Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beauty Talk // What Makeup I'm Using {vegan}

Today's post is something that I've been planning out and working on for a few months now, and I'm so excited to be sharing it today!  I've had a few requests from readers to show what beauty products I use on a daily basis.  The last makeup collection post I did was last year.  Since then I've fully converted over to cruelty-free and vegan makeup, and I've expanded my arsenal a lot to include tons of brands that I love and trust.  I've also gotten a lot better at doing my own makeup in general, which has come from watching tons of tutorials on Youtube and Instagram.  

This makeup collection will feature both high-end and affordable makeup, so there's options for everyone and their budget.  All products are linked- you can click on any text in pink.  And of course, all the products I use are cruelty free.  I hope you enjoy this post!  I put a lot of time and work into this one to make it as comprehensive as possible.  

Urban Decay All Nigher Makeup setting spray Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Bareminerals original foundation powder pacifica alight bb cream sea foam face wash vegan cruelty free face makeup

I always start off with bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation ($29), which I apply with my kabuki brush.  The brush I got in a set for $13 on Amazon, but it's amazing quality and it blends powder foundations very well.  I really like this foundation's formula and I've been using it for the past few months.  

I also love adding some shimmer and light to my cheekbones, and this highlighter by Makeup Revolution ($6) is one of the most pigmented and affordable highlights.  Plus, I love the blush pink color.  I sometimes contour as well, but I'm currently looking for a new contour product.  

I cleanse my face at night using Pacifica's face wash ($10, great for sensitive skin like mine) and a Clarisonic Mia brush.  And when I finish doing my makeup, if I remember to, I like using this Urban Decay setting spray ($31) to keep my beauty look on throughout the day.  Usually, I just forget because I'm rushing out the door.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance eyeshadow palette urban decay naked 2 urban decay naked smoky box
eyeshadow palettes vegan cruelty free makeup urban decay naked basics naked smoky naked 2 urban vices palette makeup revolution iconic redemption 3 anastastia beverly hills modern renaissance
 ・Eyes {Eyeshadow Palettes}・
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette // Urban Decay Urban Vices Palette // Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette // Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette // Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

I'm such a palette junkie.  If there's one weakness I have when I'm shopping in Ulta or Sephora, it's the eyeshadow palettes, especially from my favorite high end brands.  I particularly love Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Lorac's palettes.  

Here's some pictures of the palettes opened with all the eyeshadow shades visible: 

eyeshadow palettes vegan cruelty free makeup urban decay naked basics naked smoky naked 2 urban vices palette makeup revolution iconic redemption 3 anastastia beverly hills modern renaissance
Palettes, clockwise from top right: Urban Decay Urban Vices, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Urban Decay Naked 2, Urban Decay Naked Smoky, Makeup Revolution Iconic 3, Urban Decay Naked Basics

When if comes to Urban Decay's Naked Palettes, I'll say they're not my favorite palettes on Earth but are great for beginners to makeup.  I don't used it too often but there are some nice metallics in Naked Smoky, and I love the gorgeous earthy tones of Naked 2 ($54 each).  I use the Naked Basics ($29) for natural, more downplayed looks, or to fill in my eyebrows.  Since I like Urban Decay's formula, I got the Urban Vices mini palette just to toss in my bag.  

makeup revolution iconic 3 redemption naked 3 dupe pink eyeshadow palette anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance

Makeup Revolution's Iconic 3 palette ($7) is a dupe of Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette ($54), which I love and hope to buy sometime.  However, this is an awesome alternative.  The shadows are pigmented and pretty good quality!  However, no shadow can hold a candle, in my opinion, to the formula of Anastasia Beverly Hills.  I recently got the Modern Renaissance palette ($42) and I've been using it every day.  The shadows are so creamy and incredibly pigmented.  I would 100% recommend this palette to anyone.

urban decay perversion mascara too faced better than sex tarte precision longwear eyeliner liner tweezerman cynthia rowley pacifica stellar gaze vegan cruelty free eye makeup
・Eyes {continued}・
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara // Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara // Tarte Precision Longwear Liner // Tweezerman x Cynthia Rowley Slant Tweezers // Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

Besides my obvious obsession with eyeshadow palettes, there's a few basic products I use to finish up my eye look.  I love Tarte's precision longwear liner ($20) to do my everyday cat eye.  I also alternate between my three favorite mascaras, Too Faced Better Than Sex ($23), Urban Decay Perversion ($22), and Pacifica Stellar Gaze ($14).  

kylie cosmetics matte liquid lipstick lip kit in kristen love bite metal matte liquid lipstick dancer nars creamy velvet pink red tarte tarteist bae lorac pro plum brown・Lips・
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kristen and Love Bite // Nars Creamy Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pink and Red // Tarte Tarteist Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bae // Kylie Cosmetics Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Dancer // Lorac Pro Liquid Lipstick in Plum Brown 

I only use liquid lipstick right now.  My favorite formula is Kylie Cosmetics- it's super silky and non-drying, but matte ($17).  I'm loving Kristen, a dusty reddish-pink {see it on me here}.

I also love LORAC's Pro Liquid Lipstick ($19) in Plum Brown {I'm wearing it in this post}.  My signature red is Tarte's Tarteist Lipstick ($20) in Bae {see it on me here}.  When I'm in the mood for a deeper berry red I'll layer on my Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte lipstick to deepen up the tone {see my full review here}.  

makeup revolution vivid baked highlighter glow peach lights
Brands That I Trust {cruelty-free}

- Tarte {clearly designates vegan products}
- Anastasia Beverly Hills {the best eyeshadow formula}
- Illamasqua {socially responsible, feminist, and all-vegan}
- Urban Decay {Naked Palettes!}
- Too Faced {the best mascara ever}
- Makeup Revolution {affordable and great quality for the price}
- Kat Von D {all-vegan and makes amazing quality products}
- LORAC Cosmetics {eyeshadow is buttery soft}
- Pacifica {all-vegan and affordable}

Hope you enjoyed this post!  It was a labor of love putting this one all together {lots of writing} but I'm so happy with how it turned out.  What are your favorite products?  Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations I missed.  


  1. Good to know that so many of these familiar and favorite brands are cruelty free!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. SO many awesome beauty goodies- I am such a fan of Jo Malone, and the body cream sounds heavenly. Also- that Better than Sex mascara is way legit!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. You did such a great job writing this post! Everything sounds amazing and I love all of the pretty palettes!


  4. It's awesome how many big brand names are cruelty free! That Modern Renaissance palette is my absolute favorite!!


  5. Amazing products! The colors are so pretty <3

    X Merel

  6. I'm a big fan of BareMinerals! So when I saw your foundation, I was like 'YES'! I also love the Naked Paulette. It has the perfect selection of nude tones. Love that these are all animal cruelty free!


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  8. This is a lovely post but the Modern Renaissance palette isn't vegan and Illamasqua cosmetics has some limited vegan options but isn't all vegan. Kat Von D isn't all vegan either.

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