Afternoon blogettes!

So i got to thinking today that I've never actually shown my old muggins on here and personally I always feel a little weird reading blogs when i don't know what the blogette looks like. It's odd not having a face behind the voice or words of the blog. So, I decided to rectify this (and this may or may not be something that you feel particularly pleased about) I'm going to start smooshing my chops onto these very pages. Excited? Terrified? Feel free to click away at anytime!

So obviously I'm not just going to be springing random photos of myself all about the place, no no. I thought as I love the products I write about and obviously use them why not in the case of makeup etc show you them on! in other words a FOTD post really, I love FOTD posts on blogs its such a good way to see how a product looks when applied and you can get great inspiration on all sorts.

Now lets just establish one little thing here, I am certainly no makeup guru, not an expert of any kind. In fact I was once told off by a newsagent cashier about the way I applied my liquid eyeliner...ho hum. C'est la vie and wotnot! So yes, as I was saying, I'll be popping on my FOTD and writing a little bit about what brushes I use and all that. I think it will be fun and you guys will have more exciting and more realistic impressions of the product other than my ever so slightly incoherent descriptions.

Good plannage? Cool beans.

oh yes- Disclaimer!! You will notice that despite that this is a natural/organic cosmetics blog I will be including regular products (which was always my intention from the start) as obviously not everything i own will be natural and organic and an awful lot of the time I find myself meandering around Boots and Superdrug etc and inevitably end up with something gloriously pretty and tempting. It's just about balance, I'm certainly not against regular products in the least and would never preach about going all natural or all organic. No, I still love all other products, but the main focus will still feature and focus on the natural and organic, just with a little frivolous regular product thrown in for variety and due to my wanton and fickle ways in all areas beauty and make up.

Phew that was a longun wasn't it?! So! Too the face!! (Forgive my first attempt, tricky stuff this FOTD photoing)

Primer: Smash Box Photo Finish Luminating Foundation Primer
Powder: UNE 100% Mineral Foundation Powder (M05)
 Foundation: Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation (108 Golden Ivory)
Powder Foundation: Neal's Yard Remedies Mineral Powder Foundation (04 Medium Warm)
Concealer: Natural Collection (Medium)
Blush: bareMinerals Mineral Blush (Joyous Jennifer) and Bloom Mineral Blush (Rosie)
Mascara: UNE Smart Length (S01)
Eyeshadow: Inika Mineral Eyeshadow (Peach Fetish)
Brows: Collection 2000 Smokey Eye Kit
Liquid Liner: Unknown
Eyeliner: Loreal Paris Infallible 16hr (black)
Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Honey)
Wow! when you list it all out it's quite a lot eh? i'll keep practicing and try and get a better photo next time, try and get my eyeshadow in and the lighting better as i just couldn't get the lip colour to photo properly, its much more a blue toned pink and less red IRL!


All of our flaws are laid out before us - FOTD




Right so, I compiled a little collage of petite clothes and watnot that I have my eye on, on the interwebz, over on my petite blog and I thought 'well that was jolly fun, i'll do the same for beauty!' And so I have! This ones specifically makeup, a lovely bright natural new face for me to play with. Ah makeup...what dreams are made of! I have chosen all my lusthaves from just one site, Cutecosmetics as it's my fave site and well i'm always on there so I knew exactly what I wanted in this collection! (Of course all products can be found on their own brand sites, I just love having them all in one place, I'm lazy like that!)

 1 ~ Nvey Eco Organic Fluid Foundation // £25  - I use a lot of mineral powder foundations at the moment and realised that although I love them, I'm wanting to use a liquid foundation as well. I've been using another non organic brand and its been fine but i tend to get quite clogged pores which is gack. I actually purchased a Body Shop liquid foundation a while a go and despite the fact that the foundation is really smashing, my online judgment of colour was disastrously wrong! Fail. These Nvey foundations all are warm with yellow undertones and i think would be perfect for my skin. I've chosen shade 515 Golden Honey (Medium Natural beige) it is still warm with slight yellow undertones but has a hint more pink that should blend in nicely with my natural tones.

