The Body Shop's NEW Vegan Clay Foundation Review

The term vegan is being thrown around like a confetti and that's certainly not a bad thing.

Although some people will say it's become a 'trend', if it means that you're making people more aware of an industry by educating them, then to hell with it, it's a trend. But the fact brands are now stating whether something is 'vegan' is incredible helpful to making that lifestyle easier.


The Body Shop has always been loved for being a cruelty-free brand but more recently they've introduced labeling certain products as 'vegan' - hallelujah!

I've been slowly switching my makeup over to cruelty-free/vegan products which isn't easy as we all have our trusty favourites but it's fun testing out new makeup and It's a weight off of my shoulders knowing the product hasn't been tested on animals, nor includes animal products.


So what's new? The Body Shop have recently launched their new Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation. I spotted their tweet on social media the day it launched and rushed to buy it.

It's a lightweight foundation that contains tea tree oil to help promote clear skin as well as having oil absorbing properties.

Consistency 

The formula itself is similar to any other liquid foundation. Although it's a 'clay' product it has a medium consistency.

Colour

I spent about 15 minutes in the shop trying to find the perfect tone. My skin is more of a cooler shade with a slight yellow tone so I opted for the 'Tamerza Dune 026' shade which does looks quite dark and orange toned at first but on application becomes a lot lighter and blends into your skin tone more. So the one thing I would say is swatch! Don't go off of the colour of the tube.

Coverage
The coverage I'd say is more of a medium to full coverage foundation. It's really easy to blend with a sponge and can be buildable to get more coverage. My skin has been quite clear recently with just the odd blemish but it does really help to cover those pesky red marks!

Look

The foundation is said to leave a matte finish although for me it still left a natural glow (My skin type is dry/combination) even after setting it with a light dusting of powder, which don't get me wrong I Iove. 

Feel
The foundation does feel incredibly light weight and doesn't feel oily or drying.

Longevity
I love this foundation but It doesn't 100% love me. Although promoted as being for 'all skin types' I'd say it's oil absorbing properties work a little too well on my dry areas. On first application the foundation blends in nicely but after a few hours I noticed it becoming patchy on my nose (a dry area) and a little too oily around my forehead and chin. With a little powder touch up in the day the rest of my face makeup was fine but the patchiness on my nose was hard to touch up as I'd have to remove it all and start again. I have however started to apply more primer to the end of my nose and this has helped the longevity. 

Overall I'd say this product is a must buy for those with an oily/ combination skin type but if you have really dry skin I'd opt for The Body Shop's nude or moisture foundation. 

Beki Xo


Infused Ice Cubes ft Junip Organics (*)

If you’re a gin enthusiast like me then you’ll be just as excited about what I’m about to introduce you to. See the thing is, when you start collecting gin and creating cocktails you begin to realise that garnishes can make a huge impact on bringing out the flavours of the botanicals in the spirit.

So when I recently stumbled across on Instagram account for natural fruit infusers I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Junip Organics launched  this year (2017) creating a product that (I think) fills a gap in the market. Their all-natural and organic fruit infusers add a squeeze of flavour into your glass of water, a hint of extract into baked goodies or for me an extra little something in my G&T. Made from hand-picked fruit, herbs and spices there are no additives, no added sugar, no artificial or unhealthy ingredients. Their products simply add a squeeze of nature into whatever you wish.

The Junip Organics infusers range from berries to herbs to wild plants and classic flavours like vanilla and strawberry.

Of course I chose flavours that I’d typically use as garnishes in gin because think about it… I can add the flavour of a garnish without having to pop to the shops. So when I’m wanting a spontaneous cocktail or a simple G&T (although garnishes look pretty) I can ‘pimp it up’ by adding a few drops of the Junip Organics infuser and voila!

My next thought after choosing those flavours was creating ‘Infused Ice Cubes’. Something fun or what some people would call ‘Pinterest worthy’ that can look pretty in your G&T, add a little something extra to glass of water or spice up a jug of punch.  For me I wanted to add fruit, citrus and herbs that not only matched the flavours but complimented them. So with the Basil infuser I added strawberries and basil leaves, with the Rosemary I added rosemary and lemon peel and with the blueberry I added just the berries.

The flavours of the infusers are intense yet soft and natural. They pack enough punch to infuse but not over power so I only added half water, half infuser to the ice cube tray.

