Thursday, 18 December 2014

Lovea Argan Oil Cell Renewal Body Scrub - Review*

Scrub those worries away!

This vegan and cruelty free Lovea Bio Body Scrub with Argan Oil is formulated with orange peel, sugar and argan oil to gently exfoliate and promote cell renewal. Moroccan Argan Oil is a powerful anti-oxidant and is also a great UV protector. Lovea blends Argan Oil with other natural ingredients to make formulas that fortify the hair and skin. It also helps exfoliate excess skin without drying the skin and when applied to the skin Argan Oil increases elasticity, nourishes and helps to normalise the skin. Argan Oil is also a 100% natural skin food and with regular use it will keep your skin in tip top condition!

I've been using this rich orange smelling scrub that MyPure kindly sent to me for reviewing purposes for a few weeks now and instead of using it on my body I've been using it on my face. This scrub is a very thick feeling product and it has a lovely texture due to the large grains of sugar and the orange peel that are mixed together in the scrub but it does have a strange smell which I'm not to keen on. I was a little worried when I felt how oily the scrub was as I had intended to use it on my face rather than my body! It left my face feeling very soft and dry skin free, but also quite greasy and oil heavy. I really loved using the scrub on the rest of my body though as it left it silky soft and I think it's much better suited for the body than the face! With this scrub you would 100% expect the grains to be rough when rubbing the scrub onto your face or body, but because of it's thick and creamy texture there's none of that harsh gritty scrub feeling you can sometimes get with other brands. When using this scrub in the shower I feel that I don't need a lot of this product for it to cover the whole of my face due to it's very thick and creamy texture. And as you don't need to use lot of this product at one time, this tube should last me quite a while and due to this I think it's really worth the money!

Overall I don't think I'll be buying this scrub again as I feel like it's a little to heavy for my oily skin.

£7.49 for 150ml from MyPure

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

Dr Organic Tea Tree Antispetic Cream - Review

'Zap those spots away!'

This natural vegan and cruelty-free soothing cream contains antibacterial Organic Tea Tree Oil, combined with Aloe Vera, Sunflower Oil and Cocoa Butter to provide an effective and cooling cream. The unique properties of Tea Tree ensure that this cream can be applied to large areas of skin, making it ideal for cleansing minor irritations and problem skin. With its gentle cooling action, the Dr.Organic Tea Tree Cream is safe to use on insect bites, irritated and sun damaged skin.

I've been using this antiseptic cream by Dr Organic for my spots for a few months now. When it gets to that chilly time of the year my skin tends to get very dry (but still prone to spots), so I prefer to use a cream based spot treatment at this time of year. Besides the dry skin, I tend to have quite oily skin too, so I only need to use a small amount of this cream as it can become quite thick and oily based due to the Cocoa Butter. When used day and night the cream really seems to calm and soothe both my spots and dry skin which is great. And for the price of this tube you're really getting your money's worth as a little does go a long way! I'll definitely be repurchasing this cream again when that chilly time comes around again next year.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Madara Ultra Purifying Mud Mask - Review*

Mud, Glorious Mud!

I decided to try out this new vegan and cruelty free product that MyPure were selling as it looked interesting and sounded like it would be great for my type of skin! This deep-purifying detox mask with Nordic forest lake mud cleans, tightens pores and conditions, leaving skin fresh, matt and revitalised. The mask claims to absorb excess oils, clean, refine pores and reduce outbreaks. The power of mud binds toxins together and helps to eliminate them and also eliminates the traces of acne and minor inflammation. It also recharges with trace elements and vitamins for a revitalised and glowing complexion. The colloid structure of mud also helps to retain skin’s hydration. It's recommended to be used twice a week as a clarifying treatment for oily, combination skin, skin with enlarged pores, blemishes and acne. But is recommended once a week to combat skin dullness, tiredness and the occasional inflammation.

