Green Beauty: Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection 2019 - Review & Swatches

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection 2019 - Review & Swatches
Not ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet? Me either! To keep those sunny vibes flowing for longer, just add these beauties from Lavera's Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection to your makeup bag ASAP.

Lavera is one of the most well-known organic and natural beauty brands in the business and I always get excited when I see a new collection drop from them. Their latest, Natural Pastels, is inspired by the floral shades and colours of Summer, but it's definitely a collection that you can wear all year round thanks to its flattering neutral tones. 

Everything in the collection is just like Lavera's existing products as they are all cruelty-free, certified organic and natural by NaTrue, and are free from parabens, artificial colourings and preservatives.

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection 2019 - Review & Swatches
When I opened up the package from them, I was pleased to see that all of the products are housed in eco-friendly, durable cardboard packaging which fits in perfectly with Lavera's ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability. Once you've used up the products, all of the packaging is recyclable and the mirrors in the palettes can be taken out and re-used. Another thing that I love about these palettes is that there are no unnecessary brushes/applicators, as I always prefer to use my own brushes anyway, and find that most people throw away the ones that are included.

To complement the collection's theme, the pastel pink packaging is adorned around the edges with an intricate silver floral motif, which I think is really pretty!

Lavera's new Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection features two Mineral Eyeshadow Palettes, two Mineral Blush Palettes and three Lipsticks, of which I have a selection below to show you.

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Blooming Nude review swatches
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Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Blooming Nude* (£24.95, link)

Starting with the Mineral Eyeshadows, this beautiful Blooming Nude palette features six large pans and a mirror. There's a matte pale cream, a gorgeous warm rose, a matte chocolate brown, a shimmering copper brown, a shimmering brown with cool undertones and a deep graphite purple/taupe shade. All of the shades are easy to blend and work with and have a silky consistency that has surprisingly little fallout. As you can see in the swatches below, these eyeshadows have a gorgeous sheen to them which is much more pronounced on the second row of colours, so it's a really versatile palette that you can use for both day and night. 

They aren't as crazy pigmented as some mainstream eyeshadows are, but as far as natural/organic alternatives go, they are brilliant! I'm a huge fan of bronzey and taupey neutrals like these, and you can even wear the first shade as a highlighter and the second shade as a blusher - super easy to travel with!

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Blooming Nude review swatches
Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Blooming Nude

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Blush Palette in Coral Bloom review swatches
Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Blush Palette in Coral Bloom* (£24.95, link)

This Mineral Blush palette is a fantastic selection for makeup beginners, those who travel a lot or anyone who is simply craving some gorgeous blushers! This trio is called Coral Bloom and these shades are so flattering for a wide range of skin tones - there's a shimmering pearlescent highlighter, a stunning peach blush and a rosy pink blush.

As you may expect, the pans are bigger than the eyeshadows above, and there's a handy mirror included. The quality is the same as the eyeshadows and they are easy to build up when you apply them - from sheer to a bolder flush depending on what look you're going for. I am so smitten with this palette and have been getting a lot of use out of it since it arrived!

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Lipstick in Rosy Pastel review swatches
Lavera Limited Edition Natural Lipstick in Rosy Pastel review swatches
Lavera Limited Edition Natural Lipstick in Rosy Pastel* (4.5g, £13.90, link)

The last product that I have from the collection is one of the three new Lipsticks. Formulated with a range of natural pigments and moisturising plant-based ingredients such as Organic Blossom Butter, Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Argan Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil, they glide on easily and feel very hydrating on the lips. 

This ultra-buttery texture does make them prone to melting if left in a warm place though (the top of mine melted a bit when I left it in the car), so keep it somewhere nice and cool to get the most out of it. The shade I have is called Rosy Pastel - a pretty neutral-toned nude pink with a glossy finish that's perfect for everyday wear. 

Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Blush Palette in Coral Bloom review swatches
Swatches: Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Mineral Blush Palette in Coral Bloom & Natural Lipstick in Rosy Pastel


Lavera Limited Edition Natural Pastels Collection is available from selected health stores nationwide and online from laverauk.co.uk

Have you tried any makeup from Lavera?

New In Beauty: PMD Clean Pro RQ - Smart Facial Cleansing Device review

Monday, 9 September 2019

PMD Clean Pro in Blush - Smart Facial Cleansing Device review
Looking to invest in a facial cleansing device, but don't know which one to pick? Skip past the harsh electrical cleansing brushes and treat your skin to a much more hygienic, gentler and sustainable product instead - meet the new PMD Clean Pro RQ.

Long-time readers will know that I'm not a fan of the Clarisonic or the millions of similar versions that have spawned from it over the years. I used to have one when they were all the rage, but it was way too harsh for my skin and caused more problems than it was worth - never again!

Needless to say, I'm pretty fussy with facial cleansing tools these days but one type that has stood out for me is the, in my opinion, much better range of silicone-based devices that are now readily available on the market. Last year, I reviewed the excellent PMD Clean (read here) which has been my main skincare crush, and now PMD has launched the PMD Clean Pro RQ and it's even better.

PMD Clean Pro in Blush - Smart Facial Cleansing Device review
What is the PMD Clean Pro RQ?
This is a free-standing 'smart facial cleansing device' that's made mostly from silicone and charged via a USB cable. It uses two types of technology; SonicGlow and ActiveWarmth to deliver beneficial results to your skin. The front of the device features a head which is made from soft silicone bristles and these are used in conjunction with the SonicGlow tech to break down dirt, oil and impurities deep down in the pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute. This frequency also helps to lift, firm and tone the skin and there are two vibration settings to try out; Gentle and Intense.

