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.

So I did *some* cooking…

By the headline you’d think I cannot cook to save my life. That is not entirely true. I might not be the most enthusiastic cook but when I am feeling it I can really deliver. Fact.

I had never tried Flora Freedom before, and when I received my hamper and found out about the new flavours – avocado & lime, coconut & almond and walnut –  and the recipes created by Benjamina Ebuehi using the spreads, I was ready to give a go.

Flora Freedom is a dairy free range of spreads, also free from artificial preservatives, colours and flavours and certified by the Vegan Society. The spreads can be used for cooking, baking and of course, spreading. They have 45-60% less fat than butter and 100% of the oils used come from plants.

Obviously, I was immediately drawn to the Avocado oil and Lime flavour and it quickly became my go to bread spread for my usual breakfast of avocados and boiled egg.

Also great for cooking omelettes or adding garlic, chopped herbs or black pepper for a special spread. I like with coriander.

I also used it to make one of the recipes, the avocado and lime buckwheat pancakes, which I really liked as they have two options – one vegetarian and one for the meat eaters.

I went for the veggie one and if you want, you can try them using the recipe below – it’s pretty easy!

Avocado & Lime Buckwheat Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 (2 pancakes each)
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

300ml semi skimmed milk, 55g wholemeal flour, 55g buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 25 g Flora Freedom Avocado & Lime, melted

Filling

Cooked beetroot (diced), 50g goats cheese (sliced), 1 avocado (sliced).

Or

2 avocados (sliced), 4 rashers bacon, 175g cherry tomatoes (halved), handful coriander (chopped).

Preparation

  1. For the batter: place flours in a mixing bowl, add egg and gradually whisk in milk, beating well. Stir in a teaspoon of the melted Flora.
  2. Heat a little of the remaining Flora in a frying pan and pour in a little batter, tip pan to spread. Cook until underside is golden brown and then cook other side.  Repeat until all batter is used.
  3. Divide your chosen filling between the pancakes and fold or roll.

I was, actually, very surprised at the coconut & almond one, it’s delicious on toast! It is the perfect spread for sweeter breads, and Benjamina suggests it on shortbread, in the topping of fruit crumble or – my favourite option – melted to make homemade granola.

The walnut flavour is nutty and great for shortcrust pastry, cheese biscuits and cake icing!

I have to say that overall, I was quite impressed with the flavours in the range, even alone as spreads. I don’t have any dietary requirements, but feel they are not a “tasteless” options to satisfy a special diet, but tasty for every day use.

You might find the coconut one very pale, but it is some proof that no artificial colours have been used!

Each 225g Flora Freeedom Dairy Free tub retails for £1.50 (RRP). There are tons of free recipes on flora.com

written by Dani

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.