Thursday, December 7, 2017

Current Favorite Beauty and Skincare Products

It's been a while since I've posted my beauty and skincare favorites, and it seemed like now would be a good time since I recently updated a few of my makeup items!

The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics pallet is the newest addition to my makeup routine. When I visited my local Ulta Beauty, they had the pallet on sale for an extremely low price, and I knew I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. I absolutely love all of the colors, they're all extremely pigmented, and the brush that comes in the pallet is really good quality. Not to mention that the mirror included in it is big enough to put a whole face of makeup in! 

Urban Decay is Vegan and Cruelty Free, however their parent company does test on animals. 

I've been loving the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder to set my under eyes, and my foundation if I'm going for a full face that day. It's the first loose powder that I've used, and to be honest there's a night and day difference between a loose powder and a pressed powder! I don't think I'll go back to using a pressed powder in the future. I'm still using the same L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi highlighter in the shade Rose, and the Covergirl Cheers blush in the shade 110 that I've had in previous makeup posts. One of my newer interests is with contouring, so of course I had to go with most people's tried and true Hoola Bronzer from Benefit. So far, my first impressions of it are really positive (I got the mini to test the waters with it a bit). 

NYX is Cruelty Free, but their parent company does test on animals, and they are not Vegan. 
Covergirl and L'Oreal are not Cruelty Free and Vegan brands. 
Benefit is also not Cruelty Free or Vegan.

For a really long time I've been swearing by the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. No other setting spray or Primer that I've tried had every really come close to the stay power of this setting spray. it's for sure a staple in my makeup routine that I don't see changing anytime soon. I've also been using the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Coverage foundation, which I was originally skeptical of, but I've grown to love it! I will typically use it to conceal my under eye bags, but when I want to have a full face of makeup, this is the only foundation that I reach for. When it comes to mascara, the best one I've been able to find is the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in the shade Blackest Black. Ever since I've been using this mascara, I've gotten tons of complements from people about how great my eyelashes look, and it's all because of this mascara.

Milani is a Cruelty Free brand, but is not Vegan.
Rimmel and L'Oreal are not Cruelty Free and Vegan brands.

One of my few Black Friday purchases was this perfume! It's a really beautiful and light Vanilla scent, that I wear every day. It lasts all day, and I've gotten nothing but complements on it. As far as perfumes go, it's extremely good quality for how low the cost is. 

I was unable to find if this perfume was Cruelty Free and Vegan or not.

In order to take off all of my makeup at the end of the day, and give my skin a nice cleansing, I always go for the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. There's nothing better to make sure that all of my makeup is completely removed. It also makes my skin feel really clean, which prepares it perfectly for the Timewise solution and my Skyn undereye cream.

Garnier is not a Cruelty Free and Vegan brand.

Skyn Iceland's Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Glacial Flower Extract is the one and only eye cream that I've used, but it's something that I really love having my my skincare routine. It's a thick almost putty-like cream that stays extremely cool and applies really smoothly. A little bit goes a long way with this product, so don't be fooled by its seemingly small size.  I haven't noticed a significant amount of changes in my undereyes, aside from them feeling a lot better because of how cooling the cream is. I'm sure that I'll notice more significant changes over time while using this product.

Skyn Iceland is Cruelty Free and a 100% Vegan brand.

I've talked about this products before, and I continue to use and love it. The Mary Kay Timewise solution is my go-to product for great skin. I put it on before going to bed, and literally overnight there are a lot of differences in my skin. Smaller pores, it'll help get rid of any pesky pimples I may have, my skin is a lot softer, and it helps keep my skin feeling really soft.

Mary Kay is not a Cruelty Free or Vegan.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What beauty and skincare products have you been loving? 
I'll see you on Tuesday!

I got all of my information about the brands from the site Cruelty Free Kitty, which you can check out HERE if you want to learn more about which brands are or aren't Cruelty Free.

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