Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty Review

Last week I posted about my favorite vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic makeup products by German brand lavera, but I wanted to write about more vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, including ones that I haven’t been as satisfied with because I believe honest opinions are really important in blogging. That’s why today I’m going to be giving you my opinion on several vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.

Kneipp – ​Verwöhnendes Creme-Öl-Peeling

According to a quick Google search, this product doesn’t exist yet on the English-language market. It’s a sugar scrub containing an argan oil lotion which makes the post-shower body lotion completely obsolete. It’s very rich and moisturizing but, luckily, it’s not nearly as oily as I thought it would be. I was a bit worried about the state in which it would leave my shower, but it feels like more of a lotion than the DIY scrubs that contain only sugar or salt and oil. It softly removes dead skin cells and nourishes the skin. Even after one use, my skin feels a lot softer, and I would definitely recommend this product for some intense body care for more luminous and beautiful skin.

exurbe – Matte Liquid Lipstick

I got five of the matte liquid lipsticks from exurbe as a birthday gift from my mother. Ever since I started experimenting with makeup at around twelve years old, I’ve always been more into lipstick than any other makeup product. Matte lipstick is my favorite, but finding a vegan, cruelty-free one in intense colors such as red and pink is more difficult than expected. Along came exurbe with a whole range of matte liquid lipsticks. Like with every ultra-matte lip product, it’s important to apply lip balm to make the product more comfortable, but with that said, these lipsticks are nearly perfect. They are very long-lasting, and I love the intense colors. The pigmentation is excellent although lip liner is indispensable, to prevent the color from bleeding out.

lavera – Natural Liquid Foundation

Finding a vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic foundation with medium coverage seems like a hopeless adventure here in Greece, but I ended up discovering a pretty decent option by lavera. Of course, the claim that it lasts 10 hours is an exaggeration, but it does perform quite well for a natural product. My only problem is the application: As a natural product, this foundation doesn’t contain any silicone which is the ingredient that gives cosmetics that slip that we’re all so used to nowadays. The first few times I applied this foundation I had problems blending it in, but eventually, I realized that first of all, it applies much better with fingers than with a brush, and, secondly, the perfect timing is after my moisturizer has sunk in almost completely. When meeting these conditions, this foundation works pretty well, and I never have to use more than a pump which makes a bottle last quite long.

Avalon Organics – Intense Defense Cleansing Milk

​This Vitamin C cleansing milk would probably be a good product for people who don’t wear makeup, but, for me, it’s more of a fail. Even after removing my makeup with a face oil and then using this cleansing milk there is still residue left of foundation. It’s very gentle, however, and works well in the morning or when not wearing makeup. It seems quite hydrating and makes the skin feel very soft, but I will try the cleansing gel next time.

lavera – Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow in Matt’n Cashmere

I already mentioned another shade of this eyeshadow in my makeup favorites. This color, however, is a bit less of a favorite. I’m not sure if it’s because, despite the name, it’s slightly shimmery, but this eyeshadow creases on me even when I wear an eyeshadow base. To bypass this problem, I only use it on the lid itself and to highlight the inner corners and the brow bone. It’s not a very pigmented product, but due to the shimmer, I don’t want to be too heavy-handed with it either. 

lavera – Organic Mallow & Almond Gentle Facial Toner

​I’m torn about this product. I really like how it feels on my face, and it does seem to remove residue makeup quite well. In fact, it seems like a really amazing product to me. The only issue is that it appears to be irritating my skin a bit which is odd given that it’s supposed to be geared towards dry and sensitive skin. At least it accentuates blemishes for the first few minutes after using it. Eventually, everything gets back to normal, but somehow it’s not as gentle as it’s supposed to be. However, my skin never feels dry after using it and is actually quite soft and fresh afterwards.

lavera – Deep Darkness Mascara

​As I still haven’t found a waterproof mascara that is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic, I am currently using this lavera mascara which is… okay. Mascara seems to be one of the more difficult things to get right. First of all, as it’s not waterproof I cannot wear it on my bottom lashes because otherwise it smudges. Secondly, it doesn’t really do much. To be honest, I haven’t tried many mascaras in my life that were all that amazing (my favorite was the Estée Lauder Double Wear, but it’s neither vegan nor cruelty-free so there goes that option). Basically, this mascara helps to get the color back after applying foundation, concealer, powder, and eyeshadow which all kind of mess up the lashes. But it doesn’t do anything more than that. If anyone knows of a mind-blowing vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free mascara please let me know in the comments below. 

Avalon Organics – Intense Defense Oil-Free Moisturizer

I really like this Vitamin C moisturizer by Avalon Organics. It’s makes my skin feel soft and nourished and doesn’t make it look greasy. The product applies very smoothly, and is a good base for foundation as mentioned above. I’ll probably get the one with SPF after this one runs out. After all, summer is on its way. Definitely, a recommended product for firm and fresh skin.

Avalon Organics – Scalp Normalizing Tea Tree Mint Shampoo

​My scalp has become somewhat sensitive in recent years. On the second day after washing my hair, it can start to get itchy, which is why I could never understand people who say they only wash their hair every three or four days. This shampoo has helped balance my scalp a lot, and I’m generally very happy with it. My scalp does feel less dry, but I need quite a lot of product to feel that my scalp and hair have been cleansed properly.

Korres – Natural Clay Deep Cleansing Mask

​The main complaint first: This only comes in something like a sample size which is going to be annoying if you like this product. From what I can see it’s the only vegan face mask by Korres. It’s a deep cleansing one and is supposed to be applied in a thick layer onto clean, dry skin. It doesn’t dry like a true clay mask, but the face definitely looks clearer after use. I’m not blown away by this mask and absolutely believe that a pure clay mask is much better both in terms of the effect and the environmental impact, and I don’t feel like this product really gets rid of impurities.

Avalon Organics – Scalp Normalizing Tea Tree Mint Conditioner

For my wavy to curly hair, I need a very rich conditioner that provides a lot of moisture. The fewer ingredients a conditioner has the better my hair reacts to it, but, as I’ve mentioned a few times before, Greece is not the best place if you’re looking for non-conventional products. The only conditioners by Avalon Organics I have been using lately are the volumizing rosemary one, and the very bizarre tea tree mint scalp treatment one which goes with the above-mentioned shampoo. Now, if you’re not using shampoo and washing your hair with conditioner a scalp treatment conditioner makes sense, but something tells me that this was not what Avalon Organics had in mind. It seems like they simply created a scalp treatment shampoo and wanted to make a matching conditioner as well. Well, this conditioner is not moisturizing at all and doesn’t help to make my hair more manageable. Currently, I’m using the rosemary volumizing conditioner which doesn’t seem to be volumizing, but a lot more moisturizing. If your hair needs less effort I’m sure the Avalon Organics conditioners will be fine, but if your hair is on the more difficult side it will be difficult to get by with them.

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