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!!
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!!!!
“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!
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!
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!
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!
Caviar Platinum Intensive Toning Eye Serum
“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!).
Caviar Platinum Intensive Modeling Day Face Cream
“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!
“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!
Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing
“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.
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!!
“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!
I Heart Revolution Surprise Gold
“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.
I Heart Revolution Dragon
“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!!
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”.
Hand Cream and Cuticle Oil
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!
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!
Does Trimming Hair Make It Grow Faster?
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.
Repair Damaged Hair
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.
Supplements & Diets
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.
So with this motivation, Go Go Go!!
To Grow Hair Faster :
Use stimulating shampoos with deep conditioners
Have your ends trimmed or use oils and treatments regularly – with lots of massaging!
Care for your hair – don’t burn it! Treat your hair how you want it to treat you!
Take care of your diet and health in general.
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!
Welcome to Belles Bunnies! Cruelty Free Cosmetics! Belles Bunnies is first and foremost a source for cruelty free cosmetics. As a hairdresser and salon owner for over 10 years, I have now been fortunate enough to follow my life long dream and make the career change to work with animals. However after discovering just how many brands still test their products on animals, I began a mission of changing what I use and who I buy from to make sure none of the cosmetics I use were tested on animals or would I be supporting the brands that still do – but this was harder than it sounds! Trying to find out which companies test on animals became quite a challenge, and while there were some sites offering information lists of cruelty free brands these were primarily brands sold in America or Europe, and trying to get hold of these was a task in itself!
So! I decided to set up Belles Bunnies with cruelty free brand lists and products, along with product reviews and much more based on brands and products that can actually be found easily in the UK. I know I could have done with this info when I was transitioning, so I hope you find some of this this helpful, and please feel free to comment, make requests or ask any questions!