September 02, 2016

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Beauty Favorites

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Beauty Favorites

Instead of doing my Monthly Favorites for August, I thought I would share with you guys my "ride or die" beauty products that are Cruelty-Free and Vegan!

These are products I love year round and will continue to repurchase. Many of these products will come as no surprise---they're repeat favorites. However, if you're trying to go Cruelty-Free, Vegan, or both---and you prefer to shop Green---these beauties are staples in any beauty routine! 

Let's get into it!


This face scrub is the perfect product to add into your skincare routine! Exfoliation is key maintaining the health of your skin. When you're spending money on topical products---serums, creams---they're doing you no good if they're applied on top of dead skin cells.

I use this scrub 2-3x per week to ensure that the dead skin cells are out, and fresh bright new skin cells are in! 

Target frequently offers 10% off Acure products, so be sure to take advantage and snag this up the next time you're at Target!

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub


While the Acure Scrub is a physical exfoliator, sometimes your skin needs some chemical exfoliation too. The Green Apple Peel Full Strength has really helped reduce the visual damage from years of cystic acne.

The alpha and beta acids in this peel help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation to improve your overall complexion. I see a huge improvement in the texture of my skin after using this peel overnight.

However, the acids present in this peel are not for those with sensitive skin. If you have rosacea or sensitive skin, give their Green Apple Peel Sensitive a try!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength

$22 (Refill)

A medium coverage pressed powder that never looks cakey or heavy on the skin---yes, please!

Whether it's worn alone, or with a liquid foundation, this powder offers a matte finish to the skin and stays put all day. If you have oily skin like I do, you will love the longevity and the oil control this provides. If acne or redness is a concern, this powder cancels out any and all redness!

It is available in 11 shades. For reference, I wear the shade "Aspen".

This is not for someone who likes a luminous or dewy appearance, or dry skin.

Alima Pure Pressed Foundation in Aspen


Finding your ideal brow product is challenging enough, but finding one that is Cruelty-Free AND Vegan, there's few options. 

For my brows, a pomade works best. While the NYX Tame & Frame is Cruelty-Free and Vegan, it has some not-so-friendly ingredients---BHA and Phenoxyethanol---I wanted a truly clean option.

The Brow Cream is available in an impressive 10 shades. If you're curious, I wear the shade "Medium Ash". 

This alternative to the popular Anastasia Pomade, is very creamy, and lasts all day through sweat and rain. The consistency is quite soft, so I do recommend applying this product with a stiff liner brush for the best application.

It is not overly pigmented, so do not be afraid to try this out! 

Silk Naturals Brow Cream in Medium Ash

Silk Naturals Brow Cream in Medium Ash


Mascara is highly specific, what works for one person may not work for another. The Dream Big Mascara by Pacifica has numerous claims---7 to be exact.

While this mascara is not going to give you thick voluminous lashes like the Too Faced Better Than Sex, this mascara is going to last ALL DAY with zero flakes, smudging, or transfer!

When you need your makeup to last 10 + hours, this mascara is going to get the job done!

Pacifica Dream Big 7 in 1 Lash Extending Mascara


I have talked this eyeliner to death, and I'm sure you guys have heard enough good things about it.

It glides on without bleeding, skipping, or being streaky, and the color is a deep black that will compliment any eye look! 

While not the cleanest of ingredients, until I find a non-toxic liquid liner pen that does not transfer or smudge on my hooded eyelids, this liner is staying! And for $12, ditch the high-end liners, you will not regret it!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black


So many Green Beauty brands offer powder eyeshadows---however---often they're a loose formula. If you like affordable pressed eyeshadow singles, and like to create your own palette, these single shadow refills are the perfect option!

The Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows are available in 15 gorgeous shades. They offer a large variety of neutral shades, and a few pops of color. The formula is very blendable and wears all day when worn with an eyeshadow primer.

Fingers crossed they release more shades very soon!

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in Canterbury

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in Canterbury

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