Kindness, huh what is it good for?

absolutely everything!!

(sorry to paraphrase Edwin Starr!)

I recently got to thinking about kindness and why I started my blog. If you’ve read the about me page, you’ll know I got the name for my blog from an Albert Einstein quote extolling the virtues of kindness, beauty and er truth!

“The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth”

Now I am by no means perfect and I am very new on this particular journey, but one thing that I have become more and more aware of is also being kinder to yourself.

Lately in the media there has been lot of movement towards body positivity and self acceptance which defies a lot of populist culture which tells us to look a certain way, and value our appearance and those of others above any other characteristic. And in the past I can certainly say I am guilty of judging myself and others by those standards.

But what does hating myself achieve? how does it make me a better person? what does obsessing about the way I look do to my brain?

Conclusion: it turns me into a narrow minded self absorbed creature who can only count calories and obsess over numbers on a scale and worry about how people view her! This is hardly an optimum mindset to foster acts of kindness.

So here’s my guide to being kinder to yourself!

  1. Do not compare yourself to others. You are a beautiful unique individual, the like of which the world has never seen or will see again. So celebrate this fact and stop worrying about how you stack up to anyone else.
  2. Be grateful for what you have. This is a lesson I constantly need to keep reminding myself of. In the era of Facebook it is so easy to get massive FOMO and envy over what everyone else appears to have. It’s so easy to believe every one has a better job, everyone has a great relationship, everyone has the perfect family. These are small snapshots of someones life and not the full picture. And you never know who would be so grateful for the gifts in your life you take for granted.
  3. if your clothes don’t fit, buy new ones! don’t use them it as a stick to beat yourself with.
  4. Do something for someone else. kindness begets kindness and being a good person will never go out of style.
  5. When your inner critic starts telling you that you look fat or ugly or you’re stupid, just ask yourself if you’d ever say these things to your best friend? Probably not? So be your own best friend and stop the negative voice. Imagine what the person who loves you, whether its your bestie, partner, family would say to make you feel better, and tell it to yourself!
  6. Remember your worth is not defined by your looks and your life will not get better when you look a certain way.
  7. Remove the people and situations from your life that make you feel bad. If a friend is always making derogatory comments about you, they are not your friend!! I haven’t bought a glossy magazine in 2 years, as Baz Lurhman said “do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly”
  8. Celebrate your achievements no matter how small, on a regular basis! Nailed that parallel parking today?! high five! gave your seat up on the tube to someone in need? yeay for you! finished a task you were dreading at work? pat on the back! be your own number one fan!
  9. Exercise because you enjoy it, not as a punishment for not being the “perfect” size or because you ate too much
  10. Find the routine that makes you happy, for me its early morning runs, regular yoga and walks in the countryside, and curling up with a pizza and a good good of wine or two at the end of a busy week. I find as much zen in pizza as I do in yoga!

Enjoy your body, dont be afraid of it or what other people may think of it, it is the greatest instrument you will ever own.Baz

Got any other great tips for fostering a more body positive attitude? I’d love to hear them!

Lx

 

 

Summer Favourites

As (whisper it quietly, we don’t want to jinx it) summer finally seems to have tentatively arrived, I thought I’d do a quick round up of my current favourite cruelty free products!

Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup Eye Shadow Palettes

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Ok so I think I might have an addiction when it comes to these! I keep telling myself I have enough, and then they keep bringing out another that I just have to have! When they are so damn affordable, and frequently go on sale its pretty hard not to add just one more to your collection! I currently own the pink fizz, white chocolate and I heart chocolate palettes from I Heart Make Up, and Big Love palette from Makeup Revolution. The selections of colours in these palettes are great and I like the mix of matte and shimmer shadows in each palette. The price for these palettes is between £7.99 and £4.99 and the pigmentation and long-lasting ability of the eye shadows are as good as any designer brand I’ve tried.

