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This has been a long time coming.

I thought I'd be able to balance blogging and working full-time  I've done it before  but it turns out when you spend your day writing, it's the last thing you want to do when you get home.

Bear has no relevance to this post, but he's adorable and we all need more puppy pictures in our lives, so in he goes.

I've also been stuck in a bit of a rut. I took advantage of Jasmin's coaching services at the end of 2017, and although I've slowly started sorting out everything she's recommended, I want to be able to focus on making the changes without worrying about what to post next.

(Side note: The Blog Audit is fab  insightful and easy to follow  and Jasmin is beyond lovely, so I would thoroughly recommend it if you're not sure of your next blogging steps.)

Most of all, I want to give my brain a breather. I like to think I can juggle everything and I can be very hard on myself if that doesn't happen, but sometimes something has to give  and at the moment, that something is blogging. For now. I'm hoping to be back once I get everything from the audit done. And of course, I'll still be on Twitter and Instagram (and trying to read everything on my Bloglovin feed!)

I'll see you all on the other side xx

Toasty is Going on Hiatus

This has been a long time coming.

I thought I'd be able to balance blogging and working full-time  I've done it before  but it turns out when you spend your day writing, it's the last thing you want to do when you get home.

Bear has no relevance to this post, but he's adorable and we all need more puppy pictures in our lives, so in he goes.

I've also been stuck in a bit of a rut. I took advantage of Jasmin's coaching services at the end of 2017, and although I've slowly started sorting out everything she's recommended, I want to be able to focus on making the changes without worrying about what to post next.

(Side note: The Blog Audit is fab  insightful and easy to follow  and Jasmin is beyond lovely, so I would thoroughly recommend it if you're not sure of your next blogging steps.)

Most of all, I want to give my brain a breather. I like to think I can juggle everything and I can be very hard on myself if that doesn't happen, but sometimes something has to give  and at the moment, that something is blogging. For now. I'm hoping to be back once I get everything from the audit done. And of course, I'll still be on Twitter and Instagram (and trying to read everything on my Bloglovin feed!)

I'll see you all on the other side xx
I don't know about you, but my skin seems to change with the seasons.

I have an oily T-zone which is prone to acne, and cheeks which hover somewhere between dry and normal (whatever that is), so you'd think that summer would be a nightmare. But my skin always seems to clear up when it's warmer, although apparently the theory that the sun clears up your acne is a myth.

It's winter that has a negative effect on my complexion. This winter I've battled with large, under the skin bumps, whiteheads, blackheads  some of it hormonal, some of it brought on by stress, all of it exacerbated by the freezing British weather, and all of it making me wish I could stick a brown paper bag over my head and be done with it.

So when Green People got in touch about their February Fixers campaign, I jumped at the chance to try their duo for fixing seasonal spots: the Foaming Facial Wash* (v) and the Zap & Clear Serum* (v).

Green People are an organic, cruelty-free brand, created after its founder, Charlotte, wanted to use gentle products on her daughter's sensitive skin. Their products are free from SLS, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol, and synthetic fragrances and colourants, and every year they create Christmas gift sets and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a charity. Basically, their ethics are spot on.

Before I started using the seasonal spots duo, my skin had seen considerable improvements, but was stuck at a halfway stage, where it was noticeably better, but still not completely cleared. Let's see if the products made a difference.


Green People Foaming Facial Wash (v), £13 for 100ml

I should start by saying that normally foam cleansers are too drying (and I know I'm not alone in this). However. This one is free from harsh sulphates, so I was happy to give it a go.

The Foaming Facial Wash contains:
+ Green tea, a natural cleanser which soothes the appearance of redness
+ Larch tree extracts, which form a breathable layer on the skin to protect against pollutants, reduce water loss, and improve skin texture and balance

Normally I find foaming cleansers too drying, but since this one is free from harsh sulphates I was happy to give it a go. The packaging says it's suitable for all skin types, but I can only speak from the perspective of someone with sensitive, spot-prone combination skin (I really lucked out, didn't I?)

