair!
Another thing that should probably go without saying, is to avoid damaging colours on your hair. If this is something you will struggle with, try using toning shampoos to stretch out your colour for as long as possible. Another of my favourtie collections is the Maria Nila Colour Refreshers, these are fantastic for stopping you getting bored with your colour and will do absolutely no damage whatsoever.
Using supplements can work to increase hair growth, but tread carefully. There are a lot of companies claiming to sell “miracle” tablets that will give you long hair almost instantly, but this won’t be the case. The main ingredient in these products is Biotin, which by itself does work and is a lot cheaper to buy in its own form than with a mix of other ingredients in fancy packaging. I myself have used Biotin and can vouch for it, it works. Just bare in mind that it works everywhere! To help my hair grow faster I was willing to shave my legs twice as often – but this will depend on how far you want to go for Rapunzel locks!
It should go without saying really, but diet and general health do have a big part to play in the health and growth of your hair. Drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep (things we should all do anyway!) will make a difference to not only your hair but your skin and overall state of mind.
To Grow Hair Faster :
It is possible to grow your hair faster, and once you get into the swing of things it really is noticeable pretty quickly! But don’t buy into “miracle” brands, just be smart and treat your hair with the respect it deserves – it will serve you well!
Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments below!! 😊
So Osmo has become kind of a big deal to me, and their Curl Collection has been pretty life changing. As I have previously mentioned on Belles’ Bunnies, I began my “Curly Journey” in winter 2017, and purely down to the products I chose to use I am finally loving my curly hair! The Osmo Curl Collection fluid and spray have been my go to products, and they honestly are amazing.
Curl enhancer for incredible shine and movement. Defines and revitalises permed or naturally curly hair.
This product does exactly what it claims to do. It tames any frizz I would usually have to fight, it makes my curls smoother (not straighter – just smoother) and feel nourished AND it doesn’t leave it feeling crunchy or “set”. You genuinely can’t feel the product in your hair at all, but it has a huge impact on my curls (the main thing being they actually look like curls – not like Hagrid).
The packaging is perfect, the tube makes it so easy to apply small amounts of products and build up where needed. I use about a 20p size amount for each side of my hair, combing it through to make sure I distribute the product evenly. And boom – it is so quick and easy but makes such a big difference!
Lightweight spray that defines and controls unruly curls while enhancing each individual curl.
And so we come to the game changer. The Curl Spray is quite possibly my favourite styling product of all time. I LIVE by this stuff. It transforms curly hair from defined curls (from using the Curl Fluid) to full on diva sass. It is not sticky in any way, but it gives the definition and volume I used to admire on models and Pinterest!
The packaging for this is a spray, I keep my hair in two halves (left and right) and usually just go to town. I start by spraying all over, lifting a few layers to make sure all is covered. I don’t brush this through (very important with curly hair – when you are finishing your styling routine do not brush through your hair again until you next wash it – trust me!). On the days inbetween washes this product is literally all I use. Even though I sleep in a pineapple my hair does get a little disrupted when sleeping, so I just use this spray again, all over, and it transforms my curls back to their glorious state. The beauty of this Curl Spray is that you cannot use too much. It will not go crunchy and it will not “set” anything, so spray spray spray! I full on 100% swear by this product.
The scent of the Osmo Curl Collection is beautiful. As you know I am not the best at describing scents, but to try I would say it is sweet (but not like candy) and slightly perfumed (but not overpowering)!. That being said while the scent is subtle it is still definitely there and it lasts on your hair for days. It is such a stunning understated scent that is so addictive.
The pricing for this collection is totally worth the money. They are both priced at £8.99, and for the quality of these products I would happily pay more (although I am grateful that they are so affordable!) Obviously I go through the Curl Spray a lot quicker as I use it pretty much every day, but even then I am still more than happy to pay £8.99 to feel like I have the hair of a Goddess!
I cannot recommend the Osmo Curl Collection enough to anyone who is is either starting their Curly Journey or who is already on it and looking for product inspiration. Osmo have created the perfect double act to boost curls to their ultimate potential – all I am waiting for now is shampoo and conditioners to match and a full line!!
Have you tried Osmo’s products? Let me know your thoughts!
Dirty Works Detox Mud Mask has recently joined my collection of Dirty Works products, and I am in love. This feels like a facial at a spa – and is still in-keeping with Dirty Work’s extremely affordable price range.
Dirty Works Claims:
An intensive and radiance boosting face mask to deeply cleanse and replenish your skin. Combining superfruit extract of Blueberry, skin clearing Willow Bark and detoxifying Green Clay and Kaolin to help draw out impurities, skin will be left feeling refreshed and glowing!
