Cruelty Free Makeup Look and Top Animal Friendly Brands and Products

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I’m back everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I have posted, but work and life have gotten in the way as of late. I wanted my next post to be meaningful, and not just a summer makeup post (no worries, those will be coming!).

So with that, my best friend is in the process of going vegetarian and is transferring all of her makeup to cruelty free brands, which is something I would love to do as well soon. So I wanted to make a post about both high end and affordable brands who are CF (cruelty free)  and V (vegan), and some of my favorite products. I also created a full face makeup look. So, take your step to saving the fur children and read below.

PS, note that many parent brands for example L’Oreal, who tests on animals, own cruelty free brands such as NYX, so that could be an ethics issue for some. (I’ve put a * next to these brands) Doing research is key, and apps such as Cruelty Cutter, can help when shopping. Also, not all of my posts from here on out will feature only CF and V brands/products, but I am looking to make the shift over the next few months.

Cruelty Free Makeup Brands

*Look for the cruelty free label on most brand’s websites or in their about me/FAQ section.

**Additionally, I’ve only listed brands I personally have used below. I will be testing more brands soon.

Favorite blog: Cruelty Free Kitty

Favorite Youtuber:  Carli Bybel 

My Favorite Cruelty Free Products:

High End

Affordable Makeup

Makeup Look:

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Primer: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer (V)

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way Foundation in Snow (V)

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair (V)

Powder: Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder in Light Medium (V)

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate (CF). Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (CF).

Bronzer: Colourpop Skinny Dip (CF) (discontinued, I like the Physicians Formula bronzers as listed above for all my fellow pale gals)

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush

Eyeshadows: All Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (CF) (read Temptalia’s review for an in-depth review of each shade)

  • Crease: Lace Teddy and Nudie
  • Outer crease: Makeup & Chill
  • Lid: Tickle Me (all over), Push-Up (mid to outer lid), Love Bug (inner lid) Kittens (center)
  • Outer V: Undercover
  • Lower lashline: Love Bug, Coffee Date and Undercover
  • Browbone: Heaven

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (CF)

Lashes: Ardell Studio Effects Demi Wispies (CF)

Liquid Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner (CF)

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush (CF)

Highlighter: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (CF) (also used for my inner corner highlight)

Lip liner: Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita (V)

Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Suck It (CF)

Setting Spray: Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Mist (V)

 

 

Olivia Culpo Oscars Inspired Makeup

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Photo from glamour.com

The most glamorous night of the year came and went without any controversy (*insert Steve Harvey joke here*) but surprisingly there weren’t too many fashion and beauty missteps.I was a bit sad to see the lack of color this Oscars season, but my eyes lit up at Olivia Culpo’s lovely  lilac eye look. I love the whimsical vibes this gives which makes  it perfect for spring. You could definitely wear this everyday  for a pop of color with a BB cream or light foundation, or you could wear as-is for a more formal event. I used mostly affordable products for this look, and gave alternatives if I used something higher end. Olivia’s team used L’Oreal for the eye look so you can really achieve this on a tighter budget. Read below if you want to get this dreamy pastel makeup look!

Makeup Look

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Primer: Wet n Wild CoverAll Face Primer

Foundation: L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation in Classic Ivory applied with a damp Beauty Blender

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair. Affordable option: Maybelline’s Age Rewind or NYX HD Concealer

Cream contour: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick Contour in Call Me Maple (applied in contours of the cheeks, high points of the forehead, nose and under the lips) blended out with a stippling brush, and patted in with a damp Beauty Blender. Then took my Shape Tape concealer under the cheek contour and blended it out for a harsher line.

Liquid highlighter: Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Light/Iridescent (applied with a damp Beauty Blender to the tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, inner corners and above the brows).

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Light

Powder: Kat Von D Lock It Translucent Powder. Affordable option: Maybelline Translucent Powder

Brows: Benefit Precisely My Brow in 5, Benefit ka-Brow in 4 and NYX Brunette Brow Mascara. Affordable options:  NYX Microbrow Pencil and Maybelline MasterDrama Brow Powder

Eyeshadows: 

  1. Lid: L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Shady Violet, used the darker shade in a thin line on the lid just above the upper lashline.
  2. Lid and crease: L’Oreal Colour Riche Pocket Palette in Violet Amour, used the bottom left shade (light purple) all over the lid, first using a blending brush in the crease and then packing all over with a shader brush.
  3. Outer crease: L’Oreal Violet Amour top right shade (medium toned Violet) a bit of this in the outer crease applied with a blending brush.
  4. Lower lashline: Bottom left shade from Violet Amour palette applied generously with a fluffy pencil brush, then applied a bit of the lighter shade from the Shady Violet eye paints in the center.
  5. Inner corner: I used a discontinued Wet n Wild pigment (sorry didn’t even realize!) but you can use your face highlighter in the inner corner for the same effect.
  6. Brow bone: Any shimmery light nude will do; I used the last shade in the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1

Mascara: Maybelline Big Shot Mascara in Very Black (I believe Olivia is only wearing mascara, but I like a bit more drama so I added falsies, but you could definitely stop at mascara).

