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Does Butter London Test On Animals

We're capable of great things...

We're capable of great things...

by noreply@blogger.com (Manu_lapin) @ The Small Rabbit Hops !

The more I look at mankind, the more my faith in us goes away.

Sometimes I forget that we're not all bad.
This video reminded me.





I still keep #taiji dolphins in mind    



DDM Cosmetics Is Cruelty-free

by Hotashi @ Je t'aime by Hotashi

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE Do they test their products on animals? No Email (see below) Do they use third party testing? No Email (see below) Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No Email (see below) Are they owned by a… Continue Reading

Check Out These 18 Chic Vegan Backpacks

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Looking for a bag that'll fit all your essentials whether it's for school, work, or play? Here are 18 chic vegan backpacks!

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Vegan Nail Polish

Vegan Nail Polish


Vegan.com

Nail polish can be a fun way to dress up your nails or cover up any imperfections. Unfortunately most nail polish brands are tested on animals and contain harsh chemical ingredients. Despite being banned for cosmetics use in several countries, formaldehyde—a known carcinogen—is commonly used in

The Mother of All Nail Storage Solutions, a 20,000+ Lego Brick Nail Station

by Inspirationail @ Inspirationail

Holy smudges, the term nail polish shelving unit is used as lax as possible when referring to Jennifer’s Battle Station. It took 5 months to complete and there are between 20,000 – 25,000 unglued lego bricks. © jennymegg The whole thing is completely modular. Billboard © jennymegg The polish bottles on top are inspired by […]

Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush Demo & First Impressions

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Whenever Sigma launches new brushes, I get a lot of questions about them. How do they work? Are they worth it? Thankfully Sigma was kind enough to send me the brand new Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Foundation Brush to demo and try out for you. The Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush is part of the new Dimensional Brushes line. There are currently four brushes in the Dimensional Brushes collection. In this video, I use it to apply foundation and cream contour so that you can see how it applies products and blends them out. I also share my initial first impressions with you. Is Sigma Cruelty-Free? Yes. Sigma is cruelty-free. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List. Is the Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush vegan? Yes. TheSigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush is vegan. It is free from any animal and animal derived ingredients and is made from synthetic fibers. Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush Claims “The PATENTED 3DHD® Max Kabuki is a larger, fluffier version of our holy-grail 3DHD® Kabuki brush. This dimensional foundation brush offers the same precision of the original, with edges that fit into every curve, crease and angle of the face. In this maximized version, you’ll get a more sheer foundation finish […]

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ALEXIS FARAH – The Beauty Story of a Successful Woman

by Jeremy Hill @ LoveRealBeauty

Alexis Farah has been interested in beauty from a very early age.  She admits that she “grew up as a professional, albeit unpaid product tester.”  From that initial love of product, Alexis Farah developed a love of talking and writing about beauty.  Contributing her unique thoughts about products, concepts and the beauty industry, Alexis wrote…

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VIDEO - Makeup Revolution lip swatches + review

VIDEO - Makeup Revolution lip swatches + review

by noreply@blogger.com (Fiona Ward) @ The Good Beauty Guide - cruelty-free products, reviews & advice




Okay, so this video's from way back before Christmas... but you can still buy all of these Makeup Revolution lip products separately! I always think it's really handy to see the different shades on the lips, plus I talk through the three different liquid lipstick formulas you can get from the brand.

They are mega cheap at £3.00 each so definitely worth a look, and cruelty free of course.

Going Cruelty Free

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls


Cruelty Free – what is it? How do you know which brands are Cruelty Free? Where do you start? Do you know if they have a parent company? There are so many questions you can find yourself asking, that you end up feeling very bamboozled, I know I did!

I know it is a very difficult subject to broach with anyone, and simply, for some people, whether a product is tested on animals or not, it is not something that bothers people! For me, however, I couldn’t cope with that thought. That thought of what the poor rabbit goes through when liquid is poured in its eyes, how the rat feels when its fur is shaved off (viciously as well) to put cream on the bare skin. All Cosmetic brands that choose to sell in Mainland China, are required by law to test on animals, as this is what their law states. So, whether a brand here in the UK or the US doesn’t test on animals, if they sell products in Mainland China, they are supporting the tests on animals. All of this comes down to the money they can make from having their brand in Mainland China. So, I made the change to only use cruelty free brands, those brands that are independent and do not have a parent company that does test on animals.

Parent company? Major brands like L’Oreal and Estee Lauder are classed as parent companies as they own several beauty brands. Now, some of the brands they own are cruelty free, but as the parent company is not, your effectively still funding the tests on animals.

There are so many brands on the market now that are cruelty free, I don’t really feel there is any excuse not to choose a cruelty free one. They are just as good, if not better! I've broken this all down for you below.

Cruelty Free Brands

MAKEUP » Anastasia Beverly Hills  Annabelle Ardell Ardency Inn ⋆ Barry M BeautyBlender BH Cosmetics Bite Beauty Butter London By Terry Charlotte Tilbury China Glaze Ciate London Coloured Raine ColourPop Cover FX Dose of Colors DryBar ⋆ Eco Tools ⋆ E.L.F  Elizabeth and James Essence Eve Lom Eyeko ⋆ Face Atelier Farsali Gerard Cosmetics Glossier ⋆ Gosh Hourglass Cosmetics Huda Beauty Illamasqua Jouer Cosmetics Josie Maran Kat Von D Beauty Kevyn Aucoin Kiko Koh Gen Do Kylie Cosmetics LA Girl LA Splash Laura Geller Lilly Lashes Lime Crime Living Proof Louise Young Lush Cosmetics Luxie Beauty Makeup Geek Marc Beauty Marks & Spencer ⋆ Melt Cosmetics ⋆ Milani Cosmetics ⋆ Milk Makeup  Morphe Brushes Natasha Denona Nouveau Lashes Nudestix Ofra Cosmetics Pixi Beauty PUR Cosmetics RCMA Real Techniques ⋆ RMS Beauty ⋆ Rodial  Sigma Beauty Stila Cosmetics Sunday Riley The Balm Cosmetics ⋆ Trish McEvoy  Velour Lashes Violet Voss Viseart   Wet'N'Wild Zoeva Cosmetics
SKINCARE » Elemis Mario Badescu Molton Brown Oskia Radical Skincare Sanctuary Spa Skin Inc Skyn Iceland StarSkin Sukin ⋆ Superdrug (own brand) ⋆ Tatcha  Vita Liberata Waitrose Essential Yes To
HAIR CARE » Fudge Professional Goldwell KMS California Moroccan Oil OGX Paul Mitchell

Cruelty Free Brands with a Parent Company that Test on Animals

MAKEUP » Bare Minerals (owned by Shiseido) Becca Cosmetics (owned by Estee Lauder) Buxom (owned by Shiseido) IT Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal) Kate Somerville (owned by Unilever) Laura Mercier (owned by Shiseido & tests when required by law) NARS Cosmetics (owned by Shiseido) NYX Cosmetics (owned by L'Oreal) Tarte Cosmetics (owned by Kose) Too Faced Cosmetics (owned by Estee Lauder) Smashbox Cosmetics (tests when required by law) Urban Decay (owned by L'Oreal)
SKINCARE » Dermalogica (owned by Unilever) ⋆ Liz Earle (owned by Avon) Murad (owned by Unilever) Origins REN (owned by Unilever) The BodyShop (owned by L'Oreal) 
HAIR CARE » Matrix Essentials (owned by L'Oreal)   PureOlogy (owned by L'Oreal) 

Brands that still Test on Animals and sells in Mainland China (where animal testing is required by law)

MAKE UP » Avon Benefit Bobbi Brown Burberry Calvin Klein Chapstick Chanel Cle de Peau Clinique Cover Girl Dior Dolce & Gabbana Estee Lauder Giorgio Armani Givenchy Guerlain Lancome L’Oreal MAC Cosmetics Make Up For Ever Mary Kay Max Factor Maybelline Rimmel London Revlon Sephora (own brand) Shiseido Shu Uemura Tom Ford Yves Saint Laurent
SKINCARE » Avene Bioderma Caudalie Clarins Clarisonic Clean & Clear Clearasil Dermablend Dr Brandt Dr Jart EOS Fresh Garnier Glamgow Jurlique Kiehl’s La Mer L’Occitane Neutrogena Nivea Nuxe Ojon Olay Piz Buin Simple SK-II St. Ives Vaseline Vichy
HAIR CARE » Alberto V05 Aussie Bumble & Bumble Clairol Got2b Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences John Frieda Just for Men Kerastase Nexxus Nice ‘n Easy Pantene Redken Rogaine Schwarzkof SoftSheen Sunsilk 
SOAP & BATH » Dove Johnson’s
FRAGRANCE » Acqua Di Parma Balenciaga Bvlgari  Coach Donna Karan Dunhill Fragrances Elizabeth Arden Escada Fragrances Gucci Hugo Boss Jo Malone Lacoste Marc Jacobs Fragrances Michael Kors Odin Ralph Lauren Tommy Hilfiger Viktor & Rolf Kenzo
TOOTHPASTE & ORAL CARE » Aquafresh Colgate Crest Listerine Pearl Drops Sensodyne
DEODORANT » Mitchum Right Guard Soft & Dry
FEMINE HYGEINE » Always Carefree Femfresh
RAZORS & HAIR REMOVAL» Bic Corporation Braun Gillette Co. Nair Veet
OTHER/PERSONAL/HOUSEHOLD» Pampers Savlon Vicks

So, as you can see, there are still a large number of brands that still in 2017, test on animals! And now you may be asking ‘But where can you get these cruelty free brands from?’ I’ll put a list below!

UK BASED » www.beautybay.com www.cultbeauty.com www.spacenk.com www.debenhams.com www.johnlewis.com www.charlottetilbury.com www.harveynichols.com www.houseoffraser.com www.libertylondon.com

USA BASED (SHIPS INTERNATIONALLY) » www.sephora.com www.beautylish.com www.ofracosmetics.com (these will only potentially have a delivery charge depending on your order value, but at present do not hold customs fees into the UK).

Please note, these are the brands I am aware of here in the UK! I am sure there are many more brands to add to each list, so if you know, comment below!

Much love

Sarah xo

Use-Up and Clear Out Inventory 2016

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Here's the other part of the annual inventory - I decided to do a separate post for this section this year.  The headings are the same, but this one is for what went out, not what came in. 

* Books  Several boxes given to charity, friends and the local library before moving in February and others throughout the year.
Finished reading/studying about 10, 7 given away or sold (I lost count on both of these, so I need to keep closer track next year)
Collection reduced by about 55%! ☺☺

* Cosmetic Items
Finished: 1 foundation (another has 1 or 2 goes left in it), 2 mascaras, 1 lipstick, 4 lip colours, 1 lip gloss, 2 lip balms and 3 perfumes.
Sold or given away: 4 lipsticks and 4 eye shadows (3/1 still to go out) and 1 eye primer.  3 perfumes currently on eBay.

* Art & Craft Materials
7 card blanks with envelopes, although 5 of these cards haven't yet been sent to anyone.
1 piece of purple A4 card and 1 piece of extra thick white
Bag of stickers almost completely used up on eBay sales packaging etc (sold or gave away most of them before this year started)

* Needlework Supplies
Yarn:
Almost 1 whole 100g ball
4 remnants of DK plus one more run down to a tiny bit left for stitch samples.
Most of the ball of 6 ply red.
Fabric:
5 x patchwork pieces (about 1/3 of a fat quarter in size??)
Completed using up light cream cotton
Several other parts of fat quarters and remnants.
15"x15" white Oslo
6½" square white hardanger
12"x4" lilac Jobelan.
Sold: 80%+ of Oriental fabrics, all 5 fancy fabrics, several pieces of linen/evenweave (including a bundle of 7 currently on eBay and with bids).
Collection approximately halved! ☺☺
Thread:
1 x Pearl Cotton #5 (1 - Bright White)
1 x pack ecru Madeira Silk
Finished up ±3 small spools of sewing thread
Sold: 115 threads (about 7% of collection), 6 packs of beads, large bag of ribbons
Sundries:
Most of my supplies of lightweight quilt batting and Bondaweb
All newly bought buttons, and 3 of 4 zips
3 bellpull ends/hangers

* Clothes etc
A few large bags (between the 2 of us) given to charity just before moving in February and another bag gone just yesterday.
A number of novelty bags and other personal items also went in the latest charity drop off.

* Miscellaneous
6 bottles/tubs of nutrient/herbal supplements used up, not likely to be replaced.
2 large boxes of cassette tapes thrown away on moving (also contained some videos)
1 box of possible-to-sell cassettes, CDs and DVDs donated to charity on moving.

* Domestic Items
2 large bookcases (one with glass doors), sofabed & matching armchair, fireplace and wood effect bathroom fittings given away via Freecycle on moving
Boxful of household items and ornaments donated to charity on moving.
1 bag of bedding and fabric scraps donated yesterday.

During 2017 I hope to get through a whole lot more books as 10 really isn't that many for me.  After the initial push to get stuff read in preparation to move, I lost momentum with my reading projects and really only re-gained it in the last fortnight of the year.  I need to keep this up and try and get the 460-ish books that I'm beginning the new year with down to under 400 if I can.  Onwards and downwards....

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2016

The vegetarian baby

The vegetarian baby

by noreply@blogger.com (Manu_lapin) @ The Small Rabbit Hops !

Here's a video you may see a lot lately on the web

In Portuguese (Brazil) with English subtitles

I want to adopt him!



12 Best Women’s Lifestyle Subscription Boxes

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Whether if you’re looking for a way to escape the real world or experience new, innovative products that will help make you look and feel great, a women’s lifestyle subscription box is the perfect option! Below, you’ll discover some of the best subscription boxes aimed to improve any woman’s lifestyle. Plus, there’s even some killer […]

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Graydon Clinical Luxury

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

My skin and I have been completely moved by two bottles for the past couple of months. Before I dip into the brand details, I’ll share my incredible results: baby soft skin, thoroughly nourished, bright, taut, supple, cleaner pores, and unbelievably soft skin (so soft, I have to mention it twice). I’m over the moon […]

Cosmetic Brands That Do Not Test on Animals

Cosmetic Brands That Do Not Test on Animals


Makeupandbeauty.com

Cosmetic Brands That Do Not Test on Animals. Bath and Body Works make some amazing bath care products, love them! Bath and Body says that

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

They're real! push-up liner-lash-hugging gel liner pen. This matte black gel formula won't smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex Tip hugs your lash line from corner to corner.

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Casual Summer Style 1.0

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

1│2│3│4│5│6 I’m not really a summer person.  I burn easy, hate sweating and have limited patience for all the Florida tourists driving 55 miles an hour in the left lane of the interstate (no offense to those of you who drive slow in the right lane… that’s perfectly acceptable).  But now that I’m just 26 […]

The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Many Logical Harmony readers ask for help finding cruelty-free makeup brushes. For many people who transition to a cruelty-free beauty routine, switching to cruelty-free makeup brushes is often one of the last steps. So many makeup brushes are made from animal fur or animal hair. While some brands do claim that it is ethically sourced, the truth is that they often don’t know where the fur is sourced from. Just like with false lashes, many animal hair makeup brushes are bi-products of the factory farming or fur industries. While most cruelty-free consumers do focus on avoiding animal testing, many also avoid makeup brushes that are not synthetic. That’s why I decided to create this guide to cruelty-free makeup brushes. There are so many vegan makeup brushes out there to try. All the brands listed do make vegan makeup brushes but may make some non-vegan brushes as well. What are Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes? Cruelty-free makeup brushes are made from synthetic fibers. They are not made from animal fur or animal hair. Can brands that are cruelty-free make makeup brushes from animal fur or animal hair? Yes. Because the term “cruelty-free” refers to animal testing, brands that do not test on animals can make makeup […]

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Police are cracking down on swerving motorists with hefty fines

by Mike Priest @ What's On Dubai

Sudden swerving has already led to 63 fatalities this year...

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Go veg - I'd Rather Be Reading

Go veg - I'd Rather Be Reading


I'd Rather Be Reading

I’m often asked “why go cruelty-free?” and to be honest, I often just want to say, “Why not?” I love animals too much to keep one as a pet and misuse another by eating it or skinning it for a bag. It’s that simple for me. Many people already have “meatless Mondays”, wear faux leather …

A truly innovative, organic gluten free yogurt.

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for an awesome, premium organic gluten free yogurt that’s made from the highest quality ingredients on earth? If so then Liberté is the perfect yogurt brand for you! Liberté Yogurt Liberté is a great yogurt brand that truly focus on creating the best organic yogurt possible while also supporting small farmers that work their […]

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Australia to Ban Super Trawlers

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

One of the greatest enemies of the oceans, the super trawler, is set to be permanently banned from Australian waters. Super trawlers are massive ships—well over 100 meters long—that decimate fisheries by scooping up tens of thousands of fish at a time. Many of them even carry large-scale processing units and freezers, enabling them to stay... Read more »

Check Out These 15 Popular Designs Get Veganized, Because Vegans Wear it Better!

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Check out these designer brands' trademarks (like Levi's, Gucci, Adidas) get a vegan makeover in these vegan awareness shirts!

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Entrepreneurship on Ricardo’s Term

by Thao Vo @ Sheen Magazine

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The One Thing That Will Change it All!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

We need to get one thing straight. You have been dreaming too small. And so have I. I have been off on Holiday now to Majorca, Spain for 2 weeks and in that time shit has happened. Behind the scene life is not that pretty and easy. People are trying to bring my business down, […]

BOYS, BOYS, BOYS!

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls

*WARNING* THIS IS A LONG POST, SO GRAB YOURSELF A CUPPA, SOME NIBBLES, & ENJOY!!

Ah well, where to begin?! One thing to get the ball rolling is something my Auntie has always said ‘boys are tricky’ and that she be right!


I remember I started 'dating' when I was in primary school (WHAT?!). Yes, I did, a boy called Craig, and I remember telling my mum ‘Craig says he loves me!’ I mean obviously, we didn’t actually know what ‘love’ meant back then! Actually, I’m not sure I know now! We’ve all gone through primary school days where we have loved someone so much, and we thought we’d marry them! I recall ‘loving’ a few boys in those primary school days, and you’d think that would have prepared me for ‘proper dating’ in the future… Erm NO!

My first proper boyfriend was at the lovely age of 16, someone I met via Bebo (do you remember that – such a staple in a 16 year olds life!). I decided to meet him, without telling my parents what I was doing. I’d lied and said I was meeting some girl-friends in Cambridge, and like all parents do, they caught me out and came to get me from his house. I learnt very quickly how very foolish and immature of me it was to have lied to them, met a boy I didn’t know, get in a car with his brother and go back to his. It is something that I shouldn't have done, not without telling my parents where I was going and who with. We had been together for 2 and a half years when I decided to end the relationship as it was no longer working. He was a very controlling person, who made me feel so awful about myself and if I even thought about disagreeing with him and didn’t comply with his ‘orders’, I'd be made to feel like I was the guilty party when majority of the time I hadn't done anything wrong. I think the main reason it went wrong was because we were both very young, it was our first proper relationship and neither of us knew how to be with someone. He eventually got the nickname ‘Shit Bag’. I was 18 when we broke up, had been at Sixth Form for just over a year, past my driving test, had my own car & most importantly, I had freedom.

I guess you could say I met more guys (upgrade to a guy at the age of 18!) through my time at the sixth form. I dated a few more people again until I met my next ‘love interest’, I say love interest because we never were formally classed as ‘in a relationship’ as he didn’t want this. I later discovered it was because he was seeing 2 other women at the same time! Needless to say, that was over shortly after that discovery! He gained the nickname ‘Asssshole’ (like the little boy said in Meet The Fockers!).

My next relationship came at Christmas 2012 when I remember looking at my friends Facebook page and seeing a guy that looked rather nice, so I added him (you know women can make the first move and add a ‘random’ on social media!). We met 2 days after Christmas at a pub, I remember it so well, as though it was yesterday as it poured with rain, and for me to go into a pub on a date was a massive thing! It was pleasant and we decided to meet again on New Year’s Eve, and spent the entire day together until gone midnight. We made our relationship ‘official’ that day. He was a very kind and loving person, always treated me so well; valentine’s day and my 21st birthday. I found that a few months into our relationship, it wasn’t working for me. If we were to go out or plan to do something, it was always down to me to make the decisions. I’m sure a lot of women would like that, that they could make the decisions as to where to go and what to do, but for me, I always thought that it would just be nice to be surprised, to have not made the arrangements, to have had a message from him saying when to be ready, what time and have everything sorted. I know he only wanted to make me happy, however making me happy included those lovely surprises, where time and energy had gone into the plan. Our relationship ended after about 5 or 6 months, as it had been a bit rocky towards the end. I didn’t feel there was much excitement like a relationship should have, and I felt my love for him had started to fade. However, it had ended badly, he wouldn’t accept the fact that it was over and that I no longer had feelings for him. He’d gone to my house whilst I was at work and told my parents what had happened before I had the chance to. This of course, caused a lot of problems for me with my parents. You see, my parents liked him a lot, and thought that he was perfect for me, and couldn’t understand why I ended things. But what was worse were the events that were to follow. He began following me, driving up and down my road, follow me around the local area and basically ‘stalk’ me. With this, it was quite frightening, and I remember one evening I had gone out to meet a friend, and he’d followed me. At this point he was awarded the nickname as ‘Stalker’. I drove around for a little while not knowing what to do, and I parked up in Tesco car park and decided to call the police on 101 (minor crimes). The police officer I spoke to, decided to put my call through to the major crimes, and told me to wait at the local police station where an officer would meet me there. It was already late at that time when I went to the station, and waited for about 20-30 minutes in the cold, knowing my parents would be wondering if I was okay. I decided to phone the police officer I had contact with and informed them I would be going home. They contacted me later on asking if I got home safely and explained I would need to go into the police station to make a statement for the records. I knew then I had to tell my parents what had happened the night before. My mum came with me to the police station one Saturday to make my statement for support. This was not something I decided upon easily, but it had gone on for around 5 months since our relationship had ended and I just felt something needed to be done. The police later spoke to him and informed me that he was not allowed to go along the road where I lived. For the remainder of 2013 I was single and quite happy to be.

The following year, 2014, I decided it would be right to apologise to him for the actions I had taken in the previous year. We were able to move on, and put the past behind us. I then met someone in the summer of that year, he was from Billericay (imagine the Sat Nav in Gavin and Stacey saying it - do you remember now?!). He came to visit me one evening the first time we met, we drove around and chatted, which suited me well. He came to my house to ‘meet my parents’ – I say it like that because he hadn’t chosen to do it in this way, he'd only come to fit a new oven for us! A couple of times I drove to Bishops Stortford to see him, one time I went to Dover with him for work. I thought it was a good relationship and that we’d be together a while, until he began lying to me, quite a lot actually and quite obviously, and certain things didn’t add up. We had seen each other on Christmas Eve that year, he was late which was a regular thing, and exchanged gifts then. Christmas Day was somewhat interesting, considering we were meant to be ‘together’ I hadn’t heard anything from him until late afternoon. I remember waking up, trying to call him, with no luck, and crying heavily in my room when I should have been with my family enjoying the day. This was the same Christmas that my best friend had got engaged and when he eventually called me, I told him about it for which he said ‘I wouldn’t do something like that’ – alarm bells should have started to ring then! Anyway, NYE came around and we had talked about going to London to see the firework display, this of course was something I was extremely excited about… But it obviously didn’t happen. He had gone to spend time with his family 'up North', which of course I didn’t object to, however he didn’t contact me, and it seemed as though he had blocked my number so I had no way on contacting him. He eventually called rather late, like 10pm late and his excuse for not being in contact sooner was that he had been making pizza & ice cream… all day! Again, I should have realised then that there was something slightly odd about it all. So much stuff had happened that made me doubt him, like going out with girl-friends (so he claimed) but never told me until he had done it. Now I am not someone who would stop my partner having any communication with women, that’s silly to, but I’d rather he be honest & tell me straight up, than lie to me. He’d spent valentine’s day with an ‘ex’ girlfriend as it was her 30th birthday (yes, he was full of excuses, mainly why he got the nickname ‘Mr Excuses’), so rather than spending our first valentine’s day together, or even part of it, he chose to see an ex-girlfriend. I ended it there and then, and never looked back.

I enjoyed my single time, went on holiday with my family in 2015, spent time with friends, until I decided to join a dating site and met someone in the October. This time, I could class him as a man, he had a strong career, had brought his own house, treated me well, made me feel so special and important. We met up one Friday at a golf course, he played golf and I walked around with him, needless to say, it was the easiest date (in the sense of not feeling like a date due to the surroundings). It was a ‘spare of the moment’ date as we were actually due to meet on the Saturday instead for dinner. We’d spent the Friday afternoon together at the golf course, which was just so lovely, I felt as though I had known him for years, just seemed so natural and not strained in any way. So, we went on to meet on the Saturday also, and spent basically half the day together, again was so amazing, and by that point it was the longest amount of time I had spent with a man and not got bored (this was a common thing for me!), as our time together was so easy going and I truly loved every minute. I didn’t want to be apart from him, I had fallen head over heels for this man, he’d literally stolen my heart from the moment I met him. We then met again on the Sunday, and this time he had come to my home to collect me as we’d decided to go to Woburn Safari Park. He came in to the house to meet my parents and dog (this was important that any partner I had, Archie, my dog, liked). So, we went to Woburn, and saw all the lovely animals, it was so refreshingly nice as he knew how much I loved animals, so it felt very special that he had chosen this for us to do. We took our first photo here together, a lovely photo, and when I showed people they all said ‘what a lovely couple you make’. Later that month, we went to see Michael McIntyre with my family in London which was brilliant, he got on with everyone and that meant so much to me. He’d bring over beer and different whiskeys for himself and my dad to try on a Friday night. We went to Cromer for a 4-day break at the beginning of November, with my parents and dog, which again was perfect. Christmas came, and he spent it with me and my family, then went over to see his parents on Boxing Day. I had already met them, and was due to meet them again, but I was unfortunately too unwell to make it. He spent some time with the men of the family on golf days, and for him, as he loved golf and played it a lot himself, he thoroughly enjoyed it. We would spend every weekend together, either at mine or his, after he had moved in to his house. It was a pretty house, in a quiet area, his neighbours were all welcoming and chatty. The day he moved in I helped, alongside his grandparents. They were very important to him, and were a big part of his life, and I wanted so desperately to get on with them. I did, they were lovely, and his grandma gave me a piece of her jewellery, which meant so much to me. I always loved it when it came to the weekend that I went to his, he had given me a key to his house, which honestly meant so much to me, for a man to give his partner a key to his house, means a lot! I had some of my things over there; pillows, toiletries, tablets, nightwear, for which he had told me to do. Most Saturdays we’d find somewhere new for him to play golf, and I’d get a buggie to go around the course with him, of course he’d always say ‘where did that go’ for which I’d reply ‘I don’t know!’. I could never see where the golf ball had ended up, and that was always something that made him laugh. I honestly thoroughly enjoyed going to different courses, I enjoyed watching him play and improve, he was actually quite good at it, until he got a tad stressed because it wouldn’t be going well! I don’t really know where it all so wrong to be honest, I didn’t then and still don’t now. We seemed to be getting on so well, and everything seemed so perfect. Of course, we argued, honestly what couple doesn’t. You can’t always agree on everything with your partner, and I think that even 9 months down the line you’re still getting to know one another. He felt he needed more time to himself, even though we only saw each other at weekends, and I never demanded his full attention, he was always able to do what he wanted, I only asked that if he was planning on seeing a friend he would discuss it with me, not to ask for permission, but to check we had nothing planned! We met one Friday to discuss things, I think anyone who has been in that situation knows how it feels. The ‘we need to talk’ rings in your mind and before you know it, you’ve had your break up and heartbreak before its even occurred. So, we met, and he said he didn’t think the relationship was working for him anymore and didn’t want things between us to continue. I was so upset, shocked and heartbroken. I loved this man completely, he knew me inside out, knew everything about me, understood me, and yet he wanted to walk away. I was in complete shock, he didn’t really give me chance to say my side of things, and he didn’t give me any real reason why he wanted to end things. I remember saying to him about getting my stuff from his house and he offered to drive me to get them. I didn’t say a word in the car, I just put my sunglasses on, looked left out of the window, and cried, silently. I didn’t want to show this to him, show him how upset I was, because I knew deep down, he wasn’t going to change his mind. We got back to my car, and I got my things out of his car and put them in mine. He said ‘Sarah, come here’ holding out his arms to hug me. I couldn’t do this. I couldn’t hug him, not after all he said. I turned round and got in my car, crying again, and I noticed he had got back in his car. I needed some fresh air after that, so went for a walk, I kind of hoped he would follow me but he didn’t, he simply drove off. I was hysterical at that point, ran back to my car, and went to find him. I called him repeatedly with no answer, for at least 5 minutes, and yet it seemed longer of course, it always does though doesn’t it, when you’re anxiously trying to get hold of someone. He eventually answered, I was a blubbering wreck, barely getting my words out down the phone let alone making sense. I asked if we could meet up and talk, he didn’t want to, he said it was done, and there was no going back. He was like that though, once he’d made his mind up, he never changed it even if he’d made a mistake or anything. I spoke to him via text after then for a little while until he eventually blocked me on social media and my phone number. All I wanted to do was talk to him, tried to make him see that he still loved me. I remember I emailed him so often trying to tie the strings back up, but he didn’t want it. I decided in the September to send back this grandma’s ring via post as I felt it wasn’t appropriate to keep it after all that had happened. I guess I had expected a text/email/letter anything back to just say ‘thank you’ but nothing. Was I surprised? Yes, I was, I thought he would have least acknowledged the fact that I had sent it back. October came, when it would have been our 1 year anniversary, I emailed him, as I guess I wondered if he’d have remembered it, and I decided to go away over that period as I found it too hard being at home knowing that. He never responded. Christmas came, again I was hoping for something from him, and nothing. At that point I felt as though I didn’t exist, that I was never part of his life, that we’d never been together, that those 9 months had meant nothing to him. Currently in 2017, I am still single, I think I’d like a partner again, but I do feel as though he still has my heart, even though it’s almost been a year since it ended.

Much love

Sarah xo

Gap Kids & Kate Spade Announce Collaboration

by Jasmine Simmons @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Gap Kids will collaborate with Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade to create a capsule collection this year.

