March Empties: Products I've Used Up

Sunday, 5 April 2020

March Empties: Products I've Used Up
The days seem to be blurring into one another at the moment which made me completely forget about posting my monthly beauty empties! Fear not, March's round-up is below - here's what I've finished off recently and which products I'll be repurchasing again. 

Tropic Summer Skin Gradual Tanning Lotion* (reviewed here)
Tropic's Summer Skin lotion is one of my favourite gradual tanning products and I've lost count of how many tubes I've gone through of these over the past few years! It's a tinted body lotion so you can see where you're applying it and it soon disappears into the skin after you've rubbed it in. I find it very moisturising and within a couple of days of applying it, you'll start to see a gorgeous, natural-looking tan appear. Repurchase? Definitely.

Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream* (reviewed here)
Like virtually everyone else in the UK, my hands have become drier than the Sahara thanks to a more rigorous hand-washing routine, but luckily this award-winning pot of magic from Lyonsleaf has helped enormously to restore essential hydration. Calendula Cream is fantastic for eczema flareups too and a tiny amount goes a long, long way. Repurchase? Already have!

Fushi BioVedic Enzyme Face Wash* (reviewed here)
This is a light gel-based cleanser from Fushi which has tiny, natural exfoliating particles to gently buff away dead skin cells and leave your complexion looking clearer and brighter. Repurchase? Probably not as I kept using it on and off over the past year, and there are other similar products that I use more often.

REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream*
I love REN's Evercalm range for sensitive skin and their Global Protection Day Cream is perfect for when my skin is playing up. It has a beautiful formula that sinks right in and gives me the hydration that I need without overloading my skin. Repurchase? Yes.

Antipodes Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum* (reviewed here)
Regular readers will know that I'm a big fan of Antipodes and regularly use several of their products often in my skincare routine. Worship is an amazing water-based serum which is ideal for those who are starting to see the first signs of ageing. Repurchase? Definitely.

March Empties: Products I've Used Up
Ogario Revive & Shine Shampoo*
Brilliant SLS-free shampoo from Ogario for hair that needs an added boost and some extra shine. Always delivers soft and glossy results so it does what it says on the label! I also found it to be a concentrated formula so this bottle lasted me a good while. Repurchase? I've recently switched to this plastic-free shampoo bar but I may consider buying it again in the future.

Botanicals Gentle Cleanse Melt(reviewed here)
I really enjoyed using this balm cleanser from Botanicals. It has a thick and rich texture but easily melts into the skin for a good massage and proper deep cleanse. Removes all traces of makeup, sunscreen and daily grime/pollution with no greasy residue afterwards. Repurchase? Yes.

The Humble Co Natural Charcoal Toothpaste
Discovered this natural toothpaste in a beauty box and I absolutely love the ethics of this brand who donate dental products to less fortunate children all over the world. Results-wise, this SLS-free toothpaste did the job and the charcoal formula helps to remove everyday stains. Repurchase? I'm currently using this plastic-free alternative from Ben & Anna, but again, I may repurchase in the near future.

Bali Balm Cinnamon & Burnt Orange Lip Balm(reviewed here)
I've used a few different flavours of Bali Balm and Cinnamon & Burnt Orange is a firm favourite. Lovely hydrating balm that keeps chapped lips at bay. Repurchase? Hopefully in the future when my lip balm stash has decreased a bit!

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash
A really luxurious body wash, I adore everything from REN's Moroccan Rose Otto range because it just smells incredible! Lathers up well for a relaxing spa-time feeling at home. Repurchase? Yes.


P.S - How To Recycle Your Beauty Empties!
All of the glass and easy-to-recycle plastic PET empties will be put into my council's blue bin kerbside recycling scheme, but for the harder-to-recycle stuff, I will be:-
  • Recycling the pumps and atomisers with Neal's Yard Remedies - more info at the bottom of their website here.
  • Recycling any other products that my local council doesn't accept, such as flexible plastic tubes at The Body Shop, L'Occitane or with Garnier's Terracycle partnership - more info here.

