American Cruelty-Free Haul & First Impressions

 
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Last week Sean & I hopped over to Florida to stay with family and enjoy some sunshine and much-need R&R. Alongside the excitement of getting away, I had really been looking forward to the opportunity to pick up some American cruelty-free beauty products that aren't readily available this side of the pond.

Here's a round-up of what I got, and what I think of it so far:


Hits

Pacifica | I believe Pacifica is available at Holland & Barrett in the UK, but they seem to stock quite a limited range. Whilst browsing Target I picked up the Pineapple & Hyaluronic Facial Mask and the Purify Facial Cleansing Wipes. I’ve used the pineapple mask already and it was great, for a sheet mask it was comfortable to wear and didnt peel off as it dried out, it smelt really nice and left my skin soft and refreshed. I’m also really enjoying the cleansing wipes, they don’t leave my skin irritated or feeling stripped like other make-up wipes have done and have a nice coconut smell! I’d definitely be keen to try other Pacifica products in the future. 

Tarte Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen | I was really excited to pick this up as I’ve found it really hard to find cruelty-free/vegan whitening products in the UK. This pen contains a clear gel product that you paint onto clean teeth and as it dries, it foams up in your mouth. It has a pleasant minty taste, and unlike whitening products I’ve used in the past, didn’t leave my teeth feeling sensitive the day after use. I’ve used this a couple of times since I bought it and I already think I can see a difference, I would definitely repurchase and recommend this product! 

Youth to the People Kale & Green Tea Cleanser | You guys, I LOVE this stuff. I’ve barely started using it and have already scoped out UK stockists so I can repurchase it when it’s finished. This cleanser feels so gentle but still cleans away any traces of make-up left on my skin. It smells amazing and leaves my face feeling clean and soothed, and it’s also age-preventing which is a plus. I’d love to try some other products from this brand.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask | I love anything watermelon scented (or flavoured!) and couldn’t resist this. You apply this mask before going to sleep, it goes on as a smooth, cooling gel and dries clear in a few minutes so you don’t have to sleep with a heavy product on your skin. It smells quite strongly of watermelon which I love, and after washing it off in the morning this leaves my face soft and my skin brightened without any redness. This is another product that I absolutely love, I’m so glad I picked it up and will definitely be repurchasing. If you’re a fan of masks, give this a try. 

IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray | I recently cut my hair shorter and want to style it with more texture but having fine, naturally straight hair makes it difficult to get any waves or volume. I’ve tried a few ‘beach’/‘surf’ hair products in the past and found that they sat too heavily on my hair, making it look greasy or tangled. This product not only smells incredible (like sunscreen!) but feels really light. It gives my hair a 'grit' and slightly dried/windswept texture without weighing it down or knotting it. I’m a fan! 

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Gig | I’ve been admiring Milk make up for a while for their cool, gender-inclusive campaigns and I've been looking forward to trying their products. I browsed their collection in Sephora and settled on the eye pigment in Gig - this stuff is amazing! It took me a few tries to get the hang of applying it, the formula is quite wet so you really only need the tiniest amount. It dries quickly though with a bold colour, and it doesn’t budge all day! This product looks really pretty on its own smudged all over your eyelid, as a base for powder eyeshadows or drawn on as an eyeliner. 10/10, would reccomend! 

Bath & Body Works | I have a bit of an addiction to hand sanitiser and particularly like the 'pocket-bacs' from Bath & Body works because they come in so many interesting scents. I was relieved to find out that Bath & Body works products are cruelty-free and so scooped up a bunch of mini sanitisers, including my favourite Stress Relief scent. I was also embarrassingly excited to discover that they offer full-sized hand sanitisers with a pump (!!), so picked one up in Watermelon Lemonade for my desk. I also picked up a White Gardenia Candle (their candles are amazing - so strongly scented and last ages!),  a stress relief Concentrated Room Spray and a Papaya & Tea Sheet Mask. Why-oh-why do Bath & Body works not ship to England... 

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Pink Grapefruit | Last of all, I picked up these face wipes at the airport before we flew home. We had a night flight home and I wanted to take off my make-up once we were on the plane. These smell amazing and are refreshing on the skin, perfect for freshening up on a flight when you feel dried out and gross! 

Fenty Beauty Foundation | I was really impressed when Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line launched and I found out it was cruelty-free and offered such a wide range of shades. I’ve also seen a lot of positive reviews of the products, so even though it’s available here, I couldn’t resist trying something out when I spotted it in Sephora. I’ve been using NYX tinted moisturiser for the last few months which is just OK, so I opted for a foundation. This product lasts a long time, and the shade I went for is a great match for my skin tone, but it’s so drying. As someone who already has dry skin, this isn’t ideal but I imagine if you have an oilier complexion it’s a good thing? I probably wouldn’t buy this again but will happily use it up! 


Misses

SpaLife Face Masks | I love sheet masks, they're such an easy way to treat my skin without the hassle of applying and washing off, so I picked up two SpaLife sheet masks to try in PH Balancing Pineapple and Mattifying Nectarine. So far I’ve only tried out the nectarine mask, and it was... OK. It was soothing on the skin if not a little too sticky, but was priced at only a couple of dollars, so I can’t complain. 

Tom's Long Lasting Natural Deodorant in Fresh Apricot | Yikes. I spotted this and for some unknown reason, fancied giving apricot scented deodorant a go? The scent is fine, if not an obvious choice for a deodorant, but this product doesn’t work for me at all. I don’t usually have a problem with my deodorant lasting all day, but I felt like I needed to re-apply this every hour to stay fresh. Not good. 

Good Chemistry | Whilst we were shopping at Target I was super excited to discover that they have a line of vegan, cruelty-free perfumes called Good Chemistry. Fragrance that hasn’t been tested on animals is one of the hardest things to find, so I had to try these out. I opted for the Wild Child Rollerball (bergamot, coconut and bamboo) and Coast Unisex Cologne (citron, ocean and rosemary). To be honest, both of these have a fairly similar scent and don’t seem to linger on my skin or clothes for more than a few minutes.  I’m glad I gave these a go as they weren’t expensive, but I don’t rate them very highly. 


It’s been really fun sampling products that aren’t readily available here, and expanding my knowledge of cruelty-free brands! I really hope some of these brands make their way over here at some point... 

Which of these products would you like to try out? Do you have any recommendations for me based on the products I’ve enjoyed using? 

Check out my other cruelty-free product posts here.