Looking For Something?

Showing posts with label make-up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label make-up. Show all posts

Monday, December 06, 2021

Best vegan and cruelty-free palettes for gifting 🎁

December 06, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's that time of the year again; time for Christmas gift shopping! Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be very time-consuming. When shopping for Christmas gifts, I always choose vegan and cruelty-free gifts. 

Many of you ask me about cruelty-free makeup and what it is exactly. Here's what you need to know: Vegan makeup describes makeup that hasn't been formulated with any animal products or byproducts. Cruelty-free means that the product itself hasn't been tested on animals and that any raw materials used in making it weren't tested on animals, either. A product can be both, or one but not the other. Not all vegan products are cruelty-free and not all cruelty-free products are vegan!

makeup palette

Palettes are pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to beauty gifts. They are pretty and have tons of shades. Makeup palettes vary in shapes, sizes, tones and prices. However, not all palettes are created equal, so I’ve created a list of the most giftable makeup palettes this holiday season. 

These are my top picks:

  1. Morphe x Coca-Cola Cheerfully Cherry artistry palette 18.5g • Morphe • $28
  2. Curator five-pan eyeshadow palette 5g • Hourglass • $180
  3. HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: Limited Edition LOVE FOR SALE SHADOW PALETTE 18 Shade Palette | New Innovative Formulas | Eye Makeup with Pigmented Matte Metallic Shimmer & Sheer Sparkle Finishes • $48
  4. Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Face Palette • Hourglass • $80
  5. Wanderlust Palette • Forever 21 • $17
  6. Mineralist eyeshadow palette 7.8g • bareMinerals • $32.50
  7. Lil Extra artistry palette 11.1g • Morphe • $14
  8. Pacifica Beauty Stellar Gaze Eye Shadow Palette 28 Eyeshadow Shades Mineral Eyeshadow Matte Shimmer and Glitter Mica Shades Vitamin E Made from 100% Recyclable Paper Vegan and Cruelty-Free • Pacifica • $24
  9. e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette - Sunset 10 Ultra-Pigmented Matte & Shimmer Shades 0.42 Oz (12g) • Elf • $6.30
  10. Morphe x Ashley Strong Strong Affirmation Magic Artistry eyeshadow palette 18g • Morphe • $23
  11. Pacifica Beauty • Pacifica • $13.99
  12. Mellow Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad • $28
  13. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Rich Eyeshadow Palette - Rich • Barry M • $12.99
  14. Sunkissed Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette • $7.99
  15. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Subtle Eyeshadow Palette - Subtle • Barry M • $12.99
  16. Sunkissed Sweet Sunrise Ultimate Face Palette • $7.99
  17. Honest Beauty Liquid Eyeliner Vegan Smudge Flake Transfer Proof Carbon Free Silicone Free Cruelty-Free Ophthalmologist Tested with Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette with 10 Pigment-Rich Shades • Honest Beauty • $29.98
  18. Mystic Haze Mini PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $15
  19. Fairytale Forest PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $35
  20. Mineralist Eyeshadow Palette • bareMinerals • $32
  21. ROEN Gold Lust 4 Palette • Roen • $46

All twenty-one (21) palettes are vegan and cruelty-free! Which palette is your favourite? Let me know in the comment section below!

PETA cruelty-free and vegan logo
Happy gift shopping!

Friday, November 05, 2021

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

November 05, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry is finally waking up, with more consumers demanding cleaner, sustainably packaged beauty products. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle just yet, it’s easy to tweak your skin, hair, and makeup routines to benefit the planet. Luckily, many beauty brands are rising to the challenge with waste-free packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. 

Here are a few simple ways to make your routine greener and cleaner.

