Charlotte Tilbury Brows: Vegan & Cruelty-free

I honestly think I took about 50+ selfies just to get one… haha!

I’ve been buying a few bits of makes recently and one of them is a coloured brow gel by Charlotte Tilbury called ‘Legendary Brows’. It’s both vegan and cruelty-free. You can check out the full list of vegan makeup by CT here (the brand is 100% cruelty-free).IMG_2425

A couple of times I’ve wandered over to the CT counters with the idea of maybe buying something but up until last week I have managed to restrain myself. I’ve been eyeing up the mascara a lot but that is next on my list for when I use up my current Collection one. This is my first purchase from CT and so I treated myself by splashing out on an £18.50 eyebrow gel… Eeek!

The main reason behind buying this coloured brow gel was so I could use one product that both coloured and tamed my brows so I could get out the door quicker. Overall, I’m happy with this purchase minus the price. It’s certainly a luxury product and might I just add that it’s a very small tube. In comparison, Benefit ‘Gimmie Brow’ is a few pounds more and you get 3g wheres CT is only 1.15g. Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ was definitely a favourite back in the day but it’s not vegan and cruelty-free. Sad times…

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Colour, ‘Super Model’.

Please leave any other vg & cf brow products below. I would love to know if you have any favourites.

Have a fab day 🙂

-Hope xx

Vegan And Cruelty-Free Gel Nails: The Gel Bottle- my wishlist

I first read about The Gel Bottle nail company on Instagram, they’re both 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They have around 360 different shades- can you believe that, I couldn’t. They are expensive, starting from £14.50 to £18 for the glittery shades such as ‘Pink Rose’ (but that doesn’t include TAX) Sadly… I really want to get my hands on these nail polishes, but for now here is my wishlist. They’re all gorgeous!

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Screenshots from thegelbottle.com

I would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products from gelbottle, leave a comment below 🙂

Have a fab day,

-Hope xx

‘Force of Nature’ by SensatioNail

Hey, how are you? I painted my nails late last night and wanted to share what I did 🙂 Side not: Sensationail is also a vegan and cruelty-free brand.force.jpgforce 2froce 3

I used this little dotting tool from Poundland to make the tiny heart on my ring finger. I painted a layer of clear polish before paining the heart just incase the two colours mixed. It’s so cute!

Thanks for reading,

-Hope xx

Makeup Sesh: Vegan & Cruelty-free

Lately I’ve not put much effort into my makeup, but this afternoon I put on some lippy and winged eyeliner. Two things I hardly EVER do. But totally LOVE.me toMascara is my ultimate favourite piece of makeup and I’ve been looking for a vegan and cruelty free mascara which both volumizes and lengthens. Currently I’m using ‘Fast Stroke Defining Lash’ by Collection (photo below) but I don’t believe it’s either. My two favourite mascaras before going vg & cf were Dior Show Iconic Overcurl and Maybelline Lash Sensation. I keep looking at Pacifica mascaras… Comment below if you have any suggestions.wand.jpg

The vegan and cruelty-free makeup I’m wearing:

  • e.l.f foundation in the colour ‘Porcelain’
  • e.l.f. ‘Baked Highlight & Blush’
  • e.l.f. highlighter in ‘Pearl Glow’
  • e.l.f. ‘Waterproof Gel’ eyeliner
  • The Body Shop eyeshadow in Amazonian Earth (230) in my eyebrows
  • The Body Shop black liquid eyeliner 01

I used Real Technique’s makeup brushes to do all of my makeup except for a very old but reliable eyebrow brush from Topshop from YEARS ago… Probably like 7! me threeThank you for reading lovelies,

-Hope xx

 

 

Vegan Dr. Martens

Just look at these beauties!

