Saturday, 30 July 2011

8 Uses for Vaseline.

Hello lovely readers! 
Just got back from camping in France for two weeks and have had a wonderful time. The only Beauty product I ended up picking up was a hand cream by Biopha, which i'm excited to use and review at some point!

Today's blog post is based on using up old beauty products. As I have made the transition to natural/organic products, things get left behind. And in my case, I have had quite a few things that have been sitting around. I hate to waste money and think it makes more sense to use up your old products rather than throwing a whole product away. Therefore I try to find other uses for some things I want to finish, and then it means I can find a natural alternative!!

So Vaseline is obviously petroleum, something that isn't good for you. But nearly everybody probably has a tin/tub lying around. I took some on holiday with me, and found 8 great uses for it, which means the tin is almost empty now!

1. Lips- This is the first and most obvious one and the reason people probably own Vaseline. It is a good  balm that nourishes your lips.  I have to say though, I don't think it is the worlds best lip balm. There are definitely better ones out there!

2. Rough Patches- Simply massage it into rough parts of your body! Elbows, knees etc etc. It will sink in nicely and leave the dry parts much softer!

3. Eyelashes- Rub a tiny bit in to your eyelashes before bed, and your eyelashes will become more soft, fluttery and conditioned!

4. Foot Balm- Cover your feet in Vaseline and put some soft socks on before you go to sleep. Your feet will feel much smoother and soft when you wake up!

5. Highlighter- Use on your face as a highlighter. Put on your cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow and nose to create a natural glow! (Just don't put too much on!)

6. Nails- Massage into your hands and around the nail beds to strengthen and condition the nails to make them strong and healthy!

7. Sun Burn- Rub a little into sunburn to give the dry flakiness some intense moisture. Put lots on before bed and the skin will look better in the morning! I did this a lot when I was on holiday!

8. Shaving- Apply to legs and using a disposable razor, shave. I suggest a disposable razor simply because the razor can get clogged with the Vaseline (nice, i know!) But its a great one if you can't do a wet shave. Massage the remaining Vaseline into your skin and your will have soft smooth legs! I wouldn't suggest this to people with very sensitive legs though. 

I hope these have inspired you to find alternative uses for your old beauty products. Its surprising how quickly you can get things used up! 
Thanks for reading. I can't wait to get some more blog posts up soon!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

My Holiday Items

This weekend i'm going on holiday so as I was packing, I thought it might be nice to show you all what natural and organic products i'm taking with me. I'm going camping in France for two weeks, so as you can imagine, it gets tricky trying to decide what to take. I would love to roll up to the campsite with just a toothbrush and flannel, but unfortunately, my hair and face does not agree with that idea! We will be in a tent, won't have much access to electricity and will be using campsite showers and so I have tried to think carefully about exactly what I will want and need with me! 
I have divided the products in to three categories: Hair, Make up and Skin care.


I have been using a lot of Lily Lolo Make up over the last 8 months or so, and really been liking it(review to come). I have chosen to take the foundation, blush, and two concealers.(one green and one normal). Brush wise, I have chosen my Lily Lolo kabuki brush, and a blush brush, concealer brush, eyebrow/eyelash groomer and eye shadow brush which are all by Ecotools. The only non natural and organic make up I am taking are eye shadow and mascara and possibly a bronzer as I have not managed to find any alternatives which do as good a job so far. BUT I am really hoping to try some French natural and organic make up, so if you have any recommendations, let me know! 


Can you tell which brand i'm using a lot of at the moment?! TK MAXX are currently selling the TIGI Love Peace and The Planet range at great prices, so I have been collecting up a little army of products. I am taking the Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumiser & Thickener, and Body & Waves Styling Mist with me. Plus the Naked style Frizz Fighter. The Frizz Fighter, Volumiser & Thickener and Body & Waves Styling Mist should be enough to control my hair so it can air-dry naturally but still look nice! The only other hair items I am taking are dry shampoo and hair accessories and a brush. Reviews will be coming of all the products i'm currently trying out at the moment!


