The tools you apply your make up with are equally as important as the quality of product you use. We all have that favourite brush that never fails to blend or create the perfect flick for your eyeliner. Makeup brushes typically come in two different types of bristles, natural bristle haired brushes and synthetic brushes. So what is the difference between natural bristle brushes to synthetic bristle brushes?
Natural bristles are made with animal hair typically from squirrels, minks and horses. Natural haired brushes have their pros, there usually very soft and great for application of powders and blending. There are quite a few cruelty free company’s such as bare minerals and too faced that have natural bristle brushes in their collection. So, is using animal brushes from cruelty free company’s okay? Over the past few years mink lashes have risen in popularity and many brands have claimed no minks are hurt in the process. Minks are naturally not tame animals and the same can be said for squirrels. The amount of demand for these mink lashes and animal brushes is massive therefor trying to get the fur of millions of naturally un tame animals is not going to be an easy job and we can probably rule out that no cruelty is involved. So even if the brand themselves don’t test and do try to get the fur from a good source it’s a massive probability that cruelty to the mink/squirrel was involved. No matter how soft a brush is I don’t think the risk of harming animals is worth it. I view animal hair in brushes the exact same way I view using it for clothes. Its just unnecessary. There are other cons for natural bristle brushes, they are usually more expensive and if they are cheaper their probably not going to be the best quality. Over time natural bristles can lose their shape from washing etc which is not great if its for a specific use like contouring etc.
Synthetic brushes are made from man made materials. There are many pros of using synthetic brushes. Makeup is everywhere right now and everyone is a makeup artist, youtube and Instagram have opened the door to millions of brands, products and tips and tricks for applying everything, meaning lots of brands have had to up their game to deal with all the competition. This has resulted in lots of great brands coming out with quality synthetic brushes, spectrum, real techniques and Zoeva to name a few. All my synthetic brushes work just as well any natural bristle brushes I have owned. All the brushes I have owned from these brands are super soft and great with powders and liquids. Real technique brushes are all synthetic and the easiest to access in the UK being sold in pretty much all boots and superdrugs. Synthetic brushes are usually more affordable as well being a student this is a massive plus for me! I also find that when I wash my synthetic brushes they stay in great shape. I am always going to buy synthetic brushes now over natural bristles as the quality of them now is so great and the price is usually better.
My Sythenic makeup brush recommendations –
For professionals – Zoeva are fantastic quality and were recommended to my fashion makeup class at the start of the year as the brushes to buy for the quality and price. Zoeva is what I use in my kit and you can get great core collections at a reasonable price. They also come in nice plain colours which I like to use in my kit as I think it looks more professional.
For personal use – Specturm brushes are fantastic quality you can get great core collections as well for a great price but they also come in crazy and beautiful colours. I have the original mermaid brushes and they look gorgeous on the top of my drawers!
For beginners – Nanshy brushes have an amazing set for around £50 it comes with pretty much most brushes you will need and I find them really easy to use there maybe not as soft as zoeva and spectrum but the shape of all their brushes are great making them easy to apply product with.
I was in shopping in Boots earlier this month and picked up a few great cruelty free products. Shopping for cruelty free items is extremely easy! You would be surprised how many large high street brands stock a variety of cruelty free products!
The first product I picked up was dry shampoo. I can’t live without dry shampoo, I have really long hair and I am so guilty of leaving washing it until I absolutely need to. So I got myself some dry shampoo by Batiste, batiste is cruelty free and their dry shampoo is also vegan! This product is fairly cheap and easy to get in most stores, There is a number of different great scents I bought the tropical scent as it was reminds me of summer.
Another product I can’t live without is fake lashes. I don’t feel right if I’m out for a special occasion or night out without fake lashes! A lot of eyelash brands are cruelty free, Yay! Ardell Demi Wispies are a great set for natural looking lashes. I bought the normal wispie ones which are slightly longer than the demi wispies but still really natural. I love how the lash band is clear it makes them easier to apply. I also got two pairs from eyelure including a set of the new Cheryl Cole lashes in the style belle of the ball. These are very dramatic so I will save these for when my eye makeup is slightly heavier. The last pair I got from eyelure were from their new enchanted collection the style was called jasmine and that’s what attracted me to them as I love the smell of jasmine! These lashes have turned out to be my new favourites they give lots of volume and Iv had so many people complimenting them!
Yes To is a cruelty free skincare brand found in boots I’v used their cucumber face wash before and loved how gentle it was on my skin and the smell was great too. I was at a wedding recently and decided to get one of their new face masks to prep my skin the night before the wedding. I got the Yes To grapefruit brightening mask. It’s a two step product where you use the facial scrub first to buff away dead skin and then the brightening mask to give your skin a glow. This smelled great and made my skin super smooth and perfect to apply makeup on after.
