Friday, 31 July 2015

July Beauty Favourites

July Beauty Favourites
I can't believe its going to be August tomorrow, this year has truly gone so quickly its unbelievable really how fast its going. I am going to be 25 in under 2 weeks and I have a few ideas to do for my birthday, so some serious planning to do for my birthday but apart from that .. seriously the years go so quickly don't they. This months favourites are perfect choice for me and they are just right for the summer as they are very fruity.
Barry M Loudmouth in Tease ( Vegan / Cruelty Free )
I just love red lipsticks and don't they just look so classic? Most of my lipsticks are red and give me such a confidence boost. This lipstick is very glossy and perfect for the summer, its easy for carry in your handbag and applies effortlessly.
Soap & Glory Hand Food ( Vegan / Cruelty Free )
I just love soap and glory products I was tempted to put my top 5 products as all of the brand! they are just so gorgeous and tip top quality. Hand food is hand moisturiser I use all year round and it leaves my hands super soft and smelling like heaven, well maybe not heaven but gorgeous marshmallows! can't get better than that. 
Lush Vanilla Puff ( Vegan / Cruelty Free )
I am a big fan of lush vanilla puff as its a brilliant deodorant and natural. I use this as a skincare and a also as a deodorant. Lush dusting powders last me for ages and the last one I owned last me 11 months and that was with regular usage with me and my husband, they are the perfect deodorant and so affordable too.
The Body Shop Grapefruit Body Mist ( Vegetarian / Cruelty Free )
For me I just light and fresh fragrances and this body mist is perfect for that as its no over powering but its summery and long lasting. I use body mist to smell nice and I also use it on my cushions and on my duvet cover its perfect for multi tasking.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Oriental ( Vegan / Cruelty Free )
This has been a game changer for me this summer, I usually was my hair every other day and I use this between days and it keeps my hair looking amazing and smelling fresh like its been washed! so the perfect hair product for the summer months.
What are your July Favourites?
Thanks for reading ♥
Melissa x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder Review
lush vanilla puff dusting powder review
Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder
Cruelty Free
I have to say unfortunately its yet another product I bought 3 weeks ago from lush that has been discontinued and it always seems to be my favourites that end up being discontinued such as the flying fox shower gel which I really love. I love using more natural deodorants as I have never been a fan of canned deodorants, I look for more natural deodorants and vanilla puff sounded like the perfect option for me.
I love lush for their deodorants and have used the Greeench which was so fabulous and so long lasting and its only just ran out after using it for nearly a year, not just myself but my husband also used it as well. Vanilla Puff isn't necessary a deodorant but I decided to use as one anyways and also for skincare as well.  Vanilla puff is delicate gorgeous vanilla scented powder and can be used for many things and I personally used it for deodorant and skincare but it could also be used on cushions or carpets for a fresh vanilla scent.
Its a shame its now been discontinued as it will last me ages, so its great value for money and smells just lovely but they is other dusting powders and deodorants on the lush website such as my favourite the greeench, silky underwear and get closer. Lush now have a powdered sunscreen called powdered sunshine which sounds brilliant!
Thanks for reading ♥
Melissa x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

My Journey from Vegetarian to Vegan


Throughout my life I have cared so much about animals whether it be a adorable cat or a shark from the deep blue sea it doesn't matter to me, they are all amazing to me so being vegetarian wasn't a hard choice at all for me at all as it just seemed right for me. I have been thinking about being vegan for a while and I was vegan 100% last year for 9 months but I got so much negative feedback from people I ended up being vegetarian again, I know it sounds a bit silly of me to go back as people saying stuff made me feel awful, it just felt like I was pleasing others and not myself. The most thing about me being vegan now, is the animals and this decision is my final one, I have accepted people will be negative no matter what you do, so at least do what you feel is right and that's what I am doing and its a decision I am content with.
I have found they is loads of vegans out their and I feel being vegan myself  is  a positive thing to be not only for health but its helps the planet and the animals. I have bought a few cookbooks and magazines to help me cook new recipes along the way. The support on finding everything vegan is the best its ever been and being vegan now is so simple and you can eat more then you think and they is many alternatives.
Expect loads of cruelty free and vegan posts on my blog, I am excited to share with you all my journey of being a vegan on my blog.
Thanks for reading ♥
Melissa x

Monday, 27 July 2015

John Gosnell's The Original Vitamin E Cream Review

John Gosnell's The Orignal Vitamin E Cream
For me skincare is super important thing and I have a routine I usually follow every single day. In the mornings I like to wash my face and just before I apply my makeup I put on a generous amount of moisturiser on to keep my face soft and non greasy.
John Gosnell's The Original Vitamin E Cream is a day moisturiser and has a very nice and fresh fragrance which is not over powering. I have sensitive skin and this cream didn't make my skin sore and left my face smooth and absorbed into my skin very quickly without any stickiness. I Applied this everyday for the past 3 weeks and its not irritated my skin at all and every time I use it, it leaves my skin soft. For everyday use I still have loads left too.
Overall super happy with this cream and would recommend it overall as its a good vitamin E cream and is very affordable at £10. The only slight problem I have the cream does have an old fashioned scent which I am not so keen on but apart from that for me its a winner on moisturiser part. I mailed the site and they informed me that this cream is cruelty free and it is also Vegan.
What is your favourite Moisturiser?
Melissa x
Thanks for reading ♥
*this product was given to review

Thursday, 23 July 2015

5 Healthier snack options

Hi Lovelies 
I just love snacks and sometimes I am just in the mood for a Cadbury bar and I do like to treat myself every now and again.
I know we all deserve a treat every now and again but sometimes its a fabulous idea to try a healthier option that is not only healthy but tastes amazing too. These healthier options are things I have tried and I think they are brilliant alternatives and they are also great for helping you get your 5 a day.

