Contrary to the title, I can live without beauty products, which is why I make sure to keep it all vegan. There are varying views on what is considered a vegan beauty product. For me it means the product is not tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients. I will buy products from brands whose parent companies are not necessarily vegan because I believe searching out and buying those specific items shows the companies what is in demand. Either way there are so many incredible products these days it has not been difficult in the slightest for me to keep it vegan.
Some of these products may be already well known, but hopefully this list will give a few ideas for those who are new to being vegan or are in search of cruelty free replacements for old favourites. So here we go..
1. Shampoo: Cynthia Sylvia Stout from Lush
Shampoo was one of the hardest to find a good replacement for. Most easily accessible vegan shampoos I found tended to be of the natural, free from everything variety, which left my hair never actually feeling clean. On the other hand I tried out the opposite of that with Superdrug’s own brand shampoo which was super cheap and smelled lovely but left my hair feeling totally stripped of everything. This stout shampoo feels like the perfect middle ground, it makes my hair look and feel clean but not dry. The smell is not the best, but not bad either just a bit.. beery, but it doesn’t seem to make my hair smell of anything so good to get a stronger scented conditioner. It may seem a little pricey at 9.50 a bottle but I only need to use a tea spoon worth once or twice a week to keep my hair clean, it really goes a long way. The conditioners at Lush are also pretty nice but you could always go for balance and go with the cheaper Superdrug brand conditioner, which was quite nice.
2. Lip Balm: Hurraw
I used Bert’s Bees for the longest time and I was a bit lost when it came time to buying a new vegan balm but this one from Hurraw is really great. It is light feeling and not at all sticky. I love the moon balm flavour which smells of chamomile and vanilla, it also comes in a variety of delicious scents. It is not too pricey and lasts well. It is sold at whole foods and most organic shops.
3. Make up remover wipes: Superdrug brand
These wipes are cheap, convenient to pick up at any super drug and wipe my face clean without having to mess around with the sink. All Superdrug brand products are vegan which is so great. They seriously have everything, toothpaste, shaving foam, hair removal cream… everything!
4. Lipstick: Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick
This one is a given, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. This is the product that made me excited to wear lipstick. I do find that the formulas vary in quality though, personally I find the more neutral shades like Lolita to have a much smoother appearance and longer lasting power compared to the darker more dramatic colours. Also Kat is a total babe and proudly speaks about her veganism which is a bonus. It is available at Debenhams on Oxford Street in London or Debenhams.com.
5. Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow
This is my all time favourite product to fill in and shape my brows. I find using a fine, angled brush with this pomade allows me so much control and the pomade is so pigmented you barely need any product. I use the shade Ebony and it is the perfect dark brown without any red tones. It is good value as well at 18 pounds and it lasts ages.
6. Body wash: Original Source
This is another one of those products that everyone probably knows about but I have used it for so long it had to make the list. You can buy this shower gel basically anywhere and can almost always find it on offer for 1 pound somewhere. My favourite scents are the mint tea tree and the lime (it smells like you are showering in margaritas.) I also love that they have had been certified vegan and display it on the front of the bottle for years.
7. Moisturizer: North American Hemp Company
This is the first face cream I found that is light, works well under makeup and doesn’t make me break out. I found it at Holland and Barrett originally but sadly it seems to no longer be sold there. I now stop in at every H&B I see to check if they have it then leave disappointedly and buy it on Amazon.
8. Concealer: Tarte maracuja creaseless concealer
This one is slightly tricky to get in the UK as you would have to order off the American website and pay for shipping which is annoying. Trust me I am searching for somewhere that sells it here, please let me know if you do! But this concealer is totally worth it. I often wear only concealer as I don’t like the cakey feeling of full foundation and this gives heavy coverage with a dewey finish and lasts all day. It is somewhat expensive but a little goes a long way. I have had my tiny tube for almost a year.
9. Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I had been looking for a good mascara for ages and this one had a lot of hype around it so I recently gave it a try and I’m glad I did. It lengthens and darkens my lashes without transferring under my eye. It really is just a good reliable mascara. Too Faced also has some great eye shadow pallets and is all vegan so no need to look up product by product. Available at Debenhams or Debenhams.com
10. Eye liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I think it’s safe to say KVD is my favourite cosmetics brand so I could be biased but I really this think liner is perfect. It has a super fine brush tip that took me a few tries to get used to but now I love it. The colour is so rich and pigmented that you never have to worry about going over a line multiple times and messing up the shape. The only thing I slightly don’t like about this liner is that it can be hard to remove, I found that rubbing a bit of coconut oil on my lids then wiping it with a cotton pad does the trick. Again available at Debenhams.
Alright well thats it, we did it. I know this list is a bit of a mess of North American and UK products but I have only lived in the UK for a year now so will be trying more British and European brands as I go. I am always looking for new products to test and am currently on the search for some lashes! Let me know what some of your fav vegan brands/products are and if any one knows of a good somewhat natural looking lash please tell!