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Eating Eggs Doesn't Harm Chickens #VeganMythBuster

Eating Eggs Doesn't Harm Chickens #VeganMythBuster

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Today’s myth that needs busting is that eating eggs doesn’t harm chickens. (Thanks Martha for the suggestion!) The truth is that eggs are a chicken’s period.  Do you think once the hen can no longer have a period she’ll be allowed to live on the farm?

Organic Tampons and Why You Need To Care.

by Siobhan Komander @ Natural Beauty Expert

Imagine sitting down to a delicious lunch of phthalates, parabens and rayon, with a side of dioxin and some aluminium salts for seasoning…. Where’s my camera I have to snap an insta pic! Wait? What? No? Interesting choice – but that’s what you’re giving your ve-jay-jay every single month every time you insert a conventional […]

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Top European Honeymoon Destinations

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

Without a doubt, weddings are a wonderful and momentous occasion for anyone who meets their soul mate to celebrate, knowing that they will spend (hopefully) the rest of their lives together. But as we know there is a heavy financial...

From June to July

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Another very not stellar month, but now I know why:

I have a Vitamin D deficiency.  Apparently, it's very common, especially at higher latitudes when the sun isn't often high enough to produce UVB rays (or even out at all!).  According to my blood test results info, one should have over 75 nmol/L of 'base' Vitamin D (actually a pre-hormone), and I had only 26.  So, I've got some huge dose tablets from the doc to take each week and I bought a spray for the intervening days so I can get levels back up more quickly and steadily, and then keep them there long-term.  I've been getting as much sun on my skin as I can, but the sun isn't a frequent visitor to my area, so that option is quite limited.  I've started hinting about winter sun holidays too!!!

So, that's why I've been a tad on the unwell side lately.  Vitamin D affects so very many processes and I read that there are Vitamin D receptors all over the body.  I never realized it was so important and, frankly, would never have thought of it myself, so I'm grateful for a doctor who was on the ball enough to think of it.

Anyway, I've done a bit of goal-work over the past month and here's a summary based on last month's goals list, including some starting points for July's list (full list in the usual place):

Health 
- I mostly stuck to my low oil diet etc and don't seem to have re-gained any of the 7 or 8 pounds I'd lost from mid March to mid May, so that's been a comfort.
- Over the last week or so I've been able to get out walking most days again, so exercise has re-begun.
- I also fished out my wobble board and have begun posture toning with that as well as doing a few shoulder remedial exercises when in pain.   
* I need to get all the above back on a regular basis and hope to lose 2-5lbs more this month.

Domestic etc
- I haven't finished the Go Bag, but I have started work on it in that I bought one or two supplies to go in it and also thought carefully about the most likely hazards we might encounter.  Fire is the most likely, I would say.  Most of the city would need to be completely submerged before we had any flood risk where we live and, apart from freak winter cold snaps and wind storms, that's it for any natural disaster risk.  We're also out in a leafy suburb - a low risk for terrorist attack.  But I really do need to get this task completed.
- I cleaned the bathroom window at last.
- I pretty much decided which cosmetic products to give away and have just held onto them as I'm trying to match up a couple of eye-shadow shades in a palette (might de-pot those 2 in the end).
- Books to give away and other stuff is mostly ready, just needs taking.
* We still need to make a 'Tip trip' and clear out the clutter downstairs
* I also still need to buy the bathroom towel set.  I've found one I like the look of, it's just a question of getting it.

Reading and Study
- I read the NRSV through to Isaiah 29, so not as much as I'd hoped, but at least I closed the gap and made some progress with it.
* Read to the end of Jeremiah this month
- I only did a bit of 'Relearning to See', but it was interesting and * I want to crack on with it.
- Made very little progress with any catching up, but I did move on a couple of chapters in both my science and Chinese textbooks, so that was a bonus.

Creative
- I finished the green and cream baby cardy, complete with pretty stitchery.
- I started the pink and white one, but am having to re-think this one as the yarn is using up way too quickly and, as it was meant to help me use up odds and ends, I'm not thrilled with the idea of having to buy another ball.  Might change to another pattern that better lends itself to two colour work.  It being a bamboo and cotton mix yarn adds to the problem as it'll be very much a summer garment, so I'm going to have think about making a larger size, ready for next summer.
- I made a blackwork type card for Sir for our anniversary and plan to put that in a Show or two this summer.
- Finished the button band on my black cardy, but was really focusing on baby knits as they really do have a shelf life.  I hope not to grow any more, but would be concerned if the infants didn't!
- I did both of the blog interviews and one of the 'welcome' posts for the article that went live earlier this week on the Kreinik Threads blog.
* The Pintangle TAST interview is due to be published on 13th of this month, so I'll be getting that 'welcome from xx' post done soon.  Maybe even this weekend.
* Actually, I have a lot of blogging to get caught up on, so that's something I can aim for this month.

So, I think I completed five of the June goals and worked on 11 more.  Considering the rather unfavourable circumstances, I don't think that's too bad. ☺

I'm now going to sort out the July list in full.

BEAUTY NEWS – 7 Stories You May Missed Last Week

by Love Real Beauty @ LoveRealBeauty

Namaste Right Here (Karlie Kloss Instagram) Beauty news important/interesting: we love us some Klossy.  Yes, Karlie Kloss and all her geek aesthetic is lovely.  The coding thing, the good vibes and now apparently an ability to get super zen on top of a rock.  Namaste, indeed!  This picture, because let’s face it…, it’s a big…

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The New Wellness

by Connie Rogers @ Natural Beauty Expert

Stop Following Your Guru and Start Following Your Gut Our knowledge base is growing exponentially with new discoveries, answers, solutions, and breakthroughs occurring daily. One of those breakthroughs is a significant new focus on one of the most important factors impacting our personal lives. It’s our gut microbiome that determines our physical health and/or how […]

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Dubai is getting a new market for secondhand furniture & white goods

by Mike Priest @ What's On Dubai

It looks like it's going to be a bargain-hunter's paradise.

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Top Ten Tuesday: short books you can finish in one sitting

by Martha @ I'd Rather Be Reading

It’s been months since I linked up for Top Ten Tuesday, and I’ve really missed it. I really enjoy talking about books and seeing what everyone else is reading and recommending! This week’s prompt is “top ten recommendations for __________”. We’re heading into the last stretch of summer and trying to maximize those last precious […]

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Sloane Inc. Product Review

by Mads @ itslikelymads

Who Is Sloane Inc? Sloane Inc is a beauty based company that focuses on skincare needs and concerns for women and men of all ages. No matter your age, or skin concern, Sloane Inc has a product suited for you. Sloane Inc also has a spa, clinic, and a blog dedicated to skincare. All of… Read More Sloane Inc. Product Review

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Cruelty-Free Brands at Free People

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Are there cruelty-free brands at Free People? You may be surprised! Both in stores and online, Free People is starting to carry a lot more cruelty-free brands. Even some of the most popular cruelty-free brands found at Sephora, Ulta, or Nordstrom. Because there are so many Free People retail stores and a lot of people shop there for clothing, is so helpful to see them carrying more and more cruelty-free brands as they expand their beauty departments. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Free People can be a challenge because there are so many brands available. This list will help make it easier for you! All of the cruelty-free brands included here are sold at Free People either online or in store. They are completely cruelty-free and do not take part in any kind of animal testing. Just as with the Cruelty-Free Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they are owned by a company who tests on animals. It is also noted if they are a 100% vegan brand. The Cruelty-Free Brands at Free People are: Alima Pure Apoterra Skincare Au Naturale – 100% vegan Axiology – 100% vegan Aquis Cocokind COOLA Four Sigmatic GLOSS Moderne […]

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How to Add Color to Your Wardrobe

by Mads @ itslikelymads

Spring is finally here! Where I’m from, that means heading outside a lot more and enjoying the 4 months of sunshine while it lasts. Spring and summer are also the time that people start to gravitate towards incorporating more color in their wardrobe. I am all for a little color, but I always tend to… Read More How to Add Color to Your Wardrobe

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Lush Eyes Right Mascara Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

An incredibly gentle mascara made with fresh wheatgrass to condition the lashes and suit even the most sensitive eyes. It's much gentler on the eyes than most other mascaras, leaving your lashes lustrous without flakiness.

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Best Primers and Foundations for Dry Skin

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Best Primers and Foundations for Dry Skin Today I’m sharing the best primers and foundations for dry skin like mine. My skin is problematic,...

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Bourjois Paris Addictive Shower Gel Charm Me! Review

by Hala N @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hey guys! Here is my second review on another variant from the Bourjois Shower Gel range. This one is called ‘Charm Me!’. Price: AED 20 or INR 352 for 250 ml Product Description: Irresistible trail of scent of Rosewood and Tonka bean for soft and moisturized skin. My Experience with Bourjois Paris Addictive Shower Gel […]

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Which of essence Makeup is Vegan?

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Which of essence makeup are vegan? Here's a handy list to help you while you shop for essence vegan makeup!

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New Palettes on My Radar

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I really enjoyed the last post I did on this topic so today we’re going to do another one! First and foremost, I literally grabbed my computer screen and yelled “whatttt!? at it when I saw this on Trendmood yesterday: Yes peeps, that’s right!  A new Too Faced Chocolate Bar is on the horizon!  The […]

3 great cruelty-free mascaras for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have dry, sensitive eyes that tear at the slightest provocation. I also wear contact lenses. And while my lashes are fairly long and naturally grow in an upward direction, they've become very light in color and not as thick as they used to be as I've gotten older. All of which adds up to me being someone for whom mascara makes a big difference, but is almost impossible to wear comfortably. Add to that the fact that I will only buy cruelty-free makeup and can't tolerate makeup with gluten, and it's amazing I have one brand of mascara to recommend, let alone three. (Please note: None of these are affiliate links, and I buy my own makeup.) Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. Let's start with the best mascara I've ever used, and certainly the most expensive. "Faux Cils"...

Fear is No Excuse to Don’t Act On Your Dream!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  That fear you have inside is not real. It’s not something you can actually hold up and look at and tell yourself “Yes, it’s valid, it’s here”.It’s just a feeling that is not real. So many women hold themselves back because of fear. Maybe you are one of them? Fear of not making it. […]

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Quick Update

by noreply@blogger.com (Michèle) @ Lacquerized - A blog about nail polish

Sooo. I think I need to make a little update on my whereabouts. It all started out with my MacBook charger dying on me, so I was "offline" for over a month. I have to admit, during this time I actually enjoyed being offline and it put a lot of things in perspective really. I'm not one to write a dramatic post about how I'm quitting my blog, and then start blogging again. So I won't.

The thing is... I didn't really know what to do with this blog. So I put off writing this post for ages - sorry about that! There are some things that make me question my joy for blogging and they've got to do with the major changes the blogging community is going through. In The Netherlands we have several pro-bloggers, meaning they make their living off their blogs. That's great, but they also set up a bunch of rules a good or professional blogger should follow. Especially my Dutch readers picked up on that. But also in general, readers are getting more demanding as the blogging community grows bigger and more influental than ever before. Eventhough you're not a pro-blogger, people will have the same expectations.

I'm pretty nonconformistic, so I like to do the things my way. My blog started out for fun, to share a passion. And truth to be told, that's the way I prefer to blog. Becoming a professional blogger is not on my agenda. I don't like the pressure. That being said, I probably will update again, on my own terms and my own pace. Since I'm busy with work and finally getting my Bachelors degree at the same time, it won't happen as frequently as before. I'm asking you: please respect that, and don't give me a hard time about not updating frequently enough. Because honestly? There's more to life than blogging about nail polish.

I also like to grab this opportunity to say that there's no way I can know absolutely everything. For example: if you're wondering what the shipping will be from Canada to Germany, please just go through the checkout process to find out. I'd love to help everyone, but I simply don't have the time. I also have a FAQ, so please check it out before sending me an email. And for the people who are always trying to find and point out my flaws: I'm human, therefore not perfect. Deal with it.

So, this is what I had to get off my chest. I hope I didn't offend anyone, I just can't please everyone (even though I always try to). It was really heartwarming to see how many people messaged me wondering what was up. Thank you for that!

See you soon!

Is the Milk Industry Circling the Drain?

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

Sales of milk have been horrible lately, but nothing tells the story like the long-term picture.  In 1982, the United States population stood at 232 million. Today it’s 317 million people. So if America’s milk consumption per person were flat, we’d still expect a 36 percent increase in US milk sales from 1982 just to keep... Read more »

Catch me if you can!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

There I am building my empire. Day by day. Every single day I show up and do the work. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m in it for the long haul. I do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. I don’t complain that I don’t have enough time. I have kids to take care […]

The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly and Healthy Laundry

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

  Did you know that 39% of a garment’s environmental impact comes from consumer care? Yup, you do have more power than you think to reduce your fashion’s impact. And now that we’ve been living in our apartment for three years, I have our clean laundry routine down pat. (Well, I can’t speak for my husband. He does his own laundry!) My goal is to use non-toxic products, reduce my energy and waste, and make my clothing last as long as possible: stain-free, unfaded or shrunk, odor-free, and in good shape. When you’ve come from a life of Mountain-fresh-pine-scented Tide and fabric softener; fluffy hot laundry straight out of the dryer; and the latest scientific advances in stain-removal technology, I could understand why you might raise your eyebrows at the idea of “regressing” back to the old way of doing things. But doing laundry the healthy and eco-friendly way feels just as nourishing as switching from Twinkies back to a homemade blackberry cobbler. I should add that I’ve personally never minded doing laundry. Yes, sometimes it takes me a while to get around to it. But I find it meditative and satisfying to concentrate on something so hands-on. And I’ve […]

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Goals results for February

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

I still have a few hours to go on this month's stuff, so I've marked the items as they should be at close of play tonight.  I would have got much more done had I not lost just under half the month to illness.  Grrr!  Anyway, here's what I did get done:

* Take care of neglected recycling - boxes at mum's and water filter cartridges - end month with no extra recycling on hand   Most stuff ready to take
* Clean the oven   Done!
* Finish the Go Bag overhaul  Did you get yours done, G??

Still have recycling on hand, but I did put it out to take on Saturday, then didn't get to go to the relevant place.  It's ready to go later this week now.

* Focusing twice daily   42/56 I didn't do it whilst ill, but otherwise did, so: Done!
* Neck and shoulder exercises on 25 days   16, pretty much every day I could, so I count that: Done!
* Go to bed at 9pm on at least 20 days  lost count, but close enough to say: Done!
* Only buy sweets twice, if at all  Bought once myself and once by Sir, so: Done!
* Continue using eye-shadow almost every day  Done!

I did well on this section, I think.  I did all I could, so I'm counting that as section completed. ☺

* Study 'Imitate' book ch 12  Done! 
* NRSV Bible Ezra to Job   Done!
* Finish final re-reading of 'Learn Any Language'  Done!
* Review 'Chinese Language - Fact and Fantasy'  Done!
* Read 'Contemporary Japan'  Done! Decided after 2+ chapters that I wasn't interested anymore
* Study Discovering Science book 3 to section 10 (from 4)  chs 4 - 6
* Work Physics GCSE revision guide & workbook pages: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25a, 26, 27, 58, 59
* Work Chemistry GCSE revision guide & workbook pages: 41, 42, 43, 44, 46
* Complete 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vols 1&2, (ch44-55).  Done!
* Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3   2.5/20
* Chinese vocab transfer from recent mag(s) and 'Imitate' book
Finally finish 'Teach Yourself German'  Did vocab write-up from chs 14-16

I had hoped to finish with 6 books, but 4 isn't bad! I'm not far off on a 5th too and have got well on with pretty much all subjects, so given the health imposed restrictions, I'm OK with the results.  Some to carry over yet again, but I did at least make a start on them.

* Finish violet thread painting  Done!
* Work on 'Paradise Island cross stitch - finish trees and sky areas   In progress again.  Land trees and most of sky done
* Start winter design project - some artwork and charting the cross stitch design
* Finish knitting pink scarf  In progress
* Knit cream cardy for Velimirovic baby  Knitting complete (awaiting buttons and embroidery)  Done!
* Get yarns and patterns for my own knits  Done! Started one of them
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection

Passable progress.  Again, had illness not intervened, I would have cleared the two un-started items of the list, but I'll carry them over to March now.

* Make good use of the 'business hour (10:30-11:30 most days) to develop ideas etc   3
* Complete match up of all social media stuff and on-line digital declutter  Done!
* Post at least once daily on 'business' Instagram account  44 posts over every day but two, so near enough to; Done!.

The business hour didn't go very well.  To be honest, apart from a few initial ideas sort outs, I had trouble thinking how to spend it and ended up using most of the time I was even able to allocate an hour on the study items.  I did very well with Instagram postings - every day but two and I finished the streamlining of online presence stuff.  Need to give this section more thought....

So, final analysis is:

Tasks completed:  17/30
Still in progress:  8
As yet un-tackled:  5

New month, here we come!

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

It’s official: Mumford and Sons confirmed for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

The UK rockers will join Pink and Calvin Harris at the after race concerts.

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New Video

New Video

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

A new video is up now on my youtube channel and I think it's a good one!

Simon did my voiceover haha, please go check it out and leave him some love!

Sal xXx


Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick Swatches & Try On

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

The brand new Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks are not only cruelty-free, but all 30 shades are also vegan. When they first launched I had to pick up a few shades to try out. I love that they offer everything from pale nudes, peach shades, warm browns, reds, and even shades like teal and black. Launching with 30 shades was ambitious and I feel like you can’t expect anything less from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Curious to see which shades I picked up and how they apply? Check out the rest of this post! Is Anastasia Beverly Hills Cruelty-Free? Yes. Anastasia Beverly Hills is cruelty-free. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List. Are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks vegan? Yes. All shades of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks are vegan. They are free from any animal and animal derived ingredients. Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick Claims “A full-pigment lip color with a smooth, ultra-matte finish. Use the highest point of the bullet to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick with precision.” Shades of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick included in this Swatches & Try On video are: Latte Kiss Spice Stevie Peachy Dread Brandy Staunch Buff Other […]

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UrthBox Vegan Snack Box Giveaway

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

If you love healthy food and snacks as much as we do, you are going to love this! We’re giving away two large UrthBoxes packed with healthy non-GMO vegan foods and snacks from UrthBox. What’s UrthBox? This company offers the one of the best ways to discover new healthy non-GMO foods and snacks. They are... Read more »

This is your true calling!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

Don’t act like you don’t know what to say or write about. You know it very well that thing you feel deep inside. It’s your true calling. Your message to the world. Something you think they need to hear from you. But that is where you have it totally wrong. It doesn’t come from you. […]

Runway Hair You Can Wear

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

TRESemme, the official hair care sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, returns to New York for its 13th consecutive season to empower women with the backstage secrets of creating runway hair, you can wear.

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Music Monday: Feel It Still

by Martha @ I'd Rather Be Reading

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Summer Essentials List

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

  Dodge UV damage with these hot beach essentials. Style amplified, not abandoned. 1/ iPhone strap case 2/ Beach tote 3/ Beaded bracelet 4/ Animal towel 5/ Sandals 6/ Hat 7/ UPF 50+ sun scarf 8/ Maillot 9/ Sport SPF 45

Looking forward to 'World's End' series two!

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

This is SOOOO unlike me as we don't even have a TV and I just watch the occasional thing on the iPlayer - usually the BBC one.  However, I've really enjoyed a couple of series on CBBC (Children's BBC) recently, especially an intriguing teenage sci-fi called 'World's End'.

As most readers here won't have watched it (but do, if you see it available on the iPlayer and you can watch that where you live - or it comes on your local kid's TV service), the following will make zero sense to most.  However, I wanted to write this post as the BBC website won't allow me to comment on the CBBC site - I'm too old!!!

Anyway, here are my thoughts on some of the yet unanswered questions and mysteries left over from series 1 that should be addressed in series 2:

- That stone circle in the hidden cave is a sort of wormhole where two versions/parallel worlds meet.  Thus the 'same worlds meet' code.  At certain times, transport between these is possible.  That will be where the missing people disappeared and the 'prophets' who foresaw the asteroid came through.

- Yup, Lexy is definitely a clobot and fully clobot, not half-human.  There are clues on this right from the very first episode where Lena says she's already holding Cat responsible for everything.  Why else would she do that if she wasn't resentful at Cat being left behind when Lexy disappeared in the cave along with Cat's parents?  Why take the clobot Alexa to replace the real Lexy?  Well, the whole operation at World's End castle is top secret and letting anyone know about Lexy's disappearance would put their operation at risk.  Lena had to hush it up and take Alexa to pose as her daughter indefinitely.  This is the memory dream that Lexy tells Cat about - her being removed from the Secret Zone.  As well as being painfully aware that Alexa is not her real daughter, Lena also thinks that clobots have no rights or feelings.  Therefore she is both inhuman to her and completely unconcerned about her being hurt should the real Lexy show back up at some point.

- Lexy (and the other clobots) are not made of mirror matter as one commenter suggested.  If she were, we wouldn't be able to see her.  Remember the scientists explaining that mirror matter was invisible to the naked eye and having to run special tests to detect it??  I think Lexy's face may have melted owing to all the cosmetics she's been using over the years weakening the synthetic cells she's made of which then broke down when combined with tears (which would be relatively unusual given Lexy's former unpleasant nature and her not having normal parents around to compare Lena's horrible treatment of her with).  There really is some awful muck in most skincare and make-up, (parrafin and other petrochemicals for a start!) so it wouldn't surprise me that her 'skin' integrity gave up.  It'll be interesting to see how the script writers explain that one.

- I'm expecting that, during series 2, the wormhole in the cave will reveal its secrets and all the missing people will reappear, including Alice and Henry Carter who disappeared there in the 60's, although it is possible that some of those who disappeared may have made lives in the other world and prefer to stay there.  The teenagers will go looking for the clobots to tell them the Earth is safe and, at some point, will go back into the cave and discover the necklace Caitlin dropped there when she was transported through the wormhole.  That will spark off a more intensive exploration into the cave phenomena and, no doubt against the advice of their various parents, the teens will get to the truth of the matter.  (Parents and other adults are usually portrayed as stupid and/or untrustworthy in kids' shows - a really helpful idea for them to grow up with - NOT!)

- No, Casey won't be back.  His rocket was blown to bits when it hit the asteroid, so there's no way he both survived and got back to Earth safely.

- Some of the kids on the CBBC site and YouTube talked about the characters' relationships etc.  Well, Gaia and Gregor are a cert of course, but I feel uncertain that Cat would really want to get fully involved with a clobot.  She may be quite happy to accept them as her sister and/or friend, but not as a boyfriend.  My guess is that she'll go for Luke in the long run and that this will cause more friction between him and Noah.  Other than AJ having fun and games explaining himself to Mackenzie, (which, given her passion for all things weird and wonderful, I expect he'll be able to do in the end), I don't see any other romances.  Oh yes I do.  I can see Stephanie and Duncan getting back together and the Morelles becoming a real family, including Duncan accepting Noah to a degree.  He has too much history with clobots to accept him fully, but, as they all know the truth now, it won't matter as much as when Noah thought Duncan was his dad and couldn't see why he was rejected on sight.  I also think that Lena will become somewhat more human during series 2, especially when the truth about the disappearance of her real daughter comes out.

Other than that, (and to say that I'm horrified at some of the terrible spelling of many of the youngsters who commented - the more I read on-line comments, the more I  understand why there's been so much outcry about education and literacy standards on both sides of the Pond), that's it and I hope that 'World's End' series 2 is aired next month, which may be possible as a treat from the BBC to gild the September return to school pill.  Here's hoping.....  I understand series 2 has already been filmed from the comments of one viewer who actually e-mailed the BBC about it.  I'm assuming that, given the international nature of the cast and the use of a place like Bamburgh Castle as a filming location, they'll have done the whole thing in one go.

I also hope it stays purely sci-fi and doesn't get genuinely occult.  It did look a bit 'weird' from some stuff in the first few episodes and, left to my own devices, I probably wouldn't have completed the series after about part 6 where Gaia moved away from looking at herself in a mirror, but another version appeared in it, but I discovered the series just after its first showing finished and so I was able to check on the website synopsis that it was OK.  On principle, I won't touch anything occult or the witches, wizards and fairies sort of fantasy with a barge pole.  Which means a whole load of otherwise popular shows are not of interest to me.

Update: Looks like the show has been cancelled. Despite a replay in autumn 2016 and a reappearance in the CBBC Shows page, it's long gone again and it looks like we'll have to give this one up as a bad job. Pity! :(

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015/6

Braised Lentils on Toast

by Gena @ The Full Helping

Produce is so abundant at this time of year that I’m not usually thinking about recipes like this one: pantry meals that make something out of nothing, so to speak. But that’s exactly what I was thinking about when I got back from Prague in late August, greeted by a fridge that was empty except...

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Face Wipes vs Make up removing cloth by Glov

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Hello, I come to you today with a bit of a rant and product comparison. I am annoyed with myself that I bought something without researching it or at least checking the ingredient list. To be honest it never crossed my mind that in a small facial wipe there can be so many harmful chemicals. Probably all these are in minimal amounts but any skincare junkie probably uses many products each day and all the chemicals absorbed through the skin can quickly add up. I have found an amazing chemical free alternative to face wipes. They require a little bit of maintenance but oh boy aren't they worth it.

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Discover Your “Money DNA” With This Brand-New (Free) Quiz

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  Let’s talk money for a minute. It seems like something almost everyone struggles with, doesn’t it? Except those “lucky” few who seem to just have it all figured out… Well, I want to share with you one of those “lucky” people — who went from UN-lucky to creating a multi-million dollar business and a […]

Step-by-Step Makeup Tutorial – Black Smoky Eyes with Orange Winged Eyeliner

by Chayanti Mukherjee @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hello beauties! Festivities are not all about ethnic looks; you can easily go for an Indo-Western look as well. I love sarees with Indo-Western look and like to go for bold makeup looks with them. Here, I tried to create a bold and unique look for you all. I always prefer bold eye makeup with […]

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Vegan round-up from recent trip to Paris

by rebsy @

There is so much more vegan food in Paris than there was just three years ago, even vegan croissants! I just got back from visiting my brother,

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5 Ways How Butter Nail Lacquer Solves Common Application Issues

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

It seems like Everyone and Their Mother in Beauty Products is Making Nail Lacquer Now. Fortunately more and more companies are opting to create and manufacture products that are vegan, cruelty free, or both! For nail lacquer, um, what nail...

OH HEY, BADASS EVENT INCOMING!

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

I’m Going to Be Part of an Event in Orlando! It’s basically all those companies where a party is hosted at a house and after some booze/snacks a line of products get played with and ordered out of a catalogue....

Mudmasky PH-Balanced Mud Mask Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Not everyone may know that, but ...... I am a face mask junkie...No hiding here.... no denying... I have face mask evening a few times a week... I honestly think introducing face masks to my skin care routine made a huge difference to the appearance and health of my skin :)

There is nothing I enjoy more, than putting on my PJs and a face mask after a long day at work. I have very oily, and quite problematic skin, so naturally my favourite masks are detoxifying clay masks. I only needed to use Mudmasky face mask once to completely fall in love with it. This is by far the best clay based face mask I have ever used.

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WATCH: Dubai’s flying taxi takes to the skies for its first test flight

by Mike Priest @ What's On Dubai

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan was there to witness the successful launch.

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Please don’t make these mistakes in your business

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

What if you always felt confident in your ability to make money in your business, to charge what you’re worth, and to freely allow abundance into your life in exchange for doing work you love? UM – who wouldn’t, right?! What if you had an almost “ATM-like” ability to create the income you want, when […]

Blogger CHIC: Sun-Kissed In Spring

by Amanda Green @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Cheyer is blogger chic with a sun kissed look for spring. Get her look!

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Banana Republic & Roland Mouret Collaboration

by Jasmine Simmons @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Banana Republic and celebrated designer Roland Mouret have announced the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection – a limited-edition, covetable capsule highlighting Mouret’s keen understanding of fit and the female form through the use of Banana Republic’s signature Sloan fabric.

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This new law will help protect domestic workers in the UAE

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

The law outlines essential working conditions, including paid holidays and rest days.

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Nail Art Barcelona Tutorial by Nails 21

by Inspirationail @ Inspirationail

Nail art and Barcelona is like a match made in nail haven – full details on what tools to recreate these amazing mini works of art are provided in the video. Nail Art Barcelona Nails 21 Be sure to subscribe to the channels and check back soon for more nail shenanigans. Inspirationail is on on […]

Ch ch ch ch ch ch Cherry Bombs!

by Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Thank you SOOOOOOO much for your love and support on my comeback post, bunnies! I am so overwhelmed and humbled by your positive responses. Believe it or not, I have read every single comment, all 381. Over years of having this blog, I started to slowly become known as a weight loss success story throughout the internet. […] Read more...

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So your dog has struvites

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

If your dog has struvite stones, he has a bladder infection. He doesn't need a special diet and he doesn't need his urinary pH adjusted. He needs his infection diagnosed and treated. (To be perfectly accurate, there is a condition known as "sterile" or "metabolic" struvites that occurs very, very rarely in the dog. This condition isn't just a zebra, however; it's a unicorn. I'll say more about it later on.) Why do dogs with urinary tract infections have struvite stones? Why do they so often have alkaline urine? The urine becomes alkaline for the same reason the stones form: Because the urease-producing bacteria that usually cause canine UTIs produce magnesium, phosphate, and ammonium as waste products. The urine becomes super-saturated with these waste products. Add it all together, shake well, and you have struvite stones. It was once believed...

Links & Loves #12

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

theBalm’s Nude Beach palette launched today and you know I HAD TO.  I just did. NOTHING is going to stand between me and the new Naked Heat palette, either.  It’s supposed to pre-launch on the Urban Decay website June 12th so I’ll be in stalker mode from 12 am onward. In other news, I’m on […]

10 Cyber Monday Subscription Box Deals 2017

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for some great Cyber Monday subscription box deals, discounts, promo codes, and discounts but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry we got you covered this Cyber Monday! Below, you’ll discount some of our favorite, most affordable subscription boxes that are offering hefty discounts and deals for Cyber Monday. Whether if you’re looking for […]

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The Best Vegan Food in Pasadena, California

by rebsy @

Pasadena, California is home to A LOT of delicious vegan food, including some great vegan breakfast and brunch options.

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Update on Makeup Geek's Vegan Items

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ lovelipstick

It's been a while since I wrote a post about Makeup Geek's vegan options and they've had loads of new stuff released since then. So I wrote to them to ask for an updated list.

They confirmed back the eyeshadows that contain carmine, making them unsuitable for vegans. I also went back to confirm which pigments, foiled eyeshadows and blushes are vegan and they have now updated their vegan page accordingly.

Makeup Geek have said the following products are vegan:

  • Regular Eyeshadows, excluding the shades listed below
  • Foiled Eyeshadows, excluding the shades listed below
  • Pigments (as at this date none contain carmine)
  • Gel Liners
  • Blushes, excluding the shades listed below
  • Makeup brushes
NON-Vegan Items:
  • Eyeshadows containing carmine: Bitten, Country Girl, Cupcake, Drama Queen, Mango Tango, Razzleberry, Simply Marlena, Twilight, Unexpected, Unicorn
  • Eyeshadow Holiday Bundle, as it contains Bitten & Country Girl
  • Starter Kit, as it contains Drama Queen & Unexpected
  • Ultimate Palette as it contains Bitten, Country Girl, Drama Queen, Mango Tango, Razzleberry & Unexpected.
  • Expansion Kit, as it contains Unicorn & Razzleberry.
  • Foiled Eyeshadows containing Carmine: Center Stage & Caitlin Rose
  • Lipsticks (beeswax)
  • Blushes containing carmine: First Love & Romance
Looks like I'll be ordering some foiled eyeshadows then! :)

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Jadwiga Natural Loose Face Powder For Oily & Acne-prone Skin Puder naturalny dla cery tłustej i trądzikowej

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Jadwiga loose powder is produced from natural clays, which are the source of the elements necessary for the proper functioning of the skin.

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Is Morphe Cruelty Free?

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Morphe Brushes have been around since a very long time and everyone loves them. Recently, Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes have become

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Ready to step into the spotlight and become a VIP CELEBRITY?

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Or do you already have a business but don’t know how to get yourself out there in the spotlight? BOOK YOUR VIP CELEBRITY DAY WITH ME IN PARIS, FLORENCE, STOCKHOLM OR SYDNEY IN 2018! I’m taking my business abroad again and would love to […]

Weekend Reading, 9.17.17

by Gena @ The Full Helping

Happy Sunday, friends. Hope the weekend has been good to you. My big news this week is that my new cookbook, Power Plates, is officially available for pre-order whenever books are sold! The on-sale date is January 23, which seems far away now, but the time will fly, and it’s incredible to me that it’s...

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PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask Review

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

When it comes to face masks, I always want to try any cruelty-free and vegan mask that I can find. The PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask is one of the few cruelty-free and vegan peel off masks out there. When PUR Cosmetics sent me this mask, it seemed to be perfect to test out on camera to see how it works and how my skin feels after using it. Is PUR Cosmetics Cruelty-Free? Yes. PUR Cosmetics is cruelty-free. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List and are also certified as cruelty-free by PETA. Is the PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask vegan? Yes. The PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask is vegan. It is free from any animal and animal derived ingredients. You can find a fill list of PUR Cosmetics Vegan Products here on Logical Harmony. Products included in the PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask First Impressions & Demo video are: PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask PUR Cosmetics Blue Agave Mask Description from PUR Cosmetics: “Give your skin an energizing boost with this ultra-refreshing blue agave mask. An Energy Complex of green tea, ginseng and Vitamin B helps stimulate the skin’s natural metabolism for the look of plumper, hydrated and refreshed skin. The […]

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Fire walk with me!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  Do you remember that TV-series Twin Peaks? And that ugly guy called Bob that was actually Laura Palmers Father? Well, I see that it is soon back on again and then it came to me this line “fire walk with me”. This path I’m on is often like walking with fire. Living on the […]

Decluttering My Jewellery Collection

Decluttering My Jewellery Collection

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Here is the long overdue massive jewellery declutter I've been putting off for ages.  Decluttering jewellery is so hard because we tend to develop sentimental attachments to the pieces we own.  I'm proud of this first declutter, getting rid of 65% of my jewellery collection, and will revisit my jewellery box in about a year to see what else I can purge!

Changeover from May to June

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Well, May was a bit of a damp squib!  Hardly surprising seeing that I was either ill, had one of my headaches/light headedness or was horribly tired (i.e. could do very little) for almost, if not every single day of the month!  June has also started off on a low note, but where there's life there's always hope, so I'm setting out the plans for the month as usual. ☺

First of all the results of the 20 goals set in May. I met five of them and worked on six more - two quite close to completion, so at least something was accomplished.

During May I:

* renewed my passport and was very pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got it back - only 8 days from sending off the application to what I think was their own courier delivery of the new one.
* decided not to read any more of a book I'd been neglecting and crossed that off.  Obviously I wasn't that interested if I hadn't been reading it, so onto the give-away shelf it went!
* studied half a chapter of my science book.  I probably would have read more, but I got to a TV/video sequence and that broke it up as I need to get the telly out for that. (Yes, seriously!)
* knit the baby hat to match the cream matinee coat I'd done before, which was on my list for the month, plus knit one complete cardy and one almost complete that weren't on the list (although one was on my 2017 goals list).
* embroidered a hardanger sympathy card.
* completed knitting all the main pieces of my black chunky cardy and began on the first button band.
* made a two-tone t-shirt at a 'sewing with knit fabrics' workshop on 10th.  Just need to stitch the bottom hem in place, but first urgently need to practice sewing in a straight line!!!
* read the intro and first chapter of 'Relearning to See', which was quite exciting.  Looking forward to getting on with that, although I've noticed I read less these days in favours of watching TV on my tablet computer.... Not good!
* did some of the NRSV Bible reading: Ps 119-Prov 6, Song 1 - Isaiah 6.
* continued with my lard reduction plan as far as I could given the circumstances.  I couldn't exercise much, or even do my remedials very often, but I did stick to the food part of it.  I haven't weighed myself for a while owing to hormonal crazies, including water weight fluctuations as it's just not 'steady' at the moment.  I decided to dispense with 'weights and measures' until things have settled again.  It seems menopause is also at least partly responsible for infections and slow recovery as it can knock your immune system halfway across town and make you crashingly tired.  It'll pass in time. ☺
* finished up a lip gloss quad I'd been working through for a while (from my use up list)

Here's what I'd like to do in June, several of which are quick-ish one-offs and finish-ups:

Health 
* Remedial Exercises once or twice daily (when not ill!!)
* Keep up food plan (maybe even get down to 9st this month if hormonals settle and I can get a reliable set of measurements)
* Start tone up and flexibility exercises adding a little more every few days/week

Domestic etc
* Finish the Go Bag! Sir said he'd be doing this with me last week, but it didn't happen....
* Clean bathroom window
* Finalise make-up clear-out and give away 'cast offs'
* Take 15 books to the university book give-away areas (probably need a couple of trips for this one - weight!)
* Trip to the tip to deal with junk downstairs (need to organise this with Sir)
* Sort out all textiles to go and take them to the charity shop for ragging/Oxfam warehouse
* Buy new, navy blue towel set

Reading and Study
* NRSV Bible Proverbs 11 - 31 and Isaiah 7 - 66
* Read 10 chapters of 'Relearning to See'
* Catch up kr book study from whilst I've been ill
* Catch up some of the WT articles
* Vocab transfer from Chinese WTs
* Do some language and science study

Creative
* Get to at least 85% on 'Paradise Island' cross stitch
* Do some other embroidery (prob. meadow scene and/or rose NP)
* Finish black/rose print t-shirt
* Finish my black chunky cardy
* Finish green/cream baby cardy
* Knit pink/white baby cardy
* Start on bag making tasks (Sat-Nav pouch, hard drive pouch, backpack, knitting bag, manicure pouch)
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection
* Deal with overdue blog interview questionnaires and prepare a welcome post for any extra traffic their publishing might create.  (Oh, and yes, I changed this blog name back to the original.  The other two I tried just didn't feel right.)

The Bingley Show is 22 July, so I'm going to need to get some entries sorted out for that too.  Some of these might make it into the pile, we'll see how they turn out and what else I have on hand.

Let's get cracking! ☺

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

I Used Only Vegan Make-Up For A Week And This Is What Happened

I Used Only Vegan Make-Up For A Week And This Is What Happened


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Like most things in my life, it started with food. I’ve followed a vegetarian diet since I was 6 years old, and ditched animal products from my wardrobe...

What's On My iPhone 7 Plus? + My Favourite Vegan Apps

What's On My iPhone 7 Plus? + My Favourite Vegan Apps

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

I have always found "What's On My Phone" videos fascinating.  You can learn so much about a person by what they keep on their phone and how they organize it! Get to know me better by watching the video and let me know your favourite apps in the comments below!

December's To Do list

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

I seriously *need* to get back into making regular goals lists and having them to hand. I haven't done that at all since I've been back in my hometown and I really haven't been productive in most areas of life. Needlework has been good, but book work? Terrible!  Except the creative section, I've had to copy almost the whole of my 2016 goal list into the new one for next year....

So, here goes with all I want to do over the next 2 weeks:

* Make up Xiaoqin's sampler hanging
* Mount cat-a-cello
* Finish 'oriental dress' card
* Finish blue premature baby cardy knit
* Trial double stocking stitch
* Finish the violets thread painting
* List old winter tyres on EBay
* Take charity shop bags to Oxfam etc
* Deal with box recycling here and at mum's
* Finish "Rapid Literacy in Chinese"
* Finish 'Teach Yourself German'
* Finish all reading mags in my drawer
* DS book 3 - finish chapters 3 & 4
* Finish Part 2 of 'The China Dream'
* Finish chapter 4 of 'In Other Words' and start chapter 5
* Read chapters 5, 6 & 7 of 'Color'
* Finish NRSV 2 Kings and crack on with 1 Chronicles

And I think that will do. Starting tomorrow!

Actually, no. Starting tonight! :)

Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick Review & Swatches

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

Lipstick is one of those things I just can’t get enough of, so I was super thrilled to try out the vacation-themed Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks in several shades! Keep reading for my thoughts and swatches below. At A Glance Brand: Tarte Animal Testing Policy: Cruelty-Free, PETA-certified Parent Company: Kose […]

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Mitchum is not cruelty free :(

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

OK so for years I've been under the impression Mitchum deodorant was a brilliant accidentally vegan and cruelty free deodorant, despite being owned by a non-cruelty free parent company (Revlon).

It was just something that was told to everyone in vegan message boards and chat groups and accepted. Not like me not to research that, but for some reason I didn't until I saw a few people saying that it's actually not cruelty free at all.

Silly me! After the whole Batiste debacle you'd think I'd have learnt, but we all make mistakes so .... I did a bit of googling and the only sources I found saying it was vegan were replies on message boards or the odd blog post. I found them on a few 'do test/avoid' lists from bloggers I trust. So I wrote to them and asked to try and get an answer for myself.

They of course came back to me with Revlon's stock animal testing statement, the usual spiel about how they don't animal test and haven't since the late 80s and believe in innovation and women expressing themselves through makeup... etc.

And then - the important bit - "Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements., Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which are products are sold...."

So basically they submit to animal testing where required by law. This means they are not cruelty free.

So I wrote back and said (I'm paraphrasing), yeah thanks I know Revlon aren't cruelty free but I just want to know about Mitchum specifically. Do you sell in China and can you answer my original questions in relation to Mitchum only, thank you please.

They wrote back with "This is the only statement we have for all Revlon/Mitchum/Almay products"

So there you have it. Not able to confirm they're cruelty free, so I'm not gonna buy any more.

Now please excuse me while me and my sweaty pits cry into our tea and then try to find something that works even half as well!

Please leave me your suggestions in the comments if you have a deodorant that works well for you!

Sal xXx

Highlight and Contour Like a Pro

by Mads @ itslikelymads

*This post contains affiliate links* What Exactly is Contouring? So, contouring isn’t exactly a science right? Well, some people may disagree. Contouring a highlighting is a huge thing in the beauty industry these days. Specific makeup artists have even claimed to know the exact science behind the absolute perfect contour. There are even memes that… Read More Highlight and Contour Like a Pro

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The poison pill of changing stray hold periods for cats

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

What do I think of the Michigan Humane Society's insistence that there is no legal stray hold period for cats in the state now, and that there shouldn't be? I am absolutely in favor of sheltering cats in a different way than dogs. I'm also in favor of completely revolutionizing our sheltering practices and creating a different paradigm for cats than dogs. And I'm in favor of new approaches and throwing out all the old ways if they're not working. What I am not in favor of is codifying approaches that create second class citizenship for cats, nor that disrespect the cat-human bond. And I'm definitely not in favor of reducing the legal stray hold for cats if it gives animal control agencies and shelters the right to kill those cats sooner. Fortunately, you don't need to abolish hold periods...

Animal-cruelty free cosmetic brands which I use

Animal-cruelty free cosmetic brands which I use


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For a few years now I have started using cruelty-free cosmetics, in other words – brands which don’t test on animals.  The switch in mindset began when I got my dog 4 years ago, I just …

What’s in my makeup bag? + Giveaway (CLOSED)

by Catherine @ nail polish – Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

I decided to do something different today! I’m letting you guys into my makeup bag! I’ve had multiple reader request about cruelty-free, vegan, and natural make-ups and thought it would be fun to show you what I’m loving and why. I’ve always been a lover of animals (especially bunnies, duh), but when I was younger […] Read more...

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Weekend Reading, 9.22.17

by Gena @ The Full Helping

Happy weekend! And to those of you who celebrated Rosh Hashanah this week, happy new year. I greeted the holiday with Isa‘s vegan challah from Superfun Times and a gathering with my chosen family on Thursday evening. It was a lovely night, rich in conversation and good food. I got to thinking about how five months...

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Best Vegan Protein Bars and Vegan Energy Bars

by rebsy @

Vegan protein bars are important for me when I’m not sure I’ll have access to vegan food for some time.

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Cruelty-Free FAQ’S

Cruelty-Free FAQ’S


Hello Kaily

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Poundland / Makeup Gallery Vegan List

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

So I've seen LOADS of people recommend the Poundland liquid eyeliner and when I googled it I found loads of people saying it's cruelty free but couldn't find anything concrete.

So I messaged Poundland and here is their response (TL:DR, I'm happy they're cruelty free and they also sent me a vegan list.)

My questions plus their responses in purple:

The answers to your enquiry are below.

  • Do Poundland/Makeup Gallery test on animals at any point in products (ingredients and final product), or do any 3rd parties do so on your behalf? I can confirm that none of the Make-Up Gallery products have been tested on animals, Our supplier has never commissioned animal testing to be conducted on the products that we sell.
  • Do you ensure your suppliers are cruelty free? Yes
  • Do you / would you test on animals if required by law? We currently sell Make Up Gallery inside the EU where it is illegal to be sell cosmetics tested on animals. There is no plan to expand the business outside the EU.
  • Do you sell these products in any countries where mandatory testing is required (such as mainland China)? No


NB: just to make totally sure, I went back to them to double check that there is no animal testing by Poundland or suppliers on either ingredients or finished products and they confirmed there is not!

Please see list of products suitable for Vegans and or vegetarians

Vegan:
Intense Lipgloss
Sheer Lipgloss
Lip Liner
Pressed Powder
Bronzer
Blusher
Eyeshadow
Eyebrow Pencil 
Kohl Eyeliner
Liquid Eyeliner
Cuticle Care
Top Coat
Healthy Nails
Nail Hardener
All Coloured Nail Polish
Ridge Filler

Not Vegan:
Lipstick
Foundation
Concealer (not vegetarian either!)

So there you can. I can tell you I've tried the liquid eyeliner and that shiz doesn't budge so if you want a super cheap eyeliner that works, you can do worse than that one! 

Have an awesome week!
Sal xXx


Spotlight on Slow Fashion Brands: My Sustainable Wishlist

Spotlight on Slow Fashion Brands: My Sustainable Wishlist

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

It's almost my birthday, and that means lusting after the slow fashion picks on my Sustainable Wardrobe Pinterest board!These are a few of my favourite things...

Melanoma Awareness: Did Ya Know?

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

  Melanoma Awareness Fact via The Skin Cancer Foundation

My Controversial Views On SPF Spray

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

I’ve been asked many times about my take on SPF sprays from reputable, clean SPF brands (meaning those brands that excel in EWG’s annual Sunscreen Report).  While I use EWG’s report as my end-all guide, I do veer off when it comes to sprays. Sprays are a complete no-no in EWG’s book and with good […]

In the Kitchen with Butter London + Giveaway

by Catherine @ nail polish – Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean eating clean and working out. It means being happy, doing what you love, and pampering yourself. I am such a girly girly when it comes to fashion and beauty. I love doing my hair and make-up and think painting my nails is therapeutic. If you follow me on […] Read more...

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100+ Awesome Subscription Box Coupons 2017

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for awesome subscription box coupons, discounts, promo codes, and deals but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry because we got you covered. Below, you’ll discover over 100 of our favorite, most insane, subscription box coupons, discounts, deals, and promo codes that you MUST take advantage of today. Whether if you’re looking for wine, […]

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Music Monday: Everlong (and a question)

by Martha @ I'd Rather Be Reading

  I’ve been listening to lots of late nineties/early aughts rock on Spotify lately—think playlists of Soundgarden, Beck, Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, etc. It got me thinking: as these artists have moved into our memories as the icons of a bygone era (as hard as it is to believe, some […]

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Dole Banana Power Pops

by Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

I have been working with Dole for over three years now, and I am so honored to be an official Dole ambassador for 2015! I’m also really excited to announce the launch of Dole’s “Get Up and Grow!” campaign and tour! All of my bunnies know that I am a huge advocate for “eating more rabbit food” […] Read more...

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Electrifying Excursion with Chevrolet Bolt EV

by Thao Vo @ Sheen Magazine

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Beauty In Orbit: The New Space-Themed Vegan Cuts Box

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

I’m here with another installment of the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, this time with their “Beauty in Orbit” filled with lunar-inspired goodies. The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box filled with 4-7 totally vegan and cruelty-free products. Keep reading for my thoughts on the products included in the July “Beauty in Orbit” […]

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Izy Hossack’s Falafel Smash

by Gena @ The Full Helping

I turn to Izy Hossack’s blog, Top with Cinnamon, for delicious and vegan friendly recipes. But more often than that, I read it for culinary guidance. Izy has a knack for making seemingly complex recipes (especially baking projects) feel easy and appealing, and her curious, studious spirit shines through her words. She’s obviously fascinated by...

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How to Look More Awake – A Beauty Guide For The Busy Individual

by Mads @ itslikelymads

This one goes out to all of the mommies, overworked employees, busy students, entrepreneurs, and the all around on-the-go individual. Let’s face it, no one gets as much sleep as they should. Adults should be getting on average around 7-9 hours a night. I know that I definitely don’t get that. So I, as well… Read More How to Look More Awake – A Beauty Guide For The Busy Individual

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MELISSA SANSONE – Interview With A Successful Woman

by Love Real Beauty @ LoveRealBeauty

This is the beauty story of Melissa Sansone, a New Jersey girl gone to the big city of Manhattan to make her way in fashion and beauty communications.  Melissa started out working for renowned beauty agency, Paul Wilmot, where she handled accounts such as IMAN Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverley Hills, Too Faced, and Moulton Brown.  After…

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Unilever Sues Vegan Mayo Company: Horses, Typewriters, and Eggs

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

This week has offered the strongest evidence yet that the days of dairy products and eggs being a dominant force in packaged foods are numbered. Unilever’s Hellmann’s and Best Foods brands have dominated America’s mayonnaise market for generations. But this week Unilever filed a lawsuit against tiny startup Hampton Creek, whose vegan Just Mayo product... Read more »

Weekend Reading: You’re Drinking Plastic Right Now

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Hi readers! I’m back from my much-needed, two-week hiatus from the internet. Burning Man was out of this world incredible this year. (I’ll be sharing my ethically-made outfits next week.) I ran into Jovana Djuric, a sustainable jewelry designer, at a camp called 1001 Nights, and we spent some quality time together. I also got a foot massage, had my dream written down and put inside a little jar with playa dust, left a letter for another mystery Burner and picked one out myself from a chest, was fed fresh watermelon, discussed Israel and Middle East conflict with a Swiss-Armenian…and that was in a couple hours at one camp! Multiply that by a whole week and you might understand my overabundance of gratitude. I shared my thoughts on Instagram, however, concerning the man who ran into the burning man, and why Burning Man can be really difficult. It has been for me in the past. Ironically, I saw Ingrid Goes West in Denver before I went offline. It’s a dark comedy about Instagram influencers, and it was disturbingly accurate. This article articulates my thoughts perfectly. Before I left, I wrote this piece for Fast Company Ideas about how fashion is destroying the […]

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Poodle: Standard Poodles 101

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Poodle: Standard Poodles 101 Standard Poodles 101: The pros and cons of this large breed dog. Poodles are the only breed that comes in...

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FRIEDA LUTH – The Beauty Story of a Successful Woman

by Love Real Beauty @ LoveRealBeauty

There’s a lot to know about Frieda Luth.  In fact there are at least 50 things to know about her!  For example, she’s left handed but uses her right side to play sports.  A frequent world traveler, Frieda Luth is originally from the Netherlands.  As an 18 year old in her home country, she started…

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Fashion Revolution Day 2014

by Jasmine Simmons @ Mz Mahogany Chic

One year ago today the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed leaving 1,133 men, women and children dead, over 2500 injured and at least 800 children orphaned. To mark this fateful day, today is Fashion Revolution Day.

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The Big Fat Vegan Mascara List

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

A while ago I wrote this post about vegan mascaras you can buy on the high street. I thought it was time for an update (even though I do update that post regularly) to also include high end / online brands. I want to show there are tonnes of options out there for cruelty free AND vegan mascaras, so here we go.

Any brands that you cannot buy on the high street, I will link to a place online you can buy it. All these brands are cruelty free:

Key:
I have noted where a brand has a non cruelty free parent company with PC
If the mascara is waterproof I have noted it with W
If I have tried it and liked it, I have noted it with A


Arbonne
- It's a long story mascara

Aveda
- Mosscara

B. (Superdrug) PC
- Volumising Mascara
- HD Lengthening Mascara
- HD Dual Wand Mascara
(All B. Makeup items are vegan! the new B products are online now and will be in selected stores soon)

Beauty Without Cruelty
- Waterproof W
- Full Volume A
- Ultimate Conditioning

(All BWC products are vegan)

Blinc
- Original tubing mascara only, (the Mascara Amplified has beeswax) W

Body Shop PC
- Lash Hero

Charlotte Tilbury
- Full Fat Lashes

ELF
- All ELF makeup is vegan W (option)

(Above link is ELF's website, but you can also buy ELF from Superdrug online and in selected stores.)

GOSH
- Rebel Eyes Mascara A
- Volume Serum Mascara
- My Favourite Mascara W

Kiko
- Volume & Definition Top Coat Mascara
- Curling Top Coat Mascara
- Luxurious Lashes Maxi Brush Mascara
- Extreme Volume Effect Mascara Kit
- Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

(I do not have official confirmation that these are vegan; however, Kiko have said the only animal ingredients used in their range are beeswax, carmine and lanolin, so I've scanned the ingredients list for these ingredients)

Lavera
- Deep Darkness Mascara
- Volume Mascara
- Front Row Curl Organic Mascara

(Lavera's other mascaras have beeswax in)

Lottie London
- #Lashgoals

Lily Lolo
- Natural Mascara A

Lush
- Eyes Right Mascara

M&S Autograph
- Fibre Lash Enhancing Mascara (marked vegan on website)
- High Definition Mascara
- Amplified Lashes Volumising Mascara
- Neverending Lashes Lengthening Mascara
- Aqua Proof Water Resistant Mascara W
- Semi-Permanent Mascara

Medusa's Makeup
- Witch Lash Mascara

Neve
- DeerLash Defining Mascara

(Also available in the UK from Cute Cosmetics.)

Pacifica
- Stellar Gaze
- Aquarian Gaze W

PHB Ethical Beauty
- All in One Natural Mascara A

Pixi (online and in some M&S stores) 
- Lash Booster Mascara
- Large Lash Mascara

Soap & Glory PC
- All 3 Thick & Fast mascaras are vegan according to their website (synthetic beeswax!)

Tarte PC
- Lights, Camera, Lashes
- Lifted Sweatproof
- Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
- Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

(Link above is to their US site who ship to the UK. Selected Tarte products also available in the UK from QVC.)

theBalm
- What's Your Type: Tall Dark and Handsome & Body Builder
- Cheater Mascara
- Mad Lash

Too Faced PC
- Better Than Sex
(The original, pink tube only, the waterproof has beeswax)

Tropic
- Fixing Gel Mascara

VE Cosmetics
- Mermaid Lash Mascara

W7 
- Very Vegan Mascara A


I have no doubt there are some missing; so I will update this list regularly as and when things change or I become notified of new options or discontinuations / changes in formulas.

What's your favourite? Have I missed it out?

If you liked this post or found it useful, please consider sharing it and also, come chat to me on Twitter or Instagram, if you like or if you're bored!

Sal
xXx

Last updated 04/08/2017

The CHIC Natural: How-to Straighten

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

The weather is cooling down and becoming less humid. It's the season for naturally curly gals to play in your hair!

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Is Elf Cruelty Free? Read this to Destroy the Myth.

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Elf is a widely popular drugstore cosmetic brand that offers variety of beauty products for eyes, lips and face. Its

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Cruelty Free August Favorites! – Antonym, Sol de Janeiro, Aquis & More!

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

***This post was written before the recent disaster in Texas, so please don’t think I’m ignoring it or being insensitive. If you are interested in more information regarding ways to help in the wake of such tragedy, please see yesterday’s post. And we now resume our regular programming….   This has been the strangest Summer. [...]

Sileo: A double-edged sword for dogs with thunderstorm and fireworks phobias

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Sileo has been a miracle for my noise-phobic dog, Tim. At the age of 7, Tim, a Silken Windhound, decided to become terrified of thunder and other loud noises. The first incident was during a wind and rainstorm -- no thunder -- and involved several rapid power off-and-ons, which sent him fleeing into the dark yard in the torrential downpour. I found him huddled in the corner where the fences meet, under some pine trees, and had to crawl in, drag him out, then carry him into the house. I had some alprazolam (generic Xanax) and Trazodone (another anti-anxiety drug) that had been prescribed for a different dog, and gave him those. He finally fell asleep, trembling in my arms. From that night foreward, he began reacting to all kinds of things: Wind, rain, the sound of my generator running...

Interview: Karin Agstam

by Belinda Hughes @ Natural Beauty Expert

We spoke to Swedish model Karin Agstam from MSA Models on her natural beauty and wellness routine. Growing up in Sweden, how do you find the Swedish skincare philosophy different to the American way of doing things? Swedes are very outdoorsy, and Sweden has a deeply rooted culture of being in nature which applies even to our skincare […]

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GRWM Daytime Makeup Tutorial

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

GRWM Daytime Makeup Tutorial I had a few people asking for longer videos so I created this GRWM Daytime Makeup Tutorial. This is a go-to...

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Don’t Offend My Art!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

That thing you feel inside you that needs to be expressed DAILY is art. It can be your writing, your music, your Facebook live, your healing, tarot reading, singing, acting, performing, painting etc. It is your art. No matter what they say, this is what you are born to do. So why is it so […]

What is La Mer’s Animal Testing Statement?

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

What is La Mer's animal testing policy? Does La Mer test any of their products on animals or is La Mer considered a cruelty-free brand?

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5 Nail Polish Brands that Don't Test on Animals

5 Nail Polish Brands that Don't Test on Animals


Feelgood Style

Looking for nail polish brands that don't test on animals? We've got five for you!

Vegan gas relief for onions!

by rebsy @

I used to suffer from terrible silent-but-deadly gas, and I never knew when it was going to strike. A house party,

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Butter London’s No Light Gel Base and Top Coat. *Snort*

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

Behold, the Latest Beauty Gimmick.   With UV lights scaring a lot of the granola crunchy and ignorant consumer public, there’s been a demand to have the long lasting shine and durability of gel but in nail polish form. Honestly...

Palette Launches Galore!

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I originally had zero interest in the Too Faced Glitter Bomb palette projected to launch on July 17th.  But then the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself palette happened and I think I’m a glitter convert.  I’m really curious to see if the texture will be foiled or the traditional chunky Too Faced setup I don’t […]

Youtube Red: How to Watch Youtube Ad Free Plus Other Tips and Tricks

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Youtube Red: How to Watch Youtube Ad Free Plus Other Tips and Tricks You guys asked for it, so today I’m sharing my Youtube...

