Cruelty-Free Beauty Haul

With the new season in full swing, my make up bag was desperately crying out for a refresh. So what better time than when Boots are offering 3 for 2, eh? Boots in Winchester is much smaller, but so so much better than my local one, and yes, I am still offended that my local Boots still doesn’t stock NYX Cosmetics.

At the time of writing this post, I have tested a few of these products in my daily make up routine, so I’ll include some first impressions where I can!

Eyes & Brows

This whole haul stems from my desperate search for a new brow product. After falling head over heels in love with New Look’s Brow Pen, I was pretty devastated to discover that after a night out frantically jumping around to Mr Brightside, my brows were looking pretty terrible, even with setting. I picked up NYX Cosmetics’ Tame & Frame Brow Pomade, the gel formula will hopefully be much longer lasting than brow pens.

I haven’t used a brow pomade in several years, so going from a quick swish of a brow pen to actually having to get a brush and even out my brows required a fair bit of effort. However, having done my brows with this nifty wee pomade twice now, I can confirm your attempts do get better with practice, and I’m so happy with how my brows look! The brow pomade offers a more natural, but still polished look.

Keen to expand my cruelty-free make up brush collection, I couldn’t resist picking up an Eco Tools brush duo to help with my mission for perfect brows! This set is perfect for achieving neat, well groomed brows.

Finally in this category, I’ve been in denial that my favourite mascara was on its last legs for over a week now, and decided to opt for NYX Cosmetics’ Full Figured Lush Lashes Mascara. This mascara is waterproof and lengthening. On application of the first coat, I have to admit, I wasn’t too in love with it, however when I applied another coat I did find my lashes looked so much longer and fuller. This mascara may even become my new favourite!


You’d think the cool Autumnal weather would inspire me to pick up some deep reds or purpley shades, right? Wrong. Instead I’ve opted for a shimmery metallic rose gold shade from Soap & Glory. With the party season right around the corner, for me, a pretty sparkly pink is essential!

I’ve only worn this once so far, but the formula doesn’t seem too drying, a problem I keep having with matt lip creams. This winter I pretty much have a tin of Vaseline welded to my palm at all times, oh the struggles!


Last, but by no means least, I popped across the road to Superdrug to pick up one of Make Up Revolution’s new liquid highlighters, in the gorgeous shade, Liquid Starlight. It’s a gorgeous pink / silvery shade that blends absolutely beautifully into your cheekbones. I am loving the liquid highlighter trend at the moment! Fellow make up addicts will appreciate the perfection of having a little row of these beauties neatly lined up on your dressing table, but also when I apply my highlighter using this I do kinda feel like some beauty scientist type, ya know?

I’d say these are more intended for evenings, events, or any time you just want to look a bit glam! They may be ever so slightly OTT for the daily grind, but if that’s your thing; you do you gal!


Got any new cruelty-free beauty recommendations? I’d love to hear them in the comments!


Aileen x



  1. November 9, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I picked up the nyx eyeshadow adorable pallet and for some reason it broke my eyelids out 😩😩. I’m allergic to latex but I didn’t see any in the ingredients. I’m going to have to some of the makeup you suggested. It could be the chemicals that caused the reaction. Love the post!❤️

    • aileenetc
      November 20, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Oh no that’s so annoying! Hope it isn’t too bad and gets better soon lovely! xxx

  2. November 10, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    That is such a beautifully put post. I am in love with how you write and the photography.

    • aileenetc
      November 20, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      Thank you so much! That honestly means the world to me 🙂 xxx

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