I use this cleanser first thing in the morning, and after using my make-up removing cleanser at night. It feels very, very light on the skin  barely there, almost, when you massage it into the skin  and rinses easily with the help of warm water and a flannel.

The larch tree extracts leave a layer on your skin, which I wasn't too sure about, but it's not even noticeable - it doesn't feel like there's a film on your face, or anything like that. In fact, after using the cleanser my skin feels clean and there's no dryness. The redness in my complexion is fading away and my last few stubborn blemishes are finally starting to shrink. Fingers crossed things stay that way.


Green People Zap & Clear Serum (v), £13.50 for 10ml

I think of this as more of a treatment than a serum, partly due to the little tube package, partly because the product sits better over moisturiser, not under it.

The Zap & Clear Serum contains:
+ Black willow bark, a natural exfoliant which increases cell turnover and works against bacteria that  causes acne
+ Rosemary and chamomile extracts, which are anti-inflammatory
+ Lavender, lemongrass, geranium, and tea tree, which are cleansing, anti-bacterial, and balance oil production

The serum has a gel texture, but it doesn't get sticky or pill into little balls if you accidentally use too much. Make sure it's fully absorbed into the skin before you apply make-up, or it peels off in patches and takes your foundation with it.

The gel doesn't sting, it just does its job without any fuss. I've been putting it on the stubborn spots around my hairline and although they're not quite gone yet, they've reduced in size and are gradually fading away to nothing.

I like the tube because it's more hygienic than a pot, and also because it's a good handbag size, although I'd be lying if I said I ever remembered to use it when I'm on the go. The thought was there, at least...

So, would I recommend Green People's seasonal spots products? Definitely. They're gentle but they do the job, and they tick practically every cruelty-free box going.

What are your favourite spot-busting products? Let me know in the comments.

(v) = vegan

*Products were sent to me by Green People for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

Blog posts you may have missed:

+ Adult Acne is a Pain in the Proverbial Arse
+ Adult Acne is a Pain in the Proverbial Arse, Part 2
+ How I Look After My Skin Now My Adult Acne Has Cleared

February Fixers: Does Green People's Anti-Blemish Skincare Work?

I don't know about you, but my skin seems to change with the seasons.

I have an oily T-zone which is prone to acne, and cheeks which hover somewhere between dry and normal (whatever that is), so you'd think that summer would be a nightmare. But my skin always seems to clear up when it's warmer, although apparently the theory that the sun clears up your acne is a myth.

It's winter that has a negative effect on my complexion. This winter I've battled with large, under the skin bumps, whiteheads, blackheads  some of it hormonal, some of it brought on by stress, all of it exacerbated by the freezing British weather, and all of it making me wish I could stick a brown paper bag over my head and be done with it.

So when Green People got in touch about their February Fixers campaign, I jumped at the chance to try their duo for fixing seasonal spots: the Foaming Facial Wash* (v) and the Zap & Clear Serum* (v).

Green People are an organic, cruelty-free brand, created after its founder, Charlotte, wanted to use gentle products on her daughter's sensitive skin. Their products are free from SLS, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol, and synthetic fragrances and colourants, and every year they create Christmas gift sets and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a charity. Basically, their ethics are spot on.

Before I started using the seasonal spots duo, my skin had seen considerable improvements, but was stuck at a halfway stage, where it was noticeably better, but still not completely cleared. Let's see if the products made a difference.


Green People Foaming Facial Wash (v), £13 for 100ml

I should start by saying that normally foam cleansers are too drying (and I know I'm not alone in this). However. This one is free from harsh sulphates, so I was happy to give it a go.

