Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Launch in the UK!

Something for the vegan girlies... It feels like forever since I wrote an exciting beauty post! I've been completely neglecting my beauty blog while I've been getting this blog up and running again but I'm thrilled to be able to announce the arrival of US brand Lunatick cosmetics to the UK. It makes its debut tomorrow at with 5 spook-tacular, coffin-shaped eyeshadow palettes. Perfect to get you into the spirit of Halloween but also 100% cruelty-free and VEGAN!

Lunatick are a small, family-run company hailing from Milwaukee, US with a quirky range of animal-friendly, handmade cosmetics, designed for anyone from blushing brides to brides of Frankenstein. Included in the range are ultra-pigmented lipglosses, silk eyeshadows and THESE palettes which are all inspired by classic hammer horror movies of old. There are 6 to choose from...


Zombie Defense

Hocus Pocus
I have a serious packaging crush on these palettes. They're a coffin/ouija board hybrid. Even the mirror is bat-shaped. If you're a horror-junkie like myself then you'll go mad for these. The shade combinations are brilliant so there's definitely something for everyone. They've catered for lovers of neutrals, glitter and brights with this selection. I'm a die-hard fan of neutrals so , of course, Supernatural and Relic have got me the most excited. Which to buy first though?! It's so tough!

These palettes launch TOMORROW (Friday 17th October) on and will retail for £22.95 each. Perfect if you're looking to treat yourself for Halloween. 

CuteECOsmetics are a UK-based, 100% cruelty-free online cosmetics store with an extensive selection of compassionate and eco-friendly brands, many of which are vegan friendly. Other delights include Sugarpill, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Concrete Minerals and more. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Vegan Kind DOUBLE: TVK11 & TVK12

Since I failed so miserably at blogging throughout September (it was a busy month for me, even without all the technical difficulties I was having with Wordpress) I have double the TVK snack-porn to share with you for October! I've had a total of 7 boxes from TVK to date and there have been very few disappointments. Both their service and their product have been consistently outstanding and delicious. I'd also like to add that I finally got to meet the lovely Karris and hubby at VegFest London recently, and they're every bit as lovely in the flesh as they are via social media. I hope they will make the trip to London more often!

The main event of this blog post will be the brand, spanking new TVK12 October box, but I wanted to just give you a quick peep at September's box as there were a couple of real gems in there! The highlights of TVK11 for me were definitely the Hoots pickled onion baked snacks (seriously, one bag wasn't enough) and the Gourmet Spice Company Magic BBQ Dust. I can't wait to sprinkle that stuff on EVERYTHING! A slight disappointment for me was the Skin Likes deodorant. I had high hopes for it but it just didn't go the distance for me. Ombar Coco Mylk chocolate is always welcome in my belly though. I was already a fan so the bar in this box didn't last long.

TVK12 arrived at my door early this week. To be honest, I haven't been able to enjoy it fully yet as I've been struck down with a bizarre stomach bug for the last couple of days and haven't had much of an appetite but I've had a little nibble on the Howdah Onion Bhaji snacks and I couldn't resist sneaking one of the Angelic Double Chocolate cookies (chocolate is always the best medicine, in my opinion) which are also gluten free. So, here's the rundown in pictures of what was in the box...

The products that I've already dipped into were both lovely. I was impressed that the cookies were only 70cals each! You wouldn't be able to tell from the taste. I like that they're not too sweet and the texture was very pleasant. The onion bhajis were just the right amount of spicy for me. Kind of like the classic onion ring snacks but with extra crunch and a spicy zing.

I haven't tried the chocolate covered raspberries by Landgarten yet. I'm saving those for my next marathon dissertation study session (trust me, they will be much more appreciated that way). I do love Landgarten's other products. One company that is new to me is NOM (Naturally Organic Matters) Foods. I really like these kind of snack bars before or after the gym for a hit of energy. Due to being poorly sick, I haven't had chance to workout this week as yet but I'll be packing this in my gym bag on my next visit.

The product that really had me intrigued out of this bunch was the Triumph Moisturising Creme Balm by Premae Skincare with frankincense oil. This is probably the most expensive item I've ever had in any subscription box, and it's a really great size sample (this 10ml is worth £33). Triumph products have won awards and are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. I tried it for the first time under my makeup this morning and I'm seriously impressed by how smooth my skin looks and feels. Sadly, I won't be able to purchase a full size of this due to my student poverty but I think it's wonderful that I get to sample products like this in a box that only costs £10. That's amazing value! I do, however, consider it an act of cruelty for TVK to give me this fantastic product that I will NEVER be able to buy again.

This month's TVK featured charity is Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Home in the wake of their recent tragedy. 10p from each TVK12 box sold will go towards caring for the remaining dogs and helping the organisation get back on their feet.

For more info and to subscribe to The Vegan Kind visit

Did you know that they're now offering international shipping on their boxes? Vegan treats for EVERYONE! Also be sure to hit them up on Facebook and Twitter with any questions. They're a really chatty bunch!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Vegan Life Magazine Issue 1: Bringing Vegan Into Vogue

Well HELLO!!!
I can't even begin to tell you what a relief it is to get back to blogging again! After a horrific (and brief) experience trying to make this blog work on Wordpress, I've taken the decision to reincarnate it, complete with a new name and look, back on Blogger and BOY do I feel more at home here. I've pasted in all previous content from the old site, so nobody misses anything but I thought I'd kick it all back off today with a brand NEW post. A week or so ago I took a trip to London Olympia for my first ever VegFest where I came across Vegan Life Magazine. I'd heard a little on the social media grapevine that they'd just published their first issue and was thrilled to pick up issue one for a bargain show price of just £1! 

So, yesterday I settled down with a hot cup of green tea and a jammy bagel to digest everything Vegan Life has to offer. I'm not a magazine reader in general to be honest, I'm more likely to get my veg news and recipe fixes via blogs, social media and Google, but I'd forgotten how good it feels to leaf through a hard copy in front of me whilst lounging around the breakfast table. 

This magazine isn't all about the foodporn, nor is it all about ethics. It has a delightful mix of recipes, news, debate, new products and familiar vegan faces. Being the Oriental food junkie that I am, I almost leapt out of my seat in excitement at the mouthwatering Eastern Feast recipe feature. I was also pleased to see lovely blogger and cookbook author Aine Carlin, P.S It's Vegan and the phenomenal Fiona Oakes all featured. 

The thing that struck me the most about this magazine is how inspiring it is to read. It really hammers home how positive and uplifting veganism can be for those who embrace it. I know it was definitely a life-changer for me. It was a true pleasure to read so many heartfelt stories from writers, chefs and athletes alike whilst also discovering new vegan products and learning a few tricks along the way.

The magazine itself is attractive, well laid out and also pretty sturdy. Perfect for coffee tables (hey, your curious omni visitors might even take a flick through, who knows). You can also subscribe digitally and read it via an iPad or smartphone. I'll definitely be signing up! Subscriptions start from just £14.50 for a year. I certainly don't plan on reviewing every issue by any means, but I thought it would be foolish not to spread the word about such an exciting and inspiring new vegan resource.

For more info on Vegan Life, to subscribe or to view the preview of this issue make sure you check out

Where do you get your vegan news and inspiration??