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Edit, February 2017: Mitchum isn’t cruelty free 😦
Ok, first of all can we think of a better word or term than ‘beauty’ products to describe this stuff? I mean, we are all beautiful humans, unless we are ugly on the inside and then it tends to show through sometimes, but really, who cares what you do or don’t slap on your hair/face so long as you feel lovely and fabulous. Eff anyone who tells you otherwise! So can we agree on…..I dunno……BATHROOM PRODUCTS? Skin and hair products? Oh, I don’t care really, but please feel free to make suggestions!
As some of you might know it was my 2016 resolution to investigate a bigger variety of make-up, toiletries, etc., and not rely quite so heavily on Superdrug own brand stuff. I still use a lot of Superdrug products for convenience but I’m trying to branch out a little, and I thought I’d share my current favourites, and a few ‘not sure about yet'(s).
Current UK vegan beauty basics, from left to right….
- My beloved Vitamin E All Over Body Cream. Only £2.99 for a honking big tub that’s likely to last you for ages. My number one favourite body moisturiser, hands down. I love the smell, I love the lightness, I just love it in every way. This might not be the best option for those of you with super dry skin (try the ‘Intensive’ version instead, maybe, for £3.49) but this is perfect for me and I go back to it every time.
- Vitamin E Night Cream. I have uber oily skin on my face, and since I’ve had the dreaded implant fitted it’s not exactly improved the situation. However, I still forge on and cleanse, tone and moisturise thoroughly every night before bed and it seems to keep on top of the issue. I’ve seen and heard that even if you have oily skin you should still moisturise at night, so I carry on regardless. This tub is £2.99 which isn’t bad for a decent moisturiser (and Superdrug often run 3 for 2 deals on their own brand products, too).
- Mitchum Stick Deodorant. My super pal Emil was the one who told me that Mitchum was accidentally vegan. I flipping hate rolls-ons, and spray deodorants do almost nothing for me, so I’ve always searched in vain for an effective vegan stick deodorant. Behold! I checked the stick’s ingredients on the Skin Deep database and JOY AND HAPPINESS, it is free of animal products. Be aware that Revlon are a parent company, though.
- Vitamin E Toning Mist. Ok so this is a little faddy, but I like it. This toner has no alcohol and it’s a super product that really works for me. £2.99 for a bottle, it’s lasted me a couple of months at least so far and I’m maybe 2/3 through. I use it at night, after washing my face and cleansing, and in the morning after a face wash, just to wake me up a bit! Some people think toning is an unnecessary step but, I dunno, my Mum always told me to cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day and her skin is super duper. I like this last step and I stick to it.
- Hair Therapy Oil with Coconut. These ‘therapy oils’ are pretty new to Superdrug. My hair is naturally a bit frizzanté, and has a slight wave – not enough to look good mind, just enough to make it look silly and unkempt if it dries naturally. Therefore, when I’m feeling uber lazy and letting my locks dry on their own, I usually smooth a few pumps of this stuff throughout my hair so that it doesn’t get too heinously frizzy. It generally does a pretty good job and I have SUPER unruly hair. Srsly, it’s a flipping nightmare, nothing really tames it completely but this stuff does a good job. Smells lovely too. These l’il oils are £3.99 each and there are argan oil and macadamia ‘flavours’ too.
- Simply Pure Calming Cleanser. I’ve never really tried any fancy cleansers, I have to say. I wash my makeup off with a face wash and so I don’t rely on my cleanser to remove all my makeup – just whatever gets left behind after washing. So at £2.69 this really does the trick for me. No frills!
- Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm. This stuff is a bit pricey at £5.99 (when full price) but I have to say it’s lasted longer than I expected so far. I tend to use it on days where I feel I need a little more……radiance, I guess. I use it as a moisturiser after toning and before makeup. I’m not sure it makes me tremendously radiant but it’s a nice enough product! I think I’d probably stick to buying this when it’s on offer because £5.99 seems a wee bit pricey to me.
- Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash. Gawd I love this, I really do. It doesn’t have that usual ‘Soap & Glory’ smell, which I am fond of, but it smells really very CLEAN. The microbeads (environmentally friendly as far as I know) don’t really do much for me in the way of exfoliating but I use this wash at night to take off my makeup, and in the morning with a small exfoliating pad to wake my face up. I’m really fond of this, even at a full price of £8.00, because the bottle is huge and it lasts FOREVER.
My ‘I’m Not Quite Sure Yet’ selection….
- Naturally Radiant 2-in-1 Moisturiser and Serum. Ok so I’m clearly not very knowledgeable because I’m not even sure of the moisturiser/serum divide. This is £5.99 when full price, and I can only imagine I grabbed it in a 3-for-2 frenzy. I use it every now and then but I can’t say it blows me away. It’s just a sort-of not-too-oily kind of moisturiser I guess?
- B. Essence Lotion. I think I must’ve seen this and just done a big OOOOOH because it’s different and shiny and new. I don’t really understand this either. I’ve been using it when I remember, after cleansing/toning and before moisturising, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve been lured into the usual ‘I Need To Buy The New Thing’ trap…….
- Faith in Nature Intensive Conditioner. These conditioners are new from Faith in Nature and were on sale for their launch. As mentioned above, my hair is a blimming nightmare so I’m always on the lookout for something to tame it a bit. This was on sale at £3.25, but the full price is a whopping £6.50. I’ve only used this once so far and it conditions reeeeeeally nicely, it really does, and with organic coconut I can see why it’s more expensive than the rest. But I can’t see myself spending £6.50 regularly on a conditioner when Superdrug’s own brand imitation-Pantene/pro Vitamin ones are so much cheaper and still get all the tangles out. It is a lovely product though; I’m just not sure it’s quite in my budget considering how much I slap on in an attempt to gain some control over my highly unruly mop.