I was lucky enough to get some spending money for Christmas this year and so I treated myself to a few indulgent goodies. My first set of treats came from the wonderful Ethical.Market which you may remember as The Lost Lanes.
Ethical Market describe themselves: (visit the website here)
Welcome to ethical.market the new trading name of The Lost Lanes. We are the UK’s largest curated Ethical Marketplace and your one-stop-shop for sustainable shopping. Here you will find ethical jewellery, sustainable and ethical clothing, ethical homewares, unique ethical gift ideas, cruelty-free body care and beauty products, upcycled furniture and personalised gift ideas, unique wall art, sent directly from the best independent designers and ethical businesses in the UK. We’re very strict about which sellers and which products we list on our marketplace ensuring that our sellers adhere to our ethical standards so that you can shop guilt-free knowing you’ll always find something you love, without having to sacrifice style or design.
We specialise in finding the best ethically made design led fashion and homewares, we love beautiful illustration and fun design for adults and kids alike. Our aim is to make your life easier by helping you discover affordable ethical alternatives to the high street. Bringing you amazing gifts for him, unique gifts for her, original gifts for the hard to buy for or special gifts for that someone special in your life. So feel free to get lost and surround yourself by beautifully made and sustainably sourced products, discover something amazing at ethical.market, the UK’s largest curated ethical marketplace!
First up I spotted this gorgeous emerald green velvet bow hairband. I’m a sucker for hair accessories and this beauty is one of my favourite colours and wonderfully oversized. Made by Beauxoxo it is ethically sourced and handcrafted in Bournemouth. They do a hot pink one that I’d love to get myself at some point.
It has an elasticated section so even if you suffer from having a massive big head like me, it’s still going to fit! The velvet feels lovely and the colour is just perfect. The bow itself is a really good size too. It looks fabulous front and centre, but could also be worn to the side if you want to attract a little less attention!
It even came with a handwritten thank you note, which is a little touch I always love and really sets independant sellers apart from those big chains.
Next up, I indulged my love of enamel pins and my love of dinosaurs with this cute T-Rex pin. Designed by Lydia Meiying in Manchester and manufactured, with love in Huddersfield. You can grab your very own here. This little guy also came with a little thank you post card and he is a fabulous edition to my ever growing pin collection.
My last purchases came from Fairypants (you can find all the beauty items I purchased under the link).
Fairypants makes vegan and cruelty free cosmetics, skincare and perfume.
We pride ourselves on making things you can’t find on the high street – if you want Parma Violet perfume and a Mojito lipbalm, you come to us!
Everything is made by hand in our Cheshire HQ, and we keep an eye on quality so you know you’re only getting the best.
I treated myself to a lovely lip-balm, Black Forest Gateau. It has the BEST smell and I’ve had to reapply a few times because I’ve just been licking it off my lips.. It has a purple sheen to it in the pot which doesn’t transfer to your lips and it goes on smoothly, a little goes a long way. It is in a handy sized little pot too so ideal for chucking in your purse or pocket.
I also grabbed some perfume, called Parma Violet
Parma Violet is a soft, powdery floral scent. This fragrance opens with green violet leaf and violet flower, followed by a heart of parma violets, warm rose and freesia all descending onto base notes of powdery violet and iris.
It really does smell of Parma Violets, this 30ml bottle comes with a handy dropper to pop the perfume all over yourself with. The smell isn’t too sickly and lasts really well. I have my eye on the entire range of body butters and would love to try more of the perfumes. Pina Colada sounds awesome!
I adore the blue coloured bottles and labels of these products. Really eyecatching.
My last purchase was a set of vegan nail varnishes, also from Fairypants. There are a couple of sets of shades, Neon, Metallic and Pastel. I went for Metallic.
The polish is a good consistency and the bottles are a nice size. The brush painted the colour on evenly too.
I used two coats which gave me a really good coverage.
The colours are lovely, I think the blue is my favourite! The shades are (thumb – babyfingernail): Katherine, Anne, Victoria, Mary, Elizabeth. You can also buy each colour individually.
I have my eye on lots of other bits from Ethical.Market but for now I am very pleased with my treats! What do you think? Have you treated yourself to anything this Christmas? Get in touch below.