Hola! It’s been a busy Sunday but i’m finally lounging on the sofa long enough to actually write a blog post uninterrupted. I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already, the weekend has absolutely flown by. I’m hoping the weeks continue to fly by because i’m unusually prematurely excited for Christmas. I’m not sure why i’m so excited this year; it may be a combination of the frosty mornings, Christmas music in shops or the Christmas-y Starbucks drinks on the go but i’m really feeling it this year. Even now, I’ve got the lights dimmed, Red Velvet Chocolate Cake scented candle on the go (a Wilfred’s Cruelty Free candle, obviously) and a cinnamon yankee candle (obviously love having a house that smells like Starbucks), heating on and cosy PJs . . .definite Christmas vibes going on.
On the back of last week’s blog being about my favourite cruelty free beauty products I decided that this was the week I was going to completely get rid of any animal tested products from my make up bag. You may be wondering why I would actually have anything like that in my makeup bag to begin with and it’s; A) When I’ve been bought gifts and B) from before i’d looked into any of this sort of stuff. I’d always kept it all with the idea in mind that i’d phase it out eventually but it just seems to be lingering and taking up space. I’m not saying everyone should do it that way, i’m pretty sure there’ll still be products in my house that are animal tested, it’s also just nice to have a clear out of the beauty products that I don’t use.
Here are some of the products that I kept;
Lush; Colour Supplement
Not going to lie, I was so apprehensive about this product when I first bought it. I bought it in Yellow instead of Dark Yellow which made my skin look really pasty and sort of “chalky”. I went back and gave the next shade up a go and I’m not sure whether it was just me or if there had been something wrong with the previous pot but the Dark Yellow seemed to have loads better coverage and seemed to be more moisturising. I’d say it’s more like a BB cream than a foundation (although, trust me, i’m no make up expert!) and seems to sit quite well under powders, too.
Sephora; Brown is Back (004)
In my last blog I discussed how i’d bought a Kat Von D Everlasting Matte Lipstick in a brown shade and how I was looking for something more pink . . . well, this lipstick is further proof of why I need more pink lipsticks. Looking through my makeup bag I found about 5(!!!) brown or brown-ish lipsticks. What is wrong with me?? Why do I buy the same colour every time?? Anyways, I do love this lipstick and it is cruelty free HOWEVER I reaaaally need to find a nice pink lipstick for work so if anyone has any suggestions, please comment below!
Lush ; Eyes Right
Okay, so I do love this mascara and it definitely does what it needs to do but . . . WHY IS IT SO SMALL? I wish it was in a longer, narrower tube so that I could use it less awkwardly! Apart from this really inconvenient wand, the actual mascara liquid is enriched with wheat-grass which moisturises the lashes. I’m not a massive mascara user as I have eyelash extensions so a small amount suits me just fine. The size is also perfect for on the go.
Elf; Blemish Control Face Primer
Out of all the products I’ve discussed so far, this one has been my favourite. Admittedly, you don’t get a lot in a bottle but a little goes a long way. It’s green tinted which gets rid of any blemishes or redness in the skin – as much as it’s the festive season, I don’t fancy looking like Rudolph, thanks. I’ve found this can also really help with oil control and helps make up glide on really evenly – even when you’re going through a bit of a pimply time!
Wilfred’s Cruelty Free; Coconut and Lavender Lip Balm with Added Vitamin E
Had to do a shameless little plug, didn’t I?! Started making my lip balms on Friday night and I’ve been using them over the weekend (can’t test on any animals but I CAN test on myself) and not to be biased or anything but they actually work really well – not going to lie, I didn’t expect them to work as I’ve never tried my hand at anything like this before. They’re made with coconut oil which is obviously a skin essential and scented with lavender. I added extra vitamin E because I don’t do things by halves and . . . treat yo’self. All are extra cute, small and handy for on the go and come in a cute lil pouch. Hopefully (fingers crossed) the Etsy shop will be up and running in December which will also be home to the candle I mentioned earlier (Red Velvet Chocolate Cake) and the ones in the photo above which are coconut.
In attempting to make my entire make up bag cruelty free, I feel really positive about it in that i’m doing a good thing. All the cruelty free products I’ve bought seem good quality (especially those from Sephora and Kat Von D). My only issue in doing this is how difficult it can be finding cruelty free brands in general cosmetic stores which can be quite disheartening! One brand I completely forgot to mention which is actually (mostly) Vegan and Cruelty Free is Barry M (I know you’re judging me right now but hear me out). I’m aware their make up isn’t always great (I’m currently thinking back to their loose powder eyeshadows I used to wear back in 2007 and shuddering) but some of their lipliners, eyeliners and nail varnishes aren’t bad!