Saturday, 25 July 2015

Chain Restaurants

I've added another page to the blog, vegan options at UK based chain restaurants.  Click the link above and please let me know if there's any others that you know that I missed.

Hope you're having an ace weekend.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cruelty Free List

Hi Everyone,

Just a little quickie post and I'm not sure if me adding a page will show up like a new post in blog readers etc.

I have now added a list of cruelty free companies, that relates to makeup, hair, bath & body products and skin care.  The link is above, just click where it says 'UK Animal Friendly Beauty Brands'.

There's a lot of lists like this out there, but not many that are from a UK buyer's perspective; so I hope mine will come in useful.

It is a work in progress, as you'll see from a few of the categories not having many brands listed yet. I'm constantly working on it! :)

If I've missed anyone off, please do feel free to leave a comment or hit me up on FB/Twitter so that I can add them.

Have a fab weekend.


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Dermalogica Bought by Unilever

Sigh.... feels like I've read a story like this once a month lately!

Unilever recently announced that they have acquired Dermalogica.

I don't use Dermalogica anymore, I used to though and they are great products with lots of vegan options. Dermalogica have apparently told a few therapists (I've read on beauty forums) that they will remain cruelty free.

However, this is still not great news though for those who avoid companies with parent / sister companies who animal test.  It was also one of the few well-known salon brands that you could feel ok about, if you went for a facial!

I hadn't planned a huge post today, but I thought that I'd list a few other UK Facial Brands that are cruelty free, for those that no longer want to use Dermalogica:


Eve Taylor: Not totally vegan, as far as I know, but they are vegan friendly and their customer services is pretty helpful, when it comes to letting you know what products are suitable. (This is the brand I chose for my salon, although I no longer do facials; the products are really nice.)

Kaeso: Almost everything from Kaeso is vegan and they try to use more natural ingredients. I've tried a couple of things and they are pretty nice. I found this on the beauty forum I post on, from earlier this year:

"Thank you for your email and your interest in the Kaeso collection.

Please see the below information which I hope is helpful to you.

Each product has been carefully designed to meet with Kaeso’s Innocence Criteria. To meet this criteria all products must be free from Parabens, Sulphates, Propylene Glycol and Mineral Oil and then they are proudly stamped with the Kaeso Leaf of Approval.

We do not test our products on animals, which actually prevents us from selling our products in China .

All Kaeso Manicure & Pedicure products have been checked and are Vegan-friendly.

All Kaeso Skincare and Facial product are also Vegan-friendly except for the Moisturising Soufflé Body Moisturiser which contains Lanolin and Beeswax and the Collagen and Micro Current Gels which contain Collagen.

All other products in the Kaeso range are safe for vegans and vegetarians."

Murad*: Cruelty free but I do not know anything about this brand or vegan friendliness yet. 
EDIT, just found out that Unilever have bought this brand too!! :(

Natural Elements*: I don't know much about this brand at all, but a salon near me uses them. Their website says they are cruelty free and completely vegan.

Does your salon use a brand you're unsure of; let me know in the comments, I'd be happy to research it.


Merumaya: I'm not 100% sure that everything from this line is vegan and from their response when I emailed them, (to ask about their melting cleansing balm, which I will do a post about if anyone's interested because it is AWESOME) neither are they! This is their reply:

"Thank you for your email and interest in MERUMAYA Integrative Effective Skincare
As my previous formulator confirmed, my contract manufacturer's cosmetic scientist has also confirmed that the products are suitable for vegans.  Out of complete respect, I want to add a caveat that in order to be 110% we would have to check with every single manufacturer of ingredients and we have not done that."

So, a bit confusing, but I basically just read the ingredients now and if there's something I'm not sure of, I don't buy it. 

B. (Superdrug): Good old Superdrug.  Their entire B. skincare and makeup range is vegan and pretty extensive.  Also, most of Superdrug's own brand stuff is vegan and it's also all labelled as such if it is.

Lush: Again, not fully vegan but awesome and cruelty free and everything that is vegan is clearly marked with the sunflower.

