Thursday, 18 May 2017

Favourite Cruelty Free Beauty Brands | ELLEKATE

Good Morning,
In the past ive posted the occasional post towards my cruelty free ways on the blog, but mainly in facebook rants into how people are still oblivious to the fact of what actually happens in these testing facilities. But, do not worry, today we are talking all about the best cruelty free brands that are on the market. Some are at high street prices, others, not so much. 
Ive made sure that I have left out all the brand which have parent companies which do test, as I know some people prefer that there is no involvement what so ever. 
Getting straight into it. 

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills
Now, a lot of people out there, especially in the beauty blogger world! Will know all about Anastasia's world wide famous dip brow kit, I'm one of them as its has been a daily product for well over two years now. Yet, not many know that the brand do not test on animals. After years of wishing, they now even have a UK site, meaning no more stupidly expensive shipping prices - Wahooo. If you are an american reader, and havent heard of the brand, dont worry you can find it at places like Sephora and online.

2. Charlotte Tilbury
When the brand first opened in my local area, it was around 3-4 months after I had started my crulety free lifestyle. My inital reaction was to avoid the place, as I was convinced that it would be tested on animals. It wasnt until a friend, pointed out to me that she was using their 24K Highligher (which is to die for by the way) that I was made aware that the brand is compeltly cruelty free, neither does it have a parent brand that involves in testing. So I would suggest you go and try out some of their products, especially eyeshadows. 

3. LUSH 
Now, Its kind of a given that this brand would be on the list. Not just because everytime I walk into the shop its as if ive stepped into a beautfuly sented bottle of perfume, but what they actually stand for. One of the many things which they do, that I fully endorse are the charity pots. Each store has a differnet charity, and a percentage of the sale shall go towards them. Not only do you get good product, you are doing good at the same time ! - I could go on forever but ill just leave it there.

4. Eyeko
Another brand which completly shocked me when I found out they didnt test on animals was Eyeko. Whist on the search for a new mascara, the wonderful ladies in Space NK adviced me that I should give the 'Black Magic' mascara a go ! I know that the brand now do more than just mascara, however I have yet to get around to trying out. Maybe sometime this year I might branch out to a new brow product, who knows

Strangly enough I hadnt a clue about what the brand was, until I had to go into the Carnaby Street store to pick something up! Now, I dont think a day goes by where I dont use my PIXI Glow Tonic. If you have yet to hear what on earth is this glow tonic, just trust me, and go get yourself a bottle. Ive now started to have a collection build up of PIXI beauty products, there skin care is definalty a strenght for the brand and I wouldnt give it a miss.

6. Barry M 
As a 12 year old, I had a small space in my life where Barry M nail varnish was my everything. I had collected a good 18-20 bottles, before I realised that nail vanish doesnt last forever and that I was no good at even painting my nails to begin with. I havent used any of the other make up products from the brand in a very long time, but have heard quite a few good bits of feedback around. I would mainly suggest there nail varnish products as though only costing around £4 they are really good colours and apply easily. 

7. ColourPop
A new brand to the scene, well to my world ! Colourpop eyeshadows have changed my life. How pigmented the shades are for the price is a steal, plus they are another no test brand! What is not to love. In fact rumour has it, the brands suppliers are the people behind making the Kylie Jenner products as well. Tecnically, you could by yourself a colourpop lippy and it would be the same as owning a one by the youngest Kardashian herself ? Unless youre all about the logo. 

8. Kat Von D
Last but not least, lets talk about the queen of tattoos herself. Her latest endevor into the world of makeup, has been resieved very well, by me especially. Ive gone through 3/4 of the brands tattoo eyeliners in just under two years, yet I dont even wear eyeliner that much! I now have her, lock it foundation, setting power and a lipstick. All three of the products I love, possibly the liner the most! 

If you want to know more about the cruetly free list of brands that are out there, I have left a link below to a blog called cruelty free kitty. They have a full list of every brand out there that make beauty, that is beautiful inside and out, so go check it out. 

So there you have it,  my personal favourite beauty brands that dont test on animals. What do you all think? Have another brand that I havent mentioned that I maybe should have ? Please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. 

Ellie X

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Real Talk | ELLEKATE

It's time for some real talk.
It has come to my awareness, for some time now that I have been rather distant, from here (blogging), from my social life and from my work life.
that's down to my mental health.

A subject nobody seems to want to talk about, but after a conversation with a good friend today, I've realised it's important, to be honest with not only myself but the people I hold dearest.

