Autumn Favourites

It’s definitely autumn now, with beautiful leaves around us and cooler temperatures giving us a reason to wear tights and boots and big snuggly scarves (or is that just me?!). As we move into autumn I switch up my skincare routine slightly (as my skin becomes drier) and my make up preferences tend to alter a little too. In this post I’ll share some of my current autumn favourites.

Autumn Favourites

Balm Balm Beauty Balm*

Balm Balm Beauty Balm
Balm Balm Beauty Balm

I raved about this in my recent post about the LoveLula September Beauty Box so I won’t go on too much but I am absolutely loving it. I tend to use it in the evening and it’s such a gentle yet incredibly effective cleanser, even on days I wear make up. The thing I love, and the reason I’ve included it in my autumn favourites, is how nourishing it is for my skin. It feels lovely to massage into my skin and it leaves it feeling amazing after I’ve rinsed it. I have also used it as an overnight moisturiser; it’s a great multipurpose product. You only need a tiny amount of product so I think this is really good value for money.

Balm Balm Beauty Balm* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub*

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I tried a sample of this a few months ago (hooray for LoveLula stocking samples!), and I loved it but at the time I was using another face scrub (Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub*, also recommended). Once I’d finished that scrub I ordered the full size of the Joik one, and I now use it a couple of times a week. It contains small grains which help exfoliate, and I find it really helps to deep cleanse and smooth the skin. It’s a fairly gentle scrub which doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in the cooler months I prefer something a little gentler like this so as not to strip my skin too much. This is a little pricey, however you really only need a tiny amount compared to other scrubs so I feel it offers good value for money.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser*

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog and it’s something I’ve been using for over a year now. I find this to be a very effective moisturiser for my dry skin. It nourishes and is an excellent primer for days when I’m wearing make up. It is quite a thick, creamy moisturiser so takes a little longer to soak in but once it does it leaves the skin feeling really smooth. I find that it doesn’t add any sheen to the skin so if you prefer a matt finish I think you would like this. It’s great value for money compared to other moisturisers. The only real downside for me is the lack of SPF so I tend to wear this under make up which has SPF.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser* is available from LoveLula* for £9.99.

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn*

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn

This is a very new addition to my skincare routine but it has earnt its place as a favourite already. I’m trying out a few Laidbare* items and am really impressed (full review to come when I’ve given them a good test for a few weeks), but this is a standout product for me and very seasonally appropriate. I hadn’t realised this would be an oil serum and am delighted it is as I’d been looking for a face oil to use at night. This is just a gorgeous product. You only need a tiny amount to cover your face and neck, and it feels lovely to massage in. It tends to sit on the skin so I wouldn’t use it during the day; it’s intended for night time use hence the name. From the first morning after I used it, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve used it every night for over a week now and look forward to using it each evening. It’s such a reasonable price too. Highly recommend!

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn* is available from LoveLula* for £12.99.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude
Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Another item that featured on the blog last year, but this is one I’ve only recently started to use again as I tend to wear peach or pink shade blushes in spring and summer. This is, as the name suggests, a beautiful nude blush. It’s easy to apply but fairly subtle and blends well. It’s the sort of shade that can be used as a bronzer or contour to shape the face, whilst also being able to be used in the traditional way to add that “just pinched” type effect to the cheeks; this is how I tend to use it. It lasts well during the day and as you only need a small amount per application I think they’re great value.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude is available from Inika for £21.00.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig*

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig

I recently shared a full review of all the shade of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints which are probably my most used non-skincare item. As we move into the cooler months I tend to favour slightly darker make up (partly to accompany my burgundy winter coats!) and the Sugared Fig shade is perfect for this. You can see swatches of the colour in my previous post. I wear this either with or without other make up.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy*

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy
Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy

Another new one though I don’t feel you need to test make up items as long as skincare items – I loved this as soon as I tried it. I love the versatility and also the fact that it’s so compact so perfect for travel. It is fairly pigmented so I find I have to be very light-handed when using it as a blush. I tend to apply it to my lips first and then use what is left on my fingers to apply to my cheeks. It’s a lovely smooth consistency and I find it moisturises the lips. The stain lasts well – I wore this recently and could still notice the stain about 3 hours later. I love multipurpose products and am likely to be checking out other shades in this range.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy* is available from LoveLula* for £17.00 (currently on sale for £13.60).

