All posts tagged: inspiration

NYX, BarryM & SleekMakeUp giveaway

OMG you guys, I know it took me so long to get to it but everything is finally on its way. If you don’t know, I reposted the poll results on the blog a day or two ago and you guys voted for a cruelty-free makeup giveaway. So on my way back to Barcelona,  I ordered my 2016-2017 favourite makeup items for one of you to try. All of them, except one, are products that I frequently use and have featured on the blog. I heard great things about the new Sleek Makeup Distorted Dreams palette and thought that it would be a nice touch (why not jump on the holographic trend right?) The Rules: Be subscribe to the blog and leave a comment on this post That’s it. Two comments will not count as two entries since I want everyone to have a fair chance to win. This giveaway is open to people in Europe, I will contact the winner personally and provide tracking info once everything has been sent out. Make sure I …

My summer skincare routine feat B.Skincare & The Body Shop

Hi Everyone, Welcome to another random post for this lovely month of June. I hope you are all doing fantastic. I am flying to Barcelona very soon so I thought that it was about time I share with you, my cruelty-free summer skincare routine. Here is what I use every day (pretty much): The Body Shop – TEA TREE Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser B.skincare Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz B.Skincare – B.Confident night serum B.Skincare -Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil Rituals – Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren body cream I start my day with The Body Shop Cleanser. I used to have an exfoliator thing you find for next to nothing at Boots and Superdrug but this foaming cleanser is actually softer and more respectful to my skin. Once the first step is completed, I dry my face and move on to my moisturiser. If you follow the blog, you know that I’ve been trying out some B.Skincare products. I absolutely love them which is why I have also included the brand in my giveaway …

Easy Green Lentil soup with Garlic Toasts

Hi Everyone, I know that this month is dedicated to cruelty-free beauty but this recipe is so tasty and easy that I needed to share it with you. You will need: A pack of brown lentils Mushrooms Red onions Tomatoes Whole wheat bread or an old baguette Olive oil Spices of your choice (I added chili, soy sauce & pepper) Garlic Olives (optional, I just love them) In a large pan, bring your water to a boil. Add a spoonful of olive oil and your lentils. In my experience, brown lentils tend to take a little more time to cook than red lentils for example. Once my lentils are half-way there, I add my chopped mushrooms (an entire pack) and two sliced red onions. I usually cover the pan for the last 10 mins of cooking and get my toasts ready. If you have a clove of garlic, chop it, mix it with a spoonful of olive oil, salt&pepper and spread it on a piece of your baguette (or sliced bread). Put your slices in the oven until …

Veggie Pasta Bake

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing great. Welcome to the second recipe of this three parts thingy I am doing right now on the blog. PS: I just wanted to address something quickly. I have been nominated for two blogging “awards” since I did my 7 days challenge. I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to nominate me and check out my blog. Whilst I don’t have time to do them all, it doesn’t go unnoticed and I’m more than grateful. For this recipe, you will need: Pasta Mushrooms (one box) Carrots (I used three) Shallots (one or two) Courgette (half of one) Alpro Almond Milk Unsweetened Mustard Cut your veggies, cook the mushrooms and shallot on the side and the carrots and courgette in water. Since everything is gonna go in the oven, I would suggest to not cook your pasta and mushrooms entirely. Since everything is gonna go in the oven, I would suggest to not cook your pasta and mushrooms entirely. Once everything is done, move on to the almond …

One easy Vegan Recipe

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing? I initially wanted to dedicate one post to three vegan recipes but it was honestly way too long. So I hope you don’t mind because you’ll be getting recipes for a week. I have been cooking more and more. I love grilled tofu, fake chicken, vegan cheese etc. We are a match in heaven. So I spent one week in March cooking every single night and I would like to share my three favorite recipes with you. Vegan Couscous You will need: Chickpeas (2 cans) Carrots (2) Courgette (1) Couscous (150g) Fake chicken (optional, can be replaced by tofu) Harissa Tumeric Cumin Tabasco Salt&Pepper So I cut all my vegetables first. Whilst I cooked them in water, I took my chickpeas (already cooked) and put them for 2 mins in the microwave. Once my vegetables were a bit softer, I added all my spices, except the Harissa and my chickpeas. I brought down the heat, covered it up and moved on to my fake meat and couscous. I threw the meat …

