Milk – Gel Eyebrow

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I can’t claim that I’ve ever had a strong eyebrow game, I grew up in the 90s when skinny brows were all the rage and to this day my eyebrows are still in recovery. For me using this Milk Kush Fiber Eyebrow Gel is a first as I’ve always filled in the gaps with the brown eye shadow and I can tell you I’m absolutely delighted with the results.

It’s really easy to use, you just brush up and across the brows and for those sparse areas use the tip of the application to fill in the gaps. Re-apply for a thicker look. The gel sticks to the brow hair ensuring that it is completely transfer proof, so it’s not going smudge across your face at any point in the day.

Milk Kush Fiber Eyebrow Gel is completely Cruelty Free and Vegan and they have a good selection of colours to suit most skin types. The colour featured in the image above is called Haze and is suitable for Blonde to Brown hair colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsie’s Attic

Let me introduce you to this gorgeous online Boutique called Elsie’s Attic I’ve been following for sometime now.  They are an independently owned  online fashion store that offer cruelty free fashion.

I ordered these absolutely stunning sandals in Champagne back in May but due to the near on biblical daily downpours I haven’t been able to wear them until now.

I love & adore them them so much I’m going to order another pair in a different colour for my holidays.

 

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They’re super comfy and sparkly and at £19.00 and a standard £3.99 delivery charge they are a bargain. Get your pair HERE

Made out of Vegan PU leather they are 100% cruelty free.  The only word of caution with these is to be careful as the gems are glued on so I wouldn’t use them for everyday wear.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Botanicals – Lemon Superfood All-In-One Rescue Butter

 

Dr Botanicals are a Vegan certified brand that create natural skin care products.

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The Lemon Superfood All In One Rescue Butter is a recent edition to the Dr Botanical product range and perfect for summer.

This rescue butter is filled with 96% natural ingredients that are designed to rejuvenate and sooth the skin making it perfect to revive dry skin. The combination of the Lemongrass and Coconut oil smell delicious enough to eat, although I wouldn’t recommend this. It comes in a 50ml tube making it perfect to carry around in a handbag to be used as a nourishing summer hand cream. Alternatively you could use on dry cracked skin around the heels or elbow, it would also be ideal to apply as an aftersun balm to help restore and heal sunburn.

Information on the tube also recommends this product as a facial moisturiser or even cleanser, I personally find the consistency of the balm a little too thick for my liking as I prefer facial oils.

You can check out my review on Dr Botanicals Rose Facial Oil here

Another great facial product from Dr Botanicals is their Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask.

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Again this new 100% natural product from Dr Botanicals is like nourishing food to the skin. At this time of year it’s so important to keep our skin hydrated and moisturised. I recommend a little self care and apply this magic moisture mask for 10 minutes before bed to help repair & fight damage that can be caused by free radicals. At 30ml’s this is a perfect edition to your holiday hand luggage ensuring that you take care of your skin while you have fun in the sun.

CLICK HERE and apply the code GOCOCONUTS to receive this Dr Botanicals new hydrating mask for £5.00.

 

 

Kiss the Moon

Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 19.41.39.pngKiss the Moon is a unique award winning, natural beauty & wellness brand that combines ingredients in their products that will nourish the skin and naturally enhance a good nights sleep.

Founded by Jo Foster in 2014, Kiss the Moon was created through Jo’s own personal journey of struggling to balance a busy life and maintaining a good sleep pattern in order to help manage the demands of hectic travel schedules & work deadlines.

After much research Jo has created 4 high quality aromatherapy blends and made them into luxurious products to be used as part of a night time beauty regime.

 

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I love everything about this brand, Kiss the Moon is run by a small team of amazing ladies passionate about self wellbeing. Their products are exceptional and it is no wonder that when the founder Jo Foster began creating these exquisite aromatherapy blends that her family and friends encouraged her to share them with the world.

It is very clear that the ingredients used in the products are of extremely high quality and the essential oil blends have been very carefully and thoughtfully put together so that it is easy to distinguish each of the aromatherapy oils used.

Each blend captivates and arouses the senses encouraging you to just stop, relax and breathe.

 

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The perfect Kiss the Moon sleep inducing ritual

Light one of the Kiss the Moon Candles.

While running a bath, add the award winning Lavender & Bergamot, Dream Afterdark bath oil .

Then lather one of the soaps from the Kiss the Moon Soap collection to help wash away the stresses of the day.

Once soothed and restored, exfoliate the face with the Natural Brown Sugar Face Polish to gently remove dead skin cells. Then to nourish and encourage cell rejuvenation apply my personal favourite Kiss the Moon product Glow After Dark Facial Oil and massage into the skin.

Rub Calm Afterdark Sleep Balm to temples and pulse points.

To complete the ritual use Love Hand Cream and rub deeply into hands to heal and restore.

