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.
When I first made the switch from veggie to vegan, I felt a strange mix of excited to try new things and enjoy food even more, but also deflated about how vital, yet widely ignored, the cause was. Eating meat and consuming at an unsustainable rate is still very much the status quo, and this is hard to wrap your head around when you’ve come to an eye-opening decision to hugely lessen your contribution to it. To quote Mr. Morgan (if you know, you know), it “must be tough.” I can concur – it is.
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*.
I last wrote about my nightly cleansing routine back in January; since then I’ve switched up the products I’ve been using and thought I’d fill you in on the updates! A good skincare routine can be a wonderful part of your personal self-care; whether its primary function is to remove makeup or if it’s simply to clean your face before bed, nightly cleansing is key to healthy and happy skin.
In just a few short weeks, it’ll officially be summer here in the Northern Hemisphere – yay! While the British summertime weather can be rather changeable (I’m talking blisteringly hot one minute and hailstones the next) we do love to make the most of the sun when it’s out; I for one am among the hordes of Brits who flock to the parks, the seaside or the pub gardens, to soak up those rays. All of this is to say that you’re gonna need you some sandals – and why not shop for some fabulously stylish and ethically made ones?
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.
If you’re as active as I am on Twitter, then you’ll likely be aware of the recent discussion around whether or not vegan people are inherently privileged. Set off by this Tweet, the conversation quickly got nasty with vegan Twitter (which we all know to be a categorically lovely group – hoping my sarcasm comes across on screen) bringing out the pitchforks. While it seems like the embers of that particular spat have faded, I wanted to expand on this topic a little, because it’s one that I feel is very valid and often overlooked.
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.
To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
The subject of vegan activism and advocacy has been on my mind quite a lot recently. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that while I am passionate about the joys of leading a vegan lifestyle, I am also incredibly sensitive to the complexity of the matter. My attitude towards veganism has prompted me to write several posts promoting a compassionate approach and discussing the intricacies of why the lifestyle might not be attainable for everyone. It’s certainly not a topic that is black and white.