Once popped into a G&T (or any other drink) the ice slowly melts, releasing a subtle flavour and dispersing the garnishes. It’s almost too pretty to drink!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: As part of this review I was gifted the Junip Organics infusers however all opinions are my own

The Battle Of The Purple Shampoos
(Photo above is Fudge Clean Violet Toning Shampoo)

There are a serious amount of purple/violet shampoos on the market, some with better results than others and some with not any results at all. But after scouring the internet to find the best, these are the 3 products that consistently popped up.

Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is probably one of the most popular, well known products on the purple shampoo shelf. The formula itself is sheer lilac with a medium gel like consistency. The purple tones of this shampoo are more diluted than the ‘twice a week treatment’ as it is for daily use and colour care. However the product can aid in maintaining blonde hair in between deep toning treatments.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely upon application however I do find that it strips the moisture from my hair and after rinsing it out my hair feels coarse and dehydrated. After slathering on a conditioner and rinses it out my hair feels back to its silky smooth self. I just wonder what damage the shampoo could be causing by drying my hair out beforehand.

RESULTS: The effects of this shampoo are evident after blow drying as it looks to of neutralised some brassy tones. However, for me my hair doesn’t appear any brighter or more toned but that could be because the daily shampoo is more diluted.

VERDICT: This product did dry my hair out after application however it did recover and regain hydration after I slathered on the conditioner. The effects of the purple shampoo were noticeable after blow dry however it didn’t have a great impact on the tone and brightness of my hair even though it did aid in ridding some orange tones. For a budget purple shampoo under £4 I’d definitely recommend the brand Pro:Voke however I’d opt for their normal shampoo/ conditioner and not the colour care range.  

REVIEW: Not the best purple shampoo from the Pro:Voke range, would recommend their normal brightening shampoo and not the colour care as it is quite drying.

Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Violet Shampoo


KEY INFO: This product is aimed towards cool blonde tones that need extra care to stay vibrant. Before I picked up this shampoo I read mixed reviews on the result but thought I’d give it a go. The formula itself is quite weak with a very pastel lilac shade (for those who don’t know the darker the purple pigment the greater the neutralising results) but I couldn’t see this until I’d purchased the product which retails at £5.99.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely and contains guarana (seed of South African tree containing caffeine) which helped to hydrate my hair and make it feel incredibly soft. So much so it felt as though I could have easily skipped the conditioning stage but being an inbuilt routine I didn’t!

FINISH: Of course as the purple/ violet tones in the shampoo were quite weak the formula didn’t really make a great impact on my brassy tones. It did slightly help to cool them down but wasn’t able to brighten, tone or completely rid any warm tones.

VERDICT: This product may not be the best for those who are in desperate need to tone their hair and instantly remove brassiness. However due to its hydrating properties and milky violet tones it would make a great daily shampoo to use in between deep toning treatments such as the Fudge Clean Violet Shampoo below!

REVIEW: Formula is too milky for a strong purple/ violet shampoo, doesn’t tone or really remove any brassiness however would be perfect for daily use in between deep purple shampoo treatments as formula leaves hair incredibly soft.

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is one of my favourite purple/violet toning shampoos. It is a little more expensive than your high street brands at £10-£13 however the deep purple pigment and the strength of this toning shampoo means a little goes a long way and you only need to use it every other to every third wash. So you’re basically paying extra for the strength and concentrate of the product.

TREATMENT: You only need small amount of this product and be careful not to flick it all over your bathroom wall as you massage it in as the purple can sometimes stain. But the thick, deep purple shampoo foams up nicely and once massaged in you can leave this on for around 10 minutes (as advised). However I have previously left it on for longer to get a brighter more white tone too my hair, but if your hair is already a very light blonde be careful not to leave it on too long as it could take in too much product and have a purple hue (which personally I think looks great!).

FINISH: After using this treatment alongside a regular colour care conditioner my hair feels really soft and it is evident even when damp that the pigment has removed any brassy tones and left a brighter, cooler blonde. The only negative I found with the Fudge shampoo is as it’s quite concentrated the shampoo took to my darker roots and did lighten them so I now only use it from the mid-section down.

VERDICT: This shampoo is basically a fully loaded salon quality toner. It removes all traces of brassiness from the hair, leaves a cooler more ash tone and works its magic in just under 10 minutes. If you’re looking for some serious results and want a deep treatment to give you that then definitely opt for the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo.

REVIEW: The perfect toning shampoo to remove any/all brassy tones leaving a silky smooth, cool blonde salon quality finish. A little goes a long way so this shampoo will last you a while as only required in between washes to every third wash.

Beki Xo
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