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From Summer To Autumn | Switching Up My Routine.

It’s Autumn time!! Autumn is my favourite season hands down. A) Because it is my birthday season (I’m an October baby so it is officially my birthday month) and B) Pumpkin spiced lattes are back and I am continue embracing the #basic life in caffeinated style and C) Because I love updating my health and beauty routine to suit to colder weather. I thought I would share with you guys today some of the changes autumn brings to my routine. So, let’s get started. 

Skin Care

I tend to use autumn as a transition season to help to rejuvenate and repair your skin from any summer damage and get it ready for the brutalities of a British winter. Everything has to serious up its game when it gets to autumn as moisture becomes to new buzz word. Now it is getting colder and I am becoming more and more reliant on the central heating, a more intensive moisturiser in necessary. I tend to ditch the lighter creams and go for heavier moisturising creams and gels that reinvigorate my skin and body and give it a little extra hydration.

  1. Whereas the Dove Summer Revived Gradual Tan was getting me through the summer months just fine now it is more about the Aveeno, which I cannot recommend enough. I also tend to get slight eczema during the colder months on my chest and elbows (nothing too serious) but this moisturiser clears it right up and keeps it to an absolute minimum.
  2. I also tend to switch up my lip care to something a little more moisturising. As you might remember, during summer I was LOVING the Carmex Pineapple and Mint lip balm (it even featured in my holidays essentials post). Now, however, my lips are needing a thicker balm that does not make me mourn my summer holidays. Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm is perfect for this. It is so so nourishing and super thick so continues to provide moisture ALL day. The thickness might not be for everyone but I cannot think of a better lip balm to take me from summer into autumn – it’s fantastic.
  3. Moisture might be the buzz word but it is important not to forget to exfoliate during the autumn months. My go-to is always FRÉ Skincare ‘Purify Me’. It keeps my skin clean, smooth and helps to get rid of dead cells and impurities without making my skin feel dry or tight at all. It’s a dream of an exfoliate and I would seriously recommend it. If you fancy getting your hands on some remember to use my code JJ, which will give you 15% off at the checkout.

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Hair 

Moisture is also the buzzword when it comes to hair. I have pretty dry hair anyway so my hair care regime doesn’t change dramatically BUT I have some bits and bobs I would recommend and one pretty big change.

  1. The Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length) is AMAZING! Not only does it help speed up hair growth, which I love during the autumn and winter months, it also leaves your hair feeling super moisturised and silky smooth. I definitely will be using this product a lot more regularly over the next few months.
  2. The biggest change when it comes to my hair is that autumn means it is time to bring back the gold. I am a natural blonde but like to change up the tones to match the seasons. Over summer I had a super light highlight ran through it. Autumn will see more honey shades to match my wardrobe and make up changes. By winter we will probably see the return of a silver undertone but, for now at least, I’m going to be a golden girl

Make Up

I hate to say it but I am no longer the tanned goddess I was last season. Now I resemble a sheet of paper and that sadly means that my make up all needs switching up to suit. My autumn make up looks tend to be a lot deeper and more intense. Whereas summer saw pastels and pretty shimmers, autumn is about browns, burgundy and a popping highlight.

  1. The biggest change in my make up from summer to autumn is my lipstick colour choices. Whereas summer sees me rocking a soft pink, bright orange or more natural/nude shades, autumn is all about deeper and darker lip colours. My absolute go-to’s are both MAC. First up is Dark Side, which is the most stunning deep burgundy ever that goes so well with browns and oranges. I also absolutely love Dubonnet, which is described as a deepened claret. It is the perfect deep red and goes with pretty much every single make up look.
  2. I am sad to say that after months of light powders and a bit of bronzer, the liquid foundations are back. Even though I am looking for a bit more coverage from my foundation I still don’t want my skin to feel clogged up and full of make up. My favourite for creating a beautifully dewy, natural finish is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. If I am looking for something with a little more coverage, the MAC studio sculpt foundation is my go-to (although I am currently in the market for a new one so suggestions are welcome). 
  3.  In terms of eye shadow, my bright oranges and yellows have had to go back in the drawer until next year. It does mean, however, that my NUE Eyeshadow Palette from Laritzy  has really come into it’s own. I have spoken about this palette before for it’s stunning browns and deeper shades and they are absolutely perfect for the autumn months. My Smashbox Full Exposure palette is also a favourite for the autumn/winter months and is great for creating day looks as well as looks for your work Christmas party.

