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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Build a Cruelty Free Makeup Kit on a Budget

I mentioned in my 1 Year of Cruelty Free post that when you decide to go full cruelty free replacing your old, animal tested products can be a costly and slightly complicated process. some people choose to dump all their old stuff and start a new makeup kit from the scratch, others, like me, choose to replace their products for new ones as the old ones run out.

Regardless of what your choice is it is essential to know what brands are cruelty free or not, for that I always refer to The Cruelty Free Kitty list, it is reliable and constantly updated.

And to help anyone who is trying to transition, either all at one or gradually, into a 100% cruelty free makeup kit, but don't have loads of money to spend on expensive itens I made this list with cruelty free options under $15 for every item you may need on your makeup bag.

cruelty free makeup kit on a budget



Primer

Foundation

Concealer

Powder

Bronzer

Blush

Highlighter

Eyeshadow


Eyeliner

Mascara
Eyebrows


Lipstick



Monday, 20 February 2017

Don't you forget about me - life update

It's been a while, hasn't it? Do you guys even remember me still? Haha. This past week has been a super busy, tiring and exciting one, which ended up taking me away from the blog a bit and gosh did I miss it!

Throughout the week I kept worrying about writing at least 2 posts, like I did last week, I did manage to write one for Monday (which you guys seemed to really enjoy, I was really happy about it), but after that my days went kinda chaotic (a good chaos - if that's even a thing- but chaos anyway), because I finally moved to my new apartment last Saturday (yup, the same one I've been mentioning since December) and, oh Gosh, I love it oh so much, I couldn't possibly be happier.


But moving meant I spend all my time last week boxing and unboxing things, packing clothes, choosing what to keep, donate and throw on the bin, cleaning and arranging furniture, so busy is kinda of an understatement haha.
So every time I sat down to write a blog post I'd have to stop halfway through to go do something else. Also being so busy and tired seemed to put me into some sort of writer's block, so now I have loads of unfinished posts on my drafts.

If there's one thing this whole messy period taught me is that although I don't like it (I don't even know why I dislike it), bulk-writing and scheduling posts ahead can be life saving.

But now that the dust has somewhat settled I'm glad to day I'm ready to go back to writing normally and posting accordingly to my regular schedule of 3 posts a week, because I missed it so much more than I ever expected to.

So basically all I wanted to say was that I'm back, thanks for reading and I promise not to disappear again!



Monday, 13 February 2017

My DIY Hair Savior

I have very curly hair, which means without intense proper care my hair can turn very dry, brittle and opaque. I have a pretty intense hair care regime but sometimes even with all the care and treatments sometimes it can get a little damaged, when that happens I like to use this DIY hair mask that makes my hair feel incredibly soft and shiny. I also noticed it helped me a lot avoiding split ends.


For this I use:

1/4 avocado
1 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of honey
1 small egg yolk

This is the amount I use for my hair which is shoulder length and very thick, you can use however much you think is enough for your hair, just maintaining the proportions of each ingredient.

I mix it up until it turns into a completely uniform mask, warm it up on the microwave for around 10 seconds and apply evenly throughout the length of my hair, keeping it away from the roots, massage the hair for a few minutes, massaging each strand carefully and let it seat on my hair for 30 minutes.
I then wash it off with lukewarm or cold water (whatever is more comfortable for me depending on the weather but never hot water) and gentle shampoo, carefully massaging it off until the hair is completely clean. To finish off I lightly apply argan oil to the ends of my hair.

After I do all that my hair is super soft, smooth and shiny. It never fails to restore my hair to it's healthy state no matter how damaged it was before.

What are your hair remedies?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 10 February 2017

But it's so easy in this blue, where everything is good

Happy Friday beauties!

The blog has been pretty dead this week hasn't it? Every time I think I couldn't possibly get busier life surprises me haha, but I promise I'll do better next week, well, maybe not next week, I'm trying to prepare the posts but there might be just two again, the week after though I think everything in my life will be back on track, at least I hope. But I can't complain, really, the things that have been keeping me busy are all incredibly good ones so I"m tired but still really excited with everything that has been going on.


I'm not much of a summer person, I gotta admit that, so the weather around here these past few days have been hard on me, specially when picking an outfit, so printed or colourful shorts and black camis and crop tops have become my summer uniform, I really can't wait for autumn so I can finally wear jackets, sweaters and boots again, I just don't feel like myself in summer clothes haha.  



Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My favourite Cruelty Free skincare

I recently noticed I often talk about cruelty free makeup in this blog, but never really mention cruelty free skincare. So today I wanted to share with you a little list of Cruelty Free skincare brands and talked a bit more in detail about what have been my go to skincare brands since I stopped using animal tested brands.
Cruelty Free Skincare


Lush
When I decided to stop using animal tested brands Lush was the first brand I turned to for skincare, I was already a fan of the bath bombs, soaps and shower gels but hadn't really used anything from their skincare range and now I regret not trying them earlier, Lush is probably the only brands I buy face masks and scrubs from, I've tried many different ones and every single one leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft, their Tea Tree Water is also incredible and something I can't go without.
I also really admire and support Lush because of how they advocate against animal testing, I feel like they are the one brand that works the most against cruelty and for that they will always have a very special place in my heart.

the Body Shop
the Body Shop is my go to when I want a moisturiser or face cream, after trying their body butter once I never wanted to try other moisturiser again, they are incredibly hydrating  and smell heavenly. I also really love their fragrances and body mists. Overall their products are high quality, affordable, pretty easy to find in most countries and they have quite a nice range of vegan products as well.

Pixi
Although Pixi skincare is fairly new to me I have found myself turning to them for skincare quite a lot lately, I initially tried only their makeup which with a few exceptions didn't really wow me, but after trying their tonics and mists I became a fan, all products I've tried worked really well for my skin, specially the Glow Tonic and the Mud Cleanser, both make my skin feel really nice and clean without being too harsh, which is essential for my sensitive skin.

Aesop
I have recently fallen in love with Aesop products, not only they are a cruelty free brand but most of their products are also vegan. I have to say I was reluctant to try their products at first because they tend to be quite pricey but now that I've tried I'm in love with them, with Aesop you can really see that a lot of thought is put in each product, the quality is fantastic, the scent is really nice and I love the simple, fuss free packaging. Sadly I can't afford to buy their products often, but I do make sure to invest in them occasionally.

Other Cruelty Free Brands
ACURE ORGANICS
ALBA BOTANICA
ANDALOU NATURALS
AUBREY ORGANICS
AVALON ORGANICS
BLISSOMA
COOLA
DERMADOCTOR
DERMA E
DERMALOGICA
DESERT ESSENCE
DR. HAUSCHKA
DRALKAITIS
DRUNKELEPHANT
EVELOM
FARMACY
GLOSSIER
GOOP
INDIELEE
JUICEBEAUTY
KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY
KATE SOMERVILLE
KISS MY FACE
KORRES
MADHIPPIE
MEOW MEOW TWEET
MUKTI
MURAD
NIP + FAB
NOURISH ORGANIC
OLE HENRIKSEN
ONE LOVE ORGANICS
OSEA
OZ NATURALS
PACIFICA
PAI
PAULA’S CHOICE
QUEEN HELEN
RADICAL SKINCARE
REN
RENEE ROULEAU
RODIAL
S. W. BASICS
SIBU
SUNDAY RILEY
SUNTEGRITY
SUPERGOOP
TATA HARPER
TATCHA
YES TO

Do you use any cruelty free or vegan skincare? If so let me know your favourite brands and products!
Thanks for reading

Friday, 3 February 2017

Take a sad song and make it better

Happy Friday beauties!

Gosh this week flew by faster than I could expect but it was a great one, I watched Moonlight last weekend and absolutely loved it so much, it's such a powerful story, the rest of the week was basically spent the rest of the time wandering around decoration shops looking for the final touches for my apartment apart from Thursday when I had the worst migraine ever like i mentioned in my last post, also yesterday I went bowling for the first time in years and had sooo much fun and then went for some drinks with friends, which was when I wore this.


Remember when I wore these silver shorts for a Christmas party? I absolutely loved them and have since been trying to figure out how to wear it in a more casual outfit so I decided to completely dress it down with a simple striped mock neck crop top and trainers, to add some colour but not clash with the shorts I picked this small blue round bag and these adorable blue pom pom earrings a friend got me as a late Christmas present and I've been loving it so much, it's the perfect kind of quirk-ish accessory I love so much.





So how was your week?
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

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