My Karaoke Playlist

Hi Everyone, I haven’t done a playlist in such a long time!  You know how obsessed I am with music and the other night, I had a karaoke session with my Snapchat. So I’ve decided to share with you, my 100 top Karaoke songs. I’ll include a complete list of the playlists I’ve already done. Valentine’s Day Playlist because I love you (and because I am the Queen of cheesy playlists) My little Christmas Playlist Music to overcome self-pity Ride the tube in music Saying Goodbye and Cozy Sunday Playlist Road Trip Playlist My Kind of Playlist The Positive Vibes Playlist 10 Songs To Dance To While You Cook Lots of Kisses Alicia

Is Primark make up​ cruelty-free?

Hi Guys, I hope you are all doing okay. When I was in Bournemouth, I needed a quick lipstick to go to dinner and I honestly didn’t feel like spending an enormous amount of money (not that I usually do but you know what I mean). I went to Superdrug and almost bought another Barry M liquid lipstick (I already have the bundle) when I thought, why not check out Primark. I knew Primark had makeup and in my mind it was cruelty-free. So on my way there, I checked the web for an answer and here is what I found: Primark does not conduct and does not commission any animal testing. Our terms of trade with suppliers make it clear that cosmetic products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals. Following concerns about animal welfare and the use of angora in clothing, the company has ceased ordering all products that contain angora. So I bought their £3.00 liquid lipstick kit in the shade “Chocolate Brownie”, similar in terms of color to my …

April Poll and An update

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. I wanted to sit down and talk to you about the coming months on the blog. I will give it to you straight: I will have to take some time off. I wanted to schedule posts to keep the blog alive but it’s gonna depend on how I am feeling and the amount of work I’ll have to do for my exams. I will try to write one blog post a week and we will, of course, celebrate my one year blog anniversary (coming up very soon). But with my Master’s dissertation, my schedule will have to change. I am passionate about everything customer and marketing related and this dissertation is what I need to gain some credibility work wise. So I am asking you guys, what do you want to see on the blog this month? I figured that since I would post once a week, I could go back to doing what I was doing when I first started: “A week without” or fun …

Promote your lovely blog

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing? I said that I would do another PYB so here we are. The last “Promote your blog” was awesome. I got a bunch of comments, I met my first guest poster and followed some awesome new bloggers who I wouldn’t have met without the post. So as you know, there are no rules. You do not have to follow me on here or on Twitter or Instagram. If you want to promote your blog and yourself, feel free to write something down below with a link to your blog and I’ll check you out. I have been following a lot of cruelty-free makeup lovers and vegans on here. I would love to get to know more of you of course but if you (or know a blogger who) write about books, movies, and fitness, I’d love love love to hear from you (them) especially. I’ll keep it short and end it here. Remember, my email veggieoverseas@gmail.com is always open. As always, if you’re interested in writing for the blog, …

A day and a half in Bournemouth

  Hi Everyone, How are you? I said I would have this post up by the end of the week and I do! I finally managed to find time to sit down on Friday night and gather all the pretty pictures I took last weekend. Bournemouth was actually a surprise from me to my boyfriend. I wanted to do something nice before our busy exam period (coming up in two weeks until the end of May) and a quick trip next to the sea sounded like the perfect idea. I found the hotel on lastminute.com, booked the cheapest bus tickets I could find and we left around noon on Friday morning. The bus trip was relatively pleasant, 2h45 mins which felt like half an hour since I spent most of the ride sleeping. The Hotel is located a short walk away from the coach station (15 mins to 20 mins if you take your time), 5 mins away from the beach and 10 mins away from the city center. I was very excited to stay …

A tiny Flying Tiger Haul

Hi Everyone, How are we doing? Did you like the 7 days challenge? I honestly am glad it is over. Blogging is definitely a weekend thing for me. Before I publish my monthly update article with our little poll, I thought I’d show you what I got whilst I was in Bournemouth (post coming about the hotel in 3 days). It has become our tradition to go to Flying Tiger every time we visit a new town. I have no idea why. It started when we went to Bath last year for my birthday and since then, every time we see a Flying Tiger, we go in and buy something. This time, we kept it light and bought things that were relevant to us at the time. The first thing I saw in the store was this big black bag for £1.00 next to the makeup section. I love everything black and everything about this “pochette” which I find extremely convenient. The second thing I saw was the massage ball which I had to buy …

