5 Vegan+Cruelty-free Tinted Setting Powders for Dark/Deep Skin

Have you ever taken a photo and realized you look lighter or ashy? Well, you have experience what is known as the “flashback”. While you might have looked flawless earlier, the camera’s flash will show color differentiations. For any chocolate beauties out there, you know the reason behind the flashback is using either too light of a foundation and/or no-color/translucent setting powder.

While no-color/translucent powders are described to match all skintones, the reality is these powders are meant for lighter skin complexions. The powder is usually pearly white. Thus when blended onto deeper skintones, the natural chocolate tones will appear from under the white cast.

But do not get discouraged! A simple way to fix this is to purchase finishing or setting powders that are tinted, but yet sheer enough so your foundation color is left unchanged.

Below are some great setting powders to try for all shades within the spectrum.

*=VEGAN-FRIENDLY

Setting Powder Dark Skin

1. Everyday Minerals Bronzed Finishing Dust $15.00 VEGAN.

2. KOYVOCA Classic Setting Powder $12.00 VEGAN.

  • Light – a neutral warm light brown
  • Medium – a neutral warm medium brown
  • Medium-Deep – a neutral warm brown
  • Deep – a neutral warm dark brown

3. Cover FX Blotting Powder $24.00 VEGAN.

  • Light – Completely sheer with a hint of warmth
  • Medium – Completely sheer with a hint of warmth
  • Deep – Completely sheer with a hint of tint for deeper skintones

4.  Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder $34.00 VEGAN.

  • Naked Light
  • Naked Medium Light
  • Naked Medium
  • Naked Medium Dark
  • Naked Dark

5. Milani Multitasker Face Powder $6.99

  • Light Medium- Light/Medium Light Skintone with Neutral or Yellow Undertones
  • Medium- Medium Skintone with Neutral Undertone
  • Light Tan- Medium to Medium/Deep Skintone with Olive Undertone
  • Tan- Medium Deep Skintone with Neutral or Pink Undertones
  • Medium Tan- Deep Skintone with Golden or Olive Undertones
  • Dark Tan- Light Brown Skintone with Golden Undertone

Parabens–Should You Worry?

Long-name ingredients are not new in the cosmetic world. But if you have noticed “Paraben-Free” on your beauty products, those products are avoiding using:

  • Butylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Benzylparaben
  • Heptylparaben

So why are these ingredients being shunned while other ingredients are not?

What are Parabens?

Before the 1950s, formaldehyde was the most popular preserving agent around. Used in foods, beauty products, and other goods, formaldehyde kept nasty bacteria and fungi away. However, around the 1950s, chemists introduced a new group of chemicals called parabens. Cheap and more effective, food and drug companies began using them. It was not long that beauty companies started adding parabens to their products for safety and profit benefits.  Decades later, about 85% of all cosmetics have at least one or more of these parabens.

Why the concern?

While it seems parabens are safe, the concern behind them started in the 1990s. Researchers labelled parabens as xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. These “Estrogen disruptors” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues in both male and female bodies. The major blow to the paraben name happened in 2004, when a British scientist found parabens in breast cancer tissues. As a result, many countries began limiting the amount of parabens in products.

However, there are critics to these studies. Many have started just because parabens are present in the tissues of cancer patients does not mean parabens CAUSE breast cancer. Since there are mix reviews about parabens, both the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration and the World Health Organization consider parabens to be safe at low levels.

What you can do?

When it comes to parabens, the information is out there to make a wise decision. Personally, I do not buy products with parabens. I find products without them last just as long as products with them. That is my personal decision, but I do hope you conduct your own research to come to yours.

Luckily, many companies that are cruelty-free and vegan usually do not add parabens. A quick reading of the ingredients is always wise though! I do believe with the Green Movement growing, parabens will eventually fade away.

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Eye Spy: TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-Free Eye Creams

We live in a fast-paced, stressful world. We stare at screens for hours and sometimes do not get well-deserved sleep every night. While at the moment it does not seem like a big deal, the lack of sleep and poor diet can show up in the forms of dark circles and underbags. You can definitely reduce these issues but applying eye creams once or twice a day–even if you feel like these problems are written in your genes.

Most eye creams are designed to target all of the following:

  • Puffiness
  • Dullness/ Tired Eyes
  • Dark Circles
  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
  • Underbags

So no matter your age, including a simple eye cream into your skin routine isn’t a bad idea. I have found some of the best eye creams out there–listing from budget-friendly to splurging.

Eye Spy_ Top 5 Vegan Eye Creams

1. Affalia Everyday Coconut Replenishing Eye Cream $8.99

Ideal for all skin types, this eye cream has coconut to hydrate dry skin without feeling heavy for oily skin types.

