The Vegan Kind Beauty Box Unboxing | August 2017

This month’s The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is an absolute corker! Yes, I was slightly disappointed that this is the first box I have received without an item of makeup, but the more I look into and try out the products, the less I’m bothered about this! The products inside this month are just brilliant and so unique that I don’t already own anything like them. So, let’s dig in!

Zerreau Waterless Body Wash 70ml (RRP £3.99)

I received a product from Zerreau in last quarter’s box which was a dry shampoo foam. I wasn’t so keen on that, so was a bit dubious about this one. I tried it out after my run earlier this evening and my god, it’s genius! You put the foam on dry skin and lather it up, you then just wipe it away with a towel – no water required! This is perfect for post-gym sessions when you can’t get in the shower, or at a festival, or just anytime you need a super-speedy freshen up! It also has a beautiful fruity and tropical scent which stays on the skin. I’m a big fan!

Chirp Body Softnest 100% Natural Hair Mask (RRP £17.95)

I haven’t been able to give this a try yet, because I only received the box this morning, but who doesn’t love a hair mask? I recently had my hair coloured/bleached so it could do with some TLC. This mask is designed to soften and hydrate hair, whilst rejuvenating the senses at the same time. It should be applied to dry hair, left for around 30 mins and then wash your hair twice with shampoo to make sure all of the mask has been removed. I’m excited to try this!

Tisserand Happy Aromatherapy Roller Ball (RRP £5.95)We all need a little pick me up throughout the day, right? Well this aromatherapy roller ball is sunshine in a bottle. Just roll this onto temples, the nape of the neck, behind the ears and anywhere else you can sniff for a waft of joy. I absolutely love products like this and strongly believe in essential oils and aromas playing a part in our moods and emotions. I’ve put this straight in my handbag, ready for stressful situations and moments of dull moods. The essential oils inside are – bergamot, lemon tea tree and nutmeg. Trust me when I say, this smells incredible. I challenge you not to feel happier when using this for yourself!

Figs and Rouge Hydra-Activ 3 in 1 Hero Cream 80ml (RRP £18)

When I looked in the box and saw this beautiful tin, I did a little happy dance! I mean, let’s take a second to appreciate this packaging – I just love that design! I have a bit of a thing about products which come in tins too – just so retro and funky looking (does anyone say ‘funky’ anymore?!). I’m excited to try the cream itself too. It’s for both the face and body and promises to deliver hydration, radiance, the reduction of fine lines and smoothing properties. Fingers crossed it achieves all of these! Figs & Rouge are an absolutely gorgeous brand, so I’m expecting good things.

Eden Perfumes – Daisy Perfume 10ml (RRP £7)


OK, this is what really did it for me this month. I’m absolutely blown away by this company and what they do. They make vegan versions of all of your favourite perfumes and aftershaves, for a fraction of the price. The one I received in my box is their version of ‘Daisy’ by Marc Jacobs and it smells INCREDIBLE! I have an issue with perfumes in that I can never smell them on my skin after about ten minutes of applying them. This one stuck with me – I’m not just saying this to gain brownie points from the company, I’m not paid to write this, I just genuinely believe in this company and perfume. I’ve even got my husband ready to make an order with me come pay day! If you get the box for one thing, get it for this perfume. Check out Eden Perfumes for yourself here.

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is a quarterly box priced at only £15.00 plus postage. Subscribe here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Run Norwich 2017 | I did it! 

So here we are, the final leg of my 10k journey! I can’t believe the big day has been and gone already – just where did that time go? I thought I’d update you, just one last time as I know a few of you have read these updates and have given me some lovely feedback. I hope you enjoy this one too!

On Friday evening my husband took Baby J and me to the Forum, Norwich to collect my running vest and race pack. This is when the nerves really started to bubble up – it was all becoming so real! Seeing other runners there and the organisers and seeing the very small numbers on the countdown clock was truly terrifying! I did however, really enjoy opening up the envelope which contained my numbered bib – 6110 – was this my lucky number?

I’ll be honest, I really didn’t sleep much Friday and Saturday night. I was just too nervous and when I’m nervous I tend to put myself down and plant seeds of doubt in my own mind. ‘You’re not fit enough.’, ‘You haven’t trained enough.’, ‘You don’t deserve to be there.’, etc. Not fun!

Sunday morning arrived though and I was up early – planning to eat some breakfast, but not managing it (yes, I ran on an empty stomach!). I got my running gear on and struggled for about half an hour to pin my number to my vest – not due to being nervous, I’m just not the brightest when it comes to things like that!

My wonderful husband drove me to meet my friend Ruth so that we could walk into the city together. My goodness, was I happy to see her! Ruth has such a wonderful, calming nature that just instantly puts my nerves at ease. She pointed out parts of the running route to me whilst we walked to the Forum and gave me so much brilliant advice. When we got to the Forum, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. I could feel nerves in the air from others though, which made me realise I wasn’t alone.

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The wonderful Ruth and Me!

After what felt like the longest wait in the world, we were told to get into our pens ready for the start of the race. I was in the very last pen, as I’d put in a finish time of 1hr 30mins as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Waiting in the pen was scary, I was actually fighting back tears which sounds pathetic now but I really was so scared! I just wanted to give Baby J a massive hug too.

Thirteen minutes after the first klaxon went for the elite runners, us pink bibbed runners were finally able to set off. Wow, what a rush as I crossed the start line – I was really doing it! I heard someone shout my name in encouragement and that felt amazing!

After about 4k I finally saw my husband and Baby J – I did stop for a split second at this point to give them both a big kiss. I was so excited to see them as I had been looking out for them the whole way. It gave me such a huge boost, I felt really strong afterwards and knew I could do it. For the first time, I actually had some confidence in myself and completing this run.

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A flattering action shot taken by my husband as I ran to kiss him!

For me, reaching 7k was where I knew I would be able to finish the whole thing. I hadn’t run further than 7k in training and just couldn’t wait to reach this point. Once I was there, I felt so happy knowing that I only had 3k to go and I still had enough energy in me to do it. I loved seeing the sights on the course – what a wonderful city I live in. The race stewards were just fantastic too – shouting your name and cheering you on. They made me feel so special.

The last kilometre was painful, I’m not going to lie. I walked a little bit of it as I really wanted to sprint over the finish line. The atmosphere at the last 400m was incredible – the shouting from the crowd spurred everyone on and made me feel like I was running so fast! When I turned the final corner and saw that finish line in sight, I really really went for it. I ran as fast as I could and held back the tears as I did so. Crossing that line felt AMAZING! I knew immediately that I definitely wanted to do it all again next year and I definitely will be.

I walked to pick up my medal and goody bag and called my husband to find out where they were. After this, I was just typing out a message to Ruth to let her know I’d finished and that’s when I bumped into her! I actually ended up crying all over her and being highly emotional (and embarrassing) because I just felt so proud that I’d done it. All those negative thoughts and self-doubt hadn’t won.

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With our medals!

I’m still getting over it now and it’s Wednesday. I just can’t describe what an incredible morning it was and how good I felt whilst doing it and afterwards. I’m never going to give up running, I just love doing it so much and I now have a PB to beat next year!

Thank you once again to all my supporters and encouragers. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me too – I have raised £155 now and there’s still time to sponsor me if you want to! Just visit my page here. An extra big thank you to my husband – what a great guy he is! I love you and Baby J so much.

I’m now looking forward to a woodland zombie run next month (err sounds bloody terrifying doesn’t it?!) and I’ll be sure to share some photos of that on my Instagram stories and account.

Love you all!

Kerry x

Juvia’s Place | The Nubian 2 | Beauty Bay UK

I’ve been lusting after Juvia’s Place palettes for months, since seeing Snapchat stories from Nikkie Tutorials swatching the bright, beautiful and highly pigmented eyeshadows. When Beauty Bay announced they would be ringing Juvia’s Place to their UK website, I felt so excited – I could finally get my hands on a palette and witness the magic for myself! I chose the Nubian 2. 

There are 12 very large eyeshadows in this palette and each one is stunning in its own right. The colours range from champagne, to coppers to golds and yellows to dark browns. There are four matte shades and eight shimmers. The colours all compliment each other so well, the looks you could create with this palette are endless. It’s just too exciting!

Swatching the shadows was easy as each one is very pigmented. You hardly need to touch the pan and you get a lot of colour pay-off. I particularly love ‘Morocco’, a gorgeous orange shade perfect for the crease and excellent for bringing out the colour of your eyes. I can’t say any of the colours are patchy or hard to work with, as this really isn’t the case.

