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Drugstore and High-End Cruelty-Free Make up

As years go by, I believe we are becoming more aware of cruelty-free and ethical options when it comes to make up and are actively trying to improve the choices of brands that do not test on animals and use vegan-friendly ingredients.

However, not everyone is aware of which brands are cruelty-free, especially at drugstores such as Boots and Superdrug where you wouldn’t give it much thought and is not always clearly indicated.

Even higher end brand counters is stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis and Selfridges don’t make it clear for people who may be interested in ethical beauty and staying cruelty-free which may be important to know when spending more money on products.

Here is a list of brands available in the drugstore which are cruelty-free so you can save the bunnies on a budget.

Brands available from Superdrug & Boots:

  • NYX
  • Barry M
  • Collection
  • Sleek
  • Soap &  Glory
  • MUA
  • Seventeen
  • NO.7
  • B.
  • GOSH

Here are some other alternatives on cruelty-free make up from other stores and available online:

  • ELF
  • Milani
  • The Body Shop
  • L.A Girl
  • Lush

Here is a list of more higher-end products so you can get the best quality products without harming animals in the process:

  • Urban Decay
  • Too Faced
  • Milk Make up
  • Kat Von D
  • Becca
  • NARS
  • Hourglass
  • Tarte
  • Illamasqua
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills

You can easily find many of these brands on their own website however, you can check to find these brands that ship to the UK which are usually only available in the US.

For caution, if you are looking to avoiding non-cruelty-free drugstore makeup all together, I recommend avoiding these brands as they support animal testing.

Non-cruelty-free, drugstore make up brands to avoid:

  • L’Oreal
  • Maybelline
  • Rimmel
  • Revlon
  • Max Factor

Non-cruelty-free, high end make up brands to avoid:

  • MAC
  • Benefit
  • Clinique
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Bobbi Brown

It’s easy for companies to sell out and become non-cruelty-free as they allow themselves to be owned by larger companies such as L’Oreal which is sold in China which has no laws about testing on animals. And although this company is not directly testing on animals, it knows about it, allows it and pays for it. “China’s $32 billion (£20 billion) beauty market is a huge draw for many companies, but the law means brands who are completely cruelty-free cannot sell their wares there.” (2016)  Quote

However, there are still many more brands out there that are available in the drugstore and high-end that If you want to find out more information on cruelty-free drugstore and high-end brands, try using ‘’ to find out more information on vegan and animal-friendly brands which include household items as well as beauty and make-up brands.




Supermoon 2016

This year the full moons of October, November and December all take place when the moon is at it’s closest to the Earth in it’s orbit. We call this a supermoon.

However, this year the supermoon is at it’s closest point to the Earth than it has been since 1948! This also means that instead of the average of four to six regular supermoons a year (In which the moon appears at it’s largest and brightest when it is a full moon) there will be no supermoons in 2017.

The moon will not come this close to Earth again until 2034 making it a sight not to be missed. The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than average and will disrupt the Earths oceans causing tides to rise higher than normal.

The supermoon will be visible on the 13th and 14th of November because the moon will be on the perigee side of it’s elliptical orbit (the closest sides to Earth) rather than the apogee (the furthest side from the Earth.

Jessica Bradley, 18 “I’d never heard of a supermoon before but now that it’s becoming a popular topic I had noticed tonight (November 13th) it does look brighter and bigger than usual.”

Liam Flaherty, 18 “It was quite cloudy tonight so I couldn’t really see much but I did notice the moon looks brighter than usual so I’m hoping to be able to see it tonight.”

Make sure on the night to go somewhere with few clouds and is very dark so the moon is visible.


Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut

Although with the long anticipated wait for the Suicide Squad film to be released finally and the large profit the movie claimed. There was still negative reviews on the film from people unsatisfied regarding large plot holes and a lack of Joker scenes despite being included in the trailer.

However, fans can put on their ‘Daddy’s Little  Monster’ T-shirts and ‘Damaged’ temporary tattoos once again because the studio is releasing a brand new trailer to the extended cut of Suicide Squad which promises thirteen minutes of extra footage which – as to fans delight – includes more Joker and Harley Quinn scenes adding depth to their flat on-screen relationship.

