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It feels like an age since I sat down on camera to test natural + vegan beauty products + just had a good old natter with my fellow makeup lovers online! Not making excuses here, but the time I've had my channel has spanned across leaving school, being at uni + now working full time, so it's unsurprising that the amount of spare time I have to blog + film has varied quite a bit over the years. 

But I find so much joy in sharing vegan beauty finds that this year I'm really making an effort to prioritise finding time to do the things that make me happy.

So I'm back to test out green beauty products + give you my thoughts. Trying Jane Iredale, EX1, Inika, Axiology, PHB Beauty & lots of other goodies.


Lots of love x


January, February. You have been brisk + brief. I've had a good time, but I'm also glad you're over. 

Here are some of the best bits.

Preloved Pieces
I've been thrifting with a passion this year - I actually need to reign it in slightly as money on secondhand clothes is still money I shouldn't really be spending. However! We're going to pop that to one side for the time being because I have actually picked up some amazing bits recently. 

I visited the Birmingham Cow Vintage store + fell in looove with this gold dress! I have nowhere to wear it in particular, but I think it can easily be dressed up + dressed down. So... a worthwhile investment. That's what I'm telling myself anyway.

I couldn't walk away from a silky dress that makes me feel like the Oscar award statue. Y'know?


Wonderful Things
I went along to the Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibition at the V&A, which was as wonderful as the name suggests! If you're not familiar, Tim is an amazingly creative photographer that captivates spectacularly surreal scenes - experimenting with focus, perspective + colour. 

I found it fascinating how carefully he devises his shots. This may seem quite obvious really as these things don't happen by accident - but the way he manages is produce a final photo that captures a specific, bizarre moment that seems so accidental + natural... It adds to the perplexity of his pieces, almost forcing your brain to process the scene at a deeper level. 

The exhibition felt like stepping into a corner of his mind + showcases his photos alongside a selection of props used on the shoots - bright blue elephants included. I think the exhibition is only on for another week, so be quick to check it out if you're in the Kensington area.

Here are some ~ironically~ rubbish wonky pics of a part of the exhibition.







Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason
We visited the F&M tearoom in Piccadilly in January as a special post-Christmas treat. I will have a whole blogpost on the experience so be sure to check it out before booking. Here's a picture of a demolished scone until then.


Vegan Chicken (yes, this is a highlight-worthy moment)
Finally got the chance to try the THIS Isn't Chicken Goujons and I was ~not~ disappointed. These were so darn tasty - I fried them with sriracha + vegan feta cheese with some rice. 




They went down a treat with both the vegan + the non vegan of the household so that's always a good sign! They have a really high protein content too - I think around 19g per 100g serving.


Sweet Like Chocolate
The sweetest sensation of the past few months has been the Oatly Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream. This is one of the best vegan launches I've come across in ages! And I was ready to be disappointed, because I've been burnt in the past.... e.g. recently I was very let down by the Alpro Almond Salted Caramel ice cream (really do not recommend). 

So I was hesitant to purchase a new ice cream instead of sticking to what I know and love (vegan Magnum, Swedish Glace, Booja-Booja.. y'all know how it is). Alas, I'm so glad I splurged on this! It is pretty sweet as it has bits of fudge in it but I don't find it sickly. Sooo creamy + approved by the non-vegans in my house. If you miss Ben + Jerry's Phish Food as a vegan, buy this. Buy it + thank me later. Top stuff. Can Oatly do any wrong??



Vegan Sausage Casserole
We made vegan sosej casserole on the stove at work on one cold + slow afternoon recently. As you do. 

It was a very wholesome activity + I really appreciated how everyone gave vegan sausages a go :-) They went down so well + it was great to see non-vegans enjoy vegan substitutes. This is a random addition to my winter highlights, but hey. It's been a slow month. 


Thanks for reading (if you've made it this far). I'm experimenting with moving my favourites over to my blog as opposed to filming them for my channel. 
Let me know if you like it this way. Just switching it up a bit :-)

Very ready for longer days, lighter evenings + some springtime sunsets.


AD | This blogpost is in partnership with Sainsbury’s.