I really love the smell of this mud mask as it smells a little bit like Parma Violets, very sweet but subtle. The product itself is thin but creamy and it feels like you would need a lot of this product to cover your face with the product, but it seems to work well with just a thin layer covering the face. I've used the mask a few times now for around 5-10 minutes each time and I've noticed that when I've washed it off it's made a slight difference and has left my face looking fresh and very feeling soft. For £5.50 this tube is pretty small, I'd say you'd probably get 4-5 uses out of it depending on how much you use it and how much of the product is used at the time. But on the other hand it's a great size to pop into your travel bag when you're going away and don't want to be taking much with you! Overall I do really like this mud face mask and I'll be looking into buying the bigger tube in the future.

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

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Acorelle Eau de Parfum Vanilla Blossom Roll On - Review*

Flower Power!

For one of my reviewing products from this month I decided to try out the newily stocked Acorelle perfume. This 100% natural eau de parfum by Acorelle is made with essential oils of Peru balsam and patchouli which creates a sense of comfort and reassurance. This roll on size is perfect for travel and for slipping into your handbag. The product is certified by ECOCERT and contains no phthalates, artificial colours, artificial musk or synthetic chemicals and is also cruelty free and vegan.

I have two perfumes which I've liked for a while now which I use most days, but unfortunately they're not vegan or cruelty free. This is my first try of a vegan and cruelty free perfume and although it's my first time I think I've already found my new favourite scent!

I love the size of this product, at only 10mls small it's the perfect size to fit into your handbag or to take away with you when travelling. The rollerball is a great idea for a perfume as it allows you to apply how little or how much of the product you would like to have on you depending on your desired strength of smell. My first disappointment with this product is that the ball seems to be a little too small for the top as it tends to leak all around the lid, leading to a messy bottle. This means I probably won't be leaving it in my bag unattended unless it was protected in another bag, as I wouldn't want it to leak everywhere! And my second disappointment is that I don't think I would pay £12 for a product that is this small and not very well designed. Other than those two downsides I really love the flowery vanilla scent of this product and shall be looking out for spray pump to come out in this size!

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

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

My Vegan LUSH Cosmetics Wishlist - Untried Products #2


Here's a few LUSH products that I haven't used before and have put on this year's Christmas list! I've been interested in the first product 'No Drought Dry Shampoo' for a while now, so I thought it was time to try it out. The second item isn't really a product but it's a bag I feel passionate about and would really love to own so I can spread the message around. The third product I've only just recently discovered. I was looking for a conditioner and came across this one called 'Jungle' which is a solid conditioner and I can't wait to find out the smell of this one! And finally the 'Happy Hippy Shower Gel' which I have tested a little bit before and I really loved it!

1. No Drought Dry Shampoo - £3.95 for 50g
3. Jungle Solid Conditioner - £3.50 for 55g
4. Happy Hippy Shower Gel - £3.75 for 100g

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014

    MÁDARA Nourish & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner - Review*

     Nourish and Repair that hair!

    I was running low on both my shampoo and conditioner, so this month I decided to try out the vegan and cruelty free MÁDARA Nourish and Repair shampoo and conditioner from MyPure! The MÁDARA’s hair care range is certified as organic. Both of these products are described as rich and creamy and are made with Northern Nettle and Quince which is supposed to deeply nourish and repair dry, damaged hair and also helps prevent breakage and split ends. They say your hair is also meant to become silkier, naturally smooth and easier to style after washing with these two products. Both products are nut free which is great if you're sensitive or allergic to nuts, and both the shampoo and the conditioner bottles are packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottles which is super!

    I haven't tried out many shampoo and conditioners since becoming vegan so I thought I'd go for this lovely looking duo. To me, my hair looks (but doesn't feel), dry and damaged and I have quite a few split ends due to heat damage over the years. My hair also tends to come out quite a lot after I've washed it so I'm always looking for both a repairing shampoo and conditioner that works. 

    The first thing I noticed when using these two products was that they both have an unusual smell, it's not overly strong or overpowering but it does remind me of a damp earthy smell. The shampoo seemed to lather up well, which is what I like from a shampoo as it feels like I'm getting a good thorough hair wash. And the conditioner coated the ends of my hair evenly avoiding that heavy slimey conditioner feeling that you can get sometimes. When drying my hair I felt that my hair felt really clean and untangled, it was alot easier to brush and style once dry and my hair seemed to be less wavy and thick looking like other shampoo and conditioners leave my hair once dried, this then meant I didn't have to straighten my hair as much as usual afterwards.

