Friday, 26 August 2016

Welcome to the green side (part 2.) Featuring MUA's

Sabina and Charlie both did incredibly well, I'm no makeup artist and it's taken me a whole year to get used to using Natural + Organic makeup. The textures and colours are very different from what you're probably used to. But what this post, and blog series will show you is that just because something is natural doesn't mean you have to compromise on quality, lack of coverage or colour choice.

Firstly lets hear what the MUAs had to say about using natural + organic alternatives. Baring in mind they've never used any of these products before so it was a big learning experience for them and a huge challenge which I thought they handled very well it really goes to show what fabulous talented make up artists they are.

Sabina: The make up I felt wasn't as smooth and polished it took much more work than a Mac or Illamasqua brand. Major differences was the finish it had a much creamier feel which is fab but wouldn't last very long.

I would use the eyeshadow again as they have an impressive pigment these were what I enjoyed using the most.

The finished look wasn't to my standards due to lack of product knowledge and experience with the products however I was very surprised how much the make up showed, as its natural and organic. I was expecting very sheer products but I was delightfully surprised. 

The lipstick without Beatle juice also didn't have much coverage great for someone who is experimenting with red lipstick but doesn't want anything too vibrant.

Eloise: I can totally understand where Sabina is coming from when she mentions coverage/finish with the foundation/contour. I feel base has been my biggest challenge and I think you'll find most women want the perfect base... Even with toxic makeup I struggled. Stay posted for an upcoming post focusing solely on foundations. It made me giggle when I read 'beetle juice' but she's absolutely correct most red lipsticks even natural brands contain 'carmine' which is basically crushed beetles... Living nature have produced not one but two fantastic lipsticks created without carmine although Sabina states that it's sheer, it's definitely buildable. I find usually two-three coats with blotting in between gives me great coverage and it lasts a very long time. *TIP try blotting lips with a Muslin cloth instead of using tissue, avoid leaving tissue residue on your lips which means a better finish X PS. Be sure to check out Sabina's salon services shes one of the best makeup artist's in bristol here's her page LINK

Charlie: It was so weird using products that I wasn't used to but it went surprisingly well. I noticed the most difference with the foundation, mostly regarding coverage. 

I actually would consider using them again - some products were amazing!

I loved the bronzer and the eyeshadow palette with the purple colour the most. They both blended so well and had great pigmentation.

Overall, I think the look was good. Nothing went terrible to ruin the look. Ofcourse, I cant comment on how the make-up lasted compared to normal products but i'm pleased from what i have been able to work with.

Eloise: Again I totally understand when Charlee talks about the foundation, its definitely the most difficult natural & organic product to change and work with... It's taken me almost two years to actually find the 'perfect' one...

I absolutely loved the looks they both created, the deep lip on Shelby was incredible and the bronze eyes on Charlotte was simply stunning. Below you can find a guide to recreate these looks.

When I interviewed the models here is what the beautiful girls had to say...


How did you feel about wearing toxic free make up?

I was very curious about what the makeup would be like. Once applied I felt my skin could still breath and I felt great that I wasn't putting any toxins on my skin ... which is very sensitive. 

Did you like the finishing look that was created?

I loved it! Was very shocked at the great coverage and how long it lasted on my face.

Would you consider using any of the products again?

I definitely would use the majority of the products again. I love finding new brands that are good for your skin but also make you look great. 

Which products were your favourites?

I loved my eyeshadow

Eloise: Charlotte looked absolutely beautiful, I am so happy that she enjoyed the coverage of the foundation. Even though there were no imperfections to cover in the first place! PS. If you're after a wonderful photographer check out charlottes work here LINK 


How did you feel about wearing toxic free make up?

I am actually impressed with the toxic free makeup ! I have real sensitive skin yet my skin didn't feel irritable it felt simply fresh. It didn't feel heavy at all, The foundation alone felt soft on my skin. I certainly was in no rush to remove the toxic free make up as it gave me a natural and healthy feeling.

Did you like the finishing look that was created?

I was in love with the finishing look ! I had that lovely healthy glow and felt flawless ! I am amazed with the products and with what Sabina had created, Definitely.

Would you consider using any of the products again?

I have to purchase the foundation, as it felt healthy on my skin and gave me a prefect coverage. The highlighter was the perfect finishing touch too! It gave me a healthy glow!

Which products were your favourite? 

I love them all! The lipstick was my favourite, its a beautiful cold colour, didn't smudge what so ever and gave me a perfect plump pout. The makeup was definitely beneficial for me.

Eloise: Shelby also looked absolutely beautiful. The bold lip was a winner I really loved her eye makeup too.

How to achieve the looks...

