Friday, 24 July 2015

Caught out in the sun? You need these three natural and organic products...


I'm really careful about sun care, and I strongly believe that prevention is better than cure - I wear Green People's sun lotions, and reapply regularly. I also sit in the shade (often with a book!) and cover my body with clothing and straw hats.

But very occasionally, I get caught out.

This occasion was unexpected, and very specific - I was travelling in a rented white van, as Dan and I moved some furniture to my parent's home. White vans make you really high up, and the windows are really big and glassy, so we were basically roasting in a goldfish bowl.

I didn't get properly burnt, but I looked slightly browner on my d├ęcolletage (always an awful place to catch the sun) and my nose was peeling ever so slightly.

So, I panicked, slathered my self in these three products, and noticed that a few days later, not only did the peeling completely disappear, but my skin looked wonderfully nourished, and just better.

Organic, raw, cold pressed, coconut oil - every bath I had for the week after, I covered my d├ęcolletage in Biona raw organic coconut oil - the coconut oil that is normally in my kitchen, patiently waiting for recipes. I know that coconut oil has a myriad of beauty uses, but I love eating it so much that I often keep it in the kitchen, and use avocado oil instead. But I need to incorporate it into my beauty routine on a regular basis - it's so good. As well as being highly moisturising and anti bacterial, coconut oil also has slight protective properties against the sun (but is no substitute for sun lotion) - I've found it to be perfect as an aftersun, or for healing small cuts and bruises. Natural aloe vera gel would also be good as an aftersun.

Pai BioRegnerate Rosehip Oil. I know I witter on about this rosehip oil more than is necessary, but it perfectly healed my face after being in the sun slightly too long. I've said it before, but this is the only rosehip oil that you need - it includes 'Trans-Retinoic Acid - an essential fuel for the skin's natural repair function.' Translation - I no longer had a peeling nose.

Green People After Sun - this was my choice in the morning, or at any time when slathering myself in coconut oil like a slippery baby seal wasn't an option. It's incredibly slight, and has the gorgeous scent of peppermint. I would use it all year round as a delicate body moisturiser - it's really good for dehydrated skin. There are lots of calming ingredients in this lotion: calendula, aloe vera, peppermint, and myrrh (I knew about the other three, but had no idea that myrrh had such healing properties!).

Do you have any good aftersun suggestions? Or sun lotions that you're in love with? I love hearing suggestions for natural and organic beauty products.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

How grumpy should I be? Negative product reviews versus positive ones...


My sister and I always swap beauty products. Last time we met up, she threw a couple of Yes to Carrots moisturisers at me, stating: "I don't like these. There's something in the ingredients that isn't good for my skin. I bought them from T K Maxx, and thought I would give them a try, but I'm not an ingredients geek like you. Can you write a post on how rubbish they are, and call it 'No to Carrots'?"

And despite my instant love for that snappy title, I wondered, should I?

My opinions on makeup and skincare are subjective. Something that works perfectly for me may be awful on you. In my reviews I strive to include details on ingredients or shades that may or may not work on certain skin types (of course my only experience is six years of buying natural and organic products).

But essentially this blog is a collection of products that I love. There are criticisms, of course, but there are lots and lots of products that I don't even bother talking about, because I would never buy them.

If I am contacted about a product to review, I will deflect the review if I know that I wouldn't like or use the product normally. There are exceptions of course - I loved using the Burt's Bees Orange Cleanser in University, but really disliked it when I reviewed it recently.

Or course, then I gave it to my Mum, who really liked it - she found the scent refreshing, and said that it made her pores look smaller.

So, other than the fact that my opinion is subjective, I don't like writing negative reviews. It makes me feel a bit like a troll. But I like reading negative reviews. I find them reassuring, and it makes me trust the reviewer, more, as when they say that they love something, I know they really love that product.

So, what do you think? Would you like more negative reviews, or do you prefer love and peace and positivity? 

Oh, and the Yes to Carrots Day Cream? Despite omitting lots of horrible ingredients, this moisturiser includes 'Parfum' with no indication that this is a naturally derived perfume. So it's a 'no' from me.

p.s Do you like my angry carrot?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

I'm going to Copenhagen! + Inner Soul Organics Nordic Collection Review...





