Christmas Scents

Hot chocolate, made with oat milk (the best vegan milk to make it with!) Christmas pyjamas, cosy socks, a thousand layers of hats and scarfs, twinkling lights, cold noses and mulled wine. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas is one of my favourite time of the year for nice smells.  Candy canes, pine needles and frankincense are among my favourite scents for the season.  I always love to get new perfumes and body wash to match when the season changes. Listed below is what I am loving to wear at the moment and what is getting me in the festive spirit.

Lush Naked Santa’s Christmas body wash– I went into lush a few weeks ago as I’d seen their new packagless products. A genius idea as it means zero waste. Guilt free shopping! I must admit I spent a bit more than I should of, the staff are just so nice in lush. I picked up Santa’s Christmas body wash and I love it. It has a nice cola bottle scent. Not having the usual plastic around the product is quite different to what I’m used to. I was worried that this would feel like soap but as soon as you run into under the water and lather it into a loofah it feels the exact same as normal body wash. I also thought this might run out quickly, but I really can’t see much of a dent in it and I’v been using it every day over December! The only thing that can be annoying is storing it. I place mines on a little dish in my bathroom cupboard, but it can leave a little puddle of product on the dish and can stay quite slimy (don’t know how else to describe it but slimy sounds gross but it’s not) which can be annoying cause I feel like it might waste product but as I said before I’v barley noticed a change in the product since using it. All in all, this really isn’t much different to plastic covered body wash but with no packaging. Win win. I would highly recommend

Lush Naked Body conditioner Bucks fizz– When I was in the store I tired this on my arm without adding water and was disappointed it felt alright but didn’t get much of a smell of it. I knew you had to use it wet but I still left wishing I had bought the normal body moisturizer as I felt that had a stronger smell but I was on a mission to not buy things with packaging. However when I got home and tried this properly in the shower I was beyond pleased. I cant believe how strong and orangy this smells its amazing. Also makes your skin feel super soft as well. I am so happy with the product also cant wait to have an actual bucks fizz on Christmas morning! The only thing I’m finding with this product is that I am worried it wont last that long as I have noticed it getting smaller. Its very moisturising so you only need a little bit so I’m going to try use this a little more sparingly.

Eden Perfumes No.483– I’m still on the Eden perfume hype. They just have so much choice at great quality and price. For Christmas I got their version of Jo Malone pomegranate Noir. Whenever I’v been in Jo Malone I’v smelled this and thought it was Christmassy. The Eden version doesn’t disappoint. Its warm and spicy but slightly fruity. I really love strong heavy smells like this so I am obsessed with it and have had a fair amount of compliments on it! Iv built up a wee collection now of Eden perfumes and you can actually send empty bottles to get re fills which I’m going to do next time so zero waste again!

Harpers Candles let it snow – finally what smells more Christmassy than a Christmas candle ? This is a gorgeous mix of peppermint, vanilla and frankincense think of a slightly spicy candy cane. I’m super impressed with how strong this smells. Its beautiful and I burn it every time I watch a Christmas movie and I just feel like a little cosy, festive elf.

 

Hope everyone is having a lovely decemeber

Ashley xx

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The Vegan Kind November Beauty Box Review

Okay so I’ve still not got the lifestyle box think it’s going to be my new year’s resolution to get it. I am still loving the beauty boxes. I love how many different products and brands you get in the box and I’m still surprised by how many new brands I discover through the box.

Dr Organic tropical invigorating cream – I have never heard of this brand before being honest this is the product I’ve used the least just because I have a few moisturisers that need using up. This feels very lightweight, so I have been using it in the morning. It sinks into the skin quickly and has a lovely smell. The thing I like most about this product is the packaging. You squeeze the product out rather than putting your fingers into a pot which makes it very hygienic!

 

Noughty To the Rescue Hair mask – The size of this product is amazing I will definitely get a lot of use out of this. I love a good hair mask nothing feels better than having soft hair.  This is an intense hydrating mask for dry/frizzy hair. I only use a very small amount of this and leave it in for a maximum ten minutes as it is so hydrating if it was left on any longer on my type of hair I think it would weigh it down. If you have dry hair you need this mask.

