While my first passion is food, I also love good-quality vegan beauty products. This is a running list that I will continue to update as I discover new HG (“Holy Grail”) products. For more info, check out my: Vegan Beauty Product Reviews Pinterest Board – “Vegan Beauty Products – Reviews” Pinterest Board – “Vegan Beauty Products To Try” (my wishlist)
Pacifica – Solid Perfumes
From candles and diffusers, to sprays and lotions, I love everything from Pacifica. They’re a 100% vegan line of home and beauty products that smell absolutely incredible. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be their solid perfume tins. They’re affordable, lightweight and air-travel friendly. I always have one or two of them in my handbag, and I love giving them to my girlfriends. My favorite scents right now are Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Indian Coconut Nectar and Tuscan Blood Orange.
Alba Botanica – Kukui Nut Body Cream
I’ve been giving Alba Botanica Kukui Nut Body Cream to friends for years and now so many people I know are hooked on this awesome vegan body cream! It’s rich and creamy and smells kind of like chocolate. I use it year-long, but it’s especially essential if I’m going somewhere tropical and my skin needs some after-sun pampering!
I like to use dry shampoos between washes to give my hair volume at the roots. My favorite brands are both vegan: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo and Batiste Dry Shampoo. The Klorane is slightly better but much more expensive, so I buy Batiste unless the Klorane is on sale.
Where to buy: Many drug stores in Canada/Australia/USA, Amazon
Lush Cosmetics – Fresh Farmacy Soothing Calamine Cleanser Bar
I’ve been using Lush’s Fresh Farmacy Soothing Calamine Cleanser Bar ever since my university days. The formula is so creamy and calming, perfect for when my skin is breaking out or just feeling overly sensitive.
Yes To – Facial Towelettes
I’ve been using these Yes To Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes for about a
month year now and I’m very happy with how they remove makeup and clean my skin. I leave a pack by my bed, so if I’m too lazy to wash off my makeup in the bathroom, I can quickly swipe it off in bed. I’ve read that the Blueberry ones are even better, so I plan on trying those soon.
Yes To – Facial Moisturizers
I use the Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 everyday and when I’m not lazy and don’t forget to wash my face (oops!), the Yes To Cucumbers Calming Night Cream at night. I like that the formulas are lightweight and Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben-Free, that they’re packaged in a pump rather than a jar, and that they’re inexpensive and widely available. While some of the Yes To range contains honey or beeswax, these products are 100% vegan and receive good reviews from beauty product reviewer Paula Begoun.
Derma e – Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel
Eating right, drinking lots of water, working out, and using a good SPF can go a long way in making you feel and look younger than you actually are. But sometimes you need a little help, and that’s where AHAs come in. The Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel With Alpha Hydroxy Acids from derma e gets a great review from beauty product reviewer Paula Begoun. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and I’ve been very pleased with the way my skin looks and feels in the morning. Derma e is a family-owned 100% vegan skincare line that doesn’t contain harmful parabens, phthalates,sodium lauryl sulfate, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors or GMOs.
I’ve replaced margarine with coconut oil in most of my baking, and I’ve also been using it in my beauty regime for some time now. My favorite uses for it are as a deep conditioner for my hair (put it on, wrap a warm towel around your head for 20 minutes, wash it out), and as a gentle eye makeup remover (it does wonders on waterproof makeup). Try to buy cold-pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil if you can. For more info and tips on using coconut oil, read my “What is Coconut Oil?” post.
Where to buy: Health food stores, some grocery stores, Amazon
Too Faced – Kabuki Brush
This is my #1 favorite beauty tool. Too Faced sweetly claim that their cruelty-free Kabuki Brush is made with “100% teddy bear hair”. Love it! While this brush may seem on the pricey side, it’s a good quality tool that will last you for years. I use mine with my bronzer everyday and hand wash it every other week. I even bought it for my mom a few years ago and she still talks about how great it is. I can’t say enough good things about this brush!
Too Faced – Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer
This is another product that I’ve been using for years. There are certainly cheaper alternatives on the market, but I keep going back to the Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer from Too Faced because of how natural looks. It gives me a sun-kissed glow any time of the year, the packaging looks great, there’s a mirror inside the compact’s lid, and one of these babies lasts me about a year and a half. Love!
