Some Animal Cruelty Free Products

Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Products

Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Products

Hello all!

In my last blog post I mentioned a few changes I hoped to make to my blogging, one of which was to put time into researching which products are animal cruelty free and avoid purchasing any which fall under the list of those which do allow testing on animals.

I like to hope I’m not alone in saying when you decide to actively put this effort in, you may get slightly worried about how many products you own which have caused the suffering of animals. I spent most of today sorting through all my cosmetic products, ranging from shampoos, hair colour, make-up, skin lotion, you name it! I had prepared myself to find most of what I owned to have inflicted some cruelty on animals, however, I was pleasantly surprised to realise I didn’t own as much as I thought. The photo above shows a small collection of brands that do not test on animals. I do own some Body Shop products which claim to not test on animals but they are also owned by L’Oreal who do, so I haven’t included them. Aside from probably the more famous of the brands for being against animal cruelty (Lush) I was very surprised by some of my discoveries as especially with some products, they haven’t made the effort to highlight on the packaging that their products are animal cruelty free.

The products in my image are from the following brands which do not test on animals: Ted Baker, Bleach London, Benefit, Topshop, Hollister and Lush.

The Addison perfume by Hollister is probably my favourite fragrance and Bleach London enable me to have pink/lilac hair, so I am very relieved to know I will not have to part way with these products. Another brand which is not included in this picture is MUA, if you are after a budget cosmetic which does not test on animals. Their products can range from as little as £1 and are available in Superdrug stores. So there is at least one cheap alternative out there still!

Unfortunately, I did however find the only two foundation products I use, L’Oreal and MAC, do test on animals. Fortunately I’m about to run out of both so it is time for me to purchase a new foundation, I will take this as an opportunity to find one which has not been tested on animals. I may end up reviewing several different products as I imagine I’m going to struggle finding another foundation which matches my pale skin as easily.

On this note I also discovered a really cool looking website: The Vegan Kind which looks to me a competitor of Glossy Box, but with a focus on ensuring no products contained have been tested on animals. They have two different options, one purely beauty, another which contains food. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am not vegan however, I do want to ensure any products I use are not tested on animals from now on and part of me would like to attempt a vegan lifestyle as I’ve read countless blog posts about how people are mislead to think a vegan lifestyle is difficult. It would probably be a long process if I were to turn vegan as most of my diet consists of milk and chicken but I am tempted to subscribe to both of these boxes, to discover new products which are not tested on animals and maybe vegan alternatives to current food I am eating.

Hope you found this post helpful! I may write another post listing all the products I owned which I found do test on animals as a visual reference for anyone else looking to avoid making the same mistake!

Much love,

Nicola x

Changes In Myself And Now For My Blog

Hello all,

So a few of you have messaged me with regards to my lack of recent posting in general. Seeing as some of you have been so patient with me, I guess I should equally share a few things that have been hindering my blogging. Work really gets in the way, anyone who works in retail I’m sure can understand that.

As much as I do enjoy blogging, mostly the web design, SEO and photography aspect and I do enjoy reading blogs reviewing beauty products etc as I find it very useful, I do sometimes get upset that I don’t have a blog focused on my biggest interests: music, video games and philosophy. If I could have it my way I’d be reviewing my favourite albums but the truth is I just feel I can’t express why I enjoy an album or piece of music on a technical level whatsoever. Again my issues with reviewing games apply the same as with music. I just found writing about whatever I bought the easiest way to produce content which allowed me to work on web design, SEO, photography and equally meet others through mentions of my interests during each post. I wasn’t sure how to express my personality in a blog form aside from that and sometimes I struggle to post knowing that I can’t express my interests in words.

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I suffer gastric pain, sometimes the pain can be so bad it makes me very aware of mortality. It all feels incredibly dramatic, but once you become so aware of death, you pretty much become paralyzed by the fear of it.

Around Christmas, working in retail I watched a lot of customers buying throwaway gifts, you know the ones, the little joke presents which you laugh at then throw into a drawer, don’t use and then throw away after six months. I started to feel bitter towards the fact that I was finishing work at 9pm most nights because of people buying items that they were just going to throw away later. By all means, I’m all for sentimental gifts.

These feelings got me thinking about making monthly hauls. I really appreciated your amazing following and how lovely and supportive you have all been to me but I suddenly realised I too had been doing the same thing. Going to Primark once a month because it was for my blog and was probably buying things I wasn’t overly bothered about. Alongside this conflict in my head I was also really hating clutter and feeling inspired to own nothing, to live a minimal lifestyle. To add to everything again, I thought about death. When you die you can’t take any of this “stuff” with you. So why own it if it serves no purpose in your life, it just becomes a burden. Only own things which matter to you.