When reviewing and recommending vegan and cruelty free makeup, something very important to me is making sure that I promote brands that are accessible to people on all budgets. I think that everybody deserves to be able to pick up makeup that is free from animal ingredients that has not been tested on animals. Anyone who’s interested in experimenting with makeup colours, textures and different finishes of product should get the chance - without breaking the bank.

The good news is that gone are the days where vegan products are hard to source and ridiculously expensive. I love to hear about brands putting in the effort, time and money to investigate the ingredients they put into their products, making sure that they are definitely not tested on animals at any stage. Vegan makeup is becoming more affordable too - but a cheaper price point doesn’t necessarily mean the makeup is less effective or not as long lasting.


Sainsbury’s is a great example of this – with their Leaping Bunny certified affordable own-brand makeup line called Boutique. The line has some stand-out products which are genuinely very good and nothing in the line is over £6. My personal favourite is their £2.50 Eyebrow Defining Gel which is my daily go-to in my brow routine. It holds brow hairs in place MUCH better than any other gel I’ve tried (and trust me when I say, I’ve tried a lot of brow gels. Like, a lot.)

Another big bonus of Boutique is that the line is now entirely vegan. I attended the launch of their revamped makeup range a couple of years ago, where I had the opportunity to test out a few products – which lead me to fall in love with their brow gel and nail polish formulas. At the time of their re-launch, a couple of products had beeswax in the ingredients list – but now they’ve reformulated the handful of non-vegan products so that now everything is free from animal by-products! Exactly how we like it J

I tried a few products from the range & below are my thoughts on my favourites. Check out my recent vlog to see me create a warm-toned makeup look using some of my favs or read on for some bite-sized reviews of a couple of their stand-out products.



My Top Picks from Sainsbury’s Boutique

This lip gloss smells absolutely delicious – like vanilla cake and icing and basically childhood birthday parties. It’s also a joy to use as it’s  not sticky nor thick and actually feels more like a lip balm when you apply it. It’s almost whipped in consistency, so it’s very comfortable on the lips. If you’re averse to the stickiness of some more traditional lip glosses but you still want a gloss-effect: you’ll be a fan of these.

I picked up this shade because one of my long-time favourite nude lipsticks is the Boutique Moisturising Lipstick in the shade Mocha. I’m a big admirer of this colour because I find that it’s the perfect neutral nude for my skin tone (which is quite fair) without making my teeth look yellow (which can sometimes happen with cool toned or peachy nude shades… and is not really the look I’m going for…).

I tested this gloss in the video on my channel, so be sure to check it out to see how it applies. They’ve also launched new colours and there’s a bit of a selection to choose from if nude isn’t your thang.




You saw this one coming, didn’t you? I could be an ambassador for this gel. The road to finding the perfect brow product has been both long and expensive. But we got there in the end! I love this brow gel and use it every time I wear makeup - it holds brow hairs in place really well for the entire day, but still comes off easily with makeup remover and doesn’t make them feel crunchy or uncomfortable at all. The formula is clear and it’s great for adding texture and shape. The wand is the longest brow wand I’ve ever seen (bit off a weird statement out of context, that…). It’s the perfect length for quick application, because it’s also quite thin compared to other brow gels I’ve tried, which means you have more control over applying the product. This is great because it means that you don’t have to faff about going back over your brows – one swift swish over each brow and you’re good to go. The lazy person’s must-have in their makeup bag.

I am always tempted to try liquid blush but seem to shy away from using it. In theory it’s a great type of product to opt for to give a natural, sheer colour to the cheeks. In reality, I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the application and end up looking like I’ve had an allergic reaction rash across my cheeks…

That said, I was pleasantly surprised by these two liquid blushes. They are both thin & lightweight on the skin – not sticky at all. I picked up Terracotta (peachy shade) and Deep Pink (magenta-pink). They work best when warmed up on the back of the hand and then worked onto the cheeks with a blending sponge.

