Friday, 15 September 2017

A Friday Quickie about Makeup Revolution

FRI-YAY!

If you saw my Beauty Chat Video recently then you'll have seen me talk about my frustration about companies like TAM Beauty who will not confirm which products are vegan.

Well I was super excited to read yesterday that they now do show this information on their website. I went and checked and yep, it's there!

I'm so excited that I can now recommend them again, as I do think they're a great, affordable and vegan friendly brand.

To check if a product is vegan, go to the product's page on the website and just scroll down (you might have to click 'ingredients':

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If you're looking for loads of affordable dupes for high end or non vegan products, check out TAM Beauty!

Have an awesome weekend!

Sal xXx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Bird in the Hand Pub, Sandhurst

Just a food quickie today.... So it's not often I find a local place with awesome vegan options (that isn't a chain restaurant!) but I heard about this place through the Reading Vegans Facebook group and Simon and I decided to go check it out yesterday.

They have a separate vegetarian menu and lots of it is either vegan already or could be made vegan. They also said to me that if you ring the day before, they'll get in extra ingredients to make something more exciting for you, specially and they always carry vegan ice cream and custard. They also make a vegan apple crumble.

I decided on sausage and mash -they use Linda McCartney sausages (my fave!) and it was delicious. Look how fancy the potato is too!!

I was too full for dessert, this was a pretty big lunch.



Next time we go we're going to try going on a Sunday for lunch and I'll call them beforehand to see what they come up with. Keep an eye on my instagram if you want to see that.

So if you live in the Surrey/Hants border areas; this place is near Yateley/Camberley - about a 5-10 minute drive from the Meadows and is well worth a visit.

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Poundland / Makeup Gallery Vegan List

So I've seen LOADS of people recommend the Poundland liquid eyeliner and when I googled it I found loads of people saying it's cruelty free but couldn't find anything concrete.

So I messaged Poundland and here is their response (TL:DR, I'm happy they're cruelty free and they also sent me a vegan list.)

My questions plus their responses in purple:

The answers to your enquiry are below.

  • Do Poundland/Makeup Gallery test on animals at any point in products (ingredients and final product), or do any 3rd parties do so on your behalf? I can confirm that none of the Make-Up Gallery products have been tested on animals, Our supplier has never commissioned animal testing to be conducted on the products that we sell.
  • Do you ensure your suppliers are cruelty free? Yes
  • Do you / would you test on animals if required by law? We currently sell Make Up Gallery inside the EU where it is illegal to be sell cosmetics tested on animals. There is no plan to expand the business outside the EU.
  • Do you sell these products in any countries where mandatory testing is required (such as mainland China)? No


NB: just to make totally sure, I went back to them to double check that there is no animal testing by Poundland or suppliers on either ingredients or finished products and they confirmed there is not!

Please see list of products suitable for Vegans and or vegetarians

Vegan:
Intense Lipgloss
Sheer Lipgloss
Lip Liner
Pressed Powder
Bronzer
Blusher
Eyeshadow
Eyebrow Pencil 
Kohl Eyeliner
Liquid Eyeliner
Cuticle Care
Top Coat
Healthy Nails
Nail Hardener
All Coloured Nail Polish
Ridge Filler

Not Vegan:
Lipstick
Foundation
Concealer (not vegetarian either!)

So there you can. I can tell you I've tried the liquid eyeliner and that shiz doesn't budge so if you want a super cheap eyeliner that works, you can do worse than that one! 

Have an awesome week!
Sal xXx


Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Vegan Kind August Beauty and Lifestyle Boxes

It's that time of the month again when the Vegan Kind lifestyle box arrives! Also, it's August so it's time for a quarterly beauty box too. (I also unboxed both of these on my Instagram Stories, so if you're quick you may still catch it!)

Here's a sneak peak inside both the boxes:

Lifestyle box

Contents
- Sweet Freedom Choc Pot
- Candy Kitten Sweet Peach sweets
- Almighty Foods Strawberry Blonde Botanical Bar
- PhD Protein Superfood Mango Smoothie
- We Are Tea Super Berry tea bag
- Emily Veg Crisps
- Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Deodorant Balm


Beauty Box

Contents:
- Eden Perfumes 10ml "Daisy"
- Chirp Body Hair Mask
- Zerreau Beauty Waterless Body Wash Foam
- Figs & Rouge Hero Cream
- Faith In Nature Brave Botanicals Shampoo sample
- Tisserand 'Happy' Aromatherapy roller ball


What do you think? As always I think both boxes are great!

Sal xXx

Friday, 4 August 2017

W7 Very Vegan Makeup Range - Review

So recently I ordered some of the new W7 Very Vegan range. I talked about this in my Beauty Chat video but if you hadn't heard, affordable brand W7 released a totally vegan (and Vegan Society approved) range of makeup.

I ordered an eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara, blusher, highlighter and a lipstick; here is the video of me trying them for the first time / first impressions.

I also wanted to use them all a good few times so that I could give you my proper opinion on all the products.


Starting with:

Eye Eco Eyeshadow Palette - £14.95
If you ever wanted a vegan (and more affordable) dupe for the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay, this is a good option.

 (for full swatches, check out my video linked above!)

Overall I like this palette. The shimmers are pigmented and go on well, they last pretty well and the colours are nice. There's a bit of fall out, so be aware of that and maybe do your foundation first or put some translucent powder down to catch it. I should add that I have hooded eyes, so without a primer, even super expensive shadows will crease on me. I use the same primer I use with all shadows and these last as well as some of my more expensive ones. In the video I only primed one eye and the eye I didn't prime did crease.

