Review: Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots
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Ever since I got interested in green beauty, I have lusted after the perfect multi-purpose colour pot a la RMS. Unfortunately, the cult favourites are not vegan-friendly due to their use of beeswax. Every now and then I similar product comes on to the market but I am yet to be impressed. That is, until now. Ere Perez have intrigued me ever since they first popped onto LoveLula. Hailing from Australia, Ere Perez offers super high-quality natural and organic makeup that is more often than not, vegan-friendly. Although they do occasionally use beeswax, I am happy to say that these colour pots are totally bee-free. 

The Carrot Colour Pots* have been an absolute pleasure to use and I am happy to have finally found something like this that is both vegan and up to the job. The two shades I have tried, Holy and Healthyare beautiful on both lips and cheeks and I have been using them non-stop since I received them. Amazingly, I believe they are also dye-free and so attest to the fact that beautiful bright colours can be achieved without carmine or dyes. Holy is a wonderful bitten berry colour (that leans more pink than it does below), and Healthy is a blush nude that looks very subtle and well, healthy on the cheeks. Although the shade range is limited, it covers most ground and you're sure to find a shade that you like. 

They seem to last really well on me (which is a feat with my oily skin) and I'm yet to experience any irritation or break-outs. I was a little dubious of the caprylic as it is a form of coconut oil, but my skin doesn't seem to react in the same way that it does with the raw kind. With that in mind, these seem to be relatively acne-friendly which is brilliant and very much welcomed for a cream product. Ere Perez seem to be ticking all of the boxes here.

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In addition to the vegan ingredients and lovely shades, I also appreciate that they come in little glass jars. Although the lid is plastic, I'm sure it'll be easy to repurpose the packaging once the product is either used-up or expired. I really appreciate this fact and sustainability can (ironically) often be lacking within the green beauty space. Ere Perez have been making some really significant changes in their packaging recently and it has been refreshing to see. Their new skincare range is a great example of this and I would be lying if I wasn't keen on adorning my dressing table with more of their beautiful frosted glass.

Will you be trying the Colour Pots from Ere Perez?

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DIY: 4-Ingredient Nourishing Nail Oil
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I have a confession to make - over Christmas, I got Biosculpture gel nails. Although not natural, Biosculpture is free of certain toxins, completely vegan, and cruelty-free. My second confession is I don't feel too guilty about it, but what I do feel guilty about is that after I couldn't get an appointment to get them removed properly, I removed them myself *cue gasps*. It was a fairly simple process but my usually strong nails are hating me for it. After a couple weeks of super flakey and breaky nails, I decided to do something about it and DIY a super nourishing nail serum to help them grow and repair themselves. After consulting various ingredients I had laying about the house, I came up with this super simple and easy recipe. 

Avocado and argan oils help to moisturise the cuticles and repair the nails, while magical lemon and lavender essential oils helps to stimulate growth and strengthen. I used some carrier oils that I had laying around and don't really use but you can source cheaper (and still organic) options from supply stores such as Naissance - either from their website or select products are available via Amazon. This is also where I get the majority of my essential oils. Lavender and Lemon EOs are not too expensive so this DIY should be reasonable cost effective - you may even have some of the ingredients already! Check out the recipe below.

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Ingredients:
- 10ml argan oil
- 20ml avocado oil
- 10 drops lemon (citrus limonum) essential oil
- 15 drops lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
(essential oil amounts based on 30ml carrier oil - check dilution guideline information such as this for other amounts)

Remember: Lemon essential oil increases your sensitivity to sunlight so I would suggest only using this serum in the evening.

Do you DIY your own beauty products? Will you be trying this nail serum?

Mother's Day: An Ethical Gift Guide
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Mother's Day is just around the corner. Can you believe that it's already March? If you're still struggling for March 11th gift ideas that fit your ethical mantra, look no further. I've scoured Etsy - the internet's haven for handmade ethical and eco-friendly goods - for some perfect gift ideas that are thoughtful, high-quality, and easy on the environment. Check them out below and psst... all images have been borrowed from their respective sellers.

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A great way to ensure your gifts will be continually used and loved is to make them practical. We've all received presents that are pretty but useless and so they sit around unused for years on end until we finally feel able to throw them away with only a small pang of guilt endured.

