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
Ingredients:
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).
Soaps
  • 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.
Cleansers 
  • 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).
 Feet
  • 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.
Deodorants
  • T'eo
  • The Guv'ner
  • The Greeench
  • Aromaco (propylene glycol).
Dusting Powders
  • Lustre (talc)
  • Silky Underwear
  • Powdered Sunshine (octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate).
Toners
  • Tea Tree Toner Tab
  • Dream Steam Steamer Tab.
Moisturisers
  • Magical Moringa
  • Full of Grace Serum Bar.
Masks
  • 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.
Lips
  • 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).
Styling
  • Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Cream (EDTA)
  • Veerappan Moustache Wax
  • Jo Jo Hair Wax.
Hair
  • R&B Hair Moisturiser (lilial)
  • Superbalm Scalp Treatment
  • No Drought Dry Shampoo (talc)
  • Marron Henna
  • Noir Henna
  • Rouge Henna
  • Brun Henna.
 Makeup
  • 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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Friday, 12 February 2016

A Relaxing Sunday ♥

I was recently contacted by Ocean Finance, who invited me to take part in their 'Relax with Ocean' series. Ocean’s ethos is all about making people’s lives easier, and to reflect this, they very kindly sent some bloggers £50 each to spend on anything that helps them to take time out and relax. I decided to use the money to have a relaxing home pamper day with some new luxury skincare products.
 
 I spend almost every day helping others to relax, and whilst my working environment does help me to relax as well, I like to re-create the tranquil environment at home. For me, nothing (apart from holistic therapies and spa treatments!) says relaxation like a soak in a warm bath, and so I knew that I had to base my pamper day around this!
 
I decided to buy some skincare products from Neal's Yard Remedies. Their products are luxurious, natural and Leaping Bunny Certified. Not all of their products are vegan, but I found some lovely ones that are. I purchased the Age-Defying Skincare Kit (it is better to start using anti-ageing skincare as early on as possible for best results, and once you reach 25 your skin is actually classed as mature!) and the Rejuvenating Frankincense Firming Mask (which was in the sale then I bought it!). I also bought the Create Your Own Hair & Body Wash so I could add my own essential oils to it.
 
 
 
I had my pamper day on a grey, windy Sunday. To start the day, Jack and I took a long walk through Penrose Woods, one of our favourite walks. As the weather wasn't great, there weren't many people about and so it was lovely and peaceful in the woods. When we reached the end of the woods, which opens out onto the cliffs overlooking Loe Bar, the wind suddenly hit us as the shelter that the trees gave ended. The sea was quite stormy, and seagulls battled against the strong gusts of wind. This is my favourite weather to walk in though, and we enjoyed an invigorating walk back across the cliffs.
 
 
 
When we got home, I ran my bath and lit loads of candles to create a cosy atmosphere. I cleansed my face with the Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser, which was a dream to use; thick, creamy or balmy cleansers are my absolute favourite. I then applied the mask and hopped in the bath. I added a few drops of some of my favourite relaxing essential oils to my bath: may chang and chamomile. To the Hair & Body Wash, I added ylang ylang, lemongrass and mandarin - more of my favourites! I buy all my essential oils from Quinessence Aromatherapy. They are Leaping Bunny Certified and retail to the public as well as trade, so if you are looking to purchase any essential oils, I would definitely recommend getting them from Quinessence as opposed to one or two certain multi level marketing companies that claim to offer the best 'therapeutic grade' oils!
I had a little bit of the money left over so I decided to buy the first Poldark novel for my Kindle, as I have been meaning to read it for ages. I popped my Kindle in a plastic wallet and indulged in a few chapters as I relaxed in my bath. I also enjoyed a few of my favourite Booja Booja chocolates as well!
 
 
After my bath, I finished my facial by using the Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner before massaging in the Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil and the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. My skin felt amazing afterwards, so I'm thinking of doing a full review on these products. I had some lunch and then curled up with Jack under a blanket and enjoyed a cup of calming chamomile tea. We stayed here for the afternoon, watching films and reading while the wind howled outside - heavenly! 
 
 
Home pamper days are such a great way to relax, and it made me realise that I haven't had a proper one in ages! I will definitely be spending more days like this when I can. So many people feel guilty for having time to themselves to do nothing but relax, but they really shouldn't! Regular relaxation is so important as it helps to keep your mind, body and spirit healthy. 
 
What is your favourite way to relax?
 
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