I’ve spoken about Boutique nail polish formulas in the past and even put them in my all-time favourite cruelty free nail varnish formula video. Affordable nail polish is quite common nowadays, but a good quality nail polish under £10 is not too common. Some cheaper options peel or chip really easily. Happy to report that this is not the case at all with the Boutique polishes – the colours are really opaque on one swipe (I do two coats just in case) and incredibly long lasting on the nails. The polish also dries really quickly – which is crucial when you’re as impatient and as easily distracted as I am J.

My personal favs are the shades Forever Red and Dusty Rose.

When I first saw this in store, I wasn’t sure whether it was a highlighter or a setting powder. After using it for a while, it’s more of an illuminating face powder or a natural highlight – which I like. I’m not an intense-blinding-highlight kind of gal, so this is a nice option for a natural glow (that isn’t glittery) & sets makeup without making the skin look flat.



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Thanks so much for reading! Let me know if you have any questions or need any recommendations in regard to Boutique.

It makes me really happy when I hear that more and more brands are taking the time to ensure their products aren’t tested on animals at any stage in the supply chain. Bonus points to Sainsbo’s for ensuring their makeup launch is cruelty free and vegan. Being able to pick up a vegan lipstick where you do your weekly (hopefully vegan) food shop… can’t get more convenient than that!

If ya wanna shop any of these bits, check out www.beautybyboutique.co.uk and look out for Boutique stands in Sainsbury’s superstores.


Christmas time! Mistletoe & wine! 

The most wonderful time of the year.

And also - quite frankly - one of the most wasteful times of the year...

To help you navigate the wave of gimmicky presents & useless tat that's on sale around Christmas, I've mustered up two handy gift guides featuring ethical options. 

For bigger - but still sustainable - gifts, check out my GIFT GUIDE video.

For smaller ethical gifts, check out my STOCKING FILLER GUIDE video.

For more info on the brands mentioned, just read on! 

Vegan Bunny 
Candles. Vegan, cruelty free, plastic free, natural soy wax, beautiful blends, comes in a canvas bag, such a lovely small business. veganbunny.co.uk

Bybi
Skincare. Cruelty free, vegan, recycling scheme, bioplastic from sugarcane instead of virgin plastic for pumps/caps, female-founded, all round great simple skincare. bybi.com

Pixi
Makeup. Cruelty free (Logical Harmony approved) with vegan options. Can purchase online or in M&S in the UK. pixibeauty.co.uk

Raw Halo
BEAUTIFUL vegan chocolate. Their Mylk & Vanilla is their best, the rest are nice but quite bitter. Slightly coconut milk-y but only very fainty. The texture is on point. Cadbury who? rawhalo.com

Divine Chocolate
Fair trade dark choc, palm oil free, available in Oxfam charity shops. divinechocolate.com

NOMO Chocolate
Vegan & gluten free choc that is getting a lot of hype on Insta at the moment. nomochoc.com

Smashbox
Makeup. Cruelty free (Logical Harmony approved) with a parent company, vegan options. Plastic packaging. Boooo. 

Faith In Nature
Shampoos & soaps. Available in Oxfam - do refills of cruelty free shampoos as well as solid shampoo/soaps. Love their lavender solid shampoo! Very hydrating and lathers so well. faithinnature.co.uk

Ethique
Solid beauty bars. Vegan shampoo/deodorant/body wash/body butter/cleanser/serum. Palm oil free, plastic free, packaging free. Really good! Pick up one of their tester packs - great to allow the recipient to try four  tester-sized products to see if their work for them first. Available in Holland & Barrett or online at ethique.com

The Bam & Boo
Bamboo straws & toothbrushes. Better for the planet than plastic. thebamandboo.com

Georganics
Dental care. Cruelty free electric toothbrush, solid toothpaste & solid mouthwash. May sound like a weird gift but I use & love their solid mouthwash - takes a while to get used to but works great & saves sooo much plastic waste. georganics.com

Superdrug
Own-brand products are cruelty free & labelled vegan where appropriate. superdrug.com

The Fine Match Box Company
Beautifully packaged luxury long matches. Look great on display and I get mine at thebotanicalcandleco.co.uk

Ahmisa 
Soy Candles. The brand name literally means 'Respect for all living things & avoidance of violence towards others'. Heck yeah. These candles are beautiful and smell amazing. Available at carmaldn.com.

