This summer’s vegan and cruelty-free launches give us plenty to be excited about. There’s new skincare, body care, makeup, and hair vegan beauty products to keep us looking and feeling fresh through this sticky, sweaty summer.
Whether you’re looking for affordable vegan skincare for acne, a multitasking lip gloss, a plant-based alternative to retinol, or glittery unicorn shower slime, there’s probably something in this list that will speak to you. What makes it even better is that all of these items are under $20!
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, $12
If your summer skin feels more congested and oily than radiant and glowy, this balancing, exfoliating mask could make the perfect addition to your skincare routine. With salicylic acid, charcoal, and clay, The Ordinary’s latest launch is an affordable way to slough away old skin and neutralize blemishes. The addition of squalane counteracts the sometimes drying effects of salicylic acid and clay, adding back moisture and keeping your skin looking dewy and hydrated.
Tower 28 Shine On Lip Jelly, $14
Tired: lip gloss that exists solely as a magnet for your flyaway hair, caught by the nearest breeze. Wired: lip jelly that moisturizes and treats dry, chapped lips while it gives your lips a glossy sheen right from an early 2000’s Brandy music video.
Glossier Brow Flick, $18
If you’re craving the wisp-thin strokes of a microblader’s needle without a few casual hundred dollars to throw down, Glossier’s latest might be just what you need in your life. This fine-tipped pen can help give you the fluffy brows of your dreams or erase the mistakes of last night’s all-too-eager ‘brow cleanup’: yeah, we’ve all been there. Like any kind of makeup pen or pencil, getting the strokes you desire takes a bit of getting to know the tool and how to best use it. Expecting to have the technique mastered right out of the box will probably lead to disappointment so give yourself time to practice.
Kinfield Waterbalm, $18
Looking for a way to nourish and soothe your thirsty sunburnt, bug-bitten, and otherwise weary summer skin? Water balm is a petroleum and wax-free stick that delivers the hydrating and soothing goods — aloe vera, green tea, and collodial oatmeal in this case — via a solid stick. Perfect for tossing in your bag before your next big outdoor adventure or for slathering on after a day spent in the mall’s air conditioning.
Merci Handy Unicorn Edition Slime Shower Jelly, $15
Two things that the world seems to agree with me are incredibly soothing: watching hours of ASMR videos and a steamy shower. Combine the two and you get the squishy, glittery ‘shower slime’ from colourful French brand, Merci Handy. The brand’s playful packaging and uplifting scents will add some playfulness to your morning rinse.
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What vegan beauty products are you loving this summer?