I like to believe that I have Nordic heritage. My limited evidence for this is as follows: one of my family names is Scadding - which is apparently Scandinavian for 'tall lean man.' I'm also reasonably tall and fair myself. My preferred interiors style is white and bleached wood. I could happily live off fish, and berries. I love IKEA. 

A perfect fit, surely? Well, I'm going to find out. Dan and I are going to Copenhagen for ten days at the start of August - if any of you have any recommendations for parks, shops or restaurants we would love to hear them.  With the exception of the beautiful, minimalist Noma. We know that Noma is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in the world, which is precisely why we can't afford it! 

So to my review of the Nordic Collection by Inner Soul Organics. Although this range is inspired by Emma Coleman's experiences in Finland and Norway, she is British, and her products are handmade in London and Kent. Emma was formerly a nurse with the NHS, before retraining as an aromatherapist. This aromatherapy training is evident in the gorgeous, essential oil based scents in her products. I was sent three products to review: the Scandanvian Decadence Shower Serum, the Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Salt Scrub, with the Nordic Berry Bliss hand and body salve. 

The Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Salt Scrub is absolutely gorgeous. At first I was unsure whether I liked the scent or not - it's a deep, herbal scent, with rosemary, Norwegian kelp and basil - that I momentarily likened to the stuffing that comes with a roast dinner! But after I used it on my skin I was a complete convert - the scent is rich and clarifying, and the scrub is wonderful - exfoliating but leaving balmy, moisturised skin; due to the coconut and sunflower seed oil. It became addictive, as all salt scrubs are, and made my bathroom feel like a natural, kelp infused spa - you can also use it as a bath salt, if you prefer that to using scrubs on your skin. I loved it, and have almost used it up (this happened far too soon!). 

There is currently 20% off the Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Salt Scrub if you quote BEAUTYSHORTLIST20. 

The Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Salt Scrub £30.00 for 200g,  £14.00 for 100g

The Scandinavian Decadence Shower Serum has a scent unlike any I've tried from an natural or organic beauty product. It has the scent of wood smoke and berries. If I had to explain to someone what  the scent of a Scandinavian country, this would be exactly it. It's so clever of Emma to create such an unusual scent, that is still gorgeous to use on the body. It is a shower serum because it's basically a body oil to use in the shower - the apricot and grape seed oils nourish your skin - you can apply while showering, or straight afterwards, whilst your skin is still damp. This product will  I'm so excited to take this to Copenhagen, and would love to repurchase - it's unlike any other body oil that I have tried. 

The Scandinavian Decadence Shower Serum £13.00 for 30ml,  £37.00 for 100ml

The Nordic Bliss Hand and Body Salve is a bit of a naughty one to review, as it isn't out for several months. But it's definitely one to look out for - it's so buttery and light, with a scent that reminds me of orange blossom and berries. It is perfect post  bath - nourishing enough to feel luxurious, but light enough to sink into the skin. 

If you love indulgent skin and body care with clean ingredients and bewitching scents, then Inner Soul Organics are definitely worth a scope - Emma is presenting something slightly different to other organic skincare brands.  


Scandinavian Decadence Shower Serum - 99% organic, 100 % natural ingredients. 
:
Prunus armeniaca, (Apricot), Carthamus tinctorius, (Thistle), rubus idaeus, (raspberry seed), vitis vinifera, (Grape seed), Soy wax, Oxycuccus palustris, (cranberry), Rosmarinus officinalis, (Rosemary), Tocopherol, (Vitamin E), Juniperus communis, (Juniper Berry), Citrus bergamia, (Bergamot), Citrus limonum, (Lemon), Pelargonium graveolens, (Geranium), Ocimum basilicum, (Basil), Pogostemon cablin, (Patchouli), Betula alba, (birch), Linalool**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Eugenol**, Farnesol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Citral** 
*Organic ingredients **Naturally present in essential oils. 
Suitable for use as part of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
Against animal testing

Scandinavian Decadence Bath and Body Salt Scrub - 99% organic, 100 % natural ingredients.

