So a few months ago I made the decision to start buying cruelty free makeup, I just don’t see the point in using makeup tested on animals when there is plenty of makeup out there that is animal friendly and just as good. I still have quite a bit of makeup left over that is non-cf because I don’t see the point in throwing it away, I don’t like the thought of that animals pain being for nothing because I’ve just thrown away the product so I’m currently using up and replacing my products. I have however, replaced enough of my makeup that I can very nearly do a full face of cf makeup (wahoooo!)
On the base of my face I use three things, all of them from GOSH. I love GOSH as a brand, I think its the perfect balance of high quality yet affordable. I start off by putting a small pea sized amount of their CC cream on my hand, using a real techniques expert face brush, then I go ahead and powder my face with the mineral powder in ivory 002 using an eco tools powder brush. (Quick note, I think this, when paired with the bb cream, is a perfect dupe for the Loreal true match mineral foundation). Finally, I finish off with velvet touch primer and setting powder for a matte finish.
When it comes to eyebrows, I recently switched to Freedom’s Eyebrow Pomade in Blonde, It’s a wonderful constancy, slides onto the eyebrows really easily. It’s a perfect match for me, looks a lot lighter than it comes out though, but I naturally pick a lighter shade when it comes to eyebrows because I find they always come out darker. Eyeshadows however, I have no shortage of. I am absolutely in love with Makeup Revolutions eyeshadow palettes, they do so many dupes of much more expensive brands and the colours are so pigmented and ahhh I love them. My everyday eyeshadow usually consists of the Iconic Pro 1 palette, so many nice colours. When it comes to eyeliner, I currently use one from The Body Shop (I am aware of the parent company), but I would like to try Kat Von D’s tattoo liner when I can afford it. Mascara, I use a mixture of one by Sleek and one by Soap and Glory. If I’m after subtle lashes I’ll only use the Sleek one but if I’m going all out, combining the two gives me wonderful long and full lashes.
My contour and highlight and both by Sleek, the palette contains a contour, blush and highlight but I find the blush is not as pigmented as I would have liked. The contour and highlight however are wonderful and suit my skin tone perfectly. I use an angled fluffy brush by i On Beauty for my contour and blush, and usually just my finger to apply my highlight. My blush is also by GOSH, its a beautiful and buildable peachy pink and perfect for a pale complexion.
For lips, I often only use a lip liner, its a cheap easy way to achieve that matte look without forking out for a decent matte liquid lipstick. Again, all my lipliners are from GOSH, they are creamy, apply well and have lovely pigment. They also stay most of the day, unlike many highstreet liquid lipsticks which often come off after your first coffee. I do also have a couple of Ciate lipsticks (which you can get at TK Maxx for cheaper) which I think go perfect on top of a lipliner to give a more creamy texture.
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