100% Pure – Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain
I’ve just recently discovered Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain from 100% Pure (July 2014) and I just love it. It has a similar effect to Benefit’s (non-vegan) cheek stain, but it’s coloured from fruit and vegetable pigments and like most products in the 100% Pure range, it’s vegan and gluten free. I love the rosy pink tint it gives my cheeks, which lasts for hours (if not all day). And it stains your lips with a beautiful colour, as though you’ve just eaten a cherry-flavoured popsicle. See my Instagram snap to see what I mean.
Natio – Cleverstick
I’ve been using Natio Cleverstick SPF 15 in “Natural” as my concealer for years now, but it’s actually an all-in-one foundation, concealer and powder. Natio is an Australian company that makes affordable makeup and beauty products. They don’t test on animals, and while a few of their products aren’t vegan (because they beeswax, carmine, honey or lanolin), all ingredients are clearly listed on each product page of their website, so it’s very easy to tell what’s vegan or not.
Where to buy: Most drugstores in Australia, Natio
Wet n Wild – Mega Last Lip Color
Super affordable and providing great coverage, Wet n Wild’s Mega Last Lip Color is my go-to vegan lipstick. I particularly love the shade #902C (Bare It All) – it’s the perfect nude matte lipstick, and you can top it off with a bit of gloss if you want a shiny look. (Note: not all Wet n Wild products are vegan, as some do contain carmine. Here’s a complete list of Wet n Wild’s vegan products.)
Where to buy: Amazon, Walmart, and most good drugstores in the USA & Canada.
Sleek Make Up – Matte Me
Sleek’s matte finish liquid lipsticks are my latest obsession with great pigmentation that lasts a good part of the day. I’m not usually a pink/purple person but I adore the rich orchid colour of “Fandago Purple”. I also love “Rioja Red”, “Party Pink”, and “Birthday Suit” for an everyday nude look. And at under $10, they’re an absolute steal!
Ofra – Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick
I got a tube of Ofra – Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the “Plumas” shade in the January 2014 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. I absolutely LOVE the way this feels and smells (like chocolate/vanilla). It’s very long lasting and feels great! I only wish I could get it in Australia :(
Where to buy: Ofra Cosmetics
Too Faced – Bulletproof 24-Hour Eye Liner
Another winner from Too Faced! I wear the Too Faced Bulletproof 24-Hour Eye Liner in the “Dirt Bag” shade almost every day these days. Beautiful rich colour, easy to use, and long-lasting. What’s not to love!
Urban Decay – Lush Lash Mascara I really love the vegan Lush Lash Mascara from Urban Decay. It’s got a great brush and the mascara itself is very wet so you can layer it without it looking brittle or clumpy.
Update: March 3, 2014 – Urban Decay is now owned by L’Oreal, a company that performs cruel and unnecessary animal testing. Urban Decay is therefore no longer considered a cruelty-free (and therefore vegan) company. Since finding out this news, have not repurchased this mascara. Instead, I now use:
Wet n Wild – MegaVolume Mascara
I wouldn’t say that Wet n Wild – MegaVolume Mascara really creates “mega” volume, but it’s a great every day mascara that has great staying power and doesn’t flake. (Note: All Wet n Wild mascaras are vegan except their C148 Mega Impact Mascara and waterproof formulas. Here’s a complete list of Wet n Wild’s vegan products.)
Where to buy: Walmart and most good drugstores in the USA & Canada, Amazon
Too Faced Size Queen Mascara
While Too Faced Size Queen Mascara’s huge brush is a bit intimating at first, the results are definitely worth it. Nice thick lashes that last all day with no flaking. A great mascara if you can afford the splurge.
Butter London – Nail Lacquer
I absolutely love Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in “Come to Bed Red”. It’s the perfect bright red and looks so perfectly polished on short nails. It goes on so smooth and dries in a flash. It also has really good staying power when topped with a top coat. I really need to try more shades as this one is so impressive.
LVX – Nail Lacquer
I’m not usually a “pink” girl, but I really like this LVX Nail Lacquer in “Orchid”. Like the Butter London polish I mentioned above, this also goes on very smooth and dries quickly. And I can even get away with one coat!