I honestly can't believe that we're half way through the last day of 2014, where has this year gone? It seems like only last week I wrote my first blog post, but that was almost 9 months ago! Over the last few weeks I've had a chance to think about this blog and the direction I want to take it in 2015, so in order to help me achieve my goals I've come up with a list of resolutions. I'm not normally one for making New Year's resolutions, partly because I rarely stick to them for more than a few weeks and partly because I like to change when the mood strikes rather than when I feel like I should, but with a new year I feel like now is a good time to let some of my blog goals be known, hopefully that way you'll all hold me accountable if I don't stick to them.
Monday, 29 December 2014
As you'll have guessed by now if you read my Manicure Monday posts on a regular basis, I do love a good glitter nail polish, especially when it's made by one of my favourite brands. So when I saw that Barry M were releasing some limited edition glitter toppers I knew I had to get my hands on at least one of them. Thankfully Santa decided I'd been a good girl this year and brought me two of them, the one I have on my nails at the moment is Jingle Bells, a Superdrug exclusive.
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Baked: Lots of Christmas treats
As a vegan it can be quite expensive to stock up on treats for Christmas, it often feels that the more ingredients companies remove from food, the more they cost, so this year I decided to make a lot of my own baked goods. I spent a few days in the kitchen and made lots of yummy vegan beige food, including: Welsh cakes (recipe here), sausage rolls, cinnamon rolls, gingerbread people, pain au chocolat (not in the photo) and mince pies with citrus and apple. It was all delicious and, unsurprisingly, was gone in no time even though I made loads of everything. It's definitely given me the baking bug again and I can't wait to go shopping so I can buy more ingredients.
Saturday, 27 December 2014
2014 has been an incredible year for entertainment, there have been some amazing cinema and DVD releases and one of my favourite albums of all time was released. So I thought I'd round-up the year with some of my top picks from this year and hopefully give you a couple of recommendations.
Friday, 26 December 2014
Yep, I have another Autograph lip product to review. Marks and Spencer have really been impressing me over the last few months with their rather extensive make-up range. The Matte Velvet Twist Up Lipstick has the pigmentation of a lipstick, but in the packaging of a lip crayon. Being a lover of both highly pigmented lipsticks and lip crayons, I knew I had to try at least one.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
As I told you a while ago, I've been on the look out for a an autumn/winter foundation that would suit all of my skin's needs while the weather was cold. My skin can sometimes react quite badly to changes in temperature so I was ideally looking for a foundation that wasn't too drying, has decent coverage, lasts all day and didn't affect the condition of my skin. While perusing the Marks and Spencer website I came across the Smooth Matte Mousse foundation and decided to give it a go.
Monday, 22 December 2014
As I told you in last week's Manicure Monday, I've had my Christmas nails planned for a while now, unfortunately though this week's didn't work out. I bought some Santa nail gems but they're huge. I've grown my nails for the last three weeks so they'd fit, but even though they fit on my nails now, they just looked odd so I had to take them off and go with plan B. Nothing says Christmas more than glitter and red, so I decided to go with Sardonyx from Models Own Velvet Goth collection.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Beauty product of the week: Crazy Rumors lip balm in Black Cherry
It's official, I'm hooked on Crazy Rumors! I have a few different flavours now and my favourite this week has been Black Cherry. To me it doesn't smell too much of fresh cherries, but smells a heck of a lot like cherry bakewell's, which is a scent I adore. It tastes amazing and lasts brilliantly, just as all of them do.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Warning: this post may contain spoilers
I have to be honest, over the last few years I haven't been into the whole 'it's the most wonderful time of the year' thing. I'd have been much happier if Christmas would skip right past me and leave me alone completely. Last year things changed, I changed. I stopped being such a Grinch and got into the whole Christmas spirit and I was much happier for it, I would even go as far as to say that I enjoyed it. In an effort to try and enjoy the season a bit more there are a number of movies that I watch every year in the run-up to the big day, and this year will be no different.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
As I'm sure you already know, I really rate the lip products from Autograph very highly, I'm yet to find a lip product of their's that I don't love. So, when I was kindly offered a 'friends and family' discount code a few weeks back, that could also be used in conjunction with their 'buy one get one half price' deal, I couldn't resist.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Monday, 15 December 2014
