BareMinerals Bare Pro and Original SPF15 Mineral Foundation

BareMinerals Mineral Foundation Original Vs Bare Pro Performance Wear Foundation

I am a big fan of BareMinerals Mineral Foundation. I’ve used their Original Mineral Foundation for ages. I’ve also tried the Matte version (too chalky for me) and their now-discontinued Ready Foundation (which I didn’t like at all). When I heard about their latest launch: Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation, I really wanted to love it. Read on to see how they compare.BareMinerals Mineral Foundations

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Zoya Natural Nail Polish and Mini Color Lock System

Does Natural Nail Polish Actually Work? Zoya Nail Varnish Review

I’m working towards cutting chemicals out of my beauty regime, but one thing I’d never tried was natural nail varnish. Every normal nail polish I’ve tried stays about two days before they chip, or sometimes three, if I’m really careful. I’ve tried high end and high street and they are all pretty much the same. So I didn’t really think there was any point trying one with reduced chemicals.

But a friend posted a scary article on Facebook about the damaging effects of regular nail varnish on your body. I don’t know how much truth there is in it, but it did get me thinking. She recommended Zoya so I used some of my Christmas money to treat myself. I got this gorgeous bright coral shade, and a base coat and top coat kit from LoveLula, my favourite natural beauty shop*.Zoya Natural Nail Polish Mini Color Lock System

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PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara review

PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara Review: The Perfect Natural Mascara?

The perfect mascara: it’s is the holy grail of make-up, right? So hard to find, and I have set myself an extra challenge by trying to cut down the chemicals in my beauty products! I haven’t had much luck with natural mascaras in the past, so I wasn’t too optimistic about PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara. This All-In-One Natural Mascara has a lot of promises:

“It lengthens, thickens and volumises lashes with a gentle water-resistant formula that lasts all day without ever smudging or flaking. Made with a unique blend of botanical oils which nourish and protect, helping to lengthen and strengthen lashes naturally for beautiful eyes.”

So did it live up to this description?

PHB Ethic Beauty All In One Natural Mascara with box

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Lee Stafford Academy Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener

Lee Stafford The Academy Hair Straighteners Review

Do you ever get that “Did I leave my hair straighteners on?” panic moment? I get them pretty much every time I use mine. It drives my husband mad, and when he picked them up a few weeks ago and they felt warm, even though I hadn’t even used them, it was time to say goodbye.

Luckily, I have been sent* a pair of brand spangly new state of the art straighteners by Lee Stafford Academy to review, and I love them.

First up, these Lee Stafford The Academy Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straighteners look absolutely GORGEOUS. They are matte black with silver and pink highlights, and come in a pretty pink box.Lee Stafford Academy Flat Iron Straighteners Continue reading

Why We’re Sticking With the LiveLAGOM Sustainable Life

You may have read one of my previous posts about our exciting sustainability project with IKEA and environmental charity Hubbub. We were chosen from around 9,000 families to take part in their #LiveLAGOM project, long with a handful of families from each of IKEA’s UK stores. We were given a budget of £500 to spend on products to make our lives more sustainable.

The project is coming to a close now, so I have been reflecting on the changes we have made and what our next steps will be. You might want to grab a cuppa!Succulent in a coral pot

So to recap, the idea of living LAGOM is not about depriving yourself of the nice things in life. It’s about taking care not to waste resources, and not taking what we don’t need.

LAGOM comes from the Swedish phrase ‘lagom är bäst’ (the right amount is best) which means enjoying what you love, while not taking more than you need.

We have always cared about our environment, and have quite a few energy saving measures in place, which you can read about on my original LiveLAGOM post . We also got an Anglian Water audit of our house to try and save water. But we were keen to do more.

