Green People Organic Lifestyle Review

I love reviewing products, especially when it comes to new brands I've not tried before. I have been kindly gifted these items from Green People, who are an organic and cruelty-free company that do some fabulous skincare, hair care and even cosmetics!

The good thing about this brand is you can buy starter packs to try before you pull out money for the full sized products, which is a handy way to make sure you're happy with your purchase. I have 2 starter packs to review, both of which contain three 30ml tubes; a perfect amount to properly test the items out. 

The first starter pack is the hair and body care Superfood Starter Pack, which is the quinoa and artichoke shampoo and conditioner, with the quinoa and calendula shower gel. The first thing I noticed about these products is the smell; it has a very herbal and fresh scent, which really makes me picture how organic they are. The shampoo and conditioner are designed to refresh, revive, and uplift your hair with more volume, which is exactly what I need for my flat, lifeless hair. The shower gel is designed to boost your skin hydration and with hints of orange and lemongrass in there, it's really quite an energising scent on a morning. 

I have also been trying the Holiday Sun Starter Pack from the sun care range. The brilliant part about this range is that it's ocean-friendly and reef safe. The Edelweiss 15 SPF sun lotion also has aloe vera and avocado and helps to boost tanning by 25% while protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays. The 30 SPF sun lotion is aloe vera, edelweiss and green tea, which has a higher UVA/UVB protection, is scent free so better for sensitive skin, and has added antioxidants and vitamins to support the skins immuine system while in the sun. Of course, it's not a "sun starter pack" without a good after sun. This pack includes a hydrating after sun with aloe vera, calendula and mint. It's peppermint scented and amazingly cooling on the skin. The best part about this suncare range is that they're not greasy at all, which you get from other brands of sun lotion or after sun. It soaks in quickly and is fast acting. 

Lastly, I was sent the Volumising Mascara which is a certified organic mascara in black. It has natural mineral pigments for the depth of colour, and natural cellulose microspheres boost the volume of your lashes. This mascara definitely does add some volume to my lashes, and I really like the effect it gives. I only wish the wand wasn't a straight, plastic bristle wand. I just personally prefer the pine cone, brush wands as they tend to grip my lashes more. The range of cosmetics are specially designed for people with eczema or psoriasis, so if you have skin conditions like this, these could be the products for you! 

It's great to come across cruelty-free companies and have a new brand to add to your "to use" list. I really enjoyed the shampoo and conditioner in particular and I love the look of their organic cosmetics. Overall, Green People seem to be a brand I haven't seen an awful lot of people talk about, but I really think they should be up there with the other well-known cruelty-free haircare, body care and cosmetic brands. 

Long-lasting, Affordable & Cruelty-Free Bridal Makeup

At the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend my best friends wedding as her bridesmaid. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some bridal makeup, as I'm a budding makeup artist; who is planning on starting my own business in the very near future. I got my research cap on and looked into all the best brands for affordable, long-lasting, and cruelty-free makeup. 

Every single product used in this blog post is cruelty-free, drugstore or affordable, and really did stand the test of being on my face for 19 hours, in 25-degree (celsius) heat. It also withstood my sweat, stress and tears on such a long, emotional day!

Good makeup application always starts with a good, clean, moisturised canvas. So after cleansing, I applied my Superdrug Vitamin C Gel Moisturiser, which is brilliant for oily skin as it's so light. I've used the Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream for a while now, and that's a firm favourite that I use every day nevermind for an occasion. I then primed my skin using the Elf Poreless Face Primer, which is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin and enlarged pores. They also have a hydrating one for dry skin. Now, colour correction isn't something I use on a day to day basis, but I think it's very useful for occasions where you're wearing makeup all day or when there's flash photography. In my case, I used the lilac to cover my dark circles, and the green to correct the redness from my blemishes and spots. I used the Sleek Colour Correcting palette. 

After my skin was fully prepped, I moved onto foundation. I used the Sleek Lifeproof Foundation, and had to mix 2 shades together since I was wearing some fake tan. For concealer, I used the Revolution Conceal and Define as an undereye concealer because of it's thin and blendable consistency. However, on my blemishes, I used the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for the thicker consistency and higher coverage. I then used a cream blush from the Sleek Blush By 3 palette because a cream blush under the powder really helps your blush last all day long, and you still have a lovely rosy complexion by the end of the day. I'd always use a cream blush under a regular powder blush for any kind of special occasion. I finished my base with the RCMA No-Color Powder. This powder is perfect for long-wearing makeup, and because it has no pigment - it doesn't change the colour of your makeup or cause flashback in photos.

