Top 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Setting Sprays

You are all done with applying your makeup. Everything is looking great, but you want to keep it that way as long as possible. A great way to keep your makeup in its place is grab your handy-dandy setting spray! Each spray is slightly different from each other but most will soften your complexion, hydrate your skin, or mattify oily skin.

Setting Spray (2)

With a great primer and setting spray, you are all set to go!


  1. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30 Vegan. All Skin Types.
  2. Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 $36 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  3. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 $28 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  4. Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus™ Setting Spray $4.99 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  5. Jane Iredale Pommisst HYDRATION SPRAY $29.00 Vegan. All Skin Types.

A Vegan Guide to Clay Mask Benefits

Clay masks are not only relaxing but provide beneficial effects to help your skin if apply weekly. I aim to do my masks every Saturday in the morning for a nice wake-up treat~

Clay Masks

How to create the perfect mask:

  1. Grab your ingredients!
  2. Add your ingredients–the goal is to make a paste. It shouldn’t too runny. Add clay, water, oil and your add-on ingredients slowly to find the perfect consistency.
  3. Apply your mask–apply with your hands or with an old foundation brush for a less messy application. Make sure to get into those hard to reach places but avoid the delicate eye area. APPLY THE PASTE THICKLY!
  4. Wait–Do not allow the mask to completely dry, especially if you have dry skin. Anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes should be enough time for the clay to do it’s thing.
  5. Finally, rinse with luke warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer for healthy skin.



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.


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

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

Day 28: What’s your undertone?

UNDERTONE. UNDERTONE. UNDERTONE. I can’t say this enough but it is so important to know your undertone. Your undertone, unlike your skintone, is a constant “color” behind your skin. With that said, while your skintone is easy to identify, finding your undertone is tricky.

YOUR SKINTONE DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU KNOW YOUR UNDERTONE. Just because you are darker, doesn’t mean you are warm!

However, there are five different find your undertone.

*= These tests amy be difficult to perform if you have a deeper skintone.

  1. White Test
    1. Grab a piece of white paper or dress and try to stand in front of a white background. Make sure the surroundings have natural light and you aren’t wearing makeup. Stand in the mirror and examine yourself. If you feel like you have a yellow tint to you, you are warm. If you look pinky, you are cool. If nothing seems to stand out, you are most likely neutral.
  2. Silver or Gold Test
    1. Get a piece of jewelry. If silver, looks amazing on you then you are cool. If gold makes you shine, then you are warm. If nothing happens, you are neutral. Try to wear both gold and silver at the same time to look at the differences.
  3. Skin Sun Reaction*
    1. While this test might not determine your undertone since most darker skin individuals do not burn easily, the rule goes warm undertones tend to tan easily, while cool understones burn very easily. Neutral individuals tan well but can burn if they are exposed to the sunlight too long.
  4. Wrist*
    1. Again this test is hard to find out your undertone. The darker you are, the harder it is to look at the color of your veins. But if you detect the color the rule follows: Green veins=warm; blue veins=cool; both colors=neutral.
  5. Sephora Color IQ
    1. If ALL fails, go to your nearest makeup counter. I love Sephora’s COLOR IQ because it is backup with science. They will placed a little device on your cheek and forehead. 30 seconds later you get a number. That number tells you your skintone and undertone to help you find the proper foundation shade. My summer color is 2Y12. My winter shade is 2Y11.

Day 27: Common Mistakes Black Women Make!

The saying “practice makes perfect” can be (and should be!) said when applying your makeup. Remember, it takes time to master. Even professional makeup artists can make mistakes. However, they live and learn. You should as well! I make mistakes all the time. But I try again and again until I find a method or product that works for ME.