Base: Skin potion intense moisturiser, 100% pure tinted moisturiser
Contour: Ere perez oatmilk foundation, Logona perfect finish foundation
Highlight: Ilia moonbeam, Tan organics lighter bronze
Blush: 100% pure pretty naked shade
Eyes: 100% eyeliner, Living nature mascara, pacifica pallete purple 
Brows: Tan organic dark bronze
Lips: Avril nude lip liner, dusty girls cacao shake


Base: Ere perez oatmilk foundation shade light/medium
Contour: Logona perfect finish foundation 04
Highlight: RMS master mixer
Blush/bronze: Tan organics and honey pie minerals pink rose
Eyes: 100% pure mascara, rms master mixer, 100% pallette shade latte.
Brows: Tan organic dark bronze.
Lips: Korres purple lip liner, Living nature pure passion lipstick

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Make up of the day & evening...

It's come to my attention that I haven't done a make up post in a very long time. In fact the last one I can remember doing was back when I was pregnant with little Roman, I had a couple of days to go, well, actually I was well over due... It was approximately 940 degrees outside and I looked pretty hot! Ha, no seriously I actually looked really great for a heavily pregnant woman check out the make up look/reviews here.

It's not often I wear a full face of make up and when I do I'm just never selfy worthy being a tired mum, literally no amount of make up can cover these suitcases!!! But last weekend I attended my beautiful sisters wedding read a post on a make up look I created on her here. Guess what? For once (thank goodness because there were photographers everywhere!) I actually looked selfy worthy. YAY. So selfies I took and now I am going to share with you guys how I created the day time look and evening look. I know... We even managed to incorporate an outfit change too! 


I prepared my skin by using Evolve beauty hypotonic serum and supernatural beauty redemption oil along with Jane Iredale primer. Using Sappho organics foundation (obviously) read full reviews here and here. I love this foundation because it's lightweight yet offers full coverage where needed. I also used my beloved logona perfect finish foundation in shade 04 to contour ever so lightly full review on two shades here. 

For the eyes I decided I'd go for something a little glitzy, I went for gold! From the Pacifica pallet I blended nude as a base then I used the gold on the lower lid. In the crease I blended brown/nude from the pretty naked pallet by 100% pure. I also used 100% pure Maracuja mascara. Firstly I'd used Jane Iredale however it caused my lashes to clump! I then used avril cosmetics liquid eye liner on the upper lash line. Beneath my lower lashes I used shade bronze from the 100% pure pretty naked pallet.

The theme of my sisters wedding was red and white. So I opted for a red lip (any excuse to where red lipstick to be honest) plus it also matched my nails hence the touchy face selfy! I lined my lips with avril cosmetics nude lip liner, the. I based my lips with living nature pure passion and for a top coat I used lavera wild cherry. 


I used the same preparation process as the day time look as both products are my go to, however because of been out in the sunshine all day and slight dehydrated I added the E solve moisturiser on as well. I then used 100% pure luminizer primer and of course Sappho organic foundation and logona perfect finish in shade 04 for contouring. I went a little more dramatic with the contour as it was evening and I new the lighting would be more forgiving. I wanted more volume on my lashes this time so I used both living nature mascara and 100% pure as I find living nature adds more depth. Eye shadow I went very natural using all the nude shade in both pallets and in the corner of the eyes to illuminate I used korres in shade silver. Again using avril cosmetics liner. Faintly drawing along the lower lash line I used natorigin black eye liner pencil. I wanted to keep my lips natural too so I used avril cosmetic nude lip liner and coloured my lips with it! To finish off the entire look I blended RMS master mixer onto my nose, cheek bones and cuspids bow to add a subtle glow. 

Have you tried any of these brands? What makeup would you like to try from these looks?
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

The best in hydration: Six products you must have for skin that's craving moisture...

Evolve beauty
Hyaluronic serum
Price: £28
Hydration rating: 10/10

If you're after a serum look no further this hyaluronic serum is everything you need and want, with 200mg hyaluronic acid it's no wonder my skin is looking hydrated and healthy. Hyaluronic acid is found in the body, as we age skin looses elasticity this is where hyaluronic acid in skin care can play a huge part in keeping our skin looking youthful. A fun little act about hyaluronic acid is that it can hold up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water it's no wonder this got a 10/10 for hydration rating eh? 

