December Favourites

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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a great few days, and I wish you a happy new year 🙂

I’ve been loving a couple of products this month – both from Lush. The first one is a Shampoo Bar called ‘New’ £5.95 – I’ve been using it for over a month and I’ve hardly made a dent! It’s a solid bar containing cinnamon, clove and peppermint and it’s supposed to stimulate the hair follicles to grow faster. I don’t know about that claim, but it smells amazing (if you like peppermint!).

The other product is the Salt and Peppermint Bark Shower Scrub which was £5.95, but it was a winter exclusive and now it’s not on the website 😦 It’s such a shame because I loved this! I’ll be savouring the last few uses of this because I really love the smell of peppermint… And I think it’s a great scrub. Even though it specifies use in the shower, I always use it in the bath because then you can control how wet it gets and how quickly you get through it.

The photo also shows another addition to my plant collection… It’s getting a bit out of hand, but I couldn’t resist!

The ‘smash the patriarchy’ pillow is actually a Christmas present – it perfectly matches my bedroom colours and I just love it so much! It also means a lot that my parents are accepting of my feminist views.

I’ve really loved having my sister visit this month as she’s away from university. One thing we did was see the movie Sisters; it stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (who I love!), and it’s just super funny.

I spent the second week of December in Paris for the climate negotiations. I blogged about why I was going last month, and I have to include it in my favourites because it was an incredible week. It was so emotional and I cried both happy and sad tears, but I’m really glad I went. It’s hard to articulate, but I hope that the deal that was agreed upon is a signal for change. This is a photo of me at the protest on Saturday 12th December by the Eiffel Tower – one of the many ‘highs’ of the week!

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December has ultimately been a great month and I’ve really enjoyed the last week of festivities!

October Favourites

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Hello! I haven’t had a LOAD of products this month, but these are a few of my top picks:

Disney Halloween T-Shirt: This is actually from Vinted! It’s second hand (which means I don’t feel guilty about the labour and resources that have gone into producing it) and it’s perfect for Halloween. I don’t like anything too scary so this is more cute! I’ve been wearing this throughout the month and it looks great with jeans and a faux leather jacket. Bonus: It was only £5!

Barry M Nail Paint Vintage Violet (£2.99): I really love purple nail varnishes, and although I’ve been trying to stop myself buying more nail colours (as I have way too many) I really wanted to try this one. It didn’t disappoint! It’s purple but it also has a kind of grey undertone which makes it perfect for Autumn. This also lasted on my nails for almost a week! That’s really impressive for me as usually it doesn’t last a day on my nails. I definitely recommend this!

Barry M Flawless Primer (£5.99): I mentioned a while back how I needed to find a cruelty free primer at a relatively cheap price; this month I found one! This is new from Barry M and they have three different types – I just went for the one suitable for all skin types. I’ve been using this with the last few drops of the Barry M Flawless Matte Foundation and they work really well together!

I’ve also been loving the Cranberry Festive Face Mask (£6.75) – a winter exclusive from Lush! It’s featured on my Lush Winter Haul and it’s my favourite item I’ve tested so far. The consistency is smooth so it’s really easy to apply, and I just leave it for 5-7 minutes and it leaves my face feeling balanced – it’s cleansing but also replenishes moisture. It’s perfect for this time of year when your skin needs to recover from all the cold outside and central heating inside!

My absolute favourite film this month has been Suffragette; I’ve always admired their story and I learned a bit about them in high school, but I’m really interested in their techniques now that I consider myself an activist for climate change. The story followed a fictional character, and although you had to force yourself to believe that she would be at all these key events, it was such a well made and well cast film! It’s empowering, but also sobering to think that this struggle is still going on in places around the world.

What have you been loving this month?

September Favourites!

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September is probably my favourite month as there’s still the last traces of summer but it’s acceptable to wrap up a bit more and be all cozy! Also, it stills makes me think of fresh starts as school/uni began in September. So here are a few things that I’ve been loving in my favourite month:

Diary £10 – You may be thinking, why are you getting a 2016 diary in September? But that’s because it’s a 16 month one – so it runs from September this year through to December next year. I prefer this as I can plan further ahead and I just really like the design of this one – I think the front cover is beautiful, it’s A5 size and it’s a week to view design inside, with enough space at the beginning and end for small notes. I love it so much that I bought the matching notepad, which I’m using as a gratitude journal.

