Before I dive into my current cruelty-free and vegan beauty faves, I want to express how amazing it’s been to see so many people vocalise support for cruelty-free beauty in the recent weeks – I honestly thought this journey would be difficult and even though some of my favourite brands had to go due to testing practises, it has been great to see the difference in how products work on my skin and how companies support the welfare of animals more and more.
I think it’s pretty easy and logical nowadays for brands not to test on animals, but there’s still a way to go in campaigning and raising awareness, and even I know I could be doing more to be strict with products I use and accept, and also be better informed on the topic overall.
With that being said, I have been curating my skincare a bit more and also have a few spotlight makeup products I’ve been loving more recently…
After a little break, I’ve come full circle to Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser* for evening hydration and makeup removal. The product is just wonderful; it’s thick and creamy yet thanks to the added oils, it disperses across the skin evenly to break down both makeup and dirt, hydrating the skin and adding softness back into the cellular structure on a deeper level which I seriously need after noticing my skin is thirstier than usual. There’s no alcohol or detergents, and contains Omegas 6 and 9 along with Vitamin E to retain moisture for longer, which is why it’s one of my top 3 cleansers ever.
Even with dry skin, it’s crucial to keep my pores clear and dead skin removed regularly to prevent spots, and Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask* as been the double threat I’ve desperately needed; the delicate clay helps extract the gunk and grime whilst copaiba helps with the anti-bacterial fight against blemishes, and the AHAs smooth out texture and brighten up tone again – I’ve talked myself into a face mask now! Overall, it’s a fab dual-fighter that doesn’t dry you out yet gets the job done everytime – a must in every drawer imo 😉
Whether you have dry skin or just want that dewy makeup-will-stick-all day vibe (unless you’re on the tube, not one for melting tbh) then you have to try Too Faced Hangover Primer* at some point in your life – it smells divine, is water based and super hydrating, and honestly gives my skin a refresh of life I didn’t think you could get without skincare. Although the parent company isn’t cruelty free, Too Faced themselves are and have several vegan products worth checking out, and this is probably one of my favourites.
The more cruelty-free I’ve become, the more natural and minimal I want my makeup to be, and for a ‘bitten’ red tint to my lips I always opt for Tata Harper Volumising Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Popular* – the whole brand is cruelty free vegan and you can tell they put thought into their ingredients and products, with makeup even feeling like skincare. I will admit that the product being in a pot makes it unhygenic on the go, but the colour pay off is hydrating and pigmented, becoming matte when smooshed in and blotted, and looking so naturally enhancing it’s all you’d need for the perfect red lip!
Finally a few essentials which go unmentioned often – let’s talk deodorant, specifically Tisserand Mint and Aloe which I can’t find online sadly but was available in TK Maxx. Once you switch from ‘regular’ to natural deo, you can tell there are lots of ingredients involved to prevent sweat (which isn’t great for clogged underarms) yet Tisserand’s offering is light, refreshing, and does enough to keep you protected without too much excess sweating – probably not great for heavy sweaters, but good for a more gentle alternative.
Lastly is one of my favourites for blemishes and quick-fix solutions, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion -put this on any spot, blackhead or yellowhead, under-skin or ready to…pop(?) and within a day or two it’ll do it’s business to get outta there. Yeah you look pink and spotty and kinda like Mr Blobby, but those spots go bye-bye quick and without fuss!
If any of you have been going cruelty-free, I’d love to hear your recommendations – mainly looking for mascara because your gal is struggling! – and if this is your first foray into cuelty-free, hopefully you’ve found a few new beauty faves to try, and here’s to more cruelty free beauty brands on the market
Some products in this post may have been sent for review or gifted, and will be marked with a * or c/o. All opinions are mine are not influenced by brands or companies. Please see my full disclaimer for more.