Saturday, 28 December 2013

Indie Lee calendula eye balm review


My obsession with balms is spreading to all aspects of my skincare, I already have have balms for my body, balms for my face and lot's of healing and multi-purpose balms so I am very excited today to be bringing you a balm for your eyes, yes that's right an eye cream in form of a balm, I was so excited when I saw this product as part of the Indie Lee collection that I couldn't wait to try it out.
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Friday, 27 December 2013

RMS Beauty lip2cheek and lip shine review


RMS LIP2CHEEK in Smile swatched lightly

    I knew the minute I popped my RMS cherry with the much loved "UN" COVER-UP (see my review here) that I would be adding more RMS to my make up collection and after having these products for a few months I knew I should finally be sharing them with you. First off I have to say that I love Rosa-Marie Swifts philosophy, she has created her make up to be full of nutritious ingredients and it centres around the star ingredient in the line coconut oil. Rosa Marie Swift herself is a make up artist which I am convinced is a mayor part of the success of the line, due to the fact that the brand has a gorgeous mixture of classic and on trend colours that cater for everyone no matter what their skin tone. On to the products: 

    RMS LIP2CHEEK in smile (£28 for 4.25 grams) is such a unique colour it is described as "Sheer modern coral with a fifties feel" on the RMS site and I would definitely agree with that, this does look slightly more pink on my cheeks due to my natural high colouring but it does keep some of the pretty coral twist. Due to the coconut oil in the formulation these become quite hard in the winter and require a bit of warming up with the fingers, of course if you are a warm climate (lucky you!) then this may not be an issue. I use this over liquid and powder foundations and it applies beautifully and lasts a really long time on the cheeks considering it is a cream product, yes it is pricey but I honestly feel that this is such a good investment especially if you pick a classic colour which you love. Now smile is definitely a beautiful colour for the spring summer but I have been wearing it a lot, at least a few times a week and it always gives such a pretty flush that I use it all year round. The only other thing to say is that smile is the only colour in the range that has any synthetic pigments due to the fact that this colour couldn't be made completely naturally. I personally do not mind at all, let's face it if a make up loving green gal can't have RMS then what can she have, it's a trade off I am more than happy to make for such a pretty colour. 

    RMS lip shine in bloom (£17 for 5.67 grams) Is a much glossier formulation compared to the LIP2CHEEK as you would expect for a product that has been formulated purely for the lips. The colour bloom gives a very light pink flush and is what I would describe a "your lips but better" shade. I get a lot of use out of this as an everyday colour, especially when I am going for a no-make up, make up look. I am a little on the fence with this one however, not because I don't like the formula but because I wish I had picked a bolder colour with more pay off, bloom is pretty but in my opinion not pigmented enough to justify the price tag. However I know that I will be adding more colours to my collection so it hasn't put me off buying more and as I have already said I love the brands philosophies and ingredients. The formula is very nourishing and needs to be applied every couple of hours to keep the colour and shine. 

    The brand is available in the UK from Naturisimo, Being content and Love Lula. I would love to hear any recommendations you have for me, what colours do you love from the brand? 

Ana x 


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Monday, 23 December 2013

Skin prep: Weleda Iris moisture mask


    I generally think a good routine is all you need for good skin, however there are some products I look too as specific problem solvers and to prepare for a special occasion. Recently with all the extra stress the month of December brings I have been reaching often for the Weleda Iris Hydrating mask  (£13.50 for 30 mls) to balance, hydrate and moisturise the skin. 

    This is in fact my second tube of this mask, I have been using it for about six months but this month it has been a firm favourite so it seemed like the perfect time to review it. Weleda uses a lead plant for each of it's ranges and the Iris range is dedicated to combination skin. Iris is not an ingredient that I have seen in any other ranges making this product from Weleda quite unique, Iris root extract is used alongside cucumber to moisturise and cool the skin. Also included in the ingredients is sweet almond oil and jojoba which are nourishing and help to replenish the skins barrier. 

