White Rabbit Skincare - My New Favourite Brand


White Rabbit Skincare has been on my radar for quite a while, but I've never gotten around to ordering anything before now. A few weeks ago I asked people on Twitter to recommend a cruelty free dupe for the Nuxe Reve De Miel which was my holy grail lip balm (damn you for torturing innocent animals Nuxe!). I had a couple of recommendations for different ones, but Tamsin from Eco Fluffy Mama recommended the White Rabbit Skincare Chocolate Orange Lip Balm and it sounded perfect.

Whilst I was picking up the Lip Balm I also ordered a couple of sample sizes of other products too. I love it when brands do sample sizes, as you can try it before buying a full size product that might not work for you and then not being able to use it. I picked up samples of the Comfort Cleansing Balm and the Orange Blossom and Aloe Vera Toner because these are products I've heard a lot of good things about.

Khadi Viola Face Oil

khadi Viola Face Oil Review

khadi are a company that create 100% natural products based on traditional Ayurvedic formulations. They have a range of herbal hair colours, hair oils and skin oils that are all cruelty free. Their range of face and body oils has been formulated as an alternative to the heavy creams that we use in the winter months. Each of the 5 oils has been crafted for a different skin type. I was kindly sent the Viola Face Oil * to try out and after a few weeks of use I can finally let you know all about it. 

I chose the Viola oil for normal skin, as I was drawn to the claim that it would reduce the formation of blemishes which I seem to be struggling with at the moment. Along with reducing blemishes it also claims to moisturise and improve skin tone. It's also suitable for sensitive skin as it includes Shavatari, which soothes discomfort and Anantmool to reduce inflammation. It also has Aromatherapuetic properties: Vanilla to improve mood, Devadaru calms nerves and

Dr Botanicals Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bar

Dr Botanicals Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bar

A few weeks ago I was sent the Dr Botanicals Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bar * to test out. I love a good exfoliator as it always makes my skin look so much better, but I don't always have the inclination to actually use one as it's a bit of a faff. When I saw that this one was in bar form I couldn't wait to try it and see if it would make me exfoliate more. I've made a big dent in the bar now, so I though now would be the perfect time to let you know my thoughts.

The Coconut Oil Exfoliating Bar (I'm shortening it's name to this, as it's a bit of a mouthful!) claims to hydrate, cleanse and gently exfoliate by using shredded coconut to exfoliate and coconut oil to moisturise. It's a refreshing cleansing and exfoliating bar that can be used on your face, body and hands for a youthful complexion.

My Favourite Foundation EVER?!

Kat Von D Lock It Liquid Foundation

I've finally found it: the BEST foundation ever! Now it may be a little early to be saying this as I've only been using this for a few weeks but I love it so much that I had to share it with you guys. So without further ado I present to you Kat Von D 'Lock It' Liquid Foundation.

I've always loved Kat Von D since her Miami Ink days and her make up is always perfect, so when she released her make up line I knew I would more than likely love it all. As we couldn't get it in the UK for years I never got around to trying the foundation though, until now. I saw it in Sephora in Mexico and shade matched myself, but I never bought it and I kicked myself afterwards as I would have saved quite a bit of money. Once we got back Anthony very kindly ordered it for me as a surprise because he knew how gutted I was that I didn't get it - 50 boyfriend points to him! As soon as I opened the box I knew it would be love.

Botanicals Gentle Hydrating Mist

Botanicals Gentle Hydrating Mist

A few weeks ago I was kindly sent a sample of Botanicals Gentle Hydrating Mist: Chamomile & Mandarin * to try. I chose the Chamomile and Mandarin version as this uses Chamomile, White Tea, Lavender and Mandarin to give skin a kick of hydration. This version is also suitable for sensitive skin, which I don't usually have but it is having a tantrum at the moment so I'm trying to use gentle products to try and calm it down.

Botanicals hydrating mists claim to gently clear away impurities, balance the skin's natural pH, replenish moisture and brighten the complexion, so I was excited to try this with the flare up my skin was having.

The first thing I noticed when I tried this is that the spray is more of a squirt than a mist. The pump is quite powerful and it produces more of a spray, instead of a mist that disperses over your face. It's not a harsh spray by any means

A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

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.

Kindle

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

A Weekend in London - Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Our weekend in London was a while a go now (over 2 months ago to be more exact) but I still wanted to share it with you guys nevertheless. Over 18 months ago Anthony booked tickets for us to go and watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. I'm a massive Harry Potter fan in case you didn't know (fun fact: Anthony actually proposed in the Great Hall at the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!) and when the tickets came out Anthony spent 2 hours in the queue to book tickets for us. I wasn't in too much of a rush to see it so we decided to book it well in advance and make a weekend of it. We go to London quite a lot on day trips but had never stayed before and now was the perfect opportunity. Grab a cuppa cause this is gonna be a long one!