Yes to: Carrots / Blueberries / Cucumbers... they are now in some UK drugstores and they have quite a lot of vegan products. I emailed them and they advised me that the following products are NOT vegan, due to inclusion of beeswax, honey or silk:

"Thank you so much for your inquiry about our Yes To product line! We love that you're interested in saying YES to something new.   The only products in the Yes To lines which contain ingredients derived from animals are beeswax, honey and silk amino acids. These ingredients are derived naturally. Products in the Yes To line which contain one of these items include:

YTC Daily Softening Hand & Elbow Cream:  Beeswax
YTC Dry Scalp Shampoo:  Silk Amino Acids
YTC Dry Scalp Conditioner:  Silk Amino Acids
YTCb Nourishing Baby Lotion:  Beeswax
YTCb Soothing Diaper Cream:  Beeswax
YTB Eye Firming Treatment:  Beeswax YTB
YTB Smoothing Daily Cleanser (old & new):  Beeswax
YTG Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream:  Beeswax
YTG Dark Spot Correcting Body Crème:  Beeswax
YTG Correct & repair Body Crème:  Beeswax
YTG Correct & repair Eye Cream:  Beeswax
YTCu SPF 30 Sun Stick:  Beeswax
YTCu Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Stick:  Beeswax
YTCo Head to Toe Restoring Balm: Beeswax
ALL Lip Balms: Beeswax
DISCO: YTC Leave in Conditioner:  Honey
DISCO: YTB Line Reducing Lip Treatment:  Beeswax
DISCO: YTB Rejuvenating Body Lotion:  Beeswax

YTC=Carrot line; YTCu=Cucumber line; YTB=Blueberry; YTG=Grapefruit; YTT=Tomato; YTCo=Coconut; YTCb=Carrot Baby; DISCO=Discontinued products"

Soap & Glory: List of vegan products HERE.

Boots: No 7, Botanics and their generic stuff is usually pretty vegan friendly and you just need to send a quick email to their customer services team about veganness.

Also, take a look HERE at Ethical Superstore, they have a bunch of vegan skincare brands available.

Brands with a * next to them are brands that some local salons used that I have just done a bit of research on. I cannot vouch for veganness, as I haven't researched them yet.

I know there's tonnes more brands out there, I've been mainly just racking my brain to think of brands I love and have used recently or in the past.

If anyone wants a full vegan skincare post, let me know and I'll get to researching!  I'm planning to do one of the products I use everyday anyway, so look out for that fairly soon.


Thursday, 4 June 2015

The future of this blog

Some of you might know that I also write a makeup/beauty blog ... well for a while now, I have been considering merging the 2 blogs into 1.

I've found lately that I'm struggling to find time to post regularly on both blogs and so am not posting as often as I'd like.  Aside from this, I think that this blog has changed from how it was originally.

When I first started blogging, I did it because I was newly vegan and personally used blogs for ideas about what to eat. Hence posts & posts of pic spams, just showing every day food.

As I've got older (and fatter!) I have realised I can't really eat like I used to.  Learning to bake made me gain a lot of weight, which is something I have always struggled with.  So with the intent of trying to get to a healthier place, I really don't bake that often anymore. 

The last few weeks I've not been on plan due to birthdays... etc.  But, usually I (mostly) follow Slimming World and eating out will be more of an occasional treat.

I think the pic spam posts do have a place but I think that it's more likely that I'll merge Lovelipstick and this blog into more of a vegan lifestyle blog. It'll probably mostly cover eating out, new vegan products, beauty products & reviews, news on cruelty free brands.... etc.

Obviously before I go ahead and do something like that, I want to know if it's going to be what other vegans want to read.  So what do you guys think?

Let me know what you want to see/read about and leave me a comment, or come on over to Facebook and talk to me there.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

GOSH Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners

I have a new BFF! The Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners from GOSH and they are awesome!  

Ever since I stopped buying Bourjois, I've been looking for a liquid liner to replace the one I used to love. I've tried a few different ones but so far this is my favourite.

I'm picky. It has to be a nice thin consistency, smooth, a brush I can work with and it has to stay on all day.  This ticks all the boxes for me and it comes in 9 shades, 8 of which are vegan (shade 007 Lavender is the non-vegan one!).

So here's a terrible photo of the packaging

Swatches of the 3 shades I have:
Top - Bottom: Black, Bronze, Royal Blue

Here is the applicator
It's nice and fine so you can draw a thin line with it easily. It's more like a pen type nib than a brush, which I don't normally like, but this one's really flexible and easy to use.

Here's Royal Blue on my eyeball.  I think it's more of a bright cornflower colour than royal blue but either way, it's lovely.

I would definitely recommend picking up one (or more of these). They retail for £5.99 (although Superdrug online has them for £3.99 right now) and you can get them from Superdrug.

There's a list of vegan GOSH items HERE.

Have a great week all.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx


Monday, 11 May 2015

Chaostheorie Berlin

My last post about Berlin is about my favourite place we went to, Chaostheorie.

Mr A had happy cow'd what was around us when we were in Vego Foodworld and found a place just up the road that sold vegan baileys.  Only problem was it was packed when we got there and it's pretty small. So we decided to go back the next night, before dinner.

