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May 28, 2015

Brunch at Busaba Eathai in Shoreditch

one little vice lifestyle blog: Where to go for brunch in London Shoreditch

Busaba Eathai is undoubtedly one of my favourite restaurant chains in London as they offer high quality - and extremely tasty - thai food at very reasonable prices. Recently, Busaba Eathai decided to extend their dining options and embrace London's brunchers by launching a new brunch menu at the restaurants in Shoreditch and Kingston. After a very enjoyable visit to Busaba Eathai's Kingston Riverside Restaurant I was invited to experience their other brunch destination over on the opposite side of London in Shoreditch.

one little vice lifestyle blog: visiting Busaba Eathai Shoreditch Brunch
one little vice lifestyle blog: visiting Busaba Eathai Brunch Menu Review
one little vice lifestyle blog: Busaba Eathai Brunch Menu Review

In terms of the venue itself, Busaba Eathai's Shoreditch Restaurant is no less impressive than at the Kingston Riverside. The Shoreditch restaurant has the same moody atmosphere as the other Busaba restaurants that I've visited, but with the benefit of more space allowing for grander design features. I found it's indoor-outdoor seating really comfortable, and the screen of live greenery added to the impression of eating outdoors when actually we were sheltered inside from the rain! I also loved the grand entrance foyer with it's simple water feature, and the restaurant's open plan interior added a dash of intrigue and spectacle to ascending to the private dining room and upstairs facilities. 

one little vice lifestyle blog: Busaba Eathai Brunch Menu Drinks
one little vice lifestyle blog: visiting Busaba Eathai Shoreditch Brunch

I visited the Shoreditch's Busaba Eathai with my friend Brett on a particularly wet Saturday morning. He was struggling through a hangover so fluids were first on our agenda! We both opted for one of Busaba's soft drinks called the Guava Collins (£3.30) - made up of guava, lime, coconut and lime leaf. It was incredibly refreshing with a sophisticated fruit flavour. Meanwhile, Brett also decided to indulge in a Busaba Bloody Mary (£8.00), which he described as being strong on celery and spicy - but not overpoweringly so. When it came to order our food we both opted for Busaba Eathai's new unlimited prosecco option (£25.00 per person) which offers you the choice of a "light bite", "brunch plate" and two hours worth of Prosecco top-ups. The staff were very attentive in refilling our glasses so they were never dry for too long! If you're a fan of a boozy brunch then I'd certainly recommend this option.

one little vice lifestyle blog: Busaba Eathai Shoreditch Brunch menu Review
one little vice lifestyle blog: visiting Busaha Eathai Shoreditch for Brunch
one little vice lifestyle blog: visiting busaba eathai shoreditch for brunch

Busaba Eathai's brunch menu is divided into "light bights", "brunch plates" and "sides". Brett and I ordered two light bights and brunch plates between us, he opted for the more traditional brunch plates (although they all have a Thai twist) and I opted for more decidedly Thai dishes. Brett really sung the praises of his Chilli Soy Scrambled Eggs (£5.00) before putting the Chargrilled Toast with Asian Jam (£2.50) to the test. The jams all had complex and interesting flavours; there was spicy blackcurrant, sweet and thick mango and very interesting spiced jam. The dishes I chose were the  Por-pia Jay Vegetable Spring Rolls (£4.50) which were well cooked, and the dipping sauce was delicious. I also tried the Thai Hash (£5.90) which was without a doubt the star of the show for me! The Thai Hash is comprised of a thin, but considerably sized, potato Hash with spring onion, galangal and red chilli, topped with two perfectly cooked Thai-style fried eggs. The flavourings were just wonderful, tasty but not too spicy, and the eggs had a soft-boiled centre that once broken added another texture to the dish. 

