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2020 Cruelty Free Beauty Favourites – Skincare and Makeup

18/01/2021

2020 was a tough year for many people, and my year was certainly no exception. Today however, I want to focus on a positive, and share with your my 2020 cruelty free beauty favourites. I won’t be going through every skincare and makeup category, I’m just going to share the products that I cannot find a replacement for in my routine as they just work so well for me. Everyone’s skin type, colour and makeup and skincare preferences are different. These are the products I love, as they work for my very fair pink toned skin that is dry and very sensitive. All products I will mention are cruelty free and the majority are vegan, I will leave a note next to any of the products that I know are not vegan. In this post you will see affiliate links for Adore Beauty, Biome, Flora and Fauna, Nourished Life and Yes Style. Using these affiliate links costs you nothing, but it helps me out, so I would really appreciate it if you use them if you ever purchase from those websites. 

2020 cruelty free beauty favourites - skincare, sunscreen and makeup - Love Alinta blog

Skincare

I am very diligent with my skincare routine as I have seen what a difference it can make for me. My skin is dry and dehydrated, but I can make it normal with a consistent hydrating skincare routine. I have eyelid eczema and rosacea on my cheeks, so a lot of my skincare is aimed at soothing those skin conditions. I completely avoid SLS and SLES as they are the main trigger for peri-oral dermatitis for me. I also have melasma, so I use actives to try and reduce the appearance of that, but I only use actives on my t-zone, never on my cheeks (and obviously not on my eyes). Many of these products I have featured in my previous years’ favourites, but there are some new products added too. There are a couple of new products that I’m using that I like but I only started using them at the start of December, so I won’t be including those in this post. 

My cruelty free beauty favourites couldn’t start without mentioning the La Mav Hydra-Calm Cleansing Creme. This is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used, it is the only cleanser I can rely on to not further irritate my skin when it is flaring. I buy my La Mav products from Flora and Fauna or Nourished Life (affiliate links). My favourite serum is the Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum. I tend to use this morning and night as my skin really likes it. 

By far my most used morning moisturiser is the La Mav Hyaluronan Daily Moisture Creme as it dries down to a semi-matte finish whilst also hydrating my skin. It is perfect for wearing on hot days, especially with a mask for me. I made an IGTV showing you how I use all my La Mav products in a morning skincare routine if you want to check that out. I use a couple of different moisturising creams to help soothe my eczema and rosacea. I have the Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream which I buy from Yes Style (affiliate link). It contains 50% cica extract, ceramide NP, glycerine, niacinamide and squalene. I have been trying to find more cruelty free and vegan skincare products with ceramides to try, so I might but the Purtio Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack and Centella Unscented Serum to add some more ceramides in, but I would also love to hear your suggestions of products you like. I have just purchased the Natio Ceramide cream so I will let you know how that goes in an Instagram story

Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream - Love Alinta blog
Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream

I have been using the MooGoo SM Soothing Cream and Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Marshmallow, Elderberry & more for many years now. The eczema cream is vegan, but the soothing cream isn’t as it contains honey. I was looking on their website hoping for a sale so I could re-buy my eczema cream, and saw that MooGoo has also released a Double Cream with Ceramides, but that contains beeswax, so it isn’t vegan either. My all time favourite night moisturiser is the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream. I haven’t found anything that compares to this product. It moisturises and calms my skin so well, but it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a thick product, so it still works well all year round for me (I just wish the Australian Trilogy website would do more sales to reward loyal customers, like Priceline does with their 40% off sales). 

Medik8 Crystal Retinal - cruelty free strong retinol for sensitive skin - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Medik8 Crystal Retinal

As for actives, my favourite exfoliant is still the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. It is expensive but it I haven’t found another chemical exfoliant that is as gentle as this and that actually works. My other favourite active is also expensive, but it is well worth the money. It is the Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 which I buy from Adore Beauty (affiliate link). This formula has a crystal encapsulation system that slowly releases retinaldehyde into the skin, so that it doesn’t cause the same level of irritation as a standard retinoid. I still had to work up the the 10 from a lower dose, but I can use this product every second day without any irritation, which is amazing. 

