This way for organic, vegan makeup that works!

A little while ago I was introduced to INIKA, an Australian brand that is certified vegan, cruelty free and halal.

INIKA’s range is extensive as it is impressive, especially its loose pigments.

Being the makeup addict I am, I jumped at the chance to try their latest product, including their first compact powder: the gorgeous Baked Mineral Foundation (RRP £33).

As the shade I got is slightly too dark for my skin tone, I abused it in holidays, when I had a tan. The coverage is quite impressive, extremely buildable from quite sheer (that means a lot coming from me – I an very picky with my coverage), and the finish smooth and natural.

It is a mineral product, baked on Terracota tiles in Tuscany, with light reflecting particles for a  glowy finish.

Also one that became a little favourite of mine is the new Red Apple shade of their Loose Mineral Blush (RRP £23). It is almost a burnt peach with a hint of pink.

Really highly pigmented, naturally water resistant, with light reflecting pigments, it delivers a natural glowy flush to the cheeks. And I know, it is loose but it is not messy as it has a turnable sifter.

While on face, I also tried the certified organic Cream Illuminisor, a subtle and natural looking cream highlighter. The Spice shade is just a glow on my skin colour, which I believe would be amazing on paler skins and less “out there” makeup wearers. Gold delivers a little bit more colour, still very discreet.

Applies ok – it is a bit on the hard side and should be done with fingers, but the finish and durability are good for a cream product (my skin does not often like creamy products). It works well as a base for layering with a powder highlighter.

Packed with coconut oil, cocoa butter, carnauba and candelia waxes, as well as Argan oil and vitamin E, this product also cares for the skin.

The Lip Serum (RRP £17) is certified organic and contains orange essential oils, mandarin extract, vitamin E, jojoba, sunflower and rosehip oils plus sea buckthorn, which is a great healer.

It applies well and it is not sticky, has no colour but gives lips a subtle shine. I like wearing it before going to bed as overnight repair, and this has crawled into my routine – I always said nothing but two things work on my lips. Make it three.

Finally, the Liquid Eyeliner (RRP £19), also certified organic. It is well pigmented, and has a decent durability. I have the black one and for better performance, apply again once the first application has dried.

It has aloe vera, glycerin and black tea leaf extract.

I am not a fan of liquid eyeliners, but this one has a solid tip which makes application easier.

This is a tiny sample of their huge range – a great option for vegans out there! You can find all the products above, plus plenty more, on the INIKA website.

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say again: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Bring on spring/summer 17!

 

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-1Every season there are a couple of brands that will launch a product that stays with me for a long time. GOSH is certainly of them.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-2They are always focused on genuine Nordic ingredient, and are always introducing new ones into the lines. This season, meet the dandelion.

Personally, I really enjoy how affordable, high quality and extensive the range is; and for Spring/Summer 17, they keep growing it: there are tons of new products as well as additions to much loved lines.

For me, their pencil products are just amazing – application, durability, versatility – you name it and they have it.

Their new CCC (contour, cover and conceal) chubby concealer stick is no different. It comes in six shades including two shimmery ones which make amazing highlighters.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-9My favourite is the 001 Highlight Vanilla, which is a fabulous discreet highlighter, perfect to use alone or underneath a powder one for amped-up glow.

The cream is light and turns into a perfect finish upon blending. Amazing. They cost £9.99 each and are already available. They are perfumes and parabens free and shades 001 and 002 are vegan.

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Also already launched and creating a social media furore are the matte liquid lipsticks. No secret (or surprise) I became a fan of those pretty quickly and they’ve been the thing on my lips for almost a week now.

Coming in eight shades and costing £8.99, they apply like a dream with a velvety finish. It is not drying and doesn’t bleed, wearing out quite nicely too.

They are also vegan friendly and infused with dandelion leaves extract (full of carotenoids, vitamins A, B, C and D, minerals, flavonoids ad sterols) and LIPerfection, GOSH’s ecocert certified lip plumper.

The colours all carry a hint of pink, from the nudes to the purples, without a brown in sight (amen to that!).

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-10For the eyes comes the Volume Serum Mascara, which has the finest comb brush I’ve ever seen.

It does take a little bit of getting used to and it gives lashes amazing definition. I think it’s perfect for bottom lashes and the RRP is £13.99.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-7In the eyeliner department, there’s a fabulous super pigmented Giant Pro Kajal (vegan friendly, £7.49), the Giant Pro Double Ended Liner (£10.99). Durability is great and application easy, although I struggle a bit getting definition with kajals.

