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
 

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

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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MY NUDE OBSESSION // Green People's Damask Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick

I received this gorgeous shade Damask Rose recently from Green People & it literally couldn't come at a better time. 

I was coming to the end of my favourite everyday wear, Kinda Sexy by Mac, knowing that my love affair with Mac had truly run its course and wondering how on earth I was going to find a suitable organic, clean replacement for it. 

I really loved Kinda Sexy because it seemed to be a universal suit, mousey brown or blonde hair, it still worked. I'd also compliment my girlfriends on their lippy on nights out - only to find out later as we were all wearing the same shade!

Sp, thankfully Green People's Velvet Matte Lipstick is exactly the same - only better!
Damask Rose is a rosey-nude tone complete with animal friendly colourings and a completely matte without caking, drying or cracking. 

I
Am
SOLD

There are NO petrochemicals, synthetics or preservities in this nourishing lipstick full of Vit E, Beeswax & Carnuba Wax.

It feels super velvety and soft to wear, it stays put & it doesn't dry your lips out.

I love it when a brand delivers on what it says it's product can do. There's nothing more annoying then purchasing a product that says it's matte, and its not, says it's highly pigmented and doesn't last or says its organic and isn't true to form. 

Damask Rose, is thankfully, not one of those tales.

I would sooo recommend the replacement to switch from a "dirty" unethical brand like Mac to Green People's Damask Rose if you're in love with nude-rose shades at the moment, which are so easy to wear. 

This lipstick truly delivers. 

WEAR

Green People's Velvet Matte Lipstick in Damask Rose - LIPS
LUSH Feeling Younger with Hurraw! Balm Slick - EYES
Green People Volumising Mascara - EYES
LUSH Light Yellow - SKIN
Lily Lolo Mineral Bronzer - SKIN
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Thrift Store, Canada 
- CANADIAN NAVY TEE
Wild Pony Vintage Store, Falmouth - VINTAGE DENIM
Blackout, Brighton - BRASS BANGLE
Handmade - HEX NUT NECKLACE
Secondhand - GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE

REBEL REBEL // A Second Hand Story

Why Vintage?

Vintage, Second Hand, Thrift Store, Charity Shop, Hand-me-downs.
Whatever you title your pre-loved clothes; vintage shopping promotes a cleaner environment by being mindful about waste & recycling as you're not adding to landfills.

Plus, it's fun.

Whether its hunting down the perfect item to see if it'll fit as nicely as it sits on the hanger or having a laugh because it looks utterly ridiculous once you've tried it on; everyone knows there's a certain thrill in finding something completely unique that no one else can get their mits on.

Today's Story:

My usual take is that an item of clothing is that it makes more sense to purchase if it's viable for multiple occasions. So there's two approaches to this dress; formal & informal.

I first wore it when singing at a wedding with nude sky-high heels & bright red lips, but today I threw it on with my vintage denim over coat, messy mane and my favourite paint splattered vans.

I always tell my pals I feel like my style goes to about 80% polished.. & then I hold back a little bit of scruff. 

Hence, the vans. 

WEAR

6Six6, Melt Cosmetics - LIPS
Eye Coal, Fat & Moon - EYES
Pedal to the Metal, Lily Lilo - EYES
Green People - EYES
LUSH Light Yellow - SKIN
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Beyond Retro, Brighton
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Oxfam, Bestival - DENIM
Mary's Living & Giving Shop, Blackheath - WOODEN HEXAGONAL BANGLES
eBay - AMBER RING

Photos by Elle Smith


 

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A* FOR AXIOLOGY // Vegan Lipstick

Let me introduce to you one of the fanciest and snazziest designed lipsticks that I have come across to date; Axiology.

Before we’ve even come to unfurl the deep-rust red lipstick, we have the exterior packaging to contend with. In all it’s unusual triangular glory, complete with an embossed modern branding.  

A rough textured paper alludes straight away to the idea that it’s probably from a recycled source (nothing new there). Until you hear that said recycled source has been hand collected from a woman’s-only enterprise, specialising in recycling all manner of paper materials from hotels and litter all across the island of Bali, by means of tackling the environmental impact litter has on the island.

Wow.

And then there’s the capsule - a simple yet beautiful - golden matte, metal case, which reveals its contents not by swiveling the lipstick in the traditional sense - no, no, no, - but instead by pushing the bottom of the lipstick to release the interior.
A design delight!

I picked this Autumnal Orangey Red - in Elusive) - as a perfect pair to golden adornments for the festive period.

