A Vegan & Cruelty-Free Skin Guide: Eat This, Apply That!

I always go on about how you should apply this to treat that, but I wanted to learn more about the relationship between food and certain skin conditions. It is great to have an amazing skincare routine, but it would be silly to eat poorly and expect great skin. So after I did some research, I made this little chart to show the link between food and minor skin issues.

As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Below are the references. Please, like always, do your own research in order to make the best decision for yourself!

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10 Vegan + Cruelty-free Facial Primers for Dry Skin

Part two of this primer series!

Dry skin needs the total opposite of what matte primers do for the oily skin types; they need hydration. So keywords to look out for are “hydration”, “hydrating”, “dewy”, “luminous”, or “radiant”. All these will help keep your makeup in place without you looking completely flat and dull. 

Dry Skin primers (1)

  1. ELF Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer $6 (3.6/ 5 Stars)
  2. NYX Cosmetics HydraTouch $14 (4.8/5 Stars)
  3. Plain Jane Beauty Time to Prime Makeup Primer $22 (3.5/5 Stars) BLACK-WOMAN OWNED
  4. Mineral Fusion Hydrating Primer $29 (5/5 Stars)
  5. Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer $32 (3.7/5 Stars)
  6. Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Illuminating Primer $36 (5/5 Stars)
  7. Sappho New Paradigm Primer for Dry Skin $36 (Not Rated)
  9. Vapour Beauty STRATUS LUMINOUS SKIN PERFECTING PRIMER $48 (5/5 Stars) Shade #903 is designed for medium, tan, and deeper skintones 
  10. Inika Organic Hydrating Makeup Primer $49 (5/5 Stars)

10 Vegan + Cruelty-Free Matte Facial Primers

Today’s article is all about the matte primers! No matter your budget, there is a matte primer out there for you. Personally,  if the word “matte” is not on the product or in the description, I usually pass on more “luminous” or “radiant” primers because I am a oily messy as it is. Of course, it was wise to make sure your skincare routine helps with your oil production.  

I also have include the ratings for each product. 

Happy Shopping!

Matte Primers

  1. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Matte Face Primer – Partners in Prime $5 (4.2/5 Stars) 
  4. NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer Primer $14 (3.4/5 Stars)
  5. B.L.A.C Minerals Cosmetics PRIME-PREFIX FACE PRIMER $25 (5/5 Stars)  *BLACK-WOMAN OWNED 
  6. Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer $29 (5/5 Stars)
  7. Fenty Beauty PRO FILT’R Instant Retouch Primer $32 (4.6/5 Stars) *BLACK-WOMAN FOUNDED
  9. Alima Pure Smooth + Prime Primer $46 (4.5/5 Stars) 
  10. 100% Pure Mattifying Primer $48 (4.6/5 Stars) 

Vegan + Cruelty-free Facial Mask Review #1

Happy Monday everyone!

Here is another review regarding facial masks! I love facial masks because it helps me relax after a long day and helps my skin out when I had a rough weekend.



  1. Shea Shea Bakery Charcoal Purifying Mask is a super thick and super awesome facial mask. One of the first facial masks I purchased, I was immediately amazed by the quality of this homemade mask. It is super thick so a little goes a long way. The scent is very earthy, which I like, but if you are into more floral scents–you might want to pass on this. The price is definitely reasonable ($16 or $2/ounce). The ingredients are easy to pronounce and read so you know you are in good hands. This company is black-owned and woman-owned which I absolutely love. As far as if the product doing its job, my face definitely felt softer after using this product. My pores looks amazing too! I would say this product is my favorite. (VEGAN)
  2. Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is my second favorite. This mask helped my dark spots so much so that other people were noticing. If you have dark spots, this mask is the one for you. It is expensive ($14.95 or $8.79 per ounce), but save for this mask because it is worth it. The scent is light. I would say however if you have sensitive skin, this mask might be too strong for you due to the strong ingredients (AHA and glycolic acid). (VEGAN)
  3. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask is an okay mask. I found the consistency to be very watery and the smell to be very funky. It didn’t dry down either. Comparing it to the Shea Shea Bakery Charcoal mask, this mask does not live up to its promise to help blemish skin types. My skin didn’t get worse when using this mask, but at the same time, it didn’t improve either. Like I said, it is an okay mask. It’s cheap so if you want to try it, you will be only out $12.99.