Current Makeup Favourites

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I feel I’ve talked about what makeup I’ve been using and although I’ve been using makeup since I was 13, I feel only in recent years have I started to build my own routine and discover my own ‘go-to’s in makeup and find if there is any particular products that work best for me. I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve been repurchasing when I’ve run out and just favourites that I’ve discovered lately that I think are really great!

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No. 1 definitely has to be Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’ which is black and honestly it’s been a god send for my makeup routine because I literally live in the winged eyeliner style. I actually started teaching myself how to do a cat-eye/eyeliner wing around 16 and I’ve definitely gotten better at it and I find, personally, that felt-tip or pen style liquid eyeliners are the best way of getting a good wing because you have a lot of control with them and can build the colour or style up with them really easily. The skin on my eyelids can get quite oily during the day so I find with a lot of eyeliners they just smudge and move throughout the day really quickly but this eyeliner, even without primers or setting sprays, stays in its place really well! It’s my favourite eyeliner ever and is cruelty-free which is double amazing!

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Next up is Barry M’s Crown Jewels eyeshadow palette which is super affordable and comes with some gorgeous shimmery shades. I normally find myself instantly scouring out for just matte shades when I want to buy an eyeshadow palette because a lot of the time glittery or shimmery shades sit weirdly on my eyes and just make my eyes look older than they are – not sure if it’s how the shadows sit with the creases around my eyes? But I adore the colours in this palette and have done looks before where I’ve just used one of the colours built up with a bit of darker matte brown in the outer corner for definition and mascara and it’s suited me really well! The coppery and red colours in the palette are my absolute favourite! For under £10 and 10 shades you really can’t go wrong – plus Barry M is another cruelty-free brand!

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A more pricey eye shadow palette I love using is Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Palette, I may have mentioned it before in my blog but I got this palette not long after it released because I absolutely fell in love when it was revealed. I have a big thing for wearing warm eyeshadow shades like red, orange, pink and warm browns because I think they help make my blue eyes pop but these shades are also just such a universal look because they suit brown eyes too. The palette itself also smells of peaches and the scent lasts a long while too which is just something I think is really cute. The shadows can be built up but are also very pigmented. There’s a shimmery shade in this palette called Nectar which is just beautiful and could probably be doubled as a cheek/nose highlighter it’s such a nice colour.

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Unfortunately my final makeup favourite is unfortunately, not cruelty-free, which I am always disappointed in and still aim to find a brow set that is cruelty-free, doesn’t dry out and go rubbish after a while and paraben-free. I did use to use Anastasia Beverly Hill’s dip pomade for my eyebrows and it was INCREDIBLE, but after a while when I used it up I decided I wanted to try to get a paraben-free eyebrow kit because of how regularly I put eyebrow makeup on (I am at a point in my life where I will happily go outside with no eyeliner or mascara or even foundation sometimes but my eyebrows are so sparse and bare without being coloured in). This eyebrow kit is also very affordable and cheap which was useful when I couldn’t afford to test and splurge out on a high-end makeup brand and you can get it in both Superdrug and Boots. The Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit comes with a little brush which is actually SUCH a useful brush in my opinion. I have bought angled eyebrow brushes and they’ve always clumped up or just been too thick for the precision I want in drawing my eyebrows in but the tiny one that comes in the Rimmel kit is really good and doesn’t dry out easily. It comes with a gel and a shadow which are both really pigmented and last a long time. If anybody can ever find me a cruelty-free and paraben free eyebrow kit that’s similar to the Rimmel London one – definitely let me know!

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What are your makeup favourites you’ve discovered recently or have discovered over the past year that you will rebuy or recommend? Let me know if you enjoy these posts!

Thanks for reading,

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Cruelty-free beauty products under £10!

Recently I followed a useful twitter account that provides cruelty-free ‘dupes’ of popular makeup and beauty products. You can check their account out here! The account got me thinking of what cruelty-free products I own already and which ones I would love to try next time I need to purchase new makeup. However some of the ‘dupes’ are still quite expensive and make it hard for people who cannot afford say the eye palette from Too Faced or import Kat Von D’s makeup so I thought I’d put together a little list of cheap, under £15 cruelty-free makeup items you may enjoy!

