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5 Accidentally Vegan Items and 5 I wish were

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One of my favourite Instagram account findings since I took upon myself to go vegetarian and incorporate more vegan/cruelty-free stuff has been an account named AccidentallyVeganUK. They post and collect products found in the UK that are accidentally vegan – hence the name. So somehow these products don’t include any meat, gelatine, milk, cream, eggs – no animal product to be found! A lot of the finds on this page are also treats, cheap snacks; which makes it great for vegans/vegetarians/people with dairy allergies who are on a budget. I decided to share with you today some items I am so happy and surprised are vegan and 5 items I love snacking on/having in the cupboard that I wish were vegan. I hope this list is useful for anybody vegan, vegetarian or omnivore!

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1 – Parma Violets
2 – Double Stuffed Oreos
3 – Propercorn Sweet & Salty
4 – Cheetos Twisted Flamin’ Hot
5 – Nik Naks Nice N Spicy
6 – Pringles Paprika

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1 – BN Chocolate Biscuits
2 – Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli
3 – Super Noodles Curry Flavour
4 – Thorntons Fabulous Vanilla Fudge
5 – Maynards Wine Gums

I’d be so happy and greedy if these junk items were vegan. It’d be great to eat sweets like Wine Gums or Haribo without the worry of gelatine. Have you guys got any stuff you wish was cruelty free at all or are you surprised some of your favourite stuff is accidentally vegan?

Thanks for reading,

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Favourite Cruelty-Free Products in May

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I can’t believe it’s already June and it’s like 3 months until I start University and 7 months until Christmas – where does the time go? So in honour of it being the end of May and that June has graced us with her presence; here’s a quick article of my favourite cruelty-free products this month!

1.Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade

I’m honestly so surprised and thankful that this product has the cruelty-free stamp! I’ve seen this brow gel used by many makeup artists/fanatics on youtube and whilst envying their perfect looking eyebrows, I decided to treat myself and get it. I’m so glad I did as I think it makes my brows look way better and more textured, plus the application is so easy. You do need to separately invest in a brush for using it and I literally just picked up a cheap seventeen angled eye brush from Boots and it applies fabulously. I bought mine on Beauty Bay for £15.00, I’m quite glad about the price as I think you definitely get what you pay for.

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2. DIRTY Springwash Showergel from Lush Cosmetics

As mentioned a million times in past blogposts, Lush is one of my all time favourite stores and when I’m not able to stock up on their Winter Limited Editon shower gel which is Snow Fairy, my favourite showergel to invest in, especially during the summer, is Dirty. Now I only got a good whiff of their Dirty fragrance last year as one of my friends wears the body spray from Lush, but I absolutely love it; it’s so minty and almost cooling, so in showergel form it really works wonders on hot days or after exercise, it also has quite a calming side to it’s scent so I love using it in showers before bed too! I paid about £16 for a big bottle of it so it’ll last me a good few months however you can get smaller bottles in Lush for around £4.95!

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3. Superdrug Instant Cooling Spray

In regards to my previous blogpost, it’s been absolutely boiling some days recently. Either that or when I go to the gym I end up so humid and hot that it feels rather gross. Back in the days at high school and such, I’d always try to counteract my body reacting to heat and sweating by spraying tons of Impulse body spray on my school uniform as if that would do anything. However all I probably did was make the top layer of my uniform smell kind of fragranced for a few minutes and choke everybody else in the room with the smell of artificial vanilla. One day impulsively on the way to my boyfriends, I remember popping into superdrug for something small like pads or dry shampoo; something I probably forgot to pack and it was a very warm day so I decided to grab superdrug’s own cooling spray. As the majority, if not all, of superdrug’s own; the spray is cruelty-free stamped! I like spraying it on my wrists, inner elbows, forehead and neck if it gets too warm for me and it really does cool me down!

