Sunday, 14 May 2017

24 Hours with Arbonne Skincare & Nutrition

Hey everyone, hope you're all having a lovely and relaxing weekend!

As a vegan who is very much into health and beauty products, I'm always on the lookout for new cruelty-free skincare and make up to try. I know from personal experience that when you first go vegan it can be quite difficult (and can get kind of expensive!) to find products that are not only kind to animals but also kind to your skin, which is why I love sharing my finds with you guys - if I can help you cut down on the time and expense of trying products that don't work then that's brilliant!

One of my favourite companies which I've recently discovered is definitely Arbonne; Arbonne is a 100% vegan skincare. make up and nutrition company (certified by the Vegan Society in the UK, yay!) which uses natural and nourishing ingredients and has a huge focus on wellness. 

As I'm an avid make up and skincare fan, when I was contacted and asked to participate in a campaign for Arbonne I was obviously super excited and said yes straight away! Some of the products weren't very suitable for my skin (I look about 12 so I don't think I need to use anti-aging products!) so I recruited my lovely mum to help me try them out; we had a fabulous pampering session in my living room which was only marred by my boyfriend laughing at us whilst I vigorously dabbed my mother's face with a beauty blender covered in CC cream. The cheek of him!


Monday, 20 February 2017

Current Lush Favourites & Dealing with Sensitive Skin

Ahh, Lush; the magical place where beauty addicts can go and watch their money miraculously disappear. The combination of cute names, delicious scents and a completely cruelty-free product line means that Lush is a firm favourite amongst conscious shoppers (if only they'd go completely vegan, my life would be complete!). Plus their packaging isn't aimed towards anyone in particular which is kind of revolutionary, so the feminist in me is very happy (breaking down gender boundaries, one bath bomb at a time!). I'd be lying if I said I don't spend a large amount of my disposable income on skincare/bath products, so I figured why not make my obsession slightly useful and share my favourites with you lovely lot? Also, I have super sensitive skin and suffer from eczema so hopefully this post will help those of you who struggle too!


Saturday, 11 June 2016

My Vegan, Cruelty-Free & Natural Skincare Routine (Pai Skincare & Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa System Review)

Today I want to share my skincare routine with you all - I don't talk about my skin that often on my blog or any of my social media accounts but I used to struggle pretty badly with eczema when I was a toddler and then again from the age of 13 - 20. It's only in the last year or so that my skin is actually behaving again and now, at age 21, I'm finally happy with it! Suffering from eczema was incredibly debilitating and I couldn't stand people seeing me when I was experiencing a flare up. Luckily it's all gone now and, even though that may be due to me getting older and my skin sorting itself out on its own, I do contribute a lot of my success to my diet (lots of plants and no dairy!), the amount of water I drink (at least 2 litres a day) and my skincare routine. I use products free from harsh ingredients, and facial oils which are amazing for hydrating your skin and giving it a natural glow.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

What's In My Make Up Bag? (Natural, Vegan & Cruelty-Free)

When I first went vegan, my only priority when it came to beauty products was that they had to be cruelty-free (i.e. not tested on animals) and made without any animal products. While these are still two of the main criteria I look for when it comes to what I put on my skin I'm now a lot more interested in 'natural' and organic skincare and make up. Now, I know the word 'natural' is extremely subjective and no two people will have the same definition of it so it's hard to know what it means when a product is marketed as being that - especially since companies can slap the all-natural label on any product they want because there aren't really any rules or regulations surrounding it. Also, nettles are natural but I'm not going to rub them all over my skin! So when I use the word 'natural' I mean free from 'nasties' with the majority of the ingredients being derived from plants to create a product that is, without a doubt, safe for your skin. There are a lot of companies out there who are 'greenwashing' so all I can say is do your research before you buy.


Friday, 12 December 2014

The Ultimate Healthy, Vegan & Cruelty-free Christmas Gift Guide

Buying Christmas presents can be tough, especially when you're trying to find something to give to someone with dietary restrictions or who follows a cruelty-free lifestyle. You can't just pick up the first box of chocolates or toiletries you see because unfortunately the recipient either wouldn't be able to eat or use them, or simply wouldn't want to. Even though I've lived a vegan lifestyle for just over a year now I still find it difficult to buy toiletries that are cruelty-free and don't contain any animal products, so for someone who has no idea about this way of living it could be quite daunting to come up with something to give to a vegan friend or relative. Luckily I love buying presents for people so I've put together this guide to help you pick some amazing gifts to give this year; this guide could also be helpful if you're already vegan or living a cruelty-free lifestyle and want to introduce people to it gently, or you could even just treat yourself to a few things! I know everyone has different budgets so I've tried to include a range of prices - have fun!
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