Festive calendars are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s a chocolate-a-day to count down towards Christmas or a bells-and-whistles set from a favourite cruelty-free beauty brand, there’s just something very special about opening up those little doors and seeing what awaits you on the other side. You can imagine my jubilation, then, when Tropic Skincare’s 12 Days Of Tropic Gift Collection* arrived in the post; I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the parcel.
Much like we swap over our wardrobes when the weather changes, the coming of a new season can be a great time to play around with your beauty routine. I’m not one to reach for eyeshadows or high maintenance lipsticks on a daily, or even weekly, basis, but when I do get the chance to experiment with a new makeup look I like to push the boat out a bit.
I’ve been wearing cruelty-free makeup for a few years now. Ditching animal-tested cosmetics was a natural process for me, stemming from my vegetarian diet and nicely preceding my move into vegan living. As fun and easy as I find it to be a cruelty-free beauty consumer, I know it can seem intimidating if you’re not yet versed in it; knowing which brands are safe to use, which products will be good dupes for your old faves, and simply navigating cruelty-free terminology and rules can be daunting. To counteract all of that, I thought I would dedicate a post to showing you what goes on my face on a daily basis.
This review has been a long time coming. I picked up this Pacifica duo back at the start of May, and now here we are closing in on July! I wanted to use them as a regular part of my daily makeup routine so that I could give my thoughts in as comprehensive a manner as possible. As the weather’s warmed up, I’ve been going without foundation more often than not, but concealer is a year-round staple for me, so I was very keen to try out two of vegan brand Pacifica’s most well-known products: the Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer* and the Dreamlit Illuminating Under Eye Brightener*.
When we’re researching whether or not a brand is cruelty-free, we look for certain tell-tale signs: do they bear a cruelty-free certification? Do they sell in China? Is their FAQ on animal testing vague – either overly wordy or short – and does it feature the dreaded “where required by law” line? An area we might not consider, though, is the ethics of the company’s founder; if they, or their company, have been embroiled in any scandals: have they made racist remarks, for example, or Tweeted something sexist, violent or queer-phobic? It’s this second area of brand research that I’ve been mulling over recently, and thought I’d put my thoughts down in a post.
When I first started to learn about cruelty-free cosmetics, e.l.f. quickly popped up as a brand that was not only largely free from animal-derived ingredients or testing, but also incredibly affordable. As a U.S. based company, e.l.f. was not always the easiest to get hold of – even with a U.K. distributor, it seemed to take weeks before your order would arrive, and items were often out of stock for months on end. After further ups and downs, including the termination of the U.K. distribution deal and a resulting flash sale of epic proportions, e.l.f. has finally been snapped up by cruelty-free chain, Superdrug, and I could not be more excited.
It’s supposed to be Spring, but the weather (at least here in London) seems to have different ideas. If it isn’t grey and drizzly, it’s muggy and humid; the day will start off at 6c and reach 15 by midday and quite frankly it’s making my head spin. Like I said, though, it’s technically Spring, so I thought I’d talk about some additions that I’ve made to my beauty routine for the season, from cruelty-free favourite Tropic Skin Care.
Straight after reading the press release for Walden Natural Perfumes – the latest brand to be welcomed to the Love Lula family – I put in an order for The Solid Earth*. Normally, I mull a potential purchase over in my mind; gathering what information I can about the product, I let the idea of it linger a little longer. But this time, I threw my usual caution to the wind. Read on to find out if I’m glad that I did…
When it came to assessing how wasteful my lifestyle was, I didn’t immediately think about my makeup routine. As an almost daily fixture in my life, though, it wasn’t long before I turned my attention to examining how I could reduce my waste and consumption in this area. Many of us use cosmetics, be it skincare or beauty products, pretty much every day; so what can we do to make those routines a little kinder to the planet?
I’ve long been of the opinion that people should wear as much or as little makeup as they want to. If wearing false lashes and a perfect contour every day makes you feel like a queen then just do it; equally, if you want to rock a naked face, you should. If I’m honest, though, doing what I want is not always easy – particularly within the confines of restrictive beauty standards – and my relationship with makeup has grown more complicated than simply deciding whether or not to wear it, and feeling great either way.