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4. Fritz-kola Stevia & Fritz-limo Melon

Unfortunately this ‘fave of the month’ might be a little less obtainable than the others, but I wanted to give it a special mention because at my lovely new job in a certain beloved vegan cafe/shop in Manchester; I am consuming these drinks so much recently if I want a soft drink! V Revolution in Manchester sell a range of fully vegan soft drink brand Fritz! Their drinks also contain all natural ingredients including their caffeine. My favourites are definitely the Fritz-limo melon and when I’m in mood for something that’s a bit more like coca-cola or pepsi, I go for the Fritz-kola stevia! I’m still intrigued to try Fritz-Sugar Free and the plain out Fritz-Kola so I’ll have to fill you all in if those are just as tasty!

So those are my cruelty-free favourites for the month! I hope soon in the future I can swap out more makeup products and such for cruelty-free ones. Have you got any favourite products you discovered in May? Would love to read your comments!

 

Thanks for reading,

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Small Steps to Cruelty Free

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Sometimes I feel very contradicting whenever I write about pro-veggie or cruelty free stuff in blog posts, cause in all honesty I do still use or consume products that are probably very against that ethic. I still have a few makeup products knocking around that are Maybelline or Benefit – both of which aren’t confirmed cruelty free, and I do still eat chocolate or products now and again that contain milk or eggs. I never confirm myself as vegan although I am interested in the research and evidence behind it and I know deep down, transitioning to a vegan lifestyle might benefit me in a lot of ways.

However my beliefs are mainly that if people are open to trying more pro-veggie and cruelty free products and reducing their ‘footprint’, if you could call it that. If someone goes vegetarian and uses more and more cruelty free products – that is better than nothing. If people go vegan for two days a week, that’s pretty impressive to me. I think transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle isn’t something anyone can just do. It requires money, time to prepare meals that are completely vegan, research and such. So I decided to write this blog post to introduce some small steps for different ‘areas’ in your daily life that you could switch out products to be more cruelty free/pro-animal.

Kitchen – Butter/Margarine

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Vitalite is only £1 in most supermarkets and is a full tub of dairy-free, sunflower oil based margarine. It’s an easy, food swap out that is vegan because it literally tastes no different to usual butter. In fact I personally prefer it because it feels a lot lighter than butter when used on toast, for example.

Living Room/Decoration – Wax Melt

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So these might be a little bit pricey to some, but if you’re a fan of Yankee Candles or decorations like such. This little UK based shop on Etsy called CarolineJaneCandles has a lovely selection of vegan wax melts and candles made with natural soy wax. The candles are a little bit pricier but the wax melts go at £1.50 so you can’t go wrong! They come in lovely scents as well, my favourite is the shop’s cinnamon whirl melts as the smell of bakeries and pastries are just divine.

Bathroom – Toothpaste

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I have mentioned Kingfisher Toothpastes on a blog post in the past, and I still stand by the toothpaste now. You can get a three bulk pack of Kingfisher’s Fluoride Free Mint Toothpaste on Amazon for £8.91, and these toothpastes would definitely last you a good while, if not a year. They are fluoride free, vegan and cruelty free.

Handbag – Lipbalm

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Lush cosmetics is one of the favourites for many cruelty-free shoppers. They are very committed to their ethics and a lot of their products are vegan. The bath products of Lush are super popular and a great treat for yourself or friends however I want to promote the excellence of their lip balm tins. They are quite pricey but last a long time and definitely moisturise your lips. My favourite lip balm by them is Honey Trap because the ‘flavour’ is so lovely however they are only really ‘cruelty-free’. They are not labelled vegan because of the honey ingredient however Lush do many vegan alternatives like the lip balm ‘None of Your Beeswax‘.

Have you used any of these products before? Is there any other cheaper alternatives you may recommend to people on a budget who want to add more cruelty-free products to their life? Tell me in the comments below and share!