    My hair felt really nice after using these two products on it together so I will most probably be buying these again!

    £10.50 each for a 250ml Shampoo and a 200ml Conditioner from MyPure

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

    Thursday, 9 October 2014

    LUSH Cosmetics Big Blue Bath Bomb - Review

    Float your cares away!

    This calming bath bomb evokes a summer’s day at the seaside: perfect for drifting off. Big Blue’s key ingredient is a type of kelp called arame seaweed, which softens in your hot bath water. Arame is rich in vitamins and minerals including iodine, which helps to regulate the metabolism. Sea salt softens the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells, while lemon oil clears the mind and, like lavender oil, is antiseptic and cleansing.

    When I visited my first vegan festival back in August at the Kensington Town Hall in London, I excitingly ended up making my very own Big Blue bath bomb with a LUSH demonstrator! The experience was really fun and I recommend making your own at a LUSH store if possible! 

    Luckily this is one of my favourite LUSH bath bombs, so when the bath bomb we were going to be making was announced as this one I was happy. I used the bomb not long after placing it into my LUSH goodie box as I was excited to find out what it had turned out like. It turned out to be just like a store made Big Blue bath bomb and I really enjoyed using it. As you can see from my photo above this bath bomb turns your bath water a lovely deep blue ocean colour whilst also filling your bath with soft seaweed! The bomb takes a nice amount of time to completely disappear leaving you with a lovely salty smell in the air. I love this bomb as the seaweed leaves your skin feeling really soft, even when you're finally out of the bath! 

    I really recommend this bath bomb to you if you enjoy salty seaside swims!

    Tuesday, 7 October 2014

    LUSH Cosmetics Solid Dirty Toothy Tabs Toothpaste - Review

    Get off the tube and use a tab!

    So here we have a solid alternative to toothpaste flavoured with spearmint to leave your teeth squeaky clean and your breath minty fresh. Made with bicarbonate of soda, kaolin powder, spearmint and neroli oils. These boxes are great for the environment, stopping the need for aluminium tubes that end up in landfill. All you have to do is simply nibble one between your front teeth to break up the tab and start brushing.

    I honestly think that this could be LUSH's best product yet! I was quite excited when I first got around to trying these 'Dirty' vegan Toothy Tabs out. The flavour 'Dirty' for me is just the perfect spearminty taste and smell which leaves my teeth feeling clean and my breath smelling fresh. I haven't tried any of the other flavours yet but I am curious to try out the 'Chou Chou I Love You' flavour as I love turkish delight! At first I found the method of crunching the tab quite strange but I quickly got used to it and I've been using them ever since instead of toothpaste for around two months now. Even after a couple of months of using these Toothy Tabs I still haven't gotten used to how much they actually froth up in my mouth when water is added, they're so much better than normal toothpaste and especially the non-frothing vegan ones I've tried before. I also really like that these are so easy to take away with you when travelling, they're so light you won't even know that you're carrying them with you! Simply crush, wet and brush away! And at only £2 for forty tabs which lasts me just over one month, I've most definitely converted over to these Toothy Tabs instead of tubed toothpaste! 

    Edit (August 2015): I've stopped using Toothy Tabs as they made my teeth become very sensitive.

    Sunday, 21 September 2014

    Radius Source Toothbrush Medium Sized - Review*

    Brush your teeth the big way!'

    So here's my second item that MyPure kindly sent to me for my monthly review! The Source toothbrush has long-lasting bio handles which are made from bioplastic which can be either made from recycled dollar bills, recycled paper or recycled wood. It also has a replaceable head and further replacement heads can be purchased in a 2-pack for £5.99 from here. It reduces 93% of waste from standard toothbrushes and lowers the cost of brushing. It also has a right or left-hand configuration (just flip the head), which ensures the dentist recommendation of the 45-degree angle of bristle to teeth. The radial bristling also allows you to brush in tight spaces and also dramatically increases softness and efficacy of brushing with 65% more bristle tufts than ordinary toothbrushes and has a non-aligned bristle layout to avoid tooth erosion.

