Monday, 30 March 2015

Brighton VegFest 2015

Saturday 28th March was a date in my diary that I have been looking forward to for sometime now - Brighton VegFest! After having visited the London VegFest last year and being so impressed by it I was keen to experience the show in other locations so I immediately took advantage of the 'buy one get one free' offer on advanced tickets for Brighton. At only £5 for two people it was a total bargain.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Lush Easter


I don't know about you but I love Easter and everything that comes with it! 

The shops just seem to be bursting with cute Easter themed products at the moment and it's excellent to see Lush offering us up some cruelty free & vegan Spring time treats.


I love this 'Hoppity Poppity' bunny bath bomb! Such a cute design and it smells amazing. I enjoyed it in a long bath tub soak a few nights ago and it left my skin feeling so soft. With its lavender and violet scents it will also leave you feeling beautifully relaxed and calm. 

I have never tried any of Lush's bubble bars before so it was fun to test out this 'Bunch of Carrots' which helped me to create the most bubbly bubble bath ever! I love that they are also reusable as it not only means that they are cost efficient, but also that there's more fun bubble times ahead! The only down side for me was that they fell off their green stalks as they weren't very well attached but that doesn't really take away from the overall experience. 

If you'd like to see these products in action via video footage then head over to my Instagram page!


Also available in store are a selection of pretty egg shaped bath bombs just like this pink candy floss scented 'Fluffy Egg' which turns your bath water an amazing deep neon pink colour! It smells so sweet too, just like Lush's Snow Fairy shower gel which is normally released around Christmas time. 

I was very tempted by the glittery 'Golden Egg' too as it just looked so pretty but I have had bad experiences with glitter bath bombs in the past which have left me and my bathroom completely covered in glitter. 
I do however love the idea of basking in glittery water!

I think all of these make the perfect little Easter gifts as if, like me, you're on a diet it means that you can still enjoy some bunnies and eggs, just not the variety that make you put on weight! 

With the long bank holiday weekend coming up there's no better time to treat yourself to some quality 'you time'. Any of Lush's bath time products are the perfect excuse to take some time out away from daily stresses and enjoy a long hot soak. 

Enjoy!

Sarah x

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

La La Land


My addiction to stationary continues!

This adorable 'Dream Journal' cat note book and blogger pencil set are from my new favourite haunt La La Land!

Their online store has a vast array of quirky pop culture accessories, perfect for treating yourself or that someone special who deserves a bit of spoiling rotten. 

This is definitely going to be my go to place for original gifts that I know will make my friends smile!

Free UK shipping makes it even more tempting.

And they spookily already knew that i'm pretty awesome! ....



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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Den at 23


Last weekend my husband & I headed off to the newly opened vegan cafe in Colchester, Essex, The Den at 23.
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Monday, 23 March 2015

e.l.f cosmetics


I simply cannot believe my own bad luck....

I FINALLY find a cruelty free & vegan cosmetics company that I LOVE and what happens....

e.l.f cosmetics UK announce last week that they're shutting up shop!!!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been literally gushing about this brand and planning out in my head how much I was going to rave about them on the blog, but now there seems little point in doing so.

Not only was this make up ethical, it was also low cost and FAB quality.
The first make up that I have tested out that seems to be on par with MAC in terms of quality. 

I guess I can only be thankful that I was fortunate enough to get my hands on these sale bargains whilst they were still available! But what am I going to do when they run out!?

Well, my quest for the perfect cruelty free vegan make up continues....

Meanwhile if you want to grab a quick bargain head over to their clearance sale now! 
The prices are crazy low!

I am not sure if anything is still left on their shelves but I can highly recommend:

From scanning the e.l.f websites it does seem that the US company is still continuing to trade, so if you happen to visiting America at any point you can stock up there. Their flagship store happens to be in NYC. 

You can also join me by begging e.l.f over Twitter to start shipping internationally! 

