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 🙂

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?

August Favourites

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It’s that time again! I have quite a few, varied favourites this month – so here goes:

Food Doctor Cacao and Tangerine Granola £3.25 – I have LOVED this! It tastes so naughty, but it’s pretty healthy. I bought one box at the beginning of this month because I wanted a summer cereal (porridge was too heavy!) and just devoured it. I have since bought a 3 pack. It’s not the best value for money, but I think it’s worth it – so good with soy yoghurt and fruit.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate £6.74 – I got this book for my birthday back in June, but it’s taken me a while to get into it (that’s why it looks well worn – I’ve taken it with me in and out of bags)! This book IS pretty heavy going, but it’s brilliant. I’ve just about finished it now, and it’s a must read for anyone interested in climate change and sustainability. There’s also going to be a film released soon – I’m so pleased I’ve read it before the film comes out.

Mua Luxe Whipped Velvet Blush £3 – Mua is a super cheap, cruelty free brand – I’ve found it a bit hit and miss, but this is definitely a hit for me! The shade rococo is a perfect, natural looking flush and the cream formula makes it great for summer.

GOSH The Secret of Longer Lashes Mascara £9.49 – GOSH is another cruelty free, high street brand that I’ve been loving recently. It’s hard to find decent cruelty free mascaras – this is the first that I’ve really loved! One layer is enough to curl, lengthen and define my lashes, I use two layers on an everyday basis. Plus, it doesn’t clump or flake throughout the day.

Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser £5.10 – I’ve been using this cleanser in the morning every day this month! It’s great for my drier skin, and it’s super quick; I just massage it into my face and remove it with a damp flannel. It leaves my skin feeling great! And it is good value for money too – this small bottle will probably last me 5 months.

Plants – this might be a strange thing to include in my favourites of the month, but I have been a bit obsessed with plants! I got a spider plant months ago which I had to re-pot this month as it’s getting so big, then I got a terrarium, some more pots and cacti and air plants. The one on the top right is an air plant in an old jar with some pebbles. I just love them 🙂

This is all on top of the Yes To products I blogged about last week.

What have you been loving this month?

Surprisingly Ethical Brands!

Since people will pay a premium for items that are more ‘ethical’/’environmentally-friendly’, some companies are pretending that their brands are more ethical than they really are. This is so so annoying for those of us who want to support genuine brands!

But there are also brands that are genuinely ethical, but choose not to advertise this! I wanted to share some of them with you guys so you can make simple changes to everyday purchases 🙂

Bulldog is a skincare brand in the UK, targeted at men and advertised as no nonsense stuff. But it’s also completely animal-friendly and ethical consumer ranks it highly. It’s not expensive at all, so a great find 😀

There are a couple of make up brands as well that are completely cruelty free that you might not expect; ELF, GOSH and Barry M. They’re all reasonably priced (I hope to do a few reviews using these brands in the future) and widely available.

There are also a few high street clothing brands – these aren’t as ethical as the more expensive brands, but are great if you want to reduce your impact and are on a budget! H&M, New Look and Zara are all making progress on improving their supply chains and reducing their environmental impact.

Plain Lazy is a great brand if you have teenagers to buy presents for! Or anyone who’s relaxed 🙂 A lot of their products use organic cotton, and they don’t break the bank.

Arena Flowers are a flower company that top the charts on the ethical consumer list. They stock Fairtrade Flowers and British Flowers too – a couple of great options!

La Tasca is a restaurant that I love – it’s a Spanish restaurant that tops the ethical consumer charts! It’s no more expensive than other chains, and is that much better for the world 🙂

I hope you found this useful. If there are any other ‘secretly ethical’ brands you know of, please list them below!