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Mascara, I like it wet!!

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When it comes to mascara I love it thick, black and bold!!!! This means I’m very discerning when it comes to buying the stuff as to get loads on my lashes it can’t be dry!

As you can see from the pic above (I hope!!) I do use loads of the stuff and as you can imagine I go through it on a regular basis. The problem I find thought with most budget mascara’s are they’re incredibly dry and difficult to work with. As a result I don’t get the coverage or thickness that I like!

Luckily I have found a mascara by MUA Cosmetics called Extreme Curl Mascara, that is not only cheap (£2), but also lovely and wet so you can load up your lashes as much as you want! You can choose from black or black brown.

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The wand is curved to help with accuracy and nice and long (something I prefer). I also find it easy to use the tip of the wand to do corners and the bottom lashes.

The colour stays well and doesn’t clog too badly and will come off easily with makeup remover or good olds soap and water!

As this is a very wet mascara you will need a steady hand as it’s easy to smudge and get on the lid, but nothing a cotton bud can’t fix!

So if you want a bargain go online or pop to Superdrug for an MUA fix☺

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Liz Earle Botanical Essence No100

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Hi!

It’s been a while but I’m back! Still no PC, this time due to our Wifi box being dead but, hey what can you do???

I thought I’d do a perfume review as I find it hard to find perfumes that are cruelty free. Especially ones that don’t smell cheap and nasty.

So I was really happy when I discovered Liz Earle and even happier when I discovered they’d opened a stand in the Manchester branch of Boots! The closest one before was John Lewis in the Trafford Centre and I’m no fan of the Trafford Centre at all.

Liz Earle is an Isle of Wight company who make all their products in the UK. If you check out the website you can see loads of information regarding their products. When I can get on a PC I’ll do an overview of the company as I love the fact they are UK based so bonus points on carbon etc. and that they are ethical.

The company does a monthly special for the face products and always includes free full size samples, something that I love the idea of as you can get a real feel for the product.

Liz Earle is currently available on QVC, Boots (check website as not all stores have a stand), John Lewis, online and there are a few stores dotted around the UK. The Liz Earle stores do spa treatments as well mmmmmmm cruelty free facial, ❤ it!

The perfume I’m trying is the new one called Botanical Essence No 100 which is £47 for a 50ml spray bottle. It has a beautiful summery smell which is strong but not too overpowering for me. The ylang ylang is what sells it to me as I love that but the combination of is just beautiful! The only downer is that my skin doesn’t seem to like one if the ingredients and gives it a weird secondary smell. I’m going to try it again and see what happens! That’s the problem with perfume, your skin can change the smell and so I would always recommend getting samples first (if you can!).

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As the inlay on the sample card says it is like “walking into a florist” and being hit by all the smells inside! The combination of flowers and plants give this a lovely spring/summer feel and remind me of summer holidays.

This may well be too strong for some as it does linger like Angel does. So if you like the lighter fragrance this may not be for you.

I absolutely love this fragrance and, if further tries work and I don’t get the strange side smell, will definitely be adding it to my collection ☺

I’ll be doing another review of their products in the next couple of days once I’ve used them for a week. Xx

BUAV Score on Cruelty Free in Europe!

Fantastic update on the BUAV campaign from Naomi @ Bewitchery! At last Europe is going cruelty free!!!!!

Sephora No Longer Cruelty Free

For my followers and any other’s who have access to Sephora own cosmetics I’m sorry to say they’ve entered china and are no longer cruelty free :(. I found this out through Logical Harmony’s recent post:

http://www.logicalharmony.net/sephora-collection-cosmetics-are-no-longer-cruelty-free/#axzz27W8xMkvm

It’s getting unbearable seeing so many companies do this and saddens me greatly!

PETA is currently in talks with China to get non-animal testing approved and the first tests are due to be approved any day – see here, of course this is only one test but it is a start! Why can’t these companies actively help this? They are once again putting money before ethics!!!

AromaVille Hops Hemp Honey Natural palm-free shampoo bar

Picture reproduced with kind permission from Valeria at AromaVille

My sister has been going “natural” for a few years now. She researches everything and will only buy natural products. We were talking the other day and I mentioned that I had discovered some lovely looking shampoo bars on Etsy and wondered if she’d like to try it. After a lot of scouring of ingredients and umming and aaaahhhing we stumbled upon AromaVille who are based in High Wycombe (UK).

We were really impressed with the quality, range and ingredients! I ordered the Hops Hemp Honey palm free shampoo bar as I liked the combination of ingredients. My sister ordered the Rosemary Nettle Aloe Vera palm free shampoo bar.

The price of these bars was really reasonable £3.50 each plus £2.70 postage. They arrived beautifully wrapped and smelt divine!

I’ve been hesitant to use a shampoo bar before as I’ve always figured you don’t get a lot for your money but a lot of makers claim they can last 1-2 months so this is on a par with bottled shampoos. Of course it does depend how often you shampoo and how long/thick your hair is or if you live in a hard or soft water area!!

The first time I used this I wasn’t too sure what to do so I made sure my hair was really wet and rubbed it into my hair, I then massaged it in further as I would with a normal shampoo. I was surprised at how well this mixed into my hair as, usually, I find the first wash doesn’t seem to sink in and I have to do a second! The smell of this shampoo is gorgeous and reminds me of one that my mother used on us as kids. It also lingers a lot more than any other shampoo I’ve used and I continued to get lovely whiffs all through the day even after using a conditioner!