We got the train down on Friday morning, after rush hour and arrived early afternoon at Euston. Our hotel was the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square and it was the perfect location for the weekend. We

The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks


I've seen so many people raving about these masks lately that I just had to look into them for myself. My skin has been a little bit problematic lately and I'd been neglecting my face masks for a while, even though I know they do wonders for my skin I just couldn't be bothered, so I thought what better way to get back into them than by investing in some new ones.


The Body Shop's new masks seemed exactly what I needed to revive my skin and after doing a bit of research I found that all of the new masks are formulated without parabens, parafins, silicones or mineral oils, which was a pleasant surprise. I know that The Body Shop's products aren't natural products but with these new masks it seems that they are trying to cut out some of the chemicals in their products, which is definitely something I can get behind. All of the masks are 100% vegetarian and three of them are even 100% Vegan (Himalayan Charcoal,

Botanicals Organic Sanitiser

Botanicals Organic Sanitiser

Whenever I go on holiday I always like to take a hand sanitiser with me and in case you didn't know already I'm off to Spain with some girl friends next month and then Mexico in June with Anthony, his sis and her hubby, so I've been looking for a cruelty free version to take with me - and preferably a natural one too. I used to use Soap & Glory's Hand Maid but since they're cruelty free status is questionable I've not been buying from them anymore. Therefore it was perfect timing when an email popped into my inbox asking if I would like to try Botanicals' new Organic Sanitiser * - yes please!

We all know by now that I love Botanicals - they are a great cruelty free company with some amazing products, so my hopes were pretty high for this. It's 100% natural and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Botanicals Organic Sanitiser uses organic alcohol, derived from sugar beet, organic lavender and tea tree

Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil Review & discount code

Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil Review

In honour of Earth Day on the 22nd April, Dr Botanicals are spreading the word and encouraging people to use greener skincare. When they got in touch with me and asked if I would like to try their Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil * I of course jumped at the chance.

Dr Botanicals believe in using natural and ethically sourced ingredients in their products. All of their products are paraben free and free from any harmful preservatives. The Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil has only 15 ingredients including Blackcurrant Seed Oil to nourish and strengthen the skin, Sea Minerals that mimic skin compositions to improve the vitality of the skin and Wild Plum which has healing properties and includes antioxidants to help fight ageing signs. This is their greenest product to date and it's preservative free and contains no water, making it a self-preserving product. It's also suitable for Vegans, which is always good to hear.

Budget Natural Beauty Products With Benecos

Benecos Make Up

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive an email from the lovely team at Benecos offering to send me a few of their products to try out. Benecos is a natural beauty brand that uses plant oils and waxes that mimic skin lipids to support the natural regulation process of the skin. They don't use any of the following ingredients in their products: silicones, parabens, mineral oil of synthetic ingredients - so you can use their products knowing that you're being kind to your skin too.

I was very generously sent the Nail Polish in Blue Sky*, Eyeshadow in Apricot Glow* and the Natural Bronzing Duo - Ibiza nights*. All of these are great shades for me, as I like a natural look on my face and I love to have bright nails for summer. The first thing I noticed was that the packaging is amazing! It's simple looking in a clear plastic case, so that you can see the products, but the quality is some of the best I've ever seen. The thick cases are so

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

My eyes can be a little sensitive sometimes and there are some products that irritate them. A while ago I was looking for a natural/organic palette that I could use all the time that would also be kind to my eyes.  The Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette ticked all the right boxes for me and I've never looked back. I've had this palette for a while now (probably not far off a year!) so I thought it was time to share a review with you.

Lily Lolo is a brand that caught my attention for their emphasis on mineral make up. Over 10 years ago Vikki, the founder of Lily Lolo, started mixing her own mineral make up at home and that's where it all began. You'll never find harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic perfumes or dyes in their products as they only use ingredients that are kind to the skin. They're also cruelty free of course.

LoveLula Haul

Love Lula Haul

LoveLula is an online beauty shop that stock natural and cruelty free products. As I'm trying to use more natural products it's a perfect one stop shop for me. I still like to check the cruelty free status of brands before I buy just to double check, but you're pretty safe ordering from here. I was after some new bits and pieces for our trip to London this weekend and PHB Ethical Beauty was all 30% off, so I couldn't resist placing an order.

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar Review

Anthony and I bought some Grenade Carb Killa Bars last month as a little treat to ourselves - there was an offer on so we thought why not try them out. I'd heard good things about them and we're looking for something that we can have that is convenient and good for you too.

