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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