CRUELTY-FREE BEAUTY: WORRIES & SOLUTIONS

31 Jul 2017

It's been almost a year since I started my transition into cruelty free beauty and over the year I have definitely experienced some ups and downs with choosing to do this. While, now, I couldn't imagine going back to purchasing products from brands that do test on animals, I know it has it's challenges. So, I thought, for those looking for some help in deciding whether cruelty-free beauty is something you can do, I'm going to share with you some of the problems I found a long the way, how I solved these as well as some of the fabulous perks to cruelty-free beauty!

"THERE'S LESS CHOICE"

When it comes to trying to find the perfect foundation, cruelty free or not, I struggle. Therefore, when searching for one that was not just pale, hydrating and good coverage but was also cruelty free, this was something else to add to my tick list of things I needed. 

SOLUTION: Yes, your choices are narrowed but I actually found it made my decisions a lot easier. When toying between two foundations, one cruelty free and one not, it helped me make that choice much quicker and I ended up with a fab foundation! 

"IT'S MORE EXPENSIVE"

This was my biggest worry when stepping into cruelty free beauty. All the blogs I was reading seemed to be including fabulous products from brands such as Anastasia, Urban Decay, Kat Von D etc. But, these were products I just can't budget for as a nineteen-year old student. 

SOLUTION: If you're in the UK, you should count yourself lucky! There are so many cruelty-free brands waiting for you to discover them on the high street. Brands such as Make Up Revolution, Freedom, Sleek, Collection, Barry M; They're all brands that you can find in your local Boots and Superdrug and all are cruelty free. If it's skincare you need, of course there's lush and the body shop but Superdrug's own ranges in skincare, haircare etc. are all fabulous and all cruelty free with many even vegan and all reasonably priced. 

"I CAN'T FIND AN ALTERNATIVE"

This one's been the trickiest for me and for things such as toothbrushes, toothbrushes, feminine care, razors etc that are cruelty free are hard to come buy unless you're looking at certain stores online. But, if you're anything like me, some products you can't find a suitable alternative that cuts it as well or that you trust. 

SOLUTION: When in doubt; Superdrug. Everything from their razors to toothbrushes include a cruelty free logo on the back of their products and work just as well as big companies such as Colgate and Venus. You may also be surprised to find that a lot of these are cheaper than big name brands while working just as well. 
Sometimes, there is a lot of trying and testing but it's definitely worth it! If you're going try one thing from Superdrug, I have a real love for their own brand aerosol deodorants; I'd definitely give them a shot! 

These are just some of the worries I had when starting out eliminating products that test on animals. I do still have a way to go in eradicating all traces of products testing on animals but it's not something I can do overnight. The positives to cruelty-free living are endless and maybe I'll share those with you soon!
Do you have any worries about cruelty-free beauty? Do you have any positives to share about shopping cruelty-free?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

WHAT I ATE IN A DAY #3

26 Jul 2017

In this What I Ate In A Day, you can see what I eat when all I want are some fail-safe favourite comfort foods. 

BREAKFAST

To start this day I had one of my Tesco dairy free mango yoghurts along with sainsbury's simple granola and a nectarine. While it may not look like it, minimal effort is needed to make this super summery, simple breakfast that will keep me full all the way to lunch. 

LUNCH

I've been having a constant obsession with the Covent Garden Slow Roast Tomato Soup; it's definitely more of a luxurious soup and I always snatch it up when it's on offer as it's the only soup I like. This doesn't scream summer but it's a fab one for the english summer day's when it's on the cold side and a little rainy out as this day turned out to be. I also make my own crouton style-bread bites. I do this by cutting, usually, 2 slices of bread into square shapes which I place in a shallow pan along with some melted butter, garlic and mixed herbs. I wait until the bread started to crisp and brown before turning them out and serving with my soup.



TEA

For me, this is the star of the show. I shared my quick chilli recipe in my first WHAT I ATE IN A DAY. So, I took that fail-safe chilli recipe and instead of just serving it with rice; I added a few tacos as well as some lettuce. On other occasions I add more veg such as carrot and pepper. Along with a small portion of rice, I assemble my so-called tacos. It's such a fun twist on a plain chilli and with those little extras making it my chilli version of a Buddha bowl, it's become my go-to easy meal and is definitely a favourite. 

Hope you enjoyed reading a little about what I've been eating recently. 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

KAT VON D "LOCK IT" FOUNDATION

20 Jul 2017


Hear my thoughts of my most recent purchase of the Kat Von D Lock it Foundation and why I decided to splash out on a more high-end foundation as well as my experience at the Kat Von D counter in Manchester. 

As you may be aware, I'm making the transition to a fully cruelty free make up collection. One thing I had been yet to part with, however, was my well-loved L'oreal True Match Foundation. This has been my constant go to for years when I'm wanting a higher coverage for a night out. I've had trouble in the past finding a high coverage foundation that doesn't cling to my dry areas as well as not lasting long enough. The last time I decided to splurge on a high-end foundation, it didn't end well as it still sits on my shelf being used a grand total of once (I'm looking at you Illamasqua). This has since given me apprehensions of buying foundations as well as being colour matched.

