Top 8 Cruelty-free (& VEGAN) Makeup Removers

I hope everyone had an amazing Day of Giving Thanks! I also hope for all the makeup beauties, after partying, washed those lovely faces before hitting the sheets. 

It is essential to use makeup removers FIRST before proceeding to use your daily cleanser. This ensures that first layer of dirt and other nasties is removed before cleansing for the second time. 

Now go shopping this Black Friday! 

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  1. S.W. Basics Makeup Remover $14.00 *
  2. Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser $18.99 *
  3. Thesis Rosemary Citrus Makeup Remover $19.95 *
  4. Verita Organic Argan Oil Makeup Remover $20.00 *
  5. Pacifica Kale Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic $12.00 *
  6. Captain Blankenship Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-based Cleanser & Makeup Remover $32.00
  7. Vapour Clarity Organic Makeup Remover $32.00
  8. FoxBrim 100% Natural Makeup Remover & Facial Oil $14.95

THE ULTIMATE CRUELTY-FREE & VEGAN NAIL POLISH BRAND LIST 2016

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

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100% Pure

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Adesse Nail Polish (100% Vegan)

Adrianne K

AILA (100% Vegan)

B

Beauty Without Cruelty (100% Vegan)

Benecos

 The Body Shop

C

♥ Chrome Girl

Ciaté

Côte (100% Vegan)

D

Dazzle Dry

Deco.Miami (100%  Vegan)

E

Ella+Mia (100% Vegan)

F

Floss Gloss (100% Vegan)

G

 Gabriel Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Gem Chronicles

♥ Ginger+Liz (100% Vegan)

H

HABIT Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

♥ Hard Candy

♥ Honeybee Gardens

♥ Hula Polish

J

Jin Soon (100% Vegan)

JULEP

K

Karma Naturals (100% Vegan)

L

LACC (100% Vegan)

L.A. Girl

Lakur (100% Vegan)

♥ Lillian Eve (100% Vegan)

LaPierre Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Lauren B. Beauty (100% Vegan)

Little Ondine USA

Luna Star Naturals

LVX (100% Vegan)

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ManiPure

♥ Manic Panic

 Milani Cosmetics

Mineral Fusion

Misa Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

Mischo Beauty (100% Vegan)

MODE (100% Vegan)

Modish Polish (100% Vegan)

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NARSParent company DOES TEST on animals

 NCLA (100% Vegan)

 No Miss Cosmetics

Nubar (100% Vegan)

♥ NYX Cosmetics

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (100% Vegan)

ORLY

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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)

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 RGB

♥ RMS Beauty

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♥ Scotch Naturals

Sheer Lust

ShOO Polish 

♥ SOPHi (100% Vegan)

Soulstice Spa

Sparitual (100% Vegan)

♥ Sugarloom Cosmetics

♥ Suncoat Products (100% Vegan)

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♥ Tenoverten (100% Vegan)

Trustfund Beauty (100% Vegan)

W

Wet N’ Wild 

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ZOYA

 

5 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Dupes for Top Perfumes

Perfumes are, in my opinion, underappreciated.  I believe every woman should have a selection of fragrances to express herself whenever and wherever. But with that said, many commercial perfumes have strange chemicals floating in their bottles. Why spray yourself with faux scents when you can get the real thing with natural fragrances?

So I took some of the most popular perfumes out there and found their natural match. Of course, these matches are not 100% but they are 100% better for you. 

Happy shopping!

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  1. If you love Chanel N°5 ⇒ Try Strange Invisible in L’INVISIBLE ($105)
  2. If you love Stella McCartney ⇒ Try Tsi La in Fiori D’Arancio ($128) *
  3. If you love Chloé ⇒ Try The 7 Virtues in Noble Rose of Afghanistan ($70-$110) *
  4. If you love Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb ⇒ Try Sweet Anthem in Caroline ($56) *
  5. If you love Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue ⇒ Try Olivine Atelier in Bluebird ($80) *

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!

 

Skincare for EVERY Age: A Vegan and Cruelty-free Guide to your changing Routine

Some people are born lucky. These people can use the same skincare products from their teenage years all the way until their 70’s and beyond. My mom is one of these lucky people. She has been using the same Clinique products as long as I can remember and still looks amazing.

However, while this works for her, the products I use my teenage years don’t and can’t match my skin now in my 20s. I once had oily, acne-prone skin, now I am leaning more towards combination with occasional breakouts. My once favorite skincare products are just too harsh. But thankfully, with the rise of women and men creating and purchasing skincare products, there are items out there to address all kinds of skin concerns.

Below are just some of the various skincare products available for all ages!   

