So! What products have I been loving in June 2018!?
In no particular order as usual…
Eden Perfumes is a brand I have loved for a long time, and their new candle release got me all in a tizzy! This scent is not your typical candle scent, but it is absolutely beautiful and the unusual scent reminds me of a spa! I keep mine in the bathroom and it literally makes every bubble bath perfect!
Saaf is a fairly new brand to me, but I have become obsessed. This *Facial Oil is my absolute dream product that is not only a monthly favourite but definitely a new holy grail product.
Another product from Saaf, their & Cleanser is so buttery and nourishing but still manages to completely clean the skin. Using this with the exfoliating cloth is definitely my new cleansing power couple.
This candle not only smells incredible but it looks beyond amazing. The whole range from Filthy Candles are ridiculously stunning, and this Bone China Tea Cup Candle is just perfect. There are also crystals and real flowers in it!
It is no secret that the first palette from the Makeup Revolution / Soph collaboration is one of my all time favourites – but the new Extra Spice Palette makes the most amazing partner for it. It has similar vibes to the first palette (which I love) but offers completely different shades to make this whole collection just the best collab ever!
This stunner has kind of transformed my skin. Moisturising my body on a daily basis is not something I usually remember to do. Not only does this fast drying mist make it so quick and easy to use every day, but it is so moisturising it leaves skin literally feeling like silk. Just amazing.
Another eyeshadow palette this month, the Morphe 25A Copper Spice Palette is a product I have had my eye one for a while, and lucky old me received this as a birthday present! I have been obsessing over it ever since!
While the e.l.f. Tinted Lip Balms aren’t particularly new to me (I am a true e.l.f. super fan!) with the weather being the way it has been lately these are brilliant to add a comfortable pop of colour AND are super moisturising. Win win!!
The ZAO Silk Foundation is another product I have been probably a little too obsessed with lately. While I don’t tend to wear full foundation every day, on the occasions that I do wear foundation this is my current go-to. It has such a beautiful natural finish but still makes the skin look flawless.
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So finally we have the Revolution Conceal & Define which I started out using on occasions but now use pretty much every day. The coverage of these is so build able that they are perfect for every day “no makeup – makeup” or built up with a full face for super bright under eyes. They are ridiculously affordable and there are so many shades to choose from!
Here are my current favourite Cruelty Free Foundations – in no particular order!!
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When I first decided to make the transition to become Cruelty Free, I genuinely assumed if a brand was certified as Vegan then that would mean it does not involve animals – at all, right? Wrong. Bizarrely, just because a brand is certified as Vegan does not mean that its’ products are not tested on animals. Crazy! To me that defeats the whole idea of being Vegan in the first place if the products then go on to be tested on animals! And on the other side there are brands that while they claim to be Cruelty Free also sell their products in China or only state that their products are not tested on animals… but do not mention their ingredients or third party involvement.
It is not always clear what is Cruelty Free or Vegan, so here is a rough guideline on what these actually mean:
– products are not tested on animals – at all. Not just the finished products, but the ingredients or any third party involvement. Also, if a brand sells its’ products in a country where animal testing is required by law (such as China) then the brand as a whole is not Cruelty Free.
– products are 100% free of any animal ingredients or ingredients that are derived from animals. These brands will find alternatives instead, such a Glycerine. However, a brand that is Vegan Certified is not neccesarily Cruelty Free.
Basically, they are completely different concepts. Brands that are Cruelty Free are not necessarily Vegan, and vise versa. On the whole, brands tend to be pretty proud if they have received certification for being either of these and will display their certified logo on their website and products. Not always though, so I tend to look in their “about” pages and they will usually clarify their status there. If I find I am having to hunt a little too hard to find some sort of clarification, then I start to become suspicious and doubtful. There is also the Parent Company situation for some brands, but that is a whole issue in itself that is down to personal opinion – I have a full discussion post on this – Where To Draw The Line?
The main and ultimate mission of Belles’ Bunnies is to highlight cosmetic animal testing and create awareness of just how many brands are still testing on animals. The Cruelty Free Brand List on Belles’ Bunnies is constantly updated, which hopefully makes the whole process of shopping a lot easier! Overall, an official certification such as Leaping Bunny or PETA is a clear way to ensure a brand is Cruelty Free, and in my experience brands that are genuinely Cruelty Free are proud and display this for all to see!
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Cruelty Free Cosmetics are becoming more popular in the beauty industry, however it is so upsetting to see so many brands and major brands still testing their products on animals. Campaigns and petitions are constantly fighting to spread awareness, although it does still surprise me just how many people are still unaware that the brands they buy from still do this. The cosmetic industry is worth over £66 billion, and while over 60% of the population are “against” animal testing, over 250 of the top selling cosmetic brands still test on animals.
What specifies on whether a brand is classed as cruelty free?
