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My favourite make-up look is golden-bronze eyes.

My mum is my inspiration for this, as she's made it part of her everyday make-up for as long as I can remember. We both have similar colouring  blue eyes and pale skin with freckles (although unlike me she gets a tan in summer).

She always tells me that gold and bronze tones warm up the complexion and make blue eyes pop. This was the first piece of beauty advice she ever gave me and it's stuck, although we have different ways of creating our respective looks.

The Dolce Vita swatches

I wanted to invest in a palette where every shade would be worn and appreciated  enter Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita.

At £39, it's not cheap, and it's not within my student budget; it was swiftly added to the top of my Christmas list, and luckily for me, Santa delivered. I was delighted, but it also took me a while to start using it because I didn't want to spoil something so perfect!

The Dolce Vita has four shades:
  • Prime: pale champagne pink
  • Enhance: copper
  • Smoke: shimmery golden brown
  • Pop: glittery gold

The Dolce Vita swatches (with flash)

The shades can be used in different combinations depending on what you're doing and where you're going, with a video tutorial on Tilbury's YouTube channel teaching you how to take the look from day to night. In a nutshell: smoke it up and add all the glitter.

I've got a photo of my own attempt below, but it's well worth checking out Charlotte's channel, both for this and for other make-up looks (the feline flick is a favourite of mine!)

The Dolce Vita (on eye)

Texture-wise, the eyeshadows have the most beautiful consistency. They're almost like cream eyeshadows, but because they're made of powder they blend together flawlessly.

All four shades are very pigmented, although I find the pop shade (that amazing gold) needs a couple of layers applied with a finger to be really noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows all work best with brushes.

Lastly, can I just say how good it is to own a palette which doesn't come with those awful sponge brushes that never get used? The Dolce Vita is a true holy grail product.

The Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita is available from the Charlotte Tilbury website, and costs £39. There are also seven other combinations to choose from.

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita

My favourite make-up look is golden-bronze eyes.

My mum is my inspiration for this, as she's made it part of her everyday make-up for as long as I can remember. We both have similar colouring  blue eyes and pale skin with freckles (although unlike me she gets a tan in summer).

She always tells me that gold and bronze tones warm up the complexion and make blue eyes pop. This was the first piece of beauty advice she ever gave me and it's stuck, although we have different ways of creating our respective looks.

The Dolce Vita swatches

I wanted to invest in a palette where every shade would be worn and appreciated  enter Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita.

At £39, it's not cheap, and it's not within my student budget; it was swiftly added to the top of my Christmas list, and luckily for me, Santa delivered. I was delighted, but it also took me a while to start using it because I didn't want to spoil something so perfect!

The Dolce Vita has four shades:
  • Prime: pale champagne pink
  • Enhance: copper
  • Smoke: shimmery golden brown
  • Pop: glittery gold

The Dolce Vita swatches (with flash)

The shades can be used in different combinations depending on what you're doing and where you're going, with a video tutorial on Tilbury's YouTube channel teaching you how to take the look from day to night. In a nutshell: smoke it up and add all the glitter.

I've got a photo of my own attempt below, but it's well worth checking out Charlotte's channel, both for this and for other make-up looks (the feline flick is a favourite of mine!)

The Dolce Vita (on eye)

Texture-wise, the eyeshadows have the most beautiful consistency. They're almost like cream eyeshadows, but because they're made of powder they blend together flawlessly.

All four shades are very pigmented, although I find the pop shade (that amazing gold) needs a couple of layers applied with a finger to be really noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows all work best with brushes.

Lastly, can I just say how good it is to own a palette which doesn't come with those awful sponge brushes that never get used? The Dolce Vita is a true holy grail product.

The Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita is available from the Charlotte Tilbury website, and costs £39. There are also seven other combinations to choose from.
Toasty is going cruelty-free.

I was using some vegan shampoo the other day and started to wonder if I should look for similar products. Then I saw Hayley's blog post about how she plans to go cruelty-free  by that she means she won't be buying using any products which are tested on animals.

She posted a link to a list of companies who still conduct animal testing and I was gobsmacked at how many there were. I'd been blissfully unaware and assumed animal testing was a thing of the past.

I made a list of all the brands whose products 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 the companies who are cruelty-free make that very clear, while the companies who aren't are much more evasive about their policies.

There are a few exceptions to this trend. Estee Lauder and Clinique both say they're trying to eliminate animal testing, but they continue to sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law. Sounds to me like the law needs to be changed!

Cruelty-free beauty products from LoveLula

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 non-cf, 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.


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

A Cruelty-Free Blog

Toasty is going cruelty-free.

I was using some vegan shampoo the other day and started to wonder if I should look for similar products. Then I saw Hayley's blog post about how she plans to go cruelty-free  by that she means she won't be buying using any products which are tested on animals.

She posted a link to a list of companies who still conduct animal testing and I was gobsmacked at how many there were. I'd been blissfully unaware and assumed animal testing was a thing of the past.

I made a list of all the brands whose products 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 the companies who are cruelty-free make that very clear, while the companies who aren't are much more evasive about their policies.

There are a few exceptions to this trend. Estee Lauder and Clinique both say they're trying to eliminate animal testing, but they continue to sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law. Sounds to me like the law needs to be changed!

Cruelty-free beauty products from LoveLula

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 non-cf, 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.


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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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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