My First and Probably My Last Time Shopping At Lush

Being vegan you’d probably think that Lush and The Body Shop are 2 places I shop at for things beauty related. They’re cruelty free, campaign for countries to ban animal testing and promote the use of natural ingredients. Those aspects I like. The actual products I don’t like so much. Both brands contain some not so great ingredients. Both I feel are overpriced for what they are. Lush, I’ve never really liked even way back in London though I like their stance on not using synthetic to no preservatives, supporting local community from who they purchase ingredients and helping environmental organisations. Both however I feel are more hype than they are about the actual products. However I was bored last month and popped into Lush.

I ignored the alarm bells of hygienie, the overpowering perfume wafting everywhere and ended up being swayed by the bright colours and boredom. I was looking for a new face exfoliator and am always on the look out for non palm oil body soaps to try. The first display I saw as I walked in was Continue reading “My First and Probably My Last Time Shopping At Lush”

My Online Beauty And Cruelty Free Beauty Product Shopping Guide

Today I’m sharing how I shop online for beauty products, more specially cruelty free beauty products. I’m sure most of these are obvious but seeing how I buy most of my cosmetics online I thought it would be fun to share my tips. So lets get to it! 

When coming across a new brand the first thing I do is Google ‘X animal testing’. I came across this tip a few months ago as this way of asking rather than ‘does x test on animals’ brings a more definite yes/no answer. Sites I use for reference that pop up Continue reading “My Online Beauty And Cruelty Free Beauty Product Shopping Guide”

November December Beauty Finds

It’s only fitting as it’s nearly February for my November December Beauty Finds. My love for Korean skin care’s still going strong and the search for the ‘perfect’ cruelty free mascara continues. I feel that quest is going to be a long one. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have a few requirements when it comes to all things beauty. Being a vegan makes life a little more interesting Continue reading “November December Beauty Finds”

March Beauty Finds

My love affair with Korean skincare and cosmetics shows no sign of waning. It feels like with each product, I want to shout from the rooftops where’ve you been all my life! That’s not to say there haven’t been any duds, there have been. It’s like I’m having an aha moment with a few brands, they get crappy skin!

About 80% of the current products I’m using are Korean, so without further ado, March Beauty Finds.InnisFree Perfect 9 Repair Lotion

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September Beauty Finds

¡Hasta Luego Verano! ¡Hola Otoño!

I managed to sneak away after my physio therapist appointment Monday to the beach to take one last summer dip and siesta. After work yesterday, it wasn’t nearly as warm but I stuck it out until the cloud cover was too much. I was determined to spent the last day of summer at the beach! It’s on my doorstep, I had time and the pigeons were hungry!2nd to Last day of Summer 2015

I got good news from my physio. I’m looking better in a kinesiology sense and stronger (thanks to pull ups and chin ups) and have been shown how to reactivate and deactivate my quads, hip flexors, glutes and lateral plane. Basically it’s like tightening of an Allen key, but your muscles instead. It’s quite fascinating where the activating takes place. For glutes, it’s the neck and pressure point behind ears (which is painful, if I’ve deactivated too much). I still have to do my calf stretches for my arches and achilles and clam moves to strenghten my medius gluteus. I find it amazing how the body works and I learn a lot from my physio!

September beauty finds! As always I have 3 requirements: Not tested on animals, contains no animals ingredients I know of and as natural, organic if possible as possible. No nasty parabens, SLS’s, petroleum derivied ingredients, palm oil etc. With make up, the last requirement can be tricky, so I go with what I can find.  My skin is combination, prone to acne, hair oily with dry ends and I need a heavy duty hydrating body lotion!

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream, Perfect Fit, SPF 30Etude House, Precious Mineral BB Cream Perfect Fit

This BB cream is amazing. One of my finds from Miin, a Korean cosmetic store in Barcelona I recently discovered, which I’m trying not to appear as if I’m a weekly stalker (if I come across that way, I keep popping in to see if they have an eyeliner in black I have in brown. I’m not stalking! Honest!)! I initially got the medium shade which was too light and later purchased the darkest shade W24. It hardly budges swimming, running, working out, doesn’t clog like heavier foundations, but provides a cover that isn’t too heavy. I’ve been finding I haven’t been touched up with powder as much as the CC cream I was using or even with touch up BB cream like I was with the CC cream. I’ll point out that with the darker shade I do find it’s not as enduring in the anti shine department as the medium shade, but again, I find myself applying less touch up powder.Etude House, Precious Mineral BB Cream Perfect Fit

The only con as I recently found out is it contains crushed pearl. As a vegan, this puts me in a tricky spot. Miin, however stocks other BB creams not tested on animals, which I sure no doubt I’ll be trying out!

Etude House Eye Lash CurlerEtude House Eyelash Curler

For years I’ve been using Tweezerman curlers, which last about 3-4 months with a 3 month renewal supply of pads. I misplaced the pads on holiday, searched everywhere and decided to buy a new curler. In Miin (I’m not stalking!), they had this amazing one which isn’t as harsh or feels like if you press to hard you’ll pull or cut out some eyelashes. The price I liked even more than Tweezerman, about €6 compared to €15. The curl’s a better curl mostly due to the metal bit of the clamp being slightly thicker than Tweezerman.Etude House Eyelash Curler

Reviva Labs Eye Complex Firming CreamReviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream

I love this cream! I went by reviews on and haven’t been disappointed. It’s heavy, but lightweight when applied and easily absorbed. I’ve noticed a difference in hydration around my eyes and it kinda temporary smoothes lines. I’m one of those who likes to touch up eye cream during the day for a anti fatigue boost and with this cream I’ve found myself not doing as much! It inexpensive and I’m already on my second pot! The only con is that it comes in a pot, so clean fingers are a must when applying to avoid bacterial build up in the pot. Face yoga when I remember to do, is also helping with some firming, but if you smile and laugh a lot, your destined for wrinkly eyes!

Too Faced, Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer from SephoraToo Faced Shadow Insurance Anti Crease Eye Shadow Primer

It does what is says! My previous eye shadow primer I’d been using for a year the formula in the last tube was lumpy. I switched to this one and and shadow stays put during HIIT workouts, provides a neutral base and is long lasting. Having oily skin, eye shadow doesn’t last very long, even heavily pigmented shadows so this has been a gem find!

What’s your favourite eye cream and latest skincare, beauty obsession find?