So that’s what I’m loving for autumn – what are your favourite autumnal products? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

 

Disclaimer: Whilst some of these items have been purchased by me, I chose some of these items as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. All products have been reviewed honestly taking into consideration value for money at full price.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link. 

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints – Tried and Tested

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I had a few of the shades of the Pacifica Lip Tints and that I might do a full review with photos. I had three of the five shades so it seemed like a good excuse to complete the set and do a full review! You can purchase all shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints* from LoveLula* and they’re just £7.49 each.

In this post I’ll share photos (alongside photos of my natural lip colour) and a review of the colours and scents for each shade, but firstly let me just say that the texture for all of these is very similar if not identical. It’s a lovely smooth balm which is fairly thick but very moisturising. It lasts a long while (particularly for a balm) and I find I only need to top it up every 2-3 hours. Each one is a subtle shade so you can easily apply it without needing a mirror, and they all wear well – they’re not really pigmented enough for how they wear to be an issue. Having said that, they are all different in appearance and although they’re subtle they do give a different type of look and finish (which means having all five is totally justifiable in my opinion!).

Before I get into each shade separately, here’s a photo of all of them swatched side by side:

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig)

And one in the sunlight to show the sheen:

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig)

Coconut Nectar

Coconut Nectar is described as a “shimmery golden raisin”. It’s a fairly neutral brown shade; not too cool or warm toned in my opinion, but the finish is quite shimmery which I think gives it a cooler toned finish (I would have said silver rather than gold) which reflects in the sunlight. I think it gives a flattering sheen, and this does last well. If you don’t like a more frosty appearance this shade might not be something you love, but I think because it’s fairly neutral as a shade it doesn’t look too frosty. The scent of this one is what you’d expect from a coconut scent but it’s not too sweet. I tend to wear this on a day when I want a neutral shade, perhaps because I’m wearing bright colours (unusual for me) or if I’m not wearing make up and just want something to condition my lips and add a bit of dimension to my face! It’s the one I tend to reach for when I’m heading to the gym.

Vanilla Hibiscus

Vanilla Hibiscus is described as a “pale pink with a touch of pearl”. This is the one that I find the least pigmented as you can see from the initial swatch of all five shades. It’s lighter than my natural lip colour so it does lighten my lips slightly as you can see, which to be honest I’m not usually a fan of. It’s only a subtle change though as it’s so light in coverage, so I don’t mind it too much. This is probably my least favourite colour on me though. However, the scent of this one is incredible – possibly my favourite! I love vanilla anyway, but some vanilla lip products can be so sweet and this doesn’t have that for me. Just lovely. It’s the one I reach for when I want to focus on a lovely experience rather than the look.

Guava Berry

Guava Berry is described as a “quintessential berry stain”. I wrote a full review of this one previously and it’s the one I tested in my natural make up video. It’s probably the closest shade to my natural lip colour so it doesn’t add a lot in terms of colour, but it does deepen my lips slightly and adds a subtle sheen. It’s a nice fruity scent but fairly subtle. It’s the one I reach for when I want something easy to wear with whatever outfit or makeup (or lack of!).

Blood Orange

Blood Orange is described as “sweet coral with a pop of pink”. It’s the first one I bought and I wore it pretty much non-stop last summer. I’d definitely say it’s more of a coral than a pink; if anything on me it’s quite red toned. The shimmer in this one is lovely – it seems much warmer toned and perfect for summer months as it complements a summer glow. It’s a lovely citrusy scent; I also have the accompanying perfume. It’s the one I reach for when I want a pop of brighter colour without having to commit to a higher maintenance lipstick.

Sugared Fig

Sugared Fig is described as a “rich plummy fig with a hint of sparkle”. It’s the deepest toned shade and moving towards the mauve/purple spectrum, but again it’s only a subtle shade so not too dark. I wear quite a lot of burgundy and I find this shade complements that well. I did find it didn’t swatch as smoothly as the other shades, and it does seem a little less smooth in texture but that could just be my one. The scent is lovely and makes me want to try the fig perfume! It’s the one I reach for when I want a slightly darker lip; I imagine I’ll be using this a lot in autumn and winter.

