Cruelty-free Holiday Beauty

Cruelty-free holiday makeup

I’m currently lazing around on a beach on the beautiful island of Crete, trying not to get too sunburnt or look too stupid in my wide-brimmed hat. That’s no excuse not to get a blog out for you all, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the cruelty-free products that I’m using for my holiday makeup while I’m away.

Though I am moving away from using brands (such as Liz Earle and Urban Decay) whose parent companies test on animals, I am of course using up my existing products from them so as not to be wasteful, which is why they’re included in my look. High quality cruelty-free alternatives to these products, from independent brands, are available, though. 

To prep my face, I cleanse with B. Pure Micellar Water, moisturise with Lush’s Skin Drink, and prime with Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil, all of which I’ve blogged about before.

Barry M Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer in Beige

This is a brand new product for me, so I’ll see how it goes. I have a lot of redness and scarring around my chin, as well as the usual spots, so I normally need good coverage in that area. This concealer seems to have a good consistency, so I have high hopes it’ll get the job done. 

GOSH BB Cream with SPF 15 in Beige

The Illamasqua foundation I wear day-to-day is quite heavy and pale. It’s great for the daily grind and stays in place really well (better, even, than the MAC foundation I’d used previously. For my holiday face, though, I fancied something a bit lighter, with a more sheer coverage. This goes on quite bronze, and blends really nicely to give me a summer glow.

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer

In the warmer months, I tend to use bronzer instead of blush to create a very subtle glow. I’m not into the over-the-top bronzed look – an obsession with tanned skin seems to ignore the fact that it is ultimately unhealthy and dangerous – but I do like the way that a small amount of bronzer gives my face a little lift. Though this particular product has been discontinued, I’d sure be tempted to try this one from the B. range at Superdrug next. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Palette

This was a Christmas present from my lovely boyfriend, whose stomach must have leapt at the price tag. I love the golden and metallic hues of this palette, and how many variations and combinations it presents. For a shimmery, golden look, I start off with a slick of Strange, followed by a pairing of Trick and Mugshot.

To finish off my eyes, I use GOSH’s Defining Brow Gel for simple eyebrows, and Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara on my lashes. 

So that’s my holiday makeup – pretty simple! Do you wear makeup on holiday? What are your favourite cruelty-free products to use while you’re away?

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