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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Eden Perfumes | Cruelty Free

Since boycotting brands who test on animals, fragrance has definitely been the hardest to replace. While I discovered an abundance of cosmetic and hair care brands to choose from, it was disappointing to realise literally none of my old favourite perfumes were cruelty free! As I've been shopping cruelty free for almost a year now, I've pretty much used up the remains of my collection so the search for a new fragrance is on. After tweeting my dilemma, I received quite a few recommendations for Eden Perfumes.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Veggie Tagliatelle Carbonara | Recipe

Disclaimer: I don't think this meal can technically be called 'carbonara' because it's veggie so doesn't feature pancetta or parmesan. I also skipped the raw egg yolk in the dressing, because gross. Anyway, that's the closest name I could think of for this cheesy, garlicky, peppery pile of yumminess. The melted cheese has made it look like a big smush here but I promise it's tasty.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Shadow Switch | How To Clean Eyeshadow Brushes

Since getting my paws on the Naked palettes, I've become a huge fan of eyeshadow. I'm no expert, but I can just about manage some brown shimmer in the daytime and smoke it up a bit at night. My beloved rose gold Zoeva brushes are my babies so I like to take good care of them, constantly preening their pretty little heads. The only problem is trying to blend a fresh look without smearing last night's darker shades all over the place. Enter Shadow Switch*, the latest life saver from Beauty Essentials.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Adventures In Cardiff

Despite spending most of my summer working full time in an office with tragically few Instagram opportunities, Calum and I did visit Cardiff for four nights to celebrate my 20th birthday (eek, adulthood). Calum is Welsh and I'd never been before, so we loved exploring the beautiful city and were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine throughout our stay. We stayed in the most Pinterest-worthy Airbnb - a bright, modern flat with a quirky mezzanine bedroom courtesy of the lovely Alice, which made the perfect base.
Cardiff fast became one of my favourite cities, and with a list of TripAdvisor favourites longer than you can throw a pokeball to visit, I thought I'd share some of my highlights with you.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Life As A Vegetarian

In March 2016, I decided to become a vegetarian. I transitioned to pescetarianism (still eating fish but not meat) for the first 6 months, to allow my body and mind to gradually get used to a new diet before going full veggie. One day I'd love to become vegan but I'm definitely not ready yet, so I just try to reduce my dairy consumption. Despite it being a relatively new lifestyle to me, I've quickly become so passionate about it. My lovely friend Charlotte just posted a fantastic youtube video which inspired me to share my own thoughts.

I'll disclaim here that I recognise vegetarianism isn't a plausible option for everyone, due to a variety of issues, but I'm aiming this at the people who do have the option and are simply ignoring it.
The Bohemian, Newcastle. A delicious shredded jack-fruit pitta with sweet potato fries and spicy bean nachos.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sleek Makeup: Lips and Highlight | Review

I'll admit, I used to avoid Sleek makeup because it was positioned in the "cheap" end of the Superdrug makeup isle. The low prices made me think the quality must be bad and I associated it with the kind of makeup we'd wear in year 8. However, since going cruelty free, my drugstore options have become more limited so I thought I'd investigate the brand. I was pleasantly surprised to find Sleek has absolutely ~glowed up~. The price points are still affordable but the packaging and quality has vastly improved recently. I picked up the 'Precious Metals' Highlighting Palette for £9.99 and a mega bargain Christmas giftset - 4 mini 'Matte Me' Liquid Lipsticks for £5!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Best of the Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

I recently decided to switch to cruelty free beauty (aka brands that do not test on animals) which unfortunately meant ditching a lot of my old favourites. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of my faves don't stab bunnies in the eye, yay. No, they're not "hippy" or "weird" brands, you can find them all on the high street and I'm sure you already love them.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

YNOT Festival Playlist

Since attending YNOT Festival a couple of weeks back I've had a major bout of The Post Festival Blues. All I've listened to, longingly, are the fantastic bands I saw live. In the spirit of nostalgia, I thought I'd share my playlist of the best of the fest. While you're listening, head over to Radsound and check out my Festival ReviewEliza & the Bear InterviewCirca Waves Interview and The Sherlocks Interview. Despite the horrendous quality, I've included some photos because they're happy memories, sorry #ProBloggers.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Folks and Fables Cafe | Review

Folks and Fables is a brand new independent cafe and creative space in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. It's veggie/health based with ethically sourced produce, beautifully decorated (in a very 'instagram' fashion) and hosts creative writing classes in the upper level. The owner, Georgia Barnes, also happens to be my high school English teacher, who sparked my interest in journalism through our BBC School News Report project. ALL THE GREAT THINGS. Obviously I had to check it out immediately.