All posts tagged: lifestyle

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 …

What I ate in Paris: Vegan & Vegetarian 

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing? FYI, the post is entirely made of pictures of food. I try to cook most of my meals and take advantage of my parents’ beautiful kitchen as much as I can. PS: of course I haven’t photographed ALL of my meals. The pictures below are just a tiny sample of what I made for myself and my family, from my week in Paris. What have you been up to? Ali

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 …

Sweet Tofu with Noodles & Vegetables

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing fantastic. I have another recipe for you! I am sure I haven’t invented anything but I wanted to share with you what I managed to create with leftovers a week ago or so. I had a really hard time for some reasons to find the Tofu in Carrefour ( an equivalent of Asda I guess in France) but the rest of the ingredients was patiently waiting for me at home. For this quick & easy summer lunch you will need: Agave syrup: two soup spoons Sesame seeds: one coffee spoon Tofu: I used 250g for my sister and me Noodles: Rice noodles would be ideal in my opinion (but I used egg noodles) Salt&P, some crushed garlic, a drizzle of olive oil Soy sauce Peppers: mine were already cooked (we used 2) Onions: one is more than enough I cooked my sliced peppers and my onion together with the spices, olive oil and a glass of water for about 15 mins. Whilst the vegetables were cooking, I …

Sephora cruelty-free list – K to Z

Hi Everyone, How are you? Here is the second part of the Sephora cruelty-free list. I’ll link the first part at the end if you’re just catching up now. Let’s just get into it, shall we! Kat Von D Official Statement: Absolutely not! Kat Von D Beauty has, (and always will be) 100% cruelty-free. And this is something Kat has always been extremely proud of! Vegan products:  Although the FDA hasn’t established a regulation for what it means to be “vegan,” we define it as as a product that does not contain any animal products or by-products, and has not been tested on animals. Kat Von D Beauty products marked #VeganAlert indicate that the finished product is vegan. Kat Von D Beauty never tests on animals—and never will. Lollipops  Official Statement: Like all of our brands, Lollipops is 100% Cruelty-Free, which means that no product or ingredient has been tested on animals. Vegan products: Nothing specified on the website. NARS Official Statement: NARS does not test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as …

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 …

Sephora cruelty-free list: A-J

Hi Everyone, How are you? This post will be in two parts as I have other posts I want to write before the end of the month (and going through the whole damn website also takes ages). Let’s just get into it, shall we! Amazing Cosmetics Official statement: AmazingCosmetics has always maintained a commitment to being cruelty-free, and has never tested any of its ingredients or finished products on animals. BUT, and I know that it can be a big but for some. The company sold its products in China until 2015. However, the brand decided to discontinue its line in China and consider itself 100% cruelty-free now. Vegan products: Check products in store as the website does not provide any information. Amore Pacific Official Statement: AMOREPACIFIC has voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, we expanded the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers. AMOREPACIFIC brand is sold in Hong Kong, not in mainland China. Read more at Cruelty Free Kitty At Amorepacific, developing safe and healthy …

Spring 2017 MakeUp: Keeping it simple

  Hey Everyone, I hope it is not too late to make a little spring makeup essential. I have been working on reducing the amount of makeup (and packaging) I wear. I want to focus on skincare more as summer is approaching (too fast) and the sun will damage my skin big time (just doing a little prevention you know). So lately I have been keeping it simple. Mascara, red lips and a touch of highlight. It has been amazing to let my skin “breathe” and let’s be honest, a touch of red on the lips always make you look put together. Here is what I have been using pretty much every day for the past months: Aromazone Mica Poudre D’or  (£2.10) KIKO Eyebrow Wax Fixing Pencil (£5.90) E.L.F Aqua Beauty Gel Lip Stain in Rouge Radiance (£4.00) Barry M Matte Me Up (POP UP) (£4.99) The Body Shop Lip Balm in Honey Bronze (£6.00) Rituals Hand Balm: Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil (sample but the big bottle costs £9.50) I talked about the …

What is happening in May?

