Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle

I read a few fantastic posts on Organic Make-up Artist about the virtues of brown mascaras… now I’ve always been a die hard black mascara girl, so it took a while for me to take this on board, but Laura’s expert viewpoint around the benefits of the softer, more natural look that brown mascara can create made me keen to give brown mascara a try.

Initially, I tried the green people mascara in brown black which I loved. It is fantastic – it didn’t smudge or flake at all and the brown shade was a revelation (sorry if that sounds dramatic, I really did notice how much more natural and flattering it looked against my green eyes). The only downside I found was that it had a fairly short life (approx 2 months). Now I know that we are all supposed to be replacing our mascaras after this time anyway, but you know… if I’m going to do that, it needs to be pretty reasonably priced!!

So on a recent mooch around Nature’s Vale – which I’ve found fantastic for affordable green make up – I found Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle. For £7.89, this seemed well worth a try!

cherry plums and sage leaves, in case you wondered!

cherry plums and sage leaves, in case you wondered!

My initial impressions were wow – this really is natural! One coat looks like my lashes but better. The colour is nice – again, one coat gives a very natural effect that blends with my natural lash colour (dark brown). A second coat gives more impact. I haven’t found it to smudge or flake and it is particularly good for bottom lashes (which I’ve got into the habit of leaving bare for day time looks, because of the unpredictable nature of natural mascaras). I have to say that I like the Green People mascara better as it gives more impact with less effort, but I do love the natural look that this gives and have found the formula to be gentle on my eyes (very easily irritated in the summer due to my hayfever) and easy to remove.

excuse my tired eyes, this is a candid shot, two coats after a 12 hour day.

excuse my tired eyes, this is a candid shot, two coats after a 12 hour day.

The brush is nice and the packaging, whilst nothing fancy, is functional and the little window on the side is intriguing!

I think this is a good day time mascara for me at a reasonable price. I’ll definitely be shopping at Nature’s Vale again. They have some great, difficult to find brands.



Madara Moon Flower Tinting Fluid

Madara moon flower swatch - above the dollops of product, I've blended a dot out onto my arm.

Madara moon flower swatch – above the dollops of product, I’ve blended a dot out onto my arm.

Madara Moon Flower Tinting Fluid

Madara Moon Flower Tinting Fluid

I have had both Madara Sun Flower tinting fluid and Madara Moon Flower Tinting Fluid for quite some time.

In summers past, I’ve enjoyed sun flower, which is a warmer tone. However, this summer my hayfever, combined with a heavy workload, have ensured that I’ve remained very pale all summer. Consequently, the lighter moon flower seemed a better option.

Both fluids have a very herbal, freshly mown grass type smell. Personally, I rather like it and find that it wears off fairly quickly, but I know others may not enjoy the scent.

The texture is light and fairly liquid – I’ve tried applying it with several methods, but have found that plain old fingers works best.

The fluids offer a very sheer level of coverage – this is fine for me. I struggle with anything that feels heavy on my skin. It offers enough moisture for my combination skin, although I do need a little powder on my t-zone to prevent shine, particularly in the summer.

Madara state that the tinting fluid hydrates and evens skin tone, blurring imperfections. I’d agree with that, although it really doesn’t do much for any active blemishes.

The fluid has a shimmer to it, although I don’t find it overly intrusive, it is noticeable in certain lights. On my skin, it just gives a bit of a glow and an evener tone. Moon flower is fine for my winter/sun deprived skin (my skin is very pale with an olive tone), with sun flower better if either a) I want to look a little more bronzed or b) I’ve caught the sun a little.

The packaging for the tinting fluid is good – I’ve used a full sun flower and part of a moon flower and have found the packaging to be pretty robust and to be fairly free from wasted product.

I would prefer it in some ways if the tinting fluids contained an spf, but as I said, I’ve seen so little sun this summer that this has been neither here nor there!

Overall, I like Madara as a company – their ingredients are pretty good and they provide a helpful glossary on their site. They do not test on animals and are in the process of applying for the “leaping bunny.”

I would recommend moon flower (or sun flower) to those looking for a sheer, moisturising product which offers a little radiance and colour, but not if you need more coverage or are bothered by a slight shimmer.

No mud, no lotus…


the pretty Lickey Hills near my home.

Well hello world!

Here is my first blog post… I intend this blog to be a space for me to review green beauty products I love, post DIY beauty recipes and to write up occassional lifestyle posts.

I’m 31 years old, I live in Birmingham, UK and work full time. I live with my lovely boyfriend and two gorgeous cats.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who might be out there in the green beauty community!!!

I’ve got a few things in the pipeline for the next few posts. I’m most excited about some bodhi and birch reviews… I’ve just placed my first order for three body and birch products and can’t wait to try them. I’ve also got a few products that I’ve fallen for that I’d like to review and some fun recipes to put up.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend,


No mud, no lotus