There are more & more natural skincare and beauty shops popping up online and one of my favourite discoveries of 2016 was Live in the Light. They stock a select few brands; Annmarie Gianni, Orgaid, Carina Organics and Pure Anada however the range of products from each offers a wonderful selection to choose from.
Live in the Light was founded in August 2014 by Sue, who had personally struggled with chronic fatigue for many years. She decided that all non-natural products needed to be eliminated from her life and whilst moving to organic food & natural products around the home was quite simple to achieve, she found it harder to find skincare products that worked and were truly as natural as the brands claimed. Sue discovered Annmarie Gianni, a natural brand from the USA and she knew these products would be perfect for her online boutique. After trying the products with her colleagues, they were hooked and are now the exclusive distributor for the UK and Europe.
“Live In The Light have a very holistic approach and firmly believe that what we do and use in our daily regime has a huge impact on everyone and everything around us. There appears to be many like minded people out there who don’t want to carry on using harmful products but exceptional, beautiful and effective ones while at the same time are helping to preserve and respect our environment.”
I’ve tried a lovely selection of make-up products from Pure Anada and skincare products from Annmarie Gianni and Orgaid that are all available on their store. Having not tried anything from any of the brands before, I wasn’t sure what to expect however I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of everything I tried.
The Annmarie Gianni range consists of skincare and body products, from masks and cleansers to scrubs and body wash. A couple of my personal favourites include the Neroli Toning mist which just smells divine, the Herbal Facial Oil which also smells incredible and the Dead Sea Facial Scrub which contains dead sea mud to gently exfoliate skin. (This is temporarily unavailable whilst Annmarie Gianni reformulate the product and will be back in a few months!)
My favourite products from the store have to be the makeup from Pure Anada. I have two pressed eyeshadows in the shades Clouded and Pewter which are both so pretty. The eyeshadows come in the refill pans which are magnetic so you can create your own palette which is much more eco-friendly as there’s no excess packaging.
I wear Clouded all over the lid with Pewter on the outer corner along with the Liquid Liner in the shade Ink. I haven’t worn liquid eyeliner in quite a few years and it took a few tries to get used to the brush, however I’m now getting to grips with it and love how pigmented & dark the liner is. I finish off my eyes with their Black Mascara which adds length to my lashes. I prefer a more volumising mascara however if you have quite short lashes, this is definitely one I’d recommend.
I also have the pressed Sweet Pea Blush which is a beautiful light pink shade; my favourite for blush. It’s quite light and almost like a highlighter when swatched but when applied to my cheeks it deepens and adds a lovely hint of colour.
I also have one of the Petal Perfect Lipsticks in the shade Strawberry Cream which is a bright, shimmery pink. I personally prefer matte lipsticks so this isn’t one I’ve been reaching for that often, however it has a nice texture and isn’t drying on the lips.
In the photo above I’m wearing all of the products I have mentioned; Pressed Eyeshadows in Clouded & Pewter, Liquid Eyeliner in Ink, Black Mascara, Sweet Pea Blush and Strawberry Cream lipstick.
And last but certainly not least is the Orgaid Vitamin C Revitalizing Sheet Mask. The mask is covered in a serum that your skin soaks up whilst the mask is applied. When you take the mask out of the packet, the serum is soaked on the mask which is great as some other sheet masks I’ve tried have so much product inside that it’s so messy & most of it is left in the packet. You apply the mask to cleansed skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes. I found this mask super hydrating for my skin and it was a lovely treat, although you have to stay quite still and not move your face too much! I’d definitely consider buying more of these for events or even for before my wedding to give my skin that extra glow.
Shop Annmarie Gianni, Pure Anada, Orgaid and Carina Organics at Live in the Light and get 5% off your first order with code WELCOME5.
*This post is sponsored by Live in the Light. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are 100% honest.