By Sophia Hussain
We all know that forbidden fruits taste the sweetest, so when Danish beauty insider Charlotte Fnug Munksgaard was prohibited from wearing makeup as a little girl, it became a lifelong passion.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Charlotte’s Hot Beauty Stuff site is the on-line go-to spot for natural nail polishes and beauty products, and now she can add two brands of her own. She recently founded FNUG [a nail polish collection] and Organic M.A.K.E. [a cosmetics and skincare collection], both of which are as natural as cosmetics can be.
FNUG [pronounced with a silent “F”] is influenced by Scandinavian fashion, and new colours are released every fashion cycle. The nail polish comes in cute white organza draw-string bags, and housed in minimalist-designed bottles with a simple white brush cap. With 80 colours so far, ranging from subdued to bright hues, the lacquers are available in various finishes similar to fabrics, including: holographic, metal foil, metallic, neon matte, sheer, glitter, and cream. FNUG is fortified with vitamins A, D, E, B, and (warning to vegans!) caviar, but are free from formaldehyde, toulene, or dibutyl phthalate [DBP].
Charlotte’s Organic M.A.K.E skincare collection comes in mostly pump-style bottles, and contains ingredients including: pomegranate, papaya, sunflower seed oil, citrus, and seaweed. Suitable for vegans, the mineral cosmetics line contains no parabens, bismuth oxychloride, carmine, lanolin, GMOs, silicone, phthalates, or nanoparticles.
Tried and Tested Results
I tried three FNUG colours in a metallic finish: Fashion Editor [a rose gold hue], Killer Heels [a graphite hue], and Jetsetter [a vivid blue hue].
Fashion Editor and Killer Heels look like liquid metal due to the infused micro shimmer particles in these lacquers, whilst Jetsetter had a plain high-gloss finish. No base or top coat was used, and the lacquer dried quickly. These metallic lacquer shields remained chip free for a week, and this is without the use of a topcoat – impressive. The nail polish was also easy to remove with an acetone-free nail polish remover.
From the Organic M.A.K.E. line, I tried one mineral eyeshadow in Light Beige [a rose gold hue], one Face Cream, and one 3-in-One Cleansing Gel. I applied the loose-eyeshadow on my browbone and inner-eye corner – perfect to accentuate my signature cat-eye black liner flick. The eyeshadow is pigmented and easy to blend to create a delicate shimmering effect.
I used the lightly fragranced cleansing gel on a cotton round to remove my eye makeup, which left my skin feeling clean (without being tight) and refreshed – the gel is designed to be used without the need of water to rinse off. The gel also acts as a skin tonic, and creates a tightening and hydrating effect (hence the 3-in-1 element).
I then applied the face cream and extended this onto my neck. The botanical-scented cream felt light, spread easily, and left my normal skin feeling hydrated. I’d say it’s suitable for both day and night use, contains nourishing mango butter, and Omegas 3 and 6.
The FNUG and Organic M.A.K.E collections may not be forbidden to me to use in any way, but like Charlotte, I am now also well and truly obsessed with this makeup and skincare range.
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