Just before Christmas I began bulk listing most of what I owned on Ebay. I knew I was planning to move flats, I wanted to move as little as possible and also earn money to make up for cost of applying for a new property to rent. I cleared out most of my wardrobe to say the least.

My blog is going to change in the following ways:

NO ANIMAL CRUELTY: I doubt any of us intentionally buy products tested animals, you buy the products because they’re cheap and in the places you go shopping. I’m trying to wear less make-up in general however, from now on I will no longer purchase any products which have been tested on animals to the best of my knowledge. At least then I can blog about more ethical products which are not causing harm to animals at least.

NO MORE MONTHLY PRIMARK HAULS: Yes unfortunately, I’m not going to buy products for the sake of making a haul any longer. I know this will feel a disappointment for some because monthly Primark hauls are a good way to show you what is in stock, what I like/dislike about the products. This doesn’t mean I will never ever make a haul video/post again, but instead it will only be if I actually purchased items I really want and know I will get regular use out of. As I mentioned previously I don’t think it is wrong to buy a pair of shoes that you actually do end up wearing 3/7 days a week. For me I refer more to buying items for the sake of having the spare cash to, buying so much that you forget what you own and don’t possibly have enough days in the year to wear your clothes. So monthly hauls at least won’t be a thing unless by some crazy coincidence I find a lot in one month.

MORE SECOND HAND CLOTHING POSTS: As I mentioned, I like the idea of spending less money, plus buying second hand clothes is a great way to recycle, I like to think this isn’t causing as much harm again. You can find some amazing bargains on Ebay or in charity shops so I feel pretty excited to be sharing about these instead.

MORE LIFESTYLE AND CREATIVE POSTS: I need to give my life some meaning, I want to get good at something before I die. So I will share my creative works on my blog more often, this will include music, drawings, crafts.

Part of me is contemplating also working towards a vegan lifestyle. Of course I know vegans are associated with animal rights, and I imagine it is very satisfying to know you’re avoiding harming animals through your lifestyle. Another reason I was tempted was after reading about how a vegan lifestyle has helped many others suffering with gastric pain, perhaps it could help me too. But anyone who knows me will know how much of a love I have for chicken, milk and extra hot mexicana cheese, so it feels like an impossible thing for me to be. But perhaps if I can find vegan alternatives for everything else in my diet, perhaps I will notice an improvement on my pain.

I’m not really sure why I wrote this, but I just felt I had a lot to get off my chest and equally wanted to explain my absence in content.

Much love,

chibichic

Quasimoto Necklace Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

Quasimoto Pendant

So after uploading a video about the children’s book ‘SortOf The Snail’ which I illustrated to help children coping with depression, a few of you not only responded with really nice comments but also mentioned you’d be keen to see other artwork or creative pieces I work on. Thus I’ve added a vaguely titled section to my blog: ‘Art’. What is art? That’s so broad, I apologise for that, but basically the ‘Art’ section will just be filled with anything creative I make. I am also trying to attend galleries more often especially as Bristol has at least two with free entry, so I may write about pieces I find in those from time to time also.

For my first post in my art section I wanted to show this Quasimoto pendant I made. Right before meeting my best friend online, I was having a phase of listening to MF Doom, his album ‘MM… Food’ was my favourite to listen to at the time. After meeting my friend he saw I listened to MF Doom and we were straight onto our hip hop talk, he introduced me to Madvillain’s ‘Madvillainy’ which would introduce me to one of my favourite hip hop artists, Madlib. Madlib worked with MF Doom as Madvillain, he also released an album with Freddie Gibbs last year but for me the most important thing about Madlib is that he is Quasimoto. Quasimoto has been and will probably always be my favourite choice when wanting music which can make me laugh, feel relaxed and overall just feel pretty great about life. I haven’t heard anything quite like him before or after listening. His instrumental version of ‘Bus Ride’ is currently my ring tone. I quite often find for my favourite artists there is little merchandise, so I thought I should attempt to take my own.

So here is my little Lord Quas pendant which I hope to add to a necklace chain at some point. I’m so happy with how he turned out, so I’m really excited to start wearing him. He’s photographed standing on the Quasimoto picture disc vinyl featuring ‘Planned Attack’ and ‘Talkin’ Shit’. I believe the version I have in the picture is still available to purchase from the Stones Throw store here.

A few people commented on my Instagram post of this Quasimoto pendant asking me to make more and sell them on Etsy. I am currently getting back into jewellery making which I will share with you all soon and the links on where to buy, but if more of you are interested in this Lord Quas pendant let me know and maybe I’ll get on it.

