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! 🙂

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Pure Chimp Vegan Face Cleanser And Soap Review

I received some Pure Chimp products as a present a while ago, and as I’m nearly finished them, I figured now was a good time to write a review!

First, a little about the company:

All of Pure Chimp’s products are suitable for vegans and have been registered with the vegan society (this is always a huge plus for me as it’s a bother having to email companies individually to find out if they’re vegan!)

The company has a strong ethical stance as they give 5% of their profits to charity and every product on the website is 100% natural.

They also help look after the planet by using recyclable glass jars, recyclable plastic pouches and recyclable paper when packaging the products.

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They’re best known for their matcha green tea (which I haven’t tried yet!) but they also have a range of other products on offer, including the soap and cleanser that I received!

I got the Super Cleanser which is suitable for people with sensitive skin (not a problem I usually face, but it’s great that it’s inclusive of all skin types!)

In the mixture, extra virgin olive oil is used to lock in moisture and kaolin clay draws out impurities. The ingredients are completely natural including ground almonds, vegetable glycerine, dried marigold, banana extract, sea buckthorn oil, vitamin E oil as well as the extra virgin olive oil and clay I mentioned above.

pure chimp vegan products review

I thought it was very similar to the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser from Lush, but with a much stronger scent (the banana). It also broke apart easier in my hands when mixed with water (a good thing!) and left my face feeling clean and hydrated.

On the website, it’s being sold for £11.95 (which is approx. €14) so it’s quite steep for just 80g. I think this is more of a luxury cleanser (one I can’t afford myself right now) but I’d be delighted if I got it again as a gift.

The soap I received is £4.95 from their website but it’s quite a big bar so you get your money’s worth from it. It smells like banana and vanilla, which is quite pleasant, and leaves your hands feeling moisturised after.

pure chimp vegan products review

I would definitely use this in the shower rather than wasting it on my hands as it is really moisturising and better suited to a body prone to dryness (like my own). It has absolutely no chemicals which is fantastic. The ingredients are olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and banana extract so it’s really luxurious.

Both of the products I got last between a year and 18 months so they have a natural shelf life rather than the chemical filled crap that you could probably still use 10 years from now.

I’d definitely recommend them if you have the money to give them a go, particularly if you have sensitive and dry skin! It’s also great to support genuinely vegan companies like this one!

 

 

 

Cruelty-Free Korean Beauty/Skincare Products

I’ve heard a lot of rave reviews of Korean beauty and skincare products, but until now I haven’t managed to get my hands on any. I recently stumbled on the site TesterKorea.com and decided to try out some of the cruelty-free brands available.

It’s important to note that most Korean brands are not cruelty-free, so make sure to do your research as it’s thin pickings out there! However, certain products from brands don’t test on animals and are also vegan – you just need to know where to find them!

Be careful, however, as some of the brands I mention in the video are not 100% vegan. Some of the products the brands offer do contain animal products, like Cosrx’s snail mask (gross…), so make sure to double check whether the product you’re buying is vegan or not.

A lot of vegans don’t buy products from companies that also create non-vegan products, but it’s up to each individual to decide where their moral line is. However, it’s important to note that it’s impossible to live perfectly. For instance, most people buy food in supermarkets which also sell a huge number of non-vegan products. Just food for thought!

I bought the items in the video from Skinfood, Cosrx and Beyond so check out my video to see exactly what I got!

EDIT: A fellow vegan commented on my video to let me know that Skinfood is not vegan-friendly after all. Sorry for my mistake, I trusted the wrong website which is very unfortunate. I’ve included a message in the video to let other vegans know as well.

Irish Skincare – Salvie Sea Review

I’ve been on the hunt for vegan skincare products to replace the non-cruelty free ones I’ve been buying for years, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of Irish companies who are rejecting animal testing and going for ingredients without animal derivatives.

One such company is Salvie Sea, which is based in Donegal (where I’m from!) in Ireland. Made with seaweed and essential oils, I really wanted to pick up the cleanser, toner and moisturiser but they were kind of expensive so I chose the cleanser and a hand cream.

Salvie Sea

The hand cream was €20 which is quite pricey, really, but to be fair I don’t buy hand creams often as they last a long time. Plus if a product is really good quality then I will spend the money on it. Salvie Sea products, from what I’ve experienced with the cleanser and hand cream, are excellent.

I’ve tried all sorts of brands, from Green People to Lavera, and Salvie Sea is definitely up there with the top sellers. The hand cream has a really lovely consistency and refreshing smell. I’ve had my fair share of creams that smell too artificial so something that reminds me of nature is right up my street. It’s something I’d definitely re-purchase 6 or so months down the line (I’d hope that it would last that long!)

The cleanser is quite thin but it still does a good job of cleaning my face. I usually use coconut oil to loosen up my makeup before wiping it off with cotton pads, but then I use the cleanser to get rid of any excess. It’s light, but effective!

I try my best to buy local as much as possible, whether that’s skincare, beauty products or vegetables/fruit. It’s important to support Irish businesses, and seeing as many are coming out with vegan product lines, I have more and more options to choose from.

Ultimately, the Salvie Sea products are a great choice for anyone looking to try out a great quality vegan Irish skincare range. You can check out the rest of their stock at salviesea.ie.

Have you tried Salvie Sea before? What did you think? Let me know if there’s any other products from the range I should try!