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29th Birthday Haul

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

Not this past weekend but the one before, my mom and sister threw me a mini-birthday party while my husband was in New York for work.  The highlight was the delicious vanilla cupcakes that they topped with shredded coconut and served on cute little ceramic cupcake trays.  Mine even had a candle! I can’t remember […]

Cruelty-Free Beauty

Cruelty-Free Beauty


NeverTooMuchGlitter Nail Wonderland

Folks, just to reiterate, I will no longer be accepting comments regarding what brands are/are not cruelty free UNLESS the commenter provides a link to the relevant information. I get tons of comme…

Lalah Hathaway, Avant, Avery Sunshine, and Jon B Shut Down Atlanta For A Night Of Classic R&B!

by Jelisa Cook @ Sheen Magazine

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DIY Fashion: Basket Weave Shirt

by Jessica Alverez @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Stop shelling out all of your money for this style. Now you can make this at home. Loose weave can create a sexy night out look while tight weaves create a more conservative look.   Cut the strips right from the back of the shirt. Start horizontally leaving the collar and bottom hem attached. Then weave the extra strips laterally, pinning as you go on the side seam. After creating your weave pattern, sew the seam where you pinned:   Make a larger strip to go all the way around the bottom of the shirt:

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12 Best Weight Loss Subscription Boxes

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for a convenient, healthy, and helpful weight to lose weight? If so then a weight loss subscription box is the perfect option for you! With these weight loss subscription boxes, you’ll be provided with healthy foods, snacks, supplements, active wear, and even motivational items to help you drop a few pounds every month. Whether […]

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McDonald’s Jolted by Huge Sales Drop

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

Just five weeks ago, I wrote an article titled, “Healthy Competitors Grab Market Share from McDonald’s.” The piece suggested that McDonald’s will likely be in a world of hurt if they don’t quickly innovate more healthful, plant-based menu items. I wrote: From a business perspective, it undoubtedly once made sense for McDonald’s to err on the... Read more »

Updates to the List of Cruelty-Free Brands

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

Hello! Here’s our latest cruelty-free update for the past 2 months. There are a LOT of new brands being added to the list of cruelty-free brands. As always, the brands added to the list claimed that they: Don’t test finished products or ingredients on animals. Don’t have suppliers who test on animals. Don’t allow any […]

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Cruelty-Free Brands at Nordstrom

by Tashina Combs @ butter london – Logical Harmony

Browsing the Nordstrom beauty section is always a little overwhelming. There are so many beauty counters there and so many brands to check out! But how do you know which are cruelty-free? This guide from Logical Harmony will help you find the cruelty-free brands at Nordstrom to help make your shopping trip just a little bit easier. Once you’ve picked the brands, there are so many products to choose from. All of the cruelty-free brands at Nordstrom have vegan-friendly options as well. This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on August 26, 2015. All of the cruelty-free brands included here are sold at Nordstrom. They are also free of any animal testing and have vegan options. Just as with the Cruelty-Free Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they are owned by a company who tests on animals. It is also noted if they are a 100% vegan brand. Cruelty-free brands at Nordstrom: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aquis Aveda – It should be noted that they are cruelty-free, but their parent company is not. bare Minerals – It should be noted that they are cruelty-free, but their parent company is not. Beauty Blender – 100% vegan Bio Ionic bkr butter […]

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Green Beauty Review: Simple and Nourishing Beauty Is What I Need Right Now

by Catherine Harper @ Ecocult

Minimalism is one of those trends that may prove to be truly evergreen. With the hustle of modern life and the instability of the current political climate, it’s refreshing to find products that are simply made and easy to use. Kaliks Collective, a brand of handcrafted, small batch skincare, truly exemplifies the basic tenets of minimalism. The story behind Kaliks Collective is familiar: founder Allison Hodge suffered from skin issues for many years and, unable to find products to soothe her own skin, she began learning to make her own. Research is at the core of Kaliks Collective’s philosophy, and Allison studied functional medicine and herbs while earning certifications as a Western Herbalist and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She is currently working to earn a diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation. This dedication to the science behind the ingredients is evident within her products, as each is carefully formulated with with no more than 12 ingredients that offer medicinal and healing effects. As someone with sensitive skin, I was fortunate to try all four of Kaliks Collective’s products, and each item is gentle and soothing. Currently, the line features a cleanser, hydrosol, facial oil, and bath soak. A perfume oil […]

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Greenpeace Supports the Seal Trade

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

Until today, I thought the only bad thing about Greenpeace was the blight of day-glo wearing college-age canvassers they parachute into every affluent downtown area. These employees specialize in creating awkward moments when you’re just trying to walk down the street and have a conversation with a friend. But it actually turns out that Greenpeace backs something even more... Read more »

6 unique Dubai dining experiences that will really wow you

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

The world's smallest chef, a culinary abra tour, a champagne caviar experience and a pitch-black dining room...

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Want to quit your business and go back to a job? Do this before you give up!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

I know it can be hard to keep going with your business and your dream if you barely make any money, maybe you don’t make any money at all. But before you give up, take a look at this and give yourself permission to go all in with your dream and let yourself be successful. […]

Minimal Bedroom Ideas

by Mads @ itslikelymads

Nowadays, we’re seeing that when it comes to decor, less is more. There is a ton of research suggesting that having less furniture in your personal space, is actually good for mental and emotional health. This is due to the fact that having less items, means less mess, and less to worry about.  I know… Read More Minimal Bedroom Ideas

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Lighten Your Spring Wardrobe with Colors & Prints

by Beatrice Ampomah @ Mz Mahogany Chic

This year spring is about embracing colors and prints to your everyday wardrobe. Looking for some fashion ideas? We have the latest scoop here!

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Does the “Health Argument” Hurt Animals?

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

Countless vegans made their change of diet for health reasons, so it’s common sense that any serious animal advocate should be discussing the health advantages of going vegan at every opportunity. In fact, even if you’re personally most interested in animal protection, maybe the health argument deserves priority when speaking about veganism. After all, nearly... Read more »

Wanted: Workhorse Palette

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I’ve been on the hunt for an all-inclusive palette since Urban Decay launched the Naked on the Run palette 3 years ago (and I returned it). I don’t really travel (unless you count the occasional 3 hour drive to Miami) so a travel palette is not a necessity, but I can appreciate the ease of […]

Packing List for Your Next Vacation

by A CHIC Contributor @ Mz Mahogany Chic

The weather is getting warm and you know what that means? Mini-vacations. While most can pack light for a short trip, a fashionista may struggle with pairing it down to the bare essentials when every piece in her wardrobe seems to have equal importance. Having a packing list can help pair down a wardrobe to the essentials with minimal effort.

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Why Are Carnists So Sensitive? #LastWeekInVegan

Why Are Carnists So Sensitive? #LastWeekInVegan

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Oh hello there!  Welcome back to Last Week In Vegan, the biweekly video covering the most interesting vegan news from all around the world. This week we're chatting about: Workers getting fired after the release of the BC Chicken Abuse Video by Mercy For Animals, carnists vandalizing Canada's first vegan drive-thru, the Yulin dog meat festival, the Czech Republic's historic decision, prohibited drugs found in "100% natural" US chicken, the first zero-waste vegan facility, the American Medical Association calling for hospitals to offer plant-based meals, and the radical growth of veganism in America since 2014.

The Truth Behind May Contain Ingredient Lists

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

One of the most common questions that I get is asking what the May Contain Ingredient Lists on products mean. I get at least a handful of emails each week from confused readers who don’t understand why a product that claims to be vegan has “may contain carmine” or “may contain beeswax” listed on the packaging. Does this mean the product isn’t vegan? Does it contain carmine, beeswax, or other ingredients? This is something I have talked to many brands about. In this post, I share the three common reasons why brands put May Contain Ingredient Lists on their packaging. This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on August 19, 2015. What do may contain ingredient lists mean? Often times after a list of ingredients, you will see “may contain” followed by another list of various ingredients. This is very common on the packaging for cosmetics. Especially for products that contain a variety of shades. There are a few different things that may contain ingredient lists mean, and those will be explained in this post. 1. The brand wants to use one ingredient list for all shades of a product, even if not all of the shades […]

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Blogger CHIC: Nike & The Little Black Dress

by Amanda Green @ Mz Mahogany Chic

See what makes this edition of blogger chic pop!

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Vegans Overwhelmingly Favor Bernie Sanders

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

So last week, I tried out Twitter’s newish polling feature. I thought it would be cool to see where Vegan.com’s largely-vegan Twitter following stood on the US Presidential election. My question: “If you’re vegan—and only if you’re vegan—who has your vote?” The poll ran for 24 hours and here are the results: If you're vegan—and... Read more »

Summer Summer Summer Time

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

Well, Memorial Day Weekend is officially upon us in the States, and it is the very unofficial opener to summer.  Hallelujah! We like to have fun here on Goddess Huntress in May for Melanoma Awareness Month, so I created your SPF Must-Fun List to celebrate the sizzle to be had…so here we go! The Goddess […]

Upcoming NYC Sustainable Events

by Contributor @ Ecocult

Bridge to a Sustainable Future: A Jazzy Rooftop Marketplace with Dopper Friday, September 22nd, 6pm – 9pm @ 601 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 The team at Dopper has spent the last months building a Plastic Bridge, a giant mobile art piece made out of 25,000 disposable water bottles. It will be touring the country to raise awareness about the plastic in our oceans and to “bridge the gap” to a cleaner, more sustainable world. The bridge launch will be Friday, September 22nd, at the Starrett-Lehigh Building. It will be parked downstairs for the press and public to see. Then comes the party. After you cross the bridge, go up to our lovely Starrett-Lehigh rooftop garden where we’ll have the“Marketplace of the Future” showcasing products and services offering products that are better for people and the planet. We’ll have drinks, jazz, horsdervs, open skies, and sustainable vendors. Free | Register here.  Travel Blogger Summit Global Goals “Green” Gala Friday, September 22nd, 7pm – 11pm  @ HI New York City, 891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 Join 100 of the top celebrities, journalists, bloggers and digital media influencers in travel for an epic evening in support of scholarships and grants for youth travel. Held in Manhattan’s largest privately-owned green space – HI NYC’s backyard – enjoy food, drinks, music, and cameos alongside newsmakers from across […]

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It’s Time for Bacon to Carry Warning Labels

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

For more than a generation, meat has been linked to a variety of ailments. But not all meat is equally risky, and it’s been clear for some time that cured meats like bacon, ham, and sausage carry far greater health risks than other types of meat. It’s never been terribly difficult to imagine why, since if you... Read more »

Wellness – Fad, Fiction or Fact?

by Paradigm Switch @ Natural Beauty Expert

 “Ultimate wellness is when our body’s well is fully charged, infused with the essence within, making us feel whole.“ Irina Gladuchshenko Once upon a time, ‘Wellness” was simply another word in the back of the dictionary, and the pursuit of it, reserved for the slightly kooky or fringe-dwelling hippy. Today it seems to be the […]

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Weekend Reading: Juicing Needs to Die

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Hi readers! Wild Tussah included EcoCult at the top of their list of the five best ethical blogs, and StyleWise put me in her top ten! Also, I wrote this guide to combatting climate change using your investment money. Not invested? Um, scuse me, you had better have some retirement funds started, at least! Fashion Reformation considers itself fast fashion. | Refinery29 Some of the best reporting I’ve seen on Bangladesh’s fashion pollution problem. But there is hope! | Undark Nike debuted a new recycled leather shoe. | Quartz Timberland is trying to redevelop Haiti’s cotton agriculture to stem deforestation. | Triple Pundit I loved this story about the town that used to process America’s leather, before it was outsourced to Bangladesh. | Undark Next after that: “it would be just one more step in a long journey for the tanning industry, which has spent decades hopscotching across the globe, assiduously fleeing regulation and rising labor costs, and leaving long-lasting toxic footprints at each stop.” | Undark “If you’ve ever felt that jeans that refused to accommodate your ample ass might be a little racist, well, yeah, it turns out you’re right.” | Racked Beauty “And as news consumers increasingly seek out their own […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

We’ve reached out to all the nail polish brands to bring you this post. The main thing I’d like to point out is that Essie and OPI, 2 of the most popular nail polish brands, DO test on animals by selling in China. Sally Hansen is another culprit. Regardless, you’ll notice that there are an […]

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This Is UGG Men’s Campaign

by Jasmine Simmons @ Mz Mahogany Chic

UGG Australia launched its first-ever global brand marketing campaign titled “THIS IS UGG.” for the fall 2014 season. The campaign explores the theme that life’s biggest moments are actually the small ones – a place where the brand lives in consumers' lives.

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Vegan Beauty Products Update – Bumble & Bumble, Benefit Cosmetics, Elizabeth & James

by rebsy @

These vegan beauty product updates were sent in by Double Check Vegan reader Lila G.

Benefit Cosmetics
Customer service confirmed 4/17/2017 that
Gimme Brow eyebrow volumizer is vegan.

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The cold hard truth why it doesn’t work!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  If you have been trying to build a business around your message, your services and being authentic, then let me ask you how real have you really been? Haven’t you not been followed everyone else online, trying to buy into all the cool online courses and think that is the answer to your problem? […]

Davidoff Cool Water Wave Eau De Toilette Review

by Deepika SV @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hello IMBBians, I love perfumes and I keep stocking them quite often. I had picked up this one long ago and almost after 2 months I am writing a review. Today’s review is all about Davidoff Cool Water Wave Woman EDT. Read on to know more. Price and Quantity: $36 for 100 ml Product Description: […]

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Jane Iredale Vegan Product List

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

To show you the range of vegan products and shades that Jane Iredale carries , I've created this list which you can use while you shop!

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Blogger CHIC: Winter Veja Du

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Knee-high riding boots and an oversized sweater are two essentials to get you through the winter. Stephanie, Veja Du fashion blogger, shows us how simple it is to look cute in the snow.

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16 Best Fruit Infuser Water Bottles (Infuser Bottle Reviews)

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for a great way to enjoy fruit infused water on the go without breaking the bank? If so then a fruit infuser water bottle is exactly what you need! Whether if you’re taking it to work and the gym or even if you’re just looking to enjoy fruit infused water at home, these fruit […]

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Worth the Splurge? Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream vs. Prtty Peaushun

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

I’m a bit of a body moisturizer freak and am constantly trying out new creams, oils, lotions and potions. My recent go-to has been the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but I have also been intrigued by the Prtty Peaushun  Skin Tight Body Lotion for quite some time. Given what I’ve heard from [...]

Stardust nominee

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

So grateful to be nominated for the STARDUST awards in London. Please vote for me and I will be forever thankful. Go here.  Don’t miss out on being seen, heard and making #stardust in your life and biz. Get your ticket here and come meet me and the other amazing nominees. Can’t wait to see […]

List of Top Cruelty Free Nail Paints

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Nail paints are indispensable for most women out there. Any number of nail paint shades are not enough. It’s always

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How to be Cruelty-Free? Top 10 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

How to be Cruelty-Free? Top 10 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish


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I've been vegetarian for 8 years and there is nothing more satisfying that knowing you are not harming a single animal. The mayority of beauty products are tested on poor little animals. They make tests...

Mineral Oil – why we should avoid it in our skincare

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Mineral oil is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very large quantities. Mineral oil is available in light and heavy grades, and can often be found in many skincare products.

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Cruelty-Free Brands at Ulta (UPDATED FOR 2017!) - Logical Harmony

Cruelty-Free Brands at Ulta (UPDATED FOR 2017!) - Logical Harmony


Logical Harmony

Shopping at Ulta? Use this list of cruelty-free brands at Ulta to make things easier! All of these brands are free of animal testing.

Leather Alternatives Available in the Market

by admin @ Is cruelty free

It is high time now that the leather products should be replaced by some other form of material. Leather bags,

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Is Daiya No Longer Vegan?? #LastWeekInVegan

Is Daiya No Longer Vegan?? #LastWeekInVegan

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Is Daiya still vegan? ? The vegan community is all up in arms over Daiya being bought by a pharmaceutical company that tests on animals.  Suggesting a Daiya boycott, many vegans angrily claim they are no longer a vegan company.  Others think the Daiya scandal is hypocritical when most vegans purchase vegan products from non-vegan companies all of the time.  What do you think? This story and more in this week's #LastWeekInVegan.

Goals Round-up for January

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

So, how did I do?

Completed:  12/29
In progress:  9/17


Not terribly inspiring, but could have been worse.  A  lot worse, really!
Here's how it breaks down:

Digital
* Overhaul Sew in Love blog - new colour scheme etc and a new header and 'logo' photo/banners  Done! 
* Ditto this blog, complete with name change across all linked social media  Done!
* Blog all recent textile projects for scheduled posting  Done!
* Remove all the junk code from the 'By Age 50' page  Done!  Plus re-worked the page and made it more appropriate.

Whole section completed! ☻♥☻ Victory on this one section, at least. ☺

Domestic
* Take care of neglected recycling - boxes at mum's and water filter cartridges - end month with no extra recycling on hand
* Clean the oven

Looks like this section will be going forward to the next list....

Physical
* Renew medical card  Done!
* Go to GP re feet referral etc  Done!  First appointment 1 Feb
* Finish organising the Go bag  Documents all scanned (and put in 2 cloud storage 'places')
* Morning exercises on 25 days  12/25 
* Evening exercises on 25 days  0/25
* Go to bed at 9pm on at least 20 days  14/20
* Wear eye-shadow on at least 15 days  13/15 full eyes, plus some days as liner only, so basically done
* Don't buy any sweets. (This is a little bit of a cheat as I'll be eating some at mum's, but if I don't buy any for myself, it keeps it down a bit!!)  Failed miserably on 6th, 7th...   But haven't bought any since. =)

This section is a bit mixed.  I had to give up on the exercises most of the time as I was over-tired and they wouldn't have helped.  Most days I was in bed not too long after 9pm, so I did reasonably well on that, but it could be improved.  I also had a bad sweets craving early in the month, but once I'd figured out why and dealt with it, I was OK and didn't buy any more.  

I enjoyed getting back into wearing eye-shadow more and am trying to keep it up.  Finally learned how to use primer to good effect too.  I've loved make-up since I was about 13, so it's fun to use it more and my use-up for the year is on track so far. ☻

Reading and Study
* Study 'Imitate' book ch 12
* NRSV Bible to end of 2 Chronicles (from 1 Chron 6)  Done!
* Finish reading 'Color' (starting from ch10)  Done!
* Finish reading/working 'Language Change' (starting ch3)  Done!
* Finish final re-reading of 'Learn Any Language'  In progress
* Study Discovering Science book 3 to section 10 (from 4.2)
* Work corresponding sections of GCSE revision guides (and matching workbooks) as I meet the topics:
Physics p21, 22, 23, 24, 25a, 26, 27, 58, 59
Chemistry p41, 42, 43, 44, 46
(Because a lot of this is new and I'm finding it rather hard going...)
* Read through 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vols 1&2, (ch21-55)  21 - 43
* Start 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3
* Chinese vocab transfer from pile of mags   Done!
* Finally finish 'Teach Yourself German'

Same situation as always here - I get a fair amount of reading done, but study/study reading is a different matter.  I've created a daily schedule to start next week which contains a study hour first thing, then an hour to work in business ideas etc, plus a reading hour last thing at night.  Hopefully, that should see making progress on my science and language book downscale.

Creative
* Finish violet thread painting  Leaf, bud and sepals finished 
* Work on 'Paradise Island cross stitch - finish trees and sky areas  Last section of land trees in progress
* Get pink skirt altered and make a piece of decorated textile with the off- cut to make book covers etc from.  Skirt done!  Thanks Janet, mwah! Offcuts pressed, folded and stored for later use.  Done as far as I decided to go just now.
* Start winter design project.

Not so much movement here as I would have hoped.  As I want to get my needlecrafts blog back up to scratch and the great stats I used to have and build up my Instagram stream that's linked to that blog, (as both will be good for the business I hope to start this year), I should be able to crack on with these soon.  

February list should be published tomorrow.  I have an initial surgical appointment this evening, so I should know more about what and when I can go stuff afterwards.

How was your month?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

Eliana

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The Best Cruelty-Free Liquid Lipsticks

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

I love a good liquid lipstick and have tried nearly every cruelty-free liquid lipstick out there. There are so many cruelty-free brands that offer vegan liquid lipstick formulas. In my search to find the best formulas out there, I’ve tried so many brands. There are a lot of so-so liquid lipstick formulas out there but a few brands have really stood out to me for various reasons. In this video, I share my favorite cruelty-free and vegan liquid lipstick formulas with you. Products mentioned in The Best Cruelty-Free Liquid Lipsticks video are: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (List of vegan shades here) Fairy Girl Liquid Lipsticks (Get 10% off with code LOGICALHARMONY) Aromi Liquid Lipsticks ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks During this video, I also mentioned the following cruelty-free beauty videos: Fairy Girl Liquid Lipstick Swatches Fairy Girl Metallic Liquid Lipstick Swatches What are your favorite cruelty-free liquid lipstick brands? Which cruelty-free liquid lipstick shades are your favorites? Sign up for Ebates and get cash back on purchases from some of the retailers included in this post, such as Ulta, Sephora, and more! Editor’s Note: Some of the product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company […]

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Companies That DON’T Test on Animals – New Addition!

Companies That DON’T Test on Animals – New Addition!


MakeUpGuineaPig

Probably the most useful resource for anyone who is or is going cruelty free is a list of brands that qualify as cruelty free. I’ve wanted to compile such a list for a loooong time, but I must admi…

by Veronica Garcia @ finder.com.au

Use these deals to save big on your next trip to Auckland.

Hurricane Harvey – Ways To Help

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

With all the horrific events that have occurred in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I wanted to post something regarding how to help. Let me add that to anyone affected, my heart goes out to you. I truly wish I knew what more to say, but I honestly do not know [...]

IBD Just Gel Polish

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

Gels are Flexible, Gels are Durable, Gels are Hella Expensive. So remember a while ago when I was tittering with joy over a brush on colored gel because I had bought some that were just a waste of time and...

Is Tarte cruelty free? This Will Kill The Myth!

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Tarte is a cosmetic brand which was founded by Maureen Kelly in 2000. Tarte Cosmetics are sold in many stores

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Get Ready With Me For A Show

Get Ready With Me For A Show

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

So as some of you know, I just spent almost 4 months working on the musical Crazy For You in a co-production between Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and Theatre Calgary.  It was an incredible experience, and I thought it would be fun to share how I got ready for the show 8 shows a week during my contract!   As an added bonus, all makeup used is both vegan and cruelty-free!

Finally! An Eco-Friendly Vegan Leather Exists and You Can Buy It!

by Abigail Davidson @ Ecocult

You don’t have to be vegan to dislike leather. The leather industry would like you to think they’re doing the world a favor by taking this animal waste from the meat market and keeping it out of landfills. But there is nothing ethical or sustainable about conventional leather tanning.

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Where does Suede come from? Is Suede Vegan?

by admin @ Is cruelty free

What is Suede and Where does Suede come from? ‘Suede’ is a very famous type of leather which is used

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I thought I'd answer these Blog Hop questions because reasons

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Because, even though I rarely blog now, blogging used to be incredibly important to me and I feel it's been degraded and despoiled in recent years, I thought I'd participate in this year's pet-themed Blog Hop. 1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about. I have been blogging since 2004. I blog about animals, animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, pet health, teevee, and politics. 2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud. I blogged. 3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs? Be ethical. Stop thinking about traffic and SEO and making money....

17 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands You Should Be Using | slice.ca

17 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands You Should Be Using | slice.ca


slice.ca

<p>Behind the scenes, the beauty industry can be pretty ugly. While 37 countries worldwide have outlawed animal testing for cosmetics, many countries still allow domestic animal testing, as well as the sale of beauty products and ingredients that have been tested on animals elsewhere in the world. Believe it or not, Canada is yet to join this list of countries, but we’re getting closer.</p><p>In 2015, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen introduced the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (<a href="https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/S-214/" title="Bill S-214">Bill S-214</a>) to the Senate. Working closely with the Humane Society International and the Animal Alliance of Canada, she has called for a ban on animal testing and the sale of animal-tested ingredients and products for cosmetics in Canada. Thankfully, Bill S-214 is currently being reviewed by the Senate, so join the #BeCrueltyFree campaign by <a href="http://www.becrueltyfree.ca/" title="signing the petition">signing the petition</a> and supporting these 17 awesome cruelty-free cosmetics brands:</p>

Mirror, Mirror

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

In the home I grew up in I had a built-in vanity with starlet lightbulbs. I adored it, it fashioned my love for beauty time. Now that Andrew and I have a grown-up home, I’d like to bring in a beautiful vanity to spend one-on-one time with all of my beauty loves. Here are my two beauty lounge […]

List of companies that do not test on animals

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

List of Cruelty free companies

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Brands that Have Been Asked and Answered!

Brands that Have Been Asked and Answered!


☆ Vegan Makeup ☆

Bold = No TestingItalics = Parent CompanyNothing = Tested on AnimalsHowever, if they don’t offer vegan products at all, we didn’t bold or italicize since they are brands we will never support...

Weekend Reading, 9.3.17

by Gena @ The Full Helping

Two weeks ago, right after my summer courses ended, I spent some time getting to know Prague. It was a trip I had committed to this spring, fresh on the heels of my breakup. I was eager for an escape, but it wasn’t just about that. I was also thinking about how I’ve delayed seeing...

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Cat’s Back!

by Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Catherine, are you still blogging anymore? A question I hear frequently, and am FINALLY getting around to answering! It’s been quite obvious that I haven’t posted on my blog for the past few months, but I’ve definitely kept up with my social social media platforms. When I started my blog, it started out as a […] Read more...

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MOTD: Pewter Lid With A Pop Of Teal

by Hotashi @ Je t'aime by Hotashi

A photo posted by Hotashi (@hotashi_s) on Mar 18, 2015 at 5:55am PDT I don’t normally wear cool-toned colours but I decided to give it a go today. I used all MakeupGeek shadows for this look. Products are listed below.… Continue Reading

High-end shopper or on a tight budget, there are cruelty-free makeup and skincare products for you

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Your budget isn't a valid reason to buy cosmetics and skincare products that were tested on animals. Cruelty-free beauty products don't cost more or less than brands that torture animals for the sake of mascara and lipstick. Because I've been writing more about makeup and skincare lately, I'm hearing from a lot of readers and friends who have their own thoughts on beauty products. Two of my friends should be careful not to meet each other, though, because my understanding is when matter and anti-matter meet, things explode. The first friend told me, with great confidence, that she couldn't possibly use cruelty-free cosmetics because she was on a very tight budget and buys all her makeup and skincare at the drugstore. "Cruelty-free is for rich people," she said. Just a week later, a second friend told me, also with great...

Gluten Free Makeup and Cosmetic Brands List

Gluten Free Makeup and Cosmetic Brands List


Urban Tastebud

Here's the complete rundown of all gluten free makeup and cosmetic brands that everyone on a gluten free diet should try. Hopefully this helps!

Top 12 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Nail Polishes - Vegan Beauty Review | Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty, Fashion, Food, and Lifestyle

Top 12 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Nail Polishes - Vegan Beauty Review | Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty, Fashion, Food, and Lifestyle


Vegan Beauty Review | Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty, Fashion, Food, and Lifestyle

Painting my nails (fingers and toes) is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. It’s very rare that you’ll ever see me out and about not wearing some neon or glitterful, vibrant shade of nail polish. Luckily, for we compassionate nail artists, we have a slew of cruelty-free brands to choose from. There are so many out there... Read More >>

DERMA E Vegan Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

This nourishing rose cleansing oil by DERMA E claims to remove long-lasting makeup, while nourishing skin with beautifying oils

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by Veronica Garcia @ finder.com.au

Use these deals to save big on your next trip to Great Ocean Road.

Jon Stewart Advocates for Pigs on The Daily Show

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has until December to decide whether gestation crates will be phased out in New Jersey. Despite a recent poll that “found that 93% of New Jersey voters would support Gov. Christie signing this bill into law,” he has been quoted agreeing to pork producers from a different state that he... Read more »

Cruelty-Free Brands at Dermstore

by Tashina Combs @ butter london – Logical Harmony

Are there cruelty-free brands at Dermstore? You may be surprised! This online retailer is starting to carry a lot more cruelty-free brands. Even some of the most popular cruelty-free brands found at Sephora, Ulta, or Nordstrom. For many consumers, big online shops like Dermstore are one of the main places where they purchase cosmetics, skin care, and hair care. It is so helpful to see them carrying more and more cruelty-free brands. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Dermstore can be a challenge because there are so many brands available. This list will help make it easier for you! This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on February 8, 2016. All of the cruelty-free brands included here are sold at Dermstore. They are completely cruelty-free and do not take part in any kind of animal testing. Just as with the Cruelty-Free Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they are owned by a company who tests on animals. It is also noted if they are a 100% vegan brand. The Cruelty-Free Brands at Dermstore are: 100% Pure 21 Drops – 100% vegan Anastasia Beverly Hills Aquis bareMinerals – It should be noted that they are cruelty-free, but […]

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An Epidemic Of Short Vegans (and other stories by big dairy) #LastWeekInVegan

An Epidemic Of Short Vegans (and other stories by big dairy) #LastWeekInVegan

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Oh big dairy.  You're so scared of vegans and other people who don't want to consume your products, aren't you?

Losing you is all too much

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have too many dog bowls now. I have too many collars. I have too many dog beds. I have too many blaze orange safety vests. I have too much room in my house. I have too many Christmas ornaments. I have too many signs. I have too few dogs. Rest in peace, Rawley. No one could have loved you more than I did.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Not Today Eyeshadow Review

by Kulpreet Kaur @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hello ladies, I have started to feel deprived – not having done eyeshadow reviews for a while now. So, today’s review is on this Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow single. I’m hoping to get into the groove and do a few eyeshadow single and palette reviews before I look at other things. What say you? So, […]

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The Block 2017 recap: The contestants get snowed

by Adam Smith @ finder.com.au

It’s an avalanche of pain on the season’s final challenge night.

New issue of Spotlight Magazine is out!!!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

YEAH!!! Happy to announce that the latest issue of Spotlight Magazine is here. This time you can read Michaela Forni’s inspiring story on how she built her own fashion empire. Michaela lives in Sweden and has been blogging since she was 14-15. Now she has her own biz where she is a designer, author, fashion […]

12 best cruelty-free and vegan make-up products

12 best cruelty-free and vegan make-up products


The Independent

Living as a vegan can be tough, with animal products commonly found in everything from food and clothing to household essentials. Beauty is one area that often proves a stumbling block, as it can be tricky and time-consuming to check that every ingredient in your go-to product is vegan. If you fancy pairing a red lip with your LBD, the chances are it will contain carmine, made from ground-up red beetles. How about a lashing of mascara to dramatise your look? Careful, it probably contains beeswax. 

Lupus? What is it?

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls

What is Lupus?
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE for short) is an incurable autoimmune disease. It affects females mainly, and is considered to be generic but also can develop over time. The immune system produces too many antibodies, and whilst circulating through the bloodstream, it causes reactions leading to inflammatory processes anywhere in the body. It affects people in different ways, and no two people are the same, as it can affect any part of the body, from skin rashes, to joint pain, to the organs, which can be life threatening. Around 50 years ago, when a person was diagnosed with Lupus, they were given a few weeks to live, if the Lupus had taken hold of the major organs, principally the kidneys and the skin, but also the heart, lungs and the brain.

Triggers
As women are the principal sufferers, the main point is hormonal activity and change, however it can often trigger after childbirth, at the menopause or during puberty and usually between the ages of 15 to 55. Often, a viral infection, over exposure to direct sunlight or a trauma can contribute to Lupus, and also if any of these combine, can have an impact.

