Tabby was interested in becoming more familiar with more organic and ethical brands and obviously the girls from clean beauty co would only want clean cosmetics! We though it would be fun to give them both a make over using only natural, clean and cruelty free make up to see how it matched up to the more mainstream brands, heres how we got on ...
We started off by being invited to visit the Jane Airedale @janeiredale_uk team to really get to know how to get best out of their product. It was a super fun day and they were so helpful knowledgable and informative, they could answer every question we threw at them (and there were ALOT) about the ingredients/ethics/cruelty free policies etc.. they were incredibly open and honest which is so refreshing!
We decided Tabby would do a bronzed day look on Dominika and I would do a gentle smokey/evening look on Elsie. FYI I could have absolutely gone to town with all the products we used on the day. The colour payoff was amazing and it would have been easy to create a really strong dramatic look.
I started by using a rosewater as a toner to cool, freshen and hydrate the skin (also to help any further skincare to absorb to fully optimise the effects) I then used Bareskin Beauty Illuminating serum https://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=72 as a moisturiser and then my absolute favourite Primer of all time Inika cosmetics certified organic primer with Hyaluronic acid http://www.inika.co.uk/certified-organic-pure-primer-50ml
I then went straight in with mixture of Pacifica BB cream https://www.naturisimo.com/products_other.cfm?id=5688&nme=pac and jane Iredales Glow time full coverage mineral bb cream https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/mineral-makeup-foundation/glow-time-full-coverage-mineral-bb-cream.htm. Both of these can be used on their own but I mixed then together to create a dewy, flawless finish and a slightly fuller coverage than Elsie was used to but without it feeling too heavy on her skin.
For a super quick, easy and effective contour and highlight I used the bronze blusher from the Pacifica solar palette (I love this palatte, mine goes everywhere with me!) https://www.naturisimo.com/products.cfm?id=5672&nme=pac sweeping the powder under Elsies cheekbones and on to her temples. I then applied the Jane Iredale active light highlighter pen https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/concealer/active-light-under-eye-concealer.htm#15506 under the eyes onto the corners of the cheek bones and just a little in the centre of the forehead above the brows.
For the brows I used the Great shape eyebrow kit in brunette https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/eye-brows/greatshape-tm-eyebrow-kit.htm#19150
Both Elsie and I have fallen in love with this little treat. It has the power and wax and the applicator all included and gives an amazing strong defined but natural finish, even on lighter tones.
Next we moved on to main event, the smokey eyes. I was excited to try out Eye Shere liquid eyeshadows https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/eyeshadow/eye-shere-tm-liquid-eye-shadow.htm#14416 as I had heard they were a great to use as a base. We tried out the champagne silk shade. These liquid shadows have a lovely smooth feel and glide on so effortlessly, you don't need much if using as a base. They grab hold but still allow you to blend any product placed on top giving them more intensity and colour payoff and they STAY put. I would liken them to MAC paint points. Lets hope they have a matte collection in the pipeline soon! Next I dived in to the Jelly jar gel eyeliner working it into and out of the lash line, slightly extending and lifting the outer corners creating a lifted more feline shape. (Again all of these techniques can be used for a much more dramatic effect. On top of these I used a combination of shades from the PurePressed eyeshadow trio in silver lining https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/eyeshadow/purepressed-reg-eye-shadow-triple.htm#13518 and then pressed a little of the Inika vegan mineral eyeshadow in gold dust up the centre, the outer edge of the brow bone and a little just on the inner corners of the eyes to soften the effect and really open up the eyes, or to coin a popular phrase 'to really make them POP!' A final addition was Inika certified organic eyeliner in black caviar http://www.inika.co.uk/vegan-mineral-eyeshadow just along the upper 'water' line to optimise the smokey effect and then a good few coats of PureLash lengthening mascara to finish
The last steps were a little colour for the cheeks. I actually combined InTouch creme blush in Chemistry https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/blush-bronzer/in-touch-cream-blush.htm#13103 with Inikas certified vegan lipstick in before sunset http://www.inika.co.uk/vegan-lipstick as blusher and then patted on a touch of golden shimmer face and body lotion https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/blush-bronzer/golden-shimmer-face-and-body-lotion.htm to catch the light and enhance the cheekbones. I always think this gives a much fresher more youthful look to any make up.
For the lips I used Lip pencil in safari http://www.inika.co.uk/certified-organic-vegan-lip-liner-pencil and lipstick in Cherry blossom http://www.inika.co.uk/certified-organic-vegan-lip-liner-pencil and then I stole Elsies super discovery and pressed a little of the champagne silk Eye Shere in the centre! - because the nature of eyeshadow (it sets, which is why its so awesome) this only works if your lips are well hydrated before hand or you mix it with a little balm.
The last thing to do was to dust over some setting power. I adore (so do my clients) and always use Realist X mineral polisher by W3LLPEOPLE available at Contentbeauty.com http://www.beingcontent.com/cosmetics/face/realist-x-mineral-polisher.htm and as a finishing touch used the gorgeous Evolve beauty satin leg gloss on Elsies arms (Yes I know its says legs but it works a treat on arms too!) http://www.evolvebeauty.co.uk/collections/lotions-oils/products/satin-leg-gloss
The make up brushes we used where a combination of
Eco tools - https://www.naturisimo.com/index.cfm?nme=eto
Jane Iredale - https://janeiredale.com/uk/en/mineral-makeup/makeup-tools.htm?gclid=Cj0KEQjw0MW9BRDxtYTn2_S699MBEiQAw33y4xC0otJZR-rF-jBEPHrMoYrIjZP598S7mOzhbKsta-IaArab8P8HAQ Please note these brushes are not vegan and do contain animal hair - they are certified cruelty free and the hair is obtained by brushing. At the time of writing this I have a little further research would like to do as to the process and to how they are kept but will keep you posted.
We all really enjoyed the day and I think we all left feeling inspired and excited. The products were such a pleasure to use, can easily stand up to the more main stream (less clean and less conscious brands) and its great to know you can nourish your skin and not expose it to potentially harmful chemicals.