Cruelty Free Essentials

Do you know that moment when everything runs out at the same time and you feel like a child at Christmas to go hunting for some new basics to try? Well that’s the position I was in the other day however it was nothing that Superdrug couldn’t fix. For those of you who are new to cruelty free skincare, I hope that this will come to some use. A bit like a 101 guide to getting started with buying cruelty free products.

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So first up, the basics. I have rekindled my love for Superdrug’s deodorant, in particular the sensitive formulation. It has a soft citrus smell due to the bergamot and is so fresh. I much prefer the spray deodorant rather than a roll-on because it lasts so much longer. Their body sprays are another Superdrug staple in my skincare. I guarantee that you will find one in my bag, one in the bathroom and far too many hidden in my Alex drawers. I picked up ‘Scrumptious‘ because it reminds me of a more affordable  version of DKNY Be Delicious.

My skin had a terrible breakout the other week and no matter how many times I was using the Eau Roma Water from Lush, it just wasn’t helping. I usually turn to this but for whatever reason it was just not hitting the spot. I decided to go back to an old favourite; the Simply Pure Refreshing Toner for sensitive skin and my skin appears to be clearing it up. If you are looking for a budget friendly makeup remover then this can also be your answer. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. I also picked up the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser again. Infused with plant extracts, it gently exfoliates and cleansers your skin. I have been using this more or less every evening since buying it to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin, it has been doing wonders. The formulation includes: Kiwi Fruit extract which is rich in Vitamin C which brightens and evens out the skin, Mulberry Fruit extract reduces discolouration and has strong brightening properties and the Cocoa Butter is excellent for softening and moisturising the skin. If you are looking for a more affordable option to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, I recommend giving this a go.

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The Gum Protect Toothpaste is another new product that I picked up after using it at Edd’s and loving it. It tastes just like Colgate or Aquafresh and leaves your breathe feeling fresh and clean. I also picked up the 2 In 1 Moisturiser And Serum after running out of my beloved Seaweed Moisturiser from The Body Shop. I’ll give you a full review next month as it claims that “skin tone appears enhanced and evened out” after 4 weeks.

You can’t go into a drugstore without browsing the makeup counters, can you?! When I went for my Lush Christmas Temp interview, I completely forgot to bring nail varnish. I picked up Sugar Plum from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range because I knew that I could rely on the polish to dry quick and last for at least the following three hours. It’s a lovely purple-pink shade that I have fell head over heels for. It’s okay to wear bright shades in autumn, right? After falling in love with Power by Lush recently (read here), I thought it would be worth trying another colour that I wouldn’t usually go for. I found Looking Ahead when looking at the Makeup Revolution counter and I heard that their lipsticks were really moisturising on the lips. The lipstick can be built up to a darker shade which is something I quite like. It also looks lovely with a golden smokey eye look. I can tell that it’s going to be a staple during the colder months.

Lastly, I popped into Boots to claim my free face mask with O2 Priorities. I went for the Dead Sea Mud Pac Mask because it claims to draw out impurities and open blocked pores for clean, soft skin. I’ll probably put a review up on my Instagram with my thoughts, so keep an eye out for that.

Have you brought anything lately? Are any of these your staples too? Let me know what your favourite cruelty free staples are.

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  • I love the hot cloth cleanser! I’ve used it for years and I will always recommend it when friends want to try out cruelty-free skincare. I’m also quite intrigued to try out the toner, I haven’t found the perfect toner for my skin yet so it might be worth a go! Loved this post :)

    • I love the hot cloth cleanser too, it’s such a cruelty free staple! I definitely think it’s worth trying the toner and even if you don’t like it you have spent much money so it’s not that bad :) xx