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

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

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

** First Impression** People For Plants Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Australian Organics

 I have been using the People for Plants Cleanser and Makeup Remover for a few weeks now and I thought I would give you a first impressions. I'll tell you about the difference between using it wet and dry. To use this cleanser wet its best to dampen your face with  water and and massage a small amount onto the skin, and then wash away with warm water. I find that this cleanser has a bit of a greasy feel to it when I am using it on damp skin, like it just slicks all over the face. When I try to wash it off I can kind of feel a layer of cleanser on my skin that I feel is impossible to get off. However once this layer has dried it feels surprisingly moisturising. Not a feeling of oil is on the skin at all. This cleanser contains Shea Butter so I am thinking that it's the Shea that gives my skin a lovely soft feel.
As a dry makeup remover I put a small dollop on a makeup pad a wipe my skin without using water at all. This is a brilliant way to remove makeup before a proper cleanse, Or if your like me, can't be bothered standing over the sink before bedtime scrubbing away at my face.
I'm not sure if I would buy this product again, I think I am more inclined to use it as a wet cleanser to finish the bottle up but I don't really like the layer that the Shea Butter leaves on my skin before it dries.
 I do love the People for Plants Lip Balm though and will be going back for those when I finish my sticks.

What do you think of the People for Plants products?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Winter Favorites 2014

Seasons Besties

It's four days into Spring and my washing is still not dry on the line. I kid, I kid. But I am hoping the sun will show his face a bit more in the near future. In the meantime I have compiled a list of my favorite things this past Winter.

The first thing that deserves an honourable mention is my night-time treat. I discovered this in the back of our pantry when I ran out of Milo and in desperate need of a chocolate fix. I sip on the Cadbury Drinking Chocolate in Mint when I am writing blogs or just watching a teensy bit of youtube before I move onto Chamomile tea. The hint of mint (pun intended) just makes this drink quiet refreshing and yummy. I know a lot of people just put a couple of spoons in a mug then add hot water, but I prefer to add a dash of warm soy milk to it as well.

Winter... a time for puddings? You bet ya! These Aunt Betty's Puddings are so delicious. These are single serve cups and I just have to pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds and out comes a lovely warm treat smothered in gooey sauce. There are five flavours I think and I have tried every one of them, Sticky Date, Golden Syrup, Chocolate.. I forget the other two. Definitely worth a try and a little bit addictive.

I don't drink plain coffee. Coffee by itself tastes too much like coffee, so I opt for Mochas. The chocolate tends to cancel out that bitter coffee taste. Nescafe Mocha Sachets are my coffee hit in the morning. When everyone else is perfectly happy with a regular cup of Jo I refuse to wake up to anything else. Moccachino also do a mocha sachet but I find Nescafe taste better. 

Beauty Favorites

I don't go out much in Winter.  I think that rainy weather is perfect to watch a DVD or do some research on the computer. So I have no makeup favorites because I haven't been wearing a lot of colours on my face while I have been plodding around at home. But I do have a couple of new discoveries I am happy to share.

On the lookout for a nice thick Body Butter I picked up the Yes To Carrots Super Rich Body Butter and I really like it. I have used it everyday this Winter and I think it hydrates my skin really well. I don't think that the body butter is as thick as I would originally have liked but it does the job well. I cant really describe the scent either but it is faint and doesn't overpower my nose.

I absolutely love The Environmental Toothbrush. I bought one each for my husband and I about a month ago and since then we have bought a ten pack for adults and a few child size ones for bub. These toothbrushes are environmentally friendly because bamboo is biodegradable and will decompose within a few short months. Plastic toothbrushes take thousands of years to decompose. 
If you live until you are 80 years old and replace your toothbrush every three months, you will be using four toothbrushes every year.
x 80
Toothbrushes per person adding to landfill

This little bottle of Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel will be one that I will have to replace soon. I think this sweet and refreshing scent of Grapefruit would be perfect for Spring. But this Winter when I have been using this in the morning it really helps to wake me up on a cloudy and dark morning. Like a little burst of sunshine in my shower.

What things have you been loving this Winter?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Rave Review *My Eco Sponge*

The Benefits of Charcoal

Yes I reused a picture from a previous post. Bad blogger me.

I received this Konjac Bamboo Charcoal face sponge in the Native Box the other day and I thought I would give you an updated opinion on it. I have been using this sponge once a day for two days and already I am seeing a dramatic difference with my skin, Seriously. My complexion looks brighter and a lot more even than before. I am also noticing a lot less red blemishes on my skin. To use this all I have to do it wet it, lightly cleanse my skin using small circular motions then press the water out with my hands and hang to dry. It's so easy! I don't have to worry about lotions of exfoliators, this sponge does it all. So, being the quizzical person I am, I had to do a bit more research on charcoal and how it benefits the skin...

The Benefits Of Charcoal for the skin

Charcoal is a great adsorbent this means that it draws out impurities in the skin like excess oils, bacteria, chemicals and dirt.

Activated Charcoal powder is proven to adsorb thousands of times in own mass in dirt and impurities, making it very popular for skincare.

Charcoal is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin types.

Charcoal is gentle enough to use on the face, neck and around the eye area.

Make your own Charcoal face mask

Purchase some Charcoal tablets from your local pharmacy
Crush two or three tablets into a fine powder 
Add about one teaspoon of water
Mix to make a paste
Apply evenly to your skin
Leave on your face for around 10 minutes
Notice the wonderful difference to your skin!

I hope you have enjoyed my little lesson in Activated Charcoal.

Have Fun!

Renee x