Symptoms and Diagnosis
Lupus can produce or mimic symptoms and doctors often fail to recognise it, and a late diagnosis can cause major organ damage, which is irreversible. Suffers will normally notice some level of joint and muscle pain, and a high level of fatigue, that no matter how much you rest, you don't lose. You may notice that you can feel almost 'with it' one minute and the next you've gone flat, like a cast has come across you, you're not mentally there in a situation like you are physically. Also it is common with Lupus to suffer with rashes on the arms or most commonly 'butterfly shaped' on the face. Commonly you may suffer with depression, anaemia, feverishness, headaches, possibly hair loss and mouth ulcers. However, whilst the two major symptoms are invariably present, people with Lupus can differ greatly in their symptoms and how the illness can affect them. It can be life threatening for a few whilst can be very mild for some. Miscarriages are often a reoccurring problem for Lupus sufferers. Worldwide it is acknowledged as being more common than Leukaemia, Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis and these conditions share a number of symptoms with Lupus. It is important to know that Lupus is neither infectious nor contagious.

What happens after diagnosis?
Depending upon how severe or at what stage you are at after diagnosis, you will undergo regular blood tests, and trialling out different medications in order to suppress the immune system. You will have regular appointments with your Lupus Nurse to check how you are doing.

Medication
There is no confirmed drug that treats Lupus, so at present it is treated using anti-malarial tablets, such as, Hydroxychloroquine, along with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Steroids though are often given to a Lupus sufferer whilst they are experiencing a 'Flare Up' for example, Prednisolone. Immunosuppressant's such as Azathioprine, Methotrexate and Cyclophosphamide are widely used in more severe cases. Often you will also be given Omeprazole to protect the lining of the stomach, as of course, taking too many strong drugs can cause a weakening of it.

I will have another blog post up in the next few days about my journey with Lupus so far.

More information can be found at http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

Much Love

Sarah xo  


Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

You may have noticed that there’s a new palette in town. Though the hype is dying down a bit, there has been a lot of talk about the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. This is the latest offering in Urban Decay’s infamous “Naked” line of supposedly neutral palettes, and I must say that I’m [...]

Unilever Drops “Just Mayo” Lawsuit

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

The most stupid lawsuit in the entire history of stupid lawsuits has just been dropped, thanks in no small part to the litigators realizing that it was, well, a stupid lawsuit with zero chance of success. Mayo giant Unilever, which owns the Hellman’s and Best Foods brands, has dropped its lawsuit against Hampton Creek’s Just... Read more »

List of cruelty free companies -Companies that do not test on animals

List of cruelty free companies -Companies that do not test on animals


All Things 7 with Paula

List of cruelty-free brands aims to make it easy for you to find brands that are truly cruelty-free. Find companies that do not test on animals

Boutique Break in Zurich – B2 Hotel + Spa

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

There are some hotels that try and curate a sense of tradition into their design – perhaps a nod to elements of the local culture, or architecture inspired by the history of the building and grounds. This is often achieved...

January 2017 Goals

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Wow! Another year beginning and time for a whole new annual goals list and a month-long one taken partly from the whole year one and partly other stuff that I want/need to get done soon.  I'm also including health (and even beauty!) related stuff this time.

Here we go:

Digital
* Overhaul Sew in Love blog - new colour scheme etc and a new header and 'logo' photo/banners
* Ditto this blog, complete with name change across all linked social media
* Remove all the junk code from the 'By Age 50' page
* Blog all recent textile projects for scheduled posting

Domestic
* Take care of neglected recycling - boxes at mum's and water filter cartridges - end month with no extra recycling on hand
* Clean the oven

Physical
* Renew medical card
* Go to GP re podiatry referral etc
* Finish organising the Go bag
* Morning exercises on 25 days
* Evening exercises on 25 days
* Go to bed at 9pm 22 days
* Wear eye-shadow on at least 15 days.
* Don't buy any sweets. (This is a little bit of a cheat as I'll be eating some at mum's, but if I don't buy any for myself, it keeps it down a bit!!)

Reading and Study
* Study 'Imitate' book ch 12
* NRSV Bible to end of 2 Chronicles (from 1 Chron 6)
* Finish reading 'Color'
* Finish reading/working 'Language Change'
* Finish final re-reading of 'Learn Any Language'
* Study Discovering Science book 3 to section 10
* Work corresponding sections of GCSE revision guides (and matching workbooks) as I meet the topics:
Physics p20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25a, 26, 27, 58, 59
Chemistry p41, 42, 43, 44, 46
(Because a lot of this is new and I'm finding it rather hard going...)
* Read through 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vols 1&2
* Start 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3
* Chinese vocab transfer from pile of mags
* Finally finish 'Teach Yourself German'

Creative
* Finish violet thread painting
* Work on 'Paradise Island cross stitch - finish trees and sky areas
* Get pink skirt altered and make a piece of decorated textile with the off- cut to make book covers etc from.
* Start winter design project.

Progress is being recorded on the 'Current Month' page and I'll post a summary at the end of the month as usual.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

In Search of Vegan Antiperspirant

by rebsy @

There are many available vegan deodorants but it’s hard to find a vegan antiperspirant.

What’s the difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants?

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A Day In My Life

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls

A normal day in my life? What is normal? Normal is such a misleading word!


Since my Lupus diagnosis, I certainly don't go through daily life as your average 25 year old. If I have a good nights sleep the night before, like 10-12 hours, and yes that is a lot but trust me when I say that I wake up after 12 hours sleep and still am exhausted... that is Lupus, that is my life! So, yes, I will get some tea and go back to bed with it, for about another hour to really wake up and get myself going.

I do try to plan things to do most days, like for the past 6 weeks I have been going to the gym on a Monday once a week, only for an hour, but I can't begin to tell you how much better it makes me feel, not only getting out of the house, but to do a workout that makes me feel so great when I've finished. And my trainer, couldn't honestly be better, he understands my condition, my arthritis, and gets that I will try everything I can, and even when I struggle, he accepts it, and we move on to something different.

So other days of the week can be very varied, and unfortunately I can't plan too far ahead, or do too much in one week, because I never know how I will feel when I wake up. I will often do the food shopping for the house once a week which again is great, purely because I get out of the house, as not having a full time job, I don't get out of the house much, and anyone who is unwell, off work temporarily, looking for work, or had to quit for health issues, it really is a horrible feeling being trapped in your house 24/7 and, feeling as though your somewhat worthless, because your not like everyone else.

Also in the week, I will try see my friend and her little boy, which even if it's only for an hour, its great; good girl talk, laughs with little one, and honestly, his face and being in his company for 30 seconds, turns that frown upside down! Sometimes I will go into Cambridge for a bit of window shopping, which, come on, can cheer up any girl, especially if she gets those shoes on sale!

For over a year now, I have been watching YouTube videos by Beauty/Fashion Influencers, and generally it has helped me step up my makeup game! 'BLENDING IS MY CARDIO' 'WHEN IN DOUBT, BLEND IT OUT'. The amount of makeup I have brought because it was on YouTube, is unreal! And watching videos by Desi Perkins, Lustrelux, Carli Bybel, Nicole Guerriero, Chloe Morello and Melissa Alatorre, honestly their footage is superb, using drones and high quality cameras, could even make a puddle of mud look appealing! Recently I have been watching their Coachella vlogs, and let me just say, I am not down for festivals, never been, but it makes me want to go!!

So, what else. I've found that since August last year, I have lost my appetite and quite often struggle to eat lunch or dinner. Breakfast is no problem, I have porridge and a banana every morning and never get bored of it, well unless I have a craving for pancakes, then things get serious! I just don't feel like eating anymore, sounds so silly, but I honestly can't be bothered to cook it, let alone eating it!

At the end of a day, I either get the excitement of being able to have a sleeping tablet, or dread going to bed, as when I am still awake at 3am, with no-one to talk to and not much to do, I almost feel like just waiting it out until morning! I have recently downloaded the Amazon Audible app, and those nights when I can't sleep, I will put a timer on, and let that send me off to sleep, which often it does help!

To round this up, for me, no two days are the same, and people judge me far too often, thinking I should do more, without realising that potentially I would love to have the enthusiasm to do more in a day, to have a full time job, earn money, travel the world, lose weight easily because I am able to go to the gym every day, instead of having to take X amount of tablets daily simply to keep my head above water, as if I didn't take them, I would probably end up in hospital at some point!

I hope this has helped some of you to realise, that just because someone you know is able to do X, Y and Z, and you can't, doesn't mean you are any less important to this world than they are. We all have a vital part to play in it, and certain things wouldn't be possible without you!

Much love

 Sarah xo

Governor Christie Fails New Jersey (And Pigs)

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

For the second time in the past few weeks, Jon Stewart has once again called out Governor Chris Christie for standing in the way of banning one of the cruelest practices in factory farming—all for the slight chance of political gain. Last week Governor Christie vetoed a massively popular bill that would have outlawed pig gestation crates in... Read more »

Sileo: A double-edged sword for dogs with thunderstorm and fireworks phobias

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Sileo has been a miracle for my noise-phobic dog, Tim. At the age of 7, Tim, a Silken Windhound, decided to become terrified of thunder and other loud noises. The first incident was during a wind and rainstorm -- no thunder -- and involved several rapid power off-and-ons, which sent him fleeing into the dark yard in the torrential downpour. I found him huddled in the corner where the fences meet, under some pine trees, and had to crawl in, drag him out, then carry him into the house. I had some alprazolam (generic Xanax) and Trazodone (another anti-anxiety drug) that had been prescribed for a different dog, and gave him those. He finally fell asleep, trembling in my arms. From that night foreward, he began reacting to all kinds of things: Wind, rain, the sound of my generator running...

What happened to Rawley

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have never really explained what happened to my dog Rawley, although if you follow me on Facebook you probably know much of this, with the exception of the biopsy results. The night of Dec. 20, I was tickling Rawley's tummy. I did this all the time; I'd definitely done it before I'd left on a week-long business trip the week before, and hadn't noticed anything wrong. This time, I found some kind of growth at the base of his penis. I took him to the vet ER at Michigan State University the next morning, where they did a fine needle aspirate and found it was malignant. They couldn't tell what kind of tumor it was, and I okayed a tru-cut biopsy, another kind of needle biopsy. They tried to schedule an appointment with the surgeon on Jan. 25, but...

Almond Milk Demand in UK Grows at Astonishing Pace

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

In great news for cows, the demand for almond milk in the UK is exploding, with an annual growth rate of 70 to 80 percent. There’s no telling what’s behind this surge, but almond milk clearly carries a number of powerful advantages: no animal cruelty worries, a far smaller environmental footprint, no association with methane production,... Read more »

Superdrug cruelty-free makeup 2017

Superdrug cruelty-free makeup 2017


The Veggie Expat

Hi Everyone, How are you? I said I would do Sephora after Boots but Sephora will take a lot more time as I want to do skincare as well.  Fingers crossed I’ll be done with it by the end of thi…

10 Best New Year’s Resolution Subscription Boxes

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for a cool, easy way to jumpstart your New Year’s resolution? If so then you need to check out these amazing New Year’s resolution subscription boxes that are perfect for almost everyone! Whether if you’re looking to lose weight, read more, or even learn a new craft, these monthly boxes are exactly what you […]

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It's not you, it's me: Why I broke up with my foundation, and why I'm getting back together with it now.

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

When a woman with rosacea and dry, sensitive skin finds her holy grail foundation, why on earth does she not stick with it?

Links & Loves #13

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I’ve taken advantage of a lot of sales lately and I’m amassing quite the nail polish collection!  Julep typically has a heavily discounted mystery box around or on the 11th of each month.  Between the sale and a coupon code, I got 10 for less than $18.  If you’re in the market, sign up for […]

What happened to Rawley

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have never really explained what happened to my dog Rawley, although if you follow me on Facebook you probably know much of this, with the exception of the biopsy results. The night of Dec. 20, I was tickling Rawley's tummy. I did this all the time; I'd definitely done it before I'd left on a week-long business trip the week before, and hadn't noticed anything wrong. This time, I found some kind of growth at the base of his penis. I took him to the vet ER at Michigan State University the next morning, where they did a fine needle aspirate and found it was malignant. They couldn't tell what kind of tumor it was, and I okayed a tru-cut biopsy, another kind of needle biopsy. They tried to schedule an appointment with the surgeon on Jan. 25, but...

Cruelty-Free Mail Haul & Unboxing

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

I have another cruelty-free beauty mail haul to share with you! This is a mix of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products that I purchased and received. I tried to include a mix of cruelty-free makeup, skincare, and hair products. I always love to hear what’s most interesting to you guys – so please comment and let me know what products you’d like to see used in future videos or would like to read reviews of. Products mentioned in this Cruelty-Free Mail Haul & Unboxing video are: ELF Velvet Matte Lipsticks in Brick & Orchid Soapwalla Deodorant Cream Delectable Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream HUM Killer Nails, Daily Detox, & B12 ($10 off with code 102D36) Franklin & Whitman Dry Shampoo in East Falls & Spring Garden (Get 20% off with code LOGICALHARMONY) Apoterra Skincare Sea Mist (10% off with code LOGICALHARMONY) Mistobox Coffee Subscription ($10 off your first order) ColourPop Rose Quartz Priming Spray ColourPop Rose Quartz Highlighter ColourPop Rose Quartz Lip Balm ColourPop Amethyst Highlighter ColourPop Amethyst Lip Balm COOLA Sunless Tan Anti Aging Face Serum COOLA Sport Sunscreen Spray in Guava Mango COOLA Sport Classic Face Sunscreen Lime Crime Velvetine in Elle Lime Crime Velvetine in Siren […]

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Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation Review

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation Review Today I’m sharing my Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation Review in Shade 100 with you. As a...

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Premiere Orlando Show 2017

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

Hi All, I’m going to stuff in my earplugs to try to not go deaf by the hair care section, buy lots-a sample packs of brands, and attend as many classes as I can at Premiere Orlando this weekend. If...

DIY Beauty: Gel Liner Quickie

by Jessica Alverez @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Do you ever find yourself looking for gel liner but only have an eyeliner pencil on hand? Don't fret, here's a quick way to turn your eyeliner pencil into a powerful gel liner.

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Moving Far From Home

by Mads @ itslikelymads

My Story:  When I first moved to Canada, from the US, I came here knowing almost nobody. The only people I knew were my boyfriend, his friends, and his family. I came to a completely new country, with a set of intentions, and those intentions were turned upside down very quickly. While you’re living with… Read More Moving Far From Home

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Reviewing Stila’s Infamous “Kitten” Highlighter (With Comparison Swatches)

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

I’ve always wanted to try the ever popular Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in the shade “Kitten”, and I am so happy to be able to try it now that Stila is officially cruelty-free. Plus, its formula contains no animal ingredients and is therefore vegan-friendly! Hooray! At A Glance Brand: Stila Animal Testing Policy: Cruelty-Free, PETA-Certified […]

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Why do People Nowadays as a Whole Care About the Who/What/Where/Why and How of Their Beauty Products.

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

Why Have People Gotten Interested in What is or isn’t in Their Beauty Products Now?   Fair trade, vegan, non-irritating, fragrance-free, nut-free, cruelty-free, eco-friendly: I get emails often from some of the veteran nail specialists around the country saying WTF, why are clients asking...

Casual Summer Style 2.0

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

1│2│3│4│5│6 I have become so addicted to piecing together outfits.  As I stated in my previous post, I’m making great progress in my weight-loss and daydreaming about all the cute and trendy clothing is really helping to keep me on track! I found this embroidered apron dress at Nordstrom and I think it’s the cutest!  […]

Asian Burger Summer Rolls with Spicy Hoisin Peanut Dipping Sauce

by Gena @ The Full Helping

I suspect I’m not the only one who’s feeling the change of seasons keenly this week. Some friends have mentioned to me that they’re feeling melancholy about summer’s end, and others seem to be excited for the fall, but no one I’ve spoken to has been ambivalent. Part of saying goodbye to summer, at least...

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It’s in your own head you will never be good enough!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

IT’S IN YOUR OWN HEAD YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH!   Let’s make one thing clear. Those dreams you have right now will never ever come true if you don’t take action. And then you ask how much action? Well, up to you. In your mind you set yourself up for success or failure. […]

Cruelty-free cosmetics in Dubai: The brands you can buy here - What's On Dubai

Cruelty-free cosmetics in Dubai: The brands you can buy here - What's On Dubai


What's On Dubai

Want to pamper safe in the knowledge you’re doing no harm to animals? Stock your cupboard with these great brands…

Cruelty-Free Brands at Dermstore

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Are there cruelty-free brands at Dermstore? You may be surprised! This online retailer is starting to carry a lot more cruelty-free brands. Even some of the most popular cruelty-free brands found at Sephora, Ulta, or Nordstrom. For many consumers, big online shops like Dermstore are one of the main places where they purchase cosmetics, skin care, and hair care. It is so helpful to see them carrying more and more cruelty-free brands. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Dermstore can be a challenge because there are so many brands available. This list will help make it easier for you! This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on February 8, 2016. All of the cruelty-free brands included here are sold at Dermstore. They are completely cruelty-free and do not take part in any kind of animal testing. Just as with the Cruelty-Free Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they are owned by a company who tests on animals. It is also noted if they are a 100% vegan brand. The Cruelty-Free Brands at Dermstore are: 100% Pure 21 Drops – 100% vegan Anastasia Beverly Hills Aquis bareMinerals – It should be noted that they are cruelty-free, but […]

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You Ask, I Answer: All About Vegan Nail Polish | The Full Helping

You Ask, I Answer: All About Vegan Nail Polish | The Full Helping


The Full Helping

Before I start: This is going to be an incredibly “light” post (I had actually scribbled it yesterday morning), but before I say anything else, I want to send my love and good wishes out to everyone affected by the events in Boston yesterday. Lately, at the urging of Sayward, I’ve been using Instagram more...

February Goal List

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

A few days late, but here it is.  Of course, I've already started on many of them and even got a couple done!

 Domestic

* Take care of neglected recycling - boxes at mum's and water filter cartridges - end month with no extra recycling on hand
* Clean the oven
* Finish the Go Bag overhaul

Physical
* Focusing twice daily
* Neck and shoulder exercises on 25 days
* Go to bed at 9pm on at least 20 days
* Only buy sweets twice, if at all
* Continue using eye-shadow almost every day

Reading and Study
* Study 'Imitate' book ch 12
* NRSV Bible Ezra to Job
* Finish final re-reading of 'Learn Any Language'
* Review 'Chinese Language - Fact and Fantasy'
* Read 'Contemporary Japan'
* Study Discovering Science book 3 to section 10 (from 4.2)
* Work Physics GCSE revision guide & workbook pages: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25a, 26, 27, 58, 59
* Work Chemistry GCSE revision guide & workbook pages: 41, 42, 43, 44, 46
* Complete 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vols 1&2, (ch44-55)
* 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3
* Chinese vocab transfer from recent mag(s) and 'Imitate' book
* Finally finish 'Teach Yourself German'
= finishing with 6 books

Creative
* Finish violet thread painting
* Work on 'Paradise Island cross stitch - finish trees and sky areas
* Start winter design project - some artwork and charting the cross stitch design.
* Finish knitting pink scarf
* Knit cream cardy for Velimirovic baby
* Get yarns and patterns for my own knits
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection

Business
* Make good use of the 'business hour (10:30-11:30 most days) to develop ideas etc
* Complete match up of all social media stuff and on-line digital declutter
* Post at least once daily on 'business' Instagram account

30 items this time.  Let's see if I can complete 20 and have the other 10 in progress at least.  ☺

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

200+ Awesome Student Discounts

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

There’s nothing better than scoring a sweet discount just by flashing your student ID. Whether if it’s saving a bunch of money at your favorite stores or even scoring free perks and benefits, these student discounts can’t be missed! But there’s one thing… Be sure to sign up for UniDays for insanely awesome online student […]

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Summer Reading List

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

    Traditionally I love Distopia and Science Fiction, but I feel like we all have things on our reading lists that we’re embarrassed to own up to.  For me it’s my addiction to romance novels (yup, even the ones with Highlanders) and anything “girly.” I think that is why Summer is one of my […]

Cutting Harmful Chemicals Out of Cosmetics

by Tracey Bailey @ Natural Beauty Expert

Most of us are conscious of eliminating toxins from inside our bodies, but what about the harmful toxins we put on our bodies? We lather ourselves in fragranced washes and deodorants, and cover our faces in various creams and powders, sometimes without thinking about product formulations. Research has uncovered women use approximately 9 and 15 […]

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Book this now, pay bills later

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

We round up some of the best ways to spend your money in the next few weeks, be it on experiences, holidays, or delicious dinners. Because life’s about making memories, right? The Charity Dinner: Severn Sisters Feast 4th October  Appease your...

Phil Smith Hair Products - Vegan Items

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

I've been using Phil Smith stuff for a while; it's awesome, cruelty free and affordable. I knew a lot of it was vegan so have just been checking labels while I waited for them to send me a list of the vegan items.

Anyway, the list arrived and here it is, so you don't have to spend ages in Sainsburys reading the labels! (They colour coded it too, which is awesome - colour of the box corresponds with the product's packaging colour!)

As far as I know, Sainsbury's is the only stockist at the moment. 

Sal xXx



PRODUCT
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING MOUSSE 75ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING MOUSSE 200ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING SPRAY 200ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME THICKENING CREAM 100ml
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE NOURISHING REPAIR SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE NOURISHING REPAIR CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS GLAM SHINE GLOSSING SERUM 50ml
BE GORGEOUS GLAM SHINE GLOSS FINISHING SPRAY 75ml
BE GORGEOUS WOW! BRUNETTE SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS WOW! BRUNETTE COLOUR ILLUMINATING CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE RADIANCE CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS SOS RESCUE DAMAGE PROTECTION IRON STRAIGHT MIST 75ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS CURL PERFECTING SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS REVIVE CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS PERFECTING SPRAY 200ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS CURL CONTROL CREAM 100ml
BE GORGEOUS HOLD ON FIRM HOLD HAIRSPRAY 250ml
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE INTENSIVE CONDITIONER 150ml
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE INTENSIVE TREATMENT 150ml
BE GORGEOUS TOTAL TREAT ARGAN OIL CREAM (ARGAN OIL), 100ml
BE GORGEOUS TOTAL TREAT ARGAN OIL (ARGAN OIL), 50ml
BE GORGEOUS COCO LICIOUS COCONUT OIL SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS COCO LICIOUS COCONUT OIL CONDITIONER
BE GORGEOUS DRY CLEANERS REVITALISING DRY SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS DRY CLEANERS VOLUMISING DRY SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS GENTLY DOES IT! SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS GENTLY DOES IT! CONDITIONER

Roasted Butternut Squash, Zucchini & Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad

by Gena @ The Full Helping

It’s been cool enough in New York this week that I can begin to indulge my love of fall produce and cooking. It’s a piecemeal process, something that happens one ingredient at a time. I’m not quite ready for pumpkin soup or a parade of cinnamon-scented baking projects—though neither is far off—but I am ready...

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Eating out in London – Machiya, Panton Street

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

Wander down Panton Street on any warm evening and you’ll see a queue of people snaking along the pavement – hungry diners eager to enjoy the famed ramen of Kanada-Ya, happy to wait for steaming bowls of broth and noodles....

Results are in for April, plus goal list for May.

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

... and it wasn't tremendously inspiring last month either!  I think that I do really well on my goals the first time I set a series after a long break.  I feel really motivated and keen to get as many as possible completed.  After that, it just goes down and up and back down again until I drop the idea for a while.  Then we start again with a major productivity push!!

Last month I completed eight of the 28 items and got one more as far as I was going to for the time being as it needed, basically, re-starting when I had more experience.  What I did get done was:

* Deal with fridge freezer  Done!
* Clean bathroom wall - dust on artex  Done!
* NRSV Bible Psalms 63 - Song of Solomon  Ps 63 - 118 & Ecclesiastes
* Finish 'Getting Along With the Chinese'  0.6/11 remaining chapters
* Finish reading 'The Help' and pass on to Ellie  Done!
* Catch up WT & LMMWB bits and pieces  LMMWB bits done, WT stuff not only not done, but increased in quantity!
* Embroidery on cream baby knit  Done!
* Finish knitting pink scarf  Done!
* Start black chunky cardy  Done!
* Sort the sizing for my own cable jumper and get on with it  Just finishing sizing problem, then shelving until 2 simpler knits are done. More experience needed!
* Start on bag making tasks (backpack, knitting bag, manicure pouch)  bought backpack pattern
* Finish invisible hemming pink skirt  Done!
* Get stretch knit fabrics (from winter fabric collections) for future clothes sewing projects  Done!

Everything else was totally untouched during the month - including all but two of the red tasks from last time, from which I can conclude that putting them in red doesn't work for me.  To be honest, I'm still doing the stuff I'm actually bothered about.  When it comes to the Go Bag, I think my laxness in attending to it shows how concerned I am about disasters happening in the area.  It is part done and has self-heating meals, a good first aid kit, painkillers, Savlon soap, insulating blanket thingies and some other stuff in, plus I've scanned and uploaded my personal ID documents etc to two different cloud services and there are two large bottles of water near the door ready to grab in an emergency, so I'm not entirely unprepared....

Moving swiftly on!!

Here's my list for May, much less detailed in some areas and reinstating the health/exercise categories.

Health 
* Remedial Exercises twice daily - when not ill!!
* Lose 4lbs more - I've lost 7lbs already (started a shave off 10st), so goal weight at end of month will be 9st 2lbs.  I've been losing an average of 1lb per week since mid-March and am very pleased with progress so far.
* Start tone up & flexibility exercises adding a little more every few days/week

Domestic  & Admin
* Finish that blasted Go Bag, if only to get the dratted thing OUT of the living room and downstairs near the door where it belongs.
* Clean bathroom window
* Renew passport - we didn't have the money for it last month, but this time it should be ok.  A friend in Germany died and I don't even have the option to go to any memorial service for her as I can't travel internationally right now!

Reading and Study
* NRSV Bible Psalms 119, Proverbs, Song of Solomon & most of Isaiah
* Finish 'Getting Along With the Chinese' from 4.6, or I may just dump it as I have so many other titles I've plainly lost interest in actually reading.
* Read at least half of 'Relearning to See'
* Catch up WT bits and pieces, which increased from last month.
* Vocab transfer from WTs
* Do some language and/or science study

Creative
* Get on with 'Paradise Island cross stitch    65-70% complete so far
* Do some other embroidery
* Make a t-shirt - at a workshop on sewing with knit fabrics I'm going to on 10th
* Finish black chunky cardy
* Knit Veli baby hat
* Knit Tang baby cardy
* Start on bag making tasks (Sat-Nav bag, backpack, knitting bag, manicure pouch)
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection

Let's see how it goes.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

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28 Black Friday Subscription Box Deals 2017

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Looking for some awesome Black Friday subscription box deals, coupons, discounts, and promo codes but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry because we got you covered! Below, you’l discover some of our favorite, most affordable subscription boxes that are offering great discounts and deals for Black Friday. Whether if you’re looking for clothing, food, […]

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Cruelty-Free Favorites from August

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

It’s time for my monthly favorites again! I think that cruelty-free favorites videos are a fun way to learn more about the cruelty-free beauty products that I have been reaching for the most. Because I try a lot of new cruelty-free products each month,  sometimes this is a tough video to film. How can I narrow things down? But each month I do find that there are cruelty-free products I am reaching for time and time again. This includes some hair care, skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. Products mentioned in my Cruelty-Free Favorites from August video are: Lush Rose Lollipop Lip Balm Kopari Lip Love Cover FX Blurring Primer Lily Lolo Coralista Blush & Highlight Duo Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray NCLA Pressed Collection COOLA Sunless Tan Face Serum OSEA Sea Vitamin Boost Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil Marley’s Monsters Cloths Kopari Coconut Body Milk Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion Lush Sleepy Lotion Little Moon Essentials Sleep Comes Easy Mist Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Jasmine Tea Deodorant Kaia Naturals Takasumi Detox Deodorant (use code LOGICALHARMONY for 15% off) Apoterra Skincare Sea Mist Salt Spray (use code LOGICALHARMONY for 10% off) During this video, I also mentioned the following cruelty-free beauty […]

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Are you one of us?

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

    Soul Star Sestras Mastermind Soul = Success comes from this place Star= You are a star Sestras= Sisters that stick together get stronger Mastermind= If you are the cleverest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room   This is my brand new Mastermind for women that are ready to […]

My Favorite Moisturizer is Vegan! Mostly…

by rebsy @

UPDATE: If you are looking for Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme, they changed the formula and reviewers are not happy!

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Cruelty-Free Brands at Ulta (UPDATED FOR 2017!)

by Tashina Combs @ butter london – Logical Harmony

Trying to figure out what the cruelty-free brands at Ulta are? This guide can help! For many beauty lovers, big chain stores like Ulta are one of the main places where we purchase cosmetics, skincare, and hair care. Ulta is unique in that they carry both high-end and drugstore brands. This makes it easy to do a lot of your beauty shopping in one place. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Ulta can be a challenge simply because they carry so many brands.  In an effort to make things easier for consumers,  we wanted to create and share this list of cruelty-free brands at Ulta. Take this guide of cruelty-free brands at Ulta with you the next time you go to an Ulta store (details on how to do that are in the post!) or reference it for easy online cruelty-free shopping! This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on October 31, 2014 All brands included here are sold at Ulta. They are cruelty-free, which means free of animal testing, and they all also have vegan options to choose from. Just as with the Cruelty-Free and Vegan Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they […]

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Back to Atkins

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I began the Atkins diet again yesterday.  I have some reservations about how “healthy” this diet is for my weight (correction: I know it’s not healthy), but I feel like I need a change and some fast results .  Otherwise, I feel like I’m going to keep floating in the 170’s forever. It’s definitely not […]

Weekend Reading, 8.27.17

by Gena @ The Full Helping

This is the last Sunday before the first day of my fall semester, which I can’t believe is here already; I’ve got my first class, Ethnic and Therapeutic Meal Patterns, on on Wednesday. Tomorrow I’ll be mapping out my work schedule for September, getting my syllabi in order, and continuing to unpack and catch up...