So there you have it – my review of each of the shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint. You can see them all together in this rather freaky looking image:

 

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Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints – Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry, Blood Orange, Sugared Fig

 

In summary

I absolutely love the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints and use them all, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a low maintenance subtle lip colour that conditions the lips and smells wonderful.

Purchase details

You can buy all of the shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints* from LoveLula* for just £7.49 each.

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Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

I’m a big fan of cleansers. That might sound like a strange thing to say, but I love finding a new cleanser that is effective yet gentle on my skin. I love the feel of a calming and nourishing cleanser. Most days I enjoy spending time indulging in my skincare routine, especially at night. Some days however, I just want to get into bed! So I added the Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes* to my latest LoveLula* order so I could give them a go for those days when I want a quick skincare routine (or when I’m travelling).

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

You get 30 wipes in the pack and they’re suitable for all skin types. The main ingredients are coconut water (to gently remove toxins, oils, pollutants and make up), papaya (a natural exfoliant), and aloe vera and calendula (which sooth the skin). They’re vegan, cruelty free, and formulate without sulphates, petroleum, parabens, SLS and phthalates. They come in a resealable pouch with a plastic flip top lid which I imagine will help to keep them moist.

I tested them out last night and I’m pleased to report it’s a big tick for me. They smell really good! They’re dryer than other face wipes I’ve used, but they’re still very effective. I was wearing make up last night (including mascara) and it got rid of that easily and left my skin feeling clean but moisturised. As I have fairly dry skin I did moisturise too, but I just used those two steps (skipping my usual toner and serum). This morning my skin feels great!

I’ll definitely be keeping some of these in ready for those days when I don’t feel like doing a full skincare routine, or I might use them as my first stage in my Cleansing routine before a full facial cleanse. I’m sure I’ll also be popping these into my bag when I’m staying overnight somewhere, and I can see them being handy for after the gym too.

In summary

A convenient staple item for removing make up and cleansing skin quickly and effectively. Handy for travel.

Repurchase?

Yes, I think these may well become a regular item for me. I love the scent and they’re so convenient. They’re a great price point too and of course cruelty free and vegan. What’s not to love?!

Purchase details

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes* are available from LoveLula* for £4.99.

Based on my experience so far I recommend checking out the rest of the Pacifica* range too – I’m enjoying the Alight Multi-Mineral BB cream* (which I previously reviewed) and the Color Quench Lip Tints* (full review of all lip tints shades coming soon). If anyone has any Pacifica recommendations, please let me know as I’m really liking this brand at the moment.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint – Guava Berry

I got some of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

This is the only item I bought that I had tried before. I actually have two other shades of this (so that’s probably a clue about how I feel about these!).

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)

I don’t tend to wear lipstick often (mostly because of the maintenance and how it wears), but I do like to wear lip balm and it’s even better if it has a slight tint to it. These beauties are scented too and are just lovely.

They’re vegan, cruelty free, natural, and formulated without parabens. Coconut oil is the main ingredient so of course these are very moisturising. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Guava Berry but from the description and swatches I saw online it looked like a pale purple/mauve shade, and I can confirm that’s what it is. It’s also an amazing scent/flavour!

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint (Guava Berry)

It leaves a lovely sheen and lasts pretty well. I find it very smoothing and because it’s just a tint it doesn’t go patchy and can be reapplied without a mirror. I’ve been using this almost every day recently and really like it. I can wear it without any make up but it also adds enough of a tint to wear with make up and look more polished.

In summary

Another excellent lip tint product and one I’ll be using in regular rotation with my other ones.

Repurchase?

I’ll certainly be looking at the other shades and may get more. If I ever use this up I’d definitely repurchase – I think they’re great and particularly like this scent and tint.

Purchase details

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

If people are interested in the different shades and scents I’d be happy to do a full review of the three I have with photos – let me know in the comments if you’d like to see that.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

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Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

I got some of the Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB cream* as part of my ‘face of natural make up’ for my LoveLula* video (I got it with credit I was rewarded but am reviewing it as if I purchased it myself). You can see the video at: https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or see it embedded in my earlier blog post (which links to each of the products).