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It’s goodbye for now Silent Disco… 

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Fashion

Definitely the most notable change in autumn is my fashion. Living in the UK means that autumn gets very cold so the shorts and cute summer dresses go to the back of the wardrobe for another year and we say hello to some new fashion staples.

  1. Hallelujah, jumpers are back! I love a jumper. The bigger the better. Last year I did a huge jumper shop and got loads from Primark. They’re super affordable and will last me through this autumn as well. I would also recommend hitting up Primark for coats. They’re usually very similar to ones you might find in River Island or TopShop but are a fraction of the price.
  2. It’s time to say goodbye to the sunshine yellows, baby pinks and bright (and by bright I mean covered in flamingos and pineapples…) and hello to burnt oranges, burgundy and deep reds. Just as with makeup, my wardrobe becomes a lot deeper in the autumn months. I still like my longer dresses but tend to pair them up with cute little chelsea boots and wooly tights rather than flip flops. When it comes to shoes, Zara have an excellent selection (as always). Here are some of my favourites.

Snake Skin/Leopard Print High Heel Ankle Boots – £99.99

Red Leather Stiletto Ankle Boots – £89.99

Burgundy High Heel Knee High Boots – £119

All a little pricey (they’ve had to go onto the wish list) but Zara shoes are great quality and last for years so definitely worth the investment if you can afford them.

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Okay, so maybe baby pink still features a little… I just can’t help myself. 

Exercise

Autumn might be my favourite season but the switch from summer to autumn is a bit of a disaster my training programme. Okay, that’s unfair on autumn, but it certainly does mean there is a huge dip in my motivation. When you get up for work and it’s dark and then you come home from work and, surprise surprise, it is once again dark, the last thing I fancy doing is a gym session. This means that my exercise programme sees a bit of a switch up in order to maintain motivation throughout the colder months.

  1. My training moves from outdoor agility and functional training to more gym based, indoor training. This isn’t a problem as long as I ensure to keep up cardiovascular training whilst I’m there (I’ll also probably be walking around less so I also need to make up for that). 
  2. I train a lot smarter in the colder seasons. This means that I make my workouts shorter and focus them more on compound movements.That way I’m not inside for every single daylight hour but I can go in and get an effective session done quickly.
  3. Gym buddies are saving graces when you’re lacking in motivation so I tend to go to a lot more classes and group sessions during the colder months. Pop into your local gym and see what they’ve got available OR look into local walking groups or Zumba classes – these always keep me motivated and it is also a great way to make friends (it’s nearly secret santa time, right?)

So there you have it, some of the changes I will be making to my routine over the next couple of weeks. Are you guys excited for Autumn? What are some of the biggest changes to your routine that the new season brings? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. 

Jamie x 

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Five Favourites | Benefit Cosmetics.

Hey guys! It’s time for another one of my #FiveFavourites and today is the turn of Benefit Cosmetics. I find Benefit products really hit and miss and a lot of the time they can be quite gimmicky and overpriced. That said, there are some products that I think are such high quality that they’ve become my ride or die products. I chose this brand as I have been serious lusting over some of their new releases, namely the Hello Happy foundation, which has had some excellent reviews. Who knows, next time I do this it might just feature in my top five, but for now, here are some oldies but goldies that I love. 

BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

First up is the BADgal BANG! mascara. I have always been a huge fan of Benefit mascaras since They’re Real but this is the best one yet. It’s a surprisingly light formula that is not as wet as They’re Real so doesn’t feel sticky all leave that weird black line under your eyes (not a good look) yet it gives your lashes insane volume. It builds up to give a false lash effect and lasts for ages on the lashes without feeling dry and gross. It’s water-resistance but still comes over nicely with make up remover and has B5 in the formula, which is known the thicken and strengthen your natural lashes. It is the perfect mascara to take you from day to night and I would seriously recommend giving it a go if you’re a lover of their other mascaras.

Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit

The Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit has been my ride or die since my year 11 prom (about 5 years ago!). During this time it has changed its formula and packaging and in my opinion the is now not as good as the older one, but it is still the only product I reach for when doing my brows. The cute little kit is perfect to throw in your hand bag or travel with and includes eyebrow powder, wax, mini slant tweezers and a dual-sided extendable applicator. It gives a really natural look to the brows and lasts all day (and night). If you love a full, natural brow then this is the product for you – it’s totally fool proof!

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Watts Up Cream Highlighter

When I first got the product I was really unsure but I ended up loving it. The Watts Up Cream Highlighter definitely takes some getting used to and I had to play around with it a lot before I got the hang of it, but it gives such a stunning champagne glow. Rather than being full of chunky glitter (which I don’t like at all) it just gives you a beautiful sheen. The application is super smooth and has an almost powder like finish. I would say though, this is definitely a highlight for the cheek bones alone. For some reason it never sets on my nose or other areas and it is hard to control the intensity due to the nature of the application! It is, however, a really beautiful highlight and is also something that takes me from day to night.

Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer

You might remember that this product featured in my favourites back in July and it is still a firm favourite of mine. The Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer might have awful packaging but the formula is stunning. It has four difference shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose, which blend together to give your cheeks a sugary, natural flush. I also sometimes uses the shades separately as the peach makes a beautiful addition to a summery, neutral eye look. The mix of shades also means it would suit loads of complexions and take you from summer to winter. If you can look past the packaging (hard I know) it is really worth the investment.

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It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream

Last but not least is a product I have not used in forever and I couldn’t tell you why because I really did love it. The It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream is great for helping with dark circles and reduces/preventing fine lines. It instantly gives your under eyes a natural, hydrated glow and contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness. It’s a little bit on the steeper side but I tend to find that that is the case with all eye creams (my current set me back $27.99 in Crete – if you’re interested you can find it herebut I always think eye care is worth the investment as they’re the first things to age. If you struggle with dark circles or tired looking under eyes this might be the product for you.

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A natural day look using all of these make up product. I was glowing (if I do say so myself) 

And that’s a wrap. I actually found this #FiveFavourites a lot easier than I found it for Soap and Glory as I tend to find with Benefit products I either love or hate them. There are some cult favourites such as POREfessional and BeneTINT I really cannot get on with, and other things that aren’t as popular that I adore. It is definitely a marmite make up brand in my opinion, but these five products really are fantastic. Let me know in the comments what your favourite Benefit products are and if there are any particular brands you would like to see in the next #FiveFavourites. Until next time… 

Jamie x 

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High-End Make Up Products I’m Lusting Over.