All in all, we were both really impressed with Busaba Eathai's brunch menu - and the food exceeded even my high expectations. There isn't a doubt in my mind when I say that I'd return for another brunch at Busaba Eathai in the future; I think the pricing is just right, the quality of the venue and food is great and the staff were nothing but helpful and attentive. It was a very happy visit and I really hope that the brunch menu (check it out for yourself here) is extended to more of Busaba Eathai's restaurants!

This is not a sponsored post but I was invited to enjoy a complimentary brunch by Busaba Eathai.

May 27, 2015

Balance Me's Upcoming Product Releases

One Little Vice Beauty Blog: Balance Me Collagen Boost and Protect and Shine Releases

Balance Me are one of my favourite beauty brands and their products have slowly infiltrated nearly every part of my beauty routine. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I found out that they're releasing four new products - including a haircare duo! So without further ado let me briefly introduce you to Balance Me's upcoming product releases.

Balance Me's Collagen Boost Range - release date June 2015

This range will consist of two products, the Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser* (rrp £18.00) and the Restore and Replenish Face Cream (rrp £40.00). These products have been two years in the making and are super charged with cutting-edge natural ingredients which push the boundaries of botanically sourced anti-ageing skincare, offering powerful multi-level protection to target the signs of ageing. Integral to both products is Balance Me's unique natural peptide complex which contains a range of ingredients which work to keep the skin looking plumper as well as helping boost the skin with nutrients, hydration and anti-oxidants. I love the sound of both these products and I've been trialling the cleanser so keep your eyes peeled for a review of that soon!

Balance Me's Protect and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner - release date July 2015

Balance Me's Protect and Shine Shampoo is 98% natural, offering a refreshing and shine-enhancing cleanse. Free from SLS, it offers a natural foam whilst a blend of essential oils help to soothe and strengthen your hair. Meanwhilst, Balance Me's Protect and Shine Conditioner is 97% natural with a strengthening, shine-enhancing and ultra smoothing formula, thanks to the inclusion of argan oil. It also contains a blend of essential oils to offer hair a daily dose of revitalising hydration. Balance Me's Protect and Shine Shampoo has a refreshing grapefruit and mandarin scent and the Protect and Shine Conditioner has a richer and sweeter scent. My first impressions of these two products are really good but I'll be testing them out properly before offering a full review.

So, there you have it! I think that these are all very exciting upcoming releases and I'm really excited to see Balance Me expanding their range. Do you like Balance Me's products? Do you think you'll give these a try?

May 26, 2015

All Method, No Madness

one little vice lifestyle blog: green cleaning products from Method

one little vice lifestyle blog: cruelty free cleaning products

Method offer an extensive range of cleaning and laundry products that are free from "dirty" ingredients - all housed in specially designed packaging to stop you from instantly wanting to hide them under the sink! Method was set up in California back in 2001 (by two former roomates - Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan) and the brand went from strength to strength in the U.S. before finally being made available in the UK in 2005.

But what's actually different about Method? 
What makes them an interesting brand?

Well, in terms of their sales, Method is the largest green cleaning products brand, producing non-toxic, biodegradable and natural cleaning supplies. Not is Method a cruelty-free brand (Adam and Eric were actually named PETA People of the Year in 2006) but, unlike most other cleaning products, they're also completely safe to use in a house with animals. Aditionally, Method have made social and environmental change a company objective - taking innovative steps to reduce the brand's carbon footprint. One small part of this is that all of their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, are completely recyclable, and their bottles are designed specifically to try and minimize waste. 

In short - Method offers green and cruelty-free cleaning products, in the greenest packaging they can. And as a brand Method is commited to improving and bettering themselves for the benefit of our planet. 

If you're interested in changing your habitual products and routines and making greener choices across all areas of your life then Method is a good brand to consider. Their products are easily available in Waitrose, but recently I've also spotten them in my local Tescos and Sainsburys. Unlike other green cleaning products that I've tried in the past, Method's products really do work - you're not going to have to compromise on effectiveness. Price-wise the Hand Wash come in at £2.50 and other products, such as All-Purpose Surface Cleaner and Dish Soap are both priced at £3-£3.50. All their range enjoys these sorts of prices, apart from the Laundry Detergent which, as you might expect, is priced slightly higher £5.99. 

