When I first went cruelty free I scoured the internet for starter kits and thought it was time I shared mine.
Two things to mention before we start. Technically in the UK all products are not tested on animals, however I choose not to support brands that also sell in China who do test on animals as part of their law – there are lots of grey areas so let’s not get sassy in the comments, a friendly little note will do if i’ve got anything wrong. Second thing to note is if you are going to go cruelty free (yay, we all should until China changes it’s laws!) but still have lots of non-cruelty free products, don’t throw them out, use them up you’ve already spent the money there’s no point wasting the product.
Illamasqua Skin Base|Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit|Eylure Brow Pomade|Soap&Glory Thick&Fast Mascara|No7 High Shine Lip Crayon|No7 Skin Illuminator|Soap&Glory Supercat Liner|Recover Concealer.
When starting to build your new make-up collection I think the important thing is to look at what you use the most, for me that’s eye shadow and contouring. There are plenty of palettes out their but I thought it would be better too show you my favourite multi-taking palette the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light to Medium; obviously a contour kit but also a great neutrals eyeshadow kit. Easy to blend, great pigmentation and it’s perfect for pale skin girls. I would also highly recommend the Make Up Geek Shadows for your eyes or the Illamasqua Pigment in Hollow for contouring.
I also know that for most people the base is the most important thing to them, I was lucky that the bases I was using were already Cruelty Free. Illamasqua Skin Base is the perfect build-able foundation and comes in a fantastic range of shades. So it would be great if you like both sheer or full coverage looks. It is a pricey foundation but a little bit goes a long way! Concealer wise I love the Recover Concealer, it’s full coverage and not only covers up red patches on the skin but also works underneath the eyes, very easy to blend and doesn’t crease. I would also highly recommend the LA Girl Pro Concealer if you’re on more of a budget.
Soap&Glory is one of the only high street brands that doesn’t sell in china and I love nearly all their products. The Supercat Liner is my go to liner; pure black pigment, easy to apply and it doesn’t transfer during the day plus it isn’t going to break the bank, and their mascaras are decent as well, i’ve struggled to find anything that matched my Clinique mascara but for £10.00 the Soap&Glory ones get the job done; i’ve tried both the Thick&Fast and the False Extensions one. Talking about eyes brows are still very much having a moment, lot’s of people already love the ABH Dipbrow Pomade which is great because it’s cruelty free but if you’re looking for a high street option and my favourite one to use is the Eylure Brow Pomade it’s pretty much a dupe for the ABH one.
No7 from Boots is another great high street company whose products are as good as high end.I would highly recommend their Skin Illuminator if your looking for a good liquid highlighter, especially if you’re a fan of the MAC Strobe Cream, not too glittery just gives a lovely shine and glow to your face. If you are more of a powder highlight fan then the ABH Contour Palette is again a great thing to have in your stash. There are so many lipsticks out there that I could mention but obviously its down to personal preference, i’m normally quite low maintenance when it comes to my lips so I love the No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Day Dreamer because it moisturises as well as providing a subtle amount of colour. I would also recommend MDM Flow Liquid Lipsticks, Illamasqua Lipsticks and Soap&Glory Fabulipsticks.
If you want to know my thoughts on any other products then pop over to my products index an check that out, I only have Cruelty Free Products in that list.
It’s never too late to start making a change!