Vegan Beauty Products PART II

Hello 🙂 This post is part of the Vegan Beauty Products range, and you can find PART I here.

Today I’m talking hair, from bath and shower products to even moisturising your hair.

Can’t live without: A good shampoo, a good conditioner and a good hair moisturiser.

Introducing…. LUSH

Shampoo- my all time favourite BEER SHAMPOO

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Cynthia Syliva Stout by Lush- AKA BEER SHAMPOO. Maybe not good for a hangover, but for every other day this shampoo is amazing. It’s moisturising (which is good for my dry, over dyed hair), it smells amazing, and its so soapy. You know that kind of shampoo that is just so satisfying to wash your hair with. Anyway this is a big winner for me.

Conditioner- Happy Happy Joy Joy by Lush

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What about the name happy happy joy joy wouldn’t make you smile. And everyone wants to be happy! That would be a very short reason why I love this product, but the name is mostly why I like it :’). Also, it smells amazing and it feels great, and my hair feels amazing after using it. Downside is I have to use quite a lot on my hair, but I have thick hair so I’ll let lush off this time.

Hair Moisturiser- R&B style


I can’t live without this! OK massive overstatement but it is my essential beauty product that I’d choose if I were on a desert island. I’ve got dry hair anyway, so after every wash this gets slapped on my hair. I’ve also found it AMAZING at the beach (although watch out as it melts) for when you get out of the sea, and it detangles all of your hair beautifully. It smells amazing, it’s beach friendly, and as a marine biologist, I’ve found after diving my hair gets really horrible. Put this on and job done!!!

Dry Shampoo

ready to rock

I complain about my hair being dry, yet when it gets a little oily I’m straight on it with the dry shampoo. This one by Superdrug is amazing, and I use it way too much. If it’s a last minute public appearance, or if you don’t have time to wash your hair between work and going out, this does a fantastic job. There are loads of ‘flavours’, I think they all just smell differently. I love the orange one best: ready to rock.

Others to consider:


I have been known to use Faith By Nature, and it’s alright but every one I’ve tried smells vile. That said, it’s cheaper than lush, and is found in loads of health stores. I like that I feel like I’m being eco-friendly if I use this product!

And the trusty Superdrug’s own brand

superdrug shampoo

Coming in at £1.99, this shampoo would win if I wasn’t a hair snob. I love this shampoo but I just love Lush more (and all my Lush Christmas presents are going to last me a while!). Now I’ve thought about this I want to go to Superdrug and buy this shampoo. Their conditioner is great too, I’d highly recommend. In fact, I’d recomment all of Superdrugs’ own brand hair care.

Let me know if you have any hair-care secrets, as I love hearing about other people’s vegan beauty experiences! And of course any tips for me are very welcome… Comment below!


Vegan Beauty Products PART I

Howdy! You may notice I’ve changed the layout of my blog, and within the same day I’ve been nominated by ThymeforTofu for the Liebster Award– so look out for my post on that (and oh my god thanks guys, my first nomination!!!).

Today I’m running through all the beauty products I use, in part 1: MAKE-UP

I LOVE SUPERDRUG. They are against animal testing, and all of their own brand products are non-animal tested, and often vegan! You should check out Superdrug if you’re in the UK, and I encourage you to buy all of your products BUAV approved (easy if you’re at superdrug!).


Here are my top make-up products that I can’t live without.

b range


Brows are big at the moment, both in size and in the media. I can’t live without my brows, or without my brown eyebrow pencil from the b range by superdrug. They have loads of pencils but I love the one with the brush on one end, so you can brush out that brow! I also use this pencil under my eyes too, so multifunctional.



For those nightmare days when you randomly sprout a spot out of nowhere, down to covering up in anticipation of my bright red cheeks following alcohol… this concealer from b is my buddy. It matches my skin tone really well, and I sometimes put it on straight after moisturiser (featured in Vegan Beauty Products PART III), and kinda use it like foundation at the same time.


046medium b powder

After my excessive use of the concealer, I top it off with some powder, still from the b range at superdrug. I use 046 Medium for my skin tone, and brush it under my cheek bones, on the top of my forehead and on the sides of my nose, in all the shadow-y places on my face to make them darker, and to highlight/exaggerate the lighter areas (I really don’t know this much about make-up, I basically blag it!). But I LOVE this powder. Another staple in my make-up bag.

Nail Varnish

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Does this count as make-up? Either way, I go through phases of loving nailvarnish, and painting my nails all different colours. I also sometimes go long times without wearing any. But for those days where I want to look fabulous (I’m currently wearing black- not so fab!), I use Barry M. The colours are fantastic and so bright, and they’re sold everywhere (also in Superdrug) so they’re easy to get hold of. All of Barry M is vegetarian, with lots of things vegan, although look out for the beeswax!

I hope this will get you started thinking about using products that aren’t animal tested, or if you’re a vegan please comment below with tips on what you use!


Day 20- vegan beauty products

The day of beautifying myself. I’ve spent the last 5 hours with conditioner in my hair in an attempt to make it all glossy and lovely! I also currently have a face mask on AND have bought face scrub and face cleanser. All bought from superdrug, a huge chain of health and beauty stores which are against animal testing so almost all (if not all) their own brand products are vegan and all are BUAV approved! British girls… Get yourselves down to superdrug!


Breakfast– tomato and basil soup with brown bread


Lunch– carrot and coriander soup


Dinner-my housemates got a Chinese but I resisted (personal win)… Then ended up making this anyway ha! It’s fried rice with black bean sauce and any veg I could find




Snacks– hot chocolate with soya milk (EW I normally have rice milk but couldn’t find any so I bought soya… It was horrible! Ruined my nice relaxing face mask session haha!) and a soya cappuccino. That’s me and soya milk done for a while #overload


Confessions– I had a piece of chocolate from my housemate Leighanne (fellow vegan!)… Guiltyyyyy… I also went on a quick shopping trip whilst avoiding revision, I am looking for an outfit for my little sisters 18th on Saturday… NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR it’s between jeans or dress at the moment…



Bye bye bleach

I am no longer going to be able to post about ‘the beauty struggles of a blonde haired naturally brunette vegan’… As I have gone back to my natural colour!!

I went to a salon in Urmston near where I live, called Casablanca. I went here because they stock Paul Mitchell hair colour, so all the products they used on me were vegan! And it only cost me £80 for a full colour correction treatment (my blonde was very very bad condition), a cut and a blow dry and they even styled it into curls for me! So I was super happy with this.

So if looking for a good quality salon brand that’s vegan, I’d highly recommend Paul Mitchell… What do you think of it?


Top left, me in Amsterdam blonde
Top right, me absolutely posing whilst on the phone (quite embarrassing really!)
Bottom left, you can see how good the quality is when it’s just been dyed!
Bottom right, me and my sister at a wedding last Saturday 🙂

What to get the girl who has everything-A Guide to Vegan Present Giving

If there was an award for dragging out your birthday for as long as possible, I think I’d get it! I thought seeing as I had such an amazing few days, and got so many fantastic presents (THANK YOU everyone :D), that it’d be a good idea to do a ‘Guide to Vegan Present Giving‘ style post. So here it is… my top 8 gifts for vegans …

1. Cook Books

This year I was overwhelmed by books, and it made me SO happy :D. So this is definitely my no. 1. You can literally never have too many books, ever! I got:

Vegan Cooking For Carnivores by Roberto Martin, and hilariously the photographers name is Quentin Bacon. Heeheehee

Easy Vegan from Ryland Peters & Small

Handmade In The Present Moment, Recipes from a raw food cafe by Yvette Schindler

VEGANOMICON The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero (Authors of ‘Vegan with a Vengeance’ and ‘Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World’)

They all look like such good books, with some gorgeous photography and I can’t wait to try them out! Veganomicon is meant to be one of the best Vegan books to fall out of America, so I expect big things from that :D.

Also shown in the above photo is my book from my dad, The Students Textbook of Zoology by Sedgwick (the Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at Cambridge University at the time of press- which was 1909!!!). It is the Arthropoda, Crustacea and Xiphosura edition, so will be a great help for my Museum project, and will help me when looking for history surrounding our collection at the museum as many specimens were collected at the time this book was written! ****Useful Present Alert****. My dad also got me an e-book called “The Secret Life of Wombats”, haha, I don’t even know what to say about that one!

2. ANYTHING from Lush

Lush is such a great place, publicly campaigning against animal testing, and using completely no animal testing in any of their products. about 70% of their store is apparently vegan, with some things containing honey and other animal ingredients, but if you ask they are always happy to show you what’s vegan.

My flatmates from 1st year got me a lovely little box of lush-ness, and my mum got me a voucher for the store. Very happy with this as I could spend millions in this place! I have my eye on some vegan perfume from there, so will have to go for a smell session some time soon:D

3. Kitchen stuff

Lets face it, vegans love food! And anything to help them along in the kitchen is always welcomed. My auntie always strikes gold with presents, but this year she got me such good presents! I got a handheld peeler thing, no idea how to describe it, I therefore will let you just see it in full apple-peeling-action in the photo below:D So cool! Also got an avocado slicer and a kiwi box, as well as the raw food cafe recipe book I’ve told you about above. Woohoo!

