Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sukin Purely Ageless Reviving Eye Cream - Review*



'Skincare that doesn't cost the Earth.'

Sukin continues to maintain a strong stance on the environment and sustainability and has been certified as 100% Carbon Neutral, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan for many years now, with all formulations being biodegradable and grey water safe in addition. Today, Sukin is Australia’s best selling natural skin care brand, with a portfolio across face, body and hair, and continuing to grow year on year. Sukin’s skincare is still Australian made and owned, and is run by a dedicated young team, focused on remaining close to the ground and providing customers with the best natural skincare on the market.

Our Reviving Eye Cream offers hydration and soothing to the sensitive area around the eyes. With Green Coffee working to reduce the appearance of dark circles while Vitamin rich Sunflower Oil and Rosehip Oil work to fight fine lines and Pure Ribose reduce the first signs of signs of ageing by up to 78% in fourteen days. Suitable for all skin types.

I've used a handful of Sukin's products before so when I came across this Purely Ageless Reviving Eye Cream on LoveLula.com I really wanted to try it out. The underneath of my eyes had been looking pretty tired lately due to not sleeping very well. But since using this eye cream my tired looking eyes are no longer. The skin also appears smoother and lighter since using this cream. My only downside is that it's pretty difficult to control how little product comes out of the bottle's pump, so I've put it into a little pot instead which makes it easier to apply.


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

Kypwell Intensive Deep Cleansing Mask For Oily/Acne Skin - Review*





Created in the tranquil heat, clear air, fertile soil and calm lifestyle of Cyprus, Kypwell wellbeing is a luxury skin and body collection that blends the best of nature - locally grown, handpicked and organically certified herbs - with the latest scientific, high-performance ingredients. Kypwell works with a team of experts in nature – biochemists, herbalists, nutritionists – as well as international cosmetologists and doctors to create the best of both worlds - a NaTruCeuticals collection of highly effective skincare, body care and Tisanes - luxury wellbeing for inside and out. We avoid using ingredients that are linked to any health risks and all our perfumes are natural. Our products do not contain any parabens, SLS, mineral oils, GMO, PEGs, or harsh chemicals. All our skincare products are PETA Certified as vegan, cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

Intensive face mask for combination to oily or acne skin, with kaolin and bentonite, strong natural powders that absorb excess oil and eliminate impurities. Sulphur provides mild peeling, releasing the skin from dead cells and old acne marks. The combination of special distilled water from an elder, lavender, thyme, sage and essential oils of myrrh, tea tree, cypress and camphor bark, provides a correct solution for eliminating the acne appearance on the skin. Enriched with extracts of Centaurium Eythraea, Siegesbeckia Orientalis, Dandelion, Yarrow, Echinacea and Geranium Robertianum, for healthy looking and revived skin without inflammations, redness, blackheads and infections.

I hadn't heard of Kypwell before coming across the brand on LoveLula.com. Whilst looking through their range I found the Intensive Deep Cleansing Mask For Oily/Acne Skin quite appealing to me. Firstly, I love that this mask comes in a pump bottle. This makes it really easy to apply the mask with a brush and it also controls how much of the product coming out. The mask has a slight smell which I quite like as it smells very fresh and clean like. My skin's been pretty bad this month and this mask has been a saviour. It's been drying my spots out really well and has visibly reduced any redness that I've had. I've also slept with the mask on a couple of times making my skin looks a lot better in the morning.



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

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Benecos Natural Nail Polish Remover - Review*




For a long time, natural cosmetics had a bland, generic look, limited product choices and, generally, high prices. However, this is no longer the case because at Benecos we offer bright, modern, cruelty-free products all at affordable prices. Our products are natural and organic and our makeup range is filled with a variety of colours, so say goodbye to dull and boring and hello to the vibrant and dynamic world of Benecos colour cosmetics!

The natural nail polish remover is acetone-free, vegan and BDIH certified. It, therefore, removes nail polish more gently than a conventional nail polish remover.

