As I mentioned in the opening post for this series, I have recently begun wearing make up again after going years without. In my late teens-early twenties I let my hippie flower child fun free. When I got to college, I ditched my make up grew my hair loooonnng, and didn’t look back. Wearing make up is something I’ve always wrestled with, especially with my strong feminist views, basis in theory, and general outlook. I engage a lot of issues surrounding body image both in my academic work and via my veganism and make up certainly plays a major role in that.
I have thought about wearing make up again for several months. I pondered the reasons for doing so, and did my research. I looked up colors and styles and more importantly cruelty free products that I could feel good about. I stumbled upon a couple of great resources along the way, which I’ll go ahead and credit here because they so informed my purchases. I stumbled upon Melisser Elliott’s blog, Cruelty Free Face via Twitter. Her list of vegan and cruelty free products was invaluable to me as I began to poke around the make up world. Through Melisser’s blog, I found E.L.F. my new favorite make up company. All of their cosmetics are vegan and cruelty free, but some of their body products and brushes are not.
I was immediately attracted to E.L.F.’s mineral collection as I want a very natural look achieved with few products that contain natural ingredients. I love the SPF 15 mineral foundation and the mineral concealer.
As I’m very pale, I chose the fairest tones of them all.
I’ve always loved having a concealer stick around. Even back in my make up free days, this would be the one thing I’d have rolling around my toiletry bag.
As I mentioned before, some of E.L.F.’s brushes are not vegan-friendly as they contain animal hair, but the Studio brush line is 100% vegan. You’ll want to check and see what type of brush is used with some make up sets you might encounter. If the brush is made from fur, then I choose not to buy that product and look for it with out the brush instead. I chose the Studio Angled Foundation Brush to go with my mineral powder make ups.
E.L.F.’s Geometric eyeshadow kit is so much fun to use. I really like the gemstone color palette and how easy it is to customize your eyes with all of the coordinating colors.
This came as a big surprise to me, but some of Wet ‘n Wild’s products are not animal tested! In fact, all of their mascaras are cruelty-free, and a few of their other products as well.
A quick trip to the drugstore yielded a tube of mascara and a bright new lipstick. (The Mega Last lipsticks are all vegan.)
I just had to go for the “Stop Light Red” for special occasions.
I always have a lip balm or two in my bag. My moisturizing balms usually rotate fairly regularly–I often just pick up whichever vegan one I can get my mitts on at Whole Foods. But I LOVE Crazy Rumors for lip balms. I have a tube of Orange Bergamot coming my way in the mail.
For color and shine, I’m using E.L.F.’s Conditioning Lip Balm in “natural.”
I love its funky little square container, and take it with me everywhere.
LUSH also has a little V for vegan marker on their products, and their campaign to stop animal testing makes me want to support them for sure. I’m definitely headed there for bath and body products when I need them.
Looking for more cruelty free cosmetic resources?
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of “What’s on your face?!” when I’ll share my favorite make up and skincare tips and tricks.