Christmas Competition - Win Luxury Gift Set for your Hair with Rahua, Sukin and John Masters Organics

We are excited to announce that we are hosting a brand new competition available  for everyone around the globe. This beautiful set of natural and organic hair care products could be yours, all you need to do is answer the question - How do you imagine your perfect Christmas? - in a comment box under this post and click the link below to take part in our Christmas giveaway. Good luck to everyone and don't forget to take a look at our most popular posts later, one of which tests a natural Hair Supplement HR23+  and of course, our ultimate Eco Gift Guide featuring contemporary jewellery pieces by The Starfish Project. Get involved, give a gift that  keeps on giving. 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU NEED TO TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO OUR QUESTION IN A COMMENT BOX BELOW THIS POST AS WELL AS ON A SWEEPSTAKE PAGE.

THE QUESTION IS: HOW DO YOU IMAGINE YOUR PERFECT CHRISTMAS?

ANY ENTRIES IGNORING THIS REQUEST WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN A DRAW












Top Organic Natural Face Cleansers - Express Guide

Still struggling to find that perfect skincare regime? Check out our express review of ten best natural organic face cleansers, that we think you should try as your first step to a fresh, flawless and radiant complexion.






ESSE GEL CLEANSER
Best for skin rejuveantion, boosts microcirculation, effective in removing water soluble impurities. ECO CERT Certified.




PURA BOTANICALS COUNTESS CLEANSING NECTAR
Based on biocompatible selection of oils, extremely effective with fading discolourations.



YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE AGE PREVENTION CLEANSER
An absolute favourite for dull, tired complexion, original formula with klae and spinach extracts. Vitamin packed, skin restoring, cleansing superhero.





SKN-RG RICH CREME CLEANSER
High quality organic formula. Abundance of skin renewing natural plant actives, herbal fements. Perfect for mature skin.





PHENOMÉ LEAVE-ON PURIFYING CREAM
No rinse, nourishing cleansing creme for skins that don't tolerate water. Based on ingredients derived from French Rose and Damascus Rose.



LYONSLEAF BEAUTY BALM
The best product based on hot cloth cleansing to date. Small batch manufacture to ensure freshness and effectiveness of the product. Highly recommended for the most problematic skin types. 100% natural and very competitive pricing.








NONIQUE MOISTURISING FACE WASH
A very good all-round day to night cleanser. Unique formula with organic noni fruit and noni leaves. Perfect for younger skin types troubled by blemishes and break outs.



LICA COLE MR PUMPKIN ENZYME CLEANSER
Powerful anti-ageing properties. The purest enzymatic cleansing method available, all natural enzymes and extracts used, boosting cell renewal process.



[M]BOTANICALS EXFOLIATING BAMBOO CLEANSER
First choice for inflamed, irritated skin. Very gentle exfoliator. Formulated with a rare copaiba balsam to help acne skin.



SKIN & TONIC STEAM CLEAN
Soothing formula for both skin and senses. Multitasking organic product, used as a hot cloth face cleanser, dry skin saviour or lip balm.









Eco Gift Guide - Gifts that Keep on Giving

The main thought behind creating this guide is HOW TO GIVE MORE CONSCIOUSLY AND RESPONSIBLY.
With the world facing many challenges in terms of people migration due to war, famine, global pollution, waste fields, degradation of ecosystems... you name it, there's always something we can do right now to help. 

HOW?
We can use our wealth, as, if you can afford to buy gifts for your loved ones, you have wealth and power to maximise on giving by buying items that will make a positive impact on someone who you don't know at all, but, perhaps, has suffered abuse. You can hugely diminish the waste field size or rescue vital ecosystems form turning into deserts.

Check out our picks below:


ECO GIFT GUIDE - GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING

    If you are looking for luxury winter accessories, hoodlamb is a place to go to. With high end feel come the substantial quality of each garment, so you can be sure you are equipped in some heavy weight pieces ahead of frosty days.

    Softer than Pomeranian's fur, these fluffy slippers will bring a true joy and lashings of warmth to the lucky receiver. As manufacturing of cashmere is no longer sustainable, we are turning to ALPACA, a luxurious wool from alpaca goats, that are increasingly sourced by textile industries for new fibres. Visit QUARTZ to check why your next jumper schould be alpaca, not cashmere.

  Do you like one stop shop? The Alpaca Clothing Company offers unique selection of  leather goods, toys, novelty gifts and of course, the cosy items made from alpaca - like coats, capes, luxurious rugs, blankets and throws.

