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

BEAUTIFUL BEIGE // ZOYA's Nail Polish in Avery

A stunning, long lasting nude from Zoya, a brand that cares about animal care (this colour is vegan!) just as much as it does your lovely body, by leaving the chemicals behind as well.

A five free nail polish that sat well through many a pool dip on a week long holiday when I chose it as my colour of choice for a getaway last year .
 
Two coats is enough for an affective long lasting colour.

Remember to use a top coat
(I used ButterLondon's Quick Topcoat, from Boots).

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FIVE FREE
(DBP / TOULENE / FORMALDEHYDE / CAMPHOR / FORMALDEHYDE RESIN)
VEGAN
RECYCLABLE GLASS BOTTLE

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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

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

 

 

 

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)
 

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

 

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

HONEST HANDS // Bergamot & Rosemary Handwash, HONEST Skincare

I’m a mega fan of Katie’s. With a background in holistic apothecary she’s translated her knowledge of nature’s healing potentials into one of the most stylish and beautifully designed skincare brands out there.

For me it ticks all the boxes; Honest prioritises using the very best in pure ingredients that are safe to use on the body as well as being environmentally aware, through packaging that is recyclable with minimal waste in the studio.

Using the Bergamot & Rosemary Hand Wash leaves no residue - only a clean, balancing feel that doesn't dry my skin out. I chose the Bergamot & Rosemary fragrance from Workshop for it’s warmth and familiarity during the chilly Winter months. Plus its classic glass brown bottle container means I can keep the bottle to re-use for the future. 

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Cruelty 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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THE BIG DADDY // Daddy-O, LUSH Cosmetics

Initially, the thought of slapping dark purple shampoo on my ice white tresses that my talented hairdresser spends so much time on to achieve, seemed fairly terrifying.

But I’d heard that the purple tone counteracts brassiness in blondes and I trusted the cleansing and brightening factor of the citrus lemon / lime combo in this shampoo.

Scented with a perfume reminiscent of parma violets, softening and moisturising without creating greasiness, Daddy-O is now such a firm favourite and absolute staple in my bathroom it’ll be hard to trial others to put them to the test.

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Natural Ingredients

No Animal Testing / Cruelty Free
Vegetarian