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing? So I just wanted to pop on here to let you know what I will be working on in May for the blog. April, as you all know, was voted Month of the Food so I tried to deliver as many pictures as I could. 3 recipes were posted on the blog and I tried to show you on Instagram what I was eating every day. This month is going to be a bit different. I will be working on a Superdrug cruelty-free makeup post, a Sephora one, a review of The Body Shop new masks line and an updated list of new lipsticks/liquid lipsticks I have been loving lately. I will also (most probably) talk to you guys about my cruelty-free skincare routine (and no, Simple will not be included ;)). The blog also reached 1,000 something followers in April! I will also talk about this in another post, towards the end of May as I want to organise a little giveaway for you guys. The giveaway …

My favorite Guillermo Del Toro movies (directed or produced)

Hi Everyone, How are you today? I was sitting at home trying to write my essay when I got distracted. You see, I love everything horror related and Guillermo Del Toro has always given me what I wanted in terms of visual effects, storylines, characters, etc. He creates such beautiful movies that I would like to share with you my top 5. There is no ranking per say, I love them for different reasons and I couldn’t bring myself to place one above the others. Pan’s Labyrinth & The Devil Backbone I had to write about them together because they both made me terribly sad. In terms of horror, The Devil Backbone is definitely (in my opinion), scarier than Pan’s Labyrinth because of the history behind the story and its “realness”. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of those movies that I had to re-watch to fully take in what actually happened. And to this day, I am not even sure. I think I talked about it before on the blog actually but it is worth mentioning …

Tofu Burger Recipe

Hi Everyone, How are you? Last recipe for a little while. I hope you like them. Let me know which one is your favorite (if you have one). For this recipe, you will need: Tofu Sweet peppers (two) Mushrooms Buns (brioche buns were the perfect fit) Cheese (optional, I grabbed my favorite vegan cheese, garlic&herb at Whole Foods) Rocket Salad Olives (optional, I just love them) I cut my mushrooms and my peppers, cooked them in sesame oil for about five mins. Grabbed my brioche buns and instead of warming them up in a pan like I usually do, I put them in my waffle maker. They turned out perfectly crispy I was so happy you guys! As you can see, the piece of Tofu I got from Whole Foods is HUGE (you get two of them in a box, already cooked and grilled for £2.99) and I just warmed it up with the vegetables. I believe the pictures are explicit enough and the whole thing doesn’t need a proper recipe. The garlic and herb …

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

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 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 …

Best and Worst Habits

Day 3 of the 7-day challenge is here! Since it is hard to spot exactly what are your best and worst habits, I have asked my friends and my boyfriend to tell me what they think mine are. Here is what they said: Burping (guilty) Leaving the hoover unplug Dropping stuff in the shower (dropping stuff was the most recurrent one) Leaving the toothpaste without a cap on (yup) Always loosing my Oyster Card, complaining about it, buying a new one and coming home to find the old one chilling on the kitchen table. Vegetarianism (guess who?) “Your weak arms” (true) Pouring myself a liter of coffee in a mug every morning, drinking 1/5 of it Never ever taking out the trash (we have a system tho, I do the dishes and the laundry, he takes the trash out. So this one doesn’t count) Leaving my toothbrush in the shower Best habits Cooking something different pretty much every night Always looking after people My bathroom cupboard full of skincare products and face masks (you’re welcome …

A night in Brighton – Drakes Boutique Hotel

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing fantastic. I didn’t stay long in Brighton. The trip was very last minute as we wanted to get away from London for a night. It was my first time in Brighton and whilst I didn’t see much, I appreciated the seaside, the fresh air and loved the hotel. After a 20 mins walk from Brighton station, we arrived at Drakes Hotel, sweaty and exhausted. The hotel faces the sea and is located roughly 5 mins away from the famous Brighton Piers. Whilst it looks modest on the outside, the inside is clean, modern and cozy. We immediately went to see the concierge on duty this afternoon. I don’t remember her name but she had a lovely smile, welcomed us to Brighton and showed us our room. I have to say that my boyfriend booked the room. I had no idea what it looked like. I just wanted a room facing the sea and crossed my fingers hard before she opened the door. She gave us a quick tour, said …