Hot Chocolate – It’s just about the time of year to start drinking hot chocolate in the evening – I dislike tea and coffee so this is quite different for me! I absolutely love hot chocolate made with hazelnut milk and a strong cocoa powder/hot chocolate powder mix. I’ve been having it at home, but also travelling so I got myself a simple travel mug – it keeps the drink warm and also looks pretty cool.

Green People Scent Free Deodorant (£7.61) – I was having a real problem with my underarms in the summer – they were very irritated and sore. It was getting to the point when I was going to see a doctor because they were that bad! Fortunately, I tried this deodorant first. It calmed my skin down completely in 2 weeks. If you have sensitive skin and want to try a ‘natural’ deodorant then this is a good one to start with. It’s not tested on animals, suitable for vegans and also 89% organic!

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask (£6.50) – I don’t know what it is about me and blue face masks but I loved this one as much as the ‘Don’t Look At Me’ one! I think face masks are such a lovely treat, and this is just another one that I’ll add to my repurchase list. It’s more purifying and cleansing than Don’t Look At Me, but it’s not drying at all. It’s also vegan and obviously not tested on animals!

Laidbare from Dusk till Dawn Serum (£8.49) – This is the serum I’ve been using every night! It’s brilliant; aimed at dry, damaged and ageing skin, it’s super duper moisturising. I pin my hair back so it doesn’t make my fringe oily, and then by morning it’s completely sunk in and my skin feels lovely and soft. It’s not tested on animals, and it is vegan but I had to go online to check that!

Candles – Finally I’ve been loving burning candles to create a lovely relaxed atmosphere in my bedroom. I’ve been using this cinnamon one recently as it’s so autumnal! Does anyone have any ethical candle recommendations? From what I’ve read soy is best, but is there anything else to look out for? I’d love to know as I’m not sure about this one…

Unfortunately September was also pretty sad for me because my cat died; she was only 6, but had aggressive cancer. So I’m missing her a lot at the moment…

Anyway, what have you been loving this month?

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?

July Favourites!

This is the round up of my favourite products and things that have been going on this month – it’s been a pretty packed one!

At the beginning of the month I went on holiday so read loads of books – my favourite one was Suffragette: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst. I find that time in history so interesting and the story is really awe inspiring – I’m definitely going to see the film when it comes out in Autumn!

Later on I discovered that this month was ‘Plastic Free July’ – oops! I tried the challenge for a week instead of a full month, and still found it tough.

I also blogged last week about a new favourite brand – I’ve been testing Organic Surge products for a couple of months but can really see the effects of using them now.

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I’ve been using one lip product throughout this month – NYX’s colour lip balm in Grazie (£2 in sale!). This is moisturising and perfect for a more natural summer look! It fades evenly so it doesn’t look awful after a couple of hours, and it’s just been permanently on my lips 🙂

Then there’s Lush’s Shine so Bright Hair Balm (£4.75); when I first got this I didn’t think it was very good value for money. I was wrong! I’ve had this since January so it’s lasted 6 months… It’s been a saviour this month as my hair goes static-y quite easily and a little frizzy in the heat. So this has been the perfect way to tame it without being heavy.

This is a bit late now! But another favourite has been the #GayIsOkay Soap from Lush – unfortunately I don’t think you can buy this any more as it was linked to their campaign which was very short… It’s a way for Lush (and its customers) to raise awareness about LGBT rights issues around the world. The soap itself is covered in glitter and smells citrus-y – which I love!

Finally, the background looks pretty jazzy, right? Well that’s because it’s actually a pair of trousers! They are super cool capri trousers from Sudara – a company that employs women who have escaped sex slavery and keeps them safe. They were pretty expensive as I had to pay customs charges for them coming into the UK 😦 But it’s worth it as I’ve worn them so much and I really love them! There’s a photo of me actually wearing them on my instagram if you want to see what they look like on a non-model person!

