Cruelty Free Makeup Brands at Beauty Bay
So first off I’ll be frank, I bought these products just to build up my collection as they are SO cheap (everything is under £3). I wasn’t expecting much from them and just thought they would be handy to have around. BUT!!!! I am literally obsessed. I don’t know how they’ve done it, but they have. These have very quickly become products that I now use every day. How!?!?
“Natural Collection has curated a selection of cosmetics to work with your natural beauty rather than covering it up. From soft and timeless hues to a touch of colour, this is our ‘show you’ range (not ‘make up’), created to show off the best of you.
Our beauty experts have developed a simple range of lightweight, simple to use, wearable and easy to understand products that fit into your life, not take it over! Beauty isn’t about looking perfect, it’s about finding what works for you and celebrating what makes you individual. Freckles, scars, stretch marks and they are your stories, your beauty.
Embrace your natural beauty, don’t cover up, just shine!
No nonsense make up. Beauty made simple.”
“Our Hydrating and Radiance Foundation has been created with a lightweight formula that glides onto skin, giving you light coverage.
Containing moisturising and luminescent properties that will help leave skin radiant, whilst feeling beautifully hydrated. An instant boost for tired or dull looking skin.
Kind to skin. With camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £2.99
So this is the product that shocked me the most. For £2.99 I was kind of expecting a cakey foundation that didn’t really cover anything or last more than 5 minutes. This miracle has become my every day base product. The finish is absolutely stunning and it somehow does last really well! It does “fade” towards the end of the day but baring in mind I work outside the fact that it lasts past lunch time at this price is impressive! Plus it fades rather than going patchy so it still looks good at the end of the day. The coverage is more on the natural side, but I absolutely love it. I am usually a BB Cream girl but this is definitely more coverage than a standard BB Cream. I have the shade “Cameo” which matches my current skin tone (a little tanned) bang on, and I will definitely be picking up a lighter shade for when this sunshine disappears. I just love it.
“Our Blushers have been created to give a hint of natural colour, adding a delicate glow to your complexion. It’s easy to blend and build, to help you create your perfect everyday look.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
“Our Bronzing Powder is lightly tinted to add a natural, healthy glow to your complexion. Infused with golden pearl, this subtly frosted Bronzing Powder enhances the warmth of your skin and is blendable and buildable, for a natural sunkissed look. This powder is great for use on its own for a more natural finish or over your base for a more intense glow.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
Again these two products are just life. They have such a stunning finish to them and look so natural. I have the shades “Peach Melba (Blush)” and “Golden Glow (Bronzer)”. If you’re after a strong sharp contour and a bright blush then these probably aren’t what you’re looking for, but to warm up the skin and add some subtle colour to the cheeks these are fabulous.
“Our Mono Eyeshadows have been created to give beautifully pigmented colour.
Our soft and creamy formula provides an easy and smooth application,which is both blendable and buildable. Available in a variety of colours to suit all looks.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99
Another diamond, the shade range on these eyeshadows are pretty impressive and they are suprisingly pigmented. That being said they again have such a lovely finish are super easy to blend. I have the “Milk Chocolate” shade and it is beyond perfect for everyday.
“Our Definition Mascara has been created to define and separate lashes from corner to corner for a fanned out, clump free and wide-eyed effect.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect” – £2.49
Last but not least, this mascara is a game changer for me. I don’t tend to wear mascara on a daily basis (I have fairly sensitive eyes and tend to use mascara for occasions rather than every day). But, this gentle mascara has not irritated my eyes in the slightest. This doesn’t make your lashes look like falseys so if you’re more into full on drama or clumpy mascaras then this isn’t going to fit the brief. It looks so natural and just defines the eyes without it being obvious that it’s even there – which for me is perfect. Obviously I do like to go all out when it comes to special occasions, but for an every day makeup I am obsessed.
Overall it is safe to say that I am beyond impressed with this whole collection. Had I known it was going to be quite this epic I would have picked up a lot more products when I was there! But I can now crack on and trust that the standard of these ridiculously cheap products is beautiful. I don’t know how they’ve done, and I don’t need to – I’m just glad they did!!
This is the first subscription box I have tried from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box and honestly it was beautiful before I’d even opened the box! Straight away the rose gold logo had me hooked! (Shallow, but true!) The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is primarily a Subscription service for Cruelty Free makeup, beauty and hair products – but they also offer One Off Boxes, Build Your Own Boxes AND they have a general Beauty Shop, AND a Reward Scheme! So pretty much all bases covered there!
The Subscription Box is the perfect way to try out different brands and products that you may not normally come across – plus the amazing thing is if you fall in love with something you can continue to buy this from their Beauty Shop! The Month to Month Subscription costs £14.95 (this can be cancelled at any time) and the 3 Month Prepay costs £43.50 (£14.50 per month). They also have a 6 Month Prepay for £84.00 which reduces this down to £14.00 per month. This all being said, the value I received was way more than £14.95 (my math makes it over £30) so this really is super affordable – plus they even give discount on first orders!! That was too many numbers!! So let’s get going!
