Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Best of the Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

I recently decided to switch to cruelty free beauty (aka brands that do not test on animals) which unfortunately meant ditching a lot of my old favourites. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of my faves don't stab bunnies in the eye, yay. No, they're not "hippy" or "weird" brands, you can find them all on the high street and I'm sure you already love them.

Disclaimer: L'Oreal, who own Urban Decay, do test on animals but the brand themselves do not. This means some people do not consider them to be cruelty free, but they are Leaping Bunny certified and I believe by purchasing these brands rather than their parents - it shows a demand for cruelty free.

1. Soap and Glory
My all time favourite brand, I've tried a lot of Soap and Glory products and absolutely loved all of them. The vintage style branding is super pretty and the products all have luxurious designs.  (I've previously reviewed them here.) Most products are around £10 which is amazing for the quality. I'd recommend every product from them but my stand-outs are Brow Archery*, Sexy Mother Pucker* lipstick, Solar Powder bronzer and The Breakfast Scrub*.

2. Yes To
A newer discovery, but an absolute gem, I'm considering moving to the US just so I can get my paws on the full range... Yes To have ranges for various skin and hair types, all adorably branded around different fruits. The Tomatoes range is my favourite, it smells devine but definitely not of tomato. I've been loving the moisturiser* and charcoal face wash* for acne prone skin. I also love the grapefruit range* which smells so fresh and sweet.

3. The Body Shop
With everything from shampoo to makeup, The Body Shop has got your back. Their Christmas collections are always a winner, with scents for every taste. It's a little pricier than other high street brands but the quality rivals high end and they often have huge sales on. The Tea Tree* range is a staple in my skincare routine, especially the toner and blogger cult product - Night Lotion*, obvs. The Chamomile cleansers* are also dreamy.

4. Urban Decay
Let us praise the gods above for Urban Decay being cruelty free. Always my go to if I'm feeling spendy, the products are the highest quality and their celebrity collaborations are fabulous. The Naked Palettes*, especially the original, are hands down the best shadows on the market and last forever paired with the Primer Potion*. I also love the Naked concealer* for blemishes.

5. Nars
The priciest on the list but the most glamorous, Nars is a staple in every blogger's makeup bag. They have an extensive range of products, my highlights being the cult faves Sheer Glow foundation*, Creamy Radiant concealer* and Orgasm blush*. The packaging is sophisticated and the products have an impressively diverse shade range.

*UPDATE* As of June 2017, NARS are no longer cruelty free and are disappointingly moving into the Chinese market. I will no longer be supporting the brand and they've lost a loyal customer in me.

Once I've used up my old non cruelty free products, I'll need one heck of a Boots haul to top up my stash, so please leave any other recommendations below!