Review: BWC Super Cover Cream Concealer Pencil in Fair

Hey beauties!

I finally go it, I finally bought the concealer that has been on my wish list for about a whole year. And boy, I am so glad I did. It’s amazing, long lasting, easy to apply and budget friendly too. I don’t know why I waited so long to purchase it.

Today I decided to do a little review with some swatches and pictures. If you haven’t tried it already then I recommend you go purchase it, you wont be disappointed.

About the Brand:

Beauty without cruelty AKA BWC, are a cruelty free, vegan cosmetics brand that specialise in ‘natural’ cosmetics to enhance healthy skin. Their products are free from fragrance, carmine, parabens, PEG, toulene, formaldehyde and phthalates. They also follow strict BUAV standards. What I really love as well is the price range, they are budget friendly and can be easily found online. lovelula.com naturisimo.com and Amazon are all stockists.

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The Concealer: 

Shade : There are two shades available: fair and medium. I purchased the lighter shade, so I can only comment on this shade. However, you will still be able to get a rough idea of the quality of the product regardless of what colour you would pick. As you can see in the pictures, I have a fair cool skin tone. The shade of the concealer is light with a peachy pink undertone. It blends well into my skin tone without making it look sallow or pink. It’s pretty neutral actually.

Consistency and Coverage: The easiest way to think of it is to imagine any other pencil makeup/kohl pencils you have had before. I would say that it has a medium coverage and applies easily to the skin. It is soft and blends very easily, it definitely needs a powder though on top to prevent it from creasing or moving about. I think this would suit a combination to dry skin tone best.

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Scent: Again, it reminds me of any other pencil makeup I’ve used before. A slightly waxy kohl scent. Nothing special, nothing offensive.

Longevity: With a powder on top it lasts for about 8 hours, which is pretty standard. It’s easy to take in your purse for touch-ups, and as I said before, it’s quick and easy to apply. In terms of shelf-life, it says 36 months, which is super. As it has been a recent purchase I can’t yet comment on how long the product lasts. I will update you in a few months.

Extras: It retails at about £6.99 for 4.0 G, it is hypoallergenic and the packaging is made of wood. It should also be reminded that it is a pencil so it will need sharpened regularly. ;) For more information on the product, brand and the ingredients list click here.

Overall Review: 4/5

Just now I am using this as a stick foundation and concealer in one. I apply the product to my T-Zone, around my dark circles and onto any blemishes (precise application). I blend it in with either my fingers or a buffing brush, and then I finish off with a light dusting of powder to hold it in place. It’s so much quicker and simpler to use than my previous mineral concealers. It also leaves a more dewy finish which I like.

Have you tried BWC? If so, do you recommend any products? Let me know in the comment box below!

Ashley <3

How To Lighten Hair Naturally

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Is your hair looking dull and lifeless, or are you wishing to brighten up your locks without the unnecessary damage and chemicals? If so, read on for my top 3 ways to naturally lighten your hair!

Chamomile:

There are a few ways that you can use chamomile to lighten the hair;  you could make a rinse with chamomile tea, wash and condition your hair with a chamomile shampoo and conditioner and/or mix chamomile powder with henna to make a DIY hair dye. The choice is yours, however I would recommend using all methods together as part of your hair care routine for best results.

Lemon:

Mix half a cup of lemon juice with half a cup of water, then transfer into a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture through damp hair and leave on for 30-60 minutes. Wash as normal.

TIP: Due to the acidity it’s best to keep this treatment to a maximum of once a week, just to avoid it drying your hair out. :)

Honey:

Mix half a cup honey with half a cup olive oil well, and then apply onto dry hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for at least a couple of hours (best overnight), then shampoo and condition as normal. Even better if you use in conjunction with a chamomile shampoo and conditioner. ;)

TIP: You could also mix in some lemon juice for extra lightening.

It must be noted that all these methods take time to build up. You may notice some initial brightness, but for the majority it takes some time and persistence to brighten your hair by a shade or two. Another tip would be to sit out in the sun whilst the treatment is on. Although none of these methods will change a brunette to a platinum blonde, they are all great for maintaining brightness and gradually lightening the hair.