#1 Superdrug’s ‘B.’ Brush Cleanser Spray

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £4.99 

When I was growing up, throughout high school and college, I struggled a lot with acne and skin picking, so makeup was an easy way of making my skin feel a bit cleaner and less gross but I never really thought about the importance of keeping my makeup brushes clean until the past year or so. Superdrug have their own brand ‘B.’ which is all cruelty-free and vegan so when I noticed they had a makeup brush cleanser I thought it’d be a sensible purchase to make and it was! This cleanser works by spraying a pump of the cleanser onto your makeup brush and massaging the brush into a tissue to remove residue. Since I started regularly cleaning my makeup brushes with this I have seen an improvement in my skin, obviously my diet and lifestyle also effect my skin/acne but keeping my brushes clean with this cheap, cruelty-free cleanser probably also helped a lot!

#2 Boots Natural Collection Pressed Powder

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £1.99

The Natural Collection at Boots are a wonderful, good for price, makeup brand that imply they do not animal test and are cruelty free. I can’t find any evidence about if they are vegan or not so if anybody could provide me more background on the brand that would be extremely helpful! I recently purchased their pressed powder as sometimes my concealer and face makeup easily wipes off over the course of the day and this one was extremely cheap and works fine for the price it is! A definite cheaper and better dupe to use compared to brands such as Rimmel or Max Factor.

#3 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Have I owned?: YES Price: £5.99

If you’re a fan of hot cloth cleansers you would of probably heard of the lovely Liz Earle hot cloth cleansers, which are very heavenly and I have to agree when I once got a little tester tube – made my skin feel so soft. Luckily for us cruelty-free fans Liz Earle claim on their website they do not test their ingredients or products on animals and do it on human volunteers! They also have the Leaping Bunny stamp of approval and point out on their FAQ which products are not vegan (e.g products with manuka honey/beeswax). Hooray! However Liz Earle’s products can be quite pricey for some of us and a fabulous, cheap dupe is Superdrug’s hot cloth cleanser! Only recently buying this (like literally yesterday), I have not yet tried and tested this product but it is suitable for vegans and cruelty free and has a lot of amazing reviews on their website so I cannot wait to introduce it into my skincare routine!

#4 Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips

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Have I owned? NO Price: £4.99

Red lips are very much back in recently.  Loads of different shades suit loads of different people and I can definitely agree I am on the bandwagon and love having red lips and would love to own a quick, cheap cruelty free one I can keep in my bag to apply whenever. Barry M is cruelty free and have marked this cheap, convenient lip pencil as vegan! It comes in a couple of colours including a dark, plum-like red or an orange-tinted pink. This is an amazing dupe to the Bourjois lip crayon range.

#5 Cruelty-free shower gels

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IMPORTANT EDIT: I have been told unfortunately Original Source’s parent company is known for testing their ingredients on animals which means these aren’t completely cruelty-free products unfortunately – alas they are still vegan if you are looking for a good vegan cheap shower gel however some *definite* cruelty-free shower gels could include Superdrug’s own shower gels! These carry the leaping bunny logo and are only a brilliant 99p!!! They come in a wide variety of lovely scents including my beloved coconut scent. 

 

#6 e.l.f Studio Eyeshadow Primer

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Have I owned? NO Price: £4.50

A lot of makeup reviewers/artists swear by the ‘Urban Decay’ eyeshadow primer and I am sure, considering it’s hype, it is a very trustworthy product however I am never sure of Urban Decay’s cruelty-free stance as some days I’ll hear people say it is cruelty free and other days people claim they’re lying. It’s all a bit of a fuss and personally the price is quite peak and not really made for a broke consumer either! E.L.F is a company that have the cruelty-free bunny stamp and do not test on animals and their products are extremely cheap so why not try their eyeshadow primer!

So yeah there are some cheap, cruelty-free alternatives you may want to check out next time you treat yourself on the beauty isle! Is there any cruelty-free products you stand by and love that you’d recommend to me? Feel free to comment!

 

Thanks for reading,

Helena x