Be Part of The Beauty Evolution – Evolve Beauty

Hi Everyone!

This weeks post is one I’ve been waiting to write for a really long time, and I am SO EXCITED to finally share it with you!

To backtrack a little, if you’re long-time followers you will know my philosophy about beauty, and how I believe in natural, non-toxic beauty (I wrote a whole post explaining it here). I think that what put on our faces, is just as important as what we put inside out bodies, and I’ve been on the search to find products made of real ingredients that do great things for my skin. Evolve Beauty is one of the brands whose products I love using, they smell amazing, they do wonders for my skin, and the company is just so lovely to work with!

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I reached out to them when I was writing my Clean Beauty post, and they were kind enough to send me a few of their products to review! One thing I love about Evolve Beauty is just how lovely they are, they were nice enough to get back to me and let me write about them. Evolve Beauty is a small artisan brand, founded and run by Laura Rudoe. You guys know, I’m all for small, local brands, which is one of the reasons I love Evolve Beauty so much. All of their products are handmade, and on each of them, there’s a little tag telling you the name of the person who made it. How cute is that? Evolve is based on Laura’s passion for natural skincare, nurtured by growing up with her grandmother in Romania. She’s researched natural beauty for years and ensures that only the best goes into her products – and it definitely shows when you use Evolve products.

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Evolve products are made by a small team in Hertfordshire, England, which is another reason this brand is so close to my heart. Hertfordshire also happens to be where I used to live when I was in England, and it’s such a coincidence that’s where they’re based. Their products are also packed in recyclable bottles, which is just amazing (you guys know I’m all about the environment)!

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Overall, I think that beauty just comes from who you are and nurturing what you already have. Not from covering up everything, and changing who you are. And that’s one of the reasons I love Evolve Beauty, their products allow you to care for what you already have, without damaging your skin or changing who you are. As they promise, Evolve Beauty products are natural and organic, artisan made, they follow ‘green science’ which means they’re free from synthetics, they’re vegan, cruelty-free, and their packaging is recyclable. But most importantly, they celebrate your beauty and the beauty of nature.

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You can head on over to Evolve Beauty and take a look at their range, and you can get 10% off any purchase using my code ‘LITTLEMISS10’. One of my absolute favourite products is their Radiant Glow Mask, made of cacao + coconut… It literally smells like brownie batter. I also love using their Tropical Blossom Body Polish in an evening shower, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and smelling amazing, and it’s a nice de-stresser at the end of the day. And after I use their Tropical Blossom Body Butter, my skin feels like it’s just soaking in the oils and goodness, and it applies literally like ‘butter’ to my skin.

Also, just a disclaimer, I am not in any way endorsed or sponsored by Evolve Beauty to promote their products. I simply want to share my love for all things natural with you guys, and Evolve Beauty is one of the brands I love.

Scattered throughout this post are also some of the photos I took of their products, and I’m so happy with how they came out! Let me know if you want to see a post on how I do my photography. What’s your favourite beauty product? Let me know if you purchase any Evolve Beauty products & which ones you get, I would love to talk to you about it!

Lots of Love

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A summer smoothie bowl you have got to try

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This week I wanted to experiment a little, and create another recipe post for you guys. I did one a while back, on some snack bowls that I love, but I thought I would be a bit more adventurous and try to create my own smoothie bowl recipe!

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I always see so many beautiful smoothie bowls on Instagram and Pinterest, but when I look at the recipes, they look kind of complicated or use lots of ingredients that I don’t usually have at home. That’s why with this recipe I created, you can find the ingredients in pretty much any store if you don’t already have them at home. And if I do say so myself, it tastes AMAZING.

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I wanted to create something that reminded me of a hot summers day by the beach and had an interesting and exciting taste, not just your regular berry smoothie. And I gotta say, it worked out pretty well. This smoothie bowl is exploding with mango, coconut, lime, and ginger, and if summer were a food, this would be it. The flavours just jump out at you and complement each other so well. I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!

