Wednesday, 7 February 2018

February Beauty Faves

Happy February! I can't deny that, as for everyone, January really did feel at least 43 years long. The intermittent snowy days that we're experiencing in Leeds at the moment are starting to wear thin, and I'm painfully excited for Spring and Summer so I can transition back into wearing dresses 24/7. Until then, I'll have to settle with online wishlist shopping for the floatiest floral clothes I can find. I've decided to put together a post somewhere along the lines of 'What's in my Makeup Bag', containing all of my current beauty faves, all of which are cruelty free!


I rarely use a primer under foundation (I'm undecided whether this is because I'm lazy or because it's super expensive for something you can't even see), but when I do, I go for the Urban Decay Optical Illusion primer. It makes your skin ridiculously smooth and silky and definitely improves the way foundation sits on your skin. 


If I could afford to restock on every product in my makeup bag from one brand, it would be Too Faced. Cruelty Free and also mostly vegan, with the most Gorgeous packaging ever, I hope to expand my Too Faced collection this year. The 'Born This Way' foundation has amazing medium-full coverage, is available in 24 shades, and when applied with a damp beauty blender is super glowy and dewy. I like to mix this with the Kiko 'Less is Better' Fluid Highlighter for extra ~glow~, or sometimes use this instead of the full coverage foundation if I'm going for a natural makeup look.


One of the most affordable cruelty free makeup brands on the high street has to be Makeup Revolution. With a huge range of palettes that are often amazing dupes of more expensive brands, the contour/highlight 'Golden Sugar 2' palette is my day-to-day go to. The shades are super pigmented and I genuinely believe the highlighters are just as ~shiny~ as other palettes, such as the ABH glow kits.


When it comes to my eyebrows, I am the least willing to stray from what I know and love; that being Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow. I've probably gotten through 5 pots of dipbrow since I've been doing my brows, and have experimented with the shades often as I think they are all pretty similar. I just finished a Medium Brown pot, and accidentally reordered a Dark Brown shade, so only time will tell whether this works for me too. Easy to use, the sleekest results, and cruelty free. Worth the money, 11/10 !!


I have two eyeshadow palettes which I use every day and never fail to adore; the Morphe 35O palette and the (generic but wonderful) Urban Decay Naked 3. The Morphe palette has SO many shades, all very autumnal reds and browns, whereas the Naked 3 is more nude based in theme. Between the two, most day-to-day colours are covered. If I'm after a more ~statement~ choice, I opt for the NYX Brights palette, which has 16 super pigmented colours ranging from reds to blues and greens. Much colour, many loves.

Also, the Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara is a reliable favourite of mine. I don't use the waterproof version as I usually find them harder to remove (and I undeniably prefer the pink packaging of the standard version), but the seemingly magical capacity to enhance your eyelashes by around 4000x means I go back for this staple time after time.


My lipstick collection used to be considerably larger than at present, and I'm hoping to expand into some new brands (aka. any Too Faced lipstick/lipgloss/anything at all I can put on my face), however I do own a variety of the NYX Lingerie collection. I find them a little drying as matte lip colours, and so tend to also use a lipbalm underneath and on top to keep my lips as hydrated as possible.

So that is the majority of my current favourite beauty items (which are found somewhere within my makeup bag mixed in with products I haven't used in 74 years). I'm always conscious to make an effort to google whether or not brands are cruelty free before trying something new, even if that means opting for alternatives to old favourites (Benefit I'm looking at you). There are plenty of websites which compile a list of cruelty free and vegan brands, such as Cruelty Free Kitty, and I couldn't recommend more taking a couple of minutes to check next time you go makeup or skincare shopping, and do your bit in the fight against animal testing !!

PS. I couldn't publish a post on the topic of favourites without mentioning my favourite film of this month (and probably the year); The Greatest Showman. If you haven't seen it already, it's so worth a trip to the cinema, and I can promise you'll be listening to the soundtrack on repeat for the foreseeable future!