The barman was awesome, he was super friendly and we asked if they did any other vegan stuff besides the baileys and he said everyone was vegan! Win!  Then when he found out I was vegan, he gave us loads of advice and recommendations for restaurants etc (one of which was Lucky Leek, which I had already booked for the next night, so I was pretty happy about that).  

We decided to have a cocktail and a baileys but the baileys had almost run out so he pretty much drained the bottle into a shot glass for us so we could have a taste.

Mr A ordered a cocktail off the board, I think it was called the Chaos Colada and the barman said that there was a rule with that cocktail "if you puke inside or out on the pavement and I have to clear it up, you pay me 15 euro".  So I asked what the eff was in it and apparently pretty much everything.  So we changed our order.  We ended up asking him to make us some cocktails that he thought we'd like and use the fancy gin!  Mine (left) had pink grapefruit in and was really good.  Mr A's had basil and lime in and was also excellent.

He asked us to hashtag any pictures on instagram with #fettundbetrunken.  My GCSE German is rusty so all I could make out was "fat and ....?" "DRUNK!"  Awesome.

Then I took a look at the menu and decided we needed to come back the next day for brunch. Hot Croissants &; Sandwiches, sweet or savoury!

And so we did.  We ordered caramel lattes, obviously.

And then the owner came in and said she'd seen my instagram pics and made a new batch of baileys just because I hadn't been able to get a full one the night before. Seriously, I haven't had baileys in over 7 years and this is what I remember it tasting like. YUMMY!

I had a sandwich, I think it was the double cheese & meatball. I do know it was awesomely filthy.

The next day we'd planned to go to Ohlala before flying home; but it was closed.  Ah well, back to Chaostheorie - wooooo!!

We had milkshakes. I had the snickers one, so peanut butter and chocolate and Mr A had the Manner Wafer one. It tasted like nutella and it was freakin incredible.

Another latte!

I picked the chaos croissant which has cheese, salami and hot sauce and it is pretty ace. Mr A had had this the day before and I won't lie, I was jealous of it.  This day he had the bolognaise croissant but can I find that picture anywhere? No I cannot.  I will edit this post with it if I ever do though. It was also spankingly ace.

And because we are piggy trufflers (and it was our last day) we also got cake. Delicious, awesome, peanut butter cake. SO GOOD!

(Sorry for the crap blurry pic, another one I couldn't find so I literally had to screen cap it off instagram!)

Yeah I was pretty excited about vegan baileys!

I think you can tell how much I loved this place. I loved everything about it, the food, the baileys, the staff, the vibe of it. It would definitely be number 1 on my list of places to go back there next time!

So that's it for my Berlin food adventures. I loved it sooo much and I can't wait to go back. Hopefully it won't be too long.

Have a good week everyone.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Lucky Leek, Berlin

Today, my next post about Berlin is all about the food we had at Lucky Leek. This was where we wanted to eat on Valentines Day evening, but of course it was fully booked. So I booked us in for Sunday for our romantic (fancy) meal.

This is the fanciest vegan meal I've EVER had; not just fancy either, but also AMAZING.  Everything was delicious, I seriously couldn't fault a single thing I tried.

From the menu you pick how many courses you want, there's basically 1 option for each course. Then there's also the specials.

We started with a cocktail, I picked a Kir Royale (which is basically Creme de Cassis and Champagne or Prosecco) and it was excellent.

Mr A and I both decided on a starter and a main and if there was room, we'd order pudding. But to start with they brought us out a little amuse bouche! Crap pic sorry and I don't really remember the details of it except that the little spoons had some seitan in there and I said to Mr A 'ooh that's pleasant'.  So yeah, awesome review there, Sal!

For the starter we both picked the same dish: Sweet chestnut filled ravioli with red onion confit, pumpernickel and some vegan feta.  It was really good. It had crispy fried onions on top, the pasta was perfect and it was just the right size for a first course.

For Mr A's main he picked off the specials menu. It was a mango risotto, which I thought sounded gross but it was delicious. It had a very delicate curry flavour and some really yummy poppadom crisps!

I picked off the regular menu and chose the Seitan Involtini.  No idea what Involtini is but my lard this was freaking amazing. I've made some good seitan in my time, at least I thought I had until I tried this. Hands down kicks the crap outta any seitan I've ever tasted before. I don't know how they got that texture but it was amazing. Maybe they sold their soul to get it like that??  

And it came on a bed of cucumber mash. Which I know, sounds weird and like the cucumber would overpower everything. But no, imagine the best mashed potato ever, then multiply the awesomeness by 10! The cucumber in it is braised so it's very subtle.  I think I said to Mr A that I would happily roll around in a vat of that mash!  We'd had a bottle of wine by then though!

We were both too full for dessert but as I said ... there was wine!

My last Berlin post will be up next week so for now, have an awesomesauce weekend peeps.