Much love,

chibichic

Topshop Striped Polo Crop Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Topshop Stripe Polo Top

Again this is another overdue post, I’ve actually moved flats since taking these photos and my hair is a different colour but I’ve been wanting to upload this outfit for a month or two, so here it finally is. I think this striped polo crop top is still available in Topshop stores, I purchased it from the regular Topshop range unlike my black high waisted Joni jeans which are Topshop Petite. I really love wearing cropped tops or cropped jumpers as a petite, I feel they offer you a lot of flexibility in an outfit, with wearing high waisted jeans, shorts or skirts. I find wearing crop tops with high waisted clothing can help make you appear taller than you are, in photographs at least. It also feels pretty nice to finally be able to wear polo neck tops, four years ago when I weighed over ten stone and was massively more insecure about my weight than I am now I wouldn’t dare touch a top like this and I would have just cried for hours about how I looked.

My black Joni jeans from Topshop Petite are in size 6. Usually I find petite size 4 clothing fits me okay but I find high waisted clothing can really trigger my gastric pain and make me very sick if I wear it for too long, so I went a size up from usual, which I would recommend doing as I did find them to be a smaller fit than other petite size 4 clothing I own. That plus the dreaded feelings that I am also probably gaining weight.

I’m also wearing my crystal necklace and nose ring from my Urban Outfitters Haul: Here.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

chibichic

Urban Outfitters Haul

Urban Outfitters Jewellery

Urban Outfitters Jewellery

So this is a slightly overdue post, because the items were purchased ranging from December to early February. I really like Urban Outfitters’ clothes and jewellery but often find them a bit expensive, so when they have a sale I take the opportunity to make my wardrobe look a bit more pleasant. First of all I picked up the jewellery in the picture above:

Elephant Bracelet £3

Fake Nose Ring £3  –  This is a pretty amazing piece of jewellery. I actually self pierced my nose about two years ago, you might think it’s silly but I pierced my own ears and had no problem, I have some weird thing with pain where I feel like if I’m controlling it, it won’t hurt one bit. My nose piercing was fine but after about three months I yanked my nose stud out in my sleep, it hurt a lot in case you were wondering and equally bled a lot and then it healed over by the morning. I really couldn’t face re piercing it because it felt so sore from the little mistake I made in my sleep, so having a fake nose ring which can also be worn as a lip ring is pretty cool.

Layering Bracelets £3

Crystal Necklace £5

The midi rings are from Topshop, but I thought they matched the other items so picked these up on the same day for around £2.50 I think?

Urban outfitters bracelets

Urban outfitters bracelets

Urban outfitters crystal necklace

Urban outfitters crystal necklace

Urban outfitters elephant bracelet

Urban outfitters elephant bracelet

Urban outfitters nose ring

Urban outfitters nose ring

As for clothing, I picked up two playsuits and two jumpers. Both jumpers have foxes on and I’ll take photos of them on at a later date. One fox patterned jumper is cropped in length and great if you’re a petite like me. The green jumper has one large fox on the front and is quite oversized but cut so well that it hangs really nicely on me. As for the playsuits I just always find playsuits a great item of clothing if you’re petite, I’ve never had an issue with a playsuit being too long for my petite height, I’m guessing because of the elasicated waists. All pieces of clothing were £20-£25 each which feels scary in my head but they were a treat I guess.

Urban outfitters jumpers

Urban outfitters jumpers

Hope you enjoyed my little Urban Outfitters haul. I may get back around to making some more “What I bought” YouTube videos in the future as I’ve had a few really kind messages from some of you asking if I will be making anymore or if I could continue making them! Thank you for those by the way!

Also as these purchases date back a bit, I have recently picked up some new items from Urban Outfitters because I received a £50 gift card so I will upload that at some point next week too!

Love,

chibichic

Layering Clothes

Urban Outfitters Red Floral Playsuit

Urban Outfitters Red Floral Playsuit

Urban Outfitters Red Floral Playsuit

Urban Outfitters Red Floral Playsuit

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to write a little post about one of my favourite ways to wear my clothes around this time of year where it’s not quite summer but should (I stress the should part because here in England it is still quite cold!) not be cold enough to need thick jumpers. I’ve noticed Topshop selling a range of ribbed crop tops which I have really fallen in love with. I owned a beige colour of this range which I purchased about four years ago and Topshop discontinued the tops shortly after, so when I discovered a new range of colours back in store recently I was pretty happy. I picked up this green ribbed crop top alongside another light grey one. I love wearing these under playsuits, I thought this green ribbed crop top in particular goes really well with my red floral playsuit from Urban Outfitters.

Sorry about the low quality photos and also for the hand over my face, I have no make-up on and get a little paranoid about it. I’ve gone a little trying to avoid wearing make-up so that I can save up for some new make-up which is all strictly cruelty free.

Love,

chibichic

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

So this was a purchase I made just after Christmas from Urban Outfitters as this crop top which I had been wanting for a while was reduced down to £12. I haven’t made a full typical outfit post for this because, as much as I love the top, I am very self conscious about my figure and don’t think this top would flatter or suit me at all in a full body photo. These just show how to expect it to look on. I also found the straps a bit long for my shoulders (Nothing new there as far as being 4ft 11 goes.) so I had to adjust them a bit. I’m wearing this crop top with some shorts I also picked up from Urban Outfitters.

