Sunday, 28 September 2014

*Detox Your Makeup Bag*

Time for a Detox?

With so many organic cosmetics out on the market, it is so easy to find some exciting new products to add to your makeup bag. Here is my little wish list:
  1. Zuii Organic Foundation in Rose. This foundation gives medium coverage and leaves a smooth and natural looking finish. Contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. RRP $44.95
  2. Bare Blossom Blush in Flaming Ray. A soft and smooth blush to make your skin glow. RRP $43.00
  3. Eco Minerals Mascara in Black. This is a all natural formula that makes lashes look lushious and keep lashes healthy. RRP $33.00
  4. Bloom Eyeshadow in Sunset. Smooth formular inn a golden warm Brown. RRP $25.00
  5. Blue Wren Purse. This little blue wren in Australian native grasses is made from Australian Certified Organic unbleached cotton. RRP $9.95
  6. Inika Lip Whip in Peach. This ultra moisturising lip whip has a high gloss finish and is 100% Vegan. RRP $25.00
Have Fun!

Renee x







Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: Dr Hauschka Eye Balm


An Eye Balm that Works!


A few weeks ago I had been given the opportunity to  try the Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm. I have used and reviewed the Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalising Eye Cream and really liked it. It was easy to use and worked well with my skin. I readily accepted the chance and I am so happy! This time I decided to take Before and After pictures of my eyes so that you can see how much of a difference (if any) it has made to the skin. I took these AFTER pictures a couple of days ago and I'm glad I did because I have the Flu at the moment, meaning my eyes are back to their beautiful puffiness. 

In the pot the Eye Balm is quiet hard because it contains beeswax, so after I scooped a rice size bit out I warmed it between my fingers to help melt the wax, then pat it on my eye area. Because it has a high quantity of wax it doesn't sink into the skin quickly so I had to be careful not to rub my eyes straight away. However this doesn't bother me because I think it would be fine to pop foundation or any kind of powder on top if you are in a rush to get out the door.


I used the Dr Hauschka Eye Balm for 16 days before writing this review and I am very pleased with the results so far! I have noticed a dramatic reduction to any puffiness around my eyes and that's very exciting for me to see such a difference. The Eye Balm also claim to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but I am lucky enough not to worry about that yet. Another thing that The Eye Balm claims to do it moisturise around the delicate eye area. I can vouch for that too. The skin underneath my eyes doesn't feel as thin as it once did, and is minus that dry tissue paper feeling of the skin.




Only use a rice size amount of product.

Before

After, my eyes look less puffy underneath especially in the inner corners.
(The lighting situation doesn't help though.)

Eye Balm
Winter protection for all skin conditions
10ml | Available now | RRP $62
 
* Eye Balm supports elasticity
* Softens and smooths dry skin and fine lines.
* Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
* Extremely protective the delicate skin around the eyes
* Skin is moisturised, firmed and fortified
* Wild Carrot Extract is a rich source of provitamin A
* Calendula and Anthyllis soothe delicate skin
* Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil and Beeswax moisturise

If your interested in purchasing the Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm go to the Helios website.

Have Fun!

Renee x


This product was sent to me for consideration, however my opinions are 100% genuine and honest.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Products Im Throwing Away

In The Bin...


One of the most satisfying jobs I give myself is to clean out my bathroom cabinet. Sorting through products that I have not used for a very long time, I found that a few of them were all too easy to toss into the bin. They just didn't agree with me.




The Body Shop Brazil Nut Lip Butter: I use to love this lip butter when I was a teenager. When I tried it the other day I found the scent overpowering and I don't think it's as moisturising as some other lip balms I use that the moment. 

Ofra Lipstick in Red My Lips: I recieved this lip colour in a Lust Have It! box. This is a matte lipstick and it's bright red. I doubt if I will ever wear it because it's not my thing.

Napolean Perdis Lip Gloss: This lipgloss came as a sample with an Instyle magazine and it has been sitting in my bathroom cabinet ever since. I prefer lip colours with a rosy tint and nude colours are my least favorite so I had never had the urge to wear this. 


Natio Loose Mineral Foundation:  This was my first mineral foundation purchase but I quickly tired of it because I realised that it didn't provide as much coverage as I would have liked. It also didn't stay all day either.

Puretopia Creamy Face Cleanser: This bottle is almost empty, but that's only because I bought it and had no money to buy a different cleanser once I realised that it was too creamy for my face and made me break out in spots. So, for a few weeks I had unruly skin. I haven't used this cleanser since.