Sunscreen

I am giving sunscreen its own category this year, as it is just so important. If there is only one beauty product that you will use, make sure it’s sunscreen. All the sunscreens I am mentioning are SPF 50 and broad spectrum, as per Australian standards. I used to use some SPF 30 sunscreens, but I really need to protection of 50+ with how fair my skin is. My favourite physical sunscreen is the Ethical Zinc SPF50+ Daily Wear Light Sunscreen. This sunscreen is made using 100% solar power, is fragrance free and 80 minutes water resistant. It rubs into my skin clear, and it a lot lighter than the typical zinc sunscreens that I have tried. Ethical Zinc also make a Natural Clear Zinc sunscreen that is 4 hours water resistant, which makes it better for swimming and exercise, but it contains beeswax so it’s not vegan. It is also a lot thicker, so it doesn’t work as well as an everyday sunscreen. Always remember to reapply your sunscreen, especially after sweating or going in the water. 

Some good cruelty free facial chemical sunscreens that I have used are the Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen which I buy from Adore Beauty (affiliate link) and the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula. Both of these will work better on dry skin as they are moisturising, but oily skinned people can use them without a moisturiser underneath. I find that the Mecca one can be slightly more pore clogging that the Ultra Violette one, but I like both of them. The Ultra Violette Extreme Screen Hand & Body Sunscreen SPF50+ is a great everyday body sunscreen, but it contains beeswax so it isn’t vegan. It feels like I’m wearing a moisturiser rather than a thick body sunscreen, so it’s much nicer to wear on an everyday basis compared to many other body sunscreens. 

Ultra Violette sunscreens - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Ultra Violette sunscreens

The Purito Centella Unscented Sun sunscreen would have been included in this post as I used it for a lot of the year, but it came to light recently that the actual SPF value of the sunscreen is nowhere near the labelled SPF 50 value, so I won’t be using it anymore. I hope they reformulate to actually make it SPF50+, as it had a great formula.

Makeup

As always, my most used primer in 2020 was the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. It smooths the skin slightly and makes foundation last longer, so I always go back to it. One of my favourite beauty finds in 2020 was the Mecca Max Off Duty BB Cream in Vanilla. I have to add a lot of my White Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer into this to make it light enough to use, and the dark shades are non existent, but I finally have a vegan replacement for my Chi Chi Cosmetics Super CC Cream in Fair. I have contacted Mecca multiple times about the shade range of their house brands, they continue to say that they are going to expand and improve them, but I haven’t seen that happen yet. I’m hoping they will make a very fair pink shade in the Off Duty BB Cream so that I finally have an everyday product that I don’t have to mix to use, but I’m not holding my breath. 

Mecca Max Off Duty BB Cream in Vanilla - cruelty free and vegan foundation favourite - Love Alinta blog
Mecca Max Off Duty BB Cream in Vanilla

Another product that I loved finding in 2020 was the ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer. It isn’t as full coverage as the ELF 16hr Camo Concealer, but it is so much nicer to wear on dry skin. I use the shades Fair Rose and Fair Beige, depending on what I’m doing, and they both work well for me. I plan on swatching all the shades I have for you, so I will try to do that blog post for you soon. If my dark circles are even more noticeable than usual, then I will use the Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector in Light to Medium under my concealer, which works really well to dull the discolouration. 

I always set my base with the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder as it dulls the shine just slightly to make the skin look more satin and make my makeup last longer. I haven’t come across another setting powder like it. If I am wanting to do a very quick makeup base, then I will use my Eco Minerals Perfection Mineral Foundation in Vanilla. It’s very easy and quick to put on with a dense brush, and it doesn’t make my skin look dry like every other powder foundation does. You can buy Eco Minerals powder foundations and the refill packets from Biome, Flora and Fauna and Nourished Life (affiliate links). 