Maybe there is still a glimmer of hope but for now I will end with R.I.P e.l.f cosmetics UK.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Tiny Wishes


I have always loved wish bracelets and especially giving them as gifts to my friends. 

If you are not familiar with the idea of a 'wish bracelet' then its pretty simple....
They are delicate string bracelets which usually feature a charm and a message of some description. 
The idea is that you make a wish when you tie your bracelet on and legend has it that when your bracelet naturally breaks off your wish will then come true!

Ok, maybe a little far fetched you're possibly thinking, but still the sentiment is a positive one. Also if something helps to gives us a little hope, belief and ambition then surely there's nothing wrong with that. 


I also like to think of wish bracelets as a daily little reminder of what it is we're striving towards in life. Every time I look down at my wrist I am reminded of my wishes and dreams and maybe subconsciously that motivates me further towards my desired destination. 

If you'd like to get making some wishes yourself then check out the online shop by Tiny Wishes. They have some really pretty designs and charming packaging, making them the perfect little presents. 
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Meat Free Week


If you didn't already know the 23rd - 29th of March is Meat Free Week and it's a great opportunity to have a break from eating meat and discover some cruelty free alternative food. 

Meat Free Mondays have been such a huge success around the globe but it's now time to ask people to take that extra step and try out a week of living meat free. 

If you love animals, would like to be healthier and help the environment you live in then this is definitely the challenge for you! 


You can sign up and make your pledge at the Meat Free Week website.

This week I have created a Facebook Event in aid of Meat Free Week so feel free to join this and discuss with others how you're week is going and share meal ideas! I will also be on hand to answer any questions and help you out if you need me to.

Yes it will be a challenge, especially if you currently eat meat every day. But it's such a worthwhile cause that will hopefully encourage you to think more mindfully about the amount of meat you consume every week.


In my opinion, and looking back over years gone by, meat was only ever considered a treat, for example - with your roast dinner on a Sunday. The levels of meat that people are consuming now on a daily basis is completely unsustainable for the world to continue to produce.

Cheap meat is even worse - you need to think about why that meat is so cheap and what kind of life that animal had before being killed. The cheaper the meat the worse the conditions!


When, and if, you decide to go back to eating meat it would be amazing if you could source it from a more ethical provider like your local farm shop opposed to the mass produced meat within large supermarket chains.

Perhaps don't eat cheap meat all week and look forward to spending a little extra on a piece of high quality meat for your weekend. Enjoy it, savour it and give some thought and thanks for where that meal has come from. After all a life has been lost to feed you!


Good luck with the challenge and I hope that it opens your mind up a little to the enjoyment of eating vegetarian food! And remember by living on a vegetarian diet you can save up to 100 animals lives a year! 

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Linda McCartney Vegan Sausages


Looks delicious doesn't it!?

These are Linda McCartney vegan friendly sausages and they taste amazingly good. 

I am not usually a fan of anything that is trying to be fake meat and I tend to avoid these kinds of foods altogether. However, I decided to give these a go as my husband who is venturing into the world of veganism misses his meat at times. 

We were both blown away by how good these taste! 

My husband, who still eats meat very occasionally, believes that no one would know the difference between these and real sausages. This seems like an amazing breakthrough but makes us question even more so the need to slaughter animals for our food and to satisfy our cravings. 

From carrying out a bit of research online I have seen that many meat eaters are often opting to pick these vegan sausages instead of pork sausages due to the fact that they are a much healthier option being both low calorie but high in protein. 

Whatever your diet, why don't you add these to your shopping list this weekend and let me know what you think!?



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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Phil Smith


Last week I was excited to see that the award winning and celebrity hairdresser Phil Smith announced that his Be Gorgeous haircare range is not only 100% cruelty free but some products are now also vegan! 

Thank You Phil!!! 