High-end make up. If you’re anything like me owning a lot of the sort after make up products from high end brands is a bit of a pipe dream. As much as I would love to splash the cash on a fancy lippy or foundation, the reality is I cannot justify it – especially when a lot of drug store make up does a pretty god job (MUA I’m looking at you)! This doesn’t mean I don’t browse beautybay.com, drooling over the latest high end releases. I thought today I would share with you guys high end make up products I have recently been lusting over. You know, just in case anyone’s looking at buying me a gift or something… 
Primer
Let’s start at the very beginning, as Mary Poppins said, this is a very good place to start. So first things first; primer. I have been eyeing up the Becca Backlight Priming Filter for a while now. At $38, it’s a little steep but it has got some impressive reviews. Becca is one of my absolute favourite brands when it comes to give my skin a glow and this primer is supposed to do just that. I have pretty dull skin that tends to get a little dry around my nose and so I adore a dewy make up look. It is water-based and contains small, pearlescent filters that are supposed to leave your skin glowing and your flaws blurred – sounds good to me. 
Eyebrows 
Next up I’m going to go for eyebrows. The Tom Ford Brow Sculptor sounds right up my street and has been raved about by all the beauty mags this year. It has a rectangle pencil can be used to draw on singular hairs and a spoolie on the end to blend out the pigment, which would be perfect for my preferred, day time feathery finish. As if that was’t enough there’s even a sharpener to keep the tip nice and pointy – that makes it worth the £40, right? 
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Eyeshadow
Now for the eye shadow palette I have been dreaming of having in my collection since the beginning of time. There are loads of high-end palettes I would adore, but this one always catches my eye and I have never seen a bad review yet. At £43, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a little steeper than my go to, trusty MUA collection. However, the colours are absolutely stunning and are supposed to have a creamy formula with great pigment. You’ve probably seen this palette before but if not it has a gorgeous selection of shadows ranging from cranberry/pink to brown toned hues and has a combination of both matte and shimmer finishes the shadows – an Instagrammers dream. 
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Mascara
I find mascaras really touch and go. Usually I can make them work but it is hard to find a really good one. Rumour has it that the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced can offer just that. It comes in at £23 and is the brands best selling mascara. Apparently just two coats of this magically stuff make you look like you’re wearing false lashes, which is handy as I am terrible at applying falsies. This mascara is supposed to give volume, length and colour, which is basically everything you could ever want from a mascara – whether it’s better than sex? I’ll get back to you on that one. 
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Concealer
This one was easy! I adore YouTuber Kathleen Lights and she raves about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer all the time – even calling it her favourite concealer ever, which is seriously saying something giving her huge make up collection! It comes in at £22, which when compared to everything else so far is positively cheap! It’s packed with shea butter so is meant to be super nourishing whilst offering full coverage that supposedly doesn’t flake or crack! All of that and it’s vegan – everyone’s a winner! 
Foundation
I don’t mind spending a little more on my foundation as I think it can make or break a make up look, even so £42 is a little steep. The Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation has been raved about in the world of beauty and is recommend by make up artists and beauty bloggers alike. It’s meant to be an illuminating foundation that doesn’t crease and stays looking natural for the whole day. As I’ve already mentioned, I love a natural, dewy make up look but I still want a medium-full coverage so this sounds absolutely perfect. If I had to pick only one product from this post it would probably be this!
Bronzer
I have a very pale skin tone and so bronzer is an absolute must! I tend to stick with the drug store brands for this as they tend to do the job just fine. However, I would certainly not say no to the Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna. Known for being a cult classic, this bronzer gives a semi-sheer natural finish, which would be perfect for both day and night make up looks. I have seen beauty bloggers rave about this as an all over bronzer (great for those no make up make up days) and as a contour. When something is this versatile you can justify spending £29 – right?
Blusher
If I had to sacrifice one of the make up items on the list it would probably be a blusher, however, I have recently started reaching for my blush collection more and more and I think the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush would make a lovely new addition to the ever-growing family. It’s £25, which is expensive, let’s be honest but the reviews are absolutely fab! It’s meant to last all day (clues in the name I suppose) and have a beautiful and easy to blend formula. After some serious consideration I think I would probably go for Risque as I adore a peachy blush and find this suits my yellow undertone better than a pink blush.
Highlighter
Now for one of my favourite make up products in the whole entire world – highlighter! I love highlight and so picking just one high end product to share with you guys was tough. I was really torn between 2 in particular but decided to go for the Dior Nude Air Luminizer that comes in at £39.50. I went for this one because the reviews are glowing (excuse the pun) and it promises everything that I look for in a highlight. Rather than looking ‘sparkly’, I prefer more of a glow that blends into my skin and this offers just that. The shimmers within in are meant to be some of the finest out there and that means it doesn’t pick up texture but just leaves that sexy, wet look – dreamy. 
Lipliner 
Nearly there, I promise! For lip liner I have chosen the NARS Velvet Lip Liner that comes in at £18. The product comes in loads of different shades so you’d have to stock up on a few (darn it!) if you want one for every lipstick in your collection. I’ve chosen this one as it is meant to keep your lips moist due to its creamy formula, which is perfect if you are applying a matte lipstick over the top as these can be a little drying, and it will keep your lippy looking good all day – pucker up people. 
Lipstick 
Last but not least it’s time for the lipstick. I decided to go for a nude that I would wear on a day to day basis in the form of the Matte Revolution Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk, coming in at £24. Described as a colour to suit everyone, this lipstick is another cult favourite, plus it comes in super pretty packaging (always a bonus). It’s a more pinky/brown nude, which is perfect for my skin tone and although reviews aren’t all happy with the fact it might not be as matte as promised, this just makes me want it all the more! I tend to avoid matte lipsticks as I find them drying, but this is meant to have a slight sheen to it (sounds a bit like a satin finish) which makes it all the more appealing.

