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six cruelty free makeup brands and why I love them

For today’s post I wanted to share some of my top makeup brands that are cruelty free. I appreciate so much when a brand makes the decision to go cruelty free because as well as the obvious advantages it also opens the brand to a wider community. Let’s get into it!

Unsurprisingly, first and foremost we have to talk about Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This brand is my all time favourite brand of makeup. I wear their ‘velour liquid lipsticks’ every single day without fail. They are the creamiest, most pigmented, stunning lipsticks I have ever come across. Not only is the formula AH-MA-ZING, the range of colours is absolutely unreal! Every shade you could ever want; nudes, reds, pinks and even yellow and greens! My top lippy choices are; ‘red rum’, ‘gemini’, ‘prom night’, ‘mannequin’ and new from the Christmas collection ‘santa baby’. Anyone who hasn’t ever tried this brand NEEDS to.. they’re also vegan so really there’s no reason not to..

Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of my all time favourite brands. They’re eyeshadows are some of the best, I’ve currently got two of their palettes (Modern Renaissance and Prism – I’m feeling a review coming soon..!) and I can’t get enough of them! The formulas are so buttery and soo pigmented, exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. They have a wide range of other products as well including the extremely popular ‘dipbrow promenade’. ‘Dipbrow’ is so many people’s ‘go to’ when it comes to eyebrows and they come in such a big selection of colours with 11 shades in total, so there’s a shade to suit for everyone! I am so happy they are cruelty free as I couldn’t go without them in my kit!

The main reason this brand is in my list is because Illamasqua‘s skin base is my number one foundation, I wear it all day every day. It is a full to medium coverage which is my preference in a foundation, along with this it leaves my skin feeling light and soft which I don’t normally find with more full coverage foundations. It really gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow which lasts allll day! The formula is so easy to blend into the skin and a little really goes a long way meaning the foundation lasts you a good while, hence saving money which is what I’m all about at the moment. Illamasqua have so many other great products but this is, in my opinion, by far the best and I’m so glad they’re cruelty free.

Too Faced might honestly be the cutest brand on earth when it comes to packaging and scents. I am obsessed with anything peach, so when they brought out an ENTIRE RANGE of peach based products I didn’t know what to do with myself. I recently reviewed the ‘sweet peach eyeshadow palette’ and I absolute love it. I also have the ‘chocolate bar eyeshadow palette’ and the formulas are toooo good. Their eyeshadows blend out like butter.. and don’t even start me on the pigment, one dip in the pan and the brush is coated! Saying this, I still think the best thing about the brand is the unique scents linked with their products. The chocolate range honestly smells like a sweet chocolate dream and the peach range is the cutest, juiciest smelling peach scent you’ve ever smelt. Not only this, but their ‘better than sex’ mascara has been rated in many polls as the number one cruelty free mascara available in the UK, and to be fair.. it’s absolutely amazing. It adds length, volume and is a very pigmented black, love, love, love!

I’ve always had a huge love for Urban Decay. This brand has cracked the code on the perfect eyeshadow formula; they are insanely pigmented, easy to blend, buttery in the pan and the colour schemes in each palette they have introduced are genius. Their ‘Naked’ palette range is a well-known favourite in and outside of the beauty community, the range is so versatile meaning there is something for anyone and everyone. My number one product I cannot be without from Urban is the ‘heavy metal glitter liner’ in ‘midnight cowboy’. It is packaged like a liquid liner so has a very fine tip which is perfect for applying the liner in the crease and along the lash like, the glitter shows up so vividly and just adds that extra oomphh to any eye look you create. Most of the Urban products are also vegan which I really appreciate, not necessarily because I practice veganism myself, but because it means the brand is accessible to a wider community.

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The last brand I want to touch on is the infamous Jouer Cosmetics, this brand has really built itself up from being less well-known to an absolute empire. I am so glad that they are cruelty free as their ‘long wear lip toppers’ are really something else. They add the most gorgeous finish over any lip colour; be it liquid lip, normal lipstick, a lip tint or just your natural lip colour, the toppers add that little extra summin summin.. one of my favourite combos is to take Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s ‘red rum’ liquid lipstick and put the ‘skinny dip’ lip topper over for a little extra glam. Another stunning product from Jouer are their ‘powder highlighters’, they are so pigmented and bring that blinding glow to the face that I strive for, my favourite shade is ‘rose quartz’ which is a gorgeous soft champagne pink. For anyone that hasn’t tried this brand I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of their products and giving it a go!

