I don’t need to tell any of you what a classic brand Covergirl is – it was around before I was born, and was very consistent about producing new and innovative products. But most recently they took a step that (imho) is the smartest move they’ve ever made: they went cruelty-free. Although I’m not perfect, as no one is, knowing that a makeup brand is cruelty-free is pretty much an instant sell. And knowing that CG has been coming out with some great products lately – at least according to all my favorite beauty gurus – I was even more eager to go forth and explore what I will be able to enjoy from now on with a clear conscience.
The search for the perfect concealer can be daunting. Yes, the industry is giving us more and more high quality options – Maybelline Age Rewind, Tarte Shape Tape – but it can still be challenging to locate the one that works for you specific skin type, in the specific area you’re focusing on. I have been in the market for a good under eye concealer as of late, and although I have a few that work great for me, I wanted to explore the market and see if any other brands could make me happy. I found the new Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer at Sephora (also available at Clinique counters) and gave it a whirl.
My normal daily routine has been interrupted somewhat recently, which in turn has upped the stress level in my life, so I decided a bit of retail therapy was in order. As I wandered around Ulta – because why not – I noticed that Revlon had come out with a new line of lip colors. And more importantly they were on sale, so of course I had to grab a couple of them.
I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I purchased a piece of Wet N’Wild beauty. It’s easily been fifteen years, but possibly longer. WNW wasn’t exactly always known for the higher quality products that are currently giving them more attention in the beauty community. Wet N’ Wild was there for when you needed something quickly and were on a serious budget, and you definitely got what you paid for. These days however, they are getting much more positive attention for items like their foundation, their highlighters and even their makeup setting spray.
I am here to admit a new found affection for E.L.F. cosmetics. I had taken something of a break from purchasing any of their products, as I hadn’t been having much luck with them, and there were other drugstore brands out there that were giving me better performance for only slightly more money. But recently they have been, to put it colloquially, “stepping up their game,” bringing a line of new cosmetics and even skincare that are of a higher quality than in the past, but still at that reasonable price line that we all expect from the brand. I recently picked up a few of their items that, while not extremely new, are ones that I hadn’t tried before, and wanted to let you know how they worked out.
I am a massive animal lover. And also being a lover of all things beauty, it’s nice to be able to make those two loves compatible by the use of cruelty-free cosmetics. Disclaimer: I understand that this topic can be a little sensitive, as it is a moral issue and a personal choice that everyone has the right to make for themselves. I am not claiming to be exclusively cruelty-free, although I would eventually like to get to that point. So this isn’t me preaching at anyone, I’m simply discussing brands that I enjoy and bringing it from my own perspective. So let’s get to it…