Top 5 | Cruelty Free High Street Brands

Monday, 2 March 2015



Clockwise from top left: Lush Ultabland Facial Cleanser (product); Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip; Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Palette; Botanics Ultra Calm Night Cream; e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebrity; Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (packaging)

It's been a whole a year since I decided to only buy beauty products if they were cruelty free. It's been... interesting, and it's not always easy. Sometimes I feel left out, particularly when non-cruelty free brands bring out new products and everyone in the blogosphere is raving about them, but that feeling passes, and half the time it's something I probably wouldn't have bought anyway. It's a small price to pay for making an effort to live by my belief that animals should not be tested on for the sake of making cosmetics.

I thought I'd celebrate this milestone by listing some of my favourite cruelty free brands, so here are my top five:


1. Lush. Oh, Lush. My love for you is real and pure, and goes all the way to the bottom of my soul. Flowery language aside, I am as enamoured with Lush as I've ever been. They've never failed me, their staff are always incredibly friendly and know what they're talking about, and I love their cruelty free policy and their commitment to being environmentally friendly. They're also clear about whether their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They at the higher end of the high street scale but I just had to include them.

2. e.l.f. Good quality cosmetics for a low, low price. They make mineral foundation that's actually pale enough for me, impressive for a budget brand, and their double-ended lip liners are amazing. I would also recommend the brushes. If you're ever in the Cardiff area then it's well worth popping into the store, the girls are absolutely lovely.


3. Barry M. They consistently manage to attract all of our attentions with their new nail polish collections, and they're committed to fighting animal testing. They are so celebrated for their nail products, but this year my aim is to try more of their range — the lipsticks and the eyeshadow palettes in particular.


4. Makeup Revolution. A recent discovery, and another excellent budget brand. I have both their Essential Mattes palettes and they're wonderful; I'm sorted for life (not that that will stop me trying more).


5. Boots Botanics. Affordable, readily available skincare with a whole range of options. Last year I started using their All Bright Cleansing Toner as an alternative to exfoliator, and it's made such a difference to the texture of my skin. This year, I tried their Ultra Nourishing Night Cream after my skin got flaky over winter, and I'm happy to report that it's another wonderful product — so moisturising.


What do you think of these brands? Can you think of any more cruelty free companies I should seek out? Let me know in the comments!

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