Though I could sit here all day and give you the long dramatic life story about how poor young Elle was left scared by a long spell of bullying and mental torture. However, you've probably heard that tale far too many times before. Instead, I just want to be honest.

I was originally diagnosed with 'Worrying issues' as my doctor described when I was around 15/16 years old. Though I didn't know it at the time my first actual panic attack was when I was 13 following a gas leak at our school. Ever since, I have been passed between a few councillors, told I've had everything from bulimia, ednos, depression, anxiety, blah blah blah. Now I am officially living with anxiety, probably shall for the rest of my days, and for the time being on some medication. Which from times will make me be someone don't particularly like, however, I've learnt to except those days.

For this moment in time, that day seems to be going on for a seriously long time. It's times like these, that I couldn't think of myself being a lucky person for being able to call some of the greatest beings in existence as friends. Because they are my rock. It sounds very silly but having as low esteem as I sometimes do even 30 minutes with them makes me really appreciate them.

I'm just taking my time to find back the old el, she's somewhere. Until then, don't worry I haven't abandoned my little world online. I just don't want to put content out there whilst I feel as if I'm not going to be happy with it, as it's not me.... if that makes any sense at all.

Sorry, on behalf of my head.
Elle X

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Georganics Toothpaste Review │ ELLEKATE

(For some time I have had this post at the ready, but due to recent events I never felt like blogging! This company was worth the wait for, hope you all enjoy this post)


If you follow me on my other socials then you will know that over the past few days I have been trying out a new product, kindly sent to me by the folks over at Georganics! They were kind enough to send out both their 'Charcoal toothpaste' and their 'Oil Pulling Charcoal Mouthwash'. Now, you all know I love a good honest review, so I thought I would give you a little run through of how I use the product and also what I think about it.

Let's start with the toothpaste. Quite straight forward really, if you think about how you normally brush your teeth this really isn't that much different. Following the instructions on the side of the packaging and also what I have really learnt about the product over the past few days of using it just giving you a little insight into how to use it, in case you were considering purchasing it.
Taking the little spatula included you are going to take a pea size amount of the product and place it onto your toothbrush. Normally I would brush my teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, however, this product recommends 3 minutes, so which is what I have been doing. Then, you guessed it just spit it on out like you would with your regular toothpaste and your ready to get on with your day (if you don't have the mouthwash that is)

So what do I think of the product? And honestly, I really enjoy it. My favourite factors are that it is Organic, Cruelty-free and Made in the UK. One thing that I will say was my only flaw to my experience was the taste. When you first put it in your mouth, the product is dry so try adding a touch of water. As for the taste, yes there is a slight mint taste to the paste but this is kinda masked by the other flavour, which I cannot really describe! I'm getting used to the flavour now, just wasn't expecting it when I first used it.

Moving on to the mouthwash, which is rather different to what you would normally expect from a wash. Firstly, I am not sure how many times of the day this is recommended that you use this, but I would particularly suggest once after brushing (I do so at night) and I shall explain why when I tell you my personal thoughts. So, following the packaging, you take two tablespoons of the product and sip into your mouth, without swallowing. You will then swill this around your mouth, getting to all your teeth, gums and tongue for 10 minutes until the product turns more of a white colour. Then simply spit out and you're done.

Now... my opinions, on this product not so strong as my love of the toothpaste. This is all down to the oil consistency, which of course was a given with it being an 'Oil Pulling Mouthwash'. However, I'm really struggling to get used to the flavour whilst it's in my mouth and sometimes only make it to around 6 minutes. Despite this, I feel as if this product has done the world of good to my gums I have a slightly receded gum line, and after a few days of use it's reduced the redness and helped take away the pain. As well as helping with the whitening process of my teeth, I have also been using my Centro Smiles Light which I am going to be putting in my monthly favourites. So long story short, if you don't mind the taste of the product, which again I am getting the use of, then I would totally recommend this product also my favourite leans towards the toothpaste.

So, what do you think? Will you be purchasing any of the Georganic products or do you already have them? Let me know in the comments. I fully enjoyed creating this product review and I hope you did too. Until next time X


UPDATE: The compliments which I now get about my teeth on a weekly basis after I began using this product, it's just amazing. The charcoal has removed so many yellow tones from my teeth and I believe this is mainly down to the oil pulling mouthwash as it gives it a super deep clean.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Editing my Instagram Pictures │ ELLEKATE


So you asked, and I listened. That means that today on the blog we will be talking about how I edit my Instagram photos. To be totally honest, I am still learning as I go with my Instagram account and still finding what kinda theme I wanna role with. But, some of you out there still wanted me to give you the low down on the editing apps which I use.
So rather than take you through the process of all editing styles, as I tend to change this depending on how much editing I would like to do on the photo I'm just going to show you the apps which I use and how I use them!