Brands must meet the following criteria:
Basically, no products or ingredients from the company or its suppliers are tested on animals. As there are so many beautiful cruelty free brands out there, I just don’t see why other brands still allow it! So what alternatives do these brands have? In countries where cosmetic animal testing is banned, manufactures do still have to show that a product meets health, hygiene and safety standards – this is required by law. However, the simplest way is to avoid ingredients that have already been shown to be unsafe, and many brands test their products on human volunteers or in clinical trials – causing no suffering or pain to any animals! So! Let’s focus on the wonderful brands that are Cruelty Free and proud!
There are a number of sites listing brands that are cruelty free, such as Peta & Cruelty Free International to help out if Cruelty Free Cosmetics is a new chapter in your life – it can seem a little overwhelming. When deciding to make the transition it became difficult to find out which brands were cruelty free and which brands tested on animals, and when I did find a brand I wanted to try they were usually an American or European brand meaning I had to find ways of getting these products online (which also usually resulted in high shipping costs and import taxes).
There is a Cruelty Free Brand List which is constantly updated, and all the brands are available to purchase in the UK!
Making the change to be cruelty free can seem daunting and expensive. Not knowing where to start can make the whole process just too much hassle, and most of us are not in the position to be able to throw away almost every product we have and buy everything from new. If this relates to you, there is a Guide For Becoming Cruelty Free, to help break down the transition and make the whole process a lot easier! Breaking this down makes it a lot simpler to switch out your every day items such as moisturiser or foundation, down to the less obvious products like laundry detergent.
So What else can we do?
In March 2013, a ban was passed in the UK and all members of the European Union, making it illegal to test products or their ingredients on animals – this was HUGE! Since then, there are many countries now fighting to introduce the same regulations all over the world. While this may sound like incredible progress (and in so many ways it is!), unfortunately over 100 million animals are killed every year, with many more still experiencing the torture of animal testing . Beauty is an insanely profitable industry, and there is such a long way to go. In my opinion, cosmetics are a luxury that we as humans choose to use and wear, and how anyone can justify putting innocent animals through agony for our vanity is beyond me.
As someone who is passionate about this issue, I tend to focus on the positives and the ethical brands rather than inserting images of the devastating effects cosmetic testing has on animals. Although if you are interested there are a few sites that can give more information and statistics on this such as Speaking Of Research, About Animal Testing & Cruelty Free Int Statistics.
Numerous charities and petitions are committed to this cause, and honestly every little helps! If this is something that interests you, you can check some of these out here.
There are so many ways to help to protect our animals from cosmetic testing, and anything you can do at all – as small as it may seem, will help to make a difference.
Where did this award come from and what is it?
It was started to give newer and smaller bloggers like myself recognition and support whilst giving bloggers the chance to connect and discover other blogs.
Quote: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
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3 Things About Me!
I used to own a Hair & Beauty Salon but now work with animals in kennels!
My favourite food is cheese!
I think everything is meant to be, and is always better with a cup of tea!
What is your greatest achievement?
I recently relocated across the country to move in with my boyfriend. We bought our first home, and I have been fortunate enough to make the career change from hairdressing to animal care!
What made you become a blogger?
Cruelty free cosmetics and animal testing is something I have felt strongly about for years. It was a difficult transition for me when I first made the change to cruelty free as there was so little information out there on brands and animal testing policies. I had kept saying that I should start a blog with all of the information I had managed to find to change so that it would be easier for others! It also still amazes me just how many people aren’t even aware that brands still test on animals. It took me almost a year to build up the courage to even start this blog! But I am loving it and want to spread awareness of animal testing and promote brands who are cruelty free and proud!
Who is your inspiration for blogging?
I recently came across LynSire . LynSire is an * based Cruelty Free Living blog, and although we are in completely different parts of the world seeing someone else trying to spread awareness and being SO successful in the process is so inspiring. Her blog is clean and stylish, and after a DM on Twitter she is such a lovely and helpful person!
Besides blogging do you have a hobby? if so, what is it?
I have been a musician since a child and still play piano. I work alot at the moment and work on my blog every chance I get, but I still love all things music and have my piano (my 21st birthday present!) proudly standing in my living ready for me!
Weird/Fun question: What would you do if the whole world got overrun by zombies or some other post apocalyptic being?
Hide. I would be awful in this sort of situation, I would like to think I would attempt to “blend in” and hope to go unnoticed, but I’ll keep it real – I’d probably just hide!!
Go go go! I can’t wait to see what you make of this award, and if you do participate I would love it if you would tag/mention me so I can see your post!
As a former salon owner SO many people ask: How can I grow hair faster? Do these products work? Well, yes and no – there is no secret to have long hair overnight, but there are things you can do to speed the process up. So here is a breakdown on how to grow hair faster! (There is also a Cruelty Free Brand List at the end of this post!)
