Lipstick, I adore it and I have far more than I probably need. I tend to buy them from all price ranges, there are good budget ones out there but when it comes to a really good red if you can spend a bit more it's usually worth it.
I do have a few firm favourites but am always open to new suggestions so when BigGreenSmile got in touch to ask if I'd like to try a lipstick and that they are specialists in natural,organic and environmentally friendly brands I was intrigued.
Now I've seen the Dr. Hauschka body care products in shops before, but I had no idea that there was a makeup range too which claims that it
'achieves results using cosmetics that are kind and gentle and care for your skin.
I've teamed it up with winged eyeliner and a very simple beige eyeshadow for a simple evening look.
The best way I can think to describe the shade is that it's like a dark brick red.
What the website says about this brand
Keep lips smooth by using a lip balm/Vaseline on days you're not wearing lipstick. Applying some at night before bed is ideal. (The Burts Bees ones are totally fabulous)
Exfoliate, another way to keep lips flake free is to gently brush them with a flannel, an exfoliating glove or a lip scrub. What ever you use be gentle!
If wearing foundation, apply some over your lips too, this gives a good base for your lipstick.
If you're not wearing foundation then use a little concealer instead.
Use a lip liner that matches or is close to your lipstick, this helps to prevent the lipstick bleeding, and gives a nice crisp line.
If you're trying a bold colour like red for the first time and it scares you, then use your finger to dab on the colour and build the colour up to where you feel comfortable.
Using a a lip brush will help it last longer but after a few drinks it is actually easier to just just slick it on straight from the tube (just being honest here!)
After application blot the lips with a tissue and reapply, do this once or as many times as you like. This process is layering the colour and helping your pout stay painted for longer.
Finally - when buying a lipstick think about the finish you want, glossy lipstick won't last as long as a matt finish.
So who are BigGreenSmile? If you're after natural products from makeup and body care to heath care and cleaning products then this is pretty much a one stop shop. There's a huge variety of brands on this site so the choice is vast. Whilst not a vegan myself I know a lot of people who are and there's a massive choice of vegan products on this website including lip balms, soaps, deodorants, perfumes and face and body lotions and potions.
They're also an award winning company having been BigGreenSmile has been selected as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Soil Association Organic Awards. We have been selected as the the winner of the Best Independent Retailer category
Pop over to the website and take a look at the Dr. Hauschka lipsticks or visit the homepage for a browse
*written in collaboration with BigGreensmile*