Method's products are available in a range of fragrances and the latest release - coming to shop shelves soon - is Sunset Beach. It's supposed to smell like "sand, surf and sunset" but I think that it actually has a very gentle and unobtrusive fragrance with a slight citrus twist. As pretty as the packaging is for this range, I actually prefer Method's Pear fragrance as it leaves your bathroom or kitchen smelling like pears after every use!

Have you heard of Method before? 
Would you consider swapping your cleaning products to greener alternatives?

This post is not sponsored by Method, but the products in this post were gifted to me by the brand. 
However, I've purchased Method products in the past and I'll continue to do so - I like them!

May 25, 2015

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

one little vice beauty blog: new caudalie skincare products

Caudalie's Vinoperfect Range began back in 2005 with the release of their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* - a highly designed skincare product that offered a real solution to dark spots. Since 2008, it's been the number one anti-dark spot solution found in French pharmacies, and now in 2015 Caudalie have extended their Vinoperfect range. Caudalie's Cinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser with Broad Spectrum SPF 20* is the newest addition to the Vinoperfect skincare range, offering similar skincare benefits to the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum along with the coverage of a lightweight base and added UV protection. I was lucky enough to be invited along to an event that Caudalie held at the Sanderson Hotel in London where they talked me through the ingredients and effects of using these two lovely products. Today, I'll be giving you the low-down on what both of these products have to offer.

one little vice beauty blog: new complexion brightening serum

Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum contains a special ingredient called Viniferine which is typically found  in grapevine sap. Caudalie's expert skincare labs have been able to produce a stable form of Viniferine which they're able to use in skincare products. This is an important development because Viniferine is a powerful but gentle anti-dark spot ingredient. Not only does Viniferine promote mico-circulation in the blood capillaries to boost radiance and clarity but it also demonstrates an antioxidant activity that protects the skin from UV radiation - and Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum contains 1000 ppm of Viniferine (a high concentration).

Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won't block your pores, with a light milky consistency that absorbs very quickly into your skin. The serum is supposed to work over time, reducing the appearance of existing dark spots (which can be caused by pregnancy, ageing or acne scars), helping to give you a more even and radiant complexion. Unlike many radiance serums, Caudalie's is not photosensitizing which means that it can be used in both the morning and evening. Additionally, it's worth noting that although Caudalie's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is supposed to help enhance the appearance of your complexion it doesn't brighten your complexion by lightening your skin. Instead it actually helps to product a even production of melanin, allowing your skin to gain an even and high-quality tan that's more luminous and longer-lasting. It's a  skincare product that's designed to get your skin looking it's best - and I'm really looking forward to trying it out for myself.

one little vice beauty blog: lightweight tinted moisturiser for a more even complexion

Caudalie's new Radiance Tinted Moisturiser is an all-in-one beauty treatment and complexion enhancer that helps to correct and cover dark spots thanks to a formula that functions as both skincare and make-up. Not only does it contain 500 ppm of Viniferine (the same complexion-evening ingredient as the Radiance Serum) but it also contains hylaronic acid for hydration and SPF 20 to protect your skin from sun damage. The Radiance Tinted Moisturiser enjoys a light, oil-free and non-comedegenic formula that offers sheer and luminous coverage to help give you the appearance of a more even complexion. Over time the skincare ingredients of the product help to actively fade dark marks, so that your skin is more even and luminous even without any coverage. 

I love the idea of Caudalie's Radiance Tinted Moisturiser, however, it's worth noting that it offers very light, sheer coverage that might not cover all skin imperfections. I'm looking forward to trying this out for myself and seeing it helps improve the appearance of my skin.

Have you tried any of Caudalie's skincare products before?

