As you know I am principally a Make-up Artist who uses organic products, however, as I have said in the past, it is still necessary in the course of my work to occasionally use products that are not natural or organic. When this is the case, I have certain strict criteria that products and brands must […]

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting indeed. I have always had a bad feeling about MAC, I even turned down a job with them because I just can NOT put products on others faces that I wouldn’t put on my own. I actually gave up being a MUA due to all the crap in the cosmetics but now I am on a journey similar to yours, I want to go all organic and natural (where possible). I can see it has worked for yourself and I say GOOD ON YOU Laura! :)ReplyCancel

    • Hi
      Thank you for getting in touch. MAC’s change of stance is a real disappointment, as is Avedas. I only hope they see the light but I imagine the potential financial scale of the Chinese market will win over. It’s such a shame that you gave up your career because of the nasties – its great there are so many natural and organic alternatives out there now! Glad you are wanting to make the change.
      Thanks for your support
      L xReplyCancel

  • I buy my make up at etsy. That way its homemade and all natural organic no animal testing. I make my own 4 steps skin care regimen.ReplyCancel

  • Etsy has some lovely products on it I agree and homemade products are a good way to go.ReplyCancel

  • […] brands which use animals in product testing or even who’s parent companies test and have boycotted some big name brands who are usually staples of a pro kit. This is a major factor for me when looking for […]ReplyCancel

One of my greatest organic make-up frustrations is the lack of variety of shades in concealers and often find myself having to plump for a non-organic product when I need to use certain colours. This sounds silly I know, but as a Make-up Artist I work on a whole range of clients and it is […]

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  • Hi Laura, I was just wondering how long a small palette like this might last for (light use daily) and whether it comes with instructions on how to apply it? I’m used to using a simply Lavera paste-like concealer, so am a bit baffled by all the different shades this provides! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi. The palette will last a pretty long time – you don’t need to use much. It would be applied with a concealer brush ideally, although a delicate finger/cotton bud would do the trick too. To be honest it’s just a case of blending the colours on the back of your hand until you match your skin tone for the area you are applying it. It sounds complicated but it’s easy once you get the hang of it i promise. I hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

A great option if you are buying eco make-up brushes on a budget, are the Bamboo brushes from the e.l.f mineral make-up collection.The e.l.f bamboo brushes are pleasingly simple in their design and are entirely eco in their make up. The bristles are made of Taklon, a synthetic nylon (meaning the brushes can be used successfully […]

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  • Thanks for this review! I must admit I’d never considered the ELF range before, I thought it would have much more expensive so that’s a good surprise :)ReplyCancel

terre d’Oc Natural Kohl EyelinerEyeliner is one of this seasons key make-up trends and this one is for me is a real winner! Ok, it does look a little bit scary at first glance, however think of it as a wax crayon; pretty foolproof (although this probably tastes nicer!).Many kohl pencils are very hard and can […]

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  • Anonymous

    What happens when you get down to the fatter bit of the eyeliner…do you sharpen it in a pencil sharpener?ReplyCancel

With it being Fairtrade Fortnight, I decided to look a little closer at one of my favourite organic (and fairly traded) make-up brands, Elysambre. The company have a unique approach to the way in which they package their products and the overall wider impact that their make-up packaging has on the planet and it’s inhabitants. Elysambre […]

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  • I totally concur!! I really love their collection and how you can refill the case, just makes sense to me! Looking to buy the large one soon :) xReplyCancel

  • I've just bought some of elysambre eye Shadows and concealers from eBay, but i can't find the magnetic refill cases anywhere on line, can someone please let me knowwhere I can buy them? Thank you xReplyCancel

  • To be honest I haven't seen the refill cases around for a while. Sadly I think now that the company has ceased trading (certainly in the UK – I can't be certain about the US), it will be increasingly difficult. I suggest that you invest in a Z-Palette or UNI palette. These are both magnetic and should hold the products you have – I use both in my kit and have found them to be perfectly good (also lighter than the copper Elysambre ones!)
    Let me know hope you get on,
    L x
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  • […] NatureCos initially created the now defunct Elysambre (you may remember I raved about them once or twice before) and are a company founded on three sustainable principles – Social, […]ReplyCancel