The announcement was made over Phil Smith's Instagram and Twitter accounts and confirmed that the following products are now vegan:

Cocolicious
Hello Moisture
Big It Up
Wow Brunette
Bombshell Blonde 

I raced down to my nearest Sainsbury's to pick up a Big It Up volume boosting shampoo & conditioner and was happy to see that this range is also currently on offer at a bargain 2 for £5.50!

What are you waiting for!?!?

I used these products this morning and I am really happy with the results!
They smell gorgeous and my hair feels thick and bouncy - Job done!

You may or may not be aware of the differences between cruelty free and vegan. 
Well cruelty free means that the product has not been tested on any animals and vegan means that it doesn't contain any ingredients that come from animals. 
There is a difference and cruelty free doesn't necessarily mean vegan, and vice versa. 

Your daily self care products are a great place to start if you want to make the gradual transition over to cruelty free vegan brands. And with them now on sale at your local supermarket it couldn't be any easier. 

It's awesome to see that big brands are finally getting the message. In this day and age our products do not need to be tested on animals or contain animal derived ingredients. The more people who move over to these products the better as bigger non ethical brands will eventually suffer.

I think you can see that my lovely girl Winnie also approves!


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Monday, 16 March 2015

Earthlings


On my journey into Veganism and a cruelty free lifestyle I have read and watched a great deal of distressing material in order to educate myself more about the meat and dairy industry, and also human's exploitation of animals in general. I immerse myself into all things animal rights whether it be through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube and consequently a lot of my time is spent viewing disturbing material.

I was starting to think that I had seen and heard it all before, but watching the Earthlings movie was a more heartrending and tear-jerking experience than anything I have ever observed before. It left me feeling sick to my stomach and ashamed to be human. Some of the footage in this film won't leave my head and keeps replaying over and over, each time making me feel more and more desperate for these poor souls.

The film documents thoroughly how animals are living in a modern day holocaust of their own, and we as the more powerful and strong beings are subjecting them to an enormous amount of suffering from what we eat, to the clothes we wear and what we choose to entertain us.

I have never watched anything as compelling.

By telling everyone how difficult this film was to watch, I know that I am already putting a lot of you off ever turning it on! I already hear comments from people like "oh don't tell me" or "don't, you'll put me off my dinner" and it would seem that the vast majority are happy to go about their lives turning a blind eye to the cruelty in the world.

As a once meat eater myself I wanted to think about what I was putting in my mouth and look beyond the neatly packaged packets of meat on the shop shelves. Its so easy in this modern day society of ease and accessibility to perhaps overlook what has gone into making that food for us to consume. I wonder how many people even think about the life that has been lost to satisfy that craving or desire for a burger or hotdog.

It has often been said that if slaughter houses had glass walls no one would eat meat anymore and I think thats very true. But whilst it's all hidden away from us it has led to a society which is blinded from the reality.

People don't want to be made to feel upset or like their lifestyle choices are somehow contributing towards an enormous amount of suffering in the world. The idea of being led to feel like there is no option other than to change habits of a lifetime is often too much to handle for people so they would rather continue to enjoy their life in ignorant bliss.

It's difficult not to be so passionate and vocal about something that upsets you so much. But I know that not everyone feels the same and a lot of people aren't really interested in hearing about it. My mission isn't to turn everyone vegetarian or vegan, it's just to get you to think a bit deeper about your actions and perhaps make some small changes that could make a big difference. Even by reducing your meat and dairy consumption and treating it as more of a special occasion food you would not only be doing wonders for your health and the environment, but you would also be saving lives.  

If you can watch this film and continue to lead your life in exactly the same way then I take my hat off to you! In fact, lets take it a step further - I challenge you to.

I am sure you want to know more about what you're putting in your mouth? Yes it might be uncomfortable for you but just compare for a moment your one hour of upset to the pain and suffering that these animals have to go through for their entire life. Surely you owe that to them if you are going to eat them?

You can watch this film for free here on YouTube right now. So there's no excuses!

Some of the 17,000 comments that have struck me from this film that has been viewed no less than 2,183,486 times on YouTube alone are:

"I told myself that I was going to sit through this documentary since I am a meat eater. I thought if I was gonna eat meat, then I should at least learn how it ends up on my plate. And I honestly have to say that this was the most fucked up shit I have ever seen in my entire life. I had no idea at all how terribly these animals are treated. And if you're not a completely amoral narcissist, this definitely is a moral dilemma. It makes me actually sit and think about whether animals were really put on this earth to end up on my dinner plate."

"This is not okay.
None of this is okay.
Someone needs to put an end to all of this.  Now."

"How do I tell my family Im going vegan..?"

"I have not been able to eat meat since watching. So I guess the job (on me) is done. This is a tough transition, but I feel good about it."
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Hello Miss Apple


Today I am featuring the very cool US jewellery and watch company Hello Miss Apple.

I absolutely love their quirky watches, so much so that I recently purchased this 'Kitty Watch' in leopard and gold. 

As usual I am a sucker for anything leopard print or feline related!


At $28.90 +$10.00 shipping, approximately £26.00, I am impressed by their affordability. 
My watch also arrived within under a week of ordering so don't be put off thinking you will have to wait an eternity for your goods to turn up. 


I haven't seen anything similar to this, or as cute, in the UK. I am always on the look out for chic and stylish new brands, particularly if they promote a love of animals or sell animal related products. 


The watch is a lightweight and good quality item. It's the perfect accessory for all the crazy cat ladies out there! I have already received so many comments from people asking me where I bought this watch. It's an eye catcher and perfect for every day wear. 

Other Hello Miss Apple products on my wish list are:






How amazingly beautiful are these watches? 

For some accessory inspiration follow @hellomissapple on Instagram. 
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Vegan Kind - #TVK17


This month's Vegan Kind box arrived on Monday and as usual I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

Inside the box:

Another fab box of goodies and lots of vegan treats to keep me going this week. 

I have been most impressed with the Round Up wagon wheel and I'll definitely be looking to purchase more of these in the future. 

I have been so happy with this subscription box that I have now decided to also subscribe to The Vegan Kind's Beauty Box and I can't wait to sample more vegan and cruelty free products over the coming months! 


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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

B. is for Beautiful


On my quest to find the perfect cruelty free vegan make up, I recently decided to try out B. is for Beautiful make up and skincare from Superdrug

Having heard so much about this range online and in the press my expectations were pretty high. Before trying it I really hoped that this would end my mission and I was excited to get my hands on some of the products.

During a recent shopping trip I noticed that the B. range was on sale in Supedrug so I took advantage of this and stocked up on a few essential items. The prices were definitely appealing and a far cry from my days of skinting myself on MAC cosmetics. 

Unfortunately, and it pains me to write this, the price seems to be a reflection of the quality.

I'll start with B. is for bad news....

I was desperate for their Even Oil Control Foundation (£10.99) to be better than the one that I had tried from The Body Shop last month, but it wasn't. In fact I think it was worse. It's quite hard to explain your reasons when you just know something doesn't work on your face. To me this foundation felt quite sticky and it didn't seem to smooth out across my skin very well. It also seemed to have a slightly wet finish which made applying any powder afterwards quite challenging. In the end my face just felt clogged up and, ironically, uneven. I persevered with it and tried different skincare regimes prior to using it but nothing seemed to help and I've had to reside myself to the fact that this foundation just isn't for me. 

I was equally as disappointed with their B. All Lengthening Defining Volumising Mascara (£9.99).  No matter how many times I brushed this over my lashes nothing seemed to happen! It's very light in consistency and unfortunately it didn't do anything that it claimed it could do. 

The B. Complete Eye Shadow Palette (£6.99) was also a major let down. This eye shadow felt like the cheapest product from the range and I really wasn't impressed. It was difficult to apply and didn't blend in very well at all. I consequently spent one day walking around looking like a drag queen thanks to this eye shadow! Never again.