  1. Cut down on plastic.
  2. Buy products with eco-friendly packaging.
  3. Go package free.
  4. Choose recyclable packaging.
  5. Choose refillable packaging.
  6. Recycle or re-use your product containers.
  7. Use eco-friendly ingredients.
  8. Avoid microplastics.
  9. Do not use single-use products.
  10. Reduce your water usage.
  11. Shop from brands that give back to the planet.

bathroom sink

Concrete examples:

  • Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use natural toothpaste or toothpowder.
  • Use mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash.
  • Switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor.
  • Switch to soap bars
  • Use shampoo bars and conditioners.
  • Use facial cleansing bars.
  • Invest in some reusable makeup remover pads and washcloths. 
  • Use plastic-free cotton buds.
  • Do not leave the water running.

soap bar

Take care of our planet with these simple tips!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Last-minute Halloween costume | Rosie The Riveter

October 29, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's almost Halloween! Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Don’t want to spend money on a new store-bought one or take a lot of time to do it yourself? Perfect! Here's a quick and easy Rosie the Riveter costume. 

Rosie The Riveter poster

Rosie the Riveter was an allegorical cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war.

Ready to do your own version of Rosie the Riveter costume? This iconic character is really easy to pull off and looks great. You’ll need:

  • Polka dotted headband
  • Blue collared shirt (or overall)
  • Red socks
  • Black shoes
  • Cardstock paper 

Rosie's costume:

Tie the headband around your head and style your hair accordingly. Usually, the character is shown with blue overalls, but if you don't own overalls, a blue shirt and blue jeans will work just fine. Put on a pair of red socks and black shoes. 

Rosie The Riveter full body

I made Rosie's speech bubble and name badge so you can save them and make your Rosie the Riveter DIY Halloween costume legit! So go ahead and save them!

We Can Do It! speech bubble

Rosie name tag

You can then print them onto cardstock paper then, simply cut out the speech bubble and the name badge. Stick the speech bubble onto a stick or straw and carry it around. Use a pin back or velcro to stick Rosie's name badge to your clothes to make sure everyone knows who you are!

Rosie's makeup:

  • Eyebrows: Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows. Rosie is known for her bold but thin brows.
  • Eyes: Use any neutral eyeshadow palette. Then, do Rosie’s signature winged eyeliner.
  • Cheeks: Apply some blush.
  • Lips: Apply your favourite red lipstick.

If you’d like some other ideas, make sure to check out my other Halloween costume ideas:

If you decide to dress up as Rosie The Riveter and print the badge and speech bubble I created, let me know in the comment section below! 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Halloween makeup ideas for kids and adults

October 15, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Halloween is almost here so in today's post, I want to show you some spooky makeup ideas for the whole family. 

I chose five (5) classic Halloween characters that are always fun to dress up as. These makeup looks can be worn by both adults and children. Halloween is one of the best holidays for kids as they get a chance to dress up and trick or treat. A little face paint will complete their costume!

No matter whether you are a makeup expert or a beginner, these ideas are simple and easy to apply.

The Wicked Witch Of The West

A fictional character who appears in the classic children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 

  1. Use green face paint to cover your face.
  2. Make sure all exposed areas of the skin, neck area and ears are painted green. Paint the fingers and hands with the green makeup, if desired.
  3. Using the black colour, add details to the face. Create a high-arched, witch eyebrow over each eye. 
  4. Line the eyes for emphasis. 
  5. Apply the black to the lips for a dramatic effect.

The Wicked Witch Of The West


If you are looking for easy Halloween makeup, then you can opt for zombie makeup. This makeup does not take much time.

  1. Take a sponge or soft makeup brush and cover the entire face using white face paint. Let this colour dry completely.
  2. Then, you can use grey colour for a decaying effect, while red/purple will be used to get a bruised effect, whereas yellow and green will be used for a gangrenous effect.
  3. To get some dark circles, take dark pencil eyeliner and make sure to blend the edges of the eyes using red/purple eyeshadow.
  4. Take a black powder or paint and blend it on the cheeks to get a hollow and sunken effect.
  5. Take dark lipstick and apply it to the lips. Also, make sure to get some bloody-looking scratches with the help of a sponge.

zombie costumes


A simple and popular Halloween makeup idea. If you don’t have much time, just wear a brown, black, or white dress and draw on little whiskers to complete the DIY kitten look.