Little Life Update and our monthly poll

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing great. It is time for our little monthly poll. It gives you the chance to tell me what you want to see on the blog and gives me the opportunity to get closer to you guys and get to know you better. The blog is growing organically which makes me very happy. February was an interesting month for me. I got diagnosed with PCOS, got to see Brighton for the first time, got to exercise more and hang out with my friends which I neglected a bit in January. We also had our first guest poster, Kara, which I would like to thank again for her amazing article, her patience, and willingness to contribute to the blog. If you are wondering what I am talking about, here is her article. I am getting more comfortable in voicing my opinion on Twitter so if you want to join me over there and chit-chat, my timeline is all yours: My Twitter. I know I suck at Instagram but I hate the whole …

Easy Courgette Spaghetti

Hi Everyone, I hope you like this one because I was so proud when I put it together. You know that I advocate easy, quick recipes and late-night snacking. Ingredients: Courgette Spaghetti (Tesco) Oregano, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Crushed Chili Vegetable stock Olive oil Vegan sausages Truffle mustard As always, I love when I can just go my ingredients in a pan and serve a great dish 10 mins later. For this recipe, I started with throwing spaghetti and bean sprouts in a pan together with oregano, garlic, chili, a spoonful of olive oil and my vegetable stock. I added two glasses of water, covered the pan with a plate and moved on to my vegan sausages. My all time favorite, you may already know, are the vegan sausages from the Linda McCartney’s brand. I mixed soy sauce and mustard together. Dunk my sausages (4 out of the 6) in the mix and put them in the oven (180°) for 15 mins. This dish honestly takes 15 mins from start to finish. The spaghetti and bean sprouts …

My favorite vegetarian/vegan snacks

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well. Today is just going to be a quick post because I felt like sharing what I’ve been eating lately. I will post a quick and healthy recipe soon but in the meantime, I hope this one gives you some ideas! I usually buy all my snacks at Tesco. Holland&Barrett, Planet Organic, Boots snacks I bought were all impulse purchases. I don’t regret them, don’t get me wrong, but Tesco, and even my uni shop have some great affordable vegan/vegetarian snack options. Eat Real Chips I know that you can find them at Wholefoods, H&B and Planet Organic. I have seen them over there for over a pound whilst my uni food shop sells them for £0,49. Strong incentive for me to go to ALL my classes. Graze – Veggie Protein Powder This is what I eat before the gym or in the morning when I am in a rush. I have thought about purchasing bigger portions on Graze’s website but I like the ritual of going to Tesco, getting my bottle of …

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 favorite Central London vegan and vegetarian pizzas (so far)

Hi Everyone, Guess what? It is FOOD TIME. Yes!Finally! I had a great Veganuary, I cooked a lot and felt great. I have recently enjoyed my first pizza of February 2017 (because trust me, there will be many more) and I thought: “Hm, who do I want to share my love for pizzas with?” So here you go, just for you, the best pizzas you can get in Central London, that I have personally tested and loved. PS: I will make update posts as the list goes on but for now, as I live in Central London, I’ll focus on what you can get over there. FRANCO MANCA – PIZZA 1 AND PIZZA 2 I love love love, love love, Franco Manca. I have talked about it before and I will not stop. I had both the vegetarian pizza and the vegan pizza without any added toppings. The crust and the dough are what makes their pizzas so f****** good. I don’t know how to describe it but the dough light in texture and strong in …

10 Totally achievable goals – 2017

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing alright. I was looking for an app for the gym, when I thought, what is so easy to do and easy to track? What is easily achievable for me this year? You are welcome to add on to the list, make your own and tag me! Drink more water This one must be in everyone list every year but this time I feel like I can stick with it. I go to the gym more often and easily down 1L whilst exercising. I have also noticed that since I stopped drinking sodas, and drink alcohol every two weeks/three weeks, I naturally reach for water. Save money for my future self 23 years old is still young but I am already feeling a ton of pressure. I have started to think more and more about the future. And we all know that our future can be compromised if we lack money to do what we want. Take the time to Plan a proper vacation  Since I have been in …

Cruelty-Free: Why does it matter?