5 Healthier Snack Options

  •  Chocolate - I like to sub chocolate with nakd bars and the are just so tasty and they have many flavours to choose from and they all are under 150 calories each. My favourites have to be bakewell tart and chocolate orange.
  • Haribo/Skittles- This is the most fun and colourful one for me and it have to be a fruit salad! Fruit salads are the most simple way to get your 5 a day and they are super healthy and delicious.
  • Crisps - I have recently swapped crisps for popcorn (not all varieties) as they usually have less calories and some varieties are gluten free and contain no artificial ingredients. They is also lower calorie crisps that are under 100 calories and they are quavers and wotsits, read the label and quite a few crisps will leave you pleasantly surprised.
  • Biscuits - I found 2 alterative for biscuits and that is Special K bars as they are 100 calories a bar and they are decent sized too. As for the other flapjacks as they are full of oats and we all know oats are very good for us.
  • Ice Cream - Seeing as its summer we all love our ice cream but they is fabulous alterative such as frozen yogurt and fruit sorbet which are very refreshing for the summer months

Don't forget everyone this is stuff I found to be a great alternative and its fine for us all to have a treat whenever we feel we deserve one. 
    What are your favourite healthy snacks?
    Melissa x
Thanks for reading ♥ 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Day out - Edinburgh Zoo

 Hi Lovelies
Its been a while since my last post but I've had a busy and eventful past few days and I have a lot to share with you all on my blog. As some of you may know its recently been Eid for Muslims and I've had a busy weekend as I went to Glasgow central mosque for the first time ever for the Eid prayers and after that we went to dinner at my husbands mums house! she made the most amazing food and dessert I was full for the rest of the day. My husbands mum gave us Eid money for the kids to take  them zoo so we ended up taking the kids over to Edinburgh Zoo for a lovely Eid treat.

As we Live in Glasgow already Edinburgh isn't that much of a journey for us thankfully so we just took the car and it took us about an hour to get to Edinburgh Zoo. Parking at the Zoo was ok even though I found it a tad bit expensive at £4. They wasn't much of a queue when we went to the zoo as it was just before 3pm and it cost us just under £50 for us as my youngest daughter who is 2 got in for free. I know its a zoo and the upkeep of the animals is expensive but for me the price was a tad bit on the expensive side but I was optimistic visiting the zoo.

They was a nice selection of animals to see at the zoo but I found the some enclosure's weren't suitable for the sizes of the animals. The biggest disappointment for me is its impossible to see the pandas, this is the second time in 3 years I have been to Edinburgh zoo and both time the pandas have been fully booked so its really hard to see them, last time I visited I went super early too. We looked seeing the monkeys and they looked very happy to see visitors and they were my youngest daughters favourite part of the day. As a treat for seeing the whole park we decided to get ice creams as a nice treat and it cost over £8 for 2 ice cream and 2 calipo, so I would suggest if you visit the park bring a packed lunch as it can be a bit expensive otherwise.
To leave the zoo you have to go through the gift shop so be aware haha! We got the kids 2 dinosaur teddies and I also got my brother a badge as he loves to collect them and have over 7000 now.
I don't like giving a negative reviews but for me Chester zoo is so much better and you can see more animals and its easier to get around.
Have you been to Edinburgh Zoo before?
 Melissa x 
Thanks for reading

Saturday, 18 July 2015

My Weekly Makeup Brush Cleaning Routine

makeup brushes cleaning routine
For me I just love cleaning my makeup brushes every week as they are so refreshed and smell lovely too and I would even go as for as its even therapeutic for me. I have a routine for my makeup brushes every sunday as sunday for me is my big clean-up day not just makeup brushes but for me my house ( I do clean everyday but Sunday I clean everything from behind the wardrobes to under beds).
I am a big makeup fan and use makeup most days and I tend to use most of my makeup brushes. The ones I use I put in a separate jar to the ones I haven't used yet, this makes it easy to know which makeup brushes need cleaning.

My Makeup Brush Cleaning Routine
- Wash each brush separately in an empty glass jar with a small drop of shampoo
- Rinse each brush separately making sure all makeup is removed. For the my makeup sponge I do the same but squeeze it with the shampoo and rinse.
- Put upside down in jar like the above picture
- Brushes usually dry within 2 hours during warm days.  
Advantages of washing brushes every week
- Washing regular keeps brushes fresh and clean
- Will make your brushes last longer.
Makeup is easier to apply on fresh brushes

My Top Tips
- Use a shampoo that isn't harsh such as faith in nature or Lush, as they have natural ingredients.
- Put a reminder on your calendar for when you next need to clean brushes
What is your Makeup Brush cleaning routine?
Thanks for reading ♥