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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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

Skincare Gems

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It’s always been important for me to use natural, cruelty-free skincare products. I have recently found some hidden gems that have changed my skin. Here’s what I have been loving…

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray
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I recently discovered Farmacy while trying to find a cruelty-free cleansing balm. I first tried their Green Clean cleansing balm which is now a staple in my collection. My friend recommended this skin mist to me so I actually bought the travel box set which included it. This mist smells amazing and fresh, just like limes. I love to spray this on my face after washing my face and then go in with the next product I will talk about. It really hydrates and gives my skin a healthy dewy, glow. Since it is an essences, it will make your other skincare products works even better.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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At first I was hesitant to try a firming product because I only use products for acne and dry skin. The first time I tried this overnight, I woke up in the morning and immediately noticed that the two lines across my forehead were almost completely gone. I could not believe I had seen such a drastic difference over one night. I love to put this on after I spray the skin dew on my face.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

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This mask is so cool. Well actually, it’s hot. It’s a warming gel mask, so as you rub it onto your face, it warms up and turns white. After washing it off, my face felt so clean and soft. I then followed up with the firming balm and essence for the perfect skincare cocktail.

Lips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm

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Lanolips makes my favorite lip balms. I recently discovered this brand last year at Ulta. The packaging intrigued me so I decided to pick one up. The strawberry one is so nice. You can put it on thick and use it overnight as a lip mask, or you can put it on lightly as an everyday lip balm. I also get very dry around my mouth, so I put some balm on the dry patches overnight and it’s so much better in the morning.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream

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Coming out of the winter season, my hands are still dry. My least favorite hand creams are ones that stay wet, thick or sticky on your hands. A lot of people love the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream but a body cream wasn’t what I needed. I specifically needed a hand cream and I am so glad I got this. It smells just as good as the Bum Bum cream but this goes on your skin so light and it dries instantly. However, it doesn’t feel like it did nothing for your skin. It really feels like it sinks right into your skin.

What are your skincare gems?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

It’s almost time for the Sephora VIB sale! Sephora does two major sales during the Fall and the Spring. The Spring sale begins with Rouge members receiving 15% off starting April 13 – April 16 and then VIB and Rouge members receive 15% off from April 20 – April 23. I don’t always shop the sale, but this year I might. Here’s some products on my wishlist.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Somewhere, Anywhere – Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon Collection
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I saw the swatches for these lip crayons on Instagram and I was immediately captivated. My favorite colors for Spring/Summer are bold neon reds and oranges. This limited-edition set includes the three lip crayons from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 fashion show along with a little bag. The set retails for $59 which is kind of crazy, but I really love lip crayons and I adore these colors. What to do?!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
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This primer has gotten a lot of hype on Youtube. I have combo skin but mainly dry skin, so I tend to use moisturizing primers. However, I can’t seem to find a good primer that actually moisturizes. This retails for $42 but I might pick up the mini size for $15 because it is cheaper per ounce.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
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I must admit, this mask is intriguing to me because of the packaging. I have been on the hunt to find more masks so I might give this one a go. Summer Fridays is a new brand created by beauty blogger Marianna Hewitt. So far she has only released this mask but I’m sure there will be more to come. The mask retails for $48 which seems kind of expensive for the size tube you get. I really do want to try it though. Decisions, decisions.

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
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When the Glitter & Glow shadows first launched, I picked one up right away. Now they have a Shimmer & Glow formula which I would very much enjoy because I prefer a metallic eye opposed to a glittery eye. The two colors I love best are Jezebel, described as a shimmering rose gold and La Douce, described as a shimmering warm gold green. These retail for $24 each, so if I don’t get both, I will definitely get one.

What do you want or plan to pick up during the sale? Also, if you have cruelty-free recommendations, please leave them in a comment. Thanks!

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

March Favorites

FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

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Cleansing balms are my favorite product to remove makeup. I have tried many, and one that has made it on my top list is the Green Clean by Farmacy. This product is so refreshing on my face. It smells like lemon-lime and it doesn’t leave an oily residue after washing it off.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand
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I had heard about this highlighter from Jamie Paige on Youtube and when she swatched it in her video, I knew I had to get this highlight. This is one of the most blinding highlights I have ever tried. You need to try this, that’s all I can say.

Physicians Formula Healthy Lip Liquid Lipstick in Vitamin Beet

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There is something so unique about this liquid lipstick formula. First of all, they smell so fresh and they feel super lightweight. They do not dry down completely matte. Instead, they give your lips a healthy, plump look and it doesn’t accentuate texture or lines on your lips. I know a lot of us are over the super dry, matte lips, so this is a great new alternative for spring!

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette has been receiving many mixed reviews and I must admit, I don’t think it is a good representation of Natasha Denona shadows. However, I actually found myself reaching for this a lot in March. The matte shadows are actually very good. The colors are right up my alley and I like that I can get a complete look from this palette. The metallics only seem to show up when I use my finger, but I don’t mind. The size also attracts me because it’s so travel friendly.

Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara

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I got this mascara in my March Boxycharm and it has quickly become a favorite. My favorite kinds of mascara are the ones with bushy bristles like this one and the Better than Sex by Too Faced. This immediately makes my lashes, bold, dark and thick. It is a little clumpy but honestly, I kind of like that look.

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A go-to coat I bought in March was this faux suede biker jacket from Zara. I am obsessed with pastel pink and biker jackets are one of my favorite style jackets. It was still a little to cold to wear this in March but I can’t wait to start getting more use out of it in April.

What did you love in March?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Tips on How to go Cruelty-Free

A lot of people love animals and are interested in going cruelty-free with their makeup. However, not everyone knows where to start. Here are my top tips on how to make the switch to cruelty-free beauty and makeup products. This is exactly how I made the switch.

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Which companies test on animals? That is the first question we need to answer. My favorite source that will help us answer this is Cruelty-Free Kitty. Here you can find up to date lists of companies that do and do not test on animals. I recommend checking out her “Companies That Test on Animals” post. You can get an overall idea of the companies that test on animals and while going through the list, you can start to do step two!

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While you are scrolling through the list of non cruelty-free makeup, I find it the perfect time to start organizing your makeup collection. You can make two or three piles. 1. Cruelty-free 2. Non cruelty-free and 3. Unsure. If you have products that weren’t listed on the website, put these in the unsure pile. You can go back later and do more specific research.

Once you have your piles you can make the decision to either continue using the non cruelty-free products and not repurchase when they are empty, or you can trash or donate the products. I know trashing the products can be difficult because you have spent money on them. That’s why I would personally either use them up or donate, just long as you promise not to repurchase.

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Finding dupes has really made it easy for me to be cruelty-free. Once you realize that you can find a similar cruelty-free product that works the same, if not better than your non cruelty-free product, you’ve hit the jackpot! Here’s some of my favorite dupes.

Get the Colourpop No Filter concealer instead of the Maybelline Fit Me concealer.
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Get the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara instead of the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara.
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For a color dupe of Mac’s Velvet Teddy, get the Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lip color in the shade Bare it All.
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I really hope this was helpful for those of you who are interested in going cruelty free. For those of you who weren’t interested in going cruelty-free, I hope I inspired you to make the change. With these tips, it is simple, but if you have anymore questions, please leave me a comment.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

DIY Natural Face Masks

glowing skin
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice

hydrated skin
1/2 ripe avocado mashed
1 tbsp honey

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1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tomato mashed

Let me know if you’ve tried or try these and what is your favorite DIY face mask?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty