Monday, 25 January 2016
When it comes to mascara, I've never really favored one particular brand or been inspired to try anything raved about. I just pick up whatever is there. However, after trying my sisters Lights, Camera, Action by Tarte, I just had to have one of my own. Opting for the waterproof version, as it was mere weeks before my annual Florida holiday, Lights, Camera, Splashes set me back about £15. Pretty steep for a mascara in my opinion, but when I consider how amazingly it has performed I won't hesitate to repurchase.
The packaging is a little strange, I don't hate it nor love it, while the wand has short bristles which I personally prefer as my lashes are really short and stumpy, so I can really "get in there" with the product for maximum effect. It successfully manages to lengthen while not clumping up and doesn't smudge at all. When I say waterproof, I really mean waterproof. I wore this to the pool when on holiday and it was still there 3 hours later. Now that does mean it is tough to remove, needing a dollop of cleanser and a good ol' massage, but I would personally prefer that over something that's going to smudge all over the place. I am 100% going to be repurchasing this mascara, although I think this time I'm going to go for the non-waterproof version to see how that holds up.
Pros: Lengthening, None-Clumpy, Doesn't Smudge, Very Waterproof, Easy Application, Pigmented, Cruelty Free.
Cons: Difficult to Remove.
Have you tried any Tarte mascaras? What's your favourite waterproof mascara?
Friday, 22 January 2016
It's been 3 weeks since I decided to embrace a Vegan diet, and surprisingly it's been rather easy. Heck, the most difficult part has been in eating healthy food, as I've been back and forth between my new home in Chester and my parents home in St Helens, due to my transfer at work being delayed. The more I learn about a Vegan lifestyle, the more I'm determined to stick with it and it's really encouraging me to be creative in the kitchen. Now that I'm 100% based at home, I'm going to get a little meal planner on the go so me and Craig can cook delicious home-made food around our busy working lives. Just to note, Craig hasn't gone Vegan or even vegetarian. He does primarily eat what I eat at home and rarely buys meat in, but he will eat whatever when he's out. I'm lucky to have such a supportive boyfriend, as I know some whose partners refuse to eat meat-free.
I put a little video together of my first week of Vegan eating, which is up on my second Lifestyle based YouTube channel. It's not the healthiest of weeks, but sometimes I just don't have time for more than "grab and go" food. As I learn more I'm sure that my skills in the kitchen will improve and expand!
Are you a Vegan or Vegetarian? What's your "go-to" meat-free dish?
Thursday, 7 January 2016
Declaring a holy grail makeup item is a big claim, but believe me when I say that I have found my Holy Grail of Liquid Eyeliners. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is without a doubt the best liquid liner I have ever tried in my 10 years of wearing makeup. From the first use I was besotted. Now I do know a few people don't get on with this eyeliner, but let me give you my thoughts on it. At $19 (£13ish) is isn't the cheapest on the market, but then again is isn't the most expensive. Considering how long it lasts and how amazing the product actually is, I would pay for it again in a heartbeat.The only issue is that it, and the whole Kat Von D range, can only really be found in the USA. Luckily, Sephora do international shipping for £10 if you spend £70, including customs fees, so for me personally that isn't a big issue as I tend to make an order every 6 months anyway. Pssst, a little birdy told me that Kat Von D will be making an appearance in Boots soon, so keep your eyes peeled. The eyeliner itself is housed in pretty, yet practical packaging, feeling comfortable when holding and easy to apply with the felt tip applicator. The formula glides onto the skin without tugging while the applicator makes it easy enough to dictate whether a thin or thick line is wanted. I love the pigmentation of Trooper, being a jet black colour that dries rather quickly so accidentally smudging is practically non existent. My favourite thing about the eyeliner is most definitely the staying power. It Does Not Budge! I've always had issues with liquid eyeliners running, fading or smudging, especially when its windy or rainy and my eyes water. Seriously though, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner really doesn't move at all. I've even had a shower with it on and it's stayed put! This does mean it can take a little more effort taking it off at night, but my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish does a great job, it just needs a little extra attention.
Additionally, the whole Kat Von D makeup range is cruelty free, which is a requirement for me. The lady herself is also working on making the whole range Vegan in future.
Pros: Amazing staying power, Strong pigmentation, Applies smoothly, Dries quickly, Lasts a long time, Cruelty FreeCons: Only really available in the USA, Requires a little more effort to remove.
Have you tried any products from Kat Von D? What would you most like to try?
Saturday, 2 January 2016
I've never really been one to talk about food on my blog, apart from the rare post on how to eat vegetarian in Disney Parks or a brief mention within a lifestyle post. Today though, I thought I would talk about making the jump from vegetarian to vegan. This time last year if you told me that I would become a Vegan I wouldn't have believed it, being way too in love with cheese and chocolate to even consider it. However, over the past few months its been something I have been thinking about more and more. I've felt an overwhelming need to take that step into Veganism and have chosen to do Veganuary to kick start it. I've been vegetarian for over 10 years, its something that's been a big part of my life and helped mold me into who I am today, I would even go so far as to say it's the best decision I ever made. So, as of January 1st I've cut all animal sourced products from my diet completely. Yes, i know we're only 2 days in, but so far it's become second nature. To be honest, alot of the food I eat is Vegan based anyway, I just used to add cheese and butter. Sure, there's a lot of label checking and eating out may be a bit of a pain until I'm used to things, but I really do aim to embrace Veganism fully. I will always be a vegetarian, no matter which way this goes, but so far I'm really optimistic and am enjoying looking up new recipes and inspiration. Also, Alpro Soya Chocolate Milk... Wow!
I have decided to film my Veganuary adventures on my channel, so if you would like to see more about Veganism here, do let me know!
Do you have a vegetarian or vegan diet?