Tuesday, 24 November 2015

FOTD - B. Vibrant Lip & Cheek Colour in Prom

This isn't what I really wanted to post today but the lighting was so terrible this morning, that I couldn't take the pics I wanted to. I'm going to have to start taking all my pics for the week at the weekend I think!

Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick face of the day, even though it's nothing special really; just a quick, 10-15 minute look that I can bust out quickly on mornings when I don't have much time. (That's every morning by the way!) I really love this lipstick (err, pencil thingy) though. Such a pretty everyday colour.

I wish I could get a better shot of the cheek gelee, it's so pretty! 

Full list of products used:

Hourglass Veil Primer
Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation in Porcelain
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise
Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar (as bronzer)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone

Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze
Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (I used the shades Velvet Cushion (crease) & Cream Tea (brow bone)) 
Barry M Lash Vegas Fibres Mascara
GOSH Brow Pencil in GreyBrown

B. Vibrant Lip & Cheek Colour pencil in Prom
I'm getting a better camera soon, so hopefully, it won't wash out the colours quite so much! :) 

As I said, the light was SHIT this morning, so frustration made most of my selfie roll look a bit like this....

See ya Friday!
Sal xXx

Ps: if you're following my #monthofveganlips on Instagram, you'll see this colour later today! :)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Month of Vegan Lips: Week 3 Round Up

Is it Monday already? GAH!

Week 3 and I've realised, I'd accidentally saved some til the end of the month, so there might be a couple of crazy colours in next week's round-up! :) But for now, here's a round up of the last week.

Day 19: Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in I See You, with Sugarpill's Lumi pigment patted on top.

Day 20: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin (Sephora ship to the UK!)

Can't believe I'm on the last week already, this month has flown by.

Don't forget you can join in and show me what your wearing on your lips by posting it on instagram and hashtagging it #monthofveganlips.

Sal xXx

Friday, 20 November 2015

H&M's Beauty Range

I have been seen a few vloggers/bloggers raving about H&M's new beauty range and so of course I had to check to see if they're cruelty free.

I wrote to them, as their website wasn't very detailed. Here is their response:

"Thank you so much for getting in touch with us today in regards to our cosmetics line. 

We do not animal test on any of our products, and we do not work with 3rd companies who do either. 

We do not use beef, sheep or pork in our cosmetic products. However, they are not entirely free from animal substances. We use usually beeswax (not from dead bees) and Lanoline (more rarely) and sometimes we use a red dye from the Cochenille Louse. Our make-up brushes contain hair from ponies, goats or nylon, not pigs.  These animals are kept in a safe environment and not harmed during the process of taking the hair.

Please see below the link to our Animal Welfare page which will give you all the information you need about our products;

If you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to get back in touch with us."

They didn't answer about China, so I asked them to clarify and they said:

"Thanks for contacting us.

I had a quick check for you and can see that our cosmetics range is not yet sold on our online site in China but please keep an eye on our social media pages for any update.

I will also put a link below to our English version for our China site for you to have look at:

If you have any further questions please get in touch and thanks for shopping at H&M."

I checked on the China site and there is no option for Beauty there. However, from the response it almost sounds like they're saying that it doesn't mean they never will, unless this particular customer service rep just wasn't aware of the requirements for animal testing.

So for now I'm happy to say they're cruelty free and put them on THE LIST, but I will keep checking on the Chinese site regularly to make sure they haven't started selling there too.

As for vegan items, you can see from their response above, that they do use some animal ingredients - the usual suspects :o)

I went onto the site, but the ingredients don't seem to be listed, so it's going to be a case of going into a store and reading ingredients lists. For anyone that wants to do this but, isn't sure what to look for, the problem ingredients they are saying are:

Beeswax (AKA Cera Alba)
Carmine (AKA CI 75470)

Also, the makeup brushes are likely to be animal hair as they use pony and goat hair as well as nylon, so I'd avoid those.

Let me know if you've tried anything from the range. I will definitely be having a look next time I'm in an H&M Store to see if anything looks vegan!

Sal xXx

The Lady Luck, Canterbury (and some other food from the weekend!)

This past weekend was Simon's 40th birthday and also my Dad's 65th on the same day. So us two, my parents and my brother, sister-in-law and 18 month nephew all went away for a long weekend together in Canterbury.

We ate a lot. Here are the photos.

On the way down, we stopped for a coffee at the motorway services, so I grabbed the new Starbucks wrap that I've seen so many times on facebook. It's a limited edition one for the festive season (thank GOD!...) and despite debates, it is vegan.

Unfortunately, not only is it really expensive and SMALL, it is fucking vile. The butternut squash was hard, there was no discernible seasoning (the same problem I used to have with their falafel wrap) and there was an odd sour taste to it. I managed a few bites before giving up and getting nachos. In fact the picture above is how much I left of it. ERGH.

Which were WAY better! Motorway service stations are getting a lot better!!

I got extra guac, as you do!

When we got there, my bro cooked dinner. Everyone was having meat so for me, we agreed on a big stuffed mushroom. I was totally unprepared but managed to cobble together a stuffing of a sauteed, broken up, Linda McCartney sausage, some breadcrumbs and some violife Parmesan style cheese. Which I was pretty impressed with, seeing as I'd had a couple of celebratory proseccos by this point.

Next, the cakes. The birthday boys were not happy to share a cake (bad enough they share a birthday I suppose) so I made two. A 3 layer chocolate cherry gateaux type affair for my dad:

Seriously, I think this is the best decorating job I've ever done on a birthday cake. I'm far from a pro at this but I was really happy with how this came out.

