My Natural & Organic Wedding/Bridal Makeup

12 May 2018

I got married! Yay! I will be sharing a full post with more photos and details from our wedding day but I thought I'd share my wedding day makeup first.

Back in December I had a makeup trial for my wedding with the lovely Lilian Komor. I wanted to have a trial to see the kind of thing that I liked, before hiring a natural/organic MUA in New York for the actual day. Unfortunately there aren't many who solely use green beauty and those who do were out of my price range. I didn't want to risk paying so much without having a trial with the person so I decided to do it myself.
Lilian helped me choose which colours to go for, what products to use and then it was down to me to practice before the big day!

I'll start with the base - I used the Ere Perez Foundation in Chai all over my face and down my neck. I bought this around a month before the wedding as I was originally going to go for the Inika foundation but found it wasn't as high coverage as I'd have liked for my wedding day. I love the Ere Perez one - it has amazing coverage with a lovely glow.

I used my trusty Hynt Beauty Concealer under my eyes, on any blemishes and a little bit as an eyeshadow primer. I then used the RMS Buriti Bronzer to warm up my face a little, followed by the Ere Perez Carrot Pot in Harmony as blush which is such a pretty colour! I finished off by powdering my skin with the Green People Pressed Powder to reduce shine and set my foundation.

I did use a highlighter on the day but I can't remember putting it on! I thought I'd forgotten until I saw one of our photos and I definitely have some on. It was a cream highlighter from Modern Minerals in Moonstone.


Moving onto eyes...I used my favourite Ecobrow in Penelope to fill in my eyebrows. Then for my lids, I used RMS Sunset Beach (43) as a base, followed by a few of the lighter shades in the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette and then RMS Tempting Touch (76) on my outer corner. I blended it out with a little bit of RMS Garden Rose (19) in my crease so I had a lovely mix of creams, browns and a hint of pink. I finished off with the Zao Black Liquid Liner for a short winged liner.

I was going to use individual lashes but I decided to get eyelash extensions the week before the wedding. I knew there wouldn't be much time on the day as we were getting married at 11am and I didn't want to risk ruining my eyeshadow if I went wrong with the lashes. I am so glad I got the extensions, they looked amazing!
 
Originally I was going to use RMS Pretty Vacant mixed with Green People's Rose lipstick but then I thought about ease of re-applying throughout the day and decided to find one colour. I chose the Hynt Beauty Aria Lipstick in Pinkbelle and I love the colour. It was easy to re-apply throughout the day as it has a small mirror in the lid and it was moisturising on the lips too.

I loved my makeup on the wedding day! It stayed put, my eyeshadow creased a little bit but it always does. I kept a few essentials in my clutch bag and topped up later on in the day when I needed to but overall it lasted most of the day!

Amber


Natural Bodycare I'm Packing for Honeymoon

1 Apr 2018

I've been busy prepping everything for the wedding and honeymoon and I always love reading these types of posts, so I thought I'd write my own honeymoon packing list! We're going to Mexico after New York to an all-inclusive resort to soak up the sun and relax. I love how all of the products I've got are colour co-ordinated too...ha!
Green People kindly sent me some vouchers for Christmas so I stocked up on essentials. I ordered their Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF30 in the normal 200ml size and also an SPF15 30ml travel size for times where we might leave the hotel for a bit. 

I also received a lovely box full of honeymoon essentials from Tropic Skincare. They sent me their Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection and Tinted Skin Shade Facial Sun Protection which will both come in handy when sunbathing. I'm looking forward to using the tinted face cream as it'll even out my skin tone at the same time as protecting my skin. They also sent over a Sun Balm SPF 50 which is a suncream for the face - I've never used an SPF balm before but I do love balms so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with this. Then for the evenings I'll be using the Cooling Aftersun Lotion to keep my skin moisturised and the Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil for when we go out for dinner.
Balance Me have recently had a packaging makeover and sent me over a few products. I'll be taking the Super Moisturising Body Wash & Body Oil to keep my skin moisturised and stop it from drying out from being in the sun.

Friction Free Shaving are a monthly subscription service who send new blades to you through the post each month. Your first box comes with a metal razor and four blades so they're super eco-friendly and much better for the environment than disposable plastic razors. I got the "Rose" razor which is personalised with my name...how cool!

Don't forget to follow me on social media as I'll be sharing photos from New York & the honeymoon on there as well as photos from the wedding too!
 (@thisnaturalbee)

Amber

Love Lula March Beauty Box

27 Mar 2018

I've resubscribed to the Love Lula Beauty Box as I'm on the blogger programme so I thought I'd share what came inside the March box as I was really happy with the contents.

Elsa's Deodorant - A full review of mine will be coming soon on these but spoiler...I've been loving them! I received Ocean which is lucky as it's my favourite scent (I tried Ocean and Dew), and I was planning on purchasing another for honeymoon anyway! 

Glossworks Nail Polish - There are new colours released for Spring so it was exciting to see a new shade in the box. I got the shade "Come Clay with Me" which is a warm, pinky tan colour.

FoM London - I got a sample of the Hydra Bright Night Treatment which I'll probably try after the wedding (I'm trying to stick to a steady routine before the big day).

Sukin - A couple of travel size products - Purifying Shampoo & Nourish Conditioner which might come in handy for honeymoon. I've not tried much from Sukin so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with these as I tend to stick to the same shampoo time and time again.

Laidbare - I got the Guess my Age anti-ageing treatment cream which isn't really suited to my skin as I'm only 25. I'll pass this onto my Mum or Paul's mum I think as they'll make better use of it than me.

You can subscribe to the Love Lula Beauty Box for just £13.95 per month.

What did you think of this month's box?

Amber
 

New at Love Lula: Mossa Skincare

21 Feb 2018

Love Lula have recently added a new green skincare brand to their store - Mossa Skincare. It comes from the company behind Madara, so if you've tried their products then you might want to check these out too.

The products are based around natural fruit extracts and vitamins. I chose the Micellar Water, Miracle Peel, Vitamin Toner and the Cleansing Mousse and have been trying them out since December. The products are all very reasonably priced but there are a couple of hits & a couple of misses for me. 

Active Vitamin Toner
I started using this at the end of December and in January my skin had the worst dry patches I've ever had. I hadn't realised but I think it was actually the toner that caused this. I noticed that alcohol is the second ingredient a few weeks ago and I feel that's why my skin reacted badly to it and it created awful dry patches that I've never experienced before. Such a shame as I don't see why toners need to have alcohol in - especially so high up! I won't be using this again.

Micellar Water
I started using this at the same time as the toner so at first I thought my skin didn't like this either, however I do quite like it. It removes traces of makeup and is nice to use in the mornings to freshen up my skin however I prefer the Madara one so I think I'll stick to that one in the future.

The Miracle Peel is a creamy lotion style mask that has tiny glitter particles in it. I'm not really sure why it needs the mica but the mask itself is quite nice. I apply and leave on for around 5 minutes. It doesn't "peel" off, as you might expect from the name. You simply rinse off/remove with a flannel. I do find this helps get rid of dry patches and would be one I'd consider purchasing in the future.

The Cleansing Creme Mousse is a light lotion style cleanser which isn't what I'd usually use but Paul has actually been using this. It starts as a light lotion, and gently foams on the skin. I personally prefer balms and oils for cleansing but sometimes use lotions if they're really good, however this one just missed the mark for me because of the alcohol again, it was drying on my skin and left it feeling tight.

Overall a couple of nice products but disappointed with the toner & cleanser. I know the products are reasonably priced but I would expect slightly better ingredients - at the least, no alcohol!

Amber
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