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Favourite Cruelty Free Lip and Nail Products from 2018

17/01/2019

Today I have the third post of my 2018 Cruelty Free Beauty Favourites series, where I will be focusing on my favourite cruelty free lip and nail products. If you haven’t yet, check out my complexion favourites and eye makeup favourites blog posts. As with those posts, I won’t just be focusing on the best products of 2018, but I’ll also mention any that were really bad and the products that I want to try.

Favourite cruelty free lip products from 2018 - polish and paws blog
Favourite lip products from 2018

Lipstick

My favourite traditional lipsticks are the Eye Of Horus Bio Lipsticks. The formula is nourishing, long lasting and wears off evenly. The Bio Lipsticks are vegan, and come in biodegradable packaging so that there’s no waste when you have finished the product. Out of the 7 shades available, I have 5 – Venus Pink, Inanna Honey, Freya Rose, Cleo Plum and their new release, Vesta Red. All the shades I’ve tried have the same amazing formula, but I would love to see the shade range expanded, especially to include a lighter pink/mauve that works for natural makeup days. Check out my full review if you want more information on the Bio Lipsticks.

I got the Hourglass Confession Lipstick Duo as an early Christmas present so I’ve been playing with them for 6 weeks, and I love the formula. It is the longest lasting traditional lipstick that I have come across and it isn’t drying. After an hour of wear, I can’t even feel that I have anything on my lips, but the full colour is still there. They’re vegan and they come with interchangeable packaging so you can just buy the shade rather than the whole lipstick compartment when you run out.

Favourite cruelty free lip products of 2018 - Eye Of Horus Bio Lipstick in Vesta Red - polish and paws blog
Eye Of Horus Bio Lipstick in Vesta Red

The lipsticks that I use for a natural makeup look are the ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural, which is a crayon product that has a sharpener in the base to make it more precise when it dulls down. As well as the Colourpop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in the shade Aquarius. I bought some of the Colourpop Creme Lux Lips when they first launched, hoping that they would be the same formula as the creamy Lippie Stix, but I find them far too drying to ever use.

I don’t use any matte liquid lipsticks as they are just far too drying and I don’t like the really matte look on my lips. The ones I liked most when I did use them were the Dose Of Colors ones, but I would prefer a formula like the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips more.

Favourite cruelty free lip and nail products from 2018 - Eye of Horus Bio Lipsticks - vegan and biodegradeable - polish and paws blog
Eye of Horus Bio Lipsticks

Lip Gloss

My favourite glosses are the Dose Of Colors Stay Glossy lip glosses. They are very pigmented, so they can be worn alone without a colour underneath. They last a long time for a gloss, but you will need to reapply after eating and drinking. There are 12 wearable shades in the range and they’re all vegan, but there is room to add more colours. Anastasia Beverly Hills also makes pigmented lip glosses, which I will also use, but I like the Dose Of Colors formula and shades better. I want to try the glosses from Fenty Beauty as they look like they will be great sheer shades to wear.

Favourite cruelty free lip products from 2018 - Dose Of Colors Stay Glossy lip gloss in Messy Bun - polish and paws blog
Dose Of Colors Stay Glossy lip gloss in Messy Bun

Lip Balm

My most used cruelty free lip products are definitely my lip balms. I wear coloured lip balms on both natural and heavier makeup days, as they make my lips look nice without the upkeep of other products. The coloured lip balm that I use the most is the Mecca Cosmetica Tinted Lip De-Luscious Pot in Rose. The Rose shade is a lovely colour on my lips and it wears off evenly. Mecca now stock a stick formula in the same shade called the Lip De-Luscious Glide, but the Glide only has an SPF of 15 whereas the pot has an SPF of 25, so I haven’t bought the glide yet. The stick would be more useful for reapplication at events than the pot though. The other tinted balm I get a lot of use out of is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Smashed. The formula is very thick so you really need a mirror to apply it to make sure it is evenly distributed on the lips, but it looks and feels great once on. I haven’t tried the clear version as a night balm yet, but I will getting one soon.

As for clear balms, I will opt for the non-coloured Lip De-Luscious SPF if I’m going to be in the sun at all. If I’m just inside, then I will usually be using my Hanami Vegan Lip Balm in Pomegranate (they also have a Spearmint version too). I also just purchased some lip balms from a small Australian Indie company, called Nur Organics, who package their balms in cardboard. Once the product is done, the packaging can then be recycled so there is no waste from the product. A lot of people rave about the Hurraw Lip Balms but they’re just not moisturising enough for me.

