Two Cruelty-Free Cleansers Under £10

Thursday, 27 April 2017

I'm a huge fan of double cleansing.

I wear SPF every single day and make-up more often than not, so I like my skin to feel clean  but not stripped  before I go to bed.

And although I'm willing to invest in good skincare when I can, if I can find a high-quality, cruelty-free product at a reasonable price, then I'm sold.

Enter Sukin.

About Sukin

An Australian brand, Sukin was created when its founders spotted a gap in the market for natural, reasonably priced skincare.

Their tagline is 'Skincare that doesn't cost the earth' and it sums up their philosophy perfectly. Everything is carbon neutral, affordable, cruelty-free, vegan, and made from lots of lovely, natural ingredients.

There's also a long list of ingredients Sukin won't use, including parabens, preservatives, sulphates, mineral oils, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, and propylene glycol.

As you can imagine, I was very excited when the brand got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in testing out two of their cleansers. I chose the Cream Cleanser (for make-up removal) and the Oil Balancing Cleanser (as my second cleanse). I've been using them every day since the beginning of March, so I thought it was time to share whether these products are as good in real life as they are in theory.

Sukin cleansers

I'm Bored of the Vegan/Vegetarian Backlash

Monday, 24 April 2017

I had a really clear vision of how I wanted this post to turn out.

And yet, now I've sat down to write it, I'm finding I can't get my words out just right. But I'm gonna try my best.

You see, there's something that's been getting on my nerves for a while, something I noticed even before I went vegetarian, and that's the attitude many meat-eaters seem to have towards vegetarianism and veganism.

There appears to be an assumption if you've taken steps to cut down on your consumption of animal derived products, or cut them out completely in the case of veganism, then you're pushy and even militant about it.

We all know this stereotype. They're the person who just has to drop their dietary habits into every conversation, who lectures everyone, and generally Won't. Shut. Up.

vegetarian cafe

Cruelty-Free First Impressions

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Being away for much of early 2017 meant coming home to lots of exciting post, including two LoveLula beauty boxes.

The LoveLula beauty box is similar to other beauty boxes you might have heard of, in that you get a selection of products to try out every month, but what makes this one so much better in my eyes is that everything you get is guaranteed to be cruelty-free.

You also get to discover products that aren't normally available on the high street, so it can be a good way to start supporting more independent brands and shop more ethically, something I've become more conscious of recently.

March's box arrived just as I was planning to write this, so I decided to do a bumper cruelty-free first impressions and let you know which products I love  and which products I'd leave behind.

LoveLula products

Some Thoughts About Minimalism

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A few weeks ago I spent a rather lovely, lazy Sunday morning watching documentaries in bed. One of them was Cowspiracy, which I'll be writing about next month. And one of them was Minimalism.


Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things follows Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, aka The Minimalists, as they go on a tour to promote their book, Everything That Remains.

(The documentary is available on UK Netflix if you fancy it.)

I was aware of the concept of minimalism before I watched the documentary  I'd read a few blog posts about it, notably on The Private Life of a Girl  but seeing real-life play out on a screen threw it all sharply into focus for me.

In a nutshell, minimalism involves simplifying your life so that everything you own has purpose and value. Life becomes less about owning stuff, or searching for happiness by buying more things (something I think we all do  who hasn't had a therapeutic shopping trip?), and more about practicality and experiences. Quality over quantity.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim K-W
Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks may be expensive, but I use them all the time and they're excellent quality, so I don't mind so much.

Mum's First Lush Face Mask

Monday, 17 April 2017

I found five empty Lush pots underneath the bed last month, and we all know what that means.

(A free face mask, just in case Lush isn't really your thing.)

When it comes to Lush's Fresh Face Masks, I have two firm favourites, Catastrophe Cosmetic and Rosy Cheeks, but I have other products I'm using at the moment. So I decided to treat my mum, who rarely has the time or the patience to use extra skincare treatments but enjoys them nonetheless. We headed down to our local Lush and the assistant  who was lovely  asked for her preferences before trying out all the samples.

Now, my mum hates almonds and bananas, so which mask did she choose?

Oatifix. In which two of the main ingredients are almonds and bananas.

Lush Oatifix

15 Scary Things That Make Me Feel Like An Actual Adult

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

23 is a funny age.

I've emerged from the student bubble relatively unscathed, but I'm not quite used to life post-uni yet. (Not having a set routine or a set place to live probably have something to do with that.)

I'm no longer in mourning for my university days, although I do miss my third-year housemates a lot, but the idea of being an adult  a functioning one  has me in two minds.

On the one hand, I can't deny that growing up, having some stability, and being taken more seriously aren't appealing.

On the other hand, I still feel like teenage Beth a lot of the time  really bloody scared of life and all it entails, and utterly bewildered by how quickly the years seem to be passing.

So in order to make myself feel better about all of this, I started writing. And what I ended up with was a list of silly but also kind-of-scary things that make me feel like I might just be a grown-up.

(And I also reminded myself of something my mum says frequently, which is that no one ever fully feels like a grown-up because everyone is winging it. Puts it all into perspective.)

In case you're wondering why this beautiful stretch of coastline is relevant, this is Porthcawl in south Wales and it's one of my favourite places in the entire world. You know when people say you should 'go to your happy place'? Porthcawl is one of mine. It's where I dream of being when adult stresses get too much.

Designed By Hello Manhattan