MUA 
Makeup. Cruelty free, extremely affordable, recently become 100% vegan! muastore.co.uk

Tropic
Beauty & skincare. Vegan, cruelty free, natural & nourishing, this is one of my fav brands. I recommend their So Sleepy range, their body butters & lip products but pretty much everything is gorgeous. tropicskincare.com

Discarded
Vermouth made with berries that would otherwise be food waste. discardedspirits.com

Copalli
Organic rum. Tastes great, really fresh & slightly botanical. Made in an organic distillery. copallirum.com

Coorie Curls
Vegan silk scrunchies. Really good quality & love the colour selection - I like the smaller sized scrunchies best. cooriecurls.com

Poo-Pourri
Blends of essential oils. I use as room spray but designed as loo spray. My fav is the Lavender Vanilla one. poopourri.co.uk

Sisterhood
Sustainable fashion brand based in Manchester. Blouses, knits, skirts, dresses, scrunchies & more. Lovely customer service & Reformation-esque pieces for a fifth of the price. I recommend. join-the-sisterhood.com

Ren
Skincare. Cruelty free (Logical Harmony approved) with a parent company, vegan options, use ocean-waste plastic with 'aims to be zero waste by 2021'. We shall see. renskincare.com

Teapigs
Teabags. Plastic-free, biodegradable, no artificial flavourings (happens a lot in other brands of tea!), donates to various charities to support those who pick their tea leaves. teapigs.co.uk

So Eco
Beauty tools. Vegan, made with bamboo/recycled materials, packaging  details are printed in vegetable inks, starch windows replace plastic windows & adhesives used are solvent free. Love their hairbrushes! Find them in TK Maxx or online at soinvogue.com

Flat Lay Co
Makeup bag. Not particularly ethical but super practical & a great idea. theflatlayco.com

Don't Send Me A Card
E-cards that donate to charity & reduce waste. dontsendmeacard.com

Eden Perfumes
Vegan natural perfume brand that dupes designer fragrances. Spot on dupes but not the most long wearing on the skin. I continue to purchase again & again though and my fav is the Prada Candy dupe. edenperfumes.co.uk

Elementary Scents
Vegan natural perfume, zero waste packaging, lovely small business, very long wearing on the skin for a natural brand elementaryscents.co.uk

Pacifica 
Vegan natural perfume. Roll ons or sprays. More simple, one-note scents. pacificabeauty.com

Experiences
This site is great to search for afternoon tea in the UK & allows you to search for vegan options https://afternoontea.co.uk/

Thanks for readin'!


Emani Cosmetics are a vegan & cruelty free brand - a more natural option in terms of makeup ingredients. They kindly sent me their Perfect 10 Primer Serum, Eyeshadow Quad in Sunset Boulevard, Vegan Mosaic Blush in Key Largo, Organic Soy Mascara and their Hydrating Lipstick in Dolce. 

See below for swatches, try on & full review of these bits! For reference, I have sensitive skin which is often dehydrated.



Never have I ever been complimented on a necklace so much. Honestly! People have been so kind about this lovely gifted necklace every time I wear it (which has been pretty frequently, I must admit). The chain is really well made and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all - plus the design pays homage to vintage / art deco style in such a unique way. I very much adore it.

But let's back up a little shall we...

I'm pretty vocal on my channel and socials about the ethics of fast fashion. The materials, energy & labour that goes into creating pieces that lack quality & therefore are disposed of pretty rapidly. But what about jewellery?

Until relatively recently, I had not properly considered the disposable nature of a lot of the jewellery I've purchased. When I was younger I would go through oodles of Primark plastic pearls, lots of tacky Topshop sale-rail rings and nickel necklaces. They wore really badly and (retrospectively) were just a waste of money and resources.

Nowadays, I'm much more picky when it comes to jewellery because my skin is very sensitive. This a very annoying and majorly pretentious sensitivity to have - I struggle with wearing various metals and low-carat gold even. Like I say, this didn't used to stop me wearing cheap rings and necklaces. My neck would itch and my fingers would turn a mouldy green shade - but style over comfort eh? I had no funds to invest in proper jewellery back then. No drive to purchase the classy stuff that didn't make my neck red-raw with itching & ears bleed from the cheap metal. Am I painting a pretty picture for you here?


