All posts tagged: makeup

Cruelty-Free Lips

Hey Everyone, How are you? I am back from Barcelona and I thought why not show you my favourite Summer Red Lipsticks. So without further ado.. From left to right: e.l.f – Red Hot Reds 3INA – 123  The Body Shop – New Orleans Scarlet Matte  NYX Liquid Suede – Kitten Heels  Barry M – Matte Me Up – Paparazzi Barry M – Matte Me Up – Pop-up The creamiest: e.l.f & The Body Shop The long lasting: NYX LIQUID SUEDE The best pigmentation: Barry M & NYX The light coverage: 3INA What shade will you be rocking this summer? Ali

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 …

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 …

June & the Blog: Picking items for the Giveaway

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing amazing. I am currently in Paris visiting my family and friends and I thought that it was the perfect time to finally announce when the giveaway would be happening and give you a chance to choose (from the list of items I have talked about before on the blog) what you would like in it. I am pushing back the giveaway to the end of June because I have tons of stuff to do in Paris, I have to start my dissertation, I will be leaving for Barcelona in about two weeks and I want to make sure I buy products that are in line with what I like, what you would like and my blog. The giveaway will be open for one week and all of Europe. To participate, you will just have to be subscribed to my blog and comment anything under the giveaway post. I wish I could include more of you. Hopefully, some future changes will allow me to do so. I was initially thinking …

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 …

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 …

B. Skincare: Cruelty-Free and Affordable

Hi, you guys! How are you? I am very excited for this post! Finally, 100% cruelty-free skincare products (with the little bunny everywhere) that deserves to be talked about. I bet you all remember my huge flop post with the brand Simple. Today is the day I redeem myself and show you some real-ass cruelty-free skincare goodies that I have been using for about a month. B. is a certified cruelty-free brand. I was actually browsing Superdrug’s website when I stumbled onto B. I think that if after this post, if you consider looking into the brand, do your research online first as in stores, the products kinda get lost within the sea of brands available. What is interesting about B.skincare line is that you can either shop by age range or targeted solutions and cleansing. For example, you can choose from 20s to 30s (Phase 1), 30s (Phase 2), ect to 60s and beyond or scroll down to browse all their products. Naturally, I started with  20s to 30s. I picked up several products which I thought …

Superdrug cruelty-free makeup 2017

Hi Everyone, How are you? I said I would do Sephora after Boots but Sephora will take a lot more time as I want to do skincare as well.  Fingers crossed I’ll be done with it by the end of this month. I hope this list will help some of you out. As always, I am not a reference at all in terms of cruelty-free makeup. I am mostly writing this post as a reminder that cruelty-free makeup is everywhere and not as expensive as people like to say. PS: I have tried to leave the one I have even the smallest doubt about (could be lack of official statement, a blogger contacting them or PETA and getting a standard/vague answer) Let’s just jump into it! Barry M Official statement:  Here at Barry M, we love cosmetics but we love animals too. Beauty with compassion has been at the heart of our company since 1982 so that’s why we’re proudly supporting Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in history to achieve a …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Going dark for Valentine’s Day 2017 – Cruelty-Free Lips

Hi Everyone, Happy Happy Happy Valentine’s day (way in advance). For V-day, I will be in Brighton. I will take the time to relax but also, hopefully, get enough pictures to do a hotel review for you guys. I had my collection of bright red lipsticks out in order to make this post and in the middle of my swatches, I decided to change everything and pick four dark lipsticks. I have been wearing really bright eye looks lately and I thought why not just pair a blue eyeliner or bright orange eyeshadow with darker lips for once. I know, for some of you, it’s not a big deal but I am super traditional when it comes to lipstick. I am so afraid to be tacky that I tend to follow stupid unspoken rules and stay in my lane. Anyway, enough BLABLA. Hope you like the colors I selected. I apologize in advance for the pictures, they looked better on my phone (still saving for a camera). NYX Lingerie – BEAUTY MARK I am a …

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 …

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 …

I tried the e.l.f Hydrating Bubble Mask

Hi Everyone, I thought I would do something a bit different today  beauty wise! I recently got a big e.l.f package in and I thought why not try the Hydrating Bubble Mask for you guys. I love masks and face treatments in general and I was very excited at the idea of having my face covered with bubbles. Not gonna lie, I really wanted to look like this : It came very close though and had a very good laugh. The mask comes in a lovely transparent / clear blue packaging.  It is very important to read the instructions first because it is quite different from any other hydrating masks. After you apply a fine layer all over your face, put a 5 to 10 mins timer on and let the magic happen. PS : I would suggest you clean the top of the box after you pushed down the sides to get the product out.  The sensation is very unique. At first, it is very tingly and being ticklish, I wondered how I was going …

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 …

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. …

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 …

What is the difference between Vegan & Cruelty-Free MakeUp ?