Despite my let down and disappointment with these products, you'll be relieved to hear that it wasn't all terrible....

The B. Brilliant Lipgloss (£6.99) I would buy again. It was ok. I wasn't blown away by it but it was definitely useable and helped my lips to feel soft and glossy. I prefer more nude type colours when it comes to my lips but the majority of the B. glosses are different tones of red so it would be nice to see a bigger variety here. 

The B. Complete Long Lasting Polish (£4.99) was very good. I have had mine on my toes all week and it has lasted the distance. The colour selection of nail polishes is also appealing and I would definitely buy again. 

Finally, and thankfully, the B. Skincare range seems to be their saving grace and much better quality than their make up. I really like how they organise the collection into age range specific 'skin phases' and this definitely helps when trying to choose the right product for you. 

I decided to try the B. Renewed Night Cream (£11.99) which I have really loved using. I have been putting it on after cleansing, just before I go to bed, and when I get up the next day my skin does feel really soft and smooth. In my opinion this night cream works, I am just not sure if I would have bought it if it had not been in the sale at the time. 

I also purchased the B. Quick 4in1 Cleansing Wipes (£3.50) which have been great and work really well at removing any stubborn make up. They smell lovely and feel really refreshing on your skin. 

Overall, and I think you can already guess, I have felt pretty unsatisfied with the B. range... 

Initially hearing that these products are not only cruelty free but also vegan was like hitting the jackpot, especially considering that they were so easily accessible and affordable at Superdrug. But like with anything, if it seems too good to be true then it generally is! And that is unfortunately the case here. Well that's my opinion anyway and perhaps you need to try it for yourself before you rule it out. 

I will not be looking to purchase anymore B. make up but I am keen to test out more from their skincare range, particularly if its in the sale!

I am starting to think that I have previously been spoilt with MAC cosmetics and I am questioning if I will ever find a cruelty free and vegan alternative that can live up to my expectations. I will however continue on my mission and of course report back my findings :-)

Sarah x

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Chroma


I am absolutely in-love with Chroma personalised stationary!

I recently came across their Instagram page and had to put an order in straight away. 

I am starting to think that I have an unhealthy obsession with stationary, but I simply couldn't resist ordering my own personalised notebook as I haven't seen anything like this before, or as nice at such a great price.  


They offer three choices of notebooks all priced between £7.50 - £8 which includes your own personalised embossment. 

With a beautiful range of colours to choose from I opted for this 'Nebraska Perfect Bound' notebook in pretty pastel pink 'Elizabeth'.


 Your chosen notebook can be fully embossed with anything you like, whether it be your business logo, favourite quote or blog header! 

It's well worth checking out their Instagram page @chromastationary to get some inspiration and work out what fonts and colours you like the best. 

I decided to go with a gold embossment in the 'Black Jack' font. I love the gold and pink combo! 
I also really like the 'Meredith' grey notebook with a silver embossment - very classy. 


And now I have the perfect notebook to jot down all my blog ideas! 

Thank you Gabi for your swift responses, super fast delivery and excellent customer service. 

Sarah x

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Easy Kale Crisps


If you happen to be a crisp addict like me then I am sure you will love these homemade easy kale crisps!

Simply put some kale on a baking tray and sprinkle with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt. 

Pop in the oven for 10 minutes and you're ready to munch! 

Enjoy x

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Papa John's Pizza


Did you know that you can order vegan pizza's from Papa John's? 

Well yes you can! 

Their 'original' base pizza's are completely free from any animal ingredients so as long as you remove the base cheese and add some veggie only toppings then you can create the perfect vegan take away pizza! 

Unfortunately their 'thin crust' pizzas do contain dairy so this only leaves the option of their original base. However, this base was good and certainly not as thick as other pizza's I've tried like Dominoes or Pizza Hut. 