    I love Weleda as a brand but I do want address the only negative that I have about their products fairly early on in this review and that is the high alcohol content. Weleda use food grade alcohol as a preservative, and this product in particular has quite a strong scent of alcohol. I do find the alcohol content varies between their ranges and I like the rose and almond range because they suit my skin type well and seem to have less of it. With that out of the way I have not found the alcohol to have a bad effects on my skin or affect the way the product works but I would prefer it if Weleda used less of it. 

    This is a hydrating mask, it has a creamy consistency and I love to pop this on in the bath. My skin drinks this mask up whenever I use it, there is never much left on the skin to wipe away, I like that it doesn't set hard and any residue is easy to remove. When I use this my skin is just that little bit more plump and balanced, it looks that bit brighter and softer, I love the instant results you get from a mask and for that reason this one will be staying in my routine. In terms of green credentials it really doesn't get any better than Weleda, in fact they have recently won a sustainability award for their continued contribution to sustainability leadership, Weleda have been using bio-dynamic and organic ingredients since 1921 when the brand was founded and they are certified natural and organic by Natrue. 

    I have so many Weleda products on automatic repurchase and I have to say I have added this one to that list. What face masks are you loving right now? 

Ana x 
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Monday, 16 December 2013

Introduction to Apivita



    Greek brand Apivita was created by Nikos and Niki Koutsianas when they met in a Greek Pharmacy in 1972, the couple were both pharmacists and they went on in 1979 to create Apivita using bee products and Greek herbs. The name Apivita means the life of the bee and the brand uses beeswax, honey and propolis throughout it's ranges, sourcing them from their own beehives as well growing a lot of their other ingredients on their organic herb farms.

    Given the history of the brand and the commitment they have to using medicinal herbs in the range I was very excited to get the chance to sample some of the products. I was sent a beautifully packaged parcel, I always love it when a brand takes care to make the experience of using their products extra special and I think that is certainly the case with Apivita. Here are the products I have been sampling:

    Apivita eco-bio baby and kids caring oil with Lavender and Calendula* (£16.00 for 150 mls) Whilst this product is marketed for babies and children I love lavender and chamomile so I really wanted to try it and I am so pleased I did because it is simply a gorgeous oil. This is a 100 % natural oil with organic ingredients certfied by ICEA, the ingredients as you would expect for a children's product are gentle and nourishing including sweet almond, jojoba and calendula. The scent of this is so fragrant and yet so delicate at the same time, the spray dispenser is brilliant and I love using this before bed for a relaxing treat.

    Apivita Wine Elixir Face oil* (£39.50 for 30 mls) I love a good oil, actually I adore a good facial oil, and consider them to be the best and most effective part of my routine. The gorgeous serum uses grape oil and lupine to reduce wrinkles and firm the skin, I haven't got any visible lines yet but I love this oils wonderful moisturising properties and I use anti-ageing oils as a preventative measure, after all it's easier to prevent than it is to treat. Olive oil, sunflower oil and almond oil provide the skin with moisture and fight free radicals and it is wonderfully scented with Neroli, Patchouli, Clary sage and geranium and is a truly beautiful product. 

    Apivita organic lip care with honey* (£6 for 4.4 grams) Is one of the most gorgeous lip balms I own, it has a lovely thick consistency and smells of sweet honey. This has been in my handbag since I received it and it has been my lip balm of choice during this cold dreary weather. It leaves the lips feeling so soft and supple thanks to the olive fruit oil, avocado oil sunflower oil and of course the precious honey. 

    Express gold Anti-fatigue moisturising eye patches* These aren't listed on the Marks and Spencer's website so I have linked the international site instead. I was intrigued by the concept of these patches and I loved how they nourished and brightened the eye area with precious rose and the lesser used prickly pear which moisturisers and soothes. I loved these and thought they were perfect for preparing for a special occasion. 

    I like the fact that Apivita are transparent and passionate about their ingredients, you can find full lists on the International site, overall the range is one that has some great products and I think it is one that will appeal to beauty lovers as well as those who love a natural brand with history, they are constantly striving to improve what they do and that really appeals to me. You can find the brand in Marks and Spencer's in store and on-line. I think we will be hearing a lot more from Apivita in the UK. 


