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ZAO Silk Foundation Review and Swatches

ZAO Silk Foundation Review and Swatches

ZAO Silk Foundation Review and Swatches

 

ZAO Silk Foundation

 

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!

 

ZAO Silk Foundation

 

ZAO Claims:
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.

 

 

ZAO Silk Foundation

 

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!

ZAO Silk Foundation SwatchesI 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!

 

ZAO Silk Foundation Swatches

 

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!

ZAO Silk Foundation

 

 

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!

 

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ZAO Silk Foundation

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Maui Moisture Curl Quench Review

Maui Moisture Curl Quench Review

Maui Moisture Curl Quench Review

 

Maui Moisture Curl Quench

 

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 Curl QuenchMaui 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!

Maui Moisture Curl QuenchA 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!!

 

Click here to shop the Curl Quench Collection!

 

Maui Moisture Curl Quench

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer Review & Swatches

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer Review & Swatches

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer Review & Swatches

 

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define

 

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 Conceal & Define

 

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.

 

 

 

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Swatches

 

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

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define

 

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.

 

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Swatches
(Left to Right) C0, C2, C6

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!!!!

 

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define

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Monthly Favourites – April 2018

 

So another month has passed! Here are the products I have been obsessed with in April 2018!

 

 

As always, in no particular order….

 

Eden Project Lavender & Honey Moisturiser

Eden Project MoisturiserThis moisturiser has become one of my absolute favourites, and I genuinely was not expecting to find beauty products on a trip to the Eden Project! The scent of this moisturiser is SO gorgeous, and my skin feels so “youthful” after using it!
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Makeup Revolution Ultimate Palette 2018

Makeup Revolution Ultimate Palette 2018

By far the largest makeup palette I have ever had, this palette is insane! Every shade you could ever possibly need – contours, bronzers, blushes and highlighters, this palette is serious. Plus they also work great as eyeshadows!
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Dirty Works Foaming Body Scrub

Dirty Works Coconut Foaming Sugar Scrub

This ridiculously affordably body scrub has actually made me want to exfoliate my body – something I previously struggled to find the motivation to do! The foaming formula makes the process so quick and easy leaving behind beautiful soft skin – plus it smells incredible!
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MUA Lipstick – “Tulip”

MUA LipstickAnother ridiculously affordable product, the MUA Lipsticks are fabulous to use every day – even the brighter shades are so wearable! The shade Tulip has become my go to shade in April.
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E’Lifexir Revitalising Leg Gel

E'Lifexir Natural BeautyThe E’Lifexir range in itself is pretty awesome, but it is the Revitalising Leg Gel in particular that I have become very attached to! As I am on my feet pretty much all day, the cooling sensation that this gives is heavenly and my legs are left so soft and moisturised!
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INIKA BWC Natural Liquid FoundationNatural Liquid Foundation

Now when it comes to Foundations I can tend to be rather fussy…. I am a little paranoid about cakey base products but also want coverage – but still natural looking… This can be challenging. But! After trying the INIKA Foundation I am totally hooked. The finish is stunning, it lasts really well without breaking up or getting oily – so glad I found this!
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Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Elemis Papya Enzyme PeelWhile I do tend to hunt for affordable luxury, the Elemis Peel is definitely on the higher side of the pricing scale. That being said, I absolutely love this product. I came across this product on a Spa Day, and after describing my extremely combination skin to the therapist before my facial, my skin was literally glowing afterwards! I’m try to avoid buying products on these types of occasions, but I can honestly say buying this was the right choice – it is definitely worth the money!
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Natura Siberica Northern Collection Black Cleansing Butter

Natura Siberica Northern CollectionBack to the more affordable side of skincare, this cleanser is beautiful! A bit scary to look at on your face, but it cleanses so thoroughly but also so gently, leaving skin feel super clean and soft. The buttery texture is stunning, and the smell!? OMG.
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MUA “Rusted Wonders” Palette

MUA Rusted WondersThis little gem is absolutely gorgeous! The pigmentation is superb and the colours are just glorious! It is such a handy size and is SO affordable! Perfect for giving a stunning rusted shimmer to any eye look!
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Superdrug Shower Gel – Cherry Almond

Superdrug ShowergelWhile showergels may not be the most exciting product to talk about, Superdrugs’ shower gels are so darn cheap! 99p! I also bought mine on a 3 for 2 offer – I almost felt guilty! Either way, the Cherry Almond scent is SO delicious I find myself randomly smiling as soon as I open the lid! Anyone else enjoy smelling like a cherry bakewell?
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Kiss Air Wax Melts

Kiss Air Wax MeltsKiss Air is a brand I came across on Social Media, and I am becoming more and more obsessed! The scents are so yummy, and I recently tried their Wax Melts. I have Blueberry Cheesecake, Lavender, Jam Sponge & Almond Macaroon. If I had to pick a favourite, Jam Sponge slightly takes the lead, but all of these are just incredible!
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E’Lifexir Natural Beauty Review

E’Lifexir Natural Beauty Review

E’Lifexir Natural Beauty Review

– The Perfect Body In A Bottle!?

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty

 

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!

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty

“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.


 

ACTIDREN Revitalising Leg Gel

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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.

 

ANTI-STRETCH MARKS Repairing and Preventing Cream

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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.

 

BODYLIFT Anti-Cellulite and Lifting Cream

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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!

FITNESS Body Contouring Gel 

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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.

 

FLAT TUMMY Reducing and Firming Cream

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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!

 

PUSH-UP BREAST Toning and Firming Cream 

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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!

 

PUSH-UP BUTTOCKS Sculpting Gel

E'Lifexir Natural Beauty“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!!!