I don’t wear make up often and prefer a lighter coverage base, so I thought this could be a good alternative for my current favourite CC cream (Sleek).

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

The Pacifica BB cream is marketed as more of a skincare item than a make up item, though it does claim to have a ‘bare skin tint’. There’s just the one shade for all skin tones as it aims to be shade-matching. It’s vegan and cruelty free and is formulated without silicone, petroleum, parabens, or phthalates. So, what’s it really like? Does it live up to the claims? The short version is that I like it as a moisturiser but not as a BB cream. Here’s what I think based on the different properties from the box.

All-in-one bare skin tint
It doesn’t tick this box for me personally. I’m disappointed with the lack of ‘tint’ as it doesn’t seem to give any coverage for me. It does have a colour to it (see below), but when you blend it this doesn’t translate to anything on the skin in terms of a tint or covering any blemishes or dark circles.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

Illuminating primer
Yes, it definitely does illuminate the skin – in fact it has some small bits of glitter in which leave a subtle sheen to the skin (nothing too glittery though!). In terms of the illuminating effect it’s very similar to that of the Lush moisturiser I mentioned recently. It does feel lovely on the skin (and smells great too) and helps give a good base for further make up so I’d say it works well as a primer.

Perfecting finish
Sorry to say it doesn’t really do this for me. I think it might diminish the appearance of pores slightly, but I don’t feel it does anything for uneven skin tone as it claims to. As uneven skin tone is a bigger issue for me than pores, it’s not really the right sort of product in that sense for me.

Age-defying skincare
I can’t really comment on this as it’s not something I’ve had for long and I don’t use it regularly enough. It does feel very nice on the skin and I can imagine it would work well as a daily moisturiser. I notice from the ingredients that it has some that can be very good for skin (including hyaluronic acid that my skin always seems to love) so can imagine this claim could hold.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

Shade-matching technology
It’s a no from me on this one too unfortunately. It’s not the wrong shade for me per se, so I guess technically it does match, but I think that’s more because it goes away to nothing so there isn’t a shade to be mismatched to. It mentions that it allows you to build the right amount of coverage, but I don’t find this to be the case. It’s very moisturising so you do only need a small amount but I find adding more just takes longer to soak in and doesn’t add coverage.

In summary

I feel like I’m giving this product a bad review as I don’t agree with many of the claims, however I do actually think this could be a great product for some people. If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy to apply moisturiser that adds a bit of glow and sits well underneath make up this could be perfect for you. I think it would be even better if it had SPF; I might consider using it as a moisturiser myself if so. For me though it doesn’t fit into the BB cream category so I’m still on the lookout for a good natural BB cream with light coverage.

Repurchase?

Probably not for me at the moment as I don’t have a need for this sort of product in my routine. If it had SPF I’d be far more likely to repurchase as I’d use this as a daily moisturiser during summer when I like to have a bit of a glow to my skin. I have enjoyed wearing it as a primer recently but that’s an extra step I don’t usually include in my makeup routine.

Purchase details

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream* is available from LoveLula* for £16.99.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link.

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Natural Makeup from LoveLula

I recently entered a competition on the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook, and won £100 worth of credit to spend on makeup from LoveLula* to review for a video. I had a lot of fun choosing the products (though narrowing down my wishlist and sticking to a £100 budget was tricky – I did go slightly over but there was an offer on at the time!). As always with LoveLula, the delivery arrived really quickly and I was soon able to start trying the products.

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Natural Makeup from LoveLula

I got the following items:

After a couple of weeks of testing them out and seeing what I thought, I sat down and turned the camera on whilst applying them and nattering on about what I thought about each product. I then spent an afternoon editing the video to add in the close ups and product information (and remove a few unnecessary bits like letting the cat out of the room!), and this morning the video went live on YouTube. You can view it at https://youtu.be/OSAWjVOnXxw or embedded below:

I really enjoyed trying the products out and sharing my experience – it fits well with two of my authentic motivators which are learning new things and sharing my learning with others to help them. I think it’s why I’ve always enjoyed blogging and I appreciated having the ability to be able to talk about things in a video format (I didn’t intend for it to be 30 minutes long but that’s how long I needed!).  I have also written blog posts for each of these items and they’re scheduled to be posted over the next week (one each day).

