Thank you and good night.

My dear Readers I am sure you will have noticed by now that I have been very slack with my posts – well I am officially going to take a sabbatical from blog writing.

Marilyn-Monroe-Waving-Goodbye-In-a-Classic-Hollywood-Gif

I want to concentrate on my other passion in life – painting. I have been painting for years now for pleasure, but have finally plucked up the courage to start selling prints on my own Etsy shop and website. I feel I need to throw my all into this if it is going to work. Hopefully I will be back someday to take up the baton again for natural beauty.

Thank you all so much for you support over these last 2 years.

Please take a moment to have a look at my website and/or my Etsy shop if you are interested in animals – just click on the painting and/or the etsy button below.

I won’t say goodbye but au revoir as I do hope to return.

 

mollie art

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Fickle woman.

A while back I told you all that I was a ‘fickle woman’ when it came to handing out my love to makeup and skincare brands. Well I am here to prove that point today. I know I wanted to elope with my Belle Pierre foundation last year – I had visions of white, sandy beaches, strolling hand in hand along the shore, whispering sweet nothings in its ear. Well already I have given it the cold shoulder, pushed it to the kerb, shacked up with another brand.

Lily lolo

My new love is the British brand ‘Lily Lolo’. I had flirted with this makeup many moons ago, but was never really reeled in. Now I am not sure why we didn’t hit it off the first time, but let’s say wedding bells and sandy beaches beckon.

lily lolo foundation

Do not get me wrong – I still loved the dewy, expensive look of the Belle Pierre foundation, but for some unknown reason my pale, translucent skin is not as pale as it always was. Their colour Ultra is now too white and the next one up too orange. Also I just could not justify the high price tag. My eyes started to wander, my fingers tapped away on Google and up came Lily Lolo again. I thought I would give them a another whirl.

Firstly I loved that the foundations came in a huge variety of colours and I do mean huge – a wopping 18 different shades. Secondly the customer service is outstanding. I chatted to a lovely lady on the phone who helped me choose my products and colours. Most bizarrely the palest 2 colours were too pale for me – whoa – is my advancing age changing my skin colour – how depressing – anyway Blondie was the shade for me. Also the concealers are super pale – the one that should go with Blondie was too white instead I went for Barely Beige and I am thinking about going up a notch to Nude.

One of the very best things about this company is that you can buy little sample pots of colour so you can get an exact skin match.

Lily Lolo does not produce the second skin flawlessness of the Belle Pierre in one go but I find the colour match to be second to none. To get the flawlessness you desire just brush on one of their finishing powders , then the stardust shimmer and spritz of rose water and away you go.

The price is amazing only £13.49 for a 10g pot. I did go a little crazy buying up most of the online store all of which I will list below.  I can say truthfully that I loved everything I bought. Sorry Belle Pierre you can take a hike, while I make room in my life for my new favourite mineral makeup brand Lily Lolo.

lily lolo kiss

Mineral foundation in Blondie

Mineral Concealer in Barely Beige

Finishing powder in Translucent silk and Flawless silk – I use the first one before my foundation the other one after.

Corrector in Blush Away

Eyelid primer (makes an amazing under the eye concealer too)

Molten Bronze eye shadow quad

Mineral Blush in Candy Qirl

Mineral Shimmer in Star Dust

Rose Glow shimmer stripes

Natural Lip gloss in Clear and English Roase

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” ― William Shakespeare

When I started writing this post in early June, the days were heavy with the heat of longed for summer. I felt a strong desire to tell you readers about a wonderful brand of sun lotion – so I began to write. But in a whisper the weather turned. Days were no longer heavy with the burnished rays of sun instead they were heavy with rain. How could I write about sun lotion when summer had been pushed aside by late wet spring days? But today I can feel the touch of heat on my white skin, see the insects buzzing about on the kaleidoscope of coloured flowers, smell the warmth permeating everything it touches. Yes, today I can write about sun lotion and readers I will.

natural sun lotion

I have made my way through many natural suntan lotions with not a great deal of success – most will not sink into your skin but instead leave unattractive white streaks on your body. Also pity those of you that get some of these lotions in your eyes – how your eyes will scream and cry and tell you what a fool you are. I felt disheartened at the natural beauty world. Why couldn’t they help me protect my skin against the sun? Suddenly a little green man tapped me on the shoulder and told me not to worry for he had the solution and he wouldn’t let me down. He handed me a bottle of Green People’s Children’s sun lotion and I knew he had not been telling me lies.

