2016 - StephLeaMead

Monday, 26 December 2016

January Sales: Under £20 ASOS edition!

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January Sales: Under £20 ASOS edition!
Christmas day is done and dusted for another year, meaning the big January Sales are officially on! Time to get your consumer on and spend too much money on more stuff because you need another dress, I mean, New Years Eve is coming up so... Debit cards at the ready, here are my top picks from the clothing paradise that is ASOS... Happy holidays, lovelies x

1) Ebonie n Ivory embroidered sheer little black dress - http://tidd.ly/8e7d7a29
2) Bluebella short black mesh fishnet dress - http://tidd.ly/8338122c 
3) Velvet lace up burgundy flat shoes - http://tidd.ly/94eaf696  
4) New Look purple velvet high heel ankle boots - http://tidd.ly/e363b2c5
5) Sheer white peplum white top by Milk It Vintage - http://tidd.ly/39ea4398
6) Love Rocks black lace up neck choker - http://tidd.ly/cccc9a18
7) ASOS Valentina black and sheer lace high waisted pants - http://tidd.ly/ad49d2f9
8) Black zip up mini skirt in a leather look - http://tidd.ly/b3fb49d6
9) Off the shoulder bardot blue satin top with bell sleeves - http://tidd.ly/fa132a22
10) Fishnet brazillian style black strappy knickers - http://tidd.ly/81c953e5

11) Her Curious Nature embroidered floral velvet choker - http://tidd.ly/b6911ea
12) grunge washed out black faux leather back pack - http://tidd.ly/e6d6b978
13) Black ripped tee with eagle print patch by The Ragged Priest - http://tidd.ly/7bb9f744
14) Grey wash blue velvet midi bodycon dress with choker - http://tidd.ly/aedd301
15) Black knee ripped skinny denim jeans - http://tidd.ly/d503fc25
16) High neck black and white ladder ripped seam jumper - http://tidd.ly/6c18447d
17) black velvet tight bardot off of the shoulder top - http://tidd.ly/24b3822a
18) Denim slip skirt with black lace hem inserts in washed black - http://tidd.ly/57068a00

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Apologies for your empty bank account now, mine is the same! I braved town today to spend my gift cards and regretted it instantly, here's to the next sale... When will I ever learn?!
StephLeaMead X

Monday, 5 December 2016

Etsy Bohemian Christmas Gift Guide 2016!

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Etsy Bohemian Christmas Gift Guide 2016!
It's time for shopping, eating copious amounts of food and drinking lots of alcohol (that last one is a must, ok? ok.) CCHHRRISTMMASS!
This year, like always, I've got you folks covered with an Etsy, small independant UKCshop gift guide, although this one is slightly different to previous gift guides, this is bohemian themed! So if that suits the beautiful souls you are getting presents for, check out the gorgeous gifts below!

This amazing shop is owned by a lovely girl called Nia, and she hand makes everything in her shop! Born to Roam is packed full of boho goodies, from mandala candle and incense holders, ornaments, and even macrame wall hangings. Room decor on point, seriously!
Perfect Christmas gifts for the free spirited soul in your life, or even for a treat for yourself! You can buy yourself xmas presents, right?! Course...
Everything in this shop can be personalised, and she will happily take custom orders if you message her via Etsy or Instagram! How cute would little wooden name plaques be for wedding tables?!

Check out these rustic, wooden pieces with the links below:

Christmas wood burned and copper hanging decoration - http://tidd.ly/11d0d41b
Wood burned mandala log candle holder - http://tidd.ly/f2da9366
Mandala wood burned log slice incense stick holder - http://tidd.ly/9ba61d50

Can you believe how crazy talented this illustrator, Lisa, is? I couldn't when I discovered her shop on Etsy! She illustrates cards, prints, calendars and much more in this gorgeous, whimsical style.
Her pieces are right up my street, I already have this 2017 fairytale calendar hanging and I'm planning on purchasing her gyspy style fortune teller black and white prints to adorn my bedroom soon! My eyes are in love!

