SWEET AS A NUT // Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara

Received as a birthday present last month from my in-laws, this mascara is thicker and packs a little more of a dramatic punch to my usual daytime mascara (Green People's Volumising Mascara), and I think that's down to a different wand-shape, with wider spacing between the rows of bristles allowing more space for the inky rich mascara to sit between, thus transferring to the lash. 

There's a sweet smell to this product - one that I'm not overly keen on if I'm honest - and I was surprised to the size of the mascara is quite small in comparison to what others are offering at a cheaper price. 

But the rich, inky blackness is worth the while requiring less time to build up upon than other mascaras and as per usual, I'm a big fan of Ere Perez's clean branding and pure ethos.

 

Here's a few snaps of me wearing it:  

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VEGETARIAN
CHEMICAL FREE
PARABEN FREE

PHTHALATE FREE
MINERAL OIL / PETROLEUM FREE
SLS FREE

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WINTER SKIN RESCUE // AS Apothecary

A couple of weeks back on a really frosty Winter’s Night I was invited to the AS Apothecary shop opening in Lewes, Sussex.

I had been admiring AS Apothecary lovingly from afar for some time now, but turns out we had a mutual friend! So it was a pleasure to be there in person to introduce myself - mostly by basically fangirling over Amanda’s encyclopedic knowledge of plants and herbal remedies for all sorts of ailments.
..Infact, I was so
caught up in conversation that I was definitely, embarrassingly the last person to leave the gorgeous shop that night!

I left with a couple of goodies, which I’m featuring this week as my Winter Skin Rescue secret formula. Both are oil based, rich in nutrients and filled to the brim with nothing but goodness!

I’m personally a bit freaked out by oils on the face; mostly down to my fine hair which deems itself greasy within breathing distance of any oil residue. So I’ve kept the Facial Serum & Cleansing Oil to an end of day routine, and with all these Christmas Do’s this time of year, the make up has been heavy on the eyes and the nights have been late!

Nothing is too much of a match for this beautiful Cleansing Oil - it’s a joy to squeeze out from the pipette into my palm like science labcoat technician - but it is a very odd feeling rubbing a waterproof oil into my face to reveal nothing but a charcoal smear from my eyes to my chin.

There’s a slight panic on first use as I catch myself in the mirror - it forms a sort of barrier as it lifts the make up - & I’m thinking there’s no way this will all come off without residue. But it’s the exact opposite to my expectations - every, last, scrap of makeup comes off when combined with a steaming hot face cloth, and absolutely no residue is left on the face. There’s no dry-ness, itching or stinging - the end result is a soft, clean skin which feels nourished and bouncy.

The Facial Serum, Amanda proceeds to tell me, is full of some of their best and finest ingredients. From Rosehip Oil to Jojoba Oil - a free radical preventative, rich in antioxidants and full of Vitamin E for gorgeous clear skin. It’s intensely rich, smells divine and is best left to settle into the skin as an overnight serum.

AS Apothecary is unashamedly transparent about their slow, meditative process and approach to gathering by hand by respecting wildlife that's the intrinsic core to their making process. They use small batch methods, recycle and reduce waste where possible, use local and organic produce from East Sussex and even grow their wildflower ingredients themselves. 

For more information on their intricate making process, click here to their website: http://www.asapoth.com/test/ 

 

 

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PERFECT PEEPERS // Volumising Mascara - GREEN PEOPLE

Last week I talked about my exploration into organic mascaras.. Having not yet made the transition across. And this week I’ve managed to get my mits onto the Volumising Mascara by fellow Sussex Locals, Green People.

Full of natural pigments and dowsed in Vitamin E, Sunflower Oil & Organic Beeswax, there is a big difference when applying this inky, sleek little number to my lashes first time.

Slick and not claggy, I was surprised to feel that my lashes seemed instantly nourished and full - rather than bogged down and flakey. Every comb allowed a silken coat; gliding on much smoother than what I am used to and the build up was very effective.

Non-messy or sticky, the wand holds more rigidity than a bushy, bristley wand - but I think this works in it’s favour for defining the lashes and coating them evenly.

I wasn’t expecting definition from a volumising mascara but I’ve been extremely impressed with the definition of my lashes on application - each individual lash seemingly more defined rather than just becoming more heavy upon loading. And they remained at their pre-application curled state so I didn’t need to re-curl to open the eyes up again.

