Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn Mani Nailspiration!

Happy Sunday, Fairypants fans!

We've got a cheeky little treat for you today. Whether you're looking for an Autumn sparkle-fest or just your Glam-owe'en mani, we have some inspiration to throw your way.

We started off -as we so often do- by gazing longingly at our 'Intergalactic' collection of holographic nail varnishes, when we were struck by the notion of how beautiful red/orange toned 'Mars' would look over our blackest of blacks - 'Noir' from the 'Paintbox' collection.

You have a look for yourself, what do you think?

Oh good lord. There are no words. Under diffused light (for instance, on a cloudy October day), this combination creates a subtle bronze glow, similar to Tiger's Eye, one of our favourite gemstones. Under direct light, you have an absolute rainbow of Autumn colours, twinkling and sparkling more than one pair of human eyeballs could ever have imagined!

The more we looked at this, we wondered what we could do to keep the contrast of the dark and light, but also bring out more of those beautiful orangey tones.

Well. Quite simply, we took the yellow - 'Jaune' - and the red - 'Rouge' - from the same Paintbox collection, put a coat of that over the black (so as to keep that dark tone) and THEN a lashing of 'Mars'.

Are you ready?

So here, our index and little fingers have the original Noir/Mars combi. Our middle finger has Noir + Jaune + Mars and our ring finger has Noir + Rouge + Mars. 

There you have it, three totally different looks inspired by Autumn. We don't know about you, but we think the ring finger definitely has some seasonal pumpkin-spiced charm! That said, we just can't choose our favourite look. What do you think?

If you've come up with your own Autumn-inspired look using any of our products, let us know! Tag us on the social media of your choice! You can find us at the links below :)


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Fairypants at the Northern Vegan Festival!

***WARNING: This post contains both images and words of a deliciously tempting, mouthwatering and dreamy nature. It's going to be hard to concentrate when you start thinking about the deliciousness, but to spur you on, there's a cheeky treat at the end of the post...***

This Saturday- October 15th 2016- the chief fairy herself will be sashaying over to Manchester to the Northern Vegan Festival (specific venue at the bottom of the post), to see all of our vegan & cruelty-free cosmetics-fans. She'd love it if you'd pop over to visit, and see our lovely goodies! We can keep telling you how yummety scrummety our products are (and we will, because we're constantly delighted by it and fighting the urge to eat them), but you won't know how preposterously tasty they smell until you see/sniff for yourself!

Can you handle more Fairypants news?

Firstly, we think you'll agree that at festivals and markets, there's almost nothing more annoying than discovering your new favourite thing, and then discovering that they only take cash (naturally, we didn't draw enough out before getting there - that's the rule). Well - fear not! Fairypants will not only be bringing stacks of our all-natural, vegan products, but we will also be making sure that all of our fairy fans can pay by card :)
Nextly, two new additions to the Fairypants family who will be making their Northern Vegan Festival debut! We're positively bouncing at the prospect of introducing you not only to our new range of irresistible shower gels, but also to their partners in crime - our collection of ... *drumroll* ... body butters *swoon* Don't you just love a body butter?

Get your peepers around these and tell us you don't want to get a whiff of these little beauties - go on, we dare you!

(Don't forget that treat that we told you about, at the end of the post)

Phew, that was pretty cheeky, even for us. We'll give you a moment...

Okay. Ready?

If you can't make it to the Northern Vegan Festival - we still have good news for you. We're currently offering an October discount on the Fairypants online store! Pop the word October into the discount code box at the checkout and nab a super-saucy 15% off your order!

So there you go, everyone's a winner! If you're not going to the festival, make sure you make use of that little October discount treat, and if you ARE going to the festival, we look forward to seeing you there!


You will find the Fairypants stall at:
Methodist Church Central Hall,
Oldham Street,
M1 1JQ 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Etsy puts on her Fairypants!

Now, we don't know about you, but when we're having a bad day, we like to treat ourselves to a bit of retail therapy. We don't always know what we fancy, but we love a good window-shop. Like most people - we like to get our little fairy mitts on things that are unique. Don't you love being the one to introduce your pals to a new product or brand when they ask where you got your shoes/lipstick/bracelet from? It also feels great to support smaller businesses and crafters. For this reason, we love a bit of Etsy!

Etsy is a wonderful online marketplace, stacked to the rafters with the handcrafted, the beautiful and the unusual. The expression 'made with love' is pretty much par for the course in this world wide web wonderland. You can 'favourite' your preferred sellers so that you don't miss their new products and announcements, and better yet, it has its very own lovely app for shopping on the move - we find that a cheeky bit of Etsy browsing really cheers up the commute on a dreary evening ;)

If you didn't already know, Fairypants is on Etsy! All of our lovely goodies are arranged into categories for ease of browsing, and there's a contact button just in case you have any questions about any of our products or policies. There's a super simple search function to help you sniff out those harder-to-find products too! Natch, for those bold, cruelty-free-cosmetics fans, the obvious choice is 'vegan neon nail varnish'. For those who prefer their claws to be a little more toned down, you could of course search 'vegan pastel nail varnish'...

As for navigating the app, that's easy as pie!

Use the 'sections' function to find what you're after!

Browse the scrummy flavour/scent ranges of our products!

If you're not sure what you're after, you can just scroll through all of our individual products and bargain gift sets!

If you're a new addition to the Fairypants clan, put your mind at ease looking at the fab reviews we've had from our past customers!

Happy shopping, fairies!


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Drinking Port in Porto!

