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I’ve wanted to try Glossier for a long time. I was put off because I’d seen a lot of mixed reviews online and wasn’t able to test the products in person first. And for some reason I thought that Glossier weren’t cruelty free, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out they are and got straight to ordering.

When I made my order I thought all of their products were completely vegan too, which sadly isn’t the case. I should have searched a little harder before buying! But luckily two of the products I ordered are completely vegan, and the other just contains beeswax (which I know is used by some vegans) so although I personally wouldn’t order it again, I will still include it in my review.

They offer free UK shipping when you spend over £30. And at the checkout you can choose to receive less packaging, which is fantastic, I did and received minimal packaging which was all completely recyclable.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Perfecting Skin Tint, £20, is completely vegan, and is the product I was most excited to try. I’ve been opting for a natural look more and more over the last year so I wanted to find a base product that was really sheer and almost undetectable to easily create that ‘no makeup’ makeup look.

My very first impression of this product was ‘It’s very small!’ (which is never a good start). It’s only 30ml, the bottle is about the same length as my index finger. I was preparing myself for disappointment but I absolutely loved it. It is exactly what I was looking for. It creates a healthy looking even glow. It is almost undetectable on your skin, even getting as close as I can to the mirror I can’t see the product, it really is a second-skin finish. It’s really lightweight and super sheer, there’s no real coverage whatsoever. You can build the product slightly for more cover but it is still very minimal. If you walked past someone with this on you would probably think they weren’t wearing makeup but had a great skincare routine, took vitamins, and drank plenty of water.

I would have to rate this product 5/5. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. I used shade G9.

Generation G Lipstick ‘Cake’

The Gen G Lipstick, £14, is also completely vegan and another Glossier product I’ve been dying to try. It always looks amazing when I see people wearing it online, and it seems to suit everyone.

It comes in 6 shades. I chose ‘Cake’ which is described as a ‘subtle peachy nude’ because I wanted something natural looking. It looked darker than I expected in person, but when I applied it the colour was so close to my natural lip colour it was a bit freaky. Again, it was exactly what I was hoping for. My only complaint is that it was a little harder than I expected, I hoped the lipstick would have a more balmy consistency. But it’s perfectly matte, not drying, and has stayed well throughout the day.

I would rate this product 4/5. I would score it 5/5 if it was more balmy.

Glossier Stretch Concealer

Contains Beeswax.

I hadn’t heard much about Glossier’s Stretch Concealer, £15, before I bought it but I was looking for a very subtle creamy concealer and there was an offer to buy the skin tint and concealer together for £29 so I thought I would try it.

I’m gutted that it contains beeswax because it is fantastic. Again, it was exactly what I was looking for. The coverage is medium, I definitely wouldn’t consider it full coverage, but it is buildable. The main thing I love about it is that you really can not see this product on your skin. It just melts straight in like the skin tint. I’m so impressed with both of these products.

I would rate this product 5/5. I just wish it was completely Vegan! I used shade G9.

Final Thoughts

I had heard so much about Glossier, and thought they would turn out to be an Instagram brand that had been completely overhyped. I was ready to be hyper critical of their products, but I am so impressed with all of these. I wish I had tried Glossier sooner and I will definitely be trying more from them. Click here for a list of all of their vegan products!

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Christmas is without a doubt the hardest time of the year to be sustainable. But you’ve clicked this link, which shows you care, and that’s a great start!

Maybe you have a friend who’s passionate about the environment and you’re struggling to find a sustainable option for them this Christmas. Maybe you’re trying to be more sustainable yourself and want a link to subtly (not at all subtly) hint to your family members. Or maybe you’re super sustainable and want to buy sustainably for all of your family and friends. Whatever the reason, here are some great sustainable gift ideas that can help.

 

Gift an Experience

Gifting an experience is my absolute favourite, I would always rather buy someone something to do than something to have. Take someone to the cinema, a play, a gig, go for a meal, a massage, a cookery class. Experiences don’t have to be expensive, but doing something together will always be special.

