The Linden Leaves Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

Linden Leaves has been a brand I’ve liked for quite some time now, and every product I’ve tried from them over the years, I’ve really enjoyed. When Oh Natural recently had a sale on their Linden Leaves range, I decided it was the perfect time to pick up a couple of things, including an eye makeup remover that I had been after for a while now. When I think back on it, I can’t believe some of the makeup removers that I was using… especially around the eye area. It’s such a delicate and fragile part of the body and some of the ingredients in the products I was using are rather questionable!

The Linden Leaves Soothing Eye Makeup Remover is an all-natural and totally safe makeup remover designed to take off even the toughest of mascaras. Combining white tea, chamomile, and eyebright, this product will gently remove makeup while also soothing the skin and ensuring the delicate eye area is protected. I simply apply a couple of drops of the remover to a cotton pad and gently wipe across my brows, eyelids and lashes. Most product will come off with the first wipe, while stubborn mascara may take a little more effort. I was half expecting a natural makeup remover to be less effective than a standard product, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! This makeup remover works just as well as the Garnier product I was originally using, yet the ingredients are all safe.

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OOTD: Snow Day

A couple of weeks back the cold weather set in with force! We had been having a pretty nice winter up until then and then all of a sudden, wham! It’s now snowed three times (albeit fairly lightly), and we’ve had quite a fair few frosty mornings now! These pictures were taken back at the start of August when we had our first snowfall. There wasn’t much snow on the flatter parts of Dunedin so we headed up into the hills to take these shots. I can’t tell you how cold it was up there, but it’s also so lovely being in the middle of a snowy field with the snow flittering down! Wearing lighter coloured pants probably wasn’t the smartest idea, by the time I got back in the car there were dark wet patches all over them from where the snow had melted – not so flattering! Luckily we headed home to warm up in front of the heater and to enjoy some hot chocolates!

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The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation Brush

Just a quick post tonight, but I wanted to share with you this little gem that I came across at the Body Shop  quite a few months back now. I actually own two of these brushes because I love them so much and they are currently my go-to’s for applying mineral foundation

The Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation Brush is a lovely soft brush, with very dense bristles that offers an even finish. This brush was designed to be used with the Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation, and while I wouldn’t purchase that one (most TBS products are loaded with nasty chemicals!) I’ve found it works wonderfully with any safer powder foundation, whether loose or pressed.

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OOTD: Max & Co.

While it’s currently the middle of winter, you wouldn’t really know it by looking at these photos! A couple of weeks back, the boyfriend and I went out to Warrington beach for a little drive and to shoot these photos. It was such an incredibly mild day for the middle of July, and the Warrington inlet was as still as can be. While I really can’t complain about winter, I’m really looking forward to heading back out there in summer as it’s such a lovely place.

The real star of this outfit has to be my gorgeous glasses from Max & Co*, who are now stocked at Specsavers. I’ve been a customer at Specsavers for years now, and have always found the team there so friendly and helpful. Getting appointments is a breeze and they also have a fab selection of frames. Recently they kindly let me go in store and choose out two pairs of glasses from the new Max & Co range.  There were lots of different styles and colours to choose from, with some very cool blue and purple frames! I’m still fairly new to wearing glasses on a more full-time basis, so I decided to opt for something a little more subtle as I knew I was likely to wear these more. I chose a gorgeous tortoiseshell pattern and a pair of classic black frames. Personally I love the thicker plastic frames. These glasses feel very durable, which I love, and I also really like that they are larger so that I can’t see under or over them while I’m doing things.

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So Why The Change?

I’m still so excited to have been able to share my big news with you all on Monday and I’m really excited about the new direction of my blog. This has been a big decision, but it was also an easy one and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to share it. I’ve been finding blogging really boring lately, and I’ve been struggling to get motivated and excited about writing. When beauty products used to turn up on my doorstep I used to act like a little girl at Christmas, but not anymore. Now it’s just another lipstick that goes into the pile of all the other lipsticks that I’ll use once and have to try and store somewhere. I hated feeling unexcited about all of these beautiful products that were coming my way but I knew that it was time for a change. I had a decision to make; quit blogging or begin to write about something I was truly passionate about.

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Why I’m No Longer Going To Be A Typical Beauty Blogger…

Today is August the 1st and that marks a huge change here at The Lilly Mint Blog. I’ve been blogging about beauty products for the past 3 years now and recently I’ve found myself getting more and more bored with reviewing such similar products. Generally, many beauty products are the same and there’s only so many adjectives you can use to describe a lipstick before it starts to get rather repetitive. If you google reviews of any popular beauty products, you’ll find hundreds of incredibly similar reviews pop up – and that’s just not what I want to write about anymore. I don’t want my blog to be just the same as every other beauty blog out there, I want it to be a reflection of things that I’m genuinely interested and passionate about.

That’s why, from today, I’m taking a completely new direction with The Lilly Mint Blog. You won’t find the same old beauty reviews on here, instead I’m taking a more natural approach. After doing quite a bit of research into the chemicals used to manufacture many beauty products I’m absolutely shocked at what we are putting on our skin. Even many of the brands that claim to be “natural” are absolutely ridden with chemicals that have been associated with cancer and creating hormone issues. It’s for this reason, that from now on I’ll only be featuring products on my blog that don’t contain parabens, phenoexyethanol, PEG’s, formaldehyde releasing chemicals, and a bunch of other nasties.  As well as natural beauty products, there will be much more of a focus on fashion and lifestyle which are two areas that I’m becoming more passionate about. I love shooting “outfit of the day” posts, and there will be far more of these on blog. I’ll also be sharing my favourite recipes, restaurants, and lifestyle products as well as travel. Instead of being a beauty blog, this blog is going to become more of my personal diary. It’s all of my favourite things in life, shared with you.

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DermaDNA

DermaDNA is a brand that’s new to me, but I really wonder why I haven’t heard of it before. It’s actually a NZ based company that create a wide range of professional, clinical based skincare. Instead of a “one product fits all” approach, Derma DNA have created a range of products that are tailored to your skin type. Simply answer a few questions about your skin, and the interactive website will run a diagnostic on your skin and prescribe specific products based on the results. This ensures you are using the best possible product for your skin type and ensures the products you are using are the best to combat any skin issues you may have.

Derma DNA really focus on ingredients that are clinically tested with sound science to back them. They use an array of active botanicals, vitamins, minerals, cosmeceuticals and AHA’s – all of which are well known for their skin enhancing ingredients. While many of the products have a focus on anti-aging, there are products that can be used on all skin conditions including those with sensitive skin or prone to breakouts.

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