Then last but not least spray Pillow Mist over your pillow and bedding to help induce a great night’s sleep.

 

The products are perfect to indulge in self love & appreciation and they have fantastic gifts sets to spoil those that you love.

If I’ve not convinced you then head over to Kiss the Moon sample selection to test the products out for yourself.

 

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Where you can also find Kiss the Moon selected lines

Kiss the Moon has been awarded Leaping Bunny status and all products are suitable for Vegans.

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UV Protection Haircare Products

In the UK we’ve had 10 days of continuously hot sun with temperatures reaching 29-30 degree’s daily, this has to be a record certainly in my lifetime and yes I have to be British to be talking about the weather because it’s such a typically British thing to do.

With this weather set to potentially last for another month, it has the UK more divided than Brexit. The Sun Worshippers are telling the Weather Complainers to shut up moaning and enjoy it while it lasts. United Utilities threatening the usual hosepipe ban anytime the sun makes an appearance for more than 3 days in a row, despite there being floods just 3 weeks ago. Idiots are starting fires across the country, thoughtless fools leaving their dogs in cars and poor rabbits in hot hutches, the country has officially gone mad.

Anyhow back to beauty, when the weather reaches these temperatures you’d have to be crazy not to protect your skin but we also need consider taking extra care of our hair.  The sun has a natural bleaching and drying effect that causes brittle split ends and this can be more damaging to the hair than any chemicals found in the hair products we use.

So when looking for haircare products at this time of year I would recommend purchasing products that offer UV protection and products that will hydrate and replenish your hair.

 

Maria Nila

It can be fairly difficult to find Vegan hair products that have UV protect but Maria Nila has the most extensive range of products to choose from and all products are 100% Vegan and completely Cruelty Free.

Here are are just a few of the products they have a available with UV protection.

Structure Repair Shampoo

A gentle shampoo for damaged, dry and chemically treated hair that moisturizes and stengthens hair structure. Free from sulphates and parabens. Repairing Algae extract helps hair regain its natural strength, softness and shine. Colour Guard Complex protects hair and reduces the loss of colour associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals.

 

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Style & Fresh: Ocean Spray

A texture spray with extra hold. Apply to damp hair and blow-dry. Air-dry for a natural result. Colour Guard Complex protects against UV–rays and free radicals

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All of Maria Nila’s Sheer Silver range for blonde hair contains UV protection.

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A gentle treatment for blonde hair that moisturizes nourishes and gives a silky soft result. Blackberry extract brings shine and lustre to the hair. Colour Guard Complex protect hair and reduce the colour loss associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals.

 

Bleach London

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A gentle shampoo to protect and enhance the vibrancy of any hair colour. With UV filters and Sunflower Seed Extract to protect hair colour against fading.

 

Giovanni Cosmetics

Most of Giovanni products are Vegan with the exception of a few which do contain honey. None of their products have been tested on animals.

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From the 2chic range this Hot Oil hair treatment will rejuvenate, strengthen and gorgeously restore hair.

 

Avalon Organics

Avalon Organics Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

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A carefully balanced blend of organic argan and jojobo oils,  calendula extract and quinoa protein work in harmony to:

  • Penetrate and renourish the hair shaft
  • Seal in replenishing moisture and radiant shine
  • Protect hair from heat styling, UV damage and other environmental stressors
  • Fight signs of aging such as dry, brittle or wiry stands

The result: renewed hair that feels soft and manageable and has a healthy shine and bounce.

 

Pacifica

Banana Love Deep Intense Moisture Mask.

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Technically this mask from Pacifica doesn’t contain UV protection. It will however hydrate sun damaged hair. Pacifica are a completely Vegan/Cruelty free brand that do not contain any nasty chemicals

 

John Masters Organics

John Masters Hair Spray.

Unlike most Hair Sprays John Masters Hair Spray does not come in an aerosol can and therefore is not considered flammable.

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Created from organic, natural ingredients rather than synthetic polymers or plasticising agents that typically found in traditional hair sprays. The ingredients aloe leaf juice and acacia senegal gum leave the hair with a touchable hold and no flaky residue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real V’s Fake Make-Up Brushes

In December Kylie Jenner posted on Twitter, promoting her amazing luxury “real” cosmetic brushes.

Quoting “Real brushes don’t compare to synthetic”

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Kylie Jenner is very wrong but sadly impressionable young women will buy into what is ultimately a marketing ploy.  Good quality synthetic brushes are much better than real brushes and here’s why.

Firstly if you use a synthetic brush then no other living being had to suffer in order for you to apply make up to your face. It might come as a surprise but animals don’t give their fur willingly, so animal hair used in cosmetic brushes will usually be from a by product of another cruel industry, an example being hair that comes from Mink will often be a by product of the fur industry.  If that isn’t enough for you then there are plenty more reasons to opt for using synthetic brushes.

