The Cruelty-Free Tag

The long arduous wait is over… I have a new blog post! Please excuse my absence over the past month and a half; I cannot believe it’s been that long. I have no excuses.

I read a post by a fellow cruelty-free blogger this morning, Nicole at ReasonableRaven, on the cruelty-free tag and thought it would be a nice little way to start getting back in blogging shape.

The cruelty-free tag is a series of questions around cruelty-free beauty which cruelty-free bloggers answer in a blog post.

What is your favourite cruelty-free face product?

This is a tricky one as I have two favourite – and have subsequently found that I have two favourites for almost all of the questions. However, I think that my Too Faced Hangover Primer just trumps my Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I tend to have skin on the drier side and the texture and consistency of this primer is so unlike any primer I have used in the past, I find it is more like a moisturiser. It’s very lightweight, makes my skin feel nourished the instant I apply it, my makeup applies beautifully over the top and best of all, it helps keep my skin hydrated. It also smells of coconuts, need I say more?


What is your favourite cruelty-free eye product?

Again, I have two here so will mention them both but only discuss one of them. As a daily staple it has to be my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, but as a game changer it’s my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This product completely changed my relationship with liquid eyeliner and therefore beats my Naked Basics Palette. My eyeliner went from, at best, mediocre; to (dare I say it…?)  good and even sometimes great. I never knew I was capable of such (almost) perfection. I love the pen-like style and the extremely fine applicator. The wear of the product is great, and I’ve woken up many times from a night where I’ve neglected to wash my face and it hasn’t moved. It’s waterproof, but washes off easily with cleanser. The only slightly negative thing I have to say about this eyeliner is that is does get a bit sticky while it dries, so if you take too long applying it, you’ll find applying a second coat or adding bits here and there to not be as smooth. It’s still the best thing to ever grace my eyes.


What is your favourite cruelty-free lip product?

As much as I think I love lipstick – perhaps I don’t – my collection is very unimpressive. I have a few nudes and varying tones of red, but of my small selection I tend to go for my Australis Velourlips in the shade of DOO-BAI. I love this lipstick for a night out or sometimes, if I am feeling a bit bold, I will wear it with my daytime makeup. The formula lasts and lasts and you maybe only need to top it up once throughout a wear. It lasts through eating a meal, although I have noticed it doesn’t hold up too well against anything spicy, and if you’re drinking anything fizzy, a straw is the way to go. I am not the biggest fan of the applicator as it can be a bit tricky to get a clean line, but when you’re only paying $17 NZD, that’s no biggie.


What is your favourite cruelty-free skincare product?

Skincare is something I have always taken quite seriously. I’ve never been a makeup wipes kinda girl and shudder at the thought of having to use them and not warm water and a flannel. I have three favourite skincare products: a cleanser, a toner and a moisturiser and I use the three together on a daily basis, so picking just one is hard. I guess my favourite out of the three would be my Trilogy Cream Cleanser, and only because I really love washing my face. This cleanser is so soothing and calming and mild and soft and creamy, rubbing it all over my face is like heaven and it has a beautiful, subtle scent. Trilogy products are more on the expensive side of skincare, but worth every cent, I’ve been using this cleanser on and off for four years and it’s still my favourite.


What is your favourite cruelty-free body care product?

This is the easiest question for me, and anyone who has used these products will agree with me. Pure Fiji, the holy grail or all things body care. They do scrubs, body butters, lotions, haircare, bath milks, body oils. They literally do it all and all of their products have  that tantalizing island smell. I look forward to going to Fiji so that I can get myself more Pure Fiji. My favourite products of theirs are the hydrating body lotions, in any fragrance, it doesn’t matter, they all smell divine. Although you are able to get these products outside of Fiji, there’s something novel about getting them from the source and it being a treat. So I am not able to stock up on these as often as I would like.


What is your favourite cruelty-free perfume?

I used to really be into perfumes, but in my old age I have developed the delightful habit of getting perfume headaches. Some perfumes more than others  (I’m looking at you, Flower Bomb!) so on the perfume front I am struggling. I can really only tolerate (is that the right word?) very mild, preferably citrus perfumes. I recently bought All Good Things by Lush – which is not citrus at all, but is currently the only perfume I own – and am seeing how I get on with that. I really like how it smells, so I’m trying to wean myself onto it.


What is your favourite cruelty-free nail polish?

Nail polish is tricky for me. I am only able to wear neutral colours for work, and because I generally spend more time working than not, I don’t paint my nails very often and tend not to buy too many bottles. When I am on leave or have a good amount of days off I do love to get the bright colours out and have been loving the Australis Nail Colour in Malibu Breeze


Would you give/throw out products that aren’t cruelty-free?

I’ve been cruelty-free for the better part of two years now and still have some products that aren’t cruelty-free kicking around. I would never just throw them out, I feel that is wasteful but I guess the fact that they are sitting around not being used is also wasteful? I had intended to use them and it seems I haven’t. I’ll have to have a think and see if anyone would like them.

Which brand, that isn’t cruelty-free, do you miss the most and why?

To be fair, I don’t miss a particular brand, I miss mascaras from a variety of brands: Maybelline, L’Oreal and Elizabeth Arden were my favourite brands for mascara and that is all I miss. I miss them because they were cheap (not so much Elizabeth Arden) easy to come by and it had been years of trail and error to find these mascaras. But in saying that I am finding more and more cruelty-free mascaras that I really like which is exciting and  I also quite like the trial and error process.

What are some of your favourite cruelty-free products?

Until next time,

Anita xx



  1. Eye of Horus is cruelty free and their products are amazing. I’ve heard amazing reviews from everyone about the EoH mascara too.
    Loving the blog Anita! xx


    1. I actually have the Eye of Horus mascara, I didn’t like it so much at first, but it’s growing on me 🙂 their eyeliners look amazing!! I’ve been meaning to pick some up.
      Thanks so much, Mel xx


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