Category: Beauty & Wellbeing

Fund Dreams not Greed…

I’ve been a supporter of independent brands, designers and artisans since the start of this blog and longer. My grandparents were potato farmers and running your own business runs in the family through many generations on both sides. So it’s only natural that I have an interest in small businesses and the stories behind brands. I guess that’s how I ended up doing what I do, helping make other people’s brands awesome for a living and hopefully one day, I’ll have my own brand bigger than what I’ve already done.

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Photo from one of my fave cartoon series, Cartoon Network’s We Are Bear Bears in their episode, Tote Life. You should totes check it out. 

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#IndieLove – Oh Deer Sugar: Australian Based Bath & Body Bakery

Another brand that I’m not sure how I stumbled upon, I think I found them on Instagram originally and totally dug their concept. Oh Deer Sugar is an Australian based brand run by two vegan friends Shani & Nikki and they’ve been baking up non-edible bakery goods since 2013. They now have an Adelaide based store, a totally divine Instagram account and an online shop that normally offers international delivery.

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#IndieLove Day 7 – CutECOsmetics Cruelty Free, Vegan & Eco Beauty

CutECOsmetics have been part of my life for quite a long time now. I knew the original owner very well, helped with odds and ends and they are now one of my oldest freelance clients and a brand that is extremely close to my heart. They’re a husband and wife team who stock the best indie, cruelty free, vegan and eco friendly beauty brands from around the world. Great products, excellent speedy customer service and you’re supporting a family business too. Awesome.

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Pic from Popcorn & Glitter

Don’t forget to scroll to the end for a sneaky discount code which is valid until Sunday….

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#IndieLove Day 2 – Marshmallow Blends Handmade Bath & Body Treats

Ok, so if you know me you know I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with Lush, there’s probably some posts about it on here somewhere, but yes, personal experiences of working there and conflict of morals mean that I’m always on the look out for alternatives to Lush, because at the end of the day handmade soaps and bath bombs are always going to capture my attention, some of my first beauty shopping memories revolve around buying handmade soap from market stalls at craft fairs when on day’s out with my parents.

So, Marshmallow Blends has been on my radar for a very long time, as it’s owned by an ex-beauty blogger. Some of you might remember (or know in real life) Nicoletta Blog’s, who was one of the first bloggers I ever worked with at my first ever beauty marketing jobs about 4/5 years ago and I’ve followed her ever since. Special shout out to tsunimee too for making stuff happen in my early days of blogger outreach professionalism.

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Alex Box Launches First Product: The Alex Box

As many of you know, I’m a massive fan of make up artist and all round creative, Alex Box. Until recently Alex was heavily involved with make up brand, Illamasqua, as Creative Director and she’s now on her own individual journey, which I’m really enjoying following. Her latest news is a big story, Alex introduced her first product this week, which officially launches 7th June, The Alex Box.

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Sophy Robson x Little Ondine Collection 10% Discount Code

This is seriously beautiful! I’ve been favouring Little Ondine nail polish over conventional polish for about 6 months now. It’s a 100% natural brand made our of resins and water, it has no odour, it’s non-toxic and cruelty free. It does take a bit of effort to learn the best way to apply, but once you’ve nailed it you’ll quickly see the benefits. Super fast to apply, quick to dry and super fast peel off when you’re bored. The latest offering from this ace little brand is this stunning collaboration with nail artist, Sophy Robson.

Little Ondine 100% Natural and Cruelty Free Non Toxic Nail Polish collaboration with Nail Artist Sophy Robson Discount Code

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Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass x Urban Decay Make Up Collection

Make up and film collaborations are 100% the theme of my week, but I ain’t complaining when it’s something that combines two of my biggest geekdoms. Yes, it’s all part of a bigger marketing ploy each company using the other to boost awareness, create a story and ultimately persuade us into parting with our hard earnt cash. However, when the result is something this pretty you can’t really complain. This is the second Alice in Wonderland collection from Urban Decay and once again they’ve gone full on with it.

Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass Urban Decay Collection Eye Shadow Palette and Lipsticks

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MAC x Good Luck Trolls Make Up Collection

Hello blog-reading folks, it’s been a while and this little collection sneak peek is what caught my attention enough to blog. Many of you will know that historically I’m not a massive MAC fangirl normally and have generally been disappointed by some of their limited edition collection as it’s often just repackaged colours or so limited edition that it’s basically impossible to get hold of. The latest news is about a rather retro, nostalgic collaboration with Trolls, which looks pretty special.

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WIN a Hamper from Patisserie de Bain by Rose & Co

A long, long time ago in a city far, far away in Central Yorkshire, I lived and worked part time at a lovely vintage inspired apothecary and boutique called Rose & Co. We sold various gorgeous things from brands like Paul & Joe, What Katie Did and our own brand which at the time was largely cooked at home on an old fashioned oven by founder Caroline Rose. My time at Rose & Co taught me about pin-up and burlesque, how to fit corsets and how to do Victory Rolls. I didn’t work there for long but its influence has stayed with me to this day. So, I’m very pleased to be able to share with you a little competition to win a slice of the company for yourself. I’m running this out of sheer, genuine love for this brand and its owners.

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Little Ondine Winter Wonderland Limited Edition Collection and Secret Top Coat/Base

If you’ve got sensitive skin, allergic to regular nail polish or just want a convenient, kind to skin (and nature) alternative to chemical ridden nail polishes Little Ondine is definitely a brand that you need to check out. I’ve featured them a few times now and basically they use natural resins and colours in a water base for a quick drying, odourless and peel off nail polish formula. For Christmas they have this stunning Winter Wonderland gift set which is limited edition and simply gorgeous!

Little Ondine Natural Toxic Free Odourless Peel Off Nail Polish Cruelty Free Christmas Winter Wonderland Red Glitter, Holographic Flakes, Red Nail Polish Gift Set 10% Off Discount Code Review and Swatches

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