Cruelty Free Beauty

Why Green Beauty Isn’t For Everyone

So I bet this seems like a strange post to find on a green beauty blog! But for the keen eyed amongst you, you may have noticed that I’ve changed my blog description (look up!). Today I’m sharing why there is going to be a slight change around here. I like to be honest and transparent with you all and that includes sharing my experiences with you – the good and the bad. This is a bit of a hard post for me to write really, as I hate to admit defeat, but life is about change and adapting and that’s just part of it I suppose.

Last year I decided to switch to exclusively using green beauty products. I’ve had a fun few months and I’ve found some amazing products and brands. However, over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to find my perfect wedding make up. It’s only 6 months away now and I’m testing out various products to try and make me look my best on the big day.

Green beauty isn’t the same as mainstream products and I’m finding some products are becoming quite hard to find. The one main thing I was really struggling with is foundation. Foundation is probably my favourite make up product, as I love to have a flawless complexion. I have redness on my skin and also get blemishes, so I like to have something that will cover them. So far I’ve invested in several natural foundations to try and I’ve been left feeling very underwhelmed and slightly irritated. Natural foundations aren’t cheap – well some are, but I find the cheap ones aren’t great at all. The cheapest ‘good’ foundation is over £30 and they only get more expensive from there – some of them are more than MAC, Charlotte Tilbury and even Dior! The last foundation I bought was £42 and the next one I was looking at is £51!! I think this is the point where I thought ‘What am I doing?’. I just cannot justify spending all that money on products that don’t work for me and getting samples in of natural products is really hard. (Although shout out to Glow Organic who do quite a few samples!) The thing is I wouldn’t mind if I was getting an exceptional product and don’t get me wrong the ingredients are usually amazing, but they don’t perform half as well as mainstream foundations for me. They’re just ‘nice’.

I personally like heavy coverage foundations and they seem to be non-existent in the natural beauty world. I feel that natural beauty products are very much aimed at people who have amazing skin and only want a light coverage to even it out. Which is fine if you have amazing skin, but I don’t and I don’t feel like I fit with what they’re offering. Don’t get me wrong some natural make up products are really good – blushes, bronzers and highlighters especially. I just feel like I don’t have as many options to experiment with and for someone who loves to use make up to express herself then this really is limiting. I’ve seen so many green beauty make up looks by professional make up artists that look great, but for someone who isn’t a professional it’s hard to get some products to work as well.

Skincare is a little bit different. I love using natural skincare and I don’t mind paying a bit extra for something that has amazing ingredients that will work with my skin, but there are also cheaper products available too. Natural skincare seems to have a much broader range than natural make up. Skincare has lots of options for lots of skin concerns and all at varying prices. Although I still find things like fake tan something that they don’t have a lot of options for yet. There are only a couple of brands that do fake tan products and one of those just didn’t work for me at all. Fake tan is a product that I don’t use all the time, so I don’t want to be spending a lot of money on it and once again most natural fake tans are expensive. Some things are just not as readily available in green beauty and if they are they’re usually more expensive, so it’s harder to try new things (which I love to do!). Beauty for me is meant to be fun – something that I can experiment with and try new things, but I’m finding that’s not very achievable with green beauty.

With all this in mind I’m going to branch out with my products and go back to using some non-green beauty products. They will of course always be cruelty free, as this is something I won’t compromise on. So I guess I just wanted to let you all know that you may start seeing some more mainstream beauty products around here. I did debate not writing this and carry on only showing you green products, so as not to come across as a failure but that’s not real life and I like to be honest with you guys. It was the same when I tried going vegan and I wrote this post about why it didn’t work for me. Sometimes you try things with the best intentions, but they don’t always succeed. I don’t see this as a huge failure, because I’ll still be using a lot of natural products (once you know the truth about what goes into beauty products it’s hard to forget), especially in skincare. I just can’t really justify spending a lot of money on expensive make up, especially when I have a wedding to pay for, but I still want to feel my best. In all honesty I miss having options. I miss being able to walk into Superdrug and pick up a foundation for less than £15 that will work for me. Of course, not all make up will work for me anyway, but if I’ve only spent £15 on it then I don’t mind too much. When I’ve spent £42 on something that is only ‘okay’ then it’s much more disappointing. And when you do that several times then it gets really disheartening.

So after that very rambly blog post I hope that you’ll all understand my decisions and stick with me. Life is a learning curve and I’m glad that I’m trying these things. I’m definitely more aware of what I’m putting on my body now and I’ll always keep that in mind when buying a product. To be completely transparent I’ve now changed my taglines to Cruelty Free Beauty, as I don’t think labelling myself as a green beauty blogger is correct anymore. I hope that one day there will be just as many options available in green beauty as mainstream beauty and that they will be more accessible too.

Kayleigh x

Disclaimer: Just as a little note, I wanted to say that this is only my experience with green beauty and there are plenty of people out there who green beauty works great for. Please don’t let my experience put you off green beauty, as I do genuinely love most natural and organic beauty products – it’s just that I won’t exclusively use them anymore. Also I haven’t gone into all my problems with green beauty and every product that I’m having problems finding, as this post would be huge! These are just a few examples.

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