Vegan, Cruelty-Free Hair Dye That’s GOOD for Your Hair?!

…does such a thing exist?! Well it turns out, yes it does!

Continuing my journey into the world of vegan and cruelty-free beauty, it has definitely been a learning curve so far. Almost exactly a year ago, I posted my first blog about cruelty-free cosmetics (check out ‘The World of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics’) and since then I’ve talked about some of favourite brands, including Superdrug’s B Range and Kat Von D Beauty (just arrived for sale in the UK!). But one thing I’ve never talked about before, is vegan hair-dye.

Now granted, this was mostly because I was pretty skeptical that such a thing even existed. So I put off dying my hair for so long, but when I felt like it needed a little bit of a lift, I did some research, and this was the brand I went for…

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Tints of Nature…ever heard of them? Me neither! But the good news is they are available online at a price pretty similar to all those hair dyes you would find on the high street. Check out their website here.

Now, the thing that’s extra great about Tints of Nature is not only is it completely vegan and cruelty-free, all the ingredients are completely organic. With no ammonia and a non GMO formula that promises not to damage your hair like all the harsh chemicals you would normally find in hair dye. Too good to be true? I thought it might be, so I opted for a semi-permanent colour just to be safe.

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This Medium Chestnut Brown (Semi-Permanent) colour even comes ready mixed so there’s even less to do than with the usual high street hair dyes! It also didn’t smell of…well strong chemicals really! The whole dying process was a lot less messy. I was also surprised that it covered the leftover bleach at the end of my hair from when I had ombre highlights put in ages ago. Here’s the finished result…

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Tints of Nature gets a thumbs up from me, how nice is it to know that the production of your hair dye has not harmed any beautiful animals? Next time I might go a little braver and try a dark red!

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Kat Von D Beauty Launches in the UK!

I am incredibly excited to announce that Kat Von D Beauty is finally coming to the UK! Hallelujah!

You may be familiar with tattoo artist Kat Von D and her cruelty-free brand, but understandably could have been put off by the delivery process ordering from the States. But no more! Kat Von D will be launching her brand (which will be exclusive to Debenhams) in London on 8th October, where she will be appearing in Debenhams, Oxford Street.

Check out this link for details about how you can meet Kat Von D.

What’s great about Kat Von D Beauty is the brand is totally cruelty-free, no animal testing whatsoever! However, you will still have to check to make sure individual projects are vegan. Luckily the brand’s website makes it pretty easy to do this, with #VeganAlert. Kat Von D is pretty vocal about veganism and animal rights, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding suitable vegan products.

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But if you can’t wait for next month, Kat Von D has just released a ‘London Calling’ limited edition taster kit with a couple of her favourite products to entice you even further! The kit includes mini versions of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’, the Studded Kiss Lipstick in ‘Lolita’ and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Double Dare’. I’ll be blogging about what I think of these products soon.

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So more vegan and cruelty-free beauty products on the market can only be a good thing! Who else is excited about the launch of Kat Von D Beauty in the UK?

DIY Beauty: The World’s Easiest Vegan Avocado Face Mask Recipe

So I had two problems:

  1. I had an avocado that was a few days old and past the stage where it can be cut up into slices, but I didn’t fancy making guacamole.
  2. Seeing as our winter seems to be never-ending here in the UK, I had dry skin that could really do with a boost.

The solution? The world’s easiest vegan avocado face mask!

Avocados are a vegan food favourite, and we already know how delicious they are, but did you know they are great for your skin too? They contain loads of healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that your skin will just love! You can find out more about how awesome they are here.

After searching the internet for recipes, I was disheartened to find most of them contained honey. But then I realised, I replace all other honey recipes with agave nectar, so why not this? And, luckily for me, it worked!

Recipe:

1 avocado

1 tablespoon agave nectar

…and that’s it!

 

Mash up the avocado (I used a fork which worked fine) and then add the agave nectar. Leave on for 10-15 minutes (preferably while relaxing) and rinse off.

I loved the way this felt when it was on my skin. After a couple of minutes, I got that sensation you usually get with a face mask where you can feel it soaking in. And after rinsing off, my skin was noticeably brighter, and I felt like my blackheads were a lot less visible too?! Maybe an added bonus!

Enjoy! I’ll be posting more DIY vegan beauty recipes soon 🙂

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e.l.f. Vegan & Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Review part 2 – Eyes

So following on from my first review of their foundation and powder, I thought I’d try out a few more e.l.f. products (vegan and cruelty-free). Today I’m going to review the Natural Lash Kit on sale in the U.K. for just £2.00 a pair!