THE INITIAL PURCHASE

I decided it was finally time that I venture out and find a new foundation. I did a lot of research prior and had intentions of buying the Nars Sheer Glow before they decided to be annoying and start testing on animals. The Two Faced "Born This Way" foundation, as a lot of the reviews suggested, had a great finish for those with drier skin. However, when I went to buy it, the lightest shade stocked in the Debenhams I went to was not light at all and they didn't stock the actual lightest shade. This wasn't going well in terms of hunting down my perfect foundation.

It was then I spotted a Kat Von D stand. It turns out they'd only recently launched at this Debenhams branch in Manchester and, as I'd been eager to look at the Kat Von D range, I headed over. I immediately saw the "Lock It" foundation and saw the fabulous range of shades. A lovely girl came over after my friend and I had looked for a few minutes and I asked if she could colour match me. She started to take a small section of my own make up off and swatched three of the shades onto my face. We, together, decided that two of the shades were too dark and too yellow toned but the last one was a perfect match. I appreciated that she didn't pressure me to rush to make a descision and let me almost come to the decision myself that it was the right shade. After my Illamasqua experience -where the lady there chose a shade 3 shades too dark and she decided that was right only for me to discover it wasn't right at all- I was happy that I had chance to view the foundation for myself. 

Like I said, she didn't make me rush my decision. She next took off my make up on one side of my face, applied some of the "Lock It" primer (which is now on my Lust List; it was so soothing) and applied layer by layer the foundation to one side of my face. She stopped between layers to let me have a look and decide whether I wanted her to add moreas she knew I was after something full coverage. After I got the desired coverage, she then removed my make up on the other side and evened it out. Because I now just had a flat face of foundation, she offered to contour my face which excited me because I loved the look of the "Shade and Light" palette and it looked so lovely on my skin!

There was no doubt I was going to be buying the foundation and the experience left me wanting to return to buy more Kat Von D products in the future. The time she took to make sure I was really helped me make my decision and this experience has restored my faith in make up counter service.

THE REVIEW

The shade I bought was Light 44 Cool  and it's a perfect match to my skin and of very similar shade to that of my L'oreal True Match in 1C Rose Ivory. It is described as a matte finish which did have me wary as that's something I usually steer clear of. However, I could see from application, with a good moisturiser and primer, this wouldn't be a problem from my skin. I can now say, that's exactly right. On it's own it looks as though it is clinging but after finishing my makeup, it's not noticeable and has a lovely finish. 

It's easily buildable foundation and, while the formulation is thicker than any other foundation I've used before, it doesn't feel thick on the skin but instead feels surprisingly light weight and almost skin-like which I love. 

I also believe this foundation stands the test of time. When on a night out with this one and, 8 hours or so later, the only thing to have budged was my eyeshadow; everything else was intact and not much shine was showing through.

All in all, I feel this is a fabulous foundation that I will definitely be reaching for every time I need a more full coverage base and it was worth spending the extra money on. I'm now one step closer to having a fully cruelty free make up collection. I also can't wait to try out other Kat Von D products in the future!

Is there any Kat Von D products you think I should try next? What is the full coverage foundation you usually grab for?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 

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SOME INTERNET THINGS

17 Jul 2017

I'm constantly discovering new faves on the internet and so I thought it would time to share some of those with you. 

SOUL PANCAKE: TELL MY STORY

One of the episodes to this series popped up onto my suggested on YouTube and I quickly found myself watching each episode in the series. The premise of this is a blind date where one has to guess the other's answers to the questions presented before they answer for themselves. I love seeing the variety of answers and it's such a great way to get a feel for different people's stories from all different backgrounds. 

@ATTNdotcom

This is an online magazine but I personally love their Instagram. It documents the kind of stories I love and promotes positive messages of equal rights and environmental issues which I am always willing to take some time to read. Their Instagram posts and stories are always worth a read and gives a short snippet of stories. It's definitely an account to give a follow.

FURRY LITTLE PEACH

Also know as Sha'an, she is what is inspiring me this summer to crack out my paits that I haven't reached for in a while and get creating. Her work is unique and lovely and her youtube videos give us a glimpse as to what it is she's been up to They also proved a nice little watch to keep me inspired and smiling.

BOOKSANDLALA

If you're as much of if not more of a book enthusiast than me and want to stay on top of bookish news, I always find myself looking towards the fabulous Lala. I particularly love her "Bookmark'd" series; she releases a video each month giving a run down on all book news she's interested in as well as book adaptation news. While she just includes the books and films she's interested in herself, I am thankful we have similar bookish interests so I get up to date through her on a lot of the authors that I love. Lala has really nailed it with this series and, along with all her other videos, she's become my favourite book related youtuber.

So here are just a few internet bits I've loved and I hope you enjoy them too; let me know your thoughts if you check any of them out!
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 

RECENTLY READ #20

10 Jul 2017

It's taken a while but here some mini reviews for the books I've been reading. 


