Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Three high end beauty brands you probably didn't know were cruelty free


As I spoke about before here, I've been trying to make a big effort to use only cruelty free make up and skincare and I won't lie, it is hard. It's been hard finding brands that are completely cruelty free in terms of their practice but are also not being owned by a bigger brand who isn't, (hello Body Shop). It is also hard finding brands that don't look like they'd only be sold in Holland and Barrett or similar- no offence to Holland and Barrett, I love that shop, but it isn't where I want to go to spoil myself with new beauty treats. Also I had a few cult favourite products that have been almost impossible to find cruelty free alternatives for. That being said though, there have been a few pleasant surprises along the way, mainly in the form of brands who I never thought were cruelty free but was then pleasantly surprised to find were, so surprised, I couldn't resist sharing them with you.



Without further ado then, let's get to it...
1. Iconic London
I am reasonably new to this brand and have so far only tried their evo brushes but I am literally obsessed. They are probably the softest brushes I have ever felt and are so so dense that they blend your foundation in better than any other brush I've used (and I've tried a lot). They even manage to pack product into my usually impossible to fill huge open pores (attractive), and I've never found any brush that could do that before!The only down side is the amount of time it takes to clean them- they are so dense that at one point I literally could not remember my life before I was cleaning the foundation one.

They also do a reasonably limited face make up range with contour products and an illuminator which people have been raving about everywhere, so definitely one to watch. Even better for me they're sold in Harvey Nichols and having just moved to Liverpool there's one right here!

2. Hourglass
I'm only really familiar with one product from this brand- the ambient lighting palette- it's a cult favourite with three shades which, when worn on top of the luminating CC serum above gives the illusion of 8 hours sleep. I am still trying to master using a highlighter in a way that looks natural and glowy rather than greasy and this is the first that's made me (almost) master that.
I also recently got hold of the new lip stylo and I already love it, super moisturising and long lasting, though I still have to reapply several times per day- maybe because I eat and drink more than is average? Trying to summon up the courage to post pics with it on, but not sure I'm quite there yet...

I was looking at their products in Harvey Nichols last week and saw their ambient lighting powder and the lady on the counter said it makes you look like you're wearing a snapchat filter which I sort of dismissed, however later that evening I was playing around on snapchat and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since... If there is even a fraction of truth in that statement then I am pretty much going to be obsessed. 


3. By Terry
Again another brand I am reasonably new to and another brand I am obsessed with. I got the luminating CC serum for Christmas and it is such a gamechanger. It is basically a serum supercharged with bronzer that makes your skin literally glow. As it's a skincare product it's not as heavy as bronzer and also makes your skin feel amazing! I have quite a dark shade- sunny flash which is perfect when you've fake tanned your body and don't have foundation to make your face match your body!

I also got a Baume de rose tinted lip balm, I can't say this is head and shoulders about other lip balms but it's certainly up there and the packaging does give it an edge over pretty much every other lip balm I can think of. It does also go a long way as it really lasts meaning you apply it far less frequently than with other cheaper brands. I love using it especially right before bed, brushing my Lush lip scrub onto my lips with a toothbrush (I have a separate one for this!), then applying a thick layer of the balm and I wake up with my lips feeling lovely and staying feeling that way all day.

That's it for now, I am so enjoying discovering new cruelty free beauty brands and am considering roping my make up artist sister into a mammoth make up playing/ blogging session so she can show me how to really use the products to their potential!

I also have a VERY exciting giveaway coming later this week so keep your eyes peeled for that one...

*Contains PR samples*
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18 comments

  1. That highlighter palette looks unreal *inserts heart eye emoji* are they all highlighters? Could you use any as eyeshadows or would the colour be too subtle? I want one, it's also my lunchbreak now and sooo tempted by a little lunchbreak shopping spree!

    ps I did actually go and get the lip stylo after i saw you putting it on on your insta stories- lush!

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    1. OOh someone else asked about using them as eyeshadows and you know, I think you could, (though I haven't tried). They would be very subtle but lovely and natural I would think. I should try! Let me know if you do!
      Farah x

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    2. Oh and I hope you love the lip stylo- I'm obsessed with mine!

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  2. I have been thinking about getting Baume de Rose for the last year but still not decided if I can bear to spend the best part of £50 on a lip balm... You have almost convinced me but I would have to hide the receipt from hubby if I did!
    Ella X

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    1. Ha ha, yes it's definitely one to hide the receipt for, on the plus side it lasts for ages, so almost an investment?!

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  3. These pictures are gorge <3
    Please do a home tour soon!
    xo

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    1. Ah thank you, keep toying with the idea of showing ore of my home/ myself but not summoned up the courage yet. Maybe soon though! Watch this space!
      Farah x

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  4. Beautiful photos and I had actually not heard of Iconic, though I had seen those oval brushes in places before and wondered if they were any good. I'd love to see pictures of how foundation looks applied with these brushes!

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    1. Hi, I think I might do a post showing the effect the brushes produce as they really do blend the foundation in so so well, and it's hard to understand just how well they work without seeing that visually.
      Farah x

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  5. Love love love this post, have you tried the Iconic Pro palm brush? Is it bigger? I am thinking about getting it but not sure if it looks easy to use!

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    1. Hi, no I haven't, but I want to!! It's on the wish list!!
      Farah x

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  6. Hannah Woodhouse12 March 2017 at 10:11

    I have actually never heard of any of these makes. They don't sell them in the Debenhams where I live. I really really want to try the bronzing serum, I've never made a big beauty purchase like that without trying it before. Please do keep doing these beauty posts, I'm really enjoying them!
    Hannah xxxx

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    1. Thank you! I am enjoying writing them too. The serum is amazing, it literally transforms your skin so so quickly! I really don't think you'll be disappointed if you invest, and I would never encourage anyone to spend that sort of money on something unless I thought they'd love it!
      Farah x

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  7. That palette looks beautiful. I can imagine it on my dressing table, have you used them as eyeshadows as well? I can see myself using it as eyeshadow, blusher and highlighter! Definitely purchasing!

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    1. Oh someone else suggested using it as eyeshadow also, I hadn't thought of that but now really want to! It would look lovely on a dressing table, the packaging is so so nice, even the box it comes in looks super luxe!
      Farah x

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  8. I would love to be able to try these wonderful products. I really like the Evo brushes.

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  9. Very informative thanks for this, enjoy your site.

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  10. Those brushes and face palette are gorgeous :)) Hourglass ptoducts are always hard to resist

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