Thursday, 22 February 2018

Current Beauty Favourites*

In January 2018 I made a conscious decision to make a complete switch to cruelty free brands and products so I've had to make some changes (very few actually because it seems most of the makeup I used was cruelty free anyway... thank god). Since doing this I've been exploring cruelty free ranges and have been loving some of the products I've discovered.

I wanted to share some of the things I've found with you. 
These products have quickly become firm favourites!

So lets start with the Primark Berry eyeshadow palette. I bought this for £4. I mean... what?!

I just wanted to point out that Urban Decay will be releasing a new palette soon called BackTalk and there are a lot of similar shades included in this very palette. Go Primark!

Though the 3rd and 4th shade down didn't really show up well on camera but they're 2 of my favourite shades- the others being the 5th shade (peachy pink) and the 7th (a lovely orangey red). They're very soft, subtle pink shades that blend really well. And they're made even better with the addition of a little shimmer. The shimmer works so well with the top shade too. The perfect inner corner highlighter!
Now with a few of the shades I'd have appreciated more pigment as they fade easily when you blend them but hey, it's £4. The shadows are very good at staying put too. They only come off when you decide to take them off. 
Overall they're just fab.

I am terrible when it comes to my brows but using the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade has made doing them much easier. It's such a creamy and natural looking formula which is easy to apply and the brush is nice and sturdy. The colour match is perfect too.
I really love this. Alongside some clear brow gel this sorts me right out.
AND it only cost £6.

Another product from Makeup Revolution is the Skin Kiss highlighter. The one I got is Golden Kiss and it was free when I ordered a certain amount of products from Superdrug. I absolutely love the glow this gives and how nicely it settles on the skin. It'll be perfect for the summer which is cannot wait for.

I've also been using another highlighting product and that's the liquid highlighter from MUA's Luxe range. It's called Light Lustre and I have the aptly named shade Sublime.
This cost a fiver and each drop is wonderful. I use it two ways: either under my foundation for a brightening glow or on top for the full on effect.

Soap & Glory is a brand I tried for the first time last year when I won some bits in a giveaway. I tried the body scrub and the Clean On Me shower gel and I was sold. I love the scent and the formulas...and then I discovered they sell makeup products.
I went into Boots after Christmas to look at their sale items and saw the Soap & Glory advent calendar for £20. My mum pointed it out actually so thanks mum.
I seized the opportunity to try some of their makeup products without fully committing.
Needless to say I loved them.
I got the Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip in the shade Chocoberry and oh my god.
Now the shade name is a little misleading as I expected it to be a lot darker than it actually is. The name chocoberry makes me think of a dark deep shade but it's actually a lot softer than that.

(Before I move on, lets pause and take a moment to appreciate the 'Sexy Mother Pucker'. Fabulous.)

Finally I couldn't do this post without mentioning my favourite mascara.
The False Lash Effect Princess mascara from essence is my all time fave and essence is a cruelty free brand. 
I almost jumped for joy when Wilko's sent me over a tube. Since purchasing this mascara last year I haven't strayed. This is a good'un and I'm sticking with it.
I won't go on about it here as I sang its praises in a previous post.
Oh but I will say it's £3.30 if you're interested.

If you're considering going cruelty free then I'd say DO IT. Give it a go at least.
You don't have to compromise on product quality. There are so many brands that don't test on animals and making a small switch makes such a big difference.
I'm not preaching, you do you but if you give the cruelty free brands a go I think you'd be pleasantly surprised.

What's your favourite cruelty free brand?



  1. I've heard so many people talk about the Primark palette! Make Up Revolution products are always good as well!

    Ashley |

    1. Makeup Revolutions is a great brand for dupes. I have seen so many things that are almost identical to high end products/brands!

      Thank you for reading x

  2. I really really need to try out some more of the Primark range, that palette looks so pretty!!

    1. Their makeup range is actually fab!

      Thank you for commenting and reading x

  3. I love that all these have either come from the drugstore or are at least in the cheap ends! It’s always great when a great product doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Although, I am a sucker for Urban Decay!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    1. I do love a bargain product. Brace yourself... I've never used anything from Urban Decay.

      Thank you for commenting x

  4. I’m looking to change up all my make up that I currently have and really want it to be cruelty free. This post is really helpful as I’ve heard a lot about Primark make up. Totally agree with the soap and glory scrub. I got it for Chrome and I love it��

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, it somehow ended up in my spam folder!

      There are a lot of affordable cruelty free brands which are wonderful! x

  5. That Primark palette looks so stunning considering it was only £4! I'm so impressed! I also love the essence mascara! x

    1. I'm always so impressed by Primark's beauty range! Such great value.

      Thank you for reading & leaving a comment x

  6. It makes me so happy to see so many bloggers going cruelty free! Very informative post :)

    1. I was pretty much cruelty free with the exception of a few brands I wasn't sure of/didn't think to check. There are so many good brands out there now there's no excuse to use makeup tested on animals.

      Thanks for reading x

  7. Ooh, I like the primark palette. Think I'll have to have a look next time I'm in. I love Makeup Revolution, they have some really good dupes and they're such good value. Makes it so much better that they're cruelty free as well. x

    1. Makeup Revolution and Primark are both great for dupes and so affordable. I love it when makeup brands make themselves accessible to everyone.

      Thanks for your comment x

  8. I really need to try the primark palettes, they look so good!! And I love those soap and glory lip crayons, I have a few of the glossy ones and they’re gorgeous! Xx
    Andrea | Trxpical Andrea

    1. It's crazy because you can pick up about 6 Primark palettes (each containing 10 shades) and it would still cost you less than 1 high end palette. For £4 you cannot go wrong!

      Thank you for your comment x

  9. Oh my gosh, congrats on going cruelty free :) I'd just like to share a few brands I love that our cruelty free:
    Kiko Cosmetics (the lip glosses are a must)
    Barry M- most people don't know this and also they are super affordable. Also a lot of their range is vegan.
    Aveda is cruelty free and does really amazing Skincare
    I'd also recommened Glossier


    1. Thank you so much for your recommendations!