World Vegan Month Part II

Hi friends! I nearly forgot I was meant to be writing a blog this week, and it’s only the second one…

So seen as this is very last minute (I’m going away for the weekend), I thought I would quickly go through some of my favourite vegan beauty products.

  1. Barry M – affordable and fab quality. My favourite products are the liquid eyeliner and basically all of the nail varnishes. On their website all of the products which are vegan have a little green symbol, which is super helpful.
  2. GOSH – the mineral foundation powder and foundation drops are amazing for the price. If you have dry skin, the drops are an absolute lifesaver.
  3. Collection – I know this one is quite controversial and some people believe their statement on their animal testing policy is too confusing, but I think it’s perfectly straight forward. See for yourself here. I’ve never used a concealer as good as their Lasting Perfection Concealer, and for less than a fiver and vegan, it’s a massive win.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury – a high end cruelty free brand here with loads of vegan products available.
  5. Sleek– Another affordable brand with high quality products. Their eyeshadow palettes are to die for.

I promise next week I’ll come up with something more insightful. Or, I’ll try my best at least.

 

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Foundation Review: GOSH Foundation Drops

I’ve been on the hunt for a MAC Studio Fix replacement for ages now. I’ve started with high street brands, cause it would be nice to find a budget AND cruelty free alternative.

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This is the first high street foundation that comes close to my actual skin tone. Usually they’re just too dark or too orange.
The texture is really thin (hence drops) which makes it quite greasy, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to someone with oily skin. For my combination skin though,  it’s great once I’ve applied powder. It’s also not suitable to be applied with a stippler brush, I use a sponge.
The liquidyness also means coverage is buildable, though you would need to use quite a lot for full coverage.
It lasts really well, tried and tested on several shifts serving in a busy pub:

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Before a seven hour shift…

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After a seven hour shift. (See also: Tanya Burr lip gloss in Berry Picking, only reapplied after eating once. Also the colour is amazing).

I realise you can’t really tell because the pictures are rubbish but you get the idea. Also, disclaimer, I did use primer.

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All in all I would give this foundation a 7/10. Very impressed. I’ll be testing out the GOSH Apricot primer next!

GOSH Makeup Haul

I seem to be making a habit of going shopping for one particular thing or reason, and coming home with a whole haul. Monday was no exception, as a very hungover two housemates and myself went in search of lunch the afternoon after the No Tomorrow festival weekend, settling in Bella Italia (so many carbs, mmm) before heading for a gander around the shops.

I went into Superdrug looking for a BB Cream, because I want an easy product to use on my face so I can pack lightly when I go on my travels over summer. I found it in the shape of Gosh’s BB Cream Foundation in the shade 002 (the lightest, of course) which is an all-in-one product which I am hoping will do the job.

I’ve never really used many products from GOSH in the past, but after finding out they were cruelty free I thought I’d try them out; and I’m glad I did because I’m in love with their Intense Eye Liner Pen which I bought a few weeks ago. So can you blame me for taking advantage of the buy one get one half price deal?

I’ve wanted to jump on the mineral powder bandwagon for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity (not for my bank account, unfortunately). I bought the Mineral Powder and the GOSH mineral powder brush (which wasn’t in the deal, but, hey…) and I love it. It goes on so nicely, the coverage is brilliant and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

My final product that I argued, mostly with myself, that I really needed and couldn’t leave the shop without it: Velvet Touch Lipliner. To be fair, I do wear lipstick quite a lot and I’ve been told it’s a crime to wear lippy without a liner so…it’s justified, right?

That’s all for now, I know it might seem like a small haul, but spending over £20 as a student hurtling towards graduation makes it a big deal, I promise. I’ll probably be back and rambling on about other purchases I’ve made (I have a bit of a shoe problem, as well as cosmetics, at the moment) in the next couple of days. Though I am going to a ball tonight and a social tomorrow night and all the socialising might wear me out a little too much, so we’ll have to see. 🙂

(Sources: superdrug.com, goshcosmetics.com)