  1. Black Eyebrows
    1. I know most women, particularly Black women, have naturally dark brown to black hair. So why not reach for that black eyebrow pencil? Don’t do it! Black eyebrow pencils are just too harsh looking. Instead, get a pencil that is brown for a more natural-looking eyebrow.
  2. Wrong Color
    1. Wrong color! We all have been there. What Black women struggle with is finding the right foundation shade. Many usually use two shades to blend to create an even skintone. But like I said before, you have to understand your skin. Skintone and undertone must be considered to find the right color. However, this can be expanded to choosing wrong lip color or blush. Usually it is choosing colors that are too light. Again, understand your skintone and undertone to avoid looking washed out or older.
  3. A Little Goes a Long Way
    1. This isn’t a “Black woman” thing but might as well add it here. A little goes a long way. You are naturally beautiful and cosmetics, in my opinion, should be use to bring out your confidence. So heavy, cakey makeup will only make you look older and cover-up the external beauty you have.

National Novel Writing Month Day 4: Oil Blotting Paper

I love oil blotting paper! I wear makeup every day–but sadly, I suffer from oily/combination skin. If I did not use oil blotting tissues, I will look like a wet mess!

Thank goodness some of my favorite cruelty-free brands have these miracle-making tissues!

Oil Blotting Paper

  1. NYX Tea Tree Oil Blotting Paper ($6.00/100 sheets) is made from green tea powder and pulp to remove excess oil without distrubing your makeup. NYX has three other tissues to choose from (Green Tea, Matte, and Fresh Face).
  2. Mineral Fusion Shine-Free Blotting Tissues ($7.99/100 sheets) are made from 50% Abaca leaf and 50% soft wood pulp. Abaca leaf is considered a natural fiber that is not only fine so it wouldn’t remove your makeup but also strong so you can remove more oil.
  3. 100% Pure Anti Bacterial Wood Pulp Oil Blotting Paper ($8.00/50 sheets) is made from wood pulp & hemp oil. Hemp oil has been shown to help all kinds of skin issues. Therefore, these tissues are safe for all skin types.
  4. Tatcha PETAL FRESH Original Aburatorigami ($12.00/30 sheets) is made from Abaca leaf and gold flakes. Listed as fragrance-free and powder-free.
  5. Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Paper ($11.00/100 sheets) is interestly made from organic flax seeds, which keeps your skin super soft.

Day 2: Tinted Moisturizers/ BB/ CC/ DD Creams

Day 2 of this challenge! Today, we are going to tackle the tricky business of this ever growing beauty market by looking at the differences between tinted moisturizers, BB, CC, and (now) DD creams!

Tinted Moisturizers

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20


 What is it?

As in the product name, a tinted moisturizer is a cream or lotion that has a skintone matching tint to them. Adding hydration and color all in one simple product!

 Who is it for?

Tinted moisturizers are designed to be more lightweight than a liquid foundation. Though some tinted moisturizers can be buildable, most have a light to medium coverage. So anyone with extreme discoloration or dark spots might find a tinted moisturizer to be too light in coverage. With that said, this also applies to oily skin individuals. The dewy finish on most tints might make you appear oilier (unless you apply a matte setting powder). Normal to dry skin types will love tinted moisturizers though! 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer ($42.00) quotes:

Moisturizing formula colored from fruit and vegetable pigments for a flawless complexion. Organic white tea, acai oil, pomegranate oil, vitamins and antioxidants deliver necessary, skin beneficial nutrients for the most healthy skin.

BB Cream

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25


What is it?

BB creams or Beauty Balms/Blemish Balms were first developed in Germany to find a single product that can moisturize, conceal, prime, treat and protect all in one go. However, when the product came to countries such as South Korea and Japan, BB creams exploded! The trend finally made its way to the US where it has become an essential skincare product.

Who is it for?

BB creams are for those are blessed with good skin who need to even out their skin tone and have sun protection. Because BB creams are slightly heavier than tinted moisturizers but lighter than foundation, it is a great product for those who want to look as natural as possible but still feel as if they aren’t completely naked!

With that said, normal to oily skin types can use BB creams with no problem!

