No More Nasties: The Best Vegan And Cruelty-Free Beauty

Concerned about what's going into your beauty? Here’s the good girl’s guide to vegan beauty and cruelty-free buys…

If you’re concerned about what’s going into your beauty buys you’re not alone. It feels like loads of people are now getting clued up on vegan beauty and cruelty-free buys hunting out the products that don’t cause harm to our furry friends.

Cruelty-Free Beauty

Keep an eye out for a bunny hopping around on the back of your beauty products. It’s basically a representation of PETAs Beauty Without Bunnies programme, which indicates that the product, and its ingredients, have never been tested on animals. While animal testing is illegal in the UK, many major brands get around it by allowing the ingredients they then use to be tested on animals outside of the UK. Thankfully a rising number of cosmetic cool kids are opting for alternative methods. Including using human cells and/or advanced computer-modelling techniques. High fives for ethical science…

Some of our fave cruelty-free beauty buys

Basic Bitch Lipsticks, £18  were created by loud and proud vegan (and ex-Made in Chelsea star) Lucy Watson and we are obsessed! Her cruelty-free lippys come in three essential shades – from a gorgeous nude (Errday) to a classic red (Queen Bee) and the orange-hued Peachy Perfect. Trust us, you’ll want them all.

Peachy 👄😉

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Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner, £16 is one of the blackest eyeliners we’ve ever used and it’s felt tip applicator makes it a dream to apply. Draw it close to your lashes and then flick out at the outer ends for a gorgeous feline look.

Sarah Hill Glitter, £15 is the ONLY glitter you need in your makeup bag. Sarah’s motto is ‘Tested on Grannies, Not Animals’ and all 90% of her products are completely vegan.  Every one of the glitter colours (from Flamingo Pink to Royal Purple) are super pigmented and can be applied to your hair, nails, lips, cheeks or eyelids for a splash of sparkly colour. Our top tip? Use some eye cream or primer as a base to give the glitter something to grip onto and you’ll be disco-ready in no time.


Kiko Soft Focus Concealer, £7.50 is the perfect dupe for YSL’s Touche Eclat – and best of all it’s a third of the price. In fact, Kiko do cruelty-free versions of pretty much all of your favourite cult classics. We also love their 218 wet and dry eyeshadow – at £4.40 it’s the closest we’ve come to Nars Orgasm without going into our overdraft.


Vegan Beauty

You might not know (we didn’t!) but many brushes and bits of make-up are made from animal derived ingredients. Your tools may be sporting some goat or pony hair, while those shimmery highlighters and eyeshadows could be laden with fish scales or mineral mica. Gross.

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But don’t panic, you can follow in Kourtney Kardashian’s newly-found footsteps and opt for vegan beauty making the most of non-animal related options. The benefits to your skin (and conscience) are well worth the effort. Here you go Kourt & co, our best vegan beauty finds…

Some of our favourite vegan beauty buys

Inika Vegan Lipstick, £18 contains at least 70% organic ingredients and is 100% free from animal produce. Not only do they provide amazing colour that lasts all day long, they are also super nourishing too. Don’t leave the house without one.

Damn Rebel Bitches, £75  Created in bonnie Scotland, this gorgeous perfume is completely vegan and cruelty-free and is sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Don’t be put off by the name – this stunning scent was inspired by Scotland’s Jacobite women and has hints of blood orange, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, clary sage and malt. Seriously addictive!

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, £34  is not only a vegan-friendly, it also meets all the highest organic standards and supports even the most sensitive and reactive skin. Perfect for curing your winter skin woes.

Eos Balm, £5.95 comes in aaaall of the flavours you could ever imagine. Cute little dome pots that you can always find at the bottom of your bag and are totally vegan. Pucker up for a shea butter hit of hydration.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Brushes, from £13.95  You’d be surprised how tricky it is to find vegan-friendly makeup brushes. So when we found out just how good these 100% vegan tools produced by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are, we couldn’t help but get hooked. Fancy something a bit more colourful? Spectrum Brushes have Insta worthy sets starting from£29.99.

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, £34  is not only a vegan-friendly, it also meets all the highest organic standards and supports even the most sensitive and reactive skin. Hello winter glow, we actually look normal again!