CRUELTY-FREE HAIR CARE FAVOURITES

16 Feb 2017

Last month I shared with you my current skincare routine in my "CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES". Moving away from skincare, I thought I'd next share with you my hair care favorites and the products I love to use. 

SHAMPOO

For a while, I have been loving using my Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar. While an exclusive to the Lush Oxford Street store, you can still pick this up online here. I find I have quite oily hair and this really has helped rein the oil in and giving my squeaky clean hair. It's also great for helping any dryness on my scalp as well as help sooth. The shampoo bars are definitely worth the money as I've found them to last a long period of time. I've also picked up the Jason and The Argan Shampoo Bar for my birthday. If you're looking for a shampoo bar to soften hair and restore shine maybe check this one out. I'm yet to give it ago but will report back when I do. 
If you're looking for cheap cruelty-free products, Superdrug is the go to and when looking for an alternative shampoo I found Superdrug's Extracts Aloe Vera and Mango Shampoo for oily/normal hair. This reminds me of my childhood shampoo Alberto Balsam and I love it. Similar to the shampoo bar, it leaves my hair perfectly clean and helps control oil. 

CONDITION

I don't think I'll ever need another conditioner again other than the Kind Natured Nourishing Ylang Ylang & Sage Conditioner. I stumbled across this in boots and it's been a gem. I mentioned this is my JANUARY FAVOURITES but it's been great at restoring hydration to my ends due to the change in water. While the smell to some is a little funky, I think it adds the natural nature of the conditioner. It works really well and, while seem to be sold out every time I go to repurchase, I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while. 

EXTRAS

Batiste is still a staple. From my research, I've found this to be cruelty-free to my happy surprise. I've not found a dry shampoo that lifts and restores my worn hair better than this. If I come back from a day of lectures and don't have the time to re-wash my hair before going out with friends, this gives it back the life that the lectures have drawn out from it. 

My hair care is as simple as always but it works for me. What are your current haircare staples?
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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JANUARY FAVOURITES

5 Feb 2017


As if it's already February. January was filled with exam stress and settling back into uni life. It was also my 19th birthday on the 24th and I received some great presents from friends and family. February I hope will be a little more organised than January and I'll hopefully get everything I want to accomplished. I've never been one for monthly favourites but maybe this year will be different. 

OHH DEER // URBAN OUTFITTERS DAILY JOURNAL


Thanks to one of my housemates, I finally had a diary to get me organised with uni and general life. Unlike usual diaries, you don't have to use this every day; you add the date in yourself and so for days I'm just watching Louis Theroux documentaries, I don't have to feel like I've wasted a page. I also get bored with diaries quite easily but I think the layout of these pages makes it more fun and easy to organise. Each page has a timeline of the day, a to-do list section, objective boxes which I've actually been using to plan my meals and then a notes and doodle section. I think this is a fab alternative for a diary and there are so many different patterns and covers to choose from. 

MISS SELFRIDGE SCARF

While here it makes as a good background prop, since receiving it for Christmas, it has been a staple in my wardrobe. It so soft and cosy and great for the windy weather. Not only that but I love the more beige/pink tartan that it has and it adds something a bit different to other tartan scarves I've had. I'll be continuing to wear this for the rest of winter and spring and then again when Autumn comes around.

TED BAKER BODY SOUFFLÉ

Another Christmas present is this body butter that has the sweetest, nicest smell I can't stop using it. I'm also happy to find that the Ted Baker Website confirms they're cruelty-free! This is something I didn't know but am glad to find out. Every time I step out the shower and dry myself, this has been what I've been applying for the past month. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. This Body Butter is one to rival my favourites from the Body Shop and Soap & Glory. Speaking of Soap and Glory...

SOAP AND GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER LIP GLOSS / ROSE AND SHINE

If you know me, you know I'm not a massive lip gloss fan but I think I may be converted. This lipgloss gives me such an hydrated look and paired with a pale lipstick, it's a winning combo. With a quite overwhelming tingling feeling to the lips, they are plump and full with just a coat of this. While lip gloss is something you have to reapply quite often, I've found it leaves my lips hydrated and plump even after it's worn off. This small version came inside the suitcase bundle they brought out at christmas; if I ever run out I would highly consider repurchasing the full size. 

