Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Facial Oil

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Dr Botanicals is a London based Vegan/Cruelty Free brand of Natural Skincare Products that was founded in 2016 .

Personally I much prefer facial oils as part of my skincare regime over cream based moisturisers for a number of reasons and I recently tried Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil.

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The fragrance of Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose facial oil has the most beautiful scent of a skin care product I have ever used.

The consistency of the facial oil however is unlike any other facial oil I have used as it is very light and feels more like water than oil. This surprised me initially as it was not what I was expecting and I felt somewhat disappointed because I was concerned that the product was not going to be as hydrating as I’d hoped it would be.

I’ve been using the product now for 2 weeks and I love it and I can confirm that it does all that Dr Botanicals says it does, it feels nourishing and visibly brightens and evens out the skin tone.

The instructions say that you only need to apply 2-3 drops, I’ve easily triple this amount  for a couple of reasons. Firstly it’s winter and my skin feels like it needs deeply moisturising to protect it from the harsh winter elements. Another reason why I like to use more than the recommended amount is because as part of my skincare routine I think it’s important to massage the face daily, if you don’t do this then 2-3 drops maybe an adequate amount for you.

One of the advantages of this facial oil being very light, it allows me to use in the morning without making my face greasy before I apply my make-up.

I use the product both in the morning and evening, despite easily using 7-9 drops per application I have only used a fraction of the bottle and I am expecting this bottle to last me between 2-3 months.

This Dr Botanicals Moroccan Facial Oil Retails at £35.90 for a travel size bottle.

Below is Dr Botanicals product description
Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Oily Skin

This Moroccan Rose infused Facial oil is packed full of minerals and vitamins, all working together to rejuvenate, renew and protect skin. Rich in antioxidants and moisturising properties to keep your skin protected and hydrated when it needs it most.

We believe oils and plant extracts can make a genuine difference to skin. Never tested on animals, this range embodies our belief in the potent power of botanicals.

The main active ingredients in the formulation are:

1) Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production, for younger-looking skin.
2) Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant with aims to rejuvenate skin, even skin tone and reduce the signs of ageing; while protecting from free radicals.
3) Almond Oil deeply moisturises and nourishes skin, whilst brightening the complexion for brighter fresh looking skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lush Christmas Gift Inspiration

It’s that time of year again……….

When we spend a lot of money and time agonising over gift buying for that one day of the year Christmas.

(Not mentioning the queues or not being able to get a parking space anywhere pfft….)

 

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Anyway you’ve probably guessed I am not the biggest Christmas fan, but I am a big Lush fan. They make Christmas so easy catering for small secret santa gifts and stocking fillers to more special gifts such as big pamper sets and Lush Spa Treatment vouchers with the added benefit of them already coming wrapped.

Here are my favourite Lush gift recommendations

For that special loved one I can totally recommend giving them a Lush Spa voucher

 

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There are a number of Spa treatments on offer starting at £50 with the Tailor Made a 30 minute massage, going up to £285 treatment called The Planets consisting of various treatments lasting up to 3 hours and the package also includes a Palm reading.

Many other treatments are available in between this price range and all treatments can be tailored to suit Vegans.

From experience I can tell you that a Lush Spa treatment is definitely a great gift.

I had the Tailor Made Treatment at the Liverpool Lush Spa earlier this year and it was such an amazing experience, they even provided an optional Rum tea afterwards to finish off the nautical themed massage just nicely.

As a former holistic therapist I can tell you the staff are excellently trained and all treatments are unique and exclusive to Lush.

The treatments even have their own soundtrack, you can checkout some of the relaxation music used in the soundcloud link below.

 

For relaxation music lovers all CD’s are available to purchase via the Lush Music Link

 

The Lush Spa even cater for couple packages should you wish to enjoy that special gift with your loved one.

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Face masks

Face masks at Lush have always been my favourite item to buy, I love that you can bring any 5 black pots back and get a free face mask, it’s a great incentive to encourage recycling. Due to most of the Face masks needing to be put in the fridge they haven’t always been the best gift idea, that was until now.

Now they have created a face mask called Jelly Masks that do not require putting in the fridge making them ideal for stocking fillers or even perhaps budget secret santa gifts.

(all but one of the Jelly Facemasks are suitable for Vegans)

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Lush Gift Packages start at £8.95 going up to the WOW gift set which is £250

 

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Lush Bath Bombs starting at just £1.95 going up to £12.95 make great little stocking fillers.

 

 

 

I love the Lush bath bombs, I think that they’re not only good gifts for adults that want some rest and relaxation in the bath, they’re also great gifts for children making bath time fun and it’s a much healthier alternative to putting a load of sweets in their Christmas stocking.

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Please feel free to share your favourite Lush gifts in the comments below 🙂

Lush Bee’s

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Are Vegan’s happy to buy Lush Bee related products?

