My Favorite Cruelty Free Lip Balms

Lips balms are a staple in my makeup and skincare collection. Every night before bed, I like to put on a thick, lip balm or lip mask. My lips are always very dry, so lip balm is a must in my beauty routine. Here are top picks!

Sara Happ The Lip Slip Balm $24
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The Lip Slip is one of my favorite balms. It is perfect for an overnight balm because it is thick and super hydrating. I actually wake up the next morning and it’s still on my lips. It has very fine shimmers in it, so you could wear it over lipstick for added dimension and shine.

Kari Gran Naked Lip Whip $20
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I first heard about Kari Gran on Instagram. I love to discover natural, indie beauty brands and I came across the Lip Whip. They have the Lip Whip in different scents and even tints. Since I use balms before bed, I didn’t want a tinted color. I got the naked peppermint and it’s so nice. I keep this right on my night stand. It’s my current go-to.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask $26
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Bite Beauty is one of my favorite brands for lip products. This mask is so thick and smells amazing, exactly like agave syrup. This also comes in different tints, but my favorite is the clear.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm $13.50
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I love Lanolips’s products. Their lip products, balms and hand creams are awesome. Lanolips contains lanolin which is an oil that is extracted from wool. It is the closest oil that mimics our skin’s naturally produced oil. Lanolips acquires their lanolin in a cruelty free manner. Sheep need to be sheered regularly for their own well-being and comfort. Once their wool is sheered, the lanolin is extracted. Don’t worry, no sheep were harmed in the making of these products.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom $12
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Glossier is a well known brand in the beauty world. It seems like every influencer these days is promoting and raving about Glossier. I have to admit, I do enjoy the products I have tried, especially the balm dotcom. I like that this is a multi-purpose balm because I will use this around my mouth where I might get dry. Also on dry spots on my forehead.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know if the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

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Clean Beauty Brands I Want to Try

It feels good to know that what I am putting on my face is made with natural ingredients. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, so most of the time, fragrances and harsh chemicals bother me. I am always looking for great, clean beauty brands and here’s a few i’m interested in trying.

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RMS beauty is well known among clean, cruelty free beauty lovers. I can’t believe I have never tried anything from them. Their cream eyeshadows are a star product. Those are number one on my wish list.

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Raww Cosmetics is an Austrian beauty brand that has both clean makeup and skincare products. I first came across them on instagram and was immediately intrigued. What I love most is that their products are made with superfoods such as kale, ginseng root, avocado oil, green tea, manuka honey and many more. I can only imagine how amazing these products smell and the fragrance is all natural.

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I heard about Thrive Causemetics from beauty influencers such as Kathleenlights and Allie Glines. They both raved about their Sun Chaser bronzers. Thrive is unique in the sense that for every product that is sold, a product is donated to a woman in need. Not only is this brand formulated without parabens and sulfates, it also gives back to women. I am always on board with that.

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100percentpure is another well known brand in the clean, cruelty free beauty community. If you go to their website and read their about section, they go into in depth detail about how they have define “natural” and the difference between natural and synthetic ingredients. It’s very fascinating. I want to try their cocoa infused bronzer and their mascara that is infused with berries. Now doesn’t that sound like a delicious treat for your face?

What are your favorite clean beauty brands? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Best Bronzers for Deep Skin Tones

It can definitely be difficult for women and men of deeper complexions to find bronzers that enhance their skin tone. One of my friends who has a deep skin tone actually requested I do a post like this, because she has trouble finding a bronzer that shows up on her skin. I personally don’t have a deep skin tone, but as a beauty blogger who is knowledgable about makeup, I have a good idea of what products may work for any of you with deeper complexions. I wanted to give you guys as many options as I could, so if you want to see more posts of different products for deeper skin tones such as highlighters, eyeshadows, etc, comment below!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Mahogany

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These bronzers are new to ABH and I have heard amazing things. It has a matte finish with a beautiful, warm undertone. This is going to warm up your complexion without looking gray.

BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Maui Nights

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I am obsessed with the Becca Sunlit bronzers. I have one for myself in a lighter shade but I love the formula and the warm, glow it gives. You might be looking at this and thinking, wow, that looks really red, however, for deeper skin tones, it does not look too red on the face. It perfectly warms up your complexion and gives an incredible, natural, shimmery sheen.

NYX Bronzer in Dark Tan

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Not only is this bronzer super affordable, it’s also a stunning shade. The undertones in this bronzer are more yellow toned than the others I have mentioned, so if the redish undertones are intimidating, try this one.

Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer Palette

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Beauty Bakerie is a black owned makeup brand so they know exactly what is going to work best on deeper skin tones. They are your go-to. I wanted to include a palette because this gives you so many options. You can use these shades the top left shade as a setting powder, the top right shade as a bronzer, bottom left shade as a highlighter or bronzer topper and bottom right shade as a blush or bronzer. I think this palette is so versatile and a great staple in your collection.

Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Rich Mahogany
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Black Radiance is also a black owned brand. This is a labeled as a powder which means it can be used to set your foundation or even as a bronzer. This product is matte with a cooler undertone.

What deep bronzers do you love? Please share in the comments.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Sephora Summer Wishlist

Farmacy Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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Farmacy has become my favorite skincare brand, so when I found out they were releasing a new mask, I knew I had to get it. This Vitamin C mask detoxes your face removing impurities. Plus, it changes colors which is pretty fun.

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer
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Now that it’s Summer, I want to get into using more cream products. I have heard amazing things about this product and I think it’s a perfect way to start. You get a ton of product in this stick and it’s creamy and easy to blend.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara
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Another product from Milk I have to try is the new Kush mascara. This mascara made quite the buzz on social media because of well, it’s name. The mascara is formulated with cannabis oil which allows for the creamy, nourishing formula.

Becca Be a Light Face Palette
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Becca makes some of my favorite face products. I use their First Light Primer almost everyday along with their bronzer and highlighter. When I saw this new palette release, I was very intrigued. The product looks so beautiful and I like how you can get your entire face done in one palette. This palette contains a brightening powder, blur powder, blush and contour that you can also use as a bronzer.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation
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I usually never try foundations labeled as “matte” but this one has caught my eye. This foundation didn’t create too much of a buzz when it released with the Too Faced Peaches n’ Cream collection. For some reason, now it’s becoming popular and a lot of beauty influencers are talking and raving about it. I’m interested to see what a “comfort matte” is. I wonder if it will be more hydrating than a regular matte foundation.

Any products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

May Favorites

May was a great month for Spring makeup. A lot of the beauty brands launched their Spring/Summer collections that I couldn’t wait to check out. Here’s a list of some products I loved in May.

Wet n Wild Flights of Fancy Color Icon Blush in the shade Dare to Soar
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Blush has been a huge part of my Spring/Summer makeup routine. In the Fall/Winter I tend to keep my blush very light and minimal. This season, I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone with blush and wear more bold colors. This blush is perfect for that. It looks intimidating in the pan, but honestly, any skin tone can rock this. It is a very glowy blush and it does not apply too pigmented so you can definitely build it up. Wet n Wild has been doing amazing with their makeup. I highly recommend this color and the other shades they have.

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation


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I featured this product in my cruelty free drugstore wishlist and let me tell you, it has quickly become one of my favorite foundations of all time. I am a huge stick foundation fan so when I heard about a drugstore version, I had to get it. The color I got is perfect and I love the finish. It’s not too thick and a little goes a long way. I like to blend this out with my Morphe M439 brush which is perfect. The coverage is medium but buildable. It lasts all day on my face and it does not break me out which is a problem I have with a lot of foundations.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

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I have tried so many setting sprays and most have worked, but nothing compares to the mist on the Morphe one. Nothing bothers me more than a spray that squirts out on your face unevenly and leaves droplets. I always have to go back in with a beauty blender and pat the spray in. This Morphe spray is a true, fine mist. It is perfection. It smells great and you will never have to worry about water droplets ruining your makeup.

