Thursday, 28 July 2011

Living Nature Eyes

  After learning more about nasty chemicals in my everyday skincare and make up, I slowly started clearing out my cosmetics bag. Some things were easy to get rid of, but the one thing I thought I could not let go of was my Dior Show black mascara. Even through there are plenty of 'dirty' mascaras promising x2, x10, x100, x1000 fuller, thicker, longer... and even 4D (what is that, exactly?..) lashes, the only one that worked for me was this Dior mascara. So I thought, how could anything else do the trick?
  However, the well-being of my eyes was somehow more important than 4D parameter of my lashes, so changes had do be made. I found out about this New Zealand- based brand called Living Nature. What attracted me to their eye make up was the ingredient list, judge for yourself:

Conditioning Mascara
Aqua (water), Ricinus communis oil (castor oil), Kaolin (halloysite clay), Cellulose, Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol (wheatstraw extract), Candelilla cera (candelilla wax), Cera canauba (canauba wax), Jojoba esters, Mel (manuka honey), Cera alba (beeswax), Sclerotlum gum, Citrus grandis seed extracts (grapefruit seed extract), Lavandula angustifolia oil (lavender oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Leptospermum scoparium oil (manuka oil). [May contain: Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl77499)
Eyeliner Pencil
Hydrogenated palm kernel glycerides, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Talc, Rhus succedanea fruit wax, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Ascorbyl palmitate. [May contain: Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl77492, Cl77499), Ferric ferrocyanide (Cl77510)

So plenty of healthy and conditioning oils and extracts such as jojoba oil, grapeseed seed extract, vitamin E and manuka oil. Living Nature only uses natural origin ingredients, preservatives and fragrances. They carefully list all the ingredients in their products with the source of each ingredient and their key function on their website. 
  But what about how it works? Well, I must admit I love using it and have honestly chucked the Dior Show in the bin! It took a couple of applications to get used to it, as it is more 'moist' than other mascaras, and it needs to dry a little bit. However, after a couple of uses it was as good as, if not better, a 'dirty' mascara. And the most amazing thing is, I think (well I am pretty sure) it is actually conditioning for my lashes, making them fuller and a little longer without the mascara. I always had short lashes, so this is a dream come true! Using clean eye make up has really made a difference to my lashes and eyes, lashes are more conditioned and my eyelids are not dried out by nasty chemicals. Does anyone else have a favourite natural mascara/ eyeliner? 


  1. Wow, it actually made you throw out your high end stuff? I want to try!

  2. Hi Mary, yes it really did! At first I thought 'Oh I will just keep the DiorShow in my cabinet, just for special occasions...' but then ended up throwing it out as I did not need it at all. This natural mascara, with a little bit of eyeliner creates just the same result for me... And makes eyelashes much healthier too. Let me know if you have any more questions!