And glowing it was! This description couldn’t be more accurate. I could literally see and feel the mask cleaning out my pores, and my skin felt incredible afterwards. My skin type isn’t awful, but I do regularly get blemishes and spots and I am always on the lookout for products that will make my skin look more radiant and even. This mask was so surprising, I loved the results. Obviously there isn’t going to be any miraculous disappearances or perfect skin tone in the space of 10 minutes, but my skin genuinely looked calmer and more even – and yes! Glowy! I’m so excited to keep using this.
The consistency feels like a mud mask when squeezing it out of the tube, but it melts into your skin as soon as you start to apply. A little goes a very long way, I probably used a pound coin size to cover my entire face. It dries comfortably too, not tight or flaky and annoying – more like a chalky texture that to be honest I could have left on for ages.
So here is the punch line, this mask is priced at £3.00. How is that even possible!? I don’t know how they do it but I am so grateful that they do! This mask will last for such a long time too as you need to use so little. The packaging matches their other products with its quirky and cute theme – yet another product I am happy to leave out on display! I tried this mask after using Dirty Works Come Clean Creamy Cleanser (click here for full review) and I am so impressed with the results, they’re literally like the dream team.
Dirty Works Detox Mud Mask is the perfect pampering element to make your home spa nights beyond incredible. And at this price!? Well, it would be rude not to!
Have you tried this mask? Let me know your thoughts!
Dirty Works is rapidly becoming one of my favourite brands, so when it came to trying out the Dirty Works Come Clean Creamy Cleanser I was super excited! All of their products look so appealing! And at the ridiculously affordable prices that they are, it is so easy to keep trying new products.
Dirty Works Claims:
Packed full of hydrating and soothing ingredients this luxuriously silky, creamy cleanser is the perfect dirt and grime remover. An instant cooling and refreshing experience to leave tired, dull complexions revitalised and squeaky clean.
(The Dirty Works website also lists the individual ingredients and their benefits.)
This description is bang on. The first thing that hit me when trying this was the beautiful sweet minty scent – so clean and fresh but still feminine. This cleanser doesn’t lather at all, which I suppose being a cream cleanser I should have expected. That being said my skin felt so clean! Not stripped or tight, but so soft and moisturised. And the mint!? Such an addictive scent and feeling, you can literally feel it cleaning out the pores and removing dirt and makeup. The tingling lasts afterwards too!
The packaging as always with Dirty Works is just awesome. It is fun and girly, something you would be happy to have out on display. Also considering how little I had to use the size of the product is brilliant, it will last for absolutely ages!
I followed this cleanser with the Dirty Works Mud Mask (click here for the review), and my gosh. What a combination! This cleanser made my skin feel so clean and smooth, but the gentleness of it makes it perfect to use every day. Priced at £4.00, this is yet another genius bargain from Dirty Works. All of their products are so darn affordable – yet so luxurious!
Seriously guys – this product is an absolute must if you are looking to try out some of their skin care products, another fabulous win from Dirty Works!
Have you tried this cleanser? Let me know your thoughts!
Burt’s Bees is one of my all time favourite brands, and their hand pampering goodies are always exceptional. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is as amazing as their other products, and surprisingly gives me the motivation to actually give my cuticles some love! The smell of lemons explode as soon as you take off the lid – it makes it hard to stop yourself once you start!
Burt’s Bees Claims:
Give your cuticles the care they deserve with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Specially formulated to moisturise and soften dry cuticles, this classic buttery cream taps sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter while vitamin E and sunflower oil help nourish nails. Infused with a fresh lemon scent, this 100% natural nail care product pampers and polishes from tips to toes. Massage this rich cream into and around cuticles for anytime hand care.
The consistency reminds me of a balm rather than a cream, and a little goes a very long way. It melts into the skin and you can literally feel your cuticles soaking up the goodness. The results last for so long too, I apply mine before bed and my cuticles are so soft and almost invisible in the morning. (I also rub it into any dry patches around my nails and fingers too!)
The packaging – as always – I love. The traditional Burt’s Bees theme is obvious, but the amount of product really surprised me when I bought this. The size of the tin is perfect to carry around in your handbag for whenever you need it (or when you’re bored..) and it is so conveniently designed that there is absolutely no mess or wastage.
At £5.99 this is definitely one of Burt’s Bees affordable products, and there is so much product for the price! Combined with the fact that it lasts for ages it is definitely worth adding this to your skin care routine. I have previously tended to be on the lazy side when it comes to cuticle maintenance, but this has converted me!
