Sunday, 20 December 2015

REVIEW - Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil*

Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil

The winter months can be equally harsh on our hair as our skin. Cold weather, wind and central heating, coupled with my usual heat styling and bleaching are a recipe for dry, frizzy strands. In the past I've used just about every hair mask, serum and cream on the market, but so many hair brands test on animals, so finding an effective treatment becomes a bit more of a challenge when you're living cruelty free.


Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box December 2015 - TVK26

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box December 2015 TVK26

This month's Vegan Kind box boasts a nice array of festive goodies - include one or two new products and some old favourites I'm only too pleased to say hello to!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

The World's Most Indulgent Vegan Triple Chocolate Brownies*

Vegan Triple Chocolate Brownies

I mentioned in my last post that moving in to our new place has really inspired me to do more cooking, and when I spotted the recipe for these triple chocolate brownies in the newest edition of Vegan Life magazine I was practically drooling on my iPad, so these were the obvious choice for my next culinary experiment.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

RECIPE: Asian-Style 'Mheat' Roulade*

Sgaia Foods

We're in! We moved! We're no longer surrounded by boxes! And I have to say it feels pretty great. Our new house has completely changed the way our day-to-day lives function. We have a sofa and a TV in the kitchen now which sees us spending a lot more time in there than the living room as we previously did.

Having a much bigger kitchen has even inspired me to do a bit of cooking. Plus, Andrew works in retail and those Christmas shifts aren't leaving him with much time to experiment in the culinary department.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Vegan & Vegetarian Supplements and a tasty curry recipe!*

Vertese vegan supplements

As any vegan will tell you, as soon as you stop consuming animal products, everyone around you suddenly becomes a nutritionist. "Where do you get your protein / iron / vitamin X Y Z?" The truth is, if you're careful to get enough variety into your diet, a vegan lifestyle can provide 99% of the essential vitamins and minerals needed - the only one which is a bit more difficult is Vitamin B12. Whilst I drink plant milks fortified with B12, I always like to 'top up' with a vegan supplement.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Hello, it's me

Me, my grandad, my cousins and my baby sister. Check out my bob!
It's been almost two months since I posted. Logging in to Blogger this morning I actually felt anxious, like there might be a popup shouting, "where on EARTH have you been?" When I'm in full-on blogging mode I put so much work into posts - setting up photography, uploading and editing photos, drafting a post, editing, scheduling, social media, not to mention the money I - all of us who blog - spend to keep content exciting and interesting. When I have to take time away I feel so guilty, and I feel like I owe you an explanation.
I don't tend to get too personal on here so, here it is, personal post alert.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

VEGAN TOON - The Bohemian

The Bohemian Newcastle Vegetarian Vegan Restaurant

After a quick stop off at our friend's leaving do, on Friday night, Andrew and I headed to Newcastle's newest vegan and vegetarian restaurant, The Bohemian.

Situated on Pink Lane, just near Central Station, the building itself was one I'd eaten in many times before, having been the Stateside Diner in a previous life.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Pay Weekend Wishlist

Here are the things I've been 'adding to basket' this month in preparation for pay day weekend, and the North East hotspots I've been longing to pay a visit.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

5 brands you thought were cruelty free, but aren't

Yesterday I read a really interesting article in the Telegraph about brands which are commonly thought of as 'natural' which are actually packed full of mineral oils, parabens and other nasties. Often, beauty brands will try and hide behind their branding to appear 'better' than they are, and the same can be said when it comes to animal testing.

Some brands are less than forthcoming with their animal testing policies - this is usually because they don't want to admit that they test. Unfortunately, this reluctance and the confusing semantics that come with it, make it pretty difficult to decipher those who test from those who don't.


Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box September 2015 - TVK23

The Vegan Kind September 2015 TVK23

I'd read a lot of mixed reviews about this month's Vegan Kind box. Unfortunately I was a bit late getting mine this month since we were in Berlin, so by the time we got back home it had gone to the Post Office depot. No matter how hard I tried, it was impossible to avoid spoilers on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin', so I ended up just caving and reading reviews before I'd opened my box. Damn you, tempting social media! Here's what I made of it all.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Berlin Beauty - Douglas Naturals Cleansing Foam

Douglas Naturals Cleansing Foam

After much denial, I have finally accepted that my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner is running low. So before we headed to Berlin, I had a quick Google to find out if there's a Sephora store where I could stock up. I was pretty surprised to find out there isn't a Sephora in Berlin (but thankfully my sister is travelling the US during September so perhaps I'll strike lucky!)

Google reliably informed me that Berlin's answer to Sephora is a store called Douglas - not quite as well stocked as the almighty S, but still impressive enough to make me waste spend half an hour browsing. We visited the store in Mitte on Unter Den Linden which was over two floors and packed by the most helpful, multi-lingual staff I've ever encountered. Score one for Douglas.


Sunday, 13 September 2015

We went to Berlin! (Super-long post alert!)

Brandenburg Gate

So it's been a whole month since I blogged. I really needed that month. A month to just concentrate on life and on all of the stuff offline that's been going on. There's been a lot of it. August was hard. I felt like I was forcing myself to blog because I felt like I had to, despite the fact I had a million and one other things going on in my mind and in my heart which were pulling me in other directions.

I took a minute and remembered why I started this blog; because I love to try new things and I love to write. I felt like blogging had become an inconvenience and a chore; something I felt I had to do, rather than wanted to do. I'd put too much pressure on myself at a time when my attention and energy was better focused elsewhere. So that's what I did. And now I'm back from a blogging break, back from a trip to Berlin, and really ready to get back into blogging again. I'm happy to be back.


Monday, 17 August 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box August 2015 - #TVK22

The Vegan Kind

It's that time of the month again - The Vegan Kind box is here! This month is extra good because there's a TVK Beauty Box winging its way to me too, thanks, August!


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

REVIEW - Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant*

Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant

Since I went vegan I have been wanting to try a mineral, "crystal" deodorant, and I've yet to find one that's sparked my interest enough to purchase (I know, deodorant's never going to be the most thrilling thing to buy, but these things interest me, okay?!)

The lovely folks at the Vegan Lifestyle Association asked me if I wanted to give this natural deodorant by Native Unearthed a go and I watched the postbox like a hawk until it arrived.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

REVIEW - PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel*

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel

From time to time the very lovely people at the Vegan Lifestyle Association and the brands they work with ask if I would like to give a product a go.

A little while back I got the opportunity to try something by PHB Ethical Beauty, a company creating natural, organic cosmetics which are both vegan and cruelty free. The brand itself really impressed me. All of the products are handmade with natural ingredients which are designed to benefit your skin as well as the environment. Aside from being vegan and cruelty free, the products are all palm oil free, and they donate 15% of the profits from sales to charity.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box July 2015 - #TVK21

The Vegan Kind TVK21

This month's Vegan Kind box is dead good. I didn't blog about last month's (and I'm usually pretty religious when posting about these because I really like them), but looking back at last month's I realised the box just wasn't doing much for me and that's why I hadn't posted about it.

There was a root vegetable thing and I hate root vegetables (parsnips + beetroot = nonononono) and there was a bar of soap thing which I wasn't overly thrilled about... ANYWAY. It was very much a case of last month's box just not lining up with my personal preferences, not that there was anything wrong with the box or the products in it, they just weren't my thing. Hey, it happens.

MOVING ON to July's box, TVK21, which is packed to the rafters with excellent stuff.

Monday, 13 July 2015

REVIEW - Eden Perfumes

Eden Perfumes

One of the cosmetics I always struggled with when I switched to cruelty free was fragrances. I used to work at The Perfume Shop (shout out to my spritzer girls!) so I know that many of the high street fragrances are owned by companies that test on animals and some brands still use animal derived ingredients in their perfumes.

I'd heard lots of good things about Eden Perfumes but was a bit reluctant to buy perfume on the Internet in case it was rubbish when it turned up! But everywhere I went Eden's name kept popping up so I took it as a sign to check the brand out.


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Closer & Fitness Update - FB30 4 weeks in / Powerblock Sport 2.4 mini-review!

