My Favorite Vegan Lipsticks

As shifting more of the makeup products I use to clean beauty products has become a personal focus this year, I feel like one of the hardest spots hit for me. This honestly stems most likely from my love of lipsticks on complete opposite ends of the spectrum: nudes and deep reds. Do I own in-between those two extremes; yes, though they are few and far between. While finding amazing nude formulas that are vegan, it is much harder to find a nonpatchy, lasting red. This most likely stems from the fact that historically speaking, the red pigments used in makeup products have come from things such as red algae, fish scales, and more commonly cochineal (aka crushed beetles) which is an ingredient still found today in makeup. Vegan formulas obviously don’t use any animal products, which does make it harder to formulate. However, after much searching and testing, I feel like I’ve come up with a pretty good selection of vegan lipsticks.

Live Tinted’s Hue Multisticks

Live Tinted is a relatively new brand out on the market, but so far what I’ve tried, I’ve absolutely loved. I feel like a real standout from this brand is their multisticks; designed for use on the lips, cheeks, and eyes (they’re ophthalmologist tested), I feel like they are perfectly designed for people who don’t like a lot of extra clutter in their makeup bags. I now own three colors, Perk (a peachy pink), Rise (terra-cotta), and Found (deep brick) and have experienced no real difference in the color payoff despite the great variation of colors. They all blend beautifully, are cruelty-free, and are a must in a minimalist’s makeup bags.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks (relaunch)

If you have been a longtime lover of Urban Decay, you will have noticed lately a lot of small relaunches and that there’s not as many shades available in the eyeshadows and lipsticks as before. The reason behind this is simply that Urban is slowly but surely making their brand 100% vegan along with being cruelty free as they’ve always been. If you love’d the old formula, don’t worry the new one is just as creamy and pigmented. While there are some new shades in the range, some time true classics have returned as well such as Backtalk, 1993, Bad Blood, Naked and Hex.

KVD’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I can’t talk about vegan lipsticks without talking about the one that started it all for me. I can’t say enough good things about it; the pigmentation, the staying power, I love how thin the formula is. Like I can’t imagine a day when I’m not obsessed with this lipstick. While shade Lolita is definitely a fan favorite and best selling, personally I thick Ludwig is my perfect shade of nude.

Bare Minerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick

In the past, Bare Minerals has a had a certain age demographic, but I feel like that’s certainly changing as they’ve brought in younger spokeswomen (hello Hailey Bieber) and there brand is just really being slept on. I’ve tried the liquid lipsticks (which are okay) and the gloss-balms (I’m obsessed), but what surprised me most was their OG bullet lipsticks. Like, they are comfortable, long-lasting (for a bullet lipstick), and also have sunflower seed and blackberry seed oil to help protect against environmental aggressors. The two standout colors in my mind are cinnamon (warm rosy brown) and raisin (it’s exactly what you’re picturing).

Honorable Mention: Tarte Lip Paint

So the Tarte lip paint has long been a favorite of mine, but it’s no longer available in my local Ulta or Sephora which is why it’s an honorable mention. A quick search let me know that it is still available on Tarte’s website, but there’s definitely not as many colors as I remember (as well as of the the few they do carry, half seem to be sold out, which makes me think the line is being discontinued) . The formula is really similar to KVD’s, however it’s honestly even thinner which I love. Festival and Birthday Suit were always two of my favorite colors, so if you happen to stumble across them, I would snatch them up.

So that’s the post for this week, I hope you all enjoyed. There are definitely more formulas out there that I haven’t tried (and I already have a list of the ones I want to) so there might be an update to this post in the future. Make sure you subscribe if you want to be kept up to date about when I post, and my socials are linked if you want to stay up to date on my life. Hope you have a great week, and see you next Friday!

Life Update!

