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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EYE SPY WITH MY SMOKEY EYE // Eye Coal from Fat & The Moon

Anyone who knows me well enough, is fully aware of my love for glitter & sequins - so why wouldn’t I pull out all the stops this forthcoming week? A glittery twist on the classic smokey eye, since the Big Day is imminent.

I’d been researching the perfect smokey-eye component for Christmas 2016, so I was intrigued at first when I discovered on The Future Kept a little tin of Eye Coal by Fat & The Moon. I decided to give it a whirl knowing it was an all-natural product, and due to the fact that this inky balm was supplied in a solid tin-form as opposed to a chunky pencil or liquid.

I love the simplicity of this little container; inspired by tried and tested ingredients seen on their travels to India, this little tin of jet black goodness contains only 4 ingredients.

Sunflower Oil
Beeswax
Black Oxide Pigment
White Clay

This means less toxic fillers and junk, to provide a clean and gorgeous product that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Upon use - it’s fully matte and surprisingly not greasy. It stays exactly where it’s placed and doesn’t slip around the skin like you’ve rolled around in oil or crease up in the eyelid. It sat perfectly all day & is happy to be smudged around like an eyeshadow or with the right tool, perfected into the slickest cat eye flick.

I’ve used it both as an eyeliner & a shadow in these images, using no other eyeshadows, and dotted a little loose glitter under my eyes for a Festive Twinkle.

Merry Christmas guys, here's to 2017! 

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All Natural
Non-Toxic
Organic
Mineral Based Pigment

Wear
Eye Coal - EYES
Green People - EYES
LUSH Light Yellow - SKIN
The Organic Pharmacy - BLUSH
Nail Crew - NAILS