2017 Makeup my way

Dear Readers,

Cruelty free makeup is a must. I want to show you my own makeup collection, in order to prove to you how easy it is to create your own makeup look with absolutely no harm to animals ❤

The look =Bare Minerals face products

Bare minerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturiser in shade OPAL £27

I love this tinted moisturiser as it is not heavy like a foundation so it doesn’t feel like its suffocating my skin. It also provides a very natural finished look as if I’m not wearing anything at all which is great.

Kiko Mascara volume attraction £7.20 

This mascara is good price and enhances the length of my lashes nicely with out leaving lots of clumps.

Bodyshop Blush shimmer waves £16

I just love the natural shimmer this blush gives to my cheeks wouldn’t replace it with anything else!

Bare minerals Bareskin complete coverage serum Concealer £22

Shimmer waves blusher bodyshop

This concealer is amazing, its creamy in texture and hides

any impurities really well. It’s perfect to use alongside a light tinted moisturiser as helps to add any extra coverage you may need.

E.L.F studio instant life brow £3 Brow pencil 

Great price and does the job well.

Natural Collection (boots) Eye Brow powder £1.99

Again the price is very appealing and its hard to say no when Ive tried more expensive brands in the past which create little difference to this powder.

Urban decay Eye shadow (palette 3) £39.50

Their eyeshadow is beautiful, so many gorgeous shades and they pigmented well so they are easy to apply  and show up well. Defiantly worth the expense.

Lipstick Queen Jean queen lipstick £20

Incredibly moisturising and lovely colours makes lipstick queen receive a place on my list this year.

 

I have been using all these products since the beginning of 2017. I’m on my second and third refills of some of them, so I have very much tried, tested and loved them 🙂  This is just a snap shot of some of the brands I love to use.

Natural Collection Brow powder

My range of high-end and budget make up shows you can be cruelty free no matter what your budget is! I hope you are inspired to go and seek out your own cruelty free makeup collection today. If you wish to buy any of these products I have attached the website links just in case ❤

To read more about beauty products I use click HERE

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

 

 

Beauty products I use

Dear Readers,

I thought I would give you a full tour of the natural beauty products I choose to use. All the products are suitable for vegans and I aim to put the least amount of chemicals on my skin as possible.

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After starting my new job with Miss Organics where I write frequent blog posts on the danger of chemicals and the benefits of natural, organic skincare I am constantly becoming more aware of the ingredients in my products. Instead of just focusing on whether they are vegan suitable or not.

So here is what I use;


Hair care

Kind natured, Shampoo

This shampoo is certified for vegans and made from 97% natural ingredients. Its free from sulfates, parabens and  petrochemicals. Both the shampoo and conditioner are designed for curly hair and I have been very impressed with how my curls have

Kind natured, Conditioner

IMG_1004.jpgThe conditioner is moisturising and helps detangle and reshape my curls really well.

Hair gel by Shea moisture

This hair gel is made with a base of coconut oil, shea butter, agave nectar and flax seed oil. The gel includes certified organic ingredients and again is free from parabens, sulfates and synthetic colours and scents.  You only need a small amount and it really helps sustain my curls after being washed for several days 🙂

Kind natured, Detangler

My hair has been really knotty lately so when I saw this detangled next to the shampoo and conditioner on the shelf I decided to give it a try. It says for kids but it works just as well on my hair! Its scented tutti fruitti and so far I am pleased with it.

 

Body care

Raw organic coconut oil 

I use this for moisturising, applying it to damp skin after a shower to retain the moisture left on my skin from the water. I love how natural this product is and it never fails to keep my skin supple.

Lavender scented dead sea bath salts made by totally natural skincare 

Again these lavender bath salts are so natural, containing 21 minerals and lavender essential oil. I find using these salts so relaxing and soothing for my skin.

Lush coffee scrub

I use this 2-3 times a week as a face exfoliator. Made from predominately roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil. I leave it on my skin for 15 minutes and then gently remove from my face using circular motions.

Skin care

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Botanics Organic cotton pads

Tropic Bamboo face cloth 

Body Shop Vitamin E face cleanser

Unlike
the cleansers I have tried this does not leave my face feeling dry and tight or break me out in spots. I have been using it for nearly a year and love it

Body shop Vitamin E toner
I never used to use a toner but I decided to try it out. I only use a toner when I am removing makeup and notice it makes such a difference to making sure all my make up is removed properly and  leaves my skin feeling much cleaner. I would now never skip this step out when removing makeup!

Tea Tree Oil

I only use this on occasion to fight any unwelcome spots that may appear overnight. I have been using it for many years and wouldn’t switch it for anything else!

Lush coffee scrub

 I hope you enjoyed a brief look at my beauty products and hopefully you feel inspired to try some of them out! I cant stress enough how important it is to avoid chemicals as much as possible and focus on cruelty free, natural products!

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

My new vegan Job!