The Foaming Facial Wash contains:
+ Green tea, a natural cleanser which soothes the appearance of redness
+ Larch tree extracts, which form a breathable layer on the skin to protect against pollutants, reduce water loss, and improve skin texture and balance

Normally I find foaming cleansers too drying, but since this one is free from harsh sulphates I was happy to give it a go. The packaging says it's suitable for all skin types, but I can only speak from the perspective of someone with sensitive, spot-prone combination skin (I really lucked out, didn't I?)

I use this cleanser first thing in the morning, and after using my make-up removing cleanser at night. It feels very, very light on the skin  barely there, almost, when you massage it into the skin  and rinses easily with the help of warm water and a flannel.

The larch tree extracts leave a layer on your skin, which I wasn't too sure about, but it's not even noticeable - it doesn't feel like there's a film on your face, or anything like that. In fact, after using the cleanser my skin feels clean and there's no dryness. The redness in my complexion is fading away and my last few stubborn blemishes are finally starting to shrink. Fingers crossed things stay that way.


Green People Zap & Clear Serum (v), £13.50 for 10ml

I think of this as more of a treatment than a serum, partly due to the little tube package, partly because the product sits better over moisturiser, not under it.

The Zap & Clear Serum contains:
+ Black willow bark, a natural exfoliant which increases cell turnover and works against bacteria that  causes acne
+ Rosemary and chamomile extracts, which are anti-inflammatory
+ Lavender, lemongrass, geranium, and tea tree, which are cleansing, anti-bacterial, and balance oil production

The serum has a gel texture, but it doesn't get sticky or pill into little balls if you accidentally use too much. Make sure it's fully absorbed into the skin before you apply make-up, or it peels off in patches and takes your foundation with it.

The gel doesn't sting, it just does its job without any fuss. I've been putting it on the stubborn spots around my hairline and although they're not quite gone yet, they've reduced in size and are gradually fading away to nothing.

I like the tube because it's more hygienic than a pot, and also because it's a good handbag size, although I'd be lying if I said I ever remembered to use it when I'm on the go. The thought was there, at least...

So, would I recommend Green People's seasonal spots products? Definitely. They're gentle but they do the job, and they tick practically every cruelty-free box going.

What are your favourite spot-busting products? Let me know in the comments.

(v) = vegan

*Products were sent to me by Green People for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

Blog posts you may have missed:

+ Adult Acne is a Pain in the Proverbial Arse
+ Adult Acne is a Pain in the Proverbial Arse, Part 2
+ How I Look After My Skin Now My Adult Acne Has Cleared
I've had a soft spot for mineral make-up for years, ever since it was suddenly everywhere when I was a teenager. (In 2009? I have a feeling it was 2009 when using it became a trend. I was just moving on from the dreaded Dream Matte Mousse phase.)

The trend may have waned, but I love the way good mineral make-up mattifies the skin without making it look dull. I love that it has a natural finish. And I love that the ingredients are normally natural and minimal  they're much kinder when I have breakouts.

Dusty Girls Mineral Make-Up

Not surprisingly, I was excited when Moo Goo got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to try some products from Dusty Girls, their mineral make-up line.

I received:
  • Natural Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Fair Minerals*
  • Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies*
  • Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds*

Moo Goo are an Australian company, so named because their first ever product was designed for cows, rather than humans. They expanded into making products for humans with sensitive and/or problem skin, and then branched out into make-up, which led to the creation of Dusty Girls. Everything from the Dusty Girls is made from natural clays and minerals, designed to make your skin look healthy, and is suitable for vegans.


Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation in Fair Minerals

Fair Minerals is a tad too dark for me, although I can just about get away with it on a night out. I'm tempted to try Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones, which looks much lighter (there's a chart on the website so you can pick your perfect shade.)

The foundation is made from micas and zinc oxide, and is free from any fillers or chemicals. I like to shake a little foundation into the lid, swirl a kabuki brush through it, tap the excess of, then buff the powder into my skin in thin layers. I normally notice a little cakiness over the oily patches on my forehead as the day goes on, but otherwise the coverage looks very natural and can be built up to a medium level.