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So there we have it, a few of my favourite cruelty free brands. If you liked this post and the content was helpful to you let me know and maybe we’ll make this a series?! Hit me up with some of your favourite cruelty free brands as I’m always on the lookout for new brands to discover!

As always thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next one!

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autumn inspired makeup look!

I can’t believe it’s November already, where has this year gone? It only feels like yesterday people were complaining about it being too hot, we were in mid June and everyone was wearing their coolest clothes drinking pimms! Now the leaves are falling, it’s getting bitterly cold and we’re all wrapping up in big coats and having hot chocolate! Saying that I do love this time of year, yes for the cosy atmosphere but mainly for the fashion.. autumn is a great excuse to throw on a blanket cape and a full face of autumny makeup! In spirit of this, I’ve decided to share one of my full makeup looks for this autumn; dark lips, orangey eyeshadows and blinding highlighter is all I’ll be wearing for the next month! (no change there then.. I’ll also put a list of all products used at the end of this post including the shades/prices!)

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Now first things first it’s the eyebrows! Everyone has different routines to their makeup, mine happens to be eyes first and base after, but if you do it the other way round there’s nothing wrong with that! To shape mine in I use the Benefit Cosmetics ‘precisely my brow’ pencil and the ‘brow zings’ to fill them in with wax and the powder to set them. I then go in with my Urban Decay ‘naked skin concealer’ and outline my brows to define them even further (I’m a firm lover of strong shaped brows, but if you prefer a softer look then you do you!)

After the brows are looking well defined, I prime my eyelids by covering them brow to lash line with my ‘MAC sot ochre paint pot’ to get them ready for the eyeshadow, this also enables the eyeshadow to stay on and look fresher for longer.

Onto the eyeshadow! For this look I used the gorgeous ‘modern renaissance’ palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills and the ever stunning ‘naked heat palette from Urban Decay. I started with the ‘modern renaissance’ palette and the shade ‘warm taupe’ which I blended into and above my crease, making sure to blend the edges out well as this is the transition colour for the other shades. I then took the shade ‘realgar’ and blended this into my crease, taking it out towards the brow bone but not as far as I had taken the transition shade. After this, I took ‘red ochre’ and blended this right into the crease, only taking it slightly above, as not to go as far as the previous shade. I then moved onto the ‘naked heat’ palette, I took shade ‘cayenne’ and blended this from the outer corner of my lid into the center, I then added a tiny bit of a mixture of the shades ‘en fuego’ and ‘ashes’ and blended this into the very outer corner to add some depth. I then dipped into ‘dirty talk’ and added this to the center of my lid and as for the inner part of the lid I used the shade ‘lumbre’ and blended this back into the center shade. To finish off the eyes I added the shades ‘red ochre’, ‘dirty talk’ and ‘lumbre’ to the lower lash line to complete the look!

Now for the base! I started by priming my face with my favourite e.l.f primer, then went straight in with the best foundation in the world (in my eyes anyway) the Illamasqua ‘skin base’ and blended until it was flawless. After this I used the Urban Decay ‘naked skin’ concealer under my eyes (a little on my chin and forehead too) and the liquid blush to add some colour back into the apples of my cheeks. I then powered my entire face with the Rimmel translucent powder (I swear by that stuff). Time for contour! I always contour my cheeks, forehead, nose and jawline with the Kat Von D ‘shade and light’ palette, using the grey-toned shade ‘sombre’. After contour I took my Benefit Cosmetics ‘hoola’ bronzer and bronzed up the places that I had contoured to add some more colour back into my face. Next up my favourite part of any makeup look.. highlighter. My favourite highlighter palette at the moment is the Huda Beauty ‘3D highlighter palette – pink sands’ as you may have been able to tell from my October Favourites post! I added a mix of the colours ‘azores’ and ‘ibiza’ onto the high points of my face; cheekbones, nose and a little on the chin.