But another aspect of jewellery that hadn't dawned on me was the story behind the people who make the jewellery. I don't know how I thought these things were produced to be honest - I guess I just assumed they were made by machines? How mad to think that was my assumption and that I wasn't interested in asking any further questions as long as I could have the end product... In reality, the jewellery industry remains pretty hidden and massively sketchy. I'm talking about brands that are a bit more up-market than Primark now, the pricey and more 'prestigious' brands. I'm all for investing in pieces and making them last, but still there are very few jewellery companies that have credentials on their ethics and sustainability. It remains an unknown part of the jewellery business for many consumers.

Lucky for us, there is one particular brand that is wonderfully transparent about their practices. The above necklace is by the brand Sacet (pronouced sah-set)I've previously mentioned this brand in a favourites video when I featured a pair of thier Lujia North East earrings (though I mistakenly pronounced the brand sa-ket because I'm an uncultured swine..). 


Sacet create amazing jewellery that is both ethically and sustainably made. They use 100% recycled metals, ethically polished diamonds & gemstones. They even grow their own diamonds to ensure they are conflict-free! The necklace and bracelet above both feature the Ornate Geometric Pendant in 18K Gold Vermeil on Sterling Silver. The colourful stones in this piece are Malachite, Citrine & Rhodolite.

Every product I've tried from Sacet has come beautifully (but sustainably) packaged in cardboard boxes with individual cloth bags. They work with various designers with different artistic tastes so they can provide a wide variety of styles on their site - from vintage-looking pieces like the one in this blogpost to more simple and edgier jewellery as well. 

What I find really interesting and unique about Sacet is how they break down the journey of the piece of jewellery you receive. Their business purposely links the final product you receive to the maker of that piece (Anyone in the audience tonight familiar with Marx's theory of alientation?! No? Just me? Alrighty. As you were.) If you're new around here, I studied business at uni with a particular interest in sustainability and corporate social responsibility [which is often referred to as CSR]. For this reason, I am a huge fan of Sacet's ethos when say they prioritise people, planet and profit in a balanced way. These three P's are the three pillars of CSR and by considering the stakeholders who fall into these three categories, brands can improve their ethics and give back to the world in both a socially and economically sustainable way. Sacet make an effort to give names, faces and credit to their designers and craftspeople both in the leaflet that comes with each purpose and online here https://www.sacet.com/craftsmen. They provide fair pay and collaborative and safe working conditions which connect people who have a passion for craftsmanship. It's very heartwarming and something every brand should strive to achieve too.


This set really is a work of art and I'm sure would make such an amazing present for any jewellery lover in your life. What with Christmas around the corner, if you're thinking of getting a special someone some jewellery this year, I couldn't recommend Sacet enough!


To educate yourself more on the ethics of the jewellery industry, please check out Sacet's website here: https://www.sacet.com/jewellery-with-a-purpose. It's really informative and well worth a read. Thanks again to Sacet for the kind gift in exchange for a review. I'm a big fan. 

Organic Basics don't beat around the bush: 'The fashion industry is a dirty bastard'. 

Their words, not mine. 

And they're not wrong. The textile industry is responsible for masses of air, land & water pollution all over the world - and it's often the poorest of people who work in overseas factories that face the horrendous immediate side effects of this pollution. It's not uncommon for untreated wastewater from factories to flow into local waterways, harming aquatic life and contaminating local water supplies. Still, that's not to suggest that we worldwide won't feel the impact of our consumption choices when it comes to fashion. I'm not suggesting it's a far away problem just because many garments are produced overseas.

Consumption issues are everyone's problem. I have found that the more you educate yourself, the more overwhelmed & disillusioned you can feel. What used to be a mere transaction is increasingly becoming a moral dilemma. You pick a garment up & think, who made it? What material is it made out of? How was the material produced? Where this garment made? In what conditions?

It really is a minefield.


Thankfully, Organic Basics have been a breath of fresh air in my wardrobe. They make scandi-style sustainably and ethically made underwear & activewear that fits well, washes well & wears well. Every box: ticked.

