New Makeup – First Impressions

inikia, phb ethical beauty, avril cosmetics, hynt beautyI’ve gathered quite a few new makeup peices over the past few weeks and, although it’s early days for full reviews, I thought I’d let you know my first impressions.

I resisted the urge to snap up something from Hynt Beauty when Glow Organic started selling it a little while ago. Although there was a lot of excitment over the concealer in particular, I just wasn’t sure it was for me. However, I caved, and took advantage of the recent 20% off Bank Holiday offer and bought the Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara (£20) along with a Hynt Beauty Aria Lipstick in shade Bellini Nude (£24).

hynt beauty first impressions green beauty makeupFirst Impressions – Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara, Aria Lipstick

The mascara was a considered purchase and I’m pretty happy with it. The brush is a large bristle brush (rather than plastic), which I like, but may be a little too much for some people. In terms of performance, I feel it does a great job at lengthening my lashes. I need to give it more of a test with regard to staying power, but so far so good.

My purchase of the Aria Lipstick was an impulse buy. I’m not proud of myself. Sometimes impulse buys pay off, unfortunately, on this occasion it didn’t. This was an expensive lipstick and, in my opinion, not worth the splurge. It is quite sheer and does not stand out in my collection. In fact, I prefer my Avril Cosmetic lipsticks at a fraction of the cost. I was initially seduced by the quirky packaging, but have since been put off that too after someone mentioned it reminded them of an ‘old lady’s lipstick’ – and I now that’s all I see!

You can’t go wrong with French brand Avril Cosmetics. Well, perhaps you could, but you won’t have wasted a lot of money. I bought some Alba Botanicals spray SPF’s from Cos Natural recently (watch out for my blog post on these) and I couldn’t resist having a look at the Avril Cosmetics section. I picked up the Organic Concealer (£6.50) in Ivoire with my daughter in mind, who can’t live without concealer at the moment. I haven’t given it to her yet as I’ve been using it myself!

avril cosmetics organic concealerFirst Impressions – Avril Cosmetics Organic Concealer

It is too light for me to use as a concealer but I’ve loved using it to prime my eyelids and to brighten any areas of darkness. It blends well and has decent coverage, without looking heavy on the skin. It reminds me a lot of the RMS Beauty Un cover-Up and it’s only £6.50!

I was thrilled to see Lovelula are now stocking Australian brand Inika and chose a couple of products as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. I ordered the Inika Organic Foundation* (£29.50) along with the Inika Baked Mineral Foundation* (£29.50).

inika makeup organic makeupFirst Impressions – Inika Organic Foundation, Baked Mineral Foundation

The Inika Organic Foundation* in shade Beige is a perfect match for me at the moment. It reminds me a lot of the Living Nature Foundation in terms of coverage and formula (I’m not sure how the ingredients compare). You need to work quite quickly with this as there’s not much ‘slip’ to it, although it doesn’t feel drying on the skin. I have been adding a drop of my Bodhi & Birch Desert Rose Facial oil* (£38) before mixing and applying to my face (perhaps that’s why it doesn’t feel drying)! I’ve used both a brush and my fingers and don’t have a preference for either. I find the coverage more than a BB cream, long lasting, but still natural looking.

I also ordered the Inika Baked Mineral Foundation* out of curiosity. My preference is usually for a liquid base, but thought I’d give this a try. I found it is barely noticeable on my skin and is not something I would use as a base on it’s own, which is a little disappointing. However, I have found it great to use as a setting powder on top of the Organic Foundation. It gives my makeup more of a polished look and also helps with the staying power. I have a slight issue with the packaging of this. It gets grubby really easily and I find this really hard to only open and often have to use my window key lock!

I recently ordered the award winning PHB Ethical Beauty Foundation Kabuki Set in shade Peach from on line natural beauty store LoveLula. Like I’ve mentioned, my preference is usually for a liquid base, but I am always surprised at how much I like a mineral powder foundation whenever I try one.

mineral makeup, phb ethical beauty, lovelulaFirst Impressions – PHB Ethical Beauty Foundation Kabuki Set

I won’t say too much about this as I am writing a full review for the LoveLula blog later this month, but I will say that this has surprised me – to find out in what way, you’ll need to keep an eye out for my post here!

I like reading first impression posts and hope you’ve enjoyed reading mine.


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