And just like that, May is over and we’re almost halfway through 2017.
It’s been a difficult month all round, I think, what with General Election nastiness (please vote!) and the horrific events in Manchester last week. Normally I’d do a brief round-up of what I’ve been up to before the post gets started, but today I would like to pay tribute to everyone who’s been affected by the bombings, everyone who lost their lives, and everyone who worked tirelessly in the aftermath — the nurses, doctors, police officers, security guards, taxi drivers, and members of the public who did more than their best to help.
Animal Testing and Botox
This month I found out that botox will have often been tested on animals, specifically mice. The LD50 test looks for the dose of botox that will kill 50% of the mice that are are being tested, and it’s being used even though there’s a humane alternative. Cruelty Free International (our good pals of the Leaping Bunny symbol) have set up a tool you can use to email Ipsen, a botox manufacturer that still uses the LD50 test, to ask them to stop.
Brand New Products From Fairypants
One of my recent discoveries, vegan beauty brand Fairypants, have just launched their new cosmetics bags and they’re also working on some vegan glitter! I’m not the biggest glitter fan but the palette looks absolutely beautiful and I reckon it’d be good fun to use for festival make-up. Head over to their Instagram for a sneak peek!
The Ultimate Holy Grail Make-Up Brush Set
Spectrum, creators of the prettiest make-up brushes in the entire world, have released an incredible set of brushes. Could I bring myself to spend almost £150 on them? Probably not, but then the 35-piece set has everything you’ll ever need, so you could convince yourself it was an investment.
National Vegetarian Week
National Vegetarian Week ran from 15th-21st May, and it was really cool to see so many people trying out vegetarian recipes, talking about going veggie or cutting down on their meat and fish consumption. I celebrated the week with a mini-series of blog posts — click here, here, and here if you fancy a read!
Blog Posts I Loved
I’ve read some wonderful blog posts this month — so many, fact, that I’ve ended up splitting the list into categories. Enjoy!
Jessica Blu — The Ordinary Skincare
Oh My Veggies — Herbed Fresh Pea Soup with Garlic Croutons
Bloody Hell Brennan — 10 Empowering Practices to Boss Your Anxiety
Jasmin Charlotte — 8 Things I’ve Stopped Apologising For
Jaye Rockett — On Knowing Your Why
Chloe Abigail — 12 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up Wearing Glasses
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.