Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Not Cruelty Free?

You'd be forgiven for thinking that buying Batiste is safe, as their cans have this on the side, but it seems that this labelling is misleading!

Those of you that do not support cruelty free companies owned by a non cruelty free parent probably already avoid them, as their parent company (Church & Dwight) are not cruelty free.

However, for those that are ok with the parent company thing, Batiste has always been seen as a good option. Despite their labelling, there's been a couple of rumours lately that they actually sell Batiste in China and due to the mandatory testing laws there*, they cannot be considered as cruelty free.

I have sent several emails and facebook messages and received a number of vague responses of 'we don't test, except where required by law' or 'we can't help you as we only deal with UK distribution' and other equally annoying responses.

I have flat out asked if they sell in China and have not had confirmation; I wanted to be able to provide a screenshot. However, a couple of people on some of the cruelty free makeup facebook groups have said they've been told by Batiste that they sell in China.

So basically, their inability to answer the question makes me think they're super shady and the fact that others have been told they sell in chain means that I no longer trust their labelling. So I'm taking them off my cruelty free list and will no longer be purchasing them unless I receive confirmation that they do NOT sell in China (in which case I'll do a happy dance and then update this post!).

Let the search for a new dry shampoo commence! I've reached out to the company that make Colab to check if they are vegan and will report back!!


*For more info on the laws regarding China, check out this brilliant post by Logical Harmony!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday quickie: What I ate (for some of) today!

I was going to write a what I ate today post but I haven't been taking many pics this week and I forgot to take a pic of breakfast today (it was only PB&J on toast, not that exciting!).

So instead, here's a pic of my lunch and my pre-lunch snack!

Pre-lunch snack:

Nakd carrot cake bar: these are the new limited edition flavour and they're not bad. I bought a box off Nakd's website, as I haven't seen them in shops yet and they're limited edition. To me they don't taste much different to some of the other nakd bars so I'm not overly concerned that they're L/E! They are tasty though.

I had it with a starbucks soy coffee frap, no cream (my summer staple!)

For lunch, I had a pitta and some Sabra Baba Ganoush (my favourite thing right now!) and these things that I got from Ocado:
They are pretty good and more spicy than I first thought. I was eating them with the baba ganoush and didn't notice the chilli, til I ate the last too alone. Not super hot, but definitely have a nice chilli kick.
The ensemble!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend.
Sal xXx

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday Quickie - Neve "Lost in Venezia" Eyeshadow Palette

This week's Friday quickie is swatches from this gorgeous Neve Palette, called the Lost in Venezia palette. There's loads of these quads available and they retail for £13.95. I've been dying to play with it but was waiting to take photos before I swatched it - now that's restraint! haha

You can buy Neve direct from their website, or in the UK from Cutecosmetics or Cocktail Cosmetics. When I saw this swatched on instagram, neither of the usual UK sellers had this palette so I got it from Beauty Chamber, who I'd not shopped with before, but it arrived really quickly, so I'd definitely buy from there again!

Shades, clockwise from top left:
 "Fiori D'Ombra", "Bikini", "Pioggia Acida" & "Bouquet"


"Fiori D'Ombra" - a beautiful brown with an almost purple duochrome

"Bikini" - gorgeous goldy peach (I think this would be a beautiful highlight on deeper skintones!)

  "Pioggia Acida" - My favourite shade in the palette - absolutely gorgeous goldy/olive green. Stunning!

"Bouquet" - lovely icey silvery blue!

I love Neve eyeshadows. Loads of their items are vegan and they do label everything if it is vegan and also whether it's lip safe too! Also, they are super easy to depot so if you want, you can put them into a Z-Palette, which is my plan for these, along with some from other Neve palettes!

If you've not tried Neve, I recommend them!

If you have tried any of their stuff, I wanna know what you think! Let me know in the comments or tweet at me.

Have an awesome weekend everyone.

Love & stuff
Sal xXx

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

What I ate in London!

This past Saturday I went to London to meet up with my friends Jojo and Randi. Jojo has been travelling the world for a while now and I hadn't seen her since last September and it had been even longer I think since I saw Randi, so it was awesome to catch up with them both.

We of course ate some awesome food!

We met at Mildred's in Soho and I had the Polish burger. Which was a beetroot and white bean patty on an awesome focaccia bun, with lettuc and gherkins in and a side of fries with basil mayo. I probably wouldn't normally pick a beetroot burger, but altogether it was great and worked well. Awesome fries too!

The main reason for sticking to Soho was that we wanted to try out Yorica, which is an all vegan, allergy friendly ice cream bar! I got chocolate and caramel flavours of soft serve and for toppings I picked marshmallows and gummy bears! It was SO good. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!

I took some video too, so watch out for a mini vlog soon.

Have an awesome week :)
Sal xXx

Thursday, 7 July 2016

June Haul Swatch Fest!

Last month I did a fair amount of makeup hauling and I made a video about it. You can watch that video HERE or below:

As promised in the video, here are the swatches of most of the things I bought!