Fairy tale illustrated 2017 calendar - http://tidd.ly/1270a907
Fortune teller monochrome print - http://tidd.ly/14f4ab26

Mandala tapestries are everything right now, I have three in my room at the moment... One acting as curtains, one covering a whole wall and now this beautiful one hanging just above my bed!
This pink and purple mandala wall hanging is actually circular, and the best thing, it has pom poms all around it! Love. Can't wait to use this as a little picnic blanket in the summer, bring it on!

Similar mandala tapestry, from the same Etsy shop, here - http://tidd.ly/79769de1

Kat from Lost Marbles designs the absolute best Christmas cards, ever... No, scratch that! The best cards, period. I will always go to Kat for any card that I need, be it Birthday, leaving card, easter, valentines. Literally any holiday, she's got it, and it will be the funniest thing!
Clintons won't have a card as good as this one, trust me...

Well Hung Christmas card with brown envelope - http://tidd.ly/531052e6

Also, check out other cards from her with my other blog post! https://stephleamead.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/funny-christmas-cards-giveaway-with.html

Aaaand I did a YouTube video gift guide too, if you prefer videos to blog posts, here you go! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuYRk2O4biU

Are you planning on buying these gifts, or anything else from Etsy this Christmas time? Let me know in the comments below! I adore discovering new Etsy shops. Supporting small business is super important <3 br="" nbsp="">
Happy Christmas!
StephLeaMead X

Friday, 2 December 2016

Black As My Soul Hex Bath Bomb ft. Review

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Black As My Soul Hex Bath Bomb ft. Review

Black. Bath. Bomb.

The above is actual audio which left my mouth at bath time. My boyfriend now thinks I'm crazy. I regret nothing. I bet you think I'm over reacting? No kidding, check out the pictures below...

 So first impressions out of the plastic packaging... I thought it would never turn out black, I thought a slightly tainted dark purple bath at best. The smell was amazing, it's like rose oil and baby powder.
I won't lie, I was slightly disappointed at the shape, as I wanted it to be molded into a coffin shape, or crucifix, or witches cauldron or something else related to gothic witchy stuff, but it's just the shape of the packaging. Nothing too drastic, just me being picky. Considering this is my only con throughout my whole review, that's nothing.

When I lowered the hex bomb into my bath water, I was so fascinated by how the bath bomb fizzled into the water. The colouring entwines and floats around your limbs so elegantly, and it looks like black magic (get it, cuz it's black, I'll leave, sorry...) 
At first, it does look like it's final form will be purple, but it ends up being as black as anything you could imagine. Incredibly pigmented, from one inch under the water you cannot see anything, it's crazy. Look...

Even though the colour is very opaque, it doesn't stain your skin or bath. I was quite worried about this because my mother would not have been happy about a black bath, I would have been visited by the grim reaper himself that night, trust me, haha.

One bath bomb is all you need to make it this colour too, and at only £3 it is such a bargain.
Bella Muerte sell other colours as well, even glittery ones though she sells out REALLY quick so if you are planning on buying, be quick! She restocks on a Friday, and I've been trying to get my hands on a black Hex Bomb for a number of months, and I've only just managed to purchase it, so!

Here's the Hex Bomb - http://bellamuerteclothingaccessories.bigcartel.com/product/black-as-your-soul-bathbomb

p.s the bath bombs are cruelty free and vegan! And it's a small independent UK business *party*
i died it was that good, srsly. look. rip. such edgy. much goth xoxo
Did you get as excited as me? Course ya did.
See you next time girl,
StephLeaMead X

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Funny Christmas Cards Giveaway with Lost Marbles!