Green People Children Sun Lotion No Scent SPF25

Green People Children Sun Lotion No Scent SPF25 – Naturisimo £13.95

This scent free lotion sinks in beautifully, does not sting your eyes, has high UVA as well as UVB protection and generally ticks all the boxes. You can use this on your face and your body as it won’t clog your pores or cover you in nasty chemicals. They also make this in a lavender concoction and an adult version. But to me simpler and cheaper is best. The adult version is more expensive which baffles me as it takes longer to sink in and has no real added benefits in its ingredient list.

Thank you little green man, please thank your Green People and tell them they are welcome to my summer party anytime.

natural suntan lotion

. . . and don’t it make my blue eyes green.

The eyes are sensitive souls which need to be treated with care. I have never been a great believer in loading them up with rich creams or oils. My motto is, when it comes to skincare, less is definitely more.

eye

During my research into skincare I have come across many articles which believe that rich creams or oils are not only unproductive for the eye area, but they can also cause puffiness and milia.

The definition of ‘milia’ from the free online dictionary by Merriam Webster is – “small, hard, pale keratinous nodule formed on the skin, typically by a blocked sebaceous gland.” Below you can see a photograph I found of a pretty bad case of this.

milia

The theory is that the molecules in rich creams and oils are too big to penetrate the skin deep enough and instead soak into the top layer and build up to cause these problems. Whether this is scientifically correct I have no idea – but I do find rich creams and oils disagree with me and that milia tend to appear when I use the wrong cream.

With this knowledge, off I went in search of something I could use to give my eye area a little treat – to give it strength to push away those pesky wrinkles that are knocking on my door. This is what I found – a lovely light gel.

green people firming eye gel

Green People’s Firming Eye Gel.

This wonderful gel is extremely light and cooling. It goes on smoothly and sinks in like a dream. It works well under makeup or on its own.

I buy this online from naturisimo for £8.50 – but you can buy it in lots of natural shops online or on the highstreet. An added bonus for you fellow Britains is that it is made in the UK – and I am all about supporting my own country.

I want to believe that eye creams or gels really work but I am in two minds to whether anything can stop time. I do, though, think they can soothe the eye area and gently moisturise which in the end should help keep your wrinkles at bay for a while. I couldn’t tell you if this has worked as an anti aging product,  but it feels lovely and there has not been a milia or a puffy eye in sight.

green eye

“. . . and don’t it make my blue eyes green.”

Pretty glossy eyelashes – but I think I see a spider over there – ekk!

I want to start of by saying, ‘Happy Birthday’ to me – la la la. Phew – now that is out of the way let me tell you about Organic Glam natural mascara. I was given this by my very generous sister-in-law and brother for my birthday – thank you!

organic glam mascara 1

Lets start with the good points. The packaging was beautiful. It has a wonderful brush that really gets in there and coats all the lashes. I thought the colour (black) was gorgeous – incredibly rich and glossy. It definitely created some length and a bit of fullness but not masses unfortunately. What I really liked about it was that it looked as if you had applied eyeliner close to the lashes – this intensified the colour and created a flick like effect. I think this was helped by the brush as you could get very close to the roots of the lashes.

organic glam mascara wand

Now the bad. It was really clumpy, which gave me spider lashes. First I didn’t wipe off the mascara on a tissue as I wanted to see what would happen – it was so messy! I tried it again and wiped off the mascara – this made a little difference but it was still very clumpy. It didn’t lengthen or thicken a great deal and only lifted the lashes a wee bit. Also it is pretty expensive at £20.95, a whopping $35 for those of you in the States.

I have had it on now for 4 hours and it has stayed very well – no smudging or flaking – so that is a bonus. The tiny lift that it gave in the beginning is still there too. It was a hard to take off – took a few goes (I should probably mention that I don’t ever use makeup remover, so if you do that might help)

Would I recommend this? No I don’t think I would. I liked the eyeliner effect and the glossy colour but the curl was disappointing – mostly the clumping and over all messiness of the mascara was just too much to handle, especially at that price.

I have taken a photo to show you how it looks on.

Organic glam mascara

Jane Iredale mascara all on its lonesome.

As promised I tried the Jane Iredale Purelash Lengthening Mascara on its own. It still adds length, curl and volume to the lashes, but I did find that it didn’t last as long as when I used the conditioner. After about 5 hours it started to flake and leave a tiny bit of mascara on the bottom of my eyes. I still think it’s pretty awesome, but I would definitely recommend using the conditioner first for super long all day hold.

Here is a photo just after I applied it in the morning:

Jane Iredale Purelash Lengthening Mascara

You lucky Americans you.