Dear Readers,

I have been meaning to update you all for a while on my latest job! Since the beginning of this month I have started working as a business development and marketing intern for Miss Organics.

Miss organics is a natural, organic, vegan skincare company who sell a range of facial and body oils as well as lip balms. The face and body oils combine a variation of plant based oils such as jojoba oil and rosehip oil into one product, rather than using just one oil. Meaning your skin receives benefits from a range of oils all at once. Having a high concentration of just one oil such as coconut oil, which many people including myself often use alone results in slow absorption rate, whilst a combination creates a fast drying effect. Therefore if you are a fan of using oil as a moisturiser these products are perfect since they give you the benefits of using an oil based moisturiser without the slow absorption and often greasy residue that can otherwise occur.

Their products are beautifully packaged in sustainable glass bottles and pots and are enhanced with vitamins and essential oils. Anna, the owner, is a vegan herself and I love working for a company whose ethos I fully believe in.

So far I have accompanied miss organics to the vegan life event in London on the 7th/8th January this month which was brilliant and well attended. Currently I am helping to write frequent blog posts for the company which I am not only enjoying but learning a lot about skincare!

If you haven’t heard of Miss Organics and are looking for a new skincare routine I would defiantly check out their website at https://missorganics.co.uk .

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

ELF

Dear readers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have been busy with my final exams for the last couple of months but I am pleased to say I am finally finished 🙂

I have been meaning to write this review on another set of ELF’s products which are (vegan and cruelty free) that I had purchased a couple of months ago. So here it is finally…

IMG_6579.jpgThis time as had previously been requested I decided to invest in a couple of their eyeshadows, which unfortunately I was not particularly overwhelmed with. I chose their studio long- lasting lustrous eyeshadow £4.50 each.These are individual colours  that come in small pots rather than opting for a pallet. Gold and silver or (toast and celebration on their website)The colours are pretty, but when applying them I found a lot was needed in order to achieve a full bold effect with the eyeshadow. However it does stay on well as the name suggests and with enough of the eyeshadow you can create a full look.

The next item I tried was their Beautifully bare blush £5.00 I bought this in the shade Rose Royalty. This blusher is creamy and I found difficult to get enough on the brush at one time, however the colour is very pretty and it feels soft and smooth when you are applying it.

Elf’s HD lifting concealer £4.50 is probably my favourite item out of this purchase, it gives good coverage for a liquid concealer and I found the colour blended well to my skin colour and foundation. Its not too thick and you don’t need much to achieve a flawless look.

Their Studio HD powder £7.50 I was unimpressed by. I found it difficult to get enough powder out of the pot due to the design having a plastic lid inside with little holes in that make it hard to get a sufficient amount on your brush. The powder itself is light and soft and feels nice to apply but I found little difference to my look wearing it and therefore feel it is an unnecessary purchase which I won’t be rushing back to buy.

You can also see i bought again their mineral mascara for £4.50 as I find it creates full length feathered lashes easily and the price is very reasonable.

I also bought their eyebrow pencil again which costs £2.50 as I think its perfect for outlining my eyebrow shape before using powder to fill in my brows.

I hope you found this useful,

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

My daily skincare routine

 

Dear readers,

Recently I have had questions from friends and readers asking about what I do in terms of  makeup remover and face wash which is suitable for vegans. My response is always ‘very little and it is completely natural.’ For the last 4 months or so after I experienced a brief period of bad skin, after changing my routine once again from a makeup cleanser from bodyshop which had not worked, I went looking for a new, alternative option. I already used coconut oil extensively to look after my skin and hair but not consistently and  not without using another face wash or moisturiser.

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This is when I came across the idea of only using homemade oil based skin cleanser. I read an article explaining how it can instantly clear up your skin as well as remove makeup, cruelty free and  being an economical option, all lead to me deciding to give it a go. I decided to mix olive oil and coconut oil together.

To use simply apply to dry skin and remove with hot water, I use the deep cleansing cellulose sponges to do this which you can get from boots. Since using this simple makeup remover my skin has become so much clearer (see below). I would definitely recommend using this if you are struggling with problematic skin.

(this photo is without foundation or editing)

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Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

The wonders of coconut oil

Dear Readers,

Coconut oil is the most multi-purpose, natural (and it goes without saying) cruelty free product I know! Make sure to get Raw unrefined coconut oil for best results. It has so many uses ranging from hair to healing infections to cooking, here is just a few ideas of how you could use it….

IMG_4993.jpgHair

-Coconut oil is great to use as a hair mask as it moisturisers, softens and helps repair
your hair. I am constantly straightening my hair and as a result am always worried about heat damage and suffering from split ends. So I find coconut oil is the perfect solution to use every so often to help reverse some of the damage I’ve caused my hair. I use around 1tsp of raw, unrefined coconut oil which I melt in my hands and then finger comb through my hair. Depending on what my plans are, I either leave it on overnight or for around an hour. Then you need to rinse it out, sometimes this could mean washing your hair twice to make sure its all out to prevent your hair from looking oily. I always see a noticeable difference after doing this!

