Fashion & beauty

My favourite vegan products from Lush

Not only do Lush products smell insanely heavenly but the company also has great ethical principles, and any brand that promotes kindness to animals and uses natural ingredients whilst creating amazing products is definitely one I want to support! All of Lush‘s products are vegetarian, and those that are vegan display the vegan logo so are super easy to find. I have tried a variety of Lush cosmetics and these three below are my absolute favourites so I wanted to share them with all of you.

lush products vegan

The YUMMY MUMMY shower gel was a limited edition for mother’s day, so I have majorly stocked up on them before the stores run out! It smells so delicious and leaves your skin feeling smooth and healthy so if you manage to get your hands on one of these, I would definitely recommend it.

yummy mummy lush

REHAB is hands down my favourite shampoo that I have ever used! It is so nourishing and leaves my hair smelling absolutely incredible.

rehab lush

Finally, saving the best until last, the R&B hair moisturiser is an absolute godsend! Since I started getting my hair ombred last year, it has needed a lot of extra TLC and this leave in conditioner definitely does the trick. After washing my hair, I rub a pea sized amount through the ends and it helps to create healthy, natural curls.

R&B Lush

The combination of REHAB and R&B has made my hair feel so healthy and has restored my natural curls, meaning I barely ever use heat on it anymore which is amazing! I really cannot recommend Lush products enough, and especially these three!

Do you guys use Lush? What are your favourite cruelty-free cosmetic brands?

Cruelty-free Christmas List

HAPPY 23 days until Christmas everyone! I absolutely love this time of year and as Christmas is right around the corner, I  thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the items at the top of my Christmas list with you all in case you’re in need of some inspiration.

Before we get into presents, I have 2 awesome advent calendars to share with you, because of course 1 is never enough! The first is a luxury dark chocolate calendar from Hotel Chocolat and is my all time favourite; you can buy that here. The second calendar by moo free is a more affordable option but is still super yummy and you can order that from Vegusto here.

vegan advent callendars

 

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My Christmas list is filled with some of my favourite vegan products by some awesomely compassionate companies. If you like the look of any of them, you can click on the names of the gifts below to check out the websites where you can purchase them.

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The Tree Kisser clothing – beautiful slogan jumpers and tees promoting animal compassion

Tara Smith hair care products – vegan haircare tested on film stars, not animals (love it!)

Pana chocolate – delicious raw organic chocolate

Vego chocolate – my current obsession and one of the best chocolate bars I’ve eaten

A subscription to The Vegan Kind – a monthly lifestyle box filled with a variety of vegan treats

This year will be my first vegan Christmas and I am so excited to create a vegan christmas menu with my mum and share it with you all on the blog.

What are you all asking santa for this Christmas? Do you have any plant-based Christmas dinner ideas?

Superdrug vegan haircare

I am a big fan of Superdrug’s range of own brand products, as not only are they super affordable, they are also BUAV approved and suitable for vegans. So, when I saw that they had a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner, I was beyond excited to try it! Tea tree oil has been attributed to being useful in aiding the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, as well as having lots of beneficial dermatologic properties (read: this little gem is awesome at getting rid of pesky blemishes!) Whilst tea-tree oil has been my go-to spot cure since I started a skin care routine; prior to purchasing this duo, I had never used a tea tree hair product before so was excited to see if it could work its magic on my hair too!

I was definitely not disappointed, as the shampoo and conditioner smell great and left my hair feeling silky and hydrated ▼▽▼▽▼

super drug tea tree shampoo

Since colouring my hair using the amazing Paul Mitchell products, my newly (half) blonde locks have needed a little bit more TLC. I therefore decided to try out the Supderdrug coconut oil as a hair mask. I generally leave it on for about 5/10 minutes in the shower post-conditioner but for a more intense rejuvenation, you can leave it in over night before showering it off in the morning. This works a treat and leaves your hair feeling healthy and moisturised ▼▽▼▽▼

coconut oil vegan

For more details or to purchase any of these products, click on the links below:

Coconut oil

Tea tree shampoo

Tea tree conditioner

Have any of you tried the Superdrug products? If so, what do you think?

Vegan Hair Dye – Paul Mitchell

I have been wanting to dye my hair ombre for a while now but there have been 2 things putting me off:

  1. I am a total panic freak when it comes to my hair, after a traumatic experience going from shoulder length hair to a hideous flicked bob in Year 7, after which I waited five, yes five, years to get my hair cut! Now, I only get my hair cut once every couple of years, so needless to say a huge change like this freaks me out.
  2. I only use cruelty-free beauty products and have found it really difficult to find a hair care brand that shares these values, and moreover a salon that uses them.

Enter Bizzaz, a great little salon in Exeter who use Paul Mitchell – a compassionate, and largely vegan hair care brand. So today was the day to ditch the irrational fear and get ombre-ing and I’m so glad I did as this happened…

image ombre before and after

First of all, let’s chat salon decor. There were cobwebs, giant spiders and pumpkins galore which I absolutely loved, as I am Halloween’s biggest fan. Seriously, Halloween is my jam. Speaking of which, I am going to be sharing some great vegan Halloween recipes this coming week, so watch this space.

Bizzaz Paul Mitchell - Exeter

Back to the today’s ombre-ing. Maria also came with me to get her highlights touched up, so our amazing stylist Aleena blocked the whole afternoon out to dye, cut and style our hair. Aleena was so friendly and as a fellow animal lover, was also great about ensuring all of the products she used on my hair were cruelty-free. I’ve had hairdressers before who when you ask for an inch off of the length, they take three – Aleena was definitely not one of these hairdressers and pacified my irrational fear and didn’t take too much off at all. What. A. Babe. Not forgetting, she is an absolute wizard at ombre-ing. I am so, so pleased with how my hair has turned out, and couldn’t recommend Bizzaz any more highly.

bizzaz hair paul mitchell

I also really rate the Paul Mitchell products and am excited to order the  Platinum Blonde Shampoo recommended by Aleena to maintain my new (half) blonde hair. Eek. Blonde!!

bizzaz hair paul mitchell ombre

Paul Mitchell have an awesome feature on their website where you can search for a salon that uses their products, so if you want to get awesome hair with no animals harmed, find a Paul Mitchell salon near you by clicking here.