Saturday, 4 June 2016

Be.Loved Skincare

Be.Loved is a Latvian natural skincare company who ship worldwide. They are a cruelty free company and their products are vegan, with the exception of the face cleansing masks which contain yogurt powder.
The company was founded by Kinga, a yoga teacher and natural lifestyle enthusiast, who began researching and experimenting with natural cosmetics after experiencing skin problems. Be.Loved's main goal is to formulate a range of highly effective skincare products that deliver only beneficial and nutritive compounds into the skin. Every ingredient used in their products is there for a specific therapeutic reason.
Since Be.Loved are an ethical company, all their products come in recyclable and upcyclable glass containers. They are so passionate about reducing their impact on the environment, they will even send one free full size product to every customer who sends them back five empty Be.Loved containers!
I was kindly sent two products to try: the Rose Rain Floral Water and Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum.
The Rose Rain Floral Water is a pure rose water spray, recommended for ageing and delicate skins. Rose water is my favourite toner, so I absolutely loved this product! It feels so calming and refreshing on the skin, plus the delicate scent of rose is so soothing.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water.
The Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum is designed to energise and restore the skin’s elasticity and help maintain a correct oil and moisture balance. It contains a nourishing blend of plant oils and extracts, as well as tangerine and palmarosa essential oils to help balance the skin and frankincense to firm and tone. 
I loved the scent of this product; as an aromatherapist, I create many different blends every day for my clients and for myself, and some of my favourite blends contain essential oils of the orange family. Tangerine is closely related and very similar to mandarin essential oil, which is one of my favourite oils to help reduce stress and anxiety. Since essential oils can evoke memories and feelings when inhaled, I felt an immediate sense of calm when I first opened the bottle, and every time I used it after that. 

The serum goes a long way, so you only need to apply one or two drops. It is easily absorbed and doesn't feel greasy, which can often be a worry if your skin is prone to oiliness like mine is. It made my skin feel wonderfully soft and smooth afterwards, and although I usually applied it underneath my moisturiser, I found it to be hydrating enough to use alone. I especially enjoyed applying a little extra at night and thoroughly massaging it into my face to give my skin a boost.
Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil; Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil; Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract; Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oil; Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) Oil; Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) Oil; Farnesol* Limonene* Geraniol*and Linalool* Citral*
*Natural Ingredient of Essential Oils.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Manic Panic Cross Gloss ♥

Manic Panic recently invited me to try out some of their products. If you are not familiar with the brand, Manic Panic are a cruelty-free company (and most of their products are vegan) well known for their range of vibrant hair colours. They also have a range of cosmetics, so as I am not brave enough to dye my hair a vivid shade of the rainbow, I decided to opt for something more me - lipgloss!
Manic Panic Cross Glosses come in quirky little tubes with a cross on the applicator. I love the design and I think it's great to have something different to all my other products in my makeup bag.

The Cross Glosses are priced at £9.59 each and come in a range of bold colours, including green, lilac and black! The shades I received were Hot as Hell (bright pink), Black Rose (dark red) and Poison Apple (bright red).

Hot as Hell
Black Rose
Poison Apple
Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl, Telraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Sterate, VP/ Hexadecene Copolymer Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol ,Polyglyceryl-2, Disosterate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica , BHT. May Contain: Mica CI 70019, Iron Oxides CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 7499, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891.
I really like the Cross Glosses, especially the pink one! They are all really pigmented, but the colour is buildable, so you can just put on a light slick for a hint of colour, or apply more to get a brighter effect. 
They aren't too sticky which is a must-have when looking for a great lip gloss. I have found the colours to be long-lasting as well, which is great as sometimes lipglosses can wear off really quickly. I have also layered them over lipstick for an extra colour boost, which works really well. If you are looking for fun, bright lipglosses then the Manic Panic Cross Glosses are definitely what you need!
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Lush SLS & Paraben Free Product List February 2016

Lush have some new products out including their Mother's Day range, so I've compiled an updated list of their more natural products.

All of the products listed below are free from sodium laureth/lauryl sulphates and parabens (and are all vegan). These are two of the main ingredients that people choosing not to use harmful chemicals wish to avoid, since they have been linked to skin irritation and endocrine disruption respectively. There are other chemicals which some people may prefer to avoid, but others may not mind using, therefore I have included such products in my list but have noted what they contain in brackets so people can choose whether to use them or not. These ingredients are: 
  • Propylene glycol - possible irritant and is thought to enhance the absorption of other chemicals into the skin
  • Talc - possible carcinogen
  • Triethanolamine - skin, immune and respiratory toxin/allergen
  • Lilial - synthetic scent ingredient that has been linked to allergies and contact dermatitis
  • EDTA - widely considered as safe but could possibly enhance the absorption of other ingredients contained in a product
  • Laureth 4 - possible skin and eye irritant
  • Alpha-isomethyl ionone - possible human immune system toxicant or allergen; suspected to be an environmental toxin
  • Octocrylene - UV filter that may cause skin allergies in some; can penetrate the skin and may potentially cause the formation of free radicals
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate - UV filter linked to endocrine disruption.
If you think any other ingredients should be on this list then please let me know and I will add them in. Below is the product list correct as of February 2016 (let me know if you spot any I might've missed). I will aim to update this list whenever Lush add or remove any of their products.