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Funny Christmas Cards Giveaway with Lost Marbles!
Giveaway is riiiiiiighttt at the bottom! Good luck! :)

Merry Christmas lovelies! 
So it's that time of year again where all of the X-mas celebration preparation (poet and I didn't know it...ha) is taking place!
My Christmas shopping list keeps growing and growing, and my bank balance is getting lower and lower. Apparently, I love spending money... #whyohwhy #someonestopme #takemybankcardplz

Well the amazing Kat from Lost Marbles Co and I have you covered! (The Christmas card part of it anyway, we won't be cooking Christmas lunch for you or helping buy presents, soz not soz.. haha)

Kat (owner of Lost Marbles Etsy shop) has designed some bloody incredible, funny cards for you to send out, which are a million times better than your typical high street, santa and reindeer, cute little robin pictures that your nana would like type of cards... Oh no, you have sexual innuendos galore (see above and below, haha!) pink unicorns, alcohol and subtle swearing... Definitely my type of Christmas greeting card!

'Season's Greetings... and all that shit!' 
Who cares if they rhyme or not? Gimmie the gin! 

 Even my little chihuahua puppy Theo loves Lost Marbles cards... He has been leaving my some grand 'yule log' presents recently, so this card is quite appropriate for him... *sigh* haha.

Merry Christmas, Mofo! This is one of my favourites haha!
So, if you'd like to win a pack of these cards to send out this season, enter our giveaway below.
I mean, why wouldn't you want to give your friends, family and colleagues a funny Christmas card, instead of the boring ones?!

Visit Lost Marbles Co on Etsy, by clicking here.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

GIVEAWAY: Win Etsy and Lush Halloween Goodies!

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GIVEAWAY: Win Etsy and Lush Halloween Goodies!
(Giveaway app is right at the bottom of this page! <3 i="">

Halloween is here, finally! Hocus pocus has already been watched, I'm getting through all of the thrillers on Netflix and my Halloween costume is well under way! Safe to say; I'm excited! 

As you might know, I adore supporting small, local and independent business' so Etsy is my go to place! You can find such quirky things on there, and knowing that they've been lovingly handmade by a beautiful creative soul makes me even happier to spend money with them.
For Christmas this year, I'm going to attempt the Etsy Christmas Challenge, and purchase every gift from Etsy sellers.

I've teamed up with three lovely Etsy creators to bring you this awesome competition which ends on Halloween! I scoured Etsy marveling at the gorgeous pieces you can purchase, and decided to show you guys exactly what you can buy (and also win!) from Etsy and it's sellers.

So... In this giveaway are also two lovely products from popular company LUSH (see picture above) which includes the 'Boo' ghost bath melt, which turns your bath into a white moisturising concoction of loveliness, which by the way, smells incredible!
Also, you have the cutest little Pumpkin bath bomb, which is scented with spiced orange and pumpkin and turns your bath water a autumnal, warm orange colour!
Now onto the Etsy goodies...
 Above are two things from the wonderful shop The Little Shop of Taboo!
She sells a variety of things from the cutest mini Ouija boards and skull alter discs (see above!) to pendulum boxes and candle holders.
Check our their Etsy and social media pages below!
The next item you can win is this beautiful Ouija board ring tray from Metal Liquor!
I love this ring tray, it's so cute and just my style! Definitely my favourite thing from this Etsy shop. The seller also makes things such as; gothic and alternative jewellery, notebooks and picture frames!
Check out her Etsy shop, and social media pages below!
And last but definitely not least... Lazy Line Painter Belle!
Just look how incredible that pastel Ouija board / planchette mug is?! AND The David Bowie illustrated pin badge is adorable, I'm in love! If you like Kawaii, rockabilly and kitsch inspired pieces, this is for sure the shop for you. I know I'm purchasing some Christmas gifts from her, anyway! (you need to look at the Unicorn products!)
Check her Etsy shop out, and social media below!

Well if you'd like to win everything you see above, enter below! (which reminds me, as above, so below is a brilliant movie, definite watch at Halloween!)

