SPRING FEELS // Cle Melting Lip Powder in Ultra Summer

This potent little minx of a bright Coral shade brings a little summer to the depths of winter, and has been used here on my cheeks to show a little goes a long way.

To show off the colour - I’ve worn a bright, tangerine-orange nail shade, so you can see the difference tone; it’s more of a neon coral tone and has just the warmth I was looking for. The bottle, as you can see is quite small - but it packs quite a punch so I imagine it to be very long-lasting.

The wand-like application comes within and attached to the lid, so it’s easy to get the potent pigment all over the place. I’d lift out slowly and over a surface which you don’t mind it dropped onto. I also found it best to dab a bit on my hand first then straight onto the face.

In this instance, better to apply over a tinted moisturiser or similar. If there’s a moisteriser of some sort be it highlighter etc. sitting underneath, it feels like this’ll mean it’ll sit best on your skin.

When rubbing in - I found the affect more like a stain, but it is still malleable. So if you’re looking for the right level of cheek stain that mixes well into the skin, I think this just might be the trick.

A great instant, perkier-tone to awaken Spring flushed cheeks in the midst of deep dark Winter.

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FREE FROM

Parabens
Sulphates & Heavy Oils

ETHICS
No animal testing / cruelty free / VEGAN

WHERE TO BUY

Free People UK
Anthropologie
Revolve

WEAR: Cle Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder
RMS Beauty Highlighter (skin), RMS Beauty Un Cover Up (skin), Ere Perez Mascara, Aveda Tinted Moisturiser (skin), Butter London Nails, and American Apparel Ethical Tee.
Beaded Necklace: Thrifted

TONKA TOBAC // Hal of Hove's All Natural Perfume

As the heady heights of Valentine's simmers down, there is a scent that continues to linger in my memory... 

Now I know it's fairly unusual, but whilst most are more attuned to florals, citrus and sweet notes, I prefer much darker, more masculine scents such as Amber, Tobacco, Sandalwood & Vanilla. 

I've chosen Tonka Tobac, by House of Hal. The deep multifaceted scent from the Tonka is in akin to the more grown up version of Vanilla. There's a rich, lingering depth to it which narrowly escapes sickly sweet. And then comes the smoke, from the Tobacco Leaf - not a dwindling ember from a long forgotten fire, but instead a complimentary, powdery scent more reminiscent of Chanel no. 5 - which my mother wears thanks to the Bergamot notes. 

House of Hal's dedication to the purest of soil accredited essential oils stands the test of time, with only one spritz to the decollage and a dab from there to the wrist, ensuring the heady scent lingers all day without stepping into granny territory. She believes in common sense chemistry, furiously researching the best alternatives from ancient days of yore to brand new discoveries.

A soon-to-be favourite scent, for my oh-so snobby nose - rest assured a 10ml bottle for a mere £7, is not going to last long at all. 

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BLOSSOMING BLUSH // Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

A creamy, dreamy lightweight blush from Kjaer Weis.

This little silver mirrored packet is one of the more beautifully designed products out there, arriving in a sturdy, weighty silver mirrored box which slides open to reveal the product. It comes in it’s own classic red, textured box adding a little more of an opulent, old-school feel.

Kjaer Weis products are completely re-fillable, which I just love. Why don’t more people do this? A great way to cut down on waste and build a collection you will continue to head back to time and time again.

I find the best products are the ones that don’t stand out from the rest of your beauty routine, they just slot straight in and Blossoming is a great all round dusky pink tone, to suit warm skin shades. Bringing a soft flush to the skin, which seamless blending.

Free from gluten, petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance

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FREE FROM

Petroleum
Artificial Colouring / Fragrance
Parabens

ETHICS
Organic
Not Tested on Animals

WHERE TO BUY

Net-A-Porter
Trouva
Alyaka.com

WEAR: Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming
RMS Beauty Highlighter (skin), RMS Beauty Un Cover Up (skin), Ere Perez Mascara, Aveda Tinted Moisturiser (skin), Butter London Nails, Lily Lolo Lipgloss and Lush Silver Liner.
Red Jumper: Thrifted

VERY VANILLARY - LITTLE BOX OF SUNSHINE

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. 

KOOL KOSAS // Velvet Melon Colour & Light Creme by Kosas

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. 

The product?
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.

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FREE FROM

Parabens / Pthalates
BHA/BHT
Mineral Oil
Propylene Glycol / Polyethylene Glycol /Phenoxyethanol
“Fragrance” 
Petrolatum 

ETHICS
CRUELTY FREE / LEAPING BUNNY CERT.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND IN THE UK 
GOODS SHOP, Lewes
ALYAKA, London
FREE PEOPLE
REVOLVE

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ALMOST FREE // A Secondhand Story

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Last of the Summer Haze.. 

Photographs by Joe Pearson
@josephtpearson


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
 

BYE BYE BRACEFACE // Breaking up with Plastic

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.

FEEL THE LOVE // Ere Perez's Red Lip in Fiesta

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.

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TOXIC FREE
CRUELTY FREE

FRAGRANCE FREE / COLOURANT FREE

GOLDEN EYE // LUSH's Eye Jewel in BEST

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.

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CRUELTY FREE
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS PACKAGING
VEGETARIAN

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BEAUTIFUL BEIGE // ZOYA's Nail Polish in Avery

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).

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FIVE FREE
(DBP / TOULENE / FORMALDEHYDE / CAMPHOR / FORMALDEHYDE RESIN)
VEGAN
RECYCLABLE GLASS BOTTLE

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TRUTH BE TOLD // Hourglass' Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Truth

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. 

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VEGAN
NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
FREE FROM PARABENS, SULPHA
TES, PHTHALATE

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