I’d heard good things about the Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream in a vegan makeup group online, so when I saw it at my local chemist, I figured “Why the heck not! It’s $14.95, I can manage that”. My hunt for a decent foundation that can withstand my oily dial is well underway, and while I purchased this knowing it wasn’t quite going to fit the bill, I was excited to give it a crack for more short-term wear. So what’s the verdict?

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I’m a fan of homemade remedies for acne and oily skin. They’re cheap, you know what all the ingredients are, it’s fun to make each little potion and they usually work. Not always, but most of the time they do. But trying to pick out which ones are worth trying can be low key irritating – which is literally the last thing anyone needs. So here are my top 3 picks for homemade DIY toners, for acne and oily skin.

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I have no idea when my Veganniversary is, but I’m pretty sure it’s been at least a year since I went ‘official’. Switching out my diet for plant-based options was straight-forward enough. But my makeup? My skincare? Major struggle street! So today, I’d like to give you the skinny on a cruelty-free makeup brand called Innoxa, and review a couple of their products: the Daytime Neutrals eyeshadow palette, and the Rose & Berry Blush duo. Are these the answers to my vegan makeup woes?

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JET Programme reverse culture shock. A.K.A.: Welcome to hell, punks. My old prefecture of Yamagata included a warning about it in a booklet to the departing. It was like reading possible side effects on a bottle of medication: you may receive some, all, or none of the above, but it’s best to be aware just in case your hair starts falling out. If you spend a year on the programme, then the side effects will be kept to an absolute minimum. Your Japanese adventure will be more like an extended working holiday, and just as you feel like you’re getting used to having IRASSHAIMASEEEEEEEE screamed at you every time you enter a store, you’ll be hurled back into your home country. But stay a minute longer, and you may find those reverse culture shock side effects stacking up.

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Welcome to the depths of my ‘draft’ folder! I wrote this listicle over a few desk-ridden days at my school in 2016, and I wasn’t sure if I should release it. Even now, I’m bound to cop some crap for it, but being an ALT in Japan can be a real mixed bag – my experience was, over-all, fantastic. No regrets. But does that mean it was always top notch? Hell naw. So, to all incoming JETs, and all alumni, here’s my take on the top 10 unexpected quirks of ALT life.

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For way too long, I’ve had problems with my hair: annoying, flaky dandruff, bone-dry frizz and oily grossness were all things I figured were simply my life. I’d accepted my fate! But since going vegan, I’ve been re-assessing a lot of things in my life, including my beauty and hair care products. Davroe was a vegan brand that kept coming up time and time again. So, I bit the bullet, I paid the hefty price, and I’m actually glad I did.

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Has all your hard work, sweat and tears finally paid off? Have you, at long last, received your placement notification for the JET Programme? HOORAY! SUCCESS! But how many of you also found yourself saying “Google, where is *such-and-such*”? Are you now suddenly petrified, confused, worried, stressed and thinking “Hell. No.” Rest assured, you’re not alone – so let’s talk about it.

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