I love summer. I love how you can spend days doing nothing but read a good book or in my case flick through my favourite magazines when I get chance. This summer I am currently working two zero hour contract jobs whilst maintaining both of my blogs and under going some essential work experience – with all this going on I very rarely get five minutes to myself but when I do it’s usually spent reading the Vegan Life Magazine.
To me, the Vegan Life has become my monthly holy grail product which has some amazing facts, recipes and information on the vegan lifestyle. I thought that it is about time I share my passion and interests with my fellow readers hoping that it will come of interest to some of you. This month I am just going to introduce the magazine itself and see what you can expect.
My favourite feature of the Vegan Life Magazine is definitely the Accidental Vegan articles. This section introduces normal treats and snacks that are suitable for vegans. I bet you didn’t know that Starburst, Skittles, Walkers Prawn Cocktail Crisps, Tesco’s Bourbon Biscuit Spread and Fox’s Chunkie Cookies are all suitable for us vegans too!
There is a whole section each month on What’s New? in the vegan community. This usually contains products that makes our lives easier and tastier. This month features one of my favourite cookbooks, Peace and Parsnips and the well-loved Nakd Nibbles.
Another favourite section of mine is the Vegan Planet dedicated to vegan news from around the world. I love reading up on vegan news and find it so amazing how it is becoming a much more recognised lifestyle across many countries, not just the UK.
Another helpful resource especially for new vegans is the How To Veganise…, I think it is really important to promote the vegan lifestyle but also the large variety of options that is available to veganism. For example, there is eleven ways of replacing eggs.
Last but not least, the magazine includes many recipes each month for readers to try. This month it is based around pizza, ice cream and summer foods. I haven’t tried any of the recipes from this month’s issue yet but I am intrigued with the pancakes and the crumpets!
What do you think of the Vegan Life Magazine? Are you a regular buyer?
I am a member of the Vegan Life Blogger Community and receive a digital subscription free of charge however I have brought my own subscription of the physical magazine with my own money.
Today’s post is going to be dedicated to my recent love: Lush Kitchen. Needless to say that I have been addicted. Ever since I went vegan in October last year, Lush is probably the only brand I really trust when it comes to skincare and makeup (even though I have never actually tried their range yet). Recently I have explored their Kitchen service where you can pick up exclusive new products, retro favourites and pre-releases before they come out in the shop. The service itself is really quick and you usually get the products within the same week of ordering because the products are made fresh and as an added bonus with each order you receive a signed image of who made the product. I am going to share with you what I picked up.
First up is the Starcraft Cleanser. The cleanser is made from Oat Milk, Lavender Infusions and Almond Oil which are probably my favourite ingredients due to their calming, soothing and balancing qualities. The scent reminds me of Dream Cream, my well loved moisturiser which I have recently found out is brilliant for the tattoo healing process. I have found that the cleanser makes me skin really soft and leaves it feeling moisturised. It also removes makeup extremely well. I have been using it with the Eau Roma Water toner and the two together work really well.
I also treated myself to 100g of the Summer Pudding soap. First of all the scent is amazing!! It’s brilliant for summer (as the product name suggests). If you like the sweet scents from Lush like Snow Fairy and the Comforter then you will love this soap and is a must if they ever offer it in the future. The soap contains ground almonds that help to exfoliate the skin and lemon oil which brightens the skin. Buchu and Juniperberries work with the lemon oil to help cleanse and balance the skin. I am absolutely obsessed with the scent and the soap in general.
Have you used the Kitchen service before? What’s your thoughts?
Beautiful Movements is a brand, founded by Kimberley Wyatt, that I have been lusting over for quite some time now. They offer a range of mineral makeup from blushers and bronzers to concealers and foundations to help create rather minimalistic looks – perfect for the Summer when you would much rather spend time topping up that tan over hours in front of a mirror!
The Beautiful Movements range are available throughout Holland and Barrett stores which is where I first came across the brand. Firstly they are PETA approved and carry the Leaping Bunny logo which is something to look out for when buying cruelty free friendly brands. The products are free from parabens, fragrances and synthetic dyes. If that wasn’t enough for you to be interested in the brand already, they are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans: hence why I have fell in love with the brand before testing the products.
