The ethical edit: Make-up

Make-up and body care which helps animals, the environment, your skin, your make-up bag… and doesn’t break the bank!

Here’s one more article about sustainable make-up choices that no one asked for! But really, during my teens I used to save up and splurge on MAC cosmetics and other big beauty brands, I had a huge vanity in my wardrobe and would end up throwing away a lot of products which I hadn’t used or had past their best-before date. Now I’m a lot more minimalistic in my make-up and beauty choices, I buy little and not very often but the things I do have I know work for my skin (and bank account!) and I know I’ve at least considered their environmental impact before buying them.

I always try to purchase vegan, cruelty free and sustainable products. I believe that whilst I try to mirror this lifestyle in terms of what I put into my body I should at least try to parallel that with what I put on my body. So, I started learning about which brands were cruelty free and which weren’t, and even ones that were but were owned by a parent company which tested on animals and it was a minefield! I was overwhelmed with information and found the whole thing rather intimidating, feeling like if my choices weren’t perfect then I’d failed. I decided to ditch the internet and every time one of my products ran out I’d research a cruelty free alternative to buy next. I’m constantly learning but thought I’d share where I’m currently at with it all and what I use to help me along this journey!

A small make-up bag!

Over the past 3 years I’ve been moving house all the time! I’ve had 6 different apartments so having a small make up bag, with not too many extra body-care products has really been necessary! I started by wanting everything in my make-up bag to be something that I’d use either almost daily or something that only comes out once in a while but that I really love. The benefits of having a small make-up bag are, for me; less clutter, wearing less make-up, less time deciding what to use in a morning, spending less money on my routine and producing less waste.

So, having explained myself a little here are my top make-up pics which work and which help the world!

Brushes!

Nearly all of my brushes are from Real Techniques, the brand is 100% cruelty free and I purchased my two sets from Amazon when there was a huge discount on the original sets. 10/10!

Shampoo

Hopefully this still counts under ‘body-care’! For shampoo I use the Lush shampoo bars: zero waste, amazing smell and easy to travel with! Throw it in your hand luggage for a trip away and you don’t even have to worry about the liquids limit in security. I love the fact that no waste comes from these products, they last forever and leave my hair feeling great.

Daily make-up and body care

For most of my daily make-up I use products from The Body Shop. This also goes for face masks and cleansers. I don’t have many products but when I do need something The Body Shop is usually my first place to go. I love the Tea Tree skin range and really feels like it takes good care of my skin even in a big polluted city like Berlin. Again, The Body Shop is cruelty free and is usually really good at signalling which of it’s products are vegan too. Happy days!

Eyeshadow

For eyeshadow I have a little palette which I use daily from Too Faced. Another great cruelty free company with absolutely lovely products. I love how compact this little product is and has lasted me forever! It’s definitely going to be one of the products that I repurchase again and again.

Make-up remover

Not wipes, anything but wipes! At the moment I’m using micellar water and a flannel to remove my make-up. There are positives and negatives to micellar water but I always make sure I get the unscented very simple types to minimise any unwanted consequences on my skin. Still learning on this one, but using a flannel reduces waste and it’s a combo which is working well for me at the moment.

The bits left over!

It’s important to note that I do still have a few bits and pieces which aren’t cruelty free and great choices. I really don’t see the point in wasting these products and throwing them away but as soon as they do run out I’ll be replacing them with something better for everyone. I think most important to remember is that even considering sustainability within your make-up bag is a great first step and it’s something that’s going to take time to pull off. But, what I want to communicate most is that, a cruelty-free beauty routine is easy, well-priced and still leaves your skin feeling amazing!

-Aimée

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