Tea on the Tyne in Closer magazine talking vegan weight loss

A super-exciting thing happened the other week... I was featured on Closer Online!

The lovely folks at PETA UK contacted me a little while ago about my weight loss story and I was of course happy to help spread the vegan message and how a plant-based diet can benefit our health and our waistlines. Me and two other lovely vegan ladies were included and they even featured some of our favourite recipes - go and check the article out here if you're that way inclined!


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Ethical Superstore Haul!*

Olive Branch Cinnamon Biscuits

For many vegans, becoming a vegan extends beyond simply not eating animal products into caring about what you eat, what you buy and the companies you support with your hard earned pennies. When you're on a budget or having a super-busy week it can be difficult to shop ethically 100% of the time, but thankfully there are sites like which make shopping with a conscience a smidge easier.

When the folks at Ethical Superstore asked me if I'd like to try some goodies from their extensive - and I mean extensive - range of vegan-friendly products, I jumped at the chance. A few days later, this is what arrived on my doorstep...


Saturday, 27 June 2015


Vegan Life magazine Berlin

As much as I love a bit of sunshine, when it comes to holidays, I'm all about the city break. Andrew and I visited Glasgow last summer and made the trip to Paris a few years before that, but for a while now we've had our hearts set on visiting Berlin.

Post-best friend's wedding I had the blues. Big time. I'd been looking forward to my bestie coming back from Canada and super-hyped to be part of her big day, so when it was over there was a big, fun-shaped hole in my life. So we decided to fill it by finally booking our trip to Berlin!


Friday, 19 June 2015

North East Vegan Festival, 'NEVFEST' 2015

North East Vegan Festival NEVFEST 2015

PIC HEAVY POST ALERT - There was so much good stuff at this year's North East Vegan Festival I didn't actually realise how many snaps I'd taken (or how many goodies I'd bought...) until I got home and re-evaluated. It was a good'un.


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

REVIEW & RECIPE - Potato & Chickpea Coconut Curry with Spiced! Spice Pastes*

Spiced! North African spice paste

A little while back we were very kindly sent some spice pastes from the lovely Tom at Spiced! Spiced! is a new company making fresh spice pastes with all natural ingredients and, luckily for us, they're all vegan too!


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Vegan fitness with Bounce Energy Balls*

Bounce Energy Balls cashew & pecan and spirulina & ginseng

It was just over a year ago now that I properly started on my fitness journey. Since switching to a plant-based diet and taking up regular exercise, I have slimmed down from a size 14-16 to a size 10, gone from 'obese' to 'nomal' on the BMI scale and lost almost three stone.

Now I've met - and surpassed - my 'goal' weight, I've got my sights set on the next marker. It's funny how unachievable a goal can seem when you first set it and how euphoric you feel when you finally see that coveted number show up on the scales or slip into that pair of skinny jeans.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box May 2015

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box May 2015

Oh hi, have you missed me? This month has been crazy. With work and weddings and one thing after another, I literally haven't had a minute to sit down at this computer and just. Write.

I started this blog because I love to write and I love to try new things, and whilst I was trying all the new things, I had no time to tell anyone about them (other than my long-suffering fiance) so this post and the ones which will follow now everything's a bit calmer, is long overdue. Sorry. Thanks for sticking with me <3

Aside from the monthly box which I love so much, The Vegan Kind also offers a quarterly beauty box which ships in February, May, August and November. I quite like that the box is only every quarter as it gives you time to really use the contents before another box comes along. This is also good for my beauty drawers which are bursting at the seams.

Anyway, read on to see what was in May's box, TVKBeauty Box 3, and click here if you want to read all about what was in the last box back in February.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box - May 2015 #TVK19

The Vegan Kind TVK19

May is a good month for subscription boxes. Not only does my monthly Vegan Kind box arrive, but so does my Vegan Kind beauty box which comes each quarter (you can read more about the last TVK Beauty Box in my post here and a full review of the latest box is coming soon.)