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A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER // SARA BERNARD 

 ★★★☆☆


This was the perfect book to pick up after being deep in uni work and reading. A story of a girl who doesn't like to speak and a boy that can't hear, they're little journey is sweet and makes for a great twist to the usual young adult fiction. I have to take points off it though for being highly predictable and clich├ęd in some aspects. Overall, I loved this book, the little bit of sign language seen throughout added a extra quirk to the book that I really appreciated. If your up for some lighthearted teen romance this summer, I'd give this one a try. If you were a fan of Jennifer Niven's Holding Up The Universe  I think this would be a great one for you.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE // J.K ROWLING

★★★★☆

This one took me a while to get through and not the fault of the books but more my timing of reading it. However, once I hit a hundred pages I could not put it down just as I'd found the early books. It was super fast paced which I liked as well. After seeing the size, I wasn't too sure whether it would live up to being my favourite of the books as the film does. I do think I actually think I preferred previous books as there wasn't much extra in here than that of the film but I still loved the extra Dobby action that was thrown in.  I definitely preferred the portrayal of Cedric Diggory more in the film than in the book; I didn't feel he had enough of a role in the book which I would have loved. However, the final few chapter were my favourite. I'm not usually one for action but the way this was written was perfect and, overall made for a great ending to a fab book. 

FRESHERS // TOM ELLEN & LUCY IVISON* 

★★★★★

I don't want to say too much about this book just yet as, from what I gather, it is not out until August but I absolutely loved it! It's the first book in a while that had me laugh out loud. It was such a fun read and I ended up finishing it within a day because I enjoyed it so much. Weirdly, I connected to this book because the writers went to the University of York where I go and they drew upon things that, as a student there, I understood. My friend asked me if I would have enjoyed just as much had I not gone to the uni it basically surround? That, I can't really answer but I think the universal nature of Freshers is one that all students can relate to and I think it would be a great one for those wanting to feel nostalgic of their first term at university or want a tiny insight into some of the shenanigans that go on. This is not Ellen and Ivison's first book so I will no doubt be pick their other book soon. Watch this space for a more in depth look of this book in a future post. 

So there are some reviews of the books I've read recently. What books would you recommend I check out next?

Hope you're doing great, 
Sarah x 

Those products marked (*) have been kindly gifted to me. However, as always, all opinions remain my own! 


CURRENTLY LOVING

7 Jul 2017

Until a few months ago, I felt I was doing so well in keeping up to date with my monthly favourites posts. However, this didn't last but I still want to share with you some fab things I've found recently that I think you may like.


PS... DOUBLE ENDED MAKE UP BRUSH

I've always loved my angled brush for everyday contour and bronze, it started to look a shabby and when I saw this in Primark for just short of £2 I thought it was worth a go. Not only is the bristles super soft, you get two brushes for the price of one. I use the angled side for bronzer and contour while using the other for highlight. This is a perfect little compact brush that I'd recommend to anyone. 

REVOLUTION BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN PEACH LIGHTS

I'm usually one to reach for a golden/yellow-toned highlighter but I thought this would make a nice change for nights out. The pigmentation is perfect and gives me that bit of shimmer we all love. It's another cheap alternative to a lot of more pricey highlighters. I mean, why waste your money on something better when you can get just as good at a fraction of the price. 

SUPERDRUG FACIAL WIPES FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

A bit of a boring one but a definite necessity. As the end of uni grew nearer, I got lazier and lazier with make up removal and these were my trusty sidekick to make sure I got it off. They are the perfect wipes for me as they don't react with my skin like a lot of wipes (including others that are supposedly sensitive), the remove my make up quickly and easily and are another cheap purchase. 

THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN E HYDRATING SLEEPING MASK

Boy does this hydrate. I've not woken up with softer skin as I have since using this product. While the moisture I find only seems to last a day, the effects are the best. From someone who struggles to get a perfect base to apply my make up on top of, this has really aided my smooth base perfect to apply make up on top of the next day. Beware, it is quite heavily scented but I don't find it to react with my skin in a way that is harmful or annoying. This is quickly becoming a skin care saviour. 

TOY STORY MOLESKIN // BULLET JOURNALLING

I saw these in the Moleskin store in London back last year and, while the colours are a bit out there, I fell in love with it. My sister held on to this and went back to pick it up for my birthday. That was in January and now, months later, I decided to start a form a bullet journalling. While it's not as strict as some people's are with day to day logs, I'm more using it as a way to bullet point weekly to-dos as well as tracking things such as blog posts and reading; if you're interested to see some of the other page ideas, I'd be happy to make a post!

MISSGUIDED MAUVE MIDI SKIRT

When it came to my end of term ball, I was a bit stuck on what to wear that wasn't too expensive. I've recently been obsessed with clothing that are a mauve colour and so when I saw this on Missguided I thought it would be perfect. While the pictures aren't the website didn't look exactly like that of what I received, I loved it either way. To see what it really looked like, here are some photos from the ball. (I'm going to be posting about first year very soon so more photos to come then!)



So that's all I've been loving for now but they'll definitely be more to come over the next few months which I'll be making sure I share with you!
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 


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