I hope you will try out some of these methods and find them useful. Dying your hair doesn’t always have to include lots of chemicals or damage!!!

Please subscribe for more posts, and check back soon for my Halloween inspired organic beauty looks.

Ashley xx

 

 

DIY Remedies for Large Pores

Hello beauties,

There are several factors that can cause enlarged pores, the most common are oily skin and ageing. Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, there is no actually way of ‘shrinking’ your pores. However, don’t be alarmed as there are  a few tricks that can temporarily diminish the appearance of large pores and some tricks that can prevent the formation or worsening of them in the future. Let’s take a look at them. :)

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PREVENTATIVE:

1) Live a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Eating healthy foods and taking vitamins.
  • Drinking plenty water.
  • Getting adequate amounts of exercise.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and for it to work at its best (and look its best) it needs to be looked after well. This means that plenty of nourishment from a healthy diet and vitamins is essential. One of the most important jobs of the skin is to rid the body of unwanted toxins – this is were drinking plenty of fluids and getting  exercise is important. By putting these three steps into practice you can be sure of a healthy functioning skin that is less likely to break out and case enlarged pores.

2) Protect your skin from the sun:

Ageing and sun damage is one of the biggest contributors to large pores. To prevent the skin from premature aging take the correct steps in protecting your skin from the sun. In other words, make sure you wear a good sunscreen!

3) Develop an effective daily skin care routine that matches the needs of your skin type:

Another way in which we can help fight the formation of large pores is by developing an effective skin care routine. Why so? Well, considering that blocked pores and oily skin is one of the major causes of large pores then it only seems natural to make sure an effective cleansing routine is established. The most basic routine I recommend is to: Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day and to exfoliate once to twice a week.

DIY REMEDIES:

1) The Ice Cube Trick:

One of my favourite DIY tricks, this has many benefits and is a fast and easy pore minimiser. Apply over the skin for instant results. Check out my detailed post on Ice Cubes here.

2) Apple Cider Vinegar Astringent :

Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar with two parts water, and apply to the skin with a cotton ball. For extra freshness, refrigerate before use.

Have a look at my post on Apple Cider Vinegar for more details here.

3) Baking Soda Exfoliator:

Mix two teaspoons of Baking Soda with some water until it forms a paste. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and massage in for about one minute for best results. I like to do this once a week to thoroughly exfoliate my skin and give the appearance of diminished pores.

4) Pineapple Juice Pore Minimiser:

The enzymes in pineapple juice both exfoliate and tone the skin. This makes it a great ingredient to add into DIY exfoliaters and also on its own as a toner. I prefer to apply to freshly cleansed skin, and to rinse it off after about 15 minutes to avoid any irritation. Have a look at my post on pineapple as a toner here.

EXTRA TIPS:

  • Use non comedogenic (oil free or at least mineral free) cosmetics to avoid blocking the pores.
  • Use a primer before applying make-up for a more even finish.
  • Use ‘natural’, scent free or mineral cosmetics to prevent skin sensitivities and break outs.

I hope my tips and information have helped you all out! Since there is no miracle cure for large pores, I think DIY remedies is the most sensible and cost effect treatment. If you have any other tricks or suggestions for new posts then let me know in the comment box below!

Ashley xx

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Hello beauties!

It feels like ages since my last blog post, I’ve been run down with a nasty virus for a couple of weeks and haven’t had the energy to get any blogging done. :( On the plus side though, I started Uni and I am now beginning to feel better!

As we all know, antibiotics don’t do anything for a cold and flu virus, which means it’s a waiting game until things start to clear up. Although we can take over the counter tablets – they tend to be filled with nasty chemicals and caffeine that can actually worsen or immune system in the long run. My solution? I believe the best way to compliment the immune system is to help it naturally with some remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms. That’s why I have created my Top 5 Favourite Natural Flu Remedies List.

