So the more I learn about the some of the harsh and frankly dangerous chemicals that companies routinely put in their products, the more I seek out healthier and more environmentally friendly options. It's very difficult to go cold- turkey and throw out anything with 'bad stuff' in it(I should know I've tried) so I've decided to do it gradually. It's like dieting I guess, you can't just remove chunks of your diet to lose weight you have to replace them with something. So here are a few of my tried and tested natural lip care products.

HURRAW! Lip Balm 

(Hurraw! Lip Balm in Lime and Chai Spice)

I love both of these, they're quite unusual scents/flavours as far as lip products are concerned but they both nice and moisturising! Also they're both 100% vegan, raw organic and coldpressed!
I got them from my local Wholefoods but you can also buy them here

Burt's Bee's

(Burts Bee's in Honey flavour)

Obviously, this one's pretty famous and I've been a fan for years basically because it just does the job and smells nice too. Obviously this one isn't vegan as it contains honey and beeswax but I find it more moisturising and lasts longer than the Hurraw! ones. These are sold in loads of pharmacies but you can buy it from Boots here trust me your lips will thank you.

Balance Me:Shine On Tinted Lip Salve

(Shine on Tinted Lip salve in Sheer Raspberry)

.....and finally a lip gloss and a tinted one at that. I like this one, it smells kind of like tangerines and gives a very subtle gloss. It's moderately, moisturising but I like to slick it over the top of one of the balms for extra moisture. I was lucky enough to get this free in a magazine a while ago but you can buy it here 

I'd also love to find some nice natural lipsticks because I love bold lips from time to time!

Lots of love Darlene xXx



So here's the rest of the things I hauled home from Primark on the crowded bus.....because 'I just had to have them' (sigh)! So grab a cuppa and have a nosey at what I got :-)

I'm in love with the chelsea boots, I've been umming and ahhing about getting some Vagabond ones but they're just SO expensive and knowing me I'll be bored of them in a couple of months!! I think these boots are amazing duplicates for the 'Grace' heeled chelsea boots check them out here! Oh although the bag appears to be small it holds SO much stuff I use it as an overnight bag all the time :-)!!!
Lots of Love Darlene xXx




So the other day I decided I 'needed' a few winter bits n bobs so I popped into Primark at Tottenham Court Road. I say 'popped in', but I ended up spending approximately 2 hrs of my life in that place, I swear there was just SO much good stuff!! You know how when you get so excited and you're grabbing everything in sight (kinda like Supermarket Sweep sans the trolly) that you forget you're even holding a basket and just throw everything over your arm till the load gets so heavy, you begin to sweat and it hurts to walk.... yeah that. So, I got quite a bit so I thought it'd be better to split this haul into two parts.

My favourite purchase has to be the daisy t-shirt I got it in a size 16 to get extra slouchy oversized tee effect! I think it looks alot more expensive than it was. Also, I had to do a double take at the price of the red tea dress, its so versatile and I can chuck the furry cardi on over it with thick tights and boots during the winter and wear with bare legs and sandals in the summer!

Also if you didn't know already, Primarni have recently launched their website called 'Primania' I don't think you can buy online from it yet, but it has lots of cool styling ideas for their pieces and the 'What's New' section is great for finding out about their newest pieces before they even hit the shop floor.... have a look here  

Stay tuned for CHAPTER 2 of my Primark Haul.......

Lots of love Darlene xXx


REVIEW: L'OREAL Skin Perfection 3  in 1 Micellar Purifying Solution 

So I love make up, and I take great pride (when I get the chance) in putting it on carefully....However taking it off in the evening when I'm exhausted and just want to fall into bed is a another story. I'm lazy and I usually rely on on my trusty face wipes to remove my makeup in one simple and easy step. However, lately my lazy approach to make up removal has started to show in the form of yucky spots and blemishes. So I decided to invest in something a little different, the L'Oreal Micellar Purifying Solution to be precise. I've just been squirting a bit on a flat cotton pad thingy and swiping off my make up that way easy peasy!

I'm pretty impressed, this product does what it says on the bottle. It dissolves my make up easily but extremely gently, it doesn't sting my eyes and you can even use it as a toner before your moisturiser. Only downside to this type of make-up removal is the amount of cotton pads you need to use (I counted 8 ahhhhhhh). Other than that I really like this product its cleared up my skin a bit and doesn't just move my make up around my face like face wipes tend to do. Lots of Love xXx

......p.s this is on offer at Superdrug at the moment for £3.32, bargain!  x


REVIEW: Sleek 'Matte Me' 

So, it seems like everyone and their friend is trying out this product and I was feeling a little bit left out....so during a 2 hour (YES 2 hours I kid you not!) visit to Superdrug with my gorgeous pal Charlotte, I bough the Sleek 'Matte Me' in Fandango Purple. I had seen Sian from SianShutterbug wearing it in a video on YouTube and fell in love!

Now, despite the name I definitely wouldn't describe it as a 'purple' I'd say it's more of a magenta. The consistency is like a thick lipgloss but it dries VERY matte and more like a lipstick. I really like this lip cream, its strongly pigmented and very easy to build up if you want a strong block of colour or easy to wear a big more sheer. I will say however that after wearing this for a whole day it did make my lips a bit dry, but I just used my tinted lipbalm (Maybelline Baby Lips, Fruit Punch) to revive it a bit. All in all I'm happy I bought this, I got compliments all day, I'm definitely going to be a bit naughty and go back for the bright red in this range xXx