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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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.