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Tips for an ethical Halloween

Tips for an ethical Halloween



Halloween is undoubtedly my favourite night of the year. It's no secret that I love fancy dress and everything macabre. It's also the only night of the year I don't pretend I'm too old for nightclubs (no joke, I've not set foot in a nightclub so far this year). Sometimes I wish one of my friends or family members would have a child so I offer to take them trick or treating. But alas, I'm still clubbing it up.

As I get older though, my ethics have collided with my love of Halloween. Whether it's causing waste by buying something for a one-off costume or a culturally appropriated costume - there's a lot to say about Halloween from a social justice angle. Every year I see vegans talking about how they can celebrate Halloween without the use of animals - whether it is cruelty-free make-up, home-made fake blood or vegan candy. I'm not perfect, but every year I try my hardest to make conscious but scary choices. Here's some things I keep in mind.

Colourful but cruelty-free make-up

Illamasqua is by far my favourite make-up brand for off-beat shades. If you don't mind testing parent companies you also have the choice of Urban Decay. I've not personally tried Manic Panic or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, but they also have a great colour selection if your look requires loud make-up.

Homemade fake blood

As Billy Loomis once said "mmmm corn syrup" (if you don't get that reference we can't be friends). Instead of shop-bought fake blood,  mix together some corn syrup, chocolate sauce and red food colouring.

Vegan Candy

If you're opening up your doors to Trick or Treaters, you'll want a selection of candy that keeps your conscious clear but won't disappoint the local kids. Skittles, Oreos, Starburst, Love Hearts, Sherbert Fountain, and Flying Saucers are all accidentally vegan. If you want to avoid the big brands, pick up some Holland and Barratt knock-offs and make little pre-packed goody bags. The neighbourhood kids never have to know.

Halloween Party Treats

If you're having people round for a bit of a bash and are looking to impress, a quick search on Pinterest should find you something. I'm not a fan of hosting my own parties, but if that wasn't the case I'd opt for these Mummy Cupcakes, Monster Donuts, Chocolate Mouse Graveyards, mummy pizzas, and this Spooky Popcorn Mix. These scary film cookies are also brilliant!

Left-over pumpkin

Ever carved a pumpkin then thrown it out? I see you looking sheepish in the back. 

The BBC Good Food guide has a section dedicated to this autumnal vegetable. Even though some recipes will need to be adapted, there's plenty of options. I also really like the look of this pumpkin spice latte vegan cheesecake. 

Phobia checks

Halloween can be difficult to navigate for phobia sufferers. Even the most socially conscious of us can't avoid triggering every phobia ever, but stay conscious when choosing party decor. If your friend has a phobia that could be more commonplace during Halloween, take steps to support them and don't put them in a difficult situation (such as not using it in your costume or party decor).

Store-bought costumes

I've always stayed away from store-bought costumes because I'm a hipster who can't possible turn up in the same outfit as 20 other people. As I get older though, I stay away from them for ethical reasons. There's plenty of costume ideas out there that you can fashion together yourself, or make if you've got sewing abilities. Past outfits of mine (three of which were easy to put together) have included Samara Morgan, Medusa, Pokestop, and Curiosity Killed the Cat pun costume.


Or shop etsy

Check out my Halloween wishlist here.

Don't slut-shame


Don't shame any women who dress sexily on Halloween. Stop being a prude, and enter 2017.


How do you make your Halloween more ethical? Any tips I've missed?
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New to My Beauty Stash #2

New to My Beauty Stash #2



If you read my previous New to My Beauty stash, you'll have probably spotted (between this one and that one) that I'm going through a Barry M phase. It's easily accessible, cheap and (for the most part) works. Plus, they have some new products that I just had to try out. 

The first I wanted to try was the Matte Me Up Lit Kit. The shades are loud and are more appropriate for going out. Since I'm living a much quieter life these days, I decided to only purchase one, which was the shade Go To - a brown shade that I can still pull off during the day (especially in autumn). I've already given it a little whirl. I love how opaque it is but it definitely doesn't last as long as the adverts insist it does (I'd say two hours max). 

That wasn't the only new-ish Barry M product that made its way into my shopping cart. I also picked up the Lash Saver lash primer. I know, I know. This product is a total gimmick. But Barry M are one of my favourite brands and I had to give it a try. It does actually help my mascara stay on a bit longer, but not enough longer that I'd recommend we all go out and purchase it (just get yourself a really good mascara that doesn't need a primer!). 

