As you might know I prefer to have a no-makeup makeup approach and try to focus on my skincare rather than covering bad skin up with makeup, but I've always been a big fan of happy nails. And I've found a way to make them even happier now!
Finding really good ethical nail polishes that work just as well as conventional ones isn't that easy. Most people then opt for 5-free polishes that are at least somewhat better, but why not go double or nothing?
Sundays is a 10-free, cruelty-free, vegan and nontoxic nail polish brand. 10-free means they are formulated without dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, and tert-butyl hydroperoxide.
I've selected four of my favourite autumn shades that you might have already seen me wearing across my other social media for a while and I can honestly say they are one of the best products - long lasting, easy to apply and shiny. Also - the packaging is everything!!
I've gone back to black (No. 42) lately which I haven't worn in years and I can't get enough of it. If not in day to day at least for Halloween, I mean that's just a must.
No. 42 | No. 32 | No. 22 | No. 06
It's no secret that I've been in absolute denial about summer ending (seems appropriate to post this on the last day of summer). There's a lot of reasons why, from the freedom and carelessness that just seems to float in the light and warm air, the clothes you can wear that feel like a second skin to the glow of your skin. I wouldn't say I have ever been overly obsessed about being tanned, although I don't hide from the sun (if I'm wearing sunscreen), I also don't apply self-tanners and stuff like that in winter. But there's nothing I love more than that healthy glow you get from a short getaway holiday when your skin isn't really all tanned but just slightly and your cheeks, nose and lips have this pinkish-red tone like they just got all the nourishment in the world.
This post is making me very nostalgic. NOT HELPING.
Anyways, I recently came up with how to fake just that glow without self-tanners, bronzers and whatever else people use for this purpose!
You only need two things. Well three if you include a good moisturiser (this is what I use). Apply and spread the moisturiser, let it sink in for a couple of seconds and the apply the blusher on your cheekbones as well as over the bridge of your nose, so that it really looks like you'v been in the sun just about one minute too long. Apply it lightly though, we don't want to look like lobsters. The use the lipstick in a pinkish-red colour that still resembles your natural colour so that people won't even notice the difference.
I've found this blush which is working miracles for me,(it's truly become my favourite thing ever!!) it's the Nui Cosmetics Cream Blush in Karamere - which by the way I also use on my eye lids which makes them look really glowy and brings out some of the green in my eyes.
For the lipstick I use Nui's Amiria to get that tinted effect.
Nui Cosmetics is a german brand that I had the pleasure of discovering during Berlin Fashion Week (see the beauty look I wore here)and have fallen for. It's 100% natural, almost all ingredients are organic and it's completely vegan/cruelty free and you'd never be able to tell the difference from conventional high quality make-up!
You might have seen pictures on instagram from exotic places of underwater photography of these beautiful beds of white corals with captions like “is this heaven?” Truth is that might be more appropriate than what you might think since it’s close to a death bed. When corals are dying, the first thing to go is the coloured algae that lives within symbiotically then slowly all that is left behind is their white skeleton, which will then start to be covered in a different brown algae and decompose.
Now a lot of people might ask them selves why that is so shocking or why the scientist tracking the bleaching event for a few weeks in the Netflix documentary re-emerged from the water crying, but it’s as simple as this: coral reefs house about a quarter of all known marine species that could go extinct without their habitat.
Most of the commonly used beauty products are mainly made out very harmful chemicals, we’re talking toothpaste, shampoo, facial cream and sunscreen - besides the fact that 80% of what we put onto our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream, the rest ends up in the sea. There is this is idea that the sea is so big and everything you throw into it will just magically disappear, but that’s just not how it works and whilst we MIGHT be starting to think about reducing plastic, the last thought on our minds is the chemicals and particles we spread every day, that seem to little and irrelevant.
One popular ingredient you find in common sunscreen is oxybenzone which has been proven to deform corals - just one drop in six and a half olympic pools damages coral, no imagine how much we spill into it.
It’s not enough to criticise Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord and yet never start looking at your own household and the tiny things you are doing wrong.
I am often surprised by how much people rely on politicians to make the world better and have the thought that their own actions don’t have any real consequence, but how I see it is that we are the consumers, we decide what we put on our skin and what ultimately ends up in our blood or the sea.
I’m going to introduce you to an alternative sunscreen which I have been using guilt-free for the past few weeks and has been working perfectly. Natural sunscreens are known for being very thick and leaving this white non-spreadable layer on the skin, but that’s pretty outdated too, or at least I’ve found Green People's that does the job amazingly just like a normal sunscreen, without the nasties, and with all these positives:
The main ingredients are Aloe Vera, Avocado, Chamomille and Green Tea. I was actually surprised by the price, as I thought such a big tub of natural, organic, vegan etc sunscreen would probably start at £40 but instead it’s half of that - find that pretty amazing!!!
The Aftersun cream is actually pretty amazing too, like the sunscreen it’s made for sensitive skin and through the mint and aloe extracts it has an incredible cooling effect on the skin which is the ultimate goal after a long day in the sun!
