Autumn Lipsticks

I love a good lipstick. Especially when the leaves are orange and falling. I love having a bit more colour in my looks when the weather is colder. I think it helps to distract from my skin which can get quite dry and tired in the winter. I usually go for a matte lipstick in Autumn and a gloss In the summer. Matte colours are usually more pigmented and bold. Listed below are my top 4 I’ve been reaching for.

100% pure Semi matte lipstick in Blood orange- This is by far my favourite off the four. The formula is beautiful, it’s fairly matte and not drying at all on the lips, nothing worse than cracked lips. This lipstick also lasts so long I can apply before work and not have to worry about fading or smudging throughout the day. The colour is a deep red but is light enough to brighten the face. Dying to try some other colours from this range.

Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita 2 – I know Lolita is a very popular but for me it’s too cool toned and washes my complexion out. This has more of a warm peachy tone which suits me better. Because of the matte finish and depth to the colour I didn’t reach for this in the summer but have found myself picking it up now in the Autumn. I’am very fussy with liquid lipsticks but these liquid lipsticks are comfortable and don’t dry out my lips.

Anastasia Beverly hills in Ashton – I had seen this shade on so many people on Instagram/youtube and it looked beautiful on them. Ashton is a brown toned lipstick and I thought it would look absolutely terrible on me. However, after seeing one to many gorgeous girls looking fab in this lipstick I finally decided to buy it. I applied a thin layer of this to start with and was surprised to find it actually looked okay! It has hint of red to it so doesn’t wash out the face too much. The only sad thing is I really don’t like the ABH liquid lipsticks. For me they are very drying and can settle into any lines on my lips. I find applying a thin layer and adding a little gloss or balm in the middle is the best way to avoid the dry feeling.

NYX soft matte lip cream in Copenhagen – I love the NYX soft matte lip creams they don’t dry out and last a nice amount of time. This colour is nice and vampy on me but not to dark. However, I don’t think I will re purchase this as NYX can’t confirm any of their products are vegan. They are also owned by a parent company who test on animals even though they have always been cruelty free themselves. When I first started using cruelty free products I never paid attention to the ingredients or the parent company’s but have started to take that into consideration when purchasing things now.

 

Ashley xx

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5 tips|Eating Vegan Abroad

Before going vegan one of my main concerns was what it would be like to eat out in a different country. I am so fortunate living in not only the UK where being vegan is pretty much mainstream with so many meat and dairy alternatives being sold in stores but also to live in Glasgow. Glasgow has many fully vegan restaurants in several different parts of the city. Many restaurants that sell meat also have separate fully vegan menus as well so the choice to eat out is endless for me. In other countries though I know it can be difficult as being vegan is not so mainstream. However, since going vegan I have now been abroad three times and not had much problems. Here are my best tips for eating abroad!

1|Download The Happy Cow app

Whether it’s to find some where to eat out locally or abroad The Happy Cow app is going to be your best friend. The app contains lists of vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants and shops in over 180 countries! you can either chose to see everything nearby or type in a specific area. This makes it great to plan your trip as you can see everything that caters for vegans before you even go on holiday. I have found so many great fully vegan restaurants through app and read great reviews of places making it so easy to plan where to eat.

2|Book an Apartment

Booking an apartment rather than a hotel room is definitely something I will be doing on most holidays from now on. It’s usually not any more expensive (can end up being cheaper) as you are not pre-paying for any food. An apartment usually looks like a basic hotel room just with an added kitchen. On my last two holidays, this has been so helpful as I have been able to have fresh fruit for breakfast or cereal (if almond milk is available) and then make my own dinners if the choice isn’t great around us. Making your own dinners can save your spending money as well.

3|Know your Cuisine

Knowing different types of cuisine definitley helps when eating vegan out. I have found that I can usually get a decent meal out if we eat at an Indian restaurant or a Japanese restaurant as both usually have vegan main meals or sides. Mediterranean and Mexican are also usually good for meat and dairy free meals if you ask for things without cheese!

4 and 5

I have added these tips together as they are quite similar, tip number 4 would be to email/contact places and tip number 5 is to plan ahead. So many people have the misconception that being vegan is difficult and it’s really not it just takes a little bit of forward thinking and you are sorted. Before you go on holiday have a look at your happy cow app or the internet and see what restaurants come up with vegan options or which restaurants near you have meals that can be easily adapted to be vegan. If a restaurant has a dish that is all vegan except maybe for the added cheese then before you go get in contact with the restaurant and they will usually accommodate you.