WE HAD Four goals:

  1. Save energy
  2. Make our home office more cosy
  3. Reduce food waste
  4. Get more creative with our recycling

Looking back, I think I may have been a bit optimistic with how much of a difference we could make with £500 worth of stuff, and should probably have narrowed it down to one or two goals. But I am nothing if not enthusiastic! Continue reading

Kind Natured Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I have been looking for natural, or at least less chemical-filled beauty products for years now, with very mixed results. Generally, they are several times more expensive than the high street equivalent (or ten times more, in some cases) and often just don’t work as well.

When I spotted this Kind Natured Body Wash in Boots a while back, I thought it was worth a try, as it was not too expensive (£4.99, but it’s half price at the moment) and it smelled delightful.

KIND NATURED Coconut & passionflower BODY WASH

I’m not disappointed. It actually lathers well, which is a notorious problem for products that don’t contain Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLS) as this is the cheap chemical foaming agent found in washing up liquid and normal shampoos and shower gels. I don’t think I’d realise this had fewer chemicals than normal product if I didn’t know. It’s not overly moisturising, which is fine for me as my skin is on the oily side, but if that’s a consideration for you, you might need to add extra body lotion.
Kind Natured Body Wash

Kind Natured Coconut & Shea Colour Care Shampoo And Conditioner

I liked it the Body Wash so much, that the next time I needed shampoo, I bought the Coconut & Shea Shampoo and Conditioner. Don’t they look nice all together? I can’t deny the packaging also persuaded me to try them, as often more natural products don’t have the nicest of labels. Kind Natured Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner Continue reading

REVIEW: Hippy Paste 100% Natural Deodorant by Earth Conscious

I have been trying to cut chemicals out of my beauty products for six years now, since I was pregnant with Ava. I began to worry about all the lotions and potions I was putting on to (and therefore in to) my skin. I’ve had varying amounts of success, but one thing I have never managed to find was a natural deodorant. I have even tried some crystals which you run under the tap and then rub over your arm pits. Literally useless.

So I was excited when I was offered a pot of Hippy Paste by Earth Conscious 100% Natural Deodorant to try*. It is all natural, with no parabens, aluminium, or toxins.

Hippy Paste 100% natural deodorant

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Five things I love right now: July

1. All yellow, orange and red peppers. Finally, you can now buy a packet of peppers that doesn’t have a lousy green one in it. Thank you Sainsbury’s for seeing sense! We go through so many peppers, the girls love them raw, it’s one of their favourite snacks. But we all hate the green ones.  Red, yellow and orange peppers
2. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue I love bareMinerals products. I’ve used their Original Mineral Foundation for ages and their new tinted gel moisturiser is great, either as a (very) light skin-tone-even-outer, or beneath the powder foundation. It has an SPF of 30, which is a big bonus, and even has a shade pale enough for me! It’s not the cheapest as £26 but I used my Boots points so didn’t mind.bareMinerals Complexion Rescue
3. Childs Farm Hair Detangler. We’ve tried a few over the years and this one is hands down the best. It smells great, and is 98% natural, with no parabens, SLSs, or mineral oils. Love it. We love the rest of the range too, as it has never made Ava’s eczema flare up.Childs Farm Hair Detangler

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Five things I love right now: June

1. Tropical prints. This juicy watermelon print  is on my new glass worktop protector. I have read using a smooth glass surface for paper cutting is better than using the self-healing cutting mats. At only £2.99 from Dunelm I thought I could afford to try it out! If not, it will still look great in my kitchen. I picked it up in store but when I just searched for the link, I saw they do all sorts of matching accessories… dangerous!Dunelm Mills Watermelon Glass Worktop Saver

2. Flamingo glasses. My obsession with these kitsch birds shows no sign of slowing down! These beauties are from IKEA and the girls love them. As they’re only 50p each, if they get broken, it’s not the end of the world. Ikea Sommarfint Flamingo Glass

3. Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover. It’s hard to believe I’ve made it to my mid-thirties and only just discovered this. It’s brilliant and only £5.99. Normally I get loads of polish left around the edges of my nails, and it takes ages to soak off the varnish. But not with this baby! I got the version for Hands and Feet and it has a little extra sponge in the lid for your toenails. Genius.

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