So it’s been a while……to put it mildly. To say my life has been a mess of organized mass chaos lately is putting it mildly. To break it down, there’s been vacation time, job promotion (whoop whoop), and my boyfriend and I moving into our own place (so finally no other roommates), as well as my final semester of school starting. So like I said, mass chaos. But, in good news, I’m back and I have many, many new ideas of things to explore.

Like many a basic white girl, to say I’m obsessed with fall is putting it mildly. Do I already have my halloween decorations up in September? Yes (but only on the inside, the boyfriend is making me hold off on the lights and cobwebs on the outside till October 1st). Do I have a stockpile of the Pillsbury spooky cookies? Yes (in my defense, those things are a hot commodity in my town , so if I want to enjoy any for the next month, I need to grab them while I see them). Am I unable to go about my day without a pumpkin spice beverage? Unfortunately, also yes (on a side note: has anyone else tried Starbuck’s new oat milk PSL creamer? It gives me life). With a new season, comes new launches, and already the sneak peeks are giving me life. To highlight just a few of the things I’m excited about:

  1. Chloe is coming out with a perfume that is 100% natural origin fragrance.
  2. Urban Decay’s new light/metallic, 100% vegan Cyber palette
  3. The possible return of Colourpop’s Hocus Pocus collection (yes, you heard that right)
  4. Drunk Elephant coming to Ulta

Honestly, I could go on and on about all of the exciting things that I’m looking forward to, but that list would probably be 20 pages long and no one has time to read that. So just make sure you stick around, I promise I won’t disappear again. My socials are linked in the icons if you want to give them a follow, and I’ll see you next Friday!

Blonde Hair: Honestly, It’s not as easy as you think

So from the very name of this blog, you can guess my hair color. The thing is though: I’m not a natural blonde. My hair naturally is probably a level 3 or 4 (aka like extremely dark brunette, almost black) and currently I’m a level 12 (platinum). Don’t get me wrong here, I loved my natural hair color, but my white hair has become my calling card in the three years I’ve had it. It tends to be the physical attribute people remember most, the telltale sign my friends look for in a crowd to locate me, and I appreciate that. Getting to this level of blonde wasn’t easy though, and keeping it this way isn’t always a joyride either. So here’s some things to know before going platinum.

1. It’s a Commitment That Takes Time and Money

We’ve all seen the memes or Tik Toks from stylists about clients who walk in with black box dye on their heads that want to be icy white in three hours for under $100, yet there are people that actually expect that. The truth of the matter is that if you want to be this blonde and still have hair on your head, it’s going to take time and it’s going to cost you. When I first started, I would do four hour sessions (since that’s what I could fit in between school and work) that started off as a balayage and we were able to slowly work it up to my roots while keeping most of my length. And since I had thrown box color on my hair, I knew it wouldn’t be a smooth transition, and I literally was probably every color of brassiness imaginable starting off, and in five months we managed to get me to the blonde I wanted. Now that I am, I’m literally back in the chair every six weeks to get my roots down, which is literally about three and a half hours. But more than just the actual coloring itself, you need to also think about hair treatments (deep conditioning, bond repairing, keratin) all of the specialty products you will need to use, these all add up real quick. Can you skip out on them? Sure, but your hair will also look and feel like straw with short bits sticking up everywhere.

2. There’s a lot more to upkeep than just purple shampoo

Most people assume once you go blonde, the only thing you need to stay blonde is purple shampoo, when it couldn’t be more opposite. I wish I was kidding when I say that there are four different shampoo-conditioner combos that I rotate through on the regular. Not only do I use purple shampoo, I also have purple conditioner, a purple toning mask, and leave in purple toning foam (for when I get near desperate towards the end of my hair cycle and there’s literally no toner left but I don’t want brass). However, also because of how damaging the bleaching process is to hair, I also have bleach repairing shampoo, intensive moisture masks, bond repairing treatments for both in the shower and that I leave in. Because I try to make my toner stretch as much as it possibly can, I only wash my hair about once a week, so I am a dry shampoo queen when it comes to that. So there’s a lot more that goes into taking proper care of your blonde shampoo than just running down and grabbing a $4 bottle of shampoo.