 

So that’s that. A full face of high-end make up products I am totally lusting over. If I was to get all of these products it would set me back a cool £343.50. I think I’ll probably be sticking to the drug store for a little while longer. A girl can dream though, right? Let me know if you have tried any of these and whether you think they’re worth then money. If not, what would make it on your list? Until next time. 

Jamie x

 

5 Of My Favourite Affordable Make Up Brands.

I love splashing the cash on new make up. My bank balance, on the other hand, does not. Make up and beauty products can be very expensive, but fear not! Recently I have been trying out a lot more affordable make up brands and I am really impressed. More often than not the quality has been just as good (and in some cases even better) as more expensive, high end brands and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage – everyone’s a winner.

Here are my top 5 that I have been experimenting with over the past few months and some of my favourite products they have in their collection.

Collection Cosmetics 

Collection Cosmetics were all the rage in the beauty Instagram world a while back with their Lasting Collection Concealer. If I am not mistaken, this did result it them upping the price, but you can still get your hands on this concealer for under £5, so still pretty good. I have been using this concealer for about a year now and love it. I wouldn’t say it can compete with my NARS concealer, however, it is still very good and the concealer I go to on a daily basis. It has excellent coverage and lasts for a long time without creasing loads.

Collection Cosmetics have loads of other great products and they are all very affordable. They have the prettiest blushers and bronzers for whatever finish you’re looking for and these are only £2.99, which is great if you’re on a budget. I have yet to try any of their lip products but I will definitely be making a purchase as they have a huge range of different products and colours that are right up my street.

MUA

No surprises here – I adore this brand. It is cruelty free, has an excellent range of products and colours and it is so affordable. You might remember in my May and June favourites this brand made an appearance for their incredible eye shadow palettes (25 shades for £8, my favourite is Burning Embersand their lipsticks (£1 each! I am still shook). 

I have been trying a load of their products recently, from highlighters to primers and I have to say, I am impressed. I also recently reviewed their Silent Disco palette, which was only £4 and is full of super fun and vibrant shades! How beautiful is this?

Soap and Glory 

A little more expensive than the others but certainly not overly expensive, Soap and Glory is a favourite of mine for both skin care, make up and bath products. I could go on and on about all the products I love from this brand (and I probably will do in a future blog post) but for now we will focus on make up. The Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in Candy Queen is one of my favourite glosses on the market. It comes in at £9 but it is huge so will last for ages, plus it is such a wearable and delicate colour! They also have loads of other shades so if you’re looking for a gloss I would seriously recommend these. Also, don’t worry about the tingle! I am a huge wimp when it comes to plumping lip glosses but this is totally fine. I would describe it as a ‘buzz’ rather than anything painful!

Another lip product I love from this brand is the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick that comes in at £3.50 on their website. Unlike the lip gloss, these don’t tingle at all. They resemble the Clinique Chubby Sticks but, in my opinion, have a lot more pigmented finish. I think all of these colours are super pretty (I got a lot in my Christmas Advent Calendar) and I have continued to repurchase since.

