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New In: Hiro Cosmetics
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I haven't done one of my introduction posts in a while! Today I am excited to share Hiro Cosmetics with you, a fabulous German vegan & natural makeup brand who are really helping to bring eco beauty into the mainstream. Hiro is very much a luxe brand - the products feel expensive (and indeed they are), but you really get what you pay for. The colours are novel and interesting and Hiro stands as solid proof that you do not need carmine for great bright colours. I had originally heard of Hiro a few years ago via a German shop and so I was really thrilled to see that Lovelula had started stocking them in the UK.

I was excited to try to of their wonderful products; a bronzer and a lipstick. I was intrigued to see that they offered a pressed bronzer and was eager to give it a go with my impending Greek getaway calling for a more bronzed look. I don't use bronzer often but when I do, I want something warm-leaning neutral and completely matte. Although this product isn't completely matte, the colour really works well for me and any sparkle that it does have seamlessly blends into the skin and becomes undetectable. Glam with a Tanis the lightest shade but Hiro also offer a darker shade for medium skin tones. Hiro offer a variety of pressed products and I'm looking forward to exploring the brand some more.

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For the lipstick, I chose the shade Bam - a purple mauve colour*. I've been looking for a perfect brown nude mauve for a long time and I'll admit, I'm getting closer to finding it. Although I wish that it was slightly more matte, I love this shade and it goes with all kinds of looks. I'm a big fan of wearing lipstick with no eye makeup, and with a little liner this lipstick lasts for a really good amount of time and doesn't seem to bleed on me. I'm not a big fan of the packaging for this one - it feels a bit loose and unstable - but I'm really impressed with the quality of the product itself and I'm definitely considering getting another shade. I really love the ingredients in these lipsticks and particularly, I have my eye on this gorgeous bright red - and no carmine in sight!

I really recommend checking out Hiro. Their multi-sticks are also calling to me...

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New In: Sappho Organics, Axiology, Skin Blossom

Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation
Oh, now this is exciting! The Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation has been on my radar since Amber mentioned it in her glowing review. I ordered some samples from Nuciya last month and fell in deep deep love. The ingredients are seriously something special and I just adore how it makes my skin look; how it makes me feel. My skin isn't great at the moment and this foundation leaves it looking bright, smooth, and happy. I would call it a medium coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish which is great for my combination skin. Full review soon.

Axiology Lipstick in Worth
Another super exciting purchase! I've been meaning to get my hands on a shade from Axiology for the longest time and I finally gave in when recently, Akyala was offering 15% off. I got the shade Worth which is a gorgeous orangey red. It's super pigmented, very creamy, and looks great both straight out the tube and matted down. It does seem to transfer quite easily but I'm looking forward to giving it a proper test. Isn't the packaging just dreeeeamy?

Skin Blossom Complete Care Shampoo
Now this was my attempt at trying to find something a little cheaper than my HG shampoo, the Odylique Tea Tree & Herb. But... it failed. I don't really like this at all. The smell is okay and it lathers quite a lot, but it just seems to weigh my hair down, which is strange considering how thick my hair is. When I use this, my hair only seems to last a single day which isn't great when I'm used to washing my hair every other day. I'm currently using it up by mixing it with the Odylique, and while it is a hell of a lot cheaper, I will not be repurchasing.

What have you been buying recently?

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Orange Lips for Pale Chicks - Lippy Girl Review

I've only recently got in to bold lip colours. I'm not a red person as I prefer deep fushias and purples. Recently however, I've been experimenting with orange shades. Oranges tend to be hard to work with when you're as pale as me but good news guys... I've found the one. 

Son of a Brick* - from Canadian makeup brand, Lippy Girl - is a beautiful deep, burnt orange. It may look a little intimidating in the bullet (and swatched on the hand), but when layered over a little lip balm on the lips, it's a definite winner.

I'll start by admitting that my first foray in to Lippy Girl wasn't the best. I was originally sent the shade Abraca-BAM, but unfortunately, something was a little off with the formula and I found it to be dry, dragging and very patchy. Son of a Brick however is a big step up and I find it to be smooth and deliciously opaque in but a couple swipes. It took a few experiments for me to make this very unique shade wearable but as mentioned above, it works wonderfully when layered over lip balm. The burnt colour is paled out a little, making it perfect for my light complexion. This method also thankfully leaves your lips feeling moisturised without forfeiting any staying power. It lasts a good six hours and it also seems to behave when it comes to eating and drinking. I'm finding that I'm reaching for this shade more and more as we move in to spring, and I love to wear it with bare eyes and just a touch of peachy red blush.

The ingredients are also super impressive being 100% vegan and dye-free. It can be hard to find interesting lipstick shades without the addition of synthetic dyes but Lippy Girl seem to be doing a brilliant job bridging the gap. I also really enjoy the sleek black metal packaging, however, mine seems to have got damaged in my bag and now makes a strange rattling noise...

I will definitely be trying some more shades from Lippy Girl in the future (namely, Boss Lady) and you can take a gander yourself at Botanical Brands, where they retail for an affordable £12.50.