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Chambor Gel Effect Base and Top Coat 503 Review

by Neha V @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hi girls, We have a huge makeup store around my place and they happen to have all the new launches stocked up even before those hit online. I was looking for n*de nail paints in that store when this top and base coat caught my fancy. I love Chambor gel nail polishes and I have […]

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Step up your game and play BIG!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

I did an interview with the lovely Genevieve Muwana on her brand new interview series on how you must  STOP PLAYING SMALL. I met lovely Genevieve in London in March and she is an incredible brand stylist and also a mother of 3 young boys. Listen in on how we talk about building a business, […]

Tarte cosmetics giveaway! (International!)

by Martha @ I'd Rather Be Reading

ITS FALL, Y’ALL! I am soooooooo excited for the start of September! While I find something to love about every season, there’s no denying that autumn is my favorite. Pumpkin lattes, cozy scarves, and long hikes through autumn leaves—I love it all! I know the official start of fall is still a few weeks away, […]

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Bloxsun UPF 50 Sun Scarf Giveaway

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

I have an Instagram addiction. I love getting introduced to brands and people through their beautiful imagery. Last month I discovered Bloxsun, a company that produces large scarves that can be worn as sarongs, dresses, and shoulder wraps.  Not only do they have sweet prints, the scarves protect you from UV damage with UPF 50! […]

Book Inventory update.

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Yay! I made it to below 500 books! Can you believe it? I'm not sure I can and am afraid of finding out that I miscounted and skipped back a hundred somewhere...  But no, I do seriously think it's for real.

I started out with a count of 1119 back when I first created an inventory before the book cull began. That included a few dozen that I considered my hubby's books (probably about 50 or even more) and around 150 that I felt were shared (journal bound volumes and about 70 or more Chinese textbooks! ). When I recounted yesterday there were more or less 490.

The total of 490 doesn't include any books that have been separated out to be given away, just the ones to keep for now. It also doesn't include 6 or 7 map books and several dozen travel and attraction guidebooks as they are almost all bought by my husband and so I have decided that, as he won't agree to getting rid of them, he'll have to take sole responsibility for them. The total also excludes about 20 A4 sized music learning booklets, but I realized that I never actually included them in the initial count. I've added most of them to the Read Up page along with a number of art and embroidery/textile titles that I want to finish with.

My Read Up page (old and now replaced) now consists of about 230 entries and I've put a timescale to it - October 2021 when I turn 50!! That list was originally created in early February this year and I've completed 32 of the books already (one finished just this morning -hurrah!) with 9 more in progress and 5 that are part done, but that I'm not on with just now. That means that I'll need to complete an average of 2.8 books per month in order to polish off the whole lot and get my book collection down to around 300.

Is that a feasible goal? Could be. Some books I really only need to take a few notes from and I'm finished with and some others are just general reading or quick to study/revise. Others, however, will need more time and brain power, or are long reads such as a few Bible translations. The Bible's a great read, but it's a bit too intense to read through like a novel!  Having said that, I'll be working on as many as 10 books at any one time (9 just now), so, mathematically speaking,  I could work through that sort of pile over 3 months each time and be home and dry by 49!! There are a LOT of language learning textbooks in my collection and a fair few science texts too, which'll take time and brain...

Some of the arts titles are going to be trickier to estimate timewise as, whilst I can read stuff like Helen M Stevens' inspiration titles and Betty Edwards' "Color" relatively freely, a number of the others require me to work through painting and stitching skills.

So, it's a challenge, but I'm up for it!

The poison pill of changing stray hold periods for cats

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

What do I think of the Michigan Humane Society's insistence that there is no legal stray hold period for cats in the state now, and that there shouldn't be? I am absolutely in favor of sheltering cats in a different way than dogs. I'm also in favor of completely revolutionizing our sheltering practices and creating a different paradigm for cats than dogs. And I'm in favor of new approaches and throwing out all the old ways if they're not working. What I am not in favor of is codifying approaches that create second class citizenship for cats, nor that disrespect the cat-human bond. And I'm definitely not in favor of reducing the legal stray hold for cats if it gives animal control agencies and shelters the right to kill those cats sooner. Fortunately, you don't need to abolish hold periods...

VIDEO: best in beauty February 2016

VIDEO: best in beauty February 2016

by noreply@blogger.com (Fiona Ward) @ The Good Beauty Guide - cruelty-free products, reviews & advice



I'm jumping on the monthly favourites bandwagon - but I'm limiting myself to my top five products from each month, to keep the videos short and sweet. Hope you enjoy it.


High-end shopper or on a tight budget, there are cruelty-free makeup and skincare products for you

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Your budget isn't a valid reason to buy cosmetics and skincare products that were tested on animals. Cruelty-free beauty products don't cost more or less than brands that torture animals for the sake of mascara and lipstick. Because I've been writing more about makeup and skincare lately, I'm hearing from a lot of readers and friends who have their own thoughts on beauty products. Two of my friends should be careful not to meet each other, though, because my understanding is when matter and anti-matter meet, things explode. The first friend told me, with great confidence, that she couldn't possibly use cruelty-free cosmetics because she was on a very tight budget and buys all her makeup and skincare at the drugstore. "Cruelty-free is for rich people," she said. Just a week later, a second friend told me, also with great...

July into August

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Greetings!  It's the first day of the new month and time for an update on goal work.

For July I set 30 individual tasks to do.  I completed 11 of them, worked on 10 more and left 9 untouched.  There's something quite well flowing about those numbers, isn't there?  My desire for balance likes that, LOL!

Here's a summary:

Health 
* Remedial Exercises once or twice daily, including at least one wobble board session per day   restarted on 7th and managed to do them for a few days, but I had another illness and was mad busy/tired, so it didn't go too well in the end.  I did something though, so that's better than a slap 'round the face with a wet haddock!
* Keep up food plan, aiming to lose between two and five more pounds this month   I kept more or less to my diet, but not well enough to lose any more weight.  I don't think I've regained any yet, but it's hard to tell at the moment with hormonals.  I'll be in a better position to tell where I am with this after the next period - whenever that might be...  I am sick of feeling gnawingly hungry though! =(  It's so much easier when I'm up to exercising as I can eat more and, for some mad reason, feel less empty!
* Start gentle tone up and flexibility exercises adding a little more every few days/week  Nah, didn't get to this

Domestic and Downscale
* Finish the Go Bag!  What a surprise, I didn't get to it - again!  Really must deal with this during the next month.  So much is actually already done and in a bag (first aid kit, self-heating meals and a few other emergency supplies as well as 2x 5litre bottles of water near the door to grab on the way out and a large folded shopping bag ready to load food from the storage area down there into, and important docs scanned and on 2 lots of cloud storage), but I need to check it all through and plug any gaps.
* Finalise make-up clear-out and give away 'cast offs'   Done!
* Take 15 books to the university book give-away areas   I listed 3 or 4 books on Amazon marketplace and selected about 20 more ready to be taken to the Uni and/or a charity shop (also 18 stitching magazines and 5 more patterns for either donation or e-bay listing).  They just need taking.
* Trip to the tip to deal with junk downstairs   Done!  I sorted it all out and Sir took it. ☺
* Sort out all textiles to go and take them to the charity shop for ragging/Oxfam warehouse   Ready to go, just need taking.

Stuff to buy:
* Buy new bath towel set   Done!
* Digital camera (S)   Done!
* 'Herbal HRT'   Done!
* Display stands (S)   Done!
Unsurprisingly, I managed to do all the buying tasks ok! ☺

Reading and Study
* NRSV Bible Isaiah 30 - end of Jeremiah  Isaiah - Jeremiah 19  had a couple of good runs, then lots of total neglect of this one!
* Complete 10 chapters of 'Relearning to See'   3.5/10
* Catch up kr book study from whilst I've been ill    0.4/2 chapters
* Vocab transfer from WTs   Still not touched, but more added to the pile of mags
* Finish 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course Vol 3'   7/15 chapters - managed half a chapter of this several mornings whilst drinking my breakfast smoothie.  That really helped both to get more of this done and also to stop me wasting time on my tablet first thing, which often eats up a lot more time than I realise at the time.
* Finish Discovering Science Book 3    2/9 chapters.  I got a bit back into it, then it fell by the wayside again, but I really want to finish this course ASAP as I want to sell it on and also get rid of the technology I need to complete it - i.e. video player, old laptop etc.  Same goes for another OU course, actually.  I need to get my finger out.  Maybe autumn will be better once Show season is over for the year??

Creative
* Get to at least 85% on 'Paradise Island' cross stitch   Still untouched
* Rose needle painting and mount in card  (S)  Nope, not yet
* Finish black/rose print t-shirt (first practice sewing straight)   Not got to this yet, either, although I did have to make something up on the machine (see below), and so I suppose there was some sewing straight practice there.  It's hard! :(
* Finish my black chunky cardy   Again, not done.  Hope to finish these last two during August
* Revamp beaded hardanger cushion   Done!  This included remaking up the whole thing on the machine.
* Revamp miniature silk wedding cushion   Done!  I actually just pressed it properly in the end.
* Start on bag making tasks (Sat-Nav pouch, hard drive pouch, backpack, knitting bag, manicure pouch)   Didn't get to these either.  Part of the problem is a lack of deadline for them.
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection   Ditto
* Mounting C&G samples for show(s)  Done!
* Retouch 'Bluetits and Seedheads' XS and get it framed  (S)  Done!
* Blogging catch up - 'Welcome' post for Pintangle visitors, blog the violet thread painting, the green/cream baby cardy and the anniversary card, plus Show prep stuff.   Welcome post done, but nothing more since.  I've totally gone off the boil when it comes to embroidery blogging.  I only just remembered, as I'm typing this, that I didn't mark my blog-o-versary back in late June either!  That makes 2½ years now that I've been lax with blogging.  I think the bottom line is that I'm just not that bothered about it any more.  I keep thinking of posting schedule ideas and so on, but it's really not happening and I know that, although I don't want to delete it or 'close' it as such, deep down I'm just no longer interested in building it up and maintaining it.  I'll just post here and there if and when I want to.
* Enter and attend Bingley and Ryedale Shows (S)   Done! Won 12 prizes (=£45!) and 1 trophy. :)

So, that was July.

August?

Well, apart from reprising all the formerly neglected task, I've signed up for a watercolour challenge, so that should be fun to complete.  I also have one more Show this month in a couple of weeks' time.  Not sure how much I'll enter as I don't have many new pieces and it's one that requires 'new and unwashed' items.  I'll give the manager a call and check if there's a time limit in mind for 'new' and see what I have that might fit the bill.

Now to sort out the full list in the usual place.  Just gimme a few mins to type it up......

Minimalism update post coming up soon too!

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

Focus On The Outcome!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

When you want to accomplish something, anything really, the only thing you need to do is to focus on the outcome. How does that look to you when you have what you want? Freedom to be your own boss. Travel the world VIP style. Buy nice things for yourself. Show up every single day and […]

A sad day for animals and one very ANGRY consumer- edited to add happy news update on UD!

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

This news has come to my attention. Leaping Bunny ( The coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics) has announced it is removing Urban Decay, Two Faced and Hard Candy off its list as these companies have decided to put profit ahead of compassion and sell their products in China.
http://leapingbunny.org/press6.php
(China's laws mean that products sold their MUST be tested in animals --oddly not products made there and shipped abroad though!)

SO yes i will be removing those 3 brands and any others i find doing the same and i certainly wont be promoting their products on my blog.( I have quite a few of their products but will not name them here in future posts)

Sad day indeed.

EDIT_ This in from Hard Candy -  - URGENT!!! We do not, have not and will NEVER test on animals! Leaping Bunny is incorrect - Hard Candy is NOT owned by Urban Decay. Hard Candy has ZERO affiliation with Urban Decay. We will be contacting Leaping Bunny immediately to retract this harmful and damaging statement. Again, Hard Candy does not test on animals. EVER!!!

So Hard Candy IS ok.....this is good to know, although its a hard brand to find in the UK, wish it was easier to get hold of here.

EDIT 2!!! - Urban Decay have decided not to sell to China!!! Read more in my new post -
http://www.urbandecay.com/Animal-Testing-Policy/animal-testing-policy,default,pg.html

Review: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

by Hotashi @ Je t'aime by Hotashi

This is totally worth the hype. It's the best deodorant i've ever used. #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreeskincare #parabenfree #sulfatefree #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #greenskincare #ecofriendly #lavanila #cfblogger #canadianblogger #hotashi A photo posted by Hotashi (@hotashi_s) on Apr 1, 2015 at 8:54am PDT… Continue Reading

Is Tom Ford Beauty Tested on Animals? or Cruelty-Free?

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Does Tom Ford Beauty test on animals? or are they cruelty-free? Find out what Tom Ford Beauty is hiding in their animal testing policy.

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Blogger CHIC: Petrichor

by Amanda Green @ Mz Mahogany Chic

"...when styling prints on men, you have to dress them down. Wear simple accessories and basic pieces to let the print shine and have character..."

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My Top 5 Vegan Nail Polish Brands

by Tashina Combs @ butter london – Logical Harmony

Did you know that some nail polish contains ingredients from animals? A lot of people are surprised to learn that nail polish can even be vegan. Sadly, a lot of brands test on animals and a lot of nail polish also contains animal ingredients. I suggest that you find out what makes nail polish vegan. You may be surprised at what it can contain.When it comes to nail polish, there are a few brands that I really love! In this video I share some of my favorite brands with you. You can also view a full list of vegan nail polish brands to find out who else to purchase from. All brands on this list are cruelty free and their nail polish does not contain any animal ingredients.

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Tattooed Pork Rinds

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

To be vegan is to know that if you scratch the meat industry’s surface, unending cruelties and miseries will be revealed. A patron at a bar on the outskirts of London discovered this for himself while enjoying a pint of beer and a bag of pork rinds. Upon removing one of the rinds from its... Read more »

Valentine’s Day Heart Pizza

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

Vegan Pizza Dough Ingredients 2 ½ cups unbleached white flour 1 cup warm water (~110 degrees) 1 teaspoon organic or raw sugar 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 1 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoons olive oil Vegan Pizza Dough Directions Mix the yeast, water, and sugar in large bowl.... Read more »

 Nail Lacquer | Ulta Beauty

Nail Lacquer | Ulta Beauty


ULTA Beauty

Butter London's original 8-free Nail Lacquers in heavily pigmented colours & finishes inspired by the latest trends.

Healthy Competitors Grab Market Share from McDonald’s

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

For more than two decades, activists have called on McDonald’s to roll out a veggie burger. But the chain has steadfastly refused, sticking to its core offerings of burgers, processed fried chicken, and the world’s most dreadful salads. Ten years ago, you could reasonably argue that a big switch was the right thing to do,... Read more »

A new beginning for you!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

It’s Easter time and it is a new beginning for you. If you want it to be. Now is the time to release anything that you feel are holding you back from following your dreams and really go all in with what you are born to do. I feel that you have been holding yourself […]

I’ll Be Back Soon

by Hotashi @ Je t'aime by Hotashi

Hello readers. It always amazes me when I’m MIA for a while and people reach out asking me where I am. Thank you! I’m just a bit busy in my offline life but hope to be back to writing some… Continue Reading

3 Drugstore Products I Can’t Put Down

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

On any given day the only thing that changes about my makeup routine is my eyeshadow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup… playing with it… layering it on my face… dusting it, reorganizing it and opening the packaging to stair at it for long periods of time with a dopey smile on my face… […]

Starbucks Has Nothing on My Amish Loaf

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite childhood memories is the scent of dough fermenting in a little Indiana kitchen.  But not just any dough… Amish Bread dough (or friendship bread).  A lady at the church had given my mom a starter, and if you’ve ever received a starter for friendship bread […]

L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Have you heard about L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream? What am I saying.... I haven't come across someone that is not familiar with L'occitane brand. L'occitane hand cream is considered one of the best hand creams. Do the ingredients match the price tag or do we pay for the brand....Let's find out.

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a dog with rythm!

a dog with rythm!

by noreply@blogger.com (Manu_lapin) @ The Small Rabbit Hops !

It is totally not what I talk about usually!

But this video is way to funny to not share it   :-)



Benefits of Natural Skin Care

by AQI Care @ Natural Beauty Expert

They say you only get out what you put in and your skin is no exception. As consumers, we are starting to understand that the key to optimal health is a holistic approach that isn’t only what we consume but also what we absorb into our skin. Being the largest organ of our body, the […]

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Nailing Cruelty Free - Natural Beauty Expert

Nailing Cruelty Free - Natural Beauty Expert


Natural Beauty Expert

How hot are 5 free nail polishes! Plus they are also cruelty free and their branding leaves me lusting for these shades. Here is some of the best nail care found going around: KESTER BLACK Kester Black products are Australian made and have Vegan Society, Choose Cruelty Free and Cruelty Free International accreditation. We source …

Butter London Vegan Product List (2017)

Butter London Vegan Product List (2017)


ethical elephant

List of Butter London vegan products including nail polish, lip crayons, lip gloss, eyeliner, eye pencils, and more!

Reasons Why Vegan Cuticle Lotion by Dazzle Dry is a Swipe Right

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

So, Yeah; Vegans Have Been Left Hanging When it Came to Cuticle Remover Lotions. Until NOW. Score!   Why exactly has this been such an issue? Well, ingredients. Duh. Also hideous burning of the skin feelings, or doesn’t take off...

DARYN MAYER – The Beauty Story of a Successful Woman

by Jeremy Hill @ LoveRealBeauty

Daryn Mayer is a communications, marketing and brand expert that has years of experience working in omni-channel media. Daryn Mayer is a New Yorker by heart, originally growing up in Westchester County.  She’s now applying the skills she learned in the trenches while working for the likes of Martha Stewart, Fox TV, and TV Guide…

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butter LONDON Vegan Product List

butter LONDON Vegan Product List


The Plastic Diaries Beauty Blog

The butter LONDON animal testing information and complete list of vegan products.

30 Makeup Brands That Still Test On Animals In 2017

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

These popular brands all still test on animals. Some of them are often mistaken for being cruelty-free, but sadly this is not the case. I’ve included a brief description of each company’s policy to explain why they aren’t cruelty-free. For the majority of these cases, the brands are sold in China, where animal testing is […]

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Here are the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dubai

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

Time to dust off your lederhosen and pack in those pretzels.

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8 Homemade Bleaches For Facial Hair

by Rima @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hey, girls, Well, before we begin with today’s post, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Navratri. Looking beautiful is so simple once you start using easy home remedies. One of the easiest ways to get beautiful and bright looking skin is by bleaching. Bleaching not only helps to make you look […]

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4 Surprising Reasons Why Environmentalists Should Wear Wool

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Wool doesn't have to be scratchy or cruel. If you find the right wool, it can be soft, high-performing, and even take carbon out of the atmosphere. Here's where to get climate-positive wool.

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Summer Cruelty-Free Empties

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

What vegan products are included in my summer cruelty-free empties video? Find out! These are all the cruelty-free and vegan products I’ve used up over the past couple of months. I’m sure there are a couple cruelty-free empties that didn’t make it into this video, but I tried to save up as much as I could. There’s some cruelty-free makeup, cruelty-free skin care, and cruelty-free hair products too! As always, all the brands mentioned are cruelty-free and all of the products included are vegan. Products mentioned in my Summer Cruelty-Free Empties video are: Loving Tan 2 Hour Express in Dark (use code LOGICALHARMONY for free mitt & free US shipping) Yes to Blueberry & Shea Liquid Hand Soap ($10 off your first order) Lush Angels on Bare Skin Lush Dark Angels Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel RL Linden & Co Close to Me Deodorant Spray RL Linden & Co Thousand Petals Beautifying Mist Root Coconut Micellar Water (10% off your first order) Pacifica Coconut Super Power Deep Conditioning Mask Pacifica Coconut Milk Shave Whip Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Deodorant in Lavender Tips Have you used any of the cruelty-free empties from this video? Editor’s Note: Some of the […]

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Why Visiting A Qualified Therapist Is Essential

by Torrens University Australia @ Natural Beauty Expert

It is undeniable that the cosmetic industry has become a multi-million-dollar entrepreneurial industry. Non-surgical procedures are a burgeoning area of activity due to IPL/laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, light/medium skin peels, RF treatments, dermal needling, dermal fillers and the like being performed in both medical practitioners` rooms and beauty salons. Without doubt, this is a rapidly […]

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March Goals List

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Here's the list for March.  I decided to drop the 'Physical' category for the month and see how I get on keeping up to it without the accountability element.....  I plan to keep to only buying sweets a maximum of twice per month, keeping oil/fat content of foods low, increasing proportion of raw food, doing my remedial and some stretching exercises and, once the current bout of post-viral and hormonal fatigue has passed, getting back into graded walking most days.

I lost a  lot of time to illness last month and am starting this one a bit under par, but I'm not dead yet, so onwards and upwards! ☺ Regular updates in the usual place.

Number of goals for the month:  25

Domestic
* Take care of neglected recycling - boxes at mum's and water filter cartridges - end month with recycling as up to date as reasonably possible
* Finish the Go Bag overhaul - DO these two this month!
* Give bathroom window a thorough cleaning
* Check over everywhere for 'clutter creep' and get some charity (or rag) bags/sales going as needed

Reading and Study
* NRSV Bible Psalms
* Finish 'Getting Along With the Chinese'
* Read 'Relearning to See'
* Re-start 'Daniel' book study - chs 9 & 10
* Study 'Discovering Science Book 3' to section 12 (from 7)
* Complete DS3   I've put this as a separate goal so that I can at least claim one completion for making a decent amount of progress
* Complete 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3 (ch 59-75)
* 'Fun With Chinese Characters Vol 1' No.s 13 - 35 (approx one per study hour day)
* 'Beijing's Courtyards' reader, chs 1 - 4 (Sunday study hour instead of MCBC3)
* Chinese vocab transfer from recent study material
* Finish 'Teach Yourself German' (chs 17b, 18 and supplement)
* Re-start 'German in Three Months' (from ch 7)

Creative
* Work on 'Paradise Island cross stitch - work towards completion, at least 85%
* Start winter design project - some artwork and charting the cross stitch design(s)
* Work another freestyle piece, either another Trish Burr small thread painting or that meadow scene from the Sue Newhouse book.  TBC.  I may even go mad and do both??  Doubtful....
* Finish knitting pink scarf
* Knit white preemie baby jacket  
* Embroider and add buttons to cream and blue baby knits
* Get to grips with sizing for my own cable jumper and make good progress with it
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection

Business
* Make good use of the 'business hour (10:30-11:30 Mn-Fr) to develop ideas, do research, start writing, whatever - just DO it!

I'm feeling good about this list and I think it looks very do-able.  Just have to keep an eye on my health and remember to be modest - to live within my limits and stop forgetting about them when I'm feeling relatively normal.  This will be the hardest bit.... ☺

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

How To Commit To Cruelty-Free Makeup Without Going Broke

How To Commit To Cruelty-Free Makeup Without Going Broke


The Financial Diet

I decided to start looking into cruelty-free makeup around the same time I started wearing makeup regularly — as a junior in college, after landing my first professional internship. Before that, I couldn’t be bothered with makeup, but after wearing it on a regular basis, I found that I really enjoyed it. Makeup and skincare … Continued

Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products Haul from Grove

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

I get a lot of questions about cruelty-free household brands that make soap, cleaning products, and other similar things. For a lot of us, finding cruelty-free makeup and skincare is easy. But when it comes to your home, it can be a different challenge. Grove Collaborative is one of my favorite places to order these products because you can set things up to be delivered on a subscription. In this video, I share what I got in my most recent order. Products mentioned in this Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products Haul from Grove are: Grove Cleaning Caddy Yes to Grapefruit & Basil Hand Soap Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap in Rose Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap in Rose Bon Ami Cleanser Spruce & Co Screen Cleaning Wipes Clean Mama Bar Mop Towels Small Garbage Bags If You Care Household Gloves Reusable Sandwich Bags Grove Kitchen Towel Grove Cellulose Sponge Cloths Have you tried any of the vegan products featured in this Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products Haul before? Have you tried out Grove Collaborative? If not, use this link and you can get $10 off your first order. With your account, you also get a referral link to share with others. When they use your referral link, […]

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On Regarding Farm Animals as Your Clients

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

The most useful metaphor I’ve heard used to describe the work of an effective animal advocate is that we serve as criminal defense attorneys for animals. But unlike an actual public defender, every last one of our clients is 100 percent innocent. The reason that this is such a helpful metaphor is that public defenders... Read more »

Losing you is all too much

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have too many dog bowls now. I have too many collars. I have too many dog beds. I have too many blaze orange safety vests. I have too much room in my house. I have too many Christmas ornaments. I have too many signs. I have too few dogs. Rest in peace, Rawley. No one could have loved you more than I did.

The Wander Woman: Why Should You Travel Solo

by Samantha Lippiatt @ Natural Beauty Expert

Travelling solo might be that one thing you’ve been eager to cross off your bucket list but are too afraid to actually do. I know, the thought in itself can be a very unnerving. As a female traveler, there are a lot of things to consider before going on a solo journey: from leaving your […]

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Minimal Summer Lookbook

Minimal Summer Lookbook

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

I am so excited to share my minimalist lookbook for summer 2017!  An ethical fashion lookbook was highly requested so here is my summer capsule in action :)

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2015

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015 has been released!

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Luxury in London – Pomona’s, Notting Hill

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

If there is the work of one artist that we could choose to dive into, then it would be David Hockney, during his ‘California’ craze. These bright paintings, created mainly during the 80s, are famous for capturing the vibrant, kitsch...

Funny Bunny

by Catherine @ nail polish – Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

This is too perfect not to share: I got an awesome new OPI nail polish yesterday and you will never guess what the name of the color is. Wait for it… FUNNY BUNNY …of course! I even chose the color before seeing the name! Read more...

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How Teen Vogue brought my inner girl back to life

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Politics. The loss of two beloved dogs in less than one year, one after a lightning-fast illness at a young age, the other after a long, slow, complicated decline in her senior years. And did I mention politics, or, as I think of it, the threatened collapse of everything that makes this America? Those are the reasons I've not blogged as much as I used to. But the example of those badass journalists at Teen Vogue have me inspired to blog again about the subject nearest and dearest to my heart after dogs and politics: Makeup and skincare. Have no idea what I'm talking about? Read The true story of how Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump. Seriously -- read it. It will give you hope at the same time it prompts you...

If You Honestly Know That You Got it, What Are you Waiting For?

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

If you honestly know that you got it, what are you waiting for? Really? Come on? You say you want to impact thousands of people. You say that you have a message. You know deep inside that you are more than capable to do it, so why the fuck are you so boring then? You […]

Alaffia – Shea Butter & Green Tea Revitalizing Body Lotion Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Alaffia shea butter and tea tree revitalising body lotion - Soothing & revitalizing body lotion with certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter, green tea and arnica. Formulated with West African neem for additional protection.

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Premiere Issue of Spotlight Magazine is here!!!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  Spotlight Magazine premiere issue it’s here!!! Finally I can share with you my brand new magazine Spotlight Magazine – for women who dream big! And it’s both in English and Norwegian. This magazine is to help women like you to get in the spotlight where you belong. You will get tons of inspiration and […]

Shit happens for a reason!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

SHIT HAPPENS FOR A REASON!   When shitty things happen in your life, your first reaction is to make it go away. Yes, hard to actually get it to go away. Very often it is what it is. You need to move on. Shit happens for a reason! What lesson is it that you need […]

Show Me a Sign

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

While hanging out in Chiang Mai, Thailand last month I suddenly found myself hungry. I had only been in town a couple days and didn’t yet have a good handle on the local vegan scene, so I checked Google and it turned out there was a vegan place called Ming Kwan within a ten minute walk.... Read more »

Please don’t dim your light!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

Please don’t dim your light. That light shines very bright inside you. It’s in your soul. Your heart. You can feel it if you only take your time. You have it and you know that everyone else has it too. The sad thing is that most people dim their light because they don’t want to […]

Dragon Con 2017

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Dragon Con 2017 I’ve finally got my Dragon Con 2017 video to share with you! I also included some of my best tips and tricks...

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Full List of Cruelty Free Beauty Brands - itslikelymads

Full List of Cruelty Free Beauty Brands - itslikelymads


itslikelymads

After talking with a few of my friends, who are also beauty lovers like I am, we got onto the topic of beauty brands that are cruelty free. Some of my friends had said that they never payed any attention to it, while others solely bought cruelty free products always. I was one of the… Read More Full List of Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

Best career blog for women!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

Hi guys! So happy to be picked as one of the best career blogs for women in 2017. I have been blogging for a,on time now, since I started my first fashion blog in 2007. Now love to inspire other women into going after their dreams and just go for it. You can read more […]

Editor’s Letter June – Wellness

by Belinda Hughes @ Natural Beauty Expert

Welcome to Wellness Month. We focus on wellness in June to coincide with Global Wellness Day every June. This year I want to focus on wellness in business. Business is tough, we spend countless hours and money creating something we are passionate about and sometimes it’s hard to step back and make changes. Even if […]

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A Vegan Dietitian Reviews “What the Health”

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

By Virginia Messina, MPH, RD As a vegan health professional, I am sometimes mortified to be associated with the junk science that permeates our community. And as an animal rights activist, I’m disheartened by advocacy efforts that can make us look scientifically illiterate, dishonest, and occasionally like a cult of conspiracy theorists. There is a... Read more »

A bus fire has caused traffic delays in Dubai Marina

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

Dubai Civil Defence were on the scene within minutes, but the fire still caused a headache for commuters.

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My Style – How to Find Your Own Personal Style

by Mads @ itslikelymads

What Is My Style? Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of messages asking me about my personal style. A lot of you guys know what I like when it comes to beauty products, but i haven’t done many posts on style or fashion. I am obsessed with all things fashion, and I’m always on the… Read More My Style – How to Find Your Own Personal Style

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Happy 25th Birthday Sarah – Have A Smear Test!

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls

Well what has 2017 brought me so far? My first Smear Test and my 25thBirthday that’s what!

From the age of 25, women in the UK are advised to get a Smear Test. This is to check for Cervical Cancer which yearly affects around 3,000 women in the UK, and kills just under 1,000 women (NHS website). Women aged 25 to 49 are advised to have the cervical screening once every 3 years, and women aged 50 to 64 are entitled to screening once every 5 years. You will receive a letter from your Doctors Surgery regarding this and how to book your appointment.

