Balance me rose otto body oil

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Roses, roses, roses. My all time favourite scent for body products, as long as it is done in the right way i.e. light, delicate, natural and not super strong and synthetic. This body oil* from one of my favourite brands, Balance Me, ticks all the right boxes.

It is lightweight, fresh, and leaves you so beautifully scented that all day long you will catch the hint of something delicious and wonder what that nice smell is, before realising IT'S YOU. You just need a small drop of this oil, as a little goes a long way; it's easy to be overzealous and end up covered in it, slippery from head to toe (which I did, as I refused to waste any when I poured a little too much out!)

I really like to use this on the tops of my arms and my legs, to smooth out any imperfections and keep them super soft and moisturised.

At £24.50 for 200ml, it's not cheap, but if you are looking to treat your skin to something special then this is one product I would definitely add to your wishlist and it is one which I have actually repurchased myself after being sent for review as I loved it so much.

Balance me are not an entirely vegan brand, however this product along with most of their range, is vegan friendly. Some products such as their lip balms and body balms contain Beeswax (cera alba) so that's one to watch out for when you are browsing their lovely collections.

lily lolo smoked quartz palette - on sale now!

Friday, April 18, 2014

This limited edition Smoky Quartz palette* from Lily Lolo is one which I haven't been able to devote much time to until recently. I have been super busy with various things going on in my personal life, as well as running TheVeganKind (A monthly 'lifestyle' subscription box for vegans) so my make up has been super simple and basic - I've basically just been using eyeliner and mascara for weeks; if I am feeling crazy I'll simply add a light wash of shimmery pale shadow and that has literally been the extent of it. However, I have so many eye shadows lying neglected in my make up drawers that I decided it was high time I brought out some of my new ones to try and I am so pleased I did.

In their own words:

''The Smoky Quartz palette is a Limited Edition Pressed Eye Shadow Quad, containing a shimmering white perfect for highlighting, dusky rose to add a touch of feminine glamour, taupe shimmer and rich matte brown to contour and create a smoky effect.''

It is a really gorgeous palette - the shades complement each other really nicely and I am particularly in love with with the dusky rose shade. I definitely see this palette featuring heavily over these next summer months. The smoky shadows aren't too densely pigmented and the highlight and pink shades add a summery warmth to it, so I think it will be lovely for hopefully many a Summer evening spent enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine. (The Sun has only been out for two days here in Scotland and already I am whipping out my Summer wardrobe).

Good news if you like the look of this palette - it is currently on sale on the Lily Lolo website, reduced from £18.99 to a nifty £12.00

This pretty palette is of course vegan friendly and 100% cruelty free.

natural empathy vegan candles

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Natural Empathy are a British based (and British made) brand who sell a range of mid to high end natural, vegan beauty and personal care products.

I picked these candles up from the Crystal Spring website when they were having a 50% off flash sale and I am so unbelievably glad I did. At £25 a pop they aren't cheap, but they burn beautifully and fill the room with fragrance that really lasts - they are very much comparable to the Neom candles I've raved about on here before.

They only do two scents at the moment; Sweet orange, geranium & chamomile and Wild fig & patchouli. You can pick them up here  along with tonnes of other vegan goodies.

Free from petroleum, lead wicks and paraffin and made from 100% natural wax, they are the perfect candle choice for those of you who might be thinking a little more about what is in the candles you are burning - I know I certainly had a fright when I started to do a bit of digging into the types of chemicals that are released when you burn certain 'cheap' candles.

The burn time on these is 60 hours, which equates to about £0.41 per hour when you think about it, which isn't too bad at all.  (I love how I justify these things)

Definitely would recommend signing up to the Crystal Spring newsletter to hear about their next flash sale - they have them fairly regularly and I will definitely be picking up more of these when they have another one!

Tell me what candles you have been burning lately? 

Where have I been??

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I wanted to pop up a little post to let you know that I have not abandoned my blog and that I will most definitely be getting back into the blogging groove imminently. However, I have had the small (large) matter of a burgeoning business to attend to, and it has been taking up rather a lot of my time recently. I have been living, breathing, and sleeping TheVeganKind and my hard work is paying off (as the picture above attests to; this is just a portion of the boxes we shipped on Wednesday!)

For those of you who don't know, I am a long term vegetarian who became vegan last year, and who struggled greatly when I initially became vegan trying to find support and an easy way to discover new vegan brands. I noticed that although there was a subscription box for just about anything in the UK, there wasn't one solely for vegans and thus, TheVeganKind was born.

