Superdrug Colour Sensations

Well the Corvid – 19 apocalypse has called for a lockdown but that’s no excuse for a girl to let herself go!

I mean there’s a lot going on in the world right now and I grant you that having perfect hair might not seem like a priority but if you look good, you feel good so do your hair, paint your nails and put on your lipstick, even if you’re quarantining alone and nobody can see you!

All the salons are closed but before the lockdown, I managed to get my hands on some Superdrug Colour Sensations semi permanent hair dye. (Superdrug also being a drug store, might well still be open so you could be lucky, obviously be responsible though and only visit if you absolutely have to for medicine and then whilst you’re there . . .) 

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I’ve been dying my hair since I was a 14 year old Spice Girl wannabe, ginger to be precise . . . and have been various shades of red, blonde and brunette ever since so I don’t even know what my natural colour is anymore, before I ever tampered with it, it was medium brown but prone to blonde streaks in the sun.

I’m a big one for DIY beauty, it’s only when I was blonde that I had my hair coloured professionally.

I used to use permanent colour but found it tried my hair too much and although the semi permanent colours are only supposed to last 28 washes, I always find my hair holds the colour so it’s only when my roots need a touch up that I need to refresh.

When it comes to buying cruelty free, hair dye can be tricky as most of the big brands that produce home dye are owned by companies that still test however all Superdrug own brand products are Leaping Bunny certified and cruelty free.

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So I went with the 5.0 Dark Chocolate.

The contents of the box are pretty standard and easy to use, mix tube 1, the creme colour in with bottle 2, the creme developer and shake, put on the gloves, apply and leave for 20 minutes ,wash off and condition with tube 3, the intensive conditioner.

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After drying my hair, the colour looked great, a nice, even, rich brown and my hair was glossy too.

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Picture taken immediately after colour refresh for a Jawbreaker themed shoot! Jawbreakers are also vegan FYI.

The only fault I found was not in the product itself but that there wasn’t enough of it, luckily I’d bought two bottles as they were on offer at 2 for £5 so I had enough for full root coverage.

Maybe one bottle would suffice for root coverage for someone who has finer hair but I do have quite thick hair so definitely needed two just for roots and would probably need three for a full head coverage.

At £3.59 though or 2 for £5.00 the dye is great value and works out much cheaper than the big brand equivalents even if you do need two bottles.

Would I buy again? Yes!

Eden Perfumes

Perfume, from the French Parfum, a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds used to give the human body an appealing scent.

Expensive, opulent and luxurious be they floral, musky, woody, fruity or aquatic, men and women have been wearing perfumes for thousands of years.

But did you know that most of perfumes contain some really icky animal ingredients?

Ambergris – a wax-like  growth which is found in the stomach and intestines of about one in a hundred sperm whales. The finest ambergris has a lovely, sweet, musky odor. 

Musk – found in a small pouch, in front of the penis of a mature male musk deer. Apparently it possesses a sweet, generous, aromatic intensity bringing an elegance and a radiance to any perfume composition.

Civet – a buttery-yellow paste secreted by the perineal glands of both male and female civets which is said to have a radiant, velvety, floral scent . . .

Castoreum – Is used to produce a spicy ‘leather’ scent and is a thick paste found in the castor sacs between the pelvis and the base of the tail  of both the male and female beaver.

Hyraceum – also called ‘Africa stone’ is the petrified rock like excrement of the rock hyrax, it’s one animal scent that can be harvested without actually causing any harm to the animal but why oh why would anybody want perfume made from any animals excrement, no matter how ethically it might have been obtained?

Well, I definitely don’t want to be lathering my body in any of those, that’s for sure!

Luckily, I stumbled across an amazing vegan and cruelty free perfume brand last year whilst browsing the lanes of Brighton called Eden perfumes.

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Eden Perfumes have hundreds of scents lines up in bottles on their walls that almost perfectly match that of many well known designer fragrances but without any of the cruelty, no animal ingredients, no animal testing and mostly organic, what’s not to love.

I have 3 myself, copies of Chanel No5, Dior’s Poison and Thierry Mugler’s Angel and you really would struggle to tell the difference between the Eden perfumes and the real designer scents.

Not only that but at only £15 for a 30ml bottle if you buy in store of £18 if you buy online, you’re saving a fortune.

Cruelty free more often than not, cost’s less!

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Shop online at www.edenperfumes.co.uk

Or head to:

Original Brighton Branch

26 Gardner Street Brighton BN11UP

New London Branch

203 Portobello Road London W111LU

How Vegan Is Vegan Enough?

There’s this thing with vegans eternally trying to out vegan each other, not all vegans granted but a certain strain of nazi vegans that are always feeling the need to attack those they don’t deem as ‘vegan’ as them.

Vegan nazi’s who don’t wear faux fur condemning those that do, vegan nazi’s who only eat whole foods and won’t eat meat free substitutes to things like sausages and burgers condemning those that do. I mean, sometimes, you just can’t win.

As for the meat free substitute debate, well a lot of vegans, like me didn’t give up meat and animal products because they didn’t like the taste, it was to do with morals, being animal lovers and wanting to live cruelty free so what’s the problem with eating something that might taste similar but is plant based.

I’ve had meat eaters say to me that a vegan sausage can’t be a sausage because it isn’t made from pork, well since when did pigs grow in the shape of sausages? Pigs are animals, sausage is a shape, same goes for burgers or nuggets or goujons, they’re all shapes, I prove my point and it doesn’t matter whether they’re from seitan, tofu or vegetables, they’re cruelty free and taste delicious

So that being said, the question is, how vegan is vegan enough?

Well The Vegan Society’s definition of ‘vegan’ states:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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It’s about doing the best you can to live a cruelty free lifestyle.

Vegans don’t eat meat or fish or poultry, they don’t eat dairy or eggs or honey, they don’t wear leather or fur or wool and they don’t wear cosmetics that are tested on animals or contain any animal products.

I personally think the concept of humans drinking cows milk is just plain weird, I mean cows produce milk to turn baby cows in to big cows, why would anybody want to drink something that has the potential to turn them in to the size of a full grown cow?

A vegan diet is not only proven to be healthier for digestion, complexion and weight, a full vegan lifestyle is straight up healthier for the soul.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary on your bid to become vegan, good for you, just do the best you can, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up, if it’s easier, slide in to a vegan lifestyle gradually, you might just be more inclined to stick with it.

Apparently 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan and with all the major supermarkets upping their vegan game, there couldn’t be a better time to take the leap.

The Vegan Life Live show is taking place in March this year, I’ve been for the past few years and it’s a great day out and a perfect chance to sample products and get ideas.

Don’t listen to the nazi vegans or the preachy vegans, do the best you can to be as vegan as you can be and that’s a good starting point. 

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Look our for leaping bunny on cosmetics and household products. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny