Kosås got your back, girl.
There's nothing better then a rouge pick-me-up to start the day off powerfully.
Kosås is your new best rouge and clean equivalent to murky rival Mac.
For all those whose transition from Mac still feels a little raw, Kosås is scented with that reminiscent, familiar vaniilla-cupcake scent so it's not too heartbreaking for you. The bold rich pigmentation and red tone is just the same (matched best to Mac's So Chaud / Lady Danger as an equivalent) and the nourishing soft application glides a dream - dreamier I would say.
Thankfully, soft application doesn't mean shiny - my lips never feel dried, flakey or and the colour doesn't bleed around the lip.
Kosås in THRILLEST is the one.
Parabens / Phthalates
Propylene Glycol / Phenoxyethanol
No animal testing / cruelty free
WHERE TO BUY
Goods Shop, Lewes
WEAR: Ere Perez Mascara, Aveda Tinted Moisturiser and thrifted Pink Tee.
Earrings: H&M - who have their own conscious range and in house recycling textiles scheme.
I've been so impressed with this super opaque silver foil-effect nail polish - it's is one of the longest-lasting toxic-free polishes I've come across in a while - and I've worn it and topped up every week since Christmas when I opened it as a present from my family.
Just two coats comes up with a really chrome-effect nail, shiny and smooth - shown in the snaps.
(DBP / TOULENE / FORMALDEHYDE / CAMPHOR / FORMALDEHYDE RESIN)
RECYCLABLE GLASS BOTTLE
If unashamed pure Vanilla is right up your street, look no further.
If you - like me - prefer the rich depth of a provocative warm Vanilla scent over the over-processed poor man's version we've been used to sniffing in sweet treats, then all your searches have come to an end.
I'm not a sickly sweet kinda gal so this Vanilla scent had to sit on the skin in an intense, rich way rather than smelling like a doughnut. I nearly always get compliments on what I'm wearing when I pop this scent on and its instantly recognisable devotion to the pure essence of Vanilla.
When you're using something as necessary as toothpaste, twice as a day, everyday, you're going to want to make sure it's as pure as pure can be.
Plus, that level of everyday use is going to rack up on the landfill site over a lifetime, basically never to break down again - did you know toothpaste tubes / brushes aren't recyclable?
No. Me neither.
Thankfully David's Toothpaste have considered all the options. Heading back to the old school classic of aluminium (aka, recyclable) tubing with a cute (& practical key) to roll up the paste so you don't waste a drop.
Minty fresh and not an ounce of "chalkiness" in texture, it's sizing is larger in volume to it's european counterparts, meaning this tube lasted me +3 months. It's also the best counterpart I've tried in comparison to 'off the shelf' toothpastes, and apart from a lack of foaming (the lack of SLS trust me that's a good thing) I would imagine you couldn't tell the difference if you blind tested.
VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY, RECYLEABLE & SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED COMPANY
WHERE YOU CAN BUY IN THE UK
Falling for Autumn ...
Photographs by Joe Pearson
AN ALL VINTAGE / SECONDHAND OUTFIT
Navy Wide Legs, Yellow Tee, Yellow Earrings - thrifted
CLEAN BEAUTY WEAR
EYES: Sugar Pill Cosmetics in Buttercupcake, Ere Perez Face: Aveda, RMS Beauty, Kosas Lips: Hourglass Nails: Maggie Ann in Jessy Hair: Davines Sea Salt Spray
Cool and clean as a cucumber, Kosas is my new fav non-toxic beauty find.
Firstly, branding - en point.
Bold as you like, pick-it-out-from-a-crowd kinda branding. I'm in love.
I like my skin to feel dewy and fresh, so I find blush powders suck the life out of my skin and don't mix well with the cream-based products I use underneath.
Sticking to a creme blush, such as this one, means that dewy finish remains all day and melts well into the types of products I like to use underneath as a base (tinted moisturisers such as Aveda Light Touch & Cream Highlighters like RMS Beauty).
The colour suits a yellow-based skin tone - which mine is - to give a flushed feminine look and the highlighter has a crazy reflective, healthy sheen.
Parabens / Pthalates
Propylene Glycol / Polyethylene Glycol /Phenoxyethanol
CRUELTY FREE / LEAPING BUNNY CERT.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IN THE UK
GOODS SHOP, Lewes
The prettiest product on the shelf.
I love the story of Nala, a product born out of love and loss, turned good by promoting well being and self care.
I found their Free-From Deodorant in Vancouver, Canada - where it's made - whilst on my travels in the most beautiful little store dedicated entirely to clean beauty, Lynn Steven, which is now (very sadly) closed.
