Tag: Beauty

Charlotte Tibury.. cruelty Free Secret?

So here we are in 2020. There seems to be more consumers than ever becoming more conscious about using cruelty free products. In the past few years I have seen so many influencers and friends move forward and make more of a conscious effort to purchase cruelty free products.

So you can imagine my shock when I saw that Charlotte Tilbury are no longer free. This is a huge step for any brand and I personally am very disappointed that the brand has decided to make this move.

So what does being cruelty free mean? Well the definition of cruelty free is a discussion in itself. I will leave some resources below that explain things a lot better than I ever could but the basic answer is that a brand is cruelty free if it doesn’t test on animals.

Ethical elephant chart: https://ethicalelephant.com/understanding-china-animal-testing-laws/

Logical Harmony video: https://youtu.be/m1yuC76MYdk

List of cruelty free companies: https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/cruelty-free-101/makeup-brands-that-test-on-animals/

Back in 2017 NARS changed their cruelty free status as they decided to sell in mainland China and now Charlotte Tilbury has done the same.

Cruelty free kitty has recently released an article about a loop hole that Charlotte Tilbury have been using over the past year in order to try and keep their cruelty free status(linked below). While claiming they are still cruelty free they have feeling selling their products in China but have done it in, what I believe to be a quite deceptive manner. Basically they’ve been selling to China but only online, which means the products would not need to be tested on animals, However, they do hold inventory in Little B Stores in mainland China. In the stores they let customers try the makeup and they even have people that apply the products to customers faces. If anybody were to have a reaction and raise a complaint about the products they would be tested on animals, in post market testing, which would mean that the brand isn’t cruelty free. Full details are provided in the article by Cruelty Free Kitty

Cruelty free kitty Charlotte Tilbury article: https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/news/charlotte-tilbury-china-cruelty-free/

I can fully understand why brands would want to sell to China. There will be a huge market for makeup and an opportunity to grow the business and make more profit. You can see how it could be a good business move… but is it worth it? Finding loop holes to sell in China. Risking losing their cruelty free status and potentially loyal customers that respected the brand? Are these brands that money focused now? What do you think?

Is being cruelty free important to you and why? Let’s have a discussion

As always.. be kind, be happy and stay true to you


Can I Get a Woo Woo??

So I have not done this kind of thing for a while so bare with me whilst I get my feet again with the whole blogging malarkey :).. but I am back blogging again and I will be honest, it does feel very strange to sit down at my new desk and write.
I am back doing reviews, however , I will be incorporating more beauty and makeup related content on to my blog. So here I am with my first review.
Now I am a stickler for only using brands I have heard of when it comes to intimate self care products. So when I got the email asking if I wanted to review these products I was honestly a bit dubious about venturing out in to a using a brand I didn’t know, however, I am all about trying new things lately so why not try some new products??
Woo Woo is a brand that wanted to provide products that made women feel confident inside and out. Their aim is to offer a range of products that will make women feel more comfortable in the skin and break the taboo of talking about feminine hygiene.

I was kindly gifted the Woo Woo wipes and the Woo Woo Tame It gel to try out. I have honestly never used any kind of fraganced wipes as I was always told that fragrance can mess with your PH balance and I am not about that thrush life but these are PH balanced wipes.
I received the Cranberry and Aloe Vera wipes and i can honestly say I think I have been converted. It may sound strange but they really do make everything feel more fresh and clean. The scent is not too overpowering and they do make you feel fresh. I will definitely be going out and purchasing myself some of these in different scents. I was left feeling fresh and clean and the best bit is that they don’t affect you PH balance. You can use these without any worries whatsoever.

You ladies will understand how crappy and groggy you can feel when it’s that time of the month but I honestly felt that I using these wipes helped me feel more refreshed and who doesn’t want that?!
The in shower hair removal cream is good but I will say it does have a very strong smell, which I am not a fan a of if I am being completely honest. It does work very well and unlike some other creams I have used it leaves the skin feeling soft. I have sensitive skin and I didn’t have any problems with this. I would recommend if you are looking for a more natural hair removal cream.


Win Woo Woo Sooth It & Tame It #11

If you want to be in with a chance to win one of the products enter the giveaway using the link above.

What are your thoughts on being more open about discussing fem care and fem care products?

Until next time. Be Kind , be Happy and Stay True to You!


2019.. The year of changes?

