I’ve gathered all the cosmetic products that I had reached for constantly within the year of 2014. All these products are cruelty-free, a good portion is vegan, and all of them are green-ingredients, and gluten-free.
Vapour Organics Atmosphere Soft Focus Liquid Foundation:
As you can probably see in the photograph, I have two different shades. 115 and 123. Seems excessive but my skin changes colour pretty dramatic in change of seasons. But it says a lot about the quality of product if I’m willing to purchase a $50 foundation. My skin is between normal to dry. And my skin loves the formula. Really nourishing, and dewy on the skin. I will admit, this foundation is a tiny bit tricky. It’s not meant for everyone. You have to apply it a certain way, and you need a certain skin type to have it work with your skin. For me it’s worth it. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde (crush!), and Gwyneth Paltrow love using Vapour products. Apply with fingers on clean skin and let it sit before concealing and powdering. Primer is up to you.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear FakeOut Mascara
Physicians Formula has been gaining more and more popularity as of lately from their more natural products. And I have to say it’s refreshing to see a cruelty-free, natural brand in the drug stores rather then having to buy online or go to the counter. Aside from the natural ingredients, the formula is lovely. It doesn’t make my eyes water, and itch like every other mascara out there. And the wand is my favourite kind of wand. Short-ish plastic spikes with a plastic base. It reaches right down to the very base of my lashes giving me a defined look. Most people say they see a ton of volume, or a ton of length from this. But I personally don’t see a ton of much from this. I think it depends on what your lashes need. Mine are already naturally long, curled, and ever so slightly full. So definition is all I really get from this. Which is perfect for me. They have a new mascara coming out that I’m excited to try and other natural ones to choose from. I highly recommend taking a look at their brand.
Pacifica Transcendent and Dreamlit Concealers
When it comes to foundations and concealers I’m very picky. But these concealers are one of the most affordable, clean, vegan concealers you can find in places like Target. The consistency to me is thin that carries a medium coverage. I primarily wear these everywhere except for under eyes. I don’t really get dark circles, and if I do, I need a more creamy and think texture. But these are wonderful. Downside is that there isn’t many colour selections available. And I think there is where a lot of brands tend to go down hill. Even the more conventional ones. One colour does not fit many. A lot of women out there carry different undertones, with either much lighter, or much deeper complexions. My complaint carries over to a bunch of other brands aside from this one. But you get the point.
Silk Naturals HD Cream Stick Foundation
I only appreciated this foundation at first when I started using it. Now I just love it. I personally prefer to apply this with my fingers (like most foundations I wear), and take it from there. The coverage it gives is medium coverage, but the texture is rather light. It doesn’t sit heavy on the skin. After I apply it, I blot it after a few moments, and then apply powder. It looks so beautiful and natural on the skin. And it’s inexpensive. And nearly the same size as a lipstick. This gives me a natural finish to the skin rather then something terribly matte, or dewy. And the shade selection is pretty wide. Whether you have a cool/gold/neutral tone to your skin. Plus you can buy affordable samples. I really highly suggest checking them out. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a cream foundation like this.
Ilia Beauty Lip Products
I fell in love with Ilia Beauty products as of recently. I’ve been favouring nudes the past year or so. I feel comfortable with them. And Ilia has my favourite nude products. Both the lip gloss and tinted lip conditioner have been my go-to lip products of 2014. Since going all natural with the majority of my cosmetic products, it’s been difficult to find the perfect nude lip products. And these won. Their a bit pricey. But I don’t mind spending the money. Especially since it’s really difficult to find a gluten-free, comfortable product that doesn’t make you look like you just crawled out of a grave.
Pumkin & Poppy Cosmetics – V
Giving a total shout out to Pumkin & Poppy. The best natural, vegan, No-Makeup, Makeup products I have ever used. I have a total of four products from her. And two more I want to give a go. They mix so wonderfully with the skin. And makes my skin look like it’s perfected without being fake. A natural glow. Oh, man. I can go on forever about it. She has wonderful products that are dupes for the Hourglass Ambient lighting powders, and a cream highlighter, and contour products that I need to get my hands on. Along with her famous Natalie cream bronzer.
Oh Sudz Concealers
I have to admit, I was bummed for the longest time that I didn’t have a good product to replace my M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer. It was a creamy product that had high coverage, that was easy to use, and that looked natural on my skin. But the downsides were is that it was owned by Estee Lauder, and something about the MAC concealers made the area’s of where it was applied more sensitive. It was very usual. Oh Sudz is what I look to if I need to cover the darkest part of my under eyes, or if the redness is intense around my nose or if I have a blemish that needs covering. They have samples available if you are interested. I think it’s worth looking into.My suggestion is to use your fingers to apply underneath your eyes, or around your nose. Then use a brush for blemishes.