I then used the matte contour shade from the Sleek Face Form Contour Palette in the hollows of my cheeks, around my forehead, and under my chin to create more shadow and definition. From the same palette, I used the shimmery bronzer to bronze up my face and make sure my face matched the rest of my body. I went back into the blush palette and used the darker powder to add a bit more colour to my cheeks. I finished up with the Revolution Strobe Lighting Palette, using the yellow/gold toned highlight on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, cupids bow and brow bone. A more gold toned highlighter is much more complimentary than whites and pinks when under flash photography. 

For my eyebrows, I used my trusty Nyx Micro Brow Pencil, which I've raved about for a while now. It's a great dupe for the ABH's range. I then set my brows with the Pixi Brow Gel, mines a bit gross looking, as I use it so much! For my eyeshadow, I decided to go for neutral-pinks to make my blue eyes pop, but they would look good for every eye colour. I used the classic Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which is perfect for weddings. I used the shade Factory in my outer corner and crease, blended into the shade Buzz which went all over my lid. For the inner corner, I used the shade Dust, and took Factory back through my lower lashline.

 I decided to go for a classic winged eyeliner, because that's my signature look, using the Revolution Renaissance Flick liner. This eyeliner is pigmented, smudge free, and easy to apply. I applied some half-lashes, for a natural lash effect. I went for the Fleur de Force by Eylure Petit Fleur lashes and used my trusty duo glue. Duo glue really is the best eyelash glue on the market, I wouldn't recommend any other brand. I finished my eyes with the Nyx Worth The Hype mascara. My lipstick was the Sleek Lip VIP in the shade Reserved, but any kind of pink or nude lipstick would have looked great. Of course, as with any makeup look, I like to set the whole face using the Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray, which helps my makeup last longer.

I honestly can't believe that my makeup lasted 19 hours without it melting off my oily skin in the heat. I just had to share all these goodies with other people, they impressed me so much. So much so that I've decided to stock some of these products in my professional makeup artist kit for when I get started!

July Favourites 2018

Just like that, July is over, and we're now only 5 months away from Christmas. The warmer weather is still around here in Newcastle, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it while it lasts. One of my new year's resolutions was to go cruelty-free on cosmetics, skincare and haircare - and I'm proud to say I've definitely kept that resolution going, as you'll see that everything in this post is cruelty-free! 

My first favourite is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I had been wanting this little gem for a while, but I didn't want to pay the delivery for just one item. This stuff is incredible. You use a cotton bud to apply the pink sediment to your spots and leave it on overnight... by morning spots are significantly reduced. I find it's particularly good for larges whiteheads. Although I haven't had this too long, it's fast become a staple in my skincare routine and I'd highly recommend it. 

My next favourite is another newbie in my life - the RCMA No-Color Powder. I bought this after researching powders to prevent flashback in photography for doing wedding makeup. Because the powder is colourless, with no pigment at all, it doesn't change the colour of your makeup or create flashback in photos. It sets my makeup really well, and I find it's very longlasting.

I've been slowly replacing my Rimmel and Maybelline lipsticks with cruelty-free alternatives and I got this Revolution Lipstick in the shade Awaken a couple months ago. I've started wearing this a lot this month. With the heat, I found matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks were too drying and felt uncomfortable; so I started to wear more moisturising lipsticks. This one, in particular, is very soft and smooth on the lips, and the colour is gorgeous. It's very much a "your lips but better" kind of look and it's really affordable too. 

The other week, Eric and I enjoyed a trip to the beach. I stupidly had a mini nap in the sun and of course, suffered the consequences of sunburn on my back. I've been using this Solait Moisturising After Sun Body Butter to soothe and calm it, and it's helped so much. I like this after sun in particular because it's in a body butter texture instead of the usual oily, runny liquid that feels sticky on the skin. This reminds me a lot of The Body Shop body butter, but this was SO cheap.  

I've always been the type of person who always wears longer handbags or crossbody bags - then always complained about painful shoulders. I don't know why I never got a backpack earlier, but I'm glad I've finally come to my senses. I picked up this Rainbow Disney Backpack from Primark, and I've started collecting pins to attach to it. I've used this bag every single day. It's big enough for everything I need inside it and feels far better to carry around. I can't wait to finish adding pins to it, I love how cute it looks. 

My last favourite may seem a bit random, but I've genuinely played Sea of Thieves on PC every day for the last month or so. It's a great pirate game where you essentially do quests like finding treasure chests, skeleton skulls and other goodies to raise your reputation with different groups and gain coin. You customise your characters clothes, weapons and items as well as your ship. You can always play multiplayer, which I personally think is best, and there are also other gamers on the same server. If you're a gamer like me and like to play with friends, you'll love this game. It's immersive, imaginative and fun!

Please do tell me what you've been loving this month too - I'm always looking to try new things. Especially if anyone has any recommendations for cruelty-free foundations with no flashback, as that's something I'm looking into at the moment. I hope you're enjoying the summer!