May 24, 2015

Getting Lippy with Burt's Bees

one little vice beauty blog: natural, cruelty free lipstick lipgloss and tinted lip balms

Burt's Bees is one of those brands that I grew up seeing everywhere. As a teenager I went through countless tubes of their Beeswax Lip Balm and I always saw friends and family members using other bits and pieces from their extensive range. However, apart from their standard lip balm I hadn't had the opportunity to try out the rest of their range - until now! I was very kindly sent a selection of Burt's Bees lip products - from tinted balms to opaque lip crayons - to test out and today I'll be sharing my thoughts on each of the products.

hydrating natural lip colour: one little vice beauty blog
hydrating natural lip colour: one little vice beauty blog

With this Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm it was pretty much love at first application, and it most certainly exceeded my expectations! Hibiscus is the most beautiful peachy-pink shade in a gorgeous sheer, but not too sheer, formula that glides onto your lips giving them with just the right amount of colour, shine and nourishment. They do make a visible difference to the look of your lips, the colours are subtle but noticeable with just enough shine to leave your lips looking plumper. If you're not really "into" lip products and want something very low maintenance then this is a great choice. However, even as a lip product lover I think that these Tinted Lip Balms merit a place in every woman's handbag as they does so much whilst still being effortless to apply and wear. Plus, they're packed full of great ingredients like Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil and Coconut Oil so they really do your lips some good, keeping them looking their best all day long. 

semi-sheer red tinted lip balm: one little vice beauty blog
one little vice beauty blog: red semi-sheer tinted lip balm review

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers are more pigmented that the Tinted Lip Balms and they also have a slightly frosty finish and a powerful minty fragrance. The formula is light but still has a creamy texture that feels very hydrating on the lips thanks to Castor Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and other nourishing ingredients. The finish of these Lip Shimmers isn't my favourite but I do really like the semi-sheer colour that they offer, it means that even this cherry-red shade is very wearable rendering them a great alternative to lipstick. The Lip Shimmers are definitely easier to apply and maintain than lipstick, and the shimmer itself is subtle but still helps to excentuate the appearance of your lips - helping them to appear fuller. All in all, I think that they definitely add something to Burt's Bees lip product range and they're different enough from the Tinted Lip Balms to justify owning both!

super shiny natural cruelty free lip balm: one little vice beauty blog
cruelty free natural lip gloss semi-sheer super shiny: onelittlevice beauty blog

Burt's Bees Lip Shines have the sheerest formulation out of the products I tried; they give just a hint of colour with an icy, glass-like shine. I adore glossy lips, there's something about them that's incredibly glamourous and alluring. However, Burt's Bees Lip Shines are so much better than traditional glosses as they're packed full of good ingredients such as Castor Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter. Not only do these Lip Shines leave your lips looking gorgeous when you apply them but they'll also do them a lot of good in the long-run by keeping them hydrated. I found the Lip Shines incredibly comfortable to wear as they aren't sticky, but this does mean that they need to be reapplied frequently for full-effect. My favourite way to wear Pucker is over the top of Burt's Bees Lip Crayons (which offer a lot of pigmentation and last well on the lips), this combination gives long lasting colour and high-shine which is my preference. But if you love simple makeup that will also leave your lips looking plumped and juicy then these Lip Shines are a great choice. 

opaque natural cruelty free lip gloss: onelittlevice beauty blog
one little vice beauty blog: cruelty free, natural opaque lip gloss

In my opinion, Burt's Bees Lip Glosses apply and wear like liquid lipsticks - offering a lot of pigmentation, long lasting colour and just a touch of shine. These Lip Glosses have a classic doe-foot applicator that makes them very easy to apply evenly and precisely, and the formula isn't sticky or "slippy". Once you apply the lip gloss it seems to slightly melt into your lips - this is probably becuase of the nourishing Sunflower Oil, Castor Seed Oil and Olive Oil - leaving them feeling very hydrated and comfortable. The Lip Gloss will transfer if your eat or drink, but it doesn't seem to bleed  and it didn't end up on my teeth which is something I'm always nervous about with these sorts of products. Overall, I think it's a lovely, comfortable Lip Gloss and the colour pay-off is absolutely fantastic, but if you want something super glossy or sheer then you'd be better off with Burt's Bees Lip Shines.

