Cruelty-Free Products that I've Been Wearing Lately

Previously known as the "What's In My On-the-Go Makeup Bag?" edit on my blog, I decided to change this up a little, because I was getting bored of how repetitive the edits were getting. I kept using a lot of the same things over and over again. My base collection, after all, is pretty limited so I only change up the eyes, cheeks and lips. Another reason for this is because I've realised that I rarely ever touch on the cruelty-free side of my blog. In fact, I think my content is pretty vague and I don't go in depth about brands, ingredients and current issues.

That said, I'm going to take a more proactive approach with those things on the blog from this moment on. Never fear, though, I'm not going to shove information down your throats or preach my readers for using L'Oreal or MAC. If you like those brands, that's fine, it's not like I'm going to condemn you to hell for it. It is part of the reason that my friend Cat calls me a unicorn, because even though I'm a strict vegetarian, I don't give people shit for eating meat or wearing leather. Your business is your own, ma cherie.

I Heart Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes
It's no secret that I'm in love with Makeup Revolution and all of their sister companies. I mean, who doesn't love the fact that you can get affordable cruelty-free products that deliver on quality? I'm also fond of the fact that I can get near exact dupes of popular products that may be too expensive for me or aren't cruelty-free. I refuse to buy from brands that test on animals or sell in China, so this is why I'm obsessed with MUR. Recently, I wore the Salted Caramel palette, a complete dupe of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet palette. I also used the Naked Chocolate palette, which is apparently a copy of Lorac's Unzipped palette with more shades thrown into the mix. I only bought it because the colours were perfect for fall. I also used the Chocolate and Peach palette (dupe alert for Too Faced Sweet Peach!) for work on Thursday.

Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara
Despite the somewhat OTT packaging, the formula and brush within are one of my favourite mascaras. It really delivers on separation and length and looks quite natural. It's also inspired me to try more Barry M products, as they're available at Big Ws here. The choices are quite limited, but I hope I can get my hands on their liquid lipsticks that seem to be all the rage these days. I have a full-length review on this mascara here.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar
I've actually kept this in the back of my drawer for so long because I rarely touched it. The reason for this is because it's more of a brown than a peach on me, but I figured out a way to make it work as a golden peach blush. It doesn't make sense to waste it when the rose design is just so pretty, so I've been working it into my sunny fall looks, pairing it with peachy nude lipsticks. I love Milani as it is one of the most consistent cruelty-free drugstore brands and the packaging for most of their products is so luxe looking without the price tag. It's like Charlotte Tilbury and Makeup Revolution had a baby and the result was this.

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream
I feel like I should be trying more from this brand, but the first few products that I tried weren't that great, including the sunscreen. However, I did like one of their cleansing lotions, and I really like this BB Cream. It gives really good coverage for a BB Cream, and it is so easy to apply. I don't experience dryness with this one, nor does it melt off or separate due to my oily skin. It's a really light and breathable base product that looks like second skin unless you build it up and don't blend it out with a brush. A single layer doesn't even require the use of brushes.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights
Makeup Revolution produces some of the best highlighters, hands down. When I'm on the lookout for a new highlighter, I don't go for anything that is too sparkly. I like something that gives me a healthy glow, and this does it with a cool pearly sheen that's subtle but smooth, and easy to blend.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette
I have a confession to make. I treated myself to something special over a week ago and this was what I treated myself to. I've worn it a couple of times since and I love it, the pigmentation is really good, and I like how well it blends. The packaging is kinda on the bulky side, but I'm not complaining... much. I love how versatile this palette is. I contemplated the Makeup Revolution dupe but as soon as I tested it at Sephora I was sold. Kat Von D is owned by a cruelty-free parent company, but LVMH owns Sephora, where Kat Von D is exclusively sold, and they're not cruelty-free as they (LVMH/Sephora) sell in China.

Freedom Makeup London Brow Pomade
I didn't think I could love brow products like I do now, all thanks to this pomade. My brows, while not bushy, are visible with dark hair and a natural shape to it, and I can go a month without grooming them. However, I find that using this pomade really helps to fill in the gaps I didn't know I had and draws more attention to my eyes that my glasses overshadows. With an angled brush, I can fill in my brows in a minute or less, and be completely satisfied with them. It is so easy to work with. Freedom, by the way, is a sister company of Makeup Revolution, and there are claims that this pomade is a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme
I wore the shade Adorable once in the past week, and I still love it. This formula is one of my favourites for a matte lip creme as it dries into a powdery finish but doesn't feel drying or gross. I have the shade Covet, but I'm still trying to gather the courage to wear it on my lips as it's a deep chocolate colour. It's actually perfect for this season and I really want to wear it, but at the same time, I am a little wary that this may make me look like I've been eating shit.

Do you have a matte lipstick that you just cannot live without?



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