Elf Blush in the shade Candid Coral

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I have been on a blush kick especially with bold colors and orange/coral colors. I wanted to try a true orange blush and I found the perfect one from Elf. This blush has gold glitter flecks in it but it does not look glittery on the face. It looks amazing over my bronzer, enhancing the warm glow of the bronzer.

NudeStix Nude Gel Balm Founder Set

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I had never tried a NudeStix product until a few months ago when I bought a matte lip trio. I loved the colors and formula and knew I had to try more from the brand. I saw that the founders of NudeStix, a mother and two daughters, came out with their own custom shades. They are in a gel formula and are super hydrating on the lips. I love the nude colors because they are perfect for work when I want to pop on something quick, easy and not too bold. If you haven’t tried anything from NudeStix, you definitely have to.

What products did you love in May?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Edition 1: Buy This, Not That – Cruelty Free Dupes

If you are going cruelty free or are already cruelty free, here are some great cruelty free dupes.

Buy the Cover FX Blurring Primer instead of the Benefit Porefessional Primer. If you like a silicone primer that smooths your skin and covers pores, I would definitely recommend the Cover FX primer.
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Buy the Morphe High Impact Highlighter in the shade Spark instead of the Nars Highlighting Powder in the shade Fort de France. These two are super similar in shade and formula so why not get the more affordable, cruelty free option?

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Buy the Catrice Aqua Ink-in-Gloss Lip Stain instead of the Lancôme Matte Shaker. I was super excited to find a dupe for the Matte shakers. Although this is a very unique product, the Catrice one gives you a similar feel and finish. I would definitely check them out.
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What are your favorite cruelty free dupes?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Wishlist

It’s been a hot minute since I have bought drugstore makeup. It’s difficult to find cruelty free makeup at the drug store, because the majority of the brands aren’t cruelty free. Here is my list of products I have on my wishlist and the majority of these you can get at Ulta.

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation

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Foundation sticks are my absolute favorite. It seems like not a lot of people enjoy them as much as liquid foundations but for me, they apply and look so much better on my skin. My two favorite stick foundations are the Tarte Clay Stick and the Hourglass Vanish Stick foundation. This is a new product to Makeup Revolution and all the reviews I’ve seen so far have been great. Definitely need to try this.

Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation

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After sorting through my makeup collection, I noticed that I am lacking in foundations. Now that it’s becoming Summer, my skin color changes, so I need to buy some darker foundations. The Burt’s Bees foundation is another one I’d love to try. I have been super impressed with the Burt’s Bees makeup I have tried so far. Their blushes are amazing. Can’t wait to try this.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation
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The last drug store foundation on my wishlist is the Flower Beauty Light Illusion. I haven’t tried many products from Flower Beauty, but I have heard good things about this foundation and I love a dewy foundation.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour

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To go with the Makeup Revolution stick foundation, I want to try their new concealer. People have been comparing this to the Tarte Shape Tape because it has a similar doe foot applicator. I want to test out if it’s similar. However, I’m actually hoping it’s a little less full coverage than the Shape Tape. In the Summer, I tend to like my makeup to look more natural because it’s too hot to be caked on with makeup.

Essence Brighten Up! Banana Powder
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Banana or yellowed toned powders are my favorite for setting my under eye concealer. I am currently using the Becca Hydra Mist powder which I love, but I notice it doesn’t do a great job at brightening. Can’t wait to try this powder, plus it’s only $4.99.

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder
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Bronzers are my favorite makeup product so I am always looking to add more to my collection. I usually gravitate towards glowy bronzers so I don’t have a lot of matte bronzers. One of my favorite beauty Youtubers, Nicole Renee raves about this so I’m excited to see if I like it.

Milani Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
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I have never tried Milani’s eyeshadows and this new palette looks very promising. I love how high quality this looks and I like that it’s a good neutral palette with a mix of mattes and metallics. This is great for everyday work makeup. I am excited to try Milani’s formula but the only downside is I don’t think you can get these in store.

What cruelty free makeup products are on your wishlist?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty