mo'adore: cruelty-free beauty ∙ vegan food ∙ glasgow/dundee lifestyle

16 October 2016

3 vegan lipsticks with orange hues

Orange is one of the lipstick shades I'm sure a lot of us have a love-hate relationship with. I mean, it looks great when models wear it - but us regular people who can't afford a professional make-up artist to steer us away from shades that downright don't suite us. Nah. 

But last year I did find myself caught up in the orange lipstick trend. I am lucky that my skin generally has neutral undertones. It leans slightly towards warmer shades but I mostly do suit all lipstick shades (aside from nudes, I'm one of those typical pale people who looks dead without some colour on my lips). 

If your own lipstick collection is still lacking some orange hues, here are my top 3. Okay they're the only 3 I own because I'm not a super-star blogger who can afford everything. But I would wholeheartedly recommend all of them.

L-R: Son of a Brick, Flirty Orange and Boss Lady. 

1. LippyGirl Son of a Brick*

I reviewed this lipstick in full last year and it remains my favourite for when I'm feeling a subtle orange. An earthy shade that is orange meets brown but is subdue enough to wear during the day. 

2. Gosh Flirty Orange

Quite clearly, this is the orange lipstick you wear when you are looking to stand out. An almost-fluorescent shade, this is one of the many lipsticks I own from Gosh. I've spoken praises for Gosh's lipsticks before, but they honestly are my favourite and I own an array of them (a Gosh swatch blog-post has been on my to-do list for a long time). Here's an outfit post from last year of me wearing this shade

3. LippyGirl Boss Lady*

This is a very recent addition to my collection and I am happy to report that the LippyGirl formula is still divine. Like the Son of a Brick Shade mentioned earlier, Boss Lady is also an earthy and warm shade. However, unlike Son of a Brick, it's a mix between red and orange - and it can look a bit red on the lips (here's an Instagram of myself wearing it). 

Do you have a favourite orange lipstick? Let me know in the comments. 

This post contains PR samples

4 October 2016

Phil Smith Vegan Product List

Phil Smith is a haircare brand that has been featured a few times on my blog. However, in these posts there has been comments regarding confusion as to what products are vegan. I actually discovered Phil Smith when I was simply just cruelty-free. But when I began stricter with ingredients I myself moved the brand to the side, because I was unsure as to what was vegan. 

However, recently the PR company who look after Phil Smith got in contact and provided me with a run down as to what products are vegan (and which are not). 

The following products are vegan: 

BOMBSHELL Radiance Shampoo
BLONDE BOMBSHELL Radiance Conditioner
BLONDE BOMBSHELL Radiance Intensive Treatment
RESCUE SOS Iron Hot Mist
COCO LICIOUS Coconut Oil Shampoo
COCO LICIOUS Coconut Oil Conditioner
GLAM SHINE Gloss Finishing Spray
GLAM SHINE Glossing Serum
BIG IT UP! Volume Boosting Shampoo
BIG IT UP! Volume Boosting Conditioner 
BIG IT UP! Volume Boosting Spray
BIG IT UP! Thickening Volume Cream
BIG IT UP! Volume Boosting Moose
GENTLY DOES IT Ultra Soothing Shampoo
GENTLY DOES IT Ultra Soothing Conditioner
HELLO MOISTURE Nourishing Repair Shampoo
HELLO MOISTURE Nourishing Repair Conditioner
HELLO MOISTURE Intensive Conditioning Treatment
DRY CLEANERS Volumising Dry Shampoo
DRY CLEANERS Revitalising Dry Shampoo
HOLD ON Firm Hold Hairspray 
TOTAL TREAT Argan Oil Cream
TOTAL TREAT Transforming Argan Oil
CURLY LOCKS Curl Perfecting Shampoo
CURLY LOCKS Curl Perfecting Conditioner
CURLY LOCKS Curl Perfecting Spray
CURLY LOCKS Curl Control Cream

 These following products are not suitable for vegans: 

WOW! BRUNETTE Colour Illuminating Shampoo
WOW! BRUNETTE Colour Illuminating Conditioner
SOS RESCUE Damage-Protection Shampoo
SOS RESCUE Damage-Protection Conditioner
GLAM SHINE Ultimate Glossing Shampoo
GLAM SHINE Ultimate Glossing Conditioner
SUPER SMOOTH Luminous Smoothing Shampoo
SUPER SMOOTH Luminous Smoothing Conditioner
SUPER SMOOTH Luminous Protein Spray

What product will you try next?

2 October 2016

Is ASMR a sexual fetish? Well, no

One of these videos appears sexual, the other one really doesn't. Who is turned on by donuts?

Sometimes before I go to bed, I like to watch videos on YouTube of girls whispering into a camera while role-playing. These role-plays can be visits to the dentist, sometimes it's a nurse or maybe a hairdresser. Occasionally I watch boys too, but I've always preferred the female videos. These videos cause me to feel tingles. 

When I say it like that, you would presume I'm opening up about a sexual fetish. But to someone who hasn't heard of ASMR - or has but doesn't experience it - that's exactly what it could look like. A pretty girl pretending to be a nurse whispering into a camera does sound like the start of a very bad porno. 

But ASMR is a relaxation tool and these tingles I spoke about happen in my head, know, lower in my body. The fact that they are sometimes referred to as a 'brain orgasm' doesn't help either. 

If you are someone who doesn't experience ASMR and is trying to get your head around it, I hope this post helps you understand it a bit more. Or at least understand that it is not sexual, at least not by default. 

