I have decided that I am going to be uploading every two weeks from now on. I would like the extra time to put out the most smashing and inspiring blog posts, which takes more time than I had initially anticipated. You know- quality over quantity and all that.
Today, we are talking beauty!
I am an absolute avid cosmetic and makeup collector (and hoarder), the more I see the more I need. Following beauty gurus on Instagram and Youtube certainly doesn’t help with the addiction.
To my advantage (or disadvantage-sorry purse!) the choices of cruelty free companies have exploded as people have started to become a lot more conscious about the process which goes on behind the makeup/ cosmetic production.
I personally don’t agree with the whole PETA-esque approach of guilting readers into purchasing cruelty free products through graphic and grotesque imagery of animals in laboratories. My approach is to show you the myriad of options, to show you that it is possible to have clear and glowing skin, soft and shiny locks, popping cheekbones, on fleek brows and all the like, whilst still maintaining a cruelty free lifestyle.
From time to time, I will be uploading a few of my favourite products. These are well used and loved products which means that I can truly provide you with an honest review!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these products or if you have any cruelty free holy grails that you can recommend.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
My Cruelty Free Favourites
For me, perfumes were one of the hardest things to let go of when I decided to switch to using only cruelty free products.
When walking through department stores or duty free at the airport; the floral, spicy, woody scents envelop me into a cloud which almost has the hypnotic power to convince me to forget about my cruelty free ways and just buy that sexy smelling nectar.
Luckily, there are more and more cruelty free options which are making this whole scent scenario a whole lot easier for me.
Diptyque is a Parisian perfumer specialising in luxury home fragrances, candles and body care. They have a wide collection of scents to suit different tastes, but for me, Eau Duelle was by far the most complex. Woody, spicy, sexy and sweet all at the same time.
Diptyque describes Eu Duelle as a perfume full of contrast. An intriguing infusion of idle Bourbon vanilla, awakened by the woody, animalistic scent of rockrose and ambroxan.
I always get compliments on this one. I’ve even been told that it smells like sexy Creme Soda 😉
Who needs a green ambulance now?
$90.00 50 ml
(Available at Luminance, Hyde Park)
Davines, as a brand, is one that I really admire. Not only are all their products cruelty free (including their in-salon colour), they practice and preach sustainable beauty. For them, sustainability deals with the responsibility they owe to themselves, the people with which they work, their customers, and the world in which they live and operate.
The best part, their products are top notch, world class, amazingness.
I have to say, a product which really shows results consistently, is the NouNou Hair Mask. A nourishing repair mask for highly processed and brittle hair.
I have been bleaching my hair for many years now and heat style it every other day. My hair cries for some TLC and NouNou does just the job.
Although it is a mask, I use it as my daily conditioner. As I rinse this out, my hair already feels like butter. The results just get better as my hair begins to dry. It leaves me with soft, shiny, manageable and smooth locks!
(Available at all Carlton Hair Salons)
Although The Body Shop is owned by L’oreal which is renowned for its animal testing, The Body Shop has always stuck to its ethics in this regard. Most of their ingredients are fare trade and are focused on enriching our planet, enriching their products and enriching the people behind the products. You can only feel proud when making a purchase there.
(Ps: they are running a petition against animal testing in store, next time you pop past, sign your name.)
People are often afraid of including oil in their facial care regimen with the concern that it will make oily skin oilier and therefore cause acne or pimples. This is actually a myth, if you nourish your skin with high quality oils, your sebaceous glands will be less likely to secrete additional oils!
My skin is particularly dry, especially over the winter months. I apply this oil at night after toning and before moisturising. It feels luxurious and is extremely nourishing without causing breakouts.
(Available at The Body Shop stores and selected Clicks nationwide)
Two of my favourite things: a popping highlight and rose gold.
The Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops give me both. SOLD.
These drops are customisable, which means they can be used in various ways to give you the desired look you are after. You can mix them into your foundation to give you a sun kissed glow or apply it to the high points of your face for a more buildable highlight. I find that the best way to apply it is by blending it with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. You are left with a rose gold, liquid metalic finish which somehow looks natural. Magic? I think so.
$42 at Sephora. Also available at musebeauty.co.za for R890
Korres is another clean and natural brand which means great joy along with your purchase of their products. Their philosophy is to develop products which are friendly to the skin but also to the environment.
This lip butter is dual purpose. A mixture of shea butter and rice wax offers deep hydration while providing colour and shine. The perfect handbag product!
A quick tip, if you are really in a pinch, you can even use this as a blush!
(Available from Sephora and Korres online)
If I wasn’t such a makeup hoarder, this would be all the eyshadow I would ever need.
This is the perfect neutral palette with both shimmers and mattes. The lighter shades make this the perfect everyday palette while the darker colours means that you can jazz up your eyeshadow for evening looks.
The pigmentation is out of this world, a tap of your brush into the pan gives great colour pay off. These shadows have a buttery texture and blend like a dream.
(Available at Sephora and musebeauty.co.za for R950)
To be honest, I had never heard of Petal Fresh before. I came across this body butter while doing some shopping at the health food store and was drawn to it by its yummy sounding scent. Once I saw the leaping bunny logo (the logo indicating that the product is cruelty free), straight into my basket she went!
I am so glad that this made its way into my bathroom cabinet because it is just as yummy as it sounds. Not only does one smell like an ice lolly after application, but this stuff is seriously moisturising!
I suffer from eczema and incredibly dry skin and I found this stuff to be sufficiently moisturising, even during the winter months and mild enough as not to agitate my sensitive skin.
(Available at Jackson’s Food Market, Bryanston)
I don’t have to tell you how much I love this one, it’s pretty clear in the image!
Molton Brown is one that always catches me. Their products always look so luxurious and their scents are nothing short of exotic.
I am usually not a fan of rose scents but the rose gold pump with the pink bow immediately caught my eye.
The rhubarb mixture freshens up the rose scent and eliminates that “granny-ish soap at the basin” smell.
This scent is simultaneously zingy and sweet and while admittedly being a hefty purchase, it truly is a slathering of luxury.
Not to mention how pretty it looks on your dressing table!
(Available at Molton Brown online)
I hope you enjoyed my selection of cruelty free favourites. I am constantly trying out new products and once I am confident that I love them, I will be sure to share them with you!
Until next time,