I bought it in May and its lasted for +4 months - using (nearly) everyday since and there's still plenty (about 3" of product) left to go before it runs out.
It's a solid form deodorant, boxed in recyclable cardboard packet with the top note of classiest of smells thanks to the Geranium Essential Oil making me feel like a Queen!
Wearing it takes a little getting used to and that'll actually be mostly down to the aroma and personal taste, not because it doesn't work.
Now, let's face it, anything's got to be better than the smell of au natural - so it wasn't exactly unpleasant. But I think the fresh - neutralising element of the Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is potentially just an acquired taste, to get used to sitting on the skin, though I understand it's neutralising purpose in the ingredients listings.
Nala is super clean, chemical free deodorant that's a great investment to keep toxic-free & considering how long its lasted vs. use is an amazing investment, your body will thank you.
SELF LOVE / SELF CARE
WHERE CAN I BUY?
Keep an eye here: NALA
This Ready Steady Glow Daily Tonic really is an everyday wonder.
The grime-eating enzymes from the naturally derived Azaelic & Lactic Acid means dead skin and pollutants are literally lifted off your skin like an exfoliant; renewing and replenishing - giving the glow that's in the name.
I use 2x a week because I have sensitive skin but oilier skin types could use daily - just avoid the eye area. I'm practically addicted to that tingling feeling, knowing the Lactic Acid & Azaelic Acid is doing my skin good by resurfacing the texture and I think I prefer the results knowing that I can feel it working.
It's completely changed how I exfoliate because I've always struggled with the usual micro-beaded technique and given my skin type, I've never found taken great pleasure in scrubbing away at my face like a cheese grater.
Now with one pump (the nifty little guy has a squeeze-down release to make your life so much straightforward!) and a simple swipe at the end of the day equals a fuss-free deep cleanse with squeaky clean results.
Parabens / Sulphates / Mineral Oil / Petroleum
Synthetic Fragrance / Colours
REN Skincare is a Clean Beauty Brand
REN are committed to the environment; zero waste by 2021 and cleaning up the oceans with Surfrider.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT?
Marks & Spencer
Last of the Summer Haze..
Photographs by Joe Pearson
AN ALL VINTAGE / SECONDHAND OUTFIT
dress, jewellery - thrifted
CLEAN BEAUTY WEAR
EYES: Ere Perez, Nars Face: Aveda, RMS Beauty, Kosas Lips: Green People Velvet Damask Rose Nails: Maggie Ann in Jessy
I've used Lush's Light Yellow, Charisma and Feeling Younger Skin tints for a few years now. They were one of the first make up ranges for me to switch over to when I was dabbling in cleaner and vegan make up. Foundation and getting the right skin tone can be so personal so being able to get to the Brighton Store and see how the land lies on my skin throughout the day was important.
But recently I was finding the LUSH formula was becoming drying and separating towards the end of the day; leaving my skin dull and not providing coverage. This coincided with a few friends mentioning to me that their beloved LUSH Skin Tints were disappearing from stores. So this week, I read up and it's confirmed - LUSH is discounting their Skin Tints.
Seeking something fresher and longer lasting I waltzed into the Aveda Brighton store; mostly out of curiosity because I knew they were a natural brand. Initially sceptical as to if it was as natural as I wanted it to be.
And yet the next day, I ended up walking back the next day with their SPF 15 Inner Light Tinted Moisturiser.
Over the last couple of weeks using it every day I have found it melts quickly into the skin; its completely oil free, leaves a dewy youthful finish and provides a small amount of coverage to even out the skin tone before prepping for the rest of make up.
I'm really happy with the switch over. It feels like it's continuing to be hydrating to the skin and the foundation is still standing at the end of the day, perfect for a no make up make up look.
POST CONSUMER RECYCLABLE CAP
WHITE TEE - (vintage) THRIFT STORE
NECKLACE - (vintage) THRIFT STORE
GOLD EYE - LUSH EARTH EYE POWDER in VICTORIOUS
MASCARA - Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara
SKIN - AVEDA in 02 Beechwood
BLUSH - Organic Pharmacy
LIP - Hourglass Cosmetics in Truth
I recently watched a short BBC Video on their app called "Breaking Up With Plastic" that if you've got a spare 5-7mins, I'd urge you to watch.
Although I carefully consider most other aspects to do with recycling and being mindful of waste - I thought that simple household objects were unavoidable and had to be plastic. Plus, I was doing my bit everywhere else!
But as with all these things, once you become aware its hard to ignore. I had no idea that you cant recycle toothpaste tubes - did you? Or even given a minute to consider the numerous plastic toothbrushes I'd throw away over time.
And this week coincides with the braces being lifted after just over a year of having them on. So it seemed only fitting to treat myself to some toxic-free, environmentally aware dental products!
Now I know this might be a little far for some of you - a bamboo brush I am yet to try also! I'm familiar with Urtekram's Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, as per one of my first posts here. And I've been looking at Georganics for some time now, considering a gentler approach to whitening that I promised myself I'd give myself once the braces were lifted.
Watch this space.
Todays the day! Are you feeling the love?
Well I certainly am for this Cherry Red Olive Oil Lipstick by Ere Perez in Fiesta which packs such a punch it puts matches even the big guns like Mac's Russian Red.
OK so it's not totally matte - but we all know how to get around that with a light touch of translucent powder to dampen down shine - don't we ladies?
Olive Oil is the main component in this rich and nourishing stick, which has got me all in a tizzy for the big day, so much so I went all out on red, for the most romantic day of the year.
FRAGRANCE FREE / COLOURANT FREE
Let me cast your mind way back to the balmy sunny days of August.. It was my birthday & exactly a week after that our Wedding Anniversary, so we headed to The Big Smoke to indulge in some treats. One of which was a wonderful massage and spa treatment from the incredible LUSH Spa at Kings Road.
I chose Synaesthesia, a super relaxing treatment which seemed to last forever and one of the few treatments which actually saw me headed quickly to the land of nod.
After our visit, we hit up Oxford Street LUSH, and quickly up to the third floor make up counter where I first saw this jewel glimmering away, exclusive only to the Oxford Street Store.
What I love about this product is the potent sunshine-y yellow, is creamy enough to sweep across the eyes without rubbing your skin raw on your delicate lids to get the colour off. There's no staining the next day and the zero-waste packaging initiative; it comes just as is it, in a transportable and recyclable cardboard box, is perfect!
Go bold, sweep it all the way up to beyond your brow bone & finish it off with a translucent powder to stop creasing.
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS PACKAGING
A stunning, long lasting nude from Zoya, a brand that cares about animal care (this colour is vegan!) just as much as it does your lovely body, by leaving the chemicals behind as well.
A five free nail polish that sat well through many a pool dip on a week long holiday when I chose it as my colour of choice for a getaway last year .
Two coats is enough for an affective long lasting colour.
Remember to use a top coat
(I used ButterLondon's Quick Topcoat, from Boots).
(DBP / TOULENE / FORMALDEHYDE / CAMPHOR / FORMALDEHYDE RESIN)
RECYCLABLE GLASS BOTTLE
I'm already a big fan of Hourglass' Opaque Rouge Liquid Lip which are long lasting and super pigmented, but more recently I've been opting for a healthy, sheer lip over a heavy matte.
Hourglass seems to nestle nicely within a scientific approach to "free from" safe ingredients and chemicals whilst remaining stylish with a decent product that works well to deliver.
I love that this colour Truth enhances a natural lip colour, rather than covers, which I've been preferring lately to compliment my braces.
NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
FREE FROM PARABENS, SULPHATES, PHTHALATE
In the words of my hairdressers, past and present:
"Girl got fine hair, but girl got a lot of it..."
So, from time to time, girl gotta get a little help.
Five years ago, a hairdresser friend of mine popped L'oreal's Super Dust into my hen do goodie bag, as part of my box of tricks for Wedding Day hair.
Before then, I'd never seen or heard of these sticky little minxes; a funny dry powder dust that sticks, clumps and volumises the hair particles. So I've used it for every big event or night out since.
However, use with these little guys with caution. If you ever accidentally breathe one of those minuscule dry powder particles in, BOY do you know about it. That lovely sticky, clumpy magical thing it does to your fine tresses? Also happens right into the back of your throat, and you'll most certainly end up eye-wateringly coughing and spluttering up your entire evenings make up efforts.. classy.
So I did a straight swap.
I have noticed a significant difference to my panicked dusting, holding my breath episodes and shoving all over since switching up from L'oreal Super Dust to Eco Brand, Davines This is a Texturizing Dust.
And whilst Davines could work a little harder to confirm to us general public whether or not they are an entirely Cruelty Free Brand, it settles me more knowing I'm opting for a brand which cares significantly about the planet, from their 100% Clean Energy Production Guarantee to their programmes promoting Zero Impact Salons.
SUSTAINABLE & ECO CONSCIOUS BRAND
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PACKAGING
100% CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION
A cute, idea for the party season from LUSH's Lipstick selection - mix your own shade.
I picked this at their Oxford Street Store, after a lot of umm-ing and urr-ing with one of their very sweet advisors who stayed put to help me decide after a busy Friday shift.
