Tuesday, 27 December 2016

PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Pure Liquid Eyeliner in Black - Review*

May the wings of your eyeliner always be even.

PHB Ethical Beauty is a family business who make handmade products in the UK with 20% of their profit going to charity. Their products are free from animal ingredients, Parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol), Phenoxyethanol, artificial perfumes / fragrance, Petrochemicals, Methylisothiazolinone, Phthalates, colourants, silicone, mineral oils and Propylene Glycol. And all of their products are organic, vegan & Halal.

Accentuate and define eyes with our gentle, long lasting liquid eye liner. With a brush applicator for easy application. PH balanced for very sensitive eyes. Made with botanical oils & minerals that are gentle to skin.The easy-to-use brush is thin and allows for fast, easy and accurate application. With a long-lasting plant based formula that is water resistant yet always gentle to eyes. Great for super sensitive eyes that water easily.

I went through a phase in my life where I never left the house without having applied my winged eyeliner. Fast forward a few years and that's not longer the case. Since becoming vegan I've tried a couple of liquid eyeliners but I've never ended up finding the 'perfect one', or actually reviewing one on here! I've had quite a few months without properly practicing my eyeliner, so I thought it was time to give another one a go. 

A long handle to hold and a thin application brush is a must have when it comes to eyeliners, I know that much. And I'm happy to say that this one is perfect when it comes to those two factors. I found the liner easy to apply and managed to create a line that was the closest thing to straight as I could do! After I had applied the product to my eyelids, the inner corner of my eye felt like your face does when you've applied a face mask and it's just starting to dry and crack. The eyeliner did tend to wear off and become smudged towards the end of the day, but when needed to it was very easy to remove. Other than that I enjoyed playing around with something that's a lot safer to use than the common eyeliner brands that are around.

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Conscious Skincare Neutralize Face Wash - Review*

We are a multiple award-winning British organic skin and body care brand, with a range of products lovingly crafted in rural West Wales. At the heart of our natural and organic skincare are high performance ingredients, with a focus on quality over quantity. Every ingredient works hard to serve a specific purpose to benefit your skin and nothing extra is added for the sake of filling, colour, fragrance or bleaching.

Neutralize Face Wash has been carefully designed to re-balance and control oily and problem skin. Organic, fairtrade Lemongrass works as an astringent whilst Organic Lavender cleanses and tones. If your skin gets too dry then it will produce more sebum, which can lead to clogged pores and more inflammation in the form of spots or acne. Neutralize Face Wash can help prevent these problems occurring.

I love coming across new brands and I'm really happy that I've found Conscious Skincare. With the Neutralize Face Wash being my first product to try out from their range it's left me with the need of wanting to exploring their other products. If you've been reading my blog for awhile you'll know that I suffer from the usual oily t-zone, blackheads and occasional acne. This face wash claims to re-balance and control oily / problem skin, with this description it sounded like the perfect product for my skin! Since receiving the Neutralize Face Wash I've been using it twice a day and I've really enjoyed adding it to my skincare routine. To get it to work all you need to do is wet your face, simply pump the bottle once and massage the gel into your skin for a couple of minutes, then rinse and pat your face dry, following a day or night moisturiser. I'm happy to say that I've found my skin to be less oily than usual and my skin doesn't feel as if it's been stripped once I've wash it. I'm really looking forward to trying many more products from this range!

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Kimberly Sayer Deep Cleansing French Clay Mask, Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser & Botanical Astringent - Review*

Kimberly Sayer is fast becoming one of the most sought-after natural and organic brands in the UK. Her award-winning range of holistic face and body treatments contain only the finest, steam-distilled, certified organic ingredients and powerful anti-ageing botanicals, representing a true fusion of beauty and science. 

Recommended for balancing the skin's PH levels, treating acne or blemishes and calming overactive sebaceous glands. The Kimberly Sayer Botanical Astringent contains Tree Oil which works as a natural antiseptic to deep clean the skin and to help dry up acne or blemishes without irritating the skin. It also contains chamomile which gently calms overactive sebaceous glands and Geranium which minimises oil production.

I usually suffer from quite an oily t-zone but since using this product after cleansing my face twice a day, I'm happy to say that I've noticed a difference in my skin. This Botanical Astringent is basically a toner and I've found it very easy to add into my daily skincare routine. After wiping my face with a cotton pad with it sprayed onto, it can leave my skin feeling a little sticky, but once soaked in it's fine. Hopefully you'll start to see your skin brightening up like I have after adding this product into your skincare routine!

A lightweight, protective day cream with mineral sunscreen that's easily absorbed and won't clog pores or cause breakouts. The Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser contains lemon to detoxify the skin and minimize the production of oil, while drying up acne and zits.

I had high hopes for this moisturiser and maybe I need to carry on giving it a go a little longer, but not long after I had applied the cream I noticed that my face was overly oily than usual! It's a shame because I really like the consistency of this product, it's also very easy to rub in and it doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy once it's been applied. I also like that it's SPF 30, so maybe I'll have better luck with using it in the Summer instead of my usual facial suncream.

