15 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands You Should Check Out

15 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands You Should Check Out

Finding quality cruelty-free makeup is way easier than you may think.


After finding out that MAC, one of my favorite cosmetics brands, was not cruelty-free, I was inspired to start only using makeup that was cruelty-free. The transition to cruelty-free products was actually way easier than expected as many of the brands I used were already vegan. If you can about animal testing, here are some brands you should check out.

1. Tarte Cosmetics

Not only is their makeup cruelty-free, but they also offer a line of vegan products. (products that are not only cruelty free, but also do not contain animal bi-products, such as beeswax). Tarte makes one of my absolute favorite highlighters and I like both their bronzers and lip stains as well.

2. Urban Decay

While I didn't realize it until recently, I'm actually a big Urban Decay fan. I love not only their setting spray and Naked palettes, but also their foundation which feels light yet still has good coverage. Their products are cruelty-free and they also offer a vegan line. However, they are looking to make many of their products vegan as long as the quality remains the same.

3. Colourpop

I appreciate the fact that Colourpop makes products that are not only cruelty-free but are available in such a wide variety of colors and at decent prices. I got one of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks this summer and the color is fantastic.

4. Milk Makeup

All of Milk's products are both vegan and cruelty-free. I've only tried their highlighter (I'm a big fan), however I've heard really good things about their foundation and skin care products as well/

5. Butter London

I've tried a few of Butter London's nail polishes and they have all been super smooth. While all their products are cruelty-free, they also offer vegan and gluten free products. Their polishes are also "8-free" meaning that they do not contain Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP.

6. Bellapierre Cosmetics

Bellapierre makes my absolute favorite mascara and they also make really nice blushes as well. All their products are cruelty-free and made with safe ingredients and they also have a vegan section.

7. Too Faced Cosmetics

While I've never tried their products personally I've hear really good things about Too Faced's Peach Palette and primer. All their products are cruelty-free and they offer both vegan and paraben free lines.

8. Smashbox

Smashbox offers their cruelty-free products in a very wide range of colors. They offer 40 different shades of foundation and 120 shades of lipstick. I personally like their lipsticks and I've heard really good things about their eyeshadows as well.

9. Pacifica

Pacifia is a great place to look for makeup that is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. Their products also don't contain sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, phthalates, propylene glycol, triclosan, and other undesirable substances. I wold recommend Pacifica if you're looking for fun earthy tones with a little color at a reasonable price. I got a mini version of one of their palettes and it came in fun, light natural purples and complementary browns.

10. Ofra

Ofra is both vegan and makes a wide array of eyeshadows. They also have gorgeous highlighters and a liquid lipstick I;m eager to try.

11. Jouer Cosmetics

Jouer's products are all cruelty-free, but they also have paraben free products and are currently moving in a paraben free direction with future products and reformulations. I would recommend their lip glosses because they are pretty pigmented and smooth.

12. Fenty

Rihanna not only comes out with a beauty line that is inclusive of women with all skin tones but she makes its cruelty-free and paraben-free as well. Most of Fenty's products are vegan, however not all of them are. I haven't tried any of her products but I heard fantastic things about her foundation and match stix.

13. Ciaté London

I've been really impressed with Ciate London's products. I was impressed with how long their eyeliner and bronzer stayed on. They also offer a vegan line.

14. NYX

NYX is a cheap makeup addict's dream. They products are very reasonably priced and both their soft matte lip cream and whipped Fouetté are fantastic. I've also heard really good things about their foundation and eyeliner.

15. Becca Cosmetics

The only products from Becca Cosmetics I have tried are their highlighters and bronzer, which have both been great, however I've also heard good things about their foundation and blushes.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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11 Skin Care Tips If You've Never Even Touched A Cleanser

Good skin doesn't have to cost a fortune.


Skin care should be simple. We wash our skin every day when we wash our hands and shower, but this is still not enough, especially for skin prone to acne or dryness. So, what is a cash-strapped college student supposed to do? Here are 11 tips for taking care of your skin that won't break the bank.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is the first step to getting healthy skin. Just like the rest of your body, your skin suffers if you don't drink enough water can look dull and lifeless. Just by making sure you're getting your daily dose of water, you're doing your skin a huge favor. Not to mention, if your skin is dehydrated, it won't benefit from skin products the same way as it would if you were drinking enough water.

2. Catch Some Z's

Again, like with water, if you aren't getting enough sleep, it can cause your skin to look tired, too. Just by getting a full eight hours of sleep (consistently), you can guarantee that you will see an improvement in the look of your skin.

3. Rinse

Before taking a foray into the world of cleansers and any skin care product, just rinsing your face before you go to bed can clean off surface dirt and help keep your skin cleaner. It's easy to add into your before bed routine and while it certainly isn't a cure for acne or any other skin condition, rinsing your face before bed can be easy to set up a routine and to warm up to more intense skin care regiments.

4. Moisturize 

Once you've gotten warmed up, the most basic step is to get a cheap moisturizer. Moisturizers range from affordable to designer, but to start off, you're probably best just going to Target and picking up a cheap one. Follow the directions on the package for the most part, however, I have noticed that if you have naturally oily skin, it might be best to start off moisturizing every other day, or once a day. But, you will soon find a regimen that works for you.

5. Remove Your Makeup

This might seem disgustingly simple, but growing up, I didn't realize you had to remove your makeup. I either automatically did it by showering or would just let it wear off until the next morning. Obviously, this is terrible for your skin and can cause acne, as well as make acne worse. One of the easiest ways is simply to shower, or, you can buy makeup removal wipes, cleansers, etc. But, I think showering or wipes are usually the cheapest and easiest ways to go.

6. Use Toner

For those of us that suffered from teenage acne, many of you may have already used toner or another astringent. For people with oily skin or those with acne, toner can help dry up the skin in those areas and kill off the blackheads. Careful though, if you already have dry skin, you might be best to not use toner altogether or to use extremely sparingly. Even for those with oily skin, toner should be used only in problem areas and not spread across your whole face like a mask or other products.

7. Face Masks

Speaking of masks, it seems like face masks have become the one way we treat our skin. While face masks are beneficial and a great way to treat yourself (don't stop on that front!), they can't be your only foray into skin care. However, masks can help with various problems, so working a mask in once or twice a week is certainly going to help you get the skin you want.

8. Sunscreen

Even though we live in one of rainiest and cloudiest areas of the US, sunscreen is still important in the winter when the sun doesn't shine as much. While there's certainly no reason to lather your entire body in it (assuming you're probably covered up due to the cold), but finding a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen is a great way to protect your face from UV rays year round.

9. Try A Simple Cleanser First

Before getting too fancy, buy a simple cream or foam cleanser. They are usually pretty cheap and are an easy way to work into more intense skincare regimens. These kinds of cleansers persist for a reason: they work! At the very least, they will keep surface dirt from getting too far down into your pores and causing outbreaks (although may not help outbreaks with other causes such as hormones).

10. Experiment

Everyone's skin is different. What works for me, may not work for you. The best thing you can do is experiment with different cleansers, exfoliates, masks, etc. and see which ones do your skin the most good.

11. Stop Touching Your Face So Much

This is a tip, however, everyone can use. As adults, one of the ways we get acne is by touching dirty hands to our face. Even if you religiously wash your hands, there is a transfer there that can cause acne. If you tend to get acne on your cheeks, this may be the root cause. Give your cell phone a good wipe down and try to be conscious of when you're touching your face.

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