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Ingredients

  • 2 small mangos
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 tiny cut piece of ginger
  • 2 pots of coconut yogurt. (I used the small pots that usually serve one person, but if you’re using yogurt from a huge tub, just put the equivalent of that)
  • 1 spoon of shredded coconut
  • A mix of dried berries, nuts, seeds, granola, and fruits for the topping.

Method

  • Peel the mangos and cut a piece of ginger.
  • Put the mangos, ginger, lime juice, coconut yogurt, and shredded coconut into a blender, and mix till your smoothie reaches a creamy consistency. (add more yogurt if needed)
  • Pour your smoothie into a bowl, and top it with whatever fruits, seeds, or granola you want.
  • Snap a picture of your smoothie bowl, and tag @Little.Miss.Expat in it!

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I hope you enjoy making this recipe and let me know if you try it out, and what you think. Be sure to tag me in any of your photos for a repost!

See you next week,

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April Habits + Monthly Review

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Welcome back to another monthly review post 🙂 It’s been a busy month and I have a lot to share with you. In this post, I’ll update you on all things running, show you some of my favourite snacks, as well as my new favourite superfood, and let you in on one of my top tips for staying organized!

Monthly Catch Up

In case you’ve missed any of this months blog posts, you can catch up here. Personally, I think this has been one of my top months for blogging ever, as I’m so happy with the posts I’ve published, and you guys seem to have loved them. We’re also super close to 100 followers on the blog which is CRAZY!!!

Clean Beauty – the guide to what it is, what to buy, and how it works

3 Eateries in London You Have To Try This Spring

Being The New Kid – How to deal with moving

What are we doing to the Earth? – Earth Day 2018

Running Update

So as you guys will know, if you read my blog or Instagram regularly, I run competitively for a Cross Country team during the winter, and in the spring I run for a Track & Field team.(I wrote about my love for running a while back) I love running because even though it’s tough, it’s so rewarding! I train roughly six times a week during season time, and to say the least, it’s tiring. In April I went to one of my biggest competitions yet for Track, in Oman and it was a great experience. I’m happy with the way I performed, but more importantly than that, it was just so eye-opening to see all the competition and to meet with other people who also love running as much as I do. It makes me want to work even harder to be able to go back next year, and hopefully run even faster!

That was my last competition of the season, and I’m done with competitively training for the rest of the year. It was so lovely to have a week off after I came back from Oman where I didn’t run one day because I was exhausted. But now I’ve started to train by myself around 3 times a week, and just to do fun workouts that I enjoy. At the moment my routine is waking up around 5:30 on weekdays and doing a quick workout. I’ve done a swim workout, which was so fun! And some other workouts based around plyometrics, as I wanted to switch it up a bit. I love this routine at the moment, as it just puts me in such a good mood for the rest of the day, and I don’t have to stress about fitting in a workout after school. But I am allowing myself to take it easy, and while I’m still working hard, I’m definitely not reaching my maximum training scale.

 

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The competition in Oman was also my first time competing in spikes!

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A photo from one of our family runs during Spring Break

 

What I’ve been eating – some snack ideas

Recently I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and been meddling around with different ingredients. As I’m no longer running every day I don’t have to worry about consuming the right amount of carbs and proteins every day, and I’m a bit freer. I’ve also been making my water a bit more interesting, as I don’t have to worry about drinking a certain amount throughout the day, and I’ve been adding mint to the water I take to school. It’s a really nice change! We actually grow mint in our garden at home, so every morning before school I pick a few leaves, wash them, and put them into my water. Let me know what you put in your water to make it more interesting!

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I’ve also found a new favourite after-school snack, which you might have already seen on my Instagram. I am a huge snacker, and I’m pretty much constantly hungry, so I do my best to find snacks that fill me up for a long time. Avocados have been my lifesaver, they’re a healthy fat and keep me full for ages, so I’ve tried my best to incorporate them into my afternoon snack. I’ve created a little avocado dip, I guess it’s like guacamole, and I made my own chips to eat with it. So in this avocado dip, I have half an avocado, lemon, salt, coriander, a mix of sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. I mix it all together in a bowl, and grab some pita bread, cut it into triangles, and toast it until it’s crispy. (I guess you could also use regular chips) Then I can enjoy this snack while I’m studying, and it keeps me quite full for a long time!