Dusty Girls Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies (v), £15
Pink Ladies is the most beautiful, healthy pink, and gives you the kind of glow you get after exercising, or spending time in the fresh air. The colour is created with natural micas and the blush also contains jojoba and macadamia oils, and vitamin E.

Its staying power is not the best, but because the mineral powder is pressed, rather than loose, it's very portable, and easy to top up in the middle of the day. This is my favourite Dusty Girls product  I can never resist a pretty blush.

Dusty Girls Lipstick in Chia Seeds

Dusty Girls Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds (v), £11.90
I thought this was going to be darker, like a plum colour, and the website says it's burgundy, but it's a deep, rosy pink on me, very similar to the colour in the pictures. (There are hints of red and brown, but they're very subtle.)

Chia Seeds is softer and more moisturising than other natural lipsticks I've tried, which does mean it needs to be reapplied after eating, but it also feels very comfortable on the lips, so it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I really love that the packaging is recyclable cardboard, too.

Are you a fan of mineral make-up? Have you tried anything from Dusty Girls before? Let me know in the comments.

*Products were sent to me by Moo Goo for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

(v) = vegan

Aussie Beauty: Dusty Girls Mineral Make-Up

I've had a soft spot for mineral make-up for years, ever since it was suddenly everywhere when I was a teenager. (In 2009? I have a feeling it was 2009 when using it became a trend. I was just moving on from the dreaded Dream Matte Mousse phase.)

The trend may have waned, but I love the way good mineral make-up mattifies the skin without making it look dull. I love that it has a natural finish. And I love that the ingredients are normally natural and minimal  they're much kinder when I have breakouts.

Dusty Girls Mineral Make-Up

Not surprisingly, I was excited when Moo Goo got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to try some products from Dusty Girls, their mineral make-up line.

I received:
  • Natural Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Fair Minerals*
  • Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies*
  • Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds*

Moo Goo are an Australian company, so named because their first ever product was designed for cows, rather than humans. They expanded into making products for humans with sensitive and/or problem skin, and then branched out into make-up, which led to the creation of Dusty Girls. Everything from the Dusty Girls is made from natural clays and minerals, designed to make your skin look healthy, and is suitable for vegans.


Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation in Fair Minerals

Fair Minerals is a tad too dark for me, although I can just about get away with it on a night out. I'm tempted to try Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones, which looks much lighter (there's a chart on the website so you can pick your perfect shade.)

The foundation is made from micas and zinc oxide, and is free from any fillers or chemicals. I like to shake a little foundation into the lid, swirl a kabuki brush through it, tap the excess of, then buff the powder into my skin in thin layers. I normally notice a little cakiness over the oily patches on my forehead as the day goes on, but otherwise the coverage looks very natural and can be built up to a medium level.

Dusty Girls Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies (v), £15
Pink Ladies is the most beautiful, healthy pink, and gives you the kind of glow you get after exercising, or spending time in the fresh air. The colour is created with natural micas and the blush also contains jojoba and macadamia oils, and vitamin E.

Its staying power is not the best, but because the mineral powder is pressed, rather than loose, it's very portable, and easy to top up in the middle of the day. This is my favourite Dusty Girls product  I can never resist a pretty blush.

Dusty Girls Lipstick in Chia Seeds

Dusty Girls Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds (v), £11.90
I thought this was going to be darker, like a plum colour, and the website says it's burgundy, but it's a deep, rosy pink on me, very similar to the colour in the pictures. (There are hints of red and brown, but they're very subtle.)

Chia Seeds is softer and more moisturising than other natural lipsticks I've tried, which does mean it needs to be reapplied after eating, but it also feels very comfortable on the lips, so it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I really love that the packaging is recyclable cardboard, too.

Are you a fan of mineral make-up? Have you tried anything from Dusty Girls before? Let me know in the comments.

*Products were sent to me by Moo Goo for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

(v) = vegan

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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