Ana x 
*PR sample
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Monday, 9 December 2013

Ilia lip conditioners review: Arabian nights and Bang Bang


    If you are still looking for the perfect Autumn winter colours for your lips, then look no further than Ilia tinted lip conditioners. Ilia is a brand that has such a lot of love in the green beauty community and rightly so, they make sophisticated on trend lip colours with gorgeous skin loving ingredients, what's not to love! 

    Ilia is the brain child of Canadian born Sasha Plavsic and is a brand that is a rarity in the green beauty world, one that combines style with organic and sustainable ingredients. The gorgeous packaging is recycled aluminium, and is just stunning. 

    The first Ilia product to enter my life was Arabian nights, described as beautiful berry stain these lip conditioners look very bold in the tube but they transfer just the right amount of colour to the lips to make them very wearable even for a bit of a colour novice like me. I love this shade, it makes me feel confident when I wear it, it lasts a good amount of time for a moisturising finish and it fades nicely without bleeding or clinging to any dry patches. Next came bang bang, first of all I love the names and second this is a great wearable red for the holiday season, I only have two colours in my collection so far but it won't stay that way for long! 

    The ingredients in these lip conditioners are just the thing to moisturise the lips, most conventional lipsticks even high end are just a petroleum base which is a very cheap ingredient, these contain a lovely mix of jojoba oil, cocoa seed butter, Vitamin E and they are delicately scented with jasmine and vanilla, making them make up with skincare benefits in my book. 

    Both Arabian nights and Bang Bang are quite similar, in fact I am not sure I needed both but I know they will both get a lot of use anyway. Bang Bang is definitely more red and slightly more pigmented than Arabian Nights with Arabian nights having much more of a pink undertone and being slightly sheerer, but it can be built up if you want to. 



 Bang Bang on the Lips 
Arabian Nights on the Lips 
    
    The tinted lip conditioners cost £20 so they are definitely a luxury product but I love them and use them a lot which for me absolutely justifies the price tag. You can find the full Ilia range in the UK at Being Content. 


Ana x 

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Pai skincare packaging has had a make over!

    
    I have been a fan of the British brand Pai for some time now, in fact the Chamomile and Rosehip moisturiser* and the Camellia and Rose cleanser were two products I reviewed a long time ago. I buy the Camellia and Rose cleanser on a regular basis and it is perfect if you are looking for a cream cleanser that is suitable for sensitive skin or if you want just one cleanser that can do the job of make up remover and cleansing whilst leaving the skin soft and clean. Pai formulates all of it's products for even the most sensitive and allergy prone skin, founder Sarah Brown is passionate about this due to the fact that she suffered from a very severe skin allergy herself for many years. The moisturisers are all soothing and nourishing with a gorgeous blend of plant oils and with four to choose from you are sure to find one that is perfect for your skin. 

    Today though I wanted to talk about Pai's new packaging for their moisturisers which is simply brilliant. The moisturisers now come in a larger 50 ml size making them ml for ml even better value than they were before. The white frosted glass and airless pump bottle will keep the ingredients fresher for longer and will ensure that you can get every last drop of product out. The bottle looks absolutely beautiful and the heavy glass makes it feel very expensive even though they are brilliantly priced considering the quality of ingredients used. 

    The moisturiser itself includes C02 extracted German chamomile which has high levels of Matricine and Chamazulene which help to calm the skin and plenty of Omega oils including 3, 6, 7 and 9 this cream really does work well for reactive skin and reduces redness and inflammation. 

    If you have been wanting to try Pai's moisturisers now is the perfect time, in fact pop one on your Christmas list or simply treat yourself. You can find the full moisturiser range here


Ana x 
*PR sample
 
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Monday, 2 December 2013

Gift ideas with Bloom remedies

 
  
    Cornish Organic brand Bloom remedies has become a firm favourite of mine, with it's wonderful formulations all handmade in small batches with impeccable ingredients lists and scents that are divine all with an incredibly reasonable price point the brand is a great one to try if you are looking for organic beauty gifts that won't cost the earth. Today I wanted to share with you this sweet little lip balm duo which would make an ideal stocking filler or small gift. 