 2 ~ Korres Zea Mays Powder Blush // £17.50  - This blush shade is 18 Peach. This pretty but simple blush promises a luminous finish. It looks slightly shimmery and is oil free which is perfect for my combination skin. i've never tried Korres makeup before, only skin care so if i ever do end up accidentally-onpurpose buying it, it will be really interesting to see the quality, this looks like it wont be too highly pigmented, which is perfect for winter as I really hate it when the cold makes my cheeks flush and suddenly my blush just looks clownish with all the natural redness underneath lol!

 3 ~ Lily Lolo Natural Lipstick // £7.99  - I'm really getting into lipsticks of late. I wore them lots at uni but for some reason stopped after I left. Anyway so they are slowly shuffling back into my collection and these Lily Lolo lipsticks look divine! I was really taken with Romantic Rose which is shown in the swatch. It looks like the perfect day tonight colour subtle enough for the day with enough pop and glamour for an evening. Plus these lipsticks are formulated with Vitamin E which is super nourishing for the lips! Whoop!

 4 ~ Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eyeshadow Palette // £21.95 - Aaaah, seriously my most lusted after palette to date. I think this will be a christmas gift list item fo sho! There's something about neutrals, taupes and browns that I just adore, maybe it's because makeupwise i'm just not colour adventurous but ooh it looks soo damn fabulous. What a beauty! With a range of pearls, matts, velvets, taupes, satins and opaques this palette is just perfect. The palette even has a magnetic bottom so you can move your colour pans all about to just how you like them and then buy new refills. Tip Top! Right, yep that's it, its on my christmas list at number 1!

HD!


Beauty Wish List # 1



Nourish Golden Glow Toning Souffle £24.95 *
A week or so ago Nourish very kindly sent me their new product! It's the Golden Glow Toning Soufflé and i believe it is the first of it's kind within the natural/ organic beauty products world, so its pretty exciting to be able to try it out.

This is a huge pot of wonderful creamy moisturiser packed with fine golden shimmer, frankincense, myrrh, and combined with nutrient rich phyto-active marine extracts! I have just started  using it and will test it for a little longer for my full views on it, but so far its really quite lovely!

Initially I was worried it would be much too sparkly or glittery for me as the cream inside looks really golden and shimmery, but on the skin it gives a very subtle and warming shimmer to the skin and doesn't look too sparkly or streaky at all. Its very lovely, would be perfect for a bit of highlighting glamour for the legs and arms on a night out or all over if you were heading out on holiday!

I find the texture more or a creamy soufflé than of a fluffy soufflé but I don't mind this at all as I think this way you get tonnes of product without thinking half of it's air! This pot with certainly last me ages I reckon. With this shimmer a little goes a long way and its great for building up the effect you want.

So far i found this quite long lasting and resilient. when I first got it I tried it on my legs straight away and its lasted all day even with trousers and was even still noticeable the next day after a long sleep, and no, there really wasn't particularly an residue rubbed onto the sheets or my trousers!

The scent is super strong in the pot and is definitely the typical 'natural' smell you'd expect. I smell strong vibes of Vetiver  and Myrrh in there. Personally i like the smell, a lot of products I use have this scent but I think its worth sniffing before you buy! The scent actually isn't that strong once on the skin, I personally think it smells even better when worn. Weird, but i think it warms up and blends with my natural skin scent really well, I like it. It's a clean, healthy fresh smell and it pleases me.

As for the toning benefits, I really can't comment on that until i've properly tested it out for a decent amount of time, it's made with super-hydrating hyaluronic acid and tripeptides to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, so that sounds pretty impressive! Look out for a full review in the coming few weeks!

The price point does seem quite expensive but it is a ginormous pot! 150ml to be exact, and I think for a one of a kind product it isn't that bad. Plus the packaging is amazing, an incredible glass pot that is just beautiful, the box has a delightful subtle shimmery quality and again has a beautiful design that I really like. i love packaging, I'm pretty fickle like that and when I received this product it was so beautifully wrapped and packaged, that always wins brownie points from me!