Wow.. So.. Looking back at my last posts is so strange! I have been offline and out of the blogging community for a good while. There are a number of reasons for this, and they also link in with some of the changes that are coming for my vlog over the next year.
One of the things I struggled with was my time management. This was heavily affected by my mental health struggles and I just lost all motivation and creativity.
Another reason I took a step back is because I was struggling to find where I fit in. I love beauty and makeup, but I also loved books,. Films and TV. Doing reviews on what I had read and seen was something I really enjoyed, however, it did feel strange putting everything all on one blog…. But on the other hand.. My following wasn’t really bug enough to split them…. I hit a wall…do I write about beauty? Mental health? Reviews? Can they all fit on one blog or would I have to sacrifice.writing about one of the things I enjoyed.
I qualified as a Makeup Artist at the end of 2017 but I felt like I still wasn’t good enough to compete in the world of beauty.. Especially when I’m also a plus size lady. I am still not 100% confident in myself so at the moment i just do makeup lives, YouTube Videos and Pictures for Instagram.

So for 2019 my aims are:

  • Practice more self care ( using headspace )
  • Focus more on spending my spare time with my family and friends doing things I enjoy
  • Take better care of myself and eat healthier and start working out again
  • Spend more time on my Blog and YouTube Channel

I have made these my aims or goals for 2019 rather than naming then New years Resolutions as I feel that New Years Resolutions are a bit of a fad and these changes are things I want to implement permanently in to my life going forward.
I will hopefully still be doing my good old fashioned rambling reviews but I will also be focusing more on beauty as well.
I hope you enjoy the newer content and i’m hoping it will encourage different people to read my blog.

What are your 2019 goals?

As always.. and this will never change.. Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!

50% off Summer sale at Revolution Beauty. Extra discount until 30th June

Hey Hey guys.

As part of the changes I am making to my blog I will be doing regular promotion posts for Revolution Beauty to show you the new product releases and letting you know of any discounts that will be available.

You can also use code WHDGY1 to save 5% on orders over £40 

New-In I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray Available From £6

New-In Revolution Pro Hair Colour Remover £9.99


New-In I Heart Revolution Violet Chocolate Palette £8.99  

Also, check out some of the offers on Revolution Products.
50% Off Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Vault Now £25

60% Off Revolution Ultimate Nudes Brush Collection 2018 Now £20

Revolution HD Pro Brows Gift Set


Don`t Forget Free Standard UK Delivery on orders over £35


**I may receive some small commission if purchases are made through the links above**

Until Next time 

Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True To YOu


Changes to the blog!… Exciting times!

Hey Guys…

This is just a quick update for new things coming on the blog!. I will still be doing reviews, Blog Tours and Cover Reveals, however, I want to do more beauty related posts. 

I have been MIA for a while and only posting sporadically but there will also be a change to my posting schedule. 

I qualified as a Makeup Artist in November and I want to get my work out there a bit more so will be using my blog and social platforms more to promote myself.  I also have a Youtube channel where I do a lot of beauty related content and Subscription box unboxings so will be putting out reviews on my monthly boxes as well. 

I am excited to share with you that I am also part of a Team working with an amazing new Indie brand called Alia Collyns Cosmetics that has just launched on 16th June!! I am so excited for this opportunity and I will be sharing our journey with you along with all the product launches and exciting changes that will be coming!! So keep your Eyes Peeled.

bronze eye

I am hoping that this will allow me to grow and share more of the different things I love. 

If you would like to see any specific beauty posts please let me know.

As always, Be Kind Be Happy and Stay True to You!




Love Me Beauty & Phase Zero.. What happened??

For those of you who don’t know, Love Me Beauty used to be a monthly subscription service. The monthly amount that you paid entitled you to 60 credits to use in their monthly edit.If you wanted a rolling month on month subscription it was £13.95 including P&P ( I believe, correct me if I am wrong). I purchased the 6 monthly subscription so I only paid £11.95. On 1st of each month your money was taken and on 2nd of each month they released the new edit. The products ranged from low credit items at 5 or 10 credits per product, up to 120 credits for some of the higher end products. You also had the option to pay a little extra and buy extra credits to get more products or to get that high end product that always sold out fast. They had a limited amount of the more sought after products so you had to get in there first on 2nd of each month to get the better stuff.
I joined in February 2017 and I was very happy with my subscription. We the received am email at the beginning of the year letting all members know if this amazing revamp to Love Me Beauty. We were told that there would no longer be an edit, and that Love Me Beauty were moving in to the world of makeup. The brand they were introduction was called Phase Zero and it was supposed to be a brand that would change my makeup game forever.
If you were an existing member, you would still have your regular payment deducted each month, however this would now be added to a wallet that you could use towards purchasing the new range of products at factory prices. Any new members as of February 2018 would have to sign up for a minimum of 3 months and pay £5 per month for access to the products. The first month they had decided to release all lip products.
Initially I was quite excited, I love makeup and to be able to purchase makeup at factory prices was every makeup lovers dream!!.. but it slowly went down hill for me.
In the first month the products were shipped late and the communication regarding the status of my order was poor. When the products were launched ( after being delayed) I placed my order and received the standard email stating my products would be delivered within 5-7 working days. My order arrived late, however as it was a new launch I kind of expected a few glitches to start with. When i finally received the products I have purchased I was very happy with them.