4. Vegan Clothing

It’s nice when we know 100% that our clothes are vegan. I like these products by Knits By Nat, and particularly loved this scarf in grey! It looks so luxurious and is 1000000% vegan. Woohoo!

5. Jewellery

For a girl anyway, its aaaalways nice to be spoilt on your birthday. This little beauty is my birthday/3-years-of-putting-up-with-eachother present from Tom, and I LOVE it 😀

6. Flowers

Again, I just love to be spoilt 😀 How about if you’re buying for a vegan, getting them some kind of sustainably sourced flowers, in a recycled vase! (is this ott? yes? no? It’s a birthday, go wild!)

7. Miscellaneous items

Number 7 goes to those presents which just don’t have a category. Your advent calendars (despite it being October), your bottle of vodka off your brother, the iPad case and the Munchkin Pumpkin, the 100% fake leather purse (“IT’S FAKE” as my best friend assured me!!). They’re all those presents that you need in your life right now. This is personal to each person I suppose, and looking at my pile, I’m wondering what kind of person I really am!!!!


I’m not even that big a fan of chocolate normally, but see my next post for how AMAZING this vegan chocolate was. Chocolate is a must on birthdays, and to make sure that we don’t miss out on the fun, spoil us with an extra big box 😀 These shown above are by Booja Booja, and are deeeelish! They come in so many flavours omggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg YUM

I hope whether you are buying for a vegan, asking for presents or simply want to learn more about what’s out there, that this post has helped a little :D. Happy buying X

A Vegan Housewife – with images which may (and should) be disturbing

Changing your products to vegan is probably more important than changing the food you eat. That’s a big statement but realistically we need food. So eating is essential whether it be animal-sourced or not. But we don’t need to dye our hair, or paint our faces with make-up, or even wash our clothes (although this is arguably an essential!). So these are all luxuries that we add to our lives to make them more comfortable, exciting and attractive. Surely these luxurious additions shouldn’t be at the expense of animals though? And animal testing is brutal. Even here and now in 2012. Many people I talk with about this subject assure me that the animals are under no real harm. Until they find out about the common tests which go on:

Rubbing shampoo in rabbits eyes– this isn’t an exaggerated, outdated method of testing cosmetics. This is known as the Draize test (no matter whether they claim to reduce the number or animals used, or that they are testing only one animal at a time, it still goes on, and on a much larger scale than imaginable) which involves 0.5g or 0.5mL of substance being applied to the eye or the skin of a conscious, restrained animal (usually an albino rabbit or a dog), and the effects are recorded for up to 14 days. This can cause ulceration, blindness, swelling, discharge and blindness amongst a host of other side effects. It is the UK law that if the animal is seen to be in severe pain, it is killed immediately. The animal is also killed if there is any permenant damage. The animal is used again if there is no permenant damage, being used until there is permenant damage, in which case it will be killed. There are alternative methods as testing cosmetics/household products on animals is not required by law  but has become common practice and force of habit. The alternatives, known commercially as EpiSkin, EpiDerm and SkinEthic to name a few, are in vitro and use human tissue donated by human volunteers, to test the products instead. This is being used more and more, but obviously the latter method will only be used more if demand for animal-free increases, so I wonder why we don’t just buy animal-free products, to show we don’t support the thousands of illnesses, injuries and deaths inflicted on animals for our pleasure every day.

LD, or Lethal Dosage Tests– how else can you test what dosage of a substance is lethal, other than where death is involved right? Of course, this involves a sample of animals, where the desirable substance is either injected, inserted into the stomach via tubes,or forced to be ingested orally, and in the LD50 test, the amount is increased until 50% of the sample die. Yes die. Not via a painless anaesthetic which soothes them to sleep so they don’t feel anything. Not by humane methods to ensure they are not stressed or harmed. These animals are restrained, panicked, and chemicals forced down their throats until they die. “To avoid interference with results,” no painkillers are administered. Each year, about five million dogs, rabbits, rats, monkeys, and other animals die in lethal dose tests performed in the United States.

All so we can have a glossy set of locks, hair-free legs (Gillette test on animals by the way!) and a glowing tan. But you can have all these things, and more, using vegan products because there are so many alternatives to animal testing.