 

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E'Lifexir Natural Beauty

 

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INIKA Liquid Foundation Review

INIKA Liquid Foundation Review

INIKA Liquid Foundation Review

 

INIKA Liquid Foundation

 

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 Claims:

INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Foundation combines natural antioxidants, minerals and Certified Organic ingredients to hydrate and illuminate the skin.

 

INIKA Liquid Foundation - Swatches

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!

 

 

INIKA Liquid Foundation - NudeThere 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!

 

INIKA Liquid Foundation

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!

 

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INIKA Liquid Foundation

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Noughty To The Rescue Review!

Noughty To The Rescue Review!

Noughty To The Rescue Review!

 

Noughty To The Rescue

 

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.”

Noughty To The Rescue

Noughty To The Rescue Shampoo

“Sweet almond and sunflower see extracts help to transform splits, snaps and that dreaded frizz into the perfect fairytale ending!”

Noughty To The Rescue Conditioner

“Sweet almond, shea butter and olive oil help to transform splis, snaps and that dreaded frizz into the perfect fairytale ending!”

Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment

“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!”

Noughty To The Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum

“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.”

Noughty To The Rescue

 

Noughty To The RescueSo 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!

 

 

Noughty To The RescueAs 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!“.

Noughty Cruelty Free

 

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!

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Noughty To The Rescue

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Cruelty Free VS Vegan

Cruelty Free VS Vegan

Cruelty Free VS Vegan – What’s the difference?

 

 

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.

 

So! What is the difference and how can we be sure?

It is not always clear what is Cruelty Free or Vegan, so here is a rough guideline on what these actually mean:

Cruelty FreeCruelty Free

– 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.

VeganVegan

– 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?

 

Cruelty Free

 

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!

 

 

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Monthly Favourites – March 2018

Monthly Favourites March 2018

 

I am so excited to share my favourite products for March 2018 (although I can’t quite believe it’s march already! Even so, here’s the Top 10 (Plus a Bonus!) Cruelty Free products I’ve been loving this month!!

 

Cruelty Free

 

In no particular order…..

 

Kiss Air “Farted” Candle 

Kiss Air Cruelty Free Candle
I came across Kiss Air on Social Media and was instantly intrigued! I knew I wanted to try them out, and couldn’t resist the “Because The Cat Farted” candle. Not only is this candle obviously hilarious, but it smells incredible (I have Really Rhubarb)! Absolutely in love with this and can’t wait to try out more!
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Eden Perfumes No.78

Eden Perfumes

Eden Perfumes is a brand I have loved for some time now, and No. 78 is Million Dollar Lady (I’m sure you can work out what it’s the “Cruelty Free equivalent” of…). I have been all over this scent lately and had to include it!
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Makeup Revolution X Soph Palettes

Makeup Revolution Soph X
So these palettes are serious. I think these may well be among my favourite all-time palettes – not just monthly favourites. I am always a fan of Makeup Revolution eyeshadows, but Soph’s selection are just perfect for me – literally the dream!
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Dirty Works Detox Mask

Dirty Works

I am hoping I am not the only person who is a little too enthusiastic about face masks – there is something about them that just says “me time”. The Dirty Works Detox Mask is so affordable and gives great results, my skin feels so clean and fresh! Love it!!
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LivOliv Nail Varnish

LivOliv
LivOliv is another new brand to me that I came across on Social Media, and after trying out one of their gift sets I am obsessed. There is such a wide range of colours it really is epic, and the finish is beyond stunning.
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Elf Illuminating Face Primer

e.l.f. Illuminating Face Primer

As I have mentioned before I am a lover of glowy looking skin, and this Illuminating Face Primer has become my new favourite for a natural glow. I love the consisitency and formula of this primer and it sits perfectly under foundation. No blinding highlight, but a gorgeous dewy glow that I very much appreciate!
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Lush Honey Lip Scrub

Lush Lip Scrub
My latest pick up from Lush Cosmetics, I somehow hadn’t tried their Lip Scrubs before. While I am grateful that I have fairly “full” lips naturally, they do get dry ridiculously easily. This scrub is great for exfoliating lips and ridding of dry skin, leaving behind soft, moisturised, kissable lips! (And it tastes amazing – although I’m not sure it’s meant to be eaten…)
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Lush Hair Custard

Lush Hair Custard
Caramac for hair!! I love this product SO much, it has made such a difference to my curls. It smells amazing, gives beautiful definition and just transforms hair altogether. Definitely a new staple in my hair care routine.
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Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vitamin E & Peppermint

Burt's Bees
Burt’s Bees Lip Balms in general are always a winner, and I recently started using Vitamin E & Peppermint.  As I’ve just mentioned I do get pretty dry lips so always have a lip balm upon my person (literally like a dummy). This particular lip balm is as brilliant as all Burt’s Bees balms are, but this has a slight minty tingle to it that is so addictive it makes it difficult not to constantly pout!
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Natura Siberica Caviar

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection
Another new range to my skincare routine, although I have been a fan of Natura Siberica for a long time now. I recently tried their Royal Caviar Collection and my skin is looking so healthy. Genuinely luxurious products!
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Method Bathroom Cleaner

Method Bathroom Cleaner
Bonus product! Not particularly “beauty related” but a product I have fallen for this month. Method as a brand are making it much easier to buy Cruelty Free cleaning products. And although a lot of other brands I have tried in the past haven’t been overly successful, after trying their Bathroom Cleaner I am 100% convinced. I can’t wait to try out some of their other products and make housework a whole lot easier!! Whistle while you work anyone?
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Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection Review

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection Review

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection Review

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection

 

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!


Natura Siberica Royal Caviar CollectionCaviar 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!).

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection


Natura Siberica Royal Caviar CollectionCaviar 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!

Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection


Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection

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!

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Natura Siberica Royal Caviar Collection

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