    I decided I needed a new toothbrush after going back to my old toothbrush after trying out the Environmental Toothbrush and not liking it. I wanted a vegan toothbrush, something more eco-friendly and interesting, so I went for the medium bristled Radius Source toothbrush which was all of the above. I really like how you can choose your toothbrush handle out of the three available recycled materials, dollar bills, paper and wood. I went for the recycled paper for a clean white finish look. All brushes also come with a spare replacement head and these are available on the MyPure website linked above. The really cool thing about this toothbrush is that both right and left-hand users can use this brush comfortably just by turning the head around the opposite way! It may take you a few brushes to get used to the larger than normal toothbrush head. I think that the larger head size is great and I feel like I'm getting a really good clean throughout my mouth including the tight spaces.

    Edit (December 2014): I've used my Radius Source Toothbrush for a few months now since writing the above but I stopped using it about a month ago now due to my teeth and gums becoming very sensitive from the large head on the brush. I have now switched brushes and my teeth and gums feel much better. This is something to keep in mind if you already have sensitive teeth and gums. 

    Toothbrush and Replacement Head for £9.99 from MyPure

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

    Friday, 19 September 2014

    Alva's Organic Deep Black Mascara - Review*

    Boost Those Lashes!

    This is my first product of two that was sent to me this month from the lovely people at MyPure. I decided to go for a mascara this time as I haven't found a good cruelty free vegan one so far, but that was until now! I ended up choosing the Alva 'Organic Deep Black' Mascara as I had seen quite a lot of good reviews on it and I wanted to try it out for myself.  

    The Alva Organic Deep Black Mascara states that it boosts lash volume for exceptionally radiant eyes and is run-proof thanks to gum Arabic (acacia). It also provides more volume for lashes and brings exceptional radiance to the eyes. Alva also say that it's vibrant and is nourished by patented beta glucan, wild rose oil, natural vitamin E and candelilla wax.

    Now bearing in mind that I haven't worn any make-up for the past four months due to not feeling the need to, as soon as I received my products I really wanted to try out my new mascara. So I curled my lashes with my eyelash curler and got to work with the new mascara. This is the only mascara I have ever smelt and thought 'yum!' after smelling it, I would describe the smell as a strong but non-lingering sweet marzipan and almond scent. I found the brush to be just the right size for me and it was comfortable to hold and easy to use which is always a good thing for a mascara. I also found that you don't need many coats of this mascara to give your eyelashes definition and extra length. Like previous mascaras I've used in the past this one doesn't seem to clump my eyelashes together and it doesn't go dry and flakey, like other vegan and cruelty free mascaras I have read about do. And when It came to taking the mascara off I found it so easy when removing it as it all came off in a just few wipes when just using water on a cotton pad!

    So as you can see I found this mascara so good that I don't think I'll be searching around for another one!

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

    Tuesday, 9 September 2014

    Natracare's Organic Cotton Baby Wipes - Review*

    You don't need to be a baby to use their baby wipes!

    Natracare award-winning organic cotton baby wipes are soft, gentle and effective cleansing wipes for daily use on baby’s sensitive skin. Natracare’s soft and strong, certified organic, 100% cotton baby wipes are infused with the certified organic essential oils of apricot, linden and chamomile as well as natural plant extracts all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened. The gentle formula is free from detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) or any of its close relatives, parabens, SHG and other types of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Because Natracare does not use any animal ingredients nor test on animals, our wipes are suitable for vegans. They are dermatologically tested on human volunteers only. The individual wipes and the solution ingredients are derived from natural, renewable and sustainable resources and are biodegradable and compostable.

    The lovely people from Natracare were kind enough to send me a few products a while ago for me to try out. As a regular user of the Johnson's Baby Gentle Cleansing wet wipes, I wanted to find something to replace them with something that was vegan, cruelty-free and much more eco-friendly! 

    I first came across the Natracare wet wipes on their website and instantly wanted to swap over to them instead of my current wet wipes that I was using. I was contacted by Natracare after posting my first post about a few Natracare products I had bought here. And after being suggested with some products that I might like due to my previous post, I was asked what else I wanted to try out, so I went for the wet wipes! 