They also have the Infinity Eyeliner (£6.99), which is soft as butter and durable like a marker pen. No joke. The Ash (006) colour is very close to black but not as harsh, making it a perfect shade to define without being too heavy. It is very close to Charlotte Tilbury’s The Classic.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-8Now, the Eye Xpression eyeshadow quads (£8.99) are super useful: perfect size to have on the go, fabulous, versatile shades with the exceptional quality of GOSH shadows. Warm neutral BackToNature has become a fixture in my makeup bag.

Have I mentioned how much I love their matte Velvet lipsticks? Oh! I do! And they are adding five shades to it: pretty pinks and mauves as well as a killer orange red. They cost an affordable £7.99 each.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-5And for the fans of Lumidrops (£8.99) highlighters, there are two new additions to the line, but this time blushers: a pink and a peach based. They highlight and colour at the same time. So pretty!

So, for a makeup refresh for the (sooooo expected) new season, you know where to go! GOSH is available at Superdrug.

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains a mix of products I have bought myself and PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Cheek and glow

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-1Obviously it’s no surprise I am a huge fan of  luminous and colour products for the face. I have a huge selection I actually use regularly, on rotation and I am glad to add those two to it.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-2As I mentioned before, I thought I was a bit out of the Seventeen range, but discovering it was a joy. And that doesn’t stop.

At their blogger event, I mingled with actual teens (the horrors of being old) and found out two gems of a product, amongst a whole treasure trove of makeup wonders.

The Seventeen Skin Wow 3 way highlighter and primer is  glowy. Literally. It delivers a light peach shine, lifting the makeup and making skin glow.

It is light, blends well and it is not glittery, catching light wonderfully for great highlighting with good durability.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-5This little gem got me all excited: the Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush is cute and handy.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-6Within this tiny little round box, there is a mirror and a cushion that picks up colour (which is on the lid) when its closed.

Open it and stamp the cushion to the cheeks for a flush of colour. It does need a bit of blending, but it blends well. Saturation is great and durability too.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-7It is available in five colours, mine is Stare Struck, a shimmery old rose colour.

And, as with all Seventeen products, the price is ace: the Skin Wow 3 way highlighter glow and primer costs £5.99 and the Cheek Stamp blush, £4.99.

You can get the Seventeen range from Boots in selected shops and online. Keep an eye out for promos!

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Makeup in Minutes with Clarins

A little while ago, I was late for a cocktails and Clarins decided to give me a helping hand, picking me up from work.

And they offered me their fabulous makeup to get me ready; from work day pumpkin to party night princess. The catch? I had to do it in 15 minutes at the back of a taxi. And no tools. Eeeeek.

Well. Here’s what happened:

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Pretty lips and cheeks with Sleek

sleek makeup - lipstick and blusherI believe the very first red lipstick I bought in the UK was from Sleek. It was way before my beauty blogging days and I bought it for a fancy dress party.

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Trends: what I’ll be wearing for spring/summer 2015

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The sun is teasing us – it is actually making appearances but the super chill in the air means my body is still in a wintery mood.

However, my mind is saying GO! to spring!

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Beginner’s budget makeup bag with Make Up Gallery

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Make Up Gallery launched at Poundland not that long ago. Having tried a good range of products, I can say they brought out a good line for the exceptional value of £1 each.

I think the range is perfect for younger girls putting together their first makeup bag.

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Product review: Liz Earle Healthy Glow Cream blush

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Although I have a few other shades, coral/peach is my favourite colour for blusher – it goes well with most skin tones and makeup colours. I was very happy to try the Liz Earle healthy glow cream blush in Coral, 05.

Packaging is lovely – simple, elegant and most importantly, extremely compact. It also has a little mirror on the lid.

Now, I might have mentioned before that I avoid using cream makeup products as my skin is prone to oiliness and it all melts and also because of my scarring – these products tend to sink on them. Not pretty to look at.

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I am delighted to say I was pleasantly surprised with this Liz Earle blush. It looks darker in the pot than it is on the skin – but it is highly pigmented, so you only need a little.

It has a lovely creamy consistency that applies and blends extremely well and a matte-ish finish to die for. And somehow it delivers a lovely glowy flush of colour. I don’t quite get how it does it, but I love it.  Most importantly, it does not sink into my scars after a few hours of use. Score!

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The Healthy Glow Cream blush is available in seven beautiful shades, retails for 16.50 and can be purchased at the Liz Earle website  where you can also find a fantastic line of cosmetics and makeup!

This post contains PR samples.