Looking Back at My 2016 Goals

Friday, 30 December 2016

And just like that, I'm writing the last blog post of 2016.

Isn't that crazy? It always seems like time passes so quickly without much happening, but then I think about everything I've crammed into the year and realise that actually, I've been busy for most of it.

I've seen a lot of people say they can't wait to put 2016 behind them and I can't say I blame them, frankly.

But in personal terms this year has been pretty damn good. Full of changes, but I've finally got to the point where I find this prospect more exciting than terrifying (we'll see how long that lasts!)

I had a look back at my goals for 2016 to see if things panned out the way I planned them...

Looking back
I'd like to think I was contemplating something deep and meaningful, but I'm pretty sure I was just amazed at how big the Atlantic Ocean is.

Cruelty-Free Favourites from 2016

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

This was originally supposed to be a Top 5 post.

But as much as I'd like to be, I'm not very good at minimalism when it comes to beauty. I like having choice when I get ready in the morning. The products I choose depend on my mood, how much time I have, and where I'm going.

So instead of choosing a Top 5 straight away, I photographed everything I really loved and then picked five favourites for each category  the five things I really can't imagine living without.

Favourite 2016 Make-Up (Part 2)

LoveLula Beauty Box, December 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

Is it really that time again already?

December has gone by so quickly  even more so than the rest of the year  and I can't believe it's Christmas in two days!

It felt like Christmas had come early when this month's LoveLula Beauty Box arrived at my house. There's a sugar scrub for the shower from PHB Ethical Beauty, fancy skincare from Madara, and even a little bottle of oil from John Masters Organics, who make my favourite hair treatment (Rose & Apricot Hair Milk).

It's about time I shared my first impressions, so let's take a closer look inside...

LoveLula Beauty Box December 2016

Cruelty-Free Bathroom Essentials from PHB Ethical Beauty

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

After such a good experience trying PHB Ethical Beauty's Skin Brighten Gel for the first time, I couldn't wait to check out more of their product range.

I ended up finding everything you need in your bathroom, from your head to your toes. Shampoo, soap, body wash, body lotion... the works.

PHB Ethical Beauty is a British family business that makes natural, vegan, and Halal products  all of them cruelty-free. They've taken care to use packaging made from recycled sources (which can be recycled again) so their eco-friendly credentials are pretty damn good too.

(PHB stands for Pure, Handmade, British.)

PHB Ethical Beauty Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner

In My Make-Up Bag: Everyday Products for the Festive Season

Monday, 19 December 2016

I love seeing everyone's suggestions for Christmas party looks and beauty products, but I always struggle when it comes to deciding what to pick. I end up wanting to do everything at once and never know where to start! So this year, rather than create a whole new look from scratch, I've added a few festive additions to my make-up bag.

A little bit of gold, a little bit of red, a little bit of sparkle  sorted. A Christmas cliché? Undoubtedly. But if you can't have fun with your make-up at this time of year, when can you?

Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, Fairfield Gardens Raspberry Rose Lip Balm

What I Ate #2 — Meat-Free Meals Out

Thursday, 15 December 2016

I won't lie to you  I was worried about how giving up meat and cutting down on dairy would affect my experiences when I go out to eat.

More specifically, I was worried that there wouldn't be much for me to choose from.

Going out for food is something I do quite a lot and catching up with friends or family over a good meal is one of life's joys, so I was never going to stop doing it; I just need to adapt.

It's been an interesting eye-opener, to say the least.

roasted cauliflower soup

The Impulse Buy: Sleek i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in Diamonds in the Rough

Monday, 12 December 2016

It was the packaging that got me first.

Matte black with a jagged geometric diamond design in holographic silver; it looks so gorgeous when it catches the light. The box is a complete contrast, with shades of soft pink and peach.

And then there are the shadows themselves. Gold, rose gold, powders, creams... everything you need in a festive eyeshadow palette. There's even a double-ended brush, and one of the ends is an actual brush instead of a disappointing sponge.

As we all do from time to time, I popped the extra make-up I didn't need in my basket and went on my way.

Sleek i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in Diamonds in the Rough (packaging)

7 Life Lessons from 2016

Sunday, 11 December 2016

I think we'd all agree that as a whole, 2016 has been an absolute shitter of a year.

But on a personal level, things haven't been too bad for me, though I've certainly had my ups and downs (as we all do). I've got a lot to be proud of and a lot to be grateful for  something I try and remember when it feels like the whole world is on fire. I also feel like I've learned a lot this year.

Gingerbread Graduate

5 Dairy-Free Substitutes for Everyday Foods

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

I've talked about how difficult I'm finding it to stop eating dairy products, so today I'm going completely the other way  I've made a list featuring five of the everyday substitutes I've found so far.

All of them are easy to get hold of in supermarkets, which is for the best. Mostly because I can't really justify weekly trips to my local Wholefoods (I just end up spending too much money on snacks. All the snacks).

Dairy-Free Staples

Green People Christmas Collection

Monday, 5 December 2016

I'm going to get straight to the point: Green People's Christmas collection is absolutely bloody gorgeous and would make a great gift for anyone who loves beauty.

This year it has a butterfly theme  all of the packaging is decorated with beautiful illustrations and a donation from each gift going to the Butterfly Conservation, which protects and preserves British butterflies, moths, and the environment. 

Green People gift bag

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