Random little Sunday post as today has been very productive and I've decided that June needs to be my month of de-cluttering and using up all those little samples and sachets that just sit around!

Now I've promised myself I would do this many times over, but this time I'm getting serious! I've cleared a space on my desk/makeup station and whipped out my favourite heart shaped bowls and stuffed them with all the sachets and mini pots I could find that are still good to use! One bowl is for watches and the other the little pots and tubs that I have. It's a real mix bag of products and each day I'm going to lucky dip a sachet to use and every few days a little pot. My aim is that by the end of each week I'll have 7 or so products that I've got through and can do a first impression type of review on.

Wish me luck!

Super Sample Challenge

In my job I'm pretty lucky that I get to hear and learn about amazing new launches, brands and products and I just love when a news piece pops up about natural, green, organic etc brands and retailers!

Recently a news piece pinged into my inbox that really caught my eye - an online retailer catering purely for natural and green male grooming! The first of it's kind, it's called ManOrganic and I think its terrific! Not only is it great that there is a site for guys (after all we girls have heaps to choose from) but also it shows how awareness and the accessibility of natural skincare etc is really booming in this industry!

The ManOrganic site recently launched earlier this month by the founders of LoveLula.com and already has an incredible and carefully selected range of brands and products to provide men with the most tip top natural grooming products. Brands include leading favourites such as REN, Pai and Dr Hauschka, but also introduces other brands such as Purechimp, and Elements a new British grooming range for men. All brands and products are hand picked to be the best product available, all cruelty free and containing the most quality and ethically sourced ingredients.

I'm so pleased to see this site available as I'm always pushing my boyfriend to swap his skincare to natural, green alternatives and he does try but this will just make things so much easier, I can show him the site and the array of masculine products (all with free p&p) and give him a much better sense of his options. Hopefully he'll be persuaded that not all natural products 'smell gross and they all smell the same way'!

What do you think of this site, do you think it's a good idea that will start making a bigger movement towards more natural product choices for men?

NEWS// ManOrganic ~ Natural Grooming for Men

I have a real love/hate relationship with this mascara! Ever since I have had it I've gone from one extreme to the other! 
When I first tried it out I really didn't like it and promptly forgot about it for a month or so then at some point I picked it up again and just loved it! It became my everyday staple until one morning I found myself seriously frustrated with it and again it was ignored for a while. This pattern has reoccured several times and I've finally come to the conclusion that it's not the formula that is the problem, it's the brush!

The brush is just so damn huge, especially in proportion to the rest of the tube! The tube itself is 7.5ml and probably the shortest tube of mascara I own, this results in the length of the wand being super short and the brush head itself is ginormous! Honestly, it's like the size of my whole eye. I'm a bit of a whack it on and go kind of girl when it comes to mascara, I have pretty bold lashes so I've never needed or been bothered to be doing any of this fancy blinky blink, ziggy zaggy application technique stuff. Couple of coats wiped on from root to tip, bop done. This oversized brush makes this really hard to do, I find I actually have to work on the application and doing lower lashes just gets messy. In fact I find it really messy on my top lashes too and it's always going on my upper eyelid. Not cool.

However, despite the gargantuan proportions of the brush and the fact that I find the bristles too tightly packed, I actually really like the formula! It's a very true black (colour is Supernova), dark and bold which is great! It coats my lashes well and up until now when its started drying out it is pretty much clump free! Like I mentioned, I find the bristles of the brush too densely packed so it doesn't fan my lashes out as much as I would like but the thick application actually works out very nicely at the base of the lashes creating a thick bold layer that really emphasises the lashes and eye shape a little like the effect of kohling your upper water line. Lots of volume and good lengthening!

The formula is non-flakey and lasts well on the lashes and while not waterproof it holds very well, while still being easy to remove with makeup removers and cleansers. It's quite gentle on the eyes and I have't had any sensitivity form this at all.

This mascara has lasted quite a while and has only just started drying out after a few months, towards the end now it is quite gloomy and makes a mess of the bottle but it is at the end of its use by life so I think that is to be expected.

Something else that is positive to note is that it doesn't have a nasty smell, which is an odds thing to point out about a mascara, but it really doesn't smell at all!

Available at Wholefoods and Lucyrose.

Pacifica Stella Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

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