These days, a skincare product needs to tick a lot of boxes for me to buy it. First of al, I will only buy it if I have used up everything that falls into the same category, I really don’t want two of almost the same thing. My second demand is that it needs to be either zero waste, or have minimal packaging (preferably no plastic). My last demand is that it needs to be vegan. I am beginning to feel like a bit of a snob here :D. Anyway, I found this multipurpose solid butter by Lamazuna, and it had everything I was looking for.
When I go abroad, I always research where to buy vegan and cruelty free cosmetics in that area. I then come up with a list of shops and visit them one by one to collect some of the products that I can’t purchase here in Belgium. When it comes to purchasing vegan beauty products in Belgium itself however, I find it really hard to get information on the internet. I therefore decided to make my own article devoted to vegan beauty shopping in Belgium. I hope this helps out some of you.
When it comes to makeup, I am always on the look out for three things: vegan lipstick, vegan blush and vegan eye shadow. Yesterday was my lucky day when it came to eye shadow because Couleur Caramel, a brand that offers a ton of vegan options, had a -75% sale in a nearby store (for my Belgian readers; it was Essenza). The sale was just too good to pass up on so I grabbed the only two neutral (and vegan) shades left and purchased them along with one of their cardboard palettes. The grand total? About 7 euros.
The Lush Valentines collection has now hit the stores and I could not be more excited about it. Last year I missed out on Prince Charming Showergel. I guess I wasn’t enough of a Lushie yet to appreciate the beauty of their limited editions. This year I upped my game and got my hands on it as soon as I got the chance. Here are my thoughts on it…
One the things that bummed me out when I went vegan was the lack of vegan beauty boxes in Belgium. Luckily we now have a few options available that send internationally. Vegan Cuts is one of those. Each month they make a selection of four to seven beauty products (some samples, some travel sized and some full sized) that you receive right at your doorstep. The boxes include popular vegan brands like Pacifica, Lush and LVX but they also feature unique small scale brands. That way the products are diverse and unexpected. Let’s see what my first Vegan Cuts box has to offer…
It has been ages since I have done a favorites of the month article, so I decided it was about time for an update. Those of you that have been following me on Instagram (my username there is blackluckblog) should have noticed that I have gotten really into Lush lately. Their scents, skin care innovations and clear stand against animal testing have sucked me right in and I have become a bit of a hoarder. Because of that, my current favorites might include a bit of a Lush overload (just warning you). Other than that, I have become more into cooking thanks to a certain cookbook, but more on that later. Let’s get on to my favorites of december.
Sometimes I buy something so great and beautiful that I simply must write about it. The Lush Spa giftset is one of those things. It is a beautiful reusable cardboard box containing two products from their permanent range and three exclusive spa products that you can’t find in regular Lush stores. One worth getting your hands on if you are into all things Lush, especially the soothing, will-make-you-fall-asleep type of Lush products.
Today I will be reviewing another one of those innovative shower-products that you can only find at Lush. It is a shower jelly, meaning that its texture is somewhere between that of a soap and a shower gel. It is jiggly, bouncy and sort of reminds me of the weird pudding that you get in the hospital. Lush offers two of these wobbly concoctions permanently: Whoosh (a fresh minty and invigorating jelly) and Sweetie Pie. Sweetie Pie is a soft purple, bergamot and cherry scented blob of sweet goodness packed with coconut, seaweed and cherries. It costs about as much as one bath bomb, yet lasts you a ton of showers.
If I were to describe the packaging of the Too Faced Sweethearts blushes in one word, than that word would be ‘girly’. The pink heart-shaped cardboard packaging speaks to the former teenager in me and, even though it is far from subtle, even the grown up in me appreciates it. The actual blush itself consists of three parts, a bright cool-toned pink, a warm peach and a more neutral peach. Looks like a real must-have for all blush lovers out there, but is it really?
A couple of months ago, I went to London for a few days. I did some shopping there and discovered some very cool places that offer loads of vegan beauty products. Since I couldn’t find much information on the internet on where to shop for vegan beauty products in London, I thought that it might be a good idea for me to share an overview of my favorite London-based shops and a few pictures…