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Hanami – Cosmetics with Conscience: Mineral Lipstick and Cream Blush review

I like everything that the Hanami brand represents.  Hanami is a Japanese word for their traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.  How perfect is that for a cosmetic company name?!  Hanami are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, Australian Made and Owned and they are focused on natural ingredients and being kind to the planet.  I love these ideals and wish every brand could be like this.


I have tried two products from the range including one of their vegan mineral lipsticks and also one of their vegan cream blushes and to be honest we have one hit and one miss here for me.

Lets start with the product that hasn’t worked for me.  The Mineral lipstick that I have is in the shade Valley of the Dolls which retails for $31.95 AUD.  It is a baby pink shade and is a semi matte formula.  There are a few issues here for me.  One is that this shade really doens’t suit me 😦  but more importantly the scent of this lipstick is sickly for me.  It contains Citrus Aurantium Duulcis Peel oil (sweet orange) and the scent is quite strong and it lingers on the lips for me.  I imagine that this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for most people but it bothers me.  They also claim it is really long wearing, but I can’t comment on that as every time I have put this lipstick on I have ended up removing it within the hour due to the scent.


Mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls

The other issue is that this formula is quite streaky.  I find it really sinks into the lines on my lips, even if I totally fill in my lips with a liner first.  The formula contains Jojoba oil and shea butter so it feels balmy and moisturising, but it doesn’t look flattering on my lips at all.  It may just be an issue specific to this colour, I don’t know, but at AU$32 I won’t be trying another shade to find out.  To be honest I desperately wanted to love this as I love the ideals of the brand but this lipstick didn’t work for me.

On to a product that I do love and that is the cream blush which retails for AU$29.95.  I have the shade Sunset Boulevard which they describe as being a deep rose with orange undertones and best suited to dark skin tones.  I actually have fair skin but I find this works perfectly when applied with a light hand.


Cream Blush in Sunset Boulevard

This blush comes in a very small, screw top compact (smaller than I expected to be honest – around the size of a AUD 50cent coin).  The formula is quite dry but it does blend out easily with a small stipple brush.  (I use the small stipple brush from E.L.F.).  I layer this on top of my foundation and before powder.  I live in the tropics and even in the hot, humid summer months this wears really well for me, particularly when layered with a powder blush.

Overall, I am intrigued by the Hanami brand.  I received both of these products in “Flora and Fauna” beauty subscription boxes so I’m not sure I would have purchased them otherwise as they are quite pricey.  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to test them out though as I love everything about Hanami’s ideology and out of the two products I have tried one has been a fantastic addition to my collection.

Have you tried anything from this vegan brand?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations if you have.

Have a glorious day!


First impressions of the brand ‘Claytime Australia’

Over a number of months this year I received my first Claytime Australia makeup products in subscription boxes.  I had never heard of the brand before and was interested to try something new.  The brand claims that they locally source ingredients and that all products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free across their range.

The two products I have tried include a Pure Mineral Eyeshadow in Smoke and the Natural Liquid Lipstick in Red Fire.


Pure Mineral Eyeshadow: Smoke

The Pure Mineral Eyeshadow comes in a small, screw top, round pot with a clear lid so that you can see the colour of the pigment within.   Unfortunately it does not contain a sifter and as this is a very finely milled powder, its use is messy.  You can see from the image above that the powder ends up through the cap!


Swatch of Smoke

The colour is cool toned and has a soft sheen to it.  The colour is much lighter when swatched than I originally expected and isn’t as pigmented as I hoped.  Although I enjoyed the formula of this product – it lasts well on the eye and is easy to blend – this particular shade doesn’t suit me.  In fact, it made my eyes look a little bruised.  Saying that, I would be interested to try other colours from the range.  If you decide to have a look for yourself you will note that this brand isn’t exactly budget-friendly as each individual eyeshadow costs AU$14.95, but I think you have to expect to pay for quality ingredients.


Natural Liquid Lipstick: Red Fire

Of the two products the Natural Liquid Lipstick is my favourite.  Firstly, the packaging is super practical as the tube includes a long, thin mirror to aid application on the go.  I love this feature!  The doe foot applicator picks up the product well and applies it evenly.  This is not a long lasting, matte product with which the term ‘liquid lipstick’ has come to be associated, but rather is a highly pigmented, moisturising lip colour.  Although you will need to reapply this product after 1-2 hours, it wears away evenly and doesn’t end up looking patchy as it fades, which I appreciate.  Plus, I particularly love the vibrant colour of the Red Fire shade – very autumnal!  As a side note, this product does have an unusual scent – not a fragrance as such, but the ingredients smell quite earthy for want of a better description.


Swatch of Red Fire

Although Claytime Australia doesn’t appear to be releasing liquid lipsticks in their 2016/2017 range, you can still find these liquid lipsticks from their store stockists online.  This product sells for AU$19.95.


Overall, I am very intrigued by this brand.  Claytime Australia seem very focused on producing safe, natural and cruelty-free products which won’t irritate the skin and all at quite reasonable prices.  I look forward to trying more from their range in the future.

