Friday, 24 April 2015

Going Cruelty Free


So recently I've been thinking a lot about how many beauty products I buy and how much I spend on them, and whether I'm really thinking about my purchases when I make them. As a total animal lover the thought of animals being cruelly harmed really upsets me, but (and this may sound really stupid) although I obviously knew that animal testing exists, I'd never really given much thought about it until pretty recently. 

Recent events in the news to do with trophy hunting led me down a path where I began reading more and more into animal cruelty, reading up on things on the PETA and Go Cruelty Free 'Leaping Bunny' websites. I've now decided that, for me personally, I cannot justify buying beauty products which are not cruelty free. Beauty products are not necessary, we do not need them, and therefore I feel that animals do not need to be harmed for the sake of people putting some pretty mixtures on their faces. 

I'm not writing this to preach to others and tell them what to do, or to berate others for whatever products they use; I am writing this for others like me who may have simply never really thought about it before, and may like to look into the options for cruelty free beauty in a bit more depth.

After a bit of investigation, I've found that most of the beauty brands I use that I like the most are already cruelty free, but a handful of them aren't (Bobbi Brown, Benefit, and Clarins namely). I'm still going to continue to use the products I own because frankly I can't afford to replace them in my collection, but when they've run out/gone out of date I will just not repurchase them. I feel a bit sad because they are products I love, but I really don't feel like I can justify buying them any more.  

The brands that I do use that are (as far as I understand) cruelty free are Palmer's, Lush, The Body Shop (parent company L'Oreal is not though), Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Real Techniques, Urban Decay (same situation as The Body Shop), Soap and Glory, Burt's Bees, and Liz Earle. I've found all my info on these brands' cruelty free status' from either PETA or Leaping Bunny logo lists, or statements made on their own websites. Some also say that Nars, Bare Minerals, and Antipodes are cruelty free and others say they are not, so I need to do a bit more digging in those areas! If any of you have looked into them, please share. 

For me, making this change has been really important as the more I looked into it all, the more I felt like a total hypocrite for saying I was against animal cruelty when I was happy to use any beauty brand willy-nilly! 

I'd love to hear your stances on this issue! Do any of you exclusively shop cruelty free beauty, or is it not something you've really thought about before? Are there any cruelty free brands that I should check out? I've heard of a few others but what I've listed is all I've tried! 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Lush Easter 2015


It's nearly Easter and, as always, Lush have come up with another tempting Easter collection full of bath bombs, bubble bars, soaps and shower jellies! As I've still got lots of Lush bits and pieces left over from Christmas (and I topped up my collection around Valentines) I only picked up two things, but they were definitely my favourite scents from the bunch!

The big, yellow bath bomb egg is the Immaculate Eggception (which you can also get in pink!) It's so large because it actually has another bath bomb hidden inside - either a little chick or a bunny! Its scent is described as 'zesty' as it contains grapefruit and lemon oil, but it also contains vanilla and for me it's that which really comes through - I think it smells closer to the toffee scent of It's Raining Men shower gel, which I love! Perhaps the citrus will come through more once it's dropped into a bath. 

The other bath bomb I picked up is the cute little pink Fluffy Egg. This bomb shares the same sweet, candy scent as the Snow Fairy shower gel which Lush bring out around Christmas time and is another one of my favourite scents - I don't usually like sweety-type scents but for some reason I adore Lush's version! It's also very similar to Lush's permanent Think Pink bath bomb

I think these not only make a lovely treat for yourself but they could also be a great Easter gift for someone who perhaps isn't so keen on the chocolate kind of egg! What are your favourites from Lush's Easter collection this year? 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Body Shop's Aloe Range


From top: Lip Care, Eye Defence, Protective Serum
As someone with sensitive, reactive skin with a quite a bit of redness, I'm always on the look out for products to help alleviate the symptoms of it and improve my skin's overall appearance - especially on my face! It's for these reasons that The Body Shop's Aloe range appealed to me. I'm already a big an of The Body Shop but have mostly just used their body products, so I also thought it was about time I checked out some of their skincare! 

First up is their Aloe Calming Toner - now I'm just going to come out and say that this is my favourite product out of the ones I picked up and the only one I've since repurchased! For me it really is the best toner I've tried so far; it makes my skin feel cooled and calm, and I feel like it adds a bit of hydration to it too which I haven't found with other toners! After gently sweeping this over my face on a soft cotton pad I find my serum and moisturiser glide on even more smoothly than they do on their own, and my skin is left feeling much softer than if I hadn't used the toner. 

