Shea Moisture hair masque, Embryolisse CC cream, No Bleeding Lips lip liner, The Jojoba Company natural jojoba and rosehip oil
I've been a vegetarian since the age of 14, and as the years go by I find myself becoming more and more interested in the ethical implications of the products that I buy - whether these are 'fast fashion' or 'fast beauty.' I try of course to purchase cruelty free goods, but it can be a bit of a minefield - there are loopholes that mean the item you buy might not be as ethical as you are led to believe.
I was recently offered some vegan beauty products to try and I jumped at the chance. The first product I got my hands on was this Shea Moisture 10 in 1 multi benefit hair masque, £10.99. My parched hair is in desperate need of a bit of moisture - the changeable weather and office air conditioning wreak havoc with it. I was intrigued by the story on the side of the pot - started by Sofi Tucker, who in 1912 sold shea nuts in a local village market. By the age of 19, her shea butter and homemade hair and skin preparations were being sold all over the countryside - Sofi was already a mother of 4, and a widow, by this time. Her legacy continues as her grandchildren no run the Shea Moisture business.
Another winner for dry skin comes in the form of a jojoba body oil. By Australian brand The Jojoba Company, this lightweight oil features the nourishing element of rosehip to deliver moisture down into the deeper layers of the skin. I adore body oils and can't wait to give this a go. The price of this product is £16.95, and only a couple of drops are needed to revitalise the whole body, so it will last for ages!
From Know Cosmetics, this 'No Bleeding Lips' liner, £12.50, is a great idea. Colourless, so it works with any lipstick, it prevents lip colour from feathering or bleeding without creating a stark line. I rarely wear lipliner as I hate the look when your lipstick wears off, after eating or drinking, and leaves a visible outline - I know that's sort of a look these days but it's just not my cup of tea, so this is perfect.
Finally, Embryolisse have launched their new vegan, cruelty free CC cream. This amazing cream (£29.99) adapts to your skin tone, ensuring perfect coverage and colour matching. Made using plant based ingredients, the cream also contains an SPF 20 so is perfect for everyday wear. I was worried this might be too dark as I do have quite pale skin but, as promised, it adapted to the colour of my face beautifully. The consistency is great and it has a fresh, light fragrance.
So you see, it's easy to make a few small changes and invest in products that are cruelty free, and vegan to boot!