I've been adhering to a vegan diet for over two and a half years. Slowly, I have been transitioning all of my beauty products to cruelty-free, vegan options. I found that this was the longest and most difficult part of going vegan. As it would be wasteful to throw away all my products, I slowly have phased them out and now have a mostly cruelty-free beauty routine.
I'm going to start off by saying: ya girl is on a budget. None of my beauty products are high-end and they are mostly from the drug store. After trying and testing many CF products that have been cakey and do not last, I have narrowed by products to this list.
Personal care products
- Foundation: Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics
- Concealer: Concealer Wand by NYX Cosmetics
- Bronzer: MegaGlow Contouring Pallete by Wet n Wild
- Highlighter: Rosie Flamingo eyeshadow by Essence
- Mattifying powder: All about matt! by Essence
- Mascara: I love extreme volume mascara by Essence
- Eyeliner: Matte Liquid Liner by NYX Cosmetics
- Eyeshadow: Perfect Filter Shadow Palette by NYX Cosmetics and NUDES Palette by Essence
- Eyebrows: Dark brown shade in NUDES Palette by Essence
- Setting spray: Mint Mattifying Face Mask by The Body Shop
As I mentioned, it has been a long process to phase out most of my products. The few products that are hanging out in my beauty routine that could use a vegan substitution are the following:
Leave me a comment and let me know your suggestions!
I want to note that when you switch your beauty routine to vegan products, most of the time the products are more natural. This means that you skin and hair may need time to adjust to it since you may be used to using products with chemicals in them. For instance, initially I was not happy with my vegan shampoo because my hair still felt oily. However, after time, my hair released all of the sulfates and other chemicals that were built up in my hair. Now I have soft, shiny, oil-free hair! So I leave you with this: give it time.