opaque natural cruelty free lipstick: one little vice beauty blog
one little vice beauty blog: opaque lipstick cruelty free natural review

I think I may have potentially saved the best until last, as these Lip Crayons are pretty darn incredible. I'm always a little bit sceptical about chubby lip crayons but these ones from Burt's Bees are some of the best that I've ever tried. They offer a highly pigmented dose of colour in a comfortable semi-matte - the crayon shape makes the colour easy to apply, and the formula is packed full of noursihing oils (Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Kendi Oil) to keep your lips feeling and looking smooth and hydrated. It's a winning formula and the shade range is really gorgeous too! Napa Vineyard is a deep berry, verging on red, that makes a striking statement alone, but can also be worn under one of Burt's Bees Lip Shines if you prefer a glossy finish. It's lovely to find great quality makeup that's so easy to apply and so comfortable to wear and I think that they're probably the standout product from the range that I've tried.

Overall, I'm incredibly impressed with Burt's Bees' lip product range & I think that there's going to be a formula and colour to suit just about everyone. My favourite out of the products I've tried is the Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus (it's just the perfect shade and easy to wear formula) and the Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard. Have you tried anything from Burt's Bees before?

May 23, 2015

Glo & Ray's #SummerGlo Event

one little vice beauty blog: Glo & Ray Beauty brand event
one little vice beauty blog: glo and ray summerglo event london

Glo & Ray is a relativey new beauty brand whose high quality make-up range has slowly but surely left me enchanted. I've had the opportunity to try quite a few of Glo & Ray's beauty products, and I'm always left wanting more! Last week, Glo & Ray hosted a little get together in London to celebrate the relase of some new products. They brought together a handful of beauty bloggers to witness their range being used to create a variety of different make-up looks - all inspired by popular trends.

one little vice beauty blog: glo & ray makeup range display
one little vice beauty blog: glo & ray makeup
one little vice beauty blog: glo&ray cc cream foundation and powder

At the moment Glo & Ray's makeup range is only available online (link here). Although online shopping is really convenient, sometimes it's nice to get to know a brand and their shade range in person. So it was a real treat to be able to see all of Glo & Ray's products in person. I was really impressed with the look and feel of the Nebulae Foundation, and as per ususal I was left entranced by the brand's gorgeous range of lipsticks!

one litle vice beauty blog: canapes at beauty blog event glo & ray
one little vice beauty blog: canapés at SummerGlo event
one little vice beauty blog: blogger event glo & ray

Whilst indulging in some seriously delicious canapés, I had the chance to chat with the lovely Kinga from Rock This Runway as well as Karis from Beauty by Karis. It's always nice meeting fellow bloggers and it was particularly nice to meet some fellow fans of Glo & Ray! I can tell you now, I got some great product recommendations. 

one little vice beauty blog: Glo & Ray SummerGlo Event
one little vice beauty blog: watching makeup artist at glo and ray's summerglo
one little vice beauty blog: beauty bloggers at SummerGlo event
one little vice beauty blog: glo & ray soft peachy summer makeup

Once we'd had the opportunity to chat and take some photos the wonderful make-up artist, Bella, started to demonstrate different makeup looks featuring Glo & Ray's makeup. The model for the evening was Focus PR's intern Charlotte - who I think was absolutely perfect for the job! She looked wonderful in every look, but I particularly liked how she looked wearing Glo & Ray's Mariposa Quartet Eyeshadow in Violet Emotion.

one little vice beauty blog: glo & ray makeup
one little vice beauty blog: SummerGlo event in london

Once we'd seen the professional in action we then had the chance to use Glo & Ray's make-up for ourselves to recreate one of the make-up looks that we'd be shown. I must admit, I wasn't as disciplined as I should have been and I may have spent a bit too much time trying to take pretty photos of the makeup. However, I think Kinga, Karis and I did an okay job trying to recreate the soft, peachy summer look featuring one of Glo & Ray's new lipsticks in the shade Coral Whisper.

