My People Tree Collection

Hello!

I’m in a bit of a blogging rut at the moment but thought it would be cool to share my favourite pieces I bought from People Tree (this isn’t sponsored – just genuinely love the brand!). I think ethical fashion can get a bad reputation for being ‘too hippy’ and/or ‘boring’ but hopefully this shows otherwise!

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I’ve put them in the order I got them – the last 2 are still available in the sale for under £25! The roll neck jumper dress is here and the burgundy print tunic is here.

I regularly wear the first three for work and the last one is more for fun – it has rabbits printed all over it, so I thought it’d be perfect for Easter!

They all wash really well and I love how they fit – they’re all in UK size 10, which is my usual size.

Which one is your favourite?

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January Favourites

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This month I’ve been loving a few things – a couple are from the January sales and there’s a Christmas present too!

First of all is this People Tree dress – £25.50 in the sale! I think that’s a bargain as it’s a well made staple that you can wear so many different ways. I’ve already work it a lot to work and I’ve always felt very polished and it’s just because it looks lovely on. I wear it with a waist belt to break up the black a bit.

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These Toms are also a January Sale purchase! They’re £36 and they’re great for mild winter/early spring because of the fluffy lining that keep your feet nice and toasty 🙂 All I can really say is they’re cosy, comfy, and look a bit different to plain black shoes!

Then there’s the book Why Women Will Save the Planet‘ – it’s a collection of essays compiled by Friends of the Earth. I’ve not quite finished it yet, but it shows some unique viewpoints on gender and climate change – well worth a read.

Finally, a beauty favourite! I bought Gosh’s Sweetheart when there was an offer on in Superdrug – it wasn’t planned so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like this. On my lips it looks like a cool toned mauve, with brown undertones – it’s a hint at the 90s thing going on without being too in your face about it! It’s also really flattering, and of course cruelty free.

This month’s favourites has been short and sweet – I’m testing out a few new bits of skin care so that might make it into February’s post! I’m also looking forward to a bit more sun as it gets closer to spring 🙂

The Lush Cosmetics Tag

Hello!

So for the last couple of weeks I’ve seen the Lush Cosmetics Tag flying around, and although I haven’t been tagged, I thought I’d do it after seeing lucieleannexo, Lush Upon a Time, and Bunnies, Blankets and Bandanas do the tag!

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What was your first…

1) Lush Bath Bomb?

Father Christmas (Christmas Exclusive)

2) Lush Bubble Bar

The Comforter

3) Lush Massage Bar?

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4) Lush Kitchen Item?

I’m not 100% sure… It might have been a thick, moisturising shower cream?

5) Lush Shower Gel/Cream?

Comforter Shower Cream

6) Lush Shower Jelly?

Snowman (Christmas Exclusive)

7) Lush Fresh Facemask?

Mask of Magniminty! Back when I was a teenager

8) Lush Bar of Soap:

Gay is Okay – limited edition

What is your favourite…

1) Lush Store?

The Oxford Street one is heaven!

2) Lush Bath Bomb?

Yoga Bomb OR Guardian of the Forest

3) Lush Bubble Bar?

The Comforter is still a fave (although I also love Brightside)

4) Lush Massage Bar?

I’ve only ever tried Dirty! It was ok, but I think I need to try more 🙂

5) Lush Kitchen Item?

A Gold Star – it was sold around Christmas time and it’s a bubble bar that smells of Frankincense and citrus.

6) Lush Shower Gel?

I’ve only tried the comforter cream – it was good, but again I should try more!

7) Lush Shower Jelly?

I really liked the Snowman – it was subtle smelling and cute

8) Lush Facemask?

Don’t Look At Me is perfect

9) What Lush products would you like to see come back/haven’t tried yet?

I hope they bring back the Golden Egg which was my favourite from last years Easter collection! I also want to try more massage bars, as well as more hair and face products.

 

That’s it! Let me know what you think and do the tag if you’d like 🙂

5 Product Face: Cruelty Free Version

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Hello! Today I thought I’d share a super simple make up routine that I often use on my days off and whenever I don’t want to spend a long time ‘perfecting’ my make up. I’ve chosen 5 of my favourite products from a few different cruelty free brands.

NOTE: Nyx is owned by L’Oreal; when I bought the eyebrow powder I was unaware of this, as L’Oreal is non-cruelty free I will try to find a replacement for this in the future!