SOAP AND GLORY "FACE SOAP & CLARITY" VITAMIN C FACIAL WASH

Another from the suitcase was this face wash which I've been dying to give a go for ages. It smells so nice and leaves me with soft skin and the perfect base for makeup. I've talked about this further over on my "CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES". It's been a month since I've started using this and I've still got a lot left in the bottle; it was definitely worth the money. 

KIND NATURED "NOURISHING" CONDITIONER

Since moving to York for Uni, my hair has struggled to adjust the slightly harder water. However, since finding this conditioner in Boots, the hair problems have been limited. It does what it says on the tin and really nourishes my hair. It's a product with a real organic feel, whether that's the natural smell of Ylang Ylang & Sage. While the scent isn't for everyone, I've really grown to love it and the formula doesn't need any chemicals to help it work wonders. My Haircare routine is now completely cruelty-free; look forward to seeing that soon!

What have you been loving this month? How was your January?!
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM CHLOBO

3 Feb 2017



*This contains products kindly gifted to me by ChloBo but all opinions remain my own*

I've been on the hunt for a new staple jewelry piece for a while now and when ChloBo kindly offered to send me on of their bracelets I jumped at the chance. Coinciding with my birthday, it's made a great birthday present.
First off the packaging; it's to die for. If you're looking for a gift for someone this is perfectly packaged for just that. I adore the draw-style box that the bracelet comes it- you can see that ChloBo take extra care in making sure they offer a luxurious experience when buying their jewelry. 

You can feel the quality as soon as you touch it. Compared to similar but cheaper bracelets I have had in the past, this is one I can tell will last a long time and one I won't want to take off. The bracelet and the rose gold plated beads are super sturdy; it would take a lot to pull this bracelet apart. ChloBo kindly let me pick out my gift. I finally decided on the Rose Gold Plated on 925 Sterling Silver Charm Decorate Hamsa Hand Bracelet ; I already own some earrings with this symbol on and the bracelet goes with them really well. The bracelet came with a booklet which explained the meaning behind each of the symbols that are available on a bracelet on their website (You can see more here). Let's hope the hamsa hand brings me that good fortune and good health that the symbol is said to represent!

What I love is that this bracelet goes with just about any outfit I through on. Because it's quite dainty, it adds just that little extra to an outfit whether it's my usual black jean, shirt, scarf and trainers or something more dressy for a night out or even going to the gym. It's a perfect piece for any occasion. Also, it's Rose Gold- need I say anymore!! The trend is taking over more and more and I'm perfectly happy with that- I hope rose gold never goes out of fashion and the sad day it does I think I'll still wear this bracelet as it's such a timeless piece that I think I will be wearing non-stop for the next year or so.

It is on the pricey side (£90). However, I haven't taken it off since I received it and it's definitely a staple jewelry piece that will get its wear. You can also know that you're paying for a quality piece     made well. Instead, of heading to pandora for Valentine's day for your partner, ChloBo offer some great unique pieces that give you a great alternative. You can really see the thought the company puts into delivering a well-rounded product- both in quality but also packaging.

This has to be one of my favorite Birthday presents from my 19th so thank you ChloBo!


WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

11 Jan 2017

The day where all I did was revision...

So I thought I'd switch it up a little today and share with you what I eat on a day. I might do more of these If this one goes ok but for now here we go. I thought I'd give it a bit of a subheading to tell you what kind of day it was because I know that always influences my food choices. This particular day, I hardly moved (apart to make food, grab water or go to the toilet) from my desk. It's now exam week and revision is in full swing. So here's what I ate on this particular day.

 BREAKFAST

I didn't want to waste time with anything too over the top (which I never do when it comes to breakfast- I can never be bothered). So, today I made sure to stay hydrated so started the morning with a glass of water and once that was gone had some apple juice. I had some sultana bran which I think, while probably as full in sugar as most cereals, is a lot better than many cereals out there. I usually also add some extra raisins on top to mix in. I also thought I'd add an apple to bulk things up a little more which I grabbed later on when I got peckish before lunch. 

