BODYSHOP HAUL

Good morning beautiful souls,

I recently purchased some new Bodyshop goods, products I haven’t tried before. I thought about doing a first impressions post, but then decided to try them out a little first before reviewing them. So without further ado, here’s what I thought:

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Waterproof Mascara –

I’m going to be blunt – I hate it and definitely will not be repurchasing this again! Saying that I like the brush, it makes for a an easy application and creates good lash length. However the product itself leaves me with dark circles under my eyes quite quickly and removing it at the end of the day is practically impossible without ripping out half of my eyelashes!

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Lipgloss –

I didn’t need a new lipgloss but this beautiful shimmery metallic rose tone just wanted to be bought haha. The application brush is a works really well and the lipgoss has a nice consistency and sparkle to it without being uber shiny and sticky which I hate.

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Vitamin E Face Cream –

I’ve been really enjoying this face cream as it is nice and light and doesn’t feel like it clogs up your skin. The reason I picked this though is because it has an SPF 30. It’s important to remember to protect our skin from the UV rays in autumn and winter too when the sun and sunburn aren’t as obvious! I use this every morning and am very likely to repurchase!

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Primer –

I’m going to admit I one of these people who doesn’t really pay much attention to primers, I mean I understand what they do, but as to whether my makeup is really smoother or stays on longer, I really couldn’t tell you. Saying that it does make the application process easier and does seem to soften and even out the skin well.

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Have you tried any of these products?! I’d love to know 🙂

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BODYSHOP HAUL

Good evening guys,

It’s time for another haul!

The Bodyshop recently had a promotion on, where if you spent £50 you got £25 off. To top it off I had £5 on my loyalty card to spend, so of course I didn’t need anymore reasons to have a browse. It was the perfect time to stock up on some items I needed and buy a couple of treats. I am one of those people who shops for little stocking fillers and birthday bits & bobs throughout the year when I see things I like.

So without further ado, here’s what I bought:

Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

After having tried the vitamin E toner and loving it, I really wanted to try some more products from the vitamin E range. My facial scrub was running low and so. I went for this gentle face wash. So far I am enjoying using it; it definitely is very gentle. It’s texture is like a light face cream rather than a foaming wash, so when I first used it I got confused, wondering if I had bought face cream instead of face wash, but no I checked and the bottle definitely said facewash aha.

Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion

I have yet to try this but I’m really looking forward to it. The reason I picked this up is because of its SPF 30. I find in autumn and winter we often forget about the sun and neglect the fact that UV rays can still damage our skin, so its important to remember to give your skin some loving. Thus I thought this SPF 30 face cream would be the perfect way to protect my face!

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

This is my second bottle and I love it. The Vitamin E formula is soothing and gentle on the skin. It’s great for removing those last bits of remaining make-up whilst tightening the skin and making it feel fresh.

Atlas Mountain Rose Fragrance Mist

I have fallen in love with the Bodyshop’s fragrance mists! This is the third one I own now (ooh maybe I’ll do a perfume post sometime soon)! Anyway these fragrance mists are the perfect spray to make you feel and smell fresh, without costing you the earth! Rose has always been one of my favourite scents and flavours so this was a must!

Matte Lip Liquid – Nairobi Camellia 034

It has been years since I’ve used yet alone bought a lipgloss however when I saw this matte lip liquid in the shade Nairobi Camellia I had to try it! I am a big fan of browny red shades in quite natural tones. I haven’t tested the longevity of this yet but I like the shade, it’s perfect for a neutral Autumn makeup look and it’s easy to apply.

Hand Cream Stocking fillers

These little hand creams are what I call the perfect stocking fillers. I often stockpile little gifts for Birthdays and Christmas and these cute 30ml tubes are perfect! Rose and coconut are two of my favourite Bodyshop scents so of course I would choose these to add to my gift box at home. My gift box is where I store all the little presents I buy throughout the year for when the occasion arises that I need a gift for someone, or if I see something that is perfect for a certain person I will buy it and put it into the box till it’s Christmas or their birthday!

Well that’s all from my £50 Bodyshop haul! What are your favourite Bodyshop items? Any in particular you’d recommend?I’d love to know!

Wishing you all the best Sunday!

Love Carina xo

MY TOP 3 CRUELTY FREE/VEGAN BATH & SHOWER PRODUCTS

Hello friends,

My cruelty free / vegan skin care routine went down really well, so I thought I would also share what bath / shower products I use. My favourite brands are Faith in Nature, Funky Soap and Balance Me.