    The wipes have a lovely strong smell of apricot which is unlike any other wet wipes I have smelt before. They're also a lot thicker than I thought they would be, which is great as they hold a lot of moisture. The wipes are really soft to touch but they did leave my hands feeling a bit sticky after using them and the scent seemed to stay on my hands for a while afterwards. Overall I quite liked these wet wipes and I'll keep them in mind when I run out of wipes! 

    Pack of 50 for £3.59 from Ethical Superstore

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

    Monday, 1 September 2014

    Dr.Organic Pomegranate Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

    Get protected from everyday environmental damages! 

    Here we have a shampoo and a conditioner from Dr. Organic's wide range of vegan and cruelty-free products. The shampoo is described as a revitalizing and volumising shampoo to strengthen and restore your hair’s flexibility, which also offers protection against environmental damages. And the conditioner is described as a nourishing conditioner suitable for all hair types formulated to help rebuild the hair’s strength and elasticity; it protects against the damaging effects of environmental stresses; it de-tangles and strengthens, leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable creating a revitalised appearance without weighing it down.

    I've been using both of these products together for about a week and a half now and I can honestly say they're worth the money and I can definitely see an improvement in my hair! First off, the smell which is divine stays on your hair for the rest of day which always a nice thing to get from shampoo. I've found that you don't need a lot of this product for it to froth up, so the bottles should last me a while, which is also great if you're not sure on the prices. I've also found out that when using the shampoo and conditioner together my hair looks and feels cleaner for longer, is a lot less tangled after washing and is also a lot easier to maintain when I'm styling my hair. I really like this shampoo and conditioner from the Dr. Organic range. I'd happily buy them both again for a special hair treat every now and then!

    Monday, 25 August 2014

    Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub - Review

    Say yes to grapefruit!

    The Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub is a gentle daily exfoliator to help slough away dead skin cells and restore your skin's natural radiance. It is formulated with Lemon Balm to help calm and repair damaged skin and Grapefruit, which naturally evens skin tone and enhances luminosity, leaving skin soft, smooth, and naturally hydrated. This face scrub is Petroleum, SLS and Paraben free, it is also 99% natural, vegan and cruelty free. 

    This facial scrub is the first one I have ever actually fully disliked because of one thing, it's smell. I ended up using this product once before realising that I hated it and that I wouldn't be using it again because of it's scent! I'm guessing the smell is meant to be a light scent of lemon and grapefruit but to me it smells kind of off and I couldn't get it off of my face quick enough. I wasn't really keen on how liquidly the product was either as I prefer a cream based scrub. It's a shame that I don't like the smell because I quite like the the product it's self as it's loaded with really fine grains which is great to help remove any dead skin cells from your face. As you can probably guess, I won't be purchasing this product again as I've come across much better smelling products compared to this one!

    Friday, 22 August 2014

    LUSH Cosmetics Aromaco Solid Deodorant & Square Tin - Review

    Not long ago I posted a wish list of a few LUSH products that I wanted to try which I hadn't before. After I had put together my list I decided to spend a little on the LUSH website. I ended up buying half of the products that were on my list and asked for a few samples of the other ones on there. The product I wanted to share with you the most is the Aromaco Solid Deodorant! 

    LUSH describe their solid deodorant as a solid, gentle deodorant that absorbs odour and leaves you smelling as fresh as a daisy. Its essential oils and anti-bacterial ingredients work in harmony to keep you feeling fresh and dry. Aromaco contains witch hazel and chamomile vinegar to tighten pores rather than block them, helping you to keep cool and fresh. I fell in love when I read that it had an ingredient in it that tightens the pores rather than blocking them, as I've been looking for a vegan deodorant that will minimize perspiration for a while now.

    I have to say this is the best deodorant I've ever come across since I've been searching for a vegan and cruelty-free deodorant. I can finally say that I've finally found my perfect vegan deodorant, hallelujah! I decided to also buy a square LUSH tin to store my solid deodorant in as I didn't want to have it out on the side all of the time. The tin isn't the best product that LUSH produce as it feels a little bit cheap, but it does its job at keeping the deodorant safe very well.   