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I also did a YouTube video for this, showing you these products a bit more, so if you wanna check that out, do so here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-n7zt5nPLI&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z12bybi5bzisjfjxa04chvmqipfuxvdpccs

Thanks for entering, have the most fun halloween!
StephLeaMead X

Saturday, 13 August 2016

OOTD ft. Ooh La Lah & Suicide Squad Review!

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OOTD ft. Ooh La Lah & Suicide Squad Review!

    Hey guuuuyyyyssss!
So this is going to be two blog posts in one, an outfit of the day featuring new clothing company Ooh La Lah and a mini review for new Marvel film Suicide Squad. (Just kidding, Puddin', I know it's DC... haha)
If you haven't seen Suicide Squad yet, you literally have to! The movie has heaps of mixed reviews, and everyone I've spoke to about it has a different opinion, but I personally adore it. I'll go into more detail below, but in short, you can't miss it!
Black Harness Bodysuit - Ooh La Lah
Green Tartan Suit Trousers - Love Too True
Black Loafer Creepers - Underground
Black Suedette Choker - New Look
Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick - Sleek Makeup
Chunky Knit Black Socks - Primark

Outfit deets first! I discovered Ooh La Lah on Facebook one day, and loved their clothing, and I'm so glad I'm working with them! They've kindly sent me two bodysuits to style and review, so this is the first. Unfortunately this particular piece is no longer on their website, but theres similar and also one that I want need in my wardrobe! I'll link it here - Black Panelled Lace Bodysuit - how cute is the detail on that? The back is incredible, as well.

This black harness bodysuit on is beautiful, I love body onesies with long arms, I feel like they're quite a unique and cool detail. Body harness' are gorgeous, too. I think they make any outfit look instantly sexier and interesting, and it ties in with the lace up front trend going on at the moment. I went out one night with this on, and got so many compliments.
A lot of people would say that you can't wear plunge cut if you don't have big boobs, but I'm pretty small and flat chested, and it makes me feel amazing wearing that style, so fuck body size constrictions, wear what makes you happy, I say!  (hear, hear! haha)

I'll be doing another fashion post soon, with a lace up choker bodysuit in a nude / brown colour, so if you're struggling with styling up bodysuits, check back here for sure.

Onto the Suicide Skwad review... (did you see the casts tattoos?! eek)
So, a lot of people have been left bitterly disappointed with the new comic themed movie, and there's an array of reviews out there all contradicting one another, but I bloody loved it.

I was worried Will Smith, being such a well known celebrity, would take away the attention from the movie and out shine the other characters, but he didn't. His character, Dead Shot, was obviously one of the main protagonists (...or antagonist, shit what are they classed as in this case?! haha) and he was brilliant, casting was on point for this one. Man I don't want to say too much in case whoever is reading this hasn't seen the film yet... Take this as a spoiler alert! Ha.
I know there was a fair bit of controversy when it was released that Jared Leto would be The Joker, but I fell in love with him straight away. Shoot me down, but Heath Ledger just didn't do it for me. I think I prefer the quirkiness of Leto, he makes a damn hot Joker. I told my sister that I fancy Jared as The Joker, but not as him, and she just gave me a very disapproving look. Haha, anyway...

Margot Robbie was the most perfect Harley Quinn (I've filmed an easy makeup tutorial on YouTube if you wanna see, click here..) and I was skeptical of her at first. I saw her in Tarzan playing Jane a few weeks back, and I could't see past the typical English Rose look she had, but damn, I'll give credit where credit is due, she is a bloody brilliant actress. You see her as Dr Harleen Quinzel before The Joker messes with her, and it's like seeing two completely different people. My favourite line in the movie is actually from her... "The voices in my head said I should kill you all... Haha, I'm just joking, they didn't really say that!" (don't quote me on that word for word, mind, ha) she had me laughing loooadds.