-If you have naturally curly hair like me then this oil is also perfect for helping shape/style your curls and reduce frizz rather than using expensive creams etc that rarely work and are laden with chemicals. By applying coconut oil to wet/damp hair particularly at the ends it helps trap moisture and help your curls form their natural coils without fizz. Be careful not to use too much, especially at the top or your hair can end up looking greasy and no one wants that…. 🙂

Skin

-I always use it as a moisturiser for my skin, both my face and body, I’ve always questioned using  commercially produced products which have 1001 ingredients on the back half of which I dont have a clue what they are and ofcourse majoritarily tested on animals such as Clarins and Kheils whose products I admittedly used to love, I now steer clear from these overpriced, cruelly produced products. By applying coconut oil to wet/damp skin it traps moisture in slowly sinks into the skin leaving your skin supple and hydrated.

Also the bad press moisturieser has been getting lately again shows it is not necessary or good to use these products, with links to worsening or causing acne  and being utterly not necessary for you.

-Primer, I have not yet tried this out but have heard many positive reports of using this oil as a primer, so perhaps give it a go?

-Cleanser, this has to be one of my favourite ways to use coconut oil, similarly to moisturisers I hated buying the commercially produced skin care products due to chemicals etc and so discovering how brilliant coconut oil is for removing make up and cleansing your skin is brilliant. There are lots of different ways you can go about this, as you can chose to mix it with other oils which bring other benefits to cleanser rather than just the characteristics of coconut oil, for example I currently as combining olive oil with coconut oil and using this daily. To use it simply apply to a dry face and wash off using a cotton pad and hot water.

-Spot treatment, Coconut oil is know for its anti-bacterial properties which is why its so brilliant for treating spots simply apply all over you face and wash off just like you would using it as your cleanser, I have found this to be very effective!

-Eyelashes, I have noticed since I started using coconut oil as a moisturiser that my eyelashes have become fuller and longer which I’m assuming is down to being moisturised daily with coconut oil and therefore I would definitely recommend trying this if you are attempting to grow your lashes.

Cooking

-for frying, coconut oil is much healthier to fry your food in as it is highly resistant to oxidation at high heats.

-good as substitute for butter or other oils used in biscuits etc tastes good, I have use this with most success in cookies, I made chocolate chip vegan cookies with 1 cup of coconut oil and they were delicious!

I hope you found this useful, Coconut oil really is a marvellous thing, trust me you need this in your life!

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxx

e.l.f

Dear Readers,

E.L.F or eyeslipsface is my latest discovery…. a makeup company whose products use both vegan certified ingredients and they do not test on animals (according to their FAQ’s http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/faqs  ). Not only this but their products are incredibly affordable and good quality on the whole. After researching more about them and reading customer IMG_2302reviews I decided I had to test them out for myself.

I ordered a range of their products including foundation, primer, lipsticks, mascara, eyebrow pencil, brow and eyelash gel and eye concealer.

Often when it comes to beauty products it can be often be quite costly to make the ethical decision due to most those brands charging higher prices for ethically produced products. However with e.l.f products this is not the case, which is what makes it so brilliant, so here is a brief outline of the items I tried….

Flawless Finish Foundation

  • £7.50
  • shade porcelain (the shades are quite dark so if in doubt go lighter than you think is for you)
  • would recommend if you like medium to full coverage
  • Has SPF 15 included which is crucial for protecting your skin and should be incorporated in your daily routine if not included in your foundation or moisturiser

Blemish Control Face Primer

  • £7.50
  • light weight, not much is needed
  • effectively creates a base layer on your skin before a applying to give a smoother look once foundation is applied and also helps minimise amount of foundation needed

Lipstick

  • £2
  • shade- fearless
  • lightly scented
  • long lasting and smooth application

Mineral Infused Mascara

  • £4.50
  • mineral
  • very effective at creating long dark lashes without clumps

Essential Instant Lift Brow Pencil

  • £3.00
  • easy to shape brows with this
  • quality is not as high as some of the other items but still works well

Clear Brow and Lash Mascara

  • £3.00
  • clear gel which greatly improves your final brow and lash look as helps brow powder remain in place and lashes to stop clumping and elongates them.
  • defiantly would include this in your makeup routine!

Under Eye Conceal and Highlighter

  • £4.50
  • Shade glow/fair
  • concealer visibly brightens under eye area and the highlighter is perfect for using under your brow arch

However if i had any complaints it would only be that the packaging of the products looks quite cheap (understandably) and if i had to tell you one product out of this selection that I was leased impressed with, it would be the lipstick, as i prefer lipsticks that have a more moisturising for your lips but for the price I paid I am still pleased with this product as the colour is good and it lasts well.

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So in short, this  makeup company is a brilliant find, super affordable and cruelty free so next time you need to replenish your makeup consider this ethical, affordable company! There really is no excuse to buy cruelly produced beauty products now you know!

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk 

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx