I'm a big animal lover, so cruelty free cosmetics is something that's close to my heart. If you've ever read my blog before you'll no doubt have seen my previous entries about the mad make-up clearout I had at the beginning of the year (read here & here). This was mainly due to renewed cosmetic research on my part & a reaction to the amount of formally cruelty free brands entering the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory. Although there are a significant amount of brands now on my blacklist, I was heart warmed to find a good amount of ethical brands, many of whom were not only cruelty free but also vegan or vegetarian as well as websites who specifically stocked such brands. Now, as great as this is, there's always that wee bug bear we all have to deal with in this modern age shopping; it was almost ALL online.
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy a bit of online shopping as much as the next guy, you can hardly wave a shitty stick at something that offers you so much choice & value for money without you even having to lift your arse off the couch! But there are certain things it can be handy to see first hand, & make-up shades are using among them. So my friends, you can imagine my sheer joy when moseying down Shawlands cross, happily raiding the charity shops, when something caught my eye and had my head spinning exorcist style!!
And what was this near neck breaking wonder? It was Miss Vegaluscious Cosmetics, that's what it was!!!
|OK, so I didn't have my camera on me and had to use my phone, so sue me......|
Now, turns out I already 'liked' the Miss Vegaluscious Cosmetics via the Tatty Bon Facebook. But damn, if I don't 'like' so many pages on there it just slipped passed me....for which I am kicking myself! This little wonder on Kilmarnock Rd, on Shawlands Cross, is a home to ALL CRUELTY FREE VEGAN & VEGETARIAN MAKE-UP!!! Arrrrgh, how excited was I. I swear, I had to sit down. I actually can not say enough good things about this place.
Firstly, all my Glasgow make-up loving lovelies, you should probably know that Miss Vegaluscious stocks LIME CRIME! That's right, an actual physical shop where you can get your velvetine fix! This brand are making big waves in the lippy world (well, that's what Instagram says anyway), & although I was recently informed that their owner is apparently a nutter who, apparently, lied about their cosmetics being vegan in the past, the lovely lady in Miss Vegaluscious assured me that what they stock is definitely carmine free! Now, the next thing you should know, is that Lime Crime is just the tip of the iceberg!
They have sooooo many brands in there. Brands that I have only ever been aware of being online before (in the UK anyway) such as Sugarpill, Yaby and OCC (get obsessed by their Lip Tars now!) as well as firm favorites like Beauty Without Cruelty and Barry M. There were also many brands, despite all my research, I either previously hadn't heard of, or was unaware that carried vegan/vegi products amongst their range....brands I am now dying to try! Everything you could possibly need for your make-up kit is in there. Liquid foundations, mineral make-up, pan shadows, loose pigments, lip glosses, lipsticks, everything, just....everything! & know how Manic Panic hair dye is now a complete pain in the arse to get hold of now? Well, they have that too!!
Oh & the brushes, did I mention the brushes?! A whole, rather large, section of beautiful, soft synthetic make-up brushes. Eco-tools, Real Techniques...the list goes on...... I have died and gone to make-up heaven! And this is a heaven where, if you spend £30 or more you get a 20% DISCOUNT!! I think this is especially good as you normally only get a discount like that if your a working make-up artist.
I was in there for ages yesterday, gabbing away to the owner (I was too excited to even remember to get her name) and she was really lovely. So friendly and well informed. On top of the fact that they have vegi friendly beauty they also hold a fair few brands that are Halal approved. From researching for my previous cruelty free posts I discovered just how hard a thing to get hold of that is. Make-up may contain no animal by products, but there is an issue with the alcohol used in a lot of products. So if you were struggling with this before, you won't be now!!!
This wee shop just has so much going on. Everything I have mentioned may be glorious, but if that ain't enough for you there's also manicuring, laser hair removal and threading.....& if you've never had your eyebrows threaded before, do it, you'll never get a better shape! They even offer wee pamper sessions for the bairns (aged 4-11 years) with foot spas and chocolate facials.....mmmm.
I may have refrained from chocolate fascial yesterday, but not from a few fabulous purchases.....I'm only human after all. Lucky girl that I am, I had my wee brother with me (patient wee soul that he is) & he hadn't got me a Christmas present yet. Well, we put that dead to rights! So I moseyed off, rather large grin on my face, with a Lime Crime Pink Velvet Velvetine, a Beauty Without Cruelty foundation and mascara and lovely wee blender brush.
|My wee beauty haul from yesterdays awesome discovery|
It's safe to say that today I am one happy bunny. If you wanna be to, get your arse down to
Miss Vegaluscious Cosmetics
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