I haven't used many vegan nail colour removers, so when I needed to replace my usual one due to it running out I came across this Benecos Natural Nail Polish Remover on LoveLula.com. Firstly, nail colour remover is pretty straightforward, this one works nicely to remove nail colour but it doesn't smell very natural to me at all. It does what it says on the tin really well but sadly the scent just isn't for me!


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

Benecos Natural Mascara Volume Vegan Magic Black - Review*





For a long time, natural cosmetics had a bland, generic look, limited product choices and, generally, high prices. However, this is no longer the case because at Benecos we offer bright, modern, cruelty-free products all at affordable prices. Our products are natural and organic and our makeup range is filled with a variety of colours, so say goodbye to dull and boring and hello to the vibrant and dynamic world of Benecos colour cosmetics!

Benecos Natural Mascara Vegan Volume Magic Black enhances your lashes with the large bristle brush and clump-free magic black natural formula which boosts definition, providing lift, separation and clump-free lashes. Perfect for use any time of the day! Give your lashes some added length, volume and TLC with this Vegan Volume Mascara.

I came across this Benecos Natural Volume Mascara in Magic Black on LoveLula.com. As described, this mascara gives you very natural looking lashes. This mascara is great for a day at work or anywhere you don't fancy your lashes looking too dramatic. The mascara's wand is really easy to use,  it also separates the lashes nicely which is great. When it comes to removing the mascara it dissolves really easily with my makeup remover and taking it off is no effort at all.




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

Thursday, 20 September 2018

New Yaoh 2018 Range - Review*


 


  



Yaoh is based in Bristol, UK, and is one of the UK's original hemp companies, with a range of hemp body care and food products that are 100% vegan and free from animal testing. Yaoh has in store a brand-new range of body care products to supplement their existing range of much-loved body care collection, including a new range of body butter's as well as a number of new flavours for their lip balms, shampoo, shower gel and moisturisers. They've also enhanced their packaging with the consumer in mind.

Yaoh Hemp Seed Oil Original Body Butter combines the moisturising and rejuvenating qualities of organic hemp seed oil with extracts of rosemary, lavender and peppermint to create an invigorating and refreshing body butter that is vegan, free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives.

Yaoh Hemp Seed Oil Tropical Fruits Moisturiser combines the moisturising and rejuvenating qualities of organic hemp seed oil with fruit essences to create an exotic moisturiser that is vegan, free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives

Yaoh Sunblock 25 is a cutting-edge product containing non-nano Zinc Oxide as its active ingredient, giving a complete UVA and UVB protection, ideal for all skin types and excellent for children and those with sensitive skin

Yaoh Hemp Seed Oil Coconut & Lime Shampoo combines the moisturising and rejuvenating qualities of organic hemp seed oil with extracts of rosemary, lavender and chamomile along with coconut and lime fragrance to create an invigorating and refreshing shampoo that is vegan, free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives.

Yaoh Hemp Seed Spearmint Lip Balm is a luxurious vegan balm made with candelilla wax, rich in organic hemp seed oil, & great for protecting and repairing damaged lips. Available in 9 great dynamic flavours. Free from parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives.

I first came across vegan brand Yaoh when I went vegan a few years ago. So I was super excited when Pete contacted me about reviewing a few of their new products that had come out earlier this year. I've only ever tried Yaoh's Mango Lip Balm before so I was really looking forward to trying out a few more of their products. I opted to try out three of the Body Butters in Orginal, Coconut & Lime and Tropical Fruits. I also went for the Tropical Fruits Moisturiser, the SPF 25 Sunblock, the shampoo in Coconut & Lime and both their Spearmint and Strawberries & Cream Lip Balm. The Body Butters are thick and creamy so are great for when you're needing a good moisturise. Whereas the Tropical Fruits Moisturiser is a light all over moisturiser which is great for the hotter months. A must have when going away in the sun is the SPF 25 Sunblock, as it's a great product to use when you're trying to get a tan. I find the Coconut & Lime Shampoo larvers up well and has a very fruity and fresh smelling scent which is great for any gender. And lastly, both lip balms smell lovely and are super moisturising to the lips making them perfect for the colder months. Overall I'm really glad that I got a chance to try out more from Yaoh's range and I'm happy that I have discovered a few new favourite products!


