vegan cruelty free skin care

One thing I have always struggled with is my skin. I have oily, dry, spot prone and sensitive skin, so you know its fab…It has taken me so long to find a routine that works for me and I’ve found that by combining diet changes and different products my skin has improved massively. I know I’m not really a beauty blogger but I feel this links into wellness which I do like to write about. I think confidence in what I’m putting in and on my body is safe is so important so for any of you out there looking for vegan and/or cruelty free products to help with you skin this might just be the post for you!

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I cannot believe I only have one more week left of lectures for this academic year! That means one more week of lectures before I officially have to be panicking about exams! This year is going crazy fast, and after spending some time thinking about this past year in particular, I’ve realised I have learnt so much about the world around me and myself. As with any blogger, I, therefore, would like to share these 7 things with you!

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Today’s post is slightly different to my recent ones, but it is probably THE most important post I’ve written and probably will ever write. That’s because today I’m talking about boobs. Yes, boobs. But not just how awesome they are, but how knowing them could potentially save your life. And I think that’s pretty damn important if you ask me.

This is a post EVERYONE should read. Male or female. This post is about breast cancer and what you can do for at least 5 minutes every month, anyone can get breast cancer, not just females!

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It’s International Women’s Day, and today will be a day like never before. Usually, today would be about celebrating women and women’s history but this year things are going to be different. The organisers of the Women’s Marches back in January are calling for this year to be another day of action. And it’s something that every woman can take part in.

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Any one else seriously confused by how fast this year is going? Like it’s MARCH! I swear I only just got back to university, and now all my deadlines seem to be far too close for comfort! I don’t know why but the days just keep flying by, which is good and bad. Good because it means I’m closer to my holiday of a lifetime with Josh, but bad because it means my deadlines and exams are even closer!

I’ve really taken some time out this week to sort my life out. By this I mean I have finally taken steps to put things in place for my future; meetings with University tutors, careers services and career workshops are all filling up my diary. I love being busy especially for things for my future. With my life being so incredibly busy I thought I’d give some of my top tips on how to stay organised!

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So three weeks vegan, one to go. And I have to say it has been so much better (and easier) than I expected it to be. I thought as I’m now this far in I thought I would give a little summary and a few recipes of things I have been eating over the week. A reflection if you will, what I’ve liked, disliked, learnt etc, etc. Now ***spoiler alert*** I won’t be going vegan long term/full time. But I am going to try and incorporate it as much as possible into my everyday diet as I have felt some incredible differences in myself over the last few weeks, but I feel I would have difficulty maintaining it when going out with friends or round people’s houses for meals. I’m sure some vegans out there are frustrated at my reasoning, but for me I think eat vegan as much as possible is better than not doing anything at all!

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So yesterday being Valentine’s Day and all, I thought it seemed relevant to write a post on love. But I’m not talking the sappy rom-com type, I’m talking self-love. I think Valentines Day is such a lovely day and I’m not going to lie, I loved the fact that I was able to spend last weekend celebrating with my boyfriend. It was really lovely to celebrate our love for each other with holiday planning for the summer, a homemade curry courtesy of Joshua himself and some delicious vegan avocado brownies! But, as long distances have an issue of being, well, long-distance, February 14th was spent indulging in self love!

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I am the first person to admit I hate getting up in the morning. My desire to just stay in my warm cosy bed is so hard to over come. A repeat “snooze” button offender, I felt a need for a change. With my new semester at university just starting, what a better time to embrace the morning!

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Veganism: Day One!

So today is my first day of being a fully-fledged vegan. I’m jumping in the deep end and going cold turkey (or does that phrase not work for vegans?) that means I’m not easing myself in, or having cheat days: I am now a vegan. Well, at least for the next 28 days. I have to say I’m super excited about this month, I’ve had to do a lot of preparation and research to ensure I’m ready!

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My Vegan February

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If you have a little look back to my goals and wishes for 2017, one of them was to go vegan for a month. Ideally I would have loved this to be January as a way to kickstart my new year, but I felt that was a little bit inconvenient for my family as I will be living back at home for the first three weeks of 2017. My family are meat eaters, with the exception of my sister who has recently turned vegetarian, and I don’t want to cause too much hassle in changing my diet so drastically. I already have a mostly vegetarian diet whilst I’m at university as I prefer to swap out my meat for meat-free alternatives so switching to vegan should be easier when I’m at university again!

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Get Hygge With It

If you haven’t heard of hygge where have you been? (I should perhaps point out that hygge is not pronounced like jiggie but with a instead of a j, but more like hue-gah). This way of living has Danish origins but is completely applicable to every walk of life.

I’d read about it on loads of blogs and wanted to give my life some hygge so I was absolutely delighted when my little book of hygge ended up under the Christmas tree for me last year!

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Although LaLiviLou is still new in terms of the actual name, the content I’ve been writing as been around for a year now, so those of you that have followed me from the start (shoutout to you lot!) body positive posts are hardly new to you.

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