You might have noticed my crazy long absence. So sorry about that! Being away for fashion month meant I couldn't keep up with posting. I was a busy bee with shows all month!
You also might have noticed a bit of a change to the type of posts I've been writing over the course of the year. I definitely feel like the focus of the blog has changed since I started it. Thank goodness, I mean it's been going for over six years now! That time kind of flew. Anyhoo, I figured those changes might as well coincide with a new platform, a new design and some other bits and pieces.
I'll be back as soon as I can and I hope you have a great autumn in the meantime!
This could technically be one for the boys. In fact, I rarely bother with shaving creams designed with girls in mind anymore. I've not had much luck so I'm sticking with the ones for boys. Plus, they always smell better. I was using a can of shaving foam that said it was for sensitive skin for a while. It was one of the ones especially for girls. The burning! Ouch! I did *not* enjoy that experience. Once again, I turn to the organic side of life for something more gentle whilst still being effective. In the same order from Content Beauty & Wellbeing as my Love Potion, I popped a Grown Alchemist shaving gel into the basket. I'm not going to lie, the packaging and the idea of sandalwood totally spoke to me.
I would be hard pushed to love the colours and the simplicity of this packaging more. I'm also excited about metal tubes so I can use my crinkly thing on them when the product starts to run down. I know there is a technical name for the crinkly tube squeezer thing, but I like making up my own names for it. I use this at the weekend and loved it. It's a lightweight gel of the kind where a little will do substantially more than you think. It has decent lather on it and my razor didn't irritate my skin for a change. Hooray! The gel itself didn't irritate my skin and the fragrance is amazing. It has that wonderful smell that only a natural product can have. So clean without being clinical. I love sandalwood. This is really the right way to start the morning.The fact that the first ingredient on the list is aloe speaks volumes.
At £24 for the tube, it felt like it was on the pricey side for a shave gel but the ingredients list more than backs this up. Also, I get the feeling this isn't going to run out particularly quickly. I'm even considering getting one for my kit. I hate giving a can of foam to boys on set as I just know their skin is as sensitive as any other model from all the product we put on it every day.
My search for a fragrance continues. I'm not sure if this, technically, falls into the realm of fragrance, but that's what I bought it for. I recently went into a fragrance store with all the well known fragrances and I hated all of them. They just seemed to synthetic on the skin. There are several I'm completely in love with but with my imminent move, I'm trying not to splash out on luxurious expenses at the moment. Added into that, I'm travelling for much of September so I want something that's small and light. Tata Harper Roll On Love Potion sounded like it would fit the bill perfectly.
It's a long time since I've had any Tata Harper products in my arsenal but I do recall how much I loved the range. I was using it for some time and my skin was so clear and happy. This just backs up my theory that natural products really are where my complexion is at these days.
This is blended using essential oils and I went for this formulation because it's suppose to promote a sense of calm, well being a mood balancing. To say I've been stressed lately would be an absolute understatement. When I put this on in the mornings, I feel instantly calm and happier. It's quite potent so I just put a little on either side of my neck and my wrists. I wouldn't put it on the centre of my neck where it would be directly under my nose. That might be a little full on.
Love Potion has that perfect mix of citrus, wood and floral that I love. There is grapefruit for freshness, some moody frankincense and sandalwood then a little jasmine and violet for a little girliness. It's not too girly, though. That really wouldn't be my style.
I got my rollerball from Content Beauty & Wellbeing for £29. If you're an organic junkie like me, you definitely want to go hang out at Content for a while. It's a treasure trove of beautiful products.
I'm probably the last person on the internet to be trying this out. I've been super interested in it for such a long time but not picked one up. When it was in the Cult Beauty Caroline Hirons beauty box, I was super excited. I've had a few bits and pieces from Pixi over the years and always liked what I've tried. I love that it's a cruelty free brand and their makeup always has a nice finish that doesn't require me to work on it too much. In fact, I'm a *massive* fan of the Endless Silky Eye Pen.
Anyhoo, I've only been using this for about a week now. I'm putting a little on a cotton ball morning and night. I cleanse, swipe this over my face, followed by my eye cream, face spritz, serum, etc, etc. I can feel a little sting on areas that are sensitive or might have a blemish. Other than that, it;s fine. It has a fragrance that I don't think I'm a massive fan of. It's a little old fashioned. Nothing that's a deal breaker, mind you. I can certainly say I'm already seeing a difference. My skin feels happier, smoother and brighter. I've not changed up any other part of my skincare routine except for adding this in.
Glow Tonic is a glycolic solution that gently exfoliates skin to help with cell renewal. In order to soothe, the tonic is also infused with aloe and ginseng as well as witch hazel and horse chestnut to firm and get the circulation going. The directions say to apply a few drops. I'm distinctly more generous than that. It's recommended to use this morning and night. With the glycolic component, if you're not going to use a sunscreen, then I would say to save this for night time only. If you're not using sunscreen every day, we need to have words anyways. Please use a daily sunscreen. Just saying.
Definitely a winner. Thank goodness it's such a big bottle or I'd be racing out for a backup asap. For £18, it's quite the bargain and can be picked up at Cult Beauty here.
August was great for empties! So satisfying! I'm currently on work trips for an entire month and preparing for a big move shortly after I'm back. It's great to be clearing out the cupboards and scaling back on what's actually in the house.