Sodium Chloride*, (Pure sea salt), Simmondsia chinensis*, (Sesame seed), Carthamus tinctorius*, (Thistle), Vitis vinifera*, (Grapeseed), Cocos nucifera*, (Virgin coconut), Helianthius annus*, (Sunflower seed), Rosa canina*, (Rosehip), Rosmarinus officinalis*, (Rosemary), Fucus versiculosus*, (Norwegian Kelp), Avena sativa*, (Arctic oat), Tocopherol*, (Vitamin E), Juniperus communis*, (Juniperberry), Citrus bergamia, (Bergamot), Citrus Limonum, (Lemon), Pelargonium graveolens, (Geranium), Ocimum basilicum, (Basil), Pogostemon Cablin*, (Patchouli), Betula alba, (Birch), Linalool**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Eugenol**, Farnesol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Citral** 

*Organic ingredients **Naturally present in essential oils

Suitable for use as part of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles

Against animal testing

Monday, 20 July 2015

My Weekend in Pictures...



Friday - it was a Friday night, and I actually went out. I know. I was shocked too. But we've broken up for the Summer holidays, so I went to Wagamamas with Dan - I had my favourite Rasikuree, the blueberry spice smoothie, and some sides: the lollipop prawns and barbecue pork bun. We then met up with some friends in Oxford, and I had a couple of glasses of red wine.

It was a really Summery night, so I wore a vintage white cotton dress from Rokit, my Italian vintage handbag, and second-hand toast sandals and cardigan. Oh, and gold hoops from Silverado. 


I kept my makeup pretty light, but still with a gold/bronze eyeshadow. I layered some old pressed Lily Lolo eyeshadows (from the Molten Bronze palette - I really should have thrown this out by now!). I also added some of their loose mineral eyeshadow in Gold Digger over the top, then I used the NATorigin mascara in black. For my base, I used the Green People DD CreamHoneyPie Minerals foundation, and a tiny bit of the Green People Powder. I also used Neal's Yard blusher in Peony. On my lips, I used a tiny bit of lip balm (Neal's Yard), and the Lavera Lip Liner in Rose. I also tried my new sample of The Natural Deo Co Clean Deodorant Balm - it lasted me all night!


Wagas!


My greatest beauty discovery of the week was Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm - I was really tired when I got in on Friday night, and I had that moment when I considered not taking my makeup off. But the thought of that made me feel awful, so I hauled myself to the bathroom, and smeared this buttery balm all over my face, before gently removing with a cotton flannel soaked in hot water. It took every scrap of makeup off, and left my skin so soft I didn't need to moisturise. A lazy girl's dream! This is such a good product, with stellar ingredients - full review coming soon. 

Saturday: There was nothing really to photograph on Saturday, unless you like pictures of Dan and I reading, watching YouTube videos and eating dark chocolate. We never really have a day in like that, and it was a really good way to say goodbye to my house. 

Sunday - moving day (again).



Breakfast: This is me trying to eat all of my fresh fruit (strawberries, nectarine and organic white grapes) layered with Rachel's organic Greek yoghurt with honey. I put it in a jar so I could take it with me, but was so hungry I ended up eating it all at the time. 

The rest of the day was spent packing and moving clothes, beauty products and random pieces of paper into my Dad's car. It's a funny way of moving house, as I can't actually move into my new flat until 12th August. So aside from my holiday, I'm homeless, and staying with my parent's for a couple of weeks. 

Here is my bedroom at home. The interior is all down to my Mum. Do you like my vintage iron bed? 




Dinner was steak, (I promise I only eat meat on the weekends!) salad, and new potatoes. My Mum also made French dressing, which was really good. Dessert was either apple or lemon tart with creme fraiche (I went for the apple!). Dan stayed for dinner and went to work early the next morning. 




My final happy note of the weekend was this gorgeous hand beaded clutch bag by People Tree. I absolutely love it - I didn't have a Summer clutch bag, so the purchase was (slightly) justified. People Tree are an organic and Fair Trade company, and their products are beautifully made. I bought this from eBay, but there are still lots on their website. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

I'm on the way to glossy hair! Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Organic Shampoo and Conditioner Review (plus Quinoa & Avocado gel)


I put quinoa and artichoke on my hair. It felt good.


