More Kylie Lipkit dupes!? Makeup Revolution Lip Kits

Hello Lovelies,

University is (almost) finally over. This last year has been one of the craziest, most stresful experiences of my life which deserves to be rewarded. As such, I came across these new revolution ‘Retro Luxe Lip Kits” which consist of Matte and Metallic shades. Call them dupes of Kylies Lip Kits, but I’m a sucker for some good lip shades and at £6 per kit, I’m hardly complaining.

Side Note: Revolution do not test on animals. Hurrah!

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From left to right: Royal, Reign, Echelon and Worth It.
Shade: ‘Worth It’

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‘Worth It’ is the only metallic shade in this review. I was interested to try this because I don’t always venture too far out of my comfort zone, but always enjoy when I find something that works for me. I must admit, I truly love this dark purple/blood bitten shade which is so versatile for day and night. For some reason though, I thought it would dry matte so the thick lipgloss texture threw me off guard. Because of this, the application can be difficult and patchy. Probably not great for those of us who lack patience.

Shade: Reign

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Reign is probably the ‘girliest’ shade out of the lot. Despite the brown/ nude undertones to the shade, the colour applies closer to baby pink. Personally, i’m not a fan of pink shades, just because I don’t think it fits with my personality (makes sense right?). However saying that, it is probably the most wearable shades, especially for daytime looks. Overall though, I really liked how matte the liquid dried and can see this lasting for the majority of the day.

Shade: Echelon3 lipstick

Echelon is my favourite matte liquid lipsticks in this review, and potentially my current favourite in my entire collection at the moment.  Similar to Reign, it is mostly a pink shade. However, the dark purple and nude undertones create a gorgeous lip-bitten shade that’s wearable throughout the day and night. An absoloute win from me.

Shade: Royal

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Royal an absoloute pain to applicate! As with all dark shades, it can be one of the most unforgiving in terms of not looking like a toddlers colouring book. Because the colours dry quickly too, it can be difficult to fix during the process. However, the colour was gorgeous – a dark rich purple. Not the most wearable, but it was definitely exciting to see the end transformation.

Photography credit IG: @matt_sharratt

What shades are your favourite?

Love,

lea-x

Valentines outfit!

Hello again!

Since Valentines day is quickly approaching, I thought I would release a bunch of Valentines related posts to suit the occasion. You can expect a Vegan What I eat in a Day (Valentines day edition, of course), so if you are interested in how you can make plant-based choices whilst eating all the cake in the world, definitely keep in touch by hitting the follow button!

One of my favourite things about this holiday is that it allows me to go all out with my outfit and makeup – that’s probably one of the most ‘basic’ things I’ve said today, but that’s because I don’t get of the house out much (#thirdyearstudentproblems).

Today is also just one of those days. So here I am, on a Friday afternoon, not doing my coursework and posing in a nice dress.

New Look // 19.99

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This is, without a doubt,  a boob popping dress, which is one of the things that drew me in. I love an outfit that can make going bra-less appear sophisticated but I just really hate wearing bra’s anyway, so this really is a winning situation for me.  The only downfall is that I do find myself ‘falling’ out of this dress, so this is going to require some tape to keep the material firmly fixed and public appropriate.

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Another thing I love about this dress is that it is so universal. Since I  put on weight last year, I have been self-concious about my tummy which literally looks invisible in these pictures because the material just flows so nicely over it. Though at the same time, the tie at the waist  provides a nice eye-drawing detail that flatters your curves. All-in-all, three course meal food-baby approved.

Let me know what your plans are for this Valentines day!

lea-x

What I Eat in a Day: WSLF Vegan!

Breakfast

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This isn’t exactly Whole Starch as Bran Flakes are a processed cereal, although considering all the other sugary cereals available, this comes a lot closer to a “healthy breakfast”. Since I really struggle to enjoy eating oats, I opt for a Bran flakes topped with banana and a drizzle of Soya Light milk. This satiates me fairly well.