    The solid deodorant comes in a block of 100g which looks like it will last me quite a long time. I ended up cutting the deodorant up so I could keep some in the tin to use every day and the rest I could put away for future use. All you have to do with this deodorant is rub a nice layer over your armpit and you're ready for the day! It does have an odd smell to it but you do get used to it and you can hardly smell it on you during the day. The deodorant seems to leave my underarms feeling really soft and the product doesn't dry out like other deodorants do. I really love this deodorant for travelling as well as you can take as little as you like and it weighs hardly anything! I've been using one of the black LUSH sample pots to store it in when I go away which is just the perfect size. Overall I will most definitely be buying this solid deodorant again and I don't think I'll ever look at another deodorant again! 

    Wednesday, 20 August 2014

    Acorelle Sugar Wax Roll-On Kit With Strips - Review*

    Wax Those Hairs Away!

    I finally got around to trying out my second product that I chose from MyPure to review for them. I picked the vegan and cruelty free Acorelle Sugar Wax Roll-On Kit that also comes with ten washable and reusable waxing strips. Acorelle say that this easy to use roll-on was made with beginners to waxing in mind. They also say that the product is most commonly used on legs and under arms and is effective even on short hairs. They state that the formula is combined with organic cane sugar and lemon to remove hair and hair bulbs for approximately 3 weeks.

    To heat up the wax all you have to do is pop it into the microwave for 15 seconds or if you're like me and don't have a microwave, simply pop it into a jug of warm water and leave it for 4 minutes. One of the good things about this kit is that if the wax gets too hot a line of 'NO's appear down the side of the bottle. If this warning does appear don't use the wax until that's disappeared, once it has then you can start using the wax. It's always best to apply the wax in the same direction as your hair growth. Once you've applied about two layers of the wax get your wax strip, firmly smooth it down, taut the skin and then quickly pull off the strip in the direction that's opposite of your hair growth.

    I've always found waxing my armpits on my own difficult as it's hard to taut the skin whilst holding the waxing strip and then also trying to pull it off all in one go. I seemed to do pretty well this time and quite a few hairs came out, I was left with a few that I couldn't get out so I just plucked them out afterwards. Next time I think I'll get my Boyfriend to help me pull the wax strips off so that I can taut the skin a bit better.

    When it came to cleaning and putting the product away, I was happily surprised at how easy it all was. To clean the kit all I did was rinse the roller and the waxing strips under warm water. When I did this the wax just seemed to melt away leaving me with a clean and non-sticky kit which was really surprising! Over time I've used quite a few waxing kits and so far this one seems to be the easiest and non-messiest one I've ever come across! 

    £12.49 for 100ml + 10 washable & reusable strips from MyPure

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

    Monday, 18 August 2014

    The Green People Peppermint & Aloe Vera Toothpaste - Review

    Nature & Science in Balance!

    The Green People Mint Toothpaste is made without fluoride, SLS, triclosan, sorbitol, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial sweeteners, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest toothpaste that nature can offer.

    I've been using this Peppermint and Aloe Vera toothpaste made by The Green People for about a week now. I still can't believe how many natural toothpastes there are out there! I'm also really glad that I've found another toothpaste which is vegan, cruelty free, organic and has no nasties in it.

    When brushing with this toothpaste I feel like I need a lot of this product to feel like my teeth are getting a good clean, this might be because it's quite a thin paste (due to no SLS) and I'm used to a thicker paste. I'm also not really keen on the taste of this toothpaste, it's not overpowering, but it does have quite a strong flowery taste to it. And for the price you're paying I think you're getting a pretty small tube of the product, which would get used up quite quickly when brushing twice a day. I don't think I'll buy this toothpaste again as it's not my favourite taste and texture, but I am really excited to try some other products that the Green People have to offer from their range!

    Even though this isn't my favourite vegan and cruelty free toothpaste, I do recommend you try it as it might be perfect for you!

    Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Lovea Green Clay Mask For Oily Skin - Review*

    This is one for the oily skin sufferers out there.

    I've recently joined the Mypure blogging team, which I'm so excited about! This means every month I get to choose any two products from the Mypure website (as long as it's under £30) to review. I spent ages going through everything vegan on their website looking for the two perfect products I wanted to try out. After a while I finally found two products and this was one of them... the Lovea Green Clay Mask for oily skin!