Find them here:
30 SPF Sunscreen
15 SPF Sunscreen
Once relegated to the wooden shelves of healthy food shops with decisively unappealing packaging and even worse advertisements, natural beauty is being reborn. At the forefront are companies like Clean Beauty Co. that create 100% natural products, vegan, cruelty-free, beautiful packaging and super fair pricing. They have recently launched BYBI beauty with two products: Prime Time and Babe Balm - let me give you the (literally) juicy details below.
p.s. shot these right out of the box so they would be untouched but waited a couple weeks before writing this so I'd actually be able to test them out!
Prime Time is hands down the most amazing face scrub I have ever tried. It's main ingredients are marshmallow root and apple & pineapple acids that help polish and prepare your skin to better absorb nutrients from your moisturiser (in my case it being coconut oil). It gently scrubs away all the dead skin cells and leaves your skin bright and ready to apply makeup smoothly. On that note, can we just admit that the right skin care routine is going to make the biggest difference in how your makeup is going to look and stay throughout the day?
Babe Balm is a multi-purpose balm (I'm sold already), which you can use as highlighter, moisturiser, lip balm and anything else you can think of. I use mine on lips and cheeks to give them some glow and my new favourite thing to do, since I don't wear a lot of makeup is spread a little on my eyelids, then apply mascara. It really makes your eyes pop and just look sparkly. I used to do this trick with lipgloss but to be honest it just gets way to sticky and heavy so I stopped and now use this balm instead which is super light, you forget it's there and it stays shiny the whole day.
It's main ingredients are Coenzyme Q10 (which is an antioxidant), kokum butter (which has insane healing properties), Monoi (made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil - in short: newest addiction), Squalene (another antioxidant with magical properties) Hibiscus and Calendula.
Doesn't hurt either that it smells like a peach smoothie consumed in the shade of a palm tree sitting on the beach.
One thing I will say for these two products is that you seriously run the risk of eating them because they smell insanely good! I wonder if you can?
Everyone that knows me knows how much I love to have happy nails, but as I replaced one colour with another I noticed how much damage polishes did to my nails so I set out to find a more natural alternative. The best one I've come across so far is Kure Bazaar's polishes as they are 85% natural - based on wood pulp, cotton, potatoes and corn. Most importantly they don't have the 4 most commonly and toxic chemicals normally used in polishes (toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, synthetic champor). I'm totally in love with this brand as it works the say way other polishes do and has an amazing selection of vibrant colours. My favourites are the red (rouge flore) and lilac (fuji), you might have seen me wearing these in my videos/other blog posts. Since making the change my nails are always strong and healthy - it really does make the biggest difference.
I am currently looking for more beauty brands so if you have any suggestions let me know, would love to hear! x
In my quest for a more down-to-earth lifestyle (literally!) I have been doing some research on natural beauty and have come across some insane facts. For example, did you know that the average woman adds about 200 chemicals to her skin daily, of which 60% is absorbed directly into our bloodstream? Would it surprise you to know that just because of a lot of chemicals are toxic they are the most common ingredients in beauty products? Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is for example an inexpensive chemical that is a proven skin and eye irritant, pollutes groundwaters, accumulates in fish bodies once absorbed by them and is used as a pesticide. It recently tried to become a pesticide for organic farming but was rejected because of it's environmental impact.
I think it's incredible that something like this is legally in most shampoo's!
the best brand I've found so far that is SLS and paraben free as well as natural is Faith in Nature. They have lots of different flavours but my favourite is the Coconut one. Coconut has been proven to increase hair growth and nourish it abundantly.
The shampoo really works just like a normal one, beautifully foaming up and the conditioner works best when you let it set for about 5 mins when you do other body parts ;) The amazing thing is that it doesn't cost much more than standard shampoos - I've found that a lot of other natural shampoos cost at least 4 times and as a student that's a bit hard to maintain...
I honestly love it so much that I recently couldn't contain my excitement when I spotted a bigger bottle for the same price at TK Maxx!! So am now stocked up for the next two years!
Have you ever tried this or have any other recommendations? Would love to hear your experiences x
As you may know I have given up on most store bought products that aren't natural as your skin absorbs almost 80% of everything that is applied to your skin directly into the bloodstream and I don't want that to be chemicals.
I've recently tried making this coffee scrub which is made of only three ingredients and works amazingly. You feel so fresh and regenerated afterwards. It can be used once a week, which is what I do, or every day. I never thought I'd love using it so much!!
What you'll need for 1 medium jar:
- 30gr coconut oil
- 50 gr coffee (not too finely ground)
- 150 gr coarse salt
Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together. Yes, it's that easy and ready for use. It will hold for a long time if places in an airtight container.
Lips need some love during this time of the year, but most of the balms I seem to buy only help for about half an hour, so I decided to try making one and was surprised that it literally takes 5 min.
Beeswax and coconut oil are both great moisturizers, honey is amazingly healing and you can add just about any soothing essential oils to give it some extra flavor.