The procedure only takes a matter of minutes, and you usually get the results back within 2-3 weeks. Although when I had mine in February this year, I was told the results would take between 5-7 weeks! Now, granted, this is a long time to wait for these rather important results, but that shouldn’t be something that deters you from having it done. I received my results back at the end of March (which was about 6 weeks) and everything is normal. It is well worth having it done, and it really is not uncomfortable.

So, what’s next? Well for one, I decided to start up my blog, but I didn’t really want to generalise it to any specific topic. It’ll include varying posts from relationships to my health to cruelty free cosmetics. As well as this, I started back up with my Personal Trainer on March 20th, going once a week at present to work on building up my strength. With my rheumatoid arthritis, it is important for me that I have stronger muscles to support my joints, for example, we are working on building my inner thigh muscles up as currently my knees turn outward, which in the long term, will not benefit me. I am thoroughly enjoying being back at the gym with my trainer, especially as I've just started up boxing again!

Additionally, I am trying to build up my Mobile Nail Business again, and bring life back in to it, and hopefully with the weather brightening up, I’ll be as busy as I was. Around November last year, I decided to change my diet and become a Pescatarian, meaning I still eat fish and have dairy, however I tend to only have skimmed milk to drink tea with (I am a teapot, literally, and couldn’t give it up!) and for anything else, I have soya milk. I’ll go into more detail about this is in another post. I have discovered new TV programmes on Netflix about our Monarch’s History; Reign and The Tudors so far – I love me some history! 

Within the last month, I have purchased some Adidas trainers and a backpack – I think that means I am practically cool now, right?!


Much love

Sarah xo

How to Find a Nontoxic and Sustainable Mattress

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

I have something admit. My mattress is not eco-friendly. Well, it is in the sense that I bought it used. Three years ago, I was sleeping on the Ikea mattress I had bought off the girl who lived in my room before me. When a downstairs neighbor had to abruptly move out and sell all his furniture, I picked up a Tempur-Pedic mattress for $300 (! They usually start at $1,600). That mattress is now covered with organic sheets, pillows, and pillow covers. But I never seriously considered getting a new one, even though I know most mattresses contain fire retardants, volatile organic compounds, and formaldehyde which offgas into our air while we sleep on them. Hours a night. Almost every night. For years. In fact, my mattress must be the most toxic thing in my home. And yet, mattresses are expensive. And getting rid of my current mattress would entail throwing it out – because of bed bugs, nobody wants to buy or even take an old mattress. But now that you can recycle your mattress in New York City, I might be ready to switch mine out. But buyer beware: Not all mattress companies who bill themselves as eco-friendly […]

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Who Wore it Better? Rio 2016 Nails vs London 2012 Nails

by Inspirationail @ Inspirationail

With the round up of the 2016 Summer Olympics coming to a close there’s a lot that stand out about the athletes – their incredible skills, talents and sportsmanship are undeniably impressive. However, let’s not forget what we’re really interested in atm; who’s winning the nail art competition that’s secretly hidden within the games? Rio […]

I thought I'd answer these Blog Hop questions because reasons

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Because, even though I rarely blog now, blogging used to be incredibly important to me and I feel it's been degraded and despoiled in recent years, I thought I'd participate in this year's pet-themed Blog Hop. 1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about. I have been blogging since 2004. I blog about animals, animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, pet health, teevee, and politics. 2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud. I blogged. 3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs? Be ethical. Stop thinking about traffic and SEO and making money....

Make Up Inventory - mid year count 2016

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

I thought I'd start doing counts every 6 months, not just annually, to help keep me focused and have more of an interim goal to work towards.  May not be terribly interesting to anyone other than me!!!

Here are the figures from the last count on 1 Jan this year, the current numbers and the current goal.

* Eye shadows (individual shades, not palettes/trios etc): Last count 64, now 60.  Haven't used any up, but put 4 more singles on one side to give away.  Unsure of goal on this one at the mo.  Originally it was 75, which I passed a while ago, but my current piece of paper says 50, a number I no longer really care about.

* Lipsticks: Last count 13, now 10. I used one up and there are 2 with the 4 single eye colours ready to be offered to a friend.  They're warm colours that no longer suit me.  Goal: 6

After a bit of working out which fell into which category:

* Lip colours (mostly liquid lipsticks or well pigmented colours in palettes): Last count 14, now 14.  Odd thing is, I used 2 up and have bought none.  Must have miscounted at some point.  Ditto with the next line!  Goal: 6-8, although my current list says 10-12.  I think that's probably too many at one go.

* Lip glosses (low pigmented colours): Last count 20, now 19, but have finished up 2 and bought none, so must have gaffed it at some point.  That's not like me as I'm normally so precise.  Hmmmmm! =(  Goal: 3 or 4 - just a clear, a clear sparkle, a golden sparkle and maybe one more.

Moving on....

* Blusher: Last count 9, now 9.  I'm plugging away day in day out at the bright pink one, with occasional use of the lilac-pink and even more sparing use of the red (all from my school days in the 80s), but no discernible progress.  This one's going to take literally decades to go all the way down!!!  Goal: 3 or 4

* Foundation: Last count 4, moved 1 to the 'Primer' category (a CC cream) and used 1 up, so now 2.  Goal: 1 or 2 I'll get a Lush Colour Supplement one day, but not until the CC primer has gone.  May also keep an all in one in stock.  We'll see.

* Powder: Last count 2, and still now 2.  Again, working away on one I remember having in high school (yes, it's still fine, although the mirror is broken), but although the dip seems to have deepened a bit, it's going to be a long job.  Goal: 1, but I'm not expecting to reach this for a few years yet.....

* Primer: Last count 1, now 2 following the re-classification of my Bourjois CC cream as a primer and not a foundation.  I'm working on this one daily one way or another.  I either mix it with the foundation I'm using up, or just with some moisturiser and use as a CC tinted moisturiser.  I like the effect of a little of this product, but it's not cruelty free, so I won't be replacing it when it's finally finished, which I estimate to happen in 2/3 more years' time.  Goal: 1 - just an eye primer, when I find one that's any good.  The E.L.F. one was a total disappointment.  I was told it was great by more than one source, but it's exactly the same as using none - I trialled it by priming one eye and not the other.  =(

* Perfumes: Last count 12, now 19.  Yes, I've bought some.  Actually, the reason for that was that I genuinely thought that Soap and Glory's Orangeasm was going off the market, but later on I found out that they were just dumping the whole tonic spray range and that the body sprays appear to be staying.  Not before I'd sourced 3 body sprays on e-bay and 1 in Boots, plus 2 tonic sprays on e-bay.  I was also given 5 old Yves Rocher perfumes by my mum in 2 different scents, so that made 11 items in. That means that I've used up 3 so far this year and I'm working on 2 more at the mo.  Goal: 6-ish

So, that's it for the last half year.  I've used up 8 things, (more if you count mascara, which I've dropped as a counting category as I reached goal) and worked intensively on another 11 so far, but with little impact, except on perfumes.  I've also been using eye shadow more often and getting a feel for what suits me better these days and what colours, combos and 'sparkliness' level I like.  That means that I may lift the No Buy on this category and get one or two carefully considered products to supplement what I have left.  Only eye shadow though and even then, only a few!

Hope to finish up my current foundation and another 5 or 6 lippies of varying types and 2 or 3 perfumes by the end of this year.  I'll still be working on the powder things too, but am not expecting anything to be finished off.

Next update: 1 Jan 2017, complete with photos.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2016

News! - I'm a Ticktock model! / Avon forced to retract cruelty free statement

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

Firstly i'm honoured to announce i have been made a spokes model for Tick Tock Cosmetics. I shall be exploring their collections and doing some specific looks with their products. Any LOTD with their specific products, will be categorised as such. They have a great range of products, worth checking out if i do say so myself hehe


In other news and this is fantastic news - AVON have been forced to retract their 'cruelty free' statement as many knew it was a total lie and now its been revoked. They use toxicity tests for new chemicals as they obviously prefer profits over torture it seems.
Uncaged took their statements to the Advertising standards Authority and AVON were forced to withdraw their fraudulent statement. This is good news as many people have been using AVON thinking they were being kind to animals.  If you care, please pass this info along!
http://www.uncaged.co.uk/news/2012/avon.htm

Now lets see other companies do the same - I'm looking at you Estee Lauder, Revlon et al.

Is Hugo Naturals cruelty free | Vegan

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Is Hugo Naturals Cruelty free? Yes, Hugo Naturals is a Cruelty free makeup brand.   Introduction Coming under Natural and Green

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Old-Fashioned Vegan Banana Cake with Creamy Cashew Frosting

by Gena @ The Full Helping

I have a thing for banana in baked goods—any baked goods. Cookies, cake, muffins, quickbread, blondies, you name it. I’ve always loved bananas, and it’s possible that I like them even more when they’re folded into a bowl of batter. This old-fashioned vegan banana cake with creamy cashew frosting is my newest favorite, a happy...

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DIY Vegan Holiday Gift Ideas

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

Finding the perfect gift for a friend can be challenging, so here are a few ideas that you can make yourself and customize to suit your friends’ tastes. The secret ingredients? Mason jars packed with your favorite vegan things! 1. Snack Lovers’ Jar Pack a large mason jar full of your favorite vegan treats like... Read more »

HOT OFF THE PRESS _ Urban Decay decide to NOT sell in China!

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

This is great news and I'm glad for what ever reason made them change their minds (probably partly due to a shed load of their customers writing to them telling them they would never buy from them again, might have had some impact).
Urban Decay have decided it is not the time to sell their products in China because of their laws on animal testing, it conflicted too much with Urban Decays policies.
This is their official statement -
http://www.urbandecay.com/Animal-Testing-Policy/animal-testing-policy,default,pg.html

Good decency has seen over profit. well done Urban Decay (not sure about Two Faced if they are owned by Urban Decay or not..cant find anything on their website).

Are You Going All In?

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

It’s time honey. It’s time to admit to yourself, in the mirror that you are not exactly going ALL IN with your life and your business. Yes, you do more than the others you hang around with. You blog, make a video or two, do a live stream, make an effort an actually makes some […]

The perfect Facebook trap!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

I know how you feel. you don’t want to be part of that perfect Facebook trap. You know what I’m talking about? It seems like everyone is so perfect on Facebook and then you (that not so perfect one) can’t show up and share your message. The thing to understand is that you holding yourself […]

Interview with Gene Baur

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

There’s probably never been a time when so many people have been interested in giving veganism a try. What do you think aspiring vegans need the most help with when it comes to embracing a lifestyle free of animal products? Yes, it feels like there is more interest in vegan living than ever before, and... Read more »

Plan With Me in my Bullet Journal July 2017

Plan With Me in my Bullet Journal July 2017

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Plan with me for July in my Bullet Journal! I had so much fun setting up my Bullet Journal for July 2017 with a fruit theme.  I loved this suggestion from many of you awesome people and doing the fruit doodles in my bujo was perfect for getting into a summery mood!

Cashew Ginger Brown Rice Bowl with Dole Premium Celery Hearts

by Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Have you ever made a nice little snack of celery and peanut butter, and then bit into it only to struggle to get an actual bite because strings of celery just wouldn’t break and were stuck in your teeth? Yaaaa, not a fan! That feeling of stringy celery always gave me the heebie jeebies, but luckily Dole has […] Read more...

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Woodchuck Mens Accessories + Giveaway

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

  Father’s Day is right around the corner and one of my most favorite brands has expanded into mens accessories.  Woodchuck, who famously adorns our tech with a sleek wooden finish (and just created this custom laptop case for the offices of Snapchat), now have entered the wonderful world of mens furnishings. Cufflinks, journals, money […]

Crispy Vegan Cornmeal Waffles with Heirloom Tomato Peach Salsa

by Gena @ The Full Helping

I really love breakfast, but it’s probably the meal that I’m most happy to eat repetitively. A steady rotation of toast, tostadas, and oatmeal would be a little less adventurous than I’d like, all things considered, but it would keep me very, very happy. This past weekend, though, I got to thinking about this time...

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Summer Bucket List

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I know it sounds super cliche, but I bought my husband a grill for Father’s Day and he loves it!  He burned our old one down almost 2 years ago (not really, but it did catch fire and we had to use a fire extinguisher on it) so I’ve been teasing him that he’s not […]

List of Top Cruelty Free Bath and Body Products

by admin @ Is cruelty free

I am a stickler for Bath & Body products. I prefer using only the products that I have been loving.

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Shopping Inventory 2016

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

Here it is, everything I bought over the last year that wasn't a regular need, so no food and basic personal care stuff. This post was accidentally published 7 weeks too early, but is complete for the year now.

* Books
Physical, print books: zero bought, but 1 obtained for free
Kindle books: 14 (including one collection).
As the object is always primarily to reduce stuff, Kindle books don't really count. ;)
Made good use of the local library system.
Second year of book no buy successfully completed - yay! ☺☺☺

* Cosmetic Items
3 mascaras when old ones ran out/went yacky - one black, two clear (one used up, one in use).
2 eyeshadow primers, one of which I then resold on eBay.
1 CC cream/foundation
I also bought 6 perfumery items which were going off the market, and was given 5 by my mum, 3 of which are currently on eBay!

* Art Materials
Zero, (unless you count the cheap pair of compasses I got to help me draw circles for a design).

* Needlework Supplies  (changed from 'Embroidery Supplies' to include other types of work)
Broken down into categories as follow:
Yarn:
1 x 100g ball of white DK to complete a project (and plan to use more of in others, probably next year now), 1 x 50g ball of white, 2 x 50g balls of cream and 1 x 50g of light apple green Snuggly DK. 1 x 100g ball lavender blue cotton DK for imminent baby knits (one blue cardy already knit up)
1 x 100g ball of bright pink bamboo soft yarn to make a scarf for me (in progress).
Fabric:
1 x bargain fat quarter of white 55ct Edinburgh linen for use for miniatures.
1m white polycotton and 1m narrow elastic to make an underskirt (done)
2 x silk theme packs (5 pieces of 10"x10" in each) from the Silk Route and one piece of pewter silk jacquard
2 x pieces of metal organza in aqua blue and light jade green
1m x 45cm piece of bondaweb/vliesofix as I'd used all but a 4"x5" piece of my supply up
6 4" squares of goldwork leather in various colours
Thread:
2 reels of sewing cotton: cream for use as a thin embroidery thread for miniature and bright pink to alter a skirt.
1 reel of Madeira silver machine thread
2 packs of Madeira Silk in ecru (used half of one)
1 reel of bright pink machine rayon thread
Sundries:
14 buttons for immediate use on 3 baby cardigans
4 zips used for scatter cushion covers, 3 used so far
3 packs of decorative buttons
5 packs of small sequins
1 hanger for a bellpull type project (used)
1 large wheelbarrow button
5 packs of specialist needles
4 yellow flower trims and one snowflake
1 small bottle of craft glue

(I went shopping a bit at the Harrogate Show this year!! ♥☺)

* Clothes etc:
2 pairs of pyjamas
3 x 5 packs of cotton knickers
2 x pairs of specialist 'problem foot' shoes - ooouch, pricey! (And terribly uncomfy too, waaah, pain!)

* Miscellaneous  8" Acer tablet computer, which I use a lot.
Miniatures: a single bed, a chaise longue, a carver chair, a sideboard, a bedside cabinet, 3 small tables, 2 pieces of carpet and some trimmings (a lamp, set of 2 candlesticks, clock and pewter platter) - all to be used as models for future miniature embroideries sales and many serving as ornaments in the meantime.

What about the year coming up?  Well, I think I'm going to continue inventorizing what I buy, maybe even extending it to all personal care stuff out of a curiosity to see how much I use in a year.  I still need some new clothes and my poor feet need help, fast!  Also, I want to carry on clearing out a lot more than I take in.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2016

Win xXx: Return of Xander Cage Screening Tickets!

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Win tickets to the advanced screening of xXx Return of Xander Cage The screening takes place on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00pm at AMC Georgetown. Please note that having passes does not guarantee entry and you will need to arrive early to ensure receiving a seat. Each winner will receive 1 pass good for entry for 2 people. Movie Information After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister weapon known as Pandora’s Box, a device that controls every military satellite in the world. Recruiting a new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself entangled in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of government. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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8 Ways To Get Thicker Longer Lashes

by Amanda Green @ Mz Mahogany Chic

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then lashes are the curtains that unveil your soul. With all that being said, it’s no wonder more and more women are looking for ways to lengthen, curl, and thicken their eyelashes. Here are 8 ways to get thicker longer lashes.

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How can I expect others to understand Lupus when I don't really myself?

by noreply@blogger.com (Sarah Anne Nicholls) @ sarah anne nicholls

Since my diagnosis in 2013, I have suffered with not only getting my head around this condition, but losing people, and knowing they've probably walked away because I don't 'fit in' with them. Now, you may say that's a tad excessive, and maybe it is, but when you've had many friends, that all of a sudden have just upped and left you, since your diagnosis and a change in your daily routine, you can't help but think that.

'How can I expect others to understand my condition, when I don't?' 

I've had to change so many things in my life; limiting nights out, having only 1 drink becuase if I have too many with my tablets it can affect how they work, planning things too far in advance in case I get to it and have a flare up, being out in the sun for too long (making the excuse that it's because I burn, which is no lie I do) but because if I am out for too long, my body is exhausted and I'm worn out before I've even begun.

I am not surprised people have either cut me off, or don't include me in things, and I don't blame them, but I don't blame me either and try not to let it get to me too much, but sometimes I can't help that, it gets me down, not being able to do things that your average 25 year old should. I want to be able to go out with friends for the day, have some drinks in the sunshine and not worry about ensuring I've eaten something to take my tablets. It isn't the life I expected, but it is what it is.

The biggest issue I have had since my diagnosis is the 'You're ill? But you don't look unwell' - and from that they have formed their own opinion, I am well, and simply lying about it. Lupus doesn't show physically on the surface, but underneath, I'm struggling, my antibodies are attacking each other, my blood flow is slow, and my organs are working at a slower rate, I feel the tiredness that no-one can imagine, that standard 'I'm really tired' doesn't apply to me, it's a whole new level.

But this is my life now, and I have to accept the fact that not everyone can deal with and adapt to life with an ill person. But I do wish people wouldn't 'judge a book by its cover' with me, and not just assume I can't do something, that's the worse thing to do to someone who already feels alone at times.

Thank you to the people in my life, who have stood by me no matter what, and don't let Lupus determine our friendship.

Much love

Sarah xo

There is Competition!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

This is my message for you today. I think you need to hear it. It just came to me and I feel an obligation to let it out. There is no competition. You have no one to compete with, but yourself. That battle you feel inside, being yourself, is the worst one. The one where […]

Weekend Reading, 9.10.17

by Gena @ The Full Helping

I brought a lot of food writing with me to Prague, including Julia Child’s My Life in France, Molly Wizenburg’s A Homemade Life, and Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking, which I’ve read plenty of times, but could probably revisit indefinitely. I also read Jenni Ferrari-Adler’s essay collection Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, which is...

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I Tested 14 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes, Here Are the Best - Ecocult

I Tested 14 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes, Here Are the Best - Ecocult


Ecocult

I decided to try out as many nail polishes that are cited as natural and non-toxic alternatives as I could find. I took each brand to the nail salon, topped it with the same Beautiful Life topcoat, and wore it for one week before photographing the results.

“Greenleaf” Actress Merle Dandridge on Her Own Journey

by Kelli Webb @ Sheen Magazine

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Natalie

by GABRIELLE MEIT @ LoveRealBeauty

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Is SmashBox cruelty free? Check The Most Appropriate Answer!

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics was founded by Dean Factor in 1996. With their parent organization like Estee Lauder Companies, the cosmetic

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by Veronica Garcia @ finder.com.au

Use these deals to save big on your next trip to Greece.

How to Make Your Salon More Eco-Friendly Without Looking Like a Psycho

by Darlene @ Gentle Adorner

I’m on a product review hiatus while moving into a new salon. I plan to start buying more trial packs and finding more workshops once I’m settled in there. In the meantime, let’s have fun figuring out how to do...

Vegan Holiday Giveaways

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

Ho ho ho, the holidays are almost here! And to celebrate, we’re giving away nearly $1,000 worth of vegan goodies. Every day for the next 10 days, we’ll be revealing a new giveaway on this page—so check back often. The winners will be selected on December 25. Good luck! Win a Stamped Vegan Necklace by Christy... Read more »

Eyebrows threading

Eyebrows threading

by noreply@blogger.com (Manu_lapin) @ The Small Rabbit Hops !

This is the method that I use for my eyebrows for some years now.
It costs me a big $ 4 each time.
I have to go every 2 or 3 weeks.

No product is used, so I know it is not tested on animals.
In addition, unlike wax, skin cells are not torn during the operation.

I do not say it does not hurt, but as it is fast,we do not suffer too long.

I found you a video on youtube that demonstrates the art.






I always go at Dees but there is also IndoPak

You Don’t Want it That Much, Do You?!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

Let’s just be honest with me. Do you really want that thing you say you want? Really? That business online, making money on your terms, be out there and share your message to millions of people. You can’t, you say. Then you don’t want it that much. If you really wanted to make money this […]

Spring Cleaning for Animals

by erikmarcus @ Vegan.com

One core tactic to protecting large numbers of animals is to find something that’s already getting publicity, and then discover a way to align animal protection with it. This happens automatically whenever celebrities go vegan or who get heavily into animal advocacy—whether it’s Paul McCartney or Ricky Gervais or Tom Brady or Pamela Anderson or Moby, you’re starting... Read more »

How To Apply Loose Powder With Puff

by Rima @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hey, girls, I’m back with another post! Today, we would be talking about how to apply loose powder with a puff. Applying loose powder is an essential part of every makeup routine as it can help to set your makeup for a long period of time. It makes your makeup last longer, makes your skin […]

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by Veronica Garcia @ finder.com.au

Use these deals to save big on your next trip to Chiang Mai.

Uptown Dubai is a new district scheduled to open near JLT

by Mike Priest @ What's On Dubai

It will have two iconic super-tall towers, as well as more than 200 retail outlets.

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I've been MIA...

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

Sorry I've been MIA here and on Youtube! There is no reason for it, no burn out, no lack of things to say, just other stuff got in the way.

I'm working on some posts and I have a few videos to edit, so watch this space :)

Love & stuff
Sal xXx

Manicure 2.0 – Introducing Minx™ Backsides

by Inspirationail @ Inspirationail

Minx Nails once again disrupts the nail industry with the flip manicure. The new product line from Minx takes the chrome trend and reverses it, and in their cheeky style they’ve aptly named it Minx ™ Backsides. These fashion-forward nail wraps decorate the underneath side of the nail – much like the “Louboutin manicure” yet […]

A Little Innovation in LED

by Belinda Hughes @ Natural Beauty Expert

As an essential express beauty routine, LED Light Rooms are a new concept within the beauty industry. Just 20 minutes between meetings, on your lunch break, or before/post work or pre-events is all you need to experience the rejuvenating powers of light therapy. Non-invasive, anti-ageing, and targeting the effects of sun damage – light therapy […]

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Is Katy Perry's BON APPETIT Video VEGAN?

Is Katy Perry's BON APPETIT Video VEGAN?

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

Does Katy perry’s new single Bon Appetit have a secret pro-vegan message?

Best Moisturizers with SPF

by Monique @ Goddess Huntress

I’ve been asked many times what moisturizers with SPF I recommend and use.  I will say, I don’t test SPF for its effectiveness on my own, I let the Environmental Working Group do that professional lab testing stuff.  Every year they release their list of the BEST, clean, stable, and highly protective sunscreens, I recommend it […]

The 8 Best Foundations for Sensitive Skin (Cruelty-Free Options)

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

As someone who almost never uses foundation because of how sensitive my skin is, I can completely relate to the struggle of finding a good foundation for sensitive skin. If I use the wrong product, my face can literally break out in hives! But in the name of science, I’ve tried out many foundations over […]

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Gerard Cosmetics: Animal Testing Policy & Correspondence

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

Gerard Cosmetics started out as a teeth whitening brand which has now expanded to makeup products built on that same premise including their teeth whitening lip glosses. There is a lot of talk of Gerard Cosmetics being “cruelty-free” on social media, but the official Gerard Cosmetics website does not include an animal testing policy, nor […]

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Do you shop Cruelty Free? | OrdinaryMisfit

Do you shop Cruelty Free? | OrdinaryMisfit


OrdinaryMisfit

I wanted to talk about cruelty free products. Specifically - but not limited to - nail products. Before I get into it I just have to mention a few things. I love animals. If I could I would take every single rescue animal home. I might not be a marching, blogging activist but these things matter to me. If it doesn't matter to you then that is your decision. This is mine. I am not sharing this to preach or 'change you'. I am sharing this because it was interesting to me and, again, it matters to me. Also, it certainly is not easy to get accurate, current information. I have spent hours going through hundreds of links and I have found a bunch of contradicting information. The information seems to change quite often. I use PETA to check on products but this is also tricky. Most labels have parent companies and these parent companies are usually the ones that test on animals. In my opinion, that label is then not a cruelty free product. Again, it was quite hard to find 100%

Blue Editorial Makeup Look

by Rati @ Makeupandbeauty.com

Hi Everyone, 🙂 I took a little break from the festive makeup looks and did an editorial one instead. I played with the shades of blue and pale peach. I wanted to keep the skin very natural and almost wanted the skin to show. So I used a sheer wash of light coverage foundation, did […]

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Sephora opens in Australia: which brands are cruelty-free? - Good On You

Sephora opens in Australia: which brands are cruelty-free? - Good On You


Good On You

Determine which cruelty-free makeup brands to shop at Sephora's new Australian shop in the Sydney CBD.

How Teen Vogue brought my inner girl back to life

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

Politics. The loss of two beloved dogs in less than one year, one after a lightning-fast illness at a young age, the other after a long, slow, complicated decline in her senior years. And did I mention politics, or, as I think of it, the threatened collapse of everything that makes this America? Those are the reasons I've not blogged as much as I used to. But the example of those badass journalists at Teen Vogue have me inspired to blog again about the subject nearest and dearest to my heart after dogs and politics: Makeup and skincare. Have no idea what I'm talking about? Read The true story of how Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump. Seriously -- read it. It will give you hope at the same time it prompts you...

Cruelty-Free Brands at Sephora (Updated for 2017!)

by Tashina Combs @ butter london – Logical Harmony

Finding cruelty-free brands at Sephora is a struggle for many. For many consumers, big stores like Sephora are one of the main places where they purchase cosmetics, skincare, and hair care. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Sephora can be a challenge. Sephora carries so many brands and it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which are cruelty-free and which are not. Thankfully, this list of cruelty-free brands at Sephora will help make shopping easier for you! All of the brands listed here are cruelty-free and are also sold at Sephora. They are free of any animal testing and all of them have vegan options. Just as with the Cruelty-Free Brand List, it is noted next to a brand if they are owned by a company who tests on animals. It is also noted if they not only a cruelty-free brand, but are also a 100% vegan brand. Want to take this list with you? Scroll down to get a printable PDF and a mobile-friendly version! Cruelty-Free Brands at Sephora: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aquis bareMinerals – It should be noted that they are cruelty-free, but their parent company is not. Besamé Cosmetics beautyblender – 100% vegan BECCA – It should […]

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Why You Don’t Have What You Want!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  There’s only one reason that you don’t have what you want. It’s a confronting one so I don’t think you will like it. I know I don’t. You have a dream. A purpose. You want so bad to see it happening and you feel that you are so close to getting it. That dream. […]

Some updates for you

Some updates for you

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

So I have a few vegan lists that I regularly update and this week I've updated the following lists, after receiving new information from the brands (clik the brand name to view the post):

Aveda - I recently posted a list of the non vegan items
GOSH - I have updated list of their vegan items
Lee Stafford - I have re-confirmation of their cruelty free status and an updated list of their vegan items
theBalm - I have an updated list of their vegan items
Pixi by Petra - I have an updated list of their vegan items

I also have an updated list from The Body Shop that I will update this week, so watch out for that.

I also reached out to the following companies, recently and sadly have decided not to support them anymore and here's the brief reasons why (if you want more info, my video about it is linked at the bottom of the page!):

Collection Cosmetics:
I emailed for clarification on their cruelty free stance (as I keep hearing they're not CF!) and was not happy with the response, so will no longer support them and have taken them off my animal friendly brand list. They are also on Logical Harmony's avoid list and I have read a lot of people saying it's because they don't ensure their suppliers are cruelty free and they will test new ingredients if required, under REACH.

Sleek:
They cannot guarantee any of their products are vegan and are now ignoring my follow up emails (in typical Sleek style).

TAM Beauty (Makeup Revolution, Freedom, I Heart Makeup):
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: TAM Beauty is now showing whether a product is vegan on the product description of their website! YAY!!

ORIGINAL TEXT: Similar to the above. They're saying they can't confirm anything is vegan as they do not know the source of all their ingredients. Which is not what they told me when they launched. So I won't be buying any more of their products until they can confirm this.

Love & stuff
Sal xXx

Is Wool Vegan? Bursting the myths about Wool Industry.

by admin @ Is cruelty free

Is Wool Vegan? We have answered and tried to explain the question – is wool vegan ? in a simple

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Perfect Vegan Pizza Margherita

by Gena @ The Full Helping

This vegan pizza margherita changes everything. It’s definitely not my first homemade pizza, but it’s the best and the easiest one I’ve made, and I know it’s the one I’ll keep making. My goal was to create a traditional vegan margherita, and to keep things as simple as margherita should be: a good, tender-yet-crispy crust,...

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Route Finder: Atlanta-Lisbon, LAX-Paris, Hobart-Gold Coast

by Peter Terlato @ finder.com.au

Our weekly round-up of new flight routes and route changes worldwide.

Goals for April

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

I'm not even going to bother posting the end of March stuff, 'cos it was such a lousy month for goal work.  In fact, it was a really slow month for most things and I can't think that I got much done, except that I seem to have lost 2 or 3 of the 15-20lbs I hope to get rid of so that I can get back into my clothes and look better in the ones I plan to make.  So, that's good, but I haven't finished a single book, met a single reading challenge, done more than a stitch or two of embroidery, studied much at all....  I did knit a premature baby cardy and trimmed it up, as well as got around to trimming up a knit from last month, but that's pretty much all.  I actually only completed one goal from the March list of 25! Must be an all time low.  Well, the only way is up, right??

