Being someone who cares deeply about animal rights, I'm always on the lookout for new brands that hold these issues at the top of their priority list. Sometimes, that's easier said than done though, considering that a lot of animal cruelty free brands are often expensive and not all that easy to come by. 9 times out of 10, I end up just settling for other brands that are more accessible and easier on the wallet.

For as long as I can remember, I've really struggled with my skin. Although I love skincare, and I like to maintain some sort of routine, I don't love the idea of using a LOAD of products; I've tried pretty much everything and anything in the past, and it never did me much good. These days, I'm just after clean, healthy and simple products that have the potential of, not only doing a world of good to my skin, but also in-keeping with certain values that I deem important.

Recently, I've been trying some skincare and makeup products by the brand Arbonne, and I've been absolutely loving the results! Not only are they completely animal friendly, but they also cater specifically to your needs, so in my case, I've been using the products for oily-combination skin types.

Arbonne products are:

- Healthy, botanically based and inspired by nature
- Never tested on animals & completely vegan certified
- Formulated without chemical dyes, chemical fragrances, or mineral oil

So here are my thoughts on the products that I've been using lately.

Cleanser + Toner

Purifying Cleaner + Toner 

I'm often cynical about using too many products on my skin; I've had such bad experiences in the past, that I'm now forever paranoid about it. This two-in-one cleanser + toner is perfect for me! Not only does it cut down a step in my skincare routine, but it just feels so good and fresh on the skin, while doing what a cleanser and toner is supposed to do. This is one of those products that smells and feels totally natural and clean on the skin (and doesn't dry it out, winner!)


Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20 

I've never really ventured too much out my comfort zone when it comes to moisturiser, and have pretty much used Simple's 'Kind to Skin' moisturiser for as long as I can remember. Even though I do love it, I've been noticing that it leaves my skin feeling slightly tacky and sticky after application. I've been on the lookout for a product that feels like it completely sinks in while ridding my skin of all dryness before applying makeup. I've definitely found it with this moisturiser! Not only does it smell and feel super fresh, but it provides a lovely base, injecting some moisture back into my skin! 


Makeup Primer

Apparently, this primer is Arbonne's number 1 selling cosmetics product, and for good reason. I'm not too savvy when it comes to primers; I've only even tried Benefit's Porefessional, which I liked, but kinda gave up on after a while. This primer has now become a necessary part of my makeup routine. I just feel like my makeup doesn't look as good without it anymore. It's super silky and smooth, providing a flawless base, and has a fantastic lasting effect on any product applied over it.


Perfecting Liquid Foundation, SPF 15

As someone who's struggled with my skin for ages, foundation is something that I've also really struggled with. It's so difficult for me to find a great foundation with good coverage (but a lightweight feel) that deals with my oily-combination skin at the same time. What I love about this foundation is that a little really goes a long way. The coverage is fantastic, but you really only have to apply a small amount to achieve that. I suffer from acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation, so to find a foundation that covers it all up while not looking too cakey, is really a godsend. It lasts the whole day, and doesn't get greasy like my Mac foundation does after a good few hours (especially in a warm climate).


Mattifying Powder

Finally, this mattifying powder I've been really loving. Again, I'm not too savvy when it comes to powders; I've just never really seen their full effect at work, and while lots of people I know rave about them, I've never really found one that does quite what it says on the tin. I think this powder can be used as a foundation, although I've been using it a as a setting powder over my foundation. I'm not sure if it's pigmented in any way; it seems to be translucent, but it's slightly yellow in tone which I've found is fantastic to counteract the more purple tones under the eyes. It really did the trick and kept my make-up looking flawless all day! 

I really really recommend these products; they feel great on my skin, while also dealing with all the skin and beauty related woes of a normal girl.

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Dress: H&M | Belt: Topshop | Sunglasses: Topshop | Sandals: Zara 

One of the reasons I love being back home is because I have the opportunity to rummage through all the abandoned items in my wardrobe and give them a new lease of life. I found my old sandals amongst all the rubbish, and remembered how much I used to love these babies. Regardless of them being a trend or not, my love for gladiator sandals is endless, and even though this season, it's all about more boho-vibes lace-up sandals, I love the slightly tougher aesthetic that these ones add to my outfit.

This dress; a newer addition to my wardrobe, is definitely one of the best items I've purchased this summer! Not only do I love the colour, the print, and the super soft feel, but it's also so easy to style and can be dressed down or up depending on the occasion. At a mere £14.99, I've really gotten a lot of bang for my buck with the number of times I've worn it! Happy days :)

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Crop top/Kimono/Jeans: Topshop | Bag: Gifted | Heels: ALDO 

I love these lace-up heels so much; they have the ability to make any outfit look good! I had never really jumped on the ripped jeans bandwagon, but as result of desperately needing a pair for my "uniform" as a backstage dresser at Runway 2015, I bought these! I'm so happy I did because they just make any outfit look that little bit more edgy, and are super high-waisted too.

I'm also loving this kimono I picked up in the Topshop sale! I just can't get enough of the contrasting stripes and flowers print; so gorgeous, and so pretty paired with the salmon crop top!  

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Bralet: SheInside | Shorts: Forever 21 | Necklace: Bijou Brigitte | Sunglasses: Topshop 


These shorts might just be one of the best purchases I've made all year. I'm literally wearing these to death this summer; I wear them to sleep, to the beach, and even to go out - it's really all about how you style them! 

I also decided to pull this faux leather bralet out from my wardrobe the other day; this thing hadn't really seen the light of day since last summer. I don't know why, because it's one of those pieces that's just so simple to style, and can make any outfit look that little bit better. Check out another way I styled this bralet here! 

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Playsuit: Missguided | Bag: Gifted | Sliders: Schuh 

I'm not usually one for overly colourful playsuits, but when I spotted this two-toned pink playsuit on the Missguided website, I was sold! Not only was I attracted to the colour and print, but it was also in the sale - how could I not?!

Honestly, it has the potential of being an extremely comfortable piece, but I feel like I'm just a little too tall for it, or my torso is too long, or something weird like that, which made it slightly restrictive! But if you're under 5ft8, this is definitely a winner! 

I paired it with a straw fedora and my white unicorn sliders for a chilled out pool-side vibe! I really can't get enough of these shoes! Not only are they different to your average sliders, but they also go with absolutely everything, while adding something a little fun and quirky to any look! 


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