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12 of the best non-toxic beauty buys on the high street, from make-up to hair care

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Here at Stylist.co.uk, we know that buying make-up and skincare products can be a minefield.

It can be tough to find the perfect shade of foundation, the signature red lip and the right eyebrow products to ensure optimum levels of fleek. Then there are other factors to consider: what’s actually in there, and is it good for me?

Well, worry no more. Here we have compiled our rundown of the best non-toxic high street beauty buys, to help you compile the ultimate make-up and beauty arsenal that is free from excessive chemicals and toxins. 

Simply scroll through to get started.

Words: Louisa Cavell

  • Nailberry nail polish

    This is, quite possibly, the Holy Grail of nail polish. The revolutionary L’Oxygene formulation lets air and moisture pass through the varnish to your nails, helping them stay healthy. The formulation is also vegan and cruelty free and comes in a huge range of colours that can stay chip free for up to a week.

    From £14.50, nailberry.co.uk

  • Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser

    This classic cleanser has won over 100 awards – and quite rightly so. It’s a true multitasking hero product, formulated with cocoa butter to moisturise and rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone. Plus, using it feels like a luxurious spa treatment, but in the comfort of your own bathroom. Win.

    £14, boots.com

  • Avalon Organics strengthening peppermint shampoo

    Avalon Organics is one of the best kept secrets in the non-toxic beauty industry. Their formulas are always free from GMOs, parabens, harsh sulfates and preservatives, synthetic colours and fragrances, phthalates and animal testing, and they’re great value to boot. The peppermint formula is especially good for strengthening heat damaged and dyed hair, and the packaging is even biodegradable too.

    £6.99, ocado.com

  • Nude by Nature perfecting primer

    New to the UK, Nude by Nature is billed as Australia’s number one natural make-up brand. This silicon-free primer works as a great base for most liquid and cream foundations. It can be used on all skin types but is particularly effective on dry and sensitive skin thanks to its moisturizing properties.

    £22, debenhams.com

  • Trilogy rosehip oil

    Trilogy’s certified organic rosehip oil certainly lives up to its well-earnt reputation. The oil contains essential fatty acids to improve skin hydration and elasticity while assisting skin cell renewal and repair. It can also be used for reducing scars and stretchmarks.

    £34.50, debenhams.com

  • Ren Vita Mineral eye gel

    Ren have been pioneers of natural skincare for years and are renowned for combining potent natural ingredients to make effective, yet gentle, skincare products. This eye gel both hydrates and brightens the eye area, helping to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles while caring for the skin.

    £21, marksandspencer.com

  • Frank Body glow mask

    Over the last few years, natural skincare brand Frank has gained something of a cult following - and deservedly so. Their new glow mask smells amazing and sinks into the skin, leaving it baby soft and luminous once washed off. Packed with hard hitting natural ingredients like goji berry extracts, Arabica coffee seed oil and cranberry seeds, this is a true bathroom must have.

    £15.95, frankbody.com

  • Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser

    When it comes to natural skincare in Britain, Lush has been the queen of the high for years. Their signature facial cleanser is a combination of an exfoliator and deep cleanser that contains lavender and rose oils to create both a divine scent calm the skin. It can be used all over the body and is excellent for more sensitive skin. We dare you not to touch your cheeks after using it – they will be seriously smooth.

    £7.25, lush.com

  • BareMinerals Bareskin pure brightening serum foundation

    In its first foray into the hybrid of skincare and foundation combinations, BareMinerals has created an excellent foundation. The formula is an ultra-thin liquid that provides adjustable coverage, perfect for the transition from office to bar. As always with their products it provides a natural skin finish, and has the added bonus of being a serum treatment and SPF.

    £27, johnlewis.com

  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day conditioner

    What do you get when a group of scientists from MIT start to make haircare? A range that does exactly what it says and more, all in a way that is good for your hair. Living Proof essentially combines science with beauty. It uses a range of created molecules that replace silicones in their shampoos and conditioners, to wrap hair in a protective, strengthening coating. The formulas are all sulphate free, meaning they promote a healthier scalp and hair. With one called Perfect Hair Day (PHD), what are you waiting for?

    £18.95, allbeauty.com

  • Chantecaille Faux Cils mascara

    This French brand is the epitome of luxury natural skincare and make-up, and their products are free from chemicals including phthlates, sulphates, detergents, mineral oil and petrolatum. This super-volumising mascara is rosewater-based, meaning that it lasts months longer than a normal product. The formula is water-resistant and it has a buildable texture that both thickens and curls.

    £36, spacenk.com

  • Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick

    If you’re looking for richly pigmented matte lipstick that delivers lasting colour without flaking, then this is the one for you. Featuring a blend of advanced polymers and anti-oxidant fruit extracts, such as Goji Berry, and Vitamins A, C and E. your lips will be nourished and protected as well as looking fierce. Rose is the perfect summer pink, while Riviera is a great sultry red.

    £25, spacenk.com