Finally from Barry M, I purchased their Cosmic Lights Highlighting Palette. The shades in here are absolutely gorgeous and a quick swatch on my pale skin showed that they matched my tone perfectly. I've not had a chance to try them out properly as I haven't been anywhere where I'd make lots of effort with my make-up, but I can definitely see this becoming an evening make-up staple. 

Moving away from Barry M, and I finally added a Blending Sponge to my collection (late to the party, I know). I opted for the B. Precision Blending Sponge and I have to confess it's still in the packet. Some people might shriek but I'm very much a fingers girl when it comes to my foundation, and only opt for brushes when I'm using powdered make-up. The single reason I purchased this is so I can up my under-eye concealer game (I have prominent dark circles that I can never seem to fully cover) and improve my contouring skills. 

On to hair care now, and I decided to give the Noughty range a try. I first spotted it ages ago but me and natural hair care have never gotten along. I've actually been using this for a solid fortnight now, and have to say I am impressed. I use it for my second wash, and it foams up nicely and my hair feels perfectly clean but not stripped of all oils (I have oily hair, and wash my hair either daily or every second day. I can't do third day hair). 

Finally, I thought I would throw in my routine antiperspirant purchase. I've been using the Superdrug roll-on for a few years now and I don't think I'd ever use anything else. If you still need a vegan deodorant, I'd completely recommend it. 

What have you been purchasing this month? 


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The Linkables

The Linkables




Life has been busy this past month. Obviously by busy I don't mean on the blog front, but in other areas of my life. September is the time of year when my Google Analytics, AdWords and HubSpot Certificates all come up for renewal, plus I'm doing a course with my work right now. If you've spoken to me in real life you'll also know that I've been racing through the OJ vs The People book every night after work - which I gave a five star rating to and recommend it to everyone who has ever found themselves down an O.J. rabbit hole. 

So, the usually jammed-packed Linkables is a little thin on the ground - but these links are still goodies!

Not your usual decluttering advice.

As you probably know, Hugh Hefner died this week. It probably also doesn't surprise you to know I have mixed feeling towards the man. Claire of Fashion Fix Daily wrote one of the best pieces about his legacy I have read so far.

This is brief but as a woman who is also the owner of a big snoze, I agree with this.

Need to create better social media boundaries? Here is a great piece from Everyday Feminism.

Love a self-development book centred on career advice? Here are six to check out

White women - read up on your five Becky's and don't ever be one! (Hands up: I've been guilt of being a Becca)

Do ever not feel Bi enough?

Live in Aberdeenshire and near Inverurie: Shahi Darbar has a vegan menu.

What have you been reading online this month?


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GIVEAWAY: Glasgow Hobbycraft Show and Tilly & the Buttons Sewing Pattern

GIVEAWAY: Glasgow Hobbycraft Show and Tilly & the Buttons Sewing Pattern




It's been an entire year since I posted about my first successful sewing project - then I just fell silent on the craft front. The only major sewing project I've completed since then (that did turn out well) was my Pokestop Halloween costume...and I never blogged about it. Also, I have a ton of hobbies and sewing just kept falling behind everything else from work related projects, to film watching, to book reading and swimming.

And, oh yeah, sewing your own clothes is expensive. 

So to help any other budding or experienced sewers out, I've got a little bit of a giveaway for you. The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show will be in Glasgow on the 26th - 29th of October and the PR company looking after it have very kindly passed me two tickets to give away (along with tickets for myself).

On top of that I've also thrown in a few goodies from myself. Firstly, there is the Fifi Sewing Pattern from Tilly & the Buttons, which is the same sewing pattern I used in the sewing project I mentioned above (but is a brand new packet so you can cut to your own size). I've also thrown in two metres of a navy and white polka-dot material. One mistake I made when I first tried the pattern was ignoring the instructions to purchase light-weight flowy material that pyjamas are typically made from, so I've been sure to pick out something on the thin side. Finally, you'll also receive one roll of dark blue thread that is a near-enough match for the material.

(The only other things you'll need for the pattern are a sewing machine, material for the straps and a band of elastic for the shorts).

Terms and Conditions

  • This giveaway is open to UK entrants only and because part of the prize is tickets to a Glasgow based event I would kindly request that any entries are from people who could realistically make-it along. 
  • One winner will be chosen at random via the Gleam widget
  • Entry is via the Gleam widget below and the winner will receive one box containing the products mentioned and pictured above
  • Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
  • No purchase necessary
  • I currently have all the products in my possession and it will be my responsibility to organise its posting 
  • I will post it second class signed for on delivery. 
  • Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 14 days to respond
  • All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
  • The giveaway will run until the 30th of September 2017. 


Sewing Bundle Giveaway

Good luck!

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