Today's guest post is by Helen Burdett and is all about her favourite places to buy vegan beauty. Enjoy!
Finding vegan make up in the UK can be a massive challenge. Researching vegan make up brands reveals many in the US but far less in the UK or even that mail here without extortionate shipping costs. Just last night I spent over an hour trying to find a mineral foundation sold by a vegan brand that I could buy in a shop in order to test shades. I was unsuccessful and eventually ordered some travel sized samples from Barefaced Beauty. So on that note, I thought I would share my top three vegan brands easily available in the UK.
Number one is Beauty Without Cruelty. One of the first animal friendly make up brands in the UK, founded in 1963. The company is Cruelty Free and Vegan certified and sells the most amazing lipsticks I’ve ever used. Their Silver Range Moisturising lipsticks are so smooth, last so well and are only £6.95. I have three; Mulberry, Spiced Grape and Caramel Cream and I can’t wait to get more. I’m also in love with their blushes and face powder which have great shine control and are long lasting.
The second is Tropic Skincare. Another Vegan certified company who I discovered at the 2015 Brighton Veg Fest. Founder Susan Ma began making products in 2004 and Tropic was finally launched in 2012 after Susan appeared on The Apprentice and gained investment from Lord Sugar. My personal favourites are their eyeshadow palettes, I have Wild Wisteria which I recently used to create my Halloween look, and their Silk Gel Liner in Slate which I’m gutted seems to have been discontinued as it no longer appears on their website.
My final favourite is INIKA Organic Cosmetics. They are an Australian company who are Organic, Vegan and Cruelty Free certified. Unfortunately the fact that the products are imported from Australia, and on top of that organic, mean the make-up is quite pricey. I own the Pure Primer and Eye Liner in brown which comes with a handy sharpener on the end, both are incredible but cost £29.50 and £13.50 respectively. However supposedly 5lb of make-up chemicals are absorbed into your skin every year so it makes sense to use the best quality make-up available and avoid those synthetics!
I hope this is helpful to anyone searching for more ethical and animal friendly cosmetics- happy shopping!
Written by Helen Burdett (@helen_leigh_)
What are your favourite places to buy vegan beauty? Have you ever shopped at any of these?