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A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

I've been looking for a natural deodorant for ages now and all the ones I've tried just haven't cut the mustard. A couple of weeks ago I saw Cruelty Free Becky mention Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant Stick and I knew I had to try it. I love anything that smells of Vanilla or Rose, so the two together sounded just perfect.

Schmidt's Naturals is the brain-child of Jaime Schmidt who wanted to make products that would benefit her family's health. In 2010 during the Maker Movement Jaime noticed the lack of natural deodorant offerings on the market and decided that it was time to change the way people think about natural deodorants. Jaime refused to compromise on effectiveness and invested in research and testing which proved that her formula effectively neutralises odour, helps absorb wetness, feels good on the skin and smells amazing (I can definitely vouch for this!). Schmidt's deodorant spread like wildfire throughout Northwest America and quickly sold out in retail stores,

My First Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Haul

This has been a long time coming. I've seen so many posts raving about the Makeup Geek eyeshadows and it was finally time for me to try some. I picked up the Travel Vault Palette to store them all in and although this is called a 'travel' palette, it's pretty big. You assume that anything with travel in the name is going to be quite small but it holds 9/10 eyeshadow pans, which I think is the perfect amount for travelling even with it being a bit big - enough to hold all the basics and some extras for a glam evening eye look.

I did a lot of research beforehand on the shades that I wanted, as on the Beauty Bay website the colours don't look the same as they do in real life - as with most things. Reviews with swatches were the best things to go on, so I thought I'd add my own to the internet too to help others! I decided to build a whole eye look with the palette, so I can take it away with me and have everything all in one place. I eventually chose an inner corner

SoulTree Kajal Eyeliners

Soultree Kajal Eyeliner

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be offered 2 SoulTree Kajals* to try out. SoulTree Kajals* are 100% natural and are handmade by combining carbon black from vegetable oil lamps with organic ghee, natural mineral pigments and organic almond oil. They are made using a traditional ayurvedic recipe and a 3000 year old process - why change something when it works ey?! The addition of the almond oil and ghee mean that the kajals are super moisturising on the eyelids and won't dry out the senstive area around eyes and camphor has a naturally anti-bacterial and cooling effect. There are 12 different colours to chose from and they are all certified by the BDIH. I couldn't find a conclusive statement about them being cruelty free on their website but I emailed them and they have confirmed that neither their finished products or ingredients are tested on animals, by themselves or any third parties and they also do not sell in any countries that require animal testing. They also said they would add this information to their website for future reference.

Another Love Lula Haul

Love Lula Haul

Love Lula is fast becoming my favourite place to shop online for beauty products.

When they had a bank holiday sale on at the start of May (I know how delayed this post is - bad blogger!) I couldn't resist picking up some bits and pieces. No surprise that there's a lot of PHB Ethical Beauty in here, as I just love the brand! The fact that I could use my Love Lula points too, meant my final bill was tiny. I love getting a lot for my money - who doesn't?!

Long Haul Flight Essentials

Long Haul Flight Essentials

If you follow me on Twitter (and you totally should! - @hazelnutmusings) you'll know that I've been super excited about going to Mexico next week. I used to hate flying a few years ago but the more I've done it the less it scares me now. Actually I quite like having a long flight as it means I can catch up on some me time. Here are some of the things I'm taking to keep me entertained on a 10 hour flight.


I love my kindle. I got the third gen when it came out and it's still going strong now. I love that I can take several books with me on holiday without actually carrying several heavy books - it's so convenient. I especially like this for any really big books, like Outlander (one of my favourites) as after a while they make my hands and wrist hurt

5 things: Life

It's been a pretty crazy time for me at the moment and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. Everything seems to have come around at once and I seem to be juggling quite a bit, so I thought it would be good to let you guys know what I've been up to in the form of a 5 things post.

1. I recently went to Alcudia with three of my closest girlfriends and I had an amazing time. We managed to get a really good deal at the start of the year and the date finally arrived last week. We had lots of cocktails, beach time and of course laughs and it was bliss. It was so relaxing and nice not to have to worry about anything. However I've only been back a week and I already feel busy again because ....

2. We go to Mexico in 2 weeks! Anthony and I said that we were going to have a small holiday this year, due to

Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

I came across the Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara whilst looking for a natural, cruelty free mascara. Apparently a natural mascara that's volumising and lengthening is pretty hard to find. Most of the mascaras that I saw were for a more natural look, which isn't the look I tend to go for with my lashes. After looking at a lot of ingredient lists I found this one that, although it has dimethicone in it, has clean ingredients and had really good reviews too.

The first mascara I had delivered to me was really dry and it was hard to get the product on to my lashes. I emailed Love Lula and they sent me another one out, which was much better. Most mascaras start out really wet and then dry down over a couple of weeks, but this one actually started out drier than others. I also found that it doesn't actually dry down any further - it stays at that consistency until it runs out. This means I can apply more