Hi Everyone, Our first guest post is here. Kara from The Book and Beauty Blog, wrote an interesting piece on cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare. Take the time to check out her blog if you are interested in the cruelty-free lifestyle, beauty and book reviews.  Why does buying cruelty-free cosmetics and skin care products matter? Most people know the difference between cruelty-free and not cruelty-free. One is obviously tested on animals while the other is not. For most, myself included, that is reason enough to strive to purchase only products not tested on animals. For others, they either don’t care or they don’t realize the extent of the harm done to these animals in laboratories. Over 100 million animals are tested on in United States labs every year. These tests can burn, cripple, poison and kill the animals. The most popular animals for testing are mice, birds, and rabbits. However, dogs, cats, and monkeys are used as well. Mice and birds are popular because they are not covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA is a federal …

Promote your blog!

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing fantastic. I thought I would give you a little update. Two things made me want to write this blog post: A comment about the brand Simple A comment about veganism Simple has always been an eco-friendly brand, promoting healthy looking skins and natural-ish ingredients. At least, that is how I have always seen it. I went onto their website and was glad to see that they were cruelty-free. I have to admit, I took this information for granted and didn’t double check (which is something I usually do) to make sure I was passing on the right information to you guys. You know I am just getting into cruelty-free skincare and it is true that yes, I went with the stereotype: what is being promoted as natural must be cruelty-free, right? One of my lovely followers commented under this particular post: My favorite cruelty-free skincare products (so far), to let me know that Simple was actually not cruelty-free. You know me, I am more than willing to have …

Best body washes, body scrubs, body everything for animal lovers (and everyone else) + 500 followers

I know, I know. This post should have gone up earlier this month.  I just have been a bit annoyed at myself for many reasons and haven’t been updating the blog much. For this, I apologize and I hope you won’t hold it against me. The blog has reached over 500 followers and I wanted to thank all of you for commenting, liking and getting to know me on here. I wish I could do a giveaway for you guys. Some of you have been here from the beginning and I see all of you! (but for real, do you want me to organize a giveaway?) Original Sources Body Washes I am sure, if you live in England, that you have come across Original Source before. The brand is everywhere: Tesco – Boots – Superdrug. Every time I am out of Body Shop shower products, I run back to Original Source. Their shower gels are cheap (£1.80 with Tesco), you can find them anywhere in central London, and they are vegan. My favorite scents are Limes, …

Horror movies to be excited about this year

Hi Everyone, How are you? I know this kind of post is not for everyone so if you do not like (or just don’t care about)  horror movies, I’ll be posting a Valentine Day/cruelty-free lipstick special very soon. I don’t know about you guys, but in 2016, I saw some terrible horror movies. This year was complicated for me. I have watched so many horror movies that I am very black and white. I either love a movie or I hate it. In my opinion, here is the list of the 8 best horror movies of 2016:  The Witch  The Conjuring 2 The Boy  Before I wake Train to Busan  Don’t breathe  Hush Under the shadow And for the worst horror movies of 2016: Lights Out  The forest  Ouija: Origin of Evil  The Invitation The other side of the door The darkness Blair Witch  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (a disgrace) Friend request  The Remains The purge: Election year (this one is debatable. Is it a horror movie really?) 31 and the list goes on. …