I knew months ago what nails I wanted to wear for the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas, which is why I haven't featured this nail polish before now, I wanted to save it. I'm absolutely useless at nail art, especially on my right hand, so I went for the cheat's option and bought some Christmas tree nail gems from eBay.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Bought: Lush - Lord of Misrule Perfume
There has been so much drama over the release of this perfume, partly because it's so bloody difficult to get your hands on, and partly because the bottles aren't completely full. I took this photo the morning it was delivered, before I'd even sprayed it once, and look how full it is. I can't speak for other people, but I bought this knowing that it would be that way, so I can't really complain too much, but those not knowing it would look that way must have been furious. I know a couple of people who have bought it to give as a gift, and they feel too embarrassed to now, it looks as if they've been wearing it themselves so I totally understand. Anyway, on to the positive, it smells glorious! Seriously my favourite perfume in the whole world ever. Better than Chanel, better than Stella McCartney and any other high end brand I bought in the past, which is a good thing because none of them are vegan so I can't buy them any longer. Jen over at All Things Lush has written a great review of it, and will do a much better scent description than I ever could.
Friday, 12 December 2014
If you read a lot of blogs and also blog yourself, you'll know the importance of leaving good quality comments on other people's blogs. They can be a great source of traffic for your site and introduce you to potential new readers, however, without a clickable link you're vastly reducing the number of people that will ever get to see your content. Below is a very simple tutorial on how you can make your link clickable.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
I've recently been in contact with Reckitt Benckiser, who own Veet, regarding their animal testing policy, and the possibility of a 'suitable for vegans' list. The reply was very long and detailed, and I feel that it would confuse a lot of people, so I will only show you the points that I feel are relevant to gather the information desired.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
If you read my Cuticle Care Routine a few months back, you'll be well aware of the attention I already give to make sure they're in good condition at all times, so when I opened my The Vegan Kind Beauty Box and saw a multi purpose balm I was really happy.
Monday, 8 December 2014
As someone pointed out on my Instagram account last week, I've been all about the traditional autumn/winter shades recently, and this week is no different. Plum from ELF is a deep purple based burgundy creme that almost looks black in the shade, but in the light is the colour you see below.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Bought: OCC Lip Tar's and nail polishes
I'm not usually one for having matching nails and lips, but ever since I bought Black Metal Dahlia Lip Tar last year I've been on the hunt for the perfect nail polish to go with it. I know OCC make a nail polish of the same name, but it's almost impossible to get hold of in the UK, and if I do find it it's so ridiculously expensive that I just can't justify it. Well, my brother recently went to the USA for a few months, so while he was there I ordered some to be delivered to him and he brought it home with him this week, along with a set of Lip Tar's and the Lip Tar Primer. I can't wait to use them, expect to see more about them soon. The only thing I'm not crazy about is how grubby the packaging is, you can see how dirty it is in the photo.
Friday, 5 December 2014
I know there are a million and one gift guides floating around the internet at the moment, but whilst searching for vegan versions I didn't find any. So, in an effort to help myself (and hopefully some of you) a bit, I've put together this gift guide. The title may say 'for her', but anyone with an interest in beauty would like all of these products I'm sure, and there are a couple of things that you don't even have to be a beauty lover to appreciate.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
This month hasn't really been the best, I had lots of good things planned for it but only a few of them really came to anything, so I'm kind of glad to see the back of it to be honest. I've tried a few new products over the last few weeks that I haven't had the chance to write reviews of yet, so I won't go into too much detail here, but will be sure to post full reviews soon.
Monday, 1 December 2014
It feels good to be writing a Manicure Monday post again after missing last week's. Today I have a brand that you probably won't have heard of; Tender Loving Canines*. They're only available on Etsy, and everything is 100% cruelty-free and vegan. The lovely Sally who owns TLC also makes jewellery, so be sure to go and check out her shop if you like affordable, hand-made items.
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