Jane Iredale is a brand that I love and I have been coveting the nudes palette for a long time, however I didn't want to splash the cash until I'd tried out some of the cheaper smaller eyeshadow options first!
Luckily I was able to get my hands on a sample of the Pure Pressed Eyeshadow Trio in Golden Girl*
It is a beautifully packed and stunning set of three soft golden glowy nudes. In the packaging they look quite shimmery and lottery but when swatted they actually don't show too much glitter or shimmer, more of a metallic sheen in appearance. As you can see they are delicious colours, really lush golden hues with a hint of bronze. In terms of tone they are quite yellow gold based and very warm.
In the pan they look quite firm but when you swatch with your fingers or a brush they are actually a very smooth loose texture and almost go from a powder to cream texture. They are incredibly pigmented and have a strong colour payoff so you really have to have a light hand when applying these, but if you start lightly they are very buildable and you can go from sublet to very dramatic easily!
As I said I find the colour pay of great, and the shadows blend in wonderfully, however I feel they do lose some of their original distinct colour with blending and if you over blend the two lighter shades, the nude and the gold can actually start both looking quite yellow and very similar.
This is actually the one problem I had with these shadows, the brown was perfect but the nude I found when swatched or applied with the finger was a true match as it appears in the pan, but when using a brush it applied very yellow and looks a lot like the gold colour. So to get true colours I have to apply with my fingers which isn't always ideal.
Despite this I do really like these shadows for the quality, colour payoff and ease to apply. Very silky and creamy which I like, plus there is minimal fallout and they stay put all down without creasing or smearing.
I would definitely try other colours of the trios and very glad I got to test this out before purchasing the full palette so I know what to expect more when I do get it. This trio has convinced me that the palette will hopefully meet my expectations and be for the cost!
Plus points: NO Talc! *mini fist pump*
Minus points: Some of the other colours may contain Carmine, so not vegan friendly. However Golden Girl does not and is Vegan!
Have you tried any of the Jane Iredale Pressed Eyeshadows? What do you think?
Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360)]
Yes, I know it's not very exciting a topic but I thought not everything in life is beautiful and glamourous but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve it's own recognition. Take this Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Mouthwash for example, it's not beautiful like eyeshadows or as coveted as beauty oils, but it is essential!
Your generic mouthwashes can be riddled with undesirable chemicals and ingredients that can actually be more harmful than good in the long run. I even know my mum uses one that has a warning label not to use too often or for a prolonged period of time! Scary considering it's for your health!
Keeping my mouth hygienic and clean is important to me, as a kid I was a real slacker at brushing but after having 5 teeth removed (to create space- I have a tiny jaw!) and finding one of them in a sorry state, I bucked up my ideas.
Oil pulling is something I've given ago in the past but I find it quite unpleasant and laborious. Mouthwash to me, as an extra to brushing, is preferable.
This mouthwash is great, it tastes minty and fresh, with a funny after taste i'll admit but no more so than your regular mouthwashes, and makes my mouth and teeth feel super clean. The best part is that it's alcohol free and doesn't come with a warning label! I've noticed since using this mouth wash and also the Tea Tree version I have a lot less bleeding of the gums, which is a major plus for me. I use this regularly but not everyday, and will especially use this when I have an ulcer. This stuff kicks the ulcers arse every time! It's pretty good for a sore throat too if you gargle with it!
The reasons I don't use this daily is because there are a couple of ingredients that I find a touch iffy: Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (due to the risk of Formaldehyde) and Polysorbate 20 (due to the risk of contamination/ resulting in 1,4-Dioxane). It also contains Sorbitol (artificial sweetener)
Despite this I think the formula in comparison to regular mouth washes it is pretty good! What do you think?
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Aqua, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Cetraria islandica extract, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) extract, Centella asiatica extract, Menta piperita oil, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Aroma, Xylitol, Melaleuca alternifolia oil, Arnica montana extract, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, CI 75810. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
It's been ages since I've done a wish list! Despite the fact that a month or so ago I had a bit of a beauty haul, i've got the shopping bug and going all Oliver Twist for makeup! Thankfully it's payday at the end of the month and I feel like a few 'treats' are in order! Take a look and see what you think of my picks!
1. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation
This is a new must have item for me after spotting it on lovely Ashtynne's blog, Green Beauty Babe. Ashtynne did an amazing thorough review of it and I knew that I had to give this foundation a go!
The formula just sounds amazing, revolutionary in fact. It's a serum and foundation that goes from a serum to a powder finish! The foundation is also organic and i can't see any ingredients that cause me any real hesitation at all!
Do I really need to explain my desire for this? Who hasn't been wanting to get their mitts on this! Not only did I kick myself for not getting it when it first came out but I also had to suffer total envy watching it pop up on all my favourite blogs! The real pull of this is obviously the glorious taupe, nude, natural gorgeous tones and shades but mostly the fact that this is wonderfully talc free. Talc in natural makeup is such a big bug bear for me- i know some people don't mind it, but I do and it limits my choices when using products and brands time and time again! So well done Lily Lolo you've aced again!
3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette
Yes, another palette, but just look at this beauty! Plus the range of colours and shades are very different from the Lily Lolo palette. This one has much warmer, peachy, pinky orange tones that I don't seem to find in many other palettes. If I could buy everything from 100% Pure I would. Simple as that.
4. Christopher Drummond Beauty Duo-Phase Hydrating Concealer
I've been seeing lovely things about Christopher Drummond Beauty pop up everywhere and it came firmly on my radar as a great brand to try. This concealer is another product that I fell for after reading a great review by the lovely Ria from Naturia Beauty. I'm really lacking a decent natural concealer and lately been finding i'm in some serious need of one! After Ria's glowing review and the fact that it is now a makeup staple for her I thought this is a must try!
Now, roll on payday so I can get some shopping done!
Have you lovelies tried any of the products?
AD Skin Synergy is not a brand that I am overly familiar and when I came across this little sample of Nourishing Night Treatment in my sample stash I didn't think much more than 'oh that's been mentioned in the TUNBB & TGBB, i'll try that'.
I popped it on my face after my daily cleanse and got down to some serious New Girl catch up. I didn't really think much of it when putting it on, just 'this feels and smells nice' sort of thing, glanced over the ingredients (sweet almond, jojoba, rose hip, grapeseed, coconut oil, jasmine, ylangylang -the usual suspects) thought 'yeah all familiar there', and I was pleased to find that it really sunk in quickly and easily.
Things changed a bit when I dragged myself to the bathroom a few hours later, my skin actually looked visibly plumped and fresh and dewy- not oily or greasy- just 'glowy'. This surprised me because i'm actually a massive skeptic of 'results in minutes' products, but hey here was something I couldn't deny.
In the morning my skin was certainly more hydrated and softer and I'm noticing my skin getting softer the more I use it.
I have to admit I did get a little overzealous after I saw how great this could work (I do this far too often with new products but never learn), and put on way too much too often and this did cause me to break out in areas like round the curl of my nostrils where the product collected, so this is definitely an 'easy does it' product as it is super rich.
I've actually been trying this out a little directly on my lips, not for plumpness but for the hydration and I like how, unlike balms, it sinks in rather than sitting on my lips.
As I said this is a tiny 5ml sample size but as you can see i've hardly got through much of it (maybe 1/6th) even though I use it every, to every other night. As much as I love this I probably wouldn't purchase the full size as the price of the full sized 50ml bottle is a whopping £38! For me that is just a little too high a price, I know it would last a long time but still. Perhaps if this was certified organic (most of the ingredients are organic but as a whole the product isn't) might justify it. But for now it really would definitely be a luxury, once in a blue moon buy.
However, this product has now certainly put AD Skin Synergy as a brand firmly on my radar!
TUNBB = The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible
TGBB = The Green Beauty Bible
(Both AAAHHMAZING books fyi!)
A little bit of love sharing today as it is Valentine's Day after all! Thought I would skip all the sentimental and share the love for my current cleanser instead.
This is the wonderful Pai Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and I'm loving it soo much that it's disappearing fast!