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

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Emani Prismatic Duo-Tone Bewitched Lip Colour - Review*




Emani Vegan Cosmetics is uniquely formulated with the most discriminating skin types in mind. Exclusively designed and specifically formulated to benefit sensitive, acne-prone, and ageing skin, each of our products enhance the appearance and well-being of problematic skin. Emani uses only all-natural ingredients to create natural beauty. Emani Vegan Cosmetics combine natural minerals with certified-organic botanicals, oils, and waxes to create quality makeup that enhances your dermatologic health.

One lipstick that can be worn four ways. Each colour can be worn alone, or both shades together. Emani Prismatic lipsticks are infused with two intense symmetrical colours. Create, sculpt and highlight your lips. Artisan-made in California with the "good" stuff: natural oils, waxes and pure, long-lasting pigments for the most glamorous comfort wear. Toxin-free, cruelty-free and gluten-free.

I've never been one for lipsticks and have always stuck to a clear lip balm due to not finding the correct shade for me. I ended up coming across Emani, which is a brand that I hadn't heard of before now. LoveLula.com have a good variety of Emani lipsticks and I ended up going for their Prismatic Duo-Tone Lip Colour in shade Bewitched. I've been searching for this sort of shade for a few months now and I'm glad to say this is the perfect shade for me. The lipstick is easy to apply and I love that you can wear the colours separately or blend them together for a softer shade. I was a little worried that the lipstick would stain my lips like some darker shades do, but I find it easy to remove with a little make-up remover. It stays on well throughout the day and needs minimal replication.


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

Faith in Nature Botanical Shower Gel & Foam Bath Minis Gift Set - Review*


'Have Faith in Nature.'


Faith in Nature was founded by Rivka Rose over thirty years ago, with a clear mission to produce skin and hair care products from naturally derived sources, that had no synthetic additives and which damaged neither the user nor the environment. The company is as true today as it was then.

An ideal gift and the perfect opportunity to try some of these popular botanical varieties. Whether you're looking for a long relaxing bath or a quick, invigorating shower, this attractive collection of shower gel & foam bath minis have you covered.

Aloe Vera & Ylang - This wonderfully fragrant shower gel and foam bath contains active organic Aloe Vera and uplifting Ylang Ylang, the two working wonderfully together to energise and invigorate. Lavender & Geranium - Lavender and Geranium always bring a sense of calm to every day, and this magnificently fragrant shower gel & foam bath will do just that. Breathe deep, and relax.
Mint - Made with Organic Peppermint and Spearmint is known for their uplifting properties, this cooling shower gel & foam bath provides a refreshing minty blast to revitalise your day. 
Seaweed & Citrus - This refreshing shower gel and foam bath blends the antioxidant qualities of wild harvested Seaweed with aromatic Lemon aromas. A perfect balance between the green and the blue halves of our planet. 
Tea Tree - invigorating from the moment you open the cap, natural Tea Tree oil is used for its wonderful antiseptic qualities and is blended with citrus oils to really get you going.

• Award-winning natural beauty product range • Naturally Sourced ingredients • No artificial colours or perfumes • No parabens or SLS/SLES • Made in the UK •

I was kindly sent this Faith in Nature Botanical Shower Gel and Foam Bath Minis Gift Set from Oxfam awhile ago now. I've just come around to using the set and I love them, they're such a great size to take on any travels and they all smell amazing! 

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

Macho and Bling Refresing Peppermint Foot Scrub - Review*




Macho and Bling are a unisex skincare brand that provides 100% natural based products with aromatherapy essential. We have a moral obligation to ensure all of our products are healthy for your skin and gives you the confidence to feel and look great. Oils to nurture, nourish and rejuvanate the skin. From UK made ingredients from Lavender, Carrot Seed, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, we have provided a variety of products from Anti-aging, Beard Oils and Balm's, Unisex Face Masks, Body Creams and more. Sit Back and relax while with our innovative product range. Made to soothe, nourish and refresh your skin. With 100% Natural Ingredients you are guaranteed to feel the true essence of healthy and glowing skin.

