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31/10/13: The I Love Fall/Autumn Tag

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Tania from Bow Tied Beauty.

Favourite Fall lip product?
At the moment I'm switching between Rooted Beauty in Razz Lime (I keep it on my desk at work) and Bare English in Vanilla Coconut (keep it in my bag).

Favourite Fall Nail Polish?

28/10/13: Zoya swatches - Drew, Neely and Erika

After admiring various Zoya polishes from afar, I finally decided to treat myself to a few during the Lucy Rose sale that was on a little while ago.  Although I dithered over which colours to choose, I settled on Neely, Drew and Erika.  

Zoya is a polish brand that is free from formaldehyde, toulene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.  It's not as free-from as the water based polishes out there but it's still pretty good, and the selection of colours is amazing.  

25/10/13: Canadian goodies!

A few weeks ago, I received a box.  Not just any box, but an unexpected box - all the way from Canada!  Caitie from Naturalla Beauty had very kindly sent me a couple of bits and pieces to try out after I sent her a few more UNE eye pencils [Caitie's review/my review].  It was such a lovely surprise and I can see why bloggers get so excited about beauty swaps - it was so fun to unbox, and she had included a sweet note too.  I was grinning like a mad thing!

Green Beaver
I had never heard of any of these brands before, but I love the look of these little samples.  There is a Green Tea facial cream, Grapefruit facial cleanser and Boreal Body lotion (with Labrador Tea in). Of the three, I've so far tried the body lotion and it is gorgeous.  I have a soft spot for anything with Cinnamon in and this has cinnamon bark oil in - smells amazing.  I don't know what Labrador tea is - clearly it's relating to the area and not the dog, but I've never seen it in a product before.  Apparently it's more of a herb you can use to make a tea than a true tea, but whatever it is, it smells great.

22/10/13: Vegan Faces Sample Pack (Lips)

Vegan Faces was set up a few years ago when the founder Metala became aware of eczema sufferers (particularly children) having to forgo the enjoyment of having their face painted because of the risk of irritation. After searching around for something suitable and not suceeding, she decided to set up her own business making paints that could be used on children and adults alike with a reduced risk.  With the success of the no-beeswax no-lanolin paints, in 2012 Vegan Faces expanded into a cosmetic line - and this line is currently rolling out a new selection of lipsticks and eyeshadows.

I saw a sample pack of the new shades being offered on their facebook page, and as I had been eyeing up the brand for a while, jumped on the opportunity.  The sample pack I received contains all 9 new shades of lip colour and all 16 - yes, SIXTEEN! new eyeshadows for just £13.  Bargain + samples = happy me.  So, as there are so many, these are the lip colours to start with:

Within the nine shades it seems to me that there are three pink leaning colours, three red leaning and three brown/orange leaning.  I organised them like this when I first got them, but they don't display them in the same order on the website. 

Top row: Purple Pansy, Orchid, Pink Rose
These three are my favourites of the nine:  Purple Pansy is a strong purple that can be built up from a relatively sheer colour/stain to a deep lip colour.  I like this colour but on me its a bit too strong, especially for everyday wear - this would be great for a night out.  Orchid is such a pretty colour, a muted pink nude colour that I would feel comfortable wearing in public.  Pink Rose was initially my favourite, but as it gets colder and darker, it seems like more of a summery light colour.  I do still like it, but will probably save it for when sunnier days come around.

19/10/13: My worst skincare habits

One of the reasons that I started my eco-green journey was that I wanted to see if I could clear up my skin.  I've always suffered from spots, varying from a spot here and there to break-outs that made me wish I owned a balaclava.  So, when I started trying to go green I had this idea that I would suddenly have beautiful skin free from all the nasty bits and pieces that were in the conventional skincare items I was using.  Of course, I forgot that for the last ten years I've been using basically the same cleanser, toner and moisturiser on my face and launched into trying all these new wonderful products with all these different ingredients.

17/10/13: Rooted Beauty Lip Balms

Rooted Beauty is an amazing company selling lip balms that are not only in bio-degradable packaging, but  support women around the world in getting the education, supplies and counseling that they need.  There are three main flavours, and at only $4.99 (£3.09) each I decided that with shipping I might as well order all three!  

Each balm came with its own backing card explaining a little about the Woman2Woman project and a QR code that you can scan to read more about the women that your purchase is supporting.  Many of the women supported have abusive backgrounds, ranging from sex trafficking, suicide attempts, prostitution or domestic violence. Each balm is linked to a specific woman and when the goal is reached, the balm is re-linked to a new woman so that there is on-going support.  

Although the first element that drew me to these butters was their programme of supporting women, following straight behind was the eco-angle.  Each butter when finished can be popped into the compost to degrade as the tube is made out of 100% paper.  I've lost track of how many empty lip balm containers I've chucked out in the past and although now recycling is now more accessible, what could be easier than shoving this in your compost bin - and they even dedicate a page to creating the perfect compost for your tube.  

Due to the cold weather, the balms have been quite hard, so when opening them I have crushed the cap slightly, but so far it has easily re-formed and slotted back on.  I am slightly concerned that being paper they might get a bit mucky before I finish up the tube, but so far they are holding strong and I think the fact that they can be composted means I'm a bit more forgiving with little nicks.

The three flavours are Passionfruit, Razz Lime and Orange Vanilla.  They are all clear balms with the same packaging but there is a difference in ingredients between them with the Passionfruit butters main ingredient being Beeswax rather than the Shea in the other two.  This is slightly noticeable as it feels heavier on the lips, and I like to use it at bed time for a thicker barrier while I sleep.  

Passionfruit: I wouldn't identify this balm as Passionfruit, I can't quite place what it does smell like but I think I would call it Sherbert.  It's very nice :).
Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa Butter), Natural Passionfruit Flavor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Orange vanilla: Subtle sweet tangy smell, very pleasant.
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil.

Razz Lime:  I can smell more of the lemon than the lime, but enjoy the zing regardless!
Butyrosperum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Honey, Natural Flavor, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil.

Good for me? 
Very happy with my purchase.  For the three plus shipping it cost $23.76 (~£14.00) which makes each balm about £4.90.  They're also extending their line, starting with face wipes in Raspberry Citrus.  I also really like the name - Rooted Beauty makes me think of both the eco and human root in every product.  Finally, I contacted the company a while back when I was interested in purchasing balms and couldn't seem to select international delivery - and they were very kind and helpful - always a good sign!  

Good for you?
Simple ingredients, lovely scents and a great cause - you can now also get all three for just $12.99 plus shipping ($21.78 ~ £4.49 per balm).  Check out to read more about each women currently being supported and to see more about this lovely company.   

Which scent would you go for?

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