 

Lunch

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Most days I either have university or work and despite their being a decent range of vegan options in the dining areas, they’re not oil free or WSLF for that matter. So I have started to bring in my own lunches consisted of baby potatoes, sriracha sauce and a salad.  Usually I would top the potatoes with sweetcorn but as they are considered a starchy vegetable, I’m trying to further my weight loss by sticking to the guidelines of a 50-50 ratio to starch and vegetables.

 

Dinner

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Today I made this delicious Teryaki rice dish. My whole starch consisted of wholegrain rice, which come in  frozen microwavable packs, so they’re super quick to make. They’re also oil free! I then topped with cooked broccoli, sliced peppers and spring onions with a drizzle of teriyaki sauce and chilli flakes. Super easy dinner.

 

WSLF Progress:

It appears I have lost a rough 3lb since I have started eating this way which is amazing considering I do not feel as though I am restricting myself in any way: I still occasionally drink alcohol and eat at restaurants, all the while  not once stepping foot in the gym. My bloating is also a lot less profound as it was eating a fruit based diet and I find myself satiated for longer without crazy energy spikes and drops. I will continue to update my progress throughout the next coming months.

Love,

lea-x

 

Primark & Misguided Haul, Youtube, and UPDATE

So last Monday I had surgery. Since then, it has been a very painful recovery and I have often  been questioning myself on why I went ahead with it in the first place, despite reading up online discussions on forums that specifically said “Childbirth was easier”. Its not all doom and gloom though, I am grateful to the strong pain medication I was perscribed that sent me to sleep hours at a time which I guess, in some sense, speeded up the healing time. Still, it has been pretty shitty.

More than anything, the timing has been the worst part because my boyfriend had planned to be out of the country for most of October working on film shoots, which meant I was left home alone. Thankfully my parents came home and helped me with tasks I didn’t want to do (washing the pots). A friend of mine also helped take me around town to pick up more pain medication, which I took advantage of, and ended up shopping my own weight in clothes. It is hard being stuck in the house alone. The only other thing I could look forward to is my weekly grocery delivery, which by the way, I bought some Vegan Wensleydale-style cheese and it is SO good.  If you’re wanting to become vegan or just looking for ways to cut out meat and dairy, I definitely recommend the new line that Sainsburies have recently added. The hype is real!

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Since I’m not quiet recovered enough for uni yet and I haven’t updated this page for a while, I really felt the need to make a video on my recent splurges. This is something I have been wanting to try out for a long time, even though I don’t have the equipment to make the high quality content I really want,  but this is just the start. Please let me know if this is something that you enjoy and are willing to support. My channel will be similar to my blog, a focus on Veganism, health, beauty, fashion; all of that jazz.

Thank you so much for being a great reader and a fabulous supporter. I wish you all a fantastic weekend!

lea-x

Revolution Palette: Fortune Favours the Brave

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are having a wonderful day so far. As per usual, I have treated myself to a little eyeshadow palette. I’m going through a stage where I have fallen in love with eyeshadows all over again and trying to venture out of my routinely brown smokey eye, hence why this blog is so focussed on makeup at the moment. Next week will be a slight shift however where I will be posting a budget Vegan grocery haul for all you students out there who are just going to uni for the first time, so definitely follow if that’s something you are wanting to see.

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Back on topic, the palette I’m currently obsessed with is the Revolution “Fortune Favours The Brave” which was just under the £10 Mark accessible in Superdrug. While Revolution can not say they are Vegan, they have confirmed that they do not test on animals and neither do their third parties – which is great news for those who do not buy into animal cruelty.

img_5772The main reason why I chose this palette is because the shades are so versatile and wearable. I’m not usually one for bright colours on my lid, but right now I’m up for experimentation and I find this selection of 30 shades allows me to do that without being too daring. I also love how these shades are so smokey and romantic in theme, with plenty of pigmented gold and pink shimmering shades, matte nudes and gorgeous marbled shadows too, allowing me to go from day to night. It also helps theres a huge mirror: theres nothing worse than a palette without a mirror!