    The organic lip balm gift sets* (£8 for two lip balms) comes in a gorgeous cardboard sleeve, it has lovely handmade feel to it whilst the ribbon and and the label are pretty enough to really make this an ideal gift. These would be great for Mums, Aunties, sisters, cousins or beauty lovers as well as making lovely gifts for teachers if you have school aged children. The balms themselves come in metal tins and they smell absolutely divine, I have the Strawberry and the Caramel versions but you can choose which combination you would like, with the other scents being citrus, mango and lime, cardamom and peppermint. 

    With Shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil these are moisturising treat for the lips perfect for anyone like me who has to have a lip balm in every part of the house. Any natural beauty lover will love Blooms ethics and ingredients but these will go down well with everyone, whether they use natural beauty or not. 

    Bloom also has a great selection of other skincare and body care gifts including gorgeous facial oils which are packaged beautifully and are an absolute steal at just £15. You can find the full range of gifts that Bloom has to offer here

Ana x 

*PR sample


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Sunday, 1 December 2013

New release: Nourish Kale enzymatic exfoliating cleanser


    The Nourish Kale enzymatic exfoliating cleanser* (£16.50 for 50 mls) has a bit of a tongue twister of a name but just like all the other Nourish products I have tried it's a product with fantastic ingredients and a hard working formula. Nourish is a regular on this blog and a brand that I go back to again and again, this is the latest addition to the range and they are continuing with the Kale theme as seen in the eye cream and hand cream releases. 

    This is said to be a multi-tasking product, cleanser, mask and facial all in one. The product has a very unique texture, whilst it isn't gritty at all and the product is soft I didn't find the texture leant itself to being used as a cleanser in my opinion. How I did love to use it was by apply a layer to clean skin and leaving for 5-10 minutes for a fast acting mask and treatment that leaves the skin looking brighter and fresher thanks to the pomegranate enzymes that gently exfoliate and the star ingredient Kale that makes the skin supple. Nourish give you three ways to use this and I use the revitalising facial method, as the mask starts to dry I spritz with a toner and massage until I decide it is time to remove with a warm flannel. 

    Being the rebel that I am I also leave it on a couple of minutes longer than directed by Nourish, I find this gives the best results but always make sure you patch test and take all the relevant precautions, I won't be held responsible for blotchy faces as you know your skin best. As far as exfoliating treatments go I found this to be perfect for my sensitive skin, gentle but visibly brightens when used like a treatment, I have seen other reviews that also rate this a cleanser but personally I found leaving it on for five minutes a much better way to use and given the price point and size I like to get my moneys worth from it. With 81% organic ingredients, certified by the Soil Association this is a clever little mask I would undoubtedly buy again as it is especially useful for a mid-week pick me up when you don't have time for lengthy pampering. 

Ana x 

*Sample generously provided as always all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings are my own and I am regular Nourish customer too.
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Seascape Island Apothecary body butter



    With winter in full swing and Christmas nearly upon us it seems like the perfect time to share this beautiful body butter from Seascape with you, this gorgeous pot is packed full of thick luxurious body butter brimming with skin loving ingredients and feels so luxe to use it would make a perfect present, in fact I would love to find this under my tree this year. 

    Seascape Island apothecary are a brand that have been on my radar for a while, the brand is based on the beautiful Island of Jersey and they source all of their ingredients ethically and from local producers where possible, they include lot's of wonderful natural ingredients in the range such as lavender, rosemary and beeswax. The brand has been awarded the blue butterfly symbol of positive luxury, which is awarded to companies that are passionate about minimising their environmental impact. 

    The Soothe Body butter* (£22 for 200 mls) feels utterly decadent with the fabulous mix of Lavender, cocoa butter, beeswax, rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and Shea butter. The smell is perhaps my favourite thing about this, it is the most delicate and beautiful lavender scent I have ever smelt, it almost has a creamy quality to it which is difficult to describe. When applied to the skin this is beautifully thick and moisturising but it dries to a completely matte finish on the skin, so there is no waiting to get dressed making it perfect for using in the mornings as well as evenings. 

