🐰Why I went cruelty free🐰

Hi guys,

In this post I’m going to talk about why I went cruelty free, what I use that’s cruelty free and what brands are cruelty free.

I’ve only recently switched to cruelty free products (approx 1/2 months ago). The reason is that I LOVE animals, before when I used all types of makeup I tried not to think about the fact it’s tested on animals but still used it. I saw all the documentaries, articles and pictures about animal testing and yes it did make my stomach turn but I turned a blind eye to it.

My decision to go cruelty free came a lot later though, it wasn’t through watching videos it was just a snap decision that I made (and thank god I did). I think I was just going through my normal routine of putting on my makeup when I thought “why am I using this makeup when animals have been experimented on for it”. This is why I use cruelty free products. Why should animals be experimented on with products that humans use?! Animals are not there for our needs, they deserve to be treated with respect.

So since then I’ve been buying only cruelty free products for my makeup, skincare and hair care. Unfortunately I can not afford to replace all I have so what I did was use the old stuff up then replace it with cruelty free products.

So yes some of my makeup is not cruelty free but as soon as it’s used up then it will all be. My makeup that is not cruelty free is my:

  • Mascara
  • Contour
  • Powder

So it’s not too bad.


I use Urban Decay’s eyeshadow pallettes, I have for ages so I was very relieved to find out Urban Decay was a cruelty free brand.


This is my foundation and concealer that I use, both very good coverage and a nice consistency. Before I went cruelty free I used Rimmell London’s foundation, which was good but I prefer this one. The price difference was only £2/3.

In this picture it shows the eyebrow promade I use, eyeliner pen & pencils, glitter and glitter eyeliners (UD).


These are the highlights/illuminaters that I use. The Urban Decay one is more subtle but still shimmery.


These are all the lipstick/liquid lipsticks/lip liners that I use, I highly recommend all of them.

(I apologise for my picture quality as I’m using my phone and the lighting wasn’t too great)


In case any of you are interested in using cruelty free products here are some makeup brands that do NOT test on animals:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • BareMinerals
  • Kat Von D
  • NARS
  • Urban Decay
  • Too Faced
  • Smashbox cosmetics
  • Colour pop
  • Morphe
  • NYX
  • elf
  • Bh cosmetics
  • Pixi
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Eyeko
  • Tarte
  • Real Techniques

Here are some skin/body care that is cruelty free:

  • Lush
  • The Body Shop
  • Aesop
  • Kiss my face
  • Herbivore botanicals

Obviously there are loads more and you can find more out at Peta- easy ways to go Cruelty Free.

When I’m out and about I like to use an app called Bunny Free, which is basically a search engine for product brands.


Say if you’re out and want to know if a product tests on animal all you have to do is type it into this app and it’ll tell you whether it tests on animals or not.




I hope you have enjoyed or found this post useful, I’d just like to say that I in no way judge/think badly of those who don’t use cruelty free products. Every one is entitled to their own views and I respect those that use all products.

What cruelty free products do you like/use?

Love, Jess x

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hi guys,

So as you all must know by now (by reading my previous 2 blogs) that I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter. I’ve been a fan of it ever since I was little. There isn’t one thing that a dislike about the film and book franchise (well apart from Cedric, Sirius, Dobby, Snape dying…but that’s the storyline 🤷🏼‍♀️).

But honestly J K Rowling did such an amazing job at creating such a magical place, it felt so real and I wish it was. All my child hood I always wished I’d get that acceptance letter so this is why going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour was so magical!

I actually went to Hogwarts (well the set) it was one of the best days of my life, thanks to my boyfriend Graham for bringing me (got to give him some credit ey).

So let’s begin my Harry Potter adventure….

This is the outside of the studios, there are 2, ones called ‘J Studios’ and the other is called ‘K studios’ (must’ve taken them ages to think of that name)

So the beginning of the tour leads you into a room which you and the rest of the tour group get introduced to the days tour by a member of staff. Then you get led into a cinema room where a clip about Harry Potter, actors/actresses, set and producers..etc which is actually really interesting (normally I find those sort of things boring but I guess Harry Potter is an exception). When it’s finished it’s time to …. open Hogwarts doors!

Pictures 4, 5 & 6 are of what you first see, The Great Hall!

All costumes in these pictures and any of the following are all real and worn by the actors in the movies which obviously adds coolness if it wasn’t cool enough already!

During the rest of the tour you basically just walked through the rest of the sets at our own pace. So I was basically like a child in a sweet shop. I absolutely LOVED it.

After this section we got to walk in the forbidden forest, which is almost as creepy as it is in the films.

The animations in this part of the tour is amazing though, you even get to see how they make a patronus!

After this it was time to visit Platform 9 3/4! This was one of my favourite parts of the tour as you could actually go onto the train and look into carriages from each movie.

(Picture of adult Ginny, Harry, Hermoine and Ron’s costumes)

Next up was a break where we got to try Butterbeer!

I personally didn’t like it, but still happy to say I’ve tasted it at the least.

The next part of the tour was outside where we got to see the night bus, Harry’s house, the bridge and hagrids car.

At this point I was still mind blown at the fact I’m seeing all of these things in real life, I couldn’t and still can’t wrap my head around it tbh!