All in all I had a wonderful evening! I owe Glo & Ray and Focus PR a big thank-you for inviting me along. And if you'd like to see more of Glo & Ray's makeup in action then keep your eyes peeled for a couple of upcoming blogposts where I put the products I was very kindly gifted in my goodybag to use. Spoiler alert - things may get a little bit colourful!

May 22, 2015

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer Review

one little vice beauty blog: Vegan Organic Cruelty Free Illuminating Product
one little vice beauty blog: vegan cruelty free organic highlighter primer

Nourish Skincare's Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer has been on my lust-list for a really long time. If you don't already know about Nourish then let me give you a quick low-down. Nourish is a cruelty-free and ethically sourced brand, with organic (certified by The Soil Association) and vegan (accredited by The Vegan Society) products that rely on the highest quality natural actives in order to offer seriously effective skincare.

Nourish's Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer* is 86% organic, containing golden mineral powders which give it an immediate glow. As well as radiance enhancing tonka bean extract to emit visible light, leaving skin looking more even and radiant. And you really don't have to take my word for it - I've included some before and after pictures of me wearing the Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer. In these images you can see quite clearly see how the Face Shimmer evens my skintone and adds an incredible luminescence - instantly!

one little vice beauty blog: nourish face shimmer before
one little vice beauty blog: certified vegan and organic illuminating highlighting primer
one little vice beauty blog: certified organic and vegan illuminating face primer

Nourish's Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer is an incredible makeup-skincare cross over. It's thin and light consistency (similar in texture to Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer) make it a wonderful base for makeup, but it's also packed full of Vitamin C and E, which help support your skin's natural protein structures as well as aiding your skin's ability to retain moisture. It feels wonderful on your skin and really helps my makeup look it's best - both at first application and throughout the day. 

I personally find it a bit too glow-y to use alone without makeup, but you can be more sparing in your application (I tend to go all-out) and you can also apply it topically as a golden highlighter. However, when used as a primer, I've never found anything that gives me such a noticeable - but still natural looking - "lit from within" glow. If you struggle with uneven skin-tone, dullness or are just looking for something to leave you looking glowing then I'd definitely recommend it!

You can find Nourish's Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer* on Nourish's website or on FeelUnique for £16.00.

May 21, 2015

Everyday Essentials from RMS Beauty

one little vice beauty blog: natural cream highlighter and bronzer
one little vice beauty blog: natural cream highlighter and bronzer

I've been using these two products from RMS Beauty - their Living Luminizer and Buriti Bronzer - for roughly six months and they've become essentials in my everyday makeup routine. I absolutely love cream products, and RMS Beauty's cream products are really high quality, offering such a beautiful finish on the skin that they're made a lot of my other beauty products redundant! 

The first time I heard about the Living Luminizer was on natural beauty blogs where the overall consensus seemed to be that I needed to try it. Since then, I've spotted it in EssieButton's YouTube vidoes which hopefully means that the product will be getting even more attention! Unlike other cream highlighters - like Topshop's Glow or Benefit's Highbeam - the Living Luminizer has quite a hard consistency. It's made up of skin loving ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil and at room temperature the product is solid. As you run your finger across the surface of the Living Luminizer a light amount of product transfers onto your finger, just enough to easily apply to the high points of your face. Although the Living Luminizer has a very light, almost sheer, consistency it offers an incredible lit-from-within glow that's particularly beautiful in sunlight. I really like using it on an everyday basis because you can apply and blend the product with your fingers (which makes it quick and easy to use) and although it's definitely noticeable it's quite hard to over-do it so you won't ever look too shiny! I do occasionally alternate using this with Benefit's Highbeam - which I reach for when I want a more noticeable highlight - but this is my most reached for highlighter and it's become a firm favourite very quickly.