Lush Ro Argan Body Conditioner (£16.50)

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I’m essentially a lazy cow at heart, and anything that means I can skip a step in my morning routine is a win for me. This is just like a conditioner for your hair, but for your skin, and it locks in moisture, so I don’t have to apply moisturizer to my skin once I get out of the shower. It smells of roses and reminds me of tropical gardens, and because it’s from Lush, I have the peace of mind that it’s also fair trade and pure ingredients. Also if you take 5 of their little black pots back you get a free face mask!

Superdrug Solait Self Tan Tinted Lotion (£7.99)

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I really like that this adds a little colour straight away, which then deepens over time, it doesn’t go streaky at all (I always apply tan with a mitt, Solait Mitt £3.49) and it doesn’t smell too strong either. I also rate this range of sun protection lotions, so if we actually get any sun, it’s a top choice for some pocket friendly, bunny friendly SPF!

Urban Decay Naked Foundation (£27.00)

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This is a perfect lighter foundation for summer. It really does feel weightless, and its buildable so you can get a bit more coverage without it feeling any heavier. I usually favour a full coverage foundation for an evening look, and I adore Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Foundation, but this is a really nice compromise between a sheer tinted moisturizer and a full coverage finish. Plus it has light diffusing particles, so keeps those selfies looking flawless!

Waitrose Pure Beauty Balm (£2.99)

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I adore the whole range of Pure skincare from Waitrose! My skin can be very sensitive to fragrances and complex ingredients, and this range is really simple and basic but it does exactly what it says on the tin, and is made from mainly natural indgredients! It’s pretty wallet friendly too! Made from shea butter and coconut, it is solid in the pot, and then turns to a buttery oil, when it comes in contact with body heat. It designed for especially dry areas of skin, but I’ve been using it as a night cream for my dry/combination skin and I wake up every morning perfectly hydrated!

Got any cruelty free favourites of your own? let me know I’d love to try them!!

Lx

 

Veggie Vahalla!

I recently had an oportunity to visit Zürich for a weekend, so having done a little bit of research I was excited to learn the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant is located in Zürich, and immediately added it to my itinerary!

This family run restaurant is managed by a fourth generation of the Hitl family, after Ambrosius Hitl founded the first vegetarian restaurant in 1898. He became an advocate of vegetarian eating after it cured his health problems, and despite being widely ridiculed by society at the time stuck by his guns, and created a strong business and family legacy.

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The restaurant is run as a buffet and you pay for your food by weight. I love a buffet, something about an unlimited choice of dishes brings out my inner glutton (which is never very far from the surface of my personality if truth be told!) so image my glee at having a buffet where all meals are meat-free and nothing was therefore out of bounds!! It was heaving with people and had a very bustling, busy atmosphere.

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I literally would have put everything on my plate if I had room, but in the end I went for wakame salad, marinated asparagus, thai tomato salad, mushroom salad, falafels, guacamole, crumbed cauliflower, potato gratin, celeriac schnitzel and tomato and mozzeralla calzone.

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Everything was pretty delicious although I think the calzone and the schnitzel were my favourites! As you can imagine I was rather full after all that so I was very well fueled for the remainder of my sightseeing around Zürich!

I’d definitely recommend a visit if you are heading this way!

Lx

Penhaligon’s Review or how not to Tinder date!

” you’ve got to kiss a few toads before you find your prince”

It’s a brave new tindering world out there (yes I’m pretty sure Tinder has been verbed) and this means meeting complete strangers and praying to the appropriate deity that they look remotely like their profile pic. I’m a busy girl and I try to kill to birds with one stone, so on my last trip to London I planned to meet a guy for coffee, and go scope out some exciting new cruelty free beauty products!

Coffee date going well enough that we had something in common and didn’t despise each other on sight, I took a rather charming Portuguese man on a wild goose chase round Bond Street before finally finding Penhaligon’s.

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Penhaligon’s is one of the last independent Perfumers in England dating back to 1870 and they hold 2 royal warrants and all their products are made in England. Their signature perfume bottle is the original Victorian design, and their shop interiors would not look out of place on the set of Harry Potter!

They also do a fragrance profile, to match you to your perfect perfume. The Sales lady, gave me and my new Portuguese friend a glass of prosecco (just because) and also a glass of water, because apparently when you smell a lot of fragrance you can go nose-blind, and drinking water cleanses your palette so you can smell clearly!

What I particularly love about Penhaligon’s, apart from them being cruelty free, is that all of their perfumes smell rare and opulent. In an age of mass-produced scent by countless celebrities, it’s a rare treat to find unique and truly luxury feeling perfumes.

The very lovely and knowledgeable sales lady gave me lots of difference samples to sniff on card testers, giving me two at a time, and asking me to keep the one I prefered each time. Once she had it narrowed down to a couple she then tested them on my skin. She gave me lots of information on the perfumes that we tried on my skin, their history and what they were inspired by, and we also had a chat about Perfume by Susskind, which is one of my all time favourite novels.

In the end I fell in love with Lothair (£128 for 100ml), which is part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes collection – full description can be found here –

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I really adored the way this smells on my skin, despite this being a unisex fragrance it smells extremely feminine on me but in a quite unusual way. Mr Portugal (yes he was still clinging on in there!!) declared it very sexy!

My close favourites that will no doubt be going on my Christmas and birthday wish lists of the future are:-

Artemisia (£112 for 100ml)

Vaara (£128 for 100ml)

Malabah (£112 for 100ml)

Since wearing my new perfume I get a lot of compliments on how nice I smell, and whenever I spray it on it instantly lifts my mood! It’s strange how perfume can be so evocative.

Lx

The Eyes Have It!

“her eyes as stars of twilight fair” – William Wordsworth

Hello lovelies, apologies for being quiet over the last couple of weeks I’ve been on holiday having a great time so no writing for me! It’s great to be back and I’m excited to share with you the best cruelty free mascaras I’ve discovered so far.

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  1. So far my absolute favourite is Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced. It gives great volume and length without clumping. The only downside with this mascara is that it’s not the easiest to get hold of! You can get it direct from their website at £18.00 plus shipping www.toofaced.com I have also bought it from www.amazon.co.uk. But now you can buy Too Faced from Debenhams, yippee!!   www.debenhams.com/beauty/too-faced
  2. My second favourite is Lash Vegas with Fibres by Barry M (£6.49) this gives me lovely long lashes and its the only fibre mascara I’ve ever tried that doesn’t leave me with gross spider lashes! It has a more subtle effect than other fibre mascaras but in a good way.
  3. Next up is Make Up Revolution’s Awesome Lash Power and Definition (£3.00). I love the brush on this, I’m always a fan of a fat brush! I tend to use this when I’m going for a low key, “no make up” look.
  4. And finally Mega Volume Mascara by Make Up Academy (£3.00) another fat brush and delivers plenty of volume, also a fabulous price and excellent value for money!

I still have a few different mascaras I want to try, particularly Urban  Decay’s Perversion mascara and Kiko Milano’s Endless Sky Volume Effect mascara, so I’ll let you know how I get on with those!

Lx

Viva la Revolution!

I’ve being hearing a lot of good things about Make Up Revolution, and after checking out their cruelty free credentials I decided I definitely had to check them out!

So I did a big shop on Superdrugs website, (sorry credit card!) and then I ordered a few things direct from their website that I wasn’t able to get on as it had sold out on the Superdrug one.

Here’s a list of what I bought:

  • I heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette (£7.99)
  • I heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette (£7.99)
  • Ultra All Day Prime and Anti Shine Balm (£5.00)
  • Pro Base Blur Primer (£6.00)
  • Awesome Lash Mascara (£3.00)
  • Ultra Face Base Foundation – FB04  Pink Tone (£3.00)
  • Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter (£3.00)
  • Amazing Lipstick in Beloved (£1.00)

Having tried these products for a few days now, I definitely rate the primers, these are some of the best I’ve tried for a fraction of the price I would normally pay. I like to use the Blur Primer under my tinted moisturizer/BB creams, and the Ultra All Day Prime Balm under my foundation for my nighttime look.

