My First Three Months Cruelty Free & My Top Tips

    My First Three Months Cruelty Free | Essential Twenty

    If you read my 2018 goals, you may recall that I said I’d be going cruelty free with my beauty products. Throughout the first few months of the year it’s been a real learning curve, especially as a lot of my favourite products have come from brands that are not cruelty free and I’m quickly running low on my stash. This post is all about the problems that I have faced since going cruelty free, and hopefully this will help you out if you have been toying with the idea too.
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    No Buy April

    Makeup Rehab: No Buy April | Essential Twenty

    Remember how about two weeks ago today I proudly shared my recent Beauty Bay order? It turns out that my little splurge sent me back into my old beauty spending ways and I need to stop. Thankfully I’ve been doing some research in how I can stop this (and also not just replace my spending in other realms: 6 theatre trips already planned for April ring any bells?) as well as reading through Reddit’s Makeup Rehab subreddit which given me some tips to reign in my spending, and show me how to cut back this month through a beauty no buy. And hopefully beyond!

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    Why You Need A Beauty Inventory

    Beauty Inventory | Essential Twenty

    I honestly cannot tell you where I read about beauty inventories, but I’ve spent quite some time researching and after a few weeks, I’d got the bare bones of my own. It then took a few further weeks to curate my beauty inventory to fit the purpose I wanted it to fulfil, but I’m finally happy with it and want to share it with you. This post is all about what I track, why I track it, and 6 reasons it could work for you. I’ve also included a downloadable link of my own so that you can create one for yourself.
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    Theatre Roundup, March 2018

    Monthly Blog Round Up, March 2018 | Essential Twenty

    I’ve decided that it’s about time I give a round up of my month, because I don’t do too many life lately posts. Here I can share my favourite things that have happened throughout the month, and share which shows I’ve managed to get to (especially as it can take a little while for me to get around to reviewing them fully). Just a little update at the end of each month to talk about my life, and indulge in what’s going on around me right now, and what’s coming up in April.
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    Ruthless! The Musical, Arts Theatre | Review

    Ruthless! The Musical | Essential Twenty

    I really enjoy seeing a show during it’s preview period. For one, it’s much cheaper and I’ll do anything to save a bit of money on theatre tickets. And secondly, there are very few reviews to taint my initial experience. Ruthless! The Musical made its West End debut and opened at the Arts Theatre this week, and a few theatre influencers were invited to see it on Friday prior to the opening, and I’m a little lost for words on how to describe the show.
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    Degrees Of Error: Murder She Didn’t Write, Leicester Square Theatre | Review

    Murder She Didn't Write | Essential Twenty

    I’ve never seen improv comedy before. In fact, I’ve never seen anything other than improvised dance before, so when I found out Mischief Theatre (the creative geniuses behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) were going to be going back to their improv roots over Christmas I was eager to see them. But I didn’t manage to get to the Arts Theatre to see them during that period I was really disappointed. But thankfully an invite landed in my inbox to see a 5* sold out Edinburgh Fringe show that’s been playing select dates in London. That meant I had my bum firmly in a seat at the Leicester Square Theatre to see Degrees of Error’s Murder She Didn’t Write on Sunday, and I can’t believe I didn’t go sooner.
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