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Cruelty Free Face Mask for Better Skin

April 11, 2019 • By

Cruelty free skincare | Northern Yogi


Beautiful skin is something that most of us aspire to achieve, yet it can mean so many different things to different people, as we all have our own ideas of beauty. To me ‘beautiful skin’ means hydrated, glowing and (if my hormones will allow) blemish free. I love skincare, but there are two my skincare products must be:

  1. Cruelty free.
  2. As natural as possible.

I was recently introduced to a brand that ticked both these boxes, Bella Forever. They’ve created a cruelty free skincare range of face masks that are 100% natural.

You can read more about the natural clay they use here. (CLICK)

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I’ve recently started using the Mint Cooler Deep Cleansing face mask. The mask aims to remove any impurities from the skin, it’s what clay does best, and absorb any excess oil. It contains sage essential oil which calms and refreshes. It also smells incredible! The mask also came with a cute little application kit containing a mixing bowl, stir stick, a super soft application brush and 3 measuring spoons. I’d recommend adding the kit as it made applying the mask so much easier. Any clay masks I’ve used in the past have been challenging to get the correct consistency and application, this kit definitely helped.

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The mask brushes on really smoothly and feels cool to the touch. It dried well but didn’t have that horrible, can’t move your face, tight feeling. I was able to talk and drink without the mask cracking off. I left it the recommended 15 minutes before washing off with a face cloth. It came away really easily and, again, my skin didn’t feel tight or in desperate need of moisturiser.

I have a problem area, prone to blemishes on my cheek. It’s a recent addition to my life and I’m not sure what causes it, yet. So a day or so after using the mask the toxins from this area of my face started to surface. Clay draws out toxins don’t forget! Don’t let this put you off, what is deep down beneath the surface of your skin will eventually let itself be known. Best to deep cleanse often, with non-toxic products, to keep breakouts down to a minimum.

I like this mask. I like this company. The skincare world is in need of good quality, non-toxic, natural and cruelty free ways of maintaining great skin and Bella Forever definitely delivered the goods.


Products in the blog were gifted, all opinions are my own.



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Cruelty Free Skincare: Youth To The People Review

February 21, 2018 • By

Youth to the People Review

Youth To The People are one of the most exciting, cruelty free skincare lines out there today. If you haven’t heard of them yet you soon will. A Californian company that combines superfoods and science to create the freshest, most effective products possible.

I’ve been using the Youth Duo  and Hyaluronic Acid for around 6 weeks now. I feel this is enough time to see changes, if any, on the skin. My skin type is very much combination, dry patches on the cheeks and hairline, oilier t-zone and annoying hormonal spots around the jawline. I wear make-up, I workout, I double cleanse and I want my skincare products to be gentle yet hardworking. In Youth To The People I think I may have found ‘the one’.

The cleanser comes in a glass bottle (hello plastic free lifestyle!) with pump, it sits beautifully in my bathroom cabinet and allows for easy use (with the pump). I’ve been using the Kale, Green Tea and Spinach cleanser. It smells fresh and claims to prevent ageing. The face wash is Ph balanced and therefore does not leave an overly tight feeling of the skin after use. My skin feels squeaky clean and comfortable. It smells beautifully fresh too (the cleanser, not my face) and it definitely brings a little Californian summer vibes into my skincare routine.

I’ve been following the cleanser with the hyaluronic acid serum. It contains vitamin C but doesn’t have that tingly effect that vitamin C usually has. It’s a runny, watery consistency and aims to improve skins elasticity and fine lines. I don’t really have fine lines yet so can’t say I’ve really noticed a difference there, but maybe I’m helping to prevent them for longer. My face definitely looks plumper and healthier the morning after.

youth to the people review

Following this is the final step in my skincare routine, moisturiser! A must, must, must for dry skin gals like myself. I’ve been using the rejuvenating Kale, Spinach and Green Tea age prevention moisturiser. Yet more freshness on my face!  I imagine this to be to perfect skincare product for summer or if you live in a hottest country. I live in the North of England and we rarely see it above 9 degrees. But in the summer these products would be so refreshing and revitalising. Definitely perfect for holiday season.

After 6 weeks of using Youth to the People I think my skin looks fresher (there’s a theme here I feel), and I just look more awake. Like I’ve been drinking 3 green smoothies a day and, as much a I love a green juice, I don’t do three a day! These products are a nice way to inject some healthy superfoods into you life. Remember, what goes on your skin goes into your body.


  • Smells good
  • No tightness
  • Leaves my skin clean
  • Look fresher
  • Comes in glass bottles (kinder for the planet)
  • 100% cruelty free!
  • All natural ingredients


  • Higher price point (though the quality of the ingredient and packaging warrant it)

In all honesty I struggled to find cons for this brand. I would definitely recommend them to someone looking to liven up their skincare routine in a cruelty free way.

