Vegan friendly make up.

As I approach my 2 year vegan anniversary I’ve started to declutter and minimise my make up collection and eliminate any ‘iffy’ products. These are pretty much my every day items. Brands consisting of Milani, Designer Brands (Australian and all vegan), ELF, Lime Crime & Hurraw. I wear a Kat Von D Beauty lipstick every day, my current go to’s are Lolita II and Plath. Lolita II for natural days, Plath for days I want to wear something red. 

I use the Lime Crime Pink Lemonade palette for my brows currently (the deep shade – Baby Cake) as I am waiting on my Colourpop order to arrive (I can’t wait to try their brow pomade!!). Hurraw lip balm to prep and hydrate my lips before applying lipstick. Designer Brands bronzer in Coffee to contour, DB waterproof lash extension mascara or their Extend-A-Lash fibre mascara, DB holographic highlighter in Unicorn Dust (lilac highlighter) & DB kohl pencil to line. ELF highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and Becca shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone (my absolute favourite highlight in the world). 

I don’t tend to wear a ‘base’ anymore as I eliminated foundation from my make up routine. My skin kept changing and nothing was working for me so I decided to cut it out and get my skin under control instead (and I did, thanks to the Swisse brand of skincare). I was wearing full coverage foundations (Kat Von D, Tarte & Designer Brands were my favourites). If I ever need to conceal (a random bad pimple or something) I use Designer Brands blur primer for my problematic pores, Essence Camouflage concealer and Australis Fresh & Flawless powder.

These are my favourite vegan eyeshadow palettes. Violet Voss Ride or Die, Lime Crime Pink Lemonade, BYS Peach palette & BYS Berries palette (a vegan and cruelty free dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, and only $15!) 

I’m trying really hard to be strict with any make up I purchase and want to be 100% sure what I am purchasing contains no sneaky animal products (carmine, so many palettes that could otherwise be vegan contain crushed up bugs – disgusting!) so just ‘cruelty free’ isn’t enough for me anymore. I feel like people think there isn’t a lot of vegan make up around but there is so many options from all ends of the price spectrum. High end palettes like Violet Voss (from memory the Ride or Die was $115) to the ‘lower end’ (but not at all low in quality) BYS palettes, there are great vegan friendly palettes all around. Brands are catching on as ‘cruelty free’ becomes trendy, but cruelty free labels don’t eliminate all unnecessary suffering from the product (eg carmine) so it pays to be aware and understand what is going into your products and into your skin.

Violet Voss Ride or Die palette & Lolita II featured in above images. A perfect palette for all year round!

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Models Prefer make up review.

8152013121639This is a weird post for me to make because I don’t usually blog about cosmetics and make up, unless I’m talking about what I’ve bought, rather than what I think of what I’ve bought. But yesterday I went to Priceline to have a look at their sales and ended up at the Model’s Prefer display, eyeing off brushes. Now, I don’t need any more make up brushes (I have about 10-15) but they had a ‘3 for the price of 2’ sale happening and I wasn’t going to pass that up! After staring at the brushes for a while I still couldn’t decide what I wanted or needed to add to my little kit and started looking at products. I found this eyebrow ‘fixer’ gel and considering I have been using a wax over my brows to hold them in place (which was coloured and was prone to smudging, mind you) I picked it up and thought there was no harm in trying it out, especially because this was included in the ‘3 for 2’ sale. I also ended up picking up a eyebrow highlighter pencil (I’ve been using eyeshadow on mine) and this eye brightener cream, which is basically a pink concealer to put over dark circles under the eyes. I don’t really expect products like this to work, considering I try to use concealer on my dark circles all the time and they remain pretty noticeable so it’s just not something I worry too much about anymore, but when I used it today I was so suprised!

