current makeup routine

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
cruelty free makeup

Happy Wednesday lovies!
Hope you are all having a good week...mine seems to be dragging at a snail's pace, but after today we are over the hump, right?!

I wanted to pop on and share some of the new cruelty free makeup items I have picked up over the past month. Some I love, some I won't be repurchasing. For my breakdown and review on each of them, keep reading!


// NARS Creamy Concealer - Vanilla
I do actually love this concealer... I can see what all the hype is about. It is a great consistency and super easy to blend (I use a damp Real Techniques sponge). The only thing I dislike is that NARS parent-company is not cruelty free. So, although I love this, I will be looking for a replacement. Any suggestions? What concealers do you love?

// Too Faced Pressed Powder 
I really like this powder to set my makeup. It is translucent and doesn't leave any weird white residue or sheen behind. I don't love that it's $30 and I seem to be going through it rather quickly, but I think the quality is worth it, so I will be repurchasing!

// NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - Deauville
I'm on the fence with this one. It is okay...looks pretty nice and does the job, but there is just something missing for me? It's not quite perfect, and for over $40, a foundation needs to be PERFECT. I think I'll be trying something else when this starts to run out.

// Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray
I grabbed a travel sized version of this in the checkout line of Sephora, and I'm glad I did! It is really nice and refreshing to spritz on after finishing my makeup application each morning. Not sure if it actually does what it claims, but the cool mist and bit of dewy glow it gives is worth it!

// Too Faced Hangover Primer
I'm really loving this feels really moisturizing and makes my foundation application feel much better and less "cakey". I have dry skin and when the weather gets cooler and people start pumping heat into buildings (I try my hardest not to do it at home) skin feels so awful. This primer is going to be so helpful this winter!

// Pacifica Dream Big Mascara
This is such a cool product! You twist the cap and it adjusts the mascara wand - long to add length to your lashes, then compacted to add volume. I really like the formula and I've found it pairs really well with my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. It is also great for touch ups during the day. My only complaint... on its own it is just not quite black enough. I really like my mascara to be jet black, and this it just a bit light to me. It will be great for those "no makeup"/natural face days though! 

// e.l.f. Baked Eye Shadow Trio
Color me surprised! This was a last minute grab at Target one day because I realized I was running low on highlight eye shadow at home. I thought the light shade in this trio looked nice, so I chucked it into my shopping cart. And boy, am I glad I did! This little $4 product is really nice! I've been using the light shade everyday on my inner corner and brow bone, and have even used the gold and brown a couple days too. 

What makeup items are you ladies using and loving right now?? xx


  1. I love the sheer glow foundation too! For me I think it doesn't last as long / stay as fresh as I would like (especially compared to the smashbox foundation that is my HG), but the NARS is nice when I don't need a full day of makeup. I've heard so many good things about that foundation primer but have never tried it.

  2. I love that eyeshadow pallet! I'm in need of a new BB cream and a new concealer! Lately I haven't been wearing much makeup and I couldn't tell you the last time I went shopping for anything new so I don't have anything fun to share! Lol

  3. oh that sucks about NARS parent company. i use a maybelline concealer, and a nyx one for when i need something more hardcore. i don't know if they are cruelty free though :( i haven't tried that elf trio but it looks amazing. i'll snag it next time i go to target.


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