Yesterday was my last day of work for my summer job and instead of going straight home, I walked over Hungerford bridge, past Embankment tube station and continued to Covent garden. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and it was lovely and sunny, I however was not dressed for the weather because I was wearing jeans, a turtle neck, a zip-up jacket plus I had my winter coat hung over my arm. I was hot and a little uncomfortable. All of these items were appropriate for that morning because I left for work at 6am and it was blimmin’ cold then. Even though I was boiling in the heat, I still decided I didn’t want to go home yet. Instead, I was mentally writing a list of all the skincare and makeup items I had run out it. I decided Boots was a good shout for vegan and cruelty free makeup but every store I went into was only a small branch and didn’t stock the brands I was after.
I continued on and spotted Holland and Barrett and picked up all the items below:I swiped MiaFlora Rosehip Oil from the shelf because I’ve read many articles claiming it’s anti-aging benefits and how it’s a staple for great skin. I can never justify spending £20 on organic rosehip oil as it’s often priced, and amazingly this product was half price so I didn’t pass on the opportunity.
A couple shelves down stocked a small range of Sukin skincare and there sitting pretty was the moisturiser I was looking for. I’ve recently decided to go down the route for oil balancing skincare products to help with my shiny situation. I don’t think it’s enough for me to just use a primer and a powder to target excess oils. This moisturiser in conjunction with my oil balancing toner should make a difference. Sukin is a fabulous brand for affordable vegan skincare and is my go-to.
Lastly, I picked up the Dr. Organics Tea Tree Toothpaste because it was only a pound and tea tree is antibacterial so a win win for oral hygiene, plus it’s vegan. I haven’t thought about replacing my tooth paste for a vegan one because I have two open tubes but since this was only a pound I couldn’t pass it up.Moving onto the most important product in makeup: mascara. I have been scraping the sides of the tube for a couple weeks now because I haven’t had spare time to go shopping. I was also struggling to think of a drugstore brand that sold vegan mascara… I knew that The Body Shop sell a range of vegan makeup and thought it my safest bet. Incredibly, the vegan makeup was labelled clearly on the price tag making it so easy to shop. One thing I hate is asking whether something is vegan or not because I’ve had two incidences that have left me embarrassed and feeling awkward, unwelcomed and even a little annoyed. Both times have been food related and the companies fault, the first was an incorrectly labeled item and second, they didn’t take the item off the menu (and had a really bad attitude). Both of these caused unnecessary confusion and horror for me. I’m quite shy when it comes to requesting a certain order and asking for it to be changed if it’s wrong.
Anyway… getting back to makeup. The body Shop are selling single shades with shade palette cases, I realise I might be late to this discovery but I only knew about this yesterday. A HUGE pro with The Body Shop palette case is the mirror! How amazing is that, it will make doing my makeup on the tube 10x easier. I was so impressed and it came at perfect timing because I was looking for a single brown shade to replace the last tiny bit of product I had of a MAC eyeshadow (Espresso) which I’ve been using for my eyebrows since my first year of college, 2014. I 100% agree I should have thrown it away already so I did just now.
The last thing I bought was a full coverage matte clay concealer in shade 026 for under eyes and spots, I’m hoping this is my colour, it appeared to blend with my skin colour in the shop but I will have to try it out.
I hope you enjoyed looking at what I bought and please leave a comment if you think I should know about any other uk drugstore brands that are vegan and cruelty free.
Thanks for reading,