I cannot fault these products. both the lip glass and the matte liquid lip applied perfectly and were very comfortable to wear. The member price for each lip product was £3.50 ( RRP £12.00) and for the build your own palette I paid £4.80 ( RRP £10.80).

March rolls around and this month they released their eyeshadows. I had seen a few sneak peaks on their instagram and I was looking forward to receiving them. My first email , again was the standard one that stated my order would arrive within 5-7 working days. WE pass the 7th working day and I contacted Love Me Beauty. I was told that the items were pre-orders and would be shipped on or around 15th of the month. on March 19th I received an email stating my order would arrive within 3-5 working days and it finally arrived on 28th March.

I did not have 12 shadows to fit inside the palette but when i tried to line 4 of them in a row it was a very tight squeeze and the only just fit if I pushed them in tight. The palette was designed for those shadows to fit in so I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to get them to fit.
For me the eyeshadows were disappointing and this was the reason I cancelled my subscription. The pigmentation on the eyeshadows is actually pretty decent ( on some of them) , however the are very powdery. Velvet was the best from the ones I received and I do still use that shade regularly.
Another thing that put me off was the pricing of the products. Full price for a lip product was £12.00, eyeshadows were £5.80 and the new liquid eyeshadows are £12.50. This is for a new brand to market ( as far as I know) and personally I feel to come in with those prices is a bit steep, especially when well known brands such as Makeup Geek provide the same eye shadow pan size for £4.95 (unless you buy their foiled shadows). The pigmentation is second to none and they blend like a dream. You can buy them from Beauty Bay and have them delivered to your door next day. I can go in to Superdrug and buy an MUA Velvet Lip Laquer for £3.00 and they are amazing.
When it comes down to it we all want value for money and when I sat down and thought about it, for me, these products were just not worth the money. There are other brands out there that are more well known that provide similar products for the same price or lower and the quality of their products is just that bit better.
Now I have seen so many mixed reviews about these products and I just want to say that these opinions are my own and if you love these products then that’s fab. I just didn’t feel that it was worth the money for me personally. Please don’t heckle me if my opinion differs from yours.


I would like to know what you guys think?

Are you a fan? Do you Think you get value for money?

As always Be Kind Be Happy and Stay True to You and I will see you all very soon 🙂




** Disclaimer: this product was provided in exchange for an honest review**

I am a member of bloggers required. This is a site where brands and companies reach out to bloggers to help test and promote their products and provide honest reviews.

I saw that they were wanting bloggers to test and review Moringa Oil so I offered to review it.

Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree. The tree is native to the Himalayan foothills.


(taken from http://oilhealthbenefits.com/moringa-oil-ben-oil/)

Moringa oil exerts many therapeutic properties because of its unique nutrition.

  • Antioxidant – Ben oil has strong antioxidant capacity. 
  • Anti-inflammatory – The oil reduces inflammation both topically and internally.
  • Anti-aging – The oil provides nutrition to our skin and relieves aging signs.
  • Anti-microbial – It is traditionally used in Sudan to purify water and is shown to reduce bacterial counts. 
  • Disinfectant – can be used to treat wounds.
  • Carrier – It is excellent carrier oil for aromatic compounds.
  • Hepatoprotective – Moringa oil protects the liver from damage. 
  • Emollient – Moringa oil is a great moisturizer for the skin.
  • Preservative – This oil resists rancidity and also used as preservative in certain products.
  • Exfoliant – drives away dead skin cells.
  • Enfleurage – Moringa oil absorbs the aroma of essential oils and other fragrat compounds like herbs, nuts, seeds, spices and chemicals. This makes it the perfect perfume base.


There are a number of health benefits of using Moringa oil which can be viewed by clicking on the website link above, however I will only be reviewing it based on the things I have used it for.

1) Skin – I get a lot of dry skin on my knees and my elbows and this is a great moisturiser and I can honestly say that I have not used a better moisturiser. It leaves my skin feeling soft and mosturised but never greasy.

You only need to a small amount of the product and when I say small I mean small and rub it in thoroughly. One pump will do both elbows and knees. 

2)Hair – I have always had dry hair and it has been damaged over time from all the hair dye and bleach I have used over the years. I have tried different products for my hair but none of them seem to work that well especially on my ends. They get really dry and split. I have now been using Moringa oil for a few weeks and I can see a vast improvement in the condition of my hair.

