S/S 2018 Makeup Trends (Vegan + Cruelty-free Guide)

Happy first day of Spring everyone!

Because it is the official first day of Spring, let’s throw away (or at least put away) our Fall & Winter makeup and get ready for the bright and warm weather.

I was inspired by the Harper Baazar article regarding Spring makeup trends for this year. Of course, I did a twist on this article and included vegan & cruelty-free options for the ethical makeup guru.

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  1. Yellow-Gold Highlighters
  2. Clumpy Mascara
    • I was shocked to see this on the list because I thought clumpy mascara was a big no-no. However, clumpy mascara is coming back. To get the look use Urban Decay’s Troublemarker mascara ($24). Remember to allow the first layer to dry before applying more to get a bolder look. (Vegan)
  3. Orange-y Blush
    • Now the article states peachy blushes are in, however, orange blushes look best on darker skin tones. Red Apple Lipstick’s Good Vibes Blush ($25) is the perfect blush for just that. Also, this blush was designed just for us! (Vegan)
  4. Pink Eyeshadow
  5. Teal Eyeliner
  6. Nude Lip Stains
    • One thing most people look forward to in Spring is wearing less makeup. However, you don’t have to be bare faced if you don’t want to, especially when it comes to lip products. Lip stains are a great way to pull off any color you want without constantly reapplying it. Nude lips are also in for Spring. Au Naturale’s su/Stain Matte Lip Stain in Mousse ($25) is the best of both worlds. (Vegan)

8 Vegan+ Cruelty-free highlighters for WOC S/S 2018 Edition

Happy Pie Day everyone! Hope everyone ate enough pie to last a lifetime. But moving away from pie, let’s talk about highlighters. I am so obsessed with highlighters. I am always jealous of people with huge highlighter collections. I personally only have two but I am definitely going to add more in the near future. 

With that said, not all highlighters are created equal. Depending on your skin tone and skin type, finding the perfect highlighters has to be determined by these two things. 

When looking for highlighters, choose highlighters with a peach or coral tint for tan skin tones. For those with darker and deeper tones, find shades with a golden hue. To make it easier, I also find highlighters in different formulas. If you are on the drier side, look for cream or liquid highlighters. For those with more oily or combination skin, look for powders to balance the shine. 

From right to left: cream, pressed powder, loose powder, liquid 

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Gold Tones

  1. Ilia Beauty Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer $34
  2. Lily Lolo Illuminator in Bronzed $26
  3. Au Naturale Pure Powder Highlighter in Halcyon $25
  4. Wet N Wild Beauty MegaGlo Hello Halo Liquid Highlighter in Goddess Glow $6

Peach Tones

  1. Jane Iredale Cream Highlighter Stick in Comfort $30
  2. 100% Pure Gemmed Luminzer in Rose Gold in $37
  3. Alima Pure Mineral Highlighter in $24
  4. Gabriel Cosmetics Liquid Radiance in Rose Gold $12.50

10 Vegan+ Cruelty-free Lip Glosses for WOC

When I think of lip glosses, I think about my middle-school days where I would wore dollar store gloss to school. As time progressed, how I wore lip glosses has greatly changed. Lip glosses are meant to give your lips the benefits of moisture without sacrificing color. Whether you are going to the store or a wedding, lip glosses can and should be worn for any mood or occasion. Happy Shopping~!

*Non-Vegan options contain beeswax and/or carmine. 

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Oh my goodness! After hours of research, I have created an ultimate list of cruelty-free and vegan nail polishes! Happy shopping~ 🙂 

Updated on 3/4/2018


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100% Pure


Adesse Nail Polish (100% Vegan)

Adrianne K

AILA (100% Vegan)


Beauty Without Cruelty (100% Vegan)


 The Body Shop


♥ Chrome Girl


Context (100% Vegan) 

Côte (100% Vegan)


Dazzle Dry

Deco.Miami (100%  Vegan)


Ella+Mia (100% Vegan)


Floss Gloss (100% Vegan)


 Gabriel Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Gem Chronicles

♥ Ginger+Liz (100% Vegan)


