Saturday, 25 November 2017

Lip Balm: A Natural + Vegan Guide


Winter has arrived, and brought along its annoying friend - chapped lips. Freezing winds and central heating create a cocktail of soreness, redness and flaky skin which looks crap but feels even worse.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Love Lula November Box | Natural + Cruelty-free Beauty Box


I recently ordered the Love Lula monthly beauty box, and was pleasantly surprised when I received the November box. Having tried out no beauty boxes beforehand, I was sceptical as to whether they were worth it. If you are interested, I have an unboxing video here.

For a total of £16.90 including P&P, in this box I received three full sized products and two samples. The value of the box was £60, and you receive a code to take 20% off anything you choose to buy from their shop. But how did the products actually fare?

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Vegan Palette of Dreams | BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel


Since transitioning my cruelty-free collection to an entirely vegan one, I’ve found palettes to be a pain in the ass. Why is carmine so widely used? Why is it more normal to find crushed up beetles in eyeshadows than not? I’m constantly baffled.

When doing a lil’ makeup shopping a couple of months ago, I discovered a brand called BH Cosmetics – a leaping bunny approved company with a huge range of clearly marked vegan products. With ten wearable eyeshadows and four glowing highlighters, this palette called out to me, and a few YouTube reviews later, it was in my basket.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Discovering Benecos

One brand I’ve often seen pop up on my cruelty-free timeline is Benecos, a natural and affordable makeup company offering products suitable to all. Though I’d seen a few of their products reviewed by my favourites, and waked past the stand at Holland and Barrett with wide-eyes, I hadn’t tried this wonder-brand that so many were recommending.

That’s why I was incredibly grateful when they sent me a couple of samples of their newest releases – a chance to try the newest and best that Benecos has to offer while carefully choosing what to introduce to my vegan and natural collection.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Self-Care Advice From My First Counselling Session


The first and only time I opened up about my mental health on this blog was when I wrote an open letter to depression, which I deleted when I started Uni, but as I later found out it inspired at least two people close to me to seek help, I’ve re-published it.

This post, on a much brighter note, will share some of the helpful advice I received when I went to my first ever counselling session last week. It did take me over a year to get the ball rolling and actually sort out getting counselling, but if you suffer with any mental illness I really urge you to seek this as soon as you possibly can. I’m lucky enough to have access to counselling through my Uni, but NHS waiting lists can be up to a year long, so acting quickly could make a massive difference.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

My Everyday Skincare | Cruelty-free + Vegan


Recently I’ve fine-tuned my skincare into the perfect bubble of products for my routine. My focus of late was trying to simplify my collection – my tiny flat with one bathroom shelf just can’t accommodate for a five-step morning regime and a seven-step night time one. I’m also slowly introducing more natural products into my hoard, and I feel like my skin is rewarding me for it. Below, I've listed all the skincare I've been using and loving recently. If you’re wondering, my skin type is Oily/Combination (emphasis on the oily), but a lot of these products are suitable for anyone.
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