So finally – the scent. Wow! It smells so incredible, almost like a luxury candle or perfume! It has a sweet tone to it which I adore, but the bright lemon zesty smell is so fresh and invigorating! I never thought I would be so excited about a cuticle product, but this really is a game changer. I pair mine with my Burt’s Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream and honestly, my hands have never looked and felt so good.
Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts!
Lily Lolo is brand I came across quite some time ago when I first started trying to find cruelty free brands. Their collection has expanded so much since then, and they really are beautiful products. Lily Lolo Mineral Concealer is one of the first products I purchased from them, and I have continued to use it time and time again. It is so versatile and can be used in so many ways, it has become a genuine staple item in my makeup bag.
Lily Lolo Claims:
Our Mineral Concealer provides a heavier coverage to effortlessly conceal blemishes, imperfections and dark circles; you will be amazed at the staying power of such a soft delicate loose powder.
Lily Lolo’s description outlines this product perfectly. Starting with the coverage, to me it is somewhere between an under eye setting powder and a full on concealer. The consistency is so fine and soft that it literally glides over the skin – and it doesn’t crease! I mostly use mine on its own and it takes away any under eye darkness, but if I am looking for more of a fuller coverage I will use it as a setting powder over the top of a cream concealer (this results in mega full coverage!)
In regards to its’ staying power, it really does last all day. I wouldn’t say it lasts all day and all night (do any?), but because of its incredible consistency if I want it carry on into the evening I just gently swipe my concealer brush over the top and this livens it all back up. As I mainly use this alone on a day to day basis it really is amazing how quick and easy it is to apply – in a few seconds I look awake and in a word – “rested”.
The packaging? To be honest, I love Lily Lolo’s packaging in general. I think black and white along with the frosted container looks so sleek and clean. There is an internal cover to twist too, which massively helps avoiding any wastage or mess.
There are currently 4 shades to this concealer (I have Blondie) and the descriptions given on the website of the undertones are so helpful. As the concealer is fairly small to begin with there is only one size available, but a lot of their other products come in sample sizes so you can try them out before purchasing a full size (even the sample sizes are in tiny little frosted pots – so cute!).
Priced at £9.00, I wouldn’t say this concealer is particularly cheap or expensive, definitely middle of the scale. And due to its’ soft powdered formula it lasts for such a long time, which in my opinion makes it worth spending that little extra to begin with. Just think of it as an investment!
e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation Review
Have you tried this brand? Let me know your thoughts!
Maria Nila is a brand I fell in love with as a hairdresser. Their products are beautiful and give amazing results – and they are Cruelty Free! The line that has always stood out to me are their Colour Refreshers, and even though I have moved on from hairdressing I still swear by them. An important thing to note – these will not “change” the colour of your hair, for example if you have dark hair and use a red refresher you are not going to automatically have red hair. What they do however is enhance your hair colour and tone. I have previously had red hair (and loved it!) and used their Bright Red toner every time I washed my hair – it kept the colour so bright and vibrant.
However, I am now very much a blonde. I started with the silver grey hair colour and have gradually transitioned this to grow my natural colour into an ombre effect, and these toners have been everything to me!
On a side note for anyone looking to achieve the silver grey hair colour, these featured toners are exactly what you need. But, you do also need to have super light hair to start with. I’m talking serious bleaching so make sure you get professional advice before starting as you could do a lot of damage to your hair! Once you have a really light blonde (similar to the inside of a banana) then tone tone tone!
Even though it is a lot more intense with the silver/grey, I still use the same products and mix ratios now. So lets get into it!
Maria Nila Claims:
Nourishing masque with colour pigments that will quickly freshen up your hair. 2 pair of gloves comes for free with every ordered Colour Refresh.
Pearl Silver is the ultimate shade in my opinion. Similar to a purple shampoo, this removes any yellow or brassy tones in blonde hair. As mentioned earlier depending on how light your hair currently is will depend on the results, but toning all blonde shades with this is an absolute dream. This product forms the bulk of my toner, and I wouldn’t be without it.
Most people find this shade a bit scary, but there really is no need to be daunted by it. This is the part that gives the ash tone rather than just removing the warmth. Black will take your toner to another level, and it is key for getting that silver blonde that I have spoken about.
White mix is super versatile, and is used to create your own unique toners. You could just use a white conditioner for this, but the White Mix does have a thicker consistency than most conditioners so is easier to work with. Mixing this with any of their other toners will mute down the colours, for example using it with a pink toner will create a pastel candy pink (again the results will depend on what colour hair you are starting with).
