As you may or may not know, I’m a vegetarian and completely cruelty free; this means that I only use cosmetics, skincare products and other toiletries that haven’t been tested on animals. I wanted to compile a list of all of my favourite products (with one expensive and one slightly less pricey option available in most of the categories), because it can be incredibly difficult to know what is and what isn’t cruelty free, what with brands sidestepping questions and claiming not to test on animals ‘unless required by law’, meaning that they do, in fact, test on animals! It’s a personal pet hate, but on with the list…
Okay, okay, I’m sick of Superdrug too, but their skincare is undeniably fantastic! The Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream is one of my favourites, but sadly doesn’t quite measure up to the Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Mask.
This one’s easy-peasy: Boots Essentials Lip Salve Spearmint is both hydrating and refreshing, whilst LUSH’s Honey Trap Lip Nectar is my favourite balm of all time – it’s intense, sweet smelling and light on the lips (plus, it tastes great… Oops!).
I promise I’ll stop promoting Superdrug so much, but I adore the scent of their Fruity Berries Shower Gel, although I have to say I prefer the slightly more nourishing qualities of Soap and Glory’s Clean on Me.
This one is incredibly difficult, as I love and use so many! However, I think the winners have to be the Boots Essentials Body Lotion Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E and – my personal favourite – The Righteous Butter from Soap and Glory, with a little shoutout to The Body Shop for their amazing range of body butters (I know I said only two, but I just can’t help myself!).
If I’m honest, most of this section is Superdrug, too, as I’ve not really been CF long enough to try any higher-end hair products. So, that being said, this amazingly-scented shampoo is definitely my favourite.
… And here is the matching conditioner!
After using Frizz Ease for forever, I struggled to find something which tamed my messy mane of hair, but I’ve recently discovered the Style Expertise Anti Frizz Serum, and I’m hooked!
As someone with naturally fine hair which breaks easily, I had issues with growth and thickening until I tried the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, which I have recently repurchased in abundance (there are three tubs sitting in my drawer at the moment… Oops)!
I was surprised to discover that the GHD Heat Protectant Spray – along with their entire collection of haircare products – is cruelty free, and, so far, I’m really happy with it, and would definitely recommend!
Instablur from The Body Shop is truly my favourite primer of all time, as it blurs imperfections, allows product to adhere to the skin and keeps everything in place for hours, yet I usually use it in conjunction with the NYX Honey Dew Me Up primer for a slightly healthier and more natural finish.
NYX’s Proof It! Eye primer is a cheaper, cruelty free dupe for the NARS (who have only just started animal testing) Pro Prime eye primer, and I absolutely adore it!
The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is unequivocally the most fantastic concealer of all time – with a full-coverage finish and a ridiculously long wear-time, it was, is and probably always will be my go to. If you don’t live in England, however, the Tarte Shape Tape and Catrice Liquid Camouflage are great alternatives (although the latter is in serious need of a more inclusive shade range – it’s completely unacceptable for a brand to solely cater for light skinned people).
Not only does the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette have some amazing sculpting powders, but it also has the perfect warm-toned bronze shade for me, and I think that it’s more than worth the price!
This is easy-peasy: the Sleek blushes are absolutely wonderful, with my personal favourite shades being ‘Life’s a Peach’, ‘Rose Gold’ (this is an excellent dupe for ‘Orgasm’ from NARS) and ‘Flushed’. If you’d prefer a cream blush, however, the NYX ones are brilliant, with the shade ‘Pinxie Dust‘ from the Bright Idea Illuminating Stick range being my go-to.
Once again, this is simple: the Sleek Solstice highlighting palette, the NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator and, of course, theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer all have phenomenally pigmented and blendable formulas which I use without hesitation every single time I decide to do my make up.
I absolutely adore the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara – it fills the void left behind by my Maybelline Lash Sensational!
Aaaaand, drum roll please… We’re finished! I haven’t included things such as toothpaste and feminine hygiene products, as most of the less advertised items (e.g. Tesco’s or Superdrug’s own brand) are not only cruelty free, but cheap and accessible also – just remember that brands such as Always and Colgate are not bunny-friendly when doing your next supermarket shop, and you’ll be fine!
I hope that you found this post useful, and – if you’d be interested – I can write a post explaining exactly why I decided to a) stop eating meat/gelatine etc. and b) clear out my not-so-friendly collection of cosmetics!
Thank you always,