Every girl has their ride-or-die beauty products – you know, the ones they can’t live without. But these products can change over time, for various reasons. A few years ago I decided to make the switch to beauty and makeup products that were not tested on animals, and I abandoned items that I had used for years in favour of something more ethical.
And I wasn’t limited in my choice as the number of cruelty-free beauty brands out there are growing by the day. It was so easy to make the switch. Its taken a while, but I now have my short list of cruelty-free beauty products that I just can’t live without.
Is there any woman out there who doesn’t own this iconic makeup product? There’s a reason why one of this much-adored lipstick is sold every two minutes. The universally flattering nude pink shade is so adaptable and goes with everything. I wear on its own in the day but top it with a lip gloss in the evening.
Combined with the matching lipliner, it plumps my lips without the need for botox. Its also extremely hydrating. Somehow Charlotte Tilbury has achieved the impossible and made a lipstick that suits everyone.
My skin can get oily AF, so when I discovered setting spray it was a revelation! I tried several brands before coming to the conclusion that setting spray is just one of those products you have to spend some money on (apologies to my fave budget beauty brands).
The Urban Decay is the granddaddy of all setting sprays, with it being the Number 1 setting spray product in the UK. My makeup lasts significantly longer when I use this wonder product. Perhaps its due to the unique temperature control technology the product apparently contains? This baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it all in place.
If I could only pick one makeup item from this list, it would be the Tinted Brown Mascara. We all know brows make your face – and my patchy slugs need all the help they can get. That’s where this product from NYX comes to the rescue.
One swipe of the brow mascara (I use the shade Espresso) is all I need to make my brows look naturally fuller. I honestly don’t understand why this product doesn’t get as much love as cult brow products Boy Brow (by Glossier) and Gimme Brow (by Benefit).
Having been blessed with hereditary dark circles, I am on an eternal quest to find the holy grail of concealers. I came pretty close with the budget concealer from popular brand Makeup Revolution, which is a dupe for the popular Shape Tape Contour Concealer from premium brand Tarte (priced at £24).
It’s a creamy, heavy-coverage, matte concealer that I simply can’t live without. I blend it in with a Beauty Blender sponge and set with a little power, and my eye bags are sorted for the day. As well as being available in a range of skin tones, this concealer is also available in a wide range of undertones so you really can find the perfect match for you. Its an impressive offer from a budget brand.
If I feel the need to wear makeup in an everyday situation, I will reach for a lighter CC Cream over foundation. I tried a few budget CC creams before I finally caved and listened to the many influencers who were raving about the IT Cosmetics cream – and I’m so glad I splashed the cash! This particular CC cream is worth every penny.
A little goes a long way with this product. It provides a medium coverage with just a hint of illumination to give you a healthy glow. And my skin always feels better for wearing it – that will be the hyaluronic acid and collagen. It evens out imperfections, has SPF, has great staying power…is there nothing this CC Cream cannot do?
I guess you weren’t expecting to see Aldi on the list! But it really is one of the best places to shop for bargain beauty buys. They have affordable dupes for a wide variety of high-end products including Benefit’s They’re Real Lengthening Mascara, Pixi Glow Tonic and even Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream.
Aldi’s Snapshot Ready Primer is an unabashed dupe of Smashbox’s The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer (that costs £22 more). It’s silky and smooth – but doesn’t quite have the staying power of the premium product. It still does an excellent job though – and saves you £20 to boot.
As well as personally loving all these beauty products, I think the fact they are all commercially popular as well shows how easy it is for people to have a cruelty-free makeup bag.
I really hope this post inspires you to check the labelling on your next beauty product purchase and make the ethical choice. Let me know if you have any cruelty-free beauty product tips in the comments section below!