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Vegan Dr. Martens, 2976 FELIX RUB OFF £135

I have been eyeing these chelsea boots up for what seems like forever. Over the month of December I was waiting for the opportunity to go into a Doc Martens shop and try them on; all the while hoping they wouldn’t disappoint. I will say I wasn’t blow away when I first saw them but after trying them on I really quite liked them. However I did buy them in a size 6… I haven’t been a size 6 in forever but that was the only size they had and they felt OK in the shop PLUS I was desperate to get them… and so when I got home to my Grandma’s, they felt much too small. Stupid me. It pays to be patient.docs.jpgFast forwarding to today, I finally went to the shop in Camden (which is amazing) and exchanged them for a 7. For some reason they totally took my heart, I love them, they look different than the previous pair, a good different. I haven’t stopped talking about them and taking pictures and posting them in group chats and on Instagram.docss.jpgMost importantly, they are super comfy and I’ve finally found a pair of chelsea boots that have just the right amount of snugness around my skinny ankles. Yay! Often they can be gappy, you know? They are also a wide fit which is perfect for me because I put in 3/4 length insoles. Also it’s good if you want to wear nice thick cosy winter socks 🙂

I’m a bit undecided whether they are worth the price (£135) because I’m not sure how durable the leather will be. Also the leather doesn’t have such a distressed look which will only show scuffs and scratches more easily. Hopefully they age well like a pair of converse. Although, after saying that, I’m still very pleased with this purchase!

Vegan shoe care products are still to be released.

Have you got a pair of vegan Docs? What has your experience been like?

-Hope xx

 

 

 

Vegan Food Diary: Fried Aubergine With Lentils and Avo

Last night I signed up for a years membership to Lifesum to help with tracking and balancing my diet. I am struggling to know whether I am getting the right amount of nutrients so I took the plunge and signed up! It’s pretty cheap if you sign up for a year, at the moment it costs £24.99 whereas usually it’s £34.99.

IMG_0183.JPGThis wasn’t a meal the app recommended as I have plenty of veg in my fridge to use up before I go out shopping for more ingredients. I will be sharing more of my food diary as I progress but this one was really tasty. It wasn’t the most filling but I got out of bed late after spending a good 1.5 hours reading Cassandra Clare’s book Lord Of Shadows (book 2 of The Dark Artifices series) and downed two glasses of water and wasn’t hugely hungry anymore. I am on the new year health kick. The app recommended I drink 1-2 cups of water before a meal to help with portion control. So far so good! I’m also aiming to do the recommended time of exercise of 30 minutes SO lets see how that goes…

I realise oil isn’t so great so I’m going to be looking into getting something else…. since I don’t have an oven to roast in.IMG_0184.PNG

Have a fab afternoon! Let me know in the comments what you’re doing for the new year or if you’ve already broken it 😉

-Hope xx

 

Hello Kitty Konjac Sponge

Happy New Year everyone! ♡

I bring you another konjac sponge blog post, don’t shoot me. I saw it while in Brighton for a shopping trip and could not resist. One, it’s so cute and two, it came with an adhesive hook to hang the sponge on. HOW CUTE

I honestly think going into Homesense is the key to buying these sponges because usually they are around the £10 price mark and that is eye watering. I bought this for £3.99 and would have bought more but that was all they had.

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The below information is from Blogmas day 4. I failed miserably at Blogmas because of how hectic uni got and a major deadline creeping up. Also, I didn’t have enough vegan products to fill those days up with. I planned to post my meals but I only really ate crisps and skittles…. I did learn in the rush to my deadline that lining REALLY completes any garment, especially a white fur coat RED LINING IS KILLER. Which sounds stupid but I usually try to avoid lining but actually it really makes a difference to a garment and is actually not that awful to do. *Side note, I’m a fashion design student if you didn’t know. Sorry for the randomness in this paragraph haha.

A konjac sponge should last between 2-3 month with proper care.

  • never leave it in the shower or on a surface of water because it won’t be able to fully dry and bacteria will multiple causing your sponge to break down quicker, therefore it will need to be replaced sooner rather than later
  • leave it to dry on the radiator so it can fully dry: shrivelled and rock hard
  • disinfect in hot water (not boiling) once a week for 3 minutes
  • be careful to squeeze it gently after each use as to not damage the natural fibres because it will deform. I learnt this from my previous sponge because I would squeezed it tightly after every use and it quickly started to crumble and become al bitty. I would be washing my face and bits would fall off. Not good

Have a fab afternoon!

-Hope xx

Blogmas Day 6: Super Facialist Skincare Collection

Welcome to blogmas day 6!