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 I highly recommend this palette, especially for those on a budget like me.

Let me know if you have any favourite beauty buys this month!

Love,

lea-x

Thursday Thoughts// Am I Vegan?

I was really put off making this post, because I know Veganism and dietary talk can set off the nastiest of debates. But changing my lifestyle, for the better, is a big factor of my life right now and so it’s something I would like to discuss.

In case you’re wondering what Veganism is, it is a plant based diet  with the elimination of meat and dairy; no beef, no eggs, no cheese or milk. Veganism promotes a lifestyle that is sustainable for the planet, that is better for your health and promotes the awareness of animal rights.

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For the majority, I’m not a big meat eater anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my steak nights when I can afford it but anything else I find sort of boring, only eating chicken breast to up my ‘protein’ intake. But I realised quickly I could find better sources of protein with lower fat content in mock-meat products such as Quorn, which although are not Vegan, they are a lot more beneficial to your overall health. Fruits and vegetables are also some of my favourite foods which make up the most of my diet anyway, especially when I realised how much cheaper it was to buy these products than processed microwavable foods.

So naturally, I was already on a plant-based diet but like most people, I felt vegetarianism and Veganism was extreme, a ridiculous concept that goes against what we are taught is a part of a balanced diet. That’s what I thought when I came across a Facebook post ridiculing this lifestyle, and seeing a huge backlash from the Vegan community. Actually, my first thought was how overly-dramatic, sarcastic and angry these Vegans were, from Freelee the Banana girl on YouTube, and the comments that criticised people who were transitioning slowly. For me, it gave Veganism a reputation that I didn’t want to be associated with, scared I would be  bullied out of the community for not being a “good enough” vegan because my health was my first priority. But I decided to research more, watching documentaries such as Cowspiracy  that taught me about our planet and the animals that inhabit it so I understand now that it is more than just our health, it’s the bigger picture.

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So am I vegan? Right now I am in my transition period. I am having to try a whole bunch of new foods like Tofu, soy products, lentils and beans and figure out a new meal plan and routine which is actually difficult.  I am worried about eating out, and eating over at friends houses because of the response I might get, but I also know that it just takes time and practice. I also know I will get things wrong, and thats okay because it’s a learning process that should be encouraged. But so far, I am really enjoying knowing that I am doing right by my body and the planet, and I can’t wait to see the results.

In the meantime, I will be updating my blog with Vegan related posts, such as meal ideas and my experience with possible weight-loss ( I have a holiday coming up after all!). Also if you have any Vegan related tips, its something I would really appreciate seeing because I’m learning so much everyday.

Need some Vegan Snack inspiration? Tasty Vegan  Snacks

Watch this video for more information! 101 reasons to Go Vegan

 

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What I eat: Tasty Vegan/ Healthy snacks

For a while now, the majority of my diet  has been plant based purely because fruit and vegetables are some of my favourite foods. But I’ve recently taken interest in Veganism and the benefits that come from eating an entirely plant-based diet, which sounds extreme to many (Including my previous self) due to the strict nature of eating no meat and dairy.  Whilst I can’t say that I am truly a vegan yet, I do believe it’s beneficial to both the environment and our health to cut down in these areas and opt for healthier alternatives, believe me when I say there are so many out there, especially when it comes to snacks.

Vegetable crisps

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These vegetable crisps  might sound odd right off the bat, but they have become a staple junk food in my kitchen. The mixture of Beetroot, parsnip and Sweet potato create an interesting dynamic of tastes, basically they taste great and are a healthier alternative to your average big pack of crisps. These are available in Aldi, Tesco and  ASDA for around £2

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If you like that kind of bite to melt in your mouth sort of texture that Quavers or Skips offer, then these  great alternative as pack of crisps. You can substitute nacho’s or Doritos for these guys  (if you enjoy dipping sauces as your snack) as a very easy way of getting more nutrition into your day. Natural, nutritious,and low  fat is a winner for a vegan lifestyle. Available at Tesco for around £2