I actually found the Aloe Protective Serum to be a little 'strong' for my skin - when I applied it, it felt kind of tingly and like it slightly irritated any sore patches I had on my face (mainly over my cheek bones) which I wasn't expecting from an aloe product. This might be good if you have general redness in your skin, but maybe not if it's feeling a bit on the 'raw' side, which mine can do. It spread over the skin easily and sank in quickly.

Next up is the Aloe Eye Defence, a very fluid consistency eye cream/gel hybrid. You only need the tiiiiiniest amount as it spreads so far - applying too much isn't the end of the world, it just means that it takes a little while to sink in even after a few gentle pats, and sort of makes your eye area feel a bit like tears have dried on the skin. It feels really cooling and for this reason I think it's especially nice to use in the mornings! For me I found it wasn't moisturising enough but it was still pleasant to use. 

Finally I picked up the Aloe Lip Care as I'd read it was super nourishing for the lips and great if peeling is particular problem. However, for me, I found that it wasn't as good as my usual lip balm and it eventually made the outer edge of my lips sore - I'm really sensitive to lip balms and this is something I've found with a lot of them, so it's nothing wrong with the product, just my personal skin issues! It's quite a thick moisturising gel/balm that you squeeze out with a plastic applicator, so good for on the go and the plastic means it's easy to clean. I also found that the product smelled surprisingly sweet which I wasn't expecting, and didn't really like - my sister however disagrees, but something to bear in mind perhaps! 

So overall my favourite of the bunch is the Aloe Calming Toner by far! All the other products weren't for me unfortunately, but they seem to be very loved by many others judging by their reviews so definitely worth having a look if think they're something you'd be interested in! Have any of you tried these products, or anything else from the Aloe range? Let me know (: 




Thursday, 5 March 2015

Essie 'Splash of Grenadine' Nail Polish


I purchased Essie's Splash of Grenadine nail polish late last year and it's quickly become one of my absolute favourite nail shades! I love Essie's polishes anyway - the shape of the brush and longevity on my nails are a winner for me - and this shade just adds to that; it's a perfect girly-but-not-too-Barbie pink. It's described as a 'playful, magenta pink' and I completely agree with that! It comes across a little brighter on camera that it appears in real life, but I promise that's only a good thing - once you lay your eyes on it you can't help but pick it up! 

Do you you like Splash of Grenadine? Or if it's not your cup of tea, which shades are? I'd love to read your suggestions! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Comfortable Day & Night Creams Review!


So a little while back in this haul I picked up Nuxe's Rieve de Miel Ultra Comfortable day and night creams. Now, after a good few months of using them, I can let you know my thoughts on them! 

I went for these as I have dry and sensitive skin, and these creams are aimed at that skin type, plus I already love their cult Rieve de Miel lip balm so wanted to try more products from the range. Both of the creams come in  pots, the day cream being in a light plastic one and the night cream in a heavier glass one. Although I personally prefer the look and feel of the glass pot, the plastic one is much more practical for travelling and taking away with you, and is great if you are someone who likes to keep their day cream in their handbag! 



The creams look incredibly similar (the day cream being perhaps slightly darker in colour than the night) and smell exactly the same; the mostly natural ingredients comprising of shea butter, honey, sunflower, argan & almond oils and safflower ceramides creates a lovely, lightly floral fragrance which reminds me of a wildflower meadow - lovely! 


As these creams are aimed at dry skin the formula is rich, however I've found that it is very rich and would be suitable for dry/very dry skin types. Oily skin? Stay away!!! These creams have a gorgeous rich, silky texture and are a dream to use, but if your skin does get on the greasy side do not use as they will just be too much. Even though I do have dry skin I don't use them every single day and alternate between different moisturisers, especially during the summer, as daily use seems to overload my skin with oils. I have however found myself reaching for them more during these colder months as my skin seems to be drying out a lot more. Because of their super rich texture I have found that the night cream especially is really lovely to use to give yourself a little facial massage with!

Overall, because these creams (although so lovely) are a bit much for my skin I probably won't be repurchasing but I wholeheartedly recommend them if you do get especially dry skin, and I would imagine more mature skins may like these too. Next on my list to try is their Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24hr Hydrating and Soothing cream - sounds dreamy!

Have you tried any of Nuxe's moisturisers? I'd love to hear what you think of them!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Haul!


Helloooo, I've been away from blogging for a couple of months for various reasons, and although I really missed it I just couldn't figure out how to get myself going again for a while! BUT, for some reason, today felt like the day to type up a post and get back out there, so here it is - my Charlotte Tilbury makeup hall!