To finish off the look it was time for the two L’s.. lippy and lashes! For my lipstick I decided to go with ‘designer blood’ by Jeffree Star Cosmetics as it just complemented the eyeshadow too well! As for the eyelashes I used the wispy edition of my favourite brand Eyelure, I can’t get enough of that collection!

So there we have it, my super autumny full makeup look! I loved creating this look and I hope you liked it too! Look out for some more autumn/winter makeup looks coming your way!

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products used (brands + shades):

Brows:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Brow Zings’ – No. 2
  2. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Precisely My Brow’ pencil – No. 2

Eyeshadow/Eyeshadow primer:

  1. MAC ‘paint pot’ – soft ochre
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance palette
  3. Urban Decay – Naked Heat palette

Primer:

  1. e.l.f – mineral infused face primer

Foundation:

  1. Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’ – Mix of No. 2 and No. 13

Concealer:

  1. Urban Decay ‘Naked Skin’ – fair neutral

Blush:

  1. Nars ‘Liquid Blush’ – orgasm

Powder:

  1. Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ – transparent

Contour:

  1. Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light’ palette

Bronzer:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics – HOOLA

Highlight:

  1. HUDA Beauty ‘3D highlighter’ palette – pink sands

Lipstick:

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics – ‘designer blood’

Lashes:

  1. Eyelure ‘Enchanted Wispy Edition’ – #shoesaremymuse
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Liebster Award

I’ve been debating the post I should add to my blog, and luckily I’ve had the decision made for me! The gorgeous Paige of ‘Little P Blog’ has nominated me for the Liebster Award which is so lovely of her, and you should definitely go and check out her blog! Now at first glance I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but after reading her post I’ve discovered it’s a brilliant way of discovering new blogs to follow, while telling everyone a little more about me in the process!

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Paige has given me some questions to answer, so here they are!

how long have you been blogging for?

I have only been blogging for two months, so not long at all! Even so, I’ve really enjoyed writing and editing the posts I’ve put up so far so long may it continue!!

have you considered uploading to YouTube?

I can’t say I have, maybe something to think about in the future! Never say never!

what do you like to blog about most?

Not sure if anyone’s noticed, but I love posting about beauty! Anything from makeup to skincare to bath bombs, you name it, I’ll blog about it! I think it’s mainly because that’s my industry, being a makeup artist, so I can’t help but be fascinated by it and want to share it with others!

where is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

Now that’s a hard question! I’ve been incredibly lucky with some of the locations I’ve been able to visit so it’s very hard to pick one, but keeping with the theme of this blog I’m going to have to say Milan. Clearly, the shopping capital of the world so I was going to adore it anyway, however this trip allowed me to find new love for products and brands I’d never heard of thanks to their MASSIVE Sephora! We’re not lucky enough to have a Sephora in the UK so shopping there was an absolute dream! Not only that, but the architecture was absolutely incredible. The ‘Duomo Di Milano’ was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, it is absolutely massive and so detailed, an amazing place to be able to visit! I’ve attached some pictures below (maybe I’ll do a separate blog post about it??)

what made you start to want blogging?

I started my blog because I had so many products that I absolutely love and wanted to tell others about them! I thought it’d be a good way to get that out there, whilst also being a good way to spend some of my free time!

what is the most frustrating thing about blogging?

I think one of the hardest things about blogging is knowing what to blog about! I have so many ideas for posts but it’s difficult knowing which ones will reach the audience I have in mind for this blog, so that can be quite frustrating sometimes!

favourite series to watch at the moment?

Definitely Stranger Things! I’ve just started to re-watch season one as I want to have a refresher so I can go into season two in the know! I’ve heard really good things about season two so I’m really looking forward to watching it!

what is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Bar far my favourite tradition is putting the angel decoration on the top of the Christmas tree. My siblings and I do it together every year and it’s the sweetest thing!

are you open about your blog? do you tell people you blog?

I don’t see the point of keeping the fact you blog from people, I put a lot of effort into my posts so I’d like as many people to see them as possible!

twitter or instagram?

Definitely instagram! I post nearly every day and it’s a great way to advertise myself and my business! I am on twitter as well but I prefer the layout of instagram for sure!