One thing I decided when I went vegan was that all my household products could stay, and when they run out, I will simply replace them with vegan products as they are the expensive part if I was to replace everything in one go. I am gradually moving to a completely animal-free lifestyle. My toothpaste is vegan (AloeDent), my shower gel is vegan (ORIGINAL SOURCE Mint & Tea Tree), I’m pretty sure my shampoo and conditioner now are (I read online that John Frieda don’t test on animals, but then I look on their website and don’t see anything. I know they’d shout about it if they didn’t test on animals, because companies know people are more likely to buy it because it makes more sense! So I am worried about this and may well be buying different shampoo/conditioner next time until I know for sure). Even my hair dye is now vegan (NATURTINT) and I am open minded to changing any aspect of my life which anyone points out to me is not animal-free (although I’m confident I’ve nearly got it all nailed!)

Yesterday I went out to get some stain remover, and went to OTED hoping they had some animal-free goodness, but they were all sold out! Dammit, so instead I got some washing tablets (I have no idea of the difference between BIO and NON-BIO, if anyone cares to help me out please comment :D). Anyway, I also got some Grapefruit & Green Tea washing up liquid, both by ECOVER. I’ve never used this brand before so am hoping it is good, I will let you know how it goes. It was about £11 for the hair dye, £1.50 for the washing-up liquid, and about £6 for the tablets. I thought this was an excellent price to pay for humane goods!

This is a gradual change, but one which is not at all difficult, it can actually be done in Sainsbury’s, but admittedly is made easier if you have a local eco/veggie shop. OTED stocks everything from fake bacon to almond butter to household products to fresh fruit & veg… the dream shop because almost everything (if not everything) is vegan!

When is is so simple to become a vegan, just household-product speaking, it surely has to be worth a go? If it was up to you to rub the washing tablet in a rabbits eye, or force the washing liquid down a dogs throat, I’m guessing/hope you wouldn’t be up for it, so buying from people who do it is just giving your consent in a different way!

I hope this post has made at least a few people re-think the way they buy their household products, as there is a lots of unnecessary animal testing and we must put a stop to it! It is such a great shame.

All photos on this post which were not taken by me are linked to the original source (just click the photo to open the link in a new window).


The beauty struggles of a blonde-haired, naturally brunette vegan. PART TWO

For anyone worried I’d been killed by the ginga-tint (aka NATURTINT) hair dye, fear not, I was just out getting very drunk until 4:30am…. yeahhh vegans can have fun too! 😀 Had lots and lots of cocktails with my best friend Amy, we did a little crawl of Fallowfield where I live, went to a pub called 256 for some cocktails, then headed to Trof, where there were live bands on and we had some very strong daiquiri, and made serious eye connections with some husky singers, (watch out Tom!), then we headed for Font a cheap cheap cheap (£2) cocktail place, before deciding it was best to go home and put flats on before heading to a club…

Got to the club at 2am, and ended up back at home at 4.30, so we could’ve stayed out longer but the drinks were starting to hit me, being the old cooking, knitting, crafting granny that I now am, so we came home, but it was a good stint! So the first thing on my mind this morning was the compulsory (whether vegan or not) hangover bacon butty! And I’m not ashamed, a bacon butty, whether meaty or not (preferably not meaty)… cures a hangover for sure!

So the photo you’ve all been waiting for… my hair! I have to apologise and say I haven’t put the bright colours in yet, as I need to go and buy another box of blonde to slap onto my hair, as the slight orange appearance is undeniable!

So, it’s not too bad, but not quite how I’d like it. I also missed a little patch on the front left of my head, so that’s chillin brown at the moment… and we can’t have that! I think overall it has worked considerably well, seeing as my roots really were dark, and it’s lifted them to all the same colour. I also put no dye on the ends of my hair so am impressed that it all seems to look OK together- and for home dying it’s not terrrrrrrrible! It’s more the user that’s at fault than the product.

Thumbs up to NATURTINT from me.

I am getting over giddy and just want to put the colour on right now, but then I’ll be ginger and colourey together, and look silly. This might have to be the point where I get off my lazy, hungover arse and go to the shops to buy some more box dye. gahhhhh.

I will, obviously, let you know in the rare event that this happens this morning. It’s 11:36AM and I’m  in work at 6PM, might just pick some up on the way to work and do it tomorrow- make my life as easy as humanly possible 😀 😀

Here is a photo of 2 bananas that I kept hold of until the bitter end, even though they were too brown to eat, I thought they might be OK in  a smoothie… I am way too kind to fruit, these bad boys should’a been gone long ago!

Hope you enjoyed those half-drunken rambles, I shall inevitably be back with more mindless chat about my hair, amongst other things, if you’d care to join me for PART THREE! 😀