I’ve been pursuing a cruelty-free beauty and skincare routine for a while now; it’s an important part of my Vegetarian lifestyle, and the journey towards a more ethical existence. It’s not always easy – discovering that one of your favourite brands is not cruelty-free is just one stumbling block – and I do sometimes find myself wavering. However, it is hugely rewarding to rest assured that the products I buy to better myself are not causing harm to any living creatures.
The next step in my cruelty-free development is to try to move away from buying and using brands whose parent companies do test on animals, or sell their products in places like China, where it is required to test by law. (Examples of such companies include The Body Shop and Urban Decay, who are owned by L’Oreal). I maintain that showing support to such brands can be of use, but I also believe that spending money on independent brands striving to eradicate the cosmetics industry’s reliance on animal testing is a better way of using our power as consumers to effect change.
In that spirit, I thought I’d share some of my recent cruelty-free finds with you! I’m thoroughly enjoying discovering new, cruelty-free skincare and beauty products (although my bank account is suffering somewhat). If you have any independent, cruelty-free brands or products to share, feel free to let me know about them in the comments!
After reading Gemima’s review of this product over on Lovely Witches, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It is a complete steal, but its low price does not reflect in its quality. I was a little scared about using it on my eyes, but after an initial, almost negligible sting, I found that it is perfect for quickly cleansing my make-up free skin, morning or night, eye area included!
I popped into Lush’s Regent’s Street branch earlier this week, pining after their SPF30 face cream, British Nanny. Sadly, they didn’t have it in stock, so I opted for Skin Drink, which I intend to use as a night cream, and will use in the mornings for the time being until I track down British Nanny. As with all new products, I’m terrified it’ll give me a breakout. So far, so good, although it has a slightly hempy smell which I’m not a huge fan of.
I cannot sing the praises of these face wipes highly enough. They are honestly all that I want in a face wipe (yes, I have standards for face wipes). They’re lovely and moist; kept so by a secure lid system, letting minimal air in. In an ideal world, I would maintain a hot cloth cleansing routine, but these wipes are perfect for easily removing my makeup after a long day at work, or a late night out.
Having bought this out of guilt after a colour match at Illamasqua’s counter in Selfridge’s, I quickly realised it would become an indispensable part of my makeup routine. I can’t say it doesn’t look a little weird putting it on on the tube every morning, but boy is it worth it. A refreshing, hydrating primer, which hasn’t made me break out like others have in the past. Hurray!
This purchase made me sad at first. The foundation felt dry and a little too light for my complexion. However, after having used it for a week, it’s definitely winning me round. I find it looks best when dabbed on with my fingers. It gives a pretty full coverage, which might not be great as summer looms, but I will see how it goes in the warmer weather.
I’ve started getting my eyebrows threaded, which has opened up a world of pain and great-looking brows. This dinky little wand slicks a clear gel over my brows, keeping them in place all day.
Opinion is divided on whether this bright pink lipstick suits my colouring, but what the hell, it’s a lot of fun. It feels, as the name would suggest, gorgeously velvety, and lasts well. It’s not best described as subtle, but I find that, paired with a casual outfit and low-key makeup, it works as a playful day look.
So what do you say? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!