Cruelty free & vegan list U.K

Cruelty free & vegan list 2017Products with the leaping bunny logo are certified cruelty free products under the Humane Cosmetics/Humane Household Products Standards. This means the product hasn’t been tested on animals in the U.K and the product isn’t being sold in China. China by law must have products tested on animals before human use. Some companies here in the U.K don’t have the leaping bunny logo, you can find information on their website. 

Brands

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills β“‹
  • Bare minerals β“‹
  • Barry M β“‹
  • Body shop β“‹
  • Burts bees
  • Dr organic 
  • Kat Von D β“‹
  • Lush β“‹
  • Nars β“‹
  • Natural collection
  • No.7
  • NYX β“‹
  • Original source β“‹
  • Palmer’s
  • Soap & glory 
  • Superdrug own brand 
  • Too faced β“‹
  • Urban decay β“‹

Shops 

  • H&M
  • Next
  • Primark 

Supermarkets (own brand)
Cosmetics & cleaning:

  • Aldi 
  • Co op 
  • M&S

Cosmetics:

  • Morrisons 
  • Sainsbury’s 

Begin your cruelty free journey today. 

Love always x

Homemade natural matte finishing powder

Hello all, I’d like to say thank you to those who have followed and liked my posts. I have yet another secret for all of you…

DIY matte finishing powder

  • Cornflour 1tbsp
  • Baby powder 1tsp
  • Ground cinnamon and ginger

Add the cornflour and baby powder into a pot and mix evenly. Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon and ginger, a little at a time until desired tone. You don’t need to add a lot, you’re simply adding gentle tones.

The cinnamon will add tanned tones and the ginger will add yellow, golden hues (you can also use turmeric which is much darker) You could add highlighter for a shimmer, perfect the upcoming summer months, a bronzed, glowing look.

I made this beautiful DIY today and it really works. Matte finish, evens out complexion and skin tone and it smells divine!

The eco tools brush is a duo, the right end is for blush and the left is for powder. I recommend a good powder brush to distribute it evenly on the face.

Love always x

Shea butter facts

Shea butter is one of my favourite butters. It smells and feels luxurious and has truly amazing benefits for the skin, read below!

15 facts about shea butter

  1. Highly moisturising
  2. Softens skin, hair, scalp
  3. Hair conditioner
  4. Natural SPF
  5. Restores skin elasticity
  6. Brightens skin tone
  7. Fades dark marks and scars
  8. Prevents cellulite
  9. Prevents nappy rash for babies
  10. Prevents bumps after shaving
  11. Anti-inflammatory
  12. Heals burns
  13. Heals execma
  14. Soothes rashes
  15. Relieves joint pain

Best one to buy?

Naissance via Amazon, I’ve purchased this product a few times and I will continue to do so! It’s inexspensive and organic. Love always x

Aloe vera gel uses

Aloe vera is cultivated for it’s medical and agricultural purposes. You can either harvest the gel from the leaves or buy aloe vera gel. I do both, when a leaf snaps off I’ll scrape out the gel and store it in the fridge. I also use 100% aloe vera gel from Holland and Barrett.

Top 10 uses for aloe vera gel

  1. Shampoo – Add distilled water, 1tsp of gel and castile soap to a bottle, shake before use.
  2.  Leave in conditioner – Add distilled water, 1tsp of gel and coconut oil to a spray bottle. Shake and spray on hair daily.
  3. Face toner – Apply gel on a clean face and leave overnight, rinse in the morning.
  4. Body moisturiser – Apply to dry areas of the body after a warm bath and exfoliation.
  5. Hair gel – Apply directly to hair and style.
  6. Face primer – Apply a small amount on the face, wait until dry and proceed with foundation.
  7. Setting spray – Add 1tbsp of gel, 1tsp of witch hazel and distilled water to a spray bottle. Shake and spray a small amount all over the face to set make up.
  8. Eyelash/eyebrow growth treatment – Clean out an old mascara tube and fill it with aloe vera gel. Apply every morning and evening, once dry you can also apply mascara, thanks to the gel underneath it makes the lashes look fuller and longer whilst also helping them grow.
  9. Sunburn – Apply after a shower/bath, directly to the sunburn to soothe, heal and prevent peeling.
  10. Execma – Apply generously to dry areas. It helps to soothe itchiness and helps to repair dry, broken and damaged skin.

Love always x

The many uses of coconut oil

Coconut oil is possibly one of the most amazing products on the market. You can cook with it, use it on your face, hair and body, for many uses, It’s truly the best.

