5 Affordable Clean Cruelty-Free Beauty Products that I’m Loving

 
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My skincare dream team just keeps on giving!

As you know, I’m all about investing in the right products for my skin. I want to look as fresh as I can for as long as I can (life-goals, baby!). In my opinion, your skin really is your best asset. Have you ever noticed that whenever you see someone with gorgeous skin, you find yourself thinking how beautiful they are? Think about it! It’s something you look at every day of your life, so why not really look after and nurture your skin?

You can always buy a designer handbag, but is it really going to make you glow like healthy skin does? It’s worth the investment. Take me for example; I’ll be turning 34 this year, and I always receive compliments that I look much younger than I really am. 

Everyone’s skin is different so it’s important to find what works best for you. My skin tends to fluctuate between oily and dry depending on the season, time of month, or current stress. Since having Chase my skin tends to be on the dry side, so I really tend to gravitate to hydrating serums, lotions, and facial sprays. My skin will go from dry to oily in my t-zone area. So, in my case, it’s always a good idea for me to switch up products depending on my skin’s natural changes.

GLOW RECIPE 

Not only are ‘Glow Recipe’ products completely clean, cruelty-free, paraben and sulfate free, and they smell like a fruity dream! They carry products that either smell like a watermelon, blueberry, avocado, or pineapple. 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

 
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All summer I’ve been using their watermelon mist. I use it for a hydrating toner. I usually use it before my serum and lotion, and it helps lock in the moisture. I’ll also use it if I’m going from a day makeup look to evening. I’ll spray it on top of my day makeup and then apply a little more makeup on top for the evening. It’s great at keeping my skin hydrated when I’m on the go and it’s something you can just throw in your bag and head out the door.

Glow Recipe

Price Point: $10.00- $49.00

VERSED

I recently discovered this brand and I’m really liking everything about them. All their products are vegan and cruelty-free! They are totally affordable for the quality that you’re getting and can be purchased at one of my favorite shops, TARGET!

Versed ‘Hydration Station booster with HA’

I can’t get enough of their ‘Hydration Station booster with HA’. This product is really made for people who have dry skin, but this little gem can be anyone’s best friend. It helps to hydrate your skin and it’s quickly absorbed. You can mix a few drops of this into your daily moisturizer/ serum or even your makeup! I personally like to add this as a step on its own in the morning and evening as part of my routine. I just think well-hydrated skin keeps you looking young, and let’s be real, I think that’s everyone’s goal here!

 
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Versed

Price Point: $9.99- $19.99

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS

I absolutely love products by Herbivore! All their products are completely clean, not-animal tested, and their ingredients are a combination of essential vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. They really do pride themselves on being completely organic and high quality.

Herbivore ‘Bakuchiol’ 

A retinol is great to incorporate into your regimen as your skin ages. Retinoids help skin cells turn over and promote new cell growth underneath but can irritate skin in the process, so this is a great alternative! This product also contains the ‘Babchi flower’ which helps with fine lines, wrinkles and is super hydrating.

Herbivore ‘Emerald’ 

Also known as the ‘green goddess’ of facial oils, this is my glow miracle in a jar. I’ve been using this product for four months now and I can confidently say that when I do use it, I really see the difference in my skin. Even you guys notice the difference when I integrate it into my day. I always get feedback in my DM’s on Instagram, “Wow, you’re glowing, are you pregnant again?” “Your skin looks amazing today!” “Your skin looks flawless!”

I’ll be honest with you… The one thing I dislike about this product is it smells like marijuana. I’m not crazy about the scent but some may find it soothing. The product contains hemp seed oil which is full of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, and vitamin E which helps soothe redness and skin irritations. I suffer from rosacea causing mild redness around my nose and chin and using this product has helped diminish the redness in those areas.

 
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Herbivore Botanicals

Price Point: $12.00- $88.00

FRE SKIN

I think this is one of my favorite skincare brands I’ve come across in a long time! They’re completely 100% vegan and cruelty free, and I know as time goes on a lot of beauty brands are trying to convert which is amazing, but companies that take pride in being 100% vegan need to be recognized and supported by everyone. 

They also have a really cool incentive; For every skincare set sold, they plant an Argan tree in Morocco. I just love when brands do great things like this and give back! Another amazing part about Fre Skin, is they do all the hard work for you; All you need to know is what kind of skin you’re working with and they already have suggested skincare sets for your whole routine. I love this about the brand because I know how overwhelming it can be when there are too many options.

I have dry skin, so I have their complete 123Fre set which is formulated for active skin (a.k.a. active people). When I know I’m going to be hitting the gym, I start my day with all three of their products because they combat sweaty skin but also prevent breakouts, dehydration and signs of aging!

Fre Skin ‘Revive Me - Deep Replenishing Serum’ 

This serum is like no other that I’ve tried! It’s not your typical oily serum but it’s more of an extremely hydrating moisturizer disguising as a serum. This product improves the natural regenerative and resilience of the skin’s stem cells, all while creating a glowing complexion. It also smells unbelievable! I wish you could smell it as you’re reading this, it’s so dreamy!

 
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Fre Skin

Price Point $45.00- $115.00

SKINCARE DREAM TEAM

Out of my list of, “skincare dream team,” I wish I could send samples to all of you. I truly live by these products and have seen such improvements in my skin. No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to invest in your skin. You can improve, prevent, and add enriching products to your skincare routine. 

If you haven’t started already, go this weekend and get it done! I’m a big fan of Sephora because you can try all the products until you find the right one. I think if you’re on a tight budget, you really should invest in good skincare products because they genuinely help in maintaining healthy looking skin. Take a page from my 33-year-old ass and start now if you haven’t. I can promise that you’ll never regret having a good skincare regime.

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