3. There’s always a risk

I would say that my hair is pretty healthy considering how many times I’ve bleached it, and a big part of that is the amount of care both my stylist and I put into it, but that wasn’t always the case. At the beginning of my hair journey, I didn’t really know much about keeping hair healthy, and my original stylist didn’t really help me. I suffered from a lot (and I mean a lot) of breakage, to the point that almost the entire bottom layer of my hair ended at the tops of my shoulders. My roots were always underdeveloped, and there was a couple of times I left the salon with dried bleach still in the back of my head. I’m not writing this to shame that stylist, she was fresh out of school when I first started going to her, and in the year I was with her, I saw definite growth in her style of doing hair, just my hair couldn’t have survived much longer there. I knew there was a risk when I first contacted her though and accepted it, and when we were no longer a good fit, my needs had changed and so I moved on. My current stylist has been doing my hair for a year and absolutely kills it, but we also have the relationship that I know if she tells me we need to do something about my hair, I do it because I know it’s in my best interest.

Now, I’m not making this post to tell you to not go blonde. Like I said in the beginning, I love being blonde, and have no future plans to stop anytime soon. What I am saying, is that there is A LOT more than most people think, and if you mess up, it’s something that takes a long time to fix and is going to cost a lot. So maybe instead of looking up tutorials and heading on down to the beauty supply store, put down your body of 40 volume and leave this to the professionals. Thank you so much for tuning in for this post, and I hope you enjoyed and learned something new. All of my socials are linked if you want to give me a follow, and check in next week to see what’s new.

A Beginner’s Guide to Self Tanner

With the beginning of summer, there seems to come a sudden desire to be as tan as possible as fast as possible. For some people (like the younger version of me), this isn’t a problem. They walk outside and are immediately bronze. But for others, myself included, this just isn’t a reasonable option anymore. Whether it’s worries about skin cancer or just no time to lay out due to responsibilities (like a job), and that’s where self tanner comes in. Now, I think we’ve all known who’s gone in for a spray, and come out looking like a cheese puff. It’s not a look we like to see, so here’s my tips and tricks, as well as a few of my favorite self tanners, to give a try.

  1. Exfoliate First!

So before you even put on self tanner, you need to prep your skin first, so shave and exfoliate. Personally, I have two forms of exfoliation I do: the St Tropez remover mitt and a sugar scrub. Now there’s two main reasons to do this: 1. Getting off all of the dead skin so you get the closest shave possible and super soft skin, but also 2. if you self tan regularly, you want to get off all of the excess or build up from the old so your new is as even as possible. As an example, my tan tends to wear down fastest around my elbows and armpits, while the rest of my body fades pretty evenly. Since I don’t want those spots to be way lighter, I need the rest of my body to match that particular shade when I apply new. Make sense?

2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the biggest mistakes most people make when self tanning is moisturizing AFTER they self tan instead of BEFORE. The fact is that the oils from your lotions are going to break down your self tanner faster so make sure that you apply lotion before, let that sink in, and then apply self tanner. I personally love Sol de Janero’s Bum Bum Cream or (a more affordable option) is Tree Hut’s Firming body cream (they almost smell the same!).

3. Choosing the Right Self Tanner for You

Let’s be clear: not all self tanners may be right for you, and not all self tanners are right for all occasions. On a personal level, I rotate between three different tanners, and sometimes I mix them to find my perfect color. If you’re worried about transferring color onto sheets or clothing, then a water mousse is going to be the best fit for you (give Tan Luxe’s Hydro Mousse or Tanologist’s Mousse a try.) Need to be tan by that night for a special event? Express Tans are going to be your friend (B. Tan’s Tan AF or Loving Tan’s Dark Express are my favs). Have no one to help you with your back, that’s what spray tans are for (the two best are St Moriz and St Tropez). The concoction I’m currently using is the St Moriz spray with the B. Tan mousse. I usually do the spray, rub that in with my mitt, let that sit for an hour, then top with the mousse. I sleep in baggy clothes to try and prevent as much transfer as possible, and then rinse in the morning. If I want to be a little darker, I will repeat the tan again the next night. After I’m to the level I want, I usually only have to touch up once a week.

