Instagram

Follow Me!

Beauty

MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist, A MAC Fix+ Dupe | Go Cruelty-Free

9th July 2018
MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist

Before deciding to banish products tested on animals from my makeup bag, I had a preconception that going cruelty-free would be quite limiting. However the majority of brands -big and small- are actually entirely cruelty-free. Whilst I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much of my favourite makeup and skincare is cruelty-free, it does highlight that those who aren’t really have no excuse. MAC Cosmetics were one of the first makeup brands I got into and I’ve got a lot of MAC in my collection. And whilst I’ve moved away from them over the years, one product remains a firm favourite: Prep & Prime Fix+.

As my current bottle has got ever closer to being finished, I went on the hunt for a suitable replacement from a cruelty-free brand. I’m a big believer in making small changes and just swapping out one product for a cruelty-free alternative is a move in the right direction.

Life

My Guide To Growing Hardy Succulents In A UK Garden

2nd July 2018
Succulents

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m really into gardening. Like, really into it. My free Saturday mornings are spent grabbing a coffee and heading straight to the nearest garden centre. And -I’m particularly ashamed of this next admission- I’ve spent the past couple of Friday nights watching Gardener’s World in my PJs. I mean, who needs nights out and debauchery when you’ve got good old Monty Don?

Life

Mrs Mighetto X H&M Baby Collection

18th June 2018
Mrs Mighetto X H&M Baby

Most of Aurora’s clothes come from H&M Baby. They have such an adorable, fashionable -yet practical- range, I can’t help but keep picking bits up. And without a doubt, one of my absolute favourite nursery decor brands is Stockholm based, Mrs Mighetto. I’ve got Mrs Mighetto print wallpaper -which if I’m being honest, I’d quite like to use in my own room- for Aurora’s bedroom. So you can imagine my delight upon discovering H&M Baby’s first ever collab was going to be with them (Spoiler alert, I went into meltdown and ordered nearly all of it).

Travel

5 Unmissable Experiences In Tromsø, Northern Norway

8th June 2018
Whale watching in Tromso

Tromsø is one of the most magical places I’ve been to. A bustling city tucked amongst the fjords, 190 miles North of the Arctic circle. Parts of Tromsø feel so otherworldly, but at the same time so entirely familiar. There’s a busy road network, international airport and the World’s most Northerly university. If you wander the streets after dark (which during Winter is … Almost all of the day) you’re equally as likely to stumble across the Northern lights as a pub playing Norwegian death metal.

Beauty

My Cruelty-Free Summer Skin Essentials

6th June 2018
Cruelty-free Summer Essentials

Summer for me means a few things; Wearing black whilst sweltering. Awkwardly trying to keep my hair and makeup in check. Exposing my vampiric legs. Going red then pealing if I dare to step outside. And the dreaded chub rub. Over the years I’ve found various ways to help me survive. But this year I have three new cruelty-free Summer saviours I’m loving. And we’ve even had some uncharacteristic hot weather in Wales to truly put them to the test.

Beauty

May Empties | The Makeup & Skincare Products I Finished This Month

4th June 2018
May Empties

I’ve been meaning to do this for a thousand years (slight exaggeration). I’m focusing on not buying any new products, just using what I have and ridding my collection of products which aren’t cruelty-free. So each month I’m going to talk briefly about the products I used and what I thought of them.

Initially I planned to not feature any products on my blog which aren’t cruelty-free. However i’ve change my mind and I’m going to include all my empties and state clearly if they’re cruelty-free or not. This gives me a chance to talk about what I might replace them with and the brand’s status. So without further rambling, these are the products I finished in May!

Travel

10 Tips For Doing Disneyland Paris With A Baby

25th May 2018
Disneyland Paris Illuminations, the castle has stars projected on it and blue fireworks go off behind.

If -like me- you’re a grown adult who loves Disneyland, you might be wondering exactly how soon is too soon to take your new baby to the happiest place on Earth. On the one hand, they’re not going to remember it … But on the other, you’ve spent the past few months sleep deprived and feeding a small thing every few hours. So the thought of strapping a pair of ears to your head and being the child again is quite appealing. It’s also quite a safe first holiday, given the Disney parks are geared up for families and Paris is a short flight away. Due to a last minute change of plan, I had to arrange Disneyland Paris with a baby in mind pretty quickly. And so I thought I’d share what I learned through organising our recent holiday.

Beauty

Wishtrend Cruelty Free Brand Week

18th May 2018
cruelty free brand week

It’s Cruelty Free brand week on Wishtrend! In my last post about Klairs skincare I mentioned that not only are they a cruelty free brand, but they run a project called ‘Stay Beagley’ which raises money for beagle rescue in Korea. Stay Beagley is a range of cute beagle-themed merch, which is available to buy online. Klairs donate 100% of their profits from the project to beagle rescue, so it’s a brilliant initiative.

Wishtrend are a Korean retailer of K-beauty, who ship Worldwide. I started working with Wishtrend prior to my post about going cruelty free, so was thrilled to discover that not only were the products I had been using (The Midnight Blue Soothing Cream & Rich Moist Serum) cruelty free, but Wishtrend were super helpful in clarifying their stance for me.

Beauty

Trying K-Beauty Brand Klairs Skincare

14th May 2018
Two Klairs skincare products, the Midnight Blue Calming Cream and Rich Moist Soothing Serum, on white floorboards.

I was contacted in the dark depths of January by Wishtrend, an online retailed of K-Beauty brands, based in Korea. They invited me to try a few of their products and whilst I’ve loved a lot of the K-Beauty skincare I’ve tried, I didn’t know where to begin. So I asked Wishtrend to recommend me some products based on my current skin concerns, which are mostly dehydration and sensitivity. I was recommended two products from Korean brand Klairs: The Midnight Blue Calming cream and Rich Moist Soothing Serum.

As with all skincare reviews, I wanted to test these for a good length of time before sharing my thoughts. However I’ve taken slightly -ok, it’s been ages– longer than I originally planned, as I’ve had a few issues with my skin caused by unavoidable factors. I wanted enough usage without those issues, so it’s actually been 3 months and I’m finally ready to let you know my thoughts.

I have used both these products almost daily and I’m only now on my last drops of the Midnight Blue Calming Cream. The Rich Moist Soothing Serum has loads left. And that was actually one of my first observations about these products, you get a good amount of both.

Beauty

Cruelty Free Makeup & Skincare

9th May 2018
Cruelty Free

It feels good to be back here. My original blog that is! This post has been in the making for a while and I’m disappointed really that it’s taken this long. I am boycotting makeup and skincare which isn’t cruelty free or from a brand who are committed to ending animal testing. Read on to find out why and what that means for my blog.