Buffet serum by The Ordinary – review

Every morning I use 3 serums from the range on offer from The Ordinary.  The first of these is “Buffet”.

“Buffet” is a water-based serum which uses a range of anti-aging ingredients including peptides, probiotics and amino acids. In short this serum has a bit of everything you would want to fight the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, it aids hydration, brightens and encourages firm smooth skin.

I love this range because it’s not just cruelty free but also vegan friendly – winner!

If like me, you are in your 30’s and in need of good vegan skincare them I would for sure say get using this range as your skin will really benefit from it. I got mine from ASOS though there are plenty of stockists online to pick from


“Thanks, but I don’t shop at The Body Shop”

I was reading another blog the other day by a vegan author.  She reviewed a lot of products on her page suitable for vegans which I 100% applaud.  One of these blogs was on make-up brushes by ELF.  If you flick through my blog you will know I like ELF products and own some but I thought I would ask if she had ever tried The Body Shop brushes as those are by far my fave brushes for softness and the response was “Thanks, but I don’t shop at The Body Shop”.

While I am aware that Loreal bought The Body Shop and this has put some cruelty free shoppers off buying from them, I am not in that group of people.  I believe that when we vote with our feet and buy cruelty free it shows Loreal how important it is that they invest more money into making their business, as a whole, cruelty free.

So that begs the question, where do you draw the line? I wonder if this person still goes to a supermarket like Tesco/Asda to buy their vegan butter, cheese, milk etc because surely by the standard that she wouldn’t shop in The Body Shop because that purchase ultimately is with Loreal who do test on animals, then she should not shop in Tesco/Asda as they also retail products by brands which are not cruelty free as well as meat.  Further still, the problem with ELF is that they retail products at such a low cost that we can only assume that those who make these products in China can not be paid an ethical and fair wage.  Is that not worse than shopping from a store which is cruelty free but owned by a larger company which is not?  Or do our ethics only apply to animals?

I didn’t push her on the issue because I felt it would be futile but I just wanted to voice my opinion on the matter and say to people, if you want your cosmetics to be cruelty free then please buy from cruelty free brands to show that cruelty free is what we want.  It is my opinion that this is the only way to encourage more brands to change their ways.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you deem The Body Shop as a store you should not shop from? And if so do you still do your grocery shop at a store that defy your own morals?

(I will also add that I did make sure Younique were cruelty free before I signed up with them and they are seeking their leaping bunny – but please note that their range is not 100% vegan)

A bit of retail therapy at The Body Shop

I might work for Lush and I might be a Younique presenter but I do still have love for The Body Shop.

While I dislike that it was sold to a less than ethical company I am proud that it has stuck to it’s guns as a brand to show the major game players that cruelty free is a successful way to retail. It’s sad that there is only one in N.Ireland, I wish we still had more of them rather than having to travel to visit it.

One thing I find hard to buy is perfume, cruelty free perfume isn’t that easy to find in my experience.  While Lush have ones I love, they tend to be the limited edition ones and I run out very quickly!  I also love LGNS London but wanted to try something new so hit the body shop to claim my free gift for my birthday and to try out the perfumes.  Glad I did as the one I found is BEAUTIFUL!

the body shop

It was in the sale for £10 and I had a code to get me a further 40% off so I figured for £6 why not and now I am sad I didn’t buy more as it seems it isn’t on the website to buy again!  It is called “English dawn white gardenia and it reminds me of a Christina Aguilera perfume I used to wear years ago and was always complemented on.  The scent lasts well through the day and is a fresh floral that still has that comforting edge to it.

Very much hoping they bring it out again next Christmas as I will for sure be wanting more of it.

I also claimed a handcream as my £5 free birthday item, I haven’t used it so I can’t say much about it as it is just sat in a drawer waiting for my Lush handcreams to run out first.   I will review it when I get around to using it though 🙂

My Massage exams :)

This is my last week at massage class and it is just to make sure all my paperwork is in order for the file and coursework is up to scratch.

Last Thursday I had my sumative exam and I am pleased to say I passed with a distinction woohoo!

Not as stressful as you imagine as you don’t need to stick 100% to the routine, you just need to do a good mix of the moves you have been taught and stick to a good time.  It actually still stuns me how quickly an hour and 15 minutes passes when doing a massage.  I think it might be one of my fave treatments next to the facial to perform.

Do be aware that if you have to do the A&P coursework leave yourself good time to do it… it is a LOT of work to look up all the info you need to put into the paperwork.  My coursework ended up at 27 pages long!

Formative wise I did 4 and this had to include a 55+, use of heat treatment and use of mechanical massage but you will find it very easy to hit everything in the minimum of 4 massages as long as you plan well so no having to do 5 or 6 formatives which is fab!

If you are thinking about doing massage and a bit nervous, don’t be, it honestly is one of the easiest treatments to learn IMO x

Create Chloe Goodmans look using cruelty free make-up!