They only work with factories that share their same vision of sustainability in fashion. These workplaces are free of harassment, forced labour, child labour, and ensure everyone employed is paid a fair living wage, with regular breaks & receives employee support in terms of things like childcare. Just as they should.

So the ethics of the brand is on point, the fit is spot on and the quality is just great. I highly recommend checking these guys out. One of the most common questions I get about sustainable fashion is in regards to where to get sustainable underwear & workout gear, so I figured I would review the pieces I've tried from Organic Basics. Although I champion secondhand shopping wherever possible, it's great to have firsthand options from a brand you trust just in case you can't find what you need secondhand.

I've tried 3 pieces in total and tested them for about three months - two of which were kindly gifted, the other I bought with my own moneys because the quality of the first two blew. my. socks. off. (if you'll pardon the pun).

Everything I've tried is from their SilverTech range - which is a range treated with Polygiene in order to stay fresher for longer. More wears between washes saves a lot of water over time. The SilverTech bits are made from 96% recycled nylon and produced using practises that conserve water, save CO2 pollution and prevent waste. Check out their Impact Index on their website for more info. In my experience, I can confirm that this fabric is truly breathable enough to wear and work out in 5+ times before it needs a wash. And that's coming from me! Sweaty Gonzales! Who doesn't even wear anti-perspirant! It's game-changing.

SPORTS BRA - BURGUNDY - XS/S

This really is one of the comfiest sports bras ever. I even wear it as a normal bra day-to-day a lot of the time... it's the perfect amount of support but doesn't have any seams or hard fastenings so doesn't dig in anywhere.

In terms of support, I would say it's a decent medium impact bra without being uncomfortably tight (I'm a B cup for reference).

This stays fresh when worn for multiple workouts throughout the week & doesn't leave sweat stains under the arms. It's these gritty details that you don't know you need to know until you do. Y'know?

LEGGINGS - BURGUNDY - S/M

First & foremost, these leggings work absolute ~magic~ for the butt. The lift & sculpt is almost applaudable. I know, I know, it's not necessarily about aesthetics with workout gear. But, hey! If you feel good in workout gear, you're probably more likely to workout more right? 

The functionality of these is just as brilliant. They are really well made, very comfy & are a true joy to exercise in. Something to note is I’m 5’3 [rather short] & they probably are a little too long for me as they crease slightly at the knees/ankles, but it’s not overly noticeable. 



SILVERTECH SOCKS - S
This is very much the most I've spent on socks, ever. And yet, not one single regret. I know £24 for two pairs of socks sounds expensive, but when I think about high street brands like & Other Stories selling socks for £8 each, it's only £4 more per sock (sock maths xo). I'm more than happy to pay £4 more & support a sustainable brand.

Price aside, the quality of these are MINDBLOWING. Honestly, never did I think I would feel so passionately about a goddamn sock. But here I am! Giddy over my lovely lovely breathable socks from Organic Basics! That are still funky fresh even though I've wear them on 5 runs in a row before washing. I know you may be recoiling in disgust at that... I probably would have done too if I hadn't tried these before, but they just don't seem to hold smells & stay clean for a lot longer. I will obviously have to wash these soon, but I'm still very chuffed about how much water I'm saving.

Other little things I wanted to mention about Organic Basics is that I also really appreciate that there was absolutely no plastic in the packaging of the pieces. My items came packaged in a thin cardboard box [which admittedly was quite battered, but the item inside was pristine, wrapped in some tissue]. The tags were printed on cardboard & sewn with string directly into the garment - no plastic tags like you find on most clothes. It also means the piece is seamless & doesn't have itchy inner tags next to your skin. The washing instructions are printed directly onto the inside of the garment. Such a seemingly small touch, but imagine if every fashion brand in the world did these with every single garment they produced? How many small pieces of plastic we'd cut out? The mind boggles.

So yeah. I am an Organic Basics fan girl & I really look forward to investing in more pieces from them. 

Le code BECKYOBC will give ya 10% off until September 20th if you wanted to make a purchase. Shop here.

Love x