As i'm prone to breakouts, I didn't want to substitute any of my skin care as my skin is being really good at the moment. Therefore i'm taking the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with the 2 muslin cloths, White Rose Soaps Rose Water, and the Skinfood New Zealand Cleans All Cleanser and Nourishing Moisturiser. I will decant the Rose Water into something easier to travel with as its in a glass bottle! The Skinfood cleanser can be used with cotton wool and I plan on using that on the evenings where i'm feeling lazy! Like said before, there will be reviews on all the products mentioned!

So that's what i'm taking with me. I will also be using the lovely soap by White Rose Soaps to wash with. I'm not sure if it will seem a lot to you or not much considering I will be camping and won't be using hot tools to style my hair and so on! I have managed to make a big transition to natural and organic products, and am using very little that isn't natural nowadays which is great. 

So I will be back to blogging in just over two weeks so stay tuned for more reviews and blog posts. I hope this post was interesting and that you enjoyed reading it! 

Au revoir! 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Une Natural Beauty Overview & Mini Products Reviews

This year, I have been testing out Une Natural Beauty Cosmetics. I have collected up a  few of their products over the last few months, so I am going to do a brand overview and mini reviews of the products I have tried.

Une are a natural beauty brand created by the same company as Bourjois. Their ingredients are about 98%-100% organic and natural. The prices range from about £4.99 - £11.99. They are of course free from parabens, sillicones, pthalates and petrochemicals. So of course I was happy to see the products are available in both Boots and Superdrug, (instore and online!)  

The products I have tried are:
Skin-Glow Foundation in G02
Skin-Echo Concealer in E01
All in One Mascara in A01(BLACK)
Sfumato Eyes Shadow in S02
Casual Matt Colour in M06

The packaging is simple and white. With the colour of the products clearly visible and all the closures are secure and won't fall of in your make up bag. Some products, such as the eye shadows, have mirrors on the front which is a good useful feature, even if mine is always dirty! I do have to admit that I sometimes pick up my old boots Natural Collection mascara by accident thinking its the same as the Une Mascara, I think the Natural Collection packaging looks cheap, so I think Une need to be careful not to make there's too similar!

So what are the products like?


I chose the colour G02 as it was winter so I was paler. I have mixed feelings about this foundation. Firstly, it's a very light coverage. This is great for people with naturally great skin, but for me, it doesn't cover up scarring and breakouts at all. The foundation does give me a glow, which is nice as my other foundation is matt. Because it doesn't have silicones in, the foundation can be difficult to get used too. You have to work with it quickly, and I find the best way to apply it is with the hands, doing sections of the face one of the time. I think you also need a really good moisturiser to give it a good base to apply onto. It doesn't sit very well on spots either. So as said before, I think people with clearer skin would like this foundation a lot more. You can also feel the foundation sitting on your skin, even if you use a tiny amount, but this is simply due to the fact that it's not full of chemicals to give you that second skin feeling.

I do like the foundation when I'm having a 'good skin day' and want a glow but it is not a foundation I would use on a daily basis. It gives me a lovely healthy glow which I do really like. I probably wouldn't repurchase this product but would try out Une's other foundations.

Rating: 6.5/10


Next up, the Skin-Echo concealer (shade E01). Probably my least favourite product out of the lot. This concealer, doesn't really conceal. It just slides off any breakouts. I have found its best use is under the eyes.  Like the foundation, you have to work quickly and build it up in small amounts. There is not much else to really say about the product. It didn't really impress me but I have been able to find another use for it as an under eye concealer.

Rating: 4/10


As you know from previous posts, I haven't had much luck finding a great natural mascara. I have used this All in One Mascara quite a lot, and it has been a very good everyday mascara. All in One would suggest Volume, Length and Curl. I don't really think it does all three. I think it adds a nice length but doesn't hold the curl. It also adds a bit of thickness to my eyelashes which is good, but I wouldn't rely on this mascara for an evening look. I actually really like the mascara wand and application. The mascara lasts well and doesn't really smudge around my eyes. A pretty good everyday mascara but not a 'wow product'.
Rating: 7/10


The product I have used the most is the powder eye shadow in S02. As the photo below shows, I have pretty much used every bit of it up. The eye shadow colour was chosen for an everyday base colour for my eyes. I use with a brush to sweep over my eyelids to give a even natural colour on my eyes. As the swatch shows, it is not very pigmented, so I had to use much more product to get the effect I wanted. I did like the eye shadow but think I need to try a different darker shade to really see how the colour looks and lasts on the eyes, as this colour is so natural, it's hard to give a really reliable review. 

