Guilt Free Glitter

It’s Christmas, and if ever there was an excuse to wear glitter (not that I need an excuse) it’s Christmas!

I’ve always been drawn to anything that sparkles, maybe because I was a unicorn in a past life, all my friends have come to accept that when they see me, they will somehow end up finding glitter on themselves for days and I have to admit, up until now, I’d never really given much thought to where glitter came from and what harm it could do to the environment, I mean something so pretty could hardly be bad right? Well, apparently, that’s not the case.

I guess with it’s metallic facade, I thought it was probably tiny little flakes of metal, I definitely never thought about it being a microplastic getting in to the ocean and putting marine life at risk.

Glitter in cosmetics, when washed off, in the same way as microbeads for which a ban will come in to force by the end of June 2018 find their way down plug holes and in to the ecosystem, it seems glitter is litter!

I can’t imagine my life without glitter, and  thanks to my friend Zoe Disco (yes that’s really her name, I was at her wedding when the new surname was revealed) a life without glitter isn’t something I had to contemplate for long!

Her company eco twinkle stocks ethical, biodegradable glitter made from sustainable plant derived film and contains no plastic. Packaging is recycled and refillable.

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Fine and chunky glitter comes in lots of different colours and is available in 5mm or 10mm pots. A little bit really does go a long way so depending how many Christmas parties you go to, the pots should last for a while .

For this look I have the chunky silver glitter underneath the eye and the fine on the brow bone.

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For this look, I have gold chunky glitter on the brow bone and pink chunky glitter underneath the eye and on the lips.

For more details check out http://www.ecotwinkle.com

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Let’s Be Clear – Barry M

One of the many jobs I do is present for an online casino, there a lot’s of different shift patterns varying from a normal 9am-5pm (The Dolly Parton Shift) to a 10pm-6am over night (The Bat Shift).

Whichever shift, one thing’s for sure, you want your lipstick to stay in place for the duration.

I’m a big fan of a classic red lip and red is one of the colours that tends to be most noticeable when it feathers so when I popped in to Superdrug before work last night (I was on the 8pm-4am shift) and found that Barry M had brought out a new product, the Let’s Be Clear lip fixer pencil, I had to try it.

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Let’s Be Clear – £3.99

8pm

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Just about to go on air, red lips (also Barry M) outlined with Let’s Be Clear

lips2 Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint in Little Vixen – £4.49

10pm

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Break Time. lipstick still in tact, no feathering.

12.30am

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I know it seems a strange time to eat lunch but working a night shift I’m technically nocturnal. I applied a fresh coat of lipstuck after eating a quorn chicken salad but didn’t have to adjust the liner.

4am

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A little shiny from standing under studio lights but my lipstick hasn’t feathered at all.

I will never go without this product in my make-up bag again and not only does it really work, all of Barry M’s products are cruelty free with no ingredients tested on animals at any stage.