I wanted to add a quick post especially for my American readers. I am finding that a lot of the products I am reviewing are born and raised in America. However as I am living in England I have only been giving English websites and costs in pounds. I will try super hard from now on to post websites where you can get your pretty paws on them in the US and what they cost over there. It will unfortunately leave my English compatriots seething as they are so much cheaper for you in the States. Let me start as I mean to go on and give you the prices of the lippies I have reviewed and my beloved lash conditioner and mascara.

I found a great website based in the US where you can chat live to lovely beauty consultants online. They don’t know everything but are super keen to help and to wish you a nice day! Spirit beauty lounge sells Ilia lipstick at a jealousy inducing $24. I have used this company to send stuff to my parents who live in Maine – they were pretty speedy to deliver the order and it was very straight forward. You can’t get Elemental Beauty in the US yet but they do ship from the UK to most international locations. Jane Iredale is another brand that first cracked out of its egg in the US. You can buy this from lots of websites online, just type into google and away you go. I found a website called Skin Store that is based in America where they were selling the conditioner for $16 and the mascara for $18. I haven’t tried the website but it might be worth looking at.

Hope this helps and ‘Have a nice day!’

Who needs false eyelashes when you have a friend called Jane.

I know I said I was going to do only the mascara today, but when I woke up it felt like a curly, strong lash day – maybe because it was so cold, maybe because I was feeling Christmassy, who knows.

First I used an eyelash curler followed by the Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner. This time I put on a few coats. This works so well as the extra coats add extra length. I waited a few minutes for it to dry then added the Jane Iredale Purelash Lengthening Mascara. Afterwards I curled them again using a heated eyelash curler. This produces the most amazing effect and boy does it last. I am writing this 5 hours later and they are just as curly as they were when I started. I must say I really do love this combination. It totally delivers where others fail miserably. I would say this is better than nearly all the non natural mascaras I have tried. Enough gushing, see for yourself in the photo, of my lashes all beautifully curled:

curled lashes Jane Iredale

Lovely long shapely eyelashes for me please.

I have had a difficult time finding a natural mascara that actually lasts on my eyelashes, does any lengthening or thickening and mostly adds any kind of curl. I have naturally long eyelashes which is fortunate, but unfortunately they are poker straight (like my hair) and point downwards. Below is a photo of my eyes sans mascara so you can see what I mean:

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I spoke to a helpful woman at being content as I was fed up with paying money for products that did not live up to my expectations. She suggested a combination of Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner, with the Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara on top. With fingers and toes crossed I ordered both things from her. They were £14 each.

Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner

Jane Iredale purelash lengthening mascara

I really like the packaging and tubes for both of these – especially the expensive and flashy looking gold mascara tube.

Here it is out of it’s tube:

Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner

You put it on actually as if it was a mascara. It coats your lashes and turns them partially white. You can see what I mean below:

Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner on lashes

I let this dry then added the mascara on top.

The mascara has a good shaped and sized brush. It tapers out at the end which lets you get to those little lashes on the sides of the eyes. I didn’t need to wipe off any excess mascara on a tissue beforehand – the amount that came out was perfect.

I went for Jet Black.

Jane Iredale purelash lengthening mascara

The formula is quite dry when it goes on but I think this helps with the lift of the lashes and the staying power for the mascara. If you are looking for a glossy mascara this is not for you. It is obvious you are wearing mascara. This is not for a natural glossy lashed look.

I was pleasantly surprised with the result. It did in fact lengthen the lashes (only slightly though, and I think this was more to do with the conditioner I applied first), but more significantly it thickened them and it added a subtle curl. I did find it could look a little clumped but if you are careful applying it this can be sorted quite easily.

Jane Iredale mascara and conditioner

Sorry about the oddly coloured photograph, the sun had gone behind the clouds, giving a blue cast to the whole image. You can see how well the mascara and conditioner worked. I found this stayed put all day, not smudging or flaking. I think the colour was beautifully rich too. The lashes did drop their curl a fraction, but that was all. I did try curling them on another day and using a heated curler after the mascara was applied – the result was fabulous – this held all day. I will try and get a photo up when I next do this. This doesn’t wash off as easily as other natural mascaras, I did find I had to wash my face a few times to get it off, but this is something I am prepared to put up with as it has such great staying power.

So would I recommend these? Absolutely. They are quite pricey at £14 each, but I think they are just as good as the high end mascaras I had been using. The ingredients are nourishing and there are no nasties in there so I believe they are worth the price tag. They out do any other natural mascaras I have tried so far. I will definitely be binning my non natural mascaras and not looking back. I am going to try the mascara on its own tomorrow to see what the difference is and I will post my result with photos.