 

Fruu Colour Balm – This a very cute little lip balm. Nice and handy for travelling and when you’re out and about. The best thing about this is the smell. It’s like watermelon and makes me want to eat it off my lips!  For a tinted balm the colour is quite strong which I like. I have been wearing this a lot on no makeup/ minimal makeup days to add a bit of colour to my complexion. If you’re looking for a lip balm that is super hydrating and repairing this is probably not going to be your product. It smooths onto the lips lovely and feels great all day, but my lips are quite dry and cracked from the weather and I didn’t find this helped repair my lips.

 

Bella Peirre illuminator Excite- I was so excited when I saw this product in the box. Bella Peirre is a brand I’ve been looking at for a while but have never purchased anything before. I am a little unsure of what this product actually is. Its either an eye shadow or a highlighter but I’ve been using it as both. This a little more on the silver side than I’m used to as I always wear more gold tones, but I have really enjoyed this product. This highlighter/eyeshadow whatever it is, is blinding. It’s so glittery and metallic it’s pretty much glow in the dark. This product will last you a long time as a little goes such a long way. I can’t wait to wear this more in the run up to Christmas as its very party appropriate.

 

Maggie Anne nail polish Suzie – In my first TVK beauty box I received the Maggie Anne nail polish remover which I absolutely love and still use at the moment. I have bought two nail polishes from them since and a top coat. I’m never disappointed with the products and really love the brand. When I saw the nail polish colour in the box this month I was a little disappointed. It was red, yay I love red but it had a metallic shimmer to it which I really don’t like. I usually always wear plain colours. I decided to give it a go and try the colour and actually really like it. It’s a very festive Christmassy colour and I  got a few compliments on this! I Can’t wait to wear this colour and the Bella Peire illuminator at Christmas time think they will be the perfect combination.

 

Ashley xx

One year vegan.

It’s a cold autumn night and we are bundled up on the sofa. Pop corns flowing, and we decide to put on a new film called cloud atlas. “It was filmed in Glasgow” “Tom Hanks is in it, so it must be good” people said. The film was good but had really disturbed me. Half way through there were scenes back to back of cannibals and human body’s in a slaughter house setting. Not too long before this there was the horse meat scandal in the UK, where horse meat had been found in burgers branded as beef. Lots of people said they didn’t care but for me I loved horses and wouldn’t want to eat them. The scenes in the film and the scandal made me question if I wouldn’t want to be in a slaughterhouse why would I put an animal through that and if I didn’t want to eat one type of animal then why would I eat another. Soon after this I couldn’t eat meat without thinking of these questions and quickly became vegetarian.

I had always been a fussy eater for most of my childhood I survived on mash potatoes and gravy or Heinz spaghetti hoops, but I found that going vegetarian forced me out of my comfort zone and to eat things I would usually say no to like broccoli which Is now my favourite vegetable! Going Vegetarian was the best decision I had ever made until going vegan…

“I will never go vegan but” is what I used to always say until I watched a documentary called cowspiracy which highlighted so many important issues with consuming meat and dairy. The documentary discussed how keeping live stock for meat was one of the biggest causes of global warming but one of the least talked about issues. It also showed a lot about the cruelty animals suffer just so we can consume them even though we absolutely do not need to. The documentary completely changed my views on going vegan. However, unlike going vegetarian which happened quickly it took me 10 months after watching the documentary to cut out dairy and eggs. Thinking about going vegan made me think I would miss out on so much of my favourite things. Sweet things, pizza, my chips, cheese and mayo from the chippy after a night out. I just thought it would be too hard. I had cut out milk and grown to like alternative nut milks, but could I really cut out all dairy?

One day in work there was a box of quality st and for the first time in my life I declined having a sweetie. The next day the box was still there but I didn’t have one. In college I then won a terrys chocolate orange but gave it to someone else. I realised that I had ate completely vegan for three days now so I may as well do it for the week. I did it for a week so I though I may as well try it for a month. I am now one whole year vegan! All the things I thought I would miss have been completely replaced with vegan alternatives. I still have chocolate it’s just now usually dark instead of milk. My favourite pizza is a vegan cheese one form zizzis. I treat myself to Sainsburys vegan mac and cheese now and I can’t even remember what proper cheese tastes like. A whole new world of vegan food has opened up to me and I now appreciate treats so much more now as there aren’t as easy to find.