I opted to create my own pizza online and I basically added every veggie topping available, 8 in total! I wondered if Papa Johns would think that I'd made a mistake by removing the cheese so I decided to give them a call just to confirm that I am vegan. They didn't seem at all phased by my request and suggested they added a little more tomato sauce in case it was too dry. 

So far so good! 

40 minutes later my vegan pizza arrived...


Initially I was really impressed.....Until I realised that they'd forgotten to add on my two favourite toppings - mushrooms and sweetcorn. Despite this big dissappointment I still enjoyed the pizza and it tasted decent.

I'm not sure I would order again from Papa John's primarily because this original large vegan pizza would have cost me £22.29 if I hadn't found a 30% discount code online. With the discount it still came to around £15 and I know that I can create just as good, if not better, homemade pizzas myself for a fraction of the cost.

All of that being said, it's great to know that there is a take away pizza service that does cater for vegans. Although it's not something I would order often, it will be great for those occasional take away nights with friends or when I can't be bothered to cook! 

Sarah x
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Friday, 6 March 2015

The Green Almond


If you happen to be passing through East Sussex, or more importantly Eastbourne, then I really recommend that you make a stop at The Green Almond vegetarian bistro.

I had the pleasure of recently visiting for lunch and I was so impressed by both the food and the unique ambience that I know this is somewhere that I'll keep coming back to. 


From Tuesday to Saturday this cosy little bistro offers up a mouth watering lunch time buffet consisting of both hot and cold dishes at an extremely reasonable price of £5 for a small plate or £8 for a large plate. 

The food all looked so good there was no question about what size plate I was going for!



On the day that I visited the buffet was offering up a colourful array of different vegetables and salad dishes, all of which were delicious. I absolutely love salad bar buffets and this one stands mile high above any others that I have tried before in terms of quality and selection. 

The hot dishes on offer were a choice of either a vegetarian or vegan indian curry with rice and poppadoms. And along with all of this was a selection of breads, dips and dressings. 

It was great to see that vegan and gluten free dishes were on offer and it's not only the vegetarians who are catered for. 


I dived straight in and went for the vegan indian curry alongside a selection of everything else!  


 The curry was a really tasty mix of sweet potato and chickpeas and had a heavenly homemade quality to it. The only difference between the vegan and vegetarian option was paneer cheese so I didn't feel like I was missing out at all.  


We were so happily full after this lunch there was no room for anything else, which was a shame as I would have liked to try their desserts!

I absolutely love eating in vegetarian and vegan restaurants because the choice is endless. It makes such a refreshing change from eating out at other places and feeling so limited to what I can eat. 
This felt like such a treat!   

The food at The Green Almond was delightful, healthy, fresh and amazingly good value. Furthermore, the service was seriously up there as being the most friendly and accommodating I have ever experienced. We sat outside due to having the dogs with us and the waitress was so caring she bought us out a blanket as it wasn't the warmest of days! She could see that we had our hands full and she even offered to plate our food up and bring it out for us. Nothing seemed like too much trouble here and we were made to feel so welcome.     


I understand that the menu at this restaurant changes frequently and on Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy a 3 course set menu dinner at £20 a head. 

I am excited to return to The Green Almond to sample more of their wholesome good food and soak up more of the enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere!  


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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

White Rabbit Skincare


This week I have been trying out some products from the White Rabbit Skincare range. 

I first became aware about White Rabbit Skincare through my subscription to The Vegan Kind
All of their products are vegan, cruelty free, handmade and use completely natural ingredients. 
So they tick a lot of boxes!

I normally only buy my products from shops or large retailers but the White Rabbit Skincare range has really opened my mind up to shopping from smaller independent sellers online. I use Etsy a lot but it hadn't even come to my attention that you can buy handmade beauty products on their site.

The three products that I have been trying out have been the Honey Bunny Lip Balm (£4), the Toning Eye Cream (£8) and the Orange Blossom Toner (£6.50).   