Last Day of the challenge: The confessional

Hi Everyone, It is finally here. The day I reveal some of my secrets to you guys. I honestly don’t know where to start. Does it have to be serious? Can it be about anything? Do you guys want to know specific things about me? I’ll just write down 5 things I think are very personal down below and if you have any burning questions, the comment section is always open. I like to do my number 2 in complete darkness. I know this is weird. I’ll just leave it at that. 2. I am terrified of death I can’t stomach people talking about death. I know it sounds selfish but I have the hardest time dealing with death. I don’t cry at funerals and I pretty much stay in denial until a tremendous amount of time later, I realize that the person is gone. I do not sleep on my back because I’m scared of sleep paralysis It might surprise you guys and frankly, I don’t even know if the way you sleep increases your chances …

Day 6: If I could, I would

Hi Everyone, The end of the challenge is near! I will have to take a week of or two after this one because I’ll be studying non-stop for my essays and final exams. I will still be active on Twitter tho so don’t worry. Dozens of you have already joined me on there and it is nice to get to know you all a bit more. If I could, I would have never stopped running I don’t know what happened really. At some point, I was running 4 to 5 times a week, 45 mins to 1 hour. I think it was a mix of moving out of my parents’ place and living in the heart of London. I used to go running very early in the morning 6 am or late at night (9 to 10 pm). I don’t feel comfortable doing it here in London because it is always busy, I can’t run along the river and the parks are too far. I go to the gym now. And even if it is …

Day 5: The things I wish I had done differently

Hi Everyone, I have to apologize for yesterday’s post going up so late (in London it was almost midnight when I published it). I had a challenging day at uni and when I got home, I went straight to bed for a nap but ended up waking up 4 hours later. Today we are talking about the things I wish I had done differently. I have given it some thought and even if lately, I haven’t had any regrets, I managed to find 3 things that I could have done differently or taken care of sooner.  Going vegetarian You live and you learn. I am so so glad that I finally got to make this connection but I thought about doing it long before I finally did. And honestly, I think I was just making excuses and trying to relativise what I now find so natural. So yes, I wished I had gone vegetarian sooner but who knows, maybe I wouldn’t have felt like sharing my journey to you guys. Listen to my parents Especially …

Day 4: I am grateful for

Look at little 19 years old me, so naive and stupid. Hi Everyone, day 4 is finally here! I am running out of pictures for my thumbnails as you can see. I am generally grateful for a lot of things but I’ve decided to tell you what I have been grateful for today. The family cat came home! This cat is my baby (although he is like 15 years old). He was initially the neighbor’s cat but we noticed that as soon as they got two dogs, they abandoned Tequila (yes, his name is Tequila) and he was left on his own most of the time. From there, we started feeding him every day, soon bought him everything necessary for him to be comfortable at ours and he kinda naturally moved in. We took him to the vet several times, took care of him and he would always sleep with me at night and wander our garden during the day. But last October, he disappeared (at this point, we had been taking care of him …

A day in my life: York

Hi Everyone, Day 2 of my challenge! I went to York last week and I thought that It was more interesting for you to read about York and the perfect hotel I stayed at rather than read about one of my typical day at uni. I went to York for a day and a half with my boyfriend. We arrived pretty early (for us) and went straight to the hotel to drop our bag and go explore. We had about 3 hours to kill before the afternoon tea and didn’t want to make the same mistake again (aka the time we went to Brighton and I stayed in to nap until dinner). The hotel is called Gray’s Court. It is located on a quiet street, behind the cathedral. Guys, I don’t even have the words to describe how beautiful this hotel is. A mix between old wood, mismatched furniture, lights, long corridors, maze-like manor. The rest of the day was uneventful. We walked around for two hours, grabbed a coffee and came back just in …

