The Perfect Dark Lip in 6 Easy Steps.

What’s Hot?

The Dark Lip.

Spring is around the corner and so is the dark lip trend. Creating a dark lip has to be up there with getting the perfect winged liner - It’s hard to master. Well stop here! Because I’m about to make your life a whole lot easier. Below is a step by step guide on how to get the perfect dark lip.

Make it Work.

Step 1.) Moisturise your lips with a lovely lip balm, making sure you go over the lip line too to fill in any fine lines  (don’t worry, we all have them, it’s just skin!)

Step 2.) Use a concealer to block out your lip colour. This will help strengthen the colour of the lipstick and help to even out the lip shape when lining the lips.

Step 3.) Powder over the lips with a translucent powder to set the concealer.

Step 4.) Using your lipliner (which should be close the colour of your lipstick) start lining the ‘M’ shape on your top lip. Using small backwards and forwards strokes follow your lipline. Start in the middle for the bottom lip and slowly work your way around the rest. Fill in the lip with the liner for extra staying power.

Step 5.) Using your lipstick fill in your lips not going close to the edge.

Step 6.) Using a brush, drag the lip colour up to the edge of your lips.


What’s Hot? The Glowing Skin Trend

What’s Hot?

The glowier the better this year. 2018 is set to be the year of ultra-highlighted skin. Powdered highlighters can sometimes end up looking disastrous when not applied well. Cream based highlighters work really well to get the ultimate glow. 

Here is how to add a beautiful glowing finish to your everyday makeup look.

Make it work.

Using your finger tips, lightly dabble the highlighter over the high points of your face (cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corners of the eye and the tip of the nose). Lightly tapping the product onto the skin in a rain motion will get you that major dewey glow we’re all after. 

Makeup Artist Tips!

You can always mix powder pigment with a little liquid (foundation or beauty balm) to create your own bespoke cream based highlighter.

& Drinking plenty of water gets your skin glowing too. Beauty from the inside out, double whammy glow! 

Below are a list of tried and tested non-toxic cream based highlighters. 

Inika Certified Organic Cream Illuminisers

Elate Cosmetics Highlighter 

Coleur Caramel Highlighting Powder 

  • Image: Photography Valerie Yuwen Hsieh, Model Hannah Cross @Models 1, Makeup Mena Pyne

5 ways to remove your makeup easily and ethically.

It’s time to scrap face wipes and cotton pads! You heard me.

I haven’t used either of the above to remove my makeup in over 2 years (ever since I discovered Neal’s Yard face wash when working there part-time) And it’s time you all did the same. 

Not only is it much much more hygienic to splash your face with fresh water and a squirt of natural cleanser, it’s also super quick, easy and a lot better for our precious environment. 

Did you know?

Wet wipes have become the fastest growing cause of pollution on our beaches. Not only are they clogging up coastlines and drain pipes, using wipes doesn’t actually remove dirt or makeup. They don’t clean your face at all.

“Cleansing wipes don’t effectively clean the skin,” explains celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau. “Instead, they just smear dirt, bacteria, oil and makeup across the face. It’s like applying cleanser to your face and then not washing it off, or skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry.”

The best way to remove makeup by far has to be the combination of a good cleanser, your hands and some fresh water.

Here are 5 affordable* organic cleansers that I swear by, all free from nasty parabens, synthetics, fragrance and silicones. 

* Whilst i say affordable, some of the products mentioned below are more expensive than others. This is because of the high quality organic ingredients they contain. Bearing in mind too that this way of cleansing is actually cost effective because you only need a small grape sized amount to your remove makeup every day. Therefore the cleansers should usually last up to a good few months if used on an everyday basis. See it as an investment for your skin too.

1.) Neal’s Yard, Wild Rose Beauty Balm (£40)

Suitable for all skin types, this is actually a multi purpose balm. I use it as a cleanser and moisturiser sometimes even a lip balm. It contains ingredients such as vitamin-rich wild rosehip seed oil - one of the most traditional and best remedies to treat all skin types, cannabis oil and rosemary leaf oil. I found that it worked brilliantly as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturiser all in one and really balanced my skin at a time when I was stressed and had huge breakouts.