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I’ve also been loving a new superfood, and I’m obsessed with it at the moment. It’s bee pollen! I know, might sound a little weird right? But trust me it’s amazing. As you might know, another one of my go-to snacks is a bowl of yogurt, granola, and berries (you can read more about my snacks here), and I’ve recently been adding bee pollen to this mix. I got mine from Daylesford Farms, and bee pollen are these tiny yellow spheres that taste a bit like honey, but not as sweet. I really like topping my yogurt with them because it adds that extra sweetness, without me feeling too guilty, and they have a really nice undertone. Bee pollen is also super good for you, it reduces inflammation, it’s an antioxidant, protects your liver, boosts your immune system, can be used as a supplement (because it’s full of vitamins), helps relieve stress, and promotes healing. Let me know if you’ve tried it!

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How I’ve Been Staying Organized

My last tip to share with you in this post has honestly been a lifesaver. As the school year is getting busier, with meetings and exams, there has been a lot for me to remember. And maybe I’m totally behind everyone else, but to remind myself of everything I used to just write it in my planner and hope I remembered it throughout the day. But I’ve started using the reminders app, and I’m in love. Like I said, maybe I’m really behind everyone and I’m the only person who isn’t using it, but I just discovered it and it’s so useful! It’s the regular reminders app you can get on an iPhone, and you can write yourself reminders that pop up on your phone at different times of the day, or when you reach a specific location, and they don’t go away until you complete them. This app has helped take a lot of stress off me, as I don’t have to remember everything anymore. Do you use it?

So that wraps up my April in review post, it’s been a busy month, but those are some of the important things I wanted to share with you! As always, let me know what you think in the comments, and if you try any of my recipes or tips!

See you next week

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What are we doing to the Earth? – Earth Day 2018

Hi Guys,

With it being Earth Week, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and explain a bit about why I’m certain we all need to make changes in our lives, to save the earth from what we’re continuing to do to it.

No matter where you come from, your race, your religion, your background, we all live on this Earth. We all eat, sleep, and breath, in the same place that our ancestors have, and I would say will continue to (but you never know with science…) If the struggle of what we’re doing to the planet can’t bring us all together, then I don’t know what will.

I’m currently taking a World History class, and one of the things I find interesting is that looking back at history, the things people struggled with seem crazy when we look at them from this far away. We find it unimaginable to believe that just centuries ago people struggled with things such as communicating with each other, when we can just whip out our phones today and send a text. And who knows, maybe 100 years from now the next generation will look back to this time, and be thinking, ‘how did they even struggle with the environment?’ or they could be thinking ‘what did they do to this earth?’ It’s up to us to make the changes so that hopefully they don’t think the latter.

This earth, the beautiful earth. That gives us food, water, places to live, resources we need, and holds ourselves and our families. What do we give it back? Nothing. Instead, we slowly break it down, stripping it of its natural resources, watching animals become extinct, and see natural wonders being broken down or destroyed. And we STILL can’t do anything? We make such an effort to speak up about indifferences around the world, in school we were all taught to speak up against a bully, and that ‘being a spectator is just as bad as being the executor’ yet we’re all doing exactly doing. We’re all watching each other destroy this planet without speaking up or taking action.

I’m not here telling you to all go vegan or to completely stop using paper, but it’s really the small changes that add up. With the UK planning to all ban plastic straws, and Q tips they’re using so much less plastic, and it’s just a small change in peoples lives. Or by stopping the sale of disposable plastic water bottles at your workplace or school, you’re cutting down on so much plastic usage. It’s the small changes that you make in your life, that wouldn’t seem like a lot, that really start paving the way for a difference.

Think about waking up in a world where the skies are grey every day with pollution, where rivers are brown and filled with garbage, where no fish or marine life swim, and where the last ice cap has melted. What could we do? There’s no getting the environment back. What’s done is done.