Cruelty Free Skincare

If you are in the UK you can purchase Youth to the People from Free People or Amazon 

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Cruelty Free Skincare Brands UK         

January 18, 2018 • By

Cruelty Free Skincare

Following on from the Cruelty Free Make up Brands: High Street UK I’ve pulled together this list of cruelty free skincare brands that are available to buy in the UK.

As always please feel free to add your favourite cruelty free brands below. Maybe you know some I’ve never heard of and therefore not added. I will continue to update this list if company ethics change/ companies get bought out.


Click the brands to check out their range.


High end:

Green People – Feel Unique

Glossier –

Uma Oils – Cult Beauty

May Lindstrom – Cult Beauty

SkinOwl – Cult Beauty

Dr Hauschka – Amazon, John Lewis

Pai – Beauty Bay

Sunday Riley – Space NK, Cult Beauty

Tata Harper – Space NK

Evelom – Space NK

Kate Somerville – Space NK

Odacité – Space NK


High Street:

Liz Earle – Boots

Neals Yard – John Lewis

The Body Shop

Faith in Nature – Boots, Holland and Barrett

Bulldog (for men) – Tesco

Nip + Fab – Boots

Ren – Marks & Spencer

Murad – Marks & Spencer


Rodial – Marks & Spencer

Alba Botanica – iHerb

First Aid Beauty – iHerb

Mad Hippie – iHerb

Reviva Labs – iHerb

E.L.F – iHerb

BWC – iHerb


Pixi – Marks & Spencer

Derma-E – iHerb

DeVita – iHerb

Now Foods – iHerb

Dr Scheller – iHerb

Larenim – iHerb

Aubrey Organics – iHerb

LuxeBeauty – iHerb

Acure Organics – iHerb, Amazon

Natures Gate – iHerb, Amazon

Pacifica – iHerb

PHB Ethical Beauty – iHerb, Feel Unique

Skyn Iceland – Marks and Spencer

ByBi Beauty – Content Beauty Wellbeing

Youth to the People – Cult Beauty



B.Skincare – Superdrug

Yes to – Boots

Cocokind – iHerb

The Ordinary (added under budget as the quality of the ingredients in comparison to price point is spectacular)

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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.

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Natural Skincare Continued

September 27, 2015 • By

Lucy Bee Coconut OilLast week I said I’d begin sharing with you my favourite natural skincare. So I thought I’d start with one of the most important steps in any skincare routine, make up removal!!

I’m going to admit something now and I don’t want you to judge me but I used to be obsessed with face wipes (I know, OMG!) I’d buy in bulk and stash them in my beauty draw so I’d never run out. Just like a drug addict I hid away my addiction, worried someone would sneak in and steal some face wipes, leaving me short in a time of need. Crazy, I know.

You’ll be relieved to know I have finally broken my face wipe addiction after a little research made me realise what harm I was doing to my skin. Now I remove my make up a more natural, skin friendly way. Two of my favourite products, that are highstreet so affordable, are The Body Shops Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover and Lucy Bee Coconut Oil. Yes it’s food, yes it removes make up perfectly! I’m sure all coconut oil does the same job but I just favour the Lucy Bee brand.

Both products leave my skin feeling clear and ready for a good cleansing. What are your favour natural make up removers? Is there something else I should be trying? Tweet me @notheryogisarah

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Natural Skincare

September 21, 2015 • By

natural skincareThere’s a common misconception that whenever someone takes up a daily yoga practices they immediately stop taking care of what’s on the outside and only focus on their personal inward journey. Yogi’s are suppose to quieten their egos but this doesn’t mean you have to stop caring about your physical appearance. Yoga will make you feel great on the inside, a great diet will make you feel great on the inside and out, and then an amazing skincare routine will make you look and feel great on the outside. You only have one face, you should take care of it.

It doesn’t make you a bad person for taking care of the aesthetics. It actual makes you a very responsible person, after all, the skins the largest organ and therefore you need to look after it. Inside and out!

Perhaps a yogi’s skincare regime is a little different to the non-yogi. I am obsessed with skincare but I’m also very aware of products and the environment. I use organic where possible and never (to my knowledge) use something that has been tested on animals, seriously, there is no need. Just stop buying those products.

I’m going to share a few of my favourite products over the next couple of days (because I love so many). I just wanted to start the ball rolling for the next few posts by saying nothing, I repeat nothing (!) you put on your skin will have as good an effect as a great diet. Everything you put into your body will show on your face, there is no escaping that. So my first bit of advice for you, dear reader, is to drink a juice. Every. Damn. Day.

Stay tuned for the next post on store bought, skin friendly beauty.