Since adapting to a vegan diet I have also been more interested in trying to use more vegan or cruelty free products. It is always hard to know where to start with looking at ingredients and is so much easier if something is clearly labelled “vegan”. I was lucky enough to receive some vegan hair products from Biosthetique to try out.
You can view their range at HairCareShop online here. There are three main ranges you can select from: Gentle, balancing and intense.

Gentle

To give gentle and mild care using ingredients such as ginko and lavender.

Balancing

Free from perfumes the balancing range is especially gentle for your skin and hair. Using ingredients such as ginseng and jojoba.

Intense

This will inject some energy into your skin and hair care routine with energizing ingredients such as mint and lemon to lift and revive.

The products I tried were:

Balancing shampoo – this is great as I suffer with greasy roots and dry tips. It helps to balance the natural oils in your hair and is great for sensitive scalps. I always find that products designed to re-balance your hair or skin are a great addition to your bathroom.

Gentle conditioner – this is a leave in conditioner which works great on my damaged and dry ends. I always condition my hair when I wash it but always want to give it that extra moisture and leave in products are great. This doesn’t weigh your hair down and gives it the moisture needed.

Intense mask – I try to do a deep conditioning treatment or mask at least once a week as my hair is very damaged from dying it so much. This one only needs to be left on your hair for ten minutes and it really does make my hair feel more manageable and softer.

I also received some gentle tea which was really good 🙂
Sarah x

BEAUTY/SKINCARE

I have put together some beauty/skincare ideas for Christmas gifts this year:

Ingenious beauty ultimate collagen

£75

These capsules are clinically proven to reduce fine lines by 26% and can be used for:

Smoother and firmer skin

Stronger nails

Thicker hair

Improvement in your body’s overall vitality

I think these are great for anyone that wants to look better as we all know your hair and skin is affected by what you put in your body as much as what you put on it. Collagen is great for your skin as well as your hair and nails. I think it is great you can buy something to help you from within. I know a lot of people that would love to try something like this!

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DHC gift set

£19.95

You will have seen me mention DHC before on my blog and I love their skincare. This set contains: deep cleansing oil and mild soap

I am a big fan of the iconic deep cleansing oil and I think this set is great to try this and the soap. Cleansing oils are so on trend right now and I am starting to prefer to use them rather than my usual cleansers.

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Ooharr dead sea cooler face mask

£1.20

Male or female, everyone loves a good face mask. It has so many great ingredients that are kind to the skin like argan oil, tea tree, sea salt. It would be great if you wanted to put together a few small items to create a “pamper pack” kind of thing. They also do a few other masks that are worth checking out.

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Lab2 green tea make up brushes

£17.99

I have always been impressed with this brand for make up brushes. I have tried them out before and really loved them. They are cruelty free and the bristles are infused with green tea so the brushes stay fresher for longer. The kit includes: crescent brush, flat contour brush and angled kabuki brush so is a great staple set and it is the brushes you will need to create that flawless base for your make up. I like the handles on these as they are quite big and easy to use.

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Sensational express gel

£10

I recently tried the new peel off base coat here, so I got myself a couple more products from the brand to try. With the express gel you don’t need to use a base coat or top coat or anything it is just the one polish which you need to cure under an LED lamp so I used the lamp from my it. They are so easy to use and it is quick, with no drying time. I only needed two coats for a good coverage and I am really impressed with this brand. These would be great if you know someone that already has a kit/the lamp.

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Design me power dry me

From £9 depending on size and where purchased from.

This fab spray is designed to be used on damp hair to reduce blow dry time. If you spray it on to damp hair it can reduce your hair drying time by 50%. It conditions your hair too and can be used as a heat protector so all in all a hair lovers must have.

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Amphora Aromatics Sage & Ylang Ylang liquid soap

£5.94

I love Amphora Aromatics products. I have always been a massive fan of their candles and now I am trying a couple of other things from them. I love the smell of this hand soap, apart from lavender, I think ylang ylang is one of my favorites. It reminds me a bit of Molton Brown but a lot cheaper! This hand wash lasts ages and is a really great price. I love the simple packaging on their products too, so it will look great next to any sink!

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Ren Love gift set

£38

This set includes:

Moroccan Rose Body Wash, 200ml
Moroccan Rose Body Lotion, 200ml

This body wash is an all time favourite for me. Teamed with the body lotion it leaves you so clean and soft and smelling amazing. This is such a luxurious gift and it works out cheaper to buy this than to get them both seperatly and it comes in the beautifully kikki K designed box! What I like most about the Ren body range is that a little goes a long way and their products last ages.

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Ren Moroccan Rose handbalm

£15

This is the perfect stocking filler or tree present with the little ribbon to hang it up by. This is Rens iconic scent and everyone loves a good hand cream so you can’t go wrong with this! It is a non greasy formula and soaks in quickly and leaves your hands smelling so good. I love the kikki K designed packaging too.

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£11.99

Bomb cosmetics always have a great range of bath products and it is really nice to see this set specifically designed for men. It contains five products so is great value:

  • 1 x The Distinguished Gentleman Body Lotion (200ml)
  • 1 x Man Grenage Bath Blaster (200g)
  • 1 x Dapper Chap Soap (100g)
  • 1 x Wave Hello Shower Gel (200ml)
  • 1 x The Big Blue Soap (100g)

You can smell how lovely it is before even opening it. I came across this when scrolling through www.findmeagift.co.uk, they really do have something for everyone!