Also notice how cute my Spirited Away postcards are in the background of the first photo! I actually picked them up for free at the cinema, they’re great quality and look really nice on my wall!

Love,

chibichic

H&M Mustard Jumper

Urban Outfitters Floral Playsuit

Urban Outfitters Floral Playsuit

H&M Mustard Jumper

H&M Mustard Jumper

Hi everyone!

So this was just a quick snap I had of an outfit I wore to work one day, I quite liked it considering I threw it together in about a minute and didn’t pay attention to my appearance at all!

Outfit: Mustard Jumper – H&M, Red Floral Playsuit – Urban Outfitters, Red hat – H&M.

Love,

chibichic

Favourite Music As A Child, Teenager And Through To Now

cd collection

CD Collection

Hi everyone,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a music related post especially as I often go off on tangents about how music is such an important factor of my life. I’ve recently been clearing out things from my parents’ house and stumbled across a box of things I purchased as a child, which included a few CDs. As a little heads up, this doesn’t fully summarise my passion for music as a child at all. When I was young the main products any pocket money I earned went towards were either graphic novels, CDs or collectibles from my favourite shows. I also travelled a lot as a child and unfortunately during one trip to Austria I arrived home, aged around seven, to find our front door smashed in and my bedroom pulled apart and sadly a lot of my belongings stolen. There is one CD I remember having a ballerina on the front, or something similar, that supposedly was one of my favourite things as a child but I was never able to find it in any music stores since. (Bear in mind I was living through the age of dial up internet, which basically meant no internet at all.) As time passed I forgot the artist, title, everything to do with this CD apart from what I believe to be the cover artwork, I hope one day, I’ll come across it and realise I’ve been reunited with it. As for the photo above, it’s a small selection of what I enjoyed as a child, other artists I loved I didn’t need to own as my parents instead owned them. Other CDs I purchased are still lost in amongst my parents belongings, many of which are now in Devon.

Whilst I’m not necessarily a huge fan of some of the CDs in the picture now, I still want to be true to myself and explore what I did enjoy as a child to help me realise how I’ve developed the music taste I enjoy today. In order of purchase from the photos above:

Daft Punk – Homework – 1996, Robert Miles – One & One – 1996, Robert Miles – Children – 1996, B.B.E – Seven Days And One Week – 1996, B.B.E  – Flash – 1997, Sash! – Encore Une Fois – 1997, Placebo – Black Market Music – 2000, Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation – 2000, PPK – Resurection – 2001.

Other CDs I remember purchasing were a Depeche Mode album, Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’, The Smurfs – Saturday Night (It must have been good? I can’t remember haha.) and a few by Scooter.

So considering I was born in August 1991, I actually began my CD purchasing when I was around five years of age, which I find pretty interesting. I have very distinct memories in particular of listening to Robert Miles, Sash and B.B.E on my portable compact disc player a lot as a child. Each Friday night my dad would be playing football in Bath with friends and I would always hop in the back of the car for the journey of driving him there via Kelston Road from Bristol at night enjoying the night sky and landscape of Bath. It’s pretty safe to say looking at the image above that I had a love for trance music as a child, most probably from a creative escapism perspective. I also remember writing a lot of stories, or enjoying escaping to the imagery in my head. I guess at the age of five or six, I didn’t see loneliness in a negative light whatsoever, as an only child I was very used to being alone and spending time with myself. What I didn’t realise at that age was that music wouldn’t just be pleasure for me, but it would almost become a coping mechanism, it would become a need to constantly listen and escape to the imaginary worlds music would help me create in my head, it would become in a metaphoric sense my best friend that would always be there for me.

So now, I’m going to explore a timeline, of key pieces of music which I feel helped define me and mould me into the person I am today. I am by no means a music reviewer, I can’t discuss music on a technical level, all I am able to do is express why it matters to me or what I associate the piece with. As this is a personal blog post and I am so aware of mortality, I don’t particularly care what people think anymore because you just die in the end anyway, so I may write something which offends you simply for the purpose of expressing why enjoy what I do but we’ll see. Also I like to hope that you follow my blog partially for my personality/taste and whatnot, so I always want to be honest. Continue reading “Favourite Music As A Child, Teenager And Through To Now” »

Topshop White T Bar Shoes

Topshop White T Bar Geek Shoes

Topshop White T Bar Geek Shoes

Another set of photos I really enjoyed taking also of one of my favourite outfits. Curious to see what this outfit will look like now that I have pink hair. Oh also, a little shout out to my buddy Chu Totoro who kindly sat with me in the photos. Continue reading “Topshop White T Bar Shoes” »

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