Sunday, March 5, 2017

4 Under $10 Cruelty Free Foundations ||

Foundation is relatively expensive even at the drug store. If you are looking for cruelty free foundations at the drug store, it can get pricey. I wanted to share some of my favorite drug store foundations that are under $10.

This list is in no particular order.

1. elf Acne Fighting Foundation
I use the shade 'Buff' (mostly). It gives you build-able coverage and has tea tree oil that that helps keep acne at bay. (Some skin types that find tea tree drying will not enjoy this).
My skin is normal, except during Winter/Fall when it is dry. 
I've been using this one the most (as you can see). One con is the color selection. During Summer I need to mix 'Buff' and 'Sand' because 'Buff' is wayyy too light. 

 2. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Conceal 
This foundation is new to me, but damn I am impressed. It gives a beautiful look to my skin. It keeps the vibrancy of my skin while covering up the imperfections. I like light to medium coverage and this foundation has more coverage than the other three, so one layer was enough for me. It claims to be a concealer and foundation in one and as someone who doesn't have much to cover I can't say much on that claim.Also, the color match is GREAT! 

3. elf Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 
I've been using this foundation for years. I use it in 'sand'. (This foundation's shade in 'sand' is lighter than the elf acne foundation shade in 'sand'). It is a great everyday foundation. It is great for normal to dry skin. It has light to medium coverage. It is not great for covering acne or any texture. It has SPF and works best for lightweight makeup. It is does give you a flawless and natural

4. Wet N Wild photofocus Foundation
This foundation is suppose to be good for flash photography. Based on that claim, I thought it was going to be relatively thick. It has a thin consistency but has impressive coverage. It is definitely build-able. I have it in the shade 'golden beige'.  It makes my skin look beautiful and natural. I was shocked by it. I really prefer a natural finish and so it is becoming a favorite.

The prices below are from the Walmart website. It is the cheapest place to find these foundations.

Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored. I bought these with my money.

I hope you found this helpful. Let me know any comments and your favorite drugstore foundation.

Lots of Love,

Monday, February 27, 2017

7 Cruelty-Free Lists || Lists That Make Cruelty-Free Beauty Shopping Easy

This will make shopping for cruelty free beauty so much easier.

Here are 7 Cruelty Free Lists!

They have a "Companies That Do Not Test on Animals" list and "Companies That Do Test on Animals" list. 
The site is easy to navigate and you can search by name. 
You can download the lists as a pdf file.

You can search for the company by name. You can look up company name alphabetically. 
They offer a free app for iPhone and Android for free.

In addition to being an awesome beauty blog, Tashina contacts companies and keeps the list updated.
Companies that are vegan are clearly marked. Also there is a distinction between cruelty free companies that have a non-cruelty-free parent company. 

The list includes companies that are PETA and LeapingBunny certified. Also, if there is a correspondence between the company on the list and Suzi (the author of Cruelty-Free Kitty). 
The list is also kept updated. This is also a great beauty blog. 

Here companies that have some vegan products and, or vegetarian products are labeled. 
There is also a label for companies that meet cruelty-free criteria but "some products contain animal ingredients or killed insects." The list is kept updated. 

This list categories beauty, drugstore, and household products. There is also a list of companies that sell in China, which as you know requires animal testing. I like the layout and I'm sure you will do. There is a lot of information that is easy to read and not overwhelming. 

Here you will find a list for Sephora and Ulta specific brands. There are clear labels between vegan, Leaping Bunny certified, and parent company status. There is also helpful guides for going cruelty free. 

I hope these resources help you out. I know I refer to them almost daily. Let me know if you know if any other lists.


Monday, February 20, 2017

12 eyeshadow "Hot Pots" for $1.95 each || Create Your Own Affordable Makeup Palette

Disclaimer: Not sponsored .

I love these warm tones! Can I just say! Even before they became trendy. I came across these Coastal scents Hot Pots, after Googling reviews for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I love those orange and berry shadows.  However, I really didn't want to pay 50ish dollars. Also, I looked for it inUlta, Sephora, Macy's, JC Penny, any retail store that sells makeup and could not find it. 

Each Hot Pot was $1.95. The palette is sold separately and it was $5.95. This palette does not have a mirror but they do sell ones with a mirror. They have sooooo many Hot Pots. I mean you can spend an entire day looking through all the Hot Pots and creating your dream palette or multiple palettes.

I find the quality comparable to my Too Faced Chocolate Palette. The mattes are especially comparable. The swatches are brush swatches and I noticed fall out with when swatching on my arm. However, when I blend out my crease I hadn't noticed that. I found it weird because I've never had that issue on my eyes.  They are easy to blend.

I want to share my favorite shadows from the palette and my least favorite. I bought them online and the only reference was a picture and so I didn't know to what they would look like. 

In order from favorite to least favorite:

1. Pumpkin Pie
2. Barista
3. Petal Peach
4. Pomegranate Red
5. Paprika
6. Deep Roast
7. Caramelized
8. Raisin Berry
9. Amber Bronze
10. Chocolate Berry
11. Caramel Ice*
12. Deep Cantaloupe*

I wanted to mention that the reason I don't love (I still do like it and use) "Caramel Ice" is that it is a pinky cool-toned shimmer. I prefer golden shimmers. However, I do like it.

I don't love (I still do like it and use)"Deep Cantaloupe" because I expected it to be more vibrant. If you want the vibrant orange, almost neon look, you need a base. (I like using LaLa by ColourPop).

The palette is small and thin. I can almost grab it like my iPhone 7 plus.

Here I wanted to show that I added a bit of Alchemy by ColourPop. It is a great shadow that depending on the eyeshadow underneath it will give a different affect.

I hope you enjoyed this post and give this Hot Pots a try!

The links below are affiliate links. Meaning if you purchase these items using them, I will get a percentage of that purchase. It does not cost you anything, if anything it gives me a little profit and helps me out. 


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