In light of Earth Day 2018, I’m also looking at changes I can make in my life that support the environment. Such as trying to eat vegetarian one day a week at first, looking at more sustainable ways to buy water (as you can’t drink tap water in Dubai) and buying containers takes a lot of plastic, strictly limiting the amount of disposable plastic I use (shopping bags, plastic cutlery etc…), and also trying to find reusable sandwich bags that  I can take my lunch in to school, instead of using plastic every day. What are you going to do to make a change?

There are so many resources available online that give you ways to support the environment, or statistics showing what will happen if we don’t do anything. I hope you all take a look at some of these, and make some small changes to help save the Earth. I would love to hear of anything you’ve done for Earth Week, so please leave a comment!

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See you next week!

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Being The New Kid – How to deal with moving

Hi Guys,

When I first started this blog my mission was to support as many expats as possible with their moves, and give them some guidance and support to get them through this huge event in their lives. Only a couple of days ago when I was talking to a friend of mine who recently moved from Dubai to Paris, did I realise that I hadn’t addressed a very important subject that related to moving and being an expat. And that is how to make new friends, and deal with just being the ‘new girl/boy’.

Even for people who haven’t moved home from one country to another, we’ve all experienced being the ‘new kid’ at some point in our lives. And let’s be honest, for most of us, it was not fun. Being an expat, adding on top of being a new kid, you’re having to come to terms with a new home, a new city, and knowing no one in this new place. It’s pretty bewildering. I remember before I moved from London to Dubai I had never experienced being a new kid, and my first school here certainly did not make it easy to settle in. People ignored the new kids, made no effort to get to know them, and I was just completely lost and lonely. Over the course of the year, I made friends and learned my way around, but I would never want to re-live those first days of school.

And I realise that everyone stories may not be as bad as mine, or they may be even worse, but there’s still some advice that I can hopefully share with you. The first piece being, don’t forget who you are. I know this is the cheesy quote you always hear in different variations such as, ‘be true to yourself’ ‘be who you want to be’ but there’s a reason it’s so famous. These are truly words to follow. Moving is tough, I know it is. And sometimes all you want to do is fit in and seem normal. Sometimes that means letting your guard down and doing things you usually wouldn’t, or doing something completely against your morals just to fit in. But DON’T. Trust me on this, you don’t need to change who you are for anyone, or to fit in with anyone. And if you’re changing yourself then you’re probably not with the right crowd.

I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, and through experience, staying true to myself and my morals has been the best decision I could have made. In the end, life will lead you in the right path. Make the decisions that you believe in, and everything else will work itself out. Another thing to keep in mind is that settling in takes time. You can’t just move and wake up the next morning expecting to feel like you’re at home. It takes time to get used to your new surroundings, but also for people to get to know you. When I was talking to my friend I remember saying that my second year, coming back after summer break felt amazing not to be new, and to see people I was friendly with in the halls which just made me feel like I belonged there, that’s only something that comes with time and patience.

When moving it’s also important to remember that people don’t define you, don’t worry too much about what people think. It’s practically impossible to make everyone in the world happy, and you’re better off just being yourself. Even though we shouldn’t do it, everyone is still guilty of making judgments without really knowing all the information. When you meet someone new, most people jump to conclusions before they even speak to them. First judgments don’t usually last, and if there’s someone who really has a problem with you, remember, there’s probably something they’re upset about, if they need to find something wrong with you.  (I wrote about it a lot in this post)

Overall, I know moving can be really hard, especially with fitting in at a new school or workplace. Just remember it takes time, but you should just be true to yourself, and not worry about what others think. In the end, your life is for you to live, not for other people to determine. In the wise words of Bob Marley ‘Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright’. I really hoped that this managed to help some of you who have recently moved, and please share your thoughts in the comment section for others to also read! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any more questions 🙂

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat 

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3 Eateries in London You Have To Try This Spring

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So as you might have seen, I went back to London during Spring Break, and even though I was stressing out about my upcoming exams, I still managed to get out the house and find some really amazing places. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll know that I pride myself on finding new and exciting places to visit, ones that aren’t super ‘touristy’ and busy. So that’s just what I did during this trip, I mean these places aren’t exactly secret, but hopefully some of these are new to you, and you can visit them this spring.

