I last wrote about my nightly cleansing routine back in January; since then I’ve switched up the products I’ve been using and thought I’d fill you in on the updates! A good skincare routine can be a wonderful part of your personal self-care; whether its primary function is to remove makeup or if it’s simply to clean your face before bed, nightly cleansing is key to healthy and happy skin.
In just a few short weeks, it’ll officially be summer here in the Northern Hemisphere – yay! While the British summertime weather can be rather changeable (I’m talking blisteringly hot one minute and hailstones the next) we do love to make the most of the sun when it’s out; I for one am among the hordes of Brits who flock to the parks, the seaside or the pub gardens, to soak up those rays. All of this is to say that you’re gonna need you some sandals – and why not shop for some fabulously stylish and ethically made ones?
When I first started to learn about cruelty-free cosmetics, e.l.f. quickly popped up as a brand that was not only largely free from animal-derived ingredients or testing, but also incredibly affordable. As a U.S. based company, e.l.f. was not always the easiest to get hold of – even with a U.K. distributor, it seemed to take weeks before your order would arrive, and items were often out of stock for months on end. After further ups and downs, including the termination of the U.K. distribution deal and a resulting flash sale of epic proportions, e.l.f. has finally been snapped up by cruelty-free chain, Superdrug, and I could not be more excited.
If you’re as active as I am on Twitter, then you’ll likely be aware of the recent discussion around whether or not vegan people are inherently privileged. Set off by this Tweet, the conversation quickly got nasty with vegan Twitter (which we all know to be a categorically lovely group – hoping my sarcasm comes across on screen) bringing out the pitchforks. While it seems like the embers of that particular spat have faded, I wanted to expand on this topic a little, because it’s one that I feel is very valid and often overlooked.
I’ve long been of the opinion that people should wear as much or as little makeup as they want to. If wearing false lashes and a perfect contour every day makes you feel like a queen then just do it; equally, if you want to rock a naked face, you should. If I’m honest, though, doing what I want is not always easy – particularly within the confines of restrictive beauty standards – and my relationship with makeup has grown more complicated than simply deciding whether or not to wear it, and feeling great either way.
To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
The subject of vegan activism and advocacy has been on my mind quite a lot recently. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that while I am passionate about the joys of leading a vegan lifestyle, I am also incredibly sensitive to the complexity of the matter. My attitude towards veganism has prompted me to write several posts promoting a compassionate approach and discussing the intricacies of why the lifestyle might not be attainable for everyone. It’s certainly not a topic that is black and white.
There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes me want to put on my explorer’s hat (metaphorically speaking, of course – I am not much of a headgear gal). Despite the travel anxiety which makes planning and taking trips pretty difficult for me, I often find myself wanting to go away at least a few times during the year, whether it’s to laze on a beach, discover a new city, or visit family and friends abroad.
Winter is terrible for my skin, and I feel like the ill effects are worsening the older I get. I’m talking flaky under eyes, random dry patches on my face and absolute havoc being wreaked upon my poor lips. Unpleasant, to say the least. So, as the cold weather clings on for dear life, I’ve been doing my best to combat the negative impact it’s been having on my skin, by trying to add as much nourishment and moisture into my routine as possible.
As much as I love liquid lipsticks in flamboyant shades, they’re not exactly ideal when it comes to regular wear. I tend to do that thing where you “save” your favourite, most expensive and outlandish lipsticks for special occasions (which, in my case, are few and far between) and never really wearing them. So, in an effort to integrate more lip products into my makeup looks, I’ve been trying out a few that are a little more suitable for everyday wear.