So recently I’m making a conscious effort to buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals and if I can – find beauty products that are vegan. I’m not sat here writing this in a pair of elephant printed pantaloons with a bindi on my forehead, it just seems more ethical to me, having seen the horrific things some poor animals endure. (I do love a bindi though).
I have been researching for a little bit, and had a bit of knowledge already but wanted to replace my existing make up when it ran out with cruelty free options.
So I’ve been buying into companies such as NARS, Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverley Hills and NYX.
I’m so impressed with Urban Decay – I’ve never bought anything from them before but recently bought the All Nighter Setting Spray (for combination skin) and their Naked Skin Concealer. I’ve heard amazing things about their setting spray so I had to try it! I bought their travel size to begin with which was only £9, barg. As you can see from the picture above, it’s still a great size and will last me ages. Their concealer is perfect for me, I bought the lightest shade as I love the brightness it gives under your eyes. Perfect for contouring.
NYX are also a company I’m loving, that are SO affordable. I bought their Matte Finish Setting Spray as I can get a bit shiny throughout the day. It was only £7 which I thought was fab, and it had great reviews too. I have to say it’s great at keeping my shiny forehead at bay. For day to day use at work, and for the price, it’s amazing. I would most definifely recommend to anyone.
Their Matte Lip Creams are so good too – for only £5.50 each you literally can not go wrong. I wanted to try a darker, brown shade but wasn’t sure what it would look like on me so bought Dubai from them. I. Love. It. Abu Dhabi is another great darker shade, pictures don’t really do them justice. They stay on for ages, don’t dry your lips out and don’t smudge.
On the topic of lips, Kylie Cosmetics is another cruelty free brand I’m obsessing over. Click here to read my review. Created by the fabuluz Kylie Jenner, these three nudes are my go-to currently. They dry fast, they DO NOT BUDGE – I REPEAT DO NOT MOVE and the colours are so pigmented and pretty. Heir is my current favourite, I love the shimmer it has to it.
If anyone knows me, I’m obsessed with anything shimmery, dazzling and shiny. I’m a human magpie. Highlighters are a must for me, I love the colour of NARS‘ Super Orgasm. It’s easy to apply, I add a small amount to a foundation brush and dab onto my cheekbones and blend in with a sponge. There are various shades of this illuminator, so get buying. Anastasia Beverley Hills is such a cult brand at the moment, So Hollywood is to die for. It’s so shimmery and catches the light even with the slightest head tilt, perfect for a night out.
I’ve also bought her Dipbrow Pomade in shade Taupe which is ideal for me. I have quite light blonde hair, so obviously didn’t want anything to dark. This is the perfect shade, it’s so easy to use and you can blend into lighter and darker shades so easily. If you’re like me, you’ll like it lighter at the start of the brow and getting darker towards the tip. Her #12 duo brush is a must buy with this.
I could go on and on, but I will stop myself here! I am aware some brand I’ve mentioned are owned by companies that unfortunately do test on animals, such as L’Oréal and Shiseido. The brands themselves do not test on animals. I would love any suggestions of new brands I’m unaware of to try!
I’m certainly no beauty expert, but I love these products and I hope you do too!