You may remember I recently blogged about cruelty-free skincare I had been disappointed with this summer. I promised to follow-up with some products I loved and here it is!
1. HEVL SPF 50 Face Creme*
I was recently sent this Triple spectrum SPF to try from Skin Shop and it comes in my favourite vampire SPF, factor 50. As I’ve recently said before, I wear factor 50 year round and that’s because I have very fair skin and prone to freckles.
I was intrigued to try this because this sun cream protects against a third harmful ray as well as the usual UVA and UVB, and that’s High Energy Visible Light (HEVL). It’s the lesser known ray but it can be just as harmful as UVA and UVB combined. It’s one of the first skincare products developed in the UK that protects against HEVL and contains prebiotics to strengthen and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. I actually found this sunscreen to be very light wearing and thanks to the skin coloured tint I didn’t look like a ghost.
It’s also 100% vegan and free from my nemesis SLS. It’s currently £19.95 from Skin Shop which I feel is reasonable as I usually pay more for my usual factor 50 face cream.
2. Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Gradual Glow
I didn’t get on with the facial tanning oil from the same company, but I was very impressed with the gradual tan for body. I mainly use it to top up my fake tan on my extremities, as I wash my hands so often, my fake tan disappears here pretty fast so I use this to replace my ususal hand moisturirser. I found the colour to be natural looking and didn’t have that horrid fake tan smell.
You can pick this up from Boots for £14.95
3. NATorigin Lengthening Mascara
Yes, I’m still using this and I’m going to continue to praise this mascara forever more because it is the BEST organic and cruelty-free mascara you will EVER use. If you have incredibly sensitive eyes like me then your peepers will thank you for using this. No matter how much you layer up with this mascara it comes off so easily – even with warm water. And during the heatwave it didn’t budge so it stood up to high temperatures really well. It also doesn’t flake or go clumpy like most of the other natural mascaras I’ve used. And if long lashes are your goal then this ticks that box too.
You can get it here for £15.95
4. ASOS Crayola Mascara and Face Crayon
The ASOS and Crayola collab was something my inner child had dreamed of. I bought the mascara in black and the face crayon in the Nutcracker shade which I’ve used as an eye shadow and eyeliner. For either use you’ll need a primer but I love the summery sheen the nutcracker shade gave my eyes and the mascara performed really well at lengthening my eyelashes.
You can pick up both from ASOS here
5. Vita Liberata Self-Tanning Anti-Aging Facial Serum
This is my luxe facial tanning product and my staple for the summer months. I don’t get on too well with using self-tans for the body on my face as I have sensitive skin. This serum when mixed with your face cream builds a natural-looking bronze glow and didn’t leave brown patches around my eyebrows and hairline. It works really well to keep your face moisturised too.
It’s a little pricey but that’s because it’s good. I get mine from Boots, here for £30.00
6. Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette
If I could only own one eye shadow palette for the rest of my life it would be this. I’ve always steered towards shimmer eye shadows over matt and this palette has plenty of them. I love the golds, browns and pinks and the coverage is really bold and saturated. With a primer underneath they really pop. And the best bit is that every time you open the palette you’re greeted with a delicious chocolate smell.
I originally bought this to go with my outfit for the Debenhams #OnTheRunTour PR night and it’s been my go to ever since.
You can get this from Debenhams for £39.00
*I was sent the HEVL spf face cream to review from SkinShop but all views are my own on this product.