This week we wanted to share with you something a little different. As you may have read in our recent post on Gorgias Argan Facial Oil, we’re expanding our little blog by creating lots more vegan related content across a range of different subjects. For the past year, we’ve only been talking about all things food, but we’re now branching out to share with you all aspects of a vegan lifestyle.
What we’re really passionate about is sharing with you guys how easy it is to live as a vegan, especially when it comes to the everyday products we use in our day to day lives. Makeup is something that a lot of us use almost every day, and over the past year, I’ve learnt a lot about vegan makeup brands, where I’m now at a point where everything I use is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
Most of the makeup products that I use are from brands that I can find easily and that are affordable. This means I’ve ended up using mostly high street brands. My go-to shop is Superdrug, as all their own brand products are vegan & cruelty-free, and they also stock a lot of other brands that are as well, including one of my favourites: e.l.f.
In the world of makeup, I wouldn’t be considered to be very experimental with what I do. I like a natural, classic, minimal look. A lot of days I don’t wear any makeup at all, but when I do, these are my favourite products I like to use on my face. Before I put any makeup on I moisturise and then apply a primer. I’m currently using e.l.f.’s Tone Adjusting Face Primer which I absolutely love! Whenever I use it, any makeup I put on top just sits on my skin so much better. It also helps to even out my skin tone and slightly reduces some redness. E.l.f have a large range of primers to choose from, all of which work in different ways, whether you want to brighten your complexion or minimise the appearance of pores, e.l.f. have plenty of great, affordable options.
When I’m going for a super natural look I like to use Superdrug’s BB Anti-Ageing Cream with SPF30 in Light. It’s very budget-friendly and works perfectly on my skin. The BB cream gives a light coverage all over whilst helping to protect your skin from sun damage. If I’m looking for more coverage I use e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish Foundation in Pearl. This is one of my all-time favourite foundations. It’s oil-free but doesn’t leave your skin looking dry and cakey. It absorbs really well into the skin, giving a medium coverage, allowing some of your natural features like freckles to still show through. My other favourite everyday products are Superdrug’s own brand Flawless Concealer in Fair. I wear this on top of either the BB cream or the Foundation when I feel the need to cover any blemishes or dark circles. To finish off my face makeup I use the Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in Fair/Light, the Blusher/Bronzer palette in Fiji-Matte and the Highlighter Powder in Blush Gems, all from e.l.f…I told you I loved this brand!
If I’m feeling fancy I’ll do some eye makeup as well as the basic face makeup. I have quite dark bushy eyebrows so I never do much otherwise it all looks a bit too much! I always use an eyebrow gel to stop them looking too wild! My current favourite is e.l.f.’s Wow Brow in Deep Brown. It sets the brows in place whilst giving them a subtle tint. I also sometimes use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any gaps, again e.l.f is my go-to, where I use their pencil and brush combo stick in Natural Brown. Once I’ve managed to slightly tame my eyebrows, I use the Summer Breeze eyeshadow palette and Mineral Infused Mascara in Black from my no.1 fav brand e.l.f. By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post by e.l.f, I just genuinely love their products! They’re 100% vegan & cruelty-free, whilst also being super affordable and stocked in pretty much every Superdrug store on the street, what more could you want?! If I’m feeling extra fancy, then I use a Matte Black Liquid Eyeliner from MUA Makeup Academy on my top lid to draw a little flick. I know it’s nothing too exciting, but these are the products I use for everyday wear. When I’m going to festivals or other events I get a little more creative, but that’s for another blog post!
If you’re like me, then your number one beauty product that you can’t live without is lip balm. I genuinely get slight anxiety if I leave the house without it! There’s nothing worse than walking around with dry lips! When I’m going for a more dressy look, however, I do love to use a good lipstick as much as the next gal! I either go for mainly pinky paler colours that are closer to my natural skin tone, or a bold red lip to mix things up a bit. My favourite brands for lipsticks and lipglosses are 3ina, Benecos, Beauty Without Cruelty & e.l.f.
All these products fit into one little makeup bag and are the things that I use day to day and week to week. It’s great to know I can walk into so many shops and buy vegan and cruelty-free makeup that works well, is affordable and looks nice on my dressing table (let’s not pretend that this isn’t important too!) If you’re thinking about making the change to veganism or you’re just interested in using more vegan-cruelty free makeup products, then these products are a great place to start. Below are some lists of other great brands to look out for, and which ones you should avoid!
Brands to look out for (all are cruelty-free, but not all are 100% vegan, so double-check specific products with each brand):
- The Inkey List
- Superdrug’s B range
- MUA Makeup Academy
- Gosh- Benecos
- Beauty Without Cruelty
- The Body Shop
- Barry M
- Urban Decay
- Kat Von D
- Marc Jacobs Beauty
- The Ordinary
- Too Faced
- Charlotte Tilbury
Brands to avoid are:
- Rimmel London
- Estee Lauder
- Max Factor
- Bobbi Brown
- La Mer
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