2.) Natural Wisdom Pomegranate Oil Gel Facial Cleanser (£20)

You know it’s a good one when you’re trying not to use up the last of it. Desperately trying hard to not let it be empty! This has the most interesting consistency. It feels so alive (?) and reacts to water. It contains really lovely active and organic ingredients - raw seed Pomegranate and Carrot oils, raw food grade Coconut oil and botanical extracts of Rosemary, Calendula, Chamomile to name a few. This stuff makes removing makeup breezy plus it’s super soothing on the skin. Highly recommend for any skin types. It’s also the perfect size for travelling.

3.) Neal’s Yard Rejuvinating Frankinscense Facial Wash (£17)

Considering everyone goes wild at the word Frankincense partly due to its luxury reputation, this is really quite affordable for what it is. It’s milky in colour and has a thin consistency (not too oily) It does its job well removing makeup whilst also gently cleansing tired city skin. Splashing my face with this feels is so relaxing because of the way it smells. It has an incredible aroma and leaves me ready for sweet dreams after use. Delicious (if one can say that about a beauty product, not sure.)

4.) Balm Balm Beauty Balm (£16.50)

How many times can you say ‘balm’ in 2 seconds?! I love this multi-purpose balm. It is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, infused with a balance of precious seed oils and healing herbal extracts. Literally natural radiance at my fingertips. It’s good for exfoliating too - I usually use a hot muslin cloth when using it to remove dead skin cells. You know when you get those hot towels in restaurants / on aeroplanes?! Yeah it’s that but for your face. LUSH!

5.) Neal’s Yard Facial Wash Rose (£17)

Neal’s Yard does it once again. Now it looks like I’m plugging Neal’s Yard - I used to work for them and used my staff discount after every shift. I’ve kept these empty bottles partly because they’re too pretty to chuck, but also, ‘I will find a way to reuse them eventually’ (Anon. (Feb, 2018) Horders Annonymous). 

Joke aside I loved this while it lasted. It’s different to the Frankincense facial wash (above) as it’s clear in colour and therefore feels like more of a soap (for your face). I really like it and think it’s good for problematic skin as well as normal & sensitive skin. It’s gently foaming and contains aloe vera, rose otto and pink rose petals (not visible). Smells incredible (obv) and leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. I have to admit it didn’t completely remove mascara and I would use a balm around my eyes to get all eye makeup off but it’s a really lovely product if you fancy treating yourself to a lovely cleanser and aren’t sure which one to go for first.

I hope that this post has helped in some way. I genuinely don’t understand why removing makeup with horrible wipes is still a thing. I know that some people use micellar water with cotton pads and don’t get me wrong, Sukin’s Natural Micellar Water is amazing for makeup correction (usually mascara along top lash line, anyone else have that problem?!) But honestly, I think this way of removing your makeup is the most hygienic method for your skin and the best for the environment. I also can guarantee that you will never look back.


Friday Night Hydration Ritual: Winter Edition

For the first time my skin doesn’t feel disgusting from all the winter torments it has to go through. I have been very strict about my day and night skin routines. Maybe I’m more grown up and responsible about taking care of my now ageing skin (there I said it), maybe it’s because I have turned away from countless glasses of prossecco at the weekends (f*ck you hangovers!), it is most definitely the vegan diet (1 year baby!) and now you’re probably thinking the same as me: It’s a combination of all of the above. Durhh!

I am a firm believer that a balanced lifestyle and a good skincare routine is the key to beauty inside and out.

The last few months I have made just as much time for taking my makeup off than putting it on. My boyfriend sometimes asks me where the hell I am because it definitely doesn’t take 25 minutes to brush your teeth. Truth be told I love it, I love caring for my skin and I think it needs seasonal attention.

Here are some gorge products I have been loving for unwinding the day and week.

I love to end my week with a hydration mask. Sukin is great for this. ‘skincare that doesn’t cost the earth’ - gotta love that! It’s paraben free and contains pineapple… I mean.. winning much?!

Heated buildings and super cold blistering winds mean drier skin.. so I tend to use Dr Roebucks ultimate hydrating serum before moisturising. It’s wonderful extra booster for my tired winter skin and has boosted the collagen in my skin - My face doesn’t look or feel like it’s begging for hydration and looks and feels more plump.

Following on from that I never forget to use my No.1 nourishing face serum by Vanderohe. MY OH MY. This is genuinely the best facial oil I’ve ever used on my skin. It’s a miracle product made of the highest grade organic essential oils sourced from countries all over the world. I actually take a deep breath and inhale the lovely smell before applying it all over my face. I feel it balances my mood before bedtime. It’s taken away my around the nose redness, slight eczema around my eyes and has generally balanced out my skin. LOVELY!