Now I’d like to nominate a few others for this award! They are:

A Reading Cat

The Beauty Swatcher

All Things Allatt

UniLifeTravel

Tales of Belle

If you’d like to join in, here are my questions for you!

  1. what made you start your blog?
  2. what’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
  4. what’s your favourite book?
  5. what’s your favourite scent of candle?
  6. what mainly inspires your blog posts?
  7. who inspires you the most?
  8. do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  9. what is your favourite post on your blog?
  10. what is your favourite day of the year?

The rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

List these rules in your post.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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October Favourites!

November is now upon us, which means it’s time to look back on my beauty and lifestyle favourites from the past month! I’ve put together a collection of things that I’ve been loving this month – some new, some old! So let’s dive in..

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick – Daddy

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This lippy is the result of a collaboration between Jeffree Star and Manny MUA. This colour absolutely screams autumn to me, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! It’s a very cool toned brown and perfect for those dark, smokey looks that are so in this time of year! It goes so well with the quintessential autumn colours; reds, oranges, browns and yellows. A must have for this time of year!

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette – The Pink Sands Edition

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This highlighter palette is everything you could ever want. Not only does it LOOK stunning, but the product itself is to die for!! First of all the packaging is always amazing, I think we can all agree the makeup on the cover is just perfection!

 

This palette retails for £40 in the UK off of cultbeauty.co.uk, which I think is an excellent price. I’ll tell you why – first off the pan sizes are huge, I love this about the palette as it allows you to comfortably dip in practically any sized brush and get a good coating of product, and this means the palette lasts longer than average! The formula of the product is absolutely stunning; it’s lightweight, creamy, SO pigmented and with three powders (SANTORINI, IBIZA and AZORES) and one cream formula (CAPRI) to choose from it’s well worth it’s price! (well.. I think so!). The colours in the ‘Pink Sands’ palette are also perfect for this time of year, with a mixture of warm and cool shades there’s one for every look!

Kat Von D “Shade and Light” Contour Palette

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This contour palette is everything I didn’t know I needed! It was so hyped up when it first came out and I will admit I was pretty skeptical because of it. The palette retails for £37 in the UK and I wasn’t sure about the price point, however, after using the palette for the first time I knew I was onto a winner!

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Top left-“lucid” (light beige toned powder) Top middle-“lyric” (yellow toned banana powder) Top right-“levitation” (warm toned peachy powder) Bottom left-“sombre” (cool grey toned powder) Bottom middle-“shadowplay” (warmer grey toned powder) Bottom right-“subconscious” (deepest colour in the palette, cool but still with a grey undertone)

The palette comes with six different (all matte) shades; three highlight powders and three contour powders. The powder formula is highly pigmented and the colours come in a good range. The top three light shades are very versatile and I mainly use them to set under my eyes, however they also make good transition colours when applying eyeshadow. The bottom three contour powders are a great trio, my favourite is the far left shadow as it has slight grey undertones, making colour look like a more natural shadow instead of obvious makeup.

Urban Decay “all nighter” setting spray

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I have been a massive fan of this product for the longest time and I use it every day of my life! (well, when I’m wearing makeup anyway!).

After I apply my base (foundation, concealer, etc) I always make sure I give my face a spray before moving onto setting everything with my powders, I also use the spray as the final step of my makeup routine. This product is SO easy to use and only takes 3-4 sprays to cover my whole face (although I do use a bit more depending on what my face needs to last through that day!). The product retails for £23.50 in the UK which I must admit I do think is a bit pricey, however, price becomes one of the minor factors when you find a product that actually works and that you use in your everyday routine as it’s SO reliable. I can go out for 8+ hours after applying the setting spray and my makeup stays flawless, no creasing, no fading and no settling into those fine lines in the skin. I really struggle with the creasing around my “smile lines” (from the corners of my mouth to the edges of my nose) but with this setting spray I find it doesn’t become an issue! Overall, this is one of, if not, my must have products in my makeup kit!

So there we have it! My October fav’s, I hope you enjoyed reading them and hopefully you’re thinking about trying at least one of these products for Autumn/Winter 2017!!