Sunday, 4 March 2018

Review: The January Cruelty-Free Beauty Box

Here's a very belated look at the January Cruelty-Free Beauty Box.

Review: Botanicals Try Me Pots - Soothing Balm and Wild Rose Balm

Recently I was sent a couple of Try Me pots from Botanicals - their Soothing Salve and Wild Rose Hand and Body Balm.
 I love Botanicals' ingredients, they really are as pure as you can get and it's always a treat to try their products.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Review: Nadarra Cosmetics Body Butter and Facial Oil

Recently I had the good fortune to test two products from new-to-me company Nadarra Cosmetics. They use simple recipes, with organic ingredients. Their butters and lip balms contain beeswax; the rest of the line are vegan. I tried their lemon body butter and one of their rejuvenating facial oils.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Review: Lippy Girl Vegocentric Vegan Lipstick

I'm really enjoying using natural lipsticks these days, they're like a breath of fresh air. So I was thrilled when Botanical Brands sent me this Lippy Girl lipstick to try. This is the first time I've tried this brand, although I've heard good things. They're a Canadian brand founded by an ex-model and chemistry teacher, and are vegan, organic and eco-friendly.
I had fourteen shades to choose from and I ummed and ahhed. Did I want a night time shade or a day time shade? I decided on a day time shade and chose Ski Bunny, which was described as a matt, nude-toned pink shade. It came in a cardboard outer packet. The lipstick itself is housed in a 100% recyclable aluminium tube, which is a fabulous idea and certainly makes me want to buy more.

The base of this lipstick is shea butter, which makes the lipstick very soft and it's recommended on the packaging that you don't turn up the lipstick too much. I promptly forgot this and nearly broke the bloody thing on first attempt.
 I'm usually a bit frustrated when buying lipsticks online, despite reseraching swatches thoroughly, because they are never as I expected. This was no exception as it was definitely a lighter pink than I thought it would be. The first couple of times I tried it, I wasn't overawed. It looked too natural for me, like I wasn't wearing lipstick.

However, I tried it again, teamed it with PHB Ethical Beauty lipliner in peach and Hurraw lipbalm in tinted cinnamon (I always use a lip balm under lipstick) and the colour really grew on me. It's such a lovely, soft, creamy lipstick. It applies perfectly and lasts well and gives a really nice tint on the lips for day time. I'm definitely converted to Lippy Girl and I can't wait to try more shades.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Peel Oil*,Tocopherol, may contain (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Tin Dioxide (CI778161), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492,CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Silica *Certified Organic Ingredient

 You can buy Lippy Girl here

*This sample was sent to me for PR purposes. I wasn't paid for my review.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Review: BalmKind Lip Balm

I've been trying this lip balm for the last couple of months. BalmKind are a UK company based in Hampshire. Their products are cruelty-free and vegetarian and there are no parabens, mineral oil or palm oil. They use beeswax in their lip balm (this is their only product at the time of writing).