Tata Harper Purifying Mask

22 Aug 2016

When an email pops up in your inbox asking if you'd like to try a Tata Harper product, that's definitely not something you can say no to! Tata Harper are one of the most luxurious green beauty brands out there and although that come with a matching price tag, it is definitely a brand you all need to try at least once!
I've been testing out the Purifying Mask* from their range which costs a whopping £52 for a 30ml jar. This treatment mask contains 23 natural ingredients including kaolin clay, probiotic yoghurt powder, prickly pear oil and sandalwood oil to "brighten dull looking skin and decongest to reveal brighter, clearer skin". It's 100% natural, 52% organic and suitable for vegans.

"Nature's solution to skin ageing pollution, this 100% natural kaolin clay mask encapsulates the power of fermentation and probiotics to deeply cleanse and detoxify skin that has been exposed to environmental toxins."
Whilst I do enjoy clay masks, I much prefer ones like this that are already made up than making them myself because I'm pretty messy and rarely get the ratios right! The jar is pretty small and you don't get a lot of product for your money, however it has a mousse-y whipped up texture so you don't need to use a lot at one time. It has a lovely scent and can be left on for a fair while before it starts to dry, making it the perfect pamper night mask.

I like to apply with an old foundation brush as I find this gives the most coverage so it saves wasting a lot of the product. As I said, it has a whipped texture so a little does go a long way. I leave it on for up to around half an hour as I find it doesn't dry as quick as other masks and when I take it off, my skin does look refreshed and when I wake up the next morning, it is plump and glowy and any redness or spots are reduced. I'd have to be feeling splurge-y to buy another so I'd probably get my hands on samples with my next Naturisimo order.

There's also an informative video about this mask here.

Have you ever tried anything from Tata Harper?

Amber

*indicates PR sample


Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Kaolin (White Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl undecylenate, Opuntia ficus indica*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Santalum album (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Lysate Extract, Papain, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Bioflavonoids, Curcuma Zedoaria Root Oil, Xanthan gum, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil, Leptospermum petersonii, Aroma**, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Eugenia Caryophyluss Flower Oil, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Jojoba Esters, Abies Pectinata Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Octyldodecanol, Water (Aqua), Iron Oxides (C.I. 77491), Iron Oxides (C.I. 77499), Trihydroxystearin, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl glucoside, Acacia Senegal Gum, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

Gorgeously Green Gathering

27 Jul 2016

I have a very exciting post today, all about upcoming natural beauty event Gorgeously Green Gathering. It is back for a second year and with four new brands, a fantastic sponsor and the amazing Jen and Sarah organising, it's going to be a great event.
Hosted in Farnborough, this day-long event is the perfect opportunity for bloggers to learn more about the brands, try their products and there's time for networking at the end too. It will be on Sunday 11th September from 9:30am - 5pm at the Village Hotel, Farnborough. It's only around 35 minutes by train from Waterloo so not very far from London and I'll be there the evening before, along with a few other green beauty bloggers so I'm sure there'll be lots of pampering & a meal out too!

The event is sponsored by Totally Organic, an amazing online boutique who stock a specially selected range of certified organic brands. The four brands who will be delivering presentations and hosting Q&A sessions will be Beeutiful, Evolve Organic Beauty, Mallow + White and Terre Verdi.

It's very exciting for me too as I'll be joining Joanna, founder of Mallow + White during her presentation to talk all about our collaboration on the new addition to her range which is Blossom Balm. We created it together for my new store Nectar & Bumble so there'll be lots to talk about!
Tickets cost just £20 which includes unlimited refreshments and snacks throughout the day, plus a buffet lunch. If you have specific dietary requirements you can discuss this with Sarah/Jen when you purchase a ticket. For details on how to buy a ticket and extra information on the event, see Sarah's post.

You can read my post on last year's event here.


I hope you see lots of you there!

