A Little Green Pot

Daily Cleansing Ritual

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a massive sucker for anything organic, especially if the packaging is nice. I love trying out new products, new formulas, new brands. Sometimes I find a new favourite, sometimes the product isn’t very good, and sometimes it just sits right in the middle.

Basics: Cruelty Free • £17.50 • No parabens perfume or alcohol

I think with this product it’s the case of didn’t-work-for me-but-might-work-for-you. My current favourite cleanser is the Cailyn Dizzolv’it Cleanser, and as much as I would love to find a new favourite cleanser without fragrance in it, this just stripped my skin dry. 

MOA The Green Balm

Sure, I could just go ahead and apply moisturiser after cleansing, and if it was just a slightly tight feeling on my skin I would normally just go ahead and do that. But it leaves my skin so dry that I just couldn’t use it more than a few times.

The Green Balm

I don’t want to leave the whole review on a negative so I will say that the hot cloth technique that they recommend with this product is something I intend to incorporate into my skin care. When I used the muslin cloth which came with this cream with my Cailyn cleanser it was so much more effective and relaxing. I love the packaging and the philosophy behind the company, but unfortunately the MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual did absolutely nothing for me.

Review: Lush Solid Shampoo | Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair

I had promised myself that I would wait until I’d finished Braziliant before I tried this one but I just couldn’t do it, it was sitting on my my review pile taunting  me so I had to give in.  Now that I have tried it though I’m not so sure which one I prefer more, this one or Braziliant. They’re both so good!

Basics: £5.75  •  Cruelty Free •  Toffee Scented  •  55g

Honey is one of those ingredients my hair (and skin) absolutely loves. It is moisturising without leaving my hair in a heavy oily mess. Including honey, this shampoo bar also contains wild orange and bergamot oils. So it smells amazing!

Lush Solid Shampoo Honey I Washed My Hair

It froths up so nicely! A couple of scrubs will leave your hair completely covered in a thick lather. I mentioned in my Braziliant review that the SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in it was a little irritating to my scalp. Even though this one also has SLS, I noticed my scalp wasn’t as irritated, which is probably down to the honey in it.


Although Braziliant is my preferred scent, out of the two of these I think I prefer Honey I Washed my hair just a little bit more because it doesn’t irritate my hair line. A few years ago, I got really badly burnt on holiday and ever since then the skin along my hairline get’s irritated very fast, which is one of the reasons why I try to avoid shampoos with a myriad of chemical ingredients. I had absolutely no problem with this shampoo. I love it! Sorry Braziliant, I still love you, but you’ve been replaced.

You can get it here

Review: Kiko Lipgloss Stick in Pearley Strawberry Pink

Kiko Lipgloss Pencil Review

I know the whole Korean gradient lip is going out of trend at the moment, not that I really follow trends, but I mainly bought this lipgloss stick (along with Burgundy) so I could mix the two colours for that effect. In the end, Magenta worked better with this lipgloss than Burgundy.

Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

On it’s own this colour is beautiful. It’s described as pink, but on the lips it translates to more of a peach/nude colour. It’s lovely either for an everyday colour or even bridal if you want to balance out heavier eye makeup with a subtle lip colour.

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss in 102

102 Kiko Swatch

I love that they added the teeniest, tiniest hint of gold shimmer in this. I think that without it the colour could have been quite a bland pink/nude but the gold shimmer just makes that little bit warmer and lively. Quite surprisingly I’ve ended up using this colour quite a bit, even though in general I do prefer darker reds and burgundies. The perfect addition to a is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-makeup look.

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Review: Lipgloss Stick in Burgundy

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

Red’s, burgundy’s and anything on the dark side are my kind of shades when it comes to lip colours. Every so often I think; “Yeah why not, I’ll try pink” and then I remember that I’m just not a pink girl, and I go back to my favourites.

 Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Burgundy . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

The packaging is simple, the pencil winds up at the bottom (so no need to sharpen it) it’s light, small enough to put in your pocket, and the formula is un-flavoured and tasteless. In a good way that is. The texture is also lovely, it’s not too runny and holds nicely without being overly sticky (a personal pet peeve of mine).

113 Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

Now that I’ve mentioned the good I’ll move on to what was not so good. With a name like “Burgundy” I expected it to be a little more pigmented that this, or at least a little darker.

The colour was pretty, just not what I expected

I had hoped to wear this colour for a night out when I just wanted something quick, simple and dark, but this colour is just…red? I will probably wear it a lot as a day colour, or over a darker matte lipstick to give it more shine. It is perfect for that ‘just ate strawberries’ colour, but I wouldn’t call it Burgundy.