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(Models Prefer – Eye Brightener) Initially I wasted a fair bit of the product because I couldn’t figure out how to use it properly. I twisted and twisted the cap but it didn’t seem to be getting anywhere, so I got impatient and twisted it faster and then a heap of the product spurted out onto my hand. You only need to use a really little bit of it because it spreads a lot and goes a long way. It definitely doesn’t feel oil based so it’s a nice, light product to wear under your foundation. I didn’t take a before picture of my dark circles but they’re fairly dark and fairly blue. This picture grosses me out because I can still see yesterday’s eyeliner and mascara on my bottom lashline but I guess I didn’t really think ahead. I wasn’t going to try and do a review of it on my blog because it’s not something I really do or think I’d be good at, and I didn’t expect it to work as well as it did. But I am so impressed with this! It sells for $12.99 and it’s definitely becoming a staple in my daily make up. It’s awesome.

8152013152543 I used the two brow products and they’re both excellent. The  MP eyebrow highlighter is a white pencil and it goes on really smooth and considering I’m not a huge fan of pencil products, I really liked it and I’ll definitely be using it more often. I fill my eyebrows in with the Face Of Australia – High Definition Eyebrow kit and I swear by it, I don’t think I’ll ever seek out another eyebrow filler again. It comes with 2 shadows (powder form), one light brown, one dark brown and a wax, also in dark brown. I think the idea is you use the wax underneath so the powder sticks to it, but I can never get a shape I’m happy with by doing wax first, so I always do shadow to line/shape and fill and then put the wax over it to fill any gaps and to make them more sharp/defined. The MP Eyebrow Fixer gel is a cool little product and I don’t know why I didn’t use one like it before. These products are both now staples in my make up routine and kit.

8152013152838Another product I used for the first time today (but isn’t necessarily new) was the Australis Matte Me – Lipstick Mattifying base. I bought this close to a month ago and haven’t really used it because I’ve been wearing only matte lipstick for the last month (I no longer like cream lipsticks, I want everything matte all the time, now) so thanks to this cool little product, now all my lipsticks can be matte! I’ve been sick with the flu for the past weeks so my lips are chapped and disgusting but that’s what make up is for, right! I applied the mattifying base underneath my lipstick and liner (hence the word ‘base’) and while it doesn’t hold the lipstick in place perfectly (never decide to eat immediately after applying red lipstick, it’s a messy/awful experience) it definitely doesn’t diminish the colour or make it any less effective. It also doesn’t make it a true matte but I think that would definitely be because of the conditioning/moisturising ingredients in the lipstick itself.

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My eyeliner today is heavier than normal (mostly by accident) because I couldn’t get the line even and then you keep adding to make them balanced, and then it just usually ends up at the “It’s fine no one will be staring anyway” or “Now I look like a panda” stage, luckily I didn’t get to the panda stage today. In this photo’s it looks like I’m not wearing blush (probably because I’m still a little scared of it and don’t like to wear a lot) but I’m actually wearing Face Of Australia’s blush in Terra.

This post makes me a little self conscious because even though I love make up and have a big collection, I don’t normally talk about it or post about it but considering I think I know a little bit about it (and I did study for it and get a certificate out of it) I don’t think I should be insecure about it. I miss doing make up and I’m thinking about studying it further once I move and get settled in Adelaide. Why not, right! I put everything on hold and gave up all my own things for a relationship that didn’t work out and I’ve learnt how unhealthy it is to give yourself up for someone else and I know the only way I’ll find happiness is by finding it within myself and doing things I want to do and doing what makes me happy. So thankful to have learnt these lessons before it was too late. This change in my hair colour has been the biggest confidence boost. I was going through an almost quarter life crisis earlier this year (right after my break up) because I didn’t know ‘how I wanted to look’ or ‘what I’m supposed to look like’ or ‘who I’m meant to be’ and even though it was stressful, it’s actually freeing to realise ‘wow, I can be someone completely different now’. I definitely plan on being a stronger, happier version of myself from now on, because I spent my time since I was about 17 not feeling good enough for anything and like I couldn’t accomplish or achieve anything and hiding myself from life. I was actually hiding, and now I don’t want to. I want to go out and do everything I’ve ever wanted and I’m excited to start a new life in Adelaide with my best friend. 23 is going to be so much better than 22, 21, 20, and all the previous years, I’ll make sure of it.