Wednesday, 8 August 2012

FreeFrom Skincare Awards - winners and shortlisted products.

Hi ladies

Today I'll be doing something a little different. I'm not sure how many of you have heard of the FreeFrom Skincare Awards. Those among you who have researched natural products may have but in essence the awards are designed to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are 'free from' (geddit?) many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies and health concerns. They are run by Michelle (editor of and Alex (deputy editor of in association with the Beauty Bible.

The awards in 2012 consisted of three categories; body & hair care, face care and make up products. The Awards were decided using a three-stage judging process, firstly by independent experts who shortlisted products for each category. These were then sent to independent testers whose feedback determined (somewhat fittingly with the olympics) gold, silver and bronze positions. Plus, an overall winner of the 2012 FreeFrom Skincare Awards!

If you would like to read Alex' review of the Awards you can find that here where he also goes into detail about the criteria they put in place for the products. I came across Alex on Twitter when he was asking for volunteers to road test some skincare products that were either shortlisted, or in some cases won an award. I expressed my interest and soon after I received a lovely bundle of products to try out.

These are all the products I received.

Today's blog post will be focused on the make up products as we all know that is my passion. This post would go on forever if I tried to talk about everything so I will leave the others for a (in the near) future post.

NATorigin lipstick in Lychee - Shortlisted

A quick search on the brand and I discovered that the label has been created to respect and preserve the environment. This hypoallergenic lipstick contains different natural oils in and you can really tell. Firstly, the packaging is cute being bright cerise pink. Importantly, it is very smooth and moisturising on the lips and although it looks dark in the bullet it is sheer so is perfect for an everyday lipstick. However, it is quite pricey at £15.50 for 3g and is available on the website.

Bellapierre lipstick in Catwalk - shortlisted.

Bellapierre has been included in a number of beauty boxes so the brand is a familiar one. The lipsticks are formulated with natural waxes and antioxidants such as vitamin C and E and the website informs me the mineral pigments provide natural protection from the sun (not that we've seen the sun in England this 'summer'). In the bullet I thought this was the colour I'd been looking for but on my lips it's a bit lighter than what I'd usually wear. Maybe something for fairer skintones? Either way it is smooth and pigmented so definitely a winner! You can find it for £14.99 here.

Bellapierre Mineral Eye Shadow in Lust - Bronze award

'Smooth, easy to apply', 'economical, and the colour holds', 'the best eye shadow I’ve ever used'.
This hypoallergenic product has graced a beauty box in the past although that was a champagne shade. Lust is a lovely deep purple which is soft as expected. I'm not the best at working with pigments but I'll give it a go. It is £12.99 and can be found on the website or in House of Fraser.

Essential care - Eye/lip liner in Brown - Silver award

Lovely colour', 'no drag', 'loved that it was so natural', 'long-lasting and no irritation'.
I'm not one for wearing brown liner in the day time because it is more 'subtle'. In fact we've already discussed this, I rarely wear make up day to day. Enough about me, the website tells me this liner is 64% organic and 100% natural. They are combined with 'organic jojoba, sunflower, shea butter and calendula for a rich, smooth texture'. It is a fairly pigmented pencil, however I don't find it any creamier than my other liner pencils. Having said that, I have no issues with irritation so that maybe the reason it won silver.  It is available for £12.50 here.

Fresh Therapies - Eden Natural Nail Polish Remover - GOLD AWARD

'Amazing to have a genuinely chemical-free nail varnish remover – how difficult must that have been to make', 'love the bottle', 'really does condition the nails while removing the polish – and was brilliant on hard, brittle cuticles', 'takes a bit longer and needs a bit more than the usual stuff but smells nice – and works!'

So this was the winner in the make up category! Sadly, this is the one thing I can't give an accurate review on as I never wear nail polish...EVER. I could attempt to put some on for the sake of a review but I'd have nothing to compare it with so there isn't much point. However, it must be pretty darn good if it won the make up category. Instead of leaving nails brittle, it is meant to moisturise them and your cuticles. I took a whiff and it smells faintly of lime going with the fresh theme alongside the name and green packaging. The full 50ml size is available for £12 here.

To conclude...

Entries for the 2013 award will open in January. They have 12 categories for the next Awards and you can find out more about them on the website here.

As I said I will be talking about the other products in another post so keep an eye out for that if you're a person that is conscious of staying away from the nasties in skincare products. If you're looking for more natural products or want to find out more about the awards I have left a few contact details below.

  • If you are interested in the awards contact
  • - they have a directory of over 200 'free from' skincare ranges ideal for problem skin!
  • @FFSkincareAward / @SkinsMatter

Till next time...Toodles! :)


  1. Awesome! I have never heard of either Skin Matters or the Skin Awards but now I am really interested and I am following on Twitter -what a great idea! Great post - thanks! xx


    1. Oh yay so glad I could introduce you to something new! :)

  2. It's nice to see other bloggers writing about these awards. I suffer from allergies & eczema & have to use free from skincare so I used/reviewed some of the brands you have been sent. The nail polish remover is great & I highly recommend it. Barefoot SOS is amazing for eczema :)

    1. Hi! I personally don't suffer from any skincare issues and so tend to use more mainstream brands. it's been nice to delve into the more natural products that are available. thanks for commenting :) x

  3. I've never heard of this before but sounds cool, especially the free goodies part.

    kisses baby girl xoxo

    1. Lol Yeah it was pretty cool to be sent them as I would never have come across them otherwise! :)


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