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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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6 Products for That Vegan Summer Glow (in Winter!)
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This article was first published on the now defunct LoveLula Blog and features products provided by them. It has been re-published on Katie Vibes with their permission. 

The weather is questionable; cold, windy - but it's time to get that glow - that vegan glow. A vibrant wholefoods plant-based diet helps along glowing skin but everyone can benefit from a bit of help. Here are six great products that offer the serious glow-factor without any animal-derived ingredients...

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Prepping for that winter fake tan

In order to maximise your skin-safe tan, prep your body with a good body scrub and oil. Sukin offer various affordable products in these categories and bonus - everything is 100% vegan-friendly. I've picked out Sukin's BioNatural Skin Oil as it's a great basic body oil. It absorbs quickly and is non-offensive in terms of scent. Even if you don't quite get time to exfoliate, this oil will leave you with wonderfully soft and smooth-feeling limbs. Prep-aside, Eco by Sonya's Winter Skin is hands-down the best vegan self-tanning moisturiser. It's easy to apply, leaves no streaks and smells lovely - no tell-tale fake tan smells in these parts!

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Face time

For the face, a solid skincare routine is important if you want glowing skin. The best areas to invest in would be a brightening face oil and a decent exfoliating mask. My top pick for the latter is something I've spoken about many-a-time, the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel MaskThis mask is quick to use (as no mixing is involved) and as long as you skin isn't super sensitive, it's suitable for most skin types. I find that I only need to apply this mask for 10 minutes to be left with brighter and smoother skin.

I like to follow up a good exfoliating mask with a moisturising and balancing face oil. And the best oils for glow contain naturally brightening ingredients like rosehip oil. Isla Apothecary's Immortelle Scar + Blemish Oil is a great choice as it can be used on both the face and body. As well as rosehip oil, it contains many other ingredients targeted towards fading pigmentation and brightening the skin.

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Emphasising the glow

Finally any natural glow can be tastefully accentuated with the right products. Inika's Organic BB Cream Foundation offers a fabulous light-to-medium coverage base that evens and brightens the skin. Its finish is semi-matte without being flat. It provides a decent amount of coverage without being too heavy. Shown here is one of the sample sizes (available at LoveLula) which are great if you aren't 100% sure of your shade. For reference, I use Cream for fair to light skin tones that lean neutral or yellow. I have done a full review of this product here.

Of course, a highlighter is also a must in this case and I really love the Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighters. I use Falling Star as its rose gold tone is perfect for paler skins. Alternatively, Sun Halo offers a deeper bronzey look for medium and darker skin tones. These cream highlights are very easy to blend and add just the right amount of glow for any vegan makeup look.

What are some of your favourite products for achieving a vegan-friendly glow?

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Review: Inika Certified Organic BB Cream Foundation
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When I really fall in love with a product, it often happens that I forget to write a proper review as I'm too busy loving and using it. As much as this is a good thing, it often means I fail to share my fabulous discoveries. This is much exemplified by my feelings towards the Inika Certified Organic BB Cream Foundation*.  I fell in love with this product as soon as I started using it and I proceeded to use it almost religiously over the latter part of summer and autumn. I have always preferred the texture of BB creams to traditional foundations as, as much as I do suffer from acne, I do not enjoy the feeling or look of anything too full coverage. I like my skin to look like skin. This is definitely the feeling that I get with the Inika BB cream. It offers enough coverage to even out redness and cover small blemishes but is still natural enough to preserve my skin's own look and glow.

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I am using the shade 'Cream,' which despite not being the palest shade (shock horror), blends out into a shade that works perfectly for my neutral/yellow-toned skin. I was originally worried about about the formula being too moisturising for my combination skin. Luckily it is just fine and any excess oil is kept at bay with some powder, either translucent or a powder foundation for some extra coverage on special occasions. I am very much glad that it does not contain any coconut oil - something that is very common with BB creams - and so, even with all the oils, it has never been too heavy or caused any breakouts. 

It comes with the familiar BB cream claims of being a foundation, moisturiser, and primer in one but I will admit that I am yet to use it without some other kind of moisturiser underneath. This is mainly due to its lack of SPF (possibly my only criticism), and so I have been using it along with my favourite Hynt Beauty SPF - a mainstay of my long and everygrowing list of products to review on the blog.

If you are looking for a BB cream, I would urge you - no matter your skin type - to try a sample. Inika samples are readily available (and very well-priced) via the Lovelula website and have free delivery worldwide.

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Current Favourites #4
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What better way to jump back into blogging than with some current favourites? I haven't disclosed too many products here (I thinking about getting back into monthly favourites), but I have been solidly using and loving these products for the last few months.

Starting with makeup, I've been using the Everyday Minerals Matte Base almost every day since I got it and I've actually nearly used it up already. I was recommended this by the lovely Sarah after I declared to stop using Alima Pure after discovering that they used carmine - something than I despise and seemed to have missed beforehand. And I'll be honest, I do really see much difference between the two products. The shade ranges are very similar, and the formula also seems to work in a very similar way on my skin. You may need to use a bit more of the EM foundation but I can still get a medium coverage that looks natural and skin-like. As mentioned, I am nearly out of this and so it definitely didn't last as long as the Alima but that's a compromise I am willing to make in order to support a 100% vegan company over one that uses such a barbaric ingredient. Everyday Minerals is also a great deal cheaper. You can either get it from Cocktail Cosmetics in the UK or (for an even bigger saving), ship it from iHerb.

The PHB Ethical Beauty Natural Mascara* is something I have mentioned before but a while ago they went through a particularly disastrous repackaging which left the mascara almost unusable. I am happy to report that we have now returned to the old packaging and the product is now back to its former glory. I always recommend this to people who are used to conventional mascaras as it is the most volumising natural mascara I have tried and it also has a similar price point to high street options.

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I've also been loving my essential oil diffuser recently. Mine is just a random cheap brand one from Amazon but I really like the faux wood detailing. You can also change the colour of the light and the timing of the mist. I've been using it alongside some blends from Tisserand and my favourite has been the Winter Warming Blendperfect for this season. This blend uses eucalyptus, clove, and rosemary and although not traditionally 'Christmassy,' definitely makes you feel all cosy and in the winter spirit. 

And of course, no favourites would be complete without some Isla Apothecary. I've been trying a good variety of Isla's products and the Immortelle Scar & Blemish Oil* has to be one of my top picks. I am sceptical of any product that claims to fade scars but I find this to be a really nice facial oil for oily/acneic skins and despite the slightly odd smell (similar to tobacco), I really enjoy using it. It's not too heavy, but still leaves my skin moisturised and glowing while helping to take down the redness and inflammation that comes with acne.

If you're interested in either the Isla oil or PHB mascara, Lovelula currently have a Black Friday promo on and you can save 15% with the code FRIDAY until 2nd December!

What have you been loving lately?

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