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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: Hynt Beauty, Alima Pure, Juice Beauty

So I haven't blogged in over a month... but I have an excuse! For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I am currently writing my undergraduate dissertation (due in just under two weeks) and it has successfully taken over my life. This unfortunately, doesn't leave too much time for blogging. Posts may be few and far between for the remainder of April but today I want to talk about a few new makeup bits that I have been trying recently. It was my birthday on 22nd March and I treated myself to some bits from Content Beauty (I love visiting their brick and mortar store in London) and then a few days ago, I woke up to the wonderful news that Hynt Beauty are now available from a UK stockist - Glow Organic Brighton. Of course I jumped straight on it and ordered some samples. I've spoken about the Hynt Beauty Suite Sweet Canyon Eyeshadow Palette before, and although I don't use it too often anymore, I've been dying to try some more of their line.

Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer Sample Set in Fair/Light
I haven't really tried these properly yet (they literally turned up this morning) but I've heard amazing things about Hynt's cult concealer. It's loved by green makeup artists and offers super full coverage, which is rare for a natural concealer. It comes in a variety of shades and I've obviously gone for the lightest pair. On first impressions I think 'Light' may be a better shade for me as it is yellow-based. 'Fair' is extremely pink and although I'm pale, I'm not cool-toned in the slightest. My skin is neutral/leaning warm and so I suspect 'Light' would be better for spot concealing; when colour matching is key. I think the shade would also work under my eyes but it would be nice to have a lighter shade that is still neutral or slightly yellow. More testing is needed but from what I've seen so far, this sample could last me all year. It's really creamy and SUPER pigmented so only the tiniest amount is needed for your whole face. 

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep SPF 30
Hynt sent me a sample of their Skin Prep when I ordered the Suite eyeshadow palette. It was a super silky serum with marine bio-actives that I really enjoyed as a primer. I've never got round to buying a full size but I've always been curious about the Sun Prep - a similar product but with non-nano titanium dioxide SPF 30. Reviews for this stuff are glowing and now I've tried it, I can see why. This stuff is magic. It's almost completely transparent and really smooths out the skin. The formula would be perfect under makeup and it leaves no white cast whatsoever. I already know that I'll be getting a full size (edit: ordered). I don't think I'll be taking it to Croatia with me this summer (yep, I'm going again) as it's too fancy for constant reapplication but it's going to be great for the English summer and for making sure I wear SPF every day that I leave the house.

Alima Pure Pressed Foundation in Sesame
I'm a committed disciple of the Alima Pure Satin Matin Foundation and so I've been eager to try its pressed counterpart. The formulas do seem to differ slightly: the pressed compact is lower coverage and way more yellow-toned, but I'm appreciating the tidier application (yay for less mess) and it really is a beautiful product. At this point I think I shall be continuing to repurchase the loose version but this definitely won't go to waste. The pressed formula and lighter coverage also make it great for mid-day touch ups.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in Syrah
I have a habit of buying myself an expensive lipstick for my birthday and this was the winning contender for 2017. I've been dying to try the Phyto-Pigments line since it launched in the UK but I've been wanting to view/swatch the collection in person before picking anything up. I had a right swatch fest when I visiting Content and settled on 'Syrah' - a true mid-tone brown pink with the tiniest amount of shimmer (that doesn't really show up on the lips). I wasn't too sure about this shade when I brought it home but since then I've been wearing it a lot and really loving it. The formula is super moisturising and despite it's very creamy consistency, it does a good job of staying put throughout the day. I am interested in some of the other shades but these lipsticks really are expensive so I'm not sure if I'll be expanding my collection any time soon.

What have you been buying recently?

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New In: RMS Beauty

I haven't done one of my 'new in' posts in a long time! It seems however that I have been gaining beauty products at an alarming rate recently and so you can assume there will more posts on the way. Today I'm going to be talking about two new products from RMS Beauty that I have been testing out.

RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes*
These wipes are quite the innovation for the green beauty sphere. You won't find wipes more natural; they're formulated with nothing but pure coconut oil. Coconut oil is generally a no-no for my skin due to its pore-clogging nature - it rates quite highly in terms of being comedogenic for acne-prone skins. However, these little wipes have been proving quite handy for quick makeup removal when staying at my boyfriend's house. I don't think I'd repurchase due to them being comedogenic but as long as I follow them with an acid toner, my pores seem to be fine for now. They're quite pricey but if you have super sensitive skin (and are partial to a face wipe), they're probably worth a try.  

RMS Beauty Swift Shadow in Tempting Touch TT-76*
I was super excited when I heard that RMS would be releasing a vegan-friendly line of pressed eyeshadows. The shade range is a little confusing (you'll definitely need to rely on online swatches), but after perusing a few blog posts I settled on the shade Tempting Touch TT-76, a beautiful warm bronze shade. This shade is perfect for an all-over wash of colour and is absolutely spot-on for autumn and winter. The pigmentation didn't totally wow me - as I'm used to super-pigmented loose shadows - but it's good enough for what I've been used it for and it is handy to have such a versatile shade in a single pan for travel. I've heard that they work brilliantly wet so I look forward to trying that and possibly trying some more shades. Again, they're not cheap, but they feel super smooth and luxe in spite of the slightly disappointing pigmentation. 

Have you tried either of these new products from RMS Beauty?

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New In: PHB Ethical Beauty Pressed Makeup
L-R: Peony blush, Ash Blonde brow powder, Smokey Quartz eyeshadow, Grape eyeshadow, Dove Grey eyeshadow

L-R: Peony blush, Ash Blonde brow powder, Smokey Quartz eyeshadow, Grape eyeshadow, Dove Grey eyeshadow

PHB Ethical Beauty's pressed makeup collection isn't quite new, but it is still rather under the radar within the green beauty community. Natural pressed makeup is rare, and pressed makeup that is both natural and vegan? Well... it's the holy grail. PHB's new pressed line is both of these things, along with being halal-certified and great value for money. Yes, I know that the packaging isn't quite the prettiest to look at, but the pans can be removed and placed into a z-palette and the performance definitely makes up for this fact.

Over the last couple months, I have been testing a couple of the eyeshadows, a brow powder, and a blush. I chose the eyeshadow shades; Dove Grey, Grape*, and Smokey Quartz*. Overall, impressions have been good but I will say that the formula isn't quite perfect for me. I feel like the pigmentation can vary between shades (shimmer/metallic shades seem to work best), and they can kick up quite a lot of product. However, when you consider that most natural eyeshadow is loose, it really isn't that much of an issue. Their pressed form still makes them more favourable in terms of things like travel-friendliness. My standards when it comes to pressed eyeshadows can also be a bit high as I have recently got into pressing a lot of my indie eyeshadows (sneak peek above). The pigmentation for the Peony Blush* is brilliant and this super bright shade calls for an incredibly light hand. It does look a little metallic in the pan but goes on completely matte.

They definitely have an extensive eyeshadow shade range and hopefully this will continue to grow in the future. There's also a good selection of shades for the brow products and the blushes. However, they seem to currently be lacking in the base department and it would be brilliant to see some deeper shades for our darker-skinned ladies. I will say though, that the shades do seem to go pale enough for me (that can usually be an issue), and I've also found suitable shades in their new liquid base products - review coming soon for those. The Ash Blonde Brow Powder* is also a pretty good match and is ashy enough that it doesn't come up with too much red in it; a classic problem for 'blonde' eyebrow products! I still prefer to use a waxy product for my brows but occasionally it is nice to get a little more definition by following with a powder. It helps them stay in place on those nights out!

Overall, I'm rather impressed with all of the new makeup products coming out from PHB Ethical Beauty. They're one of my absolute favourite brands and I'm really excited to see them pushing the boat out for natural and vegan makeup! Check out their line at LoveLula.