Beauty News & Reviews
My bunny eyeing me up as I put on my face in the mornings sealed the deal for me. I’ve decided that any makeup I buy for my personal use will now be cruelty free. I’ll still review any products that are sent my way, but you will see at the end of each post if they’re cruelty free and anything that isn’t goes in my kit or to the many hungry vultures who eagerly wait to snap up any makeup I have hanging around after reviews!
What I didn’t forsee with my decision was that how much of a gigantic pain in the behind it is to actually find brands that are cruelty free. It’s disheartening and a complete eye-opener when you realise how few brands actually fall into this category.
Thankfully, The Body Shop remain cruelty free and despite some people shunning them now that they’re owned by L’Oreal who do test on animals, I think it’s important to support a brand when they’re making the effort and will very happily shop here.
So down to the products. These are brand new products and were sent to me after I couldn’t attend the recent Body Shop event. Firstly, the primer which comes from the new Lily Cole range. Now I love primers and have tried and tested more than my fair share. Some have been amazing, some good, some not so good. Unfortunately this particular primer falls into the last catagory.
Looking a little similar to Guerlain’s light diffusing primer, this prettily packaged primer is full of pink pearls set in gel which burst when you pump out the product.
However, this is hard to mix and blend onto skin and, even when you do, the difference isn’t worth the effort. It leaves the skin looking pretty much the same as before with some tiny particles of glitter. I was very disappointed with this one unforuntately.
But on to the highs. Next in line is not makeup but an oil and a body mist. First up is the strawberry beautifying oil which is a gorgeous multi-purpose product that can be used on your face, body or hair and has a subtle fruity smell. It’s non greasy and is one of those all-purpose products perfect for packing on holidays.
Finally, my absolute favorite is the new range of body mists. I was sent Satsuma which is delicious, fresh and really summery. It is strong smelling but the scent has disappeared after a few hours which is a pity. However, I love it so much I’ll happily stick it in my bag to top up on the go!
The Body Shop can be a little more expensive and like any brand, their products can be hit and miss, but they’re well worth investing in once you’ve done your research on what products really deliver, all safe in the knowledge that no bunnies or other furry lads were hurt in the process!
So what’s your thoughts when buying makeup – do you ever consider what’s cruelty free and would that change your buying decisions based on that? Let me know!