5 Cruelty Free Beauty Staples

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Since making the cruelty free beauty switch in summer 2017, I've had to trial and test so many products to re-find makeup and skincare essentials. It was an extremely easy transition to make in comparison to most; I used up any remaining products I owned that were from animal testing companies and donated the rest to friends and family. Luckily, I already had quite a bunch of cruelty free bits and bobs but my collection was lacking in many areas, especially skincare.

Below are 5 products I can't go a day without in my routine, especially Urban Decay's All Nighter setting spray* which I'd recommend to anyone on planet earth who wears makeup. It's a godsend. Think of it as the full stop of your routine. Whether rain or shine, snow or heatwave, it keeps my face in place - even liner! I'll never go a day without wearing it if I've makeup on.

I had never tried Bare Minerals makeup before I was sent a PR sample of their Bare Pro foundation* in the shade 01 Fair. It's a dream foundation for me, offering full coverage without drying the skin or feeling like I'm wearing a mask. I generally tend to apply base products with my fingers as the warmth of my skin makes it easier to blend in. You only need 1-2 dabs max of this to give full coverage. Not only is it a dream to wear, it also includes an SPF of 20, contains natural ingredients and is vegan-friendly.

2018 was the year of decluttering for me so I started to buy multi-use products more often like Beauty Bay's 'Origins' eyeshadow palette. I wear mostly nude, golden and red-tone shadows so a palette encompassing all of those colours meant I had more space in my makeup drawers. There's no point owning 10 palettes when you're only reaching for one colour repeatedly. They take up too much space and remember, makeup has an expiry date!

Alike to eyeshadow, my lipstick preferences tend to be on the grungy nude or Old Hollywood red spectrum. One of my all time favourite lipsticks is Charlotte Tilbury's 'Pillow Talk' from her Matte Revolution collection. I stay well away from uncomfortable, drying matte formulas but the Matte Revolution lippies are matte in appearance but nourishing in feel. (How does she do it?!) Pillow Talk is a perfect 'your lips but better' shade. Think 90's supermodel glam.

Last but not least on my list is Glossier's 'Priming Moisturiser'. Whilst I'm not as passionately devoted to it as some of the products above, it's a bloody good standard moisturiser. It's hydrating, non-scented and it creates a supple yet slightly moist base for makeup. It's fantastic for travel too, as you can layer it up for nighttime or if you're looking like a raisin after a long flight. 

I plan on doing a regular roundup of cruelty free staples but if you'd like any specific, more in depth reviews of products, please let me know! Thanks for reading.


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