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In our previous blog post we spoke about some amazing makeup brands that are completely vegan and cruelty free! Whilst there are some fab vegan brands, there are also some brands who have amazing vegan ranges too. In this post I’ll be letting you know about some of my favourite brands to use who have vegan ranges. Make sure you double check when buying their products as they still sell makeup that is non-vegan, containing ingredients such as beeswax and other animal by-products.
Tarte have an amazing range of products in their vegan range. Make sure you click the ‘vegan’ tab under their ‘makeup’ section on their website. Some of their best sellers such as the ‘shape tape concealer’ and ‘shape tape foundation’ are vegan! They also have eyeshadow palettes, setting sprays, mascaras, primers, lipsticks, liners and powders in their vegan range so you’re not missing out on any essential products when shopping for vegan makeup!
Urban decay are another fantastic brand and their vegan range is fab too! They have a great range of foundations including their ‘stay naked’ foundation, concealers, lipsticks, blushers, bronzers, highlighters and even makeup brushes. Whilst they don’t have a vegan eyeshadow palette, there’s a lot of individual eyeshadows you can buy including glide on pencils and powders.
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills are another brand we love using. Type in ‘Vegan’ on their search bar to see all their vegan products on their website. We love using their brow pencils, liquid matte lipsticks, cream contour kits and highlighter. They also have an amazing powder contour kit and highlighter kit. There’s also brow gels, hydrating oils, brow palettes and foundation sticks that are vegan too!
Too Faced are another brand we love who have a great vegan range. Make sure you go to the ‘vegan friendly’ tab on their website. Their bestseller ‘born this way foundation’ is vegan along with amazing mascaras, primers, highlighters, bronzers, blushers and concealers. They have lovely vegan makeup brushes and lipsticks too.
Have you been doing Veganuary? Or are you already vegan and wondering what makeup brands are too? Then look no further and read on to see the make up brands whose products are all completely vegan!
Firstly though, what do we mean by vegan makeup?
Vegan makeup means its products do not contain any animal products or animal by-products. An animal by-product can be an animal-derived product such as beeswax, which is collected by bees.
Vegan Makeup Brands
Milk makeup is a 100% vegan brand who are also paraben-free and cruelty-free. They also believe in using only good ingredients. They have a variety of products including their 2 in 1 lip and cheek sticks. You can buy their products on Cult Beauty
Cover FX are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They believe in using clean ingredients that have high performance. They can also suggest what will work best for you by suggesting to mix their products to customise them to your skin needs as they say “one formula does not necessarily fit all”. You can shop the Cover FX range in a Harrods, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Space NK, Beauty Bay, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic.
Elf Cosmetics are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They are also free from parabens and sulphates. All products are reasonably priced too with lipsticks from only £2.00, foundations from only £7.50 and concealers from £3.00! They have a great variety of products so I definitely recommend trying them out. Elf Cosmetics are available to buy on the high street from Superdrugs and Boots as well as their website. They also do really good skincare.
Inika Organic sell natural makeup products and vegan brushes. They are certified organic and 100% vegan. They are also 100% halal. They not only do makeup but also skincare too. They have a great range of products and gift sets that look luxurious too. Even though they are Australian based, you can buy their products on their UK website as well as Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, ASOS and Amazon. They also do a cute trial pack, which is such a good idea at only £8.50! (As seen below).
Here are some amazing concealers that are affordable at only £10.50 and under!
I love using these concealers to colour correct and at £4.00 each they are such a bargain! I love using the orange and green colour correctors depending on people’s skin tones.
This is another concealer that is great for dark circles. There are a few shades depending on your skin tone. It’s currently on sale for £3.75 and is usually £7.50, which is a great bargain!
There’s 24 shades in this concealer which is also full coverage. A little bit of product goes a long way.
Having won so many awards, I had to try these concealers out! There are 16 shades available and work well with their foundation too.
Available in 31 shades, here’s another great full coverage concealer. It’s creamy and blends really well.
You may have noticed your skin is drier than usual now that it’s winter. This is very common as the air is cold and dry and therefore evaporates the moisture from your skin quicker. There are some moisturisers that are better to use in winter compared to warmer months. You can then switch over to a different product during the hotter months.
