The Four products that have gotten me Through A cold, Dry Winter
Over the past couple of months I have been attempting to move towards using more vegan, cruelty free and natural beauty products, for a number of reasons. By now, you all know that I am all about the environment and healthy living - without the dreadlocks and hemp clothing. Yes, that’s right - it is possible to be a tree hugger without looking like a hippie. Not that there is anything wrong with that of course. I just like to think of myself as a hippie in disguise.
If you haven’t already seen my latest Get Ready With Me, I talk about some of the products and my current favourites that I will be discussing below. Without going into too much detail, you guys know the drill - here are four of the beauty products that have gotten me through the dry, harsh winter months.
I have been through many concealers over the years, due to one main issue. I have never quite found the perfect formula or the perfect shade for me. As I’m writing this post I actually have just come to the realisation that concealer is the one thing in my beauty collection that has dramatically fluctuated since the beginning of my love affair with makeup. I just can’t commit to concealer. Until now. I’ve been through at least six or more different concealers from different brands. From M.A.C to Rimmel, NARS to Maybelline, nothing really seemed to work on my skin. RMS, a new brand on my radar thanks to social media, is a vegan, certified organic beauty company that aims to enhance your natural beauty rather than cover it up. Their curated product line consisting of mostly cream based products is an excellent stepping stone into a world of ‘less is more’ makeup, whilst exhibiting how natural doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise on quality. I have become obsessed with their “Un” Cover-up concealer pot, and found myself purchasing the creamy, illuminating product in favour of the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. This product is a great alternative for those who want to keep their cosmetic choices animal friendly and healthier for their skin.
Cold Pressed Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil
This has fast become my go-to skincare product. It’s the one thing that I have to include in both my morning and night time skincare routines, due to the abundance of benefits. Its’ magical anti-ageing, scar treating, UV repairing and moisturising properties are just a few benefits this oil provides. In its’ purest form, the natural product has made a visible improvement to not only my skins texture, but its’ overall glow and elasticity. The fatty acids and vast range of vitamins it contains have worked to smooth over acne scars, small wrinkles and aid in reducing my skins flaky, dry texture even in my sometimes oily T-Zone. I apply this every morning before moisturiser and SPF, and every night before night cream - sometimes even during the day if I am feeling extra dry. I can’t get enough of this stuff.
I have never been an eyebrow person. Mainly because the first time I got my hands on an eyebrow product when I was 15, I had permeant marker eyebrows for a whole year. However, times have changed. In my old age, four years on, I have learnt how to restrain myself in the brow department. I am no genius or master, in fact, I haven't waxed, plucked or threaded my brows since my 18th birthday. But that’s ok, because in 2017 we are embracing our messy overgrown eyebrows, and I am loving the low maintenance aspect of it. Yet, I still needed a little bit of ‘omph’ in my brows, as despite how dark my hair is, my eyebrows just weren’t quite living up to their potential, leaving me looking eyebrow-less in every flash photo compared to my friends. So, the Hourglass pencil was like a godsend - exactly the right colour match, with the pencil shaped on an angle so that I could glide my brows on as quickly as possible. The waxy formula is also easy to wipe away if I go too overboard and veer back to my Year 9 texta brows accidentally. Cruelty free and vegan, this is probably one of the most high end, luxurious eyebrow products on the market that actually gets the job done.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
No surprise here, the coconut oil trend has been going on for a while now. I have used the normal solid coconut oil before over summer with coffee grinds to exfoliate, and it leaves me as soft as a baby’s bottom. However, the solid formula isn’t exactly convenient to work with, and thus I often opt for a more user friendly option to moisturise with - because I need as much moisture as I can get, especially with psoriasis. So, whilst browsing the health food section at the grocery store, I came across the fractionated or liquid version - it is basically exactly the same, but the molecules are altered or some other science magic is done to make it stay liquid - even in cold temperatures. I began using it to moisturise my legs after the shower, and soon it turned into a whole body moisturise. Then I started using it on a Sante Makeup Remover to act as a ‘first cleanse’ to take my makeup off, and it also worked like a charm. Could a product get any better? A moisturiser, cleanser, exfoliator and could even be used in your cooking. I would highly recommend trying this, especially if the solid form usually puts you off. It keeps my super dry and sensitive skin moisturised all day long with an extra glow, and even keeps my psoriasis at bay. And it’s all natural!