Unfortunately, this is going to be a pictureless post, as I seem to have misplaced the photos I originally took! Blame my baby-brain…
As a vegan beauty and lifestyle blogger, I probably enjoy researching and reading about vegan cosmetics a whole lot more than is good for my limited amount of spare time. You can imagine my excitement when I realised that the last edition of Vegan Life Magazine contained a whole load of articles about just this topic! Not only was there ample information about all aspects of vegan beauty, but some of the articles were actually written by one of my favourite vegan bloggers – Sunny, who writes Vegan Beauty Review. I’ve been reading her blog for years and absolutely love it, it’s a fantastic resource for all things vegan!
As a blogger, I hear about the whole ‘bloggers are killing print media’ thing a lot. While I understand the concern, I don’t really buy into it. Personally, I really enjoy reading both blogs and magazines, but I would never replace one with the other. While blogs are a fantastic way to find out about the most recent product updates and news, nothing will ever replace the luxurious feeling of leafing through the pages of my favourite magazines on a Sunday afternoon! I think Vegan Life Magazine have set a fantastic example that the two don’t have to rule each other out and are, in fact, quite compatible.
My ony grievance with the magazine’s beauty feature is the fact that, despite being a UK-based magazine, Sunny is American. I wouldn’t usually consider that a problem at all, but the US have a far broader range of vegan cosmetics to choose from, so many of the products and brands mentioned by her aren’t actually easily available in the UK – that’s a shame, because there are tonnes of vegan UK brands that would have deserved a mention! But since I don’t see this magazine going away in the near future, there’s still plenty of time for that!
Did you buy the latest issue? What did you think?
I am a member of Vegan Life Magazine blogger programme and receive a digital copy of the magazine for free. This does not influence the honesty of my posts in any way.
The Witch Hazel Mud Mask is supposed to be for oily, spotty skin, and we all know by now that I really struggle with spots. I’ve been using this regularly whenever I feel like a breakout is coming on and my skin needs some anti-bacterial care to soothe the redness and reduce any swelling. I always feel immediate relief after using this mask. Although it doesn’t make my spots disappear, it does reduce the discomfort and greatly improves the appearance of my skin!
The second mask, Superberry, is marketed towards all skin types. It’s supposed to be brightening, which I felt was appropriate because I’ve recently noticed that my skin easily gets dull. Again, this isn’t a magic cure, but, after using it, I do notice a difference. My face seems a little clearer, more even and more refined.
As I said, these mud masks aren’t miracle cures for skin problems, but they’re absolutely perfect for a quick fix. And, for £2.59 each (when they’re not on a deal), they’ll definitely become staple items in my bathroom!
Have you tried Superdrug‘s mud masks? Which variety did you try?
I often complain about my tricky skin on the blog and all over my social media channels, and have mentioned several times before that I have yet to find a miracle product to cure my dry patches and frequent spots.
After Freya Luna were featured multiple times in my beloved TheVeganKind subscription boxes, I decided to order the brand’s Try Me Selection Box. You choose up to five skincare products, and Sami, the wonderful person who runs Freya Luna, will add another three products based on what you tell her about you and your skin. As the company put it, you’re effectively getting a skin consultation for £14.95, plus shipping.
I initially asked for four of the Ban the Blemish products, as my skin is acne-prone, but not particularly oily. I also mentioned that my skin problems are exacerbated by stress. Sami added two products from the Shine Control series and two relaxing bath products to my parcel. Although my skin isn’t particularly oily, she said that the Shine Control items may help to balance out my skin, and the bath products were obviously included to help relieve stress.
I’ve now tried all of the products and, if I’m honest, love them all. The only thing I wouldn’t repurchase is the Intensive Blemish Gel, as the most effective emergency spot treatment for me has always been tea tree oil, and I’ve never had any complaints about it. I was surprised to find that my skin reacted a little better to the Shine Control products than the Ban The Blemish items. That just goes to show that the opinion of a professional is always worth listening to! I’m planning to buy some of the series’ full-size items once I get paid, as skin takes a while to get used to a new product and I’d like to give them a longer test-run.
While my spots haven’t miraculously cleared up, my skin is definitely happier and smoother, and I think these Freya Luna products are worth the investment! If you’re on the fence, I highly recommend the selection box. Being able to try a few different products and getting an expert opinion is an invaluable service when you’re trying to find the right skincare!
What are your natural skincare go-to products?
I have rather sparse eyebrows and have only recently discovered the miracle that is ‘filling them in’. Clever, I know. I’ve used B.‘s eyebrow pencil in the past, but decided to opt for something a little different this time.
The B. Defined Eyebrow Kit comes with a cream highlighter, a wax and two eyebrow powders. You can get it in a light and a dark version – mine is dark.
The packaging is simple to open, sturdy and includes a large mirror. There’s also a little angled brush and an eyebrow brush, which I love! All four products are easy to apply, although there is some fallout when you use the angled end of the brush to apply the colour powder – this could probably be remedied with a softer brush.
While I’m very pleased with the staying power of the wax, I’m not so impressed with the powders and highlighter. While they are easy to apply and give fantastically sharp results, they don’t really have much staying power and have deserted my face by mid-morning.
Overall, I think this product is more suitable for a night out or to have in your bag to touch up existing makeup than as a day-to-day office makeup staple. I don’t regret buying it, and I’m sure I’ll get lots of use out of it, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase.