OOTD : Silver + Grey

Hi lovelies!

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry in this awful storm we are having! This is actually not my “outfit of the day”… it’s more like an “outfit from three weeks ago”, but I love this combo so I just had to share with you. If I was wearing this today, I probably would have already succumbed to hypothermia – it’s so incredibly cold here at the moment!

Pale grey was a colour that I never used to like, but after going a little darker with my hair colour I find that it suits me more and more. When I saw this gorgeous grey and silver printed tee I knew I had to have it. It’s an oversized style, which I am particularly loving at the moment as it is just so gosh darn comfortable. Paired with my fave glossy skinny jeans from Wild Pair, I think this is a stylish yet comfortable outfit that’s becoming one of my go-to work outfits! If your not into heels (which I usually aren’t) this outfit also looks cute with ballet flats or even sneakers for a more casual look.

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ART DECO Jungle Fever Collection

I am a TOTAL sucker for pretty packaging, and I can say that ART DECO have really nailed the packaging of their new Jungle Fever Collection! Inspired by the wild animals and bold, vibrant colours of the jungle, this collection offers beautiful bronzers, eyeshadows, and lipsticks, as well as a limited edition Beauty Box.

ART DECO Jungle Fever Collection

ART DECO kindly sent me the Bronzing Glow Blusher in “Queen of the Jungle” to try. I absolutely love the bold dragonfly design on the front of the box, as it really stands out against my makeup collection! The compact offers a large mirror, which is perfect for touch ups on the go. The bronzing blush is made up of three stunning shades, that can be used individually or swirled together to create the ultimate bronzing shade. The shades include a coral toned blush, a tan bronzer, and a gorgeous berry pink and each of them contain just the slightest amount of shimmer. I love how this product is the ultimate blush/bronzer in one and it is going to be an essential in my travel makeup bag! Continue reading

Benefit’s Gimme Brow!

Hi lovelies!

I have been so incredibly lazy this weekend! I’ve spent nearly the whole weekend catching up on my favourite TV Shows On Demand as well as watching far to many You Tube videos! While I feel ridiculously lazy, it has been so nice just to have a relaxing weekend where I do nothing, and I’m now totally prepared for the busy week I have coming up this week!

I’ll admit I’m also a little lazy when it comes to brows. I’m not a fan of over the top filled in brows, and I like mine to look as natural as possible. I also don’t have lots of time in the morning so I really like brow products that are easy to use, stay on all day, and make my brows look tidy yet natural. This basically sums up everything about the new brow product from Benefit – Gimme Brow, so I bet you can imagine how excited I was when it turned up on my doorstep for me to try!

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Q&A With Jenna From Oh Natural

Welcome to a new feature on The Lilly Mint Blog, Q & A! I’ll be bringing you interviews with some very fabulous people in the beauty and fashion industry, and we are kicking it off with the absolutely lovely Jenna from Oh Natural. If you haven’t heard of Oh Natural, then you need to get there pronto as it is a mecca for all things natural-beauty and wellness related. As well as a stash of product reviews, articles and some sweet giveaways, there is also an online shop which sells some amazing natural beauty products.

Jenna from Oh Natural

♥ Tell me what inspired you to start Oh Natural?

When I started Oh Natural nearly two years ago it was just a natural beauty blog.  It was after my son was born and I was on maternity leave from work but felt like I wanted to have a little ‘hobby’ for myself for during his sleep times etc.  I’ve been conscious of the type of products/ingredients that I put on my skin and used around the house for a fair while now and it was kind of this combined with some wise words somebody said to me about doing something you love and the money coming later that prompted me to start Oh Natural.

I think it was about six months or so after starting the blog and discovering a few amazing natural brands and products that weren’t currently available in New Zealand, that led me to add an online store component to the site.  I was motivated to have an online store where a customer could know that everything that could be purchased was 100% safe and natural – it takes the hard work out of it for the consumer as there is so much confusion around this these days!  But the online store is just one facet of the site, I also want it to be an information source for those interested in natural beauty and wellness.  I’ve come along way since the beginning but there is still so much more I want to do!  That said, with baby number two on the way shortly time is definitely of the essence but I definitely wouldn’t change the way it has worked out for the world!  One of the other main motivators behind starting the site was having something that would enable me to work from home, whilst being a mum, so it’s all good! Continue reading

Trilogy Natural Blemish Gel

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Nothing ruins your day quite like waking up to a horrible red blemish on your skin. I’ve tried out quite a few different spot treatments over the years, and I’ve never really found one that has worked perfectly for me. I try to keep my skin care as natural as possible, so I avoid using most spot treatments that are available from supermarkets and drugstores.

When I was sent this Natural Blemish Gel from Trilogy to try, I was really interested to see how well it would work. I have tried a few natural blemish gels before and some of them have made absolutely no difference to my skin at all. What makes the Trilogy Gel different, is that while it still contains natural ingredients, it also contains the active acne-clearing ingredient salicylic acid. This is a key ingredient in clearing blocked pores and decongesting pimples. Other ingredients include; rosehip to repair skin and reduce scarring, lemongrass and mandarin which are natural antibacterials, and ginger to reduce inflammation and redness. The combination of these ingredients, ensures that while your blemishes are being targets and reduced, the skin is also being left healthy.

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Wild Candy Cosmetics “Pretty Rebel”

I was pretty excited when Anita from Wild Candy Cosmetics contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their lipsticks. After having a look at their website, I loved how colourful and bright their lip colours were!  Wild Candy cosmetics is a New Zealand brand that was created by trained make up artist, Anita Stewart. The lipsticks are made in the USA, and are free from parabens and other nasties. The best thing is that they are all cruelty free!

Wild Candy offers eight permanent and two limited edition lipsticks. All of the colours are bright and bold and range from pinks to purples to even blue and green.

Wild Candy Lipsticks

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