My hair felt so clean and the shampoo washed out really well which was a concern as I live in a soft water area. I definitely needed a conditioner with this (mainly due to my hair being dyed!), but the differences in the feeling of residue was amazing. I really had to work to get rid of the conditioner and I hadn’t used as much whereas the shampoo washed out quickly and didn’t feel heavy at all.

I absolutely love this product and I’m really pleased I tried it. The great news is they ship all over the place 🙂 and a number of their products are vegan!!!

I also got a shave bar which I’ll review soon.

Find the lovely AromaVille on Etsy and their main website.

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/search?q=aromaville&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

Main Site – http://www.aromaville.co.uk/

Happy shopping xx

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Yes You Can Be Cruelty Free On A Budget!!!

So, you can’t have missed the fact that we are in a pretty grim recession at the mo and in the little old UK we’re in what is comically called a ‘double dip’ recession, I have to say that there is nothing funny about a recession and giving it a fancy name doesn’t help those who are struggling!
Anyway, as times are grim and most of us are on very tight budgets I thought I’d do some top tips on being cruelty free on a budget, because yes, you can be cruelty free even when money is tight! So here, in no particular order is my list of top tips for feeling wonderful even when life is throwing you a curve ball!!

1. Work out how much you can afford to spend This might seem obvious but it is important to know how much you have so you can decide what price range you can look at.
2. Decide what products you use and how often This may seem like a faff but it’s worth doing as you may find that the products you use less often last a lot longer and don’t need to be purchased as regularly. This means you may be able to get the nicer product as you can budget for when you run out! It will also give you an idea of when you’re more expensive months may be.
3. Shop around Check out the Internet and the high street shops. Look for offers, some brands/shops are predictable about when they do offers so you can bulk buy around them! I quite often buy a few months worth of something when it’s on buy one get one free as bottled lotions etc have really long shelf lives!!!!
4. Try before you buy! A lot of companies will let you buy samples of their products, this is a great way of making sure a product suits you as there is nothing more frustrating than realising when you get a moisturiser etc that you’re allergic or it gives you an outbreak out of spots!!!
5. The Internet is your friend Research, research and research some more! The Internet is the place for bargains, you can check what your local store has on offer before you go, you can shop around for your favourite products and you can look for new products. The Internet highway is the place to hunt out your bargains and you can do it from the comfort of your own home!
6. Cut the top off that tube!!! So you think that tube of hand cream is empty??? Well think again! If you carefully cut the top off you will find lots of product left in there, if it’s a squeezy tube I tend to cut it do I can still push it back over the bottom, otherwise mark a lid out of foil or something similar. Just keep an eye on the product to make sure it doesn’t “go off”! I’ve had tubes last an extra week doing this so it’s well worth a try!
7. Don’t use too much This is obvious I know but it’s worth checking you’re using the right amount as it’s a waste otherwise and we don’t like waste when budgeting 😊
8. Use BUAV etc sites These will give you details of which product ranges are cruelty free and will often include links to websites.
9. Go to your local farmers market if you have one near you use it, there are often local farmers / residents selling natural beauty products at reasonable prices and the person who made it is there to answer all your questions!
10. Have fun! Don’t get too hung up on price there are loads of companies out there doing cruelty free beauty products at great prices and they’re fun to discover!!!!

Budgeting is a pain but worth it and just think what there is out there to discover if you’re looking for new, fab treats!

I Got a Natural High – Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub by Superdrug

Whilst indulging in a new MUA eyeshadow I also came across this little beauty in Superdrug.  It’s £2.49 at the mo which is half price… come on!!!!  And not only is it cruelty free it’s also Vegetarian aaannnnddddd VEGAN!  Hurrah!!!!  The link to it is here.

The scrub has organic Apricot Kernel Oil, for Vit B, and softening, Apricot Seed and Walnut Shell which is the exfoliator and Sweet Almond Oil which is a fantastic moisturiser and skin softener.  It really does sound good enough to eat, tho don’t it’ll taste pretty grim :S

I used this in the shower earlier and it was really good.  It is very sweet-smelling, which could be a little overpowering for some but I liked, and it’s lovely and thick.  It was easy to massage into my face and the seeds/shells weren’t too harsh on my sensitive skin.  I would suggest caution, as with all exfoliating scrubs, as overzealous scrubbing of even the most gentle of these on the face could lead to very sore skin and red patches!  The scrub rinsed off easily and left my face with that really clean, tight feeling.  I followed it with a gentle soap and really felt like all the build up from the day/week was gone!  Lovely!!!!

Another word of caution, steer clear if you have any nut allergies!

This is not a product that I’d recommend using every day, once a week should be enough, unless you’re doing a lot of gruelling tasks that leave you with a build up of yuck on your face!  Over exfoliating can lead to break outs, soreness, sensitivity and unbalanced skin so don’t go too mad 🙂

This is definitely going to have a place in my bathroom, even at full price it’s a bargain and will last for agessssssssssssssss!

Superdrug is definitely on my ‘Love Love Love’ list as a top place to shop, dirt cheap and cruelty free, amazing!