I get my hair done at Glasshouse Salon in Hackney where all their products, including hair colours, are ethical and planet friendly. This is where I discovered the wonders of Organic Colour Systems Power Build Shampoo. I *love* the smell of these products! It's so good! I hate getting my hair done but I love going into Glasshouse. This shampoo doesn't just smell great. It also gives my super fine hair volume whilst also getting loads of protein into it to help along with strengthening it up. *organic
As you know from Monday's post, I'm really into Yes To at the moment. During summer I had the joy of using the Yes To Coconut Ultra Light Body Lotion Spray. This was perfect for when we were going through that really hot, humid spell. The fragrance made me feel like I was on holidays (I'm so in need of a holiday!) and it was really light. At first I loved the novelty of the spray. After a while it started to annoy me. Then when I started tipping it out like a normal moisturiser at the end of the bottle, I started to miss the spray again. Apparently I'm on the fence with that one. Regardless of the delivery system, my skin was very soft without being greasy. Winning. *cruelty free
Soap And Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter: This really lives up to its name. It's just like showering with whipped butter. Only a butter that smells a little better than regular butter. I loved this because you didn't necessarily *have* to moisturise afterwards. After a 14 hour day on set, this is exactly what you want. To wash your brushes, shower, brush your teeth and collapse in bed. No muss, no fuss. *cruelty free
Soap and Glory Hand Dream Super Cream: The last of my Soap and Glory Christmas box ran out when this finished. It was a great, little hand cream. It did what it said on the tin but I definitely missed all the lovely aromatherapy fragrances of hand lotions past. This is a great hand lotion if you're on a budget, though. *cruelty free
The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub: This was a lot creamier than the grapefruit gellee scrub I used from The Body Shop previously. That meant this lasted a little longer. I can't decide which fragrance I prefer but it was a lovely coincidence that I was using the Yes To Coconut body lotion spray at the same time. I smelt like holidays for a while there. I think I'm still looking for my perfect body scrub, though. I wouldn't buy this full price, I don't think. Luckily I got it on a buy-one-get-one-half-price day so was left feeling a little less disappointed on the value for money front. *cruelty free
Lush Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Cream: It looks like this is exclusive to the Oxford Street store. Drats. I really loved this shaving cream. I's not as good as the shaving cream I used years ago from Lush, but better than a supermarket foam and less girlie than the strawberry fluff alternative they have in their other stores. If you can get your hands on this, it's really great. I wish I got the bigger tub now. Although, the tub was slightly annoying in the shower. I'd prefer a tube. Man, I really love a tube when it comes to dispensing products. *cruelty free
Dermalogica Barrier Repair Ultra Calming: This has been clanging around my bathroom for ages now. I only used it when I had a particularly bad breakout. For some reason, it seemed to calm a lot of the anger out of relentless spots that would stay caught under the surface of the skin. It has that silicone feeling that I hate in a product. Ick. There is no denying that this seemed to do the job. I think I've moved onto a much more beautiful, effective formulation with my 1001 Remedies Magic Skin, though. *cruelty free
Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer: My empties rarely include a makeup product. It seems that I just never run out of the stuff. I won't lie, it feels like this was a bottomless pit of bronzer. Even now, calling it an "empty" seems a little bit of a stretch. This is a tri colour bronzer. I was using the deeper, taupier shade as a contour colour, the dark and mid colour mixed together to warm my face up and the highlight component on the high points of my face. On days when I was being lazy, I would just blend all three together for a more traditional bronzer look. At first this was a great product. After a while the middle section got that weird layer over the top and refused to actually work anymore. I also started to notice it would look quite patchy on my face in bright daylight. I don't think I'd go buy this. I'm in a weird place with cheek colours at the moment. I'm not going to go and make an effort to sort it out until after I've moved, though.
I'm really into Yes To Carrots at the moment. I'm using the shampoo and conditioner on my own hair and the smell is so good. It's a fresh, clean, baby powder sort of smell. Without being sickly. It's really comforting. When I ran out of body lotion for my kit, I knew I wanted this one. I needed something that would be unisex. Boys don't love fragrances like cocoa butter, grapefruit and all that jazz. Girls don't love anything with too much eucalyptus or tea tree. I also need something that's not greasy yet nourishing as well. I really like Kiehl's Creme de Corps but the formulation of beta carotene in that lotion leaves a shocking stain on white clothes. I can't be having that at work. I'm on a time crunch and can't have models waiting around without clothes on because the lotion isn't dry.
The great thing about the Yes To Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion is that it's heavy on Beta Carotene thanks to carrots and sweet potatoes but light on the staining factor. The lotion is white in colour, light in texture and non greasy. It still leaves skin feeling nourished, soft and looking camera ready. Then there is the price point. Yes To is a brand that is always great value for money. You can pick this giant bottle up for under £7.50.
Urban Decay has some seriously great stuff going on at the moment. Last week I had a little kit update and I can't wait to use them.
Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in Bittersweet: I've coveted this shade for some time now. I can't wait to get a chance to use it. These powders are so soft and lovely. I've had my eye on a couple of other shades as well. I'm loving Bittersweet as I think it's going to look hot on darker skin tones as well as someone super fair.
Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice:I love a smattering of glitter. This is such a great shade. It's the kind of shade I call Dragon's Blood. A greenish shade shot through with red. I love it. These shadows work brilliantly wet or dry. I really want a chance to later it on wet!!!
Revolution High Colour Lip GLoss in Failbait and Quiver: Woah. Now these are what a gloss should be. If you're looking for a sheer tint of colour, you should probably back away slowly right now. These are not for you. I repeat, these are not for you. I adore how much colour and shine is packed into each of these tubes. The colour selection is really exciting.
24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister: These are the first thing I ever bought from Urban Decay. They're one of the best eye pencils I've ever tried. Once they're on, they're not going anywhere and they're wonderfully smooth to apply. This is a gorgeous, metallic shade of purple.
24/7 Velvet Glide On Pencil in Cult: If metallics aren't your thing, you're going to love the Velvet Glide Ons. It's not just matte, it's so much more. I have the shade, cult. It's a greyish tone of green. Love! Want to use so much! Perfect for autumn.