Lush Full of Grace Serum Bar: I was having a bit of an obsession with serums, and I have had very good experience with Lush products. So I bought the Lush Serum Bar. I transferred it into a tin because it melted horribly while it was being delivered to me (ordered online). This Serum made my skin dry and made me breakout.

L'Oreal Colour Infaillible in Naughty Strawberry: I  bought this eyeshadow on a whim, looked at the colour swatch and forgot all about it. This bright pink, loose eyeshadow with golden flecks in it is NOT my colour. I have always given my purchases a lot more thought from then on.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Black: This was a gift from Rimmel but with no obligation to review. I did love the shape of the brush because it is HUGE which allows the look of long lashes. However, it took about a week before the formula became clumpy, I believe its because the bottle and the brush is big so it allows air to get inside.

A lot of these products are not cruelty free, but they had been sitting in my cabinet for some time before I decided to purchase only cruelty free products.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Models Prefer Nude Pallette

Some New Nudes


I have seen a lot of nude palettes floating around beauty blogs and it kind of inspired me to look for a new shadow kit. Not having the biggest budget I was thrilled when I saw the Models Prefer Nude Eye-shadow Palette in Priceline this week. At only $12.99 with ten shades in a mix of matte (m) and shimmer (s) shades I think this is a really good deal. This is also a cruelty free brand too!
The size of the palette is small and tidy and perfect to fit in a travel bag or even a handbag if I'm needing a quick touch up during the day.




I was a bit concerned at first because I thought the shades would be a bit dark for my light complexion. I think that looking at the swatches on my skin they will blend in quiet well.
Below are swatches of the eye-shadows on my skin, next to each name is an (m) for matte finish or (s) for a shimmer finish.

From Top to bottom: Bare (m), Sand (s), Golden (s), Glisten (s), Earth (m)

Top to Bottom Bliss(s), Natural (m), Desert (s), Nature (m), Willow(s)


Have you been enjoying some new shades lately?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How to choose a Great Mineral Foundation

Be In The Know


Sorry no pictures today, I just wanted to write a quick one.
Today I was clearing out my bathroom cabinet of old products that don't get much use any more. I was going to do a "chuck out" post but one of the items I was throwing away was an old mineral foundation that I don't use and frankly I was never really keen on anyway.

With the exorbitant amount of mineral based cosmetics out there, how do you choose one that's worth forking your money over?

Look for:
Fine particles that blend onto the skin easily
A non-oily feel to the product
Even coverage that is simple to build onto itself

Avoid:
Clumpy consistency
A gritty feeling when applied to the skin
Plenty of fallout when your blending the foundation in.

Ingredients to avoid:
  • no fillers,
  • no talc,
  • no Bismuth Oxychloride,
  • no alcohol,
  • no silicones,
  • no mineral oils,
  • no perfume,
  • no PEGs,
  • no preservatives and
  • no synthetic toxins 
I reckon the fewer the ingredients listed on the label, the better.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 15 September 2014

About Me


Welcome! My name is Renee and I am the creator/writer of Lifestyle and Beauty Honestly. I am a wife, a mother and a friend of people and animals. 

I started this blog in the month of October 2013 thinking that I would write about any beauty product that took my fancy. After looking deeper into the way these cosmetics were produced I discovered that a lot of my favourite makeup brands tested on animals. I started to do a bit of research into animal testing and I immediately stopped buying these brands and have changed my thinking about what cosmetics I purchase. I have never looked back.

These days my blog focuses only on cruelty free cosmetics. I write reviews, show some makeup looks, and take pictures of many, many swatches. When I'm feelin' chatty I will let you in on a family outing or a yummy recipe.  I also write about some of the truths behind the commercial animal industry. 

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing in the discovery of the wonderful world of cruelty free living.


Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Spring Inspired Makeup

Sweet Cheeks


I thought during the next few days I would concentrate on a few different makeup looks. It gives me a chance to play around with my products and experiment with some looks that I have been missing.

Today cheeks were a part that I really wanted to play up because the sunny days of Spring means fresh, rosy cheeks. I kept the rest of my look natural so I that this would be a day appropriate look.





What I am wearing:

Zuii Organics Liquid Foundation in Rose
Eco Minerals Blush in Dreamtime
E.L.F All over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade
Thin Lizzy 6 in 1 Professional Powder
Blinc Mascara in Black
Australis Extender Lash and Brow in Clear
Australis Stayput Longlasting Eyeliner in Midnight
E.L.F Lip Plumper


Have Fun!

Renee x