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush swatches on fair skin - Sublime Flush, Ethereal Glow and Mood Exposure - 2020 cruelty free and vegan beauty favourites - Love Alinta blog
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush swatches in Sublime Flush, Ethereal Glow and Mood Exposure

If you’ve read my previous years’ cruelty free beauty favourites, then you will already know that blush is my favourite makeup product. I still enjoyed using my Milani Baked blushes this year, but the real standout for me was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Sublime Flush. I have been hoping for years that they would release a blush in this shade as I really wanted a bright pink in their formula, but the original shades didn’t work for me, so I am so happy to have Sublime Flush now. My favourite cream blush for the year was Elation from Elate Cosmetics. It’s such a pretty shade for my skin tone and so quick and easy to apply with a small stippling brush. There are multiple colours available of the Elate Universal Creme Cheek and Lip Colours on the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate), so there should be a shade that will suit most skin tones. 

Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush swatches - Dolce Pink, Petal Primavera, Rosa Romantica and Luminoso. 2020 Cruelty Free Beauty Favourites - Love Alinta blog
Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush swatches in Dolce Pink, Petal Primavera, Rosa Romantica and Luminoso

My favourite powder highlighter will be absolutely no surprise to those of you who follow me, it is still the Elate Cosmetics Pressed Cheek Illuminator in the discontinued shade Opal. Elate still make Dew in this product, which has the same awesome formula, I just prefer the pink shade of Opal. Dew will probably suit more skin tones than Opal, so that is a good shade to try, but I will continue hoping for Opal to return. I also liked using the Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette, which made a return in 2020. I mix the pink and yellow shades, but I would love to get the pink one individually as that is my favourite shade in the palette. This palette gives a more metallic finish than the Elate highlighter, so I used it more for heavier makeup, rather than everyday makeup. 

Elate Cosmetics Pressed Cheek Illuminator swatches in Opal and Dew - cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly powder highlighter - Love Alinta blog
Elate Cosmetics Pressed Cheek Illuminator swatches in Opal and Dew

I continued to use my Eye Of Horus Brow Define in Husk throughout the year. I buy my Brow Define pencils from Flora and Fauna (affiliate link). I pair this with the Colourpop Cosmetics Clear Brow Boss Gel to keep my unruly eyebrow hairs in place. The eye product I liked the most in 2020 was the Elate Cosmetics Eye Colour Pencils, they’re very easy to use and work well with natural makeup looks. I also love the Elate Lip Colour Pencils, especially Ardent. I will do a full review on these soon, but in the meantime you can pick them up from Flora and Fauna (affiliate) if you want them. Eye Of Horus Bio Lipsticks are still my favourite lipstick formula and I’m still hoping they will release a shade like Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color in Spiced Petal (probably not vegan), as it is the perfect lipstick colour for me. They have just released more reds, so I’m hoping the Bio Lipstick colour range will continue to expand in future. 

There were some items I wanted to try in 2020 that I didn’t get around to getting, like the Hourglass Cosmetics and Eye Of Horus Cosmetics vegan makeup brushes. I also would have liked to have tried the Eye Of Horus and Aether Beauty eyeshadow palettes, but I prioritized keeping my eyelid eczema under control over trying new eye products. There’s quite a few small eco-friendly brands that I would like to try and review this year, and I would like to try more cruelty free and vegan makeup brands that do good ceramide, lactic acid or retinaldehyde products. I would love to hear your recommendations for products that I should try, or which products topped your cruelty free beauty favourites list for 2020? I have quite a few reviews to write up, so hopefully I will have the energy to do them all for you. In the mean time, you can sign up to email updates to get my new blog posts sent to your inbox. You can also find me on social media – InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter.

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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 😊
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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 😊
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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.
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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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