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My Favorite 3…Makeup Items

In my search for makeup items that do not contain any animal products or byproducts in them – such as beeswax, animal fat, crushed beetles or fish scales – it has also become important to me that the beauty company operates in a cruelty-free manner; that is, their products are not tested on animals.

It has been quite difficult finding items that are both vegan and cruelty free. Oftentimes, the information is not readily available. However, I’ve found a few companies and products that I’m comfortable sharing and recommending. Here are my current top 3, all of which I use daily:

Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner ($20) This brush-tipped liquid liner goes on smoothly and easily. On their website it says: “#VeganAlert and 100% Cruelty Free Forever.” They are part of PETA’s Beauty-without-Bunnies program. More info: Kat Von D Beauty is going completely vegan.

Too Faced – Sweethearts Blush ($30) The blush has a palette that includes three color swatches. On their website it says: “Vegan friendly.” They are also part of PETA’s Beauty-without-Bunnies program. Note: although they are cruelty free, not all of their products are vegan, so if you want both you’ll have to check the ingredients. They keep a convenient list of their vegan products on their FAQ site.

Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes ($23) This mascara is very deserving of its great reputation and 4.5 star reviews. On their website it says: “Vegan.” As with Kat Von D and Too-Faced, Tarte is part of PETA’s Beauty-without-Bunnies program; while they are cruelty free, not all of their products are vegan. They keep a list of their vegan products on their website.  

As with my shoes, over time I hope to make my entire stock of beauty items both vegan and cruelty free. I am hopeful this might inspire you to take a look at your beauty supply as well!





*There have been cases where the claims from the manufacturer were proven to be false, so note this is subject to change.

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Organizing Makeup and the Top of Your Vanity [Video]

Even though the packaging for the shiny, sparkly and matte cosmetics options available on the market today are beautiful and enticing, these days I want to put fewer products on my face and instead try to enhance my health and appearance through nutritious food and good ol’ H2O.

About 10 years ago, though, I used to put all these products on my face daily.

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It was too much. I had ‘cake face’ makeup. When it rained, I would run for cover because if my face got wet it would look like a melted candle!

Since these items took up a lot of space in my tiny bathroom, I stored the multitude of products in a hanging jewelry organizer. This worked well because the products were easy to grab and easy to put away. However, the layout of the organizer was also a constant reminder of how much stuff I was applying to my face just to walk out the door. (It also took a really long time to get ready in the morning!)

Eventually, I found that I was reaching for fewer items. Happily, I put away the jewelry organizer, downsized the makeup collection and am now using a small acrylic box to sort and store the handful of items that made the cut.

Sure, I still ‘put on my face’ most mornings with a few cosmetics, but I’m confident that I won’t look like a sad clown if I get caught in a downpour. That’s a tiny win.

In my latest video, you can see how I organized my small-to-medium sized cosmetics collection. I show both ways (hanging organizer and divided box). And, you can also take a look at how I organize -and keep clean!- the top of my vanity.

Hope you found these tips helpful!

How do you organize your makeup? Share with us by leaving a comment below!