So I would repurchase this eye shadow, and think they should bring out some trio palettes for the perfect neutral everyday eye shadow look.

Rating: 7/10


I don't wear many lipsticks/tints/glosses as I have a quite naturally pigmented colour lip. So it's been nice trying out this lip product. The name describes it quite well. A casual matt colour added to your lips. The product is described as a light veil of colour which I think is true. Its not like a normal lipstick and I like to dab it on with my finger tips for a natural finish. The colour seems to stay on my lips for about 30-45 mins, and truthfully I don't know if that is a short amount of time for a lip product, as I'm much more of a lip balm kind of girl! I think you do need a good lip balm under this product as when the colour fades, the colour starts to stick to the dry bits of your lips, not a nice look! I really like the colour of this product though and would like to try some of the other shades. So with moisturised lips, this product is pretty good and one of my favourite products that I have tried from Une.

Rating: 8/10

I think there are some good products from Une, and like many other brands, some products that I think are disappointing. I would still like to try some of their other range, such as the blush, mineral foundation, lip-toned products and some other eye-shadow shades. Their brushes also look good, so it would interesting to try those too! 
I don't love the brand, but I like it. Its affordable, accessible and has a great range of products in good shades.

My overall rating for Une Natural Beauty Cosmetics: 7/10

 Have any of you tried Une Products, and if so what did you think?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Burt's Bees Colour Keeper Shampoo Review

I have another shampoo review for you today, and this one is the Burt's Bees Colour Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Shampoo. 

When I finished my Naked Shampoo, I decided to purchase a different brand to see what else is out there. I went for Burt's Bees, as it is another brand found on the high street and is accessible to lots of people. This shampoo is £9.99, which is over double what I payed for the Naked shampoo. So I was hoping that paying more means your hair is softer and shinier and just lovely!

I have already talked about the company and what Burt's Bees offer in my Honey Lip Balm Review, so I'm going to get straight on with reviewing the shampoo!

The Verdict
I have to say, I really like this product. It smelt gorgeous, really refreshing when you have just woken up. If you like the sweet strawberry type smells in your shampoo then you might not be as keen but I found it a very pleasant smell!

The bottle contains 350ml which is quite a good amount of product. I did find I needed more shampoo than usual, even compared to other natural shampoos. This meant the product went down a bit quicker then I would have liked. However it still lasted ages. I bought it in Easter time and only finished it in June. I only need  to wash my hair about twice a week so the shampoo lasted well! 

This shampoo made my hair very silky smooth and always left my hair feeling really clean. I would be interested to see how my hair felt using Burt's Bees conditioner with it too. I just used one of my other Natural conditioners as I couldn't bring myself to spend about £20 on shampoo and conditioner. 

On the bottle it says it will keep your hair vibrant and shiny. I dye my hair with semi-permanent dye, and the colour has been fading anyway, but I think the shampoo helped keep it a nice colour. The ingredients include Jewelweed Extract which is supposed to help lock the colour in, and the Green Tea helps protect the hair from the sun rays. My hair also looked shiny and healthy, so the product does what it says on the bottle!

So, I have really liked this shampoo and it gave great results. The only negative is the price. £9.99 might not seem to much, but I wouldn't want to get into a regular habit of paying that plus more for conditioner. I think there are others on the market which are cheaper and produce great results too. As I am going to university in September, I will be even more eager to find affordable but excellent natural and organic beauty products! 
I would repurchase this product as a treat to myself and think it is a wonderful shampoo.

My overall rating for Burt's Bees Colour Keeper Shampoo: 9/10

Can you recommend any good natural/organic hair care brands that I can get in the UK?