Jessica Bradley, 18 said “Because of the hype surrounding the new release of the extended cut I am more likely to watch this as I did not see the first official release of the movie.”

Many fans were left disappointed when it was revealed that Jared Leto (Who played The Joker) was left annoyed when the first final cut of the film only included less than ten minutes of on-screen Joker time. Furthermore, many important clips which included the structure and portrayal of the true Joker and Harley Quinn relationship which will paint the relationship in a more true-to-character light with themes of their abusive relationship being included.

Liam Flaherty, 18 stated “It definitely excites me. I’m hoping that we’ll see the film for what it was truly meant to be before everything was cut down. I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Jared Leto’s Joker who didn’t really get a chance to see much due to the movies running time.”




Cows graze calmly on fields near Norton Oakes Cricket Club.

The peaceful scenic views can be enjoyed by passers by while getting close to the animals.

The leaves transition in the fields where cows and sheep roam freely.


Sunrise at 7:50am on the back road of Norton Oakes Cricket Club.

The sun rises over frosted fields on the cold autumn morning.

The sun shined over the surrounding fields creating a glowy, warm atmosphere.



A cosy day spent inside on a cold autumn day.

The candles casted a warm glow in my bedroom with the two candles creating a perfect autumnal scent.

The candles created the perfect autumnal mood and makes me excited for the weather to change.


The sun begins to set over Gleadless with views overlooking Sheffield.

The orange and pink clouds lit up the autumn skies as the night began to get colder.

Me and my friend spent the time watching the sun set over Sheffield from the top of Gleadless Valley.


An assortment of leaves that had fallen from the trees.

On my walk I came across leaves in all sorts of colours laying in the park grounds.


About Me


My name is Kirsty McFarlane and I am an aspiring freelance writer/author. With a career-orientated mind and passion for learning new skills. I am a very approachable and creative person and find deep enjoyment from creative writing such as fiction writing and poetry and I am fascinated by Media.

I am currently studying journalism and social media communication at Hillsborough College and am hoping it will aid me into gaining a place at my desired university, Sheffield Hallam University.

I am creating this portfolio to display my best areas of work including: news stories, articles, reviews, blogs and photojournalism. This is some of the work I have been producing on my course as regular practice and writing articles for the The Sheffield Star to be published on their website/newspaper.

The Star – Article Piece: The Rise Of The Youtubers (In Progress)

Youtubers are taking over the world.

More and more teens are favouring an evening of Youtube videos over a night of soap operas making the community of Youtube sensations rise in popularity and quantity.

Because of the rapidly growing number of subscribers, views, shares and promotions a Youtuber is getting per video, many often get the chance to work on secret projects resulting in a utopia filled with books, merchandise, cosmetics and fashion lines.

A lot of it is quite overwhelming. Popular beauty guru, Zoella states: “Over the past few years, my life seems to have taken a complete 180. Did I set out for it to become that way? Of course not. Did I ever expect it? Hell no. Did I ever plan on making a living from it? Nope.”

Many other popular Youtubers such as Lily Singh and Tanya Burr are bringing out their own personalised goodies for their fans to love while taking over Waterstones with books and stationary and highstreet drugstores with make up and bath products.

The number of channels earning six figures each year on YouTube has increased by 50% and is still growing in numbers making what seems to be a common hobby into a full-time job for many Youtubers.

Youtube lover Jess Bradley states: “Although they’re just people, I feel happy that there are more things to buy from the Youtubers I enjoy watching.” and Youtube fanatic Abbie Akers includes: “I think it’s good that Youtubers get to express their creativity in different ways and share it.”

2.1 Demonstrate independence in decision making in planning and planning creative solutions

The makeup mothership is landing

For all makeup-lovers that have been living under a rock, remain calm with the upcoming news that Sephora will be coming to the UK!

British beauty fanatics have been taking to Twitter and other social media sites to express their excitement over the new Sephora store opening in Westfield Stratford in East London after rumours sprung that people noticed the frame of the store being built.

I think we can all officially start saving up.


And for those still unsure on what the hype about this store is about, Sephora is a makeup haven including every product and brand a person could need including makeup brands that are not currently available to us in the UK.

The excitement is very real. Although there is no official opening date or word from Sephora yet, it’s safe to say we will all be saving every penny we can until that day comes.


My Sephora Interview

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