Eco Vegan Shoes

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The people behind Eco Vegan Shoes were looking for bloggers to review some of their shoes, so I jumped at the chance. I’ve been following this company with interest since they launched a few years ago. They started with a very small range of trainer type shoes and have slowly been adding to their collection, so that they now have a range suitable for work and for going out. Their shoes are all approved by the vegan society and are very environmentally friendly.

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I chose the Green Anna for my shoes.  The picture on the website at the time showed them to be a slightly darker shade of green, so I was quite surprised when they turned up and they’re very bright indeed. First impressions were very good. As well as the shoes, in their 99% biodegradable boxes, was a nice pouch to carry or store them in, a pair of insoles and a scented cushion, presumably to store with them and ward off smelly feet. They are a perfect height for me to wear for work with a pair of trousers or skirt, and they’ve got a little gel cushion tucked under the insole so they feel really comfortable when you slip them on. They’re very high quality and feel nice and sturdy yet light.

I wore them the next day for work with chocolate brown trousers, a lime vest and a brown jacket – and got so many comments and compliments on them I couldn’t believe it. A couple of people even tried them on! I’ve worn them since with a darker green dress and that worked too.

I am usually a size 4 shoe and these size 4s pinch me a bit around the big toe, especially on my left foot. I am currently trying my Mum’s old technique of stuffing them with wet newspaper to see if that helps – although I should possibly have ordered a 4.5 (Yes, unlike many bigger shoe companies they do half sizes!). And both delivery and return is free, so if you aren’t sure about the size or the colour you can order 2 pairs and try them on in comfort and send one back.

I really love my Anna shoes and I’ll be keeping a close eye on the product range. I have never needed to wear safety shoes and I know they can be hard to find but there’s a good range available. I’d like some stylish flat work shoes next please! Eco Vegan Shoes sent me a pair to try free of charge but I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. The quality of the shoes spoke for me.

Pure Halal Beauty

This is definitely a food blog, but being vegan isn’t only about food. I use vegan products outside the kitchen too whether it be cleaning products, skin and hair care or make up. There are certain brands I use a lot but I’m not high maintenance about them – some are more expensive than others but I use the cheaper end products too, ranging from Superdrug own brands and ELF through to Lush, Aveda and Origins.

I was contacted recently by a new company, Pure Halal Beauty, which is based very close to me in Birmingham. All their products are vegetarian and most of them are vegan. They use natural ingredients which haven’t been tested on animals at any stage.They have a full range of skin and hair care, along with cosmetics and a men’s range.

PHB very kindly sent me a shampoo and moisturiser to try. I have very dry hair and skin so they sent suitable products. I find it very hard to find a moisturiser that can cope with my skin, especially in winter, so I was very intrigued to see how that would work. Usually the products I use on my face tend to be unscented or very lightly scented, but the moisturiser has a strong smell. This was a bit of a surprise to me at first but it smells lovely, like the foyer of a very expensive Indian hotel! It’s very rich and even my skin, which soaks up liquid like a raw aubergine, feels hydrated and lush. The shampoo needs a good shake before use and it’s a bit thinner than the Aveda shampoo I normally use, but I haven’t noticed my hair feeling any drier since I’ve been using the PHB brand.

There’s a 20% offer code on their website at the moment and there are some special offers on there too. Why not give them a try?