Now a bad point to bring up... Eek, sorry! I do feel like there was a bit too much hype for what we got. There could have been a lot more action than what there was, and I feel like more of a back story to each character would have been so much better.
At certain points in the movie, it felt like they were trying to hard to combat Deadpool, and not in a good way. Obviously, Marvel are a huge success with their films and DC want to kick them out of their spot and reign in the super hero genre, but I don't think that's the way to go about it!
I'd really love a Joker and Harley Quinn movie spin off from this, I just can't get enough of their relationship. I want to see Harley's dream of a family come true! Cute.
Was that the most rambled movie review you've ever read? Sorry, not sorry.
Basically, go and see it!!!
Thanks for reading my loves, have an amazing week!
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 3 July 2016


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Black lace up caged heels || Brand Attic 
Hey, friends!
   My favourite type of blog post for you today; an outfit of the day, hurrraaah. As mentioned in my previous outfit of the day blog post, they are actually what got me into blogging in the first place.
 I remember finding bloggers, Samantha Maria and Leanne Woodfull, and from then on was hooked on blogs, vlogs and the like.
I really look up to blogger 'veterans' like them; they're super inspiring.
Sammie now has her own fashion line Novem & Knight, and Leanne has won blogging awards and helped people who have had an underbite and needed jaw surgery with her vlogs on YouTube.
I'm sure you've already heard of them both, but if not, be sure to check them out!

This black faux leather bag is from Topshop, if you couldn't already tell...

Black Lace Up Caged Heels - Brand Attic
Black Skinny Jeans - New Look
Black Faux Leather Back Pack - Topshop
Black Bardot Tight Top - New Look
Black Longline Duster Coat / Mac - H&M
Hamsa Hand Bohemain Head Piece - Topshop
All Bohemain Style Rings - Dizen Clothing
Black Wide Brimmed Hat - ASOS
Circle Black and Gold 'John Lennon' Sunglasses - Camden Market

All black everything, literally. Goth, say what?
I'm in love with my new caged heels from Brand Attic, my favourite high heels ever. Super comfy and easy to walk in, which is something I struggle with when buying heeled footwear. I try to steer clear from stilettos, those thin heels are not my friends! I'll stick to my wide heel...

I've recently just discovered Brand Attic actually, and I'm super glad I did. They're a bit like ASOS in the fact that they sell different brands (hence the name, I guess?) such as Lavish Alice, Motel Rocks, Fashion Union and Jack & Jones. They also offer free standard UK delivery, and free returns too. This is something I look for when buying clothes online, because I'm a cheapskate and hate to waste money on post and packaging, especially when having to return stuff. Annoying, right?! I hope that's not just me, haha...

Anyway, I'm loving the lace up trend thing that's going on at the moment. I adore lace up tees, bodies and of course shoes, like these lace up caged heels. I love that the lace is long and carries on up your leg, it's such a cute little detail. I can't wait to wear these on a night out with a little black dress, perhaps my tassel one, or is that too much? Silly question, you can never too much tassels or lace!

Are you loving the lace up fashion trend at the minute? Have you discovered any online boutiques that you love? Let me know in the comments below, or on social media!
Have a fabulous week guys,
StephLeaMead X

*Photography by Revive Photographic
*Brand Attic shoes were gifted to me, though I chose them myself, and opinions are my own.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Perfect Summer Homeware Accessory! || Prestige Flowers Review

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Perfect Summer Homeware Accessory! || Prestige Flowers Review
Heeeeey guys!
So you might have guessed from previous homeware hauls or pictures with my room in the background that I adore homeware... Ornaments, wall hangings and prints. I also love changing my room around by moving the furniture. (Much to my boyfriends annoyance. He hates it ha!)

Well, I've now got the solution: flowers! (short term solution, sorry Karl but I will still be moving all furniture... hehe)
I've got this gorgeous pink floral, leafy bouquet from Prestige Flowers, which is an online florist and delivery service.