Honestly can’t get enough! Such a beautiful product and I’ll be damned when I run out of it. Lucky me got given it to sample. It’s pricey but WORTH every penny and can’t recommend it enough.

My lips are a nightmare this winter - I’ve been loving Balm Balm’s organic tea tree lip balm. If you’re like me and love a tingly minty lip this is the sh!t 

There we have it, some lovely products for a much needed TLC session.

Happy weekend.

Mena x 

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#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

Current Faves: Vegan & Organic Beauty

Bonjour Beauties, hope you’re all well.

It’s my first day off in what feels like forever (not complaining!) and so I thought what better day to spend the morning blogging about a few of my current top used vegan, organic products. 

Below is a selection of products that have been waiting to be tried, tested, flat laid and papped. Also, since my piece on vegan & organic kit products went live, many of you have contacted me asking which vegan and organic products I can recommend. 

I have been loving oh so many products recently and so it’s really hard to list absolutely all of them as that would just confuse us all. But here is a selection of my current top used and faves. And of course I will start posting about more specific products and what they’re good for so watch out for that !  

Mascara & Brows: The Sport FX range have served my eye department so well in recent weeks. 

The mascara’s consistency is thick and so 2 coats of this and your lashes are vavavoom - super full and gorgeous! It is waterproof and sweat proof so taking it off with a bit of coconut oil does the trick.

For brows recently I have used the Sport FX Brow Pencil which also has a brush on the other end (v important for combing the brows in upwards motions for maximum bushy brow effect - my fave). The pencil adds a waxy texture to the brows which I love as it holds them in place all day. 

What’s great about these is they don’t contain parabens. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how ‘organic’ their natural oils are and I thought the mascara was vegan but it does actually contains beeswax (which for strict vegans is a big no). For me, the whole bee debate is..well debatable. Without bees we are dead so.. giving the bees organic farms to work their magic from is actually better in my eyes. Anyway! Vegan chat aside, these two babes are staples in my makeup bag now. Woop!

Moving on to le visage. As soon as I ran out of my beloved Benecos foundation I won a competition on instagram which meant I was allowed to choose a few things from Elate Cosmetics. It’s like the universes had aligned. Of course I went for the foundation and concealer. And I was not disappointed when first trying these. Foundation is super lightweight, amazing coverage and skin doesn’t feel caked.

The concealer is UHMAZING. Finally one that covers my dark winter circles. (Sun where you at?!) As Elate Cosmetics is all the way from Canada, I’m trying really hard to not use these everyday but rather save them for special occasions (shipping and taxes cost a bomb getting them sent over). Hopefully they’ll start selling them over here soon (please do if you’re reading this) :)

Not forgetting the brow balm and the highlighter. If I’m feeling a more bold brow I’ll grab an angled brush and use some of this new brow balm by Elate to accentuate my brow hairs with light brush strokes. The highlighter is one beautiful must have! Totally organic and who doesn’t like sparkles on their skin!?

The thing I love about Elate is that they value sustainable practices when producing their cosmetics. As well as being vegan and cruelty-free, they are also toxin free and their packaging is recyclable. Winning!

Sukin is totally up there for me when it comes to my daily skincare routine. Especially their facial scrub. When I was sent the lip balm to try I absolutely became hooked (lip balm addiction is totally a thing) It is certainly up there with the high end natural lip balms that I have tried. 

Sukin is a super natural brand using all products ‘that don’t cost the earth’. I’m a huge fan and of the scrub. You can read a funny rhyme review I wrote a few months ago here

My skin <3’s Sukin and I will definitely be adding the lipbalm to my kit.

I have been loving PHB’s hydrating moisturiser with Frankincense & Sandalwood. Handmade in the UK and certified organic so I knew my skin would love my for choosing this. It’s so good for the slightly colder winter months as it’s extremely hydrating and who doesn’t need that?! It’s also vegan and smells divine.

Last but not least, CAN WE ALL JUST TAKE A MOMENT.

Look at these amazing pink unicorn makeup brushes by Spectrum. I cannot wait to take them along to my next fun shoot. They’re synthetic aka vegan (not made from real animal hair), super soft and pink and beautiful.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and have been able to spot a few things you might want to try too. Keep your eyes peeled for the next few posts.

Mena xx

Read the article on my vegan and organic kit here:

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