Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Skin Perfecting Liquid, REVIEW

The brand: American, chemical (in a good way), very well known for their range of exfoliators. The product: Salicylic acid toning liquid Who can use it: This is specifically for combination/oily skins. I would say it’s gentle enough for anyone. Ingredients: Aqua, Methylpropanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Polysorbate 20…

Cruelty Free at Cult Beauty

The online beauty shopping empire is home to tonnes of alternative brands. They just prove how much variety is out there, cruelty free is definitely easier to access online. Here are their cruelty free brands: (please let me know if you know anymore, or if I’ve made any errors). Aesop African Botanics Alpha – H…

Hydraluron, Indeed Labs: REVIEW

The brand: Canadian, cruelty-free, very transparent in costs and formula. They are very often reformulating their formulas too, to keep up with current technologies. Everything I have tried from them so far has been excellent. The product: ‘Deep Hydration and Moisture Boosting Facial Serum’ Who can use it: Anyone, most skins are dehydrated and would…

Pestle&Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil, REVIEW

The brand: Irish and independent. Really succinct and minimal line of products, have a good reputation in the skincare community for efficacy. Cruelty free, and ALL of their products are vegan. The product: Oil based retinol Who can use it: Anyone who is concerned with skin ageing, have acne, problematic, dull, oily skin. Most people…

Cruelty Free brands with diverse shade ranges

It’s a well known fact that the makeup industry is ridiculously bad at accommodating to darker skin shades. All too often, especially at the pharmacy, I stumble across brands that have a few shades of pale and that’s it. I am lucky enough to pretty much always be able to find a shade which works…

Stokes Croft (Gloucester&Cheltenham Road) Guide

An area known for it’s quirky side, which (sadly) is quickly becoming gentrified. One of the best places in Bristol for nightlife, food, and independent shopping. Prince of Wales has been about for a long time, and is at risk of closing – so go and support it! For more food and drink, check out…

Christmas Gifts: Clothes&Accessories

This is the final installment. I know it’s pretty late, so good luck if you’re still hoping to find lots of presents ! and Merry Christmas xxx Jenny Blanc Santorus Leopard Glasses Case £50 Can be cheap, or more expensive if you like. This one is from an indepent brand, and looks lovely. You could…

Christmas Gifts: Books&Magazines

Books are a fantastic physical thing to buy someone, they are affordable and often very beautiful. Also, they veer away from some of the more traditional consumerism around Christmas in that they are one of the least polluting gifts you can buy, they support the wonderful book industry and they aren’t produced by slave labour….

Christmas Gifts: Home&Candles

The next week is going to be a Christmas post overload. You still have a week to shop – hope this gives you some good ideas x MADE.com Elmin Patchwork Bedspread £129 100% cotton and linen, which is why it has the higher price tag.  Another option is the one below, which again is 100%…

Christmas Gifts: Food&Drink

Safe, but can be totally special. Aim for pretty packaging, and extra luxury versions of things your recipient loves. Fortnum and Mason Ethiopia Guji Zone Ground Coffee £25 F&M have a huge selection of coffee, tea, and food gifts. All beautifully packaged and really special. It doesn’t have to be Fortnum and Mason, but any really…