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

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How is everyone's Friday? I know it's pay weekend for a lot of people so I hope you're celebrating wisely. Personally I've ordered a range of new books and supported the Scottish fashion scene with a sneaky new ring purchase. Living the rock and roll lifestyle. 

I had my final trapeze lesson of this block last Sunday so will be having my first weekend in a while where I'm not hanging upside down. I'm also heading to the #ScotBlogMeet on Sunday which I am sooooo excited about and you should give me a holla if you are also going. 

Much love x

Feminism & Equality

It took a Reddit user (of all people) to explain why you shouldn't say "all lives matter" in response to Black Lives Matter.

I was very relieved that the foxhunting ban was kept in place. Here's a blog post on foxhunting, the SNP, the badger cull and a vegan cookbook.

How the rainbow flag became the symbol of LGBT pride.

I wasn't actively Googling for James Bond articles but I came across this list of eight actors who turned down the role, and this list of four gay actors who would make a fantastic 007.

A vegan article which has went viral this week The Myth of Vegan Progress in Israelcomes from a blog which includes a category on the topic of Veganism in Occupied Territories which is intersectional food for thought.

Let's talk about something serious: more women regret having kids than having abortions.

For my parent readers, what to do if your kid comes out as transgender?

How Sea Shepherd chased down Poachers across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

Scotland

A cute as hell Scottish Etsy shop I found this week. 

Remember when I moved to Glasgow and paid £6 a day taking public transport to work and then realised I could walk there in the same time without spending anything? Here's 25 ways to save money on your commute so you not be as stupid as me.

I love love love wedding p***, especially from couples who do their own thing. Like this Autumn wedding outside Tullibole Castle.

Going for a picnic in Glasgow? Possible not, given the summer Scotland has been having. But maybe hold onto this article on 10 ways to up your picnic game in Glasgow until next summer.

You might know that I used to be perform as a (totally amateur) dancer. Whilst my stage was usually something in a village hall or student centre, these picture of famous European theatres from the stage gave me that nostalgic feeling.

17 of the funniest Doric expressions. Really need to start using these in Glasgow...

Heading to the Edinburgh Book Festival? Here's some tips on what to see.

Etc.

I like a bit of positive thinking as much as the next 21st Century internet gal. But this post on Conscious optimism versus lazy, pseudo-spiritual optimism is right on.

Clueless is 20 years old (!!!) here's 25 facts about one of the 90's greatest films.

A shed is not just for storing gardening shears. It's also a place to make a girl den!

I know I keep sharing posts from Lauren's blog, but here's another one I liked on what she really watches on Netflix.

I also share a lot of posts from Hayley's blog. Here's her recent book review, which sounds right up my feminist street!

If you're planning on downloading Windows 10, here's some privacy issues to be aware of.

Yep! 20 things that happens when you start working full-time

Banana and Coconut Cake Smoothie

coconut and banana cake smoothie

If there's one type of food or drink that I've loved consistently throughout my life, it's the smoothie. If there's one thing I've been quite bad at throughout my life, it's naming things. Banana and Coconut Cake Smoothie? It's probably makes you think of those cake in a mug recipes, this is probably nothing of the sort. However, it's the name I'm going with. 

Something the title does imply correctly is that this a pretty sweet recipe full of sugar. So probably not one for anyone on a diet. It also correctly implies that there's a some banana and coconut in their too. 

So anyway let's get out the ActiveBlend and get to it...

Ingredients: 
One banana sliced
two dessert spoons peanut butter
two dessert spoons butterscotch syrup
sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend it all together and you should have a sweet and thick smoothie to sip away to at your hearts content! Possibly you should have a slice of cake with it too....

Introducing Agronauti Vegan Organic Cosmetics

agronauti sedna and talia

It's no secret that I'm always on the hunt for the newest vegan beauty product. Whilst I love to shop local and support small Scottish businesses I'm always excited to discover a product from an exotic location. So when Argonauti, a vegan cosmetics company from Italy, got in contact asking if I wanted to try some of their range I was more than happy to add this to my beauty collection. 

Argaunati are based out of Milan and have a range of skin and body products which are free from mineral oils, silicones, parabens, wheat/gluten and any animal ingredients. Whilst I'm still personally researching the science of these ingredients (and the jury still seems very much out if consumers should be avoiding them) if you are in the market for high end but natural this company seems like a good bet. 

First off I received a full sample of their Sedna body cream*, which I have been loving. It's gorgeously thick which has been perfect for my feet which have been taking a bit of a battering since starting my trapeze lessons. It's however a bit thick for the rest of my body as my skin is naturally soft. The packaging, as you can tell from the picture, is also gorgeous. 

Secondly I received a full product of the Talia face wash*. Skincare can be very objective and difficult to review, however for my skin type I would say this was a very average product. It didn't make my skin worse, but I didn't see any improvements either (even on my chest and back where I also test out cleansers). It's a foam and you only need one pump of it, however my skin also lacked that 'clean' feeling you get after cleansing. The jury's a little bit out on this one. 

I was also sent a collection of their cream and cleanser samples*, and whilst it's difficult to write a review on something I could only get one sachet of use from, one product Iwant to mention is the Jason Eco Mousse Body Cleanser. For me personally I love a smelly shower gel and I've always got my eyes (or nose?) open for something a bit different that I can use to shake up my morning routine. The was a perfect addition as it gave me a new scent - which reminded me of a forest. Standing on my shower whilst using this reminded me of being outside in a pine forest. 

Sedna ingredients: Aqua, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Glyceryl Sterate Citrate, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Pursea Grattissma Oil, Argania Spinosa Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Phytic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium PCA, Sdium Lactate, Moringa Pterygosperms Seed Extract, Lecithin, Mannitol, Maltodextrin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool

Talia ingredients: Aqua, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutaate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Panax Ginseng Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Lecithin, Mannitol, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Citric Acid.

I'd recommend this for you if: you like to avoid certain ingredients such as parabens and silicons, you have dry skin on your feet (for the body cream) or you have normal skin with no major complaints facially (for the cleanser).

I wouldn't recommend this for you if: you have skin concerns or complaints on your face. 

July Playlist



Two Year Plan - Such Gold
Beautiful to Me - Olly Murs
Love Shy - Platnum
Blew my Mind - Dresses
Still Be Here - Hundred Reasons
5 years time - Noah and the Whale
Already Over - Orson