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Tea on the... Wear?! A visit to the Good Apple Cafe in Sunderland

Tea on the Tyne at Good Apple Cafe in Sunderland

On Wednesday I took a day off work to take Andrew to have some minor surgery (don't worry - he's fine!) Afterwards we headed to Sunderland for a spot of lunch and I couldn't resist snapping this pic at the Good Apple Cafe - let's be honest, I need this tea light in my house.


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Vegan Tuck Box Subscription Box*

Vegan Tuck Box review

If you've been reading Tea on the Tyne for a while, you'll know I'm a big fan of a subscription box (you can read all my previous subscription box posts here). Last year when I first went vegan they really helped me find new brands and goodies which were vegan-friendly when I had no clue, and even now it's rare that a subscription box will contain something I've already tried.

Honestly when subscription box time rolls around it feels like vegan Christmas in our house. So when the lovely people at the Vegan Tuck Box asked me if I wanted to give one of their subscription boxes a try it was a total no-brainer.


Thursday, 30 April 2015

And the winner is...

April Eyes giveaway

Well, things have been a bit quiet around here lately, sorry about that. To give you some explanation, in a little over one month my very best friend (hi, Sarah!) will become betrothed, and, to put it mildly, the panic set in about two weeks ago when I realised I was within touching distance of squeezing myself into a sleeveless bridesmaid dress and PHOTOS.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES - Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette, Iconic 1

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 1

All this month I am giving you the chance to win a selection of my favourite cruelty-free and vegan eye makeup products. I've already swatched and reviewed another Makeup Revolution palette here which is one of the prizes, but this Iconic 1 palette forms part of the other prize that's up for grabs.


Monday, 13 April 2015

The Vegan Kind Subscription Box - April 2015 #TVK18

The Vegan Kind 18

It's that time of the month again, when my friendly neighbourhood postie brings me my little box of goodies from The Vegan Kind (it obviously doesn't fit in the postbox so my postie has to strategically hide it somewhere in the vicinity of my house every time. This month he left it under an upturned bucket in the yard. Criminal mastermind.)


Saturday, 11 April 2015

The five best things about being a vegan

Being a vegan is absolutely brilliant. Ask any of us. That's why people think vegans are preachy, we're not, we just think being a vegan is the absolute BEST and want to share it with everybody we come into contact with. We realise that doesn't always make us popular.

But there are some things people just don't know about living a vegan lifestyle, so here are - what I think are - the five best things about being a vegan.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Andrew's Birthday at the Herb Garden & Super Natural Preview Event

Super Natural Newcastle

March and April is the time to have a birthday in my family. My mum's birthday (which we spent in York this year - post all about that here) is March 6th, mine follows on March 26th, and just eight days later is Andrew's on April 3rd, with my sister's last but not least on April 4th. As is customary on your big day, we spent Andrew's birthday eating and drinking at various establishments across Newcastle.


Monday, 6 April 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES - Makeup Revolution Ultra Eyeshadows 'Flawless' Palette

Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette

Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette

I just announced my first ever giveaway here on Tea on the Tyne which is running throughout the whole of April (click here to find out more & enter) and this gorgeous palette is just one of the prizes which will be winging its way to one lucky winner in a month's time!


Sunday, 5 April 2015

April Eyes Giveaway!

Vegan Beauty Giveaway - Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 1, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner

Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette

Hope you're all having a fabulous Easter weekend wherever you are! And if it's not going so great, maybe this post will make it a bit better, as I'm announcing my first ever giveaway!


Friday, 3 April 2015

RECIPE - Earl Grey & Orange Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Earl Grey and Orange Hot Cross Buns

As my fellow Brits will know, the weather in April can be pretty unpredictable. One week it's sunny, the next it's chucking down with hailstones.

So when faced with a combo of gale-force winds + long weekend off work, there's really only one thing to do. Bake.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

VEGAN TOON - NEVS / Painted Elephant - A Taste of Americana

NE Veggie Socials at Painted Elephant

Last night, Andrew and I went to Painted Elephant in Newcastle for a very fancy dining experience thanks to NE Veggie Socials. We joined the social group this time last year, shortly after going vegan, and this was the third NEVS event we've attended so far.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

REVIEW - Taking The Pea coated crunchy pea snacks*

Taking the Pea coated crunchy pea snacks

The lovely folks at the Vegan Lifestyle Association had been working with the equally lovely folks at Taking the Pea to help promote their newly launched snack line and recently asked if we'd like to give them a go - the answer was a resounding 'yes'. Who doesn't love a snack?