It’s a lipgloss, so it doesn’t really have the staying power of a lipstick. It will last around four hours before you need to top up,  I’ve had it last up to six, though that was without drinking or eating anything, and even then it was starting to look a little worn.

Overall I do like this lipgloss stick, it’s a lovely day colour, but don’t expect anything as dark and mysterious as burgundy from it, not matter how much you try to layer the colour.

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Review: Kiko Lipgloss Stick in Magenta

Kiko Pen

I haven’t tried the Clinique chubby stick but obviously this is a dupe for it, a considerably cheaper dupe at that.  It’s more of a pink-y colour than I usually go for but its so beautiful over a darker lipstick or lip liner that for once I don’t mind too much. If you’ve already seen my Zodiacs Virgo look then you exactly what I’m talking about.

 Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Magenta . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

Lately I’ve been layering it over a beautiful lip liner called Bordeaux (also from Kiko) and the combination is just beautiful, not to mention quite moisturising. And, as far as I am aware, Kiko is still a cruelty-free company, so another two big thumbs up from me. Thankfully you don’t need to sharpen this product, just wind it up from the bottom like a lipstick and voilà.


Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

The size is perfect for me, small and practical. The only thing I’m not 100% happy with is the amount of actual product. If you roll up the entire stick up it’s only about half the size of the outside packaging, and personally I always feel a tiny bit conned when companies overcompensate on packaging to make it look like you get more product

But then again its so affordable I can’t really complain.

You can buy it here

Besame Retro Lipsticks


If you’ve seen my IMATS haul video you’ve seen me gushing about this, and now I’ve tried it out a little longer I’m utterly besotted! Hands down my favourite buy from IMATS, though the puss and blister gel did come close…

The packaging is gorgeous, the colours beautiful and the formula very long lasting

One thing which is a little off putting is the smell. The first thing I though of is those marzipan sweets they always give out at wedding. Fortunately I have a terrible sense of smell because I hate marzipan. But I love these lipsticks so much I can forgive the smell.

Besame Lipsticks

I got two colours, a lovely traditional cherry red and a dark fleshy tone, which is like my own lip colour, just darker. Perfect for day time when you might not be feeling up to a powerful bright red lipstick.

Both lipsticks are so pigmented, Dusty Rose a little less than Cherry Red, but still very pigmented

With Cherry Red, one swipe, and boom! Colour! Dusty rose you need another swipe or two, but it’s by no means badly pigmented. Quite the opposite. They both last at least four hours without needing to re-apply. Five to six if you’re not eating or drinking, through around six it get’s a little iffy.

Cherry BerryOpen Lipsticks

Lately I’ve really gotten into wearing Dusty Rose really lightly on the lips so it almost looks like a tint. Both the lipsticks are a little staining (nothing a little extra rubbing can’t get rid of) so they’re beautiful no matter if you apply them heavily or lightly.

My favourite method is to mix them, Dusty Rose all over the lips, and then Cherry red for an ombre effect 

I paid £12 per lipstick which is definitely the most I have ever paid for a lipstick! I felt a little guilty buying it since it’s the first makeup I’ve bought in years which is meant just for me. But honestly, I don’t regret it! Both lipsticks look so beautiful, and between the two colours I can get something to suit my mood exactly.


Even though I got these for myself, I’d really like to do a whole series on retro makeup at some point. I’ve been considering it for ages, but I only wanted to do it if I could use makeup that looked authentic, and now that I’ve found this brand I might just have the excuse I’ve been looking for!

The Besame website 

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Review: Funky Soap Solid Shampoo

Funky Soap Unwrapped

When I picked the daisies to use for this photo I was a bit of a plonker and decided to wait till the evening before I used them to photograph this product since I wanted to get some face charts done first. Needless to say as soon as it got dark the daisies closed up so I spent a good 15 minutes trying to blow the petals open and then wondered why I felt light headed. Sometimes I really do amaze myself at how dim I can be!

I’ve been using the Lush solid shampoos for well over two years now

I love the lush shampoos, but they do have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which is something I’m trying to eradicate completely from my skincare/haircare. This one does not so I was quite excited to see how well (or badly it worked!)

Funky Soap

When you cut out SLS from your shampoo it can make your hair go a little berserk for a week or two as your hair adjusts and get’s rid of the chemical build up. I was expecting my hair to go full on rebel on me, but it didn’t! I did notice it took about a week for my scalp to feel perfectly clear from any build up, but my actual  hair felt fantastic.

