Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Budget Friendly Vegan/ Cruelty Free Makeup Guide

Vegan and Cruelty Free Makeup Guide

Having recently transitioned from vegetarian to vegan after 15 years of vegetarianism I have been trying to be more aware of the other non-food products I use, such as makeup and bath products, endeavoring as best I can to ensure that these are also cruelty free and vegan. Cruelty free products have always been something I've considered at the back of my mind although never very diligently, mostly due to the daunting prospect of researching every single brand I use and the ingredients within each product. Knowing how off-putting this is along with the awkwardness of standing at a drugstore makeup stand with your phone in your hand as you frantically google every product you're looking at, I thought  it might be useful to compile a little list of my favourite cruelty free and vegan brands I've come across. I've seen a few of these lists around on the internet but so many are out of date and are mainly comprised of products which can only be found online so I thought I'd chip in with a budget friendly and MOSTLY drugstore vegan list.

ALL brands mentioned on this list are cruelty free (ie. do not test their products on animals) and are categorized as per how many of their products are also vegan friendly (all, some, some but no official list).

Sunday, 11 December 2016

MCM London October 2016

I'm probably a bit late in posting this since everyone has moved on from thoughts of October to thoughts of Christmas but I thought I'd post it nonetheless. It's my blog, damnit, I can write what I want to even if no-one's interested!

In October I went to MCM London Comic Con, the first comic con I'd ever been to and, I think I can safely say not the last. With my comic obsession growing and growing as bank balance in turn slowly withers away, I'd say this was always an inevitability. I went for two days and, of course, went all out in my 'all or nothing' fashion, cosplaying as my favourite comic character - Harley Quinn. As I'm sure you can image, I was certainly not the only Harley there but I tried to be a bit different by cosplaying as the current comic version rather than the new suicide squad version or the 'classic' jester Harley. Being my first cosplay, there's a lot to be improved and the lack of a sewing machine certainly hindered me a bit but I'm pretty darn proud and the whole atmosphere was very friendly and positive, with lots of people being very complimentary and taking pictures - I even ended up the in the Mirror! *excited squee*

I met so many amazing people, spent far too much money and have more funny stories than I can possible share in one post, including a very in-character Joker interjecting during a photo with a gorgeous Posion Ivy to berate her 'stealing his girlfriend again'.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

A jumble of blog-y ponderings

Today I thought about my blog again. It'd been a while since my mind returned to that little corner of the internet but it did and I thought I'd have a look at how it'd been doing. It's still here, quietly ticking away and, I was surprised to see, still getting a few views and comments here and there. I wasn't really quite sure what to think about that. I was kinda happy there were still people reading what I'd put out there, kinda sad, kinda guilty. 

I get obsessions. That's something I've always been guilty of. Like a child I go through little phases and fads during which I devote all of my attention to something and it becomes my whole identity only for my interest to suddenly wane some time later.  I suppose when you fixate on something so entirely it's never really sustainable. And if I'm honest with myself that's what happened with this blog. I spent so much time on writing, commenting on other blogs and chatting in twitter chats which, lets face it, takes up a lot of time and effort. That's all very well when that initial excitement is still there but after a while that gets a bit...much. You feel pressure to post, the writing starts to feel like essays and you can't keep up with the momentum you set up for yourself. I've always been an all or nothing kind of girl. I do it all or I just...don't. And that's what I keep doing with this blog. I go back to it, I get all obsessed again but I can't keep it up. I suck my own enjoyment out of it and it all gets a bit lost and I just let it go.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My Top 3 Candles