1. Afterlight
No matter the image, I will always firstly use after light. Afterlight, in a nutshell, is an easy place for you to edit an entire image under one app. From allowing you to change contrast, saturation and temperature, it also allows you to add vintage filters and frames. Normally I will only use the editing software and save the filters for VSCO, which I will talk about later. But overall this app is easy to use, especially if you are a beginner and allows you to change the image to fit a theme well. Unfortunately, this app is not free, and neither are some of the in-app features. It costs £0.99 and offers in-app purchases such as filters and frames.

2. Facetune
Unlike after light, I will not use face tune often. If you like to edit your face in images easily without having to use complicated software this one is for you. I personally like to use face tune to remove flecks within the image which I do not like, such as an annoying spot or even a stain on a t-shirt which is ruining the image. But it also allows you to soften skin, enhance details, whiten, and change tones. Think outside of the box when using the app, it's made for editing well your face, but it comes in pretty handy whilst working with other types of photos.

3. Snapseed
In a nutshell, this app is googles answer to photoshop for your phone. If you're not familiar with photoshop, it allows you to change and adapt an image however you wish. But if you're a beginner, it's not for you. White balance, tune image, transform, and even filters are included within this app. It helps with changing colour tones, say the background was too saturated, the brush option allows you to reduce this and keep it more in tune with your theme.

If you're unaware of VSCO, then you have been hiding under a rock. Back in the days of Tumblr if an image wasn't edited through VSCO, it wouldn't be allowed on my blog. VSCO is an app to add filters to your image. But the filters included within the app are incredible, to say the least. If the filters included within the free version of the app aren't for you, there are filters available to purchase.

Some may say that this is far too many editing apps, but I will tend to only use one to two on each given photo. But this will always include VSCO. Let me know what you think about this post in the comments below, or if you use any other sort of editing apps you'd like to share please do! Until next time, I hope you all enjoyed this slightly different post and ill see you next time.

Ellie X

Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentines Day Outfit Idea │ Day in Leeds.


So as requested I'm going to start working more with my styling in my blog, and what better day to start it on that Valentine's day. I have always been a sucker for Valentine's day, with all of the pretty flowers, being able to lie in bed to eat loads of chocolate and all of the quirky funny illustrations you find whilst scrolling through Pinterest. I had to head down to Leeds for the day, to complete some work for uni, and since Jess now lives in Leeds for a university. What better excuse to do a little Valentines Outfit of the day post! 

If you want to stick around till the end of the post as well, then you will see some of the things what we got up to whilst in the city center. 

For my perfect Valentines day look, I went for all black... cause I'm not a colorful individual. But I have paired this long slip dress from Lazy Oaf, which has a cute illustration of a dog flower on the front of it. I have been a big fan of Lazy Oaf since the brand first came on the scene, and I haven't been quick enough to grab up any of their other collection pieces quick enough. That all changed when I got this !! 
Moving on so, you cannot really see it, but since the weather still isn't warm underneath is a long sleeve mesh top from Urban Outfitters just to add some extra layers to the outfit. 
This jacket is one of my new favorite purchases, what do you all think about it? It's from River Island and had a massive chunk of embroidery on the back with some writing saying 'Trouble Maker', I like how this had some cute hearts on the back to tie it in with the whole Valentines day look. 
As my little extras, I have all my favorite bling on, don't think I managed to get a close up of all of these but it's simply a hand full of silver rings and my little Swarovski bracelet.
I also had my Puma Basket White trainers, as I am a trainer addict, and last but not least I have my big huge Urban Outfitters Bag, which I don't think they stock anymore in this particular color. However, I needed something big to carry all my things around with me for the day!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. 

And if you have stuck around for this segment of the post then for the rest of the day we just got to see the city, I have a Uni assignment which is in for Valentines day and that involved going to the store 'And Other Stories' which the only one closest to me was in Leeds, in fact, this particular store location has only been there since October ! Was short and sweet but I really enjoyed my day in Leeds I shall be going back, simply the shopping was fantastic. Here are other photos from the rest of today! 

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! X
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