You're Simply The Best! (Part 1)

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Our "Best of The Best" List (Part 1)


At Calla Lane, we've handpicked the makeup brands we offer because they are head and shoulders above conventional makeup brands. Not only are they clean, meaning that they are free from any known or suspected harmful ingredients, and not tested on animals, they also contain countless ingredients that are essentially an extension of your skincare. We've tried and tested all the products in their ranges and have come up with our "Best of The Best" list, products that we feel really set the standard in clean makeup excellence. When we discover great clean makeup products we just have to share, so read on for Part 1 of our list.

Dr. Hauschka Eye Definers

Dr. Hauschka products are:

  • 100% natural certified to NATRUE and BDIH standards, 
  • made using ingredients that are sourced from organic certified or biodynamic cultivation, wherever possible, 
  • free from mineral oils, silicones, PEG, as well as synthetic preservatives, dyes and fragrances, 
  • dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, 
  • cruelty free and comply with guidelines regarding animal testing set forth by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), 
  • manufactured in Germany.

Why we love these Eye Definers:

The Dr. Hauschka Eye Definers are soft pencils that glide on smoothly to define and emphasize the eyes while creating visually thicker lashes. The gentle formulation combines mineral pigments with nourishing botanical ingredients such as anthyllis, quince wax and shea butter to soothe and moisturise for a silky soft finish. They are designed for easy application with one end being a pencil tip and the other an applicator for soft smudging. They are vegan and available in 4 shades, Black, Brown, Green and Taupe

We also love the Eye Definer in Nude. When applied on the lower lid in the waterline, the soft, nude shade helps the eyes appear bigger and brighter. It's a go to for us after a late or rough night!

Esse Foundation

Esse products are:

  • Ecocert organic standards compliant. Ecocert enforce minimum organic percentages and ban ingredients that they deem to be unsafe or unsustainable,
  • accredited by PETA and Beauty Without Cruelty as not tested on animals,
  • accredited by The Vegan Society as being free from animal ingredients and animal testing, 
  • manufactured in South Africa.

Why we love these Foundations:

These Foundations are one of our absolute favourites! They provide even coverage that looks natural while probiotics support a healthy skin microbiome. They also feature an SPF of 30 which makes them true multitasking marvels. They spread easily leaving the skin with a dewy finish. We do recommend this for drier skin types as oilier skin types may find the finish a bit too dewy. 

Available in 10 shades.

Hey Gorgeous Pure Wild Volumizing Mascara

Hey Gorgeous products are:

  • free from parabens, phthalates, triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene and SLS,
  • dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, 
  • not tested on animals (Beauty Without Cruelty accredited), 
  • manufactured in South Africa.


Why we love this mascara:

The rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. The natural formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. An infusion of nourishing, protein-rich Argan Oil actually conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes. This mascara is one of our bestsellers, so we're not alone in rating it highly! Available in black. 

Inthusiasm Concealer

Inthusiasm products are:

  • 100% natural, 
  • made using mostly mineral ingredients,
  • free from petrochemicals, parabens, PEG, as well as synthetic fragrances, 
  • dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, 
  • not tested on animals, 
  • manufactured in South Africa.

Why we love these concealers:

This nifty concealer goes everywhere with us thanks to its compact packaging. Perfect for touch ups on the go, this concealer reduces the appearance of under-eye shadows, redness, pigment differences and other skin irregularities. Applies smoothly and evenly and blends like a dream!

Available in 2 shades, Light and Medium.

Lula Fox Multisticks

Lula Fox products are:

  • 100% natural,
  • crafted with a minimum of 70% certified organic extracts, oils, butters and plant-based materials (botanicals),
  • free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, phthalates and silicones,
  • not tested on animals,
  • manufactured in the United States.

You will know by now that we are huge fans of multitasking products here at Calla Lane. Having one product that can do many things just makes sense to us. These little beauties can be used to add colour to cheeks, lips and eyes while the bronze and glow sticks can be used to contour and highlight cheeks and eyes. So easy to apply, just swipe and blend with your fingers and you're ready to go...having saved time, money and made less waste. What a win!

Mineral Fusion Sun Defense SPF30 Powder

Mineral Fusion products are:

  • free from parabens, gluten, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS and phthalates,
  • not tested on animals,
  • manufactured in the United States. 

A number of Mineral Fusion products carry the EWG (Environmental Working Group) VERIFIED™ seal for meeting verification criteria such as compliance with strict ingredient standards, good manufacturing practices and robust labeling. 



Why we love this powder:

Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day while you have makeup on can be a tricky thing! Until we discovered this ingenious powder! It reduces shine, the prominence of pores, sets makeup all while warding off UV rays! Best of all is, it has a built-in soft brush for all-over and targeted application so it can easily be popped into your handbag, gym bag or hiking backpack to make sure your sun protection needs are covered. How handy?

We love sharing product recommendations and application tips. Do get in touch if you have any burning questions on your clean makeup journey or routine. Our email address is

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