Like many vegans who struggle to find high-quality and cruelty-free beauty products in regular stores, I do most of my cosmetics shopping online. Over the past couple of years, and after extensive review reading, I’ve tried and tested around a dozen lesser-known vegan beauty brands. Most were decent - some were downright amazing. Going into 2017, these are a few vegan cosmetics I will be using and recommending to others!
MAKE Soft Focus Translucent Powder
I always use light foundations and opt for a featherlight and subtle powder to match. This particular brand of powder contains antioxidants Vitamin A, C, and E which are all skin-loving ingredients. In fact, one of the main reasons I love the Make Soft Focus Translucent Powder is because I seem to get fewer zits and outbreaks when using it. The powder doesn't contain parabens and, most importantly, isn’t tested on animals. All in all, this is one of my favorite powders for a flawless finish - but keep in mind it is extremely light in case you prefer to apply slightly thicker layers.
IMBUE GOODS Rose Water Body Mist
Last year I became very interested in rose water and its historic use in skin and health care. In my search for natural rose water based products I came across the brand Imbue Goods. Their body sprays contain pure rose water, Vitamin E, and other nourishing ingredients. I started using the ‘Lust’ rose water body mist in winter and it helped keep my skin softer and clearer than cold weather usually permits. I use the sprays on my skin after showering or when I have to freshen up quickly, although you can also spray them over your clothes. The best thing about these heavenly scented sprays is that they come in snazzy, travel-sized bottles - and how they make for awesome gifts.
LUSH Shampoo Bars
Once you try a high-quality shampoo bar, it’s difficult to ever imagine going back to liquid shampoo. Most of you will already be familiar with LUSH, the international brand that opposes animal testing and offers tons of vegan products. The first ever shampoo bar I tried was LUSH’s olive tree one and I was doubtful as to whether it would thoroughly clean my hair as regular shampoo - it definitely does! Their solid blocks of nourishing and natural ingredients are to be worked into a lather (like a normal bar of soap) and worked into your hair, leaving it soft, fragrant and healthy looking. LUSH is a brand I’ve always trusted for bath and shower products, and these shampoo bars are no exception.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar
OCC is a totally vegan brand which started out mainly focused on lip products but has since expanded their specialty. So far I have only tried their lip tars - which I love. They have a several bright, primary color lip glosses which might be a little extravagant for daily makeup, but which I would definitely recommend for makeup artists.
DAZZLE DRY Nail Lacquer
I’m not one for sticking loyally to one particular nail polish brand. If I like the color and it’s vegan, I’ll buy it. But Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer is an old-time favorite, and my go-to brand when looking for a specific shade. The varnish is really high quality and each color (of which there are hundreds) has an adorable name. I really can’t overemphasize the sheer choice available. Their varnishes also have a super quick dry time and contain nourishing ingredients that won’t dry out your nails. The coat lasts as long as any decent nail varnish should.
I’d absolutely love to hear your suggestions for vegan beauty products that you regularly use and love! Let me know in the comments!