Farm Girl Cafe & Notting Hill

My favourite breakfast spot this spring was Farm Girl Cafe, I discovered it for the first time this break, and it is AMAZING. They have a few locations, but we visited the one in Notting Hill. It gets filled pretty quickly, so head out early if you want to get a seat. It has a really cozy and pretty interior, and the food is really great. One of the things I love about Farm Girl Cafe is the drinks they have, they have matcha lattes (my fave), a rose latte, and charcoal lattes (just to name a few). After eating breakfast, you can walk around Notting Hill while you digest your breakfast. There are streets filled with coloured houses and lots of different quirky shops.

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Buongiorno e Buonasera 

I stumbled across this little restaurant one day in Baker Street, and I love it. It’s a little Italian restaurant that makes your pizza fresh for you. They have a special kind of dough they use that’s is extra light and delicious, and their desserts taste so good!!

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Yeotown Kitchen

We just happened to walk into this cafe by chance, and they have really great smoothies! It’s on Chiltern Street, around Marylebone which has a lot of great little shops and is one of my favourite places to visit in spring and summer.

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Those are a few of my favourite spring spots that I think you guys would love!! Let me know if you’ve been to any of them, and if you have any recommendations for me.

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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Clean Beauty – the guide to what it is, what to buy, and how it works

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Today’s post focuses on something that’s very important to me and something that I could honestly talk about for ages. As a science geek, I’ve always found it interesting to know what I’m using, for example, I find it so exciting when I look at my moisturizer bottle, and I can identify what the ingredients are and what they do for my skin. I’m also a bit of a nature nerd, as I’ve mentioned before I love the outdoors and any plants and flowers, and I find it so fascinating that these everyday plants can be crushed or squeezed in a specific way, that can cure you of your acne, or leave you with super soft skin. Every time I talk about this kind of stuff, I get so excited, and honestly, I know its a bit sad but I love spending my time researching the natural healing powers of specific plants and looking at the latest natural beauty products.

So that is why in today’s post, I want to pass on a bit of my passion for all things natural to you guys and share with you a change that I’ve made in this past year. To rewind a bit, from the time I hit age 13 I started to suffer from teenage acne, and this could of been for a variety of reasons: hormones, stress, or the products that I used on my skin, but I didn’t really know what I should be doing to cure this acne. I started covering it up with makeup every day, and I live in Dubai so I was sweating in this makeup all day long, and my skin really did not appreciate it. To just add onto this whole mess of things, I have really really sensitive skin, so my skin reacts to pretty much anything I use, and I have to be very careful. It’s been almost three years since I first started getting acne, and like most teens I’ve pretty much grown out of it. I still get some breakouts, but my skin has improved a lot because of the changes I’ve made in the past year. Not only have my breakouts reduced, but I’ve also found my skin overall looking more ‘glowy’ and healthy.

I made the switch to using clean beauty products this year, and being more aware of what I’m putting on my skin and my body. I realised that I make such an effort to fill my body with nutritious and healthy food, when I cover it with products full of toxins and all kinds of chemicals, which is kind of hypocritical. And I know, clean beauty seems like it’s all the rage right now, with more and more brands claiming to be ‘organic’ or ‘natural’, but if you find real clean beauty products, you will soon realise this whole clean beauty regime is not a fad, it really truly does work.

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So what is clean beauty?

There is no exact definition, but clean beauty encompasses a range of things. One being that the products are completely transparent about what’s inside them, and they are safe for people to use. It means that the quality is not compromised, and the main goal of the company is not to just, sell more, but to create products that genuinely work and benefit the user. Another aspect of clean beauty is that from production to usage, these products are safe to everyone, this means no animal testing, or anything that will affect the environment negatively.

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Why should I use clean beauty products?