We bought the Cookies & Cream flavour and let me tell you now, they're amazing. They taste exactly like a cookies & cream chocolate bar and don't have that artificial/chemical flavour that some bars have. They are a really generous size and I find that I struggle to eat it in one sitting, as it fills me up so much - Anthony does't have this problem and wolfs them down in 2 seconds! I like to grab one of these for after my Saturday session at the gym, as it's convenient for me to take with me to have as a breakfast snack afterwards and it keeps me full until lunchtime.

Winter Morning Skincare Routine

Winter Morning Skincare Routine

I always switch up my skincare with the changing seasons as my skin has different needs throughout the year. With this in mind I've added a couple of new products to my routine so I thought I'd share what I'm currently using/loving with you. Since adding in some more natural skincare my skin has never looked better - I've only had a couple of pimples and even those have been small and not lasted very long.

I've been trying out a new cleanser over the past couple of weeks and so far, so good. The Antipodes Grace Gentle Cleanser is a cream cleanser that feels really smooth and gentle on the skin. It removes my make up really well without stripping my skin and leaves my skin feeling soft to the touch.

I then use The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I love this toner although it isn't as natural as what I would

How To Conceal Dark Circles

How To Conceal Dark Circles

We've had a lot going on over the last couple of months with social events and have a lot more coming up too. I love to go places and do different things, but it can mean having more late nights and early mornings than usual, which seems to be showing on my face come the morning. I've noticed that my dark circles under my eyes are becoming more prominent and I'm needing to use more than just foundation to cover them recently. I've found 2 products that do a great job in covering them and make me look ready for the day.

The first is Becca's Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I love this little pot and I use it every time I wear make up - I'm not exaggerating, it's an absolute staple in my routine. I apply this before foundation and the difference in my dark circles is already greatly reduced. It's a peach coloured cream that neutralises the blue tones of dark circles making your eyes appear brighter. It doesn't crease on me and stays on all day without needing a touch up. The

Red Lips with Living Nature

Living Nature Wild Fire Lipstick

Let me introduce you to this little beauty... Living Nature's Wild Fire Lipstick*. I've been wanting to try Living Nature's lipsticks for a while so when an email popped into my inbox offering to send me a lipstick to try I obviously jumped at the chance. I was sent Wild Fire which is a gorgeous red - I wear a lot of red lipsticks so this was a great colour for me and I've already worn it a ton of times, plus the packaging is just dreamy.

Living Nature is fast coming up in my list of favourite brands and I wish I'd tried their products sooner. They use only 100% natural ingredients with an emphasis on unique New Zealand botanicals like Active Manuka Honey - a skin healer, Harakeke Flax Gel - a super hydrator, Totarol - an anti-oxidant and antimicrobial and Manuka Oil - a skin protector. All of their packaging is recyclable to help protect the planet and they are cruelty free too of course. Their Wild Fire lipstick is packed with organic ingredients like beeswax, carnauba wax and coconut oil to

The Holiday Make Up Bag: Poland


Face Make Up Poland

I'm off on a few trips and holidays this year, so I thought I would do a little mini series of Holiday Make Up Bags throughout the year. My first trip of the year is Poland (I'll actually be over there by the time you're reading this!) and so this trip's make up bag will kick off the series. Luckily, we have a suitcase to put all of our toiletries, appliances, etc in, so I haven't had to streamline my stash too much, but I've still whittled it down to one of everything (or maybe 2!). We are sharing the suitcase between 4 of us, so I still need to be careful what I'm packing and how much it weighs and I've finally settled on the below pieces.

Face

I received a sample of the Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector with my order of The Nature of Beauty and

Ice Skating & Star Wars

London

So I'm a little late on posting this as I didn't get around to it before Christmas, but both of these events are still on so I thought it won't hurt to tell you about them. It will also be good to have this to look back on. This year I'm going to try my hardest to log more holidays/days out on this here blog, as it will be good to have a little diary of them. Hopefully, my Florida post will be up soon too even though that was 6 months ago now!

So at the end of November last year Anthony and I went to London for the day. I'd planned the whole day as a surprise for Anthony and it went off without a hitch, thank god! We got into London for 10.15am and headed

Welcome 2017

2017 Goals

I wasn't going to do one of these posts this year, but I thought it would mark the start of 2017 quite nicely and it will be good to have a record of what I'd like to achieve this year. I haven't really set myself any New Years Resolutions as such, but I do have certain things that I want to focus on more throughout the year.

Blogging

At the end of last year, I got so busy in my social life that blogging took a bit of a back seat and I lost my love for it. However, now it's a new year and January is always a quiet month socially (although I do go to Poland in less than 2 weeks!), so I really want to try and make blogging more of a priority now. I've also had some great ideas for posts that I can't wait to share with you guys.