What have you used up recently?

Indie Beauty: Introducing Roselink UK Hello Glow - Rose Dust and Beauty Tabs review #ShopSmall

Friday, 3 April 2020

Hello Glow - Rose Dust and Beauty Tabs review
One of the few positives to come out of the global Coronavirus pandemic has been a resurgence in community spirit, with consumers actively choosing to seek out small and independent companies to support during these difficult times. #ShopSmall has been a popular hashtag lately, so I wanted to join in and shine a spotlight on an Indian-British natural skincare company called Roselink UK who I've been recently introduced to.

The story behind Roselink UK is an interesting one as it dates all the way back to the 1940s in India. A woman called Ma moves to Mumbai after getting married and hires a maid to help around the house. It later transpires that the maid also works for a famous Bollywood actress who has been experiencing problematic skin, and has consulted a team of skin doctors to find natural solutions to help her complexion. The maid watches the actress apply all manner of natural formulas to her skin and shares the information with the curious Ma, who writes everything down in a diary.

When Ma died, she bequeathed this diary of traditional, Indian natural skincare remedies to Roselink, with the hope that products could be made and sold to help empower and support local Indian women. Roselink did just that and created a 'Hello Glow' range of affordable products which are all 100% natural using the freshest ingredients that are directly sourced from Indian farmers, and packaged in recyclable aluminium containers.

I was kindly sent two of their most popular products to try out - Rose Dust and Beauty Tabs.

Hello Glow Rose Dust review
Hello Glow Rose Dust* (30g, £5.99, link)

Rose Dust is a loose powder exfoliator which is made up of just natural ingredients - Rose Petal, Milk, Rice Powder, Coconut Milk and Papaya. It's a simple but luxurious blend that smells fresh and delicate like a sunny Rose garden - it was love at first smell! To use it, you just need to mix a small amount of the loose powder into wet hands to create a smooth paste, massage onto clean skin and rinse off with water and a flannel. 

The combination of Lactic Acid in the Milk powder helps to gently remove dead skin cells and impurities, whilst Rice Powder is rich in Ceramides to boost collagen production and Vitamin C from the Papaya adds a brightening effect. It feels wonderfully nourishing thanks to the Coconut Milk, and Rose has been used for centuries in skincare all over the world due to its natural abilities to soothe, tone and moisturise the skin. Needless to say, I found that Rose Dust left my skin as soft and smooth as a baby's bottom and I think it's fantastic value for money at only £5.99.

Hello Glow Beauty Tabs review
Hello Glow Beauty Tabs* (1 month supply, £5.99, link)

For those who are looking for affordable and plastic-free skincare supplements, the Hello Glow Beauty Tabs come packaged in a reusable and recyclable tin and can be used by all skin types, though I feel that people who are experiencing the first signs of ageing will see the most benefit from using them.

These easy-to-swallow tiny tablets feature a potent combination of three well-known Indian ingredients - Tumeric, Neem and Honey. The golden yellow spice Turmeric is hugely revered for its antioxidant properties which help to reduce inflammation and repair damaged cells (essential for targeting ageing concerns), and Neem is included to further stimulate healthy collagen production and improve elasticity. Finally, Honey rounds off this tablet with its unique antibacterial profile.

Take two tabs a day and at this price, it's certainly a supplement that you can continue to use for the long term!

Shop for these products and more at roselinkuk.com

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New In Skincare: 3 Products To Try From Evolve Organic Beauty - Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner, 360 Eye And Lip Contour & Daily Defence Moisture Mist review

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Evolve Organic Beauty - Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner, 360 Eye And Lip Contour & Daily Defence Moisture Mist review
Last month, I received some exciting new releases from Evolve Organic Beauty, who I've been a fan of for years now. If you want to breathe some new life into your skincare routine and boost your biome, these three products will definitely help!