RMS Beauty's Buriti Bronzer was more of an instant hit with me - which merited it's own blog post with swatches (link here). I initially hoped that ti would work as a contouring product, but it's definitely too warm to work on my skin tone as anything other than a bronzer. However, it really is the most beautiful bronzer that I could have hoped for! It's creamier in consistency than the Living Luminizer which means that you can transfer more product and colour onto your skin in one go, but it still benefits from a light consistency that makes it hard over-apply the product and effortlessly easy to blend it out into a natural looking finish. I like to apply the Buriti Bronzer across my temples and just beneath my cheekbones, blending the product upwards into more of a face-sculpting bronze glow. I find that both of RMS Beauty's products last well on my skin given that they're essentially just a combination of loads of wonderful oils and butters, and if you add a light dusting of powder you can prolong their wear time a bit further. As with the Living Luminzer, I'm incredibly happy with the Buriti Bronzer and would repurchase it in a heartbeat. I've actually worked my way through a lot of the product and I'm hoping to "hit pan" on in soon - quite an achievement when you have as much makeup as I do, and it would really demonstrate how much I like using the product. 

RMS Beauty suggest that both of these products have a six month shelf life. I've been using them both daily for six months and haven't come too close to finishing them yet. I'm going to keep on using them until I think it's too unhygienic but I'm definitely hoping to get a few more months out of these as I'd like to use them through the summer before repurchasing them again. If you haven't already tried any of RMS Beauty's makeup then I really would highly recommend giving something a try. I've heard really good things about their Lip 2 Cheeks (multi-purpose cream products) as well as their Lip Shines (tinted lip colours), and I've got one of each on my wishlist! 

Have you tried anything from RMS Beauty before? 
What highlighters or bronzers do you like using?

May 20, 2015

Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum

One Little Vice beauty blog: natural cruelty free green facial serum for soft nourished skin

Sukin is an Australian beauty brand sold across ten countries, offering natural, and recognised vegan, skincare that's free from harsh chemicals, such as SLS, parabens and mineral oils. Instead, Sukin's products contain powerful and effective ingredients such as botanicals and essential oils, bringing you skincare that really works for your skin. Something else that I really appreciate about the brand is that Sukin is a 100% carbon neutral company, and all their packaging is environmentally friendly. I met with some of the brand's representatives at the Natural and Organic Products Show, where they were launching their new Super Greens range, and they very kindly gave me Sukin's Facial Recovery Serum to try out for myself.

Sukin's brand new Super Greens range - which consists of a moisturiser, serum, exfoliater and face mask - contains detoxyifying green actives such as Kale, Spirulina, Parsley and Chlorella, which contain antioxidants and vitamins to help restore a healthy glow. Sukin's Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum also contains Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E which helps to lock in moisture for a dewy complexion. The serum has a very light, milky consistency that absobs into your skin incredibly quickly, making it perfect for use in either the morning or evening. It's so much lighter and fresher on the skin than the facial oils that I'm accustomed to using, but it still leaves my skin feeling hydrated, nourished and soft. It hasn't been a revolutionary addition to my skincare routine but I do think it's a very nice, gentle and light product that's comfortable to use and does help my skin to look and feel better. I don't think that it will necessarily offer enough hydration for very dry or mature skin, but for most other skin-types I think it would be a nice addition to your routine that will help to leave your skin looking plumper, fresher and more glowing.

The Facial Recover Serum was a lovely first introduction to Sukin's wonderful natural skincare range and it's left me keen to explore more from the brand. Have you tried anything from Sukin before? Do you use serums?