Favourite Cruelty Free Lip and Nail Products from 2018 - Nur Organics vegan and biodegradable lip balms - polish and paws blog
Nur Organics vegan and biodegradable lip balms

Lip Liner

I need to use a lip liner most of the time as my lips are very undefined, so I need the lip liner to act as a boarder for whatever lip product I am going to wear. I have struggled to find cruelty free lip liners that have both a good formula and a large shade range. The products I use the most are Innoxa No Bleed Lip Liners, theBalm Pickup Liners and the Too Faced Perfect Lips lip liner in Perfect Nude. All of these lip liners are retractable with inbuilt sharpeners on the end, which is the style of lip liner I like best. I really like theBalm’s lip liners but they break very easily, I ordered 4 from the USA website and two came with the inside colour broken, plus the shade name stickers fall off the liners which is really annoying – they have however been removed from tbeBalm’s website, so they may even be discontinued now. Innoxa’s are nice, but they only have 4 shades available and Too Faced’s lip liners have been discontinued. Colourpop have a great shade range but they are made with a plastic cover which makes them really hard to sharpen and they frequently break during sharpening.

The iconic Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk has been on my wishlist for a long time now, so I really need to get around to buying it. I also want to try the new Dose Of Colors Lip Liners to see what that formula is like, and Eye Of Horus will be releasing their own lip liners soon too. I’m hoping one of them has a “my lips but better” shade.

Favourite cruelty free nail products from 2018 - polish and paws blog
Favourite cruelty free nail products from 2018

Nails

2018 wasn’t a big year for me when it comes to nails, as I was just too sick to paint them most of the time. I didn’t get to buy many polishes either, but I have a couple of favourites to share with you. My favourite polish of the whole year was Chrome Buttons by Emily de Molly. It’s very similar to my favourite shade from last year, Rosy Glow from Grace-full Nail Polish, but it is champagne rather than rose gold. I really enjoyed wearing Grace-full’s 1000 Yellow Daisies, as glitter crellies are my favourite nail polish finish. I would love to see more glitter crellies this year, but they don’t sell as well as other polishes for the makers, so they just can’t make them often. I would love to see more of the metallic flakie polishes and even a silver/white gold flakie topper in a clear base too. The only collection I got for the whole year was the Pretty Serious Neon collection, which was supposed to be for my birthday but I only got them in December with everything that happened.

It was really sad to see so many Aussie Indie Polish brands shut up shop last year. I have updated my Guide To Australian Indie Nail Polish blog post to show which ones are still open, but it’s a lot less than there used to be. The closures have meant that my favourite nail hardener and favourite base coat are no longer available. My favourite top coat is still around though, it’s Clearly On Top From KB Shimmer and I get mine from Femme Fatale Cosmetics. I’m currently waiting for it to be restocked to get more. I may have to try the KB Shimmer base coats when my current ones run out.

Favourite cruelty free nail products from 2018 - Emily de Molly Chrome Buttons - Polish and Paws blog
Emily de Molly Chrome Buttons

If you’re into nail art, then I highly recommended the nail vinyls from What’s Up Nails and the stamping polishes from Hit The Bottle. My favourite nail brush for clean up is the Mitty Fabulously Flat nail art brush – it’s the perfect size for me.

As for nail care, my favourite nail and cuticle oil is from Emily De Molly. I love the lemongrass scent, and the cuticle oil pens make application really easy. If I use the cuticle oil and hand cream often enough, I don’t need to use a cuticle cream. I’m not as picky about hand creams as I am about cuticle oils, so I have a different one in each place that I leave them around the house. I have the Natural Instinct Softening Hand & Nail Cream (vegan), Essano Rosehip Nourishing Hand Creme and Skin by Ecostore Nourishing Hand Cream (vegan) around the house, and the mini 50ml Raww Nourish-ME Hand & Nail Cream (vegan) in my bag. I just bought more of the Skin by Ecostore from Nourished Life (affiliate) and Raww from Flora and Fauna (affiliate), but I have struggled to find the Natural Instinct in store to get another tube of that.

Favourite cruelty free nail products from 2018 Emily De Molly Cuticle Oil - Polish and Paws blog
Emily de Molly Cuticle Oil

On My Radar

Nude By Nature did a big lip product release, which lots of influencers did sponsored posts for, but I haven’t seen any of those people talk about it since they were paid to, so I’m not sure how good that range actually is. Their range includes Moisture Shine Lipsticks, Moisture Infusion Lip Glosses and Defining Lip Pencils. I might have to find them in store and swatch them to see what they like. If you have tried any, let me know what you thought in the comments.

What do you think of my favourite cruelty free lip and nail products from 2018? Is there something else I should try? Don’t forget to check back for my last post of this series on my favourite skin care products. You can sign up to email updates to get my blog posts sent to your inbox and find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Love, Alinta

5 Comments

  • Tracey 22/01/2019 at 7:16 am

    I’m not into makeup much now, but as for nails Vivien Kondor polishes are also cruelty free and high quality. My go to cuticle treatment is Dr.Paw Paw. Great read 😊

  • Glamorousnails23 22/01/2019 at 1:16 pm

    I haven’t an Emily De Molly polish as yet but I’m hoping I’ll get too this year! Awesome post.

  • Cynthia 22/01/2019 at 4:35 pm

    That Messy Bun Dose of Colors gloss looks so pretty and I bet it looks flattering on a lot of people.

  • Ehmkay Nails 23/01/2019 at 8:11 am

    I don’t wear lip gloss but that dose of colors shade is so pretty!

  • StyleThose Nails 24/01/2019 at 2:59 am

    Loved this post

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Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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