It's a waste to be wistful about someone else's beauty features, but I'd love to have glossy, starlet locks, in the style of Kate Middleton or Peneople Cruz. 

My hair is great, but it is also:

a) Dirty blonde, which is sort of nice, but not dark enough to reflect the light in a glossy, brunette princess sort of way.

b) Really thick - that scene in the Princess Dairies when the brush breaks off in her hair? That's my life. 

c) Naturally curly/wavy/messy - I often see French fashion editors or grungey surfers, and think, hey! They stole my look!

I love Green People's Shampoo and Conditioners, and have written before that I believe them to be the most gentle, nourishing and cost effective shampoos and conditioners. So when I was asked to review their new haircare range, I was happy to do so - I already know that I love and repurchase these products.

Green People claim that their new Quinoa & Artichoke Organic Shampoo and Conditioner can give you glossier (from the quinoa protein), more voluminous hair (due to 8 ammino acids). I love Green People, but was sceptical about the claims. Which is what made it so lovely when I realised that these products did exactly what they were supposed to.

Okay, I didn't wake up as Penelope Cruz (one day..) but my hair was noticeably silkier, with a subtle shine (thanks quinoa protein!) and surprisingly soft and fluffier - in a light, swishy way. I know that I could have developed this look had I blow-dried my hair and styled it with a round barrelled brush, but I never do that - after listening to the YouTuber Holistic Habits I don't use heat on my hair anymore. I recycled my hairdryer and just leave my hair to air dry now, and use a wooden bristled hairbrush. So I'm reporting on these effects with no other products or styling. They're good. Plus, because the sulphates used in Green People's shampoo is derived from coconut oil, they are gentle enough to use everyday - even on sensitive scalps. 

But the first thing that I loved about these new Green People haircare products was the scent. Green People's shampoos and conditioners have always had lovely scents - delicate and slightly herbal. But these new products are like organic salon quality: think John Masters or Aveda (I know, I know, Aveda's ingredients aren't great, but their fragrances are gorgeous). The avocado gel has the same scent - and I find myself applying it just so that the fragrance can waft around my shoulders as I walk out the door. It's citrus - due to the lemon grass essential oil and sweet orange peel oil - but it's a deeper, more complex fragrance than that. 

I've not forgotten  their Quinoa & Avocado Styling Gel. I'll be honest, when I received this gel, my immediate thought was 'That'll be given to Dan.' I associate gel with the late nineties and early noughties, and over styled boy bands on the cover of Smash Hits. Which is why I'm so surprised that Green People have chosen to name this product as a 'gel' - it's not gel like at all. It's basically a noursihing, light, leave in conditioner, with slight styling properties. You apply throughout your hair, and have an immediate bit of hold, to create beach waves. Then throughout the day it softens, so you aren't left with that 'product' feeling in your hair. I love it and use it everyday - Dan has scarce chance of stealing this one!




Want to see my hair after using these products? Read this post.


I also really like the new minimalistic packaging...

Full ingredients Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo 

INGREDIENTS: AQUA (SPRING WATER), SODIUM COCO-SULFATE (FROM COCONUT), COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE (DERIVED FROM COCONUT), DECYL GLUCOSIDE (DERIVED FROM CORN), ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, HYDROLYSED QUINOA, ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, YUCCA SCHIDIGERA (YUCCA) STEM EXTRACT, CYNARA SCOLYMUS (ARTICHOKE) LEAF EXTRACT, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS (MARSHMALLOW) ROOT EXTRACT*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT*, AROMA [ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT OIL*^, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL*, CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS (LEMONGRASS) LEAF OIL*^, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE) PEEL OIL*, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) BUD OIL*^], GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE DERIVED), PROPANEDIOL (FROM CORN STARCH), GLUCONOLACTONE (NATURAL ACIDITY REGULATOR), BENZYL ALCOHOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, CITRAL*, EUGENOL*, LIMONENE*. *81.3% ORGANIC, ^FAIRLY TRADED