    If you want something more nourishing than a body lotion but don't like your products to leave a residue on the skin then this is for you. The fragrance alone is heavenly and very relaxing, I like the brands ethics and commitment to sustainability. In terms of ingredients I chose the body butter to review because it is the purest product that they make and it has lot's of fabulous ingredients, it was also short listed for a free from skincare award this year. All of the products have the individual ingredients listed so check the website for individual product details, the whole range is free from SLS, Silicones, parabens and mineral oil as well as artificial colour and fragrance. 

    
     This would make a lovely gift for a loved one or you could treat yourself to some pampering. Have you tried any Seascape products? 

Ana x
*PR Sample
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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Some current winter skincare favourites

    
There is no hiding the fact that I am an absolute skincare junkie, I write about it far more than make up and I love having a stash of skincare that I can dip in to depending on what my skin is telling me it needs. As the weather gets colder it is certainly telling me it needs moisture, so you will see a theme in today's skincare favourites and that is that all of these products add a really nice amount moisture to the skin, banishing the winter blues.
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Therapi organic honey skincare



I think it is safe to say the green beauty market is thriving, there are so many brands to choose from sometimes the selection is positively overwhelming.
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Monday, 25 November 2013

Weleda Calendula range review



    There is one children's range that get's used in our house more than any other and that is the Weleda baby range. If you don't have children don't be put off, this is a brilliant range for sensitive skins for grown ups too. Weleda are a brand with real integrity and a long history in the natural beauty world, they are a pioneering brand who were using natural ingredients long before it became trendy to do so. I had the wonderful experience of going to a Weleda event a while back (See these posts for more details here and here) and I took the opportunity to stock up on some baby goodies in their shop. All of these products are real favourites in our house and get repurchased again and again. 

    The ever popular baby range was repackaged shortly before I went to visit Weleda HQ and I can confirm that the new packaging is not just cute with little ladybird which has stolen my heart, but is also really practical, which is really important with little ones. Each of Weleda's ranges has a key plant and for the baby range they have chosen Calendula which is known for it's healing and soothing properties. 




    Calendula Shampoo and body wash (£6.95 for 200 mls) is a rich creamy body wash which gently creates a lovely lather, this is such a versatile product, you don't need a separate shampoo and body wash this does a wonderful job of cleaning up grubby children from top to toe. The creamy formula is full of almond oil and sesame oil making it really nourishing on sensitive skins. I have bought so many bottles of this over the years it is truly a house hold staple. 


    The fragrance free calendula oil (£9.95 for 200 mls) Is a new product to the range and is a brilliant substitute for regular baby oil which is just petroleum based with no skin benefits. This just has two ingredients sesame and calendula and is a lovely soothing oil perfect for using after the bath or for massage. The dispenser for this product is genius it enables you to get just the right amount without spilling any of the product, I actually would love to see this packaging spread out to the other body oils in the range as it really is practical to use. I used this a lot to help my son after he had the chicken pox and it left his skin hydrated whilst the calendula helped with the healing. Big thumbs up from both of us for this one!


    The Calendula Bath (£9.95 for 200 mls) Is perfect for soothing itchy or irritated skin, unlike the body wash this doesn't add bubbles to the bath but it turns the water a milky colour once it has dispersed in the bath. It can look quite thick when it first comes out of the bottle, the key is to pop it in to the running water to help it dissolve. I use this for my little one if he ever has any dry skin or irritation, this works wonderfully to calm the skin and it smells divine too!


    The Weather protection cream (£7.95 for 30 mls) Is a thick cream with a balm texture, it is great for protecting little faces from the bitter winter winds and cold and it is also useful for any dry patches of skin on the face or body. I really love this and on occasions steal it for myself too, having said that I think this whole range is good for grown ups too if they wish. This has been getting a lot of use now in the colder weather and my son really likes the delicate sweet smell too. 

    Weleda is certified by Natrue and their baby range contains high percentages of organic ingredients, you can find all the full ingredients lists on the Weleda website including the percentages of organic ingredients in each formula. Whilst my little one is all grown up now when he was smaller I also used their nappy cream and chamomilla granules too so this range is one that I have used all the way through my babies life and one that is still a firm favourite now he is older. 