2. Acure Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell $16.99 VEGAN.

For more mature eyes, Acure has created an eye cream that tackles those crow’s-feet and fine lines. Made with Edelweiss flowers, this product can do wonders! For more information about this plant: Click HERE.

3. Nourish Organics Renewing + Cooling Eye Treatment Cream $19.99 VEGAN.

Meant for Normal to Dry Skin types, this cream will renew, restore, and cool tired and dull undereyes.

4. Athara Moroccan Coffee Eye Cream™ $24.95 VEGAN.

Quoted from their site, the mix of Coffee Seed Oil and Green Tea is meant to provide anti-inflammatory benefits and reduce dark circles and puffiness.

5. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream $25.00 VEGAN.

By far the most popular on the market, 100% Pure is organic and gentle to fix those undereye bags and dark circles for all skin types! Just google before and after photos–a picture can say a thousand words!

8 CRUELTY-FREE Blushes For Black Women

Now that I am recharged from my Hong Kong trip, I wanted to discuss cheek color for us Black and Brown Babes!

Blush For Dark Skin

Unlike lip color, coordinating your undertone to your blush color isn’t necessary. While you CAN match your undertone to your blush, just having an idea of your skintone is all you need to find the perfect color for you.

Because we are deeper in color, our blush should be brighter and bolder to stand out against our skin. If it is too light, the color can make you like clown-like and frankly, childish.

As the guideline follows:

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Top 5 Green Concealers

In the world of color-correcting concealers, Green is the #1 color. But why green? Well, most people from all walks of life might experience those annoying little red dots called pimples from time to time. In my case, I usually have one per week–so when I want to cover the redness, I pull out my handy green concealer.

Color-correcting concealers are great when flesh-tone concealers aren’t enough to give you a flawless look. As seen in my previous article about orange concealers, green concealers are great to have in your makeup bag when you have to neutralize red-based discoloration; either from acne or rosacea.

If you decide to try a color-correcting concealer, apply it before your foundation. This helps neutralize the redness. After applying your base, apply your flesh-tone concealer. Make sure you blend like crazy! You do not want the green to appear from under your foundation.

Now onto formula! Most concealers come in liquid or cream form but there are color-correcting primers and powders too. I personally like cream concealers. I use a concealer brush and apply how much product I want to apply. If you have larger areas of redness, I find green primers or powders to be better since they cover greater areas.

 

TOP 5 Green Concealer1. Want a cream? Try Orglamix Instant Clarity Concealer $15.00

2. Want a powder? Try Everyday Minerals Mint Jojoba Color Corrector $9.00

3. Want a wand? Try NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand $5.00

4. Want a primer? Try Mineral Fusion Color Correcting Primer $28.99

5. Want a stick? Try City Color Color Correcting Stick $5.99

A Guide to Buy Ethical (Vegan + Cruelty-free) Makeup

First post of 2016!

Change can be difficult; but sometimes this change can be for the best! When it comes to the new year, it is a fresh start to improve yourself. Maybe this year, you want to replace your makeup with more humane options. While this task can sound daunting, I have a few steps to help you on the road to ethical beauty.

Makeup Companies That Test on Animals
THE OLD!

 

 

Makeup Companies that DO NOT test on Animals
THE NEW YOU!

 

  1. Check your current bag!
    • You would be surprised with how many companies DO NOT test on animals and/or are vegan–so don’t go throwing away everything immediately! Go through each product and do a simple search on PETA’s website  to find which companies do or do not test on animals. If you do not see the company (which can happen),  check their Frequently Asked Questions section or email a representative to find your answer.
  2. Throw away slowly
    • I say slowly because I understand it might (and will) be challenging to toss your makeup. Technically, you are discarding hard-earned money in the trash. So if you have a favorite palette or skincare product you can’t part with just yet, use it until it is empty (or whenever you feel comfortable) and replace it with a vegan or cruelty-free product on your next purchase.
  3. Research
    • Research. Research. Research! I cannot stress this enough. Everyone is different. While one product may work for me, the same thing may not work for you. I did create this blog to guide people but I am not a certified dermatologist or expert skin guru; I am an animal-lover trying to find ethical beauty options for Women and Men of Color. So please, if you see a product you want to try, understand your needs, read the ingredients, and read reviews. Thank goodness for the internet, right?
  4. Buy
    • Whenever you are ready to buy your product, I do suggest checking the return policy of the store (whether online or in-store). You may need to test the product before–so if anything doesn’t meet your expectations, you can return it without feeling as if you wasted money (maybe time but money in your pocket is better!).

Good luck and Happy 2016!