Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Favorite Vegan and Cruelty Free Foundations! Updated for 2016!!

Hello everyone!!  I made this post back in 2012 and it is still a very popular post.  Unfortunately, two of those foundations are from cruelty free companies anymore!  I wanted to post my up to date favorites!

I like different foundations for different reasons, so hopefully one of these foundations can become your holy grail based off of what you're looking for in coverage, finish and format.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Too Faced Vegan List Spring/Summer 2016!

I have the up to date vegan list from Too Faced for their Spring/Summer 2016 launches!

  • Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Mascara Melt Off
  • Natural Matte Eye Palette Shadow Collection
  • Perfect Eyes (All shades)
  • Instant Attitude Brow Bone Highlighting Pencil

  • Born This Away Foundation (All shades)
  • Cocoa Powder Foundation (All shades)
  • Hangover Primer
  • Primed & Poreless Primer
  • Primed & Poreless Loose Powder
  • Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder
  • Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (All shades)
  • Cocoa Contour (Original, Not Deep)
  • Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush (All shades)
  • Sweetheart Bronzer - Sweet Tea
  • Love Flush Blush – How Deep Is Your Love
  • Love Flush Blush – Your Love is King

  • Lip Injection
  • Lip Injection Extreme
  • Lip Insurance Primer
  • Lip Insurance Glossy
  • Le Crème Color Drenched Lip Crème (Except Mean Girls & Lollipop)
  • Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Melted Metal Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Perfect Lips Lip Liner (All shades)

  • Royal Oil Body Bronzer

  • Pro-Essential Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set
  • Kabuki Brush
  • Mr. Right



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quick Review: Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette!

As many of you know by now, I started working with Too Faced Cosmetics in February.  I adore the company and everything they stand for, and I am very happy to be on the team!  I picked up the new Chocolate Bonbons palette, and planned to be on a no-buy for a while.  That didn't last when I walked into my Northgate store and saw how gorgeous the Peanut Butter and Jelly palette was in person.  I had to have it.  I expected to not like it much since I can't usually do warm browns, but something about this palette was different.

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette; $36 for 9 eyeshadows

The warm browns almost have a copper toned element that makes them look great with my eye color.  I have hazel eyes, and I struggled to decide if the palettes colors make them pull more green or brown.  Ultimately, I think it depends on which colors I wear, but I feel like they typically pull more green with this palette.

I am wearing over half of the palette in this look.

Overall, the palette is everything I expect from Too Faced.  The eyeshadows are smooth and silky and blend easily.  The textures are nice and easy to work with.  Even the more glittery shades were fun to work with, and I was able to easily avoid fallout.  Basically, you could say this is a "no ragrets" kind of buy.  Honestly, my only regret is that when I wear it into stores, they're usually sold out of it!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lashes and Lightsabers: the Star Wars x Covergirl Collection

Star Wars: the Force Awakens ushers in a new era of Star Wars.  It has a new director, features lots of new characters, and has a makeup collection.  Iconic makeup artist and head of cosmetics with Proctor and Gamble, Pat McGrath did what she does best: create.  She started with six iconic looks inspired by the Force Awakens, and designed new cosmetics based off of them.

Looking at the editorial shots, it's easy to see where Pat drew her inspirations.  Each look launched a new lipstick color, and fans of C-3PO will immediately recognize his signature gold in her Droid look, and respective Colorlicious Lipstick in Gold #40 ($6.99*).

There are five other lipsticks inspired by Star Wars icons on both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force.  After Droid (C-3PO) brought us golds on the Light Side, Jedi shows a soft Nude #70 lip, and Mystic has Lilac #20.  The Dark Side has Stormtrooper inspired Dark Purple #50, Dark Apprentice shows the familiar Red #30, and Chrome Captain brings us an icy Silver #10.

There are six Outlast Nail Polishes ($5.49*) in the collection as well, though they do not seem to directly correlate with the makeup looks (it appears other permanent Outlast shades were used).  Those shades are Fury #93 (intense crimson), Nuclear #97 (chemical green), Mutant 101 (bold blue), Red Revenge 180 (deep red color), Nemesis 195 (medium eggplant) and Speed of Light 200 (pale grey).  There are also photos and swatches of Emerald Blaze 50 on blogger pages, but not with the official Star Wars x Covergirl Collection on

The other release in the line is truly designed for the collector in all of us.  It features ten variations in packaging of their pre-existing Supersizer mascara ($6.85*) in Very Black with iconic Star Wars quotes.  There are five for the Light Side, featured on their waterproof formula, and five for the Dark Side, on their classic formula.  Choose a Side, or go ahead and collect all 10; we're certainly not judging.

*Prices vary by location and retailer and are from; also available where ever Covergirl cosmetics are sold.

Note to Gary:  All products used will be linked to their archive location on CS.  Also, there are more product photos if you would like more added.
Disclaimer: This article is written to appear on another website.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Makeup Rules For Anyone New to Makeup

When I say new to makeup, I meant anything from the twelve year old who's school allows visible makeup this year, to the thirty year old who has never worn makeup but is interested in learning.  You can learn how to apply makeup at any age, and you are never too old.  The thing that shocks me is not how many grown women don't know how to apply makeup, but how many of them are embarassed to ask.  Applying makeup is not some inherit skill that you were born with (unless you actually are a makeup artist by trade; and even some of the people that do makeup had to learn it, it didn't come naturally).  It's not like learning to walk or remembering to eat.  It's something you learn, and if no one ever shows you, you may not know how.

I spend a lot of time teaching people about makeup.  Whether s/he is brand new to makeup, or just struggling to get her eyeliner to stay on like how it seems to stay on everyone else, I really have seen almost everything.  I've taught transgendered girls how to make their faces more feminine, and I've taught forty year old women how to look pretty and polished before re-entering the dating world or starting a new career.  I will rarely say that there are rules in makeup, but if there are, these are five things I would tell you to follow.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lavanila Deodorant is the best!

I had long been on the search for a vegan deodorant when I started working at Sephora.  I had tried many of the drug store ones.  I often found products that left me sticky, smelly, or otherwise let down.  Then when I started working at Sephora, I decided to give Lavanila a try.

I bought the Trio ($36) back when it launched in May, then bought Sport Luxe ($16) when it launched in June!  I keep the little guy ($8) around for hot, sweaty outdoor events that I might need to touch up.