  1. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder £3.85 (on sale) – this is in the shade Taupe/Ash and as you can see it’s well loved! I find the lighter shade is perfect for filling in sparse patches, while the gel is good at keeping the hairs in place all day. I think defined eyebrows are important to look put together – unfortunately I over-plucked mine in high school so I need this!
  2. MUA Elysium Palette £6 – is it cheating to include this? This palette includes eyeshadows as well as a highlighter pencil and regular black eyeliner pencil. I used the colour on the top row, third from the right, as well as the one in the bottom row, second from the left. I love the colours in this; they’re pretty natural looking, so perfect for everyday wear and they bring out the green in my eyes. I also really love the highlighting pencil! It’s creamy and long-lasting – definitely worth £6.
  3. Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Foundation (Stripped) £14 – this is the most expensive product, but it’s so worth it! Applying this takes a maximum of 2 minutes and it leaves my skin looking and feeling great. I forget I’ve got anything on my face after 10 minutes, but it leaves my skin looking even and shine-free all day.
  4. GOSH Growth Mascara £9.49 – I don’t think this works to grow my lashes longer, but it’s a great mascara to define, add volume and lengthen without irritating my eyes! This is definitely my favourite mascara at the moment.
  5. B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek (Goji) £3.99 (on sale)- this is from Superdrug’s own cruelty free and vegan collection. I hadn’t tried their product before but I’m really impressed. This is a great shade for both the lips and cheeks, it dries to a satin finish and although it’s a little drying on the lips, this can be solved with a bit of lip balm. This is a great product for travel as it’s a 2 in 1!

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This photo isn’t edited, so you can see what the colours look like on me! The lip and cheek tint can be darkened by layering it more. I’m really happy with this look! What products would you use?

HUGE Lush Winter Haul

This is the first year where I would consider myself a proper ‘lushie’ – so when they announced the new Winter Collection I new I needed to pick up a few bits… I ended up picking up more than just that.

Some of these I managed to get at my local store, but I ordered about half of it online as the shop was sold out of some of the bits I wanted to try…

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First up are these fresh smelling white products:

Snowman Shower Jelly £3.95 – I was actually planning on getting the Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly, but I wasn’t that impressed by the scent – it wasn’t strong at all! So I bought this one instead. It’s the perfect balance between fruity and sweet.

So White Bath Bomb £3.65 – This smells gorgeous (apple and citrus) so I’m looking forward to using it. I’ve also heard it’s not just plain white so should be interesting to see…

Snow Angel Bath Melt £3.95 – This has more of a floral scent, and the underside is COVERED in shimmer, so it’ll make the bath super pretty.

Snow Melt Bath Melt £2.00 – This one is peppermint and lemon scented; it’ll be really refreshing but also nourishing as it is a bath melt!

Star Dust Bath Bomb £2.95 – Again, this is another plain white one, but it smells so lovely; this one is mainly vanilla with some citrus in the background.

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Now onto the more colourful sweet scents:

Salt and Peppermint Bark Shower Scrub £5.95 – I actually ran out of scrub last week, so this perfect timing! I love the scent of this – pure peppermint, which is a great ‘clean’ scent for a scrub. It kind of reminds me of after 8 mints – very Christmas-y!

Dashing Santa Bath Bomb £2.95 – This one smells quite subtly of sweet oranges. It’s one of my favourite scents but I feel like I can’t use it until December!

Snakes and Ladders Fun £5.00 – This is actually a gift for a friend’s birthday, but I thought I’d include it anyway! It smells so lovely; the perfect balance between sweet and fresh.

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar £3.95 – This one is strawberry scented and it’s a lot sweeter than the others. If you’re a fan of snow fairy and the comforter you’ll like this – on the other hand it’s not AS intense as snow fairy; it’s a good one for everyone!

Shoot for the Stars £3.65 – I think this one is the prettiest bath bomb of the new range – I love the colours! It’s not as strong as I thought it would be, but hopefully more of the citrus scent will unfurl as it swirls around the bath.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb £3.95 – First of all, this is HUGE! I expected this to cost more, but it’s really not bad considering the size. Also, this is quite strong smelling; lime and orange – gorgeous! I already know that I’m going to have to repurchase this…

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Finally, these are the spicy scents that I think are SUPER Christmas-y!

The Magic of Christmas Bubble Bar £5.95 – This is the epitome of Christmas! It smells of cinnamon and spice, it has the glitter, it’s shaped like a star and it even has a bell. It’s also reusable so it’ll work out as pretty good value for money. Another one that I expect I will repurchase…

Yog Nog Bath Bomb £3.95 – This is supposed to smell of spicy toffee… I’m not sure! In the store it smelled great, but I think that was because there were so many sweet smelling things in the shop. It is supposed to be super moisturising, so if nothing else it’ll be great for my skin!

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb £3.95 – This is one from the Halloween range and I was a bit wary of the ‘spicy herbal’ scent, but I actually really like it! It doesn’t seem too strong, and the bath will look amazing as the layers unravel.