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I bought the foundation for a friend as she was looking for a new foundation, and she’s been a very helpful guinea pig!! The colour match was spot on, and I gave her a lovely dewy finish and stayed put for most of the day (thank you Stacy for being my tester!)

I’m also now OBSESSED with the I heart Makeup palettes! Every time I wear them I get compliments on my eye make up, the colours of both palettes work so well together and are a really good selection of matte and shimmery colours.

The highlighter is beautiful although I think next time I’ll get the Golden Lights or possibly the Pro Illuminate as I have a feeling this may suit my skin tone slightly better, although I can definitely get away with the Peach as long as I have a little bit of a tan!

The mascara and the lipstick I tried were pretty average, but exceptionally good value for money, so I although I probably wouldn’t buy them again I would say try them out if you see a colour or a mascara wand style you really like as you won’t be disappointed.

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This is the look I created using the I heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette and the Peach Lights Highlighter.

Let me know if you there are anymore Makeup Revolution products you’d like me to try, or let me know your current favourites!

Lx

Best Cruelty Free Lipsticks

“Just have fun, smile, and keep putting on lipstick” – Diane Keaton

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Reds

I’m a sucker for a red lipstick! I think it’s the old school Hollywood connotations, but I always feel like treating myself to a new red lipstick is a little more decadent than buying any other colour. I think for that reason I only ever buy designer red lipstick. I prefer my reds matte, so most of these below are just that, but if you prefer more of a cream finish definitely check out Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

  • Illamasqua – Maneater £19.50
  • Jeffree Star – Unicorn Blood $18.00 (about £12.42, but you may well get stung by customs when shipping, ouch!)
  • Urban Decay Gwen Stefani – Wonderland £16.00
  • Illamasqua – Liable £19.50
  • Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. – Lovebite £23.00
  • Urban Decay Gwen Stefani – Spiderweb £16.00
  • Jeffree Star – Anna Nicole $18.00 (about £12.42, but again customs when shipping!)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution – Red Carpet Ready £23.00

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Nudes and Pinks

A good nude lipstick is every woman’s holy grail, and it’s important to find a shade that suits you. Think of them as your classic wardrobe basics that never go out of style!  I wear them all the time, yet I’m always on the hunt for a new one! I also alternate to pink in the summer, I’m not sure why exactly it just seems to suit my mood and my face better when I have a slight tan. I’m far less of a makeup snob when it comes to nudes and pinks and I buy from high street and designer brands! NYX Lip Lingerie is a gorgeous matte, but if that is not your thing the others on this list are a cream finish and the glosses from B. are fantastic if you prefer a sheer, glossy finish.

  • NXC Lip Lingerie – Lace Detail £6.50
  • Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. – Bitch Perfect £23.00
  • Soap & Glory  Sexy Mother Pucker – Pommie Girl £9.00
  • Make Up Revolution – Beloved £1.00!!!!
  • Barry M Lip Paint – Pink Ribbon £4.49
  • NXC Lip Lingerie – Bed Time Flirt £6.50
  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker – Naked Talent £9.00
  • Barry M Matte Me Up – Model Behaviour £4.99
  • MUA (Make Up Academy) Whipped Velvet – ChiChi £3.00
  • B.Beautiful Lip Gloss – Raspberry Coulis – £6.99

I’d love to know your cruelty free favourite lip products so please let me know in the comments if you think there’s anything I need to try!

Lx

Bertie Bunny’s Cruelty free Brand List

This is a quick round up of mine and Bertie Bunny’s current Cruelty Free Favourites!

