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.

Giovanni Maximum Hold L.A Hold Hair Spritz - Review*

Giovanni's principles are based on beauty from the elements and beauty from within. Their pioneering formulae include vitamins, herbs, minerals, proteins and nutrients that ensure your hair & skin looks and feels its best. And their simple yet unique bottles add a funky modern twist to the bathroom.

Great for under the lights, or for hot, hot nights. Spray this hard-holding mist all over your finished style for total control. Holds hair hard and in place all day. Retains style and adds shine. And washes out easily, leaving a conditioned feel.

I haven't used a hairspray since going vegan, so when I came across this Maximum Hold L.A Hold Hair Spritz by Giovanni from LoveLula.com I added it to my basket right away. Firstly, I love the size of the bottle. It's the perfect size for taking on holiday with you or stashing away in your handbag. The hairspray itself has a light scent which isn't too overpowering when it's sprayed. I find this hairspray definitely provides maximum hold and it lasts all day in my hair. It also brushes out easily which is always a good thing for hairsprays. And it holds my curls perfectly when I curl my hair!

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