Initially I mistook it for a matte-finish lipstick - just a personal preference with darker shades - but it glided on with a subtle sheen thanks to the oodles of nourishment in their organic oils. Avocado Oil (pollutant protecting), Coconut Oil (antifungal) & Castor Seed Oil (moisturising) all enrich this lipstick to protect and nourish and there is a deep, wintery scent that lingers from the Orange Essential Oils within. On an application note; due to the sheer finish, reapplication and liner is needed to prevent bleeding!

This is a luxe product which is reflected in the price (£22.50) which I found from Naturismo, so you are really buying into Axiology’s ethos here, but I justified it as a Christmas present to myself.. 
with all that present shopping I’ve been doing for others..

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Vegan / CrueltyFree Company
Organic
Natural Mineral Pigments - no synthetics
Environmentally Sound Recycled Packaging
No Toxins (petroleum, sulphate, paraben, talc free)

Wear
Top - American Apparel - Sweatshop Free
Belt - Second Hand, Vintage
Skirt - Second Hand, Vintage
Necklace - Second Hand, Vintage
Ring - Second Hand, Ebay
Nails - American Apparel, 3 Free Nail Polish

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK // OCC, Butter London, NARS

We're in the clutch of Autumn and the colour of the season is Orange!
Pumpkins, leaves turning, and cute little berries on wintery walks amongst twigs.
A bright Orange pop is also one of my all time favourite shades so I thought I'd spice up the Autumnal palettes a little bit with a powder blue liner, bright nails and a bold lip colour from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. 

I must admit I've heard a lot of positive noise about the OCC Lip Tars, but I really struggled to get to grips with it at first, however I think I might've mastered it. Lip balm to prime, not applying too much initially to prevent bleeding out of the lip line and allowing time for it to set. I wouldn't say it dries to a complete matte finish; it does still remain slightly sticky and I don't feel completely at ease that it won't bleed, but it's hard to compete against the ultra high pigmentation that I'm seeking.
This colour is called Beta

Next, to match - Butter London's (3 Free) Nail Lacquer in Silly Billy - previously posted about hereAnd upon recently hearing that NARS are fully completely against animal testing, including in their third party suppliers, a playful little tick beneath the eye in their old-y but good-y powder blue (Istanbul) liner finishes it off. 

And to top it all off, a couple of tassel earrings made by yours truly to tie in the powder blue and orange-red colour clash - yum.


Cruelty Free (OCC & NARS)
Vegan (OCC)
 

HURRAY for Hurraw! // Coconut Scented Lip Balm - Hurraw!

It takes a lot to find someone who is:

1. As obsessed with lip balm as I am.
2. Is as specific with lip balm as I can be.

Enter, Hurraw!

Their criteria matches mine entirely in what I’m looking for when sourcing the perfect soothing balm: A smooth, long lasting balm that’s non-draggy, non-grainy, not too sticky, glossy or scented and could hold up to the task without melting in your back pocket.

Not content with creating the raddest, purest product around - their lip balm is geniusly oval shaped for a perfect glide on application - and their commitment to creating a product that is environmentally conscious and ethically balanced, through organic and fairly traded sourcing is to be celebrated.

Their helpful downloadable PDF - giving a detailed descriptive list of ingredients - shows a refreshing transparency that for me, is not only impressive but stands them out from the crowd.

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Vegan / Cruelty Free
Organic
Fair Trade
Raw

GO FIGURE // Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick - HOURGLASS

Rich strong pigmentation? Yes.
Wear that’ll last a working day? Yes.
Velvety feel that doesn’t flake, crumble or bleed? Yes.
Simple, sleek packaging that fits snuggly in your palm? Yes.

This is one of my go-to favourite lip colours. It’s smooth liquid-consistency means it’s applied with a stick like a lip gloss as opposed to straight from the bullet, but doesn't feel sticky.

My chosen colours are Riveria (pillar box red) & Muse (vivid pink-coral).

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Paraben free
Cruelty free
Sulphate free
Vegan

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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

BURGUNDY LIP

US Based brand MELT formed by make up artists Lora & Dana boast a lipstick based on the foundation of being cruelty & paraben free. However, there is one thing to note & that is this particular shade isn't vegan if that's important to you.

The pigmentation is strong - rich, deep & dark - just what I was looking for in the Winter months and the feel is an ultra, powdery matte.

There is a slight downside - for someone that's used to the dreamy, creamy texture that comes from a trusty, vanilla cupcake scented Mac Lipstick - I found it was a little drying. It takes a bit of patience to maintain the right balance of buff, balm & re-application.

This particular shade (6SIX6) is perfect for these current blustery, Wintery months but BANG BANG & SUMMER would be my next go-to shades as Spring starts to show its fresh face. 

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Cruelty Free
Paraben Free

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