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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GETTING TO GRIPS WITH SERUMS // S5 Skincare Review

Recently I’ve managed to get my hands on the Replenish & Renew Serum from the S5 Skincare Range. Their carefully considered packaging gets back down to the basics of glass and paper, whilst remaining sleek in it’s design.These two sumptuous serums come in an extremely satisfying lab-style glass bottle with adjoining glass pipette stored separately to the bottle.

For me, one of the most impressive things for me about S5 Skincare is their clarity in their ingredients listing. The Replenish serum boasts 100% natural ingredients, 30% being organic, making me feel like I’m putting on a high calibre, pure product on my skin to get the best version of what it really needs.

If I’m going to be honest I’ve struggled with facial serums so far. As a personal preference, serums feel like they sit more on top of the face rather than penetrate in the deeper dermis like a fatty, thick cream seems to.

But I’ve been using the Replenish & Restore Serums as a night treatment to aid dryness during those recuperating twilight hours. Both feel quite different to one another - Replenish feeling more like a liquid oil; thinner in it’s consistency with a little going a long way. Whilst Renew is slightly thicker, more like a traditional cream form. Both smell absolutely divine and are a real treat to an end of day cleansing routine before bed.

If serums are your thing over creams, I would certainly recommend.

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

 

 

 

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

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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MIRACLE MELT // Evolve Organic Beauty's Gentle Cleansing Melt

Where do I start? Evolve, for me, literally ticks all the boxes. 
Based in Hertfordshire, I'm all about supporting a local British brand – especially when all Evolve's products are vegan and cruelty free. 

I've tried all three of the cleansers in their collection, with my highest recommendation being the Baobab & Vanilla Gentle Cleansing Melt. It emulsifies on application with water; literally melting away eye make up with no stinging to the eyes or heavy balmy residue left on the skin. It's semi-transparent, gooey mixture smells of sweet vanilla goodness - without being sickly or overpowering.

I've been doubling-up my cleanse by following it with the fruity, apricot scent of their Fresh Face Wash; a light foaming gel which is moisturising to the skin, non-stinging to the eye and holds a scent that quickly had me reminiscing childhood summer days on the beach. If you're into toners, the Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellar Cleanser, with a stunning rosewater scent and non-oily consistency, works for a quick once over on a cotton pad.

Visually - it's exactly what I want to see from a skincare company; brown protective glass to shelter their all natural, organic ingredients from potentially damaging UV rays. A clear font with all the information you need, summarised on the matte-waterproof labelling (handy!) including non-waffle-y directions on how to use, as well as a personal nod to their hand-crafted ethos with the maker labelled directly on the product – love!

With their hand-crafted, small-batch methods using solely organic ingredients it feels like Evolve are taking the time to deliver a considered and more refined product - bucking the norm of harmful “filler ingredients” to deliver a gorgeous product with an equally stunning ethos.

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Organic
Cruelty Free
Local


Face
LUSH Cosmetics Charisma & Feeling Younger
Green People Volumising Mascara
Organic Glam Blusher (in Peach)
NARS Eye Liner (in Istanbul)
Hurraw! Lip Balm (in Chai Tea)

Nails
Butter London (in Kip)

Wear
Ochre Tuesdays Polished Plateau Ring
Wolf & Moon Burgundy & Gold Mirror Earrings
Burgundy Leotard, American Apparel (Sweat Shop Free)
Jumper, Beyond Retro
Other Jewellery, Second Hand

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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ERASE THE DAY // Meraki Make Up Wipes

May & June were full on; lots of tv and event work meant the days were long, the travel was constant and the skincare routine was out of the window.
Hotels and hefty glasses of wine post-working day had me collapsing into bed as soon as we called ‘cut’. And at the end of it all.. my skin was what took the brunt of the exhaustion due to my sheer laziness.

I was craving something quick, travel-friendly and cleansing for the end of the day.

To my delight it was an organic discovery whilst bumbling around on a Saturday morning that I encountered Meraki at Abode Living in the North Laine.

Danish brand - Meraki - strive for products creatively inspired by clean the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as the natural environment and it was exactly in that order that I was drawn to their products.

It is during this particular busy period, where time has not been of the essence, Meraki Make Up Removal Wipes have done just the trick. SLS, Colourant & Paraben Free, they remove all traces of the day without the need to scrub at my skin or pick at my eyelashes. Leaving nothing but a softening, fresh, cucumber-y scent (due to the Aloe Vera Extract).

My next aim is to balance travel alongside some proper dedication to the 'cleanse and tone' bedtime routine my skin so justly deserves.

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Paraben / SLS / Colourant Free
 

 


 

HELLO YELLOW // Light Yellow Colour Supplement - LUSH Cosmetics

I wasn’t sure what to make of LUSH’s make up range at first.

Would it stand up to the task?

Would it be drying and make my skin dull?

Thankfully exactly the opposite.

This foundation includes a delicate rose petal infusion within the ingredients that reduces redness - which is immediately noticeable - and a smooth, light consistency induces a subtle glow underneath makeup.

For me, it’s more like a tinted moisturiser in its coverage than a foundation - so if you're looking for something a little more concealing, I wouldn’t say this is the one for you.

But I do get a lot of sweet compliments about my skin and I swear it's down to a little dab of this - under my eyes, chin and nose - first thing within my beauty regime to add a subtle dewy finish.

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Vegan
Natural Ingredients

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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

 

 

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

The Spring Edit // Glow

A Clean Spring Glow with a little help from some friends:

Nails
American Apparel Lacquer in California Trooper - DBP / Toluene / Formaldehyde Free

Skin Prep
Honest Calming Face Cream, Amaranth + Apricot Kernel - Organic / Handcrafted / British

Skin Base
LUSH Colour Supplement, Light Yellow - Mineral Oil Free / Vegan
LUSH Skin Tint, Feeling Younger - Mineral Oil Free / Vegan

Face
Hurraw! Lip Balm in Coconut (used as eye crème/highlighter) - Organic / Vegan / Raw
Hurraw! Lip Balm in Black Cherry - Organic / Vegan / Raw

Hair
Aveda, Pure Abundance Hair Potion (volume + texture)

Photos by @noeljicholas