There are so many products claiming to make hair grow faster, and while there are some that can help with this in general, unfortunately, it is a bit of a fad. Hair growth treatments that tell you to apply the product to your scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes? No. It is massaging your scalp for 5-10 minutes that will help your hair grow not the product itself. That being said, products with stimulating ingredients such as caffeine or tea tree will help stimulate the scalp too. My favourites are Watermans Grow Me Shampoo & Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. Using these types of products you will notice your scalp tingle and start turning pink – this is the blood circulating to your scalp which in turn promotes faster hair growth. So don’t buy into a brand that claims to make your hair grow, be smart about it! Look for stimulating shampoos (such as the ones mentioned) and leave this on for a few minutes to get the blood flowing. Conditioners won’t do a lot for your scalp as slapping this all over will probably just make your hair greasy, but be sure to use a good deep conditioner to replenish the moisture that stimulating shampoos will strip out. And regarding treatments, if you use hair masks (which you should!) then go ahead and massage this in for as long as your fingers can handle – or even better use oils.
Using oils as hair masks and treatments is so much more beneficial than using a typical hair mask. The results from using oils are incredible. They repair damaged ends, sooth the scalp, give incredible shine and so much more. Apply oil all over your hair before you are going to wash it, concentrating on the ends and then massaging the rest into your scalp (above). Leave for as long as you are able (overnight if you can), then wash your hair as normal. Coconut oil is my personal favourite, but using castor oil on your scalp will help to get the circulation flowing. Most cruelty free brands will also have some sort of hair oil (cruelty free brand list at the bottom of the post), and honestly the more you can use the better!
No, no it doesn’t. Cutting the ends off of your hair will in no way make it come out of your head any quicker. However, trimming your hair will make it get LONGER faster. If your ends are split or dry, they will break off. As an example, if your hair grows ½ inch per month but also snaps off ½ inch per month, it isn’t going to get any longer, whereas if you trim off less than it grows you will gain length a lot faster! A comment I have heard a lot is “my hair has stopped growing” – no, no it hasn’t. If you colour your hair and still get roots it has not stopped growing – chances are it is just breaking off as much if not more than it grows so isn’t getting any longer.
You don’t necessarily have to cut off your ends every 6 weeks if you are trying to grow your hair, but you definitely do have to look after it. As mentioned above using oil treatments will help to prevent breakage and can even repair ends over a period of time. BUT, and here is the kicker, the biggest form of damage to hair is from heat. So if you are serious about wanting to repair your hair and grow it longer faster, using heat is a straight up no no. Straighteners and tongs etc are hard to give up, so if this is something you will find difficult at least just try to cut it down to special occasions. Believe it or not, natural healthy hair is always beautiful – frizziness is caused by dryness and damage. So while you may feel like your hair looks better when its straightened, every time you use them you are making your situation a whole lot worse. Imagine putting your hand inside the straightener? It burns! Just think what that’s doing to your hair.
With frazzled ends and straighteners it’s a bit of a downward spiral. We all know that straighteners will smooth out frizzy damaged ends, but it is burning it even more every time so will just keep breaking and getting shorter regardless of how many oils or treatments you use. Heat protection sprays are an absolute must if you do use heat occasionally, but still think about whether you would trust it to protect your skin when touching an iron!? If you have short snapped pieces (these are usually around the face at the front) then do not use heat to try and hide them. Tuck them behind your ear if you can or use hairspray if needed to blend them in. If you don’t particularly like your natural hair (at the moment, because trust me once it’s healthy you will!) then there are hundreds of heatless hairstyles and hacks to help while you’re healing your hair. Pinterest and YouTube are great for these. And if you are a curly girl like me, embrace it! Some of my favourites are the Osmo Curl Collection, Lush Cosmetics Curly Wurly & the Shea Moisture Curl & Shine range. Starting my curly journey was the best thing I ever did for my hair!
Another thing that should probably go without saying, is to avoid damaging colours on your hair. If this is something you will struggle with, try using toning shampoos to stretch out your colour for as long as possible. Another of my favourtie collections is the Maria Nila Colour Refreshers, these are fantastic for stopping you getting bored with your colour and will do absolutely no damage whatsoever.
Using supplements can work to increase hair growth, but tread carefully. There are a lot of companies claiming to sell “miracle” tablets that will give you long hair almost instantly, but this won’t be the case. The main ingredient in these products is Biotin, which by itself does work and is a lot cheaper to buy in its own form than with a mix of other ingredients in fancy packaging. I myself have used Biotin and can vouch for it, it works. Just bare in mind that it works everywhere! To help my hair grow faster I was willing to shave my legs twice as often – but this will depend on how far you want to go for Rapunzel locks!
It should go without saying really, but diet and general health do have a big part to play in the health and growth of your hair. Drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep (things we should all do anyway!) will make a difference to not only your hair but your skin and overall state of mind.
To Grow Hair Faster :
It is possible to grow your hair faster, and once you get into the swing of things it really is noticeable pretty quickly! But don’t buy into “miracle” brands, just be smart and treat your hair with the respect it deserves – it will serve you well!
Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments below!! 😊