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Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Swatches in Natural Light
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Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Swatches taken with a Flash

I created a simple look today with the palette, mostly focusing on a orange/bronze theme. Sorry the outer corners look patchy in the photo below, hayfever and watery eyes mean that eyeshadows really aren’t staying put at the moment!

  •  On the outer corner and dragged through the crease – Morocco
  • Over the lid – Yaa
  • On the outer corner and to blend the crease togeter – Madagascar
  • Inner corner and brow bone highlight – Zuri
  • To brighten up the lid colour – Nefertiti
  • Lower lash line – Yaa

Overall, I’m absolutely chuffed with this palette. It has to be the best quality palette I own by a long shot. I just love every single shade too and I can’t stop planning looks with it! The eyeshadows themselves are so easy to work with and are creamy and very blendable. I also found that there was very little fallout when I was working with them, although there was a little bit from the shade ‘Yaa’. Something that I can live with!

To buy your own Juvia’s Place palette, visit Beauty Bay here (you’ll also receive free delivery!)

Kerry x

SENSSE | Hot and Cool Facial Bar

I was sent the SENSSé Hot and Cool Facial Bar in exchange for a review. When I received the product from Amazon, I was genuinely blown away with its beautiful packaging and the way the facial bar itself looks. The box is a good, solid matte white cardboard, with the Senssé logo on the front, in rose gold. Inside you receive the facial bar, a USB charger and 2 year warranty/instruction manual.

The facial bar itself is absolutely beautiful – with its subtly shimmery white design and accents of rose gold. The bar itself is extremely smooth. I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin! When using for the first time, the device needs to be charged for at least six hours on its lovely rose gold base.

There are four functions on the facial bar – heat, heat with vibrations, cool, cool with vibrations. The hot mode feels absolutely amazing! This mode increases blood circulation and relaxes facial muscles. The cool mode also feels lovely – especially on a hot day – and helps to reduce the appearance of pores and help skin absorb your facial moisturiser. The product lights up with a whit light, and the dots, which also illuminate, indicate which setting you are currently on. It also makes a clear beeping sound when you change functions.

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To use the product – place moisturiser on the plate before switching on. It is preferable that you use a water soluble moisturiser. Turn the bar on and it will get warm very quickly. Move it over the skin on your face for around 30 seconds. Press the button next to switch to hot mode with vibrations. This will stimulate skin further and help you achieve that natural glow. After another 30 seconds, switch to cool mode. You’ll hear the internal fan kick in at this point – I can’t actually believe how quickly it gets cold! The final setting is cool with vibrations and this is a lovely final facial massage which will help relax you and minimise pores. This should be done 3-5 times a week and takes about 2 minutes in total.

Now for my thoughts!

  • As you can tell from my gushing above, I absolutely love how this item looks. You could say that it is very ‘Instagramable’ and I really enjoyed photographing it. I’m also currently trying to find a practical use for the box it came in too, because it will just look beautiful wherever I put it!
  • I love the way the hot mode feels on my skin, to me this is the best part. It really does help with the absorption of my moisturiser and I love this
  • The vibration mode really isn’t the best – it could be better. I don’t actually know what benefits it is having to my face and skin and it just isn’t really needed in my opinion
  • It charges very quickly and just looks even more beautiful on its throne of a charging base
  • The cool mode is very refreshing and as I said before, it gets cool very quickly and is wonderful if you’re feeling pretty warm. I use it on my face after a run as I turn into a good shade of tomato very quickly! This calms my skin right back down and means I can continue to put on my makeup without lovely sweat and red patches making an appearance

To buy your own Sensse Hot and Cool Facial Bar, visit Amazon here (where it is currently on offer – almost half price!) or to find out more visit the Sensse website here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 7 | One Week to Go!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s just one week until I run the 10k I’ve been working so hard for. How is this possible?! Not going to lie, I’m feeling pretty terrified at the moment! It’s made me a proper moody mare at home, my husband doesn’t dare speak to me at the moment! I’m giving myself daily pep talks – ‘Just enjoy yourself, it’s not the end of the world if you’re the slowest person there, etc’ – it’s really not working! 