Flowers are a key decorative accessory for me, it brightens up the room and puts you in that Summery mood. It definitely lifts my mood and makes me feel happier having little flowers everywhere! All I have to do is take the pre-arranged flowers out the delivery box, lalala then done.
Perfect bloggers accessory too, flowers as Instagram photo props? Hell yeah!

PF is perfect for me, because I'm too lazy to carry a big bouquet home, and supermarkets can be quite limiting on their selection of flowers, and the arrangements are never great... Plus, picking up flowers is something I'll forget to do on the weekly food shop, and also not have time to visit a florist so an online delivery is amaaazing!

Prestige Flowers also do a gift service, where you can choose a vase to go with your beautiful bouquet (I got a lovely pink glass one) and a box of chocolates, too!
Valentines, birthdays and anniversaries sorted, and you don't even need to leave the house. My kind of gift shopping! (Anyone else find that super stressful, ha?)

Also, if you forget to buy and send a gift, they offer a next day delivery if ordered before 9pm and SAME DAY delivery if ordered before 3pm... Same day delivery though, what a life saver. (and slightly mind blowing, how do they do it?!)

Prestige Flowers also do a range of bouquets which are for charity, so 25% of sales go directly to the childrens charity Barnardos. They have a bunch called 'Believe' which is made up of mostly white lillies, and it's gorgeous! Deed of the day done with a pretty vase full of flowers, yay.

I hope you enjoyed this post guys! Have you ordered from Prestige Flowers before? Are you going to order from there? (Check out their sunflower bunch, omg!)
Thanks for reading, see you next time!
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Cruelty Free, Vegan, Natural Shampoo || AA Skincare

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Cruelty Free, Vegan, Natural Shampoo || AA Skincare
Heeeyyy guuuyyss!
Want to know about the new cruelty free, vegan, all natural ingredients shampoo that I'm using at the moment? (if not, this may not be the best place for you to be... just sayin')

I whip my hair back n forth.... Blue hair, no less... 
So since turning vegan, I always make sure that the products I use aren't tested on animals. I didn't like using animal tested products before, as I just don't think it's necessary to harm animals if you don't need to, but I wasn't so hot on it like I am now.
I used to use Aussie most of the time, but they test on animals so that's a no go now! It's super stressful finding hair care brands that don't test, and are still healthy for your hair, yet I've managed to find one for myself, and you... (I know, you're welcome)

AA Skincare have a range of hair care products, including these two shampoos which I've tried and tested for you. I've used their Rosemary, Safe & Burdock lift and repair shampoo (shown above), which is supposed to nourish and protect your hair, and also their Peony, Bay & Brahmi nourishing shampoo (shown below) which promises to nurture and sooth your hair.

When I smelt these shampoos in the bottle, I was so apprehensive about using them because it brought back those beautiful memories of having my hair doused in head lice lotion back in my primary school days. The strong scent of tea tree is definitely apparent in both shampoos that I've tried, although thankfully, that smell does not remain when you wash your hair! Phew.
Afterwards my hair smelt absolutely amazing, and my boyfriend couldn't stop smelling it and telling me how good it smelt. He explained it as that smell you get when you walk into a LUSH shop, mixed with Aussies sweet bubblegum scent and your favourite flowers. So, pretty good, then? Haha.

The shampoos themselves are clear in colour, and hold a gel like consistency, which means a little goes a long way! It's super easy to lather up in your hair, and you get that great, fresh smell hit your nose straight away. I love it!

After washing my hair with both of these shampoos a fair few times, I can definitely feel a difference in the texture. It feels healthier and stronger, and I've even noticed a difference when I've been brushing it. No more tugging near the ends to get through the knots, or annoying breakage falling on my clothes. Who would've thought all natural ingredients would help this much? Not me, but yay!

When my hair had noticeable changes to it, I thought I'd check on their website for how it works... Was it a coincidence, my subconscious telling me my hairs better, or is there a reason... Well there's actually active ingredients in each shampoo such as Burdock Root Extract which hold amino acids and calcium, and this helps promote hair growth and strength. This definitely explains why my hair felt so good, afterwards!

