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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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

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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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

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

 

 

 

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