I Failed Veganuary already

Guys, I fucked up. You see, I have this amazing new Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine, offered by my good friend for Christmas. I love my coffee, a cup of black Americano without sugar every morning is all I need to start my day. When I got the machine, I admit that I went a little bit crazy and ordered 5 different types of capsules online. I see this machine as an amazing tool for my lazy ass but also a great way to show off when I have people over. And by showing off I mean: “Check out my awesome overpriced capsule collection. Get comfy, I’ll make you a Cappucino”. I know, ridiculous.  Well, yesterday, I failed. I woke up and in my state of morning grogginess, I turned on the machine, picked up a capsule of Latte Macchiato and pressed “fuck me up”. I drank all of it, got into the shower and realized what I had done. Instead of moving on, I decided that this day was ruined. I went ahead and grilled some …

My favorite cruelty-free skincare products (so far)

Hi Everyone, I want to do a full cruelty-free makeup routine soon and I thought, why not show you some of my favorite skincare products first. I wanted to include bath & body products as well but I have so many that I will write a full post about it (probably before February). Let’s just jump into it, shall we? Simple Soothing Facial Toner & Revitalising eye roll-on I have, to be honest. I had never used toners before this one. I just did not see the point of using them. I was afraid that it would make my skin super dry. My forehead and chin are oily I am very dry around my mouth and nose. I don’t use the toner every day, more like three times a week, right before bed, and I do have noticed a difference. I don’t know if it is the work of the toner only, but my skin looks younger and tighter. So If you are looking for a natural toner that will not damage your skin, try this one. …

Best of cruelty-free sparkly glitter dust (2016)

Hi Everyone, It feels good to be back! I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write a very long post so I am pumped. As you all know, I love love love makeup and transitioning to all cruelty-free was not easy at first. Now, I have to say, I don’t even question it anymore. Just like being full-time vegetarian (doing Veganuary right now), it does not even cross my mind to even look at something other than cruelty-free makeup. I know I will probably sound cliche (right about now), but if there is one thing you can do to help in 2017: ditch fur and makeup products that have been tested on animals. On to the fun stuff now. I was looking for glitters online last year to avoid buying another eyeshadow palette. Yes, there are tons of palettes that I wish I had right now but realistically, I only use three to four shades per palette. Unless there is a palette which I absolutely need to buy, I focus on buying either single shadows …

What should we do next?

Hi Everyone, First of all, Happy New Year! I know it’s already January 5th but I wanted to say it on here. I hope you all had a great first week. I wanted to catch up a little bit and let you know what would be coming this month, on the blog. As you all know, I am doing Veganuary so I try to post what I am eating (if anyone is interested) on my Instagram. I will try to write an update around the middle of the month just to let you know how I have been doing. So far, so good. I must say. It is super easy when you work and write from home. I think it will be interesting to see if I find it more challenging when I have to go back to uni next week. I have three blog posts that I absolutely want to write: I want to talk about cruelty-free makeup from Barry M Best of skincare products of 2016 for me Best body wash, body scrub of …

My first My little Box – December 2016

Hi Everyone !! I am so happy! First I would like to know. How are you? What have you been up to? I am still in Paris and I thought why not write this post to keep you guys updated on what has been going on. I have always been a fan of My little Paris and their boxes. I have a friend who has been subscribed for years and she loves it. I remember going to her place and checking out her boxes each month. I see ads for subscription boxes everywhere and I thought okay, it is time, try one. My main concern was the makeup to be completely honest. Since I have switched to cruelty-free only makeup ( skincare soon hopefully ),  I wanted to make sure that I would receive makeup products that I would actually use. I was also concerned about the price. My little box is exactly what I need and less expensive than my gym membership ( not sponsored by the way ). It costs £14.95, comes once …

The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of the Puppy Trade – Review

Hi Everyone, Here is one documentary I can not wait to talk to you about. We all know that I love dogs ( they are in lots of my thumbnails ) and I do want to adopt one badly. However, I believe that animals are not accessories and I refuse to adopt a dog or a cat, as long as I live in a tiny flat in central London and I don’t have my shit together. The documentary was advertised to me on Instagram by Grace. I love what she does, I think she is a beautiful woman who is not afraid to speak up and always ready to share her life experiences with the world. Whilst I was a bit underwhelmed by her first documentary on Clean Eating ( you can have a look at my review here ), I am always ready to learn more about anything puppy related. My thoughts on what she said: Yes, social media is filled with dogs and you always see the same breeds. If I hang out on YouTube, I …

Merry Christmas !