MBW!

Nourish Golden Glow Toning Souffle



Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear Silk Powder and Bronzer, with Bamboo brush, holder and mirror

A while back I was trundling around TK Maxx and came across this gorgeous bamboo set from Physicians Formula. I had never heard of Physicians Formula so I was really intrigued to try it out and learn more about the brand.

I checked out their site and they have the most beautifully designed products that literally make me want to buy everything! Unfortunately for me, but luckily for my bank balance, they don't seem to ship to the UK so, i guess this is a one off until i find somewhere other than TK Maxx that does their products. 

As you can obviously see from the photos the set is a beautiful bamboo holder with bamboo brush and mirror that with clever little swizzles and magnets holds either the bronzer palette or the face powder palette. The powders are Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Dermatologist Approved, Non-Comedogenic and Oil-Free! Pretty good stuff!

These powders are designed to be nutrient rich and have illuminating properties for the skin. With the silk technology they have skin-renewing and skin-conditioning benefits along with balancing, toning and re-mineralising properties for the skin. They also claim to lift, restore and re-condition the skin. Lets hope they are as good as they sound!

I'm pretty chuffed with this purchase as its clearly a one off and also a mega bargain, judging by the site the whole set to buy in the separate components would cost about $27 (roughly £17ish) and i got it for £7.99! Massive bargain!

So i'm definitely going to be trailing TK Maxx from now on to find some more amazing bargains and see if they have any other great brands out there!

Keep those eyes peeled in TK Maxx!

P&L!

Latest Purchase // Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear


News for Primavera today!


Image from www.primaveralife.co.uk

Primavera have recently brought out their new Calming range of products for Sensitive and delicate, easily irritated skin.
Products in the range are: 

Organic Facial Cleanser Cream, £24.00 (100ml)

Organic Facial Toner, £24.00 (100ml)

Organic Moisture Cream, £37.00 (30ml) 

Organic Eye Contour Cream, £35.00 (15ml)

Organic Face Care Starter Kit, £15.00 - This kit includes mini sizes of all the products from the range in 15ml for the Cleanser and Toner and a 5ml Moisture Cream with a 1.5ml Eye Cream.

These products are formulated with Organic Chamomile and Borage essential oils, both ingredients are excellent for healing and provide soothing and calming properties. Chamomile is certainly used for this often so you know these should be a sure thing even for sensitive skin.

Being a packaging geek, like the rest of their products the bottles of the Cleanser and especially the toner look absolutely exquisite! The green is just insanely beautiful and deep. If I saw this or any of their bottles, on the shelves I think I would be tempted to buy it even if i had no clue what it was! Haha. I just think its simple and stunning!

You can check out this pretty new range here at www.primaveralife.co.uk


NEWS // Primavera New Calming Range


Image from www.nudeskincare.com)

So, lovely news to share! NUDE has had a lovely relaunch and reformulation and to show off this bold (and in my opinion, excellent  and improved) step they are opening up their first pop up in Selfridges Beauty Hall, Oxford Street!

From October 4 to the 10th the Skin Nutrition Bar will be open for you to learn all about their fantastic products. On the launch on Thursday and until the next Wednesday NUDE are offering  unique skin health checks from the NUDE ProTeam.  This includes an individual skin diet consultation and a NUDE Nutrition Mini-Facial! And I just found out that you'll get an amazing photo afterwards! Eeek so brilliant!!

Sounds wonderful! 

NUDE use an incredible blended formula of n-probiotics and omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 to combat signs of ageing and create simple healthy skincare without any chemicals or harsh ingredients. All products are free from parabens, silicones, glutens, SLS, sulphates or mineral oils and more! It's nutrition for the skin outside-in.

Check out NUDE skin care at www.nudeskincare.com 

NEWS// NUDE Pop Up At Selfridges!

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