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Tuesday Treat – Superdrug Vegan Beauty Buys

I’ve always been a faithful Boots shopper. But since becoming vegan, I’ve wanted a more ethical choice, more organic products, more environmentally friendly products and definitely 100% vegan. In one of the vegan Facebook groups I’m in, someone posted about most Superdrug products being vegan. I was thrilled! Not all of the vegan beauty products I’ve bought have done the job or they’ve been expensive or they’ve only been available online and come with a hefty postage and packing charge. (I understand why, especially for smaller companies, but my money will only stretch so far!) I don’t buy a lot of make up, and generally keep things until they run out so a few things did need replacing. I decided it was time to embrace Superdrug vegan products.

Superdrug vegan products

I can’t explain how happy the clear labelling made me! As any vegan will know, you become really good at scanning labels and ingredient lists, just in case, but with everything labelled as suitable for vegetarians and/or vegans, it made it very easy. I’ve since been back and bought some shampoo and will be using Superdrug again. That’s not to say that I’m abandoning Lush or Green People, it’s just good to have options! Plus I’m always a sucker for cherry red nail varnish. Perfect at cheering up even the dullest December day.

Vegan Beauty

I’ve never been the kind of girl to spend a lot of time and money on make up. Instead, I’d always be looking for the best moisturiser or the shampoo and conditioner that helped control my fizzy mane. As I get older, I still want a good moisturiser, but it also needs to contain an SPF. I also want my beauty products to be cruelty free and use as few animal products as possible. Here’s what I’ve been using lately.

Vegan Beauty

|| 1. Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – Lush || 2. Vinali Exfoliating Soap – LoveLuna || 3. Sensitive Daily Cream – Burt’s Bees || 4. UrbanVeda Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish – LoveLuna || 5. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – Lush || 6. Jason Aloe Vera Body Lotion – Big Green Smile ||

[Images via respective sources]

I love the shampoo bar from Lush. Not only does it not have any packaging, but it’s a great shampoo. Poppy does like to eat soap, so we have to keep it in one of the Lush tins but I honestly don’t think I’ll go back to bottled shampoo. This little bar packs a real punch. For years I’ve been making my own sugar scrub, but I wanted something quick and easy to use and this exfoliator bar is perfect. It’s got a lovely smell and does the job. I needed some facial moisturiser and was given the Burt’s Bees one for Christmas. It’s great, lasts ages and isn’t too greasy. Throughout winter, I needed to make sure I took care of my skin by using a gentle facial exfoliator and this one by UrbanVeda is brilliant. It’s really gentle, smells great and you only need a little. Love it! The Olive Branch shower gel by Lush is a recent find but I love it so much. It’s got a great smell and really helps to keep your skin soft and supple. The Jason Aloe Vera lotion is my best find ever. I suffer from really dry skin and this little beauty has kept my skin in tip top shape all through winter. I will never use anything else!

#BEDM – Fashion, Beauty and Grooming

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been concerned about animal welfare. Recently I discovered that the shampoo I was using had been tested on animals. Naively, I thought we were passed this for cosmetics. I choose not to eat meat because I cannot separate the supercute image of lambs in the field with food on my plate. It’s my choice. Therefore, I don’t want animal products on my face or in my hair. So began the hunt for cosmetics that were cruelty free and vegan if possible. I’m not much of a makeup person. I can go weeks without a scrap of makeup. (I’m not making a statement, I’m just lazy!) Grooming, however, is more important to me. Mainly because it makes me feel better and a good indication of my mental state e.g. if I’m not grooming, I’m not in a good way. As my old makeup and products run out, I’m looking for and using cruelty free products.

 

natural beauty

1. Lavera Foundation // 2. Organic Surge Body Cream // 3. Lavera Organic Deodorant //

4. Hairy Jane Shampoo // 5. Hairy Jane Heat Protector // 6. Hairy Jane Conditioner //

I’ve had some shocking foundation experiences in my time. (Haven’t we all?!) So I always go for the lightest in colour, as my skin is akin to that of the Cullen family e.g. deathly pale. The Lavera foundation is pretty good, especially seeing that I couldn’t test it before I bought it. It’s quite thick and requires quite a shake before using for the first time. A little goes a long way so you don’t need much at all and it covers well. I love a good body butter, the thicker the better. I have crazily dry skin from head to toe so I need something that does the job and will moisturise my skin all day. This Organic Surge body butter has a lovely smell, lasts for ages and does the job. I’ve since bought a second tub and wouldn’t swap it for the world. Okay, I’m going to admit something to you now. I don’t shower every day. Obviously if I’ve worked out, then I do, but if I haven’t, I just don’t. So I need a deodorant that’s going to last. I’ve used organic deodorants in the past and they’ve not quite done the job, so I was slightly reluctant with this one, especially as it’s not cheap. But hey, money isn’t everything. I don’t think stuff being cheap is always a good thing. This Lavera Deodorant does what it’s supposed to and I’ve really put it to the test. Feel free to smell me if we ever meet up! (Kidding. Please don’t. That would just be weird!)

One thing I am quite precious about is my hair. No really! After years and years of having dull, frizzy hair, I’d finally managed to get gorgeous, shiny locks. I was devastated to find out my super shiny shampoo was tested on animals. I needed to find something decent to replace them. I’d used a Lush Shampoo & conditioner, but wasn’t overly keen. Then I read about Hairy Jane over on A Little Bird (at least, I’m pretty sure that’s where I saw it, but I can’t seem to find the post now!) Hairy Jane are handmade hair products by a hairdresser in Brixton. I love them! They smell great and make my hair super shiny. I use the nourishing shampoo, light conditioner and the hair perfume with heat protection, whether I’m straightening my hair or not. I think it’s fair to say that I’ve found the shampoo and conditioner that I’m going to use for the foreseeable future. Great smell, great shine, ethically sourced ingredients = happy me.

How about you? Do you have any products that you simply couldn’t live without?

Tuesday Treat – My Favourite Lush Products

I’m not much of a ‘beauty’ person. Most days I don’t wear makeup (because I’m lazy!) and I’ve always preferred lotions & potions. I have really dry skin and suffer quite badly from it during the winter, when it can become quite painful. So I’ve been looking for products that can help me. I really like Lush products. They’re cruelty free and you can return the packaging back to the shop. Fab! And I thought that the more natural the ingredients, the better for my skin. These are what I’ve been using recently.

Lovely LushH’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment £8.95 // Flying Fox Shower Gel £9.95 // Ocean Salt Facial Scrub £13.25

The Ocean Salt facial scrub is A-mazing. It smells great & it really leaves your skin feeling lovely and clean. I have tried a lot of facial scrubs in my time but nothing has ever got my skin feeling soft, smooth & tingly. Flying Fox shower gel has a lovely warm honey smell to it and it’s the honey that makes it so good for my skin. Despite the drop in temperature so far, my skin isn’t showing any signs of dryness yet. While my hair is generally in pretty good condition, when I straighten it regularly, the ends split really badly and the H’Suan Wen Hua really helps to keep it all in shiny condition.

Do you have any beauty products that you swear by? Does your skin change during the colder winter months?