Friday, 9 October 2015

My Favourite Vegan Perfumes

Perfume! I love it and I have tonnes of it, mostly bought pre-vegan or pre-realising selling in China made a company not cruelty free!

Luckily there are options for us now, here are my current favourite vegan perfumes.

1. Eden Perfumes

Eden are based in Brighton/Hove and as well as a retail shop they do mail order. They specialise in cruelty free, vegan dupes of high end perfumes (including a couple of discontinued ones). The shipping is free and my last order arrived really quickly.

The perfume is strong, so you don't need much and it lasts all day long. Their perfumes are all £15 for 30ml; a fraction of the price of a high-end perfume.

2. Marks & Spencer

All M&S own brand cosmetics and beauty products have the leaping bunny certification and they have lots of vegan items, including all their perfumes! They have a pretty big range to choose from too. My faves are:

True Red, which I like for evenings

Inspire, which is a nice fresh scent for daytime

I also have Black Amber, which I don't love because it reminds me a lot of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle, which I never really liked. But if you're a fan of that and want a CF/way cheaper option, this might work for you.

The only downside to these perfumes that I've found so far, is that they don't last all day. However, they do make small (10ml) sized bottles that are great for the handbag for touch-ups.

3. Lush

Lush make a few different perfumes, solid and sprays, my favourite one being Vanillary. I like the stick but mainly because it's a lot cheaper and it lasts for ages. Also, this perfume lasts all day; I can't vouch for the longevity of the spray perfumes yet though.

4. Illamasqua's Freak

This one is pricey but it's soooo lovely. I suck at describing scents but something in this this reminds me of jelly beans. Illamasqua describe it as "Freak is a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers that Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night." So err yeah, that plus jelly beans!

Actual descriptions of notes in the perfume from Illamasqua's site, might be more useful:

Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion.
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.

Or maybe not!

What's your favourite vegan perfume?

Sal xXx

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Autograph by Marks and Spencer - Vegan Items

It's been over a year since I wrote my last post confiming the items that are not vegan in the Autograph makeup range. So I thought I'd better update it and M&S replied to my recent enquiry with a few new products to add on to the avoid list.

The following producst are NOT suitable for vegans (this list includes the new items and the items from the original list obtained in March 2014):

True Colour Blush (carmine)
Sheer Lipstick (beeswax)
High Definition Eyeliner (beeswax)
Never Ending Lashes Lengthening Mascara (raw materials from cod!! barf!)
Ultimate Wear Long Lasting Lip Lacquer, shades Rosewood, Raspberry, Ruby Red and Cafe (carmine)

So just 2 new items, which is exciting as I spied a gorgeous looking highlighter on their site the other day and an interesting foundation! I will probably be checking those out at the weekend :)

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Sugarpill's Edward Scissorhands Palette

Last night's conversation when I got home from work:

Mr A: "What have you been ordering?"
Me: "huh?"
Mr A: "A package came for you from some makeup place!"

**cue me jumping off the bed and running downstairs because the first all vegan palette from Sugarpill has just arrived**

So yeah I ordered the Edward Scissorhands palette and look guys.... it's SO pretty!

Sorry that these are a little crap and washed out, it's a yuck weather day here today and the light was terrible!

Top Row

Bottom Row
Heart shaped cookie doesn't really show up that well here, because it's fairly similar to my skin tone. It reminds me of Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie, so I think it will be a great crease/blending colour!

Unfortunately it appears that this palette is out of stock at the moment but I believe Sugarpill are restocking it for one more time, so hopefully Lovemakeup / other UK suppliers will get some too.

Did you get your hands on this palette?  I'm excited to have a play with it.

Sal xXx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Favourites

It's October already!!  So MoFo is done for another year and I'm super excited for October because on the 16th, I fly out to New York with Mr A! I can't freakin wait to go back, it's been 9 years since I last went (before I was vegan - hello vegan NY foodz!!)

I'm sure I'll have tonnes of food & beauty things to show you when I get back, but before I burst with excitement; on with the stuff I've been liking this month.

Eden Perfume - No 15
Eden Perfumes are a new discovery to me; they are based in Brighton/Hove and as well as having retail stores, they do mail order. They make dupes of high end perfumes and I'm super impresed with the one I got!

I originally took the pic just on the window alone, but No 15 was being a diva and wanted to pose with Mr A's Dr Who thingy.

No 15 is a dupe for Dior's J'adore, a perfume I always wanted and was saving to buy when I found out Dior are not cruelty free. It smells exactly the same and it is strong, I can smell it all day, it really does last all day long. A lot of perfumes do not, even the super pricey ones. Also, it was £15 for 30ml which is about a third of the price of the original. Win! My order arrived really quickly too, so I'll definitely be ordering more from Eden, especially as I see they carry a dupe for (the now discontinued) Gucci Rush, which used to be one of my favourite perfumes.

You can order Eden Perfumes from their website.