Ana x 
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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Why I will buying less and giving more this Christmas

    


    It has been a while since I have written anything personal on the blog but there are a few things that have really made me think recently. The high street is already in full Christmas frenzy despite it only being mid November it feels like if you haven't already done all of your Christmas shopping that you are seriously lagging behind all the super organised folk who did all their Shopping in August and have already ordered their food, you know the kind. I have yet to buy a single present, I have a rough idea of what I want to buy but I refuse to enter in to the panic and frenzy of the buying season. I have been too preoccupied with other things. 

    The last couple of years haven't been easy for me, two Novembers ago I lost my mum shortly followed by my Grandfather in the first week of December. There is nothing quite like loosing a loved one to put life in to perspective, and I have never once thought I wish I had bought them more presents, but I am frequently plagued with the idea that I should have spent more time with them, that I should have told them I loved them more and that I should have created more memories...

    I have a son who I adore and of course he has lot's of presents under the tree and I love the excitement of putting out the whisky and mince pies for Santa and the carrots for Rudolph, nothing can quite match the innocence of a child. But what about those children who won't get a visit from Santa, who won't have a roast dinner with all the trimmings, the thought of it is almost unbearable. So this year I will still be buying presents of course (local, eco and organic where possible), but instead of wasting money on ridiculous things that quite honestly we don't need I will be thinking twice and giving my time to family members and relatives, making memories with my son that I hope he will treasure forever such as our yearly ritual of making gingerbread and decorating them and taking a moment to reflect on the things that are really important in life.

    Just turning on the telly you are greeted with news of disasters all over the world and people who have far more important things to worry about than buying the perfect Christmas present such as how will they feed their children or where will they live... Somewhere the meaning of Christmas became lost along the way, so to redress the balance I will be thinking of ways that I can give to others that go beyond the simple buying of presents. I will be putting together a parcel of food for my local food bank which is crying out for donations. Giving your time to elderly relatives who may otherwise be alone or taking the time to volunteer at a local charity are all ways that we can give more and buy less. If everyone does something to help another this Christmas we can redress the balance and make Christmas about so much more than just material things, we can make it about kindness for others. I would love to hear, what will you be doing to give to others this Christmas? 

Ana x
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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Luxury Christmas gifts with Inner Soul Organics


    Inner Soul organics is a luxury aromatherapy range created by Emma Coleman in London, the range was created to be pleasurable for the senses, uses organic ingredients wherever possible and respects the environment. The products are never tested on animals and are uniquely designed to nourish the skin with ingredients such as omegas and vitamins. Emma also has a passion for literature and she adds a quotation to the label of each product, it's such a lovely unique aspect to the brand and it makes every product that little bit more special. Emma was kind enough to contact me and ask if I would like to try out one of the Christmas gift sets and she also sent me a lovely sample of her facial oil as well. 

    The mind, body, soul, serenity pouch* (£63) comes wrapped in a gorgeous white organza bag and with Inner Soul organics bespoke ribbon wrapped around it and is a stunning gift. Inside you get the Romance me skin oil and the Barefaced beauty natural serum, Emma chose perfectly for me because both of these products are just gorgeous.

    The Romance me skin oil is a decadent body oil scented with rose and jasmine, if you love floral scents like me then this is absolutely exquisite. It deeply nourishes the skin leaving it soft and smooth but also delicately scented which I love, it has sweet almond oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil and olive oil and it manages to deeply moisturise whilst also being light and quickly absorbed. I have to refrain to applying too much of this as I simply love the scent and I can see this becoming a favourite that I repurchase over and over again. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if it was packaged with a pump, but it is really only a minor detail. 

