If you're in the midst of becoming a vegan, or just against testing on animals then you might want to check out these miraculous beauty buys.
Are you a vegan? No, but are you really? Before proclaiming yourself a fully fledged advocate, you must first swap your standard makeup to cruelty free makeup brands. Brimming with chemicals, and not always cruelty free the mainstream beauty market is sadly not often vegan friendly. But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an amazing new find. Even if you don’t identify as a vegan but still can’t stand the idea of testing on animals, then these are the products for you.
After all, being a vegan is challenging at the best of times, but having to overhaul your bathroom cupboard can be far more traumatising than throwing out the full fat milk, or even parting with your daily fix of chocolate. But believe it or not, the dreaded clear out doesn’t have to be as terrible as it seems.
With so many people converting to veganism, the cruelty free makeup market is rapidly expanding. Rewind to this time last year and you probably couldn’t even find a toothpaste, let alone the genius product pictured above, which is guaranteed to give you a gorgeous dewy glow AND protect your skin against free radicals. So actually, you can still be beautiful and completely guilt free with these amazing little finds.
Vegans and non vegans alike will be lusting after the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, from £27. Packed with antioxidants and superfood seed oils this miraculous face oil will bring a boost of radiance to the skin. Vitamins A and C help to brighten and increase collagen, while antioxidants drive away damage caused by pollution. The result? An envious glow, super healthy skin, and not a chemical in sight. See, amazing vegan beauty products really do exist.
Want to give your fine hair a boost, the natural way? We Are Paradoxx uses a blend of potent botanicals in its 94% natural Climax Volume Tonic hair primer for ultimate volume, faster drying and a sleek, glossy look that’s sure to attract an admiring glance or two.
Read on for more of our favourite cruelty free makeup brands, as well as our favourite brands that don’t test on animals.
Our favourite cruelty free makeup brands and beauty products
Authentic Beauty Concept Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner, £23.15 and £27, Authentic Beauty Concept
Congrats to Authentic Beauty Concept, who has just received the vegan seal from the Vegan Society for their entire range [bar only three products; Gritty Wax Paste, Shaping Cream and Amplify Mousse, which are currently still in the process]. Authentic Beauty Concept products are formulated with a special combination of purified natural extracts. We tried the Hydrate product range for dry hair, which contains mango fruit extract and basil leaf extract, and as well as having fabulous results – it smells divine!
Joseph Ferraro, ambassador for Authentic Beauty Concept, told us, “Authentic Beauty Concept was inspired by hairdressers, artisans and people who share the same values, and the ethos behind the products is that we wanted something authentic, natural, simple and made with carefully selected ingredients. We believe what you leave out is as important as what you put in, so our products are vegan as well as free from sulfate surfactants, parabens and silicones.
“We also want to bring mindfulness into our experience so for our in-salon treatments we create an environment – a memento – that blocks out the noise of the busy world around. When you’re present in the now that’s when you rebalance your mind and soul bringing out your inner beauty.”
Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick, starting from £19.50, INIKA
It wouldn’t be a list of cruelty free makeup without a nod to INIKA, a popular beauty brand that’s registered with the UK Vegan Society. While it’s hard to choose from their extensive range of products, we’re loving their bestselling organic lipstick, which comes in 12 stunning shades and contains nourishing argan oil, jojoba and shea butter.
Butter London Nail Lacquer, £15, lookfantastic
For all the shades you could EVER need check out Butter London Nail Lacquer, available at lookfantastic and other online retailers such as Amazon.
Free from toulene, DBP, parabens and formaldehyde, Butter London proves that you really can get gorgeous nail polish, without all the nasties. Yay!
EcoTools Blooming Beauty Kit, £15.18, EcoTools
In need of some new brushes? Look no further than this set by EcoTools. Groom your brows, contour the face and shape your eyes with these high quality, all natural brushes made from recycled and natural materials. It’s a total win-win.
Lash Slick, £14, Glossier
Define, lengthen and protect your lashes with Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara. Featuring tiny fibres to coat lashes from root to tip, the brush enhances the look of your lashes without creating that dreaded spider’s leg effect.
The popular product is also free from cruelty, parabens and fragrances, ideal for sensitive skin.
Kora Organics Body Exfoliator, £36, Space NK
Revitalise your skin with the Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr exfoliator. Made with diatomaceous earth (that’s naturally occurring soft rock) and bamboo stem to help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells away, this natural combination will gently break down dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, more youthful complexion.
For more evidence on how amazing this product is, just take a look at Miranda Kerr’s complexion – yup, its perfect.
Drops Of Youth Cream, £22, The Body Shop
For animal friendly products you can always trust The Body Shop. And right now we’re loving their bestselling Drops of Youth cream. This air whipped moisturiser leaves skin feeling bouncy and smooth, whilst reducing the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.
Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick, £9.99, John Lewis & Partners
After a budget friendly lipstick which is also cruelty free? Look no further than Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick range. Their genius lipsticks have a lightweight, yet creamy, finish, and last all day long.
Sheer Glow Foundation, £33.50, Nars
This cult classic foundation by Nars creates a glowing, satin finish and can be used as a light foundation during the day, or built up for fuller coverage at night.
It leaves skin hydrated, smooth and perfect. As you can tell, we’re huge fans. Not only do Nars do fantastic foundations, but they also do great bronzers plus much, much more – none of which is tested on animals.
Lily Lolo Natural Eye Pencil, £7.50, Lily Lolo
For a smooth eye pencil that’s gentle on sensitive skin, look no further than this natural eye pencil from cruelty free makeup brand Lily Lolo.
Not only can this pencil create a precise, enhancing effect, but it’s free of chemical that irritate your skin including fragrances and parabens. The brand is certified cruelty free, so why stop at just one eyeliner pencil?
Chantecaille Concealer, £44, Space NK
Disguise wrinkles and plump up fine lines in one single swipe.
This innovative concealer by Chantecaille features an anti-fatigue complex powered by peptides that will de-puff the eye area, reduce dark circles and improve the skin’s elasticity.
Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, Liberty
Achieve the gorgeous candlelit glow you’ve always dreamed about with this ambient lighting powder from Liberty, which creates a flattering sheen and blurs out the skin’s imperfections. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Hourglass make-up range, which is entirely cruelty-free, and very high quality.
The Golden Goddess Luxury Palette, £40, Charlotte Tilbury
Smoulder in seconds with this Golden Goddess palette by Charlotte Tilbury. With a pale base and pretty bronze shade with just a hint of shimmer, plus two seductive shades of brown this palette is all you need for a shimmery day-to-night look.