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Skincare Routine 20s (1)

While in your 20s, your hormones should be calming down from your awkward puberty days. However, now what is left are dark spots and an oily, persist T-zone. To help combat these problems look for products that are meant to ease the occasional breakouts and fade those dark spots. 

Skincare Routine 30s (1)

They say, “30s is the new 20s.” But with that said, your skin maybe telling a different story. Dryness will start creeping up on you. Stop dryness by finding hydrating moisturizers and soothing scrubs to buff away dead, dull skin. 

Skincar Routine 40s (2)

Aging is a blessing. But there is no shame in keeping wrinkles and age spots away. In your 40s, your skin is losing collagen, a protein that keeps your skin’s elasticity tight. While this is just part of nature, a healthy diet and a strong skincare routine may slow the process.

Skincare 50s+ (1)

When it comes to aging, it is but a number. Starting a good routine in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, will greatly help your skin when you are in your 50s and beyond. The main concern now is just keeping your skin smooth and fading away wrinkles. Look for products designed for mature skintypes or have BHA/AHA ingredients to regenerate your skin.  

8 Cruelty-free + Vegan Highlighters for Darker Ladies (and Gentlemen!)

Since Fall is around the corner, ditch the bronzer and whip out the highlighters for a sparkly change. Just remember! Gold and bronzy highlighters look best on darker skintones but you are more than welcome to try all shades~HAPPY SHOPPING!

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  1. Dose of Color Baked Highlighter in Sunkissed $28.00 (Powder)
  2. COVER FX Enhance Click in Rose Gold $18.00 (Cream) *
  3. Milani Illuiminating Face Powder in Hermosa Rose $9.99 (Powder) *
  4. NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Topaz Tan $8.00 (Cream)
  5. 100% Pure All Over Glow in Deeply Sunkissed $35.00 (Liquid) *
  6. Colourpop Highlighter in Candyman $8.00 (Powder) *
  7. COVER FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight $42.00 (Liquid) *
  8. Plain Jane Beauty Bronze it! Mosaic in Coppers & Robbers $16.50 (Powder)

Urban Decay will Release a NEW Matte Eyeshadow Palette

FINALLY! Urban Decay has stated on their Instagram that they are releasing a NEW palette to their line: the Naked Ultimate Basics. This new palette will feature 12 neutral matte shades for any day or night look. Personally, I am super excited for this palette. I work in a more conservative setting so bright and shimmery eyeshadows are a no-go. Thus, most of my eyeshadow palettes now are matte, so adding one more shouldn’t hurt! 🙂

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  • Blow- Light nude demi-matte
  • Nudie- Soft pink-nude matte
  • Commando- Light taupe-brown matte
  • Tempted- Pale brown matte
  • Instinct- Medium pink-taupe matte
  • Lethal- Reddish brown matte
  • Pre-game- Pale yellow matte
  • Extra Bitter- Burnt orange matte
  • Faith- Medium warm brown matte
  • Lockout- Rich neutral brown matte
  • Magnet- Smoky gray matte
  • Blackjack- Warm black matte

This new palette will be release September 18th. Retail Price: $55! You can find this new palette on their website: Urban Decay. So make sure your browsers are ready because I have a feeling this palette will be sold out in 1 second!

 

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! 🙂

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8 Vegan + Cruelty-free Nude lipsticks for Darker Ladies

Nude lipsticks are essential! Whether you are going to work, to the mall, or a fancy dinner party, a flattering nude lip can make all the difference. While the “nude” is seen on many lipsticks, that can be misleading, especially for women with darker complexions. 

Buzzfeed did an amazing job explaining why the word ‘nude’ can lead bronzy women down the wrong path of color selecting.

We found that colors that are actually marketed as nude are usually more fitting for white women than they are for women with brown skin tones. But, when we tried colors with brown names, like “java” and “coffee,” we had significantly better results.
Source: Buzzfeed

As you can see, the lipstick labeled as “nude” did not bring out the beauty in these women. Most nude lipsticks are designed for women with lighter skintones but that doesn’t mean there aren’t nude lip shades for us. Below are just some of the best lippies in the vegan and cruelty-free world for you to enjoy whenever! 

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Nudes for Brown Beauties

  1. Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La La $23.50 * 
  2. Dose in Chocolate Wasted $18.00 *
  3. Aromi in Caramel Nude $17.00 *
  4. Inika in After Dark $39.00 *
  5. Beautie Brownie in S’mores D’oeuvres $20.00 * (POC-OWNED)
  6. Zuzu Luxe in Chocolate Cherry $19.10 *
  7. Fairy Girl in Melrose $25.00 *
  8. Too Face in Naughty by Nature $21.00