Makes about 2 containers (depends on their size):
1 tablespoon shaved organic beeswax (got mine from Amazon here)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon organic, raw honey
(optional) drops of any essential oil
Shave off about a tablespoon of beeswax from the block and heat it up. Once it's almost completely melted add the coconut oil, honey and oils and stirr until it's all evenly mixed.
Just fill the containers with the liquid and wait about 15mins or longer for it to stiffen and you're good to go!
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I always love a good Sunday beauty ritual for skin and hair and recently I've been counting down the days until I can make my avocado face mask again, because I love the way your skin feels and glows afterwards.
Avocados are incredibly good for your skin because of their fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. They are able to regenerate, protect, moisturise and hydrate your skin.
Raw honey is great for clarifying your skin by opening pores and it’s antibacterial which is great to fight off any external agents.
Lemon on the other hand is known to tighten skin and I love the freshness it gives you!
Makes 1 mask:
1 tbsp raw/organic honey
1/4 juice of a lemon
blend everything together or alternatively mash everything together and mix with a spoon.
Apply on your rinsed face and leave to set for 10-15 mins.
It’s ideal after a nice brown sugar scrub - this will leave your skin in the best shape ever!!!
I used to have a lot more commercial beauty products, but I kept finding myself going back to more natural products for two reasons.
For one I feel like they honestly do work on my skin better and aren’t as strong as certain creams might be, especially since we do absorb a lot of what’s on our skin into our blood stream!
Secondly, they are much much MUCH cheaper!
So healthier and cheaper - I think we have a winner!
There are four products that I literally coudn’t live without:
This is absolutely amazing for nails, and I really swear on it and have given up any kind of nail hardener polish and other chemical rubbish like that, which in the end was ruining my nails more than it was helping them!!
My nails used to often split and grow quite slowly, so you can imaging how ugly they used to look!
I have been applying it for 2 years now and it is beyond amazing.
Just pour about a nut size amount into the palm of your hands and massage it in, all over your skin and nails, make sure to gently rub back the cuticles with it as well!
You will see the miracles happening after about a week as it takes a little time, but you will quickly notice how they restore themselves.
I’m also a big nail polish person, but I have learnt that like anything else nails need to breathe and see some sun too, so when you have some time off, maybe on weekends, take your nail polish off, wash your hands properly and apply some almond oil!
All of my friends have started using it too and one of them can't apply it every day cause it makes her nails grow way too fast! No joke.
Yes, it’s the same exact one we use in the kitchen! It has so many amazing benefits both for the inside and outside of your body! Make sure to buy the organic one though as the other will be full of chemicals and not at all rich in coconut!
I usually just take a little container were I fill some oil from my kitchen one into and keep it in my bathroom, as I don’t really like keeping the big coconut oil packaging on my shelf. But that’s just aesthetics ;)
Before going to bed I wash my face and apply only a fingertip amount of coconut over my face and neck. If you have some spots try avoiding putting the coconut oil on them as it contains quite a bit of fat! (Read what I do against spots here)
Et voilà, you’ll wake up with such soft and amazing skin in the morning!
I use coconut oil on my hair as well, once a week for a nice mask. I simply apply some on the tips of my hair before going to bed (don’t apply too much as you don’t want to grease all your sheets, unless you redoing laundry the next day) and don’t apply it on the routes of your hair or it will take a lot more to wash out.
Simply wash it out the next morning as you would normally wash your hair, and you will see how amazingly soft they are!
It’s so incredible, as soon as your hair gets wet you can feel how soft they are, as if you already applied conditioner!
ESSENTIAL OIL FACE SCRUB
Face scrubs are super easy to make and are honestly so good for your skin as you need to scrub of the dead skin cells so the new cells can restore and your skin can shine.
I use this once a week as well.
As a base I use brown granulated sugar as it has a great consistency to scrub and absorbs the oils I add to it. I like using quite calming oils like jojoba and lavender so that it relaxes my skin while giving it a beautiful shine and softness.
I will do a more extensive post on face scrubs with recipes for you to make yourself!
BEEWAX & OLIVE OIL
I came across this on a farmers market and really fell in love with it! It’s great if you have some dry skin, I my case it’s often my hands especially when the weather changes all the time, so I apply this amazing mixture of organic beeswax and olive oil and it works wonders!
The cute old man how sold me this also said it works wonders on mosquito bites, I have yet to try this as I don’t get stung often, but I will let you know! Has anyone of you ever tried it out?
The most amazing this is that almond oil costs between £3-£5 in a supermarket, coconut oil costa a little ore £6-£10 and out of both you get so much and you wil keep them for MONTHS! The funny thing is that the two products combined still cost less than certain commercial creams especially when you have to replace them every month!
The beeswax I bought in a farmers market for £3 and to make the scrub you will probably spend a little less than £10 and keep for months, I had my little tub for 6 months and still have a lot of it left! Just be mindful about how much you use and you will spare so much money!!!!
Do you guys have any other natural beauty products you love? x