My list contains remedies to help treat the most common of problems that unfortunately go hand in hand with the flu season.

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1. Steam Inhalation:

So, we’ll all of heard of this one before, but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for steaming; my blocked sinus’ would have been harder to clear up and more painful! The many virus’s that cause a common cold thrive in dry conditions., this is why the moisture in the steam is one of the reasons why it helps alleviate symptoms. For best results, I recommend steaming twice a day for about 5 minutes with a drop of lavender oil in the water.

2. Saline Nasal Wash:

In short, the aim of this is to clear out any mucus or allergens from the nose. It is particularly popular with those suffering with allergies,and is said to help relieve congestion and calm down inflammation . The downside though, is that it can take a while to prepare, so you may want to buy a saline spray at a chemist. If not, have a look here for instructions on making your own.

3: Herbal and Fruit Teas:

Maybe this is more of a comfort rather than an actual cold fighter, but the warmth just seems to soothe the throat and ease the pain. My favourites are: Ginger and Lemon or Echinacea tea.

4: Soups and Smoothies:

I usually lose my appetite when I have a cold, that’s why I favourite soups and smoothies. You can pack a bunch of goodness into them and yet they’re still so easy to eat/drink. Check out my favourite Immune Boosting Smoothie recipes here.

5: Supplements:

Echinacea, vitamin C and Zinc gluconate lozenges are all said to help fight the common cold and boost the immune system if taking at the onset of symptoms. Apart from those, I recommend taking a general multi – vitamin and staying as healthy as you can. Light exercise such as a short walk, yoga and meditating are all beneficial  regardless if you are feeling under the weather or not. Also remember to wash your hands often and stop the spread of germs! :D

Okay guys, that wraps it up for today. I hope these remedies will help you if you’re feeling poorly and be sure to let me know if you have any favourite remedies in the comment box below!

Ashley xx

 

Liebster Award!

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A big thanks to Elegantly Eco for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

Here are the rules:

1. You must link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by said blogger.

3. You must nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and provide them with 11 unique questions.

4. You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.

5. You must inform your nominees by providing a link to your post explaining the award and rules.

 

Here are the questions that Elegantly Eco gave me:

1. What skincare product can you not live without?

It definitely has to be coconut oil,  it moisturises, cleanses, removes makeup and protects the skin and hair. Also, it smells gorgeous.

2. Where is the most exotic or exciting place you have travelled?

That’s a hard question.. probably the time I visited Disneyland as a child. :D

3. What is your favourite DIY recipe?

My favourite DIY Recipe is my Lavender Skin Salve. It’s the most moisturising salve I’ve ever used. It nourishes the skin for hours. It’s also super easy and fun to make too!

4. If you could have one wish what would it be?

I wish that we didn’t have to lose our loved ones. :( Immortality! ;)

5. What is currently in your purse?

My wallet, keys, Pacifica perfume, study books, tablet and a Lavera lipstick.

6. If you have a talent that nobody knows about, what is it?

I’m not bad at singing… :P

7. If you could have any super power in the world what would it be and why?

I’d love to be able to fly, If there’s such a thing as past life’s, then I think I was a bird.

8. What are your favourite brands in beauty?

Lily Lolo, Caudalie, Neals Yard, benecos and John Masters Organics.

9. What is your favourite exercise?

I love running but I’m getting a bit bored of it at the moment. I am curious to trying some dance and martial arts classes.

10. Do you prefer camping or cottaging?

Depends on the weather, location and the company. A little camping adventure is usually fun though.

11. What is your favourite snack?

Chocolate!

 

My Nominations:

Finding One’s Inner Eco Diva

eles, eaesthete

orightuae

The Lamwich

beautyshenanigans

Julia Homeopath

Alexis Camille Evans

Girl Behind The Glasses

Love Shine Glow

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Cruelty Free Me

My questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

2. What is your signature perfume/scent?

3. Where is your ideal holiday destination?

4. What’s your favourite sport?

5. What are your 3 desert island beauty essentials?

6. What do you want to achieve with your blog?

7. If you could pick, what would be your last ever meal?

8. Where is your favourite place to be?

9. What is one of your favourite quotes?

10. What songs would be included on the soundtrack to your life?

11. What was the best compliment you ever received?

A big thanks again to Elegantly Eco for the nomination and to all my readers and subscribers over the past year! <3

Ashley xx

The All Natural First Aid Kit

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A great post on natural alternatives that work!