Basics: Hand made . Cruelty Free . SLS free . £4.50 . Travel Friendly

It does lather slightly less than the lush shampoos, but it’s such a tiny difference you hardly notice. One thing you do have to be careful of is to rinse out your hair properly, especially at the back of your head or you you get an residue left over that looks like you never washed your hair in the first place.


The only downside to this product, and it’s a small one, is that is doesn’t last as long as the Lush shampoos which normally laat me two or three months. I think because of the high amount of oils in this bar it has a tendency to melt a little in the shower.

But so far I’ve been using it for a month and I’m only half way through the bar so it really isn’t that much of a problem. It’s really easy to cut too, no crumbling, so if you wanted to cut it into little blocks you wont have any problems.

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Review: Napiers Starflower Sensitive Skin Cream

Disclaimer: Item provided for review 

Starflower Cream

This one I’ve had for months and really I should have done a review for it a while ago but kept using it and so it was never in my review pile which I was taking photographs. Not only have I used it for myself but I’ve also used it quite a few times for other people when I was doing their makeup and it’s fantastic!

Basics: Cruelty-free, UK brand 

Gentle, moisturizing (obviously) and it sinks in quite quickly which is perfect if you’re doing someone elses makeup, though I’ve found it’s more effective if it’s massaged into the skin rather than just lightly slapped on, though to be fair you could say that about most creams.

Contains Starflower, Chamomile, Chickweed and Sweet Almond oil

Its got what I would describe as a slightly silicone-y feeling (but it doesn’t actually have any in it’s ingredients) and it feels quite thick when you first apply it. Napiers describe it as “soothing, cooling moisturiser for dry, itchy, sensitive skin” and it’s good for all of those. Not as fast-acting for me as Aloe Vera gel when my skin is irritated, or Embryolisse but effective non the less.


Apart from it’s moisturising and calming properties I’ve found it’s really quite amazing as a face primer! Especially on younger skins. One thing I think might put people off this though is the smell, I personally like herbal smells, but I know some people can’t stand it, so if you’re one of those people this cream might not be for you, or at least not to be used for your face.

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Klaire’s Wardrobe: Zara Rose Gold eau de toilette


I don’t think I would ever have gone for the smell of this eau de toilette if it hadn’t reminded me of the holiday I took to the Virgin Islands a year or two ago. It’s got what I can only really describe as a an intense dusty floral smell, a little overpowering for an eau de toilette but great if you don’t want to be re-applying a dozen times during the day.

Absolutely love, love the packaging for this bottle!

What drew me to it at first was the packaging. Put a balloon pump on a perfume bottle and I’m all over that! Adore retro bottles. The smell of this makes me think old hollywood on a caribbean beach and a screwdriver (the drink) in your hand, but that could just be nostalgia talking.

Zara EauZara Woman

After I’ve finished this one…ok I’m lying, probably the next time I pass a Zara shop I’m going to have a sniff around the rest of their eau de toilette’s. I saw one in a peachy orange bottle which looked like it would be a delightfully zesty floral smell…

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Review: Savon de Marseille Soap


When it comes to organic and (mostly) chemical free soaps I think the first brand everyone thinks of is Lush. Now don’t get me wrong, Lush are great and you all know how much I love their face masks, but there are many other brands out there!

You can use this brand for everything from washing your hair/face to the dishes 

I’ve stopped using fairy liquid because I notice it makes my hands swell up like something crazy and this soap is just as good. Though to be fair I use mostly ceramic dishes for my cooking and they’re a dream to cook with and clean anyway. So it might be a little more problematic for normal dishes.

Soap Mimosa

My sister uses this soap for her hair and skin and loves it! I have gotten her to write me a guest post all about the products that she used since she has severe eeczema (so many thing drive her skin crazy, even aloe vera!) but I’ll only be posting that in the next few weeks.

The ingredients vary from soap to soap, you can see the full list of ingredients here

Unfortunately this one does have sodium lauryl sulfate which is something I’m trying to avoid all together, but the other two which I bought (and will be reviewing later) are SLS free so this one I’ve been using just for washing the dishes.

As far as using this soap as a shampoo, though it leaves my hair feeling really thick and strong, I’m not to fond of the texture my hair has after so I don’t use it as a shampoo. Since my hair is already pretty thick I don’t really need a product which makes it even thicker and more unmanageable.

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