Since using Evolve beauty hyaluronic serum I have notice dramatic difference in the appearance of my skin. Fine lines are less visible. Moisture levels are increased I noticed this especially when applying makeup as my skin didn't become dry and scaly throughout the day. I have also noticed my skin is more plump and looks more youthful. Especially the eye area being a mama, who's a part time blogger and also trying to set up her own business. Sleep is minimal as is rest, this can really show on the face - since using this product I do feel I look less run down. The only problem I've had with this product is that the pipette doesn't work efficiently, I could've possible purchased a dodgy one but I am unable to suck the product up using it so I am having to dab it off the pipette onto my hand. However I am completely in love with this product and brand. I am excited to try more of their products. I will definitely be repurchasing this one! 

Evolve beauty
Daily renew facial cream 
Price: £24 
Hydration rating: 10/10

With natural peptides, Argan and hyaluronic acid this is one powerful facial cream that is Guaranteed to boost an abundance of moisture. I've been using this product sparingly because it's extremely moisturising. I don't like to use it on my chin area because it's prone to break out and very oily at times. However it's been a saviour for the rest of my face, neck and d├ęcollage. Both the neck and d├ęcollage are often forgotten about yet one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. I have been using this nightly as its so intense I for my normal skin it's not needed during the day I do feel it would be great during the winter beneath makeup. It's definitely helped my skin regain is hydration along with the hyaluronic serum! One thing I love about this brand is that they're vegan. They're also affordable. Plus look at the packaging it's so simple yet beautiful I absolutely LOVE it. It looks so chic on my bedside table. 

Amly botanicals
Silver rich facial mist
Price: £42
Hydration rating 10/10

This brand only has one product, but it's one product you need that you never new you needed. I'm never one for buying a facial mist as I've never really understood there purpose. But lucky me won myself a silver rich facial mist and boy am I glad I did! The heavenly scent when spritzed is a winner in itself with organic flowers, hedgerow fruit, native herbs and essential oils such as neroli, jasmine, rose otto, chamomile, linden blossom and frankisence, you can only imagine how you nose would feel right? But imagine how your skin would feel with all those powerful ingredients nourishing ones skin. I like using this before bed covering my 'spotty' area it's the perfect over night moisture boost my skin has been craving especially after soaking up the sun as much as possible as of late. But I also enjoy using this after applying my make up to add an extra boost of hydration. I am so happy I won this product because it's not something I would've gone out of my way to purchase. I will definitely be repurchasing and I am extremely excited to try out some of the new mists coming to Amly this fall.

Skin & Tonic
Brit beauty oil
Price: £28
Hydration rating: 9/10

I am a huge fan of skin & tonics steam clean so I was excited to get my hands on their Brit oil. Made with just 5 ingredients, I love a product that contains minimal ingredients. Proves just how pure natural beauty can really be but also how powerful just a few ingredients can be. This product has 3 uses, well, 4 if you add my use! 

1. Apply to your face and massage into your skin using circular motions.
2. Add to your moisturiser for a boost in hydration.
3. As an uplifting pick me up add a few drops to the palms of your hands and breathe deep!
4. Add to your facial mask for a boost in hydration.

A little goes a long way with this oil and I have only been adding it the driest parts of my face as too not cause breakouts. I have noticed the difference in moisture levels since using this product. I feel like maybe my skin isn't a huge fan of neroli? I have noticed my skin felt a little congested after use? The scent is absolutely divine. 

Skin & Tonic
Rose mist 
Price: £20
Hydration rating: 9/10

Another mist. But one I am loving. Again with minimal ingredients I am a huge fan. Rose is one of my favourites scents so this is a winner. It's been a god send on these hot days. I've been using throughout the day to add a sense of calm I've been a real busy bee! But also to give my skin a midday boost of hydration it's especially effective when wearing a lot of make up, I often find foundation drys out my skin even the most moisturising foundations this product helps me stay flawless all day long. It would be great if they made this one into a mini as it would be handbag friendly and I'd definitely take it everywhere with me. I am finding I am able to use this product on the 'spotty area' :) 

Super natural beauty
Redemption facial oil
Price: £45
Hydration rating: 10/10

If you're after a facial oil that's jam packed with awesome smelling ingredients that offer an abundance of hydration look no further than supernatural beauty redemption face oil. Made with organic ingredients. This is the product I am using before bed. I use it sparingly as its very intense. I don't like using oils so much in the day during summer just because I'm left with a shine however I do feel this one blends well beneath make up so I wear it during the day on a make up day. I have noticed a dramatic difference in fine lines and dry areas. This did cause a few spots on my chin area but I always expect that when using hydrating products so as I have with all of the other products I avoid using this on my 'spotty' area. I really want to try more products from this brand. Especially the Genesis cleanser!!

DISCLAIMER: Some products in this post may have been sent to me for review. This doesn't effect my opinion all thoughts are my own. Sometimes brands sponsor me - again this does not effect my review.
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