3 Ways to save money on beauty and cosmetics

Great news! Your beauty and cosmetic routines do not have to consist of costly, overpriced products and procedures. I’ve been blogging about cruelty-free beauty for a few years now and I’ve found that it’s not only an ethical way to shop, but it’s also cost-effective too. That said, you don’t have to splash out for named brands and special formulas when you can DIY some beauty items and get a discount on the rest. Here are a few tips on how you can save money whilst still looking good…

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Cruelty-free winter skin care

At this time of year I like to give my skincare routine a bit of a shake up. With all this warm air indoors and cold winds outside I find that my skin dries up completely and I tend to need a cream or serum that’s just a little more luxurious than my summer range. Of course, […]

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Cruelty-free eyebrows + the Little Book of Cruelty-Free

I’ve always had trouble finding products to suit my eyebrows, cruelty-free or otherwise. In fact, I’ve never found a match before. The thing is that my eyebrows are SO blonde that any of the products designed for blonde eyebrows tend to be too warm. Yes, orange eyebrows have been my destiny for many years and […]

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Cruelty-free mascaras – which is the best budget brand?

I’ve really struggled to find a cruelty-free replacement for my mascara. Considering that I have some very blonde eyelashes under all the layers of black goop, you can probably tell why mascara is my desert-island beauty product. It’s literally the only item of make-up that I can’t do without. If I happen to pop out without […]

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What’s in my cruelty-free make-up bag?

Earlier this year I made the switch over to living a cruelty-free life. I’ve been gradually replacing all my products with their non-animal-tested counterparts over recent months and I’ve finally got to the stage where my make-up bag is entirely cruelty-free. I didn’t want to waste the products that I’d bought previously so I’ve been using […]

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Cruelty-free products I already use…

Last month I wrote about the reasons why I’ve recently made the switch to living a cruelty-free life. I’ve since written about homemade beauty as an alternative to bought products and the animal-friendly products I used to prepare for the UK Blog Awards. Today I’m looking at products that I already use and the cosmetics I’m currently […]

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Book Review: Handmade Beauty (& keeping life cruelty-free by making my own)

If you missed my blog post last month on living a cruelty-free life, you might be a little baffled by the title of this book review post. I’ve made the decision to make my life as cruelty-free as possible – cosmetics, food, toiletries, even household cleaning products – so when I was offered the chance […]

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Living a cruelty-free life

I want my life to be cruelty-free. This is something that has been important to me for a while and I’d love to share my passion for the issue with you today. I’m actually rather embarrassed to admit that for all the years of my life leading up to this decision I hadn’t really ever considered it. I […]

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Best face forward at the National Blog Awards

Did you know it’s the National Blog Awards this week? Did you know that I’m a FINALIST?! Have I mentioned it before..? 😉 Going to an event of this magnitude – the ‘Oscars of the blogging world’ – has got me excited and worried in equal measure and now that my ticket has arrived I’ve […]

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Give a little HOPE with your next gift

Shopping for low-cost, hand-crafted, UK-made jewellery that helps charity projects – sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But I’ve recently discovered an amazing online gift shop that does just that – HOPE Jewellery. As you probably know here at the Cassiefairy blog I love to support ethical companies, charities and socially responsible brands so […]

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MUA’s new ranges – pastel nail polish & Power Pout

I took advantage of Superdrug’s 3-for-2 offer last week and snapped up a couple of MUA items that I’ve had my eye on – including a new pastel pink polish and a couple of MUA lipsticks. I hardly ever buy anything different for myself, and I really struggled to choose a make up treat this time (I spent […]

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Beauty // Looks for 2013

Much like fashion, beauty trends change from season to season. This spring, expect to see a variety of makeup options. At the Spring 2013 Fashion Week, makeup artists used bright hues in blues and greens while lip colours in tones of brilliant reds and crimson dominated the runways. Beauty experts also emphasized the “barely there” […]

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Beauty Review – Missguided Lipsplash gloss

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of this month’s Cosmopolitan – which has been tricky due to the amazing product giveaway with the magazine. November’s freebie is a full-size missguided lipsplash gloss and it is available in 3 gorgeous shades, so I think that the ladies have been grabbing multiple copies of the […]

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Beauty Review: Boots 17 Candy Nails

I’ve tried out a new nail polish this week from Boots 17 range – yes the bargain range that my  little sister prefers – and the most funky colour palette. The 17 range is great at bringing out the season’s most fashionable make-up shades and I chose this candy lilac colour. I needed 3 coats […]

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Glossy nails that last all week with a sparkly topcoat

I picked up a bargain pot of nail varnish from BeautyUK – which is the cheapy range in Superdrug with everything priced at £1.99 or 3 for £5. I picked up this dusky purple shade called ‘Lilac Girl No 35’ for a low-cost beauty treat. I’d recently manicured my nails much shorter than usual and I think that darker […]

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Review – NYC mineral foundation

I’ve had my eye on the mineral foundation from the New York Colour range for a while now, especially after giving my little sister the mineral make-up kit for her birthday earlier this year. So when my normal foundation started running low, I ordered myself a pot of the NYC Naturals mineral foundation. This is […]

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MUA’s Nail Polish – I’ve been looking for this shade for ages!

That’s the trouble with MUA – it’s so cheap, yet so fashionable, that it’s getting pretty difficult to find the product you’re after! In smaller Superdrug stores there’s usually only a small stand with a handful of products left on display so I count myself reeeeally lucky if I find something I like, and I grab it […]

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