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Vegan Inika Lipsticks

Mission: Natural Bright Red Lip

Following on from my review of my favourite natural and vegan lip salves and the perfect dark vampish vegan lipstick, I have made it my mission to find the 'holy grail' bright red lipstick that is of course sourced from completely natural ingredients and carmine free (that's the hard part). Here are three natural and non-crushed-up-insect lipsticks I have bought and tested over the past month... Left, Inika Rosebud; right, Inika Electric Red Inika Rosebud I'll start with the least sharp red-shade of the three. Whilst I quite like this lipstick for a more earthy-pinky tone, it definitely isn't categorically red. What [...]
All-Natural Winter Lip Salves

3 Top Natural Lip Salves

It's finally starting to get wintery and the cosy warm clothes have been dug out of the back of my wardrobe. The bad news: we're now officially in dry lips season. My poor lips really suffer during these months and even though they are dry all year round, they are completely horrible at winter. In preparation, I have been on the look out for some balms and salves that can rescue my lips whilst also adding a lovely red hue - wearable for any day of the week whether you are at school or work. Winter SOS Hurraw! Black Cherry [...]
All-Natural Lavender Magnesium Spray

Lavender Magnesium Deodorant Spray

So in my last post about deodorant, I mentioned a coconut-oil and orange recipe I tried that didn't quite give me the results I was hoping for. After it broke me out in an uncomfortable and embarrassing rash, it now has a new life as quite a nice exfoliating body oil! Though I limit to using it only on areas I don't shave at all, as it doesn't seem to be very friendly on broken skin. In vain, I decided to try a magnesium spray inspired by Wellness Mama which actually seems to be very effective! I have tested this [...]
Lily Lolo Berry Crush natural lipstick

The Perfect Autumn/Winter Dark Lip

Having over-hauled my beauty and cosmetics products only less than a year ago, I am still building-up my natural make-up collection. This autumn I was determined to find a beautiful dark red lipstick to wear through the colder months just in time for Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night and Christmas. Lily Lolo's Berry Crush is just what I was looking for! A deep cranberry shade, it has a lovely dark pigmentation and applies smoothly over the lips. Before buying, I checked the ingredients carefully to make sure it didn't contain any carmine (personally not a fan of coating my lips with crushed-up [...]
Opened Love Lula beauty box

Love Lula October Box Review

 It's Bonfire Night Eve, which means I have been testing out the products from my first ever Love Lula beauty box (also my first ever subscription box of any description!) for almost a month. I'm glad to say I've quite liked all the items that came in the package, which seemed to have a cleansing theme to it. The contents: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (3ml) Bodhi & Birch Mint The Bath and Shower Therapy (50ml) Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes (pack of 10 wipes) Inika Organic Eye Liner, shade Black Caviar John Masters Organics Rose and [...]
Autumn nail art with pink sweethearts

Pretty Pink Sweethearts Nail Art

On my last shopping trip to Carlisle, I spied this rather sweet Mavala nail polish set in TK Maxx. It wasn't until after getting home and tearing into all my purchases, did I notice that these polishes are 3-free! These big '3' being toluene, formaldehyde, and phthalates (DBP). Rather impressively Mavala polishes also exclude collophane, parabens, camphor, animal ingredients and heavy metals from their ingredients list. (Side note: the shades in this trio don't contain carmine though some of their other red shades do including Black Cherry). How I did my nails: To protect my nails I first applied Orly [...]
DIY Natural Orange Deodorant and Giraffe Spatula!

A DIY Natural Deodorant That Works?

What worries me the most about antiperspirant is it's regular association with breast cancer. Just reading the ingredients list on the back of the bottle looks scary, with a long list of oestrogen (estrogenic) compounds including parabens and aluminium. Reading a lot on the subject however, there appear to be contradicting conclusions from various scientific reports and I have yet to find an article which suggests for definite that there is a confirmed link between long-term use of antiperspirants and developing breast cancer. In any case, the ingredients they use in these products are enough for me to not want [...]
Natural toxic-free rose spray

DIY Rose Toner & Make-up Setting Spray

I'm very excited to share a post about my favourite homemade product which I use excessively everyday. It's an easy, all-natural, chemical-free way to incorporate the goodness of roses into your skincare routine. As someone that likes quick ways to get ready in the morning and at night (I'm always in a rush in the morning and desperate to get to bed at night!) I like a skincare routine with as few steps as possible and products that don't require much fuss. I decided to create this multi-purpose spray which is perfect for using as a prepping facial toner and primer before [...]