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.
I’ve been wearing cruelty-free makeup for a few years now. Ditching animal-tested cosmetics was a natural process for me, stemming from my vegetarian diet and nicely preceding my move into vegan living. As fun and easy as I find it to be a cruelty-free beauty consumer, I know it can seem intimidating if you’re not yet versed in it; knowing which brands are safe to use, which products will be good dupes for your old faves, and simply navigating cruelty-free terminology and rules can be daunting. To counteract all of that, I thought I would dedicate a post to showing you what goes on my face on a daily basis.
Summer’s a hot topic right now (see what I did there?). But seriously – some of us live for the feeling of the sun on our skin, while others among us yearn for the temperatures to drop to jumper-wearing and candle-lighting lows. I’d say I’m a bit of both: as renewed and joyful as I feel in Autumn, I’m a July baby whose mood can be greatly lifted by the rise of a few degrees. Lazing in the park, on a beach, or in a pub garden with a cold beer in hand are three of my favourite ways to bask in the heat.
This review has been a long time coming. I picked up this Pacifica duo back at the start of May, and now here we are closing in on July! I wanted to use them as a regular part of my daily makeup routine so that I could give my thoughts in as comprehensive a manner as possible. As the weather’s warmed up, I’ve been going without foundation more often than not, but concealer is a year-round staple for me, so I was very keen to try out two of vegan brand Pacifica’s most well-known products: the Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer* and the Dreamlit Illuminating Under Eye Brightener*.
When we’re researching whether or not a brand is cruelty-free, we look for certain tell-tale signs: do they bear a cruelty-free certification? Do they sell in China? Is their FAQ on animal testing vague – either overly wordy or short – and does it feature the dreaded “where required by law” line? An area we might not consider, though, is the ethics of the company’s founder; if they, or their company, have been embroiled in any scandals: have they made racist remarks, for example, or Tweeted something sexist, violent or queer-phobic? It’s this second area of brand research that I’ve been mulling over recently, and thought I’d put my thoughts down in a post.