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Vegan Beauty

New Year’s Resolution number one: continue working on veganising my life! For the past few months I’ve been making changed to my diet to try and exclude animal products, and had a think about my clothing choices too (see my cruelty-free fashion posts here and here) But the next step is to makeover my make-up bag! Toiletries and cosmetics are a tricky one, as I feel it is more ethical to finish using all my existing products instead of throwing them away, and in general, labelling is more complicated than it is on food. I’ve put together a shortlist of the best vegan and vegetarian beauty brands out there, for myself and anyone else making the decision to change their shopping habits for the better!

Jeffree Star 

Just one look at Jeffree Stars’ Instagram and you will fall in love with their legendary ‘Lip Tars’. My personal favourite colours are Androgyny and Unicorn Blood. You can shop online at

Lime Crime 

Lime Crime is a totally vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics company. They are famous for their bright, long lasting velveteen lips and beautifully designed packaging. Check out their website


Fresh, handmade bath bombs, hair products, body creams, soaps and more. And all Lush products are 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals. Shop online at

The Body Shop

The Body Shop claim to be 100% Vegetarian but not Vegan as they do use some animal derived products, such as beeswax and honey, but cause no harm to animals. I received some lovely (vegan!) goodies for my birthday, including the Coconut Body Milk, available here and the Lip and Cheek crayon, available here.


Elf stands for Eyes, Lips Face, and this brand provides super-low-budget cosmetics and state that they do not test on animals or endorse such practices. Their products do not contain animal derived ingredients (excluding beeswax), and they currently support HSUS and  PETA . Shop online here.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Cruelty Free Fashion

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Hello lovely reader, it’s Ruth here! About two months ago, I decided to turn vegan after a long stint of being an ethical vegetarian. It’s been tough-going at times especially while being a new university student learning to cook for myself, being pretty strapped for cash, and because of my eating disorder (which you can read about here) but I’m not giving up anytime soon! In fact, I’ve been thinking about extending this veganism, which by definition is a means to reduce the exploitation of animals, therefore isn’t confined just to food, so of course I’m referring to the big scary fashion world. Read more to find out my top ethical fashion blog and cruelty-free wishlist.

Honey Pop Kisses, a ‘Cruelty Free’ Fashion and Beauty blog run by Amanda Wilson is one of my go-to sites for style inspiration. You can check her out at .Amanda responded to my questions on her Instagram (@honey_pop) that she doesn’t use any make-up or skincare tested on animals and tries to shop as ethically as possible; trying to make better decisions when shopping to reduce cruelty to animals, and human workers (Think about the true cost of cheap clothing- who is really paying for your Primark bargains? Veganism is about compassion to all creatures on this earth, including humans).

There are several retailers now making a real push to produce cruelty free fashion products, making a positive impact on the environment and increasing custom from the growing number of vegans in the UK (see this article for the stats and click here for more information about veganism). Here is my wishlist of some ethical products available online:

This limited edition beautiful burgundy satchel is £79.95 available from Vegetarian Shoes.

These classic autumnal faux leather chelsea boots cost £69.00 and are from Wills London.

This stunning organic cotton, fair-trade coat from ethical retailer People Tree is just £85.00, available here.

Let us know what your stance is on leather, fur, suede, snakeskin, and of course, sweatshops!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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DIY Pampering with Avocado, Lemon and Tea Tree

Avocados have so many benefits; from tasting damn great mashed on toast with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, to providing the essential healthy fats and oils that boost health and fertility. With leftover avocados in the fruit bowl that were far too ripe to eat I decided to make myself a face mask from the superfood. Feeling in the pampering mood, after an exhausting and dreary week, I also whipped up a DIY hand soak for my dry, cracked nails.


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