Companies promoting real hair brushes will tell you that their brushes are superior to synthetic brushes because they naturally have better blending properties and this is literally all they have to say in comparison and yet even this isn’t completely true.

 

M.O.T.D Cosmetics

Motd Cosmetics is a luxury brand of make up brushes that are a PETA certified, Cruelty Free, and Vegan. The brushes are made from recyclable aluminium, eco-friendly wood, and taklon fiber bristles. Motd Cosmetics  is a company based in Las Vegas and created by Chantal Azamian an amazing woman with a vision to create cosmetic brushes empowering people in their creativity to create looks that they love, keeping in mind that compassion and kindness are key to creating a conscious forward thinking brand.

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Motd Cosmetic Brushes  are made with a high grade synthetic polyester fiber that mimics animal hair to distribute make up products evenly around the face in the same way that animal fur can.

For those who suffer with allergies Motd Cosmetic brushes are a safer alternative to animal hair brushes. They are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and non porous unlike animal fur making them suitable for people who have sensitive skin. Where as animal hair brushes trap the dirt and oil from our face and creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Motd Cosmetics were recently kind enough to send me their brushes to try and they really are just lush.

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I’ve been using Bodyshop cosmetic brushes for a little over a year now and been relatively happy enough with them, they do the job I need them to but I wouldn’t consider them high quality, they’re average at best.

Since using Motd Cosmetic Brushes I can really notice the difference and now understand why it is worth investing in high quality synthetic brushes. These brushes feel super soft to touch and yet they are incredibly strong holding, I’ve been using them a couple of weeks now and not noticed one shed hair. The brushes easily lift the product and blend flawlessly, they also don’t hold on to the product as there is very little residue left on the brush once applied, ensuring that your not wasting the product your applying.

The Products

You can purchase the brushes individually or as sets, the whole brush set costs $120usd and this consists of 15 brushes.

The Price

For a luxury cosmetic brush brand you can expect to pay £30 onward just for one brush alone. On average to buy one Motd your looking at spending $12usd which in British pounds is around £9, I personally think this is exceptional value for the product as I have paid much more for average quality brushes.

 

 

Clean your brushes

It’s important to clean your makeup brushes and I have before now totally ruined my brushes when doing so. Motd brushes are so easy to clean and I recommend checking out their tutorial on how to clean your makeup brushes.

 

 

Additionally you should check out  M.o.t.d You Tube Channel for product details and tips, InstagramFacebook, Twitter and Pintrest.

 

Yllo Beauty

Yllo Beauty  is a Tumeric based Vegan Skin Care Brand and no it doesn’t stain!!

 

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Tumeric is a herbaceous plant that is a native plant of India and the Southeast Asian continent, initially Tumeric was used as a dye but is now more commonly used in the culinary world, in particular curry dishes.

 

Jaz & Jamil are the founders of Yllo Beauty

Jamil who was familiar with traditional Indian skincare remedies that were natural and Tumeric based and Jaz who had suffered from reoccurring skin problems for years were together inspired to create Yllo Beauty a Tumeric skincare product that worked on healing skin ailments rather than hiding them.

Yllo Beauty products

Tumeric Facial Scrub

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Turmeric reduces blemishes and redness, lightens facial hair, fades scarring, and evens out skin tone. Our face scrub works to deeply exfoliate, awaken, and soften your skin.

Tumeric Facemask

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Turmeric reduces blemishes and redness, lightens facial hair, fades scarring, and evens out skin tone. Our face mask works to draw out impurities, awaken, and soften your skin.

 

Tumeric Face Elixir

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Our face elixir works to heal, nourish, and revitalise your skin. After cleansing, shake bottle and drop onto fingertips. Gently pat over face at bedtime.

Tumeric Body Scrub

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Turmeric reduces blemishes and redness, lightens body hair, fades scarring, and evens out skin tone. Our body scrub works to thoroughly cleanse, awaken, and soften your skin

You can also purchase these products together as a package at Yllo Beauty

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The Yllo Beauty skincare range is Vegan & Cruelty free and 100% natural and free of any preservatives. Additionally for every product purchased 10% goes to the charity Girls Not Brides which is working to help child marriage, an issue which is close to Jamil’s heart.

Now before you go reaching for the Tumeric in your kitchen cupboards, just hold up a second because Tumeric does stain. Yllo Beauty is especially formulated with the right amount of Tumeric so that it doesn’t stain your skin, it will however stain your washcloth and towels, so I would recommend using darker coloured washcloths and ensure to remove the product completely before drying.

It is recommended that you use the product 2-3 times a week and you should expect to start seeing results within 1-2 months.

For the results I recommend checking out  Yllo Beauty product reviews