Since this time last year I have been trying to finish all the non-cruelty free makeup that I had collected over the years. So naturally I decided to pick up the curling mascara, blush and bronzer that I was running out of. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and see how they performed.
I have fell in love with the curling mascara since I have started using it. The formula is lightweight and doesn’t leave the lashes looking cakey. Luckily enough my lashes are rather curly naturally so I didn’t need that much of a curl. Unfortunately I can’t notice whether it does make a difference or not but I have found applying two coats increases the volume of my lashes making them look longer.
From left to right: Velvet Dawn Mineral Blush, Summer Warmth Mineral Bronzer
I usually have quite a high coverage finish when it comes to my base makeup including a decent amount of blush and bronzer. I think this is because I am still quite scared of how I look with mineral makeup and grown to love the high coverage finish. However I have noticed that I don’t always need so much makeup on good skin days. The bronzer and blush make my skin look lovely and healthy which is something I struggle to notice on a daily basis due to self confidence. Velvet Dawn is a lovely dusky pink shade with a slight shimmer where as Summer Warmth is a lovely medium, golden shade with no shimmer – both perfect for those looking for a natural, summer makeup look.
From left to right: Indian Summer, Cherry Bomb
As usual my favourite products from the range has to be the lip glosses. I have been testing Cherry Bomb which is a lovely sheer pinky toned red, certainly not true to the red in the packaging. Personally I am perfectly fine with this as I am not that good at pulling off a statement lip. Indian Summer is definitely my favourite out of the two as it is that classic gloss that will go with just about anything. The glosses apply smoothly and the pigmentation isn’t too sticky compared to others that are on the market. The only negative I would point out is that they don’t last long on the lips but its not something that I am looking for from a lipgloss anyway.
Overall I would recommend checking Beautiful Movements out. They are really inexpensive and are a great way to introduce mineral makeup to your routine. I have already eyed up some more of the lipgloss shades and currently considering trying the foundation out too. I think it is so important to sign the Go Cruelty Free pledge that we support brands like Beautiful Movements as no one wants to support brands that are tested on animals.
Have you tried any products from Beautiful Movements before? What’s your thoughts?
These products were sent to me to review however this does not effect my thoughts of the products and the brand themselves.
I am an Instagram addict but it’s okay. I can happily admit that without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. Whoever came up with the idea of capturing and sharing your favourite memories is amazing and I take my invisible hat off to them! I have decided to start a series of posts where on the last Sunday of every month I will be sharing with you my “Instagram Summary” instead of a Sunday Post because who doesn’t like Instagram?!
This month was a big one. I started off by celebrating my birthday with a lot of family and friend time which has involved endless walks along the beach with Sunney and lots of chill time with Disney films. I decided to go on a bit of a health kick by eating a lot more fruit than usual but I am starting to see a lot of benefits and have actually lost half a stone from doing so. Who else loves a good old green smoothie?! This month, I also organised my very own Lush bloggers event where we made our very own Angels On Bare Skin, you can read all about it here. The most important part of this month has to be my work experience opportunity with the lovely Chloe from Bumble and Bloom Media. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her on all sorts of exciting projects. I will be writing all about my experience over on my student blog, Behind The Student, at the end of the summer so keep your eyes peeled for that. I attended Newcastle’s Vegan Festival and brought some tasty chocolate even though I had a panic attack and got really anxious. Finally I treated myself to a tattoo which I have been wanting for a while now. It’s healing up rather nicely and I fall in love with it even more every day!
What have you got up to this month? Anything exciting?
In case you didn’t know but Sarah who writes at Sarah Kirby has created the #veganbloggers chat that runs every Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm. This week’s topic was ‘eating out as a vegan’ and personally I don’t think it is hard as people make it out to be. The other week I went for a Pizza Hut lunch and still found something suitable for vegans.
For those of you who haven’t yet ventured to Pizza Hut, they have an unlimited salad bar that is free with all main meals. You can choose from a wide selection of products but I choose tomato pasta salad, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and cous cous which tasted delicious together.
For mains, I created my own pizza with a thin Italian base. I simply asked for no cheese and added my chosen veg which was red onion, mixed peppers, tomatoes and spinach. I also had a side of onion rings which are also suitable for vegans. The tap water was free so I didn’t even need to pay for my drinks as an added bonus.
What chain restaurants do you like to eat at? Have you got a particular favourite?