Veganuary: Beauty bits…

Oh hey there,

So I had all of the intentions to bombard your wonderful peepers with all kinds of vegan posts this month but somehow I got distracted along the way and it didn’t really go to plan. Seeing as today is the last day of veganuary I thought I may as well post this one, which has been waiting patiently in my drafts for its debut. I’m sort of bummed about not making more of an effort but I hope those of you who took part in veganuary discovered something beautiful and that you’ve been convinced to make some permanent changes even if it isn’t going wholly vegan.

This wee veganuary post is going to attempt to cover Beauty type stuffs. I say attempt, because even four years later there are debates within this that still baffle me. Mostly that’s the whole parent company debate, which I’ll cover later in the post. Having lived in  England, Australia and New Zealand, I’ve found myself some pretty nifty vegan products and having used the internet as a guide constantly, I’ve also unearthed some pretty decent guides and blogs. So here goes, do enjoy!

Pinterest: Again with another little self plug. But for reals, I keep track of everything over on Pinterest, so head over to my page and check out the Beauty section of my Vegan AF board.

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The Body Shop : A familiar brand name, known pretty much all over the globe, The Body Shop is a good foundation for newly vegan beauty guru’s. They also now have a page on their site dedicated solely to their vegan products, so there’s less confusion. It’s a difficult one though because the company do so much campaigning against animal testing. So if you want to ease into this bit, if you’re feeling a little preoccupied with the eating side, then take your time. Cruelty free is pretty easy to spot so maybe devote yourself to that first.

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Some of my favourite productsCamomile Cleansing Balm (serious holy grail level with this one, love of my skins life), Fijian Water Lotus Mist (scent was my biggest miss, I was a perfume enthusiast and it’s heartbreaking to find all your faves are probably not vegan but this has been my signature scent for years now, fresh and mystical), Fresh Nude Foundation (a light to medium coverage, nice and glowy finish, it’s a goodie).

There are probably so many more stellar products and I’ve tried others that impressed me, but the above are three of my absolute favourites, that I’ve been repurchasing for years.

This is one of those grey area ones because of the whole ‘parent company’ debacle I mentioned in the introduction. That being, that the Body Shop are owned by L’oreal, who are pretty notorious for selling in China and thus testing on animals. They also own Urban Decay, a brand so wonderfully cruelty free, repping a whole load of vegan cosmetics. Seeing that L’oreal own these brands a lot of vegans dub them none cruelty free, which I guess is fair. But just like going into Pizza Hut and ordering a vegan pizza, even though the company still serve meat and dairy, I feel it’s more of an intent type deal. You’re mindfully purchasing the vegan products over the none vegan. It’s a statement to say that vegans can exist in this world easily alongside everyone else. It’s completely your call though, do what feels right to you.


Ethical Elephant : A very informative, and aesthetically pleasing, vegan beauty and lifestyle blog. It’s a go to for me for sure and if you have a look HERE you’ll find a ‘Vegan 101’ post, much more in depth than this one. The Resources menu is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s easy to follow and digs into all of the issues and controversial topics surrounding vegan beauty.

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Sukin : Okay, I have to include these guys here. They’re genuine life savers. A beautifully crafted company, that not only host 100% vegan skincare products but who actually care about the ingredients that go in them. I have very sensitive skin, that likes a lot of hydration and fuss free care. These guys say no to sulphates and parabens and offer various ranges for various skin types. And whats better? They’re fully affordable. Seriously, if you need to stock up on some good quality, vegan skincare these are your best bet. I discovered them in Australia where they’re easy to get your hands on and then came home to England to find they’re stocked by Boots and Holland and Barrett.

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I’ve tried to stick to the brands that I know are a little bigger and more accessible around the globe but there are always Indie brands doing good stuff and more nationally known places (like super drug in the UK), carrying their own brand vegan lines. It could go on forever this page but again, as with my first veganuary post, I don’t want to get too overwhelming. If you have any companies, sites or information you’d like to add then please pop them down in the comments!

Adios amigos,

Stay woke, N xx



I think this post is pretty mindless and I contemplated leaving it for a while but yesterday night as I was getting ready to go out a girl joined me at the mirrors of the hostel bathroom and commented on how little make up I had. She gestured to this huge canvas bag, stained and grubby from messy post face making fingers, and told me how much of  a pain it was to carry it around in her backpack when she barely used any of it. I nodded, I made the same mistake when I first hit the road. So here goes, my What’s in my Travel Make up bag post. Hope you find it helpful.


First things first, buy a small bag. Mine is a more of a pencil case and I nabbed it for a couple of quid from H&M. This means you simply cannot overpack, even if you find yourself wanting to take seven different lip colours “just in case”.

Secondly see this as an opportunity. You’re going to a new place where nobody knows you. You can completely rebuild your identity. Maybe use it as a window to stop using so much stuff on your face.

Likelihood is, if you’re off backpacking then you’re gonna be going somewhere hot or somewhere to volunteer. Both of these circumstances don’t warrant a bold red lip and a five step eyeshadow look. You just won’t need it.

So what do I take:

  • Foundation – I’m using this ‘Fresh Nude Foundation’ from The Body Shop at the minute and it’s pretty darn good. Very light and easy for everyday.
  • Concealer – My nude by nature one which I’ve had for waaaaay long. It’s alright though.
  • A mini ‘Urban Decay Naked Basics’ eyeshadow palette with very usable nude shades.
  • A little nude by nature palette with a contour, bronze and questionable setting powder/illuminator section.
  • My very most favourite soap and glory eyebrow archery thingy, the pencil and setting gel one.
  • My holy grail mascara the thick and fast one by soap and glory.
  • A couple brushes, very old and worn real techniques ones.
  • One lipstick that I very rarely use but is the only “just in case” item. And that’s it.

Travelling has actually taught me to be very sparing with my make up, I used to love buying things but now I’m super hesitant to spend my money on anything that isn’t an actual experience. This goes for clothes too, though I tend to slip up a little more in that department. I wish I could brave my bare face, I did for a time in Australia but I just feel a little better with a bit of coverage.

Any top beauty packing tips? Share your wisdoms below!

Peace, N x