Cruelty-Free Beauty

I am not perfect. I am not vegan or even vegetarian. There are still things that I need to improve upon and learn more about. However, we are all capable of making small changes that can make a large impact.

Anyone who reads this blog will know how much I love beauty products. I love makeup, body products, soaps and lotions. I also adore animals. There is nothing I want more than a puppy to love and care for. However, after having several lectures on ethics in fashion at my college this week, I began to think about the products I was buying and if perhaps they went against my ethical beliefs.

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Free Sample Friday: Garnier BB Cream

Hey friends!

Sometimes you just don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still want to look approachable in public. Just me?

Nah. I think we can all relate.

My typical Friday attire includes yoga pants, trainers, hair in a pony tail, and, if the general public is lucky, a slight flattering of foundation.

So, this week I tested out a new BBCream. You’re welcome man I passed on the street who didn’t have to run into hiding.

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A Very Merry Liberty Christmas

Liberty is one of the iconic London brands. I think history, heritage and quality when picturing the quintessential building, the products and brand name. Merge the brand backing of Liberty with the embodiment of the Christmas spirit and there is an ultimate success.

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I love Christmas. A time full of laughter, family, friends and festivities. It’s because of these things that this season makes me so happy. The lights, ornaments and colors sparkle all over town. The snowflakes falling and ice glistening evoke feelings of jubilation.

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Restaurant Review: Wagamama

This may be the dumbest post I’ve ever written. Or the most brilliant. Either way I’m posting it because I need to pass along the brilliance of this restaurant.

I love me a good bit of Asian/Oriental food.

It’s true. Pho- all about it. Chow Mein- even better. Sushi- get in my belly.

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So when I heard there was  a fast-food-sit-down-restaurant hybrid that sold Asian cuisine I knew I’d found my home. Enter Wagamama. The mecca of goodness that I don’t ever want to leave behind.

Now three weeks and three visits later,  I feel that I am of adequate training to report on my findings.

  1. I bloody loved it. (I’m such a Brit now)
  2. They have the most out-of-this-world Peach Iced Tea I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.
  3. Shaved ginger on noodles?! Get out. Right now. Just kidding, come back let me eat you.
  4. The service is brilliant. Quick. Efficient. Not too much babble.
  5. Want to take your Ramen home and eat in your underpants while watching Netflix? No problem, they’ll package it up for you in no time.

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My good buddy and I ordered the duck gyoza for starters and the Yaki Soba for our mains. Honestly they were incredible. If you ever find ourself near a Wagamama’s, do yourself a favor and stop for lunch. If you want to drool over their menu, click here.

And that my friends, is why I’m never leaving the U.K.

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Want to see what else I like to eat? I post about it on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin‘ too 🙂

Valentino SS16: An Integration of Cultural Change

Glamour. Sophistication. Italian. Sexy. Red.

All of these powerful words evoke an equally influential image. A brand composed of an obsession over the female form and an appreciation of curves. Valentino Garavani is a man who encompasses class, confidence and sophistication. As a designer, he made incredible patterns that showcased a woman’s shape in an ideal and flattering manner. As a Vogue editor once said, “Valentino was the first to do clothes that really enhanced a woman and moved with her” (Beyfus). With current head designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli using their past accessory design to its best use, the Spring/Summer 2016 runway show incorporated the creative heads best attributes with Valentino Garavani’s. Both Chiuri and Piccioli have maintained Valentino’s heritage through their continued focus on the womanly figure. They utilize shapes that highlight the beauty of the female form- a feature crucial to the Valentino brand.

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