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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t want to think about how many forum posts and web pages i read back in December. Searching for someone, anyone, who could tell me when things would get better. That was during the darkest days, of the hardest time of my life so far.
I didn’t know I had postnatal depression then, I called it the baby blues. But then two weeks came and went, so I started to call it the newborn phase. That was until I waded -seemingly through treacle- through every milestone, every well meaning friend or relative had given me. So I started to call it sleep deprivation. I was hideously tired after all. And not eating, having lost 3 stone after having my baby and just the 3 weeks which followed.
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).
How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine filled with makeup.
I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of the I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs TAM Beauty launched for Easter. Giving me major 90s Tamagotchi vibes, these colourful eggs open to reveal two highlighters and five shimmer eyeshadows.
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.