Training has been going well, until the tail end of this week. I have a lovely chest infection to contend with and the fear of next weekend is managing to physically stop me from stepping out of the door. I did go out tonight however, and now I feel great again. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s sometimes hard to overcome those negative thoughts. 

On Friday I’ll be popping into the Forum in Norwich to pick up my race pack and charity running vest. I’ll be taking my husband and Baby J along with me too as they’ve supported and motivated me so much along my journey. Apparently there’s lots going on in the Forum for race participants, so I’ll take lots of photos for you! Keep an eye on my Instagram story (@sparkle.with.kerry

I’m definitely getting faster now, which makes me so happy. It’s not consistent, but that doesn’t matter. I’m still a hell of a lot fitter than I have been in a long time! It’s not all about weight loss, but I have noticed my clothes getting looser – great, but also a pain that I’ll need to buy more! I’m just feeling healthy and happy and that’s what matters. 

A flattering tomato shot!

In other exciting news for me, but probably not for you, I got some new running trainers! I actually love them. 

Finally, a bit thank you to everyone who has supported me – Gareth, mum and dad, Emma, Emily, Ruth, Sue, Donna and Neville and anyone else who donated or has encouraged me with my training. I love you all and I think of you every step of the way. 

Here’s a little photo I wanted to share with you from today, which portrays the little girl who is my biggest motivation of all… 

My Baby J

Kerry x

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NEW LAUNCH! Indy Luxe Brushes | The Merbabe Collection

Just a quick post to let you know that these beautiful Mermaid themed brushes are now available on Indy Luxe! To receive 20% off, just use my exclusive code SPARKLEKERRY20 at the checkout! You can thank me later 😉 

These beauties are 100% vegan and cruelty free and super soft. You will receive 10 brushes in the set, including those for the eyes, a fan brush, powder brush and contour brush to name but a few! 

But be quick, these babies are going to sell out fast! Buy yours here and don’t forget to use the code SPARKLEKERRY20 at the checkout for 20% off. 

Kerry x
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Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters | Rose Quartz Lights

 

 

Here’s part 2 of my reviews of the Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters! Read Part 1 – Sunlight Mood Lights, here. This time it’s my particular fave, Rose Quartz Lights. To be perfectly honest, I have used this every single day since I received it. It is just my perfect blush. When I saw it on the website, I was concerned it would be too dark, but once all swirled together on my brush, it creates the most beautiful bronze peach glow.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this is called a highlighter but it really isn’t one. I always use it as a blush. Even the lightest colour on this would be too dark as a highlighter for me, but could maybe work on people with deeper skin tones. On the far right of the product, the colour gets pretty dark and would actually make a beautiful bronzer. However, I use this as a blush by dipping my brush along all the colours.

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Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighter | Rose Quartz Light – Swatches

To swatch the product, I used three fingers and took product from the left, middle and right of the blush.

This blush always works perfectly with the rest of my makeup, as I love warm tones and browns/bronzes/peaches/orange tones on my eyes. It also has a very subtle shimmer to it – which I love from a blush as it makes you look extra glowy.

The Gradient Highlighters are currently on TAMbeauty for just £4 each, buy yours here. 

Kerry x

Fresh Naturals | Natural, Vegan and Organic Pampering Goodies

 

 

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We all need a bit of a pamper sometimes what with long working hours, family life and just general everyday stresses. When Fliss from Fresh Naturals offered to send me some gorgeous samples to put to the pamper test, I really couldn’t refuse. I rarely get time to just lie back in the bath and relax, but made sure I set myself some time aside. Baby J was in bed and the husband was on the xbox – perfect! Here are the products I put to the test, along with others I have been using over the last couple of weeks.

Keep reading for a special 20% off code too!

Tropical Crush Bath Bomb (150g) – £3.25

This bath bomb took a long time to dissolve in my bath, which I love. I feel that this is the sign of a good quality bath bomb – cheaper ones just tend to dissolve in a matter of seconds, whereas this one was going for a good few minutes. It filled my whole bathroom with fruity and tropical aromas which gave me a positive energy boost. Beautiful! This bomb contains Apricot Kernel oil for soft skin and mineral-rich dead sea salt. Buy yours here.

