For me, makeup has become something that gives me so much enjoyment. While sick, it was the only thing that made me feel human. And still, even when I’m just having a bad day, makeup makes me feel better. What also makes me feel better is when I find a cruelty free item I love. Here is a list of my favorite cruelty free makeup items.
*My go to drugstore foundation. I have extremely oily skin, and it is difficult to find a foundation that doesn’t turn my face into an oil slick in 5 minutes. It goes on smooth and provides full coverage. The only drawback is the smell. It has a very paint-ish smell, but it does go away pretty quick.
*I have to mention these 2 together, as you need to use the primer that goes with it. You can’t just use any primer. Its a slight drawback, but its worth it for this foundation. I love this foundation, especially for my oily skin. If you have dry skin, this might be too much and will likely make your skin super dry.
*After NARS lost their cruelty free status, I needed a cruelty free alternative to their concealer. Enter super affordable NYX Cosmetics. I read in a couple articles that this was a good drugstore dupe for the NARS one, so I decided to try it out. Drugstore + Cruelty Free is a win-win. And I love it. Its not heavy and comes in a ton of colors.
*I never thought I would like something better than the Make It Last by Milani, but this one is great. The aerosol eliminates the awful wetness that sometimes comes with setting sprays. Its a little pricy for a setting spray, but it does last quite a bit.
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*Did anyone doubt that Rihanna would come out with beautiful highlighters? I love the duos, as they give you a matte and a shimmer. Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby is my favorite every day one, but Trophy Wife is beyond.
*This is a good drugstore dupe for the Fenty Beauty Killawatt highlighters without trying to be. This one came out first, so it could also be said that the Fenty Beauty highlighter is a good mid-range dupe for this one. Enough of my musings on the philosophical stiuations about highlighters. The formula for this one is great, and they even recently came out with more colors, as well as a palette of 4 colors. Precious Petals seems to be the most universal, unless you are super pale.
*This one is making a repeat appearance on this blog. Previously, Colourpops Quarters was my favorite. But as I was putting my travel palette together, I found this one. Now, yes, the $10 price may be a lot for a blush, but is actually on par with Milani or Flower. And it comes in a pan, which just sings to me. I have this in a mini palette with the Kat Von D Contour pan. Perfection. And this color, also perfection. Not too pink, not too brown, just right.
*One of the most useful eyeshadow palettes in my collection. With my monolid eye shape, there isn’t much contouring to be done, as too much makes me look like a clown. I usually just follow the dark to light (bottom to top) method of applying eyeshadow. This palette has everything set up so I don’t have to think, and truthfully, I’ve used them all in combination. If you only have 1 higher end eyeshadow palettes, this one is the one to have.
*As far as color is concerned, you can never have too much. I appreciate brands who do something different and interesting. Pür put out a My Little Pony collaboration as well for the movie. However, Colourpop took it back to vintage My Little Pony. And this was a must have for me. With that being said, I have a couple other Colourpop pressed powder palettes and I love them. They have a decent formula that is super affordable.
*Again, I bring up my eye shape. Monolids. There are certain things that are hard to find that work. Eyeliner is one of those things. There is always the dreaded transfer situation. My little sister usually forgoes eyeliner altogether, but I need it. This eyeliner is everything. Previously, I was afraid of liquid eyeliner. I never had good luck, but then pens started to become a thing. And this one, is my perfect eyeliner. I’m a fan of eyeliner pens with brush applicators. Felt tip is my worst enemy. Plus, this gives a good line, and lasts all day.
*While not perfect, this is my favorite pencil eyeliner. It tends to not transfer and usually lasts all day. The one about this one that makes me happy is that it smudges beautifully, and gives you time to do so. While I love the Marc Jacobs Highliner, it gives zero play time.
*Again, I’m all about the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara, but the Wet n Wild mascaras are extremely good. I’ve never had issues with transfer or anything. Of course, it takes time to dry, but its not unreasonable. This particular one I love because of the wand. Its curved, and lets me get the whole lash.
*Smashbox kills it with their liquid lipstick formulas. When they went cruelty free recently, the liquid lipsticks were what I was most excited about. This color in particular is a collaboration with Lilly Singh, and I hope they keep it. I don’t really need a lip liner with this but I actually started using Colourpop’s Bossy with it.
*The perfect deep red that is super classic. Most definitely, this color is a tie with Santa Sangre, but this one is more versatile. I read a lot of reviews saying that this is super drying, but I have only had an issue with 1 color. I usually use a lip balm under before I apply.
*This color is part of the collab they did with Amanda Steele, and may not be available. Echo Park is one of my favorite nudes, but this one edges it out by a smidge. Their Ultra Satin Lip formula is one of my favorites. Its comfortable and lasts.
*I love this liquid lipstick formula. It goes on without too much effort and comes in great colors. In the past, I’ve always grabbed nudes that had a touch of pink or mauve, but this is a straight up nude. Its beautiful, and is perfect when I want to bring attention to my eye makeup.
*Studded Kiss is by far my favorite stick lipstick formulas. Underage Red was the first lipstick I bought at Sephora. But I am particularly fond of the pinks she has to offer. Sexer is a gorgeous hot pink. The formula for the stick formula is changing and the Studded Kiss Lipsticks are currently on sale for $12 at Sephora.
*I have several colors of this lip liner, and its great. I love how it feels and it most definitely lasts. And since its not a pencil, it doesn’t need to be sharpened.