My Makeup Bag

Yes, this hot mess is actually my makeup case.

As a blogger, I try a lot of products and write a lot of reviews. And while I only write about products I love, not everything makes it back to the makeup bag a second time. So I thought I’d share my beauty staples with you, as these items are true standouts in my book.

Skincare has to be one of the more saturated areas of vegan-friendly beauty products. There are actually several brands that are predominantly vegan, although not marketed that way. Some of the best include L’Occitane, Korres, Caudalie, and Boscia to name a few. The only thing to watch for here is beeswax in certain products, otherwise you’re pretty much good to go. These brands are widely available at Sephora, Amazon.com and their respective online stores.

Here are the items that have really stood out since going completely cruelty-free:

Eye Cream

100% Pure Vegan Coffee Bean Eye Cream100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Not only are this and all of 100% Pure’s products food-grade (you could actually eat it), but natural, inexpensive, and smell delicious. The caffeine in this cream truly does awaken and brighten the eye area, and long-term it smoothes out and moisturizes for a younger looking, more refreshed face. The 1oz bottle lasts somewhere between 3-6 months, and that’s being conservative. 100% Pure is also great because they do tons of Facebook giveaways and are always coming up with new, creative gift ideas. This eye cream has definitely turned me into a 100% Pure fangirl.

Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, $19.00 – 100% Pure

Cleanser

Facial Soap - 2 Pack Unscented all Natural by True BodyTrueBody Facial Soap

This antioxidant facial soap is completely unscented, vegan, and serves not only as an excellent cleanser but also moisturizer. There is a stigma around bar soap mostly because it tends to dry skin or smell like chemicals, but this soap proves the opposite while also providing a rich lather, making the soap go a long way. TrueBody facial soap is sold in 2-packs to reduce environmental impact, and each bar lasts about 4-6 weeks.

TrueBody Facial Soap, 2-Pack $5.25

Toner

Caudalie Beauty ElixirCaudalie Beauty Elixir

Caudalie is a french-based beauty brand that has kind of been under the radar, but has some incredible high-end vegan skincare products. The company prides itself on sourcing their primary ingredients from grape vines, believed to improve skin tone and firmness from the tree’s own defense mechanism, Reservatrol. The beauty elixir’s main function is toning, but I keep it with me all day when I need an extra spritz of refreshment, as it’s applied as a spray and it pretty easy to carry. It smells green, fresh, and serves as an excellent instant pick-me-up pretty much anytime.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $16 – Amazon.com

Mask

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask - Normal to DryAHAVA Purifying Mud Mask

A lot of the time I’ll try a mask and five minutes later it looks and feels exactly the same. While I’m sure there are plenty of effective masks that don’t necessarily tingle or dry on contact, I love that when I use the AHAVA purifying mask, I KNOW it’s working. It smells sooting and natural, and a little bit goes a long way, so the bottle lasts a while. Part of the Dead Sea Collection, this mask as well as the dead sea cleanser and hand cream which I tried all together in a set, were a welcome addition to my beauty repertoire – and even better, all AHAVA products are vegan.

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask – Normal to Dry, $21.75

Moisturizer

Josie Maran Organic Argan OilJosie Maran Organic Argan Oil

I’ll admit, this one took me a minute to try. It’s so easy to get caught up in the routine of using a white creamy moisturizer, but I’m glad I finally broke the mold on this one. Lighter than a Vitamin E oil, Josie Maran Argan Oil can be used during the day under makeup or in the evening as an overnight treatment. It never looks shiny under my makeup, but has a certain quality that blends exceptionally with my tinted moisturizer for a smooth, radiant glow. Argan oil can also be used as a hair repair treatment, body moisturizer, and dry skin elixir. The oil is sold in a recycled glass bottle and sourced from women’s co-ops in Morocco to promote social and economic welfare.  If you’re looking for a more traditional moisturizer, try Boscia Oil-Free Hydration SPF 15

4 oz Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil, $96 – Amazon.com (Best Value)

Now onto makeup. This can be a bit more personal because of skin tone and texture, but I can at least introduce you to some incredible products and let you choose the color for yourself. In this category you’ll see some brand repeats – but these are the ones that go above and beyond when it comes to creating high-quality cruelty-free pigments. Can’t blame them for that!

Concealer

Urban Decay 24/7 ConcealerUrban Decay 24/7 Concealer

Just like the title suggests, this concealer works around the clock to provide excellent coverage, while also having a slightly creamy texture and blending really well with foundation. I use DEA for my medium skin tone.

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer, DEA, $17

Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation

Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer

Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted moisturizer really does double duty, as it’s present enough to act as a foundation, but still let that little glimmer from your skin shine through. Really great coverage that also makes skin look amazing in photos. I use Agent 06 AKA Veil – it’s slightly light for my complexion but adjusting the amount I use based on my tan at the moment takes care of any color discrepancies. Need more coverage? Try Korres Wild Rose Foundation.

Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $36

Bronzer

instant sunshine mineral bronzer - the supernatural - face 0.4 ozPhilosophy Instant Sunshine Mineral Bronzer – The Supernatural

It’s a little known fact that almost all Philosophy products are vegan, with the exception of a few lip products and some of the Amazing Grace line. I love this bronzer because it works on almost all skin tones, but also because you can either use it with a brush, or apply it directly with the attached makeup sponge hidden under the lid. I recommend trying it with the attached sponge and lightly lining your face from cheek to forehead to cheek in half-circle motions to get the best result.

Philosophy Instant Sunshine Mineral Bronzer – The Supernatural, $28 – Philosophy

Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye PencilUrban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil

I line my inner lids, so this eye pencil is perfect because it’s waterproof and long-lasting. My favorite is the standard black shade, Zero but it comes in just about every color of the rainbow. Most, but not all shades are vegan so look for the paw next to the colors to indicate their animal friendly status.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil, $17

Lipstick

OCC-LIP-TARObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

So it’s not exactly a lipstick, but it still serves the function, while transforming high-pigment pouts with long lasting color and moisture.  Lip tar comes in over 20 colors, all vegan, and is even better blended.

I am also still partial to MAC Cosmetics, as I think they make the best textured lipstick. Click here for cruelty-free shades.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, $13 OCC

Mascara

Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing MascaraKorres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing Mascara

I actually like both this and the Korres Deep Colour mascara, but as someone who goes for a more dramatic last, this volumizing mascara is the one I use most often, as it’s one of the only natural/vegan mascaras I have tried that really adds volume, not just color. The Abyssinia oil also conditions, for long-term length and volume. The black and brown shades are both vegan.

Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing Mascara, $20

Eyeshadow – I find MAC to be a far superior brand of eyeshadow because of it’s texture, consistency, and blending abilities. See the list of vegan MAC shadows here. Orglamix and Sugarpill are two other highly recommended eyeshadow brands, and most shades are vegan.

MAC also makes some incredible blushes that you can also find on this list. (Thank you Cruelty Free Face!)

Sooooooo…. enough about me, what are your favorite vegan makeup staples?

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