Full ingredients Quinoa and Artichoke Conditioner 

INGREDIENTS: AQUA (SPRING WATER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMULSIFYING PLANT WAX), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE (CONDITIONING AGENT), PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL*, LEVULINIC ACID (PLANT DERIVED), CYNARA SCOLYMUS (ARTICHOKE) LEAF EXTRACT, ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, LECITHIN* (FROM SUNFLOWER OIL), CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS (MARSHMALLOW) ROOT EXTRACT*, HYDROLYSED QUINOA, AROMA [ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT OIL*^, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL*, CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS (LEMONGRASS) LEAF OIL*^, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE) PEEL OIL*, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) BUD OIL*^], GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE DERIVED), PROPANEDIOL (FROM CORN STARCH), GLUCONOLACTONE (NATURAL ACIDITY REGULATOR), POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRAL*, EUGENOL*, LIMONENE*. *91.2% ORGANIC, ^FAIRLY TRADED

Full Ingredients Quinoa and Avocado Gel

AQUA (SPRING WATER), GLYCERIN* (VEGETABLE DERIVED), LEVULINIC ACID (PLANT DERIVED), ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL*, AROMA [ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT OIL*^, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL*, CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS (LEMONGRASS) LEAF OIL*^, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE) PEEL OIL*, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) BUD OIL*^], ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT*, HYDROLYSED QUINOA, PANTHENOL (CONDITIONING AGENT), FAEX (YEAST) EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM (CORN STARCH GUM), CHONDRUS CRISPUS (IRISH MOSS) POWDER, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CITRAL*, EUGENOL*, LIMONENE*. *96.8% ORGANIC, ^FAIRLY TRADED (Period After Opening 12M)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

My Weekend in Pictures...



So this was the weekend that I (almost) moved house. 

Friday: involved me being really exhausted and having a 'power nap' that turned into a couple of hours. We then had a midnight feast (him: pizza, me: organic hummus, pitta, and chopped veggies). 

On Saturday: we dismantled the components of my life (my wardrobe and my bed) as I began the process of moving out of this ramshackle cottage in Oxford. There is only one photograph from that day, as I didn't think that piles of clothing on the floor and hunks of wood piled into a rented van were that pretty. I did, however, photograph my breakfast, which was healthy chocolate ice cream (made from coconut milk) topped with local strawberries and crushed walnuts. Trust me, if you've 
ever tried to slide a wardrobe down some stairs, ice cream for breakfast is perfectly reasonable. The ice cream is by The Coconut Collaborative and I bought it from Sainsbury's. 

This wasn't my 'proper' moving day, but we did need to take some furniture back to my parent's house. So Dan and I loaded up a white van, then completely ruined our 'white van man' rep by playing Enya and Adele all the way there. 

Sunday 


Sunday was far more relaxed. We had a full fry up and my Mum used duck eggs from the local farm shop. The shells are really pretty, and the yolks were a lot bigger. 




My Mum always buys me random presents if she sees something she thinks I'll like. She had bought me a really pretty grey floral vase for my new flat (which I forgot to photograph) and this fuchsia pink silk top from a charity shop - I love the buttons that go down the side. 



We managed to get a brief walk in the sunshine. Ootd: pink silk top from a charity top, hand me down jeans from my sister (H&M) sunglasses from a charity shop, and white sandals that were given to me by my Mum. 



I had a really relaxing afternoon - my Mum gave me a pedicure. I find that in Summer, I wear sandals all the time and my pedicure needs to be replaced each week. I used my Mum's Butter London polish - in the shade Macbeth, which is a hot coral. 


Some bits and pieces I've loved this weekend. I'm still in love with my Hurraw SPF lip balm. I find myself applying it for the sweet orange flavour, but it's also nice to know my lips are protected. I used my Balmology Sweet Neroli and Basil Cleanser from Peace Beauty, which was rich and had a beautiful citrus scent that lasted even after after I'd cleansed my face. I've been regularly using my Lavender hand and foot cream from B Skincare - this was a gift from my sister from her holiday to Cornwall. It's nourishing, but light - I don't like foot or balm balms that don't sink in, and leave you unable to move for ten minutes! My  new love is this Good Night Sleep Relaxing Balm from 1001 Remedies. I need to try this a couple more times to be sure, but I'm pretty certain this is an absolutely wonderful product. My parents gave me some Green and Black's mini chocolates - I'm excited to try the sea salt one again - I love salted chocolate. 