Faith in Nature have a wide range of products from cleaning liquids to shower gels. They are all vegan friendly. I love their Shower Gel & Foam Bath products and use them mainly for foam baths rather than as shower gels as they produce great bubbles for a relaxing bath and smell lovely and fresh too. I definitely recommend giving them a go, they aren’t too expensive either. To shop click this link Faith In Nature alternative have a look on amazon where you can sometimes find cheaper deals.

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I started using Funky Soap about 2 years ago when I wanted to strip back my hair from all the chemicals and let it’s natural oils take over again. Funky Soap are vegan and cruelty free and specialise in natural shampoo bars. Now admittedly they did not take well to my long hair at the time and washing the soap out seemed almost impossible, but I guess that depends on you hair type. When I shaved all my hair off for charity I went a good to months without washing my hair with any products bar warm water and then when it got a little longer I started introducing the Funky Soap shampoo bars which on the short hair worked really well and I am still using them to this day. It’s a small independent British based company and it’s nice to also support smaller companies rather than big chains. They are well worth a look as they’re products are more natural and cheaper the for example Lush. To shop click this link Funky Soap. They also produce shaving bars and liquid shampoos amongst other things, well worth having a browse.

Balance Me has to be brought up again (admittedly this is another tester product and one I haven’t actually bought as they are quite pricey) however, I just love the smell of Balance Me products. They are so earthy and cosy and make you feel more connected to nature. Although not all vegan Balance Me is a cruelty free brand and uses mostly natural ingredients. To shop click this link Balance Me.

Hope you found this helpful! Please let me know if you have tried any of these brands before and if you like them too!

Love Carina xo

MY CURRENT CRUELTY-FREE & ECO EVENING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Hey guys,

I have been wanting to blog my Cruelty-free Eco Skin Care Routine for quite a while now and I’ve finally got round to taking some photos and being organised again. I hope you enjoy and can be inspired to start in-cooperating your own cruelty free eco products into your skin care routine!

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Firstly I want to introduce you to an amazing eco friendly cleansing pad hack which my best friend Emily told me about! I love it – it’s fab! Instead of using cleansing wipes or cotton pads which only add to our piles of landfil rubbish that can’t be recycled why not use Organic Nursing Pads which can be washed and reused time after time again and will save you a fair bit of money in the long run too! I find the nursing pads are gentler on my skin in comparison to the harsh chemicals on cleansing wipes which I used to use all the time!

Now as for my skin care routine, I’m feeling great knowing the things I ma now buying are cruelty free and mostly vegan too. In this blog post I am using products from the Bodyshop (a brand that doesn’t test on animals and which is mostly vegan bar products like the honey range) and BalanceMe (a brand that doesn’t test on animals and aims to be as natural as possible) just going to put it out there, I very often don’t use products the way they are designed to be used; eg. I might use a toner as as a makeup remover instead of using it as the last step in my makeup removal cleansing routine.

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I begin taking my makeup off with the Bodyshop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I love this toner. It is gentle on my skin, works well at removing makeup and leaves it feeling fresh and bright. What’s not to like?!

The Bodyshop Tea Tree Clearing Foaming Cleanser is what I had originally bought to remove my makeup before using the toner, however even two pumps of the foam doesn’t go very far. It doesn’t wet the nursing cleansing pad well enough for my liking to efficiently remove makeup and just kinda disappears. Thus I use it after the toner to  just remove the last dregs of makeup.

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Next I use the Bodyshop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz. I’m not exactly sure it energizes my face, however it is very refreshing especially on a warm summer morning and I feel gives some hydration to my just cleansed skin.

Now these my next two products are testers I received in a magazine and I love them!!! I really want to repurchase them but they are on the pricier side of things although then again they do stretch quite far too. Both the BalanceMe Restore and Replenish Face Cream and the BalanceMe Wonder Eye Cream smell amazing! They really do smell like the natural ingredients that they use, which I love! I massage the eye cream onto my skin first and then follow with the face cream. I find they are also absorbed quite quickly into the skin and leave it feeling very soft and refreshed! If you haven’t tried any BalanceMe products yet but don’t want to splash out the big bucks, definitely keep you eyes open in magazines for testers!!!

Well that’s my evening skin care routine for you! I hope you’ve enjoyed it! Let me know of your favorite cruelty free/vegan products in comments below!

Love Carina xo