People always ask what it’s like eating out and to their surprise I always say it’s not that hard. Because it’s not. I am very fortunate living in Glasgow where there is numerous fully vegan restaurants along with countless restaurants with full vegan menus along side their meat and dairy menus. But even when I am in a situation where I can’t control the food given to me I just make sure I’m prepared. You will always find a vegan snack in my bag and for college and work I just take in my lunch rather than buy at canteens which can be limited in vegan items. Taking in my lunch has saved a lot of money and I can also decide what I have. Lots of my peers have the same tuna pasta but I’ve constantly got curries or wraps or risotto etc.

The growing vegan community has amazed me and I love how passionate and excited everyone is about their lifestyle choice. I could write endless reasons why you should go vegan but educating yourself is the number one thing. I spent months reading and watching documentaries and YouTube videos to make sure my choice was the right one and to ensure I could do it properly. It has been a massive journey from changing my outlook on life and diet but also to what materials I buy. I have become so interested in vegan cosmetics and trying to avoid animal products in clothes as well. A lot of people find the idea of researching and preparing your food and knowing what items to buy hard and stressful. For me I have thrown myself into doing so and take so much enjoyment when I do find the perfect burger or perfect chocolate bar or finding new brands with all vegan leather handbags and shoes. For me being vegan has only brought positives into my life.

 

Do do I ever see myself not being vegan ? Absolutely not.

I hope if your thinking of going/are vegan you find as much as much enjoyment and passion out of it as I have.

 

Ashley xx

What I bought at Charlotte Tilbury

What’s your favourite make up brand? If I had to answer that question it would probably be Charlotte Tilbury. The brand is the full package for me. Great products, fabulous packaging and clear passion for the brand from the owner herself. The brand isn’t owned by a parent company meaning its totally cruelty free and there is a long list on logical harmony of vegan products. Win win. I can’t remember how I first discovered the brand but I do remember sitting one night watching all ten youtube videos of her doing the full looks of dolce vita, golden goddess etc. I then spent days scrolling through the website reading about who the different looks were inspired by, where the dolce vita would go on holiday or what the rebel would wear. I was so hooked and totally bought into these personality’s she had created for her brand.When I heard the news a counter was being put in house of Frasers in Glasgow I was so excited. Going into the counter it feels like the set of an old Hollywood movie.

 

When I was in London I knew I had to go to the boutique in Covent gardens. The first item I picked up was the new instant eye shadow pallet. Rewind a few years ago to myself at the age of 16-18 and I couldn’t leave the house without eye shadow, black eye shadow at that. 19 to 20 it might now have been as dark and heavy but I still always had eye shadow on. Whenever doing my makeup I have always put so much focus on my eyes. Iv had every naked pallet and used to really enjoy lifting my eye and making them more almond shape and sultry with eye shadow. However as I’v got older I’v not felt the need for anything on my eyes and begun wearing less and less. Doing some research into eye shadow I found that so many pallets aren’t vegan as they have carmine in them (crushed beetle most commonly found in red shades). My interest in shadows had pretty much dwindled until I seen some press on this new pallet. The shades looked so pretty and I love how if you cant think of anything to do that day the shades are pretty much paint by numbers. But of course it probably wasn’t going to be vegan. One night I decided to humor myself and put the ingredients in vegan double checker and was surprised to to not see any red flags only things that could potentially not be vegan. I decided to email them and got a quick reply from customer service confirming the pallet is vegan. Yaaaaayyyy. I snatched it up in the boutique absolutely no regrets despite the price!

The other two products I picked up wear cream eye shadows. I rarely use eye shadow primer and instead opt for a cream shadow as I feel it gives a lovely sheen under the shadows and if the shadow fades you know the cream will be there. I used to use a teeny pot of bikini tini from benefit and a maybeline bronzey colour tattoo pot. I have been eyeing up eyes to mesmerize for a while and decided it was time to treat yo self. I got a nice light sparkly shade perfect for every day to brighten the eyes and a bronzey shade for the perfect everyday smokey eye.

Check out my Instagram to see selfies of how im wearing the pallet and eye creams!

Ashley xx

Autumn scents

It’s October and I’m literally walking around smelling like a big chai latte and I love it. I’m cold and don’t like the days getting darker but the smells, the cosy clothes and the dark makeup I’m here for. I like warm, heavy smells and I think autumn is the perfect time for those types of scents. Below are a few of  my favourite  products I’ve been using in the colder months.