This Foot Scrub revitalises and refreshes the foot. It helps soften the base of the feet and in between the toes getting rid of the hardened skin.

Before coming across Macho and Bling on LoveLula.com, I hadn't heard of the company before. Whilst having a look through their vast range of products I came across their Refreshing Peppermint Foot Scrub, I love a good foot scrub so I was eager to try this one out. Firstly, the size of the product is smaller than I originally thought but this size is actually great to take away on any travels. The scrub itself smells amazing! I found the squeezy tube easy to use in the shower, the scrub washes off easily and it gives my feet a really good scrub. My feet are left feeling soft after use and are then ready for a foot moisturiser. 


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

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorant in Indian Mandarine, Provence & Vanilla Orchid - Review*





A natural soda deodorant that helps protect against odour and wetness. 100% natural origin, vegan and not tested on animals. “After a long time living the good life in Berlin, we made the decision to leave the urban jungle behind us. We decided to move back to the countryside of my Hessian homeland, in spite of Berlin’s many advantages. As a strictly vegan couple, we have always paid close attention to what we consumed. Our purchasing habits have always predominantly consisted of products from sustainable and/or organic sources. In the realm of cosmetic products, I have always trusted in the power of nature as well. I had long been searching for a suitable deodorant for myself. It needed to be vegan and not tested on animals. I also wanted a deodorant without aluminium and it was impossible for me to find anything that fit the bill. So we decided to develop our own deodorant which is based solely on all natural ingredients and is free of parabens. It’s a deodorant which can be used by men and women alike. After several attempts, and a lot of time and tinkering we were ready to launch the new deodorant, which we are very proud of.” – Ben & Anna.

A deodorant that contains Arrowroot to absorb moisture, that is also an anti-bacterial which helps keep the wearer dry and smelling fresh, along with Baking Powder to help neutralise odour. Cruelty-free, certified vegan and certified natural & organic, contains 0% aluminium, no PEGs, Parabens, Phthalates or alcohol and is gluten-free.


Indian Mandarine-
A fresh, citrussy deodorant to keep you fresh all day long.

Provence-
A relaxing and soothing scented deodorant to keep you fresh all day long. 

Vanilla Orchid-
A delicately sweet-scented deodorant to keep you fresh all day long.


After trying out the Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorants in Pink Grapefruit and Persian Lime I really wanted to try out their other scents. I decided to try out scents Indian Mandarine, Provence and Vanilla Orchid from LoveLula.com. Firstly, all three scents smell amazing! To me Indian Mandarine reminds me of holidays Abroad, Provence has a strong but uplifting scent and Vanilla Orchid is very mild and sort. These deodorants are brilliant and by far the best vegan deodorant's I've come across since going vegan back in 2014. I've come to the decision that I prefer a creamy stick deodorant that I can rub onto my armpits over any other deodorant style that I've tried, as I find them easier to apply and get on with. The Ben & Anna deodorants are perfect for this as the creamy formula glides over my armpits really well, leaving them fully protected. I find the formula isn't sticky after applying and it dries pretty quickly leaving my armpits feeling soft. With these deodorants, I still sweat naturally (a lot less compared to my previous deodorant) but my odour is masked by the long-lasting fresh smelling scents throughout the day. The only downside I found to these deodorants is that the more product you apply the more yellow stains you create on your clothing, this isn't too much of a hassle though as it washes out really easily. Other than that I'm really glad I tried the rest of the Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorant gang!


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

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Lavera After Sun Lotion - Review*





The core of Lavera’s philosophy can be found in its name: which literally means ‘the truth’, which is the founding principle of the company and the cosmetics they produce. Lavera is totally committed to bringing you the healthiest and safest, high quality, pure natural and organic products. They are proud to be certified organic by NATRUE and have over 100 products certified vegan by the Vegan Society. All lavera products are free from animal testing. And the products do NOT contain Parabens, SLS’s, synthetic sunscreen actives, artificial dyes or fragrances. Lavera is committed to making sure that you and your family are safe from potentially harmful ingredients by providing you with effective and chemical-free options with wholesome values.