    This naturally made face mask is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and is also a certified organic product. It's also paraben, dye, silicone, Phenoxyethanol, PEG, nano and artificial fragrance-free. For this mask, all you have to do is apply a thin layer all over the face, but avoiding your eye area. Leave it on your face for about 5 minutes, but without letting the mask fully dry on the skin. And then rinse it all away with warm water and then apply your usual moisturiser, easy peasy! 

    Although on the back of the packaging it's stated that it's fragrance-free, It has quite a strong smell of marzipan and almonds, but when I had the mask on, I couldn't smell anything at all. This mask is thinner than the face masks I've used before but it doesn't seem it affect the actual product. It seems to dry very well and doesn't flake off all over the place like most do. It seemed to soak up all of the excess oil I had around my T zone beforehand and I was left with oil-free skin! After washing the mask off of my face, I was left with smooth and soft skin. It did make my face feel quite tight after washing it away, but after applying my usual face moisturiser it was fine. Overall when I run out of this product I'll definitely be keeping this face mask in mind, as it's so easy to use and it's much better than ones I've used before.

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

    Monday, 11 August 2014

    Hello Mouthwash in Pink Grapefruit Mint - Review

    More rinsing, less wincing.

    After seeing the Hello products online and realising you could only get the range in America, I had been lusting over them for a while wishing we could get them out here in the UK. And just like magic they appeared in one of my local Boots stores! Hello are a brand who produce naturally friendly products such as mouthwashes, toothpaste, breath sprays and toothbrushes (I've only found the mouthwashes here so far) which are free from alcohol, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, dyes and harsh chemicals. Their products are all vegan, cruelty free and they wouldn't have it any other way apparently, which is great! 

    After looking at the price of the mouthwash I wasn't sure about buying, but when I came across them in store they were half price! So at only £3.99 I ended up buying two of the Pink Grapefruit Mint flavoured mouthwashes. I bought this flavour as I knew I liked it as I had tried a sample (I also tried the Spearmint and the Mojito Mint but they were too strong for me!) from my Boyfriend's Sister, who actually came across them in Boots. 

    I like this mouthwash so much I've been trying to limit my usage of the product! The flavour might not be for everyone as it's quite unusual and it's nothing like I've tried before. In my previous mouthwash reviews I've said that I'm very picky with my mouthwashes as I don't like them too strong, but this sweet fruity mouthwash is perfect for me as it's not strong like the usual mint ones and you're not left with a burning sensation in your mouth afterwards.

    The only disappointing thing that definitely needs redesigning is the top of the bottle! I quite like the unusual shape of the bottle and the bright colours it offers us, but once you've opened it you have to be careful not to knock it over as the lid just sits and slightly locks in place on top of the mouth shaped opening. Once used the mouthwash also seems to get around inside the lid making it sticky. I wouldn't recommend this mouthwash bottle to children to use, as one knock and £5.99 will be down the sink, literally! Besides my last point about the design of the bottle top being poor, I'm really excited as I've finally found my 'perfect' vegan and cruelty free mouthwash. Hurraw!

    Tuesday, 5 August 2014

    My Vegan LUSH Wishlist - Untried Products.

    I've been into LUSH for a while now, probably since I was in my early teens! And over the years I've built up a selection of products that I love, rely on, and buy when I've run out of them. If I'm ever near a LUSH store when out I can't walk past without having a quick look! The atmosphere is great in most LUSH stores I've been to and there's always something new to check out. I never usually come out of a store with anything I haven't tried before though (other than bath bombs), so I thought I'd put together a current wishlist of the vegan LUSH products I am yet to try out but would like to get my hands on...

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    1. Aromaco Solid Deodorant - £4.75 for 100g.
    2. Rehab Shampoo - £5.40 for 100g.
    3. Sugar Scrub Shower Scrub - £2.95 for 100g
    4. Grease Lightening Spot Treatment - £6.25 for 45g. 

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    Thursday, 31 July 2014

    Aloe Dent Aloe Vera Mouthwash - Review

     Another day, another vegan and cruelty-free mouthwash!