Below are some tried and tested products that I would recommend using during the colder months to lock in that extra moisture.
This cream is thick enough to help dry winter skin but I definitely wouldn’t use it in summer as I find it too greasy and shiny, which can also cause spots when the skin is too oily. Perfect for winter though!
Even though this cream is more pricier than others it really does feel so good when you put it on. I love using this in winter as it has a creamy texture and makes skin so soft.
I used this as a go-to for a while and it really is great for dry skin as it has a creamy texture. It’s good to put this on at night too once you’ve cleansed your face.
I really feel like Aveeno saves my dry skin. I don’t use this in the day before applying makeup but I do love using it at night. Apply a generous layer once you’ve cleansed your skin before bed. You’ll notice when you wake up that your skin feels a lot better.
This cream is great for dry skin as it retains water in the skin. I also find this cream lightweight enough to use in warmer months too as it’s not greasy. So it’s a great moisturiser for all year round!
Other tips for dry skin
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
- Use a humidifier to add moisture into the air. This also helps with colds.
- Try some of these DIY face masks
In the winter and cold weather I’ve noticed my skin becomes more dry. Having dry skin in winter is very common as the air is cold and dry and therefore evaporates the moisture from your skin more quickly. This can make your skin look flakey.
Tips for dry skin in winter
- You should definitely apply a good moisturiser in the morning and evening. I love using Aveeno every night as it really locks in the moisture.
- You should also avoid have long showers or baths as the skin’s oily layer can break down and cause loss of moisture.
- Use creams and products that are not perfumed as these can irritate dry skin causing itchiness and redness.
My favourite DIY face mask for dry skin
Definitely follow the above tips but also do this face mask 2-3 times a week and your skin will feel instantly smoother and softer!
Avocado, Honey & Vitamin E Mask
The avocado will lock in moisture and soothe dry skin. The honey will add a glow to your skin whilst the vitamin E will repair and protect your skin.
- Mash half an avocado.
- Add 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
- Mix well.
- Apply the mask on clean skin for 30 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
You’ll really notice a difference when you start doing this 2-3 times a week but often people notice their skin is improving straight away!
Vitamin C serums are amazing for youthful, bright and glowing skin! You might be getting enough vitamin C in your diet but it’s difficult to know if your skin is getting enough, which is why using vitamin C serums is a great idea. It’s good to consistently use the serum after you have cleansed your skin and applied your toner. Below are some of the things vitamin C serums help with.
Reduces scars and pigmentation
Vitamin C is fantastic for brightening the skin as it focusses on scars and pigmentation without changing the normal skin pigmentation. The acidity gets rid of dead skin cells, which helps to speed up the growth of new skin cells. This then smooths the skins surface to give a youthful glow.
Vitamin C can boost the skins collagen production, which can tighten the skin. The more collagen in your skin, the more firmer it becomes.
Sunburns and wounds
Vitamin C serums are great for when you’re sunburnt. Vitamin C speeds up skin cell regeneration so the damaged skin cells die and are replaced with new ones. This works the same for wounds too.
Vitamin C has been shown to reduce redness and even out skin tone to create a brighter complexion and clearer skin.
Reduces dark circles
Vitamin C serums can hydrate the under eye area and help lighten the dark circles.
There’s a lot of medication and creams that help with acne but if there was a way to treat acne with natural and non-chemical ways then I’m up for that! Green tea contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. It’s rich in something called EGCG that has shown to improve acne and also oily skin. I’ll be discussing the ways you can use green tea below to help keep your skin clear from acne.
Green Tea and Honey
- Get some loose leaf green tea or cut the tea bag open to use the green tea leaves
- Add 3 tablespoons of hot water to the tea leaves
- Add 1 tablespoon of manuka honey
- Mix the ingredients until a paste is formed
- Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes
- Wash off with warm water
- Apply this mask 2-3 times a week
You can make a green tea toner to apply on your face every night before going to sleep. Once you have done your usual skincare routine you can apply the green tea toner.