The green shampoo that I used also has Sage Essential Oil which is a good source of zinc, potassium and vitamins such as B and C, which also helps to keep your hair in healthy shape. Bonus!

I don't normally rave about a product so much, but this literally does exactly what it says on the tin. (well, bottle...) and I'll definitely be re-purchasing! Vegan, cruelty free and keeps my hair feeling and looking great, what more could I want?

If you want to check these out, look at their website here. They also do a range of skincare, gifts and deodorants which I've not yet tried, thought I want to! (I'm yet to find a great cruelty free deodorant, if you know of any let me know in the comments!)


Thanks for reading, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Let me know of any cruelty free hair care that you like! Have you tried anything from AA Skincare before?

StephLeaMead X

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Cruelty Free Make Up List || UK Vegan

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Cruelty Free Make Up List || UK Vegan
Hey guuuuyysss,
So here is a list I've put together of brands that you can purchase in the UK that are completely cruelty free. I've done this because I found it really difficult to 100% know whether or not a brand tested on animals or not, and it made make up shopping stressful (first world problems, I know...)

Using cruelty free products for me came as a mutual exclusivity with my vegan diet and lifestyle, although I think that everyone should opt for products and buy from brands which don't harm animals, because if you have that option, wouldn't you choose the one where animals aren't suffering? So, vegan or not... Here's your super handy list!

1. B.  -  Superdrugs own brand.
   B. is Superdrugs very own brand of makeup and skin care products, which is all cruelty free. They bear the leaping bunny logo, and also are completely vegan. That means no animal derived products such as lanolin, collagen, or beeswax at all. Guilt free, and on the UK high street, so it's pretty affordable! Plus, if you have a Superdrug beauty cards, you get x3 the amount of points as usual. More points equals more free money to spend, what could be better?
B. also do a mens range of skin care, which my boyfriend uses and loves.

2. Sleek - available in Superdrug and Boots

The makeup brand 'Sleek' is personally one of my all time favourite brands of makeup, and they are 100% cruelty free, with a lot of products being vegan, too.
Sleek have stated that they do not test on animals, nor do they get third parties to test any ingredients, and will not sell in China (where it is a legal requirement to test on animals in order to sell there) until they amend their laws regarding animal testing. They are also not owned by a parent company, so no trickeries with the way they've worded this statement, you're good to go with buying Sleek make up!
Sleek is available in Superdrug and Boots stores on the UK high street.

3. Makeup Revolution - Exclusive to Superdrug stores, and online.
Makeup Revolution, London, is one of my favourite cruelty free brands like Sleek. They do awesome palettes, liquid lipsticks, and their highlighter is everything. They even dupe Urban Decays Naked palettes, so if you were lusting for a Naked eyeshadow palette but don't want the hefty price tag, MUR is the way to go. (Seriously, the iconic smokey palette is amazing, and only £6!)
On Revolutions website, they state in their FAQs that they "do not test our products nor ingredients on animals and neither do any third parties (and we are not owned by a parent company)" though they follow this up with "though we cannot claim that our products are vegan friendly".
We're all good on the animal testing front, though I'm not sure if they have animal byproducts in their make up products, though there is an ingredient list for each product if you'd like to check it out, on their own website.

I've filmed a video using MURs Velvet liquid lipsticks, so you can check that out, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drqalf512yM

4. MUA - (Makeup academy) Exclusive to Superdrug stores, and online.
Makeup Academy are another cruelty free brand that vegans love, and I've heard a lot of positive comments regarding their mascara, which I'm yet to try, though plan to purchase it very soon!
On MUAs website, they state in their ingredients list that they are "pleased to confirm that our MUA products and their ingredients are not test on animals."
Remember that not all of their products are vegan, though, so be sure to check out the ingredients before using!
I'd definitely recommend trying out their cruelty free glitter nail effects nail varnish, it's beautiful!