HABIT Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Hi WildFlower 

♥ Hard Candy

♥ Honeybee Gardens

♥ Hula Polish


Jin Soon (100% Vegan)


Karma Naturals (100% Vegan)

KL Polish 


LACC (100% Vegan)

L.A. Girl

LaPierre Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Lauren B. Beauty (100% Vegan)

Little Ondine USA

Luna Star Naturals

LVX (100% Vegan)



♥ Manic Panic

 Milani Cosmetics

Mineral Fusion

Misa Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Mischo Beauty (100% Vegan)

MODE (100% Vegan)

Modish Polish (100% Vegan)

Moov Cosmetics (100% Vegan) 


 NCLA (100% Vegan)

 No Miss Cosmetics

♥ NYX Cosmetics


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Oh Tiff! (100% Vegan)



Pacifica Beauty (100% Vegan)

 Palate Polish (100% Vegan)

Pear Nova (100% Vegan)

♥ Piggy Paint

Play Love Laugh (100% Vegan)

Polish & Co.

Pretty Serious (100% Vegan)

Priti NYC (100% Vegan)


♥ RMS Beauty


Sheer Lust

ShOO Polish

Smith & Cult

♥ SOPHi (100% Vegan)

Soulstice Spa

Sparitual (100% Vegan)

♥ Suncoat Products (100% Vegan)


♥ Tenoverten (100% Vegan)

Trustfund Beauty (100% Vegan)


Urban Decay (100% Vegan) 


Wet N’ Wild 


Zapora (100% Vegan) 



4 Vegan Setting Sprays for every Skintype!

Anyone with oily or combination skin knows the struggle is real when it comes to keeping makeup in its place. By hour 4, it is transferring and the oil is peeking through the layers! Not a good look at all. However, the invention of setting sprays have made the lives of all skintypes better! So no matter your skintype there is a setting spray out there to help keep makeup in its place. 

Below are 4 setting sprays designed for each major skintypes! Remember to ALWAYS do your research and check online for “skintype tests” to find the best match for you. 

Vegan Setting Sprays

  1. Plain Jane Beauty Coconut Water Setting Mist is described as a fragrance-free setting spray to help keep moisture in and help give life back to mature and/or damaged skin. This mist is listed as giving the wearer a “soft-focus” finish–great if you want to look hydrated but not greasy! ($25)
  2. OSEA Sea Minerals Mist is a three-in-one product. This mist be used as a facial toner, a midday booster, and/or a makeup setting spray. With a simple ingredient list, I believe this product would be great for anyone who has redness but also has dry patches they wish to moisturize.  ($38)
  3. Lily Lolo Makeup Mist has antioxidants to help anyone looking to turn back the clock without breaking the bank. This setting spray is listed as being hydrating and soothing. ($18) 
  4. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Spray SPF 50 knocks it out the park when it comes to hitting all the requirements makeup wearers look for. This spray has SPF, keeps shine away, and holds makeup in its place without feeling heavy. What else can anyone ask for? ($28) 

If you want to check out more setting sprays, click here for my TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Setting Sprays. 


I love eyeshadow refills. They are so addicting to collect and easier to build your personal palette. Below is a list of all of the shadow refills out there that vegan and/or cruelty-free.

Happy Shopping!

Eyeshadow Refills

  1. Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow Refill $18.00 (10 Shades)
  2. ABH Eyeshadow Singles $12.00 (114 shades)–has vegan options!
  3. Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadow $5.00 (65 shades)–has vegan options!
  4. Coloured Raine Single Eyeshadow $7.00 (108 shades)–has vegan options!
  5. Elate Beauty Pressed Eye Colour $16.00 (19 shades)
  6. Honeybee Gardens Pressed Eye Shadow Singles $9.00 (19 shades)
  7. Johnny Concert Pro Palette $12.00 (40 shades)
  8. Karity Single Eyeshadow $4.00 (157 shades)–has vegan options!
  9. LunatiCK Cosmetics Labs Eyeshadow Singles $9.00 (18 shades)
  10. Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans $6.00-$10.00 (130 shades)–has vegan options!
  11. NYX Hot Singles $4.00 (88 Shades)–has vegan options!
  12. Red Apple Lipstick Eyeshadow $18.75 (29 shades)
  13. Root Pretty Pressed Eyeshadow $12.00 (42 shades)
  14. SauceBox Cosmetics Singles $12.00 (11 shades)–has vegan options
  15. Strobe Cosmetics $6.50 (8 Shades)
  16. Sappho New Paradigm Singles $21.00 (15 Shades)
  17. Nabla Eyeshadow Refill $8.00 (73 Shades)
  18. Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow/ Eco Palette Refills $11.00 (40 Shades)

Vegan + Cruelty-free Serums Review #1

Another facial skincare review! Serums are like moisturizers, but they are designed to give your skin a boost. For me, I am looking for serums that are designed to mattify the skin, balance my oil-production, and brighten my complexion. Again, I am not a dermatologist but serums are great to add to your skincare routine if you have minor or major skin issues you want to correct. 

  1. Alaffia Melon Seed Harmonizing Facial Serum is a okay serum. It is pretty expensive ($10 or $20 per ounce) so when I didn’t see a huge difference, I was a little upset. It is lightweight which is definitely a plus and the ingredients are simple and clean! I just didn’t see a huge difference in my skin so I would say pass on this serum.  
  2. Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum is an amazing serum for those with hyperpigmentation. This serum is vegan-friendly but it is expensive ($24.95 or $22.68 per ounce) but it is worth it! My dark spots were so dark before but once I finished the bottle my skintone was definitely more even. A little goes a long way. Just a helpful hint–use sunscreen with serums like this to help with hyperpigmentation. 
  3. Thesis Organic Facial Serum for Oily Skin is another serum I would pass on. It didn’t do anything on my skin as far as what it claims it would do. If anything, I felt more oily and my makeup application was difficult. But if you want to give it a try, the price is high like most serums ($24.95 for 1 ounce) and is organic which can be a great option to get away from basic facial oils. 
  4. Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is my holy grail! This serum is just perfection! I always like Paula’s choice but this serum knocks all their other products out of the park. It is so lightweight, I honestly felt like nothing was on my face. This may be a con to some but for an oily skin person, this is a blessing. It is expensive ($34.00 for 1 ounce) but it is worth all of your money. My skin felt moisturized and balanced. I almost had to get the scissors out so I can get the rest of the serum out of the bottle! Right now, serums are 15% off! 
  5. Twinkle Apothecary Autumn serum is a new to my collection. So far, I like it! It feels heavy when you apply it but once you gently rub into skin, it disappears into the skin. The price is reasonable for a big bottle ($35.00 or $17.50 per ounce), which can last you for months. I will update this post once I am done with this bottle!
  6. Derma E Even Tone Brightening Serum would probably be a great serum, but I didn’t see a difference. It received good reviews too! It is suppose to even out skintone but I didn’t notice a change and also I did not like the feeling of the serum. I prefer more of a oil-like feeling, instead of a gel. Out of my whole collection, it is the cheapest serum ($24.50 or $12.25 per ounce). 

5 Vegan & Cruelty-free correctors for Hyperpigmentation!

For anyone who is new to color correctors, orange or deep peachy color correctors are designed to cancel out blue bruises or dark spots on dark-to-deep skin tones. I personally love color correctors because this product gives me a more even skintone. Of course, you still need to use a concealer AFTER you use a color corrector so that color does not peek through your foundation. 

Below are some of the best color correctors for dark-to-deep color correctors for those who are seeking a product to help with those annoying dark spots and hyperpigmentation! 