Finding Cruelty Free Deodorant can be a bit of a challenge, so this was a lovely product to include – not the most glamorous but definitely appreciated!! The fact that this deodorant comes in cream form, in a jar, could be a little unnerving. But! This genuinely works! It also leave underarms feeling super soft and moisturised which is a huge bonus. And the scent……. Oh the scent. This Lemon Breeze fragrance is so subtle but so refreshing and actually quite addictive! They also have a Lavender Fresh scent too which I would imagine smells just as beautiful. This deodorant is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free.
So this gorgeous little beauty bomb is a nourishing face cleanser in the form of a bar of soap – and it literally is beautiful. Lathered up with a little water it creates and creamy foamy cleanser that is just a dream. It smells incredible and is prefect for sensitive skin. It is super calming and leaves skin feeling as though it has already been moisturised! As well as being cruelty free, the ingredients are all so natural and the box is even made from plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging. Again this also has an alternative option of Cocoa Butter which is described as being good for dry skin and even eczema! At such an affordable price on its’ own I am positive I will be loading up!
RRP 5ml £8.00 / 10ml £16.00
So, a funny story! A little advice with this one – read the note inside the box.
In my excited state I of course had to jump straight in and ended up losing almost half of this product. It quite clearly states inside the box to be careful when opening this product due to its watery consistency – of course I didn’t see this until afterwards. Completely my fault – so please learn from my mistake! Anyway! This product is more of an eye treatment to me than an eye cream as such, and it is SO luscious. It instantly feels refreshing under the eyes and feels so soothing! This is genuinely amazing on tired eyes (which I seem to have a lot…) and it reduces puffiness like magic. The full size comes with a roller ball applicator and given how refreshing it is just using finger tips my brain can’t quite comprehend how amazing it would be with a roller ball! Definitely a favourite!
This was a nice surprise to find as Johnny Concert is a brand I strangely haven’t come across before. (I have since been nosing through their website!). The shade Desert Trap is a stunning Khaki shimmer shade that is absolutely bang on for me! The undertones are neutral so this would literally suit anyone, and the golden reflects give it that extra glow. A simply beautiful shade. Again this products’ ingredients are just brilliant, and as beautiful as this shade is there are SO many shades to choose from (29 if I counted correctly). Click here to view all the shades!
Now this product – a dry body oil mist – I wasn’t quite sure how to go about using. So (for once) I just followed the instructions and BAM! This is beyond awesome! It is a light weight but intensely moisturing spray body mist that is so ridiculously easy to use! A light spritz transforms the skin making it silky soft, and it smells amazing!!!! Because it is such a light mist it doesn’t even need to dry! This really is epic, and if I was forced to choose a favourite product from this box I think this has to be it!
“Our Founder, Chloe has always been on a mission to make a difference. However, signing petitions, speaking out and avoiding Companies just wasn’t good enough-Yes, it kept her awake at night! She wanted something much bigger than that and to help people see what was happening in the world of Animal Testing and to help them make the change to Cruelty Free – Many people say you can’t change the world, if we all though like that what would get done’?
We have all always been aware of animal testing and boycotted the Companies who allow this, but then as time went on we realised we hadn’t been avoiding them at all. We realised just how sneaky Companies could be – Logo’s were fake, Companies sold in China, they didn’t test but 3rd parties did…. And so it unraveled! That’s when the light bulb went off – We needed something that made it simple for us to enjoy a Beauty Box but one we could trust & enjoy without any guilt whatsoever! Oh & to show these “ugly” companies that it’s beyond acceptable… and so the journey of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box began!”
So there it is!! Whether you want to surprise yourself with unknown new products every month, create your own box or just shop in a place that you can trust, The Cruelty Free Beauty Box has cracked it!!
Here are the products I have been obsessed with in May 2018!
Always in no particular order…
Thanks to the fabulous sunny weather we have been having I have been reaching for this gem pretty much every day. It gives a gorgeous natural glow and works wonders either under makeup or just on its own. Get glowing!
This little pot of joy has been a real joy to use. My lips do tend to be on the dry side, but this lip balm not only nourishes them to tip top condition, it smells amazing and feels so luxurious!
Another eyeshadow palette this month, this selection of colours have been my go to for when I want to amp up an eye look and want something a bit extra! The tones are so earthy and warm, really beautiful for summer – and so affordable!
Full Review & Swatches
Eden Perfumes is a brand I have focused on quite a lot, and I am still obsessed! Their idea of recreating favourites in a Cruelty Free versions is genius. No. 78 (Million Dollar Lady…..) is a classic scent I have loved for a long time and I am sure it will continue to be a firm favourite!