Around this time last year we were approached by a team of researchers from Keele University, asking if we'd tell them our story of how Fairypants came to be. We said yes, and we had a lovely Skype chat one afternoon.

After Christmas we were sent the transcription of the interview, and we found it so interesting to read it again that we serialised it on our blog - read it here.

Then in spring time, we were contacted again - did we want to travel to Portugal in September to present our business story at a seminar concluding the research - we said yes, of course!

We flew out to Portugal on Thursday 22nd September, fizzing with excitement to meet new people and explore a new country. We landed and were immediately struck by how laid back and relaxed it was - much more so than at home!

View over the river Douro, Porto
Obviously the scenery helped too! We were greeted by two members of Keele's expert research team, and we had a really lovely time exploring the historic city of Porto.

On Friday we had some more exploring to do, followed by heading to the University of Porto for our presentation. We had so much fun telling our story, it's always nice to look back on where we started - and to see how far we've come. We also shared some of our plans for the next few months, and it's so exciting to see what's still to come this year.

View from the Crystal Palace Gardens
Afterwards we had the most lovely meal of our whole stay - at a vegetarian restaurant with lots of fab vegan options! Not very Portuguese as we chose a Malasian curry - but it was DIVINE!

We stayed for one more day, and we spent the Saturday walking around Porto - burning off the calories from the night before! We sampled some amazing local Port, and bought some cheesy souvenirs to remember our brief but gorgeous visit.

River Douro
We had a fabulous time, and we at Fairypants HQ count ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel to Portugal, and to participate in the study. We hope we get to read the finished findings soon, it's very interesting to see real research on young entrepreneurs, and to see that our hectic way of life isn't that unusual after all.

Most of our followers and customers will know that our Chief Fairy is a lady, and as such she was shocked by some of the statistics revealed by the study - only 1 in 3 young entrepreneurs is a woman. With the gender pay gap still in existence, and so many women still coming up against the so called 'glass ceiling' it seems like the only way forward is to create your own glass ceiling, then smash it into smithereens.

That's what we'll be doing at Fairypants HQ, anyway...

Shop some of our newest releases now - and keep your eyes peeled for more!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Autumn Treats: Keep Those Smooches Soft & Sweet!

We know, we know - in our last post we were teaching you how to cling on to Summer. That said, we can't deny (as much as we want to) that the weather is likely to start getting a little bit nippier soon.

As much as we love our sunshine, we're excited to say hello to the chill! Why? WELL, if you can think of a better time of year to indulge in lip balms that smell good enough to eat, we'd be very surprised.

For those of us who don't like your run-of-the-mill, bland chapsticks, the Fairypants Lip Balm range is a welcome change! If you think of a couple of your favourite tasty treats, the odds are that you'll find a lip balm in our range that matches at least one of them! Made using shea butter and jojoba wax (more info on our website, and even MORE available on request), your lips won't know what they did to deserve these little pots of loveliness!

Blueberry Muffin? Peach Bellini? Pina Colada? Rhubarb & Custard? Barely the tip of the iceberg, folks!

Why not treat yourself to one of our delectable lip scrubs while you're at it? Cruelty-free, gentle on your smackers and smelling good enough to eat, it's hard to find a reason NOT to indulge!

We'll catch up with you again soon, but in the meantime, here are a few of our favourites :)


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Summer neons, had me a blast...

Now that we're well into September, Summer for 2016 has officially ended. 

Well, we don't know about you, but at Fairypants HQ we're just not ready to say goodbye. What better way to hang onto those fun Summer vibes than by painting them onto our nails?

Anyone who keeps their finger on the pulse of nail art channels on YouTube will know that in the last year or so, 'dry-brushing' has come into its own as the saviour of the not-so-artsy nail fanatics everywhere. You don't need a steady hand, you don't need any fancy products or tools and you don't even need a lot of time. It's also a super easy way to get a French mani with a twist! None of those fiddly straight lines for us!

Choose a nude/pale base coat (we've gone for white), then using your colours of choice, wipe as much product as possible from the brush, and swipe the remainder onto those talons! Swipe vertically, horizontally, diagonally- whatever takes your fancy! This look is so versatile - you could literally use any colours - nudes, brights, glitters - and you're guaranteed an unusual mani that looks like it took a LOT more effort than it did. As our aim is to recapture the Summer, we plumped for the Fairypants Neon Collection on a white base, with a glossy topcoat. A matte topcoat would also look awesome! We've also popped a cheeky bit of a glitter accent on the ring fingernail, but you can work this look any way that takes your fancy!

Is this the most versatile look or what?

Which colours would you choose? If you've recreated this look (or changed it up with new colours), tweet us or tag us on Instagram! We'd love to see what you've come up with!


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Gorge new labels!

If you follow any of our social media accounts you’ll have twigged that we’re upgrading all our labelling on our products. It’s been a big project, but it’s all coming together now, and we think it all looks lovely.

Here’s some of our wonderful Dry Skin Balms after having the new artwork treatment. We think they look pretty ace – and they’re selling like hot cakes too, as you’ve realise just how marvellous they actually are!


Our classic lipbalms were the first to get the treatment, and we really love these labels – they just look so clean, and professional!


Look at our awesome perfumes – we think the labels look excellent on our 30ml perfumes and on our 10ml roll- on sizes too.


And here are our divine lip scrubs – we’ve launched three new flavours of these bad boys too – Bubblegum, Parma Violet and Marshamallow – how could you not?!

Lastly, we’re waiting for all our other labels to be printed, but we’ll be sharing photos on our Facebook and Instagram as soon as we get them, so keep your eyes peeled! xox