The reason of the indecision? I was tempted by their Shades of Nude, for their creamy dreamy coral, but my recent arsenal of nudes was filling fast and I needed a decent bright alternative to my preloved Mac Shades of yore.
SO I picked Shades of Pink, which I felt you could mix more freely and get more variation of colour out of. Another reason I love it? Zero packaging = zero waste. No plastics, stickers or unnecessary labelling.
Tips for application:
I'd use this colour with a lip brush, not your finger, as the intense colour is going to stain. You can mix the colours up in the middle, but as a neat freak, I prefer to mix it on my hand.
Here's a few variations of colour, I love how the bright raspberry pink seems to alter my usually grey, eye colour to a bright blue.
LEVIS - (vintage) BEYOND RETRO
PINK JUMPER - (vintage) TO BE WORN AGAIN
PISTACHIO NECKLACE - BLACKOUT BRIGHTON
PISTACHIO CLUTCH - (vintage) DESIGN EXCHANGE
LIP - LUSH Shades of Pink (Oxford Street Store Exclusive)
CRUELTY FREE ORANGE EYE - Sugarpill Cosmetics
MASCARA - ERE PEREZ's Almond Oil Mascara
SKIN - ERE PEREZ's Pure Rice Bronzer
I have always been drawn to this interestingly disheveled, pushed and pressed little aluminium tube when in my nearest and dearest Health Food Shop, Infinity Foods and now I finally have one of my own of the cult hit facial creams, Rejoice by Antipodes.
Now if you're not a marzipan fan, look away now, this bad boy has a heavenly scent of almonds that I just relish. And there's no getting away from that fact, it's the only scent there is to this.
It also is as light as a feather to apply, without copping out on moisturisation. My everyday moisturiser used to be, 'Celestial' by Lush for years, but I found that product sat on top of my skin, causing a slightly greasy feel and sometimes creasing with my make up.
But there's none of that fussing with Antipodes, which seeps in quickly and feels nourishing to the skin. Manuka Flower oil, which is super restorative, is one of the main ingredients as is the fatty goodness of avocado oil equalling it totally replenishing to the skin.
I like that Antipodes is totally upfront about its organic ingredients where possible and has considered it's packaging to be environmentally aware (no plastics/just biodegradable cardboard) & has made a devilishly decadent, yet light, moisturiser good enough for everyday.
71% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
NO NASTY CHEMICALS
The girls at Brighton Based Sustainable Blog, Revival Collective, recently invited me to share the beginnings of The Hunt over on their site.
Wearing only Charity Shop Clothes & Vintage, here's the full version:
The beginning of my journey into writing thehuntcontinues.com actually starts +10 years ago, with two people.
The first, Mr Marjot.
My GCSE Geography teacher, whose classes would regularly run quickly from tectonic plates to empowering speeches about how we could be the change. It was the first time I recognised politics and the planet interplayed - and he was the first person to instill within me the realization that if I was eager to see change, I could actually do something about it.
The second person? My mother in law.
Who’s journey to overcoming breast cancer 8 years ago led to a complete diet overhaul & conversion to a plant based diet wayyyy before "deliciously ella" made it cool.
She was laughed off by doctors who encouraged heavy duty drugs & hardcore chemo, but felt strongly through books such as the plant programme by Jane Plant & research into diets that took a zero stance on processed food, would aid her in overcoming breast cancer. And it did.
Fast-forward two years and I was struggling with endometriosis - so applied a similar diet tactic to this disease with immediate results on pain prevention.
It seemed the more I learnt about how the body responded to natural foods, the more I understood that what we must put on our body surely applied in the same way to what we placed in our body.
It certainly wasn't an overnight conversion, and slowly you get to learn what foods / chemicals / companies to avoid instead of avidly studying every label - but researching beautiful new products that have interesting sustainable ideas has become a well-loved past-time, not a chore.
As a stylist for my day-job I'm always using my eye to fit together something in the most visually pleasing way, so I find it genuinely exciting when I find a small company which is not just playing it's part ethically but nailing the visuals as well.
For me, that's what thehuntcontinues.com has to be - I created it because I struggled to find aspirational bloggers on Instagram that were relatable to my style - so I took a leaf out of Mr Marjot's book - and decided if I wanted to see it, I had to be it.
I wanted to remain authentic to my individual style, on thehuntcontinues.com, in celebrating vintage, secondhand and chem-free cosmetics whilst genuinely believing the eco-warrior-hippie-hearted gal doesn't have to embody the preaching, freakshow "sideshow bob" stereotype.
I sort of want thehuntcontinues.com to be an anti-blog, you're not going to see "the latest trends" from High Street Stores, but it's heart is to inspire others to consider small changes - whether you're already all in, or just stopping by.
There's a place for you here.