    Aloe Dent Mouthwash offers natural oral hygienic protection for the whole family. It cleans, protects and freshens breath with its blend of all-natural ingredients including peppermint oil, menthol and tea tree essential oil. Use it daily after brushing, to cleanse the mouth and teeth after eating, or whenever you want to feel fresh. Its clean minty taste is all thanks to nature's powerful ingredients. There's no alcohol or saccharin in Aloe Dent.

    This is the second cruelty-free vegan mouthwash I've tried on my journey so far. I went for this mouthwash as I thought the aloe vera ingredient wouldn't be as strong as the other minty mouthwashes I have tried. I was quite wrong though, I found it to be very strong and too minty for me and unfortunately I couldn't finish using it because of this. For the size of this bottle (250ml) I expect it would go very quickly when using it twice a day, so for this price, I would rather look elsewhere to suit my taste buds. I'm still yet to find the perfect mouthwash for me though... I'm very picky when it comes to mouthwash, I don't like it overly minty, overly strong or overly anything really. Here's to still looking for my perfect cruelty-free vegan mouthwash!

    Sunday, 27 July 2014

    Laidbare Pack Your Bags Tighten & Lighten Eye Cream - Review

    'Pack those bags and say goodbye to sleepy eyes!'

    Laidbare is a product range made with natural ingredients to help restore skin to a healthy, clean and clear state. All of their products are free cruelty and vegan, but this not labelled. Their products are also from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Colours and Glycols. Their products range from self-tan to body washes, including many more exciting products!

    This eye cream is made from buckwheat wax and green tea. Buckwheat is an incredible ingredient and is known to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. The green tea aids moisture whilst the shea butter hydrates and the eyebright helps reduce the appearance of redness and brightens the skin.

    At this stage of my life, I'm not prone to having bags or dark circles under my eyes, so I use an eye cream to prevent me from getting them in the future. I've been using this cream for a couple of months now, but I can't really say that I've noticed much difference due to not having any bags or dark circles under my eyes. However, I can say that the underneath of my eyes seem to look brighter, tighter and are smoother than beforehand! The texture of the cream isn't heavy or greasy like others, so it soaks into your skin really quickly, taking only you seconds to apply. This product is a must-have in your skin routine if you're approaching your twenties or your mid-twenties. I really recommend this eye cream and I'll be buying it again!

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014

    Natracare's Organic & Natural Tampons And Pads - Review

    Healthier By Nature!

    Before I 'fell in love' with my Mooncup, I purchased a few products from Natracare. Natracare creates wipes, tampons, pads and liners in so many different sizes and shapes, which are all organic and natural. Their products contain no chlorine bleaches, no Rayon, they're perfume free, plastic free, over 90% biodegradable and are also compostable when under the correct conditions, how cool is that! 

    I found the regular applicator tampons comfortable and easy to use. The applicator is totally chlorine-free with biodegradable cardboard and the tampons are made from 100% organic cotton, as well as being free from synthetic materials, chemical additives and bleach. I would prefer a thicker string on these tampons though, so I probably wouldn't use these on a heavier day. Unlike other branded tampons the packaging of these is really cute and girly! 

    The mini panty liners are made with certified organic cotton and totally chlorine-free, plant cellulose and are also plastic free. These liners look and feel thick but are quite narrow in shape. I found that when using these liners they seemed to bunch up quite a bit and came apart easily, but saying that they were still quite absorbent. I'm thinking of giving the curved liners a go, to see if that helps with the shaping and bunching of the mini liners. These mini liners are also available in a normal range which come individually wrapped unlike the ones I bought. 

    And lastly the the ultra regular pads with wings. These pads are individually wrapped and are made with certified organic cotton and renewable and sustainable plant cellulose. They're plastic free and chlorine free just like all of the other products. Even though I chose the regular size for these pads they seem to be very very thin! I think if I buy these again I'm going to go for the super size with wings just for the extra padding. 

    Overall my favourite product so far from Natracare has to be the regular applicator tampons!
    I would also like to try out the organic baby wipes and the organic intimate wipes that Natracare also produce.