False lashes: Velour Silk Lashes in Fluff’ n Whispie. Affordable option: Ardell Faux Mink Lashes #811

Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Nude 

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombre Blush in The Princess Daiquiris

Powder Highlighter: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights

Lip liner: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Mauve (your liner should be a shade or two darker than your lipstick for this look so you see a subtle shift for light to dark)

Lipstick: Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes in Almond Rose, and I added a little concealer in the middle of my lips to lighten a bit.

Bodysuit: ASOS (no longer available). Similar: Asos Night Sleeveless Embellished Bodysuit

 

 

 

 

Music Muse Makeup: Festival Season

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When Coachella hits its officially festival season. I’m sure like me, many of you have lusted over the perfectly mused, slightly lived-in makeup and outfit vibes of Victoria’s Secret models, musicians and fashion bloggers. My motto for a great festival look is bronze, highlight and a pop of color. I love to use bronzes for festival looks as they give that desert vibe that looks messy yet chic. With so many festival or even just summer concerts, I’m already booked for Beyonce and The Lumineers!, you can wear a bronzy look like this all summer long. Keep reading for how I got this look.

Makeup Look

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel in SPF 15 (so important to wear sunscreen to any outdoor event this season. I like to use a moisturizer with SPF and a foundation/BB cream with one too).

Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector in Light. (This features SPF 20 and has both foundation and concealer properties so you only need one step! For this look I used concealer as well, but you definitely don’t need it).

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral.

Powder: Maybelline MasterFix loose powder

Brows: Colourpop Brow Pencils in Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown (previously blog post shows how I use these). Topped with NYX brow mascara in Espresso

Eyeshadows:

  • Crease: Too Faced PB&J Palette shade Peanut Butter (any warm soft matte shadow will do)
  • Lid and Inner Corner : Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadow in Forever Sand (I buy mine at Walgreens; a liquid or cream eyeshadow gives that highlighted gleam and won’t budge).
  • Browbone: Too Faced PB&J Extra Creamy (any off white shadow will work)
  • Lower lashline: Too Faced PB&J Peanut Brittle with the darker bronze shade in the Carli Bybel palette on the outside. Her lighter bronze would work in place of Peanut Brittle.

Liners: 

Lashes: L’Oreal Carbon Blac Telescopic Mascara with Ardell Demi Wispies cut in half on the outer lash. (Cut your lashes in half for a more natural lash look, honestly I’d just go with mascara for a festival).

Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze in Light $14.99. So I could not find this online at all. It’s a new limited edition bronzer and you get a very large pan. I think the color is a bit cool, but it is pretty great for really fair skin like mine. I didn’t think it looked muddy at all. I put photos below incase you find this in-store; I got mine at Walgreens.

Highlighters: MAC x Rihanna RiRi Hearts Cream Higlighter in Diamonds (this is from 2013, but any liquid or cream gold highlighter will do I love Benefit’s Watts Up as well). I topped this with the gold shade in the Carli Bybel palette (3rd highlighter in). Get your paws on her palette soon, it’s going to be discontinued in June!

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Tansy topped with an old Bath and Body Works gloss (any tinted gloss with shimmer will work) You defintely want a no fuss lip look for these types of events. I love Colourpop’s Ultra Satin lips, they’ll stay all day and wear comfortably.

Top: Forever 21 Festival Collection (similar here and here)

Necklace: ASOS Pieces Benna Statment Necklace (sold out :(, but I love ASOS’s costume jewelry, it lasts long and looks/feel expensive without Urban Outfitters prices) Type in silver statement necklace in their search and you’ll find a ton of similar options.

 

Geek Chic Looks That Are Pure Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Believe it or not, the beauty and fashion world have a lot in common with the “geek” universe. Both are about transporting to a special place in your mind where the best magic happens. I admit, I am a self-professed book-loving, wand wielding nerd, but you also won’t catch me in a stained comic book shirt with a hoodie. I used book t-shirts for these looks, but you could substitute these shirts for superhero shirts as well. I’ve created three looks that allow you to embrace your inner geek all while looking chic!

Outfit, makeup and dupe details listed below.

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow

Photo taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones, especially the brooding and mysterious bastard, Jon Snow. So when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it. I paired it with a some staples for fall, combat boots, knee-high socks, an oversized sweater and floppy hat.

Outfit:

Shirt here  Etsy also sells amazing G.O.T. shirts.

Skirt (H&M few years old) similar here  and here

Floppy hat (Forever 21 got in-store) similar here  and here 

Sweater here  (Got the gold color in-store)

Over-knee socks here 

Combat boots here  similar here  and here 

Necklace (Forever 21, no longer in-stock) similarly magical here and here 

Michael Kors watch here  (seen throughout)

A Bit of Black Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I have a bit of a Harry Potter obsession and I also love black. So for this book I channeled my inner Slytherin (even though I’d never be in Slytherin), and I even broke out some black lipstick. This look is spellbinding with a long black skirt, jeans or even a nude lip.