We send out a monthly box of cruelty free, vegan products from household, to food, to personal care and beauty, for just £10 per month plus p&p. I can't quite believe it, but we are already working on putting together our SIXTH box and have featured a whole host of amazing vegan brands to wonderful acclaim from our absolutely AMAZING subscribers.

It really is a huge amount of work and effort to pull together a great box every month, which is why blogging has kind of taken a back seat for a while, but I have a backlog of products that I am desperate to share with you so I aim to start posting again very very soon.

Let me know if you would like to see reviews of any of the boxes we have shipped so far!

In the meantime, if you want to keep up to speed with what I am up to, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Youtube where I post semi regularly! Hope to see you over there soon xx

Where you can find TheVeganKind:

Steam Cream

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Steam Cream are one of those brands who just grab your attention for all the right reasons. One beautiful product is all it takes for this all natural, vegan brand to shine, and shine they do with the truly unique concept of releasing their trademark cream in a plethora of luxuriously gorgeous limited edition packaging. Take a look at their design gallery and feast your eyes on all. the. beauty.  The cream itself is a really lightweight cream that isn't greasy at all, and sinks in to the skin quickly and easily.  It is a multi purpose cream which can be used for face, body, hands and feet, and one of my favourite things is that the pretty tins are reusable, so once you have finished you can use it to store things like kirby grips or various other bits and pieces and it looks beautiful sitting on your dressing table.

Of course, being vegan, I do love a brand that is actually a vegan company, and doesn't just have 'accidentally vegan' products and Steam Cream are very open in their approach to using vegan and natural ingredients, largely because of the fact that the skin actually absorbs a large amount of the product that we put on it, so the ingredients in your skincare are far more important than you may think.

I was lucky enough to be sent one of the new edition designs in UME NI UGUISU which is a Japanese idiom meaning 'great match'. The traditional Japanese design is just gorgeous, and of course the cream inside is as lovely as ever. 75ml will set you back £12.95 and a little goes a long way with this, so you should find it lasts you well.

Why not pop over to the Steam Cream site and find your perfect match?

Vegan make up haul (and great offer at Superdrug!)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Who doesn't love a good gift with purchase, right? Superdrug have a brilliant little offer on at the moment if you are in the mood for treating yourself, or even on the hunt for the perfect stocking filler for friends and family.

If you buy three products from their new cruelty free make up range, you get this snazzy little festive red box full of samples and a full size product from their range.

I picked up a shimmering lipgloss in the shade 111 (£6.99) a blusher in the shade Sherbert (£5.99) and a shimmer block in the shade Blush (which is a reasonable dupe for the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick) (£8.99) and I got a mini sample of their brilliant micellar water, 2 skincare samples, a mini lipstick, a gorgeous cream eyeshadow and a little voucher with a discount coupon!

I was really pleased with what I received and I will definitely be popping the little skincare and lipstick samples into a friends christmas present package as a nice little extra.

The entire B line is completely vegan which I did a little happy dance about as soon as I realised. It is SO wonderful to be able to just  the makeup without checking ingredients and I will definitely be popping back in to pick up some more goodies soon.

What do you think, have you tried B?

tropic skincare body love cream

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tropic Skincare Body Love butter cream £15
Tropic Skincare are a brand I hugely admire. They have 100% commitment to providing natural, plant based, cruelty free and vegan products and they do so whilst maintaining a fantastic image and creating luxurious, yet affordable products. Founded by Susan Ma and part funded by Lord Sugar, the brand has grown exponentially since it's launch in 2007 and now features a truly gorgeous beauty product line as well as it's indulgent skincare range.

Every Friday, Tropic run a #fridayfreebie on their Twitter page, offering their followers the chance to win some amazing Tropic goodies. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win one of their giveaways which I was super excited about, as I have been a huge fan of the brand for years.

I received a beautifully packaged parcel just a couple of days after I contacted them with my details, and was so happy to open it up and see this full size Body Love body cream. I was so excited to open it, and was delighted to find that it smells exactly like their Body Smooth polish which I already adore. The scent is truly delicious - the kind that makes you just want to keep smelling yourself after you have applied it. It is a super thick and luxurious cream so it does take some working to let in sink in to the skin! It leaves your skin beautifully soft and smelling good enough to eat - a little goes a long way too so it's great value for money.

If you are looking for a new moisturiser to keep your skin soft and smooth this winter, look no further than this one! It retails at £15 for 200ml, and you can find it here

Have you tried anything from Tropic Skincare before?