Humous

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Humous is a great way of packing in some healthy fat if you’re not a fan of avocados ( I don’t see the fascination!). I like to dip carrot sticks in, but I’m sure you can use celery or add it into meals and salads too so it’s very versatile as a flavouring agent. Be careful to read the ingredients though if you are a vegan, as some can contain dairy. Available at Tesco for £1

Gallo Organic Rice Cakes

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I love this brand.  These rice cakes come a variety of flavours and are so versatile as a snack. Eat them alone or top with Tomato’s, humous or practically anything you like and enjoy entirely guilt free. Honestly, 3/4 of this pack has been eaten by my boyfriend, so that says enough. Currently available at ASDA for £1

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This is the obvious one that should be left unsaid, but fruit is an essential. I usually opt for Mango, Passion fruit and blueberries but Aldi was offering great prices for Kiwis ( 45p?) so I felt the need to switch up a little.  Thats the best thing about fruit, there’s so much of it.  Tasty Snack idea: Try making a vegan replica of ice-cream by wrapping a banana in tin foil and placing in the freezer overnight. Or baking in the oven with cinnamon. Guilt free sweet treats!

What healthy/ vegan snacks do you recommend?

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I’ve noticed recently that my choice of clothing was just boring and repetitive, I would often be going to work in jeans and a “nicer-than-usual top. Mostly, this was down to the fact I had put on a little weight over the christmas holidays and haven’t been as confident to get my best assets out (as far as I was concerned, they were hidden through months of hibernation). But after my 21st birthday earlier this January, I decided enough was enough and that I would be going back to my healthy ways in order to drop the weight and feel happier in my skin. As motivation I have ordered some cute items from misguided that I am able to wear to work and would love to give my honest opinions to potential customers.

The Midi Skirt

I’m 5’2 with a fairly slim but curvy figure so I’ve always avoided the midi skirt in fear that I would look like I’m drowning in material and exaggerate my not-so-great features. However a dear friend of mine, who is also very petite, advised me to find a skirt that just about hit the knee for its best effect. I’ve used Boohoo in the past and bought cheap, flimsy ones made of a jersey type material and was put off with everything that was wrong with it. This time, I decided to take a plunge and try Misguided, opting for asymmetrical cuts and see through hemlines. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the quality of these skirts, especially as some of them were on sale from £5. I did buy a nude coloured version of the striped skirt, however it appeared the skirts were slightly different in design. Instead of an elasticated waistband it had a zip fastening.

Advise: If you do want to buy from misguided please be aware that the majority of items that I have bought had a very poor zip which would often get stuck and fail to function. As I have arthritis, I struggled with this and required the help of my friends and boyfriend who also painfully struggled to fasten me up! Many of the items I just had to give away.

The Playsuit

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If you knew me when I were  between the ages 16-18, I basically lived in playsuits and shorts even if it meant taking the extra five minutes to go to the bathroom. Working at a nightclub, I saw a girl wear a really cute playsuit and re-inspired me to purchase one again. I came across this “teal” playsuit on Misguided and fell in love with the plunge feature as I don’t really have anything that shows that part of me off. Plus, I really like the almost  geometric feature that the straps have incorporated, I really cant wait to wear this tomorrow night with my new haircut.

Advice: “Teal” as in, it was supposed to be more green, but it sadly wasn’t as true to colour. I still love it regardless. 

The Bodysuit

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So, I completely forgot to photograph this one myself even though I had it ready, please do not judge me. Seeing this on the website made me question two things, 1. How bad is the camel toe? 2. How much boob spillage will there be that night? I decided to take the “plunge” and buy it anyway knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry about tucking excess fabric into my cute skirts and it making it visually obvious. So, the bodysuit isn’t exactly comfortable on my crotch and i’m definitely going to have to buy those stick on nipple/boob pads, but I’ll still give this a thumbs up on the basis that its cute.

Advice? Just do you, honey boo boo.