Tuesday, 19 December 2017

December Love Lula Picks

These are my Love Lula picks for December.

One of the reasons I chose this new-to-Love-Lula product was I noticed that natural hair styling products aren't featured heavily in beauty bloggers' reviews. Another reason was that I wanted something to replace my beloved Tigi Bedhead Manipulator which I have been using for around ten years if not more, and am just finishing my last pot of. As far as I am aware, Tigi are a grey area brand who haven't given adequate answers to cruelty-free bloggers' questions in the past.
Hair styling products are very important to me as I have short hair, so I use a lot of products. Tigi has always been my go-to brand and helped me to look fabulous but the time has come to change.

One of the recent natural products I tried was Giovanni's hair pomade. Unfortunately, I didn't realise that pomade = wax which is a major no-no for me. Putting wax on my hair instantly makes me look like I haven't washed it in two weeks. I haven't seen any other natural brands making the sort of product I desire (like Manipulator, a kind of sticky gunk) and would love if readers can point me in the direction of any they have come across.
Meanwhile, as soon as I saw the word 'paste' in this new John Masters Organics product, I jumped for joy. It's a medium hold, matte finish glass jar of 57g (the same as Manipulator, which always lasts me months) and doesn't have much of a smell to it. It retails for £21 on Love Lula, compared to £14 for Tigi Bedhead.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Mel (Honey)*, Bentonite, Tapioca Starch, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Aqua (Water), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract*, Lauric Acid, Palmitic Acid, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene†, Linalool† *Organic ingredient †A natural component of essential oils

A quick look at the ingredients reveals a good line up, but it's not suitable for vegans and it also contains a palm oil derivative, which I'm not particularly thrilled about. Onto the review, it rubs into dry hair like a dream, doesn't leave any greasy residue and holds my hair well. I would prefer a glossy finish rather than a matt finish but overall, I'm really pleased with this and would definitely use it again. Highly recommended for short hair.

The description of this foundation is that it's a primer, BB cream and foundation in one and as I was looking for both a natural primer and foundation, I was keen to try this.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Water*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Glycerin*, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Leaf Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cetyl Alcohol, May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007). *Certified Organic
Firstly, the porcelain shade is absolutely perfect for my pasty skin. Secondly, it goes on so smoothly with a beauty blender (Bellapierre's) that I can't get over it. It just melts into the skin with minimal blending. The one drawback is that the coverage is very light, for those wanting something heavier. However, since I seem to be coming out the other side of my recent skin traumas, this has been enough for me. It's a gorgeous product and like other Inika stuff, smells great. I'm highly impressed with this brand; they deserve all the praise they get.


I also got three sample sachets with my order, the first one being from PHB, one of my favourite brands. I've had my eye on the full size so thought I would try the sample. This rather ungenerous smear did one calf. It felt soothing and cooling and soaked in fast. It would definitely be a winner in summer but I've no doubt it would be great on skin all year around. Also, a fabulous lavender scent.


I was attracted by the scent of this and couldn't wait to try. OMG. The smell, the smell! A gorgeous decadent milk in a generous sachet which left my skin soft and smelling like heaven. I have to try the full size!


This mouthful of a brand has had some good reviews since it was introduced at Love Lula. I got the hand cream as my hands are having a bit of a winter trauma at the moment, plus I love anything to do with lemons. This was a thick luscious cream that smelled of lemon meringue pie. I used it at night and my hands were definitely better in the morning. A total winner.

I'd like to say a very Happy Christmas to my readers and to thank you for reading during the first year of my blog in 2017.

The items above can be purchased at Love Lula

*I received these items free of charge as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Programme. (LLABP).

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