Mother's Day
  • Sunrise Soap (EDTA)
  • Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb.
Bath Bombs
  • Sakura (lilial)
  • Butterball
  • Tisty Tosty
  • Avobath
  • Think Pink
  • Blackberry (lilial)
  • Sex Bomb (propylene glycol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, lilial) 
  • Ickle Baby Bot 
  • Big Blue.
Bath Oils
  • Razzle Dazzle (laureth 4, propylene glycol)
  • Dreamtime (laureth 4)
  • Floating Island (laureth 4)
  • Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment (laureth 4, alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Ceridwen's Cauldron (laureth 4) 
  • You've Been Mangoed (laureth 4).
  • Putty for your Hands Hand Wash (talc) 
  • Mangnificent (EDTA, lilial)
  • Lush Hippy (EDTA)
  • Lush Gardener (EDTA)
  • Grease Monkeys (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Parsley Porridge (EDTA)
  • Miranda (EDTA)
  • Figs and Leaves (EDTA)
  • Respect Your Elders (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Layer Cake (EDTA)
  • Maypole (EDTA)
  • Devil's Nightcap (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Sandstone (EDTA, lilial) 
  • Sultana of Soap (EDTA, lilial) 
  • Bohemian (EDTA) 
  • Pumice Power Foot Soap (EDTA).
Shower Products
  • Lemon Sherbet Showder
  • Candy Floss Showder (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Dreamwash Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Turkish Delight Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Orange Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Blueberry Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Enzymic Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Coconut Scrubby Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Life's a Beach Body Scrub Powder 
  • Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Face and Body Scrub
  • Ocean Salt Self-Preserving & Alcohol-Free Face and Body Scrub
  • Salted Coconut Hand Scrub
  • African Paradise Body Conditioner (triethanolamine) 
  • The Sunblock Solid Sunscreen Wash - SPF 30 High (octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate)
  • Buffy Body Butter
  • King of Skin Body Butter.
  • Movis Facial Soap 
  • Let the Good Times Roll (talc)
  • Angels on Bare Skin
  • Herbalism
  • Dark Angels
  • Aqua Marina (lilial).
Body Lotions 
  • Charity Pot (triethanolamine)
  • Ultrabalm
  • Dream Cream Self-Preserving (triethanolamine).
  • T for Toes Foot Powder
  • Twinkle Toes Foot Powder (lilial)
  • Foot Soak and Fancy Free.
 Massage Bars
  • From Dusk 'Til Dawn
  • Tender is the Night (lilial)
  • Percup
  • Dirty (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Shades of Earl Grey
  • Yes Yes Yes
  • Each Peach (and Two's a Pear)
  • Peace
  • Wiccy Magic Muscles
  • Therapy¿
  • Hottie (lilial)
  • Pearl (propylene glycol)
  • Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar
  • Black Stockings Solid Body Tint.
  • T'eo
  • The Guv'ner
  • The Greeench
  • Aromaco (propylene glycol).
Dusting Powders
  • Lustre (talc)
  • Silky Underwear
  • Powdered Sunshine (octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate).
  • Tea Tree Toner Tab
  • Dream Steam Steamer Tab.
  • Magical Moringa
  • Full of Grace Serum Bar.
  • Rosy Cheeks (lilial)
  • Don't Look at Me
  • Cup O'Coffee
  • Oatifix
  • Cupcake
  • Catastrophe Cosmetic (alpha-isomethyl ionone).
Toothy Tabs & Powders
  • Dirty
  • Sparkle
  • Limelight
  • Boom!
  • Bling!
  • Oral Pleasure (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Miles of Smiles
  • Tooth Fairy
  • Ultrablast
  • Atomic.
  • Latte Lip Tint
  • Strawberry Bombshell Lip Tint 
  • None of Your Beeswax Lip Balm
  • Key Lime Pie Lip Balm
  • Rose Lollipop Lip Balm
  • Passion Fruit Lip Balm (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Buttered Brazils Lip Balm
  • Popcorn Lip Scrub
  • Mint Julips Lip Scrub
  • Bubblegum Lip Scrub (alpha-isomethyl ionone).
  • Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Cream (EDTA)
  • Veerappan Moustache Wax
  • Jo Jo Hair Wax.
  • R&B Hair Moisturiser (lilial)
  • Superbalm Scalp Treatment
  • No Drought Dry Shampoo (talc)
  • Marron Henna
  • Noir Henna
  • Rouge Henna
  • Brun Henna.
  • Emotional Brilliance Face Powder (talc)
  • Success Liquid Eyeliner (triethanolamine)
  • Drive Lipstick (talc)
  • Decisive Lipstick
  • Charm Lipstick
  • Believe Lipstick
  • Ambition Lipstick
  • Glamorous Lipstick
  • Strong Lipstick
  • Passionate Lipstick
  • Bubbly Lipstick
  • Vibrance Lipstick
  • Perspective Lipstick
  • Power Lipstick.

I haven't included any of the Gorilla perfumes in my list because they are all free from SLS and parabens. However, some do contain alpha-isomethyl ionone and other ingredients that may cause irritation, so let me know if you would like to see perfumes added to the list!
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