I’ve not been blogging about makeup nearly enough for my liking! I’m passionate about promoting a sustainable fashion message but makeup is my first true love. Back in the day I would spend all of my money in MAC and even queue up outside the stores every month to buy the limited edition collections. It’s not a brand I support now due to their animal testing stance in China so I’ve had to replace all my old favourites over the last couple of years (from MAC and others) with cruelty free alternatives.
I get asked quite often which cruelty free brands I use so I thought I’d share you some of the products that are making it onto my face most days.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation – I love everything about The Ordinary, their philosophy and approach to skincare and the removal of all “frills” leaving top quality pure ingredients. My bathroom cabinet is full of their dropper bottles and when I realised that their foundations were only £5.90 each I thought why the hell not try them out?
I have the coverage foundation as well but the serum foundation is perfect for me. It’s very liquidy which initially put me off, but it applies to light to medium buildable coverage and leaves a lovely glowy finish. It’s the perfect every day throw-on foundation for me which really suits my lifestyle. At such an affordable price point you can afford to take a punt on this and experiment with shades. Certified both cruelty free and vegan.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Bronze and Glow Palette – I bought this on my first ever trip to the Charlotte Tilbury store in Covent Garden and I was desperate to pop my CT cherry. I definitely didn’t need a bronzer or a highlighter but I’d been out for a boozy lunch with my Digital Mums group so into the basked this went! Surprisingly I’ve been reaching for it every day. Both the bronzer and the highlight are really nice on my skin and I do really love having them both in the palette together.
Fenty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Spanked – it’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Fenty makeup, I’ve waxed lyrical about the foundation and primer for months but the product I’m wearing almost daily at the moment is one of the newer releases. One of 14 supposedly universal shades, this one has my name written all over it. It’s a warm, plummy colour that brightens up my face and makes me look put together but without being mega in-your-face. It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear and long lasting. There are some really bold shades in this collection but also some really wearable ones. Well worth checking out, I think they’re great value for £16 each.
Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Shameless – If I don’t fancy a full lippie then this is the lip product I’ve been reaching for. Not sticky at all in fact really moisturising and leaves a pretty, rose gold sheen on the lips.
Glossier Boy Brow & Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift – this is my current brow combo. I spent a fortune from Glossier when they first launched but it will probably only be Boy Brow that I’ll bother to re-purchase. It’s a great product, setting brows with a hint of colour and a nice waxy texture.
This Charlotte Tilbury pencil is great. One of my first purchases from her brand and I’m impressed. I love the angled shape of the pencil as it helps to really define brow shape. It’s also a really nice colour for me as I can often struggle to get a cool enough tone.
Kiko Green Me Volume Mascara – This was kindly sent to me recently as part of the launch of the Green Me collection. I’m very fussy with mascaras and after recently using up a large stash of backups of my previous non cruelty free favourite mascara, I’d used a few others and liked them but never really been completely wowed. Until now. This is fab, super black, super volumising, non clumpy, non flaking and easy to remove. I’ve got a few other brands kicking around in my makeup bag but this one I’m reaching for. I’ll definitely be looking to re-purchase this one – a bargain at £10.90.
Honourable mention for my new makeup bag from Hetty + Sam which is a vegan and sustainable brand made from silk grain polyurethane which is kinder to the environment than PVC. Just can’t get enough of turqouise at the moment!