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Since I started this blog, I’ve been reviewing beauty products. And sharing my thoughts with my readers. Check out my beauty directory where you can view products featured, by brand.

I love makeup and feature product reviews, tips and my thoughts on new launches. To better understand how I review makeup products on my blog, read Makeup On My Blog | What’s In A Review?. If you’re looking for just makeup posts, read my makeup tag.

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.

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!

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.

Beauty

Urban Decay #Backtalk Palette

4th May 2018

If I only had to have one palette for Spring, this would be it. I had been planning on treating myself to Backtalk since it was announced and thankfully when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed. Which is good, given I simultaneously broke my ‘must swatch in person’ and ‘no buying new releases’ rules in one fowl swoop.

I think I read once you’re not supposed to wear pink after 30. But then again, you’re probably not supposed to wear Nike Airmax post 30. Or spend several hours a day playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. But whatever, rules are meant to be broken (or in the case of ones like that, entirely ignored).

Beauty

Skinnydip London’s New Cardiff Store + My Haul!

26th February 2018
Skinnydip

Good morning! I’m loving these lighter starts but would be lying if I said the cold didn’t make me want to snuggle back up under my duvet. This morning I’m excited to be talking about one of my favourite brands, Skinnydip London!

I first discovered the Skinnydip whilst browsing my local Topshop, where they had a small stand hidden amongst the accessories. Since then their popularity has exploded and they now and have a presence in all Top Shop stores. Even expanding to open their own shops around the UK. Finally Skinnydip have opened in Cardiff (yay!), with an incredibly Instagrammable new shop in St David’s Arcade. To celebrate their opening, Skinnydip invited myself, Rachel and a group of other bloggers down to the store to hang out and pick some new swag.

Beauty

Deciem NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12%

24th February 2018
NIOD Photography Fluid

The weekend has landed and I’m back to share my latest obsession with you all. NIOD Photography Fluid From Deciem, a colour-correcting primer which glows from under your foundation, making skin look pretty flawless. Or as flawless as it’s ever going to look when you have to battle with Winter dryness, the odd hormonal outbreak and general every day life!