Models Own Mini Haul

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Models Own often have offers on their website, so when I fancied buying some new shades of nail polish last month there was only one place to go. I got 5 polishes for £20 (they're usually £5 each) but their current offer is an even better 6-for-£20 across everything, including make up, so it's well worth having a look.

Models Own Nail Polishes

So, what did I buy?

Matt Top Coat: An easy way to update your nails — one coat turns the finish of your polish matte. Much cheaper than buying separate matte shades, and you can use a nail art brush to create different designs — shiny polish with matte tips is a favourite of mine.

Purple Grey: Pretty much what it says on the tin!

Vintage Pink: A pretty, muted pink shade.

In The Navy: A lovely, dark navy blue that's the perfect alternative to black.

Utopia: Pastel pink/lilac. I am absolutely obsessed with this shade, and have been wearing it non-stop.

What nail polishes are you wearing at the moment?

Magazine Freebies (April 2014)

Friday, 7 March 2014

ModelCo Eyeliner Pencil in Black 01, free with the April Issue of Glamour

Glamour April 2014

There were five freebies to choose from: Fibre Lashxtend Mascara; Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner; Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Berry Pink or Striptease and the eyeliner.

Last time Glamour gave away ModelCo products I chose the mascara and didn't get along with it at all (it dried up within weeks) so my hopes weren't exactly high.

However, the eyeliner is lovely. It's an incredibly pigmented black shade and can be used to draw a defined line or smudged to create a smoky look. The sharpener in the lid is very handy too.

Neal's Yard Lip Gloss, free with the April issue of Marie Claire

Marie Claire April 2014

I am not a lip gloss person in the slightest. But I've never tried anything by Neal's Yard before, so curiosity got the better of me (plus I wanted something to read).

I actually really like this lip gloss  it's very moisturising and leaves a sheer hint of colour on lips. Oh, and it smells of oranges so that made me happy because I love citrus scents.

Time will tell whether this is something I reach for on a regular basis but it's looking hopeful.

Have you picked up any magazine freebies this month?  

Cruelty-Free Blog

Saturday, 1 March 2014

I'd been using the Naked haircare products I reviewed the other day and wondering whether using more natural products was the way to go. Then I saw Hayley's blog post about how she's going to go cruelty free  by that she means not using any products that are tested on animals or featuring any of those products on her blog.

She posted a link to the 'naughty list'  a list of companies that do test on animals  and I was absolutely gobsmacked at how many there were. I'd been blissfully unaware and assumed, somewhat naively, that most companies didn't really do that anymore.

I made a list of all the brands I own and then did some snooping online, checking out the PETA website and also the websites of the companies themselves. One thing I noticed is that the companies who don't test on animals make that very clear, while the companies that do are much more evasive about their policies, which are a lot more difficult to find on their websites.

There are a few exceptions to this trend  Estee Lauder and Clinique both admit that they're trying to eliminate animal testing but have to carry it out when required to by law. Sounds to me like the law needs to be changed!

All this got me thinking. There may be companies that test on animals, but there are plenty that don't, so why not try and go cruelty-free myself? It won't be easy, as some of my favourite brands are on the naughty list, but at the end of the day it's make-up. I love it but it's not worth harming animals for, especially when it's not necessary.

The thought of trying to use up so much make-up was daunting, but I decided to pull myself together. After all, it'll be fun creating searching for new products once my old ones have run out, and I'll probably end up trying brands I might not have looked at before.

From now on (1st March 2014), to the best of my knowledge, none of the products I feature on Toasty will have been tested on animals.

I found lots of sites that listed companies that do and don't test on animals but they were often contradictory so I think it's worth looking at the companies' websites or even emailing them directly, which is a practice I came across during my Google searches.

To end on a good note, because I don't know about you but I find this quite disheartening, I've made a list of companies that I love who don't test on animals, which you can check out on my Going Cruelty-Free page. I hope you find it useful!

Would you ever consider going cruelty free? If you already have then how easy/difficult has it been? I'd love to know! 
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