I used to refer to myself as a bit of a tomboy. I’ve a nature of not giving a rats ass about certain things whether it be my appearance, clothing or not being able to apply make up well! I’ve realised that this is in actual fact an act of tomfoolery not being a tomboy. I don’t have a skincare routine I just wash and go grabbing whatever is to hand at the time.

Whilst this method of washing and stepping out the house isn’t an issue now it really isn’t a long term solution. So I’m going with the tagline of treating myself the way I want to be treated. I went into The Body Shop too see what’s out there and get some sort of skincare routine started up. A lovely lady with her eyebrows on fleek approached me and asked if I needed help. I said I’m fine but she helped out anyways. So we started talking about products a few of which got my interest. Midway through our discussion she asked ‘So whats your routine?’ I replied ‘brushing my teeth’. She looked at me then burst out laughing when she realised I wasn’t joking. She asked what products I used. Besides my Howkaylives shea butter I really don’t bother with anything much. I occasionally use some Clearisil I have leftover from yesteryear and have loads of old Korean beauty products that I brought because they’re cute and and fun but that’s pretty much it.

I remember treating myself to The Body Shop vitamin E oil yonks ago which was fab. WHY IS IT £15 QUID A BOTTLE? I said thanks but no thanks to the lady and before I could say anything else she mannequin challenged herself away from me straight to another customer.

I took my child from the store before he could knock something over and redeposited him alongside me in Superdrugs who have the most ridiculously slim shopping aisles. I had done a little research online before the information overload took place. Finding great products yet alone making sure they were cruelty free and vegan made me give up. I think I had already made up my mind before going to The Body shop that I would get the cheapest store brand from Superdrugs. I know some of you will be recoiling away from the screen in disgust but hear me out. At the moment my biggest concern is learning and sticking to some kind of routine. Once I’ve done that then I will start looking at the content and type of products I use in more depth. Right now I’m just trying to get off the start line. So here we have the products. I will test them out and let you know how we do or don’t get on. What do you use, recommend that is both good, affordable and of course cruelty free and vegan? Let me know in the comments. I wanted to make a video and then thought I’d just be showing you containers of things I know very little about. I also wanted to add links to all the products, however, most are not showing on the Superdrugs website but are available in most stores.

What do you use and recommend that is good, affordable and of course cruelty free/vegan?



  1. Lee
    January 27, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Loved this article 🙂 Indeed it is most important that you find your own routine first and then focus on choosing the products. For me, less is more, both with ingredients and number of products. I chose EvolveBeauty for my skincare because is all vegan, organic and UK brand, locally made. It might seem expensive, but honestly, you only need a tiny amount of product (both face serum and cream) to have truly awesome skin. I bought a daily face cream there and it’s not even halfway and I’ve been using it for 6 months now, everyday on my face and neck :p The zero-chemicals are a bonus!
    Lush is also cool and vegan but it does have some chemicals, although not too much I guess. I would suggest taking a peek at where you can search for vegan products easily and they have both high end and cheaper products 🙂 Contentbeauty is also a great site.
    Most of all, for me, is best to buy a few staple products that are effective/vegan/natural, once in a while and pay a bit more than to end up buying several others that are truly not that great in the long run. ATM I shower with products from (they have bundle packages and it also lasts a long time) and then use the serum and cream from Evolve. As a treat I like the Evolve cacao mask or the BodyShop vegan masks (the goji berry one is great).
    Hope I could help somehow!

    • Esme
      February 28, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Sorry Lee for the late response and THANK YOU so much for taking the time to give me so much information/tips. The products I’ve brought have served me so well….still not quite being a good girl and following a routine but I’ve seen great improvements. My skin can be a little naughty so I’m definetly going to look into all the information you’ve given me and work towards a more natural route x

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