Health and Beauty

Becoming Cruelty Free: Update #1

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, and I am so excited you came for a visit.

A couple of weeks ago, I made a post about my transition to a cruelty free collection. In that post (you can find it here), I featured some products I was trying to use up in an effort to get them out of my collection. I also mentioned that I planned to find cruelty free replacements for them before my next check in. I’ve found alternatives for most of these products that I am so excited to share with you! There are a few products I am still hunting down a good alternative for, but I wanted to go ahead and give you guys an update. Let’s get started!

  1. Mac Fix+

The first product I was able to find a replacement for is my Mac Fix+. This seems like a staple in almost every makeup kit. It’s great for intensifying eyeshadows, prepping the face before makeup, or refreshing makeup throughout the day. The more I used this product, the more I realized I really don’t think it’s that great (especially considering the price). I did however fall in love with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. This smells great and does all the same things Mac Fix+ does, while also being great for your skin. You can find it at Ulta for $7, so I think it’s definitely worth your hard earned cash.

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2. MAC Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette

First and foremost: as soon as I finished the previous post I got so curious about how old that eyeshadow palette was. So I googled what year that MAC holiday collection was released, and I won’t say how old. But I will say that I decided to immediately retire that palette. The good news is that it wasn’t difficult to find a replacement at all. The replacement I’ve found is probably even more versatile, convenient, and travel friendly. I featured the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette in a Shop My Stash Post, and the more I used it the more I remembered how much I enjoy it. I think it’s especially great for people who are just starting out with makeup or really don’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with.

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3. MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow (In the Meadow)

The more I used this eyeshadow, the more I realized how much I did not like it. It isn’t pigmented, and instead of being shimmery it’s filled with giant chunks of glitter. I wasn’t a huge fan, so I’ve decided to pass this one along to a friend who will get more use out of it. For it’s replacement, I’m recommending a lighter green eyeshadow that I really like and think is definitely worth your coin. I think Morphe has excellent single eyeshadows, especially for the price (less than $5), so I think even if you aren’t cruelty free, you would really enjoy Wild Garden by Morphe. The color is slightly deeper, but it offers much better pigmentation and blendability.

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4. Benefit Roller Lash

I ranted about how I really wasn’t the biggest fan of this mascara in my previous post about this, so I’ll spare you this time. I did find a mascara that I think does similar things to my lashes, but that I prefer. It has a rubber wand that’s shaped differently from the Roller Lash, but it works better for lengthening and separation. I think if you’re in the market for Roller Lash but better, the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is the way to go.

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5. Simple Nourishing Day/Night Cream

This was a little bit tougher because my budget doesn’t allow for a lot of random buying of things, so before running out to get another moisturizer I had to search my collection. I didn’t find anything so I did go to Ulta, and I picked up a moisturizer by the brand Yes To. It wasn’t a bad moisturizer, but I feel like it never quite absorbed into my skin. So I returned it, and pretty much gave up on this one. BUT. Then I was cleaning out one of my desk drawers and I saw a sample of the Hey Honey 24/7 Day and Night Cream. I think this came in an ipsy bag a few months ago, and I just never really used it. And I think this works so much better than the Simple cream. It’s definitely pricier, but I think sometimes skincare is worth it. This product smells great, doesn’t leave any residue on my skin, and makes my face feel smooth and baby soft.

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6. Simple Micellar Water

This one wasn’t so difficult because there are tons of good makeup removers/micellar waters everywhere you turn. I did go ahead and pick up a new one because I didn’t have two on hand, and I will eventually need another one anyway. The one I picked up I really do like, and I think it works just as well as the Simple micellar water. I picked up the Yes To Cotton Comforting Micellar Cleansing Water one day while I was at Ulta, and I really do think this one is just as great, especially if you have super sensitive skin.

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Now for the products I was unable to find an alternative to so far; the two products are the Sephora collection 10 hour wear perfection foundation and the Maybelline fit me powder. I tried a few things out, but none worked as well as I hoped they would. No worries, I’m going to continue trying things out to see what I can find. In the meantime, I’m going to try to decide which products I want to find alternative for next so make sure you check back in for more updates on my transition to a cruelty free collection!

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