I first decided to switch to cruelty-free beauty products in late 2017.
I’d felt uncomfortable about the archaic practice for a while (animal testing is not a requirement anywhere in the world except from China, who are slowly coming round to the idea), and actively started cutting out products that’d been tested on animals from my routine.
And I did so with the thought that I’d finish up my current stash before moving on as to avoid waste.
Whilst the journey has been a big pivot for me and not one without its own pitfalls – I kept forgetting at first, which is no excuse, and buying my usual shampoos and conditioners and even signing a lucrative beauty deal before realizing my mistake – it’s been an eye-opening one. Many of our commonly loved beauty ranges ARE tested on animals because their products are sold in China.
One of the things I just HAD to share is the Kinder Beauty Box that my sister kindly gifted me for Christmas last year. She signed me up to a 3-month subscription, and each month I’d receive a curated box of five vegan and cruelty-free beauty goodies. Think GLOSSYBOX but make it kind to the globe and animals.
Kinder was co-founded by Harry Potter actress and animal rights activist Evanna Lynch. Their ethos is simply to strive for a kinder world, and their relatively new product is such an incredible idea.
A portion of all sales goes towards the founders’ favourite animal rights and environmental causes. I’d be tempted to sign up for another subscription in a few months because I’ve found some absolute gems in my three boxes. And today I’d like to share my favourites so far.
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
A step that I routinely skip in my skincare regime is eye cream application.
But ever since receiving a tube of 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (£27/$29), I’ve enjoyed adding it back in. The applicator nozzle is perfectly formed for direct application and I’ve really noticed a rejuvenated, brightened effect around my eyes. Plus, on days where I feel especially tired, I find the cream helps to wake me up as it is SO refreshing. It’s light enough for daytime and I wear make-up over it as usual.
Ambreesh Liquid Lipstick
For some reason, I hardly ever wear lipstick these days. Or that was the case until I discovered this tube in my February Kinder Beauty Box.
With a doe foot applicator, the Ambreesh Luxury Liquid Lipstick is certainly one of those Kylie Jenner-esque products and I’m so surprised that I wear this so often. The formula itself does not budge for love nor money; it survives food, coffee, hours of chatting with friends. I love it. And the colour is truly unique, a rose brown sort of hue that lends itself well to my light olive complexion.
Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum
This little moisturiser was a dream when I was in Hong Kong. It’s a brightening, vitamin C-enriched hydrator that doesn’t feel heavy at all, a must when you’re tackling humidity.
I’ve not used it since returning home but I think it’ll be great on days where I wake up with listless skin. (Thankfully my skin has been great since adding in some new masks that I’ll share in a post soon!)
Delia Organics Skin Detox Rehab Mask
I’m a big fan of masks where you create the final consistency. This little tub has been a dream to trial and I’ll definitely be investing in the full-sized version. The Skin Detox Rehab Mask is formulated with French pink clay to unveil a soft glow complexion and makes my skin feel SO incredibly soft that I’m loathe to apply any other product – skincare or make-up! – afterwards. Sure, it’s a little messy but totally worth it for my Thursday night big pamper ritual.