  There is something so apealing about this two colour soft recycled fleece hoodie.It really has got this wow factor needed to impress a fitness junkie around you. Versatile, good for the environment

   Who doesn't like a nice cup of tea and a taste of traditional British fudge after Christmas Dinner. Well, there are very special fudge bags out there, ready to be popped under the Christmas Tree in hand printed silk gift bag.
Anything you decide to buy from TRAIDCRAFTSHOP, will help someone that had suffered poverty or abuse, put their lives back on track. Whatever campaign you feel is closest to yuor heart, you have many options to get involved. 

We are getting a few  of these too:



  Could this be the best gift ever for someone? If you decide to buy a gift voucher, it'd  better be the original one. Check out The-All-In-One-Company
customised onesies on offer! Ethically hnad made in UK in a choice of fabrics and patterns, we recommend a bamboo towelling heavy weight or organic cotton to get someone through the winter.


ECO GIFT GUIDE - GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING

These sets are fantastic way of making any yogi in your family happy. Soft, comfortable and up to date leisure styles made with 70% recycled materials that, when purchased, will support fair trade and manufacturers valuing safety and wellbeing of their workers.

Cosy,  distinctive, traditional with a contemporary twist - if you are buying a gift for someone who values the above factors, look no further than at AWAMAKI store. Commmitted to using locally spun yarns and natural dyes, you can be sure your gift will give back tenfolds to Andean communities and will revamp someones bedroom decor 

We come back to this store time and time again to take a look at their beautiful collection of goods. Our winner is this fluffy baby alpaca scarf by A Peace Treaty that has got the potential to be a signature piece this winter in terms of utility and style. Hand made by artisans in Peru, who are paid a fair wage. Click-Buy-Feel Good.

Why not source your Christmas gifts from sunny California? Yes, that's correct,  you can give a bit of sunshine by picking some of the coolest designs for every occasion, for the Free Spirit in your life. If socks are not your thing, check out mighty innerwear like 100% organic cotton tees...you're surfing baby.
     

THE BEAUTY OF GIVING CANNOT BE EMBRACED MORE THAN BY  SUPPORTING Starfish Project 
This non profit organisation gives hope to women who suffered trauma of various sort by providing shelter, education, counselling and jobs. The pieces boast a contemporary and feminine style, ranging from elusive earrings to statement necklaces. I can't emphasize enough how much difference we can make by making our Christmas meaningful through buying gifts that really matter.


ECO GIFT GUIDE - GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING


FOUR NEW SEASON ECO FASHION TRENDS YOU WILL LOVE

Whether you have a practical approach to what you wear  or you are a high fashion junkie, this season's catwalks showed an immnense diversity in inspiration and the actual collections. Here we present a few trends that caught our eye and were embraced by ethical brands.


STATEMENT COAT
Here's something for comfort lovers, roomy yet smartly styled outerwear can add the glam factor to your wardrobe. Very on trend eco store - Gather & See have  a selection of unique coats available for you to choose from. Our ultimate pick is The Carri Coat by D.Efect with large pockets, belt and contrasting panells. Fully lined, super warm and made for keeps. We paired it with navy slouchy jumper from Annie Greenabelle, knee high boots by Eco Luxe and a cork satchel bag  from MATT & NAT

ECO FASHION  TRENDS  - STATEMENT COAT
D.Efect Oversized Coat from Gather & See



Annie Greenabelle Slouch Jumper in Navy





MATT & NAT Cork Satchel






LUXE SPORTS
This is a continuation from a few seasons ago when sports inspired designers took sportswear off the isolated track and field training sessions and made it work right in fornt of the crowds on the high streets. 
By far, our most favourite fashion trend ever created,  SEE MORE INSPIRATION HERE we are exctatic to present this cosy yet fresh look with Hooded Dress form Amberoot, super athletic jacket by ECOALF and block heel ankle boots with zip detail from Wills London.
ECO FASHION  TRENDS  - LUXE SPORTS
Linen Dress from Amberoot








METALLICS
This trend is enthusiastically welcomed by all of us who know how to pull off this shouting out loud detail. Glitter, metallic fabrics are to be worn day to night this season. We are featuring shiny silver stilleto heels and we are making it a workwear look with assymetric white top by Rodales and knitted pencil skirt by Rodales and a Luna Bomber Jacket from Nancy Dee.  Now that's an outfit that will light up any gloomy office environment. 
ECO FASHION  TRENDS  - METALLICS