Have a glorious day!

Vanessa Megan: Rose Water Spray (Toner)

The Rose Water Toner from Vanessa Megan is a real luxury.  The ingredients of this Rose Water Toner are certified organic, cruelty-free and Vegan friendly!  It comes in a lovely glass bottle with a fine mist spray nozzle.  The product itself is moisturising and a lovely way to tone the skin after exfoliation and/or cleansing.  I also very much appreciate this spray in the summer months to refresh my skin on hot, humid days.


Vanessa Megan: Rose Water Toner

The scent of this product is a pure rose smell.  Genuinely, this is like spraying crushed rose petals on your face.  I have read that the product is actually produced using Bulgarian organic roses so… there you go!

I received this toner in a seasonal beauty box from Flora &  Fauna, but I would certainly purchase it again in the future.  I don’t consider this product ‘budget-friendly’ as it retails for AU$29.95 but I have been using it daily for MONTHS so I think you do get your money’s worth from this 100ml bottle.

This is a beautiful product and if you are looking to treat yourself, I can definitely recommend it.

Have a great day!

The Vegan Mystery Box – August 2016

Here is a bonus little blog for you all, reviewing a wonderful subscription service called The Vegan Mystery Box.  The Vegan Mystery Box is a monthly service offered through The Cruelty Free Shop that sends through 8-10 vegan, cruelty-free products for you to try that can include snacks, treats, pantry essentials and personal and household products.  I received my August box as a gift from my sister-in-law (thank you Victoria!) and it was such a wonderful surprise that I had to share it with you here.


Buontempo Deli Thins – Garlic & Herb, Mandy Foods Vegetable Spread.

The first two products I pulled out of the box were the Deli Thins and Vegetable spread.  One of the recommendations for eating the spread is to use it on crackers like pate – and that is exactly what I intend to do using these two products.  A Friday afternoon treat for my husband and I this week – yum!


Foodie Fee Coconut & Cacao Chia Pudding, Provamel Banana Milk

I was extremely excited to see the Coconut & Cacao Chia Pudding mix as I frequently make chia pudding for our work lunches.  At the moment I have a large batch of Mango, Cardamon and Coconut Chia pudding in my fridge but when we have eaten that deliciousness up, I will be trying this mix next.

The Provamel Soya Banana Milk popper is now in my handbag.  As I am currently 32 weeks pregnant I am always looking for transportable snacks as I seem to be constantly hungry and as this product doesn’t need to be refrigerated it is the perfect carry-along treat.


Herbamare Seasoning, Tsubi Soup – Spicy Red Miso with Mushrooms

I have already tried Herbamare so was happy to see this sample in the box.  I can attest to the fact that it is a very tasty alternative to salt as a seasoning.

As for the Tsubi Soup, I am saving this one for my husband’s lunch box.  He loves Japanese food and will very much enjoy this as a treat I am sure.  This soup flavour contains a combination of Shiitake, Enoki, Maitake and Nameko mushrooms, which sounds pretty amazing to me!


Borja-Booja – Almond Salted Caramel Truffles, Wallaby Superfoodie Bar – Blueberry Lemon

Now, I have a confession to make.  The Almond Salted Caramel Truffles did not survive past the first evening of my opening this box… nor did I share them with my husband.  They are pure indulgence and totally delicious.  The truffle is rich and smooth and spiked with chewy caramel pieces.  This pack came with two truffles and it is the perfect serving size for a totally delicious treat for one sweet-toothed person.  I will be going back to The Cruelty Free Shop website to purchase more of these gems!!

Meanwhile, the Superfoodie bar has been stashed with my banana soya popper in my handbag for my next snack attack – and I look forward to trying it as blueberry and lemon flavourings sound perfect to me.


The Cruelty Free Shop Pantry – Black Salt, Well & Good – Gooey Chocolate Pudding in a mug

These last two products were the ones I was most excited about upon opening the Vegan Mystery Box.  First we have Black Salt which apparently can be used to replicate the taste of eggs in cooking!!  Who knew!  I can’t wait to try adding this to my tofu scramble for breakfast this weekend.

And lastly, we have the Gooey Chocolate Pudding in a Mug.  I love the sound of everything about this product.  It is vegan.  It is chocolate.  It is pudding.  You can make it in a mug! AND, it only takes 1 minutes to cook in the microwave!!  I nearly made this the day it arrived but I have managed to control myself in this instance and am saving it up for a special dessert when I am craving something warm and sweet (tonight perhaps??).

I have really enjoyed this Vegan Mystery Box.  It is such a fun way to try new things and receiving the subscription on a monthly basis would be a pleasure.  As I received this as a gift I can absolutely recommend this for gifting purposes too!!  I also love the idea that you can go back to The Cruelty Free Shop and buy more of the things you like.

The Vegan Mystery Box can be purchased for AU$34.95 for a monthly subscription or you can also pay upfront for a 3 month or 6 month subscription too.  If you would like to check it out for yourself you can find more details here.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people.

I think I might just go and make myself a Gooey Chocolate pudding in a mug because… well, why not!