Straight after reading the press release for Walden Natural Perfumes – the latest brand to be welcomed to the Love Lula family – I put in an order for The Solid Earth*. Normally, I mull a potential purchase over in my mind; gathering what information I can about the product, I let the idea of it linger a little longer. But this time, I threw my usual caution to the wind. Read on to find out if I’m glad that I did…
Exfoliating is one aspect of my skincare routine that I really feel the benefits of. There’s nothing like giving your skin a good scrub to make it feel deeply cleansed and revitalised. Call it a placebo effect, but I usually need quite an abrasive product to make me feel like it’s really worked so, when I was approached to try something out from Botanicals, and spotted their Gentle Face Polish*, I was certainly intrigued.
I’ve long been of the opinion that people should wear as much or as little makeup as they want to. If wearing false lashes and a perfect contour every day makes you feel like a queen then just do it; equally, if you want to rock a naked face, you should. If I’m honest, though, doing what I want is not always easy – particularly within the confines of restrictive beauty standards – and my relationship with makeup has grown more complicated than simply deciding whether or not to wear it, and feeling great either way.
Winter is terrible for my skin, and I feel like the ill effects are worsening the older I get. I’m talking flaky under eyes, random dry patches on my face and absolute havoc being wreaked upon my poor lips. Unpleasant, to say the least. So, as the cold weather clings on for dear life, I’ve been doing my best to combat the negative impact it’s been having on my skin, by trying to add as much nourishment and moisture into my routine as possible.
As much as I love liquid lipsticks in flamboyant shades, they’re not exactly ideal when it comes to regular wear. I tend to do that thing where you “save” your favourite, most expensive and outlandish lipsticks for special occasions (which, in my case, are few and far between) and never really wearing them. So, in an effort to integrate more lip products into my makeup looks, I’ve been trying out a few that are a little more suitable for everyday wear.
I’m a person who relies on rituals and routine. For better or worse, creating rituals keeps me calm in times of anxiety and allows me to maintain organisation and control. As soon as I start to feel my routine going out of whack – during a busy week with lots of evening activity, or over holiday season, for example – I begin to feel anxious and unlike myself, with the only remedy being to return to my status quo as quickly as possible.
As I’ve been trying out a few different skincare products recently, I thought it was high time I spoke to you all about my updated cleansing routine. My morning skincare routine, being constrained a little by my inability to get up on the first (or the second) snooze, consists of a quick spritz of toner, a dab of cream under each eye and a few drops of serum rubbed in. However, in the evenings, I have a little more time to spare on my skin, and it seems all the better for it.
Occasionally, I’ll take a peek at the ingredients of my favourite foundation or mascara, and be met with an incomprehensible list of chemicals which, although they have been cleared for use, are disconcerting nonetheless. Some of the main offenders are my favourite cruelty-free brands, which I have been loyal to (much to the despair of my bank balance) since deciding to use only vegan products. And while I haven’t had any adverse reactions to any of the products I’ve used, it has got me thinking about seeking more natural alternatives.
I might be enjoying the change in seasons – all those fallen leaves, scented candles and the return of my beloved blanket scarf – but my skin certainly isn’t. I feel like I need to bathe in a pool of coconut oil to continuously soak in some moisture. My face in particular has been suffering; I have dry patches on my cheeks and forehead, and my lips are chapped and sore. Gee, thanks, October.
It’s lip care in particular that will be the subject of today’s post, because I’ve settled on a trio of products which are really working for me in terms of keeping my lips fresh and prepped for the lovely Autumn lipsticks I want to adorn them with. If you also suffer from dry, chapped lips over the colder months, but don’t want that to get in the way of wearing lipstick, read on for my suggestions!
As much as I love their skincare and bath bits, I’d never really paid much attention to LUSH’s makeup range. That all changed at the end of last month, when I popped into my closest store to pick up some bits from their Halloween range. For some reason, LUSH’s lipsticks were calling my name and, heeding their cries for a new home, I bought two in shades Confident and Perspective.
I’m not sure if this post can count as a review – it might be more of a first impression. However, after a couple of wears each (if only around the house) I feel I have gotten a good enough idea of these products to share my initial thoughts with you.