Bloomtown the cafe body wash – Bloomtown Is a skincare company that I found online. They are cruelty free and palm oil free. On their website they explain about why they are palm oil free and the effort they put into their products which is always nice to see a brand really caring about how they make their products. The body wash comes in the loveliest glass bottle which when I’m done with I want to try re use. The smell is a mix of coffee, hazelnut and vanilla which all give the “cafe” vibes. It’s such a cosy smell and lingers on the skin nicely. I was worried that this would dry my skin as I’m not a big fan of the way soap feels on the skin but this didn’t have that sticky feeling!

Korres vanilla cinnamon body moisturiser- Korres is a brand I’ve heard my favourite YouTuber Rhiannon HY (wife life) talking about and was pleasantly surprised to see them in the UK in Marks and Spencer’s/Debenhams. I picked up the vanilla cinnamon scent body wash as I thought It would pair nicely with the bloomtown body wash and I was right. They go so well together. Cosy chai latte loveliness. This leaves the skin really soft which is perfect when my skin gets drier in the colder months.

Eden no.464 perfume- If you haven’t heard of Eden perfumes before stop right there go back through my blogs/instagram posts/the whole vegan beauty community  and see what the hype is about. Their perfumes are amazing and so affordable. I’ve literally just got this one and I’m already thinking of the next one I’m going to buy.  I wanted something quite strong for the autumn. No.464 is a unisex fragrance but more on the feminine side. It has a strong smell of roses to it mixed with patchouli and vanilla. Overall it smells very expensive and I love it, I feel  very sophisticated and glam when I wear it. I was wearing a lighter citrus smell in the summer so I’m happy to be back to wearing a stronger more lux fragrance for the autumn.

Hope everyone is enjoying the colder months.

Ashley xx

 

Go to Autumn Make-up

Its darker in the mornings and I’m rummaging around my wardrobe for scarfs. I really fancy anything pumpkin flavoured and burgundy is my new favourite colour. It’s officially Autumn. Although I hate the temperature drop, I love Autumn trends and make-up. I am done with no make-up, make-up looks, gold eyeshadow and glossy lips and I am ready for full coverage foundations a bold statement lip and lashes.

Hourglass Vanish stick foundation is my go to foundation for more coverage. It leaves the skin completely flawless but doesn’t look or feel heavy and has a nice natural skin like finish. Not too matte, not too dewy. I’ve never been a fan of a matte complexion but in the colder months I do like something a bit fuller and more velvet like than the dewy tinted moisturisers I tend to wear in summer.  The best way to apply this foundation is on hydrated skin with a buffing brush, to get the product to blend easily I find warming it up first on the back of my hand the best trick!

To finish of an Autumnal complexion, you can’t go wrong with a stronger blush. I will never go out without bronzer but keeping the bronzer subtle and adding more of a pop to the cheeks, I think looks really flattering when its cold outside and gives your skin a fresh look like you’ve been out in the chilly air. Elf blusher pallets have really great plum berry tones in them which will tie in nicely with a berry lip.

All year round I wear Charlotte Tilbury’s dolce vita pallet. It’s fabulous in summer with the warm bronzy shades but I also think the warm tones work nicely with the colours I use in my make-up for Autumn. To take this pallete from summer to autumn I use the rich rusty enhance shade all over my lid and darken it with the smoke shade. To complete an autumn eye look I love to load up the mascara and usually apply false lashes. I’ve been loving Lily lolo mascara recently its formula is nice and dry making it easy to build and doesn’t weigh your eyelashes down.

Finally a go to Autumn makeup look is not complete without a statement lip. I love the confidence a bold lip gives me. My makeup can be so plain but when I have a strong lipstick on I feel more sassy and fabulous. I have had the 100% pure semi matte lipstick in blood orange for a while now, Its quite a bright colour but definitely deeper than your classic reds. The lipstick isn’t drying and is not too matte (doesn’t settle into the creases of your lips) but stays on really well. I really want to purchase more shades from this collection. Iv been thinking about getting the shade sandstone.

I hope everyone is enjoying pulling out their cosy jumpers and berry lipsticks as much as I am.

Ashley xx

Vegan Kind Beauty Box Review

 

So this is my second beauty box from the vegan kind and I am so happy I decided to get the beauty box subscription. Whenever I see the lifestyle box being posted it looks amazing and I am always jealous so I’m seriously considering getting both! If you don’t know what the vegan kind is or anything about the subscription boxes I have explained them more in my last review a few months ago!