Flip the PMD Clean Pro RQ over and you'll discover an embedded smooth piece of real Rose Quartz stone. This side offers the anti-ageing benefits thanks to the ActiveWarmth tech which also has the two massaging settings of Gentle and Intense. Rose Quartz is often used in facials as it helps to reduce inflammation and tension and many say that it has properties of Magnesium, Iron and Oxygen.

How Do I Use It & How Often?
How often you use it depends on your own skincare concerns but to give you an example, I have been using the brush side just once a week to give my skin a deep down exfoliation (I have oily/combination skin that can sometimes be sensitive so I don't like to overdo it), and I've been using the Rose Quartz side 2-4 times a week in the evenings for a facial massage.

You can apply any kind of liquid cleanser to the brush side and you can use your favourite face oil or serum with the Rose Quartz side. However, I prefer to apply the product directly to my face first, and then go in with the PMD Clean Pro RQ, though that's just my personal preference.

PMD Clean Pro in Blush - Smart Facial Cleansing Device review
PMD Clean Pro in Blush - Smart Facial Cleansing Device review
Which should I buy - the PMD Clean or the PMD Clean Pro RQ?
As you can see from my review of the PMD Clean here, these two products are very similar with the main differences being the new addition of the ActiveWarmth tech and the Rose Quartz stone, and the fact that the PMD Clean Pro RQ has a rechargeable battery rather than relying on AA batteries as the PMD Clean does. The size and feel of both devices are otherwise the same and you definitely don't need to buy both!

If you want the anti-ageing benefits of the ActiveWarmth tech, the luxurious facial massage that the Rose Quartz side has to offer and the convenience of having essentially what is a two-in-one product, then the PMD Clean Pro RQ is definitely something to consider investing in. However, if you're younger or on a budget, save your cash and go for the PMD Clean instead.

Overall thoughts?
I have been absolutely loving the PMD Clean Pro RQ! The ActiveWarmth Rose Quartz facial massage is a sheer delight to use and I already knew that I'd enjoy the deep exfoliation that the brush side delivers. This device fits in perfectly alongside my existing skincare routine and I feel that my skin tone has improved since using it on a regular basis for the past 6-8 weeks. The silicone material makes this device super easy to clean as it's anti-bacterial and odour-resistant, and you don't need to ever replace the head which makes the PMD Clean Pro RQ a far more hygienic and sustainable purchase than a Clarisonic-style product. Highly recommended!

PMD Clean Pro RQ* retails for £165 (link)

Do you use a facial cleansing device?

August Empties: Products I've Used Up

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

August Empties: Products I've Used Up
Are we really into the first week of September already? Right then, here are my slightly late August Empties!

Eco By Sonya Organic Personal Outdoor Spray* (reviewed here)
I'm one of those people who gets bitten the minute I step foot outside, so I often use an insect repellant when I'm walking the dogs in the woods. This is a really good natural and organic-based product that uses essential oils to deter mozzies and other common biting insects. It's not 100% foolproof but I find that it certainly helps. Repurchase? Yes.

Aveda Beautifying Composition Oil (reviewed here)
A real luxury pampering treat, I absolutely love the scent of Aveda's Beautifying range and their multi-purpose Composition Oils are brilliant - I've been using them for years! I add a few drops to a bath and massage it into my skin afterwards - pure heaven. Repurchase? Yes.

Balm Balm Face Balm* (reviewed here)
Speaking of multi-purpose products, this Face Balm can be used on any dry skin areas and is particularly useful for cuticles, feet and lips. 100% natural and organic, it's fragrance-free so would be well suited for sensitive skin types. Repurchase? I have a lot of similar products to use up first, but I would consider buying it again.

Weleda Creamy Body Washes in Pomegranate and Sea Buckthorn* (reviewed here)
Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of these Creamy Body Washes from Weleda and I love both of these scents. Fantastic for dry skin, they're perfect for travel or if you're in a rush as you don't need to follow up with a body moisturiser after showering. Repurchase? Yes.

August Empties: Products I've Used Up
Walden Castles In The Air Eau De Parfum(reviewed here)
I finally finished a perfume! This is a lovely fragrance for Spring and Summer as it smells fresh with floral and citrusy notes. The Walden range is completely different to anything that I have in my perfume collection, so if you're quite open-minded about fragrance and want something that's natural, definitely have a look into these. Repurchase? Will do in the future.

Aveda Beautifying Radiance Body Polish (reviewed here)
This salt-based body scrub is from the same Beautifying line as the Composition Oil above so it's no surprise that I finished it at the same time as they are ideal pampering partners! Like the oil, it's very luxurious and leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft. Repurchase? Definitely as a treat.

Madara Nourish & Repair Shampoo*
Having been a fan of Madara's skincare for such a long time, I decided to try out one of their Shampoos and it did not disappoint. This Nourish & Repair formula is great for dry and damaged hair as it deeply hydrates and helps to strengthen against further breakage and split ends. 99% natural and SLS-free. Repurchase? Yes.

Organyc Organic Cotton Pads(reviewed here)
I don't use a lot of cotton pads these days, but when I do (for things like removing nail polish), I opt for these ones from Organyc which are made from 100% organic cotton and are biodegradable. They're strong and get the job done. Repurchase? Yes.

Fruu Avocado Lip Balm(reviewed here)
Finally, I used up a lip balm! I loved this one - it's made from natural and organic ingredients and kept my notoriously dry lips happy and hydrated. The flatter style of packaging is super handy for squeezing into carry-on bags too. Repurchase? I have a million lip balms to use up, but I'm sure I'll come back to this in the future!

What have you used up recently?

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