These are the bees knees!

On my quest for lipsticks I happened upon these lovely lip shimmers from Burt’s Bees in a local grocery store in Maine. I bought one in Rhubarb believing it would be a lip tint – how wrong I was. These sticks of delight are very highly pigmented and could be sold as lipsticks. I was so impressed with the colour and opacity that I went out and bought 4 more – I wasn’t disappointed.

burt's bees lip shimmer

The colours from left to right are: Radiance, Guava, Peony, Caramel and Rhubarb.

These shimmers are simply wonderful. They have a tingly taste and smell of peppermint – which leaves your lips feeling fresh and clean. As well as being highly pigmented they also dose your lips with a whoping hit of moisture which is great in my book. If I had to criticize them (which I am loath to do) I would like the richer colour to come in a bullet form to make application easier.

My favourite colour is Peony as it is such a natural gorgeous pink – but I love them all.

Below, photographed in natural daylight, is each one on my lips so you can see what lovely colours they are:

radiance burts bees lip shimmer        Radiance

guava burts bees lip shimmer       Guava

peony burts bees lip shimmer      Peony

caramel burts bees lip shimmer      Caramel

rhubarb burts bees lip shimmer      Rhubarb

You can buy these lip shimmers at many supermarkets and pharmacies in America. I bought mine in Hannaford in Maine. They will be nestled somewhere on the natural and organic aisle. Many online shops sell them too. They are cheaper in the US (lucky you) at only $5.99 but they are still pretty cheap here in the UK at £5.99. I am sure you could find them cheaper too.

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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:

naturaleyelashes

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.

Your red coloured love faded to pink to soon.

Here I am back after about 4 hours and lunch. The lipstick stain is still there. Unfortunately it has gone a very deep pink and left hardly any trace of that lovely bright red. Also my lips are quite dry, though this might just be my lips and not the lipstick. I am still impressed with how long the colour stayed on my lips, but I am disappointed how pink it has gone. This lipstick does not claim to be long lasting, so really this is an added bonus.

Here is photo showing the colour change and how well the stain stayed on.

Ilia wild child lipstick

Ilia you could be my one true love but will you last?

I decided to try out Ilia lipstick as I had read so many good things about this line. Being Content do a service where you can order 4 samples for £3 from their website so I added two colours of Ilia lipstick to my sample collection. I am on the look out for a bright red and so far have found some pretty reds, but nothing that really stands out and compares to brands like Mac (I do love Ruby Woo, but don’t want to use none natural products anymore, no matter how much it calls to me!).

The lipsticks arrived in tiny pots with the names written on the lids.

ilia lipstick

The above photograph actually shows the colours pretty well. As they were such tiny samples I had to apply it with a lipbrush, and WOW. This is a lovely product. It is beautifully moisturising, the colours go on really well and are really opaque and bright. There is no overpowering smell, in fact I couldn’t really detect a smell at all. When the lipstick was on, before blotting, it had a lovely sheen to it, almost like you had added lip gloss over the top.

Funnel of Love, is a nude colour, a little too orange for my skintone so I won’t be buying it, but would suit a darker skin.

Wild Child is beautiful, really punchy, glossy and I dare say could replace my Ruby Woo. I have had the red on for a few hours, drunk some water and eaten an apple, and it is still very much there. The gloss has come off, but it is stronger than a stain. I will let you all know how long it stays on through out the day.

My only concern with this lipstick is the price, it is a whopping £20. I think I will check out the Lily Lolo range before I commit to buying this as that is under half the price, but I don’t think I am going to find a red as beautiful as this one.

Below is Funnel of Love, just after applying, in sunlight:

ilia funnel of love lipstick

This is Wild Child, again just after applying and in sunlight:

ilia wild child lipstick

My quest for the perfect lipstick goes on, though I am not sure I can beat this, just the price is a bit much.

Beautiful colours – absolutely, but I don’t want to feel like I have eaten soap.

The lovely people at elemental beauty kindly sent me samples of all their new Organic Mineral Treatment Lipsticks. I really love this company as their customer service is fantastic and they have some great products. I have a huge number of their blusher and eyeshadow and love their foundation. I will review these on a later post. I had tried their lipsticks before. I did like them but found the colour more of a wash and they were slightly drying, so I was excited to see that they had changed the formula and come up with some new fabulous colours.

I received all 6 shades in little tubes, with slithers of each in each one.

elemental beauty organic mineral lipstick

The colours are far more vibrant and comparable to high street branded lipstick. They were very moisturizing and felt good on my lips. I wanted to love these as I like the company so much, but the smell was so overpowering and the taste was incredibly soapy. I could not keep them on for more than a minute as it really started to make me feel unwell, so I cannot comment on the longevity of the lipstick. The stain from the lipstick though did last a few hours after I wiped it off.

The colours were pretty and if you don’t mind the taste or the smell then they could be a good choice for you. Let me know if you had the same experience.

I am still though on the hunt for my holy grail of the natural lipstick world. I will be reviewing Ilia lipstick tomorrow.

Below I have attached a photograph showing the colours so you can see how pretty they are.

elemental beauty organic mineral lipstick colours