The windy cold weather recently has made my lips so dry and they always seem to be peeling which is really annoying! The White Rabbit Honey Bunny Lip Balm has been really effective at moisturising my lips and softening them up. They feel so smooth since I've been using this and I love putting it on at night just before I go to bed so it has a chance to really soak into my lips. 

I have never really used any eye specific creams before but the White Rabbit Toning Eye Cream has become a regular feature in my evening skincare routine. Firstly it smells amazing! I also find it really relaxing to dab some of this on around my eyes once I am in bed and as I lay there I can really feel my skin absorbing all the goodness. Afterwards my eye area feels so firm and brighter. It also definitely helps in reducing dark circles under the eyes and any puffiness.   

Finally, I have been trying out their Orange Blossom Toner.
Again, I have never really got into a habit of using a toner regularly after cleansing, but after having used this I feel like I would miss not having it in my routine. As you can probably guess it smells like oranges and so fresh! I find it so refreshing using this on my skin after cleansing and it leaves my skin feeling extremely soothed and soft.

Overall I am really excited about these skincare products and I am looking forward to sampling more from the White Rabbit range in the future. These products would make perfect little gifts, especially with Mothers Day soon upon us! Their Take Me, Try Me kits are ideal for introducing this range to your nearest and dearest, or why not give them a try yourself! 
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Monday, 2 March 2015

Cowspiracy


As I write this post I literally feel mind blown by this film I have just watched.

Cowspiracy is a documentary that examines how animal agriculture is destroying the planet we live in. 

The raising and killing of animals for food is eating away at our world and to continue to produce this level of meat and dairy for human consumption is completely unsustainable.

My decision to go vegetarian and vegan was primarily and initially due to my love of animals. Secondly I would have said that I made these changes for health reasons due to the links between eating meat with cancer and heart problems. However, this film has really brought to my attention the environmental factors of consuming animal products and how by adopting a vegan diet you can make an incredible difference to the future of our planet. 

I had no idea that 51% of all greenhouse emissions are caused by livestock and their products. More than all transportation combined! 

I also didn't know that rain forests are being destroyed to make room for animals to graze. In fact animal agriculture is the the top contributing factor to habitat destruction, water pollution and species extinction. 

There are so many interesting and infromative facts within this film that there's too many to report within this short blog post but the ones that resonated with me the most are...

Livestock covers 45% of the earths land.

One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce - the equivalent of 2 months worth of showers!

The total land required to feed one person per year:
Vegan - 1/6th acre
Vegetarian - 3 x as much as a vegan 
Meat Eater - 18 x as much as a vegan 
(Wow!)

Each day a person who follows a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forest, 20lbs of Co2 equivalent and 1 animals life. 

I had no idea my dietary choices were having such a profound impact on the environment I live in! I'm also relieved that my lifestyle choices are having a positive impact on not only my life but also the world. 

I promote a lot on my blog but if there's one thing that I'd like you to think about its watching this film! 

For more information please take some time to look at the Cowspiracy website:
www.cowspiracy.com
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Simple Sushi


Today has been Simple Sushi Sunday in my house!

A few days ago I picked up this sushi making kit from my local supermarket and I decided that I would have a go at making some vegan maki rolls.


All you need to make sushi is some nori which is basically roasted seaweed sheets, some sushi rice and whatever fillings take your fancy. The rolling mat is also really useful for helping you to get your maki rolls nice and round. 

Considering that this was my first time making my own sushi, I think they turned out perfectly well!


 I decided to make cucumber and avocado maki as these are a favourite of mine when I eat out at Yo Sushi. I also decided to create something a little different with a sweet potato katsu maki roll as I had some sweet potatoes to use up along with some leftover Chinese curry sauce. I wasn't sure if these were going to work but they most definitely did and they were delicious! 

I love sushi! It's healthy, low calorie and extremely filling. 
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