Sunday, 22 March 2015

REVIEW - Green People Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream

Green People Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream Moisturiser

I love skincare, in fact, I may love skincare even more than I love makeup (even nail polish!) But moisturiser... it's not my fave.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Painted Elephant Artisan Showcase & lunch at Tea Sutra

Tyne Cheese at the Painted Elephant Artisan Showcase

Today we payed a visit to the brilliant Painted Elephant (which I have reviewed before here) as the restaurant played host to an artisan showcase featuring a handful of local vegan businesses.


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Mama Tyne's 50th birthday in York

My mum, me and my sister in York

On Friday my mum celebrated her 50th birthday! So to mark this most joyous of occasions (maybe not so joyous for her), me, my sister Sophie and my mum headed to York for a couple of days.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Vegan Kind TVK Beauty Box February 2015

The Vegan Kind TVK Beauty Box February 2015

Last month was subscription box heaven in our household. As I've mentioned in a previous post, not only did I receive my regular Vegan Kind box, but I also picked up a Flowbox, a Bark Beats box for the pup and this, the Vegan Kind (TVK) Beauty Box!

This was my first TVK Beauty Box, despite being a long-term subscriber to the standard, monthly Vegan Kind box, but after a while deliberating whether to sign up I thought I'd treat myself to this in February. Here's what was inside...


Friday, 27 February 2015

REVIEW - Emily Fruit Crisps

Emily Fruit Crisps

First things first, this is going to be a picture-heavy post, but for that I make no apologies because LOOK AT THAT PACKAGING.

I first heard about Emily Fruit Crisps when I spotted a sponsored post for them on Facebook. Initially intrigued by the excellent name, a little digging discovered that these are 100% natural, vegan-friendly and gluten free, but, they were nowhere to be found in the North East.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

REVIEW - Barry M Speedy Nail Paint 'Full Throttle' & 'Lap of Honour'

Barry M Speedy Nail Paint Full Throttle & Lap of Honour

Barry M nail polishes, you are officially my downfall.

I have hundreds of nail polishes (I got not one, but two different Ciate advent calendars in December - you do the maths), but I still find myself at the Barry M stand every time a new launch is announced.

When I heard about the new Speedy Nail Paint range I was excited - quick dry nail polish in pastel shades? Count me in. So when I popped into Boots today it was no surprise that I found two of the new range in my basket.


Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Vegan Kind subscription box February 2015 #TVK16

The Vegan Kind February 2015 #TVK16

This month has been subscription box heaven in our house. Not only did I receive the Flowbox (review here), but I also got my regular Vegan Kind box and The Vegan Kind Beauty Box (review coming soon). Even Harvey got in on the action, I ordered him a special Valentine's Bark Beats box which he loved.

Lots of people have been saying on social media that this is the best ever Vegan Kind box, and I have to say, it's a pretty good one. Here's what was inside.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

REVIEW - The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil Review

I picked up this cleansing oil a couple of weeks back after hearing Amelia from Amelia Liana rave about it in a few of her YouTube videos. Andrew bought me the cleansing butter from the same range for Christmas which I really liked so I thought I'd give the oil a go and see what the fuss was about.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Flowbox - Maxi Vegan Box February 2015

Maxi vegan Flowbox review

Before I went vegan I wasn't a huge fan of subscription boxes. I'd tried a Birchbox once and I liked it but I wasn't blown away enough to continue my membership past box one.

Once I became vegan I started looking for easy ways to discover new products and spotted The Vegan Kind on Facebook. It fit the bill from my very first box and I've been a subscriber ever since.

I love my TVK box, every month when it lands on my doorstep it's like Christmas as I unpack the contents and discover new products I might not have ever heard of otherwise. Obviously I would like this excitement to continue every day of my life, so I had a look around to see if there were any other vegan subscription boxes on the market, when someone told me about Flowbox.

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