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
 

SWITCH IT UP // This Is A Texturizing Dust by Davines VS Super Dust by L'oreal

 
 

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

 

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BIG HAIR DON'T CARE // @loveyohair (Cuttlefish Eco Hair Salon)

Got my hurrr did my a special babe & fellow Eco Warrior
(we're cool with that term)
called Yo last Saturday. 

Yo decided we both had the same kind of hair;
fine and limp but lots of it!

So we beefed it up with a plethora of gorgeous products from Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Beauty Brand Davines; in particular the Sea Salt Spray, Dry Texturiser & Texturising Dust. All of which I shall be filling my hair styling drawer with promptly.

The result?

Big, Beachy, Lioness tresses. 

I was super chuffed.

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WEAR

Sugarpill Cosmetics in Buttercupcake - EYES
Organic Pharmacy Blusher - SKIN
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American Apparel (Sweatshop Free) 
- Black Chiffon Box Top
Blackout, Brighton - BLUE FAN EARRINGS
Secondhand - BANGLES

NU DO // Cuttlefish Eco Salon

There's a little Olive Green Eco Salon at the end of the road where I live; always bustling with people leaving with colourful and creative dos, that has always intrigued me.

For the past 3 years I've been getting my hair coloured by a very talented friend of mine, and when you find a good hairdresser – you hang on to them! So I was slightly wary of an eco-salon.

Would it be good enough? If harsh chemicals are not being used, does this mean the colour isn't as strong or long lasting enough to produce cool ashy tones?

But I did feel a strange tug towards Brighton-based Cuttlefish Salon - it felt odd to continue to be sitting in the chair in standard salons knowingly allowing heavy loaded peroxides to bleach my locks. And upon rave reviews from my husband, Lewis – who's long, dark, curly hair seems to bring out the worst in hairdressers ideals – I decided to give it a whirl.

Full to the brim with products that are only cruelty free and organic, as well as using eco towels to keep their carbon footprint down, there's a paired back vibe to the interiors: a single piece of slate in the wall to hold your tea &/or the stylists tools. Customers with colours wait in a line of cinema chairs opposite a wall of interesting screen prints and where delightful magazines like Oh Comely is the choice over OK! – perfect.

When I sat down, Ashley completely read my mind for the cut and style I was after. She confidently hand painted the blonde into my hair and was kind enough to show me how to style my new fringe properly. I joked she was the anti-hairdresser... and I mean this in a good way. All the boring questions I felt I should ask (products, daily styling etc) in order to make conversation with hairdressers, she wasn't interested in entertaining, so it felt more like catching up with a mate for 3 hours - which suited me perfectly.

I left the salon feeling like she'd done her best, I'm enjoying getting to grips with my new face framing fringe – plus I feel I really got the balance right of trying something new, whilst also feeling like myself.  

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Cruelty Free
Organic
Low Chemicals
Environmentally Friendly

TALC-FREE TRESSES // Organic Dry Shampoo Powder by Corinne Taylor

There is a new essential to add to my ever increasing box of magic tricks in the beauty cabinet and that is an Organic Dry Shampoo Powder from Corinne Taylor.

Handmade in Brighton, I was happy to support a local via this particular Dry Shampoo; but it needed to be hassle free & tick all the boxes before I invested in it as a regular.

So, what was on my 'no fuss' list for this Dry Shampoo to stand up to the task?

Well, it had to smell delicious - which it does; a zesty, lemony freshness that comes from the Organic Grapefruit essential oil within it. There's also a summery background scent, which smells like an English Rose Garden – very feminine and takes it up a notch from feeling like an everyday item to feeling a little more luxe.

Secondly, it was also important that it didn't clump or clog up in a white, grainy texture on the scalp once applied to my hair. And I found this Organic Dry Shampoo Powder to be super lightweight and mattifying – soaking up any excessive oil to leave my hair feeling refreshed; not heavy.

Finally, I wanted to find a Dry Shampoo that was as natural as can be - in a continued effort to move away from petroleum, aerosol-like products which leave me coughing and spluttering.

Talc-free, paraben-free, sls-free and organic; it's clear these values are just as important to Corinne in her products, as they are to me hunting them down. It's not left my travel bag since...

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Paraben Free
Talc Free
SLS Free
Organic
Cruelty Free / Vegan

Recyclable Packaging

 

 

THE BIG DADDY // Daddy-O, LUSH Cosmetics

Initially, the thought of slapping dark purple shampoo on my ice white tresses that my talented hairdresser spends so much time on to achieve, seemed fairly terrifying.

But I’d heard that the purple tone counteracts brassiness in blondes and I trusted the cleansing and brightening factor of the citrus lemon / lime combo in this shampoo.

Scented with a perfume reminiscent of parma violets, softening and moisturising without creating greasiness, Daddy-O is now such a firm favourite and absolute staple in my bathroom it’ll be hard to trial others to put them to the test.

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Natural Ingredients

No Animal Testing / Cruelty Free
Vegetarian

The Spring Edit // Glow

A Clean Spring Glow with a little help from some friends:

Nails
American Apparel Lacquer in California Trooper - DBP / Toluene / Formaldehyde Free

Skin Prep
Honest Calming Face Cream, Amaranth + Apricot Kernel - Organic / Handcrafted / British

Skin Base
LUSH Colour Supplement, Light Yellow - Mineral Oil Free / Vegan
LUSH Skin Tint, Feeling Younger - Mineral Oil Free / Vegan

Face
Hurraw! Lip Balm in Coconut (used as eye crème/highlighter) - Organic / Vegan / Raw
Hurraw! Lip Balm in Black Cherry - Organic / Vegan / Raw

Hair
Aveda, Pure Abundance Hair Potion (volume + texture)

Photos by @noeljicholas

THEORIE

Theorie boasts loud & proud on the front of the bottle that it contains safe ingredients, free from nasties. I don't feel the need to smother lots of it over my locks in order to nourish and condition; for me a little goes a long way.

In an attempt to keep an eye on the finances I've been pursuing larger, salon-sized bottles to see if spending more on a decent product pays off in the long run.

Retailing at nearly £30 for an 800ml bottle - I've found a little trick to keep costs down - TK MAXX. I've spied and bought it here for more like £12, which brings me a warm sense of thrifty smugness; bargain hunting for posh luxury products which would otherwise be a payday treat.

Once dry, my hair is smooth and soft to touch.

...And on a completely superficial level, it's simple, elegant brown bottle packaging is a pleasure to the eyes plus it smells a dream.

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Paraben / Sulphate / Sodium Chloride / Phosphate Free
Cruelty Free