Cruelty-Free Make-Up Swap: Popular Products

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Swap: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps for Nip + Fab Bee Sting Body Soufflé

I discovered this little gem by accident whilst browsing the shelves of TK Maxx for beauty bargains and was too intrigued not to try it. I fell in love with this product immediately. It has a floral rather than sweet smell and it absorbs into the skin really quickly. This means you don’t experience that horrible sticky sensation, where you can’t sit down or touch anything for half an hour. The real beauty of this moisturiser though is how the skin feels the next day, so soft and even. What’s more, I found that after a week, not only was my skin really smooth, but some of the scars on my legs were less visible. I also have really sensitive, eczema prone skin, which this product soothed rather than irritated. I would definitely recommend trying it.

Swap: Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil for LUSH R&B

The formulas of these products are very different, the Bumble and Bumble invisible oil is a gel like liquid, whilst R&B has a creamier texture, but both leave the hair soft, tangle free and glossy. They are both expensive but I view hair treatments like these as more of an investment. I have been using the same pot of R&B after every hair wash for almost a year now and haven’t reached the bottom yet. The LUSH product is, however conveniently, cheaper, as well as being cruelty free and vegan. R&B also has a lovely smell, it’s a bit like oranges mixed with Christmas spices. I use it to detangle wet hair and then let it air dry. I love the way it brings out my natural curl pattern and keeps the ends healthy.

Image Credit: @melodaddy_ (Instagram)

Image Credit: @melodaddy_ (Instagram)

 

Swap: Coralista by Benefit for Ray of Light by Too Faced

Coralista was one of the first make-up products I ever bought, and since then I haven’t been able to live without it. I love the way it gives the cheeks a very natural looking and healthy pink glow and it’s such a buildable colour. I sometimes used it as a highlighter on the tip of my nose and on the cupids bow. That is until I discovered the Love Lights highlighters by Too Faced. These come in a blinding ice white, a startling goddess gold and my personal favourite is Ray of Light, a coral/pink. Like Coralista, ‘Ray of Light’ is a delicate shell pink colour, perfect for the nose, the upper lip and, of course, the cheek bones. However, the versatility of this product exceeds that of Coralista- due to the prima-shine technology. The highlighting effect is intense, yet the formula also blends well into foundation, unlike some highlighters which make your face streaky. The pink tone really brings your face to life, especially combined with a red toned contour.

Swap: Maybelline Baby Lips for Barry M Cor Balmy

The Maybelline Baby Lips is a classic handbag staple, the subtle moisturising shades have won the hearts of many. However, Barry M offer a cruelty free alternative with almost the same packaging and an equally effective balm. It’s available in five shades from pale pink to dark red to fit every skin tone and the transparent core contains vitamin E as well as SPF protection. The light, natural shades of these lip balms makes them easy to apply on the go and without a mirror, although if you have pale skin beware because the darker tones are more pigmented than you may expect.

 

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