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)


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)

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.

10 Vegan Valentine’s Day Fragrances

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone got good rest and find time for themselves for #selfcaresunday. Since I had time to sit down and write, I decided to write about perfumes for Valentine’s day!

HINT: Look for dark florals for a feminine, mysterious scent.

Valentine's Perfume

Budget-Friendly ($30 and under)

  1. Pacifica Spanish Amber Spray Perfume (VEGAN) $22.00

Mid-Range ($30-$60)

  1. Define Me Fragrance Payton Fragrance Oil (VEGAN) $39.00
  2. Pirouette Jasmine Musk Natural Botanical Perfume (VEGAN) $45.00
  3. Tallulah Eau De Perfume (VEGAN) $48.00

Luxury ($60 and up)

  1. A Perfume Organic Perfumed Wine-Rose (VEGAN) $65.00
  2. LURK NST V7 Perfume Oil (VEGAN) $68.00
  3. LUSH Icon (VEGAN) $77.00
  4. Providence Perfume Co. Divine Eau De Parfum (VEGAN) $175
  5. Hi WildFlower Lovers Rock Extrait de Parfum (VEGAN) $180
  6. Le Labo Fragrances LYS 41 Eau de Parfum (VEGAN) $180

TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Dry Shampoo

To be honest, I thought dry shampoo was for women with straight hair instead of curly-haired women who once in a while straighten their hair. It wasn’t until last night at the salon a woman suggested I should use dry shampoo to prolong my style. 

So for the natural girls out there who want to keep their straight style longer with the benefit of clean hair, I got you! 

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Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Dry Shampoo $12.00

This rose infused dry shampoo absorbs oils and impurities in a refreshing alternative to conventional shampoos. Adds volume at the roots.

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo $24.00 

A miracle worker. Our talc-free dry shampoo is the perfect solution to lifeless, unwashed hair. A powerful combination of powders absorbs oil, adds volume and gives life to your hair, plus it smells amazing. Sprinkle a little in whenever your hair needs an instant pick me up.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder $30.00 (comes in 3 different scents) 

An all organic, TALC-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash.  This silky powder is perfect for on-the-go styling and leaves your hair smelling as fresh as a day one wash.  Sprinkle a dime size amount of powder into your hands and rub through the roots of your dry hair.

Green & Gorgeous Organics $30.00 (comes in 3 types for all hair types!) 

Our line of organic dry shampoo is created without the use of toxic chemicals or GMO’s.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Dry Shampoo $16

Our sulfate-free, non-aerosol dry shampoo naturally absorbs excess oils and build up to cleanse, lift at the roots and volumize on the go and without rinsing for a fuller, healthier look.

Why I don’t use the word “Beat”

As a Black woman that loves beauty products, I have seen all kinds of words come and go to describe flawless hair and makeup. “On Fleek”, “Laid”, “On point”…the list can go on and on! However, there is one word I hesitate to use. The word: beat.

Now, I am not going to get into the history of how “beat” became a thing, but I am going to get into why that word leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Recently, I attended and participated in an event for domestic violence victims. As part of this event, one woman was going to get a makeover. Once she was revealed, she looked completely different! However, in the excitement of seeing her, many women there shouted, “she beat your face!” Now, I know those women were telling her she looks great and they were SO happy for her, but some of them took a step back and realized what they just stated. That they just used the word “beat” in front of domestic violence victims. They quickly corrected themselves, apologized, and moved on. After the event, we had a lengthy discussion about using “beat”, for it can be a trigger word for some of the women. 

Now, I know everyone has not faced abuse and the word “beat” isn’t a strong word, but with the statistic of Black women experiencing domestic violence is 35% higher than White women, I hesitate using “beat” when I see other Black women with flawless makeup. Not only is domestic violence a serious and underrated issue within the Black community, I also hesitate to use “beat” for much of recent Black history, we have been faced with actions that can only be described as atrocious. Senseless beatings, lynchings, and brutality has been directed towards Black and Brown people, so I refuse to use a negative verb to replace a positive adjective. 

So challenge people not to use “beat”, especially now being Domestic Violence Month. Support women with positive adjectives! If you need help, GOOGLE is a powerful tool!


Vegan and Cruelty-Free POC Companies

Hello Beauties! I have created a list of vegan and cruelty-free companies out there started by and owned by Men and Women of Color. Please support these companies! Happy Shopping! 🙂






Other Goodies

Alicia Keys has started a #NoMakeUp Movement

Makeup no doubt is still a controversial topic. The debate still rages on whether wearing makeup is “false advertising” or a tool for self-empowerment. Personally speaking, I wear makeup as a form of self-improvement. I enjoy sitting down every day and applying color to my face to enhance my appearance. Yes, I do wear makeup to cover-up my dark spots from puberty, but as far as my personality goes, I am still the same person I was before without  makeup. However, that is me. Everyone has their reasons to wear or not to wear cosmetics.  

For Alicia Keys, she has made the choice to stop wearing makeup and created something beautiful for herself and others. Photographed for the FAULT Magazine, Alicia Keys is quoted saying she is “learning to try and let go of the word “perfection””. Letting go of perfection has given Ms. Keys the idea to revamp the #NoMakeUp movement by writing a letter voicing her new found freedom.

Check out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you will see the hundreds of women and men putting down their brushes and embracing their natural features. 

While, you are going to go au naturale for a hour or your whole life–remember you are a beautiful and amazing person. Keep being you.

Source: Fault Magazine

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Does Black Not Crack?: The Science Behind Melanin

I remember hearing this term when going up EVERYWHERE: Black Don’t Crack! From the beauty salon to family gatherings, “Black Don’t Crack” is a saying praising older Women and Men of Color who kept their youthful appearance. While many see it as a playful phrase, some are looking more into it from a scientific point of view. Does having melanated skin have a benefit in the aging race?


The Definition of Melanin

Melanin simply is a pigment that gives the skin, hair, and eyes their color. Obviously, individuals with darker skin, hair, or eyes have more melanin than individuals with lighter complexions or features.

Melanin is produced when melanocytes are simulated by the Sun’s UV rays. These melanocytes are than put into overdrive to produce more melanin to protect the skin from sun damage. AMAZING, RIGHT?!?!

Now, everyone can produce more melanin (yes, darker-skinned individuals can get darker!), but what makes individuals with tan to deeper complexions are the build-in sun shields we have. Through evolution, the melanin within my skin wouldn’t fade completely. I do get slightly darker in the summer, but once winter comes around it is not a huge difference in shades. So what does melanin have to do with aging?

Melanin and Aging

While the Sun keeps life on Earth going, it does produce two different rays: UVA and UVB. These rays are radiation. For everyone new to that term, it is the not the best for life if exposure to it for a long period of time. Radiation like UVA and UVB, can damage cells at a molecular level. Wrinkles and dark spots are just a few affects long, non-protected Sun exposure can do the skin. This is why melanin is important; it is protection. If individuals have a higher level of melanin, chances of wrinkles and dark spots forming are lower than those who do not have the correct protection.

With that said, I do still wear sunscreen on my exposed body parts for extra protection but the SPF is much lower than what a person with a lighter complexion might need.

Does Black Not Crack?

Depends. If you eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water, practice good mental health, and wear some form of sun protection–you best believe Black will not crack. However, genes, poor diet, stress, and other factors can speed up the aging process. This can happen to anyone! But having melanated skin most definitely does have an advantage. So to all the Brown and Black ladies and gentlemen out there–take care of yourself and you will looking young for a very long time!

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