Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A new range I've unearthed today is Naked. It's available in Boots or visit All of their products are free of SLS, parabens and petrochemicals.

Try the Fix It Fast natural hold hairspray - only £1.99 at the mo. Using this natural spray will stop synthetics building up in your hair and will allow for better growth. Your hair will be both stronger and shinier. There are loads of other products too including make up remover, eye gels, bath and shower gels, moisturisers, even stuff for kids. Needless to say I'll be plugging their great products again soon.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

After waking up with panda eyes this morning, I'm on the look out for a new mascara. One that doesn't clump and comes off easily with make-up remover so you don't wake up with black all under the eyes.

I'm trying The Body Shop's Super Volume Mascara - £10 at It's a nice brush and works better than mascaras that cost twice as much. It does contain a few chemicals and preservatives but most of them are from plants. No parabens.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Today I'm looking for something to cover up those bags under the eyes and so I bring you Bobbi Brown's Corrector - a pink or peach-based concealer to neutralise dark circles under the eyes. It's for use underneath the creamy concealer. It did a great job of hiding the bags and also has lovely skin conditioners to protect the delicate under-eye area.

It's £17 at but you only need a tiny amount so should last for a while.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

A friend of mine has recommended Clarins face treatment Oil. There are three types, Lotus oil for combination skin prone to oiliness, Santal oil for dry or extra dry skin and Blue Orchid for dehydrated skin. All contain 100% pure plant extracts and no parabens. You're only supposed to use a couple of drops so it's quite hard to apply but it smells lovely and makes your skin feel hydrated. The first day I used it I was worried as I had a bit of a breakout but it quickly died down and my skin has been great ever since.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Today I stumbled across a fantastic new range of mineral make-up - Jane Iredale. Before getting into make-up this lady owned her own production company. She worked alongside make-up artists for years and was the first to develop a range of make-up that not only enhanced natural beauty, but it's also good for the skin. She's worked alongside plastic surgeons and dermatologists to produce make-up that works for many different skin types.

I recommend the Jane Iredale Amazing Base. This is a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen all in one. It's made frmo micronized minerals with an SPF 20 and contains no oil, talc or synthetic preservatives. There is also a good selection of colours for Asian or darker skin.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Lots of people think that good quality skincare is expensive. But today, I bring you Simple Pure calming cleanser - only £2.59 at superdrug. com for a 200 ml bottle. It's ideal for sensitve skin, hypoallergenic, paraben free and fragrance free. A bargain!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sorry for the radio silence. I've been away for a few days and I've not been near a computer to post. I have found lots of new paraben-free products though!

The first is Aveda's invati shampoo. My hair is extremely fine and I get lots of breakage from putting it up all the time and swimming. This shampoo is supposed to revitalise the hair follicles on the scalp making hair thicker and stronger. It's expensive - £21.50 for a bottle - but I've only used it three times and my hair already feels thicker, with more texture. Smells lovely too. I couldn't afford the conditioner or the scalp revitaliser at the mo but I think you'd see great results using all three.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Today I want to let you know about Jane Maddern Soaps. This beautiful soaps are handmade by Jane at her workshop in Somerset. She wraps them in beautiful fabric and they make a brilliant gift - someone bought one for me and it took me months to open it because it simply looked too lovely to use. The goat's milk is great for your skin and can help skin problems like eczema and dermatitis. There's lots of different scents and they're all enriched with shea nut butter and locally-sourced goats milk. Bars cost between £3 and £4 at - or you can two for £8. Beautiful.

Monday, 13 February 2012

It's freezing cold and I feel as white as a ghost. My skin is so pale - so I tried Lush Silk Stockings - £7.50 for a 30g bar. You sweep it over your legs to give them a bit of colour. It's a great way of getting a little bit of extra colour and it made my skin tone look even with a bit of a glitter. You can also use it on your face as a blusher. It didn't smell as strong as so many  fake tans - more like a perfume than the potent fake tan smell. Lovely natural ingredients including cocoa butter, jasmine and sandalwood oil. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

 It's almost the weekend so time to try something a little special. Benefit's Watts Up - a soft focus highlighter for the face. It's basically a really light foundation crossed with a powder. It gave my skin a really nice dewy glow but also felt really light on my skin. I felt as though my pores could breathe. And it's paraben free! Beware though, not all of Benefit's cosmetics are the same. If you're a fan, like me, make sure you read the labels so you know what you're putting on your skin. It's 24.50 at

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Thanks to a follower, today I'm plugging Weleda Rosemary and Ginger shampoo. This is made with essential oils and plant-based cleansers and cleans your hair without causing a build up of chemicals. I love the strong ginger smell. It also contains grapefruit extract, which has antioxidants and minerals that can supply nutrients to both the hair and scalp. It's £7.95 at

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Burt sure keeps his bees busy! I love this tinted lip balm. It's 100% natural - made from soft flower waxes, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Beeswax. And it comes in several colours - pink blossom, hibiscus, red dahlia and tiger lily. It's a cross between a lip balm and a lipstick, perfect for the cold weather.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


A huge thanks to everyone who has been supporting my blog so far. After chatting with some of you, I'm told that one of the biggest concerns is finding a paraben-free deodorant that actually works. This is not an easy task. But today I tried Bionsen. This is a paraben and aluminium free deodorant that helps to nourish and protect your skin. I can't help but feel there is definitely room for improvement but it smells nice and I didn't sweat on my way into work. I'm not sure how it would hold up during a heavy gym session but it's definitely the best I've found so far. Denise Van Outen recommends it and I can't imagine she smells too bad! The aerosol spray is £3.29 at

If there are any products you would particularly like me to find for you - or if you have tried one the products I've recommended please do let me know! Thanks again

Monday, 6 February 2012

On the hunt for a new moisturiser? Allow me to introduce REN Vita-Mineral Day Cream. I first used this after having a facial - and they used REN products. It smells gorgeous and really hydrates the skin.

REN's products come with all the eco-friendly assurances you could wish for. No synthetic fragrances, no pore-blocking petrochemicals, no parabens, synthetic colours, animal ingredients, sulfate detergents. Their slogan is skincare as it should be. I agree!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Bobbi Brown is a brilliant make-up range and often the choice of the make-up artists I send out on shoots. And guess what, all the products are paraben free and made from botanically based, natural ingredients. Try the new Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara - £18 at

Thursday, 2 February 2012

 Today I bring you TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. The naturals range is formulated without parabens, lower sulphates which is less dehydrating for your hair and it's silicone free so it doesn't weigh it down. I've not tried this one yet so can't speak for how effective it is, but  it's great value. The huge 900ml bottles are just £5.49 at

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Bad skin day? Try Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel.  Don't worry about the salicylic acid on the label. This is found naturally in plants and it's what gets rid of spots. It's perfectly safe in small doses and can be used in larger doses as an acne treatment. The gel also contains caffeine and red algae to calm the skin and reduce redness and exfoliators to get rid of excess oil and stop the pores getting clogged. It's a pretty tiny bottle though, so at £12 a go save it for only the biggest of zits!