Day 1: Get to know me better

Hi Everyone, Well, this is weird, finally doing a get to know me better post, after over half a year of blogging. Let’s just get into it! I never know to talk about myself so please bear with me. I think It is fair to talk about where I come from first before we get into who I am and what I do. I was born in France in the most amazing family. My mom is mixed-race from the Caribbean and my dad is white from Italy. My parents are the sweetest and strongest human beings I know.  In a lot of ways, I am just like my dad. Quiet, sarcastic, always deep in my thoughts and sometimes socially awkward. I am also like my mom. Always ready for an adventure, passionate about movies, loves my gossips, confident and somewhat optimistic about my future. Add to the mix my own personality and you got yourself one confused introvert. I moved to London for an internship two years ago and ended up staying. London brings me something that Paris …

The 7 day blog challenge

Hi Guys, So this is gonna be interesting.  I am not a regular poster. I try to post two/three times a week but I never keep a tight schedule and upload whenever I think is ..best? I was challenged by the lovely Amanda to post every day for a week. I realized that I haven’t shared much with you since I started this blog so this sounds like the perfect opportunity for us to connect a bit more. So for the first time in six months, here is my schedule for next week: Get to know me better A day in the life of Best and Worst Habits I am grateful for If I could, I would The things I wish I had done differently The confessional I wouldn’t be a blogging challenge without nominations! https://bayareabeautyblogger.com https://forkandveg.com https://withoutcrueltyblog.wordpress.com https://startwithstyle.wordpress.com I love your blogs and I would love to hear from you guys and get to know you better. If you do this challenge, don’t forget to nominate 5 bloggers as well to keep it going! Go …

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Hi Everyone, It is Eating Disorders Awareness Week soon (Monday 27th February to 5th March).  I was diagnosed when I was 16. It took me around 5 years, two psychiatrists and countless therapy sessions to recover. By recover, I mean gain back the weight I lost and be okay with it. I will still have damaging thoughts from time to time but I have learned to silence them. One day, I will be able to share my story with you*. In the meantime, I send all my love to all men and women out there, wherever you are, fighting an eating disorder. I live in the UK so I have gathered phone numbers and places where you’ll be able to look for help if you want to: Beating Eating disorders: 0808 801 0677 & 0808 801 0711 Eating disorders support: 01494 793223 & support@eatingdisorderssupport.co.uk Eating disorder support service (SEED): (01482) 718130 Eating-disorders: 0845 838 2040 *I haven’t found the words to explain, in details, what I went through and how it felt. Talking about it alone is something very personal …

My little Christmas Playlist

Hi Everyone, As promised, here is my Christmas playlist ! It includes Christmas songs of course but also songs that I have first heard around Christmas time. Songs about love, sharing & caring, kindness.. everything Christmas should be about ! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it ! Enjoy ! Alicia  

Christmas Shopping on Etsy for under £15.00

Hi Everyone, I hope this post will not be published too late ! I still have a couple of gifts to buy and I thought why not check out Etsy and see what’s going on. I found some amazing handmade gift ideas for this Christmas and I thought that I would share everything with you ! Jewellery Holders I have TONS of rings and earrings. They are my favorite accessories but the ones I unfortunately, lose the most. I thought that the Jewellery Holders from Naturecraftmoulds look gorgeous !  Keeping it natural and simple, I also found this tree jewelry holder from cracpots for £10.00. It is handmade just like the one above. Last but not least, if you are broke or on a budget and looking for a quick gift for newly engaged friends, you need to check out CatsCeramics on Etsy. The Leaf Bowl is £14.00 and comes all wrapped up in the box above. Vegan leather wallets This is one of my favorite gifts to give for Christmas. I love cute and useful things and the vegan leather is always a …

I really want to get to know you !

Hi Everyone, How are you ? Monday is here and I am writing this post from my phone. Finals are killing me and I thought I would talk to you for a bit before I go back to my boring study session. So let’s chat !  Tell me everything ! Where are you from ? What do you do ? How old are you ? Do you have a blog ? Also, I opened a twitter especially for this blog and to meet fellow bloggers but I only had a couple of people adding me. People seem to add me more on Snapchat for some reasons. So do you want me to close Twitter and just keep Snapchat ?  What do you prefer ? I also have more than 300 people following the blog now and I want to say THANK YOU. That’s more than I could ever imagine and I will have to give something back to you guys. Like I don’t know, check my English before I post anything. But more seriously, I …

Can you stay body positive if you want to lose weight ?

