cruelty free, cruelty free on a budget How to go Cruelty Free on a Budget | Pt. 2 January 27, 2016


PT. 1 (Skincare)| PT. 2 (You are here)| PT. 3 (Eyeshadow & Liners) | PT. 4 (Mascara & Liners)

Hey guys! Today’s post is the second installment in my series of how to go cruelty free on a budget. After you’ve taken care of your skin, you can start on your face of makeup, here are just some of inexpensive cruelty free foundations.

Silk Naturals

Silk Naturals is a 100% cruelty free online store and some of their products are vegan. They are mainly known for their Bare Necessities eyeshadows that are dupes for Urban Decays Naked palettes. The eyeshadows are a little pricey, but I’ve heard they’re totally worth it. Silk Naturals offers sample colors for their foundations so you can make sure that you’re getting a perfect match, you do have to pay for them, but they are about a dollar each and would be worth it since you wouldn’t have to worry about buying the wrong color! They have cream foundations and powders (which I’m assuming are sort of like bareminerals?) I personally have never used their products but have been wanting to get my hands on their cream foundation, especially if I know I’ll have the perfect shade for me. They also offer concealers, blushes, lippies, haircare and shadow pressing kits (since most of them come in pigment-like form).


Like I mentioned in the last post, e.l.f. has a LOT of great stuff for great prices. They have foundations, eyeshadows, blushes, contouring kits, brushes & more. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for all of your makeup needs, especially if you’re on a budget. I haven’t used any of e.l.f.s foundations since their color range is limited but I’m sure they live up to the standard that I usually hold e.l.f.s products to.

Wet N Wild

Wet N Wild is an extremely affordable makeup brand, it’s usually sold at most drugstores. If you’re a beauty guru watcher like I am, you’ve probably noticed the “New at the Drugstore” hauls, I’ve been watching so many of them. I’ve noticed a lot of YouTubers featured Wet N Wild in their hauls, they were loving the blushes, highlight kits and their new brushes. I personally love their eyeshadow trios, I have “Walking on Eggshells” and use it when I want a nice shimmery eye look. I also love their lipsticks. I haven’t used any of their foundations (again, limited color options) but I hope that you can find one in your shade if you’re interested in trying them out!


Drew Barrymore teamed up with Walmart to create her own beauty line that is cruelty free. None of the products are vegan, but they are all cruelty free. This line is only available at select Walmarts and online. They have brushes, eyeshadows, blushes, mascaras, and foundations (in liquid, stick & powder form). I have the About Face Foundation in shade LF1 and I like the way it feels on the skin, not too sticky and not too cakey (I applied it with a brush – hoping a beauty sponge would apply it better). Although I bought the lightest shade, it was still a *tad* too dark for me and very yellow undertoned, I’m thinking about getting the Manic Panic white foundation to mix with it so I can get the right shade. It provides a nice amount of coverage for a drug store foundation, it’s a little bit pricer (about $14) but it’s worth it. I believe they have 14 shades, so you’re bound to find something close enough to your skin tone. I’m excited to try out some of Flower’s other products in the near future. 🙂

Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula is another drugstore foundation (pretty much all of these are, except Silk Naturals). Physicians Formula provides hypoallergenic, paraben free & gluten free products. I’ve used Physicians Formula mascaras and eyeshadows before but none of their foundations since they really only offer them in three shades (I’m seeing a pattern here?). They have BB creams, liquid foundations and powder foundations. They also have lots of other products offered too and makeup removers. They’re affordable and can be found at your local CVS or Walgreens, awesome right?

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re enjoying this little series so far!

Let me know if you’re enjoying it and if you’ve used and of these products before, I’d love to hear all about them.

P.S. Take a look at the last post in this series, here!



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cruelty free, cruelty free on a budget How to go Cruelty Free on a Budget | Pt. 1 January 24, 2016

skincarePT. 1 (You are here)| PT. 2 (Foundation)| PT. 3 (Eyeshadow & Liners) | PT. 4 (Mascara & Liners)

If you didn’t already know, I have recently gone cruelty free with all of my beauty products as one of my New Year’s resolutions. It’s a small change that will have an impact, if you want to find out why I decided to go cruelty free check out this post here.

Going cruelty free with your beauty products is pretty easy and can be inexpensive; you just need to do your research. That’s why I decided to do this 6 part “Going Cruelty Free on A Budget” post series so I can let you all know about what kind of brands you should be looking at for different types of products that won’t make you feel guilty after purchasing 🙂


Skincare is one of the most important things (it’s the largest organ on our body!) and that’s why I decided to discuss skincare first. This post will talk about different brands that have moisturizers; serums and cleansers that are all cruelty free and won’t break the bank!