Wake Up and Go Handmade Bath Bomb (120g) – £3.00

I haven’t used this one yet, as I’m saving it for a rare morning bath treat. It smells incredible though! This bomb contains sense awakening oils that will wake you up, ready for the day including peppermint oil and lemon oil. Buy yours here.

Tea Tree and Poppy Seed Natural Sugar Scrub – £3.50

When I spoke to Fliss about this product, she said that they are one of her best sellers – one customer even bought fifteen of them! The are different combinations to choose from including, Peppermint and Blue Cornflower, Avocado and Olive Oil and Lemon, Grapefruit and Calendula.  These can either be used on your feet, like a pumice stone, or run under warm water and then rubbed over the skin. I used it the second way, especially on my arms and it left them smelling great and feeling silky smooth. Buy yours here.

A Pamper Pack of Mini Bath Time Treats

Oh my goodness, I actually squealed a little bit when I opened up the box containing all these beautiful goodies! Inside I received (from left to right in photo) –

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Also, don’t forget that Fresh Naturals is a vegan friendly, cruelty free, organic brand – making us and the animals very happy.

To receive 20% off your order (excluding delivery) use the code SPARKLEWITHKERRY at the checkout (valid until the end of August 2017).

Visit Fresh Naturals here.

Kerry x

 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick | Greatest

This is my second purchase of the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks. I already own ‘Vow’ and have been addicted to its colour and formula. I spoke about it recently here.
The lipsticks come in the most beautiful rose gold packaging. They really remind me of the much coveted Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and I often get the two confused when I see them in Instagram posts! A big bonus to these lipsticks is that they close very securely with a reassuring click – it means the lid won’t be falling off in your bag! I love how the Makeup Revolution logo is printed on the lipstick barrel and is revealed when you take the lid off.

This particular lipstick is in the shade ‘Greatest’ – a mauve/pink/nude colour which I felt was missing from my collection. I’m absolutely in love with the colour. I’ll actually be purchasing it for my mum too – it would suit her so much!

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Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in the shade Greatest – Swatch

The formula of these lipsticks is incredible – creamy and long-lasting. It glides onto the lips and doesn’t cling to dry patches. It doesn’t smudge and stays put all day. It removes easily at the end of the day too. I’m honestly blown away by these lipsticks. And guess how much they are?! £4!! And yes, I’ll say it, I love these more than the MAC lipsticks, by miles.

If you’d like to purchase this particular shade for yourself, click here. To look at the other beautiful shades in the range, then click here.

Kerry x

 

In the Know | Vegan Leather

I thought that today instead of reviewing a product, I would bring you an informative article about vegan leather – something which might intrigue you. I was certainly interested to know more about vegan leather – How can leather be vegan? Is it still leather if it’s not made from animal products? Does it last as long? 

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So how is vegan leather sourced? It is a fake leather-like material not made from animal skin. Many materials can be used to make vegan leather, including synthetics like plastic and more natural materials like cork. You may have referred to vegan leather as ‘pleather’ – a term used which combines plastic and leather. This is because most faux leathers are made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU), which are plastic based materials.

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These materials have raised issues as to their production and its impact on the environment. It is however, difficult to source natural materials to produce a hardy enough material for faux leather although it has been attempted with kelp and pineapple leaves.

How is vegan leather made? Faux leather is produced in a very different way to leather. Different chemicals and a totally different industrial process is used. The most common way to make it is to bond together a plastic coating to a fabric backing. Depending on what plastics are used, defines whether it is eco friendly. Be sure to check this out if you’re after a true vegan leather.

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The big question: Is vegan leather better than real leather? Vegan leather is usually a lot lighter than leather and thinner. It is also more lightweight which makes it a lot easier to work with in terms of fashion. The drawback to this is that it makes it a lot less durable. I’m sure you all have at least one leather item in your household/family which has been going for decades and still looking good. Leather is just generally a lot more hard-wearing. This is an important factor to consider when deciding between fake leather and real leather as the environmental impact of replacing a fake leather product multiple times is arguably more damaging than the purchase of one real leather item.

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So in conclusion, the choice is yours. There are some fabulous vegan leathers available including those produced by Dr. Martens – you really can’t tell the difference! Just consider the environmental impact your faux leather may be having on the environment and check before you buy.

To find out more about vegan leather, read this very informative article here.

Kerry x