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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SILVER LINING // LUSH Silver Pigment Eyeliner in Success

OK Guys!

First post of 2017

So let’s kick it off with some experimental Spring 2017 Trends shall we?

This week I’m bringing you one of three playful
eye makeup looks that slot nicely into this emerging scene of minimal, barely there makeup - which seems to be a buck from the currently slightly over-egged Instagram trend of contouring.

I've also noticed - much to my delight - there's a lot of glitter around at the moment, as well as a laid back metallic edge to the traditional smudgy, smokey eye.

Now I'm fully aware that I have the luxury of living in downright wacky Brighton; where no one batters an eyelid if you’ve decided to team a jumper with holes in against sequin disco flares you picked up from the back of your mum's wardrobe to wear to work that day…

But despite that, I know it can be scary to go for something a bit different and experimental, so hopefully these little twists on something a little bolder, will give you that nudge to try something different with your everyday - & to be a little bit more playful!

All three looks feature Success by LUSH - a pigmented sleek silver, bottled in the shape of an eyeliner. Of course LUSH is cruelty free, and this particular shade is vegan.
 It can be smudged or left precise.

FIRST UP
Where?
The Crease of your Eye Socket

How?
Think: Rainbow Arches
Keep your eyelids clean & your eyebrows sharp
I kept it natural, but add a little mascara if you fancy

 

 

 

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

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

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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