Tanya Burr Galaxy Eye Palette
I posted about this range yesterday, so I won't ramble on about it, but the Galaxy Eye Palette is definitely one of my favourites this month. This palette is only £6, definitely worth picking up next time you're in Superdrug! :)

It has 3 shimmery shades and 1 matte and the colours are soooo gorgeous. 

Swatchy swatches

The Tanya Burr range is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

Collection Contour & Highlight Kit
Collection confirmed to me by email that this kit is vegan. I like it a lot! The contour shade is a bit warm for a contour in my opinion, but as I'm not really one for contouring, I just use it as bronzer and it's a nice shade on my skin tone for that. The highlighter is also really nice, it's quite subtle so good for every day use (unless like me you love the shiny!!)

You can buy Collection in most Boots, Superdrug and also in some larger supermarkets.

B Powder brush
I'm a huge fan of Superdrug's B range; an entirely vegan makeup range that is also awesome? What's not to love! I picked up a couple of their brushes and this is one of them. It's super soft and fluffy and it is, in my opinion, the perfect powder brush!
Weird photo frame bear with no photo is a fan too!

B is available only in Superdrug.

The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer
I have been wanting to order this for SO long and when I found out it was vegan, I knew it was time to order it. I loveeeee it, it's sooo shiny and pretty! The perfect light goldy highlight. I have worn it every day pretty much, since I bought it!

Terrible pic of it on my face

You can buy the Mary-Lou at several online retailers including Superdrug, ASOS & Feel Unique.

Treacle Moon Lemonade Days Shower Gel
Another brand you've possibly seen in Tesco. I did some searching and they did appear to be cruelty free and vegan. I double checked with them and they confirm that they are both cruelty free and vegan friendly; it's just the 'honeycomb secret' range that isn't vegan as it has honey extract in.

This smells like sherbet lemons! One of my favourite things and Mr A likes it too! :)

You can buy Treacle Moon products from selected Tescos and Waitroses.

Graze Protein Top Up Box & Flapjack Boxes
I get a light box from Graze every Saturday (that is all snacks under 150 calories) to take to work with me. The last couple of weeks I've also ordered the protein top up box, which is teeny little flapjacks (seeded ones or cocoa ones) which are so yummy. Last week I ordered a one-off flapjack box too and it had a jaffa cake variety and a honeycomb one! Both absolutely yummy! I probably won't order them every week but they're a lovely treat.

Also, Graze have added these to their light box!! Get in!

You can order Graze boxes from their website (you can specify vegan so that it 'bins' non-vegan stuff automatically) and Sainsburys also now stock selected punnets too!

Tell me what you've been loving this month, I'd love to hear.

Sal xXx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

SLG / Tanya Burr Cosmetics

So I was browsing in Superdrug the other day and saw some of the new Tanya Burr line. I wasn't expecting it to be vegan at all but looking at the ingredients lists on both the eyeshadows and the lipglosses, I didn't see anything obviously animal based. I also saw that the line is manufactured by SLG who I know makes the Co Lab dry shampoo and I'd heard that was cruelty free, so I felt pretty sure these would be too.

So I decided to email SLG and ask.  I asked all the usual questions and whether the TB products were vegan and here is their response:

Firstly I would like to assure you that SLG is committed to the highest standards of conduct and integrity in its business activities in the UK and overseas and those of our suppliers, particularly in relation to animal testing, and work within the following code of conduct:
  • We are fully committed to the elimination of animal testing
  • We are fully committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with all applicable legislative requirements for the territory in which they are sold.
  • We do not conduct animal testing on any products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf
  • We rely on the judgement of experts, non-animal alternative test methods and the past safety history of formulations and ingredients to determine product safety
  • We only use ingredients that have an acceptable history of use in the industry in the formulation and development of our products,
  • We fully support the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives.
We do not test finished products or ingredients on animals, we do not have 3rd parties testing on animals either or our raw material suppliers. We do not sell any of our products in China. Also yes the Tanya Burr range is suitable for Vegans.

So yay!  I really didn't think that Tanya's products would be vegan, for some reason, but I'm super glad they are, because I went back and picked up these:

Monday, 28 September 2015

Vegan MoFo 2015 - Day 28

"Taco Vs Burrito"

Taco. Taco wins hands-down, even though I love a burrito. The last ones we made were with crunchy taco shells, but I love a soft taco too.

This filling was made with tofurky spicy italian sausages and loads of veggies, beans and spices.

with some salad, salsa, grated violife cheese and soya yogurt filling in for the sour cream.

delightfully messy! 

Which did you go for?

Sal xXx

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Vegan MoFo 2015 - Day 24

"What would (insert famous person) eat if they were vegan?"

I chose Dean Winchester and I think he'd eat a burger. A big fat vegan burger.....

Wait wait, come back Dean! You'll like it, I swear!

 Come on now, be nice!!

So I would suggest something like the burger I got at the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe last year. It was basically a Fry's burger but with a tonne of jalapenos on it and it was damn good!

See, Dean, it's good right?
(it's not tofu, ya donut!!)

Any excuse to post a bunch of DW pics :o)
Sal xXx