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A few weeks ago whilst having a YouTube binge I found myself watching Makeup tutorials. Not an uncommon occurrence for me (hehe) but this time I was watching YouTuber’s that use only Vegan and cruelty free cosmetics. Somehow I just randomly got there and was like hey.. this stuff looks pretty darn good! A brand in particular that caught my eye was 100% Pure. Partly because I had never heard of it before but mostly because considering the products are 100% natural and dyed using fruit and vegetables, they looked so normal.Β Every time I use the concealer I can be heard muttering to myself, “How on earth is this pigmented from fruit!?” If your brain is currently asking you that same question then you can read a bit more about the brand here. They explain it waaaay better than I ever could and there are even little diagrams and pictures too, just for your viewing pleasure folks πŸ˜‰ The website also goes into more detail about the nasty things that are usually included in makeup like coal-tar and lead (yes, I know wtf!) and they explain how the processes they use are different to most synthetic makeups. Very interesting for makeup nerds like myself!! I ended up buying a foundation, a concealer and a blush as they were what IΒ needed and chucked in a lippie as well because treat yo’self. Here are some of my thoughts πŸ™‚

Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation in the shade Creme

This guy really surprised me. It comes in the cutest packaging, which is madeΒ from post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans and paper to resemble a little tin reminiscent of makeup in the old days. When I first opened the tin to have a peek at the product I thought for sure that the colour was going to be too orange-y on my pale skin but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I applied it with my trusty favourite, a damp beauty blender and it went on so creamily (is that a word?)Β and immediately melted into my skin. The colour was actually the perfect shade for me but I think in the wintery months when I’m a touch paler then I will have to go to down to ‘White Peach’. This product is a bit more on the dewy side of things so if you have oily skin then you might want to look at grabbing a pressed powder or something to go on top of it but for my normal/dry skin this stuff has the perfect amount of dew. It has great lasting power too, sticking it out for the whole day and even through hours of dance training it didn’t really budge. It just leaves you with a luminous, very natural, skin-like finish which is definitely what I’m looking for these days. To read a bit more about the formula and the all natural ingredients list click here.

Something that bummed me out a bit though was that after only a week of usage I had hit the bottom of the pan. For me, if I’m spending $50 on a foundo, I’d hope that it would last a little longer than a few weeks y’know!? So I had a little back track and decided to rehash my method of applying so as to make the formula last a little longer and I think I may have found the best method for those of you interested in trying the product. Don’t just stick your beauty blender straight into the pan, instead warm up the product with your finger and dab small amounts around your face and THEN go in with a damp beauty blender or brush to blend. The formula is really buildable too, so for areas that need more coverage you can easily apply a second layer without it drying or going cakey.

Fruit Pigmented Long Lasting Concealer in the shade Creme

This concealer is actually the bomb.com! I’m pretty picky with my concealers as I find most of the time they can be really drying and thick which only brings out the wrinkles around the eyes more. Having paler skin, I suffer from dark circles under my eyes so a good concealer is my best friend. Even on days when I don’t wear any makeup I still pop on a little bit of concealer under the eyes and on any little spots I may have. In the past I’ve quite liked ‘it cosmetics – bye bye under eye’ to conceal under my eyes but that stuff is pretty heavy-duty and can also be quite drying especially once set with powder. The 100% Pure Concealer it is really pigmented and really creamy. Two things I believe most of us are looking for in a concealer!! It applies easily with my ring finger and blends so well into the foundation too. I like to set my concealer with a powder as otherwise it tends to crease around there (not pretty) and on those days when I’ve gone a little too hardcore on the powder I can just apply a little more of the concealer over the top and it surprisingly melts down perfectly. It is definitely long-lasting as it says, but if I do find I need a touch up, the compact is small enough to pop into my handbag and even includes a small mirror. Check out more about it on the 100% Pure website here.

Fruit Pigmented Chiffon Blush

The blush comes in the same packaging as the Foundation tin but is instead in a hot pink shade. This small detail of difference in tin colour definitely helps for easy, on-the-go grabbing when you are doing your makeup in the morning! Don’t want to be dabbing my booty blender into my blush tin now do I πŸ˜‰ I love pinky cheeks so this colour was an obvious choice but boooyyyy do you have to go easy with this stuff. A word of warning from me (A.K.A Clown Face McGee after my first try) a little goes a long way with the fruit blush! I’m not saying this is a bad thing as I think the more pigmented the longer the product will last you but again, just saying, pump the brakes, take it slow. It blends out well and isn’t chalky or too powdery and leaves a natural rosy finish which I’d say is suitable for all skin shades πŸ™‚ No negatives on this baby, shop itΒ here.

100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick – Currant

I went with Currant as the girl I was watching on YouTube was wearing this colour and I thought it looked absolutely beautiful. I’m a pretty big fan of wearing minimal eye makeup with a bright lip most days as I find that its a nice way to make myself feel put together without full on over doing it. First impression of this lipstick was that it glides on really well and that colour pay off is intense! Dat fruit though!! It did last for a good few hours but after eating my lunch a lot of it was gonesies. I didn’t think much of it and went to apply a second layer. That’s when I noticed that my lips had gotten pretty dry… my lips can often get dry but I don’t usually notice them to be THAT bad. It didn’t really like being applied on top of itself and it also didn’t enjoy my dry lips either; going darker on those parts leaving my lips looking patchy and not lush. I’ve used the lippy since and I’ve tried to make sure I apply some sort of lip balm over the top and its been much better. Also on second application I make sure that my lips are clean and I start from scratch. 100% Pure has sooo many different lipsticks and glosses on their site so I definitely want to try some of the other formulas before jumping to any conclusions πŸ™‚ You can see more about the one I purchased by clicking hither.