4. The Art of Face Tanning

Applying self tanner to your face is a little different than applying to your body. For one thing, you basically have to tan your face every other day since the ingredients in your skincare tend to break the tan down faster. Me personally, I don’t like using mousse on my face; I just always think it looks streaky. Instead, I love using tanning drops and serums for my face with both of my favorites coming from Tan Luxe. When I use “The Face” drops, I only use one or two drops, then mix it with my moisturizer and apply (there is definitely some color, so you’ll know it’s nice and even). Compare that to “The Glow” serum (which is more along the lines of skincare), I use a full dropper full and then apply moisturizer. Both are amazing and the bottles last forever, I just like switching things up.

Thank you so much for tuning in, and I hope that these tips and tricks help you avoid a self tanning mishaps this summer. My socials are all linked if you want to give them a follow, and tune in next week to see what’s new!

The Bare Face Dilemma

I’ve been playing with makeup for as long as I can remember. When I was elementary school, it came in the form of red lipstick and as much glitter as I could possibly coat myself in for dance. Middle school was an unfortunate run-in with a shimmery bronzer that I thought was a genius idea to apply all over my face. In high school, I probably spent hours watching tutorials and practicing how to do the perfect smokey eye (much to my chagrin, I still looked like a raccoon most mornings). I spent every dollar I could get on NYC lipstick from Walmart in every shade possible, and the day I could finally buy the original Naked palette with money earned was one of my proudest moments. Makeup to me was an escape, a way to get out of my own head and the demons I could often find there, a place where troubles could rarely find me. I often forget sometimes that it’s not that way for everyone.

A startling reminder of that fact came to me in meeting a girl my own age, reduced to tears, overwhelmed at just how many options there were to choose from in the store. Never having worn makeup before, she had heard tinted moisturizer was a great place to start, but was also told by her friends that she was going to need full coverage, powder, contour and the works. When we got into an honest conversation about what exactly she would be comfortable with, what she truly wanted, it really was just the tinted moisturizer. Everything else she didn’t know how to use and scared her, and that is perfectly fine. The encounter for me was a stark reminder about how much in today’s time we constantly see full face, full coverage glam and how that has become the standard that we hold ourselves.

The thing I think is often forgotten about makeup is that there is no one standard that anyone should be held to about it. Makeup is all about what makes you feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable in your own skin. If that’s a full face of glam, then good for you. If that’s nothing at all, then also good for you. Makeup shouldn’t be something that makes you feel forced to wear or make you uncomfortable in your own skin, instead it should make you feel at home. And just like everything else in your life, though, what makes you comfortable can change. Where glam for me was once an easy, everyday occurrence, after a year in quarantine, I am much more comfortable in a natural look that let’s my bare skin peak through (which with how much I spend on skincare, is probably a good thing). Can I still rock my full coverage/contour when the mood hits me? Absolutely. Am I also found most of the time nowadays in mascara and bb cream only? Also yes, because it’s what I’m in the mood for and makes me feel beautiful that day. All that really matters when it comes to makeup is what makes you feel good.

So, lets embrace our bare-faced babes the same way we do our full-face divas, and have no shaming going either way. Because how we do makeup is an expression of our individualism and what makes unique, and no one should be ashamed of that!

Thank you so much for reading, and just as a reminder, I’ll have a new post up every Friday at 12 CST. My socials are all linked if you want to give them a follow, and I hope you have an amazing week. Till next time!