As I mentioned before I have seen great benefits from using clean beauty products on myself, not only in clearing up my acne, but also contributing to my overall wellbeing. I don’t feel like I’m slapping on chemicals onto my skin and drying it out, I feel like I’m really taking care of myself and not compromising my health at the cost of the products I’m using. Also looking at the more environmental side to the argument, clean beauty products are much more sustainable. And yes, they are a little more pricey, but trust me with clean beauty less is more. Most products are of such good quality that you don’t need to buy heaps of cosmetics, and remember you’re spending money to improve your wellbeing. That being said, don’t just go out and buy anything that says it’s a clean beauty product, personally I spend ages choosing what products to buy and what they will do for me. I spent a really long time trying to find a clean beauty vendor that’s accessible to me, and looking at what options they have. Once I chose the products that I wanted to try, I read heaps of reviews to see if they actually worked, and if they were compatible with my skin type.

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Where do I buy my products?

I think buying products from a clean beauty specific vendor, is easier than looking at stores individually. I also read a lot of other reviews of clean beauty products so that I’m always finding more. If you live in the U.S. you can take a look at companies such as ‘Credo Beauty’ or ‘The Detox Market’ who gather a selection of clean beauty products which they curate themselves. These companies aren’t as accessible for me, so I looked for something in Dubai, but sadly I haven’t found anything yet, please let me know if you know of somewhere that sells clean beauty products in Dubai! So I checked out clean beauty stores in the U.K, and decided on ‘Content Beauty & Wellbeing’. It curates the products it sells, making sure they don’t contain harmful chemicals, while still delivering high end results. I also sometimes visit ‘Space NK’ if I’m looking for something specific. But always be sure to look into the products you want to buy before purchasing them, to be sure they fit all the criteria you want.

 

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I found this really helpful guide from Today, (I don’t take credit for making it) but it lets you see what the little icons on your cosmetics mean.

 

What do I use?

Finally! For the most exciting part of this post, what products I use!!! I’m more of a ‘natural look girl’ I hardly wear makeup, and when I do, I like to make sure that it doesn’t look heavy. So most of the products that I use cater to this, and to my skincare needs. Some of these products I’ve been using for a while, and some are fairly new, but all the products I share in this post, I’m confident to say that I genuinely like.

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Skincare + Bodywash

Tata Harper Skincare – I talked about it a while back, but I have been using Tata Harper products on my skin for almost a year now, and this is where I’ve seen incredible improvements. All the skincare products I use on my face are from this brand, from my cleanser & moisturiser, to my toner.

Evolve Beauty – I have recently started using a body wash from evolve beauty, and I really like it. I’ve tried a few different clean body washes, but this is the first one that I can fully say is perfect! It doesn’t dry out my skin at all, and it smells soooo good. Evolve beauty was kind enough to send me some samples, so you will definitely be seeing a post about them soon, and what other products I like from their collection.

Isla Apothecary – I really like using roll on essential oils as an alternative to perfume, and Isla Apothecary has a really nice one that I’ve been using.

Neal’s Yard Remedies – I also use an essential oil rollable from Neal’s Yard, in the scent ‘energy’ which is amazing.

Odacite – I am soooo excited to try more products from them, but for now I only have a serum for my face, leaves me with super soft skin.

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Beauty

Lilah Beauty – This is the first clean beauty makeup brand that I started using, and I haven’t yet found anything that compares. I use the concealer, powder, as well as an eyeshadow palette from Lilah.b and it blends into my skin so well, and it creates a really nice natural look on my skin, that I haven’t found from anyone else.

ILIA Beauty – I use a lipstick and an illuminator from here, and I really like their products, you can still look amazing, while benefitting your health!

Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics – I recently brought a mascara and a blush from Lily Lolo, and I’ve really liked them so far, I look forward to trying a few more of their products.

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I really hope you found this post interesting, I had so much fun writing it! As always, please let me know if you liked it. Also let me know in the comments if you use clean beauty products, and if you want to make the change. Also, if you have any recommendations for clean beauty products for me to try, let me know! And if you’re a brand that wants me to try your products, you can find all my information about collaborations here.

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