Now I don’t often wear false eyelashes myself anymore as I’ve always found them a little annoying, and I think you have to have quite a bit of patience with them… and I’m normally in a rush to get ready. But I thought I’d give these a try because a) like all e.l.f. products they are completely vegan and cruelty-free and b) at only £2.00, it would be silly not to, right? I should mention that as all e.l.f. products are from the U.S. you need to allow a couple of weeks for delivery – so don’t go ordering them on a Friday expecting them to arrive for a Saturday night out, it won’t happen.

So I was pretty happy and actually pleasantly surprised when I removed them from the packaging. I’m definitely more one for the natural look, and although they’re called ‘Natural Lashes’, I was still a little sceptic about what I would be faced with. Thankfully, they are just that – a little longer and fuller than my own, which was exactly what I wanted.

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The downside? Well this takes me back to when I used to wear false eyelashes every week as part  of my ‘going out out’ routine – the glue was terrible. After about three times trying to get them on with the accompanied glue, I finally gave up and decided to try something else. But this isn’t just a flaw with e.l.f. eyelashes, every single eyelash glue I’ve tried has been exactly the same. It makes you wonder if there’s any point including it with the lashes? Thankfully, I had my trusty duo eyelash glue which really is a must for any false eyelashes (and it’s also vegan – hooray!). You can find this for a reasonable price on sites such as lookfantastic. Trust me, it’s well worth buying, and just takes the stress away from applying false eyelashes.

Overall, I was really happy with the eyelashes. I felt they achieved a really natural look, and seemed much less effort than spending ages re-applying my mascara to add a little more volume to my own lashes. They were also perfectly comfortable, and didn’t aggravate my eyes or contact lenses at all. The only downside was the glue, but with vegan duo glue – problem solved! And for the price too, I definitely would recommend them as an excellent, cruelty-free product. Thumbs up!

Are there any other vegan, cruelty-free false lashes on the market that are worth trying out? Let me know your thoughts! 🙂

 

e.l.f. Vegan & Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Review Part 1 – Face

So a few months ago I blogged about switching my make-up to cruelty-free brands. I guess I was pretty slow on this having cut out animal products from my diet ages ago, but I definitely think it’s easier to just use cosmetic products without being aware of the suffering involved in the testing of them. In ‘The World of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics’, I talked about clearing out my make-up from brands that tested on animals, such as Mac, and replacing them with vegan cruelty-free products from companies such as The Body Shop and Urban Decay.

Unfortunately, it was only later I learned that Urban Decay is actually owned by L’Oreal, who’s statement on animal testing is as follows:

The Group no longer tests on animal, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others. An exception could be made if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.

This is certainly a grey area, and if you’re anything like me, you probably like things a little more black or white. And when it comes to the suffering animals are forced to endure in animal testing, there really is no room for grey areas. L’Oreal cannot be classed as a cruelty-free brand.

So my quest continued to find a vegan, animal-friendly make-up brand to replace my old favourites. I’ve talked about Superdrug’s B Range which is great and I love quite a few of their products (particularly their red, matte lipstick), but I thought I’d try out an American brand that I’ve heard so much about – e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face). E.l.f. is completely vegan and cruelty-free! So I will be reviewing some e.l.f. products in the coming weeks, and today I’m starting with the Flawless Finish Foundation and Pressed Powder.

 

Part 1 – Face

 

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First off, e.l.f. is way easier to come by in the U.S. than the U.K. Apparently you’re never far from somewhere selling these cosmetics in the States. Unfortunately over here the delivery time is a couple of weeks as it’s coming from over-seas. Although still priced pretty well with only a £2.95 delivery charge.

Flawless Finish Foundation – £7.50

I always struggle with foundation. Mostly because I have really pale skin, and it can be hard to find one that’s pale enough! So I opted for the colour porcelain as this was the fairest.

I really liked the design of the foundation – simple and stylish. Also it came already with pump, which makes me think it’s pretty ridiculous that other companies make you buy the pump separately. If e.l.f. can include a pump for a foundation costing £7.50, why can’t everyone?

Previously a fan of Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation, I was impressed with the thickness of this foundation, actually a little thicker than Naked. It applied to the face well, and blended in nicely with my concealer. It also has SPF 15, which funnily enough, some of the more expensive foundations don’t have.