If you haven't come across Evolve Organic Beauty before, they're a British, award-winning natural skincare brand who pride themselves on their high-quality products which are handmade in small batches in Hertfordshire, England. Everything is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and as eco-friendly as possible - it's easy to see why I'm a fan!

Their ever-increasing range of products is a joy to shop from, with all skin types and concerns catered for, so I was thrilled to try out these new releases.

Evolve Organic Beauty - Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner review
Evolve Organic Beauty Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner* (100ml, £20, link)

It's common for your complexion to look a bit dull after the winter months, and if yours is in need of a brightening boost, look no further. This Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner will be, in my opinion, one of Evolve's new bestsellers thanks to its gentle but effective formula. Made from 100% natural ingredients, it uses fruit-derived AHAs such as Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane, Citric Acid from Citrus Fruits and Malic Acid from Apples, to deliver noticeable results after just the first use. There's also BHA Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark included as well to help further remove dull, dead skin cells, and promote a clearer, smoother, brighter and more rejuvenated complexion.

If you haven't used a liquid toner like this before, simply pump out a small amount onto a cotton pad and smooth all over the skin, making sure to avoid the eye area - it's a leave-on treatment so don't rinse. Do this after cleansing and then follow up with the rest of your evening skincare routine. I'd advise using it 2-3 times a week for most skin types and just once a week if you have sensitive skin. You will love the results! Packaged in glass.

Evolve Organic Beauty 360 Eye And Lip Contour review
Evolve Organic Beauty 360 Eye And Lip Contour* (15ml, £26, link)

A new product that will instantly appeal to fans of Evolve's 360 'age smarter' range, their 360 Eye And Lip Contour is an eye treatment which really does cover all bases. The clever advanced formula is bursting with Probiotics which help to care for your skin's microbiome so that it works with it and not against it. Key ingredients include Green Tea, Pomegranate, Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid and Sacha Inchi Peptides to really boost collagen production, increase hydration, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles, reduce puffiness and make the whole eye area look younger and more awake!

I've been dabbing it on as part of my evening skincare routine, but you can use it morning and night if you'd like. It gives an instant hydrating and smoothing feeling, and also doubles up as a targeted lip contour treatment to address fine lines in that area if it's a concern to you. Packaged in glass.

Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Defence Moisture Mist review
Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Defence Moisture Mist* (100ml, £20, link)

Regular readers and fellow Instagram followers will already be acquainted with this last product as I've often featured it in my skincare routine snaps on IG Stories but wait, it's actually new! That's right - Evolve's amazing Daily Defence Moisture Mist has been reformulated to be 100% natural now with a new and improved formula!  This rebooted version is a welcome re-release which will benefit all skin types with every spritz. There are prebiotics derived from Chicory Root which balances and nourishes the delicate skin barrier, whilst Organic Prickly Pear works its magic thanks to its revered natural antioxidant and hydrating properties. Hyaluronic Acid locks moisture in and Orange and Rose Flower Waters soothe and soften irritated skin.

This is a facial mist that I often recommend for the Spring and Summer months to anyone who finds that their skin flares up due to heat or allergies, but I enjoy using it all year round to keep my skin looking and feeling its best as part of my daily routine. You won't be disappointed! Packaged in glass.

Discover the full range at evolvebeauty.co.uk

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Health & Lifestyle: Creating A Plastic-Free Dental / Oral Hygiene Routine

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Health & Lifestyle: Creating A Plastic-Free Dental Routine
With routine dental appointments now cancelled until further notice in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become more important than ever to establish a good daily dental routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here are some of the best natural dental products on the market that will also help you to go plastic-free with your routine at the same time!
Health & Lifestyle: Creating A Plastic-Free Dental Routine
One Small Step - Swap Your Plastic Toothbrush for a Bamboo One
If you only make one change, make sure it's this one - simply swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one - super easy! Plastic toothbrushes are a major contributor to the growing pollution that's clogging up our oceans with over 3.6 billion of them thrown away worldwide; that's an enormous amount. Luckily, bamboo toothbrushes offer a biodegradable and sustainable alternative to this problem so when it comes to replacing your current toothbrush, why not make the switch? Woobamboo has bamboo toothbrushes for the whole family with prices from £4.49 (link).