If I had a criticism of the palette at all, it would be that there's only 3 matte shades, one flesh tone, one black and one that could be used as a crease colour; I'd have preferred a couple more matte crease shades, as I think only having one limits it a bit. But overall it's a good palette.

Eyeliner - £5.95
I don't like this eyeliner. Mainly because I am not a fan of stiff, nib style eyeliner applicators, which this has. I find it difficult to get a smooth line and really hard to draw a wing without blobbing it to hell. The actual formula is ok and lasts well so if you like this style of brush you may love it! But for me it's a no.

I also found that when going over it to make it fully opaque, it lifted some of the liner off!

Mascara - £7.95
I like the mascara. It is not my favourite mascara wand ever because I am messy and I like a nice thin plasticky type wand. But I do like this mascara. It holds a curl on me and doesn't flake. Also I cried a lot the other day and it didn't run down my face. So there's that. For the price, there's other mascaras I'd pick over this one.

Blush - £8.95
I LOVE this blush; it's my favourite thing out of all the items I bought. The colour I got is Sugar Sugar and it's the perfect peachy pink. I love it. It's a nice formula, it lasts well and doesn't look chalky. I also love the embossing - the heart detail. It's so cute. And it has a decent sized mirror. I would absolutely recommend this blush and will be buying the other colours!

Highlighter - £8.95
I like the highlighter. I got the paler of the two shades available and it's a touch darker than I'd like it to be. However, it's a lovely highlighter. You're not gonna be seen twinkling from space or anything but it is very nice and catches the light lovely. I have other highlighters I prefer and this is very yellow gold, but it is very pretty and I see myself reaching it for it often.

Lipstick - £6.95
I like the lipstick. Although I wasn't crazy about it at first, it actually lasted a really long time, I mean hours! Through drinking and eating which surprised me for it having such a slippy formula! I would buy more of these! 

So that's my thoughts on what I have tried so far. I didn't buy a concealer or foundation, as my skin is tricky to find good products for. However, at the price point W7 have set, I will probably try them at some point. I will probably also pick up some of the eyeshadow quads to try.

Oh and here's the look I came up with on the video! :)


Let me know your thoughts - do you think the range looks good? Have you tried anything? Would you?

Sal xXx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Aingel Cafe Basingstoke

I heard a rumour there was a vegan-friendly cafe, not all that far from where I live. You could easily miss this place! It's a 10 minute drive from the town centre, it's next to a pub in the middle of a housing estate. It's not much to look at from the outside.

On this inside though it's super cute and they have a vegan specials board and vegan cake!!

The menus on each table are standard cafe fayre; cooked breakfasts, sandwiches, jacket potatoes... But they also have a specials board and a vegan specials board with loads of options on!

The staff were very friendly and told us that in addition to the vegan specials, some of the regular items could also be made vegan and just to ask for more info.


I eat a lot of curries and Mexican inspired food on a day to day basis, so I went for the Italian burger and I was not disappointed.


It was a soy (I think) based patty, which seemed like it was probably home made. It had quite a crumbly texture (if that's the right word) which I liked a lot. The Italian part was a balsamic glaze, tomato and basil. This burger was so good and the chips were excellent too.



As we were taking away cake, we both got a milkshake instead of dessert; I got a soy vanilla shake with oreos in. Simon isn't vegan and he dreamed up an odd concoction of fererro rocher and turkish delight (??I know right?!) which he said was pretty good.

We also took some cakes to go; a couple of the lemon crumble cupcakes (icing was nice, cake was a wee bit dry but still tasty) and one of the chocolate brownies. The brownie was for a very non-vegan friend of ours and she said it was 'gorgeous!'. We asked which cakes were vegan and it seemed they all were except for the ones with mini marshmallows on.

yeah, I managed to smush it a bit in transit!

So if you're anywhere near Basingstoke, I would definitely recommend checking this place out.

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Some updates for you

So I have a few vegan lists that I regularly update and this week I've updated the following lists, after receiving new information from the brands (clik the brand name to view the post):

Aveda - I recently posted a list of the non vegan items
GOSH - I have updated list of their vegan items
Lee Stafford - I have re-confirmation of their cruelty free status and an updated list of their vegan items
theBalm - I have an updated list of their vegan items
Pixi by Petra - I have an updated list of their vegan items

I also have an updated list from The Body Shop that I will update this week, so watch out for that.

I also reached out to the following companies, recently and sadly have decided not to support them anymore and here's the brief reasons why (if you want more info, my video about it is linked at the bottom of the page!):

Collection Cosmetics:
I emailed for clarification on their cruelty free stance (as I keep hearing they're not CF!) and was not happy with the response, so will no longer support them and have taken them off my animal friendly brand list. They are also on Logical Harmony's avoid list and I have read a lot of people saying it's because they don't ensure their suppliers are cruelty free and they will test new ingredients if required, under REACH.

Sleek:
They cannot guarantee any of their products are vegan and are now ignoring my follow up emails (in typical Sleek style).

TAM Beauty (Makeup Revolution, Freedom, I Heart Makeup):
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: TAM Beauty is now showing whether a product is vegan on the product description of their website! YAY!!

ORIGINAL TEXT: Similar to the above. They're saying they can't confirm anything is vegan as they do not know the source of all their ingredients. Which is not what they told me when they launched. So I won't be buying any more of their products until they can confirm this.

Love & stuff
Sal xXx