BWC Spring daytime look

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Hello! Well, after a lovely holiday in Sitges (Spain) and a very busy time at work on my return, I have no idea how so many weeks have ticked away since my last post.

On returning from my holiday in March, I noticed that I was running short of quite a few day to day beauty essentials. I had a few things that I really, really wanted on my wishlist, but needed to make some budget buys as, you know, I spent far too much money on sangria and pinchos in Spain (no regrets!).

After searching around a bit, I found that Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) had some amazing items at pretty impressive prices. The simple, natural daytime look above has been my day to day staple for the last few weeks, although I’ve found that I can use these items to step things up for a more intense evening look pretty easily.

I will do some further individual reviews on these items in future, but without further chit chat, here are the swatches and details for the items used for this look. The only additional items not from BWC are RMS Living Luminizer and a tiny lick of an unidentifiable (label has rubbed off!) liquid liner on the outer corners of my upper lid. (NB: I forgot to swatch the blush in the paper swatch photo below, sorry!)

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As a base, I’ve used the BWC tinted moisturiser in light. This is an extremely lightweight product… it has no shimmer, but adds a little colour to your skin and evens out your complexion. It is listed as having sunscreens, although there are no further details on SPF, etc. I really like this product and feel that it could also be unisex, for any gents out there looking for something to add some colour and freshness to their skin without the shimmer. At £5.95, I think this is a great product.

To cover spots (FYI, I have a HUGE spot on my top lip which this has covered pretty well!!) and marks, I used the supercover cream concealer pencil in medium. This has really blown me away. It reminds me of the Vapour Illusionist Concealer in texture, although it slips less on my skin than Illusionist does, which is a bonus for my greasy t-zone. I really like this concealer. I’ve found that I can apply it direcly from the pencil or swatch it on my hand and then pick it up with a brush, depending on how I’m using it/how much effort I can be bothered to make/how much time I have… again, at £6.99, I’m really pleased with this lovely concealer. It is a good match for my skin and I don’t personally find it needs setting with powder, although in that case, it would perhaps need topping up by the evening.

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(from top to bottom, tinted moisturiser, concealer, eye pencil, mascara, blush, gloss)

On my brows, I’ve used the eye defining pencil from the silver range in brown. Pleasant pencil, good colour for my brows and nice for a smoky eye. Also, for £3.95… it’s like walking into Boots in the good old days and snatching up a Maybeline product, but with vegan and cruelty free goodness! On my lashes, I’ve used the Full Volume Mascara in Cocoa… this was the most expensive product at £11.99, however I have to say, it’s a pretty great mascara, doesn’t flake or smudge and gives a lot of volume. It is quite a bit darker than I expected from the swatch on the BWC site – it looks close to black on, but I don’t really mind as it’s a very good product and doesn’t look too harsh.

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Finally, for cheek and lip colour… I picked up the Silver Range Satin Finish Blush in Sun Gold 3. Now, I’m a blush addict and tend to totally overdo it and make myself look like Aunt Sally on a regular basis, just to try to bring some colour to my pale face, so it has taken a bit of getting used to with this delicate peachy blush… but with some Living Luminizer to add glow, I quite like this gentle blush. And for £5.95, it didn’t feel like quite as much of a risk as buying a pricey blush in a colour that is outside my usual cheek colour comfort zone. On my lips, I’m wearing a sheer slick of Jojoba Lip Gloss in Deeply Berry (7). This is another product I really like – you can apply a tiny amount and use it like a tinted balm, as it is very moisturising or build it up to the depth of colour and shine you like. I’ve kept it fairly light in this picture, but applied, blotted and then reapplied for an evening look and got a more dramatic berry lip which lasted well and wore off evenly.

So, overall I’m pleased with my budget haul and feel good that I didn’t give in to the temptation to hop over to the nearest pharmacy and pick up something less clean and ethical. I’m not sure that BWC is as pure as I’d like, ingredients wise, but feel that this was a good compromise and has given me the chance to step out of my usual colour choices a little, because of the excellent value for money which makes trying new products less of a financial risk. The packaging is no frills (but also had minimal wrapping for postage, which is great!) but the formulas are good quality and offer solid performance.

Have you tried anything by BWC? What are your favourites?

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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.

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