Top 20 uses of coconut oil 
There are several brands on the market, this one has to be my favourite, it’s organic and you can find it in b&m and Tesco for Β£3-Β£4.

  1. Make up remover – Apply a small amount to cotton pads and wipe away.
  2. Eyelash growth serum – Apply to eyelashes every evening before bed.
  3. Eye serum – Apply under the eyes and wipe away after half an hour. Defeats wrinkles and dark circles.
  4. Scars – Apply directly to the scar or add coconut oil to a bath, to fade and prevent stretch marks.
  5. Face mask – Apply and leave for half an hour, rinse and pat dry. Hydrates skin, brightens complexion and helps fight wrinkles.
  6. Hair mask – Apply all over the hair, root to tip and either cover your hair with a shower cap or cling film to create heat, leave for an hour, shampoo and condition as normal.
  7. Split end treatment – Apply to the ends after showering when the ends are slightly dry, instant repair!
  8. Lip balm – DIY quick and easy lip balm.
  9. Cuticle cream – Massage into cuticles.
  10. Massage oil – Add essential oils for ultimate relaxation.
  11. Bath oil – Add a small amount to a hot bath with essential oils.
  12. Cold sores – Apply small amounts to help heal and prevent cracking.
  13. Rash soother – Apply coconut oil to the infected area, place it in the freezer for ten minuets or so if the rash is burning.
  14. Sun burn soother – Apply to the infected area and again you can place it in the freezer quickly to cool the sunburn.
  15. Dry skin – Apply to the dry area after showering every evening. In severe cases add coconut oil to the bath and apply it generously often.
  16. Teeth whitener  DIY toothpaste, coconut oil and baking soda, prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
  17. Lip scrub – DIY scrub, coconut oil, sugar, cinnamon/peppermint essential oil (natural lip plumpers)
  18. Shaving cream – Whip the coconut oil to form a foamy consistency.
  19. Energy booster – Eat 1tbsp every day alongside a healthy diet.
  20. Finally the health benefits from eating coconut oil, as said above are amazing! It can help with weight loss, improves digestion, memory and brain function, boosts the immune system and prevents heart disease and high blood pressure. Wow.

Love always x

Household all natural beauty tips

Household beauty hacks out of this world!

DIY dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a girls bestfriend, sadly it doesn’t last very long and it isn’t exactly cheap… Cornflour! Yes cornflour, I no longer buy dry shampoo and feel guilty for spending nearly Β£4 on a bottle. I use a small amount in my hands and rub them together, smooth it into my hair focusing on the roots with my finger tips, I usually repeat around 2-3 times.

DIY translucent powder

Baby powder is the ultimate alternative! I apply it with an angled sponge, under my eyes, above my cheekbones and under to create a sharp edge. Leave for a few moments, maybe do your eyeshadow? Then brush away and violΓ .

DIY hair serum

Both extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are great for hair you can use them for hair masks or apply the oil to the ends of your hair for instant repair.

More to follow…
Love always x

How to become a greener version of yourself

Taken Vienna 2014

Hello all, I moved into my first home a couple of months ago and I was determined to become a green goddess, no plastic, less packaging, less waste, fresh food and so on! So here is my step by step guide to become a greener, more natural version of yourself.

1. Ditch plastic – Cutting boards, cooking utensils etc replace with glass (glass is the easiest material to recycle, it’s simply melted down and formed into a new bottle) or replace with wood/bamboo.

2. Buy in bulk – I buy large bags of pasta, rice and flour to reduce packaging. I then store them in air tight jars.

3. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables – I take a cotton bag with me instead of using the plastic bags in supermarkets.

4. Make your own condiments – I make pasta sauces and barbecue sauce a lot using chopped tomatoes and other ingredients. Jam and peanut butter is also really simple to make.

5. Bake your own bread – For you sweet tooths out there cake too.

6. Make your own cleaning products – I haven’t invested in one single cleaning product and I’ve been in this house for nearly 4 months, it feels great! I clean with homemade vinegar solutions, homemade febreeze and lots of baking soda, all of which can be found on my blog!

7. Recycle and reuse – I made a double bed and a garden table from scrap pallets, authentic and simple. You can recycle jars and bottles to make vases or storage jars for make up, spices, a toothbrush/pen pot etc

8. Shop second hand – Well this one is really easy, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

9. Start a compost bin – Or simply bury the scraps in the earth.

10. Eco friendly beauty kit – Invest in bamboo make up brushes, hair brushes, combs etc Eco tools have the best selection!

Feel free to ask questions, it’s really as simple as 10 steps. Love always x