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Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

Best New cosmetics and skincare

The best new beauty products on shelves this May include some exciting releases in makeup, hair, skincare and fragrance. GUESS have launched their first brand new scent in 3 years, EcoTools delivers a makeup tool favourite with a twist and Bourjois claims to have improved a product that was already out of this world.

Discover these new beauty products, and more, with my Best New Beauty May round-up. Continue Reading

Cyber Week Sales Offers Promo Coupon Codes 2016

It’s sale season, y’all!!! I hope you all have a great thanksgiving holiday but let’s get down to business, you want all the sales and promo codes to shop up a storm, right? Yep, I heard you. Let’s get straight into it. This is your ULTIMATE one-stop Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales Guide for the best beauty, fashion and lifestyle offers. This list will be updated DAILY as new offers are announced.

Below you will find a list of both CURRENT and FUTURE offers. This means you will need to keep in mind each store’s country of origin in order to shop the sale at the right time. Majority of the listed websites are based in the USA so if you’re in Australia remember we are about 12hrs ahead of the USA. Offers included from Australian and UK sites as well. The list is sorted alphabetically by country of ORIGIN (but keep in mind that most of these stores offer international shipping!).

Bookmark this page and check it regularly so you don’t miss out on any awesome offers. If you know of an offer that isn’t listed here, please leave a comment with the details. Continue Reading

I know I always ramble on about my cracked, flaky lips but today I did something about it. I tried The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ.

This product isn’t new to the market, or even been relaunched, or anything news worthy. It is just one of those cult favourites that beauty editors seem to keep to themselves. Shame on you! I found this product when I was browsing my beloved Adore Beauty shopping site (which is quickly taking over from my Sephora browsing time, mind you!).
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There are many Beauty retailers in New York and when I was doing research for this trip Blue Mercury was one that often popped up as a must-see. I visited the Upper West Side store located at Broadway & 83rd Street which until recently was their only Manhattan location. I have to say I was kind of expecting big things from this store as it did appear on some of my favourite websites and beauty lists.

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In-Home Massage Soothe App Review

Have you had a professional massage in your own home? It was a concept I thought was reserved for rich housewives and high-flying executives. To my surprise, however, massage is no longer a luxury as it’s becoming an essential part of self-care. Hunching over computers and mobile devices, less daily movement and exercise …. our bodies are suffering. Massage is one of the easiest ways to reduce pain and stress from mounting up in our body, but with busier lives comes less time for self care.

I’ve always dreamt of having a massage therapist come to me, and I’ve looked into it many times over the last few years. I tried to find a reliable and certified massage therapist who offered in-home massage and didn’t charge a crazy price but that always seemed to be just out of reach. Then, I heard that Soothe had launched in Australia. An app that turns massage into an on-demand service. Will my Soothe app review reveal an answer to my prayers? Read on to find out! Continue Reading

Priceline Cosmetics Sale 2017

A Priceline cosmetics sale is just what the doctor ordered before the Holiday season madness. This month, Priceline is giving you 50% off all cosmetics and makeup. You heard correctly, 50% off! You could buy all your holiday and christmas gifts at 50% off and use the rest of your budget to treat yourself. Read on to get my shopping tips, product recommendations and all the nitty-gritty details. Continue Reading

Cyber Week 2017 Sales Guide

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week are upon us. The great news is that this sales celebration has gone global! Of course, I wish all you beautiful people located in the United States of America a great thanksgiving holiday, but let’s get down to business.

I know you want all the sales and promo codes to shop up a storm, right? I polled you on Twitter, I quizzed you on Instagram, and you said that this blog post is what you want. This is your ULTIMATE one-stop Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales guide for the best beauty, fashion and lifestyle offers. This list will be updated DAILY as new offers are announced. No other publisher offers a list as comprehensive as this one.  Continue Reading

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