Outfit:

Shirt here other Dark Magic Harry Potter shirts here and here 

Skirt here 

Sweater here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Jewelry posted in look above

Shoes (Shoemint a few years ago) similar here 

Meet You on the Quidditch Pitch

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

 My equally nerd-obessed sister got me the wonderful shirt and mug in this picture (I think she’s trying to get me a wizard loving guy). But I love the play on a Qudditch Keeper with this fun shirt. Add a beanie and leather jacket and you’re ready for any game, real or magical.

Shirt here  more HP shirts here and here 

Hat here  similar here 

Vegan leather jacket (few years old from Urban Outfitters) similar here and here 

Jeans here  (I swear by American Eagle jeans, they always have discount codes so look for them))

Boots here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Belt here 

Mug here 

Magical Makeup

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Note: I used the same makeup for both looks just changed the lipstick!

Lipsticks: Maybelline Divine Wine here  and Wet ‘n’ Wild Pagan Angel here 

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer here  cheaper option NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer here

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc here  cheaper L’oreal True Match Lumi here 

Concealer: Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear in NW-20 here  cheaper NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand here 

Powder: Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Powder here 

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette here  and Whitening Lightning Brow Bar to Go here cheaper NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder here 

Eyeshadows:  Crease: LORAC Megapro Sepia and Camel (currently sold out) similar here Lid: Sienna similar hereLower lashline: Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette Beauty Mark (discontinued), similar Mac Cranberry here .

Liners: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper here  cheaper Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner here Lower lashline: Mac Costa Riche here .

Lashes: Ardell Natural Lash – Black 110 here

Blush: Milani Rose D’oro here 

Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow here  cheaper Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips here 

Why Kylie Jenner is not the Best Thing to Happen to Lipstick

Kylie Jenner is known for her cutting edge lipstick choices. But like most trends, this one has worn me out, so I want to expand your lipstick language with 5 brands who put the cult in cultivate. Who would’ve ever thought black, blue or green lipstick would become a beauty sensation? Not many, but makeup lovers everywhere are embracing funky fresh hues and it looks like these pops of color are here to stay.

1. Lime Crime

Photo taken by: stopsign Flickr
Photo taken by: stopsign
Flickr

Lime Crime broke down the idea that beauty was a nude lip and smoky eye and inspired the hugely popular unicorn trend, along with daring lip colors. Lime Crime’s creator, Doe Deere, pioneered the current lipstick trend with her My Little Pony colored hues; my favorites include Cosmopop, D’Lilac and Mint to Be. All while finding a solution to the tugging and dragging drama of matte lipsticks with her Gothic inspired Velvetines. Get your hands on them as soon as they’re in stock because sometimes finding your favorite hue is like catching a unicorn.

2.  Melt Cosmetics

Photo taken by: SynergyByDesign From Flickr
Photo taken by: SynergyByDesign
From Flickr

Nothing bad could come from makeup artist and co-creator of Melt Cosmetics, Lora Arellano. She basically created the bad in Rihanna’s good girl gone bad persona, and has now brought this bit of bad assery into all our lives. But you won’t find a Barbie or Nicki Minaj lipstick in this all matte line, instead you’ll feel like your lips are draped in jewels. Such as,  the gorgeous Blow, a rich emerald or the anarchist’s amethyst, By Starlight.  But my personal favorite is Space Cake, a just before the storm grey. If you want to see this lipstick in action for a trip to the nail salon, beauty guru Jaclyn Hill will convince you to wear this for errand runs, I promise.

3. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar’s

Photo taken by: nicolette mason From: Flickr
Photo taken by: nicolette mason
From: Flickr

Like mixing potions, and not just on Pottermore? Than OCC’s Liptar’s are for you. These tiny tubes are magical, they come in matte, metallic and stained gloss finishes.(I mean how ground-breaking does stained gloss sound!?) But the real magic comes from the ability to mix these liptars for a custom shade. So even if you have been looking for that Kylie Jenner 90’s brown, you can perfect it with these. Or try out any color on the color wheel, like bold blues such as Pool Boy or a caution tape yellow like Traffic.

4.  NYX Cosmetics Macaron Lipsticks

Photo taken by:  Jamie From: Flickr
Photo taken by: Jamie
From: Flickr

Finally, a drugstore brand has come to play. NYX dove boldly into this trend when most drugstore brands only unleash this level of commercial questionability near Halloween, when it is obviously normal to wear these hues. But NYX became the Apple of drugstore lines with their Macaron lips, they are a major hit for every girl wanting to experiment. Well with a price point of $6, who wouldn’t be curious to see what their Lime Green or White lipstick looked like?

5.  Wet n Wild

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Wet n Wild may not be the obvious choice, but I like to think they are the Pluto of the drugstore makeup galaxy. They may seem small, but the public goes wild when they make headlines. They did this when they collaborated with Fergie for a superstar lineup of lipsticks. Now I’m not going to excite you with Easter egg lavender or serpentine green, but Fergie’s Pagan Angel, a semi-matte black, is the perfect black to try out. At only $2.39, the quality is pretty darn good too. I think in the near future Wet n Wild may become a drugstore star because of their Fergie flair.

So I urge you, step away from the brown, over-lined Kylie lips (as much as I even love it sometimes) and into something a bit more daring this fall.