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Benecos beard oil

£8.95

This a good idea for any beard lovers, a little less expensive than other beard products I have seen and something more simple to buy. The oil is naturally formulated to absorb quickly and wont leave your face oily or greasy. It also will prevent the beard from itching and calm down any skin issues underneath.

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Soap & Glory – Glitz the girl

£8.50 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

This cute little make up set contains:

Spectaculips Matte-Allic – Metallic Matte Lip Cream In Pink Charming
Crazy Sexy Kohl – In Smoulder
Goldy-Luxe – Golden Face Glitter Gel

This is great for any S&G or any make up lover. The gold gel is so pigmented and I mean, who doesn’t love glitter on their face, especially around Christmas time? The is great for any age and their make up is always such good quality and well priced. It is always worth checking out the 3 for 2 offers on at Boots.

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Soap & Glory – Merry kiss-much

£6 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

I love the little ribbon so you could hang this on your tree! It contains:

Sexy Mother Pucker – Lip Gloss In Plums Up
Crazy Sexy Kohl  – In Smoulder

These are two of S&Gs most famous make up products. Their black eyeliner is a staple for any make up lover and their lip plumping lip glosses are always popular and come in a variety of shades. Plums up is a lovely shade and will suit anyone.

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Soap & Glory – Wash come true

£16 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

The set contains:

1 X Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel
1 X Sugar Crush™ Fresh & Foamy Body Wash
1 X Rich & Foamous™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Foam Call™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Clean, Girls™ Body Wash
1 X Calm One Calm All™ Bubbling Bath Soak
1 X Best Washes™ Limited Edition Spiced Body Wash

I love S&G body washes, I think they are my favourite of their body products and they have so many great scents. Something like this is a great way to sample all of their scents or if you are not sure what someone likes then this is a great option. My favourite is the sugar crush one.

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

With Halloween coming up, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to dress up or not. I pretty much use October as an excuse to crack out all my skeleton clothing anyway. Rather than dressing up I wanted to make a simple change and just go for dark make up and a gothic look wig.

I got myself the Vixen wig from Hot hair for £19 which I think is an absolute bargain for a wig. It was on offer reduced from nearly £50! They have so many great wigs, for any occasion, whether you want to wear one daily or if you want to wear one as part of a costume.

I have tried wigs before, I put a wig cap on before putting this on. It fitted really well and felt secure. I may trim the fringe slightly though and if I ever change my mind about the length of the wig I may cut it into a bob!

I feel like I have Wednesday Addams/Morticia vibes with this look, but I am digging it.

Have you tried a wig?

Sarah x

Another product from Eco cosmetics that I have been trying is their hair mousse. This is a vegan/ natural product designed to be used on any hair type.

I like to use this mousse if I blow dry my hair. It helps to keep the frizz at bay and leaves my hair feeling soft and looking more manageable and shiny. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy like I always expect mousse to. it just helps to tame the flyaways and strengthen your hair.

Benefits
For all hair types
Easy to Use
Gives Volume and Gloss
Non sticky
No Synthetic Dyes, Perfumes and Preservatives
No PEG and Parabens
GMO Free
No Petroleum, paraffin and silicon derivatives

“The natural and organic hair mousse contains precious organic goji berries and pomegranate, these ingredients help to strengthen and stimulate hair growth by improving the circulation to your scalp.” – www.pravera.co.uk

What is your favorite hair product right now?

Sarah x

Khadi create 100% plant based vegan hair products. They only contain ingredients good for your hair and won’t use any harsh chemicals. This is ideal for me as I have pretty much ruined my hair over the years with bleach so I have been trying to use more natural and gentle hair products. Not only are they better for your hair but if you have un-naturally dyed hair like me then natural products will prolong your colour.

I have been using the amla volume and gloss shampoo which is suitable for all hair types and also the vitalising hair oil which provides volume, stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.

“Amla Shampoo contains the correct combination of Ayurevdic herbs to create volume and gloss. Amla shampoo with it’s low ph, cleanses and conditions your hair giving it elasticity, helping to prevent moisture loss and at the same time giving your hair shine, body and volume.

The fragrance of Ylang Ylang in Khadi Amla Shampoo not only adds to the aroma but helps stimulate hair growth.

Amla – Rejuvenates scalp and hair, stimulates hair growth and naturally conditions hair.

Tulsi – purifies scalp and helps prevent hair and scalp from getting oily and hair getting limp. promotes hair growth.”

“Khadi Vitalising hair Oil is a hair oil to help stimulate hair growth using herbs, flowers and oils from India from an Ayurvedic formula. Vitalising Hair Oil is a pre-wash conditioning treatment and as well as stimulating hair growth the hair oil helps prevent hair loss whilst giving volume and revitalises dry, dull and damaged hair.

Palash, Indrayan and Rosemary helps stimulate hair growth and strengthen roots.

Omega rich Sesame, Coconut and Carrot Seed Oil along with Vitamin E helps prevent hair breakage.”

As you can see,both products are great if you are looking for hair growth. My hair always struggles as it breaks off before it has a chance to grow due to being so damaged. I have tried a lot of things to try to get it back into better condition and to help it grow longer and healthier.

I really liked the shampoo as you don’t need to use much and I noticed it didn’t fade my hair colour as much as my usual shampoo which was a colour safe one!