This express tan is not only super affordable AND cruelty free, but also develops in 60 minutes leaving a silky rich tan behind. No orange in sight, just a gorgeous olive glow. So easy and quick and pretty much fool proof – plus it smells amazing!
This little stunner has been such an amazing find for me. I came across Jasmine Rebeccas’ shop while on holiday and am so in love with this candle. There is a whole range of products and gifts on her website, and I can’t wait to try more!
I’ve actually had this for a while and am not sure why I am only just bringing it into a favourites post! This is the first cuticle oil that I have not only remember to use – but actually wanted to use! Every day! The packaging makes it so easy to apply and it makes my cuticles so soft and look so healthy!
Full Review, Swatches & Discount Code
This beautiful blush has been my go to in this gorgeous weather we have been having! It gives such a subtle flush and adds a natural pop of colour to the cheeks – perfect for summer! There are so many shades to choose from too!
Full Review & Swatches
Another product I have been using for a while now, this mask is just heavenly. It transforms my usual matted curls and leaves my hair super soft and completely tangle free. Absolutely amazing!
This is a very new product that has become a favourite incredibly quickly! I received this in The Pip Boxes’ May box, and I am beyond impressed. It doubles up as a fragrance and as a mood booster, and it genuinely works! I haven’t tried any products like this before, and as they have a range of fragrances to choose from I will definitely be buying some more!
The Pip Box
Lottie London Blush Crush is among the cutest blushers I think I have seen! I started with one of these, and now have three. They are just so darn adorable! There is an amazing colour range and they are so affordable. Named after male celebrities, these addictive blushers are so satisfying in so many ways!
Lottie London Claims:
A collection of easily blendable powder blushes, inspired by your favourite celeb crushes! Achieve perfectly pinched cheeks worthy of any selfie queen. Available in 6 beautiful and long-lasting shades to intensify your rosy glow. Simply swirl and pop onto cheekbones!
The most difficult part of this collection is deciding between your favourite shade or your favourite person, but either way I am hooked! I have the shades “Justin”, “Nick” and “Harry” (although I chose these for the shades and not the person they represent…. definitely… I think…).
“Justin” is a gorgeous soft blush in the perfect rose shade. Totally matte, this is the most natural looking blush out of the three.
“Nick” is definitely pink! It is the brightest blush of these and has a shimmer finish (a subtle shimmer though, more glowy than glitter).
“Harry” is a gorgeous deep red toned blush. Something like this would normally be out of my comfort zone, but the shade is muted and more on the natural side – probably now my favourite!
The pigmentation of these is superb. They are not over the top (so there isn’t the risk of looking like a clown…) but they are pigmented enough to build up and they blend like a dream. They are powder (obviously) but have an almost creamy feel to them which is probably what makes them look so natural and flawless. No chalkiness in sight!
Packaging wise we have established that they are beyond cute – but they are genuinely bang on. The size is perfect to travel around (and there is a mirror!), and the amount of product included is in my opinion very generous! These are priced at £4.95, which makes me rather happy! Super affordable and a shade for every skin tone and occasion! The Blush Crush Powder Blushes are simply genius – and if you can’t pick your favourite (like me) then just get the lot – after all it would be rude to leave anyone out right!?
No7 has such a wide range of products it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start! I came across the No7 Skin Illuminator when I was actually looking for a glowy BB cream. And while this doesn’t provide coverage, it does give such a beautiful glowy sheen to the skin and I have fallen in love with it!
Multi-faceted light reflectors instantly enhance your complexion, for a natural looking radiance.
And that’s it. It literally does what it says on the tin (or tube in this case). I think that what I love so much about this is just how natural it is. If you’re looking for a blinding highlight then this probably isn’t the product for you, but it gives a radiant glowy finish to the skin that is so addictive! I use it under a BB cream, as I think putting a full coverage foundation over the top would just cover up the gorgeous finish of this and would be a bit pointless! As I mentioned earlier this product doesn’t provide any coverage, but it makes skin look so healthy I end up trying to cover up as little as possible! A thin layer over the top of a moisturiser on “no makeup” days is spot on.
The No7 Skin Illuminator comes in 2 shades. I have the shade Nude and it is absolutely perfect. They also have a Bronze shade which I am desperate to try out as I think it will be beautiful for Summer.
The packaging is great, and I love the simple design of No7 products – keeping it looking classic and elegant. The 30ml tube will last ages, as a pea sized amount (a small pea – think “petit-pois”) literally covers the whole face. Priced at £12.50 this can seem on the expensive side compared to other brands with primer style products, but the No7 Skin Illuminator is completely different to any product I have used.
So even though my first encounter with this product was on a search for something different, I am SO glad I found it! A wonderful happy accident – some things are just meant to be!