5. Barry M - Availible in Superdrug, Boots, and online at ASOS and their own website.
Barry M is another brand that I regularly use, including their flawless colour corrector primer, which is green in the tube (to counteract any redness, apparently?!) and is an absolute saviour for my skin and makeup!
They have a cruelty free page on their website, which states about their animal testing policies and how they support a world with no animal testing at all, and encourages you to sign campaigns against cruelty to animals. So rad, see this here: https://www.barrym.com/cruelty-free
My sister uses their mermaid and glitter nail varnish, and I'll admit I've 'borrowed' it a few times and it's amazing! Also want to try their volumising 'show girl' mascara, as I've heard so many good things!

6. Lush Available in Lush stores, and online.
So Lush is infamous for their incredible, colourful bath bombs, sweet smelling shower gels, and of course their cruelty free campaigns, but not so much for their make up. Well, I didn't know about it until I went for a job interview there, anyway. Is that because I just don't open my eyes in the store, and get too excited about the soaps? Probably...
Anyway, they do lots of cosmetic products which are all of course cruelty free and contain natural, organic ingredients such as jojoba oil and rose wax, so your skin gets a treat, too!
I'm lusting after their lipstick in the shade perspective, it's a gorgeous colour! Perfect nude pink.

7. GOSH Copenhagen - Available in Superdrug, and online.
Gosh is another beauty brand that don't test on animals at all, and also have a lot of products that are totally suitable for vegans, which is a downloadable thing on their FAQ tab on their website.
I've recently tried and tested their Foundation Drops which comes in a pipet bottle shown above, and it's amazing. The coverage is great, and you don't need a lot of product. It also gives you a lovely dewy glow and texture, which is the perfect look for Spring and Summer time!
GOSH also sell deodorant and perfume, so if you're on the look out for cruelty free fragrances, check those out!

8. Collection (Formerly Collection 2000) - Sold in Superdrug, Boots and online
Collection (previously named Collection 2000!) are a cruelty free brand that I wear each and everyday. I swear by their Lasting Perfection Concealer, it has such high coverage and lasts ages!
Props to Zoella, I discovered this beauty of a concealer after it was featured in one of her make up routine videos. Girl did good! (Though I wish she used all cruelty free make up!)
Collection don't test on animals, nor do they trade in China, but not all of their products are SFV, so just double check the ingredients if you're looking for makeup suitable for vegans, although they're infamous concealer is! *dances*

9. Miss Sporty - Sold in Boots, Superdrug and online.
Miss Sporty is another brand that doesn't test on animals, I used to use this back when I first started experimenting with makeup as a kid. It's definitely more marketed toward the younger generation, and is super affordable for young people, which is great as well for people who want a cheaper option. Miss Sporty is owned by a company called Coty Inc. which does not test on animals at all, and hasn't since 1991, although they do sell in China so test in animals due to law regulations. Whether or not you still buy from a company that trades in China and ultimately tests on animals for this reason is obviously up to you.

10. Urban Decay -  Sold in Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges and online.
Urban Decay are a more high end cruelty free make up brand, and one that you may know from their iconic Naked eyeshadow palettes! Urban Decay does not test on animals at all, nor have their ingredients tested, but the parent company is L'Oréal which is a brand that unfortunately tests on animals, which again is a factor that you will need to decide if you believe Urban Decay is ultimately cruelty free or not. I personally have been avoiding them because of this, but again it's your choice...

So there's the top ten cruelty free make up brand list for you! 
I know right, getting easier to whittle down which brands you can buy from, right?! All readily available and 100% cruelty free in your local drug store, and even online! (and you thought it'd be hard to find companies that don't test on animals, pfft) 

Let me know which cruelty free brands and products you love! Are you surprised at some brands on tis list? Shocked at some of your old favourite brands for testing on animals?
Let me know in the comments!
Stay cruelty free guys, lots of love,
StephLeaMead X