I use this cleanser with the Pai Muslin Cloth and I find them the perfect combination! The cleanser is gentle but effective at really getting rid of all the grime and dirt on my face without leaving it dry or tight or too stripped. Similarly the muslin cloth provides the ideal amount of gentle exfoliation to help buff away any dead skin cells and smooth dry areas without leaving me sore or raw. I actually find it gentle enough to carefully wipe over my eye area too, although I shouldn't really!
For direct eye makeup removal I use this cleanser with a cotton pad or bundle of cotton wool and it just melts the makeup way. I've been playing around with a lot of different makeup products lately and so far this hasn't struggled with any of them yet! This cleanser is also very gentle on my eyes are i haven't experienced any discomfort or stinging at all!
The scent of this cleanser is actually quite reminiscent of lots of cleansers I have, which is no bad thing, its very fresh and cirtrusy, fragrant but not overpowering. The pump design gets a huge thumbs up from me. A full downwards pump provides the ideal amount of product but you can have more control by gently easing less out. And the way it seals the opening is juts genius and so hygienic and makes me feel like my product is juts going to stay fresher longer and better. Plus I don't have to worry that if the lid ever gets knocked off that the opening will get grimy because its sealed! Seriously all pump bottles should have this design!
This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin as it is alcohol free and avoids a lot of inflammatory and drying essential oils like witch hazel which i find aren't great on my skin. Instead it is packed full of soothing vitamins and Omega 3s and shea butter and sweet almond oil.
Now here's something shocking, a Lavender based product that I actually like! If you've been following this blog for a while you'll know that I really am not keen on Lavender as a scent. I actually have loads of products with the scent and ingredient in but tend to shy away from them.
I was kindly given these DGJ Organics Hangover Hair Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner* as samples to try and thought 'ah shit- Lavender, again!' I was excited to try the brand DGJ Organics as it was completely new to me, but the scent just put me off. However, a while back I bulk bought some shampoo and conditioner that were a complete disaster and I just cannot use, so I turned to these.
First and foremost, they really aren't that Lavender-y, they smell strongly but its not sickeningly overpoweringly Lavender (i'm not good at describing here things)! which if you love lavender you may be disappointed with but if you are like me then it's great!
Of the two I really really like the shampoo! My hair gets rough treatment, I barely do anything to it, I wash it once a week and rarely brush it or style it, I just tie it up in a top knot near on every day! Basically I just ignore it and don't really care for it at all. And I can get away with it because of this shampoo. It's effective enough to keep my hair fresh for nearly a whole week and it makes it so so shiny and glossy! Whenever I wash it it is smooth and untangled and really easy to dry!
There's only Sodium -coco-sulphate in this formula so obviously it doesn't foam a great deal but you still do get a little lather and it's easy to work in, the formula isn't as thin as standard natural shampoos, and easy to wash out with no residue or need for double washing! The main thing I love about this product is how effective it is at cleaning my hair while not stripping my hair or my scalp. I think my scalp is a lot less dry and less inflamed when I use this compared to other shampoos. I reckon it must be the essential oils and other ingredients ( Lavender, honey, wheat germ) that are packed into this formula.
The conditioner is also great but I use it a lot less purely because I tend to avoid conditioning my hair, i'll only condition it every now and then, because my hair just doesn't need it. When I do condition I use the smallest amount of this right on the very ends and let it sit for a couple of minutes. After that my hair is ridiculously smooth and silky! And like with the shampoo it is so mega glossy! They suggest using it as a treatment for 10+ minutes but I can't imagine needing it to stay on that long.
The best things about these products is that neither strips the colour out of my dyed hair and also I've found that using these in combination with each other while I've been growing my hair out has really helped with the prevention of split ends! Obviously I have some split ends but not anywhere near the amount that I have experienced in the past even after my hair has been both bleached (with highlights) and dyed.
The only downside is that I find my hair is so relaxed that I lose a little bit of my curl and my hair can tend to get a tad more static and flyaway the first few days after a wash.
(DJG Organics, Hangover Hair Shampoo and Conditioner 250ml*- £5.99 each.)