Thanks for reading,

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February Updates✨

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I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately, but I’ll be honest I’ve been having a bit of a low moment the past few weeks and a very bad case of writers block. As well as that, on the upside, I have a new part time job! Which I’m enjoying a lot and gives me a bit of pocket money whilst I wait for University to start. Also have some possible writing opportunities coming up that I’m trying to plan for and hopefully when my writers block goes away I should be able to focus on that! But for now I’ll give you some updates from myself about what I’ve been up to in February and what stuff I’ve enjoyed!

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I got my nostril pierced! I did this piercing on a massive impulse, and didn’t really plan for it at all – although I’ve considered a nostril piercing on and off for a while, since I got my septum done. The guy who pierced it was really kind and comforting, and it definitely didn’t hurt as much as my septum did. However somehow my nose/skin did not react well to the jewelry and the skin somehow flared up/got swollen and then started to almost swallow the stud. It was kind of scary! Google reassured me that the piercing sinking into the piercing hole, is quite a common mishap in nostril piercings so I went to a local piercer to get them to have a look at and they changed it to a much better jewelry piece for my nose and now it has started to calm down!

Next up, over the past month I’ve been trying to get back into reading. I suffer from depression and sometimes I can get really drowsy and have no energy to concentrate on anything. It is an unfortunate symptom as it draws me away from doing things I really enjoy including reading, writing and even playing video games! I miss when I used to be able to focus on a video game for hours on end. But a week or so back I picked up a book in Waterstones called ‘Too Close to Home’ by Aoife Walsh, and so far I am really enjoying it. Growing up I was a massive fan of book series including Ally’s World and Sadie Etc by Karen Mccombie, books by Sarah Dessen, ‘Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging’ – basically any book with a teenage female protagonist. I really like reading books from a teenage girl’s POV, because well I am one. It somehow helps me imagine the characters a bit better and Aoife definitely paints a really good picture of the characters in Too Close to Home. I admittedly find myself sometimes reading it, getting a bit annoyed at the main girl Minny for thinking poorly of her family members but she is an interesting character and her family are definitely interesting. I can’t wait to read more of it.

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Lush is still one of my beauty obsessions of course. Recently they released a bubble bar shaped like a Unicorn horn and there was no force on earth to stop me from picking one of these candy-coloured, ‘bubble-mania-in-a-stick’ beauties! Annoyingly, I’m not sure if they are still available as the website won’t let me on the page for it which is a massive shame because I’d recommend them to anyone who is a big fan of the candy-scented stuff at Lush. Did you like Snow Fairy or Prince Charming shower gel? Do you like the pink heaven you get in the bath from Sex Bomb or Twilight bath bombs? The unicorn horn bubble bar would be amazing for you! It does not leave any glittery/cream residue in baths and makes the water a gorgeous pink colour. If your local Lush store still has them, I’d definitely recommend picking one up!
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So last but not least of my February favourite products is a cruelty-free, vegan beauty product that I definitely recommend for any vegan/cruelty-free makeup users who want a cheap BB cream/foundation that includes SPF 15, UVA filters and ‘antioxidant protection’. Now I can’t say I swear by this BB cream to make your skin flawless – because it’s a very light coverage. However it definitely makes my skin feel moisturized but does a good enough job to make my skin tone seem even and lessen any redness.

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As someone who isn’t a massive fan of heavy makeup and wanted a cheap, cruelty-free alternative to my foundation this definitely is something I don’t regret buying! Hurray for Superdrug and their cruelty-free branding.

And finally I leave you with a link to a couple of songs I’ve really been enjoying this month! Have a listen and comment any songs you like too!

Hope you guys enjoyed your February!

Thanks for reading,

Helena x

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Cruelty-free beauty products under £10!

Recently I followed a useful twitter account that provides cruelty-free ‘dupes’ of popular makeup and beauty products. You can check their account out here! The account got me thinking of what cruelty-free products I own already and which ones I would love to try next time I need to purchase new makeup. However some of the ‘dupes’ are still quite expensive and make it hard for people who cannot afford say the eye palette from Too Faced or import Kat Von D’s makeup so I thought I’d put together a little list of cheap, under £15 cruelty-free makeup items you may enjoy!