LUNCH

On some granary bread, I put a small bit of flora on before adding a handful of spinach as well as some of my favourite Tesco Spicy Chicken Pieces. This is already cooked which is super handy however, it's not the most cost effective and doesn't have the longest sell by date so, in the past, I have made my own which is definitely something to try out instead of buying the ready made pack if you have more time. I also thought I'd have some cucumber and carrot sticks to munch on throughout the afternoon. 

TEA

I already had a batch of my Quorn chilli made up in the freezer so I just defrosted that, boiled some brown rice and enjoyed one of my favourite comfort foods. If you're interested, the chilli includes Quorn, tinned chopped tomatoes, tinned kidney beans, a red bell pepper, a fresh chilli and my dad's (not so) secret ingredients: Old El Paso Chilli Spice Mix. It's such a quick and easy chilli to make even if it is slightly cheating. Plus, making a big batch is so easy and beneficial for days like this when I don't want to faff around with preparing a full meal. 

As 'healthy' as this day may seem, I definitely had a cheeky scoop of ice cream thrown in there for desert...

So there's more first what I eat in a day; let me know if you'd like me to do more of these in the future. 

Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

CRUELTY FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES

4 Jan 2017

As you may be aware, I've been transitioning into cruelty-free beauty. While I'm still using a few beauty products that do test on animals (because I'm using them up or haven't found alternatives yet), one aspect that I have managed to perfect is my skincare. So, today I thought I'd share with you, my current skincare routine and favourites.

MAKE UP REMOVAL

The quickest and most skin-friendly way I've found to remove my makeup is with my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter; this has been a favourite for a while and a favourite before even deciding to be CF. It's such a buttery consistency that helps my makeup slide off my face. It's really soothing and sometimes is gives me enough of a cleanse on its own without another cleanser as well. This is less harsh than a makeup remover such as a micellar water and one pot lasts me quite a long time so it's definitely worth it. 

CLEANSING

One that I shared with you in my "Going Cruelty Free + Haul" post was the Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleansing Soap. If I want a quick, simple face wash, this is the one I grab. It's great for sensitive skin and great for that second cleanse.

A new discovery is the Soap and Glory Clarity Face Soap & Clarity Face Wash. This is one of the most soothing cleansers I've ever used, leaving me with super soft skin. My skin is forever needing exfoliating but I don't always want to use a more abrasive exfoliator so this is the perfect in-between, daily solution. With the jojoba beads that gently exfoliate areas I need it most, my skin feelings amazing after.

Another favourite cleanser worth mentioning is the Good Things Cleanser. This was one of the first products I ever mentioned on my blog and it's the perfect CF staple cleanser that just does the job it's supposed, smells amazing and is the one I always grab when unsure what to try next. 

EXFOLIATION

When I'm in the need for a more intense exfoliate, The Body Shop 3-in-1 Tea Tree Cleanser. It claims to be a wash, exfoliator and a mask. I feel it's a perfect, weekly exfoliator and also doubles up as a great mask treatment for major breakouts. I wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin but, for me, every so often, this is just what my face needs. 

HYDRATION

This was the area I was struggling to find CF replacements. My Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream was so fab, I couldn't see myself finding a moisturiser as good. Without a good moisturiser, my makeup always goes wrong with foundation and powder clinging to all the dry patches. While I still don't feel it's as good, the Superdrug's Dry Skin Cream has helped my makeup look that little bit better than other moisturisers I've tried and is, so far, the closest alternative to the Nivea moisturiser.   It's light weight, not oily in texture at all and really is great for day and night. Superdrug's own beauty and skincare lines are not ones to be overlooked; they offer some quality, CF products at a great price.

If I want to go that extra hydration mile, the Nip + Fab Hydrate Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum has really helped over the last months. It almost acts, with the moisturiser, as a primer for my makeup. It smooths the skin and gives a little shit of hydration back into the skin.


I'm really happy to finally have a CF skincare routine and I hope maybe you find it helpful. 
What's a current skincare staple to you?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x
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