The next part of the tour was inside, we saw how they made the masks of goblins, talking heads, giants, mermaids..etc, it was pretty cool.

The next part is probably the most instagrammed bit of the studio tour: Diagon Alley!

The final part of the tour (it’s okay, let out a sigh of relief I know you want too!) is the model(s) of Hogwarts which you’ve seen on the featured image.

Overall, Harry Potter Studios was AMAZING, it exceeded my expectations and it still doesn’t feel real. I would highly recommend to any of you who love Harry Potter and haven’t gone.

And of course I couldn’t resist buying some Harry Potter goodies.

I’m sorry this post has been so long, I didn’t plan for it to be this long but it happened.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment if you’ve been or if you haven’t what your favourite part is.

And remember ….

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” -Dumbledore. (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban)

Which Harry Potter film/book is your favourite?

Love, Jess x

Get to know me!

Seeing as I’m new to blogging I thought a post like this would be a good way to introduce myself. 

  1. I’m 21 years old but I don’t feel a day over 18 😂
  2. I was born and live in London 
  3. I got irish heritage🍀 from galway to be precise so both Galway girl songs are my jam🙋🏼💃🏼
  4. I’m a natural blonde but have changed my hair colour various times. I’ve been brunette, ginger, pink and back to blonde!
  5. I’m a huge animal lover and my favourites are owls, dogs, cats, tigers, wolves and so many more.
  6. Relevant to the past point, I have a cat called Ellie, however she acts more like a dog. 
  7. I work in a nursery in a primary school
  8. My main hobbies are: movies, music and reading books
  9. My favourite tv shows are grimm, gossip girl, teen wolf, vampire diaries, OITNB and so many more (just a tad obsessed with Netflix…)
  10. My favourite movies of all time are of course, Harry Potter but I also love lord of the rings, all things Disney and comedies such as white chicks
  11. My music taste is very varied, from pop punk to cheese 😂 my favourite band is all time low

I can’t think of anything else to add so if I’ve missed something please comment and I’ll happily answer. I hope this post has given an insight to who I am and I’d love if you could comment some stuff about yourselves! 

    Love, Jess x

    📚Books I’d recommend 📚

    Reading has always been a passion of mine since I was a child, although I did take a few years out I have recently rekindled my love for it.

    My favourite thing about reading is how it can take you to a complete different place where it be hogwarts in Harry Potter or wonderland in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. The way words on a book can create vivid images in my head always amazes me. (I sound like a right weirdo right?)

    Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are” – Mason Cooley

    As for recommendations; I would easily recommend every single book on my bookshelf as I’ve loved them all but that’s way too many. So I’m just going to tell you my favourites and hopefully some of you will read them too!

    So my favourite book series is ….*drum roll*………   Harry Potter. To those who know me personally will not be surprised and to those who have me on social networks probably won’t be either. I have read and loved all Harry Potter books and I also think that they’re better than the movies (the movies are still amazing though). However my recommendations are not the Harry Potter series it’s rather the spin offs.


    I’m not going to go into the plots as if you haven’t read them (or seen the movie to fantastic beasts) it would be a spoiler. When I first bought these books I was quite sceptical as they’re written in script which usually I find hard to read. J K Rowling however did a beautiful job at writing these books, so good infact I finished each book in one day, I couldn’t put it down! This is why I recommend these books, you won’t want to put them down. 

    My second recommendation is ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky.


    As well as being a great film this is a great book, which I’ve read 3 times. It’s a good read and quite short so if big books aren’t for you this could be. It’s uniquely written and quite honestly a lovely storyline.

    My third recommendations are John Greens’ books, I did enjoy his two big hits ‘Paper towns’ and ‘the fault in our stars’ but my 3 favs of his are ‘An abundance of Katherine’s’, ‘Let it snow’ and ‘looking for alaska’


    They are all each different (obviously) but all have one thing in common, each and every one of them is gripping and addictive. At first they seem weird but then you get hooked. I highly recommend John Greens work!

    My fourth recommendation is ‘if I stay’ by Gayle Forman (yes this is a lot of recommendations but it’s hard to cut it down)


    I don’t know if many people have seen the movie but if you haven’t you should definitely read this first. It’s such a tragic story but written so beautifully in this book. Very few books make me cry but this one did. If you’ve watched the film and liked it then I would still recommend this and it’ll just make you want to watch it again.

    My fifth and final recommendation is ‘All that Glitters’ by Vicky Pattison (I can imagine you’re probably celebrating right now- that’s if you’re still even reading) 


    I can honestly admit I did not expect to like this book because it is so different to the normal types of books I read but it proved my assumptions wrong! Definitely proving the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’. This book is light hearted but still meaningful, it’s funny but also serious and it shows such a good message throughout. Definitely recommend this! And I hope Vicky Pattison goes on to writing many more books like this.

    That’s all for today folks.

    Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it! I genuinely didn’t think it would be this long when planning it but I’m happily surprised.

    Please let me know in the comments what your favourite books are and if you’ve read any of these books and if you liked them! If you didn’t like this post please comment or message me what I can do to improve as I’m new to this

    Thank you x