My Mix Ratio
So for me personally I have used the same combination of toners for a long time, and this works for whatever level of blonde I happen to be at that time. To cover my whole head, I use about 7-8 pumps of Pearl Silver, and 1 pump of Black. I then mute this down with the White Mix or conditioner, and usually match the amount of coloured toner I have used – in this case 8-9 pumps. This can vary on how yellow my hair is looking at the time, and if you are looking for a clean white blonde or a grey / silver tone, then use more Black and a bit less Pearl Silver. Think of it as mixing paint! It will look dark in the bowl so don’t’ panic, just stay on the safer side to start with if you are worried. Another point to mention, with ombre or highlighted hair start on the roots/darker parts first, then finish off with the parts that are already pretty blonde. I tend to put it on my roots for 5-10 minutes and then run through the ends before rinsing out, or use it all over with a white coloured hair mask.
Overall, there are so many shades to enhance so many hair colours, and because they are all mixable you can literally create your perfect toner. The packaging not only looks sleek, but the pump makes it easy to control how much product you are adding. And another bonus to these? The smell!! I can’t quite put my finger on what the scent is, but an attempt to describe it I would say like a sweet, vanilla perfume. It is glorious! Whether you are a professional hairdresser or just toning at home, I cannot recommend these toners enough. They really are perfect.
Have you tried these toners? Let me know your thoughts!
Now this is a range that is literally as good as it looks. The Dirty Works Coconut Body collection is the perfect combination of gorgeous smelling pamper products with amazing results. The Coconut oils and Shea butters create a dreamy lather that are a genuine joy to use, leaving you with baby soft skin and a tropical scent. This range fits together perfectly, and they just look so darn good!
Dirty Works Claims:
Pamper your skin and your senses with this richly indulgent body wash. A luxurious blend of nourishing Coconut Oil combined with hydrating Passionfruit extract and moisture-rich Allantoin to leave skin soft and smooth.
This body wash is on the thicker side, but it is so concentrated that a little really goes a long way. A coin sized amount lathers up to be able to wash your entire body, and it is at this point that the excitement for the range begins! The scent is so delicious, and this alone leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised. And here comes the best bit – it is £2.50!! What!? Incredible. I don’t know how they’ve done it, but all that matters is that they have. I even used this just as a handwash, the smell is just too addictive!
Dirty Works Claims:
Help banish dry, dull skin with this Coconut Foaming Sugar Scrub containing natural sugar crystals to exfoliate, nourishing Coconut Oil and hydrating Shea Butter. The creamy formulation lathers up into a frothy, foamy, fabulous concoction that leaves skin feeling super soft, cleansed and smelling delicious!
OK now this is pretty special. Although i do love the idea of a body scrub, i usually find it too much hassle and messy. But! The fact that this sugar scrub foams makes it so easy to use – and I am hooked. The exfoliating granules aren’t sharp or too intense, but you can really feel them working. Lathering this up feels so luxurious and skin tingling, it’s a real treat. Pricing, this is slightly more expensive… at £3.50! The price of this sugar scrub is handy considering I end up using it almost every day, home spa style luxury at this price? I’m almost lost for words!
Dirty Works Claims:
This lightweight, fast absorbing and ultra nourishing body lotion combines hydrating Coconut extract and Shea Butter, for an intense moisture boost.
Added Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter helps to soothe and condition skin leaving it soft, smooth and silky allowing you to escape to an exotic paradise.
And so to finish off this gorgeous ritual, the body lotion really is the cherry on the top. As with both the previous products, a little goes a long way. Rubbing this in after using the body wash and the sugar scrub makes skin unbelievebly soft, and due to its’ lightweight consistency it soaks in fairly quickly. As with the body wash I also tend to reach for this as a hand cream (even though they also have hand creams – must try!), and softness just goes on and on. Being the most expensive out of the three, it is still only £4.00. Another shocker on just how affordable it can be to have skin that feels like silk!
Overall, this range is just fabulous. Being a sucker for packaging, I will admit it was the style of these products that first got my attention. When I first tried them out I was so impressed, I got so excited about how soft my skin was after just one use – imagine how it will feel when I have been using them for a few weeks! And at the ridiculously affordable prices they really can be used as every day products. Going back to the packaging, the fun colours and quirky design makes me want to leave them out for all to see – maybe one day they will release larger sizes for anyone who is as obsessed as I am! They also have a dry body scrub (for those who can manage to exfoliate properly!) along with bath cubes and bombs, body butters and even lip plumpers. One product I missed when I bought these though is their Island Crush Body Spray – I didn’t see this at the time and think over the top of these products it would be incredible.
But with just these 3 I am SO impressed. And finally, that scent. It’s just a tropical heaven that lasts SO long, it just makes me happy!
Dirty Works – Well Done! I am in love!