cruelty free, cruelty free on a budget How to go Cruelty Free on a Budget | Pt. 3 January 29, 2016


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

So now that we’ve covered skincare & foundations, I guess we should move onto eyeshadows and eyeliners. Surprisingly, there are good brands at the drug store that are cruelty free. I love Milani, e.l.f. and Wet N Wild. Here’s a post that combines cruelty free drugstore eyeshadows and eyeliners with an online store.


I’ve mentioned e.l.f. a lot lately which is a good thing I guess, since they’re so affordable and available at CVS and Target. (Maybe Walmart too, but don’t quote me on that!) Pictured above is Flawless Eyeshadow quad in Beautiful Browns. Guess how much it costs? $2. Two freaking dollars. You get four shades for two dollars! They also sell single eyeshadows and larger eyeshadow palettes. I have the Endless Eyes Pro Mini Palette in Natural. It has matte shadows, satin shadows and foil shadows. You get a lot of variety for the small amount that you pay for it. It’s originally $10 but is on sale for $7. It’s a great palette if you’re starting out with your makeup collection and want lots of different colors. I love palettes cause everything is right there and you don’t have to keep opening and closing different drawers looking for your favorite shadow, if you get what I’m saying.


Eyeshadow :I was unaware that Milani was cruelty free since their packaging doesn’t have the bunny on it, but they are listed on Logical Harmony’s cruelty free & vegan list. I love this list and have it favorited on my phone for a quick list to look at. I bought Milani’s brow pomade and I love it. It came with a dual ended brush and the pot of the product. I have tried their nail polishes before and didn’t like them, but I have heard endless good things about their other beauty products. They came out with new eyeshadow palettes ($9.99) that have been reviewed by Tati and other YouTubers, they say that they’re creamy and smooth, not too powdery and easy to blend. Pictured above is their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.99, the one in the gold packaging) in the shade Bella Cafe. They have matte shadows, satins and foiled/shimmery shadows, so I’m sure you can find a few that you’ll like.

Eyeliner: Pictured above is their Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eyeliner that mimics the look of one of NYXs liquid eyeliners. I want to try this eyeliner out because I feel like you’d have more control with it rather than a felt tip stick eyeliner (I have a difficult time applying eyeliner with these). They also have other felt tip liners, stick liners and foil liners.


I love bhCosmetics. Their prices are right and they have surprisingly good quality for the prices. I have purchased their Modern Mattes palette and recently purchased the Carli Bybel palette from them (which is pictured above). I absolutely love both of these palettes and Carli’s palette is definitely my new favorite. There’s mattes, there’s shimmers and there are foils. It also comes with highlighters (some too dark for my skin but I may use them as eyeshadow!) It’s a beautiful palette and its only $12.50, which is a complete steal. I’m also pretty sure this palette is limited edition so get yours before it’s too late (brb, buying 20 more). I wish they sold indiviual shadows, especially the ones in Carli’s palette but do not offer that at the moment. Maybe in the future! They are great and I totally recommend them if you want to try a new palette that won’t cost you a fortune. They also have foundations, mascaras, lipsticks – you name it.


Eyeshadow: I LOVE ColourPop. Their products are great, the prices are even greater, but their quality is the greatest (see what I did there?) I have purchased lippie stix from ColourPop recently and absolutely loved them, I keep meaning to make a new purchase of their liquid lipsticks but haven’t yet. Pictured above is the shade Cornelious which is a gorgeous matte shade, made by the one & only Kathleen Lights. The eyeshadows are $5 but you get 1oz of product and I’ve heard their shadows are amazing – so it’s something you shouldn’t pass up! They have tons of color options as well as finish options. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with them.

Eyeliner: ColourPop has tons of gel eyeliners in all different colors. You can get a stick eyeliner, like this one pictured above, or you can buy the gel in the pot. The stick eyeliners are $5 and the gel pots are $6. Again, lots of different colors and finishes so you really can’t go wrong. ColourPop’s products are amazing!

Lastly, but definitely not least…

Wet N Wild

I’ve mentioned them in this series a couple of times. They’re affordable and have decent enough quality. I enjoy their products (mentioned in previous posts) and the selection that they have. Pictured above is the Walking On Eggshells ($2.99) Color Icon trio. I have this eyeshadow trio and I love it. The colors go great together and it’s perfect if you want a little bit of glam to your look. They also sell single eyeshadows, quads & small palettes. I think they’re worth the price and it’s even better if you catch a sale at CVS or use a coupon. They have tons of products and colors, so stop by their display next time you’re at your local drugstore.


Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the series. Check out Part 1 (Skincare) & Part 2 (Foundation) by clicking those links.

Let me know below what you think of this series and if you’ve tried any of these products before, I’d love to hear from you 🙂




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