Alba Botanica

I love Alba Botanica. They are a company that produces 100% vegetarian products without any parabens, sulfates or phthalates which are harmful to your skin. They are inexpensive and can be found at CVS, Target, Walgreens & Walmart, etc. You can also purchase their products from Amazon or iHerb. They have moisturizers, toners, body lotions, sunscreen, acne treatments, cleansers, shampoos and conditioners. I personally love the Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer, it smells so good and feels great on the skin. I totally recommend Alba if you’re looking for a new cruelty free skincare product!

e.l.f. cosmetics

e.l.f. is probably one of the most affordable companies I’ve come across. Don’t let the word “affordable” fool you. Their products are GREAT and vegan. (See, I told you, you can go cruelty free on a budget!) e.l.f. recently came out with a new skincare line with different masks, cleansers and moisturizers. I would love to try their hydrating bubble mask, it just sounds so fun. I’ve used many many many e.l.f. products before and have never been disappointed, so I would totally pick up some of their products to try, you won’t regret it.


If you haven’t heard of Lush before, you must be living under a rock. Lush is specially known for their fresh handmade products, most of which are vegan. (They’re the ones who make those beautiful bathbombs!) Lush has TONS of skincare products as well as hair care and makeup. They pretty much have it all and they are affordable. I have personally never used any of their skincare products (like for my face) but I’ve used their foot scrub and a bubbleroon, I loved them. You can also go to a Lush store and get samples of products, that way you don’t have to pay full price for something you may not even like. (Why can’t all companies be like this? Please?)


Pacifica is a brand that offers 100% vegan products at an affordable price. You can purchase their products at Target or online. They have makeup, skincare and fragrances. I’ve used some of their cosmetics before but nothing from their skincare section, but this kale detox face wash is calling my name…brb.

These are just a few of companies that have cruelty free skin care products, there are obviously a lot more but I wanted to keep this list budget friendly. Some others are yes to carrots (I personally didn’t like this brand, but you may want to look into it), NYX (parent company is not cruelty free), Leeanni Eco and the list goes on.


Hope you enjoyed the post and find something that will work for you!

Thanks for reading. <3

xoxo, Rae


cruelty free, makeup, wishlist January Beauty Wishlist January 20, 2016

januarywishI love things. I don’t know why, but I just love having things. Is anyone else this way? Please tell me I’m not alone…anyways, I thought I would share with you all some of the things on my wish list for this month, incase you’re looking for something new to try out.

First off, we have the Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques. I’m a college kid, so I obviously cannot afford a beauty blender which is why this dupe is something I’m dying to get my hands on. I used to have a cheap knock-off of the beauty blender and loved the way it applied my foundation and since I’m trying out Flower’s liquid foundation, I feel like I should invest in this for a more dewy and airbrushed finish to my foundation.

I’m all about the brows…and mine are terrible. Being a natural blonde sucks (sometimes, especially in the brow department). My brows are so light that I need to put something on them to make them look good. I am still loving my Milani brow dip, but I want to try NYX’s Tinted Brow Mascara and their Micro Brow Pencil (which I’ve heard is a dupe for Anastasia’s Brow Wiz!) My brows are also very uneven for two reasons. I messed them up, and it’s just my face. One of my brows is just higher than the other and it’s something I’m actually kind of insecure about, so I may get a brow lift someday. Not kidding.

Pacifica has the prettiest makeup and I can’t wait to try some of their eyeshadows, and they are cruelty free. Enlighten is an eye brightening eyeshadow quad that I think would compliment blue eyes amazingly. The colors look gorgeous and ugh, I need this palette.

I love to pamper myself, especially my face. I give my face lots of special attention especially because it is sensitive. This Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mask from Pür unclogs pores, cleanses and exfoliates. This is like everything in one product, so it’s a must, right? (At least that’s what I’m telling myself).

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m ADDICTED to lippies. Everything lippies. I love lippies. Frickin’ love them. I had a great first impression of ColourPop’s lippie stix, so I have been dying to get my hands on their ultra matte liquid lipstick, especially in the shade Trap. This is a gorgeous gre-iege (as people like to say). I’m trying to find new colors that I wouldn’t normally wear and so far so good, I love them all!

I love a good powder and I also love an affordable one, so that’s why you can’t go wrong with anything from Wet N Wild (except their liquid eye makeup remover…stay far away from it). I want this powder to set my foundation since I threw out my Stay Matte by Rimmel powder since I’m only trying to use and promote cruelty free products. I’ve heard good things about this Wet N Wild powder so I want to snatch it up ASAP!

Curling my lashes is a must and my current eye lash curler is just not cutting it for me anymore (thanks for being with me though for like the past 3 years, you’re the real MVP). I just need to try something new, you know? This one from elf is affordable and sleek looking. I can’t wait to have it!

I’ve really been getting into doing more eye makeup looks and I’m lacking in the eye brush department (actually, I’m really not, but who doesn’t need more brushes? See I’m telling you, I love things!) I LOVE my Real Techniques Core Collection brushes, so with having such a great experience with those, I need this starter set from Real Techniques…it’s such a pretty purple, I need it.

Well that’s all for today! Thank you for reading.

Let me know down in the comments what items are on your wishlist! 🙂