Tuesday, 3 November 2015

October Cruelty-Free & Vegan Favourites

October Cruelty-Free & Vegan Favourites

Wow, October went quickly! I hope you've all been loving the autumn leaves and scenery as much as I have. Here's what I've been up to lately...

At the start of the month my boyfriend and I took a trip to Bristol Comic and Zine Fair to sell his mini comics and it was such a fantastic creative atmosphere. We both left with lots of ideas for new projects to keep us busy. 

Recently two new vegetarian and vegan eateries have opened in Cardiff which is so exciting. Anna Loka is an all vegan cafe and Atma is a vegetarian cafe with a yoga studio too. Shamefully I'm yet to visit either but let me know if you'd like me to post about them when I do check them out.

One of my favourite hobbies is reading, and lately I've started doing some very short book reviews on my Instagram. Take a peek if you like fantasy, science fiction, dystopian or horror, as that's what I love to read.

Also this month the lovely Natalie of The Tofu Diaries interviewed me about my cruelty-free story, favourite brands and my process for finding out if a company is really cruelty-free. Read the interview here.

November is set to be a busy month as I'm currently looking for a new place to live, trying to minimise all my things and I'll be taking a trip to London to go to the Lush Prize Awards. In case you missed it, you can read my post all about the judging here. I don't think I could be any more excited about an event!

October Cruelty-Free & Vegan Favourites

The Favourites

Choc Shot

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win three Choc Shots from the Vegan Lifestyle Association! It's free to join their site and you get access to lots of cruelty-free discounts and vegan competitions. This chocolate syrup is delicious in an almond milk hot chocolate and I love to dip it with apple slices for a sweet autumnal snack.

Superdrug Cherry & Macadamia Body Butter

This sweet smelling moisturiser is a life saver for my dry skin as well as feeling absolutely luxurious. So thick and lovely, I adore the rich cherry scent and it's one of the few beauty products I buy again and again.

Crazy Rumors Mint Chocolate Lip Balm

After running out of this tasty lip balm I had to go pick up another one. It's all natural and easily keep my lips hydrated. I'm also very keen to try the HibisKiss tinted lip balms and pretty much all the other fun flavours.

Bettes Beauty Serum

I love to use this serum at night as it feels so nourishing. After using it I wake up with lovely soft and hydrated skin. The scent is a wonderful autumnal mix of pumpkin and herbs, just right for this time of year.

Superdrug Hand Cream 2 In 1

I really like this hand cream as it's budget friendly, never greasy and absorbs quickly. I find I only need to apply this twice a day and it leaves my hands soft and smooth even through the colder months. 

Coconut Curry

I had a go at making Minimalist Baker's recipe for vegan coconut curry and it turned out to be absolutely divine. Very rich, creamy and filling. I was amazed at how easy it was to make such a delicious meal and it's easily the best vegan cooking I've achieved so far. Highly recommended!

Aniqa Dreams

Ana is a brilliant blogger and youtuber who shares tips on ethical fashion, eating vegan and buying cruelty-free. You can read our interview here where we chatted about Ana's favourite brands and her advice for finding animal friendly beauty. A few of my favourite videos are her Cruelty-Free Beauty Hacks & Tips and Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas.


More from the month of October...

Posts to check out

Vicky's excellent guide Is It Cruelty-Free? 5 Ways To Know If Cosmetics Are Tested On Animals

Sarah hosted her very first Vegan Essex Social and it looks like such a fab event.

Bianca of The Friendly Fig's Cruelty-Free Nails: Buffy The Vampire Slayer edition.

Steph's Current Favourite Autumn Make-up made me swoon over that berry lip.

Gemma's thoughts after her first 6 months as a vegan.


Some recent Instagrams



Products I'm lusting after
e.l.f. Studio Need It Nude Eyeshadow PaletteLush Rose Jam Shower GelAutograph Matt Velvet Lipstick in Plum



What have you been loving this month?

Gemima
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