No More Plastic Packaging - Buy Your Dental Floss In Refillable Glass
All dentists recommend flossing at least once a day as part of a good oral hygiene routine, but did you know that most plastic containers of dental floss are not made from recyclable materials? Many are simply thrown away with the usual bathroom waste, but you can now purchase your dental floss in glass thanks to Organically Epic. Their vegan-friendly dental floss is infused with Charcoal to remove stains and it has a refreshing peppermint flavour. You can also purchase refills to reduce packaging waste further and one pack will last around 3 months (£5.25, link)

Bye Bye Plastic Interdental Brushes - Swap To Sustainable Bamboo Instead
I've been looking for a sustainable alternative to plastic interdental brushes for a long time and I was beyond happy to finally come across this nifty assorted pack from Woobamboo. Featuring a mix of interdental brush sizes, these are made from 97.6% biodegradable material including eco-friendly bamboo, so this is another easy swap to make (12 pack, £6.99, link)
Health & Lifestyle: Creating A Plastic-Free Dental Routine
The New Natural Plastic-Free Toothpastes
Plastic-free toothpastes have been popping up on my beauty radar for a while now and a growing number of natural brands are bringing them to the market. I've tried several of them from various brands in a range of formats such as powders, solid bars and jars of pastes, and I have to admit that the latter has worked the best for me. I've been enjoying using the Sensitive Natural Toothpaste from Ben & Anna since my last plastic tube ran out and it has a lovely refreshing flavour, with a gentle but protective formula that's been specially created for sensitive teeth (100ml, £8.95, link).

A Glass Alternative To Plastic Mouthwash Bottles
Also from Ben & Anna, I discovered the matching Sensitive Natural Mouthwash which utilises natural ingredients such as Sea Buckthorn, Aloe Vera and Sage to disinfect, soothe and protect your whole mouth. The glass bottle definitely adds an extra touch of luxury to my bathroom sink! (500ml, £10.95, link).

Health & Lifestyle: Creating A Plastic-Free Dental Routine
Introduce A Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner 
For the most optimum oral hygiene, the practice of using a Tongue Cleaner has been popular in Ayurveda and natural health circles for thousands of years, yet I've only recently started to see more and more people in the West embrace them. This stainless steel option from Organically Epic helps to get rid of bacteria and dead cells that build up on your tongue, which in turn improves your sense of taste and banishes bad breath at the same time. With a lifetime guarantee, it's hygienic and easy to clean, whilst this handy 2-pack is perfect for you and your partner/family member (£6.15, link).  

Time On Your Hands? Try Oil-Pulling
Oil-Pulling is another long-standing Ayurvedic tradition which has become popular in the last couple of years and if you find yourself with lots of time on your hands in the mornings now, why not give it a try?! The general concept is based on Coconut Oil's prized natural antibacterial properties which help to draw out any build-up of toxins and pathogens, leaving your whole mouth cleaner than it's ever been before. It's also known to naturally whiten your teeth as an added bonus! 

To take part, simply add a teaspoon full of Coconut Oil to your mouth and move it around with your tongue, making sure to push it between the teeth - do not swallow it! Swish it around for 15-20 minutes and then spit it out into the bathroom bin (never spit it into the sink as the oil will solidify and cause blocked pipes!). It takes some time to get used to but I find it oddly satisfying! Using an organic, raw, cold-pressed Coconut Oil such as this one from Kiki Health will help you to reap all the benefits (500ml, £13.95, link).

