I was having a very bad skin day, as you can see on the left, but with a few lotions and potions, I easily turned that around.
The best part? All the products I used are 100% cruelty free (excluding parent companies e.g. L’oreal/Unilever that do), so no nasty animal testing. What’s more, they mostly contain natural and hypo-allergenic ingredients, so great news for sensitive skin!
For a full breakdown and review of the look, read on, and for a master list of all the cruelty-free make up brands on the market, click here!
I started off with some much needed prep this morning; a face mask and a bubble bath, as I was feeling ill too so it killed two birds with one stone. I absolutely adore Superdrug’s own brand range of face masks. They all smell good enough to eat and really make you feel pampered. After rinsing the White Chocolate Mousse mask off, I used Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser (one of my goodie bag treats from the Hunted Vintage launch event) which I have totally fallen in love with. After use, your skin feels soft, clean and primed to perfection. Some Soothing Facial Toner and Hydrating Light Moisturiser from Simple did the trick to fully clear my face of all dirt, make up and oils, and thoroughly smoothed the surface.
Now for the fun part: the make up! I discovered a new haven for cruelty free, natural make up, somewhere I would never normally venture to for cosmetics. Good old M&S! Marks and Sparks have some great new brands, including Pürminerals, which is a little pricey but definitely worth it once you try. The Correcting Primer is really amazing, not only does it make your skin feel like a cloud (so damn soft!) but the greenish colour means that redness (something I am prone to) is dramatically reduced and controlled. I topped it off with their 4-in-1 foundation which is really light and easy to apply, gives SPF protection and promises 14 hour wear! Finally, I finished the look with the new contouring and highlighting crayons by Rosie for Autograph (curated by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). The Starstruck Contour stick applied on my cheekbones, nose and jawline gave my face a much more chiselled appearance, and the Starstruck Highlighter on the upper cheeks and browline gave a subtle shimmer and shine.
Look out for this ‘Leaping Bunny’ symbol on cosmetic and cleaning products to guarantee no animal testing or animal ingredients!