In this huge world of beauty there’s plenty of independent brands, however, they’re just that little bit harder to find among the sea of well-known cosmetics companies. I recently stumbled across skincare and make-up brand, Smudge by Jilly, and after being gifted two of its products, I’ve been dying to tell you all about them…
Smudge by Jilly prides itself on creating cruelty-free products that are free from chemicals and artificial ingredients, and that are reasonably priced. The skincare and make-up ranges consist of products that are made using organic, natural and mineral ingredients that have been sourced from UK suppliers, showing love for UK businesses and supporting the local economy.
For the past few weeks I’ve been using the Natural Lemon and Lavender Face Cream* and Mandarin Lip Balm*.
Let me start by saying the face cream smells absolutely incredible – it smells so fresh and citrusy. Since it’s a combination of zesty lemon and relaxing lavender it’s perfect for both morning and night. Not only has the cream made my skin so soft, but it’s been kind and caring to my skin too. Since using it there’s been no flare ups and my skin hasn’t broken into spots. A little goes a long way too, all I need is two pumps when applying it to my face and within a matter of minutes it’s completely absorbed.
If you love the smell of orange, and I mean natural orange not the artificial scent, then you’ll love this lip balm. Normally I need to apply a thick layer of lippy before I head to bed as my lips get really dry, however, I’ve found with this that I only need a little bit. It’s so hydrating that I’ve been using it as a cuticle balm too.
I really suffer with dry hands and my cuticles are always cracked and peeling (yeah, I know it’s disgusting) but since using this balm they’ve look better than they have in years. I rub a small amount onto each cuticle after I’ve applied it onto my lips every night, and boom no more peeling!
The brand launched in March this year after a hype grew around the lipglosses and creams that owner and creator, Jilly, made for herself. A few months down the line and the brand has a full range of face washes, face creams, body creams, lip glosses and hand-poured soy candles. There’s also plans to create products for babies and pregnant ladies in the near future.
Have you heard of Smudge before? Are there any independent brands you would recommend? Do you prefer to shop local?
Sarah Jayne x
(* I received complimentary products in exchange for a review. My review is completely honest and all words and opinions are my own)