    The barefaced beauty serum is a lovely oil based serum that is packaged in an airless pump container, I adore a good oil and this blend contains some oils that I have not used before such as kiwi seed oil and camelina oil alongside some old favourites such as rosehip. The kiwi and the rosehip oil have high levels of Vitamin C which boosts the skins ability to produce collagen and it also contains squalane which is one of my favourite skincare ingredients for anti-ageing and adding radiance to skin. When this serum comes out of the pump you get quite a lot of product but my dehydrated winter skin has been drinking this up, I love to use this at night either on it's own or under a small amount of night cream and it has been helping to fade acne scars and even out my skin tone as well as being a pleasure to use. 

    I also received a sample of the Chia Light facial oil which is used as part of the bespoke blends service for sensitive skin, you are sent a questionnaire and Emma will design a facial oil to address your skin concerns that is completely unique to you based on your answers. I think it is such a fantastic idea, the service is more pricey than most ready made products at £95 pounds but having experienced the quality of Emma's products I would certainly be tempted to use this service myself. You also get a unique quotation on the bottle adding to that special touch, I would love it if someone was to arrange this for me as a gift. The chia oil has a lovely nutty scent, slightly earthy and it cocoons the skin in moisture, I have been using this in the mornings and helps with redness and soothes the skin. 

    I love the personal touches of the products and the quality is outstanding, all of the ingredients lists are readily available and the brand regularly works with charitable causes such as the Katie Piper foundation. Inner Soul organics is the kind of brand that I really wanted to discover when I started my natural journey and I am so glad I have, whether you buying for someone else or treating yourself the brand has a lovely selection and I would love to see it grow even further in the future. 

Ana x

*PR Samples: All opinions my own
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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Benecos mascara and blush brush review




    Benecos are a new budget friendly green beauty brand on the block and I was eager to try some of their products as greener make up usually comes with a hefty price tag. The brand is BDIH certified and contains natural and organic ingredients. I bought two items the natural volume mascara and the blush brush both really well priced, and both are items that I have enjoyed. 

    The blush brush (£8.95) is vegan and made with synthetic bristles that are very soft, it is cut at a slight angle and is a great size for applying bronzer or blusher. It applies powders beautifully and washes really well with no shedding so far. The handle is made from bamboo which is a sustainable crop and it slightly shorter which makes it really good for popping in you handbag. 


    The Benecos maximum volume mascara (£6.95) is an absolute bargain for a natural mascara. It adds a nice definition to the lashes but I wouldn't say it adds lot's of volume or length, for me it's a good work day mascara and it lasts the day without too much smudging as long as I make sure to powder my under eye concealer. I have naturally quite long eyelashes but I like to make them darker and fuller, I would like some more volume from this but overall it's a good product for the price and I would happily buy it again. I like the wand and find it very easy to apply.  


    

    The photo shows just one coat of mascara, it can be built up but I do find you have to wait a little between coats. Overall I am very happy with my first Benecos experience and I have added the blushers and eye shadows to my wish list. The brush is superb quality and gets used everyday. Have you tried Benecos? What did you think? 

Ana x
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Organic Glam Citron Perfume


There is nothing quite so evocative as fragrance, it can transport you back to a certain time or place and it can have a powerful effect on our mood. I have been on the hunt for the perfect organic fragrance for some time and whilst I have found some lovely daytime fragrances I had yet to find the perfect more complex night time scent that could compete with more mainstream perfumes. That was until I tried this gorgeous scent from Organic Glam from the Organic Pharmacy. 

The Organic Pharmacy is well known for it's luxury high performance skincare and Organic Glam it's sister range has the most sophisticated range of organic make up I have ever seen, it's stunning to look at and the range has a timeless elegance to it that makes it incredibly appealing to a make up lover like me who uses organic products. I didn't realise there were fragrances in the line until my mother in law gave this to me as a gift, she is a fragrance lover and knowing that I love natural and organic products she chose this for me and I am incredibly happy she did. 

The perfume comes in a heavy art deco style glass bottle, beautifully packaged, these are real statement pieces the kind that you would want gracing your dressing table. I have Citron, but they come in five scents in total and I would love to add more to my collection. This is not your average citrus fragrance it is very sophisticated, one problem I have with organic perfumes is that sometimes they are not complex enough for my liking, this fragrance develops and changes over time and you can smell the different top, middle and base notes which I love. The lasting power is fabulous, again another complaint I have with natural perfumes at times, whenever I wear this I get comments asking me what it is, even hours after applying it. 