I put on my make-up for a night out and it stayed on the whole night without needing to reapply. The shade was probably the closest I’ve ever had to my skin colour, and it didn’t feel heavy on, nor was I blinded by a shiny glare from it when consulting the mirror.

The only downside was I felt like I had to use quite a bit for a full coverage, so I’m not sure how long it will last. And as the delivery time is quite a while, maybe next time I’ll get two!

Overall I’m pretty happy with this product, and costing just £7.50, I’d change that to super happy. Perfect colour match, nice design, easy to use, full coverage and brilliant price. Winner!

Pressed Powder – £4.50

I also got this in the porcelain shade to match my foundation (and my incredibly pale skin!). I really liked the design of this pressed powder. It came with a sponge, (although I used a brush) and a handy compact mirror.

The powder set my foundation off perfectly. I reapplied a couple of times throughout the night to keep everything in place. It didn’t feel heavy on and left me with a nice matte looking finish, controlling any unnecessary shine.

Again, an absolute bargain for £4.50. I’m really happy with this product and will definitely be purchasing again.

So my first impressions of e.l.f.? I think I may have found another vegan & cruelty-free favourite brand! Keep an eye out for Part 2 of my review where I check out some of e.l.f.’s eye make-up.

N.B. – The un-edited picture in my header was taken about half way through the night. I’m second from the left 🙂

Sources for information:

http://www.loreal.com/csr-commitments/l’oréal-answers/the-question-of-animal-testing

http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/what-animal-testing

 

NEW ‘B’ Matte Lipstick – Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Fantastic news! Superdrug’s ‘B’ range have recently revealed a range of different red matte lipsticks. YAY!

Before learning about the harsh realities of companies that test their cosmetic products on animals, ‘Mac’ was my absolute favourite brand, and I particularly loved their matte lipsticks. I have found a couple of vegan replacements in brands such as GOSH for brown shades, but the beauty of ‘B’ is that everything is vegan, so you don’t have to worry about squinting at the small-print ingredients in the middle of a shop. You can check out my first impressions of ‘B’ in ‘B’ is for Beautiful! Superdrug’s New Vegan ‘B’ Range.

I chose the ‘Alexa’ shade which is a bold, classic red, and was perfect with a black outfit which I wore on New Year’s Eve. You can find this product on the Superdrug website here. It is currently on sale, and priced at just £4.99.

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I was really happy that the lipstick managed to stay on all night with just a couple of minor touch ups. I also used a red lip liner which I got from GOSH, which gives a nice outline and a fuller effect. Personally, I prefer matte to sheer lipstick, so I was really happy with this product.

If you’re looking for a classy, red, matte lipstick minus the animal cruelty, this is for you! Highly recommended…thank you B!

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Shade ‘Alexa’ matte lipstick from ‘B’

N.B. Please note that Superdrug products are currently only for sale in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. I have asked Superdrug for information about any future plans for international delivery, and will keep you updated on this.

 

‘B’ for Beautiful! Superdrug’s New Vegan ‘B’ Range

I was super excited that Superdrug have released a new range which is completely vegan and cruelty free! Their own brand products are cruelty-free anyway but you need to check if each individual item is vegan, so I’m happy that this range spares me from reading through all the ingredients, definitely a time-saver!

What makes this extra sweet is that everything is very reasonably price, and there’s even a 3 for 2 promotion on make-up in Superdrug at the moment, so the perfect time to indulge in some ‘B’ goodness! I opted for some high-quality make-up brushes, the ‘Finishing Brush and ‘Blusher/Contour Brush‘, which are both made with 100% synthetic hair.

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For make-up, I went for the ‘B Sculpted Contour Kit – LightB. All Lengthening, Defining and Volumising Mascara‘ and a ‘Rich Intense Colour Lipstick – Carmen 038‘. I was particularly happy that each individual item is clearly labelled that it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and has the trusty leaping bunny symbol – showing it has not been tested on animals either.

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I’ll do an update on how I get on with these products, but so far I am incredibly happy with this new brand. I’m a huge fan of Superdrug anyway with their no animal-testing policy, and the ‘B’ range has made cosmetics shopping even easier for vegans. I hope that ‘B’ does really well and they will expand to include more products, and include a wider selection in more stores. ‘B’-ravo Superdrug!

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N.B. Please note that Superdrug products are currently only for sale in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. I have asked Superdrug for information about any future plans for international delivery, and will keep you updated on this.