The New Moon is a particularly special time of the month for me. I use it as an opportunity to give myself a little extra attention, taking a step back from the stresses and expectations of everyday life to just focus inwards for a while. The energy of the New Moon depends on the sign that it’s occurring in, but it’s generally a period fit for setting goals and intentions, nurturing new ideas and putting your mind to what you want from life.
I’m not someone who tries out a whole lot of makeup. My daily look uses well under 10 products (I think…) and since I rarely hit pan on eyeshadows, I’ve imposed a palette purchasing ban on myself for the foreseeable future. That said, I did manage to round up a few of my absolute favourite beauty products which I tried for the first time in 2017, and thought I’d share them with you today.
I’ve managed to accumulate quite the skincare collection over the last while – from gifted products to firm favourites repurchased in advance, I seem to have no shortage of cleansers and the like. The collection has reached the point where I’ve decided I won’t buy another thing until what I have is used up – by all means, congratulate me on my inspiring self-restraint! In the meantime, I thought I’d chat to you about my top skincare picks from 2017.
If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that one of my greatest passions is how leading a vegan lifestyle can have a hugely positive impact on the planet, its people and the animals with whom we share it. Veganism is kinda my thing – alongside ethical fashion, less wasteful living and general sustainable shenanigans, I’m all about that plant-based life and dedicate my blog and social platform to promoting it in a positive, inclusive way.
Festive calendars are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s a chocolate-a-day to count down towards Christmas or a bells-and-whistles set from a favourite cruelty-free beauty brand, there’s just something very special about opening up those little doors and seeing what awaits you on the other side. You can imagine my jubilation, then, when Tropic Skincare’s 12 Days Of Tropic Gift Collection* arrived in the post; I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the parcel.
Swedish brand Maria Nila offer one of my favourite haircare ranges. They are, of course, cruelty-free; better still, all of the brand’s products are vegan, and they carry several certifications including the Leaping Bunny seal of approval. When it came time for me to pick up some new haircare bits during the summer, I soon found myself perusing Sally’s online, Maria Nila’s UK stockist, where two of their products quickly made their way into my basket.
There’s something about the transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter that makes me crave warmth and comfort through cosy clothes and seasonal touches around the home. While September is usually a very inspiring and creatively energetic time for me, I also tend to spend more time indoors when I can, curled up on the sofa or pottering about. What better time, then, to put together a little wish list of autumnal pieces!
When it comes to keeping spots and blemishes at bay, I feel like the internet is full of ideas and suggestions. From notorious, acne-fighting prescription meds, through teen skin ranges, to holistic home remedies and dietary changes, there seems to be no end to what you can try in the quest for clear skin. And personally, between the chemical-laden treatments and countless DIY concoctions, I feel a little bit lost.
As much as we might be trying to resist it, fast fashion (and unethical consumerism in general) is still very much the norm in today’s society. Attitudes are slowly shifting, with charities and grassroots groups working alongside sustainable style brands to bring the human, animal and environmental suffering caused by the fast fashion industry to the forefront of consumers’ minds, but there’s still a long way to go. With magazine pages and blog posts devoted to throwaway style, where are we to turn to for fashion inspiration?
As much as I love using gorgeous cruelty-free skincare (not to mention writing about it for this blog), a lot of my routine is functional. From my morning cleanse to taking my makeup off at the end of the day, every step has its own function. While that consistency has its charm, it’s nice to indulge in effective skincare for the pure enjoyment of it now and again – for pleasure over business, if you will.