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb £3.95 – I mainly got this because it looks super cool; SO PINK. It’s meant to be really relaxing which should be perfect around this time of year.

Cinders Bath Bomb £2.95 – This is smaller than the other bath bombs, but it smells so lovely and strong. It’s pure cinnamon (one of my all time favourites) and it has popping candy so that’ll be fun. I’m thinking of pairing this with one of the bath melts…

DSC_1710Finally, it’s the Cranberry Festive Face Mask £6.75 – it’s super nourishing, so I’m looking forward to using it as the weather gets colder and more harsh. Sorry about the quality of this – I forgot about it (as it’s kept in the fridge) so I thought I’d show it on my face, but my phone takes really bad selfies! I can confirm it is super lovely – a lovely consistency and really moisturising.

Well… I won’t be going into Lush for quite a while now. But what’s your festive favourite?

Favourite Brand Alert!

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This is not sponsored at all! I just want to share a brand that I’ve really enjoyed over the past couple of months,

‘Organic Surge products are NOT tested on animals and are 100% free of harsh chemicals – no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, no artificial fragrances or colourants and no genetically modified ingredients… Organic Surge has been proud sponsors of the Baby Care Unit in Kenya Children’s Home, Nairobi since 2009.’

This quote from the website satisfies me that this is a company with a conscience 🙂 So moving back to the actual products:

Blissful Daily Moisturiser is my new daily moisturiser – it smells gorgeous! It’s suitable for vegans and people with sensitive skin as well as all skin types. I’m not sure about this last claim – people with oily skin may find this a bit heavy, but for my skin (normal-dry) it’s perfect.

Overnight Sensation Night Cream was actually featured in my June favourites! Again this is suitable for vegans, and it smells gorgeous.

2 Minute Hair Moisture Mask is another product that’s suitable for vegans! It’s meant for dry hair that needs a bit more life and it really delivers. It’s also going to last for AGES as I’ve been using it for 2 months and it doesn’t look touched.

Tropical Bergamot Shower Gel is obviously a shower gel but it also smells like oranges, lathers up well and is vegan! There’s not much else to say really about this one 🙂

Deep Cleansing Face Mask is a repurchase! I got this in a beauty box in a sample size and LOVED it. I found this a lot more balancing than just cleansing – it left my skin feeling so soft and lovely afterwards, whereas some cleansing masks leave it feeling tight.

So I’ve been loving all these products recently! As I found this brand through a beauty box company, I’m looking to subscribe to a vegan/ethical one to discover more great products. Please leave suggestions for any good subscription boxes below!

Foundation Series: Barry M

This is the second foundation I’ve tested (first is here), this is Barry M’s Flawless Finish Foundation:

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This is an ‘oil free formulation, containing soothing moisturisers with skin healing properties, for a flawless matte finish’.

I applied this with my fingers as I’ve not yet found a sponge or brush that is any better, and I haven’t used a primer as I can’t find any budget friendly, ethical ones in the UK.

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The first photo is me without any make up, the second one is just with the Barry M foundation, the third one is with the rest of my make up and the final one is after 6 hours of wear.

Price: £5.99 for 30g

Initial Thoughts: I always thought of Barry M as a nail brand; this IS the only foundation that they do, so I’m interested to see how it does. I love the pump style packaging (although disliked the unnecessary extra plastic packaging when I bought it), and the consistency is a fairly thick liquid. This was a really good colour match for me!

Quality: I am impressed. This feels really light on the skin! I only needed 2 pumps to cover my face with a medium coverage; you can see in the photo that my redness has been covered (again, I don’t have a lot of spots at the moment and the ones I do have are red lumps so I can’t talk about coverage of spots really). Within 15 minutes I forgot it was on my skin – it felt so light and natural.

Ethicalness: Barry M is a British brand which claims that their head office and factories remain in Britain (meaning that workers are less likely to be exploited), all their products are vegetarian (some vegan, but not this foundation) and this page shows their stance on animal cruelty. All very impressive for a brand that I personally didn’t think was particularly ethical until I did some research!

Colour Availability: There are 5 shades (same as the Lush Foundation) and they don’t go very dark… However, they’re not orange (yay!) – the lightest shade works fine on my quite pale skin.

Any Other Comments: I really liked this – I was surprised by how much! Given the price, I wasn’t expecting too much, but I found it super lightweight and almost flawless! I don’t think it wore particularly well throughout the day though – the last picture is after about 6 hours of wear (and no touch ups) and it doesn’t look great. Maybe with a primer and regular touch ups throughout the day I’d be fine.

Repurchase: Yes! I think this is great value for money and it fits in with my values. I was super impressed by this, although I may need to invest in a good primer to make it last all day.