SILVER LINING PT. 3 // LUSH Silver Lining Pigment in Success

Last but not least!

The final part of this Silver Success Series is something a little more subtle for those of you who want to brave something new by adding a little extra too the norm, but don’t want the drama of Look Two.

What does it achieve? Well, this look highlights the corners of your eyes for a daytime twinkle.

Where? 
The inner corners of your eyes

A small flick underneath your bottom lashes in the outer corner

How?
This look is a finishing touch, so set the rest of your make up the same way you would in Look Two.

Keep it precise, and work with the thinness of the brush to essentially follow the inside corner of your eye into the eyelid and towards the pupil.

Now the underlying exterior tick is tricky, mostly to match up to the other, I like to stabilise the line with my little finger on my cheek & follow the angle parallel to the bottom of the eye.
Work with your eye shape, start in the middle and extend outwards.


Explore a few different versions, with the bottom tick shorted or longer - you could even pop it over smokey eyes - it’s supposed to be fun! Afterwards, neaten up with a cotton bud - don’t be discouraged; it might take a couple of attempts.


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NATURAL INGREDIENTS
VEGAN

SILVER LINING PT. 2 // LUSH Silver Pigment Eyeliner in Success

OK!
PART TWO from my Silver Success Series is here.

Pt. 2 remains playful but encourages you to go bolder still by taking it all the way to the brow. There’s an obvious throwback to the 70s here, brought back up to date with a modern, metallic sheen. 
The fresh, minimal make up to the rest of the face, means it brightens up a daytime venture and is easy to sass up once Saturday's sun set begins to set.

WHERE?
The entirety of the eye

HOW?

Firstly - Shape up your brows with a couple of simple strokes.

Now >> Cheat it!
Prime the lid with a little foundation and a dusting of powder to set it.

Now >> Mess it up a bit!
Take the silver all along across the lid, down into the inner corner, through the crease and up to the brow bone, extending to the outer corner.
Blend in very lightly with a brush or fingertip towards the outer of the eye.

Now >> Neaten it up!
Take a cotton bud and address the edges, so that’s the inside by the bridge of the nose and on the outside that may have blended into the upper cheek.

Perfect for the weekend
Why not tag me on Instagram with a snap if you're gonna give it a whirl the next time you hit the dance floor? 
Enjoy!

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VEGAN
NATURAL INGREDIENTS

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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

WINTER SKIN RESCUE // AS Apothecary

A couple of weeks back on a really frosty Winter’s Night I was invited to the AS Apothecary shop opening in Lewes, Sussex.

I had been admiring AS Apothecary lovingly from afar for some time now, but turns out we had a mutual friend! So it was a pleasure to be there in person to introduce myself - mostly by basically fangirling over Amanda’s encyclopedic knowledge of plants and herbal remedies for all sorts of ailments.
..Infact, I was so
caught up in conversation that I was definitely, embarrassingly the last person to leave the gorgeous shop that night!

I left with a couple of goodies, which I’m featuring this week as my Winter Skin Rescue secret formula. Both are oil based, rich in nutrients and filled to the brim with nothing but goodness!

I’m personally a bit freaked out by oils on the face; mostly down to my fine hair which deems itself greasy within breathing distance of any oil residue. So I’ve kept the Facial Serum & Cleansing Oil to an end of day routine, and with all these Christmas Do’s this time of year, the make up has been heavy on the eyes and the nights have been late!

Nothing is too much of a match for this beautiful Cleansing Oil - it’s a joy to squeeze out from the pipette into my palm like science labcoat technician - but it is a very odd feeling rubbing a waterproof oil into my face to reveal nothing but a charcoal smear from my eyes to my chin.

There’s a slight panic on first use as I catch myself in the mirror - it forms a sort of barrier as it lifts the make up - & I’m thinking there’s no way this will all come off without residue. But it’s the exact opposite to my expectations - every, last, scrap of makeup comes off when combined with a steaming hot face cloth, and absolutely no residue is left on the face. There’s no dry-ness, itching or stinging - the end result is a soft, clean skin which feels nourished and bouncy.

The Facial Serum, Amanda proceeds to tell me, is full of some of their best and finest ingredients. From Rosehip Oil to Jojoba Oil - a free radical preventative, rich in antioxidants and full of Vitamin E for gorgeous clear skin. It’s intensely rich, smells divine and is best left to settle into the skin as an overnight serum.

AS Apothecary is unashamedly transparent about their slow, meditative process and approach to gathering by hand by respecting wildlife that's the intrinsic core to their making process. They use small batch methods, recycle and reduce waste where possible, use local and organic produce from East Sussex and even grow their wildflower ingredients themselves. 

For more information on their intricate making process, click here to their website: http://www.asapoth.com/test/ 

 

 

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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

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

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)
 

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

 

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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HURRAY for Hurraw! // Coconut Scented Lip Balm - Hurraw!

It takes a lot to find someone who is:

1. As obsessed with lip balm as I am.
2. Is as specific with lip balm as I can be.

Enter, Hurraw!

Their criteria matches mine entirely in what I’m looking for when sourcing the perfect soothing balm: A smooth, long lasting balm that’s non-draggy, non-grainy, not too sticky, glossy or scented and could hold up to the task without melting in your back pocket.

Not content with creating the raddest, purest product around - their lip balm is geniusly oval shaped for a perfect glide on application - and their commitment to creating a product that is environmentally conscious and ethically balanced, through organic and fairly traded sourcing is to be celebrated.

Their helpful downloadable PDF - giving a detailed descriptive list of ingredients - shows a refreshing transparency that for me, is not only impressive but stands them out from the crowd.

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Vegan / Cruelty Free
Organic
Fair Trade
Raw

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

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 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

BURGUNDY LIP

US Based brand MELT formed by make up artists Lora & Dana boast a lipstick based on the foundation of being cruelty & paraben free. However, there is one thing to note & that is this particular shade isn't vegan if that's important to you.

The pigmentation is strong - rich, deep & dark - just what I was looking for in the Winter months and the feel is an ultra, powdery matte.

There is a slight downside - for someone that's used to the dreamy, creamy texture that comes from a trusty, vanilla cupcake scented Mac Lipstick - I found it was a little drying. It takes a bit of patience to maintain the right balance of buff, balm & re-application.

This particular shade (6SIX6) is perfect for these current blustery, Wintery months but BANG BANG & SUMMER would be my next go-to shades as Spring starts to show its fresh face. 

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Cruelty Free
Paraben Free

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