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Every picture tells a story: Mayhem and maid cafes in Akihabara

Very little can prepare you for how full on Akihabara or Electric Town is in Tokyo. This is the mecca for nerds and gamers, it has more square metres of computer shops here than anywhere else in the world. You can buy anything electronic here. Including ancient computers, gigantic robotic dinosaurs, sex robots, a gazillion…

Product review: Palmer's Shea Formula Curl Cream

Product review: Palmer’s Shea Formula Curl Cream

Yet another great cruelty-free product, this one is far superior to its non-cruelty free competitors. I have tried many hair oils and frizz calming serums in the past but none actually do what they claim and stop my head from looking like a poodle that just walked out of a hurricane.  If you have frizzy,…

Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range

Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range

I came upon the Natural Instinct range via the new Chemist Warehouse which opened up in St Lukes Auckland. Chemist Warehouse is a gigantic Australian supermarket style chemist like Boots or Superdrug in the UK, they stock a lot of variety in makeup and skincare brands. One of the major bugbears and annoyances I've found…

Mysterious cat in Chefchauoen

Travel: The lost and hungry felines of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Seeing you sprawled on the ground in a doorway in Chefchaoen, Morocco, something broke inside of my heart. I found myself so immensely concerned for your safety. From your gaunt and shabby physique and milky, clouded eyes I worked out that you were severely malnourished. I attempted to pick you up gently but my Morocccan…

How you can help save the Critically Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

How you can help save the Orangutans of Borneo

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates the number of orangutans living in Borneo dropped by 60 percent between 1950 and 2010 alone. This is because of the extensive land clearings that have taken place over the past 4 decades in Indonesia. Between 1989 and 2000 the area covered by oil palms in…

Anna Breytenbach: Inspirational Animal Communicator

Anna Breytenbach: Inspirational Animal Communicator

Anna Breytenbach has the unusual ability to be able to communicate with animals. This may sound ridiculous, and if so I encourage you to watch this video with an open mind and heart and come to your own conclusions. Regardless of your opinion, this is still a touching and remarkable story of courage. Any attempts…

Cats These Days With Their Trendy Hair...What Can You Do?

Cats These Days With Their Trendy Hair…What Can You Do?

The mysterious green cat of Varna Bulgaria has baffled people all over the interwebs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHXM8DqqSgs Many have asked, is green cat real or was he simply shaded that way in photoshop? It seems that he is indeed real and scientists have been unraveling the mystery of this pea coloured puss ever since. In truth he…

Seven Myths Dispelled About Greyhounds

The Truth About Greyhounds Part 2: Seven Myths Dispelled

Many people are surprised to learn that greyhounds make wonderful family pets. Considering that 9 out of 10 greyhounds don't make it into old age because of the racing industry, maybe you should consider adopting one instead of a retriever or any other popular breed? Still not convinced? Read on to have common myths about…

Seven Myths Dispelled About Greyhounds

The Truth About Greyhounds Part 1: Greyhound Racing in Australia

Following a shocking expose recently on television, the greyhound racing industry is hopefully going to be brought to its knees. Here are ten things you should know right now about the lucrative and revolting greyhound racing industry. 1. State Governments Keep it Afloat - Because After All, It's Profitable 2. Naturally Gentle Dogs Are Completely…

Seven Products from Lush That Will Convert You To The Cult (Of Lush)

Seven Products from Lush That Will Convert You To The Cult (Of Lush)

As you probably already know, I am obsessed with Lush. Although for good reason, it does exactly what it claims on the tin. Which is completely refreshing given the amount of bullshit that's touted by cosmetic companies, all trying to make a buck out of crappy products. For a change, with Lush, what they say…

Product Review: Nellie Tier's Hydrating Mask

Cruelty Free Product Review: Nellie Tier’s Hydrating Mask

This is not a sponsored post - It's yet another skin care product review of a terrific body lotion by New Zealand organic skincare range, Nellie Tier. The botanical extracts in the Anar and Palmarosa Hydrating Mask are really soothing and cooling and tend to leave your skin feel refreshed. This sort of moisturiser is…

Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Felidae Genus Lynx The Eurasian Lynx was once a part of primeval forests in Britain, but has since been hunted out of existence there. Nowadays with the deeper understanding of ecological balance, the importance of primary predators has been reasserted. In Britain, there's an exciting new…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Cruelty Free Product Review: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy's brand genesis essentially begun with the discovery by New Zealanders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs of the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil. In 2002, the two ladies launched the Trilogy brand based on the efficacy of rosehip oil as a natural and effective alternative to synthetic skincare ingredients. As their hero product, certified organic…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

The Three Step Guide to Buying Cruelty Free

Firstly, The Dodgy List  Although many brands do test on animals or use animal-based ingredients (ie. non-vegan) ingredients, they get around this with some amazing marketing spin. As an self-described spin-doctor for brands myself, I still find this sort of deception repulsive.  Here's some confusing and vague words to watch out for on product packaging:…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

In this new section of my blog, I will review high quality, ethical and cruelty free products that are not tested on animals. Also, I will try and review vegan cosmetics products and those produced from recycled or upcycled materials. I am talking about mostly cosmetics and skin care products, but also ethical fashion, shoes…

Caged Vs. Free Range Eggs // NZ Vs. Australia

Caged Vs. Free Range Eggs // NZ Vs. Australia

What hens do in their cages, or what humans make hens do rarely makes waves in New Zealand. Although across the Tasman it's a completely different story. The past decade has seen vehement protests and disgust by Australians at treatment of these creatures, kept in tiny cages in order to provision us with our daily…