Fit for a Queen: The Cruelty Free Beauty Regime to Prep for Your Own Royal Wedding

The wedding bells are ringing and the world is tuning in to their televisions to watch the beautiful Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry into the world of the Royal Family. As wedding season blooms over the world alongside the sunny weather, it’s time to begin your beauty regime to prep for your own royal wedding- the cruelty-free way!

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The Konjac Sponge Company Mythical Mermaid Konjac Face Sponge & Hook

This is your ultimate wedding prep beauty tool. Not only does the Konjac Sponge cleanse and exfoliate away dead skin cells and impurities, but regular use of the sponge is proven to improve the skin’s tone and texture within a couple of weeks. Being 100% vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable, the Konjac Sponge is also suitable for all skin types and all ages, and is gentle enough to be used over rosacea and eczema. Why not treat yourself to this adorable Mermaid edition? The pink sponge comes with a cute mermaid hook for you to look at your pretty sponge all day- and to let it dry between uses!

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Credit: The Konjac Sponge Company.

The Konjac Sponge Company Mythical Mermaid Konjac Face Sponge & Hook with Pink Clay, €12.60, available from The Konjac Sponge Company.

Murad’s AHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, this gorgeous cleanser contains Glycolic Acid which is derived from sugar cane in all of Dr. Murad’s formulas. Glycolic is a form of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which have been used since the times of Cleopatra. The renewing formula removes dead skin cells and stimulates natural collagen and elastin production, and also creates a smooth canvas that has the power to absorb skincare products better. Gentle enough to use daily.AHABHAExfoliatingCleanser_preview

Murad AHA Exfoliating Cleanser, €33.15, available at selected salons nationwide and from Murad

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Known as her worldwide bestseller, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is packed full of good stuff- but at quite a hefty price tag. However, if it means you will lay off going under the knife or having non-cruelty-free facelifts for your special day, this cruelty-free cream is worth every penny! The luxurious formula contains hero ingredient BioNymph Peptide Complex, which encourages the skin to mimic youthful skin textures whilst fighting free radicals. The multi-tasking moisturiser seals in hydration, revitalises dull complexions, protects against harmful UV rays with SPF15 and works as a great base for foundation. Oh, and it’s paraben-free!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 50ml, €90.00, available at Brown Thomas and BT2

Tan with Vita Liberata at Peaches and Lime Beauty Salon

Unfortunately, many fake tans are not only not cruelty-free, but also contain a preposterous amount of highly toxic ingredients including parabens, perfume, alcohol and sulphates. Luckily, Vita Liberata ticks all the boxes when it comes to cruelty-free and toxin-free tanning! The formula is free from typical fake-tan odours and provides a streak-free, super-hydrating colour. At Peaches and Lime Beauty Salon in the heart of Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, organic and non-toxic beauty is at the heart of the salon’s ethos. The salon offers a variety of different colours to suit your skin tone as well as a full range of Vita Liberata body products for both tanning and retail. The salon’s built-in tanning machine avoids after-mist during and after the treatment, allowing you to feel non-sticky and utterly gorgeous when you leave.

Vita Liberata is suitable for pregnancy, eczema, and other dry skin conditions.

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Vita Liberata Full Body Spray Tan, €35.00, available at Peaches and Lime Beauty

Vegan Mani/Pedi at Skinfull Affairs

If you are looking for the best vegan mani/pedi in town, Skinfull Affairs is the place to go! This season the salon’s special is a Fresh and Fruity Citrus Mani/Pedi deal. The treatment includes filing, buffing, cuticle work, a soak in Kotanical orange essential oils with grated marigold, a rejuvenating organic citrus scrub, a relaxing organic citrus lotion hand massage, and a vegan, non-toxic Ella + Mila nail polish of your choice. Your hands, feet and nails will look youthful and beautiful for your big day!

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Fresh and Fruity Citrus Mani/Pedi, €60.00, at Skinfull Affairs

Vegan Eyelash Extensions at Elysian Brows

If you are someone who likes a little bit of extra glam, eyelash extensions are probably a must for your wedding day. With Irish mink farms still being allowed to be run, it’s important to only avail of synthetic mink lashes so as to avoid supporting this vile industry. Elysian Brows’ Semi-Permanent Lashes treatment includes a full set of luxury semi-permanent synthetic mink hairs, which last up to 4-6 weeks. These lashes are so comfortable and naturally beautifying that it will make your wedding makeup so much easier to figure out!

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Semi-Permanent Lashes, €120.00, available at Elysian Brows

Book Your Cruelty-Free/Vegan Makeup Artist

Many makeup artists in Ireland today offer cruelty-free as well as vegan options for clients on their special day. However, if you are going to be doing your own makeup on the day, the Flawless and Pawless favourite makeup brands for weddings are:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Coverfx – 100% VEGAN!
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • Illamasqua
  • Kat Von D
  • Liz Earle
  • Sculpted by Aimee Connolly – IRISH BRAND
  • SOSU by SJ – 100% VEGAN! – IRISH BRAND

Please note that all of the above brands offer vegan-friendly options if they are not labelled as a 100% vegan range. You can check out the full list of all the cruelty-free as well as vegan brands available in Ireland here.

If you would like to book Flawless and Pawless as your cruelty-free/vegan makeup artist for your wedding, please email ailshacrueltyfree@gmail.com.

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Flawless and Pawless is Ireland's cruelty-free cosmetic blog created by 23 year-old cosmetic expert, Ailsha Davey. With eight years working in the beauty industry in Dublin as a professional make-up artist and cosmetic expert, Ailsha discovered some of the horrors of cosmetic animal testing- and the lack of knowledge within the Irish market about it. Flawless and Pawless has been set up to spread awareness across Ireland of cosmetic animal testing, as well as to provide suggestions for cruelty-free alternatives to the Irish market's favourite cosmetic products.

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