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Cruelty Free Make Up Brands: High Street UK

September 6, 2017 • By

Cruelty Free Make Up Brands

I’ve been obsessed with make-up since I was 10 years old and my mother bought me a little pink book that contained make-up tips; how to apply lipstick correctly etc. I chose the book, she wasn’t forcing it upon me, so let’s not venture near the ‘should children wear make-up debate’.

I was a girly little girl, I applied my mums lipstick and blush and sprayed her perfume and strutted around in her red sling back stilettos from a young age (not outside the house). As I’ve gotten older this obsession has only grown and I’m now the proud owner of a vast, make-up artist like cosmetic collection. However, I needed to find an accessible way to merge my love of make-up with my belief that no animal should be tested on for the sake of a damn lipstick.

Here are the most accessible cruelty free make up brands in the UK, all can be found on the high street.

Note: Brands marked with an * have a parent company that is not cruelty free, i.e. L’Oréal/ Estee Lauder, but the brands listed below do not test on animals.

Click the brands to shop the range!


Anastasia Beverly Hills –SpaceNK

Bare Minerals – House of Fraser, John Lewis, Debenhams, Boots

Hourglass Cosmetics – SpaceNK

Iconic London –House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols

Illamasqua – Selfridges, Debenhams

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis

NYX* – Boots

Pur Minerals – Marks & Spenser

Smashbox* – Boots

The Body Shop*

Too faced* – Boots, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges

Urban Decay* – Boots, House of Fraser

Charlotte Tilbury* – Selfridges, John Lewis

Becca* – SpaceNK

Eyeko -Marks & Spencer, SpaceNK

By Terry – SpaceNK

Pixi – Marks & Spencer

Barry M – Boots, Superdrug

Gosh – Superdrug

Sleek Make-up – Superdrug


Disclaimer: as of September 2017 all the listed brands are cruelty free. If these ever change, or the brand starts selling into China I will update asap.

food, Vegan

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

August 8, 2017 • By

Fancying yourself a sweet treat but trying to ‘be good’, ‘eat clean’ or partake in any other popular social media hashtag?

I have the solution in the form of this amazing vegan banana bread recipe. It’s sweets, its ‘clean’, natural and totally worth letting your bananas over-ripen for.

Though this is a vegan recipe that doesn’t mean it’s exclusively for vegans. Non-vegans will also find it delicious, don’t tell them it’s vegan and they won’t even notice the difference. It is cruelty free, contains no hate, no harm and no nasties. What’s not to love?

Vegan Banana Bread | Northern Yogi


Vegan Recipes


Banana Bread recipes | Northern Yogi


What you’ll need

  • 4 overly ripe bananas. The riper the better!
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground linseeds or flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 5 cups coconut or spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vanilla extract


Optional extras for decoration

  • Walnuts
  • Choc chips
  • Raisons
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut cream/ yoghurt



  1. Mash the 4 ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the milk, oil, flax or linseed, agave syrup and vanilla extract and combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, bi-carb and the oats and stir to create a thick mixture (try and make sure there are no traces of flour dust left over)
  4. If you chose to decorate the top on the cake do it now. Walnuts and cinnamon are a wonderful decorative addition.
  5. Spray your baking tin with your chosen oil spray (I use coconut oil spray)
  6. Heat your oven to about 190/ 175 fan assisted.
  7. Place the baking tin on the top shelf for 30 minutes
  8. The bread should bounce back when you press it, this means you’ve got the perfect consistency.
  9. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Once ready to serve decorate with your chosen ingredients. I like blueberries and coconut cream (or if you’re being really good leave out the cream, #bikinibody)

This is a wholesome and healthy vegan bread that can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or as a breakfast. It’s so simple and speedy to make and it will be enjoyed by everyone, not just vegans!