Sunday roast. I love the amount of vegetables you can legitimately pile onto your plate when you have a roast! Dan and I had to leave quite early, but it's always wonderful to share meals together. We also had Tiramasu for dessert - I want to learn how to make this, it's Dan's favourite. 


A book that I've absolutely been loving is David Nicholl's third novel, Us. I loved Starter for Ten and One Day, so it made sense that I would love this too. It's about a middle aged Biochemist whose marriage is faltering, and a European holiday he hopes will salvage this. I've not finished this yet, so I will share my thoughts once I've completed it. 

Once I'd returned home, I tried to make the best of the pile of clothes and makeup on wooden floorboards that was now my room. I also had a bowl of chopped nectarines with creme fraiche (my Mum doesn't let me leave the house without accepting armfuls of food). 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

These Green People Lip Crayons look like red wine and chocolate


Green People Lip Crayon in Sangria



Do you think that lip pencils are an expensive, extra step that you are reluctant to include in your beauty routine?

Green People's Organic Lip Crayons are different. 

The presence of moisturising natural oils - such as castor and baobab seed oil - and natural butters - shea butter, in this case - ensure that they will glide on and nourish your lips, whilst still adding colour. 

If you favour rich, earthy tones: think russet, nutmeg and autumnal reds, then the Green People Lip Crayons should be your first choice. Praline is exactly as the name states: a chocolate truffle tone, that would be perfect for any Ninieties revivalists. Sangria is a beautiful burnished red with cocoa undertones, that would suit most complexions. I love both, but think that Sangria is easier to wear - who doesn't suit a classic Hollywood red? 

I would love an even greater selection of colours to suit cooler skin tones - my porcelain sister looks amazing in fuchsia and scarlet - so it would be wonderful if Green People could add these tones to their range. There is also a third shade called Blossom - it's sort of a cool nude pink (yes, I am considering adding this one to my collection). 

 I don't often like the texture of lipstick - I find them too thick and oily - but these lip crayons are so creamy (due to the shea butter) that they have more of a lip balm texture. They're really comfortable to wear, which means I often reach for them for an everyday makeup look, but they are also perfect for evening. 

The crayons are designed to be worn alone, but could also be layered with your favourite lipsticks or dabbed over a balm for different looks. Plus, the chunky texture of the crayons - much like Clinque's Chubby sticks - feels wonderfully nostalgic - I like feeling as though I am happily drawing on my lips, rather than a forced, lady-like lipstick application. 

My final appreciative note on Green People's lip crayons is that they last for a really long time - you'll need to reapply after eating but that's about it. Unless you're eating dark chocolate and wine, that is, in which case you'll be absolutely fine!


Green People Lip Crayon in Praline 

Did I mention that the prices are great? Green People's Lip Pencils for £12.95 


L to R Praline and Sangria 


L to R Praline and Sangria 


This is a photograph I took ages ago - but I thought I'd include it as an example of Praline with pale skin. 

Full ingredients: Green People Lip Pencil in Sangria 

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (NATURAL EMULSIFIER), MICA (NATURAL MINERAL), GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA (CANDELILLA WAX), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA* (CARNAUBA WAX), MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, CETYL ALCOHOL, ADANSONIA DIGITATA (BAOBAB) SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) SHELL POWDER*, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499. *INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING. ECOCERT 100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS; 32.8% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Full Ingredients: Green People Lip Pencil in Praline

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (NATURAL EMULSIFIER), GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA (CANDELILLA WAX), MICA (NATURAL MINERAL), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA* (CARNAUBA WAX), MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, CETYL ALCOHOL, ADANSONIA DIGITATA (BAOBAB) SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) SHELL POWDER*, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499. *INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING. ECOCERT 100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS; 34.7% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS