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It's been a long old road finding the perfect vegan bronzers for my fair skin, so I thought it may be helpful to share some of my favs & compare them with swatches in case any pale folk are treading a similar path!

Below are my favourites so far - from left to right: Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Nude Bronze Light, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light & The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01.  All vegan, cruelty free & Logical Harmony Approved.

A good few bank holidays later, we're nearing the end of May and I'm prepping for my upcoming summer holiday to Portugal. I am so....blinking....excited !! I haven't been on a hot holiday in absolutely yonks so I feel like it's been a long time coming. I've also never been to Portugal so I'm really looking forward to exploring (and eating). I've been prepping various bodycare bits & reusable stuffs to take with me so I thought I'd share what I've been picking up + loving!

Dr Bronner's are a brand that I've been aware of for a while now. Famed for their  cult-classic Pure Castile Liquid Soaps, a multi-purpose cleaner for face, body, hair, home, food and more, they also make a handful of other cosmetic/cleaning products - one of which being this All-In-One Toothpaste. They kindly sent this over to me in honour of World Oral Health Day & here is what I liked and didn't like about it.

Brand Background
Dr Bronner's are cruelty free & almost entirely vegan - their lip & body balms are the only products in their range that are non-vegan as they contain beeswax. They are Logical Harmony certified, Leaping Bunny Certified, use 100% post consumer waste packaging, are fairtrade, non-GMO & this particular toothpaste is 70% organic. Their accreditations are quite impressive to be honest... And looking at the various social + environmental causes they support, they really do seem like a lovely brand - my only wish is for their products to be less plastic-heavy... regardless of where that plastic has come from, it still has to be disposed of eventually, you know?

Price Point
Depending on where you order it from, this toothpaste is around the £7-£10 mark. This is a similar price to many other natural toothpastes on the market, if not ever-so-slightly higher.

This toothpaste contains 70% organic ingredients. It does not contain fluoride.  It comes in 3 variations - Anise, Cinnamon & Peppermint - the flavour I am testing. The full ingredients list for the Peppermint toothpaste is as follows...

Organic Glycerin, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Potassium Cocoate (made with Organic Coconut Oil*), Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Organic Mentha Arvensis (Methol) Crystals, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flour*, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf / Stem Extract.
* = Certified Fair Trade Ingredient.

This toothpaste is quite sweet compared to the natural toothpastes I've tried before, but the taste isn't unpleasant. It foams nicely (not as much lather as a conventional toothpaste but this is pretty typical of natural formulas) and leaves teeth feeling really clean. It feels very gentle as the abrasive particles in it are very fine. The scent is also gentle but leaves the breath subtly fresh.

Final Verdict
Like I say, it cleans the teeth well & leaves your mouth feeling fresh. I think that it's a brilliant option if you're after a fluoride-free natural toothpaste. It cleans a lot better than other toothpastes I've tried that have coconut oil in them - plus coconut oil has been famed for the dental health properties it can bring to your oral health routine. If you're after a toothpaste that has fluoride in, you'll have to look elsewhere as all 3 flavours are without fluoride added. But for the fluoride-free folks, this is a good option! You can shop the range here. 

I get kindly complimented on my winged eyeliner now & again - which I realised recently that I've been drawing on my face pretty much every time I wear makeup for the past 7 years or so. That's a big chunk of time... So not surprising that I'm a dab hand at it now. I've developed some handy methods that make this painstaking task of applying it a little bit less painstaking that I'm here to share with you.

I tend to prefer felt tip liner pens to other forms of liquid liner because I find they are the most forgiving in terms of making mistakes as well as being the easiest to use - they allow you to have good control over the line you're drawing. There are lots of vegan options at the drugstore, but my all time fav so far is this B. Defining Duo Liner - doesn't smudge, doesn't sting my eyes & applies really nicely. 

Here's a tutorial on how I draw a wing and my tips & tricks on how to make the flicks look even. I have quite small eyes so it's been a real learning curve on how to make my eyes look bigger through liner. Hope it helps! 

Time to review a new skincare duo in my life! I've been going slightly skincare crazy at the moment - trying so many natural & vegan products and making sure that I give each a fair test but also not overwhelm my sensitive skin. It's a fine balance of trying new exciting stuff & not getting a rash heh heh.

Kicking off Fashion Revolution Week 2019 with a sustainable spring-inspired lookbook. Long live secondhand shopping as an haulternative to first hand fast fashion. 

One of my favourite small skincare brands Evolve have reformulated their Radiant Glow Mask with upcycled blueberries from the food industry - a brilliant idea to reduce food waste + reuse a byproduct. I was invited along to get the low down in the vlog below - as well as show you what I ate in a day!