Going cruelty-free: Beauty with a conscience.

Happy 2017, friends!

Over the last year, I’ve been slowly integrating cruelty free and in many cases, more natural products into my beauty and skincare routines. Beyond a moral discrepancy, really getting into ingredients and long term potential effects became a concern for me. While I enjoy expanding on my artistry skills on occasion, for the most part I’m finding myself adopting the ‘less is more’ concept and opting for a simple routine of skincare followed by a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, a little mascara, and an easy tinted lip balm. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I talked about Dickinson’s toner in a guest entry I’d written for FabulouslyFrugalGal some time ago, but I wasn’t aware then of their hydrating toner. Not only does it purify pores, but it hydrates the skin with hyaluronic acid. It won SELF Magazine’s best of 2016 award, and it’s really an incredible product that will set you back a whole $6 (or less!) This makes my skin feel clean, soft, and prepped nicely for serum and moisturizer.

I’ve raved about La Roche Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur, but in my quest for cruelty free, I came across Physicians Formula OrganicWear tinted moisturizer and I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it is, one, and two, the quality of the product. I only wish it had a broader shade range to accommodate more skin tones, though I did find a shade that is perfect for me. It’s probably one of the purest cosmetic products I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely love how it makes my skin look and feel. This was one of the easiest transitions I’ve ever made. 

Cruelty free products pictured; Dickinson’s Hydrating Toner, Osea Atmosphere Protection cream, Physicians Formula OrganicWear tinted moisturizer, Burt’s Bees lipstick in Sunset Cruise, Urban Decay Naked Basics with Sephora PRO Blending Brush #27, Wet n’Wild Bronzer in Trip to Brazil with e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush

On days where I want to contour a little, or simply feel pale (don’t you get those days, too?!) I like to use a bronzer from Wet n’ Wild. This brand is really growing on me. Not only because of it being cruelty free, but their products are pretty rockin’ and cheap. I bought the featured compact (shade: Trip to Brazil) back in September, and I’ve yet to hit pan despite using it nearly every day. It’s not orangey or glittery (because Dorito face ain’t sexy) and it’s perfectly pigmented making it easy to use and blend for a natural look.
I didn’t expect this transition to go as smoothly as it has, but it’s amazing how much the beauty and skincare market has really stepped up to integrate not only more affordable cruelty free brands, but more natural products that are good quality and high performing.

Today’s look using the above featured products

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite cruelty free products! Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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