Originally posted on Elegantly Eco:

I don’t know about you. But I don’t like to use conventional medicine if I don’t have to. Why? Most conventional medications are full of toxic chemicals that merely mask symptoms. To me, using these medications is the equivalent of using a hammer to kill a spider. It’s overkill. Most of the time, we don’t need two Advils or Extra Strength Tylenol unless our pain threshold is significant. That’s why my first time of defense when I get a headache or any other boo-boo is to use something all natural. The wonderful thing about these items I’ve listed below is that they perform more than one function.

So here’s a list of what I would put in my All Natural First Aid Kit besides the obligatory bandages, gauze, scissors, etc. You can use an all natural product, or if you’re a real purist grab a single ingredient. For the products…

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Eco Beauty Shopping Guide: Stockholm

Hello beauties,

So, I am heading back home to Edinburgh for a few months to study. It has felt strange to be back in Stockholm again, but it’s also been fun to see friends, discover the city more and to practice speaking Swedish again. Before I go though, I decided to visit my favourite Eco beauty boutiques and shops in Stockholm, and to write up a little guide for anyone visiting Stockholm or living here. Here is the lowdown of my favourite Eco beauty stockists. :)

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Vita Vera:

I first found this little gem whilst I was at a Christmas market in the area last December. It stocks a good range of health foods and supplies, but also a fab range of organic cosmetics. It has a pretty decent selection of interesting books too, a few on DIY Organic Beauty products actually. I spent quite a while in here mesmerized by all the goodies and felt very warm and welcome in the atmosphere. It is a little bit out of the center of Stockholm, but still worth the visit if you can. It’s also just a 3 minute walk from the metro station.

Address:

Nybodagatan 1, 126 32

Midsommarkransen T-Bana (Red Line towards Fruängen).

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Lavera makeup Stand at Vita Vera

Gryningen:

You’ll find quite a few health food shops in Stockholm – particularly in Södermalm, but what I like about this store in particular is its relatively large selection of Eco beauty cosmetics. They stock a pretty good selection of brands including: Dr. Hauschka and Faith in Nature, and there’s also a lot of small organic beauty brands stocked here, which I like to see. I enjoy discovering new brands and supporting those that are for a good cause. The only problem I found is that it is a pretty small and cramped store. So, not the perfect environment for browsing in. However, don’t let that put you off, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Address:

Folkungagatan 68, 116 22

Medborgarplatsen T-Bana (Green Line Towards Hagsätra).

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Apoteket and High street Stores:

The Apotek stores (pharmacies) usually stock a few organic beauty brands. Typically, IDUN minerals and Estelle & Thild. Most high-street shops usually stock a few organic brands too. One in particular is the french organic cosmetics brand UNE. The department store Åhléns normally sells these too alongside REN and BareMinerals. I also recommend giving the beauty store, Kicks a try whilst you’re there, I found some Burts Bees on sale last year. :D

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Oikos Butik:

Last, but certainly not least is my favourite Eco Beauty Store in the whole of Stockholm. It is beautifully decorated and stocked. Whilst just being 1 metro stop away from Central Station! This gorgeous boutique has many fabulous brands including: NVEY Eco, Florascent and much to my surprise, Neals Yard Cosmetics.  If there is only one store, you’re going to visit then make sure that it is this. Find more out on their website here.

Address:

Hantverkargatan 18, 112 21

Rådhuset T-Bana (Blue Line towards Akalla or Hjulsta).

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Thanks for reading guys! I hope you found it useful and will try out some of the stores on the list if you visit Stockholm.

Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more posts. :)

Ashley xx