Cruelty-free makeup up brands you should start using.

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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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

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12 Tips Before Getting Your First Eyelash Extensions

I know you are in the middle of making your appointment, but here are a few pointers.


If you are like me, you are super hesitant about trying new things in the beauty realm. I have finally tried lash extensions and can easily say I am obsessed. 10/10 recommend! If you are considering getting yours done, here are a few pointers!

1. Shower before your appointment.

This seems logical, but I wasn't aware. Luckily, I did shower before my appointment and wasn't shocked when my lash tech said, "don't get them wet for 24 hours."

2. Not all extensions are over the top. There are lash extensions for EVERYONE. 

I was super worried my lashes were going to be crazy over the top and I would look crazy during my runs. I asked my lash tech and she gave me a set of natural lashes. You get to pick the style of lashes you want! You can get them for fuller volume or just a natural look. There is a style of lashes for everyone!

3. Yes, they are SO much better than mascara and strip lashes.

I was already a firm hater of mascara, so lash extensions didn't have to work hard to win me over. As for strip lashes, I use to love putting them on for a night out or date night. It seemed as if a makeup look was not complete without them. Now, I wear less makeup on a night out because I feel as if my lashes really just pull the simplest of looks together.

4. Not all lash techs will charge you an arm and a leg.

One of my favorite nail salons offers lash extensions, STARTING at $100. Luckily, if you live near a college campus, the chances are high that a student is certified to do them and charges well under $100. I get mine done for $60 and leave happy with the work done every time.

5. You can go bare-faced and still feel flawless.

I have never woken up and felt so gorgeous right after stumbling out of bed. Lash extensions really give you an extra boost of confidence in feeling like you don't even want to bother with putting on makeup for the day.

6. You will need to wash your face in the sink, not the shower. 

You can get your lashes wet, but water coming forcefully out of a showerhead directly onto your lashes is not good for them. Makeup wipes and a careful face cleaning in the sink will take care of all your facial needs while avoiding causing damage to your lashes. I still use face masks when I have mine done!

7. Check the ingredients in your makeup removing products. 

To remove makeup, I LOVE using coconut oil. If you have lash extensions you should NOT use coconut oil. In fact, when your down to the last few lashes and are ready for them to come off, use coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently rub it along your lash line. Certain oils breakdown the glue used for lash extensions, so be aware of them before using them on your eye makeup.

8. Some people will truly believe they are your natural lashes. 

Here are some responses for their inquiries:

"I wish."

"Lash extensions, 10/10 recommend."

"I woke up like this."

9. You will need to sleep pretty. 

I have a tendency to sleep on my face. A tendency which I soon broke after getting lash extensions. You will have to learn to stay on your side or lay on your back so you don't rub all of your extensions out in the night.

WARNING: Be extra cautious on a night out where adult beverages were consumed. Ruining your lashes by drunkenly rubbing or sleeping on your face may cause heavy lash-loss.

10. They last about two to three weeks.

I have found that mine stay in pretty thick up until about 2.5 weeks. If you are careful, they could definitely still look flawless pushing week three.

11. They aren't damaging to your real lashes.

As long as you go to a licensed lash tech and aren't rubbing your face or pulling your lashes out, your natural lashes are safe and sound!

12. Once you get them done, you'll be going back for more.

It's not an addiction. And if it is, I don't think there is an issue to being addicted to feeling great about your lashes!

Making your lash appointment now? I figured.

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