Reusable washable cotton rounds like these from Leave No Traces are a great option because almost everyone's mum will use them occasionally. Not only are these cotton rounds well-presented in their own pretty wash bag, but they ensure that we aren't going through obscene amounts of throwaway cotton - a fibre with its own environmental baggage.

These are great for using with a natural makeup remover, like this Purity Facial Cleanser (in glass) from Ravenscourt Apothecary. This cleansing oil is made from 100% natural ingredients and can be customised in terms of which essential oils are used for the scent. Ravenscourt have been a favourite of mine for a while and I also love the look of this cute tea-themed perfume sampler set. These are also scented with nothing but essential oils and tea infusions.

Another practical yet thoughtful option comes in the form of this vintage wicker wine holder picked by Fetch and Sow. I've been browsing this Etsy store for a while as I love their funky vintage homeware picks. Buying secondhand is one of the most sustainable ways of shopping and something like this would be valued by any style-conscious wine lover.

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If you're not so confident with something so practical, you can never lose with a good candle. I have chosen this 100% soy coffee candle from Octo London as it's 100% vegan-friendly and it comes in a glass jar that can be easily cleaned out and reused after the candle has been burnt. Octo London have a varied range of these beautiful natural candles, again all scented with nothing but essential oils.

For the new mums, a beautiful hand-dyed and handmade muslin blanket, like this one from Cocoon and Butterfly makes the perfect gift. The blankets are made-to-order and are all dyed using plants. This lovely dusty pink colour comes from avocado stones. This blanket can be used for a variety of things such as a baby swaddle, a nursing cover, or a changing mat. 

If you're into giving cards, why not this one from UniqueCardsandArt made from recycled card and seeds. That's right - this card can be planted after it has been enjoyed. With a bit of love (and water) this card will break down and grow into wildflowers. Perfect for a mother who loves gardening.

Finally, I've chosen these recycled silver hoop earrings from Nude Ethics. I love the design and style of these earrings and I feel they're classic but also trendy enough to work for all kinds of mums. Recycled silver is great as it allows for some gorgeous high-quality jewellery while still being better for the environment.

Hopefully you've now got some fab gift ideas for Mother's Day that are both thoughtful and ethical. For more ideas you can check out Etsy's own Mother's Day edit. I'd love to hear any additional ideas you have in the comments below! 

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Review: Inika All About Eyes Set
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As you may have already been able to tell, I've really been enjoying Inika at the moment. I recently reviewed their Certified Organic BB Cream and I've also been testing a whole host of their products. Today I'm going to be talking about their All About Eyes gift set that includes both their bestselling Long Lash mascara* and the brand new Liquid Eyeliner*. You also receive a rather snazzy gift bag that is perfect for carrying round your everyday essentials. I'm a bit of a seasoned pro when it comes to liquid eyeliner and so I'm very picky about performance. Having yet to find a natural liquid eyeliner that really ticks all the boxes, I was keen to give Inika's offering a whirl.

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I was intrigued by Inika's new liquid eyeliner mainly because of its packaging. Pre-natural/cruelty-free/vegan my liquid eyeliner of choice came in a very similar design. I found the long felt-tip nib extremely easy to use and I pretty much didn't stray until I learnt of the brand's dirty dealings in animal testing. Generally, I found the liner to be okay. In comparison to other natural liquid liners I have tried it goes on quite strongly upon first stroke. However, I did find - as shown above - that I had to keep dipping the nib back into the liquid as I found the product disappeared from the applicator super quickly. In addition to this, the nib is extremely hard and so product was easily moved around and almost even removed while you were trying to apply it. This also wasn't the most comfortable thing on my eye. Given the eyeliner's price, I would expect something a little more comfortable/easy to apply. Considering the fabulous quality of Inika's other products, I was a little disappointed by this. For now I have keeping to a non-natural (but still cruelty-free and vegan) alternative.

Fortunately, the mascara more than enough made up for the liner's poor performance. I've fallen pretty much head over heels for the Inika Long Lash mascara. The matte packaging looks super luxe, the brush is perfect for easy application, and the formula is super long-lasting. I don't wear mascara that often but when I do, I instantly reach for this. I can trust it to make me look more awake, and make my eyelashes look lovely, luscious, and long. Despite its focus being on lengthening, it's also really black and decently volumising. 

Overall, I think this is a good set if you are wanting to give either the mascara, liner (or both) a go. Unfortunately I cannot see whether or not it is still available but you can get the mascara or liner seperately from LoveLula. 

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