What's Made Me Happy This Month? | September 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Kent Wheel

September has very much been a month of two halves. During the first half, I spent most of the time sorting out the last of my uni stuff and spending as much time with friends and family as possible, and then the latter half has been spent settling into my new house and catching up with everyone from uni, as well as meeting my new housemates. I've also been enjoying bringing out all my autumn sweaters  and window shopping for more... 

Shopping My Stash | A Mousse, An Eyeshadow Palette, and a Lifesaving Cleanser

Monday, 28 September 2015

Before we get into the bulk of today's post, I have a confession to make. I had originally planned a post about Superdrug's cruelty-free false eyelashes, but after buying two packs and failing to apply the lashes successfully, I had to admit defeat. That's right: I've lost my ability to apply false eyelashes.

Anyway. In all the fuss of packing and re-packing and travelling back to uni, I forgot to bring my ultimate holy grail product back to university with me. I'm talking, of course, about the Ultrabland cleanser by LUSH, and when I realised I'd left it behind I nearly wept.

List | 10 Things You'll Find On My Bookshelf

Friday, 25 September 2015

Yes, I keep my make-up on my bookshelf. There wasn't really anywhere else for it to go (my room's smaller than it was last year) but I don't mind, because at least this way it's all in easy reach. Naturally, I also keep some of my books here  a large portion of them are back home  and my aim is to gradually add more to the shelf; it's one of my ambitions in life to have a killer book collection, and it makes me sad to think that I'll never get to read everything. Just me? Anyway, here's some of the stuff you can find on the shelf.

Hair | A New Routine, featuring Neal's Yard Remedies, Yes To Coconut, and OGX

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Neal's Yard Remedies Nourishing Lavender Shampoo; Yes To Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner; Neal's Yard Remedies Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment; OGX Coconut Water Weightless Oil Mist

My hair frustrates me no end. Oily roots, dry ends, and a little halo of frizz mean that it never looks quite the way I want it to. I've also never been particularly skilled at styling it. I thought it was about time I showed my hair a bit more TLC, so I invested in some new products and I'm planning to cut down on heat styling.

Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month | Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics

Monday, 21 September 2015

Lily Lolo Make Up
Clockwise: Natural Lip Gloss in English Rose; Mineral Blush in Beach Babe; Mineral Powder in Translucent Silk; Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Porcelain
Something I've been really keen to do recently is branch out and try some more cruelty-free brands. I like to think that people can come to TOASTY and see that cruelty-free beauty isn't always difficult to find, but I also want to draw attention to brands which aren't as well known as your standard high street staples (or are well known but sometimes overlooked). And so, the idea for Cruelty-Free Brand Of The Month was born, and it's as straightforward as it sounds: each month, I'll be discussing a brand whose ethics I admire and whose products I haven't really tried before.

The 23 Stages of... | Going Back to Uni

Friday, 18 September 2015

So yesterday I made the journey to university, and I'm so happy to be back. The five hours or so that it takes to travel between England and Wales can be a bit of a faff, so I thought I'd liven it up with another The Stages Of... post.

I did a post like this way back in April, and had a lot of fun writing it, but I haven't done one since. It means constantly taking notes, and that can be quite disruptive, not to mention it can stop you fully experiencing whatever's going on around you. However, I think we'd all agree that train journeys are generally pretty unremarkable, unless you're taking the scenic route, so I was able to make my notes without feeling guilty.

First Impressions | The Organic Pharmacy Skincare

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Skincare by The Organic Pharmacy

I don't really test out new skincare very frequently  what I'm using at the moment seems to be working *fingers crossed* so why mess with it? But I made an exception for The Organic Pharmacy (Elle gave away three of their products as a freebie) because I've heard such good things about the brand, including rave reviews of their most well-known product, the Carrot Butter Cleanser. I also love that their products are free from artificial colourants, fragrances, petrochemicals and preservatives, and they're a cruelty-free company too.

List | Love/Hate

Monday, 14 September 2015

So last month Kay tagged me in one of her posts (check out her blog for a really interesting mix of all things lifestyle, including feminism, beauty, and politics). The challenge? To make a list of ten things I love, and ten things I hate. It sounded like the kind of post I could have fun with, so I got thinking. Challenge accepted.

Make-Up | Copper Eyes and Long Lashes

Friday, 11 September 2015

Products for Copper Eyes

As soon as September arrived, it was only a matter of time before I broke out the eyeshadow palettes. I rarely wear much eye make up in summer (too risky with all the hay fever struggles) but as soon as the air gets crisper and the wind gets a little bit colder I know it's safe, and my collection of products comes out of hiding. High on my list of favourite autumn looks is copper eyes, so I thought I'd show you what I use to create them. It does take a little bit of effort (as we all know, eyeshadow looks best when it's been blended) but I promise you it's worth it.

Thoughts and Musings | I'm a Third Year (Why Does Time Go So Fast?)

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

So the other day I re-enrolled on my course, picked all my modules (all three of them), and checked out my potential new timetable. Then it hit me: it was the last time I would ever do any of that. I'm a third year now, and my life, which has mostly been dictated by university over the past two years, is going to change again after I finish in April. In a lot of ways, this is quite difficult to come to terms with, because I feel like I finally found my feet in second year, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to move on yet.

Reviews | Empties, and Products I've Hit Pan On

Monday, 7 September 2015

Believe it or not, I've never actually done an empties-type post before. I tend to make my way through products quite slowly, and although I'm guilty of the odd impulse buy I generally stick to the same kind of thing  there's no way I'd have enough material to put together a monthly empties post.

On this occasion, however, I seemed to run out of a lot of products at the same time (why does this always happen when your student loan is starting to run out?) and I fancied writing about everything before I threw it in the recycling bin. I think it helps to stop and think about whether you'd actually buy a product again, so you may well be seeing more empties posts in future! Let me know what you think. 

Bath and Body | The Leaping Bunny-Approved Bodycare Duo I Can't Live Without

Friday, 4 September 2015

Superdrug Vitamin E Bodycare Duo

Let's be honest: if someone asked us to pick between Boots and Superdrug, we would probably know exactly which one we'd choose. And, until I went cruelty-free I would have said Boots. Hell, I still enjoy wandering the aisles and browsing the many, many types of products they sell (a hobby which is always dangerous for the bank balance). But when it comes to cruelty-free products, Superdrug have the edge, with every single own-brand product bearing the Leaping Bunny logo. This means the products have been approved by Cruelty Free International (previously known as the BUAV). Cruelty Free International only permit brands to put this logo on their products if they don't conduct any animal testing whatsoever, so it's a quick and easy way to find out if something is cruelty-free or not. For more information, you can head over to Cruelty Free International's info pages..

The other good thing about Superdrug's own-brand products is that they're all reasonably priced, and as a result I've been buying all my everyday products there more and more. I do love a little bit of luxury now and again, but I also like to get good value for money, and the duo below provide just that. My winter skincare is already sorted.

Make-Up | 3 Cruelty-Free Nudes For Under £5

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Cruelty-free nude lipsticks for under £5
Barry M Matte Lip Paint in Palest Nude; MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Lips in Spry; Makeup Revolution Amazing Matte Lipstick in Nude
I'm beyond fussy when it comes to nude lipstick. Too pale and it washes me out; too brown and it just looks very, well, brown. I own a few lipsticks which have a hint of coral or pink, but I wanted a genuine nude nude to go with a red dress I bought recently, and I also didn't want to spend a fortune. With this in mind, I hit Superdrug, who I find to be far better when it comes to selling cruelty-free products than Boots.

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