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

 

 

 

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

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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LOVELY LASHES // 3 JUNK FREE MASCARAS

Are we of the belief that something which is all natural, environmentally conscious and cruelty free must also conclude to zero design aesthetic and be less than beautifully pleasing to the eye?

I’m a prop stylist and set dresser so I spend most of my time scrutinising sets for the perfect prop placement or staring into photographs. Usually wondering whether to pipe up that the teacup is most certainly in line with the edge of the table and therefore must be adjusted.

I crave the same attention to detail within my beauty products, and I believe there are others out there who feel similarly.

One product currently within my beauty bag which is most certainly not pleasing to the eye, is my mascara. I’m yet to make that transition to a cruelty free, chemical free product and feel challenged that something which is applied to such a sensitive area of the face should be treated with thoughtfulness.

Here are 3 Mascaras that I’m keen to cast my eye over & why:

Ere Perez
The only natural waterproof mascara on the planet - this Australian Based Brand’s simple, clean packaging translates their dedication to a clean product free from parabens, paraffin, petrol, lead, mineral oil, BHT & BHA as well as synthetic fragrances. Tick!

Green People
Green People’s award winning Organically Certified Volumising Mascara boasts rave reviews from The Guardian and is free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients and microbeads, as well as including nourishing Vitamin E to lengthen lashes making them stronger, not brittle.

ZAO
Initially I was drawn to Zao’s stand out packaging; a bamboo exterior complete with cotton pouch. With 100% natural ingredients, 45% of which are Organically Certified as well as maintaining a Vegan Product it feels like unwrapping this beauty would be a daily treat.

So here’s the before shot, watch this space for an update on the above.

Skin - LUSH Feeling Younger Charisma 
Lips - Hourglass Cosmetics in Muse
Eye Shadow - worn as liner Body Shop Smokey Brown Eye Palette
Brushes - So Eco and Eco Tools
Nails - Butter London in Union Jack Black