It is shiny without being greasy and I love the way it makes my hair feel. My hair is the healthiest it has ever been. 

I would recommend this product and if you would like to purchase it your yourself you can use my 10% code until the end of March 

Code: MOR10 will get you 10% off.







The Blog-aholic Award

So there I was, going about my daily business, reading, writing reviews, networking, chatting to friends, when all of a sudden I get a notification that someone has commented on my blog post. 

*tap, tap , tap, scroll, tap… BOOM* This comment pops up.

You never know who is seeing what content you put out there.  Just because they are not liking and commenting on your posts it doesn’t mean that they are not being read. Thank you Destiny from Reflection of Desi for nominating me. It was a shock but a very nice shock. Guys go check out her blog there is some great content on there.

Thank you to the creator of the award The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy). It is always nice when people take time out to create these awards. That little bit of recognition definitely makes me feel like my blog is reaching people and they are enjoying it so thank you.

What is The Blog-aholic Award?

“The Blog-aholic Award” is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The Blog-aholic Award is also for bloggers who “Share and Inspire Others!” The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)


Put the above award logo/image on your blog
List the rules
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)
Mention the creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I [The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) ] would love to meet you!
Write a post to show your award
Share a link to your best post(s)
Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Thank the nominator and mention the creator

Soooo… I think my favourite post to date has to be my first ever COLLAB: Break the Stigma . It was lovely to get to know a bit more about the people I have been in blogger chats with and interacted with on Twitter. It was also really interesting to see how other people coped, and their tips for helping others. If you haven’t read it go check it out 🙂 It is long but stick with it I promise it is worth it.

3 Interesting (or not so interesting) and Different Facts about me 

1. When I first moved to Huddersfield for uni I had the same nightmare every night for the first two/three weeks I lived in the student house. It started with me sitting in the lecture theatre and about half way through we would get locked in and we couldn’t leave. I would wake up in my dream and it felt like I was awake. So weird

2. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet until I was you have to get A’s in science to even be in with a chance to get that stage.. needless to say.. that Dream fizzled out quickly.

3. I used to do Gynastics between the ages of 6 and 11 ( ish) I also used to do rhythmics (with the ribbons) 

My Nominees

I love reading through the daily posts I receive from these lovely bloggers. 

I love books and reading the reviews these lovelies post introduce me to a never ending list of books I am adding to my TBR

Megan – Book Slayer Reads

Heather – The sassy Book Geek 

Kate – Bibliophile Book Club

Chelsea – The Suspense is Thrilling Me


Looking forward to finding out a bit more about the people I follow 

Be Kind, Be Happy, Stay True to You 






JOOSR: Perfect Gift for Christmas


A gift that’s for life, not just for Christmas

Be safe in the knowledge that your loved one will never run out of books to read in 2017…

Whether it’s for a difficult dad, an entrepreneurial wife, a savvy student, or a self-confessed bibliophile, a gift subscription to Joosr–the ever-growing digital library of 20-minute book summaries–might just be the perfect present this Christmas.

Give the gift of never ending books this Christmas

Joosr takes the world’s best non-fiction books and turns them into beautiful text and audio summaries, giving your loved ones a fresh supply of ideas, advice, and insights from leading thinkers and bestselling authors. Enjoyed through the Joosr app and taking just 20 minutes each to read, Joosr summaries keep all the goodness for a rich, enjoyable read across a range of subjects, including happiness, health and fitness, leadership, parenting, and so much more.

Have you ever tried wrapping 500 books?

A Christmas subscription to Joosr will give your loved ones 5 new books direct to their smartphone and tablet every week for a whole year. That’s 250 life-enriching books, plus the 250 already available for just £42.99, without the hassle of trying to wrap 500 books… or fitting them all onto a bookshelf.

Perfect for

  • Friends and family living in far away places, where Christmas delivery is difficult or expensive
  • Digitally savvy family and all round tech lovers
  • Students, teachers and those who are always learning
  • Book lovers
  • Busy, business-type people


Okay so.. on my Bloggersrequired account I approached Joosr and offered to help promote and review their products and I have to say this is a genius little gift if you know someone who loves to read.

They have a wide range of Non-fiction books on a number of topics from how to make money, boost your career , grow your business.. to tips on parenting and your health.

I think this is definitely worth the money. You have access to hundreds of books at your finger tips. You can log on via your computer or download the app via Itunes. 

If you think this is something you would be interested on just click the link below for more information 






Hi Hi Guys.. so I am up for nomination for the UK blog awards 🙂

Short listed from hundreds of entries. I would really really appreciate it if you would all get behind me and vote for my blog.



Here is the link to vote


Being shortlisted is such an honour, even if I don’t win I am pleased that I was shortlisted.