I think I’d like to do more videos in future so I hope you enjoy watching this. If you have any questions or comments (or recommendations for me to try!) please feel free to leave them either on this blog post or on the YouTube video. Thank you 🙂

*Affiliate link – if you use one of these links to purchase an item I may receive a small commission. 

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Going natural

Recently I’ve been spending time on the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook and am discovering more about natural skin care and make up. I guess this was a natural shift after moving to cruelty free products just over 18 months ago, and adopting a reducetarian diet (I don’t tend to eat meat unless I have limited options due to my existing dietary needs because I have coeliac disease). Most of the beauty products I use are vegan, and I’m moving more to avoiding products that contain animal products (for ethical and environmental reasons) or chemicals (for health reasons).

I don’t wear much make up but I do have a lot of skincare products. I love using skincare, but I’ve realised I may be using too many different products and might benefit from simplifying my routine and the products I use. I’m slowly moving to natural products and reducing the amount of different products I use. This should hopefully streamline the bathroom cabinet and make travelling easier too. I’ve noticed that although my skin is still fairly smooth (I’ve always been quite fortunate with my skin), I’ve had more breakouts and scarring recently and think simplifying things and using less chemicals might help. I love the Sukin Supergreens moisturiser and mask, so I’m going to be trying the serum from that range when my current serum is finished. I’m also looking to try a new cleanser either from Sukin or another similarly priced brand as my current Oskia one isn’t cheap! I could do with a toner or AHA exfoliator, a night cream, and a day moisturiser with SPF, and an eye cream/serum. Any recommendations appreciated! I have combination skin (more dry than oily) and like to use products that leave my skin moisturised and dewy.

On the make up side of things I’ve fallen in love with some PHB, Inika, Pacifica and RMS items so am keen to try more from these brands. My wish list is growing rapidly but I don’t need much more for my make up collection to be complete. I’m still looking for a BB cream, long-lasting (ideally waterproof) mascara, highlighter, and long-lasting lip colour, and possibly a liquid foundation.

Do you have any recommendations of natural brands or products? If you’re new to this too I can highly recommend LoveLula* and the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club.

*Affiliate link – I may receive a small commission if you use this link to purchase items.

The Cruelty Free Tag

I’ve been choosing to purchase cruelty free toiletries and cosmetics for almost 6 months now, and have learnt a lot over that time. I spotted the cruelty free tag doing the rounds (I came across it via April at Another Story for Tomorrow), and thought I’d share my responses. I’d love to hear others’ responses too, so please do let me know if you blog yours by adding a link in a comment (or if you don’t have a blog feel free to share your responses via a comment).

Some of my favourite cruelty free items
Some of my favourite cruelty free items

What is your favourite cruelty free face product?

This is a tricky one as I have a few face products I like, but I’m still on the hunt for a ‘holy grail’ foundation (I like the Too Faced Born This Way but I wouldn’t wear this all the time as it’s too high coverage, and I like the Sleek CC Cream but it’s not got great coverage – I’m looking for my perfect in between!). I recently got a travel sized version of Becca Highlighter in Opal (both powder and liquid) as part of the Glow To Go set and absolutely love both so I think I’d say that’s my favourite face product at the moment.

What is your favourite cruelty free eye product?

I don’t wear much eye makeup, but I do tend to wear mascara. I am really loving the Barry M That’s How I Roll mascara, which I find is a good cruelty free dupe for Benefit Rollerlash. This is the only mascara I own at the moment and the only one I’ve been wearing for a couple of months.

What is your favourite cruelty free lip product?

I don’t wear lipstick or lip gloss that often, so my favourite would be a balm. I really love the Pacifica Tinted Lip Balm in Blood Orange.

What is your favourite cruelty free skincare product?

I have so many! One I don’t like to be without and recommend to everyone is the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. This seems to really cleanse my skin well and leave it feeling so smooth.

What is your favourite cruelty free bodycare product?

For all year round products it would have to be the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star range. I use the Breakfast Scrub, Rich and Foamous body wash, and Smoothie Star Body Milk. I adore the smell of this range, and it’s great at keeping my skin moisturised too.

What is your favourite cruelty free perfume?

I’m really liking vanilla scents with a hint of fruitiness in, so the Lavanila range is right up my street. At the moment I have the Lavanila Lemon Vanilla rollerball which I use most days. I’d love to try some of the other scents but they’re difficult to get hold of in the UK and I couldn’t find them in store whilst I was in the US.

What is your favourite cruelty free nail polish?

As shocking as this may seem (given my previous unhealthy obsession with nail polish and the title of this blog!), I haven’t been wearing coloured nail polish much recently; usually just a sheer or very subtle polish. I really like the Zoya polishes though; a favourite for all year is Zoya Rue, a lovely dusty rose pink shade. My favourite nail polish shade is usually deep purple so I also love Zoya Payton. I really like Barry M polishes too.

Would you give away/throw out products that aren’t cruelty free?

I gave away quite a few of my non-cruelty free items when I first made the transition – I needed a clear out anyway and it was great to be able to pass them on to family and friends. I still have some that I am using up, but am replacing them with cruelty free items as they get used up.

Which brand, that isn’t cruelty free, are you going to miss the most and why?

L’Oreal. I was a fan of their Skin Perfection facial skincare range, and used many of their haircare products. I also really liked their foundations, and their lip products. I also really liked the Body Shop Cleansing Butter but don’t buy from the Body Shop anymore as they are also owned by L’Oreal. I’d be delighted if L’Oreal became cruelty free but I think that’s unlikely to happen in the near future!

So that’s my responses to the questions from the cruelty free tag. Please do feel free to copy the questions and share your answers too – I’d be very interested to hear about your favourite products in particular. 

Cruelty free favourites – April 2016

I’m really pleased people enjoyed reading about my recent cruelty favourites and I have some more new discoveries so thought I’d share what I’ve been loving this month.

Cruelty Free Favourites - April 2016
Cruelty Free Favourites – April 2016

Pixi Glow Mud cleanser – I mentioned this in my recent empties and picked up another and I just love it. I’ve been travelling quite a bit this month with work and my skin hasn’t been too impressed with the changes to my routine. I’ve been using this when I’m home and my skin has thanked me for it. It really seems to help keep my skin smooth and clear of blemishes.

Superdrug Hair Therapy Oil with Coconut – One of the things I thought was missing from Lush’s line up was hair oil, and as someone with incredibly dry hair it’s been a priority to find a cruelty free one before my old one runs out. Fortunately I happened to spot this Superdrug one in store and I really like it. It doesn’t leave my hair greasy and does help to moisturise my hair – not quite as well as my previous favourite but almost, and I’ve been happy to use this instead of my other one. I love the scent too!

Pacifica Blood Orange Lip Tint – I picked this up on a bit of a whim when I spotted Pacifica perfume in a local health store in Manchester. It came as part of a set with perfume and body moisturiser and although I love the perfume, the lip tint is definitely my favourite thing from the set. It has the same scent as the perfume (blood orange) and as the name suggests is tinted, but it’s lovely and subtle and really moisturising too. I’ve been wearing this pretty much every day for the last few weeks!

Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel – As mentioned earlier my skin hasn’t been happy with me this month, and has rebelled by giving me blemishes. I guess it’s only fair really as for most of my life I’ve somehow managed to avoid them. I’d quite like to stay blemish free though to be honest so this has been brilliant at calming blemishes and helping them heal more quickly. They’re still there but are improving and the skin is now smooth so they’re not quite as angry looking.

Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream – this was gifted to me from a friend and I’m so glad as I don’t know if it’s something I would have bought for myself but it’s amazing. It’s a rich orange cream that can be used to help all sorts of skin ailments and it’s been excellent on my dry skin and my eczema (I have just one tiny patch of eczema!). I can’t believe how effective it is to be honest – by the second day I struggled to even find my dry skin! I’m enjoying the Beauty Balm too and will probably blog about them both in more detail soon.

Another good month for cruelty free favourites! What have you been loving recently? Any recommendations?