My quick, 5 minute cruelty-free makeup routine

There was a time when the more makeup I had slapped on my face – the better. There has never been a time whereby minimal makeup was how I prefered to roll. That was until, now. My everyday makeup is now super simple and can be done in under 5 minutes…honestly. The products I’m going to be talking about today are what I’d use for a lazy weekend, or for work and what’s best of all, is that they’re all cruelty-free.

I’ve found that by using multi-tasking products, I can save loads of time…and effort. Obvs. This means saying goodbye to the complex winged liner that takes me 10,000 years to get even, and a ta-ta for now to a cream foundation that needs work buffing in. – I’ll save those for special occasions.

My quick, 5-minute cruelty-free makeup routine
My quick, 5 minute everyday makeup routine

Bare Minerals | Original Foundation | £27.00 | Cruelty-Free
Like many people, I love the lightness of a mineral powder foundation. The Bare Minerals Original Foundation is my favourite and is arguably the best. Providing natural looking coverage and SPF 15, it’s no surprise that this loose powder foundation has won numerous beauty awards. The shade range is pretty decent too with 30 shades available. I wear ‘Fair light 03’. I won’t dwell too much on the details here as I have a full, in-depth review of this mineral foundation here if you’re interested in discovering more.

And Other Stories | Concealer | £15.00 | Cruelty-Free
This Stories concealer is SUCH a decent product, though I can understand that it would likely get overlooked in favour of more affordable and available drugstore favourites such as Collection’s Cult, ‘Lasting Perfection Concealer. The creamy formulation of the Stories concealer offers a medium, buildable coverage that cancels out dark circles in just one swoop of the doe-foot. I use it to combat any redness around my nose or pesky blemishes and it does the trick, all with minimal effort required.

My quick, 5 minute cruelty-free makeup routine

Glossier | Cream Blush Cloud Paint in ‘Beam’ | £15.00 | Cruelty-Free

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t get this product to work for me for the longest time. I found that too much product came out of the tube, even with just the lightest of squeezes, and the peachy colour looked a little ‘Aunt Sally’ on my skin. I’ve since worked out how to best use the Glossier Cloud Paints, and it involves putting a bit of the product onto the back of my hand and using my fingers to pat it into my cheeks. I also use it on my lips and it’s surprisingly comfortable to wear. Want to know what I think of more Glossier products? Check out these reviews here and here.

The Body Shop | Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder | £14.00 | Cruelty-Free
Cor, I love this bronzer. I have the shade ’01’ which works perfectly for my paler skin tone, without looking orange or muddy. The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder offers a matte finish which in turn allows the skin to look sunkissed and healthy without ever looking shimmery and shiny.

My quick, 5 minute cruelty-free makeup routine
Eyes + Brows
HEMA Cosmetics | Cushion Eyebrow Pen | Sadly no longer available. | Cruelty-Free
I won’t spend too much time on this one as I’ve just realised this eyebrow cushion is sadly no longer available. GUTTED!  Want to know what else is good from HEMA cosmetics? Check out this post.
HEMA Cosmetics | Single Eyeshadow | £4.25 | Cruelty-Free
For a quick wash all over the lids, I use the ‘Coffee’ single eyeshadow from HEMA– this cool-toned shadow is extra smooth to apply and sticks around all day. Some might say, it looks better after a few hours of wear – especially if, like me, you advocate a smokey, smudgy eye.
Rodial | Glamolash Mascara XXL* | £24.00 | Cruelty-Free
I’m currently testing out this mascara to see how it fares against my other favourites. So far, so good. The Glamolash mascara XXL is a little wet to work with, at first – although it doesn’t tend to smudge when applied, which is good. If you want volume in your lashes, the Glamolash offers it – lengthening not so much.Ps. I LOVE this vegan salon map of the UK, showing which vegan /cruelty-free salons are near you!

* Rodial mascara, came gifted in Red Magazine

My quick, 5 minute cruelty-free makeup routine


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