Beauty Without Fuss

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Organic Wednesday - Makeover Special!

So, something a little different this week.  As promised, every Wednesday I'll be seeking out and reviewing organic beauty goodies, but this week I'm bringing you a makeover first, and a full review later.

I've heard a fair bit about Plant Love over the last few weeks, and when Puresha offered to send me some of their range of cosmetics to try in a makeover, I jumped at the chance!  Plant Love is vegan, free from paraben, phthalates, petro-chemicals, and synthetic dyes and fragrances.  I love the fact that all the packaging is compostable, and is manufactured under carbon-neutral conditions, it makes my inner hippy happy.  I don't let my inner hippy out much, she tends to disagree with my inner control freak, but I'm digressing a bit here.  So, on with the makeover!

Meet Genna:

Genna's been offering to sit for a makeover session for weeks, but as she's a vegan I've been waiting for the right opportunity to come along, Plant Love seemed like an ideal fit.  Genna already has an excellent beauty regime of her own, but when we were planning this session one idea kept coming up: "California Beach Babe", and as that's what she wanted, that's what she got ...

First off, we used Genna's normal foundation as a base - looking tanned and glowing doesn't necessarily mean looking like a tangerine, then started straight in using PL's eyeshadow in Parakeet:

It's a lovely coppery shade, that makes Genna's blue eyes a lot brighter.


Once that was in place, we defined Genna's top lid with PL's eyeshadow in Sparrow:


Then we added a layer of eyeliner in bronze to her lower lids:

A layer of Genna's usual mascara (sadly, the Plant Love line doesn't carry a mascara, which is a real shame judging by the quality of the rest of the products), and we also added a little definition to Genna's eyebrows:

Genna's eyes were now finished, and we were ready to add more colour.  Using Plant Love's Natural Baked Illuminator in "Wind", which is a bronzer, blush and highlighter in one, I used it on Genna's cheekbones and temples, then added just a touch to her nose and chin for a bronzed effect:

Naturally, no look is complete without lipstick so we added a (very light) layer.  For this look we had chosen Joshua Tree which is a lovely shimmery pinky-brown:

And we're done!  Here's the finished look:

Subtle, simple, and softly glowing, I think it looks great.  Have a look at the before'n'after:

If you click on any of the pictures, you can see an enlarged version of them, please do! I'd like to thank Genna for being so patient, Puresha for being so generous, and the lovely Neville Fenn for taking today's wonderful pictures.

Full reviews of the products used will appear tomorrow, but I can let slip that both Genna and I have adopted at least one of these products as new daily staples, they're great!



  1. She looks fab. Lovely fresh look, I really like it. I normally see Genna as so glam and red lipstick (even if she's not wearing it!) and I love the beach babe look as an alternative. Great stuff.

  2. Beautiful makeover! Did you have to make me lust after those Plant Love goodies *quite* so much though! I think all those shades used on Genna would be very wrong for my pinky tones though. I shall keep looking out for some examples of the more cool toned shades.

    Finch, Cherry Blosson amd Fire and already on my Christmas wish list though!

    Thanks for the great post Luce xx

  3. Buy it! Buy it! I kept the illuminator for myself and have used it Every Single Day since it arrived, I'm going to have to get the others too. Very, very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pigments in these.

    Also, it's a highlighter called "wind" how can you not love a beauty product called "wind"?

  4. That's a lovely makeover, and those products look like they could make their way into the Sladey makeup bag...

  5. Haha I'm much amused by the comments on there... tsk tsk... that Lipglossiping lowering the tone ;)

    Gorgeous makeover ... your friend looks radiant, radiant I tell you!


  6. So pretty, she looks fantastic. You really managed to enhance her eyes in a very subtle way.

  7. That's a lovely transformation for Genna. Thanks for the heads up on Plant Love! I must find out more.

  8. Kinda horrified by my pre-make up look, au naturel, er NEVER again in public

    Still the makeover was fab, Luce did a great job and made me look like a 'california beach babe' after all, thanks Luce xx

  9. Really should stop asking people to do their best "Prisoner Cell Block H" face for the before shots ... ;)

    Really glad you enjoyed it Genna, I think it's one of my favourites so far.


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