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Viva's self-professed 'Veganorak' Kat Himmel takes the strain out of cruelty-free product spotting!

Good Slap
There are some wonderful people out there who work tirelessly to bring lovely, healthy and innovative products to the vegans of the UK. Laura McComiskie, founder of Love the Planet toiletries (cult product must-have: Washable Cleansing Pads, £5.95 for a pack of five from the Viva! Shop), has recently extended her expertise to mineral makeup with the launch of BM Beauty. I’m a veteran in this field, having tried countless brands in the past – none of which performed even remotely as well as these products do. The foundation does not settle into the pores on the face and draw unwanted attention to your imperfections. It stays put and lends a lovely glow. Ditto the eyeshadows, resplendently metallic with magnificent staying power and none of that ‘retreating into the creases’ malarkey. The lip gloss? It’s honestly the best I’ve used – and I am a self-professed lip gloss strumpet. The colours are subtle, but not tacky or too glaringly glossy. They’re perfect for layering over stain or lippie. Affordably-priced at £7-8 for eye shadows and concealers to £14 for the synthetic makeup brushes, buy from Viva!’s online shop (www.vivashop.org.uk) and help us help animals!

Too late for the party season, but don’t let that stop you. The generous folks at BM Beauty are offering one grand prize winner a selection of the full range of products. Four others will win a lip gloss and an eyeshadow. Send your name, address and colour preferences to: Good Slap Giveaway, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH or email kat@viva.org.uk with “Good Slap” in subject. Closing date January 30, 2012.

Odoriferous No More
I recently adopted two gorgeous moggies and, as it has been a long while since my husband and I have shared our home with more than one kitteh at a time, we were not prepared for the pong. I know it’s not their fault, but I really needed to rectify the situation as the resident pooch was complaining! One day, during a particularly fraught and frantic attempt to find an effective solution, I stumbled upon the website, Natural & Clean (www.naturalandclean.com). I promptly ordered a six litre bag of their cat litter and I will never look back. Odious odours promptly exited as soon as I replaced the useless paper-based litter. Heavenly! We could all breathe again and the canine companion retracted his emancipation demands. Slightly more expensive at £6.65 per bag, it is, nonetheless, highly economical for one or two cats. Check out the rest of their range at their website or Ocada (www.ocada.com).

We’re giving the full range of 12 Natural & Clean products to one winner, whilst some other lucky devil will win one of each product from the pet care line. Send your name, address and skin type to: Natural & Clean Giveaway, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH or email kat@viva.org.uk with “Natural & Clean” in subject. Closing date January 30, 2012.

Life Just Got Good
Here’s some news worth celebrating: Goodlife – the company that brought lovely bean burgers to Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda – have recently gone fully vegan! Seven luscious products (creatively inspired burgers, sausages and roasts starting at £2.40) are now available to the salivating masses. My vegetable-dodging, vegan husband loves the Spinach & Lentil Grills. Huge accolades are due Goodlife for that epic achievement! See our giveaway below for an opportunity to get your dentures round the entire range.

Five lucky pluckers will be able to live the Goodlife. Enter by sending your name and address to: Life’s Good, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH or email kat@viva.org.uk with “Life’s Good” in the subject. Closing date January 30, 2012.