The difficult thing with buying makeup online is knowing what shade is going to be the right one. It’s always risky business especially when you are choosing foundations so I would definitely recommend doing a bit of research before hand so you can suss out what colours other people with similar tones to you would wear and then go from there. I also like to look up images of swatches that kind people out there have done and try to make a decision from all of my compiled info. Sometimes the website itself will tell you what undertones each shade is best for which also helps too πŸ™‚ Google is your best friend in this scenario people!

So that’s that! I try my best to use Vegan, cruelty free products where I can because I know that not only is it the best for me but it’s also great for the environment too πŸ™‚ What are some other products that you guys use that might be Vegan and cruelty free? Hit me up in the comments box below!

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Let’s address the ginormous elephant in the room here before we get started shall we? I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks… apologies for that. Life is a rollercoaster ride and sometimes you’ve just got to hang on tight, close your eyes and feel your way through those ups and downs. For me these past couple have weeks have been just that, up and down. But mostly down. In positive news, my partner and I got a new car (after driving around in a 2000 Toyota Echo for 8 years, basically ANYTHING is an upgrade!), I’ve gotten to catch up with some friends and family (yes, this is a luxury for me!) and I’ve been trialling a few products to post about. But the bad news has kind of been what’s been consuming most of my time and energy the past week and a half and that has been the passing of my Opi (it’s how you say ‘grandfather’ in German, and yes I’m half German). It’s never easy losing someone you love and my Opi was so special to me which has made it even harder. Those happy memories of him will last forever though and the thought of that has definitely helped, but it for sure has been difficult to get on here and pretend that nothing has happened so I decided to take a little bit of time πŸ™‚ Alas I feel that time has passed now and I didn’t come on here to be a negative Nancy so I shall speak sadly no longer and I’ll jam on through to some of those products I’ve been wanting to post about!

Today it’s hair masks but make sure to stay tuned for the next episode! I’ve been trialling a couple over the last 3 weeks and one has definitely been a stand out. I love the luxurious-ness of hair masks and I especially love the way they leave my hair feeling silky and sleek like I’ve just walked out of the salon. Each of the masks I’ve been testing have different “priorities” shall we say but the general gist of any hair mask I feel is to replenish damaged hair, giving it back its strength, smoothness and shine. So if you’re interested in splashing out and giving your hair a good masking then read on sister!

Evo: Mane Attention Protein Mask

Suitable for: coloured hair, damaged hair, people with hair, people with split-ends, hair.

First impressions:Β Nice simple packaging, easy to use and LOVE that I only need to leave on for 3-5 minutes. Smells fruity, floraly, pretty-y and is transparent in colour (does that even make sense?) Probably better to say the product has no colour? Β Ahh forget it. It doesn’t have much of a ‘mask’ type feeling to it and could actually pass as being a conditioner. Due to lack of richness/thickness it doesn’t go very far on my super thick hair and I have to use a gallon.

After drying:Β Well considering it claims to be the “psychiatrist for split ends” and states it provides “boosts for the shoots” (ahem, whatever that means!) I feel it kiiiiiiiiind of lives up to its name. My hair did feel different in a slightly courser, stronger way and there did appear to be less split ends. I guess if you are looking for that silky, slippery post-mask hair feeling then this isn’t really the guy for you. This bloke is more about fixing past damage and protecting the hair from future inflictions. The concept is that the more you use it the stronger the hair becomes and after a couple of washes I was all out of product and I couldn’t really tell if my hair was that much stronger. I would have loved to have tried this product 2 years ago when my hair actually wasΒ totally stuffed from bleaching it platinum so that I could really put it to the test because at the moment my hair feels in pretty good nick so I’m not sure if that’s why I didn’t feel much change? Not my favourite hair mask but definitely not something that I would say is totally hopeless.. give the little sampler a go and see if it helps you πŸ™‚ You can find it over hereΒ at Salon Style.

Davine’s MINU/hair mask

Suitable for: coloured hair, non-coloured hair, transparent hair? women, hair, everyone.

First impressions:Β Cute little tub for ease of getting out the product. Oops, maybe a little tooooo much product. The blue goo smells like citrus which reminds me of how much I hate citrus. The citrus does become bearable for all non-citrus lovers. It definitely has that rich, thick, mask type consistency but you have to leave it on for 10-15 minutes #youwinsomeyoulosesome. I combed it through the ends, shaved, brushed my teeth, exfoliated my face and knitted 10 sweaters before finally washing it out and… my hair felt like it belonged in a Disney movie.Β Totally worth the time.

After Drying:Β The Disney hair feeling didn’t go away and on top of that my hair was uber shiny. My hair seemed to dry really easily and was so silky and smooth that it just went where my hair dryer blew it. No need for extra styling because it looked like I had already done that just from rough drying it with my old scabby hairdryer! It definitely replenished my hair like it said it would and the satin finish lasted a good 4 days of beating ranging from tears to hairspray. Looking forward to using it again and getting my Ariel hair back #underthesea. To find prices and sizes check it out hereΒ at SalonStyle.

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