Amber

Natural & Organic Mascaras

25 Jul 2016

I've had quite a few mascaras on the go recently so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them as they're all pretty different. I've been using natural mascaras for about four years now so I've tried a fair few, but the most recent ones I've been testing are from Avril, Kjaer Weis, Natorigin and Ere Perez.
Natural and organic mascara overview including Avri, Kjaer Weis, Natorigin and Ere Perez | Ambers Beauty Talk |
My Natorigin* one is empty and I threw it away after taking the photos for this post however it is one that I would definitely consider purchasing again in the future. It is volumising and lengthening and dries pretty quickly. It's £15.95 so mid-price for a natural mascara but it's 98% natural and certified organic by Ecocert.
Natural and organic mascara overview including Avri, Kjaer Weis, Natorigin and Ere Perez | Ambers Beauty Talk |
Kjaer Weis* is one of the most luxury green brands for make-up and their mascara packaging doesn't disappoint. Unfortunately though, the mascara didn't wow me! I've read some rave reviews on this but I know mascara is a tricky one as everyone's lashes are different but it wasn't very volumising, it is quite a wet formula and it didn't hold a curl in my lashes. For £33.00, it just didn't impress me enough. The packaging though...gorgeous! You can buy a refill for £20 too so if you did like it, it wouldn't cost you as much in the future. And it is SO easy to remove, I can literally pick it off with my fingers at night and it's gone!
Natural and organic mascara overview including Avri, Kjaer Weis, Natorigin and Ere Perez | Ambers Beauty Talk |
Ere Perez* is one I've reviewed recently and whilst I wasn't that keen on it when I first opened it, it's grown on me and I think it's thickened up slightly since first opening it. It is however, one of the most annoying mascaras to get off. I can do a double cleanse at night and still wake up in the morning with some still on my lashes...such a pain! It's £17.50 so I'd say mid-priced for a natural mascara.
Natural and organic mascara overview including Avri, Kjaer Weis, Natorigin and Ere Perez | Ambers Beauty Talk |
Avril*was one of the first mascara brands that I tried and I've recently been sent another. The brush/wand seems a lot bigger than I remember although the other all have pretty small wands so that might be why. It only costs 7 euros and it is certified organic by Ecocert (19% of ingredients) so it is by far the cheapest out of all the natural mascaras. However, it packs a punch when it comes to length and volume. It holds a curl in my lash pretty much all day, although it can be a little flakey in the evenings if I touch my lashes.

What are your favourite natural mascaras?

Amber

*indicates PR sample

New in

21 Jul 2016

I've not been buying as many products recently, or agreeing to PR samples as much as I had SO many products. I've just had a clear out of old skincare and make-up that's out of date or I've simply had it for ages and never used it. It feels so good to have less of a stash and it made room for just a few new pieces which I'm going to share today.
I went to the Clean Cult event a couple weeks ago and met Jenny from Supernatural Beauty. She kindly gave me a travel size of the Redemption Oil which my skin has been absolutely loving. I use it in the mornings and at night but when I wake up, my skin looks so hydrated & glowing! I'm very impressed so far and it's definitely on my list of oils to buy. Content Beauty have an offer on at the minute where you can get a free 10ml Redemption Oil with the purchase of any Supernatural Beauty product.

I've also been using the Beatitude Skin Salvation Oil which recently won a Gold Award in the Green Parent Magazine Beauty Awards. It's full of rosehip oil, neroli, cumin seed oil and other natural oils & essential oils and it's a lovely, lightweight oil. Sometimes these types of products that claim to be skin saviours are on the heavy side but this is lovely & light and smells amazing. You can buy a 10ml sample of this for just £13.50 to celebrate their win.
Whilst I do love Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I've not really tried much else from their range so I was happy when their Nutri-Active Day Cream showed up on my desk. It's £60.00 for a 30ml glass jar so its on the pricey side but this moisturiser is lovely and light so works well for my oily/combo skin type. It's aimed at mature ladies as it claims to be anti-aging and help with lines & wrinkles which isn't something I'm worrying about right now, but it has MSM which is in most of Oskia's products as well as milk peptides, omegas and prebiotics. I've not quite made my mind up on this yet but I'll keep you posted!
And last but not least we have this blush from Avril. I got a few make-up products in the post from Avril and I'm loving the shade of this blush in Praline. I probably only have one or two powder natural blushers in my make-up collection so it was well needed. It has a lovely texture and goes on nicely & well pigmented. Some of their make-up has carmine so be sure to check the ingredients list before buying.

What new products have you been trying recently?

Amber

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