I have been watching Celeb Big Brother and I was loooooving Chloe Goodmans make-up every time I seen her so I thought I would do a quick blog on it.

chloe goodman

If you too like her look then the great news is I can tell you what to use to recreate it with Younique products which are cruelty free (undergoing the proceedure to get their leaping bunny).  For a full list of items and prices check out the end of the post.
I would start with our Glorious Primer for the base of your make-up.  It gives an amazingly smooth silky base to prep the skin for your foundation.  I find that 1 pump is enough to cover my whole face and so feel that for £30 this item is amazing value for money as it is going to last me forever.
Next I would go for the BB Flawless bb cream.  This offers medium coverage and despite having an uneven skintone it does a fab job of evening it all out.
bb creams 1
While the BB Cream is one that fights shine, I do still like to use our Touch Powder compact to set it and ensure I don’t get any shine and pair it up with our Moodstruck Mineral Blush in Sweet.  The blush is a loose powder and a little goes a long way so my advice would be careful not to overload your brush.
Blusher 4 Foundation - mineral touch
Our 3D Mascara is by far Youniques best seller as it gives amazing results!  So it goes without saying that this is the mascara I am going to suggest to recreate Chloes look!  It is a 2 step mascara that gives the effect of false lashes due to the green tea fibers that it attaches to your own lashes and can be easily washed off with your make-up at the end of the day.
mascara 2For your lips I have 2 options or you could use them both together for maximum effect.  Our pencils offer a matte long lasting colour and to give that pin up lip that Chloe sported on the show I would suggest Primal or use our Lucrative Lipgloss in Lethal for a red lip with a shine.
lip gloss colours 2My final item is optional and it is to fill the brows.  I would suggest our Moodstruck Mineral Pigment in Infatuated as it is a lovely matte brown.  Great to define and fill the brow area without being too in your face.  You can use the pigments dry or wet and of course the brown can be used on the eyes as well as the brow area.
pigment set
So to recap:

*  Glorious Primer (£30)
* Touch Powder compact to set (£25)
* Moodstruck Mineral Blush in Sweet (£23)
* 3D False Lash effect Mascara (£23)
* Moodstruck Mineral Pigment in Infatuated (for filling your brows) £10
* Precision Pencil in Primal for matte lips(£12) and/or
* Lucrative Lipgloss in Lethal for lips with a shine(£12)
Of course you can mix and match which items you would like with what you already have in the make-up bag at home BUT these items would give you the full look for that flawless skin, popping lips and amazing lashes!

You can purchase any items you want through my current party link https://www.youniqueproducts.com/mascaramad/party/1220033/view

or if you are late to this post you can visit Mascara Mad for any purchases or like my faceebook page for updates here.

Life and beauty updates

So I am a bad egg, I haven’t updated you in months!

I did have good reason though – baby no.2 is now 2 months old and boy does she keep me busy!  Shes a beauty though so I will forgive her.

Massage course is half way done, I have missed 4 classed due to baby being born but doing well!  2 formatives down and 2 to go before my sumative 😀

Hardest thing to fit in is the coursework, my time just seems to fly by without me getting it done yet doh!  It shouldn’t be any more than 0 pages long so a few days of hard work will sort it out.

In a fit of madness, I also signed up to Younique for their presenter kit and to keep me out of trouble while off work lol.  Im quite enjoying it actually and happy to give you information on it if you would like some honest feedback 🙂 http://www.mascaramad.com will take you to my facebook page.  It’s cruelty free (going through the process for their leaping bunny) so that makes me happy.

Talking of work, I have 10 keep in touch days and decided to go in to work on Saturday just past – loved it!  Forgot how much I love Lush at Christmas, Customers are so happy and the whole atmosphere is amazing.  Also loving the Hot Toddy shower gel!  It smells like cola bottles or if you know the bath range well – it smells like Melty Snowman who I loooooove.  I bought him and Butter Bear to enjoy this weekend ❤

After a year off… it’s back to school for me :)

Last night was the start of my next venture in beauty.  Level 3 body massage.

I arrived a little late as my baby brain mixed up the times, whoops.  The class was shorter than expected, it ran from 6 until 9 rather than the expected 5:45 to 10.

It started with a run through of what we will be covering and what is expected of us.  I was shocked to learn there are no online tests for this, rather a project that we each have to put together containing set information.

After this we were all provided with handouts with steps for “back massage” which the tutor then demonstrated on one class member.  Once the demonstration was complete we paired up for practice.

Due to my rather large bump (due in 2 weeks) I made a team of 3 so I wouldn’t prevent somebody being able to practice.  I still felt that I learned a lot being able to watch and call out the next steps for the routine for my partners.  Once the bump is here I am confident that the other half will be happy to let me practice my back massage routine as often as I like so I can’t say I am worried I will fall behind, because I don’t believe I will.

As for what we need to purchase for the class, not a lot really.  Uniform is optional although it hasn’t changed from my level 2 uniform and so I could wear it again once I have ditched some baby weight.  A folder for my hand outs and a body brush are all that I am required to buy with further options of essential oils and headbands for clients.

I had intended to do reflexology as well as massage but the prices on the website were very wrong and thus it would have cost almost double my expectations to do the course and a lot of kit to buy.  For that reason I decided to put it off for a while but I would very much so still like to do it in the future sometime.

Now to decide which essential oils I would like to use and cost out some body brushes – any suggestions very welcome 🙂