Hi Everyone, I know I am a bit late but I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. I had the chance to be with my family today and take the day off from work. I got some money to buy my first real camera so if it works out, I will definitely let you know. I will be celebrating Christmas tomorrow as well but with my best friends this time. I do not know what’s on the menu yet but they have accepted to try some of my vegan/vegetarian dishes so I am excited ! Also, I will be participating in Veganuary. It will be my first time ever so if you have done it before, please let me know how it went. If you have some tips, I would love to hear them. I will leave you with some pictures of the food I have eaten today ! I hope to see you all next year ! My Instagram Lots of Kisses Alicia

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  

Let’s be ( food ) friends on Instagram !

Hi Everyone, I did it. I created an Instagram for the blog. It is not a personal Instagram so you will not get any of my shitty jokes like on my Snapchat. I will be posting all the food I do not share on my blog, bought or cooked by yours truly, new cruelty-free makeup and just some cool places – restaurants – cafes I get to check out over here in London. I literally created it an hour ago and I would love to follow you guys and see what you are all up to. My Instagram is Veggieexpat. I know it looks extremely empty but please bear with me, I will try to upload at least once a day ( fingers crossed ). If you can not find me, feel free to leave your Instagram down below and I will look you up! Lots of Kisses Alicia  

Cheeky Veggie Dinner Date for under £10.00

Hi Everyone, I know. Finally. A recipe. It has been so long. I have been so good at coming up with new ideas and uploading two times a week that I have forgotten to write down what I ate. Stupid me. Here is what we had for dinner a couple of days ago. It is a vegetarian peppered steak, baby potatoes, mushrooms and broccoli. The meat-free peppered steak is from Quorn. You can find the brand at Tesco and I believe that they have an offer running. Something like buy 3 of their products for £5.00 ( not sponsored by the way ). You all know how to cook your potatoes and broccoli so I thought I would focus on what made the dish so delicious. The sauce. I threw half a spoon of vegan butter in a pan to replace my usual olive oil Half a glass of water A vegetable stock pot A spoonful of truffle mustard A bit of Mulled wine I added my mushrooms and my peppered steak and a tiny …

Horror movies for Christmas ?

Hello Everyone, Finally, Christmas is here ! I can’t wait to cuddle up in bed with my cat and stuff my face. FALSE Right after I have opened my presents, you will find me in bed binge watching horror movies. Don’t worry, though. They are all Christmas-related. Gremlins Yep.. Never said my list would be full of award winning movies ! Silent Night, Deadly Night This one is particularly funny to me. Watch the original first ! You won’t regret it. Also, skip SNDN 2 – 3 – 4. Krampus   Sorry for the crappy gif. Give this one a try, it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The Walking Dead I am honestly blown away by the new season and I have just started. It is not technically a horror movie but it is what I will also be watching this December. Black Christmas  Again, you have the choice between two movies. Black Christmas 2006 and Black Christmas 1974. I would recommend watching the original first. Have you seen my horror movies must …

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 …

Music to overcome self-pity

What a promising title I know. But really, it is that simple for me. When I start obsessing too much about my “problems’. When I get into this addictive self-pity  spiral, when nothing sounds like a good option to make me feel better ( I am sure you know what I am talking about ). I turn to music.     I truly hope you like it. The playlist is almost one hour long. I find it really relaxing to listen to the whole playlist or a few songs just to get the attention away from what has been bothering you. As you know, I am into music and I have playlists for every occasion. I have listed all the playlists I have put together for this blog so far. Hopefully, I will have some time to create a special Christmas one for you guys ! Check out my other playlists ? Commute Playlist Saying Goodbye and Cozy Sunday Playlist Road Trip Playlist My Kind of Playlist The Positive Vibes Playlist 10 Songs To Dance To While …