Simon loves apple pie and fruit desserts so this was an apple cake with caramel icing and salted caramel drizzle. (The little bits on top were salted caramel nuggets that I found in sainsbury's, I think they're Dr Oetker.)

This was by far the most popular of the two cakes. The apples kept it really moist (ergh, I hate that word) and it wasn't too heavily spiced. I almost have this perfect! So at Christmas when I remake it, I promise to write it down and post the recipe!

Obviously I had to try a bit of both, it would have been wrong not to!

The next day, for lunch, we walked into Canterbury town centre, which was a short walk from our accommodation. My mum had already been on Happy Cow and found a pub that did vegan food, including dessert!

It's called the Lady Luck and it was a lovely place. I loved the pub itself and the food was brilliant and the staff were super friendly and helpful.

pics of the menu

I had the vegan sausage and mash. They make their own vegan sausages, which I was super impressed about. They are delicious too! Also, great mash!

To go with it, I had to have a milkshake. I had vanilla, with a shot of amaretto in! It was brilliant!

Simon got an oreo milkshake with a shot of cointreau in. (the menu says that the oreo milkshakes could not be made vegan but Simon double checked with them and it was due to possible cross-contamination, as per the label on packs of oreos. As I'm ok with this, he got a vegan one so i could try it!) This was sooo good. 

We went back again the next day and I got a chilli dog! I was only mildly disappointed that it wasn't spicier. But it was really tasty!

I got crispy fried potatoes on the side. These usually come with sour cream but I got barbecue sauce instead! :)

We got milkshakes again too. I got a strawberry one with strawberry liqueur in and Simon got the oreo one again.

We also had to get a pud to share, as I was too full to eat a whole one! So we went for the apple tart, which was lovely pastry with apples and cinammon sugar dusted over it. It was delicious. (They also do a vegan brownie!)

If you're in or anywhere near Canterbury, definitely give this place a go. It's awesome!

Have a good weekend all. 
Sal xXx

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Month of Vegan Lips: Week Two Round Up

Week 2 of my #monthofveganlips challenge on Instagram has flown by, here's a round-up for those of you not on IG.

(I think they've discontinued this packaging :( so you will probably only be able to find the new Ready to Wear version, I am super glad they didn't discontinue this colour though!)
 Day 9 - M&S Autograph Lipstick in Nude Pink
Unfortunately it seems as though this shade has been discontinued
Day 12 - MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Halcyon
(They repackaged / reformulated these liquid lipsticks and discontinued this colour recently! (I'm not doing well this week am I, haha!). I messaged them on Facebook to check this and they said they have had a lot of queries about it so might bring it back. Fingers crossed they do!!)

(As I mentioned above, OCC appear to be discontinuing their old packaging. You can still find Pretty Boy on some sites, but I don't think it's been carried over to the Ready To Wear packaging yet, hopefully they will do because it's awesome!)

This one is SUPER old packaging. Luckily this one IS definitely available in the RTW collection, whcih is good because by the smell of this, I don't think I should be using it anymore! :o/

Don't forget I wanna see what you're rocking this month too. So Instagram it and hashtag it with #monthofveganlips or #alienontoast so I can see it!

Sal xXx

Thursday, 12 November 2015


So I wanna talk about a couple of sweet snacky things we've bought recently that are delicious and you need to try them too.

Firstly, you've probably seen these on every UK based vegan facebook group over the last month or so - Frozen vegan churros! YASSSSS!! They have hazelnut chocolate filling inside, you bake them and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. They are DELICIOUS. Each one is pretty small, it's not difficult to polish off a box between you and whoever is lucky to be sitting next to you at the time.

They are from Tesco and sadly I think they're limited edition as they're in Christmas packaging. They're £2 for a box of 12 mini churros. Definitely worth grabbing a couple (OR TEN!!) boxes and hoarding them like a crazy person.

The next thing you need to try was a find that Simon discovered in Costco (don't you just love Costco!). These are salty pretzels covered in chocolate and they are amazing. We scarfed most of this bag quicker than I'd care to admit and won't be buying anymore for a while because we cannot control ourselves with them (or with the maple twists they sell which are also great but I don't have a photo of them!).

Tell me what snacks you've been loving lately?

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Balm - Vegan Options

I recently wrote to the balm, because when I was in NY, I bought one of their overshadows after reading the ingredients list and not seeing anything animal based on it. However, when I googled at home, I couldn't find it on any of the lists of other cruelty free blogs.

So I wrote to them and they sent me a list of their vegan items. Again, the overshadows were not on it so, after double check the ingredients to make sure I didn't miss something obvious, I wrote back for clarification. They told me they'd check with their lab and then the next day confirmed that all the overshadows are vegan too, hurrah.

So in full, here is the list of vegan options from The Balm:

Mary-Lou Manizer (Highlighter, Shadow & Primer)
Sexy Mama (Anti Shine Translucent Powder)
Bahama Mama (Bronzer)
Read My Lips (Lip Glosses) I am 99% sure these are called "Pretty Smart" glosses in the UK, as the shade names are identical to those listed on the Balm's site for Read My Lips!
What's Your Type? (Mascaras)
Schwing (Eyeliner)
INSTAIN (blushes)
balmShelter (tinted moisturizer)
Put a Lid On It (eyeshadow primer)
Stainiac (Lip & Cheek stain)

You guys have probably heard me rave about the Mary-Lou Manizer (seriously, you need it!)

And look at the Overshadow; this is No Money No Honey, HOW gorgeous, right?

You can buy The Balm in the UK from loads of online retailers, including Debenhams, Feel Unique and Superdrug's Website,

Sal xXx