I think that’s everything! I can’t wait to read about what you’ve been loving this month 🙂

June Favourites

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I have quite a few favourites this month so let’s get straight into it!

First is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – it’s a cruelty free product that isn’t too expensive! I like that it’s bright orange so I know when it needs cleaning. I also love the finish it gives! It just looks amazing. But, you can only use it with liquid foundations, so not perfect.

Then, bargain of the month has to be the Kingfisher toothpaste (fluoride free, baking soda taste) – £3.15 for a 3 pack! It took me a while but I’m now used to the taste and I find it leaves me feeling just as clean as regular toothpastes. There’s not much else to say about this, but I have been using it a lot in June!

I’ve also been loving this overnight moisturiser by Organic Surge. It’s lavender scented, which I’m not a huge fan of, but it’s just so relaxing at night! This has really helped my dry skin recently as it’s super moisturising. I think the price is pretty good as well as this will last a really long time!

I’ve been trying out a new face wash as my Faith in Nature one is running out and I wanted to switch it up. According to Ethical Consumer, Bulldog is one of the most ethical skincare brands out there! So ethics-wise it’s great, price-wise it’s not bad (especially as it’s half price at the moment in Boots) and I love it. It comes out as a gel and then as you massage it into your face it lathers up. It leaves you feeling squeaky clean, and the scent is fairly neutral – it reminds me of Lush’s ‘Dirty’.

Finally, there’s my new favourite bath bomb from Lush! it’s an exclusive from the Oxford Street store called Guardian of the Forest. I was a little apprehensive about using this, but it’s so relaxing! It fizzes quite slowly so takes a good 15-20 minutes to completely dissolve which I think is the perfect amount of time. It’s not online yet and is only available in Oxford Street – so when I’m back there I’ll definitely stock up!

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April Favourites!

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There are a few new cosmetics favourites pictured above:

I’ve been layering deodorant because I’ve been a bit paranoid about sweating as the weather gets warmer! I apply the Faith in Nature one that I featured in my Ethical Beauty Basics post first, and then when that’s dry, I apply the Keep it Kind Missy Deodorant Spray. I’m not a fan of the branding – it’s aimed at young teenage girls! But it’s an aluminium free option that doesn’t cost too much (£3.29 – although I got it when it was discounted!). It smells nice and gives an extra layer of protection.

Then there’s the Faith in Nature Shower Gel and Foam Bath; I featured the tea tree version of this in my Ethical Bath and Body Products, but this is better if you shower/bathe in the evening. The Aloe Vera and Ylang Ylang scent is so relaxing, but still leaves you with a clean feeling. I actually got this mini-bottle for Christmas in a pack, but you can buy a 400ml bottle for £5.45 – such good value as these mini-bottles have lasted ages!

I’ve recently discovered this brand ‘Good Things’ – they claim to be ‘all about simple, effective and affordable skincare, with the added benefits of natural ingredients that can deliver genuine beauty benefits and keep the skin clear, healthy and radiant’. They also claim to be cruelty free, vegan (apart from their Manuka Honey range) and free from a load of chemicals. So I bought their Acai Berry Multi-Tasking Micellar Water (£4.50), and I have to say I was impressed! It smells amazing, and leaves my skin feeling really smooth – I use it as a secondary cleanser in the evening if I’ve been wearing a lot of make up, or just feel a bit grimey.

Since I’ve not been buying chocolate for a while (see why here), I’ve been snacking on almonds A LOT – they’re just so handy to snack on in an office. They’re also supposed to be good for your skin as they contain Vitamin E, and of course it’s healthier than most chocolate!

Then there’s my favourite social media event this month, which was the Fashion Revolution day! Again, I blogged about it here – it’s basically a day to ask who made my clohtes? I tweeted H&M, and they actually responded!! They explained that they’re one of the first companies to share their supplier factory list. Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done, but transparency is a great start.

I love reading about other people’s favourites so if you’ve blogged about your April Favourites, please leave a link below and I’ll check it out 🙂