It caught my attention. It was on the cover of a magazine. Then when I look around, I saw the same word on another magazine. Ok, two magazines decided to talk about this topic at the same time? Is this a “trendy” thing now or has people starting to realise the importance of using cruelty-free products? I let out an “Oh!” and a smile on my face.
Cruelty-free movement has come so far since the last decade of the 20th century. In the past, many animals are used to carry out testing on cosmetic products. Not only facial serum or your lipstick but also drugs. Animals are intentionally infected with certain sickness in order for the scientist to discover the best medication to treat that sickness. In truth, this kind of “experiment” had existed long ago, which also involves human being tested, not only animals (it’s so real to me as I’ve read so much about it in my doctoral study on leprosy history). With new technology today, we don’t have to do that to anyone or any of our furry friends anymore.
I’ve discovered cruelty-free cosmetics movement about the same time as I discovered minimalism. When I declutter my makeup collection, I’ve also decided to consciously purchase only cruelty-free products. A year later, I have finish some products and purchased few more, especially for my pre-wedding photoshoot, very soon!!
What do I consider when I want to buy makeup products?
- Cruelty-free (obviously haha!)
- Worth the money?
- Quality and longevity of the product.
Here is my recent purchase:
1) Kat Von D Lock It Foundation.
I wanted to get Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r foundation initially but it was sold out! So I get my second option – KVD foundation. My friend told me it is long lasting, and it is! Though not whole day but long enough for a day out. This cost RM 179 and the beauty assistant at Sephora helped me to get my shade – Light 49 Neutral. The coverage is great. It leaves a slight glow on your skin (which I prefer), definitely not a matte finish. So, this foundation is better than Fenty’s if you have dry skin.
But….make sure you get a slightly lighter shade than your skin because this foundation oxidised! So you will look a little darker. It has a unique smell so if you will be put off by the smell, don’t purchase this.
2) NYX Colour Correcting Concealer.
I’ve always wanted to get a colour correcting concealer so when I saw that NYX has all colours that I need in one palette, I decided to pick this up! It’s a cream type base and it blends nicely on the skin. For the choice of colours and amount of product, I’ll say it’s worth the money. Added point: NYX has great quality products at affordable prices. So if some popular cruelty-free items are too expensive for your budget, I highly recommend trying NYX. I love their matte lipsticks!
The colour wheel diagram is for you to know which colour to use to correct a certain problem. Example: green is opposite red, so use green colour to correct red blemishes or any redness on your skin; yellow is opposite blue/purple, so use yellow or salmon-color to correct dark under-eye. Every skin colour have unique colour-problem so just look at your face to know which colour to use:)
3) Tarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist.
My first Tarte! I wanted to get a setting spray to lock my makeup during the photoshoot and the lady at Sephora recommended me this over KVD’s because of my combination skin type. It is a 4-in-1 mist so you can use it before applying makeup as a primer or just facial mist to refresh yourself. It is goood!!! I love the scent. It’s so refreshing! But…Warning: It might leave you a tingling sensation once you spray it on your face, probably due to its citrus ingredient. The feeling only lasted a few seconds, but I like how it leaves the skin look well moisturised and keep my foundation and blusher stay longer. Plus point: who can resist such a cute bottle!
4) Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder (Precious Petals).
This highlighter is a game changer for me. Not only does the colour is so pretty and shine is wow, the price is so much affordable than many brands out there in the market (Malaysian market). By the time I wanted to purchase this, Wet n Wild has about 5 shades already, but I can only find the older two colours – Crown of my Canopy & Precious Petal. I have chosen the latter because Crown has a more orangey tone which I guess is beautiful on darker skin tone. I highly recommend this!
*Side note: I have bought a lipstick from Wet n Wild – Megalast Lip Color in the shade Cherry Bomb. I was looking for a dark shade lipstick and I’ve read many good reviews on this lipstick. First of all, it is a gorgeous colour! But unfortunately, it is very drying. Dry not in the sense after I’ve have applied the lipstick BUT when I was applying it. It was so drying that it was so difficult to glide the lipstick on my lips…especially when it is a dark shade, I don’t want to mess it up! I still love the colour but not my favourite (sob sob).
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Above are my humble reviews of my recent makeup purchases. Have you tried any of the items above? What do you think about the growing awareness towards supporting cruelty-free products? I’m looking forward to all your opinions, comments and advice!
I’ll write about my other cruelty-free makeup items in the next post (Part 2).
*Check out the list of cruelty-free cosmetic products on this list curated by Cruelty-Free Kitty. (Website: http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/list-of-cruelty-free-brands/)
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