ROMANTIC RLORALS
Nothing is more exciting or nerve wrecking  than a first date. You can boost your confidence by picking a classic floral and update it with modern twist in terms of a cut and fabric. Nancy Dee offers a seductive sleeveless midi dress, or more mysterious bow front dress with long sleeves. Both styles featuring orange poppies on black background. The fabric used to make these dresses is 95% bamboo which make this garment kinder to environment. All you need is an updo and a fresh radiant face - SEE TIPS ON FRESH FACE MAKE UP
Of course, don't forget to accessorise, our pick is a clutch back and feminine wedge shoes by Nisolo.
ECO FASHION  TRENDS  - ROMANTIC FLORALS
Nancy Dee Orange Poppies Dress



New Autum/Winter Make Up Trends featuring IQ NATURAL Mineral Make Up Kit


Whether you follow beauty trends or you set your own styling rules for every season, there's one thing that matters to both types - the need for a flawless skin. With this aim  in mind, we have set out to test IQ NATURAL Mineral Make Up Kit. What's more, we wanted to check if, by using only the purest and the most natural cosmetics, we can achieve the latest Autumn/Winter look with no high flying make up artists or toxic palettes involved.


ABOUT THE BRAND

IQ NATURAL values quality of ingredients. Through using organic actives, the products are enriched in nutrients and bio availability.  The mineral make up range is 100% natural, pure and contains no fillers or preservatives. The raw compounds are sourced from responsible growers, who do not allow any pesticides and hormones. IQ NATURAL aim at manufacturing in smaller batches, with minimum packaging and labelling to make high quality organic skincare and cosmetics more affordable.


WHAT PRODUCTS?

The following products have been chosen for the purpose of this test:
IQ NATURAL Premium Loose Mineral Foundation in Medium and Medium Beige
IQ NATURAL Multitasking Concealer in Bisque and Setting Veil
IQNATURAL Premium Mineral Bronzer in warmth and Mineral Blush in Baby Face
IQ NATURAL Premium Loose Mineral Eye Shadow in Blushing and Remington
IQ NATURAL Lengthening Mascara and two Make up Brushes



First steps to a sophisticated look are surprisingly easy. Establish your skin tone picking either  fair, medium or dark palette and then choose your specific shade, which will depend on the season (Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter) and how your skin tolerates the sun.

Using a Kabuki Plush Brush I started from a layer of IQ NATURAL concealer followed by a touch of bronzer on the bridge of my nose, top of my forehead and on the cheek bones.



Now it was time for a film of IQ NATURALS Mineral Loose Foundation in Medium Beige. It is usually advised to use circular motion starting from the middle going outwards. I used short vertical sweeping motion treating each part of my face as a separate zone (forehead, cheeks with nose, chin and upper lip).

My mineral powder dispersed evenly on the brush bristles and gave a natural yet full matte coverage. 


After preparing the complexion it is time to choose the look. My first choice was AW16 fresh and natural style worn during Peter Pilotto's show and created by make up artist Van Garland at London Fashion Week.
Th final effect was achieved by applying IQ NATURALS blusher just underneath the cheek bones. The blusher gave the healthiest glow to the skin thanks to sparkly particles that highlighted the apples of my cheeks without any excess shine. 


The second inspiration came from Moschino and a more sultry proposition - the 90's Girl. I used previous look as a base, just added more intensity of peachy tan colour on the cheeks and between my eyebrows and outer corner of my eyes. IQ NATURALS Premium Mineral Eye Shadow in Remington was a perfect choice for graded shading on the eyelids. 





This eye shadow was fun to apply, it set as soon as it reached skin's surface, it almost sunk into the skin completely eliminating the risk of a product transferring onto under eye area. Having at least four shades of grey in one tiny sifter jar at your disposal  is not bad at all.


To finish this look I  used a layer of IQ NATURALS Lengthening Mascara in black. If you hate clumping and sticky thick mascaras, then this lash separating and clinically precise stick is the right choice. The brush creates  sexy curl and the one layer is subtle yet visible enough for a show stopping flicker.



IQ NATURAL Mineral Make Up Kit offers an exciting way of creating on trend looks at the comfort of your own dressing room. Contrary to a common belief, it does not need a degree in beauty to master all the techniques of application. Even if, sometimes, a loose eye shadow may seem like a messy job, it creates a greater scale of blending options and after mastering the brush to lid method, it can enhance overall make up application process.

Check back soon for more Make Up Ideas with IQ NATURAL mineral make up products.