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, I highly recommend Tredwells Vegan Tasting Menu (£75). The menu was created by Chantelle Nicholson, an incredible chef who supports conscious cooking and reducing food waste. Not to mention every single course is mind-blowingly delicious.

 

Support Charitable Organisations

Common Ground Collective is new on my radar, I just came across them last month and I’m so glad I did. They provide therapeutic and creative workshops for people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs. 100% of sales from all of their products go straight back into the charity. Their products are so beautiful and affordable, Small Baubles are £10, Large Baubles are £13.50, and some of their Potters in Protest bowls are as little as £3.50! They make perfect Christmas gifts. I just bought a shell from their Potters In Protest collection (as a gift for myself lol).

Also new on my radar, The Soap Co is a social enterprise based in East London. All of their products are crafted in the UK and 80% of their staff are blind, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged. Their latest collection is certified plastic free, and they aim to become a completely circular brand. They have a great range of gift sets available from £15.

 

Gift Vintage

Buying vintage is one of the most sustainable ways to add new clothes to your wardrobe (or someone else’s). Not to mention it’s extremely satisfying to get a rare gem that you’re not going to see anyone else wearing.

There are a few pieces still available on my vintage shop The Slow Vintage Shop, and more coming before Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled!

Some other great vintage shops to check out are;

 

Support Sustainable Clothing Brands

Jakelle Studios is a wonderful small sustainable brand. Their bodysuits (£69) are made of bamboo and hand made to order in Devon. Because items are made to order delivery can take 7-10 days, so be sure to check Christmas availability before you order! (Photo via Instagram @chloe_tesla)

Lucy & Yak are a cult favourite for sustainable shoppers. They’re an independent brand based here in Brighton, their items are ethical, sustainable, and hand-made. They’re well known for their amazing dungarees which are currently available from £22 (I bought my cousin a pair for her birthday, she loves them!), but have lots of other lovely pieces too.

Know The Origin is a one-stop shop for all things sustainable. They stock a huge range of eco friendly brands and products at really reasonable price points (from £2.99). Their Christmas Collection is a great place to start if you need inspiration.

 

Luxury Sustainable Gifts

Maria Nila is my favourite haircare brand ever. I’m sure you all know this already because I never stop going on about them. I’ve been using their products religiously for four years, I’ve got half my family hooked on them too. And I just started working with them this year, which has been a dream come true. This year they’ve got amazing Holiday Gift Boxes which contain a full sized shampoo and conditioner, and one of their lovely handsoaps from £39. All of their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free, sulphate and paraben free, and their packaging is carbon neutral. I would be ecstatic to receive one of their gift boxes for Christmas!

Rêve En Vert is an online luxury sustainable fashion and lifestyle retailer stocking a wide variety of luxury conscious brands. I recently joined them to make a Christmas gift box (available from £60) and was completely spoilt. I picked two EYM candles, I’m currently lighting this one very sparingly because it smells so wonderful I want it to last forever. They also have lots of lovely gifts on their website for under £50.

 

Ask Them

The best thing we can do to gift sustainably is simply ask someone what they want or need. Then we can guarantee a gift will not be unwanted or wasted. Although it might not seem as exciting for a gift not to be a surprise, it will definitely be appreciated. Last year my sister’s boyfriend bought me razor blade heads and I was genuinely thrilled. I dread buying them because they’re so bloody expensive. And they’ve lasted me all year, I’ve still got a few in the cupboard! I will probably ask for a re-stock this Christmas.

And if someone you know doesn’t want anything, why not make a donation in their name? For £28.87 you can reserve a place at a Crisis UK center for a homeless person this Christmas.

 

 

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Sustainability is a topic that’s been floating around a lot at the moment. But it is not a trend, a phase, a fleeting thought- It’s important, and it’s here to stay. It’s an issue I’ve become progressively more invested in over the past year, and it’s a topic that I have actively avoided talking about online.

