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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FAKING IT // Pure Rice Powder Bronzer, Ere Perez

With the dappling of glorious (& rare) sunshine over here in the UK at the moment - a touch of bronzer to the face & neck is the perfect cheat to a decent glow-y and safe sun kissed look. 

I recently purchased Ere Perez's Pure Rice Bronzer from Naturismo (kinda like the Green answer to Amazon) & have been super impressed. 

Beautifully simple, handwritten clean branding, with safe and pure ingredients listing and - much to my delight - a clear stance on anti-toxic ingredients in their products, dedicated to caring of the environment & people (no child labour, organic, pure ingredients full of natural properties & a gentle nod to recycling on the back) with a long list of free from's on the packet and website.

A couple for that Free From List include Parabens (A estrogen-mimicking chemical with potential links to Breast Cancer) Phythalates (another known hormonal disrupter, causing reproductive issues & a cancer concern) & Mineral Oil / Petroleum (For the EU it's good news, Petroleum used in products must be a proven non-carcigen, but for elsewhere the close link between PAH contamination & petroleum is a known cancer developer). 

With the bronzer itself, my only slight hunch is the container itself feeling potentially a little plasticky - reminiscent of my childhood Polly Pockets, in size and feel in the palm of my hand. (90s child..)

But the product itself - is not too heavy, crumbly, dark, cakey or clingy - it's lightweight touch when swept across the skin using a wide powder brush adds a finishing, easy to build, bronzed look, with no weird glittery particles making me feel like I've raided the Christmas cupboard. 

Plus it's cruelty free and vegan. 

Here's a few snaps of what it looks like on:

FRAGRANCE FREE
PARABEN FREE
MINERAL OIL / PETROLEUM FREE
LEAD FREE
SLS FREE
PARAFFIN FREE

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