- Brew some green tea for 1-3 minutes
- Add ice cubes to cool it down
- Once cooled you can apply the green tea to your face with a cotton pad
- Keep this on overnight or if you have sensitive skin then rinse your face with warm water after 20 minutes
Drinking Green Tea
Start drinking 1-3 cups of green tea a day and after a few weeks you will notice an improvement combined with the masks above. Drinking green tea also helps your general health so you should feel better too. Just make sure when drinking or using the above masks that you buy pure green tea and none that contain added flavours or sugar.
As you can see from my YouTube video I don’t have the best complexion and have light and dark tones. Recently my skin started to peel and flake around my cheeks down to my jaw line and it became very dry, flakey and irritated causing it to go much lighter in that area, and for us girls we start to panic & stress out which doesn’t help!! I started using this wonderful product from Tamaar London as I wanted something to help this issue and the pigmentation caused.
Pigmentation, Colour & Skin Texture
This product has helped dramatically! It’s improved the colour and texture of my skin. I’m in love with this product! I have only been using it for 3 weeks and friends and family have noticed the difference, which makes me so happy 😊
Tamaar Skin generally say it takes up to 4 weeks to begin noticing any difference.
Tamaar use natural ingredients in their products that have been clinically tested by pharmacists. Some key ingredients include turmeric root extract, tamarind seed extract, rosehip seed oil, kefir milk probiotics, holy basil and many other wonderful ingredients. I personally prefer using natural products as my skin is quite sensitive and therefore I’m always wary of other products I use.
This cream is really light weight so sits really well under makeup. Watch the best way to apply your makeup once you’ve used this product. It’s not thick and oily which is it great as it soaks straight into the skin and starts working it’s magic!
Wrinkles, Eczema, Redness, Oily & Blemished Skin, Hyper-pigmentation & Dark Spots
Tamaar have products to help all of these conditions so give them a go as they offer a 60 day guarantee satisfaction too!
It can often be confusing when deciding which products to use especially when you have sensitive skin. It can be so annoying when you spend money on products and then have a reaction to your skin!
We’ve made a list of tips to help you decide which makeup products might be best for you to use.
When choosing a foundation you should opt for a foundation stick or powdered foundation. It’s best to avoid liquid foundations because they make bacteria easier to spread.
Or instead of using foundation every day try using a BB cream. BB creams contain less pigments so won’t be as drying on your skin when compared to foundation. Dryness can cause irritated skin.
Highly Pigmented Makeup
Makeup such as bright lipsticks and eyeshadows are very pigmented, which can cause dry skin. This can then become very irritated so it’s best to use these as less as possible.
Cleaning Brushes & Makeup Applicators
It’s so important that you regularly clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders as you don’t want to keep adding bacteria to your skin.
Make sure you have a good routine to remove your makeup. Coconut oil is great for breaking up makeup. Follow this PM skincare routine to make sure your skin is completely clean.
A lot of you have been asking me about my skincare routine since I posted my new makeup video on YouTube. I’ve listed below all the products I use. If you have any questions just let me know.
I always remove my makeup with coconut oil. Simply let the coconut oil melt in your hands and rub this onto your dry skin. Pay more attention to the eye area if you’re wearing heavier eye makeup. Once your makeup has melted off with the oil, wash your face with warm water. You can repeat this on areas if you feel like you still have makeup left if you didn’t use enough of the coconut oil.
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash
I find that I’m quite sensitive to certain products so only use the moisturising face wash from Simple. I use this once I’ve taken my make up off with the coconut oil.
Rodial Vitamin C Booster Drops
Once I’ve used my face wash I use a few drops of Rodial’s Vitamin C Booster Drops. It helps to brighten and boost the skins radiance. It also helps with skin pigmentation and dark spots.
Viola Skin Anti Ageing Eye Serum
I then apply the anti ageing eye serum from Viola Skin. This helps to reduce puffy eyes, bags, wrinkles and fine lines. It boosts collagen and helps to have a brighter complexion.
Tamaar London Natural Skin Lightening & Moisturising Cream
And finally to end my PM skincare routine I use the Lighten cream from Tamaar London, which has really helped with my pigmentation. I’ve only been using this for 3 weeks and already my friends and family are commenting on the improvement of my skin! It’s formulated to target dark spots and pigmentation whilst moisturising the skin.