#BeautySoFreshAndSoClean - 3 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid

Clean Beauty - the umbrella term meaning organic, natural, safe and ethical ingredients found in beauty products. 

A term that can perhaps be confusing or merely overwhelming when it comes to picking the right face cream, lipstick, bb cream (the list goes on).

Why should we vouch for clean beauty? 

Well our skin is the biggest organ in our bodies (!) and absorbs just about everything we put onto it. If we care about what we eat and where our food comes from, we should care about what we feed our skin too right? 

But the label says so…

We all know we love to be convinced by promising labels - anti-wrinkle, anti-fatigue, volumising, long lasting, plumping. They might well do all those things - but the ingredients may well be causing serious harm to your body as well.

Here is a list of 3 ingredients* that can be found in most approved standard beauty products. (*There are way more than 3 ingredients but let’s start the conversation off lightly)


Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in beauty products. Parabens essentially stop your favourite creams and makeup going mouldy.

You’ll reconise them by names such as: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. These chemicals have caused debate amongst scientists about how they’re harmful to our health with possible links to breast cancer.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a chemical used in things like toothpaste, shower gels, soaps, bath salts, makeup and cleaning products. It is what makes liquid products foam up. This chemical isn’t great because it can cause irritations to the skin. It’s best to avoid if you have sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis. Counterpart ingredients such as:  Lauryl sodium sulphate, Lauryl sulphate sodium salt, Sodium dodecyl sulphate, Sodium n-dodecyl sulphate are all similar and of the same family as SLS. 


Hot topic and to be banned in 2018. This is something I feel so passionate about too because these little tiny bits of plastic found in some exfoliators and body scrubs enter the ocean and essentially mess up the eco system and kill marine life. Products with the following will contain microbeads and should be avoided : PET, PTFE, PMMA. 

See my sparkly ongoing project on saving the oceans here.

Say NO to parabens, SLS & microplastics and say YES to #CleanBeauty

All those fashion editorials…

All those fashion editorials and I can’t share any of them (yet). It’s frustrating but exciting to have prospects on the horizon. I’m desperate to share all the creative work I’ve been up to. But doing so would jeopardise the chances of them being published. 

Therefore I will have to restrain myself and post some of my favourite images from the past few months with you. 

Enjoy :) xxx

Nighttime Skincare Routine for Winter

This week’s temperatures are dropping to below zero and John Lewis have released their Christmas advert. Therefore I consider it officially winter - the season that my evening skincare routine becomes a whole ritual because my skin always needs that extra TLC.

I always have such a love hate relationship with taking off my makeup and always try to cut corners. Alas, I am no longer in the ‘youthful skin’ bracket and I must be strict about removing it every night unlike my younger years where day 2 mascara was maybe even a thing. Since discovering oil cleansers I find the whole process a lot easier though. Ageing skin aside, cleansing with oils is the way forward. I find it lifts all my makeup and dirt off my face really easily, is really quick and actually beneficial to my skin in comparison to say face wipes. Also it means I save on cotton pads which I try not to use many of for environmental reasons. 

When I first tried this oil gel cleanser from Natural Wisdom I knew I was onto a winner. Its main ingredients are a beautiful and organic blend of pomegranate, carrot and coconut oil as well as rosemary, chamomile and calendula. It’s not too oily either and removes my makeup in a swish. The fact that its ingredients are super nourishing, raw and organic too  is a huge plus for me.

I was recently sent some vegan skincare products from The Body Shop. And after I heard that they are wanting to go cleanER with their skincare I couldn’t help but fall in love with their Drops of Youth range. 

I have been using the Youth Liquid Peel twice a week (although it is suggested once) because my skin has honestly gone so dry and scaly in the past few weeks from heating and lack of sunshine. This stuff is amazing, one pump removes all of the dead skin quite amazing really as it literally comes off on your fingers. 

I then tend to tone and prep my skin before moisturising by massaging in the Youth Essence Lotion. This process cleanses it down to an absolute T removing all the last of the oils.

Once my skin feels all smooth I move onto the Youth Emulsion serum. Although it says to apply every morning I have been using it in the evening addition to moisturising to try and restore some of my skin’s lost plumpness. It’s infused with thyme and buddleia extract and enriched with Community Trade babassu oil (love!)

Ok so extra moisturiser is a must for me. At this stage I’m in bed trying to reply to last messages whilst lightly tapping onto my skin some of this beautifulllllll damask rose facial oil by Green People. Again, I’m obsessed with any facial oil and and wear it almost every night to bed (sometimes I switch it up with a heavier moisturiser - see my last blog post on that) I think it really makes a huge difference to the elasticity and general texture of my skin without blocking pored. I am so in love its the smell too. This is special limited edition so if you’re an oil fanatic like me I would jump on board quickly! 

Lack of daylight hours meands lack of sunshine and for someone that suffers from SAD I can only protect myself and spray one pump of Vitamin D spray onto my tongue. I’ve found it has helped my energy levels so far. I got mine from Holland Barrett. If my lips are feeling dry I’ll pop some Sukin balm on and some Vitamin e oil my cuticles. I ALSO try and read - at the moment it’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. Have you read it? 

Mena xx

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