Vegan Pampering at Skinfull Affairs in Dublin

As vegans, we often deal with stressful situations in our daily lives; omnis giving us hassle, tummy grumbles while picking over a pitiful lettuce salad, militant vegans calling for death to all humans on Facebook groups. Basically, a lot of the time we need to take a chill pill. We need a mojito and a spa day.

Well, the mojito should be fairly easy to get, but a spa day seems impossible right? Many spas and salons offer relaxing treatments, but how many of them offer vegan products and treatments? How many are even cruelty free??

Worry no more, because a salon offering vegan friendly treatments recently opened in Ireland. Yes, Ireland. You read that right. Called Skinfull Affairs, it’s based just off South William Street in Dublin and not only offers vegan eyelash and eyebrow tints, vegan friendly massages and facials, but also vegan manicures so you can walk around with beautiful nails knowing full well that they’re cruelty free.

I was really excited when I found out the salon, so when my birthday came around I decided to treat myself. I booked an appointment for an express facial, a back, neck and shoulder massage, and a file and polish. All for €70! As someone who has paid that much in the past for just a massage, I think it was a brilliant deal, especially because it was all vegan friendly. Just make sure to tell the girl at the desk when you arrive!

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When I arrived for my appointment, the lady at the desk got me to fill out a form on the salon’s tablet to make sure they knew about any conditions / allergies I had etc. I was offered some cucumber water while I filled it out, and although I was a little worried bout dropping and breaking the iPad, it was nice that the salon was particular about knowing about any issues I had.

The decor in the salon is so unique. There’s lots of plants and wood and a big neon green sign that says ‘Skinfull Affairs’ above the nail area. There’s also a huge wall of products of all kinds (even lubricants!) and a comfy looking chair that’s exclusively for things like threading. Also, all the products that are suitable for vegans have an ‘I’M VEGAN’ sticker on them. Woo!

Anyway, after I filled out the form I was taken downstairs to the treatment area, which was clean and modern and nicely heated. I was left to undress and wrap myself in a towel before letting the lady know I was ready and set up on the table. The massage was lovely (it’s been a while since I had one!) and you couldn’t hear anything of what was happening upstairs on the shop floor, which was great. The music, too, was very calming, though there is a slight pause between tracks that’s a little distracting, but it’s not a big thing.

The facial began basically as soon as the massage finished. I was asked to turn over and I was made comfortable with a rolled towel under my feet and one under my head as well. Overall it was very relaxing and lasted a lot longer than I thought it would for an “express” facial.

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Afterwards, I was told to take my time getting dressed and ready, so I did, and I took a few pictures of the treatment room for this post while I was at it. There is a sign in the room encouraging this anyway! When I came upstairs, the nail station was laid out and I was told to pick a colour from the nail polishes lined up on the wall. There was a HUGE range of polishes in every colour from Ella + Mila. After a lot of deliberation, I went for a green teal colour, which was so shiny and just gorgeous. I wanted to buy it but it’s €15 per bottle which is very expensive, so I left it (though I believe there’s a deal on at the moment where if you buy a manicure you get 10% off nail polish purchases).

While getting my nails done, I spoke to the lady who works there about the products lining the walls. There was so much there, I could’ve stayed an hour just looking through it all. In the end, I chose a moisturiser and hand cream from Dr Konopka, a little known vegan skincare brand from Estonia I believe. It’s been a month since I first tried the products and I can officially say that they are very high quality (full review coming soon!) and I actually bought more products from the brand when I was in Dublin again recently.

As for the staff, they were so lovely. The girl who took care of me was very pleasant and helpful and answered any questions I had about any product. She was really knowledgeable and was able to recommend products from Skinfull’s shelves to match my skin type. I was so happy with my experience, I just can’t praise it enough.

Overall, if you’re looking to treat yourself or the vegan in your life, choose Skinfull. This isn’t an ad or anything, I’m just so happy that vegan-friendly products and experiences are becoming mainstream and easier to find, plus my whole experience was wonderful and really made my birthday.

Have you been to Skinfull Affairs before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Vegan Sushi Day in the Sun

I’ve been thinking as of late about how lucky I am to have vegan friends around me. It makes being vegan in an omni world infinitely easier, and it also means that if I want to give something new a go, I have a group of people totally on board to try it with me.

One of these things is vegan sushi!

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I saw a few pictures of gorgeous rolled nori with all sorts of yummy veggies on Instagram, and I knew I just had to try it. Last week on one of Ireland’s very rare sunny days, I met at my friend’s house and we got cooking!

We cracked open some bottles of apple and elderflower juice and some wine and relaxed a little in the sun while the sushi rice cooked. You can’t really use regular rice for sushi as it’s just not sticky enough, so shop around the health food stores or just browse your supermarket and I’m sure you’ll find a pack.

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While your rice is cooking, cut up whatever you want to wrap into your sushi. We decided on smoked tofu (YUM!), peppers and mango (plenty of the mango disappeared while we were cooking!)

We all had a go rolling the sushi once the rice was done, though we soon learnt we should have left it to cool a little bit more before trying to roll it. My friend Katie happened to have some old Uncle Bens mats that rolled it perfectly (though we put down some clingfilm to stop the rice sticking in the grooves of the mat!)

It was a little messy and took a bit of practice, but we ended up making some pretty awesome sushi if I say so myself. We never really let the plates fill with the delicious little rolls until the end of the cooking sesh (we were starving hungry!) but I managed to get a picture or two of the finished product before they were gobbled up.

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It was such a fun day so if you’re a vegan looking to get a little adventurous with your food choices, try a sushi day with your friends (who don’t have to be vegan – some of my friends are still omni and they really enjoyed the food!) or family.

Have you had vegan sushi before? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Win 2 Tickets To Cork Veg Fest On May 13th!

Competition time! 🙂

Cork Veg Fest is coming up on May 13th and it’s set to be a fantastic event! I went to Dublin Veg Fest last year and I had a fantastic time (you can watch my vlog of the day at the bottom of this post!), so I fully expect Cork Veg Fest to be just as good, if not better.

Not only will there be stalls and stalls of delicious vegan food and products, there are some really cool speakers lined up including Patrick Baboumian, one of the world’s strongest men, the world’s strongest vegan and one of the faces of PeTA. As well as Baboumian, the Vegan Mammy will be speaking at the event and so will Fiona Oakes, vegan super athlete.

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There’s something for everyone!

How to win, you ask? Head on over to my Instagram to enter! All you have to do is like the competition photo and follow @dublinvegfest, which is the official account of Cork Veg Fest. And that’s it! You might as well try and enter – someone has to win! 😀

Best of luck! 

Update: The winner is nadya_in_ireland! Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating! 🙂