Monday, 27 November 2017

Three Vegan brands worth checking out

Today I want to move away from the Christmas or Black Friday themed posts (if you've missed out on my Christmas gifts guides they're here and here) and focus on three vegan brands that are worth checking out if you're vegan or buying some beauty bits for your vegan loved ones.
I am not vegan and can't see myself becoming one anytime soon due to my unconditional love for cheese, LOL!, but I respect people who are and seeing as November is World Vegan Month I thought I share some brands and products that are vegan friendly.
And if you're not vegan but like more natural, "green" beauty products then you may also find some products worth trying.
 
Vegan friendly beauty brands: Sukin, Ark, PHB Ethical Beauty

PHB Ethical Beauty is a pioneering British family business with a range of Natural, Vegan, Cruelty Free & Halal Certified beauty products. Their skin, hair & body care products are handmade in the UK, with ingredients 100% naturally derived and ethical, this means no animal derived ingredients, toxic synthetic chemicals, harsh alcohols or GMO's.
The brand donates 20% of net profits to charities that improve the lives of people and animals in the UK and around the world. You can read more about it here. PHB stands for Pure. Handmade. British.
 
I found the story and ethics of the brand really inspiring so I was delighted to work with them.
I was kindly sent few products from their makeup range and want to share with you my thoughts on them.
 
PHB Ethical Beauty makeup products

PHB Ethical Beauty makeup products

Pure Skin Foundation Bundle (Foundation + Brush)*, £29.45
 
I am very fussy when it comes to foundations, many just don't work well with my skin type: dehydrated, combination with slightly oily T-Zone. If they're good for my oily parts they don't feel comfortable for the drier ones and vice versa.
This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump, it has quite thick texture, offers medium coverage and gives beautiful satin finish to the skin. There are 6 shades available, mine is Fair Beige, quite yellow toned which is a good match for my skin.
My only issue with the foundation is that it's best to be applied with a brush, which is not my favourite way of applying foundations, and it seems to accentuate my dry patches. This is quite a common issue for me with many foundations though so it's not really a statement that this foundation is bad. I really like how it looks on those parts of my face that are not dry. It's not the longest wearing foundation on my skin but with the right primer I can get about 7hrs without it getting patchy or wearing off.
Made with Organic Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn and Coconut and it contains SPF30 to add some skin protection.  Argan oil helps to soften and revitalize skin, Sea Buckthorn has powerful anti-aging properties and is rich in antioxidants to keep skin glowing and youthful.
If you'd like to try a foundation that is a hybrid between makeup and skincare, don't have dry or dehydrated skin then I highly recommend checking out this option.
 
 
Loose Mineral Foundation SPF30*, £15.95
Buy here: PHB Ethical Beauty
 
Although I prefer to use liquid foundations on regular basis there are days that I want very minimal, no fuss, makeup and that's when I reach for powder foundations which can be applied in seconds and give very natural looking coverage and finish. And that is exactly what I can get using the PHB Ethical Beauty offering. It's a silky powder which blends into the skin effortlessly. You can build it up for higher coverage if you wish but I usually use it for a sheer natural finish or to apply on top of a liquid foundation for extra coverage. I don't find this mineral foundation to last on my skin all day on its own but I don't really expect it to. It comes with a lockable sifter which is amazing as it reduces the chances of creating a mess.
If you're a fan of mineral powder foundations then I think you'd like this one.
 
 
Pure Organic Lipstick*, £12.95
Buy here: PHB Ethical Beauty

I also have received a lipstick in the shade Cranberry which is a pretty burnt red with subtle metallic sheen, perfect for the festive season. I like the simple yet elegant white casing with the brand's logo.
Made with Fair Trade Shea Butter and Jojoba oil to deeply moisturise and soften lips, Organic Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E to keep lips looking youthful this lipstick is a godsend for the cold weather as it keeps my lips hydrated and nourished. It's well pigmented and fairly long lasting for a creamy lipstick but it needs to be re-applied after eating. There are 14 beautiful shades to choose from so I'm sure everyone can find one that would suit them.
 
I hope this overview of BHP Ethical Beauty was interesting for you and you're willing to take  a closer look at their beauty range. If you're quick enough you can take advantage of their Cyber Monday offer of 40% off for orders over £40 with the code GWN40. I'm tempted to try their hair range.
 