Super Facialist has been one of my go-to vegan skincare brands because they are easily accessible and I trust their products to be good and so far they have been.

sxuperI’m pretty terrible when it comes to doing my nighttime skincare routine but when I do I use the Rose Hydrate cream. I didn’t expect it to have such a thin consistency but it spreads over the skin easily and has a light rose scent.superThe lovely big, bright bottle of cleansing oil has been the only oil I’ve used since going vegan and so far I’m enjoying it because firstly, its great value for money and secondly it does a great job at removing makeup and daily grime. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and it doesn’t irritate in anyway. I believe it’s like £10 in boots but currently it’s on offer for £7.33 so grab it now if you wanted to try it.

The Pore Purifying Clay Mask, I am yet to use properly. I think the last time I used it was when I purchased it months ago. I never remember to use it because I’ve got a black peel of mask which I use for my pores and in return just forget to use this one. But as I’m writing this, I’m making a mental not to make an effort to use this next, maybe even tonight.. since I’m going to be up late doing uni work zzz….

Let me know what your favourite Super Facialist product is?

See you tomorrow for day 7!

-Hope xx

 

Blogmas Day 5: Nourishing Body Butter By Treaclemoon

Welcome to day 5, isn’t this month going by quickly! I’ve got a deadline for uni on Monday 10th and it seems to be coming at me fast. After the 10th I can fully start to relax and start making Christmas presents for my family. This year we are doing a homemade Christmas and I’ve only planned one present. Eek!

After yesterdays post about lip balms, I thought it would only make sense to follow that up with a body moisturise. This has been a favourite ever since I first opened it and I’m sad it’s almost empty. treaclemoon.jpgMy Coconut Island by treaclemoon has been much loved mainly because of the consistency. It’s quite a thick cream and sinks in really nicely and doesn’t have that horrible stickiness. I’m not a huge fan of the scent but I can live with that. The bottle is also huge for the price I paid of £3. It’s currently half price in Tesco so now is the best time to pick it up for yourself or as a Christmas gift.

On the back of the tube is a logo confirming it’s vegan friendly and I checked on their website to confirm whether it’s not tested on animals and it isn’t. As a brand, I can’t find on Logical Harmony whether they responded to her email regarding their cruelty-free status but their website does claim they don’t test on animal so that is something to keep in mind and for myself to keep searching.vg.jpghere copy.png

*a screenshot from their website about this specific product.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day, see you tomorrow.

-Hope xx

Blogmas Day 4: The Incredible Konjac Sponge

Welcome to day 4 of Blogmas: vegan and cruelty-free style

This post is dedicated to the incredible konjac sponge.

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If you aren’t aware of this biodegradable, 100% plant fibre sponge then you need to go out and get one. It’s truly amazing to remove makeup and exfoliate with. I pair it with an oil based cleanser and it gently removes all traces of makeup without making my skin feel really dry like when using a flannel. I don’t think I can go back to using a flannel, I can really feel such a difference in terms of how gentle it feels on the skin. Another pro is that it’s fully compostable.ksponge2.jpgA konjac sponge should last between 2-3 month with proper care.

  • never leave it in the shower or on a surface of water because it won’t be able to fully dry and bacteria will multiple causing your sponge to break down quicker, therefore it will need to be replaced sooner rather than later
  • leave it to dry on the radiator so it can fully dry: shrivelled and rock hard
  • disinfect in hot water (not boiling) once a week for 3 minutes
  • be careful to squeeze it gently after each use as to not damage the natural fibres because it will deform. I learnt this from my previous sponge because I would squeezed it tightly after every use and it quickly started to crumble and become al bitty. I would be washing my face and bits would fall off. Not good

ksponge1.jpgWhere can you buy them from?

Personally, I buy mine from Homesense because they are cheaper and I can stock up on them for half the price. They are usually about £10 but i bought mine for £4! I first discovered them in Oliver Bonas in waterloo station but you can get them in Boots and other beauty stores. This rectangle shape is meant for the body, however I prefer to use it for my face because it’s more comfortable and targets a larger area and does the job quicker.

Let me know if you use one. They’re my obsession right now, I recommended my older sister to buy one when she visited me in London, and I recommend you try one if you haven’t already.

I may sound stupidly excited but i love them, haha.

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow for day 5,

-Hope xx