Hi Everyone, I thought I would pop on here to share some important information with you guys. I know that some people think that because a product is cruelty-free, it is automatically vegan. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Cruelty-Free defines a makeup product which has never ever been tested on animals from A to Z. This includes the product as a whole but also the ingredients. For example, people tend to think that L’Oreal is cruelty-free when in fact, the brand has been misleading its customers. “The Group no longer tests on animal, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others. An exception could be made if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.” ( taken from L’Oreal website FAQ page ). For more deception, please check out this amazing post from Cruelty Free Kitty. A product which hasn’t been tested on animals doesn’t mean that it does not contain animal ingredients such as beeswax. If you have a look at your packaging and it says : gelatin, …

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 …

Battle of the Highlighters – Drugstore & Cruelty-free

Hi Everyone, How are you ? I hope you all had a great week-end. My boyfriend is back and my best friend is coming to visit very soon so I have a busy week ahead. I will try to write as much as possible and schedule some good posts for you guys. I will be going out a lot this week so I finally took the time to look through my makeup to get some inspiration. Whilst I was skeptical ( and judgmental ) about drugstore products at first, you have to give credit where credit’s due, and some of the makeup I have picked up has been life-changing. I want to talk about highlighters. I love neutral tones and nude eyeshadow palettes.To be honest, my makeup routine is always the same. With highlighters, I feel like I can switch it up and play with different styles without having to get too creative on the eyes or lips. I have 4 drugstore highlighters + 2 KIKOS From left to right :  MUA Undress your skin Highlighting Powder – Pink Shimmer ( £3.00 ) MakeUp Revolution …

Moving Forward ?

Hi Everyone, This post is going to be a quick one. As you know my blog is about my vegetarian lifestyle. I focus on cruelty-free makeup or products worth talking about, vegetarianism & veganism and veggie recipes. I will be running a poll on my blog (it should be on your right, on the main page) and I would really appreciate it if you could participate. I will also add it at the end of the post just in case. I want to write a bit more and was thinking about a post on economic vegetarianism but ultimately, even if I decide what my blog is about, I would love to help people out, get your opinion and write things you are interested in as well. The poll will be up for 3 to 4 days. Please check it out if you have some time to spare. PS : I updated my post about Huel if you want to check it out. Much love to you all

Cruelty-Free MakeUp – Drugstore Edition

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all having a fantastic day ! So I bought a ton of cruelty-free makeup from Superdrug this week. Bit of a shopaholic here. As you know, I am still experimenting with cruelty-free brands. I am trying more drugstore brands because most of my “old” makeup ( non cruelty-free ) was exclusively high-end and my poor conditioned self used to think that “if the product is expensive, it’s gotta work”. I was such a spoiled little brat. I am not bashing high-end brands by the way. I love me some Urban Decay ; Too Faced or Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I am open to finding new cruelty free products for a better price. When I went to Superdrug, I was looking for a good eyeshadow palette to match my wardrobe. I’m a neutral tone kind of girl. I like earthy colors, white and black. My favorite palette of all time is the Naked 2, but it is starting to run out now and I needed something simple yet still pigmented. I bought two eyeshadow palettes from …

Make Your Own Shampoo

Hey everyone ! I hope you are all doing amazing. Today is Wednesday and I am just beyond excited. I love being back in Paris because I can shop and turn my home into a spa with my sister. She always takes great care of her hair AND has also recently decided to throw away all of her makeup and replace it with cruelty-free brands  which made me very happy. I am glad that she read my article about it and I also recommended her a video that really shook me up : Gigi Hadid’s Beauty Secret . The video is under one minute and free of graphic content if you feel like checking it out. Yesterday was a sunny day in Paris and we went to our favorite store to buy some well-deserved hair care products. Among the products, we also bought everything you need to build your own shampoos. My sister is definitely the expert and got every girl in the family into it. I ended up making three shampoos for my sister and I with essential oils. Here is …

5 Oils for Healthy Hair

The best decision you will make is to ditch chemicals and go organic.  The best way for me to do so, without giving up on my beauty routine, was to switch my drugstore beauty products for  unrefined oils and butters. What I like about oils and natural butters is that you can mix them with your shampoos, your makeup, your homemade facial masks and beauty recipes.. The ones I use are 100% natural and a great investment if you are on a tight budget like me. I do use the 5 oils that I have listed down below.  I mix them with a natural shampoo base or my henna or use them when I want to detangle my curly hair or prevent and fight summer dryness. I have talked about it before but I buy all my oils and hair products online on Aromazone or Amazon mostly. Castor Oil Perfect to strengthen your hair naturally, it also increases hair and eyelashes growth. A little goes a long way and a 100 ml will last a long time. I do not use …

Best Cruelty-Free MakeUp brands

I do not know if it’s because I wasn’t paying attention when I was younger, but when I was growing up in Paris, the market for cruelty-free makeup seemed to be non-existent. I believe that you do not need to be vegetarian or vegan to buy cruelty-free makeup. This has nothing to do with your diet or lifestyle but should be an obvious step to take in order to reduce animal cruelty. I would also recommend that before you go to a drugstore to buy your makeup, you have a list ready of cruelty free products you want to buy.  I go out to buy make up every month and I like to ask questions. Most of the sales assistants I have spoken to (in Paris at least), will assure you that the brand is cruelty free without actually knowing for sure or understanding the meaning of it. If the brand is cruelty-free, it does not mean that their suppliers ( where they get the ingredients from ) do not test their products on animals. …