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Currently Coveting

ethical window shopping

people tree cord dress

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Hello!  I’m just dropping in today to share with you some ethical pieces I am currently coveting for the months ahead.

First off, People Tree’s new autumn collection is so good right now.  I had an advance peek at the full range and it’s all so beautiful – think cord, fruit prints and flower prints in earthy colours.   I’m wearing a navy cord dress in the picture above that I adore.  I don’t know if you can see in the photo, but it has the best pockets – perfect for collecting conkers in!  Because all clothing should be judged on their conker collecting potential, no?

This dress isn’t quite available just yet, but will be very shortly along with heaps of other beauties.  And right now they are having an amazing one day only flash sale – with 26% off all full priced AND sale items (but excluding their V&A range) – to celebrate their 26th birthday!  You’ve got to be quick though – it’s only on today (Saturday)!

There are lots of great stylish ethical deals on the site, but I love these two pieces in particularly:

people tree apple tee

This striped apple tee is so lovely.

people tree shirt dress

And this Allegra Shirt Dress looks perfect for autumn.  I am coveting this one so bad!

I’m not a pink kind of lady, but this Finisterre jumper is a thing of beauty.

Finisterre jumper

And finally, this Nomads dress is the stuff of my dreams.  Really.

nomads dress

I do like a bit of ethical window shopping!  See you tomorrow for Ten Things – yes, it’s back!


PS: in case you’re wondering about my stripy top – it’s my old maternity top (see exhibit a and exhibit b) that still I wear to bits.  I swear I will wear this top until it disintegrates because it is just so comfortable, and pretty useful when you eat a particularly large meal! ;)

Health & Beauty, Home and Garden, Life & Style, Natural Cleaning

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

homemade makeup brush cleaner


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So, let’s talk makeup brushes and my natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.

I’ll admit I didn’t even own a makeup brush until last year.  I used to just apply makeup with my fingers because I felt I never wore enough makeup to justify buying fancy tools.  My makeup bag literally consists of four items.  And also, who doesn’t like finger painting?!  Then I bought a makeup brush last year (notice, singular – I’ve not gotten carried away with myself!) and wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years.  It’s so much easier!

The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning to help keep your skin clean and healthy.  Without cleaning your brush, you’re just brushing dirt and bacteria around your face, which, let’s face it, isn’t so appealing.

I’ve been trying out a few different methods to make a natural makeup brush cleaner and have decided that this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is a) by far the simplest and b) by far the best.  When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, no-one wants to be messing about with lots of different ingredients, so I think it’s best to keep it simple.

The main ingredient I use in this recipe is Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap*.  I use this in lots and lots of different ways around my home, and always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard.   It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but you only ever use it diluted, so it does work out at incredibly great value.  The thing about Dr Bronner’s is that it’s certified organic and made with only pure plant oils, so there are no nasties in it whatsoever.  It’s also incredibly gentle on your best makeup brushes.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe


Small pot

50 ml lukewarm water (approx 2 inches of water)

1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap*

50 ml of white vinegar


Add the liquid castile soap to the lukewarm water and stir to combine. It’s important to use lukewarm water as too hot water may melt the glue that holds the bristles of your makeup brush in place.
Place the bristles in the soapy solution and swirl a few times to loosen the old makeup.
Keep going until the brush looks clean, and then rinse in some clean lukewarm water.
If you want to ensure all the soap has been removed dip your brush bristles in a small jar of white vinegar. White vinegar is amazing at cutting through soap, leaving your brush super clean. Once your brush is dry it won’t smell of vinegar, as vinegar dries without an odour – trust me!
Whether you rinse your brush in water or vinegar, next you need to mould the brush back into shape, and then leave to dry on a flannel.
Viola, naturally clean makeup brushes with very little effort!

homemade makeup brush cleaner

Please note, when using this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe, please don’t leave your brush sitting in water.  You only want your brush to be in the soapy water for as long as it takes to clean your brush: it doesn’t need to steep for any length of time, otherwise it may damage the metal and/or wooden components of your makeup brush, shortening it’s lifespan.

natural makeup brush cleaner recipe