 

Chirp body hair mask – This was the first product I used in the box, it’s a lovely hydrating mask made up of natural oils. You apply to dry hair relax for half an hour and then wash out as normal. Make sure when you are applying this you’re in the bathroom or have a towel nearby. I stupidly started applying this in my room and didn’t realise how runny it would be and got it everywhere. When I washed this out I felt my hair could have went without conditioner as it was feeling really soft already, I applied a little conditioner anyway just as I have so much hair it helps if its soft when I brush it through.  Once my hair was dry it was hydrated and shiny and was so easy to style afterward. I usually use coconut oil as a hair mask but I feel like this was a lot easier to wash out and lighter in my hair!

 

Figs and Rouge face and body cream – This has been one of my go to products lately as it works for both the face and body its really handy to have in your soap bag. This cut down space in my holiday bag as I didn’t need to take two separate moisturisers for face and body. It has a nice subtle smell to it but nothing too strong which is nice when putting it on the face. This also has hyaluronic acid in it which I believe keeps the skin plump and hydrated, this would be great for people with dry skin.

 

Zerreau towel of body wash – I wasn’t a massive fan of their towel off shampoo which I got in the last box but I gave it to my mum and she really liked it! This body wash was great when I was on holiday and got hot in the heat and just wanted to quickly freshen up before dinner. Just apply to areas where you want a little freshness and towel off. I think this would be fab if you went to the gym and also would be ideal for festivals!

 

Faith in nature Shampoo – This shampoo smells lovely and coconutty one of my favourite scents. I found this really moisturising in my hair, would be amazing to try if you had dry hair. Faith in nature products are pretty easy to get in the UK as I’m sure they are sold in Holland and Barret.

 

Tisserand Happy roller ball– I have used Tisserand deodorant before, it had a lovely rose smell to it. I was excited to see one of their products in the beauty box. I have never used a roller ball before but have seen lots of good things about them, this had an amazing citrussy smell and complemented the eden perfume no.17 I have been wearing. I do think the scent brightened my mood and made me happy whenever I applied!

 

Eden Daisy 309 perfume – Eden is a cruelty free vegan perfume brand based in Brighton. I first saw their products at vegan festival at the end of last year and ever since discovering them I have been beyond obsessed. If you’re going to take the step to only buy cruelty free products start with Eden perfumes they have lots of scents similar to big brand perfumes but for half the price.  The sample size in the box is like Marc Jacobs Daisy, its a very light floral woody smell. I don’t think anyone wouldn’t like the smell as it’s not too over powering. I was so happy to get this in my box and definitely recommend checking the brand out!

Ashley xx

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

Sun Protection |Cruelty-free|Mineral

I have naturally dark hair and sallow skin you would think I would tan just by looking at the sun but that’s not quite the case. I’ve never really had a natural tan, I’ve caught the sun a little on my shoulders, hips and tops of my feet before but that’s honestly been the extent of my natural tan. This year I wanted to change that, this year I was going to get a full deep body tan. I was determined. I was going on holiday in May and I had visions of my fake tan free, golden skin in the sun. Before my holiday I started using sun beds, it did give me a little colour before going on holiday but I defiantly think it over exposed my skin to uv rays. On the first day of my holiday my determination to carry on getting that glow was strong.  I lay out with no sun protection in the mid-day heat for hours. I came home with a red face and thought nothing of it. Until over the course of my holiday my face, particularly my forehead began to swell, on the last day it was so bad one of my eyes had swelled shut.  This was my first experience of proper sun burn and has defiantly made me wise up on the damaging effects of the sun and UV rays.

 

In a little over a weeks’ time I’m jetting off again to sunnier, hotter weather and I have become very conscious of protecting my skin. The first step I am taking in my sun protection mission is simple, I have bought a hat. My hair as I said before is naturally really dark and acts as its own sun trap. On holiday, my head is always roasting so I don’t know why I’ve never thought about getting a hat before. I got a nice simple straw fedora style hat, the material will be nice and light and the brim of the hat will hopefully keep my face sheltered from the sun.

 

The second step I’ve taken to keep my skin protected is sun screen. I’ve always had mixed feelings about sun screen. Years ago, somebody said to me that sunscreen is bad for you and that has always stuck in my head so I decided to have a look into sunscreen.  There are two different types of sunscreen Chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen. Let’s first talk about the chemical option. Chemical sunscreen works by the chemicals being absorbed into your skin. They include a lot of chemical ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone and octocrylene. For me I feel a bit odd about that all being absorbed into my skin and have read a few articles about the dangers of these chemicals in the skin being linked to risks of cancers etc.

