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Stocking Up On Cruelty-Free Basics

Kiko Lip Liner, GOSH Eyebrow Pencil, GOSH Concealer, Superdrug Eyelash Curler

And by basics, I mean make-up basics; the kind of things I reach for on a daily basis. It's funny though  my definition of basic probably isn't the same as yours (although I find that fellow beauty addicts are more likely to have things in common) and it certainly isn't the same as my mother's, for example. I shudder at the thought of leaving the house without wearing eyebrow pencil, whereas for her it's all about the eyeshadow and mascara. Anyway, as usual I ran out of everything at the same time so a trip to town was in order. Here are my thoughts on the products I picked up.

Beauty Basics (swatches)

Kiko Automatic Precision Lip Liner in 505 Red, £5.90
Okay, so I know red lip liner isn't an essential for a lot of people, but it is for me. This is the perfect match for theBalm's Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Loyal, my go-to red at the moment, and it only costs £5.90. The pencil glides on without being too soft and once there it stays put, helping to define the lips and, I've noticed, increase the wear-time of the lipstick you apply over the top. It has a sharpener and a blender at the other end, too, so you really do get value for money. There's just one thing  I haven't been able to wrench the cap off the blender yet! (I'll keep trying.)

GOSH Eyebrow Pencil in Brown, £5.49
Not quite the shade for me; Brown is a little too light. Unfortunately the only other shades available are Grey Brown, which is even lighter, and Soft Black, which is too dark for my hair and too harsh next to my skin. I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the other end though  they are invaluable for brushing out brows and distributing product evenly  and the pencil itself is firm without dragging. All in all, the GOSH Eyebrow Pencil is not one to discount, but do check the samples more thoroughly than I did before buying.

GOSH Click 'n' Conceal in Light, £6.99
After a bit of a lukewarm start with Click 'n' Conceal I've found what it truly excels at: covering my undereye circles. It's peachy enough to hide any blue tones but also light enough to blend in with my extremely pale skin. The coverage isn't quite as full as that of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but it still makes a noticeable, my skin but better kind of difference and that's all I need right now.

Superdrug Eyelash Curler, £1.99
I do love the effect eyelash curlers have  who can resist having such a wide-awake flutter?  but I also don't want to spend a fortune on them. Fortunately the Superdrug Eyelash Curler costs a mere £1.99 and really squeezes the eyelashes (without breaking them, I hasten to add!), creating a pretty curl that lasts. Bargain.

What beauty bits have you bought recently? And what are the basics you can't live without? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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