I’ve avoided talking about it because it scares me. I’m a very sensitive person and I do my best to avoid conflict wherever possible. I’m sure we have all seen or experienced the aggressive comments of a holier-than-thou activist, or the ‘witty’ jibes of the willfully ignorant. Unfortunately, writing about sustainability opens the door to a wave of potential negativity and that’s why I’ve put it off for so long. But it’s too important, and too necessary now, to put it off for any longer so I will have to suck it up and hope for the best.

Living more sustainability is a journey, it’s a process that takes time. We can’t be perfect, it is not possible to be completely sustainable, but we can make lots of changes to reduce our personal impact on the earth.

It is important to remember that some sustainable and ethical changes aren’t available to everyone, for a multitude of reasons: money, time, availability, physical ability. If there are limits to what you can personally do, please do not feel guilty about it. Focus instead on the changes you can make and any progress you have already made.

It is also important to remember that we do not fully know the people we see online, and we cannot judge another on their behaviour if we do not know their circumstances. We can of course help to recommend sustainable alternatives, and encourage and support others to make changes. But no lasting changes are made out of guilt. It’s unfair and counter-intuitive to shame and guilt each other.

There is so much I want to share on this topic, and I’m always learning more. So I just wanted to quickly introduce it here to open the door.

In my next posts I’ll be sharing what sustainability is and why it’s important, my personal journey to live more sustainably, examples of sustainable changes we can make with and without money, and how to cut down your fast fashion consumption.

If there is anything specific you would like me to talk about with regards to sustainability let me know in the comments here, by email, or on Instagram!

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Bon Iver, All Points East with Sam – Sunday 2nd June
Tredwells, Covent Garden with Mum & Carly – Wednesday 19th June
First dinner at my new apartment, Brighton – Sunday 23rd June
West Wittering Beach, Dylan’s Birthday – Tuesday 25th June
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24th October 2017 was the third anniversary of Dylan’s death. I wanted to write an update for you all but to be completely honest it was a real shitter of a year and from October until now has been the toughest since Dylan died.

 

This post is late partly because I didn’t feel up to writing it, but also because three years sounds like such a long time I wasn’t prepared to see it written down.

It feels like a lifetime since I last saw D, but at the same time it feels like for the last three years I’ve been going fast-forward on VHS- I kind of know what happened but it’s all a bit blurry and I’m not really sure how I got from that point to now.

I’m scared to admit that I’m struggling more than ever. The more time goes on the more people expect me to be ok, the more pressure I feel to be feeling better, for the day-to-day to be easier and it’s not. I’ve been hesitant to say it because I don’t want any of you who are grieving to feel like it won’t get better, grief is so wildly different for everyone. I started writing these posts almost as a yearly log of my grief, and I feel I should continue to write them whether that year has been just about bearable or downright awful.

 

Every day is still a struggle.

 

If you haven’t lost someone so close to you, it’s hard to imagine when someone says they think about someone every day. It seems like it’s just one of those cliche things people say, and before you’ve experienced it you might get a fleeting thought of ‘surely not EVERY day’.

It’s not a cliche, it’s true.

Dylan was as big a part of my life as I am, there are so many things that remind me of him. Every song I sang to him. Every song we listened to together. Every song we played at his funeral. The park. The beach. My dogs. A wheelchair. A buggy. Anything monkey related. The smell of that Hollister aftershave he put on before the community nurse he had a crush on came over. Gingernut biscuits, drumsticks and blackjacks. The list is never-ending.

Imagine a day where you don’t hear, see, smell, or taste something that reminds you of someone you love. Then believe me when I say not a single day goes by.

 

 

I feel numb and lost.

 

That’s all I feel I can say right now but hopefully things will get better soon.

Sending you all lots of love.

 

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