A purifying, deep cleansing treatment mask which contains mineral rich French Green Clay and botanical extracts that clear blemishes, tighten pores, remove blackheads and slough away dead skin cells to leave skin noticeably brighter. The Kimberly Sayer Deep Cleansing Mask does not overstrip skin's natural oils and moisture, so skin won't feel tight and dry after use. 

I've tried countless face masks over the years, but this Deep Cleansing French Clay Mask from Kimberly Sayer is my current favourite. I really like a face mask that you can quickly apply, leave on and just carry on with any other tasks until it's time is up. This face mask is perfect for that and that's why I love it. Now usually after a mask, my face is left looking much redder than I'd prefer and my skin is left feeling overly dry, but this isn't the case with this one. Another great thing is that this mask also doubles up as a spot treatment for blemishes when left on overnight, which is so handy if you're needing a spot gone before the morning! I left the mask on for fifteen minutes and in that time it had dried nicely without cracking or flaking off. When the time had passed it was easy to wash off and my skin was left looking smooth and it hadn't been left feeling dry!

These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Coconut King All Natural Sweet Orange Lip Balm & Mocha Latte Body Butter - Review*

All hail the Coconut King!

Searching through my emails, I realised I had been contacted by Shaun who is the owner of a business called the Coconut King, he was kindly asking whether I'd be interested in reviewing a couple of his products for my blog. I was amazed at how lovely (and edible) the products sounded, so it took me a while to decide on what to try out! I ended up going for the Sweet Orange Lip Balm and the Mocha Latte Body Butter. 

All of Coconut King's products are handmade, free from chemicals and free from animal products. The range currently consists of moisturising balms, lip balms, body butters, gift sets, and even tattoo aftercare. Shaun also told me that he's working towards having his products approved by BUAV and The Vegan Society in the foreseeable future, I believe this is a great step to take for homemade businesses!

The Sweet Orange Lip Balm is a highly effective, luxury lip balm both totally natural and vegan. The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier and lock in moisture so that your lips remain free of cracks. Shea butter is loaded with natural vitamins, so it nourishes and moisturises your lips really well it also protects your lips from cold and dry weather, and reduces your chances of dry lips. Hemp seed oil is rich in emollients and is especially beneficial as a lip balm. Hemp lip balm is packed with omega fatty acids and linolic acid, these nutrients are key to cellular health. Jojoba oil can take the place of a petroleum jelly base. The waxy oil can form a barrier that effectively locks the moisture in and keeps the lips soft and supple. Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing. 

The Mocha Latte Body Butter is luxuriously thick and a deliciously different body butter, no water, no other filler ingredients and no dangerous chemicals. Just good natural oils and butters. A little goes a very long way! Coffee Arabica seed oil is extracted by cold pressing green coffee beans. It's high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E make it a potent antioxidant that can offer protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation. Studies have shown impressive anti-ageing results due to Coffee Arabica’s ability to increase production of collagen and elastin and to protect against the loss of moisture. Cocoa butter makes an excellent skin moisturiser, plus it does more than just hydrate the skin, it helps actually heal it from the inside out too. It’s a great source of natural antioxidants. 

Although the Mocha Latte Body Butter felt quite thick and heavy (compared to the body lotions I'm used to) when applying it to my skin, I found that it sunk in really quickly and I was left smelling like a wonderful mocha latte all day. I'm really quite fond of the scent of this body butter, it's a smell you can't stop yourself from smelling! I quite enjoyed the scent of the Sweet Orange Lip Balm as well. Although I did find the product to be a lot thinner in consistency compared to the body butter. I'm also not sure if it was just me, but I found the balm actually dried my lips up and I sadly didn't like how the product felt on my lips. Other than this I'm quite interested in trying out the many other scented body butters!

Shaun has very kindly set up promotional code for you to use when you order from his website, simply use 'CARING10' to get 10% off your order up until 10/12/16.

These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

SPF15 Organii Anti Ageing Facial Sun Cream - Review*

Protect yourself from the Winter sun!
Certified organic by ICEA.

Organii Sun Milk protects your skin immediately upon application, reflecting UV rays like a mirror, by sitting on top of the skin and acting as a barrier to the sun, leaving behind no sticky residue. The product contains Titanium Dioxide, natural plant oils to nourish and hydrate the skin and is effective immediately after application. It's also free from fragrances, Parabens, synthetic chemical filters, mineral oils and colourants.

Even though the weather here in England isn't as hot as it was during the Summer it's still a good idea to protect your skin from UV rays! This Organii Everyday Organics Sun Cream is perfect for facial protection, it has medium coverage of SPF 15 and is also anti-ageing. It's said to be suitable for all skin types, especially fair and sensitive skin. I found the cream to feel very light once I had rubbed it into my skin, this ended up working well with my oily prone skin. A little goes a long way with this product and it doesn't take much working in for the cream to visibly disappear. It has a mild yet very pleasant smell which is great for a facial sun cream as you don't want anything too over powering on your face! I also find the 50ml sized tube a great thing as it's small enough to just pop in your bag when you're out and about.

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.