Hi Everyone, Where do I even start ? Being body positive is loving your body at any size. It does not matter if you are skinny – thin – overweight or whatever. It comes from an understanding and a profound appreciation of what you got going for you. You can definitely love your body and what you look like and want to lose weight. “Dieting” or getting into a different lifestyle in order to lose weight does not necessarily come from a place of hate. Accepting your body regardless of size is already a step towards a happier and a healthier you. Let’s use my story as an example. I used to be severely anorexic. The dieting started at 15-16 years old, I was extremely unhappy with my body and I got over my eating disorder around 20-21 years old. Was I happy when I was a size 10 ? No. Was I happy when I was a size 2 ? You guessed it. No, I wasn’t. Thanks to my beautiful family, I got the medical …

Thank you !

Hi Everyone, I hope you are well. I just wanted to thank you for all the love the blog has been receiving lately. The blog has over 200 followers now and to celebrate, I bought a nice little theme to upgrade the interface. I hope you like it ! I am always looking for new ways to make my blog more enjoyable for you guys and I welcome your feedback as always. Thank you again for all the comments, likes and still coming to visit my pages every day. It honestly blows my mind, pushes me to write more and to interact with the world. Lots of Kisses  Alicia

Ride the tube in music

I hate hate hate forgetting my headphones when I have to take the tube. You are forced to look around or entertain yourself with your phone whilst being aware of the gum smacking lady in front of you, customer service announcements and doors closing and opening over and over again. I put this little playlist together which I listen to whenever I have to whip out my oyster card and cancel the background noise for the next 30 to 40 mins. Enjoy !

11 Vegan options from London Restaurants that are better than Sex

I was reading Grace Francesca  yesterday and I burst out laughing. Her post on 26 things better than sex was hilarious and way too real. I thought I would do the same with vegan food from restaurants in London which have given me some major orgasms over the past two years. ( I am not sponsored and I have personally tested every single thing on this list. I would never recommend what I don’t believe in ! ) Franco Manca vegan pizza. Happiness for under £5.00. Benito’s Hat spicy mushroom burrito. If you like burritos, Chilango is usually the way to go. But Benito’s Hat is slowly winning my heart with this one. Busaba Eathai and its amazing Pad Thai Jay. A must eat for Thai food lovers. Five Guys Cajun Fries. I honestly don’t care what anyone says. The best burgers are from GBK and Shake Shack and the best fries are from Five Guys. Spicy and cooked in peanut oil ! Pixxa Grilled Peppers & Herbs pizza. Pricey for a pizza but huge and delicious. Perfect …

MakeUp & Fashion : Fall Inspiration

Guess what I grabbed today ? InStyle – Special Anniversary Issue. I have to say, InStyle is not my favorite ( I have a strong preference for Dazed ) but it was there, I was bored and I ended up finding some cool new stuff inside. Since it is a special issue, they also included a Hand Cream from a brand called NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES. I had never heard of the brand before so I had to do my research but I will come back to it in a little bit. I often read magazines before I go shopping. Yes, it is very cliché but it does help if you easily get overwhelmed. I always get so distracted when I go shopping and end up never buying anything.  Buying two or three magazines first helps me collect my thoughts and it has become my pre-shopping ritual. The pictures below summarized what interested me the most. I am not a fashion icon or fashion blogger. I appreciate fashion and beautiful clothes. Please don’t take what I say too seriously, my …

Fall MakeUp – Lips Edition ( and always Cruelty-Free )

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing today ? I am so excited for fall this year. I am not a fan of pumpkin everything ( I actually hate pumpkin ) but I am definitely into darker shades, for my clothes and my makeup. I have selected the four lipsticks I will be wearing this fall. I will definitely purchase more but, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my fall starter pack. The first one is by far my favorite. It goes on like butter. It is very creamy and pigmented which is how I like my lipsticks. It is a matte lipstick available online and at Superdrug ( for my lovely English readers ). It costs £4.99 and comes in this black tube. I am not going to lie, it looks tiny compared to my other lipsticks. But for the price and long-lasting lip color, I am in !  The second one is from KIKO. I bought it a while ago, thinking it will be perfect for a hot date but I am looking forward to wearing …