 

The second option is mineral sunscreen, this works by acting as a mirror and reflects the sun rays of your skin. The main ingredients in this are usually Zinc oxcide and titanium dioxide. Generally, because these ingredients are more natural they are going to be gentler on the skin better for sensitive skin etc and the way they work appeals to me more by acting as a reflection rather than being absorbed by the skin.

After the research, I’ve done and the number of different articles I’ve read I decided to go for a mineral sunscreen. Of course, it had to be cruelty free so instead of searching through the high st I decided to go online to buy. I have been scrolling through naturisimo for around a year now it has lots of brands from all things beauty to clothes and nutrion. All cruelty free and many natural and vegan options too. I came across Jason mineral sunscreen spf 30. I bought Jason sunscreen last year the chemical option as I wasn’t aware of the differences. This has no smell and doesn’t have a sticky feel to it! Hopefully I can get some sort of colour on holiday but still stay protected! defiantly won’t be lying out for hours again. Lesson has been learned!

Why I use Synthetic Brushes

The tools you apply your make up with are equally as important as the quality of product you use. We all have that favourite brush that never fails to blend or create the perfect flick for your eyeliner. Makeup brushes typically come in two different types of bristles, natural bristle haired brushes and synthetic brushes. So what is the difference between natural bristle brushes to synthetic bristle brushes?

Natural bristles are made with animal hair typically from squirrels, minks and horses. Natural haired brushes have their pros, there usually very soft and great for application of powders and blending. There are quite a few cruelty free company’s such as bare minerals and too faced that have natural bristle brushes in their collection. So, is using animal brushes from cruelty free company’s okay?  Over the past few years mink lashes have risen in popularity and many brands have claimed no minks are hurt in the process. Minks are naturally not tame animals and the same can be said for squirrels. The amount of demand for these mink lashes and animal brushes is massive therefor trying to get the fur of millions of naturally un tame animals is not going to be an easy job and we can probably rule out that no cruelty is involved.  So even if the brand themselves don’t test and do try to get the fur from a good source it’s a massive probability that cruelty to the mink/squirrel was involved. No matter how soft a brush is I don’t think the risk of harming animals is worth it. I view animal hair in brushes the exact same way I view using it for clothes. Its just unnecessary. There are other cons for natural bristle brushes, they are usually more expensive and if they are cheaper their probably not going to be the best quality. Over time natural bristles can lose their shape from washing etc which is not great if its for a specific use like contouring etc.

 

Synthetic brushes are made from man made materials. There are many pros of using synthetic brushes. Makeup is everywhere right now and everyone is a makeup artist, youtube and Instagram have opened the door to millions of brands, products and tips and tricks for applying everything, meaning lots of brands have had to up their game to deal with all the competition.  This has resulted in lots of great brands coming out with quality synthetic brushes, spectrum, real techniques and Zoeva to name a few. All my synthetic brushes work just as well any natural bristle brushes I have owned. All the brushes I have owned from these brands are super soft and great with powders and liquids. Real technique brushes are all synthetic and the easiest to access in the UK being sold in pretty much all boots and superdrugs. Synthetic brushes are usually more affordable as well being a student this is a massive plus for me! I also find that when I wash my synthetic brushes they stay in great shape. I am always going to buy synthetic brushes now over natural bristles as the quality of them now is so great and the price is usually better.

 

My Sythenic makeup brush recommendations –

For professionals – Zoeva are fantastic quality and were recommended to my fashion makeup class at the start of the year as the brushes to buy for the quality and price. Zoeva is what I use in my kit and you can get great core collections at a reasonable price. They also come in nice plain colours which I like to use in my kit as I think it looks more professional.

 

For personal use – Specturm brushes are fantastic quality you can get great core collections as well for a great price but they also come in crazy and beautiful colours. I have the original mermaid brushes and they look gorgeous on the top of my drawers!

 

For beginners – Nanshy brushes have an amazing set for around £50 it comes with pretty much most brushes you will need and I find them really easy to use there maybe not as soft as zoeva and spectrum but the shape of all their brushes are great making them easy to apply product with.