Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Rose Edit (obligatory Valentine's Day post)


I've never been particularly moved by Valentine's day.

But I do love roses, and any day that (unsubtly) hints that a bouquet of full blooms is in order, is actually fine with me. 

I particularly love rose scented and toned beauty products, so in the spirit of St Valentine, I thought I'd round up a few of my favourites. 






What is your favourite rose scented or toned product? Have you tried any of the ones I have mentioned? I hope that you spend this weekend indulging in a beautiful rose scented bath! (I certainly will). 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Melvita Roses Sauvages Collection


I have a special connection to the Melvita Roses Sauvages (wild rose) Collection, in that it instinctively links to memories of family holidays in France. 

My surname is Wild (my blog name isn't that original). French waiters and restaurant owners would often look briefly puzzled when we said our name, before proclaiming in realisation: "Oui, Sauvage!" Coupled with the fact that roses have always been my favourite bloom - all roses in any form - and this fragrance is already pretty special for me.

Firstly: The Wild Roses Eau De Toilette. There are only two things that ever matter with perfume: scent and the bottle. For the former, it is like an crash of roses and icing sugar. It's incredibly sweet, feminine and floral. If you balk at vintage tea dresses and blush shades, then is isn't for you. I find that when worn on the skin, the scent becomes warmer, and the floral notes come through. 

The bottle is so beautiful - a fuschia faded glass, which the light filters through as rose stained shadows (this gives me joy every time I catch sight of it on my dressing table). It's far too pretty to put away. The Wild Roses Eau De Toilette is £36.00 for 50ml, so is quite similar in price to department store perfumes. 

The range also comes with a rose version of their cult classic 3 Honeys Balm: the 3 Roses Nectar - in almost identical packaging. It's a rich nourishing  balm, the scent of which reminds me of old fashioned rose flavoured sweets. You can use on your lips, cuticles, or dry patches of skin. The balm itself is a very delicate ballet slipper pink, which is very pretty. The ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax and rose flower extract. £10.00 for 8g.


The collection also includes a Rose Petal Shower Gel (£13.00 for 250ml) and  Hydrating Body Veil  (£15.00 for 200ml) The shower gel is sort of like a rose scent that is slightly fruitier. It lathers up nicely and doesn't strip the skin - the second ingredient is glycerin, which enables skin to stay hydrated. I particularly like body moisturiser - it gives a light layer of moisture and leaves skin smooth. Again, the scent is like roses mixed with something sweeter. This body lotion is infused with rose water (my favourite) which provides refreshment and hydration. 

What do you think: roses or rose scented beauty products for Valentine's Day? Or both? 

All products are certified organic by EcoCert. 

Did you know that Viridian Nutrition make beauty products?



And did you know they are absolutely gorgeous?

Viridian Nutrition are well known for their organic vitamins and supplements, their donations to charity, even the beautiful tissue paper that their products come wrapped in.

But until recently, I had no idea that they made beauty products. 

I was kindly sent a couple of products to review: the Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil and Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil.

The former is divinely scented -  lemon mrytle is grounded with lavender to make a scent that is both refreshing and rich. This product not only has a delicious scent and moisturises your cuticles, it also has horsetail extract, a natural remedy that is said to strengthen and repair nails. This is all I use in the week, to give my nails a subtle gloss. I also love spying it on my bedside table - the clean, white packaging and glowing golden oil looks so pretty. This would also be perfect if your nails are dry and exhausted from too much nail polish application - massage this in for a week and watch them flourish! I've mentioned before that this product is part of my New Year's Resolution to have cared for, beautiful nails. 

The Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil has the most delicate, calming lavender scent. I tend to apply body oil after a hot bath or shower, before I go to sleep; and this oil makes me feel luxuriously drowsy. I also find that it helps to heal dry or damaged skin. The collective lusciousness of sunflower, rosehip fruit, jojoba, borage and wheatgerm oils coupled with the calming properties of calendula flower extract make this an essential for winter. You could even lace a bath with this oil, and soak in the lavender scent.

The ingredients of both products have me in raptures: every Soil Association certified organic oil, flower extract and essential oil has been considered, and is of the highest quality. 

What makes these beauty products even more of a wonderful discovery is that the packaging is so simple, in keeping with the rest of the brand's almost medicinal aesthetic. But trust me, the minimal packaging does not do justice to the luxurious quality beneath.

Have you ever tried anything from Viridian Nutrition?  

Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil £12.95 for 12ml

Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil £15.76 for 100ml

p.s  I've rambled on about both of these products in my Bath and Body Routine video.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Bookmarked: my favourite posts, books, films and songs of the week


In this series I'd like to share my finds of the past week, be that blog posts on organic and natural beauty, recipes, Netflix discoveries, novels or articles. 

Blog posts

I always get confused with green smoothies. Mine tend to look like pond juice. So I really lusted after HelloAnnabel's concoction. I love the inclusion of maca powder and Viridian Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil. And that glass! So beautiful.

Continuing the foodie theme, Eloise Loves Nature's vegan bolognese looks absolutely delicious, and is so beautifully photographed.

I absolutely love the Green People DD Cream (it's the perfect pale girl tinted moisturiser with SPF15) so I was really happy to see Sophie from April Lily Rose loved it too! Her review has really clear photographs of swatches, so you can see if the colour is for you.

This isn't a new post, but the American blogger Beauty by Britanie has a series on her blog called 'Face of the Day.' She's using all natural and organic beauty products and looks absolutely beautiful, so it gives me lots of product inspiration. Plus, her beauty icons are Frida Khalo and Keira Knightley in The Duchess, and I can totally relate to that.

I always love watching makeup tutorials and I loved Amber's most recent one - she's really made me want to try the Sappho Organics Foundation!

It's a really old video, but I thought I'd mention Lisa Eldridge's Organic and Natural Tutorial. I absolutely love Lisa Elridge's tutorials. Her voice is so calming, and she is such a fantastic authority on makeup. I don't like all of the products she mentions (namely Korres and Bourjois) but she talks about Lavera and Dr Hauschka, which makes me really happy.

Books

I've loved dipping into the Neal's Yard Remedies Cook, Brew, and Grow Your Own Herbs. It always inspires me to make D.I.Y beauty products and healthy recipes. It's a beautifully photographed book, but also very informative in understanding different types of herbs. Neal's Yard also have a book on beauty, which has been on my wishlist for ages!

Another useful book in my collection was a gift from Dan: it's A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter. It almost certainly needs updating, as it was published in 1989, but it's really useful to have a dictionary like this, especially when you write about green beauty products all of the time!


Films

My Netfix discovery of the week was a nineties film called The First Wives Club - it stars Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. I know. If you possibly needed any other reason to watch it, then it's funny, affirming, and has fantastic female characters (courtesy of the actresses rather than the script). I also love the fact that it isn't afraid to be a complete revenge film against former husbands.

I don't want to ramble on about how good comedies and romantic comedies were in the nineties and early noughties, but they just were. 

Songs

....which leads me to the sixties song I discovered through The First Wives Club - You Don't Own Me by Lesley Gore. I love the version they sing in the film, with Diane Keaton draping a white cashmere coat over her shoulders, and Goldie Hawn managing to dance in a way that is simultaneously kooky and sexy. But Lesley Gore's original is even better - she sings with the ballsy venom that comes naturally to a seventeen year old. I love that it was next to the Beatles mushy love song: 'I wanna hold your hand' in the charts, and I love this twist: the lyrics were written by two men. Oh, and her hair and makeup looks as though it was torn from Adele's moodboard, and is utterly fabulous.

I also downloaded Adele's Hello this week. It finally got me. I also love this live version of When We Were Young.

My Weekend in Pictures... Benecos makeup, shells from the seaside and pasta!


Friday

I had been lamenting my love for the discontinued Lily Lolo eyeshadow quads on my Instagram, and Benecos got in contact and asked if I'd like to review their Quattro Eyeshadow Palette in Coffee and Cream. These two products and a brown mascara arrived on Thursday, but I had more time to swatch and lust after them on Friday evening. I've also bought their foundation, an eyebrow pencil, a highlighter and another baked eyeshadow from EccoVerde, so I can do a 'one brand look' for my YouTube channel, and review them all together. I'm really excited: I tried the eyeshadows properly on Saturday, and they're gorgeous! A neutral cream and taupe, a perfect, subtle, shimmery bronze, and a chocolate brown as a liner. I really like eyeshadow quads for work and travel (I get confused by too much choice!) and I love palettes that don't have a black eyeshadow, as I never used them, and it feels like such a waste. 

Dan had been spending a few days in Scotland, so I spent Friday night making chocolate peanut butter dates and popcorn. I also watched Parades End on Netflix: Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall are such fantastic actors. 


