Cruelty-Free Skincare Essentials

February 4, 2018

I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking what my Cruelty-Free skincare essentials are. Since I feel like I have my skincare routine perfected right now I thought I’d share my current favourites with you.

After a month of trying the 10 step Korean beauty routine, I feel like I have a more intimate knowledge of what my skin needs. That may sound silly, but if you spend a chunk of your morning and evening on skincare, you get to know what your skin wants. Now I’m no expert. I still have no idea what to do when I get a spot. But these products are all ones that work for me.

My skin is really sensitive, I’m prone to redness and I get the occasional breakout. So all of this skincare is geared towards keeping my skin hydrated and nourished.  I’ve marked all vegan products with a * so it’s easier to shop if you are looking for fully vegan products.

Cruelty-Free Skincare Essentials


Voya is one of my favourite beauty brands, their skincare has a natural base with a focus on seaweed. This little cleanser removes all makeup, even the toughest waterproof mascara! I use this every night and it feels so lovely on the skin, not drying at all.


I alternate between toners, I use the Evolve daily defence moisture mist* most days. The spray is perfect if you don’t have time & the toner uses organic Mexican cactuses’ elixir to calm irritated skin whilst firming, protecting and increasing skin hydration. On days when my skin feels extra sensitive, I use Paula’s Choice redness relief calm toner, it’s perfect for extra sensitive skin, or skin that’s prone to redness.


During the day I alternate between the Noid Hyaluronic Complex serum* & the Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate*. The Noid serum* is great for a moisturising boost. It absorbs almost instantly and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Drops of Youth* is a bit of a cult product! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it. The concentrate helps reduce surface texture, leaving your skin smooth and firm. At night I use Paula’s Choice skin recovery serum. It does take a while to sink in, that’s why I only use it at night. My skin is really sensitive and this gives it an extra protective boost. You only need a tiny amount, a little of this product goes a long way.

Eye Cream

Eye cream isn’t something I’m massively obsessive about, but the Charlotte Tilbury magic eye cream is a must-have. It reduces puffiness and dark circles and it feels amazing on the skin. I’ve been using it day and night for about three months and I really feel like my dark circles have lessened. It is a little pricey but I definitely think it’s worth the money. I’ve only used about a quarter of the jar so far so it will last a long time if you are conservative when applying.


My current moisturiser of choice is the calming face cream by Herb Farmacy*, it does say it’s for combination skin, but I find it’s really nourishing but not too heavy. It’s perfect for everyday use and it won’t feel like your skin is loaded with product. When I’m going out and my skin is feeling a little dehydrated or in need of extra nourishment I use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. It’s brightening and firming and my skin always feels incredible after using it. There’s even a little mini face massage Charlotte has created for when you use it! At night I like to give my skin an extra treat so I use the super hydrate overnight Oil* from M&S. You only need a few drops pressed into your skin and it’ll leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated when you wake up.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Andrew Buchan February 5, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I am obsessed with MMHC its so good! <3 ive only recently discovered Evolve as well but im pretty impressed im using their Hyaluronic Serum just now and its pretty awesome

    Andrew James –

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