Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Holiday


I'm going away on holiday tomorrow! I'm off to America for three weeks to visit family, and I'll be back posting on here on October 25th. You can keep up with me on Instagram for holiday snaps, including photos of my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (are any of you Harry Potter fans?) Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Cruelty-Free Favourite Posts #1


Sharing the love for fellow bloggers, here's a little round up of cruelty-free posts I've enjoyed from the month of September; all of the products in these posts are cruelty-free and suitable for vegetarians or vegans. They're all pretty affordable too!


Kelly from The Vegan Taff is a fellow cruelty-free blogger, who writes great detailed reviews of budget friendly, vegan friendly products from the highstreet, with lifestyle posts and recipes thrown in too.

We Were Raised By Wolves' B. Glowing Shimmer Block Review

Evelyn of We Were Raised By Wolves covers a variety of beauty products from high end to budget. I definitely recommend checking out her great posts from organic beauty week.

A Little Boat Sailing's Autumn Nail Polishes

Amy of A Little Boat Sailing describes herself as a "cat enthusiast" (always a winner in my book), and has absolutely lovely beauty posts as well as fashion and lifestyle too.


Adrienne, a.k.a. The Sunday Girl's daily beauty reports are well worth a look if you like to keep up to date with new releases and her gorgeous photos make everything look oh so desirable.


Emma and Jo from Dahlia Nails post some awesome nail art looks; their Instagram is always inspiring me to be more adventurous with my nails!


What's been your favourite product this month? How about your favourite blog?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

SkinLikes Natural Deodorant

SkinLikes Natural Vegan Deodorant Review

I was excited to find this SkinLikes deodorant in my September VeganKind box. For ages now I've put up with using a cheap deodorant that leaves white marks on my clothes. But not anymore!  SkinLikes is 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegetarian and vegan. As a plus for those, it's the best deodorant I've tried.

It works a charm all day long, doesn't leave white marks and miraculously doesn't sting after shaving. It's dries quickly too, perfect for when you're in a rush. The smell of jasmine essential oil is lovely and I'm much happier to be using something without parabens and other weird chemicals. At £4.95 it's not something I would have chanced my money on, but now I know how good it is I'll happily be buying it again. A really brilliant product!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

e.l.f. Nails


I got this e.l.f. nail polish set for my birthday and I am so happy with it. I'm a huge fan of e.l.f. as their make-up is so affordable, cruelty-free and vegan. This is the 'brights' set, and as much as I love the dark berry tones that are all the rage in Autumn and Winter, I think a pop of colour on your nails can really brighten up a dreary day. Also, it may be a little early to be talking about Christmas but I can't wait to have an excuse to get super sparkly with the glitter polishes :)


This colour is Mint Cream, which has lasted 5 days with no chips. It's already one of my favourites :)

Have you tried anything from e.l.f?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Naked Hair



Naked products are 97% natural, paraben free, silicone free, not tested on animals and all suitable for vegetarians, with many suitable for vegans too. Win win where I'm concerned!


Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

I bought this serum in the hope of adding some glossiness to my lifeless hair. It certainly adds a pretty sheen, helps to style my hair and makes things a bit neater. It looks particularly good on curls but I wouldn't recommend it for fighting frizz. My hair just seems particularly stubborn as every time I try to use this to smooth down the frizz it just springs back up again! But as that's not what it's designed for it's easily forgiven. As my hair is just so dull I would like a little more shine but this does a good job.

7/10


Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

This shampoo is designed for a sensitive scalp, which I don't suffer from, but I do get dandruff and a little itchiness. This shampoo has definitely helped with that; after using it for around two months I still get a teensy bit of dandruff but no itchiness at all. Even though it doesn't lather very much (like most natural shampoos) it leaves my hair super clean and fresh feeling. I have found however that as it cleans so well, it can leave my hair a little dry and so I like to alternate it with another shampoo. Every now and then I add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to it in the palm of my hand and find this works a treat to get rid of any product build up. A good all rounder.

8/10


After trying these two I'll be buying from Naked again. Have you tried their products? What would you recommend?


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Superdrug Moisturisers









Superdrug is such a great place to start if you're looking for cruelty-free, animal friendly beauty on a budget. All of their own brand products are leaping bunny approved and labelled as suitable for vegetarians or vegans which makes it super easy!

I've worked my way through a fair few of their moisturisers and here's what I thought of them.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

This is the one I'm currently using and I like the most. The packaging looks super expensive! It absorbs easily, feels light on the skin and leaves my face feeling soft. I have combination skin and find this moisturiser has just the right balance for it - no shine and no dry flakes either. I've happily used it all summer but I like to use a moisturiser with SPF all year round, so I hope it holds up through the cold winter months too. I got it half price for £4.99, but it's certainly worth the full price.

9/10

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

This one actually says it's "formulated for women 35+", which I didn't notice until after I bought it! It doesn't have an SPF factor, but does have a UVA/UVB protection system. It also claims to mattify, but I didn't really feel it had an effect here. As for the moisturiser itself, it has a lovely velvety feel on your skin and isn't heavy at all as some anti-ageing creams can be. Altogether a good moisturiser but not the one for me.

7/10

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

This moisturiser has two different kinds according to skin type; I bought the normal/combination one when it was half price as my regular one had sold out. Sadly I feel that it's just not as good quality as the slightly pricier options. The cream is very thick and doesn't absorb well. This left me with a lot of shine - possibly what the label refers to as brightening! Others with dry skin would perhaps have better results from it, and I've been putting it on my hands for now to use it up.

5/10

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

I really like this night cream - it sort of smells like almonds! I've had a cold this week and it's felt so nourishing to slather this on my face and all the dry skin around my nose (gross I know!) You know that tight, dry feeling your skin has after you get out of the shower? This is the perfect remedy for that - so thick and lovely and makes your face nice and soft again. It's also a steal at £2.99 and lasts ages.

8/10


What moisturiser do you use? Do you switch them for summer and winter?
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