Cruelty-Free Beauty

New Edinburgh Salons: Paint and The Nail Gal

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I know, I know, I said I was dropping beauty from the blog. But one last time, I wanted to feature some new beauty salons I’ve discovered in Edinburgh through the power of instagram. Lately I have been getting bored with my usual look, so I decided it was time for a refresh, with a little help from some local girl bosses at Paint and The Nail Gal.

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Why I’m Dropping Beauty from the Blog

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Last week I met up with Ann Martin from celebrated Scottish fashion blog Style Stamps for a little street style shoot, as I wanted to show off my new items from Glasgow designer fashion brand Birds of Prayers, a hugely oversized black smock dress with deep pockets and a flouncy skirt, and a giant jersey tote bag with enough room in it for the kitchen sink.
While chatting about the current state of blogging with Ann over a cappuccino at Round Square coffee house,  we touched upon the  issue of over-saturation of beauty bloggers right now, and how neither of us really prioritised writing about hair and make-up. I’ve been blogging less and less lately about all things beauty, so I’ve decided its time to narrow down my niche and drop it from the blog completely. Read on to find out why…

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ESPA Beauty Room at Harvey Nichols

All Edinburgh folks know that Harvey Nichols on Multrees walk is the city’s ultimate style destination and go-to department store for the latest and greatest in fashion, beauty and food. An original pioneer of experiential retail (the consumer trend taking over the high street) with their in-store dining and drinking experiences, customisation, personal shopping, parties, trunk shows and even botox. But did you know about the ESPA Beauty Room? 

Yesterday I received a Personalised Facial from the UK spa beauty brand (thats also totally natural, plant-based and cruelty-free!) and a bag full of spa-at-home goodies, so I thought I’d do a lil post to review. TLDR: I am a temple of zen. (more…)
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Honey Pop Club

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a beauty subscription box for a while (mainly because its nice getting little treats and mini presents to myself through the post!) and running up to my 20th birthday last month I saw that one of favourite fashion bloggers, Amanda from Honey Pop Kisses, had released The Honey Pop Club, a monthly subscription box promoting indie brands. This month’s theme was self-care and self-love during the holiday season, so I thought I’d treat myself. The best part is that any beauty product included each month is totally cruelty-free!  Read on to see what was inside the December box…

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Damn Rebel Bitches: Reek Perfume

Its not often that a perfume campaign makes any sense at all, let alone resonates with actual, real women. Forget retouched snaps of glamazonian goddesses with action men on a billion dollar yacht, I’ve found a perfume that not only smells good but does good too. Damn Rebel Bitches by Reek perfumes is a bold, unmistakable scent that encourages Bitches to Unite. It looks to the past for inspiration, playing homage to the historic heroines of Scotland, yet is forward thinking in its marketing, with all-natural, rebellious badass women who aren’t afraid to make a statement.  (more…)

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