(As a note, I know some people who watch ASMR videos would rather be caught watching porn. While the situation would be embarrassing, at least it would be easier to explain.) 

I experienced ASMR long before I knew what sexual attraction was

While ASMR as a 'trend' only took off in the last few years, I've been experiencing it my whole life. I have vivid memories of gentle tingles travelling down my head when a teacher would help me with a maths problem, or during an eye test. But on the flip side, I haven't experienced sexual attraction my whole life. That didn't kick in until I headed off to high school. 

Most people who experience ASMR will share a similar anecdote. We had these tingles our entire life, long before we encountered - shall we say - 'tingles' of the other variety. 

And these tingles are in a different part of my body

I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak on behalf of my own experience. When I watch ASMR videos I feel these gentle tingles in my head and ears. When I'm 'turned on' it's not my head where I feel the tingles, it's a much lower part of my body. And the sensation is different. The tingles from ASMR are relaxing and dream like. I'm not sure about anyone else, but when I'm sexually aroused I wouldn't call myself relaxed.

ASMR sends people to sleep, porn does not

Someone who creates adult films for a living would be offended if they found out people were falling asleep during their creations. The purpose of adult films are to arouse and excite. Whereas most ASMR videos are designed to help people relax and even fall asleep. Some insomniacs swear by them.

One of the best comparisons is a massage

When someone tells you they are away for a massage you don't automatically wink at them and say "Oh, a massage eh?". Massages are used for relaxation or health purposes, but it involves someone running their hands along your bare skin (sometimes with ointments). And in the privacy of people's own homes massage can be a sensual act used as part of foreplay, or for general intimacy. But we still don't think of massages of being intrinsically sexual. 

ASMR can be thought of similarly. The end goal is ultimately the same (relaxation, help with anxiety and sleep problems) but it can look sexual to the untrained eye. 

But yes, ASMR fetish videos do exist

And I'm not hear to shut them down. They have their own place in the world, and if these videos are what turns an individual on then that's it. I'm not here to tell someone what they should or shouldn't be turned on by - just as long as they're not leaving dirty comments on ASMR videos that aren't designed to be sexual. 

Similarly to massage, ASMR can be sexual - or it can be a relaxation tool. The same way whipped cream can be for decorating a cake or can be for licking off your partner's body. Even genitalia isn't always used sexually: a penis is also for urinating and a vagina is where babies enter the world. 

ASMR - like many things - doesn't fit into black or white boxes where everything is either 100% sexual or completely void of any sexual purpose. A lot of it is down to the individual and their personal desires, plus the situation.

However ASMR is not porn and isn't sexual by default. So the next time someone informs you that they use ASMR to relax, take it at face value and don't assume you've been given some insight into what they jerk off to in their bedroom. 

P.S. Read my other post where I introduce ASMR

30 September 2016

September Linkables


Well, what do we have here? A Linkables? If you've been with my blog pre-2016 you'll know that I would post a round-up of my favourite links every Friday (and without blowing my own trumpet it was always a generously big round-up). I changed these posts to monthly at the start of the year due to changes in blogging schedules and life priorities and then, well, I actually just kind of forgot to do one ever again. 

Life and stuff has changed in 2016 (in a good way, but blogging is not as high up my priority list as it once had been - but again, in a good way) so some schedules just got thrown to the side. What I'm trying to say is that Linkables is not necessarily 'back' - I just found myself with some downtime (and some energy) to wind one up. Because I'm still reading just as many articles as I have before. 

So here we go...

Sex & Relationships

I've never really 'came out' as non-monogamous on the internet (until, erm, now for anyone who never picked up on my passive comments) so I've never received criticism on my personal choice. But here's a personal essay from someone who did a coming out article. It's not 100% pretty. 

Keeping to the theme of polyamory, here are 5 mistakes not to make

If you've recently been through a break-up 1) I send you my love and 2) here are some helpful reminders you deserve to hear (but might not hear enough).

One reason I don't think parenthood for me is that I'm introverted and relish alone time. If however you are an introverted parent, here are some tips on staying sane.  

As someone who has been officially single for almost six years I can assure you, you can move on without finding someone new

"Imagine if your best friend moved in with you, trashed your place, refused to get a job or pay rent, demanded you cook dinner for them, and got angry and yelled at you any time you complained. That friendship would be over faster than Paris Hilton’s acting career." - If you wouldn't tolerate this kind of behaviour in a friendship, why tolerate it in a relationship

Geek & Pop Culture

Looking for a new table top dice? Try some of these funky ones

Despite not being from Christchurch or holding the title of housewive, this was so much more relatable than most of the Real Housewives of spin-offs

I was avid reader of Bliss Magazine during my early teens and I still can't put into words how much it meant to my teenage self. A former feature writers pens her thoughts after it closes its doors

I spent a bit too long laughing at Alanis Morisette and James Corden's Ironic duet updated to reflect modern times. 

Social Media, Marketing & Blogging

Green Match has named their top Vegan Bloggers of 2016, with a mention for yours truly. 

One for marketer's trying to reach the millennial market: it's more complicated than you think

I've always been able to take or leave Fashion Week, but I'm well up for a Transatlantic Fashion Week on board a Cunard cruise ship.  


I've used AirBnB once, thankfully none of this happened to me

This is a dinner party theme I can get behind: the 'crappy' dinner party (aka making it about the company and not whatever fancy something you slaved away for). 

I find it difficult to tolerate whiny people, so should probably print this article out and keep it in my handbag

Some advice for shopping smart at vintage fairs from the ever stylish Kimberley of Wardrobe Conversations

A public reminder that men get breast cancer too