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Foodie Friday: Vegan French Toast recipe #LoveFoodHateWaste

Friday, 27 March 2020

Vegan French Toast recipe
French Toast is one of the tastiest ways to use up any leftover bread that's starting to go stale and it's a surprisingly easy recipe to make a vegan version of as well! 

The French call it pain perdu which translates as the 'lost bread' and I've always enjoyed the challenge of using up a food item so that nothing goes to waste. Food waste is a massive problem here in the UK so as part of the ongoing Love Food Hate Waste awareness campaign, I wanted to share this quick and easy recipe for how you can make some delicious Vegan French Toast.

For this recipe, you'll need some stale thick bread (fresh bread is too soft and just falls apart, so the older it is, the better!) and a couple of vegan-friendly storecupboard ingredients. I've tried to focus on the kind of ingredients that I know most of my vegan and plant-based friends usually have at home, though I understand it may be difficult to source them at the supermarket at the moment, so feel free to save this page for another day in the future if that's the case.

I really love this vegan version of French Toast and highly recommend it to anyone to try, vegan or not, I'm sure you'll love it!

Vegan French Toast recipe
Ingredients (serves 2)
  • Two slices of thick-cut, old Bread (Sourdough is the best IMO)
  • 200ml Almond or Soy Milk
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Coconut Oil, for frying
  • Fresh Berries, for serving (optional)


Method 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the Bread and Coconut Oil, and let it stand for a few minutes to thicken slightly.
  • Dunk the Bread into the wet mixture and allow to soak for 2-3 minutes, turning it over to ensure every inch gets a good coating.
  • Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add a little Coconut Oil. Carefully add the soaked Bread to the pan and fry for a few minutes on each side, until you get a nice golden brown colour overall.
  • Transfer the French Toast to plates and top with your favourite Fresh Berries. Add an extra drizzle of Maple Syrup if you want some more sweetness - enjoy!

Vegan French Toast recipe
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Green Beauty: LoveLula Beauty Box - March 2020 review

Thursday, 26 March 2020

LoveLula Beauty Box - March 2020 review
Looking for a cruelty-free beauty box which is packed full of natural and organic products from a range of exciting brands? Look no further - a subscription to LoveLula's monthly beauty box is just what you need! 

Inside March's box, you'll find five beauty treats to try out and with an overall value of £75, it's amazing value for money too! Here's what's inside:-

Biovène Barcelona Dreamy Ultra Hydrating Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars (RRP £5.99 each)

New to LoveLula, Biovène Barcelona offers a range of solid shampoo and conditioner bars for all your zero waste haircare needs so they're a brilliant way to cut down on your plastic usage. Each bar lasts as long as 1 & 1/2 plastic bottles and they're free from SLS and palm oil. I was lucky enough to try these out earlier in the year so you can check out my review here.

 Madara Purifying Foam Cleanser (RRP £18.50)

With the warmer weather now finally coming into the UK, you may find that your skin is much happier with a lighter cleanser these days and this one from Madara is perfect. It helps to balance out oily areas, whilst keeping drier parts hydrated and soft, so if you have oily/combination skin, you'll see the most benefit from using it. I've tried it a couple of times so far and really like it!

 Kathleen Sensual Rose Body & Massage Oil (RRP £34)

We could all use some relaxing 'me time' right now, and I'm smitten with this gorgeous Rose Body & Massage Oil from Kathleen. It's such a beautiful and luxurious product and it smells absolutely incredible! Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, I will be treating myself to a self-massage with this after every bath time for a little at-home pampering.
FOM London Anti Pollution Glow Serum (travel size)

Finally, the last product in this month's LoveLula beauty box is a travel-size bottle of FOM London Anti Pollution Glow Serum. Specially formulated for dull skin types, as well as anyone who lives and works in a city, their Anti Pollution Glow Serum helps to keep skin hydrated, plumped up and protected against environmental stressors such as pollution. I can't wait to try it!

LoveLula Beauty Box* is a monthly subscription box priced at £13.95 with free postage in the UK. Visit lovelula.com to find out more.

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