Thursday, 26 May 2016

BEAUTY: The Vegan Kind Beauty Box May 2016




Following on from my post about The Vegan Kind subscription box I wanted to blog about the products in my first The Vegan Kind beauty box, which is sent three times a year. 

Without sounding like a broken record, I wanted to make the switch to vegan as easy as possible. I'm now three weeks without cows milk and feeling great!

The products in this box were: 

Grounded Coconut and Lime Hair Mask (£12.50)

This smells incredible. I love that I now have a box full of products from brands I've never heard of and I have been already searching for other products in this range. You can use this mask as a quick conditioner, a hair mask or even an overnight mask. Packed with my favourite coconut oil, the mask also contains Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil and Grap seed Oil. 

PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Eye Gel (£16.95)

Another great product to find in my box. I'm currently using a Boots own eye cream which cost me the huge price of 99p. I had hoped this would be a great find, but at 26 now I think I need something more and hopefully this is it. The gel contains argan oil, seaweed, rock rose and lavender to target signs of aging. As soon as my cheapy one runs out - I'm going to be all over this. 

Two Birds Woodland Rose Epsom Salt Bath Soak (£2.00)

Our boiler is due to be fixed tomorrow as we have been without full hot water for a good few days. I can't wait because the first bath I have is going to be full of this. Epsom bath salts are my absolute favourite, especially after a hard gym session. HA who am I kidding - I never work hard in the gym! 

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (£3.99)

I'm a big fan of the Lush Lip Scrubs, but a lemon drizzle flavour one? YUM! This is so yummy and the first lip scrub that I've actually eaten.

Alva Natural Cosmetics Green Equinox Sparkling Harmony Mineral Powder (£7.50)

This powder is multi use; eyeshadow, highlighter, mix with nail polish and even on top of lipgloss. I love a nude anything when it comes to makeup and I can't wait to use this alongside all my eyeshadows, mainly the Naked Palettes. 

I'm so impressed with this box, not just because of the value but the products are all ones that I either needed or just love. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FASHION: Trying to find the perfect black shoe

black shoes

I recently hit a milestone in work and I was treated to a business dress shopping spree which was just amazing. I ended up with a whole new capsule workwear wardrobe and even a bright orange pair of shoes.

There was one thing missing though, a pair of simple black flats. A pair to wear with trousers, skirts and dresses, which don't eat my feet during the day.

Naturally I've been online shopping and I've narrowed my search down to three very different styles. The simple black flat from Daniel Footwear, slightly more expensive than I would usually go with anything really, however if I want shoes that aren't going to give me blisters then I probably do need to invest. Plus these are in the sale.

Dorothy Perkins is where my bright orange shoes were from and it's one of the first places I head to when shopping for new shoes. I find Dorothy Perkins sizing really consistent - I've never had a bad fitting shoe from there.

My personal favourite are these from New Look, I love the extra straps and the cut out details. The downside is, they would probably rip my feet to shreds!

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Monday, 23 May 2016

LIFESTYLE: Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Testing on animals is a topic that I've always been angered at. Surely in this day and age where people are walking on the moon is an age where animals don't need to be tortured and can be treated like the wonderful creatures they are. 

It may sound hypocritical to say that I would never refuse medication when I am sick, which most likely has been tested on animals, there is a choice I can make when it comes to cosmetics. An animal should not have to suffer and have a life of hell just so I can wear a red lipstick, cover spots, have conditioned hair, a bleached toilet etc. The list is endless.

Over the past couple of months I have been making changes as I go and only repurchasing those products that I know are cruelty free and in some cases vegan.
Paul Mitchell Hair Products
One of my most favourite brands ever is Paul Mitchell. I may at times call them Phill Mitchell but from the products right through to the team at PM - they are wonderful. Myself and a few other bloggers were recently treated to an event at a local hotel, more on that another time, and we were given a whole host of their products which are all cruelty free. 
Superdrug Haul
Another great place to shop is Superdrug. Their own brand goods are not only cruelty free but also mostly vegan. They also stock Barry M and as well as being one of my favourite brands anyway - it's also vegan and cruelty free. 
The Vegan Kind Beauty Box
As a treat to myself I signed up to The Vegan Kind, which is a monthly subscription box for vegan foods. They also have a beauty box that comes out three times a year which I also subscribed to. 
I think this a great way to expose myself to vegan brands but also, it's like a treat. So it's more of an excitement than a chore and there's always discount codes so when the time comes that I do love a product, I can source it easily. 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

FOOD: Karma Cola #drinknoevil

karma cola bottles

Every minute over one million colas are drunk across the world. 

As part of my recent blogpost all about me not continuing to eat meat, I have also made the decision to look at where the rest of the product I consume comes from. I'm under no illusion that I've not bought responsibly for most of my life and I feel it's about time I changed that. 

I'm going total overhaul on this one from makeup, to haircare and right through to the other foods I consume. I'm making more and more vegan choices as the weeks go and when I heard about Karma Cola and asked if I wanted to try the drinks, of course I said yes!

The package of drinks arrived with a paper booklet all about the drinks and where the brand came from and I was hooked whilst having a read on my lunch break in work. The box the drinks came in has also been claimed by Rocky my Guinea Pig!! The brands tagline of "drink no evil" is explained in the first few pages. All the drinks are made using only "good stuff" - organic, fairtrade ingredients and good sugar that's not over processed and bleached white. 

I was quite surprised, but in this day and age, not shocked to read that despite Cola being discovered in Africa, the Africans who discovered it don't make anything from the world's most popular drink. Apart from Karma Cola, obviously. 

The real real thing - Karma Cola

The secret to Karma Cola (which isn't really a secret) is that it's made with real Cola. It's crushed and mixed with water and alcohol to extract the flavour, then the alcohol is evaporated off. 

The whole recipe is explained and there is nothing in these drinks that is some crazy chemical that's no good for you! 

It's no secret that I am absolutely rubbish at describing things but I'll give it a go. The Cola tastes like Cola... Shock... but there's no "fakeness" to the flavour. The drink tastes clean, natural and yummy. There's a huge feel good factor too because of the production process. I'm converted. 

Ginger-ella - Ginger Beer

The second in the line up from Karma Cola is their Ginger Ale - Ginger-ella! Ginger is a great natural ingredient that boost circulation, fights colds and supports the immune system. However, it's also one my most hated flavours. Sorry Ginger, no offence. 

The Ginger is fairtrade so the growers get a premium price for it and the money foes back into the communities to support schools, hospitals and farming gear. 

Lemoney - Lemonade

My favourite.
Cloudy lemonade. Yum. 

Made from organic Sicilian lemons the farmers ensure that the lemons are chemical free and taste just how nature intended. In each bottle is 31% lemon juice, with a splash of grapefuit. The additions of water, bubbles and fairtrade sugar creates the best tasting lemonade I have ever tasted. 

I am a total convert to the brand. We don't buy fizzy drinks that often, probably one bottle a month. But I'd much rather spend a little more and stock up on these beauts and I promise you it's not just because I love the design of the bottles. 

You can get hold of Karma Cola and the other drinks at your local Waitrose - I'd highly recommend trying a bottle!


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