Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty And Skincare For Spring

Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty And Skincare For Spring
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Skip this part and go straight to the goodies if you already buy vegan and cruelty-free products. 

Have you ever checked your makeup bag and bathroom cupboards to see if the products you buy and use are vegan and cruelty-free?

I remember when I started looking into vegan and cruelty-free beauty and skincare I was seriously shocked at just how many products and their ingredients had been tested on animals or contain ingredients derived from animals.

I made it my mission over a few months to finish up what I currently had in the cupboards and start replacing them with products that were not only better for animals and the environment, but for me and my family too.

Ingredients

Unilever, P&G and well-known brands such as Chanel, YSL, Benefit, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal are all full of harmful chemicals.  They also sell to the Chinese markets which by law means they have to test their products and the ingredients on animals.

The way they get around this in the UK is by saying the product hasn’t been tested but they avoid admitting that the ingredients have. So whilst they claim the product itself hasn’t been tested, remember the ingredients have.

So I ditched my Chanel foundation, YSL concealer, Chanel perfume, YSL mascara, No. 7 creams, Clarins serums and Chanel nail polishes, Mac makeup, Toni and Guy Haircare and Sanctuary bath products. I ditched it all and slowly but surely, replaced everything to ensure that anything I used was vegan, cruelty-free and free from the crap that ends up in these so-called high-end finished products.

It’s been around 5 years since I made the switches and at first, I did find it tricky because there wasn’t that much information on the internet but now there is tons and no reason to reach for the same old brands that have been dominating the beauty market for years.

Buying Guide

Check out this post I have written a guide to buying cruelty-free cosmetics and household products which goes into more detail – I hope you find it interesting and helpful. It makes replacing your products much easier than you thought.

All they need to do is stop selling to China, use ingredients that haven’t been tested on animals and take a stand for animal welfare but they are too greedy.

The difference is, you can make changes that can end this cruelty by standing up for animals and start shopping with brands that actually care about animals and who care about what you are doing to your own body.

Brainwashed

I have been using a variety of products over the years and I think they are far superior to the ones I have used in the past. Remember, it’s only what you are used to and time and time again – it’s been proved that our so-called “love of a brand” is all in our heads. Take for instance the TV show that swaps the family favourites for supermarket own brands or cheaper brands. They are always so convinced they won’t swap but 9 times out of 10 they do.

It just goes to show, that we are only buying these brands because our peers or family buy them. They’ve come recommended but that’s only because they dominate the market – trust me – I was one of those people that only bought Chanel or YSL.

As I mentioned, I have been using various products over the years and this month, I am sharing my ‘Spring Favourites’ with you.

I have been using these products and have included them in my ‘Spring Favourites’ guide to show you that you can make simple switches without compromising on quality – in fact, you are getting a better quality of products. The products mentioned are vegan & cruelty-free and most are organic and free from parabens and SLS.

My Spring Vegan & Cruelty-Free Favourites

Firming Serum

Angela Langsford Plumping and firming facelifting serum.

Thanks to this serum, my skin feels amazing. The serum is light, non-oily, absorbs really well and leaves my skin looking bright and alive again – it also smells divine!

Botanical super ingredient electric daisies are mixed with frankincense, pumpkin seed, argan & hyaluronic acid to nourish, refine & hydrate your skin.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Beautifully packaged.

Smile

Smile Lab Teeth Whitening Strips and Toothpaste.

I have used numerous home whitening kits and this is by far the best. This incredible kit has whitened and kept my teeth bright and white with ongoing use and super easy to use.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Lips

Scent Free Soft Lips SPF8

Although I wear lipstick, I prefer nude lips. This glossy, non-sticky, soothing natural lip balm keeps my lips moist and protected – ideal for all weathers. Perfect size for the handbag too and with a screw cap, means no messy handbag either.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Skin Base Layer & Moisture

The Hero Project: HD Ready Skin Protector and Instant Moisture Boost

The HD Ready Skin Protector is the perfect base layer serum before applying make-up.

The Instant Moisture Boost is the perfect skin pick me up. Ideal for tired, sensitive, stressed out and skin, the pick-me-up powerhouse moisturiser leaves your skin feeling springy, nourished and revitalised.

This brand has a wonderful range of beauty products – I want them all.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Clarol Range

Silver Serum & Kalme Skin Care

The Clarol range is probably the best spot and acne fighting products I have used. Despite having a very healthy diet and being a non-drinker and smoker – I was still getting hormonal spots. The serum and facewash has restored my skin and helps keep spots at bay and even soothes spots that start to appear. It also reduces any redness you might be experiencing. I always wash my face with the exfoliator and use the serum and cream before bed. I also use the serum when I can feel a spot emerging – great for soothing the pain.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

False Eyelashes

Kiss False Lashes Couture Singles- Little Black Dress

These are perfect for a glam night out. The trick to wearing false lashes is to measure them up to your eyelid and trim where required. I used to get the individual lashes done but I ended up pulling them off and damaging my own lashes underneath. I actually love my lashes so these are perfect for adding a touch of glam to a night out.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Mascara

Volumising Mascara Black

I love how this mascara doesn’t clump when I apply, it lasts for quite a while and more importantly doesn’t wreck my lashes when I remove. It’s a very gentle mascara but adds loads of volume and makes my lashes look longer and darker yet still natural looking.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Tinted Moisturiser

Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser SPF 15 – Light 30ml 

Some days my skin requires covering up and this tinted moisturiser is perfect for coverage yet doesn’t feel like I have got a mask on. My skin is able to breathe.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Brushes

So Eco Eye Brush Kit

If you are anything like me, I can’t apply eyeliner flicks or eyeshadow for tofee and I’m useless at making my eyebrows look fuller without looking like I have two caterpillers above my eyes – so I end up not bothering but I love the looks that can be cretaed when done properly. This eye brush kit is perfect for that as each brush has precision grip and can be used with liquid or powder products.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Oil

INFINatura Oil

A good oil in the beauty bag is a must – especially a versitile one for skin, hair and nails.

Cura Oil had incredible anti wrinkle properties and a curative, healing effect on skin conditions such as Psosriasis, Dermatitis and Acne.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

Nail Polish

Dr Remedy Nail Care and Nail Polish

Cruelty-Free and Vegan

It just goes to show, it’s really simple to make those swaps without compromising on quality. Everything I have mentioned is vegan and cruelty-free and most use organic ingredients and are free from parabens and SLS.  Be sure to visit each brand websites as they all have some wonderful ranges.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.

Thank you for stopping by.

Disclaimer: Collaborative post.

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