I picked up a few essentials whilst I was there. For me hand moisturizer is an essential as my hands can get very dry as I am either washing them or sanitising them before applying makeup on people for work so they can dry out easily. The soap and glory hand food is really nourishing and smells fabulous! I also got body wash. This body wash by the brand original source is amazing! They come in a variety of scents that all smell delicious and are all vegan to. I got the sweet apple and vanilla milk one its really sweat and I love the pink colour in my bathroom. You can usually get original source on offer for a pound in a number of stores. I’d definitely recommend choosing a cruelty free brand when it’s so easy to get and cheap!
Finally I got two lip products, I’ve been looking into dupes for mac lip liner in spice and this Nyx lip liner in the shade Ever kept coming up. The lip liner cost less than three pounds, applies easy and the colour looks pretty much the same from what I can see online. I love when you find a cruelty free dupe that is also really affordable. In Boots they have lots of beauty counters. The one make up counter that is cruelty free is Bare minerals. I treated myself to this lipstick from Bare Minerals in the shade Sex Pot. It’s a great beige nude and lovely and moisturizing on the lip. The lip liner and lipstick go great together and work well to make your lips look bigger!
I recently received The Vegan Kinds Beauty box. I have been wanting to try their beauty boxes for ages and can say I was defiantly not disappointed.
The Vegan Kind started in 2013 providing subscription boxes filled with vegan goodies which has now grown into an online vegan supermarket. I discovered TVK through Instagram and it has been a massive help since I have become vegan in discovering new products! For me Instagram has been the best source for discovering accounts like TVK and vegan makeup / clothing brands etc. The Vegan kind do two subscription boxes a lifestyle box and a beauty box and here is my review on the beauty box!
Amie, Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish – I recently went on holiday where my forehead got seriously burned, lesson learned factor 50 from now on! When my skin began to peel I found this product amazing at buffing away the dead skin while still being gentle enough on the sensitive skin. The directions advise for this to be used twice a week. I use this on a weekday and before I go on a night out! I l love using the body shop charcoal mask before a night out so my skin looks great and the makeup applies smoother. However, that can make your skin very red after use and I find the Amie polish works the same without making your skin red! This stuff also smells delicious, it reminds me of solero ice lollies making it super summery! I would definitely buy this again and have checked the price on Amie’s website at £5.95 its super affordable!
Maggie Anne Beauty, Strawberry and Grape Nail polish remover – The smell of this product is driving me insane. It smells so familiar but I can’t figure out what it smells like! Apart from giving me deja vu the smell is lovely and fresh much better than the typical chemical smells of ordinary nail polish remover. This has easily removed all nail polishes I have worn including reds and shimmers! It doesn’t dry your nails and fingers out the way I’m used to with other removers! I’ve been on the Maggie Anne beauty’s website and would re purchase and would love to try some nail polishes, I have my eye on the colour grace a lovely summery pink.
Zerreau Towel off Shampoo – This is a dry shampoo foam that you work into your hair like a hair mouse the foam lifts grease and product build up and you then towel dry your hair to remove the product. This unfortunately didn’t work great in my hair. I have very dark hair and lots of it so when I applied this and toweled it of I could still see residue in my hair which almost made it look greasier, not ideal. I used this a few times and found the best way to apply was directly onto your hands and then work into small sections of the hair. This had an amazing coconut smell and I would defiantly recommend to people that find typical dry shampoos like batiste to harsh and drying on your scalp this would be a great alternative.
Phb ethical beauty all in one mascara – I am very picky with mascaras I usually avoid fat fluffy brushes with wet formulas. I like thin plastic brushes as I typically find they catch all your lashes easier. However, this has quickly become one of my favourite beauty products at the moment. This product is amazing! It coats all my lashes and the colour is super black! It makes them look fuller and fluffier but still gives them length which I like. It can get a little messy and maybe isn’t ideal for lower lashes but I really don’t care about that as I’ve found it so great at giving me huge lashes! This claims to be water resistant and this is very true not once have I ever had smudging with this mascara but it’s still very easy to remove and doesn’t take all your lashes with it when removing! I can’t believe this is made with natural ingredients as it performs so well, its made with botanical oils that are supposed to strengthen and lengthen your lashes. Iv defiantly noticed my lashes have been stronger since using this. I usually have gaps where lashes have fallen out but haven’t noticed that recently! I will defiantly re purchase! This has a mid-range price tag at £15.95 but I believe its worth it!
Aquaesse Equilibrium water – This is a very smart little product. Its water with vitamin B12 added to it. B12 is something most commonly found in animal products so when going vegetarian or vegan make sure you consider how to incorporate the vitamin into your diet. I usually take B12 tablets or multi vitamins with B12 in it. Another great source is fortified cereals! This product however is a 2 in 1 as it also hydrates you! it tastes just like water and the pink colour is so pretty. It comes in a lovely glass bottle which I’m going to keep and use as a vase.
Vita Coca coconut oil – Finally in the box you get a sample size of coconut oil. I already have the larger jar of this so will bring the coconut oil sample the next time I travel. I don’t have enough good things to say about coconut oil. This is the product I would take with me to desert island I used it for everything! I used it too cook with. And basically, for all beauty needs! If you’re not on the coconut oil band wagon yet where have you been?