Cruelty Free Make-Up

I recently made the decision to only use cruelty free make-up and skincare from now on. I stopped eating meat nearly 18 months ago and since then I’ve learnt more and more about sustainability, how animal products are used and what is actually in the products I use on a daily basis. Since making the decision to go cruelty-free I can’t believe I didn’t switch to it years ago! I thought it would be much more of a hassle than it’s actually been. So many of the brands I was already using were cruelty free (Antipodes, Pixi, Sunday Riley) and there is so much information out there on blogs and YouTube that it has been more than simple to learn what to buy.

Now before I carry on I just want to make absolutely clear that this post and any future posts about cruelty free make-up, skincare or home products will never be preachy or judgemental. Just because I have chosen to change this aspect of my life, it doesn’t mean I expect everyone else to or that I judge people who don’t, that’s not what this is about.  You can either take posts like this as ‘here’s some nice make-up you make like’ or ‘here’s some nice cruelty free make-up you make like’, either way nothing but good vibes.

It’s taken me a while to start picking up some new bits and pieces as I still had so much to finish up and I don’t believe in wasting s. But at least this way I can start getting pieces that I really want and need rather than just panic buying because I have run out of blusher or eyeliner.




I think the main make-up item I was slightly worried about when making the cruelty free switch was mascara. I tend to buy a new mascara every month, and I’m a sucker for new releases. I would see an ad in Stylist for one on the tube and go straight into Superdrug to buy. So I’m pleased to find a decent price and good coverage one to suit my needs, this is the Kiko Luxurious Lashes Extra Volume Brush mascara.


This lipstick is honestly one of the best I have bought in a really long time! Feels so lovely and moisturising putting it on and the staying power is seriously impressive! I’m tempted to get a couple more different colours, hopefully with similar experience. It’s the Kiko Unlimited Stylo in 03 Hibiscus Red. I really recommend you get this if you’re visiting a Kiko soon.



I actually bought the above lipstick as the girl on the till was wearing it and it looked so good on her! And it is a really nice colour, I thought it might be a bit too dark on my skin tone but it actually works really well and doesn’t look too ‘Wintery’ which I was worried about. It’s the Kiko Smart Lipstick in 914 Amaranth.



I’m actually really not much of an eyeshadow person, I’m pretty rubbish at applying it and I never think it looks particularly good but I really liked their Water Eyeshadows. This is in shade 204 Plum, which is a really rich, deep colour. Can be quite light for a daytime look but quite dramatic when you build it up.



I actually bought this from a seller on Depop as I didn’t really need a new foundation but I’m always keen to try Charlotte Tilbury products. Luckily this is the perfect shade for me too! I like it, it is a bit drying but that is likely the weather more than anything else. I’ll keep using it and see how I get on.

Also pictured is the Charlotte Tilbury Kiss make-up bag that was a lovely gift from a friend, along with one of the lipsticks. I’m a big fan of the brand so I’m really pleased it is cruelty free.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my buys or hear of any cruelty-free make-up you’d recommend so leave me a comment if you have any!