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July 01, 2016

Top 10 Cruelty Free Make Up Brands

Although it seems like it was a few lifetimes ago, in my last blog post I talked about wanting to make more better choices when it comes to make up purchases and swap out products in my collection for cruelty free alternatives. Making conscious choices has been difficult. I've done research directly through brands themselves, as well as on websites like Cruelty Free Kitty so I thought I'd put together a list of my Top 10 Cruelty Free Make Up Brands to try and make things a bit easier for anyone wanting to take the plunge!

March 11, 2016

UPDATES?! || Cruelty Free? Cleaning out?

I feel like every couple of months I am back to do another one of these damned update and apology blog posts and, for goodness sakes, I am sick of them. The sooner I get better at juggling work, blogging and my personal life, the better! I've been low key avoiding getting back into things because I don't know how to apologise for being MIA without saying the things I've said a million times before but, realistically, I don't have to.

Everything I said in my Heart to Heart in November is true; Life is busy, family comes first and friends are more important that you'll realise.

All that aside, I miss the blogosphere and I'm back. I've had a few ideas about a few changes I want to make so now is as good a time as any to talk about them, don't you think?

Firstly, let's talk cruelty free. Animal testing etc. is something that I chose to be naive about for a very long time. I definitely took the what I don't know won't hurt me approach for far too long and, in the meantime, innocent animals were being harmed and/or *gulp* killed. How is that fair? It's not. My best friend has been asking me to write about cruelty free products on the blog for a while now but I haven't ever done it. Why? Because it meant acknowledging that I consciously purchase products that are tested on animals. I've been thinking a lot about it lately and I've decided that I want to try and make the transition to using more cruelty free products, be that make up, haircare or skincare etc. I'm not saying I'm 100% living the cruelty free life now, nor am I saying that is it a permanent life choice, but I'll be giving it a shot and I home you can support that. 

With that in mind, if there is any cruelty free brands that you'd recommend, please let me know! Help a sister out.

Along somewhat similar lines, I'm trying to use shit stuff up. I have so many back ups and spares of products and I want to start using them up. They're all stored well so, in theory, they should be fine but nothing last forever and what's the point of keeping things when they're just going to collect dust? Many of the products I have in back up aren't necessarily cruelty free but I will be using them up, I just won't replace them. There's no point in throwing something out that I've already purchase/received. Instead, I'll be making a conscious choice not to replace it.  

Another way of de-cluttering is the fact that I have, once again, updated my blog sale. There are a lot of new products on there so if you're interested in picking up some great cosmetics, hair and skincare bits, check out this link. Everything I am selling is described in as much detail as possible and, remember, I am only selling the items because I want them to go to a loving home where they'll be appreciated and used. 

Lastly, I want to get a bit more personal on here. Talking about make up and beauty etc. is all well and good but there's so much more to me than that and I don't think that's necessarily reflected on the blog as much as it could be. I don't quite know what this will look like yet as, let's be real, I'm not that exciting but we'll see. Maybe I'll talk about 'stuff' that's a little more personal to me or maybe every now and then I'll just talk you through my day. 

I love blogging and I miss it a lot so, once I find the balance I'm still searching for, we'll be back onto something really good. 

Peace out.

January 12, 2016

FOTD // Getting Through a Hot Perth Day!

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The heat in Perth, Western Australia, has been insane lately. It's averaging mid thirties/high forties almost every day and, if you're anything like me, you just cannot cope with that weather. I try to hibernate in the heat, however sometimes you've just got to get on with you life and actually leave the air-conditioned sanctuary that is your home.

On days when I am out and about I try to keep my make up to a minimum. It's not about looking glam, it's about putting the least amount of products on my face and keeping things quite natural whilst trying to absorb as much heat induced oil as possible.

To see what I create with these products on the hottest of hot days, keep reading! 

January 10, 2016


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In September of 2014 Born to Buy reached one million page views and I couldn't contain my excitement. My blog had been going for a little over three years at the time, and I felt like one million views was the biggest number in the world.

Here I am, however, less than a year and a half later, celebrating another milestone, a bigger milestone; TWO MILLION PAGE VIEWS.

Numbers aren't everything. They don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, I'd still be here either way, but it is so nice to know that people read my posts and value the hard work I put into it. Blogging is something I really enjoy and I am so grateful that hopefully you guys are enjoying my content.

Thank you for everything you've done for me. 

Thanks for the kind words. Thanks for keeping up with me while I've been erratically posting with no proper schedule and thank you to everyone who's been here from the beginning.

I can only really say thank you the one way I know how, with epic giveaways, so stay tuned! 


If you asked me what my ride or die make up brand was, I'd confidently say MAC every single time. MAC continues to impress me with their vast product range and a significant numbers of staples in my make up routine are from them. I have a lot to talk about in today's post, including the details on a giveaway, so let's just get into it! 

Tiny Hand With Heart