Ooooh look how pretty it all is! I ordered one of Charlotte's Luxury eyeshadow palettes, her Filmstar Bronze & Glow, one of her K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks, a Lip Lustre lip gloss, a Lip Cheat lip pencil and the Lip Brush. The Luxury Palette comes in a burgundy-brown plastic case (not coming across very well in the photo, I apologise!) with Charlotte's initials on the front, and the handle of the Lip Brush is the same colour - I was drawn to the brush because of it's square shape, it looked as if it would be much easier to be precise than with a curve-edged brush. The rest of the products are encased in rose gold coloured packaging - the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is especially luxurious looking, I think I did actually squeal when I took the cardboard packaging off haha. 


As I was ordering these items from Charlotte's website I did play it quite safe with what I ordered, being that I went for things similar to what I already use that I was sure I would like and get a lot of use out of, i.e. neutral and natural tones that go with everything. The Luxury Palette I decided on is The Sophisticate - an eyeshadow quad of matte, neutral shades. There's an ivory/cream shade, a sand shade, a mid-grey and a warm rich brown. The quad is really lovely inside as the rose gold features again and is embossed with 'Charlotte Tilbury'. 

The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is encased entirely in the rose gold coloured packaging and looks truly stunning! It consists of a bronze/contour shade and a highlight shade, both of which are really, really nice! The bronze isn't too dark for my light skin tone and isn't too orange or muddy looking, and it has a slight amount of shimmer in but it's very subtle. The highlight is a beautiful golden champagne that I should imagine would flatter all skin tones. Both compacts have a small star in the top right hand corner of the mirrors which I think is a really pretty touch. 


The lipstick I picked out is the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink. It's not actually pink at all, I have no idea why that's the name because it's quite misleading - I had hoped/expected that it would be a pink-ish toned natural shade, but in reality it's a peachy-tan. It's a bit warmer toned than what I usually go for, but I think it will go well with a dark smokey eye or something like that. It also smells of vanilla which I really like (: I also got the matching lipgloss to the lipstick which is the Lip Lustre in Seduction. The gloss is the exact same shade as the lipstick, so they should go together nicely (: 

Finally I got the recommended lip liner pencil go with those two, which is the Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk. The liner is a little darker and pinker than the lipstick, but after having a quick go with it I've found that using a light hand means they still work together, but they aren't a total match - I do really like it though, and the shade of the liner is more 'me' than the shade of the lipstick. 


In the above photo I'm wearing The Sophisticate Luxury Palette and the Penelope Pink lipstick, so you can get a bit of an idea of what a couple of the products look like on - I shall do in depth reviews of all the products including swatches in the near future, so I hope you look forward to those! (: 

I hope you enjoyed this haul! Have you picked up anything from Charlotte Tilbury's range? What did you get, or what do you have your eye on? 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eye Shadow in 201 'CAFÉ ST GERMAIN'


My purchase of this eyeshadow was a result of my desperation (bit extreme, but there you go) to own By Terry's Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow stick in 'Misty Rock', but at £28 I just couldn't justify it, especially as cream eyeshadow isn't something I actually use very often. Enter L'oreal Paris Color Riche eyeshadow in 'Café St Germain'. To me, the shades of the two eyeshadows look very similar, just in different formulas and, as it was the particular shade that I was after, that didn't matter! Now, as I've never owned or swatched Misty Rock, I can't say that Café St Germain is an outright dupe in terms of shade (and it seems to be nowhere near as glittery), but if you Google swatches of both shades you'll see where I was going with my train of thought (:


As you can see, I've used Café St Germain a fair few times now - it's because one of my everyday shades and I'm really loving it! The only issue with it is that it seems to have taken on a waxy texture over the top of the powder which I'm not entirely sure how to rectify (suggestions welcome!). The formula of the eyeshadow is like a pressed loose powder - sounds odd but I really don't know how else to describe it! It's obviously not a loose powder but it's different and much softer than a pressed powder. Because of this, it has been super easy to pick up the product on a brush and blend it out evenly across the lids, but I can't help but think it's also the reason for the development of the waxiness. It hasn't become unusable or anything, but it is a bit annoying. 


Swatched, Café St Germain pulls a lilac toned neutral with shimmer - it catches the light really beautifully but that doesn't really come across in the above photo. The formula is buttery soft and the pigmentation is really good, so intensity can be built up quickly and easily. The pigmentation has lessened slightly with development of the waxy top layer though, but hopefully I'll find a solution to that soon and will let you know when I do ASAP!


I mostly wear this eyeshadow as an every day shade and pair it with my usual winged liquid liner and mascara. It really has become one of my favourites as it's a bit different to your usual neutral eyeshadow, plus I think the lilac tone it has compliments my eye colour quite well (: I'd really recommend this shade despite the slight formula issue as that hasn't lessened my ability to use the product, plus it's so inexpensive you can't really go wrong! 

Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure eyeshadows? What did you think of the shades and formulas?