I loved Glenis's idea of putting a task in red that had been on the list more than 2 months already, so this version here will show those items in embarrassing vibrance.  Some are already on their 5th time on recent lists alone, i.e. were carried through from lists from previous years! [Imagine that horrified emoji here!!!]  The two in darker red are ones that have appeared in some form twice before, but not quite as they are here (i.e. they just need finishing and/or the project is further on, but still dragging on).

28 items in total this time:

Domestic and Admin

* Deal with fridge freezer
* Finish the Go Bag
* Clean bathroom window
* Clean bathroom wall - dust on artex
* Go through book boxes (3) for any to sell etc
* Renew passport

Reading and Study
* NRSV Bible Psalms 63 - Song of Solomon
* Finish 'Getting Along With the Chinese'  4/15
* Read 'Relearning to See'
* Finish reading 'The Help' and pass on to Ellie
* Catch up WT & LMMWB bits and pieces
* Finish 'Discovering Science Book 3' (chs 8 - 18)
* Complete 'Modern Chinese Beginners Course' vol 3 (chs 59b - 75)
* 'Fun With Chinese Characters Vol 1'  (12 - 40)
* 'Beijing's Courtyards' reader (chs 1 - 5)
* Chinese vocab transfer from recent study material - 3 x WTs, Imitate & Kingdom books
* Finish 'Teach Yourself German' (ch 17b to end)
* Re-start 'German in Three Months'

Creative
* Work 'Paradise Island cross stitch to at least 85% completion  65-70% complete
* Embroidery on cream baby knit
* Work on rose thread painting
* Finish knitting pink scarf   60-70% done  Need to measure against another scart to determine final length
* Start black chunky cardy
* Sort the sizing for my own cable jumper and get on with it
* Start on bag making tasks (backpack, knitting bag, manicure pouch)
* Finish invisible hemming pink skirt
* Get stretch knit fabrics (from winter fabric collections) for future clothes sewing projects
* Make kids' picture books out of magazine picture collection

It is, of course, just possible, that these red tasks keep getting neglected 'cos I'm not terrifically bothered about them???  Hmm, worth thinking about.  I keep asking myself how genuinely interested I am in books etc that I keep failing to read or study....  I've got rid of all the definite 'never going to open' ones and have only kept those that have a respectable chance, but I'm beginning to question the respectability of that chance after all now.  We'll see.  We'll see.

One thing I did notice was that I was definitely more faithful to my remedial neck etc exercises when they were on the goals list than when not.  I'll give myself another trial month and then they go back on.

April can only be better than March for results, right?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017

How to Make Your Dream Come True Fast!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

If you get this, you can have MASSIVE success FAST in your life and make your dream come true. Most of you will only read it and think that “ok nice little blog, but I don’t think it will work”. Ok, get back to work and keep staying where you are. For those of you […]

Dogged Blog

Dogged Blog


Dogged Blog

<P><B>Blogging about pet issues, food safety, shelter reform, veterinary medicine, <BR>the no-kill movement -- and, strangely, "Glee."<BR>-<I>Christie Keith</i></B>

NYFW SS 2015: Tadashi Shoji

by Mz Mahogany @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Must-have Item For Spring 2015 A Navy Rose-motif embroidered lace on Ivory neoprene collared sheath dress. Prominent Colors Ocean Mist – a rich, mid-tone Blue. Inspiration The Grand Canal in Venice. Signature Colors Ivory looks beautiful shown in a variety of fabrics and in both monochrome and contrasting looks. It is clean and effortless.  

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Protein Packed Avocado Toast

by Mads @ itslikelymads

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hey All: I’m so excited to start implementing some of my favorite vegan/vegetarian recipes onto this blog. Cooking has been a passion of mine for a while now, and I’m excited to share with you guys what cool, and tasty, concoctions I come up with. To start, I thought it… Read More Protein Packed Avocado Toast

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Weekend Reading: Turns Out There Are Sweatshops in Britain

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Readers, I’m going silent for exactly one week, starting Monday morning. No email, no blog posts, no social media. Here’s why. In the meantime, enjoy this reading! Fashion I wrote this treatise on 10 things you can do to shop more sustainably for Racked, as part of their three-part package on thoughtful shopping. British sweatshops are worse than in Asia. | The Times You need three tote bags, max. | Racked What if we switched to the “performance economy” for clothing? | Business of Fashion What does ethical fashion really mean? | Racked  Industrial waste outside of Mumbai is turning dogs blue. | The Guardian  Beauty We should ban glitter. | Mother Nature Network I tweeted at the author of this story about sunscreen poisoning coral reefs, asking about avobenzone, which is used in many natural sunscreens in lieu of oxybenzone. She said, “It seems dubious as well. i was hoping it would be better.” So… unresolved question? | NY Times Truth in Advertising filed a complaint in California against GOOP and it makes for fascinating reading. | EcoCult inbox Food Why intelligent people fall for the #cleaneating fad. | The Guardian Climate change is coming for your cava and champagne. | Quartz […]

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The Boy’s First Trip to the Pool

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

Last Friday we spent some time at my in-laws community pool.  We’ve taken Gabriel to the beach before and we do have a kiddie pool that we dig out of the garage once or twice a year, but otherwise the boys have never actually been to a pool. Daniel could not have loved it more.  […]

Fall Bucket List│2017

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

Fall in Florida is not like Fall in the rest of the US.  Our leaves don’t change color, and we look ridiculous wearing boots and scarves in 90 degree weather (not that it stops us); but even if we can’t experience everything that the season has to offer, we still try! So although my Summer […]

How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship in College

by Mads @ itslikelymads

**This post contains affiliate links. See my privacy page for more details** College is hard. Relationships are hard. Long distance relationships are basically impossible. How many times have you heard this in your young adult life? Well, I’m telling you right now, forget everything you’ve heard. Clear away that cloud of negativity and doubtful thoughts… Read More How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship in College

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It’s here! Glam Squad Patrol!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  It’s here!!!! Glam Squad Patrol! Become your own stylist Do you want to look AMAZING on a DAILY basis, but feel that you have no time to set aside for that? Bullshit! I’m a stylist, and a mother, and a biz owner and I take time to do my makeup, look hot in photos […]

Cruelty-free Hair Care Brands In Canada

by Hotashi @ Je t'aime by Hotashi

This post is a series of posts that I am writing in participation of the #becrueltyfree campaign. Between March 9-14 it is Be Crueltyfree Week in which bloggers and vloggers have been asked to produce content in support of ending… Continue Reading

Non-Glam Beauty Essentials

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Non-Glam Beauty Essentials When it comes to Non-Glam Beauty Essentials, I buy them all on Amazon. Amazon has the best deals on these products...

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Guess what? Dubai Mall is getting a Pret a Manger

by Nyree McFarlane @ What's On Dubai

If you work in Downtown this will seriously up your lunch game...

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Death Eaters now control both chambers of Ministry of Magic

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

While the cowards at the Daily Prophet won't even say his name, this blogger has no such fear. I bring you a statement from the Dark Lord himself, Lord Voldemort, on the triumph of the Death Eater Party (DEP) in taking over both chambers of the Ministry of Magic: Today, the reign of the muggles, the mudbloods, and the pureblood traitors among us is all but over. True, the current Minister of Magic is still a mudblood, but there is no serious doubt among our ranks that he will fall, and soon, leaving the Ministry, as it should be, in pureblood hands. Our rise has been swift since our allies, the Koch Brothers, won the Battle of Citizens United, leaving the way clear for the muggle suppression movement that has brought us to this great penultimate victory. Of course, much...

I Want to Try a Blue Lipstick

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I never thought I’d say that, but I do!  And it’s the strangest most liberating desire in the world. Top of my wishlist is Anastasia Beverly Hill’s “Requium” which is a bold metallic teal.  I don’t know what it is about this liquid lipstick that speaks to me because: I hate liquid lipsticks -and- The […]

Trending Now: Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

by Lydia Jefferson @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Typography on clothing is going viral this spring/summer. Designers are hitting the runway with every slogan you can imagine. Now you can wear your heart on your sleeve with designers such as Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Jeremy Scott and more.

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Cruelty-Free Brand List Update

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Keeping track of cruelty-free brands can be a challenge! It seems like it’s a constantly changing landscape and brands can change their status. Plus, there are so many new brands you may not have heard of before. In an effort to make it easier for you to know what changes are happening, we publish an update to let you easily see what brands have been added to the list! What will be included in these updates? Brands that have recently been added to the cruelty-free list, the grey area list, the brands to avoid list, and the pending brand list. An explanation of what being added to each list means is included below. Make sure to check out the full Cruelty-Free Brand List for even more cruelty-free brands! New Cruelty-Free Brand List additions These brands are completely free of animal testing. If noted by “100% vegan”, are currently a completely vegan line. It is also noted if they are cruelty-free, but have a parent company that is not. IME Natural Perfume – 100% vegan Profusion Cosmetics St. Tropica – 100% vegan Supergoop! Velvet 59 – 100% vegan Yorba Organics New Grey Area Brands Being on this list does not mean that these brands test […]

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Death Eaters now control both chambers of Ministry of Magic

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

While the cowards at the Daily Prophet won't even say his name, this blogger has no such fear. I bring you a statement from the Dark Lord himself, Lord Voldemort, on the triumph of the Death Eater Party (DEP) in taking over both chambers of the Ministry of Magic: Today, the reign of the muggles, the mudbloods, and the pureblood traitors among us is all but over. True, the current Minister of Magic is still a mudblood, but there is no serious doubt among our ranks that he will fall, and soon, leaving the Ministry, as it should be, in pureblood hands. Our rise has been swift since our allies, the Koch Brothers, won the Battle of Citizens United, leaving the way clear for the muggle suppression movement that has brought us to this great penultimate victory. Of course, much...

Best Vegan Cookbooks of 2014

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

The holidays are fast approaching, and animal lovers are beginning to search for the perfect cruelty-free gifts for family and friends. Here are six newly released vegan cookbooks that are sure to delight even the most omnivorous of friends and make the coming year the tastiest yet. 1. Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen Here is a... Read more »

Watch Out for These Stylish Cruelty-Free & Vegan Watches

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

A round-up of the very best and stylish vegan watches, all made without harming any animals!

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Everyday Staples: 10 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Body Washes You’ll Love

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

Here are the 10 best cruelty-free and vegan body washes so you can keep animal testing and animal products out of your shower! These are mostly drugstore products (a few options being budget-friendly) with a couple of luxury items, and many of these are made from natural ingredients. 1. Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia […]

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Meat Allergy Causing Lone Star Tick Is Spreading #LastWeekInVegan

Meat Allergy Causing Lone Star Tick Is Spreading #LastWeekInVegan

by Elizabeth Turnbull @ The Blog - Plant Based Bride

You've probably heard of the meat allergy causing Lone Star Tick.  But did you know it's spreading? This story and more in this week's Last Week In Vegan!

Animal Shelter: Why are so many animals in shelters?

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Animal Shelter: Why are so many animals in shelters? Animal Shelter: Why are so many animals in shelters? I share the top reasons that...

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DIY Festive Vegan Holiday Tags

by Michelle Cehn @ Vegan.com

The holidays present a special opportunity to share a compassionate message with friends and family. From giving vegan cookbooks or other cruelty-free holiday gifts to sharing vegan cupcakes with loved ones, there is no shortage of upbeat ways to spread compassion. Here’s easy and fun craft idea that you can pull together in under an hour for... Read more »

Is your favorite brand cruelty-free? Not if they sell in China.

Is your favorite brand cruelty-free? Not if they sell in China.


LoveRealBeauty

Our Real Beauties often call themselves “naturalistas” and tell us that they prefer natural products. But it’s tough to be an informed consumer in a world of unregulated product labeling! In particular, we found two important product definitions – cruelty-free and vegan – that cause our readers all kinds of confusion. Today, we’ll tackle cruelty-free. It’s…

Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Review

by Paula @ All Things 7 with Paula

Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 has a semi-matte formula with soothing botanicals to help calm and revitalise the skin. It contains aloe vera, which aids in long-lasting hydration and white tea and rosemary extract to combat free radicals. It contains sodium hyaluronate, which promotes skin microcirculation. Sounds great, doesn't it?

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I’m over the body positivity movement

by Martha @ I'd Rather Be Reading

(photo by Patrick Hendry via Unsplash) Ooh, unpopular opinion time. Because if there’s one thing that seems to have really become “in” over the past few years, it’s body positivity: loving your physical form exactly as is, basically giving a big ol’ middle finger to society’s established norms of acceptable beauty, weight, and body shape. […]

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Vegan Cuts June 2017 Beauty Box Review + Contents

by Aly Laughlin @ Cruelty-Free Kitty

I am excited to share the next installment of the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box with you! As I mentioned in my review of the May Box, The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box filled with 4-7 100% vegan and cruelty-free products. The Beauty Box differs from the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box in […]

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I’m back… kind of!

by Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Hi bunnies! I know it’s been a while since I last posted (way too long!), but I miss this little blog of mine, and I truly miss all of my little bunnies! Blogging has changed so much in the past year. The internet has transitioned to a world of “influencers”— Something I have no interest in […] Read more...

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Why We Hate the Subculture

by Hello Kaily @ Hello Kaily

I’m assuming you’re here because you fell down the rabbit hole of Subculture rants on YouTube and now you want to know why everyone is so upset.  If this is your first time hearing about it, you can watch my review above.  But otherwise, let me just start by saying that the root of the […]

Dubai Safari is all but confirmed to open its gates before National Day

by Mike Priest @ What's On Dubai

It looks like things are on track for a late November soft opening.

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Luxury in London – Ham Yard Restaurant, Soho

by BOE Magazine @ BOE Magazine

The Ham Yard restaurant has been on BOE’s ‘must-try’ list for a while now. We’ve always had great experiences at the boutique luxury hotel – whether enjoying an al fresco tipple on their terrace, propping up the bar in their...

3 great cruelty-free mascaras for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I have dry, sensitive eyes that tear at the slightest provocation. I also wear contact lenses. And while my lashes are fairly long and naturally grow in an upward direction, they've become very light in color and not as thick as they used to be as I've gotten older. All of which adds up to me being someone for whom mascara makes a big difference, but is almost impossible to wear comfortably. Add to that the fact that I will only buy cruelty-free makeup and can't tolerate makeup with gluten, and it's amazing I have one brand of mascara to recommend, let alone three. (Please note: None of these are affiliate links, and I buy my own makeup.) Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. Let's start with the best mascara I've ever used, and certainly the most expensive. "Faux Cils"...

WTF Nail News: Operation Magnify, Week-Long Raids Across 100’s of UK Nail Salons

by Inspirationail @ Inspirationail

Nail salons in the UK have been targeted by the authorities as part of an operation they say aims to tackle modern slavery. Nail salons targeted by immigration officers in the UK euronews (in English) The majority of the 97 people arrested were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, […]

The problem with what Glee's doing with Kurt and Blaine

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I'm afraid the only way I can go back to rooting for Glee power-couple Kurt and Blaine right now is if the season 6 premiere and a lot of season 5 turn out to have been a dream. I haven't recapped Glee for two seasons now, and the just-premiered season 6 will be the third. But that doesn't mean I don't care about a show I once not only loved, but thought was important and powerful. It also doesn't mean I don't care about the relationship between Kurt and Blaine, even though I am not what their devoted fans call a "Klainer." My working definition of that term is that Klainers wouldn't watch or forgive the show if their pairing was split up. It would fundamentally damage what they like about it, and as far as I can tell from...

Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Mask Demo #MaskMonday

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

I love trying out new face masks and have been having a lot of fun sharing face mask demos with you. The Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Mask is made from clay, cocoa, charcoal, and turmeric and claims to leave your skin feeling radiant and renewed. But does it work? Find out in this video! Franklin & Whitman is not only cruelty-free and vegan, but they also donate 5% of their sales to dog rescue organizations. I think it’s great to see brands give back. This is especially impressive to me because it’s from their sales, not profits. Founder Chris Cieri was just on the Katie Dalebout podcast, where he talked a lot about the history of the company and their mission. I highly suggest listening to it. Is Frankin & Whitman Cruelty-Free? Yes. Franklin & Whitman is cruelty-free, and all of their products are also vegan. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List. Is the Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Mask vegan? Yes. The Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Mask is vegan. It is free from any animal and animal derived ingredients. Products included in the Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Mask Demo video are: Franklin & Whitman […]

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Fall 2017 Home Decor Trends

by Mads @ itslikelymads

*Images Designed in Canva and Pexel* *This post contains affiliate links, and I may be compensated if you make a purchase through my link* Fall is slowly,but surely, creeping up on us this year, and I for one, am so excited about it! The air is getting cooler, the days are seemingly getting shorter, and… Read More Fall 2017 Home Decor Trends

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My book was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards!

by campet @ Camilla Kristiansen

  I’m so excited because my book was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards! Please vote for it at www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting. As you might know, I have written 30 books that you can find on Amazon. Books to kick your ass into action and go after what you want. I’m super proud to be part of this, so […]

What’s Your Holy Grail Drugstore Eyeshadow Palette?

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

What’s Your Holy Grail Drugstore Eyeshadow Palette? This week the Lipstick League is asking What’s Your Holy Grail Drugstore Eyeshadow Palette? EauMG – I went...

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The news today is good but Not as great as you'd think

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

SO in the news today is this announcement on various anti vivisection charities and groups sites - 
EG BUAV -
"Victory for Animals!

Michelle Thew, Chief Exexutive of BUAV and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments ( ECEAE) today met with Ronio Borg, the European Commissioner in charge of cosmetics regulations, who personally confirmed today that the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics products and ingredients is set to be banned in the EU on 11th March 2013

We have been at the forefront of the European campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics for 23 years - and we are immensely proud of this achievement. It has been a long and difficult journey to get here but we have there at every step of the way.
 Thankyou to everyone who has supported out campaign to end cruel cosmetics in Europe over the years, we could not have done it without you!"

While yes this sounds wonderful and a great step in the right direction, there are loopholes to this law which many companies will use to get around the ban
These loopholes i found via this excellent site -
http://www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com/Worldwide-animal-testing-ban%282845642%29.htm

  • Companies can continue to sell products in the UK and across Europe that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals in the past (i.e prior to 11 March 2013).(so that means if the ingredient was tested and passed by the 10th of March 2013..then it's legal to consider cruelty free!)
  • Companies (even if they are based in the EU) will still be able to sell products with animal tested ingredients outside of the EU, assuming that the animal testing was done somewhere else in the world. This opens up the theoretical possibility of a company conducting animal tests for ingredients in some markets, but using non-animal methods and existing data for the EU Market.
  • Some brands could still test on animals if their products can be proven to fall under the remit of drugs rather than cosmetics, for example face creams that claim to target skin problems such as acne or eczema.
  • Any company that wishes to import its products into China, MUST agree to animal testing of those products by the Chinese government before they can be sold in the country. (Does not include Hong Kong, which has a seperate law that means items sold ONLY there and not mainland China aswell do not have to be tested on animals)


Basically..stick with the various safe lists, dont believe the hype and check check check, Until these loopholes are closed.

In other news, i will be updating this blog with more makeup LOTDs and reviews soon. Up until recently i havent felt my makeup was worth posting about, i was in a style rut so to speak. I just kept my cruelty free list upto date. But soon you will see new posts with my new hair! :D

Pacifica Releases New Vegan Lip Balms!

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Vegan lip balms and sugar lip scrub by Pacifica comes in 7 sweet flavors. Formulated without carmine, parabens, phthalates & petroleum.

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Wet N Wild Makeup Vegan Product List 2017

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Which of Wet N Wild makeup is vegan? Find a list of vegan products from this cruelty-free drugstore makeup brand here!

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New Kypris Spa Day Sampler Set

by Tashina Combs @ Logical Harmony

Ever since I first posted about Kypris in a cruelty-free beauty haul, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this vegan skincare line. For all of you who have been wanting to give Kypris a try, but aren’t sure which products to get, the newly launched Kypris Spa Day Sampler Set is a great way to try out a variety of them! It contains six deluxe sample sizes of their most popular products. Not only is this set a great way to try out Kypris, but it’s also a great travel skincare set. Learn more about this bundle in this blog post. Is Kypris Cruelty-Free? Yes. Kypris is cruelty-free. They are on the Logical Harmony Cruelty-Free Brand List. Are the products in the Kypris Spa Day Sampler Set vegan? Yes. The products in the Kypris Spa Day Sampler Set, and all Kypris products, are vegan. They are free from any animal and animal derived ingredients. What’s included in the Kypris Spa Day Sampler Set? This cruelty-free and vegan skincare set contains deluxe sample sizes of the following Kypris products: Cleanser Concentrate Deep Forest Clay Glow Philtre Antioxidant Dew Beauty Elixir III: Prismatic Array Body Elixir Inflorescence I have a few of these Kypris […]

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Why Butter London is My New Go to Nail Polish

Why Butter London is My New Go to Nail Polish


Sarah Price

Now that I'm not working in a coffee shop I can paint my nails as often as I please.As I've started picking up more nail polish here and there, I've noticed a huge difference in higher end brands like butter London and the more affordable, budget brands that I've always gone with. Anim

10 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands

10 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands


Her Campus

Let’s talk about makeup. Makeup is great, but unfortunately many popular brands test their ingredients and products on animals.

10 Best Men’s Lifestyle Subscription Boxes

by Adam Bryan @ Urban Tastebud

Whether if you’re looking for a killer new way to look great all while experiencing awesome products that will make life just a little bit better, a men’s lifestyle subscription box is the perfect option. Below, you’ll discover some of our favorite monthly boxes for men that aim to improve any man’s lifestyle. From fashion […]

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Ambulance delays caused by non-emergency patients

by Richard Laycock @ finder.com.au

“Lives are put at risk when paramedics are stuck doing routine non-emergency jobs."

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 100

by Phyrra @ Phyrra

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 100 I wanted to share quick swatches of Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation...

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Aveda - Vegan List

by noreply@blogger.com (AlienOnToast) @ Alien on Toast

So I was super excited to see that recently, Aveda were added to Logical Harmony's cruelty free brand list*.

Before the Estee Lauder buy-out, when they starting using the standard EL testing policy (I'm not sure if they ever actually went into the Chinese market or not!), I was a HUGE fan of Aveda. My number 1 all time hair product was their curl enhancing lotion. So to hear they are now CF again made my day.

I decided to contact them for a vegan list and it was very refreshing to receive a super helpful, polite email a couple of days later with the list of products that are not vegan (as it's shorter - weeee!). I say refreshing because I feel really frustrated this week with the cut/paste and unhelpful answers I've been getting from brands - but more on that in another post. For those of you here for the list, here it is (I've also pasted their response for information too) .....

Thank you for your interest in Aveda and I apologise for the delay in responding to you.

Sarah, although Aveda products are not certified Vegetarian or Vegan, many of our products contain no animal
derived ingredients. However, we have a small assortment of products that are made with beeswax or
honey since we have not found substitutes for these particular ingredients in those formulae at this time.
As of March 2013 you will find Beeswax or Honey in the products listed below. We are also happy to
provide the ingredient listings for any product you are interested in using for your review -- please contact
us with the specific product names.

Beeswax:
Lip Saver™
Lip Shine
Light Elements Shaping Wax™
Light Elements™ Texturizing Crème
Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze
Nourish-Mint™ Renewing Lip Treatment
Nourish-Mint™ Sheer Mineral Lip Color
Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color
Uruku Lip Pigment
Uruku Color Gloss

Honey:
Phomollient™
Pure Abundance™ Volumizing Clay Conditioner
Pure Abundance™ Volumizing Hair Spray
Pure Abundance™ Volumizing Hair Potion
Pure Abundance™ Volumizing Shampoo


YAY, my beloved Curl Enhancer is safe! I should note that for those of you who avoid cruelty free companies with non cruelty free parent companies, Aveda are owned by Estee Lauder.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!
Sal xXx

Ps: * Logical Harmony's list is, in my opinion, the most thorough and my go to list for finding out if a brand is cruelty free. There are others I check if a brand is on the LH Pending or Grey Area lists and of course I spend a lot of time contacting brands myself too, but this one is the one I trust the most.

So your dog has struvites

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

If your dog has struvite stones, he has a bladder infection. He doesn't need a special diet and he doesn't need his urinary pH adjusted. He needs his infection diagnosed and treated. (To be perfectly accurate, there is a condition known as "sterile" or "metabolic" struvites that occurs very, very rarely in the dog. This condition isn't just a zebra, however; it's a unicorn. I'll say more about it later on.) Why do dogs with urinary tract infections have struvite stones? Why do they so often have alkaline urine? The urine becomes alkaline for the same reason the stones form: Because the urease-producing bacteria that usually cause canine UTIs produce magnesium, phosphate, and ammonium as waste products. The urine becomes super-saturated with these waste products. Add it all together, shake well, and you have struvite stones. It was once believed...

The problem with what Glee's doing with Kurt and Blaine

by Christie Keith @ Dogged Blog

I'm afraid the only way I can go back to rooting for Glee power-couple Kurt and Blaine right now is if the season 6 premiere and a lot of season 5 turn out to have been a dream. I haven't recapped Glee for two seasons now, and the just-premiered season 6 will be the third. But that doesn't mean I don't care about a show I once not only loved, but thought was important and powerful. It also doesn't mean I don't care about the relationship between Kurt and Blaine, even though I am not what their devoted fans call a "Klainer." My working definition of that term is that Klainers wouldn't watch or forgive the show if their pairing was split up. It would fundamentally damage what they like about it, and as far as I can tell from...

Here’s one for the boys: 8 gents’ nights in Dubai

by Alice Holtham @ What's On Dubai

Yes guys, there's free drinks for you now, too.

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December Round-Up

by noreply@blogger.com (Elizabeth Braun) @ Fluffy Little Idiot

How did my push to get productive during the last fortnight of the year go?  Have a look and see:

* Make up Xiaoqin's sampler hanging - Done!
* Finish the violets thread painting - Got back out of box ready to re-start and re-sorted the greens in preparation to complete the leaf. 
* Mount cat-a-cello - Done!
* Finish 'oriental dress' card - Done!
* Finish blue premature baby cardy knit - Done!
* Trial double stocking stitch - Done!  Even started knitting a scarf with it.
* List old winter tyres on EBay - Done!
* Take charity shop bags to Oxfam - Done!
* Deal with box recycling here and at mum's - Ours done, boxes at Mum's broken down and waiting to be cut up and put in the green bin(s).
* Finish "Rapid Literacy in Chinese" - Done! 
* Finish all reading mags in my drawer - Done! 
* DS book 3 - finish chapters 3 & 4 - Reviewed ch 2 in preparation and re-studied ch 3. Did about three quarters of chapter 4, but it's harder than I expected (physics - new to me), and I need some supplementary material. 
* Finish Part 2 of 'The China Dream' - Done! 
* Finish chapter 4 of 'In Other Words' and start chapter 5 - Done!  
Actually decided not to complete the above 2 books as I'm really not that interested. I have too many other books that I actually want to read to waste time on those that have gone off the boil for me.
* Read chapters 5, 6 & 7 of 'Color' - Done!  Got to ch 10 too!
* Finish NRSV 2 Kings and crack on with 1 Chronicles - Done!

Somehow or other, the German textbook got lost in copying over the initial list, which was one reason that I didn't get to that one after all.  Other than that, I'm really pleased with progress this month.  I didn't get back on with the violet embroidery over much, but pretty much everything else got either finished (13 out of 17) or substantially progressed (2 out of the remaining 4 - including the elusive German textbook).

Now to create January's list. How's yours looking?

Pharrell Williams & Adidas Collaboration

by Olivia Kelly @ Mz Mahogany Chic

Music and style icon, Pharrell Williams, is off to a great start this year. The chart-topping “Happy” singer announced last week that he will be collaborating with Adidas on a collection to be released this summer.

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Two Faced Cosmetics are now Two Faced about animal testing

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

Two Faced Cosmetics are now very aptly named.

Two Faced cosmetics was sold to Estee Lauder in Nov2016 and as we all know Estee Lauder are not the greatest company when it comes to animal testing, allowing their products to be sold in Mainland China and also testing their latest pseudo scientific ingredient breakthrough product, so they can sell that in Europe under medical laws not cosmetic.

Some might say *cough* PETA *cough* that it's good to support cruelty free companies even though owned by bad ones as it 'sends a signal to the parent company consumers want cruelty free'

This is of course bullshit.

The parent companies buy these 'green' brands to get hold of the 'green dollar' They know consumers will still buy the brands products, many people totally unaware of the parent owner. Also when you buy from the brand that goes into the parent profits, you are still helping the parent company make money and continue to do what ever it wants.

So Two Faced now join a list of indie brands bought by large corporate companies -
NYX, Benefit, Urban Decay, Smashbox, and  MAC cosmetics

Easy way to find out what Western brands are sold in China and thus not cruelty free

by noreply@blogger.com (Sakara) @ Little Miss Metamorph - Uk based blog from a self confessed makeup addict

The wonderful Ginger O Rama produces an excellent blog on all things ethical in the cosmetics industry. She recently posted about an idea that was given to her by another blogger http://blushingbiddies.com/ who suggested if you want to find brands that sell in Mainland China, look at chinese department and makeup stores websites and see what brands they stock! Chrome Translate is handy to find your way around the sites.

Sephora and Shanghai Pacific Department Store brands

By checking what brands they sell we can see what brands to avoid even if they claim to be cruelty free.

Remember of course Hong Kong is not included as they have a separate law in tune with the deal made with the UK to hand it back to China.

We can see in those links, and others,  many obvious 'avoid like the plague' brands but there are also brands which like to say they are cruelty free but very much are not  - Benefit. Stila, Anna Sui, Bliss, Amazing Cosmetics.

Other big companies such as Boots sell in Mainland China ( putting aside the fact Boots is a pharmaceutical company and thus does other kinds of animal testing) it's always said it's own brand cosmetics are cruelty free. But those brands are sold in Mainland China stores.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/may/16/boots-china-expansion

Another site to check is Skin Store China,  http://www.skinstorechina.com/Product/BrandList.aspx

So yeah, another avenue to try to get to the truth of it

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When the Leaping Bunny Logo is a Lie | Cruelty-Free Kitty

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Cruelty-Free Kitty

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Wakes up tired complexions
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