Lavera Organic After Sun Lotion keeps skin moisturised and hydrated after sun exposure. Containing organic and natural ingredients, including organic Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil to moisturise, nourish and protect the skin against dryness and dehydration and organic Aloe Vera and Calendula Extracts to cool, calm and relax the skin while helping to minimise redness, soreness and skin flaking after being in the sun.

When on the hunt for new cosmetics to take on my holiday with me, I came across this Lavera After Sun Lotion on LoveLula.com. I only tend to use an after sun lotion when I'm on holiday, so I thought I'd give this Lavera one a go. The bottle is a great size and I definitely won't be running out of it whilst I'm away for a week. The lotion is cooling to the skin and has a fresh scent of Aloe which lingers throughout the day. My only problem is that the lotion takes a while to rub and soak in. It also feels a little sticky on the skin until it's fully absorbed, but once it has my skin is left feeling super soft.


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

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes with Coconut Milk & Essential Oils - Review*




Pacifica design products to enhance rather than overwhelm; to take you on your own personal journey. Committed to producing the finest quality products, the brand is the expression of a clear philosophy: Don't follow trends, follow your heart and the belief that romance, travel and adventure are all in a day's work! The company is acutely earth-conscious, paying minute attention to formulating the most natural, safe, and sustainable products.

Smell fabulous all day long without harsh chemicals. Our innovative formula utilizes odour neutralizing ingredients for effective odour control & protection that can last for hours. With coconut milk and essential oils. Use as a deodorant under your arms in the morning. Stops the malodors under your arms and removes the excess perspiration. This is an everyday solution to deodorizing while leaving a subtle scent that blends well with everything else.

Deodorant wipes are great for holidays, so when I came across these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes with Coconut Milk and Essential Oils on LoveLula.com, I thought they'd be a great idea for my up and coming holiday! Firstly, these wipes smell amazing but sadly the scent isn't strong enough for it to linger. The wipes are great if you're out and you need a little freshen up, but they're not something you can replace your deodorant with. I love the design of the packaging and they're the perfect size to keep in your bag when out. Overall, I'm looking forward to using these handy deodorant wipes at the airports or when I'm lounging around the poolside or beach when on holiday.


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

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorant in Pink Grapefruit & Persian Lime - Review*





A natural soda deodorant that helps protect against odour and wetness. 100% natural origin, vegan and not tested on animals. “After a long time living the good life in Berlin, we made the decision to leave the urban jungle behind us. We decided to move back to the countryside of my Hessian homeland, in spite of Berlin’s many advantages. As a strictly vegan couple, we have always paid close attention to what we consumed. Our purchasing habits have always predominantly consisted of products from sustainable and/or organic sources. In the realm of cosmetic products, I have always trusted in the power of nature as well. I had long been searching for a suitable deodorant for myself. It needed to be vegan and not tested on animals. I also wanted a deodorant without aluminium and it was impossible for me to find anything that fit the bill. So we decided to develop our own deodorant which is based solely on all natural ingredients and is free of parabens. It’s a deodorant which can be used by men and women alike. After several attempts, and a lot of time and tinkering we were ready to launch the new deodorant, which we are very proud of.” – Ben & Anna.

A deodorant that contains Arrowroot to absorb moisture, that is also an anti-bacterial which helps keep the wearer dry and smelling fresh, along with Baking Powder to help neutralise odour. Cruelty-free, certified vegan and certified natural & organic, contains 0% aluminium, no PEGs, Parabens, Phthalates or alcohol and is gluten-free

Pink Grapefruit-
A fresh and sparkling deodorant to keep you fresh all day long. 

Persian Lime-
A fresh and zesty deodorant to keep you fresh all day long.