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  1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach or Deep Peach $29.00
    • PEACH works great for dark circles, dark spots, veins and deep discoloration. It’s ideal for blue-hued dark circles, typically seen in deeper skin tones.
    • DEEP PEACH is a more intense version of Peach, and masks dark discoloration like circles and sun spots. Tip: Great for deeper or bronzier skin tones!
  2. Plain Jane Beauty Color Correctors in Ginger (Deep Orange) and Dahalia (Brick Red) $16.00 (Black-Owned!)
  3. Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector in Peach $24.00 
    •  to hide dark circles or other spots for those with medium to dark skin tones.
  4. E.L.F Lightweight Color Neutralizing Pen $6.00
    • This orange hue helps conceal dark circles and hide imperfections on deeper complexions.

  5. Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer in Dark Intense Peach $29.00
    • The ultimate concealer for very dark under eye circles, hyperpigmentation or bruising.

Vegan & Cruelty-free Facial Toners Review #1

Happy Sunday! As promised, I am reviewing about my collection of facial toners from the best to the not-so-good ones. If you are curious about my thoughts about facial cleansersclick here!

Disclaimer: Remember, conduct your own research and listen to your skin! If something does not work for you, please stop using it! If you are interested in toners, look for toners that have gentle ingredients such as lavender or aloe vera with tea tree oil. 

So let’s begin from left to right: 

Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent is my favorite toner so far! It does not make my skin tight and it picks up all the dead skin and makeup off my face when it use it. My pores were smaller after using this product too! The smell is light and the price is reasonable ($10.99 or $1.38/ ounce). The ingredients are a little shady (parfum is one of them) so if you have sensitive skin you might want to pass on this but if this ingredient does not bother you, I would highly recommend this product for oily to combination skin folks.  

Humphreys Lilac Witch Hazel Facial Toner is amazing for combination skin types. The reason why I recommend this product for combination skin is because our skin does have dry spots, which can become drier if we using harsh toners. Humphreys Lilac Facial toner is perfect because it cleanses and softens the skin. I have dry patches on my chin and I noticed the spots were less dry than usual when using this product. As far as my pores being “clear and refined”, I didn’t see a difference but then I got the toner as a way to help my dry spots. You can buy it from iherb for $5 for a 8 ounce bottle. 

Burt’s Bees Brightening Refining Tonic is an okay toner. It is not bad but it didn’t do anything independently. You have to use this toner with a system they have created to lighten dark spots within 4 weeks but I wanted to see if the toner would be enough. Sadly it wasn’t. So who knows! Maybe this toner would be great as part as a routine but if you have other amazing products and you are just missing a toner, this toner would be a pass. But hey! If you still want to give it a try, the toner is $12.00 or $2.00/ounce. 

Thayers Alcohol-Free Lavender Witch Hazel Toner is also a great toner. I always loved the smell of lavender so if you are lavender person this toner is for you! The price is amazing too ($11 or $1/ounce). According to the Thayers’ blog, “lavender is full of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help manage acne and calm sensitive skin”. This toner does exactly what it is created for. My skin was less angry, especially when I got flareups. I did not see any red marks and my dry spots were moisturized. 

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions clarifying toner is a better option, in my opinion than the Burt’s Bees Brightening Refining Toner. For one, it does cleanse the skin and second, it does help with acne because it has Salicylic Acid, which is a agent to reduce inflammatory and dry out pimples. This toner is expensive ($10 or $2/ounce) but it is worth it when you see your blemishes disappear. 

Yes to Tomatoes Acne Clearing Toner is last but not least. This toner is one of my least favorite toners. I don’t know how this toner has many good reviews but to me it has a strange smell. The fragrance is heavy and smells artificial. I didn’t see any changes in my skin. 😦 The only thing I did like about this toner is the pump. I felt like I didn’t waste a lot of product compared to toners where you have to pour the product into the cotton pads. Other than that, I would say that Yes To Tomatoes toner is not a good choice for those looking for a oily skin-friendly toner. Keep looking!

8 VEGAN Valentine’s Day Lipsticks

Finding a red vegan lipstick can be difficult at times. Most red lipstick contains carmine (or crushed bugs) to make the red pigment. Nonetheless, there are other ways to achieve the red color. Below, I have found vegan options to your personal favorite red. From ruby reds to deeper reds, you don’t have to give up red lipstick if you live a vegan-friendly lifestyle.

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