I feel like I’ve started most beauty posts recently with ‘since I switched to cruelty-free…’ which I’m sorry about, but as I’ve been switching out products and having to find new ones, I’ve been making some awesome new discoveries.
Whilst I’m pretty much done with 90% of my routine now (both skincare and makeup), there’s been a few new additions I’m trying to determine whether I need space for them or if they’re going to be a miss in the long-run, and get ready, because this post is about to get smelly…
If you’re a fan of long-wearing high-coverage bases, then PÜR Bare It All* may just be the one – it’s a slightly thicker formula which would make it more suitable to normal/oily skin-types as it takes a bit of buffing to blend it evenly, but once it is it looks natural on the skin and stays put for at least 8 hours, 12 if you’re okay with a bit of natural oils coming through. It has a slightly summer scent to it, almost a mix of cucumber with suncream which is quite subtle but noticeable when you first apply it, but disappears almost instantly. It’s cruelty-free and vegan friendly, and mixes well with other bases if you need to slacken the formula or warm up your shade (which I do currently as it’s way too light for my slightly tanned skin at the moment). All in all, I’d say it’s great for coverage and oily complexions, and certainly one to consider for longevity.
Also from PUR are their On Point elf sharpening lip pencils*, which I love the concept of and have been my go-to for a majority of my pinky-red shades lately. Depending on how you twist the cap, it will sharpen the pencil so it’s always ready to use, and there’s no mess either! If you have a lot of lip shades and want to prime/prevent bleeding from darker shades, than the clear liner is a fab option, plus it’s the perfect balance of wax and cream to make gliding and lining easy.
I’d never really thought about cruelty-free perfume, but after Shay and Blue reached out for me to come visit their boutique which specialises in cruelty-free fragrances, I was very intrigued. It’s easy to forget about other areas of beauty being cruelty-free, perfume being one I thought ‘duh, obviously’ afterwards, so to hear about the brands ethos whilst getting to experience their unique blends was really interesting. The founder used to work at Jo Malone and Chanel, so had excellent background knowledge when it came to creating his own fragrances, and one that I picked up has become a cult favourite – Atropa Belladonna*, which was featured in last year’s M&S Advent Calendar and caused quite a surge in popularity, and has since become my daytime favourite that I also love to mix with heavier notes.
Price-wise, it’s more affordable than JM but that doesn’t compromise on quality – I also have Suffolk Lavender* in a smaller size which has a more soft and feminine scent true to fresh lavender, and feels a lot lighter than other fragrances that include it. If you get chance to swing by their boutique, go and explore the beautiful decor and try the amazing range of unique smells – from Watermelon to Oud, there’s literally any combo you could want!
Another body brand that prides itself on scent is Charlotte Rhys, a range that has everything from perfume to body lotion, room spray to candles. Created in South Africa and recently launched in the UK, the range is cruelty-free and vegan friendly which is great news, and has about 5 different scents for each products. Personally, I’m not a fan of the packaging as it feels cheap in comparison to the products, and some of the scents are a bit over-powering, but if you get the right fragrance for the right product then it can be a great base for perfume if using the body lotion, or freshen up your room if using the room spray.
St Thomas is probably my favourite scent, quite manly and warm which is something I go for a lot in fragrances as I like spice and depth – as a room spray it’s a bit much in the summer but come winter I’ll potentially use it to add to an already cosy atmosphere. Whether I’d buy it again is up for debate, but I really love the diverse range of fragrances and the concentration of the scents.
My latest favourite I’ve tried is Bramley, and I only got this through the post late last week but my lord I am loving it! You know the drill by now with it being CF/VF, but it’s also made with 100% botanical ingredients and smells so so so good – I’ve already used 3/4 of the mini Geranium, Lavender, and Sweet Orange* bubble bath which is so nice before bed, the Juniper, Sweet Orange, and Bergamot Body Lotion* is soft and hydrating whilst smelling reinvigorating and relaxing at the same time (magic?), and the big Lavender, Geranium, and Petitgrain Hand Lotion* has taken pride of place at my desk to keep my hands soft and smelling good all day long. I’d love for there to be a festive version of their products come autumn/winter as I adore the formula, and the scent is such high quality it’s worth every penny for relaxing smells to smother your body daily.
Overall, a very (pleasantly) smelly post that’s hopefully got you ready to start Monday all fresh and revitalised – now someone pass me the lavender body lotion, I need to relax again…
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