#1 Superdrug’s ‘B.’ Brush Cleanser Spray

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £4.99 

When I was growing up, throughout high school and college, I struggled a lot with acne and skin picking, so makeup was an easy way of making my skin feel a bit cleaner and less gross but I never really thought about the importance of keeping my makeup brushes clean until the past year or so. Superdrug have their own brand ‘B.’ which is all cruelty-free and vegan so when I noticed they had a makeup brush cleanser I thought it’d be a sensible purchase to make and it was! This cleanser works by spraying a pump of the cleanser onto your makeup brush and massaging the brush into a tissue to remove residue. Since I started regularly cleaning my makeup brushes with this I have seen an improvement in my skin, obviously my diet and lifestyle also effect my skin/acne but keeping my brushes clean with this cheap, cruelty-free cleanser probably also helped a lot!

#2 Boots Natural Collection Pressed Powder

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £1.99

The Natural Collection at Boots are a wonderful, good for price, makeup brand that imply they do not animal test and are cruelty free. I can’t find any evidence about if they are vegan or not so if anybody could provide me more background on the brand that would be extremely helpful! I recently purchased their pressed powder as sometimes my concealer and face makeup easily wipes off over the course of the day and this one was extremely cheap and works fine for the price it is! A definite cheaper and better dupe to use compared to brands such as Rimmel or Max Factor.

#3 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £5.99

If you’re a fan of hot cloth cleansers you would of probably heard of the lovely Liz Earle hot cloth cleansers, which are very heavenly and I have to agree when I once got a little tester tube – made my skin feel so soft. Luckily for us cruelty-free fans Liz Earle claim on their website they do not test their ingredients or products on animals and do it on human volunteers! They also have the Leaping Bunny stamp of approval and point out on their FAQ which products are not vegan (e.g products with manuka honey/beeswax). Hooray! However Liz Earle’s products can be quite pricey for some of us and a fabulous, cheap dupe is Superdrug’s hot cloth cleanser! Only recently buying this (like literally yesterday), I have not yet tried and tested this product but it is suitable for vegans and cruelty free and has a lot of amazing reviews on their website so I cannot wait to introduce it into my skincare routine!

#4 Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips

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Have I owned? NO Price: £4.99

Red lips are very much back in recently.  Loads of different shades suit loads of different people and I can definitely agree I am on the bandwagon and love having red lips and would love to own a quick, cheap cruelty free one I can keep in my bag to apply whenever. Barry M is cruelty free and have marked this cheap, convenient lip pencil as vegan! It comes in a couple of colours including a dark, plum-like red or an orange-tinted pink. This is an amazing dupe to the Bourjois lip crayon range.

#5 Cruelty-free shower gels

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IMPORTANT EDIT: I have been told unfortunately Original Source’s parent company is known for testing their ingredients on animals which means these aren’t completely cruelty-free products unfortunately – alas they are still vegan if you are looking for a good vegan cheap shower gel however some *definite* cruelty-free shower gels could include Superdrug’s own shower gels! These carry the leaping bunny logo and are only a brilliant 99p!!! They come in a wide variety of lovely scents including my beloved coconut scent. 

 

#6 e.l.f Studio Eyeshadow Primer

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Have I owned? NO Price: £4.50

A lot of makeup reviewers/artists swear by the ‘Urban Decay’ eyeshadow primer and I am sure, considering it’s hype, it is a very trustworthy product however I am never sure of Urban Decay’s cruelty-free stance as some days I’ll hear people say it is cruelty free and other days people claim they’re lying. It’s all a bit of a fuss and personally the price is quite peak and not really made for a broke consumer either! E.L.F is a company that have the cruelty-free bunny stamp and do not test on animals and their products are extremely cheap so why not try their eyeshadow primer!

So yeah there are some cheap, cruelty-free alternatives you may want to check out next time you treat yourself on the beauty isle! Is there any cruelty-free products you stand by and love that you’d recommend to me? Feel free to comment!

 

Thanks for reading,

Helena x