What better way to start your Friday than a good ol’haul? Granted, this one is pretty huge (about 2,000 words) so I’ll keep the intro short and sweet: basically, I ran out of a lot of product at the same time and was feeling antsy not having certain items cruelty-free, so I did a lot of research – it really was a lot when it came to buying the best of the best products that aren’t always mentioned or focused on.
Everything you see here is cruelty-free and vegan, some of it completely or as near to being fully natural as possible, and is all readily available in the UK (everything was purchased from Cult Beauty and Naturisimo) which is FAB-U-LOUS! So let’s get straight to it, ready to add to your wishlist….?
Indie Lee Clearing Mask – Looking for cruelty-free/vegan beauty to replace products I’d finished, a mask was top of my list seeing as I’ve got one on my face every other night. The indie lee mask had amazing reviews on Cult Beauty and was frequently out of stock when I went to order it, but finally got my hands on it and I’m so impressed – it smells a bit similar to the Mario Badescu drying lotion, containing zinc and sulphur to dry up any spots and unclog sebum, but a bit more subtle so some consolation for your nostrils 😉 I’ve used it three times now and have found my spots reduced in size, pores decongested in my most oily areas, and a lot of gunk being brought up and sent packing. I really like that I can leave it on a bit longer than recommended so it dries spots out without affecting the rest of my face, and I’d definitely recommend if you have acne/spots. One thing I don’t like it the packaging – the box it comes it makes you think you’re getting more product than you do and the extra space feels a bit wasteful, that’s my only gripe!
Cosrx Acne Patches – When searching vegan products on Cult, these little patches came up and of course that voice in my head was like ‘buy them’ because I didn’t necessarily need them, but they sounded pretty good – I’ve had spots in the past that I really need to leave alone but just look so angry you want to get rid. These patches come in 3 sizes and are perfect at covering up a spot, sealing it off from any exposure or pollution, all whilst breaking down the bacteria and sucking out all the gunk. I’ve tried wearing them both on bare skin and under makeup, and with the latter it does look like you’ve got some plastic stuck to your face, so best if it’s a more concealed area I.e. Side of chin, but you might look a bit suspish otherwise. In the day however, it’s great, you can leave it to do its job and when the patch has turned white you know it’s done it’s job. You can only leave one on per day and for around 8 hours, but they’re good at getting rid of the most stubborn spots or at least helping them bugger off quicker 😉
DNA Renewal Scar Therapy Cream – I’ve had bacne for a few years and it’s really affected my self esteem. Aside for scrubs and masks, there’s not been much else I’ve found to help until I spotted this again on Cult. It’s cruelty free and vegan, and is a DNA enzyme cream that helps rebuild the DNA cells to get rid of scaring and pigmentation. Now I’ve got a lot of that on my back so snapped it up immediately, and have been using it twice a day on my back and chest as recommended. It’s been two weeks and I’ve already noticed my pigmentation and scars start to fade and become lighter, and blemishes and congestion I had are starting to either come out or clear up. It’s great, I’m so impressed, and even if you use it for post-surgery or for skin concerns you’ll be impressed too!
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – this is the first of three repurchases, and as I’ve mentioned it plenty of times on the blog I’ma keep this sort and sweet; the Ren Glycol Lactic Mask is amazing at breaking down dead skin cells, sebum, and generally renewing the skin’s texture. It smells like marmalade, is gentle yet powerful, and is my absolute go-to for a skin texture refresh. 10/10 recommend!
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara – I’ve been looking for a cf/vegan mascara that’s also waterproof and a brand that came up a lot was Pacifica. Currently they’re only mainly in the US but Naturisimo has a few products including the Stellar Gaze Mascara, a lengthening and volumising product with natural ingredients. I’d say it’s similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex (more below) or Maybelline Lash Sensational, but you’re paying more for a natural and more ethical brand. I love the packaging and brand ethos, and it’s definitely becoming my go-to va va voom lash.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Too Faced have so many vegan products working their cruelty-free brand, including their much loved hero mascara. I’ve heard loads about Better Than Sex and picked up this mini with a Kat Von D liner (also vegan/cf) in Debenhams to test it alongside my other mascaras. I’ve only worn it a few times but my lashes look so dramatic and voluminous, and I’ve noticed the formula also dried very quickly so it’s a ‘apply it fast for serious lash’ situation, but I’m loving the fluttery volume so far!
Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara – Now this is probably my fave mascara out the lot, mainly because it’s waterproof but also because the formula is so unique; it applies only what you need for a natural coating, lengthens the lash, separates for natural volume, and really holds a curl. It’s cheaper than Fairydrops and also much more ethically produced, being vegan and cruelty free. Honestly, I’m blown away with how well it applies and how great it looks – even with liner on you can still see how naturally dramatic the lashes look with it on. *cue me stocking up*
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – As I mentioned before I picked this mini up with the Too Faced Mascara, however I have tried it previously. That last one did dry up quickly but I had obviously opened it up and gave up on attempting cat eyes, whereas this time round I’m nailing it. I know liquid is the way to go but my hands aren’t steady yet so this is super easy to faux a neat line and flick out a little – all hail the lazy girl liner.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown – My OG brow product. I thought I was doing okay with powder inbetween finishing my last Brow Wiz and this new one, but honestly this makes brows look so much more natural and is easier to get in the gaps. Pro tip, backcomb your brows using the spoolie and product, fills in more areas and add’s serious volume to your hairs – hiya big brows!
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation – The main product I wanted to get sorted was foundation, everything I had was either solely CF, was minimal coverage, or at least two shades too dark. EEEEK indeed! After much research, I landed on Becca – the brand is fab, they know how to glow, and they’re vegan also which meant adding to my basket pronto. I was colour-matched beforehand and wouldn’t you know it, I’m between shades, so have been mixing Fair and Porcelain together and it’s a pretty decent match – it gives me a bit of colour, and is buildable if you carefully use thin layers (otherwise the glow is strong with this one), but I love the finish and how it hydrates my skin through the day.
W3ll People Bio-Correct Concealer – This brand is pretty much sold out on Cult Beauty, but luckily their concealer and lipbalm had a few shades available which I snapped up quickly. W3ll People are an all natural cruelty-free and vegan brand, being the most green makeup range on Cult Beauty and have a wide range of products from mascara to foundation to powder to moisturiser. The concealer was highly rated and after watching a few YouTube reviews, I picked up Light which was closer to my skin-tone with foundation, however I’ve found two shades either side can rock this as it has amazing blendability and colour matching pigments. When you dispense the product, some liquid comes out which may be off-putting but when you remix it with the concealer, it allows it to stretch further and also cover more of your face – honestly as teeny pin head will do your under-eyes and nose easily! I love the coverage, I love the pigmentation, and I love how they’ve nailed a green brand that works so well!
W3ll People Nudist Colourbalm in Cherry – I’d been wanting a vegan lippy that didn’t come in a tub for hygienic reasons, and this looked right up my street! Again, every shade bar Cherry was sold out so I’m hoping to try the nude version soon, but Cherry is bloody amazing – it applies like a glossy balm but becomes matte over time which is great, and it has a slight pink tinge that wears down as the hours go on. If you wear it over liner, the colour will stay all day after the gloss has gone, but it’s easy to whack on sans mirror, is a lovely formula and pigmentation, and obviously you’re not ingesting any nasties when wearing/eating in it!
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – It wouldn’t be a beauty haul without repurchasing one of my favourite cleansers now would it? This is my absolute morning go-to, refreshing the skin and making it bright and glowy thanks to the fruit acids and gorgeous formula, and I’ve written about this product so much before that you get the gist, but it just works magic! It’s cruelty-free and vegan, as natural as you can possibly get with ingredients, and is all made in the UK which is fab. Dry, oily, acne, sensitive, pretty much anyone can use this cleanser and everyone should.
Pai Camellia and Rose Hydrating Cleanser – Another favourite cleanser, this time for the evening. Pai’s creamy cleanser is so soft and gentle that it makes removing makeup easy and it smells divine too! I decided to super-size and get the 200ml version because I know I’ll get through it especially with double cleanses, and it does work out a lot cheaper too so great on your bank balance (£10 more for double product? Yes!) Despite being a creamy cleanser, it does contain some oils which helps to break down makeup and grime a lot easier, and because it’s cruelty-free/vegan and designed with comfort and sensitvity in mind, you can massage it all over your face and eyes without it irritating at all. My skin feels so soft and balanced after each use, and definitely think it’s a product everyone should use, especially dry or sensitive!
Acure Organics Dry Shampoo – Finally, the last product! I went off dry shampoo a while ago but hair washes are far between for me so I needed something that would minimise oils, look natural, and also be cruelty-free. The most popular option was Acure, a powder product which you shake into your roots or apply to a brush and disperse either with fingers or by brushing. I’ve tried both and personally feel applying straight to the root, working it in and then brushing is the best method. I will say that shaking it into the roots can be a little messy and feels like you lose some product, however I have tried holding the product in place along the hairline and then squeezing the bottle so it comes out in a concentrated space – I’d say either or works, however you’re more likely to look grey if you concentrate on one area! The product is so lightweight and fine you wouldn’t realise it was there, and as someone who hates product in their locks, this is a dream. My hair looks just washed again, it feels soft, and all the ingredients are kind and environmentally friendly too which is just amazing. It is a small amount for the price, but if you’re looking for something more natural and minimal product feel with maximum volume (there is maximum volume) then this is worth every penny.
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