THE BODY SHOP HAUL – LIPS & HAIR

Hi Everyone, Christmas came early this year. As you all know, I am a post graduate student and I work at the same time. It is rare to find the time to spoil yourself when you are busy with uni and work but when I do, I go all the way. I recently got 40% off with The Body Shop for Black Friday and I couldn’t resist. I will not show you everything that I bought as a good half of the order was also gifts for my friends but I purchased quite a bit for myself. If you did not already know, The Body Shop is 100% cruelty-free and the brand displays the whole list of their vegan products on the website. On to the fun stuff now! I got a couple of bath products but the things I am the more excited about are the lips and hair products. Bamboo Paddle Hairbrush & Grapeseed hair serum With my curly hair, I struggle to find a great comb or brush that will not break my hair. It …

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 …

MONKI MAKE UP – EYELINERS EDITION

I have to say, I had no idea MONKI actually had makeup. I always shop online on ASOS or go to the MONKI Store on Carnaby Street but I had never ever bothered looking at the “accessories” and beauty section. Before five days ago. So you know me, when I saw the eyeliners ( on sale ), I could not help myself and immediately went online to get more information. And by more information, I mean : Is MONKI cruelty-free ? And it seems like it is guys. As per their website and FAQ : Our policy is not to test our make up on animals, so no, no it isn’t! However, be careful if you are looking for exclusively vegan makeup products. I looked on Facebook and here is what they have to say about vegan products : We’re proud to say that all Monki make-up is 100% cruelty-free. We have a strict policy not to test our products on animals. However, we can’t guarantee that our make-up is or will always be vegan. …

23 feel good short sentences to start your day right

Today is Monday and we are all gonna have to face a new week. No matter what you do and where you are in the world, you need to know.. I feel you, man. You know what’s going to wake you up better than your first sip of morning coffee ? The list down below. ( Ok maybe not but I am in a good mood and I wanted to share the love ). “You can do it” “Your bed is comfy, yes, but it will be here when you come home” “Coffee is only a few steps away” “Of course you can post a selfie today” “Your face looks great” “Look at this dog” “33 days until Christmas” “You made it to today, pretty awesome if you ask me !” “You are getting wiser by the minute” “Aren’t you grateful to have food every day?” “Wow is it your real hair ?” “Your lashes are so long !” “Fantastic beasts is out” “Free music all day long with Spotify” “Your family and friends must be …

I need your help !

Hi loves, I hope you are all doing okay. I would really appreciate it if you could participate in the poll I created down below. I have been really interested in people going “dairy-free” lately and I was wondering if big brands like Nescafe Dolce Gusto could launch capsules with milk alternatives. Your opinion does matter to me and the more answers I get, the more I will be able to contact brands and understand why such alternatives haven’t been introduced yet. Lots of love Alicia

What is the best policy when it comes to animal cruelty ?

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing fantastic. I want to chat with you all about something that has been bugging me lately. You probably don’t know but I am a post graduate student in marketing and I love love love content creation and analyzing any content that comes my way. Whilst I am not really active on Twitter and Facebook ( I mostly retweet and like ), I am still on it every day, constantly connected, watching what’s going on and scrolling through an enormous amount of posts and information. I do follow PETA on Twitter just because I like to know what’s happening in “my world”, and PETA is also one of the most regular vegan news/ animal cruelty related account that I have found so far. I do have to say something. I do not appreciate being exposed to violent/gory videos of animals being tortured and killed. I understand the idea behind it and the shock value they are striving for but it is not the best way to go. In my …