 

 

Saturated Colour 

I first tried this brand a few months back in my Pip Box and I love it. The products are 100% cruelty free and the LIPSStick Moisturising Lipstick I received in my box was also vegan. The LIPSSticks feel so soft on the lips but the colour is so vibrant and beautiful, plus it has excellent staying power. I would recommend Naked Pink for a really beautiful, spring time look. They also have a stunning red, nudes and purples. At only £7, these are super affordable!

They don’t have a huge range of other products. However, another lip product I loved was the Make Me Matte Lipstick Mattifier . This award winning product is totally vegan and transforms glossy or satin lips into a matte finish. It does not feeling drying at all also has great staying power. It’s £8, so pretty affordable, and great for those of you who love a matte lip.

Bourjois Paris

Another brand that has been mentioned a fair few times on my blog, Bourjois Paris is a fab and affordable brand for foundations and face make up. I adore their Healthy Mix Powder and use it every single day either on its own or as a setting powder. The powder is £9.99, which I thought was a little expensive at first, but it is so worth it and lasts for ages. Also £9.99, their Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation is such a fab drug store foundation. It gives such a pretty, dewy coverage and lasts pretty well throughout the day. This foundation is definitely be go to on a day to day basis.

I also absolutely love their blush collection and, of course, their Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder , which will set you back £7.99.

So there you have it, 5 of my favourite affordable make up brands at the moment. You do not have to break the bank when it comes to make up. Just as with high end make up, different formulas and brands work differently for different people and half the fun is experimenting and trying out new things. With these brands, experimenting is a lot less of a risky investment and can be less than your morning coffee. 

What are your favourite affordable make up brands? Let me know in the comments down below. 

Jamie x 

Beauty without the Cruelty.

Hey guys. As you will probably know if you have been following me on any form of social media, I am currently in the process of incorporating more cruelty-free products into my make up and beauty regime, with the view of going entirely cruelty-free (vegan if possible!) in the future. I thought I would share with you guys some of the things I have been using so far if any of you are looking for cruelty-free, high quality alternatives. Look gorgeous whilst doing your bit for animals and the environment – win win!

PS. None of these reviews are sponsored and I either bought the products myself or was given them as gifts. 

First up is a shampoo and conditioner that I was gifted by the lovely ladies from my Women’s Health Internship. I’m a pretty committed Aussie user, and with very temperamental hair, changing my shampoo and conditioner was a little bit daunting and something I haven’t done in years. The brand is called Kind Natured (already we’re off the a good start) and both products are 97% natural, not tested on animals at any point during production and totally vegan. Great, but how did they compare to my usual haircare? I have to say, I haven’t noticed a difference. My hair smells fab and is super smooth and shiny. The only thing I will say is that neither seem to go quite as far. You feel like you’ve hardly put anything on your head and don’t get that super washed feeling (anyone know what I mean?) but then you hit it with the blow dryer and you’ve got yourself luscious, smooth locks. I guess it’s not really a negative, just something to bear in mind that you’re not going to get a super foamy, TV commercial-esque shower time experience. I checked out their website and they’re really reasonably priced at £4.99 a bottle, working out at very similar to my usual Aussie shampoo and conditioner. They also have loads of other products, from hand cream to kiddie detanglers and a section of all their entirely vegan stock so it’s super easy to get what you’re looking for. No sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals (I could go on) just lovely products and fab results. Overall: 8/10.

Kind Natured 

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Next up is a product that I have actually been using for ages without really realising it was vegan. 100% vegan society approved, Original Source is pretty famous for that Mint and Tea tree tingle. Not a fan of the tingle, no worries! They have loads of different scents with different feels. I would recommend trying the raspberry and vanilla – it feels really soothing and gentle. I’m actually a big fan of the mint tingle as well, just maybe avoid your private parts… They also do hand washes, scrubs and moisturisers so there is plenty to have a go at. There ethos is all about respecting the world we live in, which I absolutely love. I would definitely recommend these products! You can pick them up from your local supermarket for about £1 and they’re usually on offer. Overall: 10/10.