I was on the hunt for a new deodorant as my current one wasn't working out for me. I had heard good things about Ben & Anna's Natural Soda Deodorant which I came across on LoveLula.com, so I decided to give their Pink Grapefruit and Persian Lime a try. Firstly, I'm super happy that the good rumours are true! These deodorants are brilliant and by far the best vegan deodorant's I've come across since going vegan back in 2014. I've come to the decision that I prefer a creamy stick deodorant that I can rub onto my armpits over any other deodorant style that I've tried, as I find them easier to apply and get on with. The Ben & Anna deodorants are perfect for this as the creamy formula glides over my armpits really well, leaving them fully protected. I find the formula isn't sticky after applying and it dries pretty quickly leaving my armpits feeling soft. With these deodorants, I still sweat naturally (a lot less compared to my previous deodorant) but my odour is masked by the long-lasting fresh smelling scents throughout the day. The only downside I found to these deodorants is that the more product you apply the more yellow stains you create on your clothing, this isn't too much of a hassle though as it washes out really easily. Other than that I'm really glad I tried these Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorants and I can't wait to try out their other scents!


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

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser - Review*



'Skincare that doesn't cost the earth...' 

Sukin continues to maintain a strong stance on the environment and sustainability and has been certified as 100% carbon neutral, cruelty-free, and vegan for many years now, with all formulations being biodegradable and grey water safe in addition. Today, Sukin is Australia’s best selling natural skin care brand, with a portfolio across face, body and hair, and continuing to grow year on year. Sukin’s skin care is still Australian made and owned, and is run by a dedicated young team, focused on remaining close to the ground and providing customers with the best natural skin care on the market.

This sulphate free wash provides a gentle, non-drying cleanser to remove impurities leaving your skin feeling soft, clear and clean. This cleanser combines German chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and green tea with macadamia and evening primrose oils to purify and balance your skin. Suitable for all skin types especially oily and sensitive.

This Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser from LoveLula.com is another product that I'll be taking with me on my Summer holiday. It's the perfect size to take away as it won't take up too much space or weight in my suitcase. I love the pump bottle on this cleanser as it's easy to use when washing your face in a sink. The product has a pleasant refreshing smell with hints of Tangerine coming though. The cleanser foams up nicely and doesn't leave my face feeling sticky afterwards. And to my surprise, my face is left feeling really soft after use which I'm not used to when washing my face.

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

PHB Ethical Beauty Balancing Facial Tonic with Tea Tree - Review*




PHB Ethical Beauty is a pioneering family run business with a revolutionary multi-award winning a range of UK handmade ethical beauty products which are all natural, vegan and halal certified. PHB give us ethically made products that are a safer choice for our health and for the environment. They're also raising awareness about ethical issues that arise in the cosmetics industry, such as the use of animal-derived ingredients, plastic microbeads and palm oil in cosmetics. All of PHB's products are free from alcohol, animal ingredients, harmful chemicals & allergens and they are strongly against animal testing.

PHB’s balancing facial tonic is handcrafted using pure Tea Tree, a natural astringent that sanitises skin whilst helping to calm redness and irritation. It helps to restore the skins natural PH balance and close pores whilst soothing sensitive or irritated skin. Great for balancing oily skin and soothing sunburn and eczema.

• Alcohol (ethanol) & oil-free toner • Restores skin’s PH balance • Sanitizes skin and reduces inflammation • Promotes a clearer, blemish-free complexion • Calms redness and improves skin tone • Purifies and refines skin • Use throughout the day to refresh and brighten skin • Cruelty-free, vegan and Halal certified •


My Summer holiday is approaching me fast, so I've been going through my cosmetics checklist to decide on what to take with me. I decided that I need something to help me freshen up my face from all the suncream I'll be using on it, whether it's during the day or at the end of my night. I ended up coming across this PHB Ethical Beauty Balancing facial Tonic on LoveLula.com. The tonic has a pleasant scent with a noticeable hint of the tea tree which is refreshing. I love that it doesn't leave my face feeling sticky and that my skin is left soft and refreshed instead. It also amazes me that I can still see leftover dirt being removed even after washing my face, because of this I know that my skin has had a really good clean. I find this product is great for oily skin as a refresher during the day even if you haven't been using suncream all day!

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