Lush Colchester (@lushcolchester)

We're lovin' it! Today we've made our own #vegan burger meal, using our awesome #FUN. It's lunch time, come in and try it out with us! Nom nom nom...
#lushltd #Lush #Lushie #Charity #LushUK #lushcolchester #vegetarian #vegan #vegancosmetics #handmade #fresh #lunch #colourful #4in1 #CrueltyFree #crueltyfreecosmetics

Andrea Riddoch (@tropicandreal)

New mini shower gel set ยฃ14 great gift ๐ŸŽ idea!!

Nancy (@nancydreamin)

I've been testing something completely new for my hair! Kale cocktail! Yes, kale.
It's absolutely fabulous. Leaves my hair super soft and they don't break as much anymore! Yay to healthy hair! Thanks @colorwowhair

Berry (@berryberrystylish)

MAKEUP CRUSH MONDAY: Two weeks ago, I did some @wholefoods and @credobeauty green beauty research for brown skin! I found a few foundations I liked. One of them was @antonymcosmetics skin esteem foundation in dark. PROS: The undertone was perfect for my skin and the coverage was stellar for Medium coverage foundation. It felt like a serum--so light and creamy and it's not too liquidy so I could work with it. I applied this foundation with my hands. CONS: There's no complexity in shades. The shade before this, wasn't even close to mine and this shade was the darkest and I do think the price point could be $10-12 lower. OVERALL, this foundation won over all the samples I tried. I like going in stores and swatching--it helps me make an informed purchase! โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸƒโœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿƒ
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#makeup #greenmakeup #crueltyfree #crueltyfreecosmetics #veganmakeup #vegan #veganbeauty #makeupforblackwomen #makeupformelaningirls #antonymcosmetics #organicmakeup #cleanmakeup #toxicfree #toxicfreebeauty #berryberrystylish #greenmua #selftaughtmua #blackvegan #blackvegansofig #vegansofcolor #vegansofig #hyaluronicacid #sheabutter #jojobaoil #sweetalmondoil #makeupmonday #makeupcrushmonday

MEEKA BODY (@meekabody)

Spoil yourself with @meekabody and dive into a world or organic bliss ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Australis Cosmetics (@australiscosmetics)

So creative! ๐Ÿ˜ย The talented @katie_michaelis46
created this unique lipcolour mixing shades Camp-Ari and Mar-Tiny with a hint of Gin & Me from our Mixologist LIp Palette. The Mixologist Lip Palette is available online and in Priceline stores.

๐Ÿ’œJordana Ticia๐Ÿ’œ (Tee-sha) (@jordanaticiacosmetics)

Pink toned dreams by @dollypaintmakeup using โ€ขSMOOCHโ€ข liquid lipstick topped with โ€ขDARE TO BAREโ€ข lipgloss๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘„#shopnow www.jordanaticia.co.uk๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Mermaid salon (@mermaid_salon_)

Some seriously cute lip art from @lucy.livin using our Sparkle Factory Deluxe palette! We love seeing people use this for all different purposes! How do you get creative with yours? ๐Ÿ˜ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #mermaidmakeup #brisbanemakeup #indiecosmetics #australianmakeup #crueltyfree #crueltyfreecosmetics #crueltyfreemakeup #mermaidbrush #mermaid #mermaidmakeupbrushes #indiemakeup #brisbanesalon #beauty #makeupmob #makeup #makeuplover #mua #brisbanemakeupartist #makeupjunkie #makeupbrush #mermaidbrush #mermaidmakeupbrush #instabeauty #instabeautyau #bbloggerau #igbeauty #makeupmess #instagramakeup #bloggerau

Kylie Ingram (@kylieingramx)

OMG ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
My brand new limited edition Starlight Glow Palette arrived and I am in ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š. Soooo pretty and shiny ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ #nofilter #noneed ๐ŸŒŸ#shinebright #thatglow

SELF ๐Ÿ’ฏ% Vegan Premium Skincare (@natural.self)

#mondaymotivation
When you see someone whoโ€™s very successful, you almost imagine theyโ€™re a genius, that they were destined for great things, that things are going really easy for them โ€ฆย  We are measuring success by what we see, but we only see the success, not the struggles behind the scenes.ย 
We only see the top of the mountain and the victory of the climb.
And therefore we often donโ€™t dare building our own dreams.
But the simple truth is โ€“ no great success was ever achieved without failure. Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams. People who are successful are not the ones who donโ€™t make any mistakes. They are the ones who keep failing and getting up. Because the most important thing is not to quit trying. โœจI believe it is important to share our real stories, the good, the bad and the ugly, and lift each other up! โœจ

Barbara Gare (@barbaragare)

One of many reasons we recommend avoiding parabens is that they are โ€˜estrogenicโ€™, which means they mimic hormones.
Did you know that parabens occur naturally at low levels in certain foods? When you eat these naturally-occurring parabens, theyโ€™re metabolised (broken down and eliminated by the body) thus making them much less strongly estrogenic.
Parabens used in cosmetics are synthetically prepared (derived from petrochemicals). When you apply parabens to your skin via skincare, haircare, antiperpirant or deodorant, the parabens are absorbed into the body, bypassing the metabolic process. This means they enter the blood stream and body organs intact.
Reputable research from universities around the world, WHO papers and peer reviewed journals provide a little insight as to why this is better avoided. For example: >>> 96% of urine samples taken from American adults contained methyl and n-propyl parabens. In the USA population, adolescent and adult women showed higher urinary parabens levels than males, indicating the use of cosmetics as major exposure pathway. >>> Determination of parabens in urine, serum, and seminal plasma samples from 60 healthy Danish men showed ubiquitous presence of most of the parabens. After certain parabens were banned in Denmark, the studied Danish population had two and a half-fold *lower* urinary parabens levels than the USA population. >>> Women are commonly exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from cosmetics. >>> Parabens are commonly identified in breast cancer tumours. >>> Parabens have been shown to spur the growth of breast cancer tumours.
All very good reasons to avoid applying synthetic parabens to your skin.
PS If youโ€™re in the area today, stop by Y natural for a strawberry smoothie. Strawberries contain very low levels of parabens, but as mentioned above, these are metabolised by the body and thus are harmless. Our gut is very clever and this is just one example of how it can protect us more effectively than our skin.
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