  1. You can start with pink (or black) paint on the nose and draw a soft upside-down triangle shape nose.
  2. Then, draw lines on the cheeks for whiskers.
  3. Get a cat ears headband; this will give a super cute cat look for Halloween night.

little girl with cat face painting

little girl with cat face painting


It is a shapeshifting monster that usually takes the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. 

  1. Use a skin safe glue stick to block out your eyebrows and allow the glue to dry.
  2. Pat on white paint to your neck, face, and ears. 
  3. Brush on black eyeshadow to your eyelids and lower lash line. 
  4. Contour your jaw, mouth, temples, and chin with grey or black eyeshadow. 
  5. Draw on the eyebrows, then add creases between them. 
  6. Enhance your eyes with black eyeliner. 
  7. Paint your nostrils and the tip of your nose dark red. 
  8. Apply the same dark red colour to your upper and lower lip.
  9. Use an angled lipstick brush to apply the red face lines. 

boy wearing a Pennywise costume

Jack Skellington (or skeleton)

A fictional character and the main protagonist of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town.

  1. Use a skin safe glue stick to block out your eyebrows and allow the glue to dry. 
  2. Use white face paint to cover your face.
  3. Just under your brow, draw a line diagonally toward your natural arch with black makeup.
  4. Curve up and around the brow bone then, down and around the eye.
  5. Fill in the eye area with black.
  6. Pull a thin black line outward from each corner of your mouth.
  7. Using small flicks of the brush, add Jack’s signature mouth lines.
  8. Fill in the lips with black and blend out the edges into the lines around the mouth.

man in Jack Skellington costume

girl with skeleton makeup

Now, it’s time to show up your creativity and pick the best Halloween costume and makeup.

What's your favourite costume idea out of these five classics? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

FOTD: Do you wear makeup under your face masks?

August 16, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, I haven't been wearing makeup; in fact, the last time I can remember putting on makeup was months ago!  I was never the type of person to wear makeup every day but since I've been staying home most of the time and I'm not attending any social events, I found myself missing wearing makeup and feeling more put together.  Whenever I need to go out I'm wearing a face mask and sunglasses or a face shield (aka visor) anyway.  Dermatologists advise that we skip wearing makeup under our face masks.  Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog pores and lead to breakouts.  If makeup is necessary, use only products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free”.  I have acne-prone skin so for me that means face mask + makeup = breakouts - No thanks!

So yesterday I decided to put on some makeup and take some photos for upcoming blog posts.  If you look closely you can spot this makeup in my previous post and in my next one!  I'm wearing a bb cream because it's way too hot to wear foundation (38°C/100.40°F), grey and gold eyeshadow, a translucent powder, bronzer, concealer (as a highlighter), black mascara and eyeliner, tinted brow mascara and matte liquid lipstick.

Do you wear makeup under your face masks?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to remove Halloween make-up

October 31, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
Dressing-up as someone, or something, for Halloween can be a lot of fun.  An elaborate costume can require a lot of make-up.  But once the fun is over, how do you take it off?

Every product has different ingredients, so the way you remove it will differ.  Water-based products are much easier to get off than oil-based ones.  But first, always read the label.

Here are some general guidelines on how to remove costume make-up and face paints.

Use soap and water
Before you try using any make-up removers, wash your face with soap and see if that does the job.

Use a make-up remover
Use your regular make-up remover, it will work on most types of Halloween make-up.

Use an oil (coconut, jojoba, etc)
Oil adheres to oil, so it's one of the easiest ways to take off face paint.

Use baby wipes
If you don't have any make-up removing wipes, baby wipes will work just as well.

Use a lotion
A little lotion on a cotton ball is great for removing make-up without drying out your skin.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

October 29, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone - it's almost Halloween!
In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away.  Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November simultaneously with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.  The festivities start at midnight on the 31st of October.  
Calavera (aka sugar skull)

Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased.

Calavera (aka sugar skull)

Calavera (aka sugar skull)

If you want the perfect mixture of spooky and sweet, this year you could try the calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up!  Check out the infographics below for an easy step-by-step tutorial.

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

Calavera (aka sugar skull) make-up

  • Hope you have a spooky time on Halloween.  But don’t get too scared though.