This combines Lemon, Bergamot and Morrocan Orange blossom and Ylang Ylang with base notes of patchouli and Neroli. It has a sweetness to it, followed by some warmer notes, I love how it evolves on the skin and keeps you guessing. The bottles are 100 mls in size which will last a long time, these are pricey at £120 each, but honestly they are absolutely worth it as you are getting a completely natural scent that is pure luxury. You can find the Organic Glam range here

Ana x

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Pinks Boutique luxury organics


After trying the luxury brand Pinks Boutique it soon became a firm favourite (See my review of the anti-ageing serum here) and I have since added a few more products to my collection.
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Friday, 8 November 2013

New website launch: Sophia's Choice

 

    Regular readers of my blog will know I am a big on line shopper and I love it when I discover somewhere new to buy natural and organic products, today I am bringing you a new launch which I am very excited about and that is very special because it is a site created by fellow blogger and wonderful friend of mine Charlie Hughes who writes Sophia's Choice. I have been a fan of Charlie's wonderful reviews and honest musings since I discovered her via Twitter so when she told me of her plans to open an on line shop I knew her passion and enthusiasm for all things natural would mean she would select some amazing brands and I wasn't disappointed. 

    Charlie has covered all the family including teens and children with a fantastic choice of skincare, body care and nutritional supplements and has included some amazing brands many of which are firm favourites of mine such as Aeos, Live Native, Bodhi, Green People, Bloom remedies, Bathing Beauty, Mary Elizabeth, Love the Real You, Naturya, Organic burst, Pitta Patta, Child's farm, Herbfarmacy, Jack N' Jill and Wild Nutrition. 

    If you sign up to the newsletter you can get 10% off your first purchase on the site which is fantastic and I will be stocking up on products for my little one and myself. You can find Sophia's choice here and the newsletter sign up is here. Charlie is aiming to provide a personal service so if you have queries about products or need recommendations feel free to get in touch with her. 

Ana x

*Charlie has chosen to advertise Sophia's choice on Ana goes Green however I am not compensated in any way for this post, I am writing it because I believe the site is worth sharing with my readers. 
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Thursday, 7 November 2013

New product love: Lyonsleaf natural and organic skincare



I was recently contacted by a company called Lyonsleaf who make natural skincare and body care with high percentages of organic ingredients which are completely waterless. I have talked before on the blog about waterless formulas, I use them a lot and they have a few benefits such as not needing lot's of preservatives and emulsifiers and being incredibly concentrated making them great value for money.
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Monday, 4 November 2013

Green People gentle cleanse and make up review



 Whatever else I am using a cream cleanser is always a staple in my routine, they are great for using in the shower and they are perfect if you are low maintenance and don't want to use more than one cleanser. The latest cream cleanser to grace my bathroom has been the Green people gentle cleanse and make up remover and it has become one of my favourites.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

New Launch: 001 Skincare



 This week saw the launch of a new skincare brand in the UK and I have to say it has left quite a first impression on me. The brand is 001 (Double zero one) which was created by Aromatherapist and beauty therapist Ada Ooi.
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Handbag staple: Mendill organic towelettes


 On the whole I try and avoid using wipes wherever possible generally because of the ingredients and to avoid putting more rubbish to landfill, however sometimes when out and about you find yourself in need of a quick freshen up and these organic towelettes from Mendill are just lovely. 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Indie Lee Squalane facial oil review



I mentioned a few weeks ago my excitement that this brand was coming to the UK, there are so many American brands that are not readily available here that when a range this good arrives it really brightens up my day.
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Lucy Annabella Organics: Argan and Bergamot treatment oil


 Lucy Annabella organics is a brand that I have admired for a little while now from afar, the beautiful packaging and the organic ingredients really appeal to me, however I hadn't until recently tried the brand.
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Sunday, 27 October 2013

biOrganics Haircare


I recently spoke about products I use to keep my scalp in top condition but today I am talking about a gorgeous range that has been keeping my hair in great condition from the brand BiOrganics.
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