 
Sukin was launched in Melbourne in 2007 and has quickly become Australia’s Number One Natural Skincare Brand. All of the products produced by Sukin are Australian made with ingredients that are Naturally Derived, Cruelty Free and Vegan. The brand has become increasingly popular in UK in the last year or so due to their affordable yet effective products.
I came across their products earlier this year and enjoyed what I've tried so when I was offered to try their skincare I was thrilled.
 
 Sukin Skincare

Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Masque, £11.95
Buy here: Jan De Vries Your Health Food Store (currently 25% off with code CYBER25)
 
I've had this face mask for a while and I really enjoy using it for gentle yet deep cleanse, it leaves my skin smooth and clearer yet nourished. It contains Kale, Goji Berry and Bentonite and is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants to detox, brighten the complexion and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Avocado, Baobab and Rosehip Oils provide intensive hydration and help to even out the skin tone.

 
Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub*, £9.99
 
This scrub contains micro jojoba beads and ground bamboo to polish skin and remove impurities without polluting the environment. It also contains some ‘super greens’ – kale, chlorella, spirulina and parsley – to deliver antioxidants and intense nourishment to the skin, for a radiant and smooth complexion.
I've said many times that I prefer to use chemical exfoliators but once a week or so I like to use a regular scrub, especially in the morning, to buff away any dry skin and help my makeup to look better throughout the day. And this is the perfect product for that.
 
 
Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser*, £9.99
 
I've only tried this moisturiser couple of times so can't say much about it (will review it in the future) but it feels very lightweight yet nicely hydrating on the skin. Enriched, just like the rest of the Super Greens range, with extracts of Kale, Spirulina, Parsley and Chlorella to promote a radiant, healthy complexion. Acai and Goji Berry Extracts, rich in antioxidants, help to minimise the appearance of fine line while Oils of Rosehip, Avocado and Jojoba lock moisture into the skin.
And can we appreciate that this moisturiser comes with a pump!
 
 
Hydrating Facial Masque*, £11.95
Buy here: Boots 
 
Enriched with mango seed butter, avocado oil and olive fruit extract to protect the skin's moisture barrier and intensely hydrate the skin. Pineapple and papaya enzymes very gently exfoliate to reveal glowing complexion. Such a lovely hydrating face mask which leaves my skin nourished and soothed. One of my favourite to use after deep cleanse or exfoliation. And what's even better, it's so affordable.


ARK Skincare is an award winning, British skincare brand, which treats skin by age, and skin concern, using bio active natural ingredients, containing highly effective antioxidants, lipids and vitamins. ARK Skincare consists of three key age specific ranges, Protect for teens & 20s, Defend for 30s & 40s, & Defy for those over 50.
Their products are Cruelty Free and Vegan.

Ark Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser

ARK Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser*, £35
I've been sent the Replenishing Moisturiser from the 30s & 40s range which I've been using for the last 10 or so days in the evening, still too early to comment on how effective the products is but I am really enjoying it. It feels lightweight on the skin, doesn't leave it greasy yet it hydrates and nourishes it making it soft, calmed and smooth.
It contains Shea Butter and Olive Oil which are highly moisturising but I'm keeping my fingers crossed my skin won't react badly to them as sometimes it breaks out due to Shea Butter in skincare I'm using. The moisturiser contains also clinically proven anti-ageing peptides, including Matrixyl, which smooth out wrinkles and plump out  the skin for a more youthful looking complexion. Vitamin A (retinol) helps to increase collagen production and plump the skin, Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost skin’s moisture, Blue Lotus, the ‘sacred flower of anti-ageing’ is a powerful antioxidant which boosts firmness and elasticity of the skin.
 
I absolutely love the jar with airless pump, which you need to press firmly down to dispense the product, so hygienic and it keeps the moisturiser locked away from air which causes oxidation of some ingredients. One pump of cream is plenty for entire face and neck, there's subtle herbal scent which I'm not the biggest fan of but fortunately it dissipates very quickly.
I will update you in the future how I got on with this moisturiser after using it for longer.
 
 
Have you come across any of these brands or products? Do you prefer your skincare to be vegan?
 

*PR Sample
 
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