The Pick of the Bunch!
One of my main worries about going cruelty free, was that I wouldn’t be able to find good enough alternatives to my (then) staple make-up items. I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to switching up my make up look, anyone who knows me will tell you that I have been combining the same cat eye flick with a red lip for as long as they can remember!
And I was WAY too scared to try anything else.
Well, I am still combining trusty ol’ cat eye with my not so subtle lip, but now I am doing it without harming any animals. And that is the most important thing.
So I have created a list of my top 5 cruelty free beauty products, that you can also pick up for under £5! I have given them a rating out of 10 based on their wear, value for money and comparison against other brands. Everything here I purchased from Superdrug, and I prefer them to Boots as everything in their own brand range is cruelty free and so far everything I have ever purchased of theirs is also Vegan (except hair dye)
Without further ado, and in no particular order….
MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in shade DASH | £3 in Superdrug | My rating 8/10
This stuff is a GODSEND! It goes on beautifully, lasts for hours you only really need to retouch it if you are eating oily foods but that’s the same for all of these long wear lipsticks. The applicator is easy to use, and you can go over it max 1 time without it looking flaky or a strange colour. DASH for me is the best in the lineup, it reminds me of Kylie Jenner’s “Posie K” matte liquid lipstick and at a fraction of the price, it’s totally worth it! I gave it a 8/10 because it doesn’t seem to last me too long, 1 tube will empty out in about 2 weeks, but that may be due to my love of the stuff causing me to over use it! Pair it with Sleek’s Eu La La Liner in Lingerie (£4.99) they are a perfect match 🙂
Barry M Showgirl Mascara in Black | £4.99 in Superdrug | My Rating 8/10
The best cruelty free mascara I have tried! I have tried a lot of different mascara’s in my time, and this is one of the best ! I love the applicator, and how easily it separates and coats the lashes, it’s build-able without it looking clumpy and its lasts FOREVER, I never have to re apply this mascara, and 1 tube of it lasts me about 2-3 months! This doesn’t quite reach the full 9/10 because I have tried other mascara’s in the past that are better than this one giving more volume and Va va voom!… however they are not cruelty free. So they deserve no mention here:)
P.s I heard a little tip once that I have used for years when buying mascara and it has never let me down. Always use the brush as a reference for what your eyelashes will look like, if the brush has long, full, thick bristles; that is how your lashes will look!
Palmer’s Raw Shea Hand Cream | £2.09 in Superdrug | My Rating 7/10
I am a little bit of a hand sanitizer fiend, especially living in London and riding the tube every day, you need to remove any weird germs before you chow down on your morning bananas! (I eat mine once I’m in work) and using alcohol on your hands regularly can cause them to become very, very dry! And seen as I LOVE anything that smells remotely like coconut, I though I would give this a bit of a go. It’s very thick, smells beautiful and makes your hands super, super soft for ages. However I have just one teeny issue with this product, I wish there was more of it! The bottle is only 60g and if you use this on the regular like I do, this will not last you very long. I haven’t been able to find it in a bigger bottle yet, but if I do you guys will be the first to know!
Superdrug Pro Volume Shampoo & Conditioner with Arginine | Vegan | £2.29 each or 2 for £3 | My rating 10/10
I have always had very flat boring hair, it’s not thin by any means just… flat. I have always wanted my locks to have the kind of fullness you see on girls with naturally big hair. I used to use a shampoo by L’Oreal (they test on animals FYI) that claims to thicken your hair with each use, so I assumed this would work as there was so much science going on, on the packaging and in the adverts! But trust me when I say, it’s a RIP OFF! a scam if you will. It did absolutely nothing for my hair and I was using it solidly for about 6 months. That was before I was vegan, and then I discovered this in Superdrug and only bought it because it was on offer. But my god does this stuff work! I have been using this shampoo and conditioner for about 2 months now, and I can see a massive difference in the volume of my hair, even days after washing my hair is still lively and feeling extra thick. And the fact that it is vegan as well as cruelty free, makes this my favorite product on this whole list! So it gets a solid 10/10.
MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Foundation in Beige | £4 in Superdrug | My Rating 8/10
This is just a truly awesome foundation, I have very oily skin and this does wonders to control it throughout the day. The coverage is perfect, and it lasts a good 3 weeks
MUA has slowly become my new favorite make up brands, every time I purchase something of theirs I’m always skeptical, how on earth can something this cheap work that well, and be cruelty free?? Well it does, I use this foundation every day! However I do have to mix it in with a bit of my GOSH X-Ceptional wear in Porcelain, as the lightest shade is just too dark for me. I am very fair-skinned with some pink undertones.
So MUA if you are reading this…. do us extra pale ladies a favour <3
I would like to do a post soon about why Vegan products don’t also mean Cruelty Free, so if you are interested and want to discuss this also, make sure you keep an eye out on my Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – @raelikesfroot for New Blog updates!
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