Jane Iredale’s BB cream ($48.00)claims to minimizes pores and help disguise fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and brightening the skin. This product is vegan and gluten-free.

CC Cream

Cover FX CC Cream Time Released Tinted Treatment SPF 30 


What is it?

Branching off BB creams, CC Creams or Color Correcting creams are meant to correct redness, dark spots, discolorations, and sallowness. PLUS! Doing the job of moisturizing, priming, treating and protecting the skin.

Who is it for?

Individuals who experience redness, discoloration, dark spots, acne scars, or any other skin issue might like to try a CC Cream. CC creams are still lighter than a foundation, but are a tad bit heavier than a BB cream (to conceal the problem areas more). Don’t worry! You will have the feeling of naturalism without feeling cakey. This is great for oily to combination skin types.

I always talk about COVER FX but their products are lovely and vegan! Their CC Cream ($45.00) does not contain gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc; the five most common ingredients that can cause inflammatory reactions in the skin. Their CC Cream also mentions:

Retinoid-like ingredients deliver antiaging benefits without irritation or sun sensitivity while pH reactive, time-release complex provides optimum anti-aging benefits that work on and below the surface of the skin to visibly lift, and firm and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This oil-free, licorice root extract infused formula helps clarify and brighten skin tone.

DD Cream

DermaDoctor DD Cream Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30


What is it?

I honestly do not know about DD creams until a few weeks ago! I was starting to understand BB and CC creams until out of nowhere DD creams popped up. There are so new, there are few DD creams out there but the ones that are available should be worth the try. Marketed as Double-Duty or Diminish & Disguise creams, DD creams are next level in skincare.

Who is it for?

DD Creams are the heaviest on this list. Just like their cousins, BB & CC Creams, DD cream are meant to do-it-all in one product. However, the twist to DD creams is the target group: individuals who have mature skin. Hence diminish (wrinkles) & disguise (fine lines/age spots, sun damage). DermaDoctor’s DD cream Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38.00) has 15 benefits all in ONE PRODUCT. Some disadvantages to this DD cream are: it is not vegan and it comes only in one shade to match all skin tones. Cruelty-free. Paraben-Free.

I wonder when the next alphabet cream will be released!

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Face Off: COVER FX Contour Kit VS Anastasia Beverly Hills

Highlighting and contouring tutorials are everywhere on the web. Women of all shades have put their contouring skills to the test to help women bring out their best features. Nonetheless, I believe women with darker or deep skintones have a harder time finding the right contouring palette because most contouring shades either match their skin tone or are too light.

After searching and searching, I have found two palettes that seem promising to help women of bronzy skintones achieve the contour look.


  1. COVER FX Contour Kit $48
    1. Positives
      1. Comes in 6 shades to fit women of all shades and undertones
      2. Great for dry Skin, but other skin types could use this (cream formula)
      3. Blendable
      4. Does not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan
      5. Great for beginner to intermediate contour artists
      6. Travel-friendly
      7. Comes with a nice guide to help learn about highlighting and contouring
    2. Negatives
      1. Expensive
      2. Only comes with 4 color pans
      3. May not be the best for oily skin or combination skin
      4. Does not has an option of refilling pans


  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills The Original Contour Kit $40.00
    1. Positives
      1. Great for oily skin types
      2. Has an option for cream formula
      3. Builable-coverage
      4. Great for beginners
      5. Travel-friendly
      6. Comes with refilling pans
      7. Has three highlighters and three contouring colors
    2. Negatives
      1. Color options are limited to shades and not undertones (light-medium/medium-tan/tan-deep or fair, light, deep for the cream formula)
      2. Might be overwhelming with the 6 different color options–however can refill your palette for a more customed kit.
      3. Does not appear to have a guide


I personally think the COVER FX Contour Kit will be better choice. This kit has the option to better match your skintone and undertone something most contour kit lack for darker, deeper women and men.