GUEST BLOGGER LILY GRAY: Animal Cruelty-Free Make-up

Animal cruelty has always seemed to be something that I've cared about deeply, so I decided to go full vegetarian (while also incorporating vegan into my daily life) and cruelty-free with all my cosmetics. Doing so allowed me to introduce my beliefs into a daily practice, and has become a very enjoyable way of life for me; knowing that everything you do and use isn't having a negative impact on innocent lives is something I find very humbling. 

There are plenty of articles out there on cruelty-free and vegan make-up, but I could never find one that I personally found interesting to read and informative enough, so, with the kind opportunity from Daniella, here is my guide to cruelty-free make-up and cosmetics!

Any vegetarian lover of cosmetics will tell you that Lush is an excellent starting point because it is a store solely centred around the well-being of animals and campaigns against animal testing. Not to mention the products are fantastic! 

To start my cleansing routine, I use Ultrabland. This is a very versatile product containing beeswax and rose. I apply this all over my face using my fingertips, including my eyes to remove any eye make-up that may be there. To remove it, I spray a little Eau Roma Water onto some cotton pads (remember to use both sides!) and wipe my face all over. It removes all of the dirt and make-up that was there before, extremely quickly and astonishingly easily. The toner waters main ingredients are lavender and rose water, which are hydrating and incredibly gentle. A must-have for those like me, with sensitive skin. To finish off, I get a little Celestial onto my fingertips and rub them together to break down the products. I then apply it all over my face. It is a very thick moisturiser, however it sets into the skin quickly and makeup can be worn over the top of it. Celestial contains Orchid extract, which is soothing for the skin. This moisturiser also needs to be on the shopping list of all sensitive skin folk as it is so gentle.

My make-up contains some high-end brands and also some very cheap drug-store products. 
To start my make-up routine, I use Urban Decay's Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion. Urban Decay are a high-end brand and this product is a bit pricey, but in my opinion, completely worth it! It's very lightweight and my make-up has lasted a noticeably longer time during the day. Not to mention, Urban Decay is completely vegan with their slogan being "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" Result!

Next up is my base. My concealer and foundation are both from E.L.F. (Eyes. Lips. Face.). Elf are a cruelty-free cosmetics company, at incredibly affordable prices. I am really pale but their Complete Coverage Concealer in the lightest shade is perfect for me. My foundation is called Flawless Finish Foundation with SPF 15 and no oil. It applies very smoothly and evenly with a foundation brush and looks wonderful.

For my eyebrows, I also use a very cheap product in the form of Superdrug's exclusive, 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand 'B'. It is a great place to start if you're on a budget. I use the eyebrow pencil B. Groomed Eyebrow Kit. This comes as a pencil on one end and a wax on the other, so your brows can stay put all day long!

My favourite product of all is Urban Decay's 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in perversion, which is a deep, intense black. Ever since I got this product about a month ago, I have not shut up about it, purely for the fact that I cannot fault it! It doesn't move! I have had problems with how long my eyeliner stays on, but this one is absolutely perfect. The brush is very thin and can create the most defined flicks imaginable and stays like that all day. I read a lot of reviews online about it saying that it was a nightmare to remove, but using 'Ultrabland' I have had no problems. 

To top of my eyeliner I use Elf's Defining Mascara which works really well, creating length and volume very easily.

For my shower routine, I use 'Original Source' Coconut shower gel, which is vegan! It smells amazing and you can get it at most supermarkets. For my hair, I use 'Naked' shampoo and conditioner for brunette and coloured hair which contains elderflower and smells beautiful. These are available at Boots.

Superdrug is a place I spend far too much time in because of its cruelty-free status. As a keen hair dyer I find it really useful because it sells vegetarian and cruelty-free bleach kits which I have found hard to come by! Superdrug It's also useful for other bits and bobs like deodorant, fake tan, hand lotion, etc. 
If you're unsure about any products being cruelty-free, look out for the all-important leaping bunny logo and log onto for a load of information, including a list of cruelty-free brands. 

I really hope you have found this useful! If you have any questions, about this article or going vegetarian, don't hesitate to contact me at: and feel free to follow me on Instagram: cxrcumambient 
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As of yet, I don't have my own blog, but let me know if you enjoyed this post and I may begin one! 

Thank you to Daniella for giving me this opportunity to get my writing out!

Have a lovely day,



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