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If they’re Leaping Bunny Approved then they’re in Bold, PETA approved are in Italics. Companies that are neither have either a clear statement that they do not test on animals on their website, or they have replied to my emails requesting clarification of their cruelty free policies.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Ardell Lashes
  • B. (Superdrug)
  • Barry M
  • Bare Minerals (parent company tests on animals)
  • Body Shop (parent company tests on animals)
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Colour Pop Cosmetics
  • Cooperative 
  • Dermalogica
  • ELF Cosmetics
  • H&M
  • Illamasqua
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics
  • Kat Von D
  • KIKO Milano
  • Laura Gellar
  • Liz Earle
  • Lush
  • Make Up Revolution
  • MUA (Make up Academy)
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Mark Jacobs Beauty
  • Models Own
  • Montagne Jeunesse
  • Nars
  • NYX (parent company tests on animals)
  • Real Techniques
  • Sainsburys
  • Smash Box (parent company tests on animals)
  • Spectrum
  • Soap & Glory
  • Superdrug
  • Tarte (parent company tests on animals)
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay (parent company tests on animals)
  • Waitrose

Happy Shopping Bunny Lovers! Lx

Me Time Magic – Or how to be a Pampered Princess!

“there must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them” – Sylvia Plath

I suspect my next confession won’t win me very many cool credentials, but there is nothing I love more on a Saturday afternoon/evening than an “at home” spa day and an early night in fresh laundered sheets, and if I’m really pushing the boat out, a nice cup of herbal tea!!

All the benefits of a spa break, without the travelling, expense and best of all knowing all the products are bunny friendly!

So I’m going to share with you my favourite pampering beauty treats!

I like to start by running a deep hot bath and while I’m waiting for that I give my face a good cleanse with my Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser from Nourish (£16.50), and then I apply a face mask. I really like the sachets from Montagne Jeunesse (from £1.00) as it means I can choose whatever my face needs at the time.

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Leaving my face mask on, I then give my body a vigorous brush with my faithful body brush from The Body Shop (£8.00) and have a long relaxing soak in my bath tub!

Once I’m done soaking, I give my body a scrub with Soap & Glory’s Sugar Scrub (£8.00) which smells divine and leaves my skin super soft!

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I get out of the bath and wrap myself in soft fluffy towels and remove my face mask, and then generously apply Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£2.50 for 250ml)

I then massage B. Replenished Facial Oil (£13.99) into my face and apply B. Radiant Overnight Mask 50ml before hopping into bed with a good book or a box set on my laptop, bliss!!

I’d love to know your beauty rituals!

Lx

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Perfect Pin Up

“Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of god into people” – Dita von Tease

So now that I’m finding some really great new products that I can add to my cruelty free make up kit, I’ve started working on recreating my favourite looks using all cruelty free products.

I decided to start with a proper, old school vintage, full on glamorous look. No matter how much I play around with other looks, this is always my fail safe. There’s just something about channeling my inner Marilyn that will have a have a soft spot in my heart!

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I started with Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer (£22.00) which creates a good base for foundation to sit on, I just pat it on to my face with my fingers after moisturising. Then I applied Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (£29.50) with my favourite Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£8.99). I also used Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Light (£39.00), I use Banana for highlight and Java for contour. Then I set with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder in Original (£21.00)

For my eyes I used Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette. I used the matte shades in this palette for a more vintage look, so I used Foxy on my whole eyelid, then Tease to shade in my crease a little. I then used Busted with the defined end of the brush included in the palette to create a more defined, cut crease effect.

Winged eyeliner created with Barry M Gel Waterproof Eyeliner (£5.49) and I used Superdrug LASH Eyelashes Double Volume Edition #40 (£5.19) I used a darker eyebrow pencil than I would normally use, to get a more vintage brow and drew a more defined, pointed arch than I naturally have using Barry M Brow Wow Pencil in Medium Dark (£3.99) I also used this to create my fake beauty spot!

For a vavavoom vintage lip of course it has to be red and it has to be matte! I used Illamasqua Lip Pencil in Feisty (£16.00) and Lipstick in Maneater (£19.50).

So there we have it, Pin up worthy, Bunny friendly Beauty!

Lx