Saturday

Dan returned on Saturday morning, and I'd spent most of Friday evening (and very early on Saturday morning) cleaning, so that he would be fooled into thinking that I am really clean and tidy, and that he is the source of all mess. It was such a good feeling to have all of the chores completed by ten o'clock - I felt so free and calm. I also cleaned my makeup brushes...

I cooked bacon, scrambled eggs and mushrooms for breakfast. Dan brought me back shells and pebbles from the beach to use in blog videos. 


I also had some Strawberry Rooibos Tea from The Rutland Tea Co. I love the flash of Cornflower blossoms and Sunflower petals. 


I've had a really rubbish cold this past week, and my skin has gotten really dry as a result. I've been alternating between my current favourite nourishing face cream: Therapi Honey Skincare Rose Otto Propolis + Ultra Radiance Cream. It has a delicate rose scent, and creates a sort of barrier on your skin, which makes it perfect for winter. But I've also rediscovered an old favourite: the Conscious Skincare Gentle Day Moisturiser: this is really thick and buttery. 

Saturday evening was pretty quiet: Dan made veggie chilli with wholemeal pasta. But I made a fantastic discovery: Dan will watch period dramas, as long as it's not Jane Austen, or something really feminine! This is brilliant. We watched North and South together (another Netflix find) on Saturday night.


Sunday

On Sunday I had a lie in, and woke up to some beautiful bright light, which was ideal for taking blog photographs. After a lot of messing around with products, a hot shower and a coffee scented face mask by Terre Vedi, I was ready, and we walked along the river into town. 

We wandered around the Ashmolean museum for a while - I find the objects from Egyptian tombs so interesting.


We then went for a late lunch at Carluccio's in Little Clarendon Street. 

I we both had mushrooms with ribbon pasta, creme fraiche, chicken and pine nuts. I loved the pasta and the crunch of the pine nuts, but I wanted the chicken to be more like roast chicken, and we both wanted the sauce to be creamier. I also had a glass of red wine and we shared a chocolate bread and butter pudding with vanilla cream - this was delicious. We often go to restaurants at odd times, and it means they are really quiet - I love that. 

Sunday evening was spent eating more popcorn, watching the end of North and South, and gossiping about lipstick with other green beauty bloggers on Amber's Green Beauty Chat. 

Oh, and the #GirlBoss book by Sophia Amoruso arrived in the post, so I ending my Sunday reading it in the bath: I used the Moa Green Fortifying Bath Potion and a Break Out Bath Melt from Chuckling Goat - both of these products have really cleansing scents - perfect if you are recovering from a cold! 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Three lovely products to scrunch into your hair...


Now that my hair is cut shorter, I can get excited about hair styling products again! 

Well, sort of.

My hair is like a belligerent child. It does whatever the hell it wants. Thirty seconds after my hair has been cut or perfectly sculpted into a particular style, it will bounce back into the standard messy waves I that I rock everyday. Short of ironing it with an actual iron, there is nothing I can do. 

So instead. I like to cultivate the idea that I am rocking the French fashion stylist look - it's deliberately messy. 

Here are three products that are lovely to scrunch into messy, French waves:

1. Green People Quinoa and Avocado Styling Gel - I've already raved about this in my haircare routine video. It's not so much a gel (don't think of Smash Hits and the nineties) as it is a leave in conditioner that gives you extra style and hold. Eventually it softens into your hair. Despite the super-food ingredients, the scent is beautiful - very clean and citrusy. £9.95 

2. John Masters Organic Sea Mist - I scooped this product up in a green beauty swap, because I'd wanted to try it for ages. It has very simple minimalistic ingredients - just sea salt, water and lavender oil. It gives you that sort of beach, surfer girl sort of hair, without making your hair too dry or crispy. I love the sea, and the scent of lavender, so this product makes me pretty happy. £16.00 for 266ml (60ml pictured). 

3. Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist - I don't really understand this product. It's rosewater in the sort of aerosol can you would usually find deodorant in. It's meant to be used to cool the skin, but it feels really incongruous to spray an aerosol can in your face! I tried it, but I think my skin reacted badly to it. But rose water is perfect on your hair - I used it to hydrate and tame dry ends, and to smooth any flyaways. The packaging also makes it really easy to chuck in the bottom of a handbag, but I'm not sure how sustainable it is. If you want a standard rosewater, Melvita make a beautiful one in a classic blue bottle here. £10.00 for 50ml