I know, I know-I dared to make a Queer Eye reference in the title.
But a girl is back after a much needed break, and armed with five fantastic vegan beauty products to talk about.
Ever since I made the switch to a vegan lifestyle, I have been conscious in purchasing cruelty-free and vegan products. These vegan beauty products I’m listing below are pretty much my go-to essentials, spanning makeup and skincare.
Let’s look at these shining vegan stars, shall we?
Biotique is an Indian cruelty-free Ayurvedic beauty brand, with 100% botanical products. They do not test on animals, and have eco-friendly and recyclable packaging. I have been a fan of Biotique products since my school days, which dates back to 9 years ago.
Recently, I purchased their Bio Pineapple face cleanser during a trip to my hometown Chennai, India. The weather in Chennai is tropical maxxxx, with an average of 34 degree celsius/93 degree Fahrenheit. During the boiling hot days, my skin felt icky even after a few minutes spent in the sun. That drove me to purchase this cleanser from Biotique, which I crazy like now.
- The bio pineapple cleanser is marketed for normal to oily skin with the focus on oil control.
- The ingredients listed on the bottle are- Haldi Rhizome-1.5%, Neem Bark-2%, Lavang Oil-1%, Ananas Pulp-3%, Ritha Fruit Pulp-3%, Purified Water Q.S.
- It is organically pure and preservative free, dermatologist tested and has no animal derived ingredients or testing.
The cleanser comes out as a thin pale yellow liquid, and has a mild scent of natural ingredients. It does a fantastic job in refreshing the skin after a long day, and leaves it soft and clean. As for the oil control claim, it did manage to rein my T-zone oil from looking like an oil field. Surprisingly, it helped control any acne eruptions during humid summer too. If you are looking for a natural and mild cleanser for sensitive skin, I highly recommend this.
I had no idea that vegan sunscreens existed, until I came across this particular one from Sun Bum. The name tickles my fancy, and may be one of the reasons I gave in to a $14 sunscreen.
I have the SPF 50 version, which is the maximum protection till which the sunscreen remains vegan. The SPF 70 sunscreen from Sun Bum IS NOT vegan, which I discovered after doing some research. The specs on Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 are-
- UVA/UVB Protection with Parsol 1789
- Water Resistant (80 minutes)
- Vegan & free from animal cruelty, gluten, paraben, oil, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate
- Antioxidant rich (Vitamin E)
- Dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic
The directions say to apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reply every 80 minutes later. I have been using it on my face and body, and can assure you that the non-comedogenic part is real. I have acne and clogged pore prone skin, and this vegan sunscreen has not irritated it or caused breakouts. I like the scent too, as it mildly hints of coconuts. Beach vacation, anyone?
Though the lotion comes out a scary white, it blends into the skin complexion easily. No white cast, yay! This vegan Sun Bum sunscreen has my back, since it gave me zero sunburns and harsh tanning. It is not drying on the skin, and did give me long-lasting sun protection. What more can I ask for? 🙂
I remember till this day, how tenaciously I did my research for weeks on something. That something was the perfect nude lipstick for my warm, medium skin tone. I wanted something higher-end, that I would definitely treasure all the more for the cash forked out.
I listed down five vegan nude lipsticks down and drove to Sephora. I swatched all the nominees on my arm and lips, popping out every time to see how it looked in natural sunlight. The winner was Kat Von D’s Lolita II bullet lipstick, and all the more joy for me was that I spent only 7 bucks out of my pocket to get it. The other 13 bucks came from cashback rewards, thanks to my months-old shopping trips.
Lolita II is a warm coral-peachy-nude that is definitely muted on my lips. It applies as a creamy finish, but settles down matte as hell. It is densely pigmented, and stays put on my lips quite well. Even through some oily meals, it managed to breakdown a little bit only from the inside of my lips (the butthole, if I may).
This is the lipstick for summer days spent under the shining sun, boozy on joy, jorts and juice.
A vegan lipstick with a killer packaging too, if I may say so. The bullet is luxe and has a good feel on the hand. Kat Von D wasn’t messing around with the non-flimsy part! All my fellow brown and tanned girls, you may want to get your hands on this one!
If you’re an Indian woman, chances are you definitely have heard of this brand making waves in our country. This isn’t the first time I have fallen in love with Plum’s NaturStudio kajal pencil, and definitely not the last time either.
I used this gel-textured kajal liner a few years back, and had a brief dalliance with it. That is, until my flaky nature gave way to exploring new eyeliners in the market. #guiltyascharged
The reason I repurchased this a few weeks back in India was remembering how great it was on my eyes. The kohl liner is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, opthamologist tested and the best bang for your buck.
I wave my white flag at you, Plum Goodness, because you’ve won the battle for the best pencil eyeliner in the world.
I started using this on my recent trip to India, and this has been the only makeup product I used obsessively over the course of two weeks. I got complimented many times after using this for the simplest liner looks (!!!)
It is seriously jet black in pigmentation, waterproof even if you cry buckets in the rain, and does not irritate the eyes at all. All for Rs 495, this is madness! I have two shades- Black and Uptown Brown. The black one is better, tbh. But if you’re in the market for a vegan eyeliner that’ll bring you to your knees, Plum’s calling.
Tinted lip balms, amirite?
‘What do you even mean by that?’, you may ask me. Yes it sounded kind of try-hard and a little cringe for me. But this lip balm from E.L.F cosmetics is giving me life, and in a tinted shade for everyday “lewks”(looks, for the non-slang folks).
I got this lip balm from E.L.F during their site-wide spring sale for under $1. Yes, gape at me and even give me the side-eye if you must. But I am lucky to have this cheap but effective vegan lip balm in my bag at all times.
The shade ‘smoochy spice’ is a warm pink nude, which gives noticeable color on the lips after two swipes. The lip balm is kind of waxy, does moisturize the lips and is good for no-makeup days. It wears off after eating, but which lip balm doesn’t do that?
The packaging is not the best, as it feels like it could break easily. But the price point of this vegan lip balm is very good for balling under a strict budget. Go for this E.L.F lip balm if you’re looking for an affordable, tinted option. It will be one of the best two bucks you’ve spent in your life.
Do you have any vegan and cruelty-free beauty products that you fall back on? Let’s spill some some in the comments section below, sisters! 😉
Until next time, see you soooooooon.