Original Source 

This next brand is one I absolutely adore! It isn’t something I use every single day but Illamasqua definitely deserves a mention! Before starting to use MAC, I wore Illamasqua Skin Base Foundations and it is definitely something I will be going back to. It gives amazing coverage (if you like the natural look this might not be for you – I used to use this brand as stage make up!) AND is vegan. Not every single product in the range is vegan and some of them contain Carmine but all is cruelty free. It’s a fab brand for the experimental make-up lovers out there ad the ethos is so fun. If you haven’t checked them out they are worth taking a look at – even if it is just to be in awe of their incredible MUA work! Overall: 9/10

Illamasqua 

Next, I have started to hit a bit of a dilemma. Brands that I have been using, loving and believing were cruelty-free have a parent company that isn’t – L’Oreal. I decided to still post about these companies but that is something to consider and certainly something I hadn’t thought about but definitely will now. Urban Decay is a favourite of mine. I’m a huge fan of all of their palettes and the staying power on their lipsticks is fab. I am sure you’ve seen many a beauty blogger chat about these palettes over the years so I won’t repeat what has already been said, however, I am a huge fan. Another brand I love and is cruelty-free is NYX, however, again their acquistion with L’Oreal back in 2014 means it gets an * next to it’s name on cruelfreekitty.com‘s fantastic, comprehensive list of cruelty-free products. The products, however, are high quality and really affordable. I’m a huge fan of their Soft Matte Lip Creams and the colour choices are second to none so there is something for whatever your style – from neutral to bright blue! Lastly in my ‘conflicted’ section as I am going to call it is The Body Shop. I have always really loved this company (that chocolate moisturiser though!!) and I got gifted some lovely products for Christmas that I have really been loving. I have only ever tried a few bits of their make up range but from online reviews it seems that the products are comparable to some middle end brands. Rating these brands has to be lower due to the fact none can be considered vegan and both are affiliated with L’Oreal. Overall: 6/10 for both urban decay and NYX and 7/10 for The Body Shop.

Urban Decay

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The Body Shop 

So, as I have said this marks only the beginning of my journey I have had loads of new brands I want to try over the next few months so I thought I would share a few with you guys.

I want to start being kinder to my vagina with TOTM (Time of the Month). Them make femcare products, which are 100% organic cotton without any nasty chemicals that can’t be doing my privates any good! They’re ethos is fantastic: Why is this important? Your body deserves better than harsh chemicals, synthetic materials, and unnatural additives. We choose to be transparent about our ingredients so you know what you are using on your body. Taking a stand of menstrual health in the kindest of ways.

TOTM 

I have always been a LUSH fan but don’t often use their products, they are more things I receive as gifts. However, they have just releases vegan cleansers and scrubs, which look fantastic so I really want to try some of these. I might pick up a cheeky bath bomb too while I am there, got to get that Instagram picture you know!

LUSH

My friend did a year abroad in the US and recommended ColourPop to me. I’m currently in a purse-pigment battle as to have it shipped over here is not going to be cheap but oh, the pigment of their shadows! Totally cruelty-free as well, but do I really need to be shipping stuff over just to make my eyelids look pretty? Might have to wait until my next US trip and stock up then. Element of Surprise Palette I am coming for you!

ColourPop

Last but not least, if you’re in the blogger world I am sure you have heard of the next brand. I kind of wanted to give it a try just to see what all the fuss was about and when I found out it was also cruelty-free it became a must. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s Glossier. Apparently perfect for those who like natural make up, this would be fab for everyday/work make up. ‘A Beauty Brands inspired by Real Life’ created by beauty editors sounds right up my street.

Glossier 

So there you have it, my favourites at the moment and some of my favourites yet to come. Keep your eyes peeled for more updated in the Beauty Not Cruelty series and keep those recommendations coming in. Huge thank you to Ana (@Faded_Spring) for all her help in pointing me in the right direction. I can’t wait to continue on my journey. 

Jamie x 

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