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19/03/17: Jane Iredale vs ILIA Beauty Mascara


Finding the right mascara - not easy.  I want it to define, lengthen, volumise, not flake until late on in the day, not be too expensive, be easy to get hold of and not contain any weird ingredients.  There are a couple that come close to meeting these criteria but there's usually one thing that keeps them from being a repurchased winner.  The only mascara that I've ever repurchased was Living Nature's Fragrance Free Mascara, which I may go back to if neither of the two I'm currently testing work out for me but it's still on the £££ side.


15/03/17: ILIA Beauty Mini Tinted Lip Conditioners

When I first saw these on Hello Annabel last year they shot straight to number one on my wishlist.  Three tiny miniature versions of bestselling lip conditioners by the excellent ILIA beauty, I needed wanted these in my life.  ILIA are 85% certified organic and free from synthetic preservatives, fillers and petrochemicals; they are also carmine, gluten and dairy free.

12/03/17: Skin and Tonic - Steam Clean Balm

I remember when Skin and Tonic launched several years ago; I loved the name and the ethos behind the brand.  However, I wasn't looking for a new balm or scrub so I put them to the back of my shopping list.  Three years later and I still hadn't tried anything by them so when I saw them pop up in a local shop with a few new products it piqued my interest again.


Skin and Tonic started in 2014 with a select line of balms and scrubs.  These days you can find around twelve products, with many also available in mini versions (love!).  I decided as an introduction to buy myself a mini Steam Clean.  This is their original balm cleanser and contains just seven ingredients:  Grape Seed Oil, Thistle Seed Oil, Beeswax, Borage Seed oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Spearmint Herb Oil and Tocopherol.   All bar the tocopherol are certified Organic by the Soil Association, the products are made here in the UK, they support women's co-operatives in Ghana, don't test on animals annnnd they donate 10% of profits to  a water charity (I'm not sure which as the link on their homepage doesn't work and they haven't yet responded to my tweet - but the premise is a good one).
 
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