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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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    Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved.
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    Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell.
    Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
    Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose.
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Pic description: selfie of me in a mask with neon yellow sticker that says I have had the covid-19 vaccine, taken just after my second vaccination.

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    I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised.
    Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week.
    For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start.
    Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often.
    Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
    Pic description – white lined notebook on black background with handwriting that says First Nations People’s and Earth Based Governance.
    #climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

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Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background. 
#ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

    Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor – just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding.
    Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background.
    #ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

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    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life - it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    Love, Alinta

    6 months ago
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    7/9
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
    We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
    Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

    Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
    Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    Love, Alinta

    6 months ago
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    8/9
    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta

    6 months ago
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    9/9

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