 From Milani
Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows
L-R: "Bella Champagne", "Bella Ivory", "Bella Emerald"

"Bella Champagne"

"Bella Ivory"

"Bella Emerald"

 Rose Powder Blush - "Tea Rose"
I'm double checking this is vegan! The website says it is but it has lanolin listed on the ingredients more than once!


Amore Matte Lip Cremes
Top: "Sugar". Bottom: "Gorgeous"

From Sephora

All Kat Von D products 
Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, Metal Crush Eyeshadows and Tattoo Liner in "Trooper"

Metal Crush Eyeshadow - "Electric Warrior"

Metal Crush Eyeshadow - "Raw Power"

Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks
Top: "Beloved". Bottom: "Nosferatu"

When I swatched Beloved, I thought it might be pretty similar to "Berlin", which I also have. So I swatched Berlin to the right and they are similar but Berlin is a deeper, brighter pink.

NYX Prismatic Shadow in "Mermaid"

TheBalm Instain Blush from Amazon and Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick from

Instain Blush in "Swiss Dot"

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in "Doting"


"Beauty Killer" Eyeshadow Palette

 L-R: "Star Power", "Princess", "Violence", "Rich Bitch", "Courtney". 
The first (left) swatches are finger swatches. The swatch immediately to the right was done with a flat synthetic brush. No primer.

L-R: "Expensive", "Confession", "Vanity", "China White", "Black Rainbow"
As above, finger swatches on left, brush swatch immediately to the right

Liquid lipsticks
Top: "Doll Parts". Bottom: "Rich Blood".

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Lip Amplification
Top: "High Voltage". Bottom: "Conviction".

I mention in the video that I think High Voltage is SUPER similar to one of the Freedom Pro Melts in the shade "Smooth", that I swatched on my lips in THIS video.

The formula of the Lip Amplifications and the Freedom Pro Melts is pretty much, if not completely, identical (they are sister brands so this is not surprising). These two shades are not exactly the same but they are SO similar that you don't really need both! Also, both are £3!

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L-R: "You Need Love", "Piece Me Together", "One More Piece", "Love Torn", "Stolen Chocolate"
As with the Jeffree Star Palette, the first swatch on the left is the finger swatch and the one immediately to the right is the brush swatch.

L-R: "Thank Friday", "More !", "Pleasure Girl", "Meet Chocolate", "Unforgivable", "Love Divine"

L-R: "Smooth Criminal", "Chocolate Love", "You Need More", "What a Way to Go", "Endorphins  Ready!"

And here's a look I created with it - super simple!

"Fortune Favours the Brave with BritishBeautyBlogger" Eyeshadow Palette

As the eyeshadows are smaller and there's lots more of them, I just did finger swatches for this palette as there are so many and I was losing the light :/

Top Row L-R: "Glimmer", "Buffer", "Peachy", "Hope", "Fortune", "Skylight", "Transformer", "Midnight Rainbow"

Second Row L-R: "Ice Cloud", "Golden Coins", "Cashmere", "Tip Top", "Yes Please", "Green Machine", "Smoothie"

Third Row L-R: "Caffeine Fix", "Latte", "Pink Diamond", "Creme", "Drama Queen", "Lonely Planet", "Blacqua"

Bottom Row L-R: "Soft", "New World", "Favour", "Sunset Hour", "Super Gold", "Winning", "Brave", "The Revolution"

I'm working through playing with all this stuff right now still, so I don't want to comment too much on what I like/don't. But if you want a video of an in-depth review or for me to film a look with any of the palettes, then let me know in the comments or over on youtube.

Happy humpday everyone!
Sal xXx

Friday, 1 July 2016

Friday Quickie - Saucy tofu for lunch

When I'm working from home, I like to make a tasty, but quick lunch and this was one from earlier this week, that I thought I'd share with you, because it was really easy and took about 20 minutes to whip up, start to finish.

To make this, you will need:
Cooking oil of your choice
Tenderstem or regular broccoli
Veggie stock
Balsamic vinegar
Light soy sauce
Chinese 5 spice powder (or herbs / spices of your choice)
Maple syrup
Black sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Rice to serve alongside tofu

I used about 1/3rd of a block (about 130g if you're weighing, I didn't - I just eyeballed it) of cauldron tofu. I cut it into squares and then pressed it for a few minutes, while I rinsed and drained some basmati rice.

I got the rice on to cook and then spray a hot frying pan with a bit of oil. Then I fried the tofu for a good 5 minutes on each side, pressing it down with the spatula regularly to get rid of excess water.

I also chopped a handful of tender stem broccoli / broccolini into bite size chunks and boiled it for 3 or 4 minutes.

To make the sauce I mixed a veggie oxo stock cube with about 1/2 cup of water, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp of soy sauce and sprinkling of 5 spice powder (add whatever herbs/spices you like).

I added the broccoli to the tofu pan and poured over the sauce. I let it bubble rapidly until it reduced enough to coat the tofu and broccoli. I din't let it go for too long though as I wanted the dish to have plenty of sauce for the rice to soak up.

A sprinkle of black sesame seeds on top just made this look pretty. Some sriracha would've been great but I didn't think of that til it was too late :)

And that's that!

What's your favourite quick lunch?

Hope you have an awesome weekend.
Sal xXx