 

I recently attended a blogging event at the Lush store in Liverpool, it was a great night and the Lush staff are fantastic hosts. The event was aimed at promoting the upcoming festive season and next week after halloween I will publish a blog post with some festive gift buying inspiration. First though I want to share an interesting conversation I had with one of the skin expert staff members regarding the ingredients of honey and beeswax in their products. The lady I was speaking with wanted to make it completely clear that Lush source all of their animal derived products from the most ethical of suppliers and that one of her colleagues who is also a Vegan, was initially not happy to use any products that contained the ingredients honey, beeswax or egg’s but after learning more about where the ingredients came from felt confident enough that he wasn’t buying into cruelty.

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Many people often ask why honey and beeswax aren’t considered Vegan? 

Well a Vegan by definition is a person who refrains from using any kind of animal products or by products, in food, beauty products, clothing and for any other day to day purpose.

There are however many reasons as to why people these days are adopting a Vegan lifestyle. Some people are Vegan for the animals, some go Vegan for the environment and there are others that become plant based vegan for their health.

My personal motivation is for the animals and I want to ensure that I am not unconsciously buying into cruelty whenever I make a purchase.

Another question people often have is “what’s so cruel about using bee derived products”? 

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Sadly in any industry where there is profit to be made ethics are rarely considered.

No exception spared for the bee whose survival is integral to our very own survival and the survival of our Earth as we know it.

In manufactured Bee Keeping the Queen often has one of her wings cut or painted with nail varnish to stop them from leaving the hive and flying away, this also prevents swarming.

The culling of drone bees (male bees who don’t contribute to the production of honey).

Bee’s produce honey to feed the hive, many hives have been completely wiped out due to starvation over the winter months as a result of too much honey being removed from the hive and not leaving enough for the Bee’s to survive.

Many Bee’s are also killed during the process of obtaining honey from the hive.

 

That said I do believe that there are independent BeeKeepers who keep Bee’s ethically and do what they can to help increase their ever depleting numbers.

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(Pictured above) David is one of the Lush Bee related product suppliers, this is his take on ethical bee keeping.

https://uk.lush.com/article/sticky-profession

To summarise:

David prefers a hands off approach and does not cut the Queen Bee’s wing, or cull male drone bees. His hives are bigger than standard hives to minimise stress to the bees. He will not intervene with a hive unless he feels that the colony is struggling to survive. Over winter he leaves them with enough honey to sustain them, again only intervening in feeding them if there is a delayed summer.

There is no doubt that the reason why honey is used in so many beauty products is due to its incredible beneficial properties.

Of course there are other products out there that can substitute both honey and beeswax but none quite match their almost magic like qualities. So in some way it is understandable that beauty and cosmetic companies still use bee produce. In fact the usage of Bee related products dates as far back as ancient Egypt.

Going back to my original question “are Vegan’s happy to use Bee related products”?

I feel Lush genuinely aims to be ethical and profitable as possible, they have a reputation for being a great employer and generally seeking to have the best practises for animals, the environment and people. It’s easy to see this is why many Vegan’s love Lush, especially considering that they label their Vegan products and approximately 70% of their products are Vegan friendly.

As a Vegan I believe nature shouldn’t need human intervention, still I wonder have humans interfered so much with nature to the detriment of Bee’s and now like many other species they require our help for survival.

Considering this should it be necessary that we continue to take from them in order to care for them when our own survival is very much intertwined.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts and knowledge on this topic so please feel free to leave a comment below and start a conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gucci To Go Fur Free Spring 2018

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Last week Gucci made the announcement that they would be going fur free at the beginning of Spring 2018, joining other fashion power houses Calvin Klein, Armani and Ralph Lauren.

Each fashion house owned by parent company is Kering who have now been on the road to sustainability for sometime now.

Their 2025 pledge

At Kering we believe in pushing ourselves beyond our limits and driving our brands toward higher levels of economic, environmental, ethical and social performance. We see sustainability as a necessity, for sustainability and luxury are one and the same. We began our journey over ten years ago, placing sustainability at the core of our business strategy, and are now set to open a new chapter. More than ever before, we will CARE about our impact on the planet, on climate change, on natural resources; COLLABORATE for the good of our employees, suppliers, clients; CREATE pioneering ideas to safeguard our rich heritage, and empower future generations. We will help craft tomorrow’s luxury, with our new three pillar roadmap for 2025: care, collaborate, create.

Their CEO’s statement

       More than ever I am convinced that sustainability can redefine business value and drive future growth. As business leaders we all have a crucial role to play and I worked with the CEOs of our luxury Maisons to embed sustainability across our activities while developing this next important phase of our sustainability strategy.

François-Henri Pinault,

Chairman & CEO, Kering

Kering own many fashion brands, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen to name just a few.

 

This could mean a beginning to the end of the Fur industry in our lifetime if Kering are true to their promise of being committed to sustainability.

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Fenty Beauty

PRO FILT’R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

 

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Rihanna recently caused a huge stir in the Beauty industry by launching her own cosmetic brand called Fenty Beauty.

Im delighted to confirm that Fenty Beauty is Cruelty Free and offers a selection of Vegan products including the Pro Filt’r Soft Matt Foundation.