There is an admirable simplicity in the packaging; a glossy black tube with exactly what it needs to say highlighted in a zero fuss font. Plus all the ingredients on the packet explained in a neat little box so you know exactly where you stand - and that is a luxe vegetarian, cruelty free, organic piece.

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Paraben free  

Phthalate free  
Petrochemical free  
Not animal tested  
No Mercury  
No Formaldehyde  

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KEEP IT CLEAN // Haeckels Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser

I'm delighted to introduce you to the following Facial Cleanser, the Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser from Haeckels - a recent discovery from one of my all time favourite local retailers, Workshop.

Handmade & full of the finest botanicals the Garden of England has to offer, Haeckels' heart lies in sourcing local plants and herbs through wild crafted practices and don't load their skincare products with synthetics; only natural botanicals from their Kentish Laboratory.

Haeckels hold one of only two licenses to cultivate seaweed from the shores of Margate within the British Isles and are deeply concerned with the responsibility this holds. So much so, that the seaweed has been made star of the show and is used throughout the range due to the rarity of the conditions in which it grows in. 

Fragrant and rich in application, this cleanser feels balancing, calming and toning to the skin, without stripping moisture from it. It's not massively foaming - perfect for dry skin tones like myself. 

It's scent is complex, fresh and intriguing; slightly medicinal and it's light gel-like texture packs a punch so only a small amount is needed to go a long way. 

Hackles never test on animals, only people (A+) & contribute to caring for and cleaning the coastlines in which their main ingredient grows (A++). The Seabuckthorn Cleanser comes in a 100ml brown glass bottle, meaning it's perfect for travel reuse &/or is easily recyclable.

I'm really excited about getting my hands on some more of their range - I've already sampled the stunningly scented Geranium Hand Balm, so I see a slight obsession coming on...

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Synthetic Free / Cruelty Free / Local / Handmade

 

HELLO YELLOW // Light Yellow Colour Supplement - LUSH Cosmetics

I wasn’t sure what to make of LUSH’s make up range at first.

Would it stand up to the task?

Would it be drying and make my skin dull?

Thankfully exactly the opposite.

This foundation includes a delicate rose petal infusion within the ingredients that reduces redness - which is immediately noticeable - and a smooth, light consistency induces a subtle glow underneath makeup.

For me, it’s more like a tinted moisturiser in its coverage than a foundation - so if you're looking for something a little more concealing, I wouldn’t say this is the one for you.

But I do get a lot of sweet compliments about my skin and I swear it's down to a little dab of this - under my eyes, chin and nose - first thing within my beauty regime to add a subtle dewy finish.

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Vegan
Natural Ingredients

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PEARLY WHITES // Green Tea & Mint, Urtekram Toothpaste

I've tried other types of alternative toothpastes before with little success. Chalky, crunchy & soapy are not exactly the adjectives I want to describing whilst brushing my pearly whites – and that had been my exact experience so far.

So I was relieved to find in INFINITY FOODS  a simply designed bottle of toothpaste from Danish-based brand URTEKRAM. Promoting itself as vegan, fluoride-free and organic.

I opted for the mint based flavouring, to ease me in gently. The Green Tea within it is supposed to have a positive effect on teeth & gums due to the naturally occurring polyphenols.

At £2.85 / 75ml I'd say its reasonably priced in comparison to some of the big brands and using it feels no different either. One comment might be that it's doesn't foam as much as big brand products, but I'd experienced that with other 'sensitive' toothpastes & my teeth definitely feel clean, bright and polished.

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Vegan
Cruelty Free
Fluoride Free
Organic

SEEING STARS // Celestial Face Moisteriser - LUSH Cosmetics

Creamy, dreamy, vanilla cupcake scented goodness.
My current favourite daily moisturiser that I can't do without.


Instant hydration that lasts all day, with a non-grainy texture that sits perfectly underneath makeup without causing it to slide off my face.

I spent a long 
time trialling and testing the right everyday facial moisturiser - prone to having more dry skin over oily breakouts, my skin thirsts for all-day hydration that sinks in without feeling too heavy or sitting on my skin like an oil.

For me, this is the Goldilocks of facial moisturisers: not too thick, not too thin, enhanced with a little luxury from its beautiful, sweet vanilla-ry scent.
Just right.

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Cruelty Free / No Animal Testing
Natural Ingredients