 

Using these 5 tips has taken away any worry of eating out abroad and helped when eating locally too.

Hopefully if your reading this it helps you too!

 

Ashley x

Vegan Kind Beauty Box Review

I recently received The Vegan Kinds Beauty box. I have been wanting to try their beauty boxes for ages and can say I was defiantly not disappointed.
The Vegan Kind started in 2013 providing subscription boxes filled with vegan goodies which has now grown into an online vegan supermarket. I discovered TVK through Instagram and it has been a massive help since I have become vegan in discovering new products!  For me Instagram has been the best source for discovering accounts like TVK and vegan makeup / clothing brands etc.  The Vegan kind do two subscription boxes a lifestyle box and a beauty box and here is my review on the beauty box!

Amie, Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish – I recently went on holiday where my forehead got seriously burned, lesson learned factor 50 from now on! When my skin began to peel I found this product amazing at buffing away the dead skin while still being gentle enough on the sensitive skin. The directions advise for this to be used twice a week. I use this on a weekday and before I go on a night out! I l love using the body shop charcoal mask before a night out so my skin looks great and the makeup applies smoother. However, that can make your skin very red after use and I find the Amie polish works the same without making your skin red! This stuff also smells delicious, it reminds me of solero ice lollies making it super summery! I would definitely buy this again and have checked the price on Amie’s website at £5.95 its super affordable!

Maggie Anne Beauty, Strawberry and Grape Nail polish remover – The smell of this product is driving me insane. It smells so familiar but I can’t figure out what it smells like! Apart from giving me deja vu the smell is lovely and fresh much better than the typical chemical smells of ordinary nail polish remover. This has easily removed all nail polishes I have worn including reds and shimmers! It doesn’t dry your nails and fingers out the way I’m used to with other removers! I’ve been on the Maggie Anne beauty’s website and would re purchase and would love to try some nail polishes, I have my eye on the colour grace a lovely summery pink.

 

Zerreau Towel off Shampoo – This is a dry shampoo foam that you work into your hair like a hair mouse the foam lifts grease and product build up and you then towel dry your hair to remove the product. This unfortunately didn’t work great in my hair. I have very dark hair and lots of it so when I applied this and toweled it of I could still see residue in my hair which almost made it look greasier, not ideal. I used this a few times and found the best way to apply was directly onto your hands and then work into small sections of the hair. This had an amazing coconut smell and I would defiantly recommend to people that find typical dry shampoos like batiste to harsh and drying on your scalp this would be a great alternative.
Phb ethical beauty all in one mascara – I am very picky with mascaras I usually avoid fat fluffy brushes with wet formulas.  I like thin plastic brushes as I typically find they catch all your lashes easier.  However, this has quickly become one of my favourite beauty products at the moment. This product is amazing! It coats all my lashes and the colour is super black! It makes them look fuller and fluffier but still gives them length which I like. It can get a little messy and maybe isn’t ideal for lower lashes but I really don’t care about that as I’ve found it so great at giving me huge lashes! This claims to be water resistant and this is very true not once have I ever had smudging with this mascara but it’s still very easy to remove and doesn’t take all your lashes with it when removing! I can’t believe this is made with natural ingredients as it performs so well, its made with botanical oils that are supposed to strengthen and lengthen your lashes. Iv defiantly noticed my lashes have been stronger since using this. I usually have gaps where lashes have fallen out but haven’t noticed that recently! I will defiantly re purchase! This has a mid-range price tag at £15.95 but I believe its worth it!

Aquaesse Equilibrium water – This is a very smart little product. Its water with vitamin B12 added to it. B12 is something most commonly found in animal products so when going vegetarian or vegan make sure you consider how to incorporate the vitamin into your diet. I usually take B12 tablets or multi vitamins with B12 in it. Another great source is fortified cereals! This product however is a 2 in 1 as it also hydrates you! it tastes just like water and the pink colour is so pretty.  It comes in a lovely glass bottle which I’m going to keep and use as a vase.

 

Vita Coca coconut oil – Finally in the box you get a sample size of coconut oil. I already have the larger jar of this so will bring the coconut oil sample the next time I travel. I don’t have enough good things to say about coconut oil. This is the product I would take with me to desert island I used it for everything! I used it too cook with. And basically, for all beauty needs! If you’re not on the coconut oil band wagon yet where have you been?