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The Fenty Beauty foundation collection features 40 shades to suit every complexion from extremely light suiting the palest complexion to much deeper shades for a much darker skin-tone.

“Foundation is one of those areas in the beauty industry that has a big void for women at extreme ends of the shade spectrum. There’s this middle ground that’s covered really, really well. But then if you’re very pale or if you’re very dark, there aren’t a lot of options. And so, I wanted to make sure that women of all skin tones were covered so they could be included in what I created.” – Rihanna

Shade 100 (below)

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Shade 490 (above)

Rihanna’s all inclusive foundation has seen other brands quickly reacting by updating their product lines and posting a more diverse line of models on their instagram pages than they would normally, in an effort to show that they also cater for darker complexions.

 

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Last week I took a trip to my local Harvey Nichols with a friend and colleague during our lunch hour to be colour matched.

Given that my friend and I have completely different complexions and there are 40 shades to potentially match to, the girl on the make-up counter was very quick to colour match us both.

Even a few weeks after the initial launch, the make-up counter was still very busy in comparison to all the other make-up counters and the clientele was noticeably diverse.

 

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A soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this longwearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin — so you always look like you. 

For me personally finding a Cruelty Free Vegan foundation hasn’t been the easiest, I’ve been flitting between foundation brands and shades like a nomad roaming and never settling for the past 4 years that I’ve been Vegan.

Now I am just loving this brand, I feel like I’ve found the perfect match for me, it’s everything it says it is, it’s long lasting, provides excellent coverage, applies easily with a brush and looks light and feels natural on the skin.

The Fenty Foundation retails at £26.99 I feel this is a fair price when comparing to other brands that charge around the same or more and are not as effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aromi Beauty – Matt Liquid Lipstick

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Aromi Beauty is a Vegan, Cruelty free and Paraben free, American Beauty Brand based in Minnesota that is certified by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. Owner and founder Hannah Follis a chemist by trade, combined her passion for chemistry and beauty products to create her own beauty brand.

The Matt Liquid Lipsticks are by far my favourite lipstick of all time. It applies like a lipgloss and dries to a matt finish within 30 seconds.

There is an incredible selection of colours to suit the demure, subtle make-up wearers to the creatively loud, artistic make-up lovers and everyone in-between.

 

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This lipstick is super longer lasting, you can eat and drink all day longer and the lipstick will barely even fade and this in my view makes it extremely good value.

It retails at £9.95 at Cocktail Cosmetics in the UK.

Or you can buy via the Aromi Beauty Etsy Shop for £13.24 plus shipping, this in total shipping to the UK cost me £20.00

Cocktail Cosmetics do have a decent selection but there is a much larger variety in the Aromi Beauty Etsy Store, they also have Matt  Liquid Lipstick bundle packages available.

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Rose Gold Metallic

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Preppy Red and Toasted Almond

The only drawback buying this brand online can be tricky as when buying any make-up product online, even with the great colour guide on the website, it’s always much better to be able to see if the colours are right for you.

To avoid disappointment I recommend checking out the Aromi Beauty Instagram Page as they shares customer selfies which can help give a better idea if the lipstick you want to purchase will suit your skin tone or achieve the look you want.

I recently purchased a lipstick I passed on to a friend because it wasn’t the red lipstick shade I would usually go for in autumn. She reported back saying that it was best staying on lipstick she’d ever used and enquired about the price as she expected it to be an expensive lipstick due the quality, she was really pleasantly surprised and felt that it was a brand of lipstick she would consider buying.

 

Drops Of Youth Liquid Skin Peel From The Body Shop

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The Drops of Youth Liquid Skin Peel from the Body Shop and is a gel formula.

This product is amazing and has revolutionised my facial exfoliation skin care routine.

It’s gentle exfoliator and leaves the skin fresh and clean. The Body Shop have recently run an anti-pollution campaign helping to raise awareness the effect of living and working in the city can have on our skin.

Pollution can clog pores that lead to blemishes and breakouts. It can also accelerate cell oxidation, which brings on dull skin with uneven texture and greyish tones. Constant exposure to pollution can lead to dry skin and even premature ageing. To help combat all the effects of urban pollution it’s recommended to have a good nightly cleansing routine followed by a non-comedogenic moisturiser.

The Body Shop

 

How to use

Apply 2 -3 pumps worth of product on to the face spreading evenly. Leave for 20 – 30 seconds, using your first 2 fingers on both hands gently in circular motions rub the gel peel into the skin. Immediately you will feel dead skin cells and dirt be lifted from the skin. When the gel can no longer be rubbed in, take a warm flannel of water and remove the remaining residue and dirt from your face.

Use 1-2 weekly.

This liquid peel retails at £18.00 and is totally worth the money and using once or twice weekly will still last a long time.

The Liquid Peel Range has been popular with customers and they have created a Drops of Light Liquid Peel (also Vegan friendly) and a Vitamin C Liquid Peel which is not Vegan.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-80, Parfum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Eryngium Maritimum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.

Tip

Great at removing dead skin cells and dirt from the feet.