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2016 Year in Review (including the best natural/vegan beauty!)

I understand that this is a little late, but it's finally time for my 2016 year in review post! 2016 was a good year for me personally (despite certain public events). I travelled to the Netherlands and Croatia, got my degree grades on track for my Masters application, and ended the year with a lovely 'stay-cation'; exploring the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Blogging also went well this year. I feel like I managed to avoid any long breaks, I contributed something to the Peridot, and was asked to join a major blogging programme. So, without further ado, let's get on to the five most popular KV blog posts of 2016: 

1. Review: Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Stick
2. H&M Conscious Beauty... To Buy, or Not To Buy?
3. Review: Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum
4. Review: PHB Ethical Beauty Botanical BB Cream and Pure Skin Foundation
5. First Impressions: Pacifica Makeup

And of course, now on to the part we've all been waiting for, my top green/natural/vegan beauty picks of 2016!

Bravura London Salicylic Acid 2%
Despite being the only non-natural product on my list, the Bravura salicylic acid peel has probably made the biggest impression on my 2016 skincare routine. I have been struggling with closed comedones on my cheeks and jawline for the last two years and this product seems to be one of the only things that keeps them at bay. Natural sources of salicylic acid (like willow tree bark) were, in the beginning, no where near strong enough for my acneic skin. So, this gem has really made a difference and I am finding myself relying on it less and less - definitely making it one of my top skincare products of 2016.

Skin & Tonic Coco Mask*
I was lucky enough to receive this as a Christmas gift from Skin & Tonic in 2015 and I have been loving it ever since. It's a wonderful gentle - but potent - mask with a coconut milk powder base that makes it perfect for a little face mask alchemy. I love mixing this with a brightening face oil and rosewater.

Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore*
I waxed lyrical about this product in a full review so I won't harp on too much but this is pretty much the only water-based moisturisier I can use on my face. I find most to be too heavy, but this is perfectly nourishing while still feeling light. I definitely prefer to use face oils but I occasionally follow with this when my skin is really dehydrated. It's also great under makeup as it dries to a relatively matte finish.

Brija Cosmetics Gilmore Girls Matte Eyeshadows
To be honest, the entire Brija Cosmetics makeup line blew me away in 2016 but my favourite products have to be the matte eyeshadows, inspired by Gilmore Girls. Brianna has the greatest range of colours and every shade blends beautifully. If you're struggling with finding good natural matte eyeshadows, then I urge you to try Brija. Trust me, the loose formulation and ordering from the US is worth it. I'll be doing some swatches soon!

Mallow & White Soothe Cleansing Oil* (& Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser!)
I was gifted this cleansing oil at Gorgeously Green Gathering this year and I really do love it. I generally prefer lighter cleansing oils (like my beloved Vedani Botanicals) and this option fits the bill perfectly. I find it works quite similarly to the Vedani and so I didn't feel the need to include both on this list (and I don't have a bottle of the Vedani at the moment) but definitely check them both out. I've already done a full review of the Vedani and have a review for Mallow & White coming very soon in 2017.

Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator*
This is 100% not a new product for me, but it's one that I have got some serious use out of in 2016. With my heightening use of acid products this year, my skin has occasionally looked a bit flaky. This is quickly remedied by Pai's wonderful exfoliator, a brilliant hybrid of physical and enzymatic exfoliants. I love using this in the shower (it can be a bit messy otherwise), and I'm not looking forward to it running out - which will probably be very soon.

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven
I finally found the perfect vegan liquid eyeliner in 2016 in the form of Zuzu Luxe's Liquid Eyeliner in Raven. It's super popular in the US green beauty community and recently became available in the UK from Amazon. I was quick to try it and very quickly impressed. It's super easy for me to apply as the applicator is very similar to one I used in my teens, and it doesn't smudge too bad on me either. I'm currently loving a liquid eyeliner from Colorisi but this is the baby that saw me through 90% of the year.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Stick
This needs no introduction as my review actually made my most popular blog post of 2016. I've only ever tried two scents in this deodorant (the bergamot and lime being my favourite) so I can't speak for the whole line, but Schmidt's seems to be the only natural deodorant that has so far worked for me. They recently brought out a baking soda free version that I am super excited about (as I do get a little irritation these days) and I'm excited to try that one next.

What are your top five products for 2016? I would love to know!

Finally in the UK: A Zuzu Luxe Review

If you've been in the green beauty community for any length of time then you will know how much those pesky North American bloggers talk about Zuzu Luxe. Previously unavailable in the UK, this well established vegan natural brand is particularly known for their mascara and liquid eyeliner. They're cult natural products. Well thank the green beauty gods; these two products are now available in the UK through Amazon! Obviously, I was quick to give them a try. And guess what? They're absolutely brilliant.

The Zuzu Luxe Mascara in Onyx has a very similar formula to PHB Ethical Beauty's mascara. However, with the move to Amazon, the Zuzu Luxe is easier to get hold of. In addition, the Zuzu Luxe doesn't contain the controversial ingredient that is phenoxyethanol; something that I usually choose to avoid. I don't think that the mascara smudges on me and this is really impressive considering how oily my eyelids can be. The formula is quite wet to apply but it's definitely manageable and once dry, doesn't seem to move at all. It is a tad pricey at Β£17 but - if you're not an immediate gratification person - you could definitely source it a little cheaper by using a website like Vitacost. Despite this, it's still cheaper than a lot of other vegan options (such as Ilia). The brown shade also seems to be available if that's more your jam.

As much as I'm loving the mascara, the Zuzu Luxe Raven Liquid Eyeliner is without a doubt the stand-out product. Now, unfortunately the price for this one is still quite high (at about Β£19), but as someone who thrives on a cat-eye, it's definitely worth it as it performs miles better than the other vegan liquid eyeliner I've tried from The All Natural Face. The applicator is really similar to my previous non-natural favourite and so it's really easy for me to apply and the colour is strong and very black. Although the lasting power isn't exactly 12 hours, it's long-lasting enough for me and is also easy to remove with an oil cleanser. I'm not quite back to my daily eyeliner days, but I'm happy that I now have the option to rock a nostalgic cat-eye.

Have you tried anything from Zuzu Luxe? Will you be giving the eyeliner and/or mascara a go now that it's available in the UK?

April Wrap-Up | Beauty, Lifestyle, Books

Woohoo! I uploaded my first YouTube video in EIGHT MONTHS. Hopefully I'll have some time to do these things more often now that uni is letting up for summer.

Watch above for a wrap-up of my five favourite books and five favourite beauty/lifestyle things from April!

Books mentioned:
The Vegetarian
Human Acts
Charlotte BrontΓ«: A Life
Agnes Grey

Products mentioned:
Zuzu Luxe Eyeliner
Zuzu Luxe Mascara
RAL Heart n Soul Lipstick*
RAL Barely Pink Lipliner*
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar

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