HONEST: HERBAL TONER

The story: if I’m totally frank, when I started out on this journey, I didn’t really know what a toner was or why I might need one. I read some expert knowledge (thank you, internet) and decided I’d give one a go. But when you’re starting blind, where do you go? I found Honest online and…

LIZ EARLE: SIGNATURE FOUNDATION

The story: I told a make-up savvy friend that I was using a Liz Earle foundation and she pulled a face and said, ‘Liz Earle??’. And, if I’m honest, I can’t remember how I came to be using it. Probably some last-minute trawl around Boots when I’d run out of something else. I always used to…

SLEEK: STROBING SOUFFLÉ WHIPPED CREAM HIGHLIGHTER

The story: every so often I take a punt on a make-up brand that’s so mind-bendingly cheap it defies belief. I’ve usually read about them on a blog, or seen them touted in an article somewhere. Such was the story with Sleek. I have no problem with budget make-up – I’ve had great success with…

REN: ROSA CENTIFOLIA FOAMING CLEANSER

The story: you may remember my foray into glycerin cleansers. Well, this is what I bought as a reaction to the slightly filmy feeling I was left with after that. I wanted suds and I wanted them powerful. I didn’t do a huge amount of research – I was desperate – but this cleanser had good…

NAILBERRY: L’OXYGÉNÉ

The story: this one was an accident. One of those I-need-to-buy-something-else-to-get-free-delivery moments, and on the site in question it looked a luxurious shade of red, rather than the 80s power-pink it actually is. It sat under a chest of drawers for a while, while I pretended I was going to return it, and then made its way…

ORGANIC COLOUR SYSTEMS: AQUABOOST

The story: I’ve always had quite shit hair. None of that thick, lustrous, pony-level gloss for me. No, my hair is fine. It’s curly but not curly. It’s weak. It’s fluffy, but it’s flat. It’s always been all the things you just didn’t want hair to be. But then I went to a new hairdresser, and…

HOURGLASS: AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER

The story: I bought this from a nice man in Liberty, because he made my face look so glowy and dewy I wanted to cry. Thankfully, I didn’t. I’d come across Hourglass on a million blogs, and noted it was stocked on Net-a-Porter, which felt like a testament to its quality. Previous vegan or cruelty-free make-up trials…

MINETAN: EVERYTHING

The story: I’m still transitioning from mainstream to vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, and I thought that finding a fake tan would be one of the hardest things. Do vegan and cruelty-free people even want to tan? The answer is yes, and they do it very well. I bought from a couple of brands with some…

SW BASICS: CLEANSER

The story: if you’ve gone vegan or cruelty-free, you’ll know. The hours spent on Google, searching, reading reviews, finally chancing it on the one you hope will be the beauty wunderkind you reeeeeally want it to be. This SW Basics Cleanser was the culmination of one such search. It was difficult to find in the UK, but…

EVOLVE: RADIANT GLOW MASK

The story: I was on a search for a new cleanser that would remove eye make-up easily when I found Evolve’s Radiant Glow Mask, in an InStyle article about going vegan and cruelty-free. I’m a sucker for brands I’ve never heard of, especially when they look this good, so I went for it. This was on…