Monthly Beauty Buys

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This month beauty buys included three repeat-buys:

My much loved  Shu Uemura eye lash curler retired after years of hard graft and had to be replaced with another one, exactly the same.

I buy a new  Ilia lipstick in In my bedroom every couple of months. It’s non-toxic and the colour is a mega flattering natural soft pink that manages to bring some swish to my gloomy autumn face.

Living Natures foundation (in Pure Fawn) is a great lightweight foundation without any nasties
It’s the perfect every day foundation and leaves the skin dewy and soft.

I needed a new blusher and tried out a few non-toxic ones before I settled for Jane Iridales beautiful mineral blush in Barley Rose.

French brand Kure Bazaar’s nail polishes are as natural they can be without compromising on performance.
I needed a  boring base coat, but will defiantly try the deep red cherry coloured Scandal next time.

♥L

Manuka Honey Gel

Manuka honey gel)
How I wish I could visit my 15-year old self and tell her everything I have learnt about acne and have to treat it.
I would have told myself to bin all the harsh chemically laden lotions and instead use a light natural face oil all over the face and neck  and then the amazing Manuka Honey Gel from Living Nature straight on the spots to reduce the inflammation and redness.

(This gel is also excellent for sun burn and shaving burn.)

XX Lisa

Beauty: Living Nature Foundation

Living nature Foundation

I’ve tested Living Nature’s Foundation.
Living Nature is a brand I adore, due to their clean, green and healthy ethos.

When it comes to foundation I’m a bit cautious though, I’m not one of those people with great skin and it probably also has something to do with having acne as a teenager.
I need my foundation to give results and it has to live up to my, at the moment, favorite foundation Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua…

So did it?

Packaging is practical and looks nice it comes in a glass bottle (extra points) and with a pump making it easy to get the product out, but Chanel’s bottle will of course always win on glam points.

As I used it for the first time I was a bit taken aback by the intense colour (Pure Fawn), I thought it would be way to dark, but when I worked it into my skin it was actually a perfect match.

It was really easy to apply, it blends in perfectly, but you have to work quite fast as the product sets quicker than Vitalumiere.
To my surprise the coverage is almost identical to Vitalumiere.

For several days I used Vitalumiere on one side of my face and Living Nature on the other, and I asked several people which side looked the best.
It was a draw.
Chanel’s foundation has a bit more shine to it so the skin looks more plump but on the other hand Living Nature’s foundation made my pores look smaller and more natural.

After a few hours Vitalumiere sort of sets and if you touch your skin it will almost feel like you have powder on, Living Nature’s foundation feels dewy without looking shiny.

Where Living Nature’s Foundation wins hands down is when you start reading the ingredient lists, I couldn’t find anything harmful here, but that’s not exactly the case with Vitalumere Aqua.

Some studies show that we absorb up to 70% of what is put on our skin and with that in mind I will use Living Nature’s foundation as an everyday foundation and  maybe Vitalumiere on evenings out.

L

Amazing Healing Benefits of Manuka Oil

Manuka Oil Living Nature

This little un assuming bottle containing Manuka Oil, has saved me from numerous antibiotic courses and steroid creams.

It all started when I got a cut on my foot whilst doing Taekwondo.
I got a horrible infection that resulted in cellulitis and a couple of A&E visits.
After weeks on super strong antibiotics I was able to walk again, but the infection never really healed.
I was given more and more antibiotics and steroid creams on top of that, but nothing really helped in the long run.

Then one day the lovely people from Living Nature sent me the above bottle of Manuka Oil and I just knew I had to try it on my infection.

I had used Tea Tree oil, but this was something completely different, within a week I could see real improvement!

Manuka Oil has amazing antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Scientists have found that it’s even effective against the MRSA bacteria, which is resistant to normal antibiotics.

You can use it in the same way as you would Tee Tree oil, straight on the skin. (but do a little test on your skin before just to be sure you’re not sensitive).

It’s excellent for Athletes foot and Toenail fungus: apply the oil straight on to the infected area cover with socks or a dressing twice a day, and/or put 10 drops in a relaxing foot bath.
It’s also extremely good for skin conditions like Acne, here I would apply straight with a cotton bud.

The oil is also very soothing and uplifting , so very good to add to a relaxing bath if you suffer from stress or anxiety.

This 10 ml bottle from Living Nature cost about £15 . Yeah, expensive, but this is one healing product I can’t live without.
                                                    ♥L

Face Oils

Face Oils

Face oils deliver serious results, they are nourishing & plumping leave your skin soft and glowing. These oils are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, and they deliver the nutrients quickly & deeply into the skin. They are good for all skin types: rehydrating dry skin, they lessen wrinkles on mature skin, they balance oily skin, and because of this they are really good if you suffer from Acne!

The worst thing you can do to Acne prone skin is to strip it of its oils with harsh lotion and potions, that will only make the situation worse. If the skin is robbed of it’s natural oils it will produce even more, leaving you in a vicious circle. A face oil will balance the oil production and calm the skin down. ( I wish I had known this when I suffered from Acne as a teenager, but I covered my face in some über harsh lotion that even bleached the towels!)

My kids also use a face oil, they (surprisingly!) love the routine of washing their face with a gentle soap by Pitter Patter and then applying the oil, they use an argan oil by Melvita.

At the moment I have two different face oils on the go, Nudes Replenishing Night Oil and Living Nature’s Radiance Night Oil. The Nude one smells divine of rose and vanilla , my favorite smells! It’s  quite dry, so I can sometimes use it during the day as well. I also use a seriously good one by Living Nature, Radiance night Oil is a mix of rose otto, rosehip and frankincense oils to name a few, this one is a bit heavier and best at night and on dry and mature skin.

L

Lip Balm – Living Nature

Living Nature Lip Balm

I’m a lipstick girl through and through, won’t leave my house with out it.
I prefer shiny slightly transparent ones, like Dior Addict or Rouge Coco Shine, which gives colour, reflection and a bit of volume.
If I need to care for my lips because of dryness, this has been something I apply at night, because there’s no way you can have a lip balm under your shiny lipstick – until now.
Living Nature’s Lip Balm has changed that for me.
This is a slightly different product, when applied it’s super glossy and quite watery, but leave it for 10-15 minutes and the balm has worked itself into your lips, leaving them soft and nourished but completely matt!
This makes a perfect canvas for applying lipstick even shiny, slippery ones.
Living Nature is a company dedicated to natural non synthetic ingredients so you can feel safe applying this one.
It’s full of goodness like Manuka honey, Calendula, Shea butter and Cupuacu butter which also gives natural sun protection.

♥L