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In 2017 I found myself shifting from a plant-based diet to an interest in living a vegan lifestyle. With this, I started doing more research about the cosmetic industry and animal testing. I decided that I would phase out my old products and only purchase cruelty-free brands.
This was a lot easier said than done–because companies are made up of many links and complex networks. One company might be cruelty-free, but their parent company is not. It took me quite some time to find new products to replace the old, but over the course of the year I was able to find quite a few!
I’ve done a few vegan beauty and skincare hauls in the past, but after all of my travels I had used up most of the products from 2017. In December I decided to look into a few items that I could use as staples, to keep my makeup minimalist and cruelty-free.
That’s when I came across bhcosmetics. I had never purchased from them before, but decided to give it a go! Within minutes I found exactly what I was looking for: a complete eyeshadow and highlighter palette, a concealer set, and two vegan makeup brushes.
I am typically quite minimal when it comes to makeup, and I wanted to have my staples all in one place. The Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition – 21 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette was the perfect fit, and the one that I found came with two vegan brushes (Brush V2 – Vegan Pointed Blending Brush and Brush V5 – Vegan Blending Brush)! This palette has 21 different shades, with shimmer shades being the majority. There are some great matte base shades in neutral colors as well.
What I love the most about this palette is that it has most of what I need in one place. The selection of eyeshadows and highlighters (and you may know that highlighter is my favorite makeup item!) is perfect for any occasion. The consistency of all the shades is quite buttery, and the color payoff is amazing. There is some fallout, but mostly in the palette and not when applied.
As you could probably tell from my love of highlighters, I am a fan of shimmer shades. This palette has a wide variety of them, in neutral and subtle colors. I have found myself reaching for shades I wouldn’t normally, like the shimmery purple shadow (which looks like a purple-silver when applied!) and gold-toned highlighter.
The vegan makeup brushes that I got are sturdy and beautiful, and work perfectly for applying highlight and blending shadow colors.
The last item I purchased was a Studio Pro Perfecting Concealer, as this was an item I had run out of when abroad (my skin was not loving the environmental changes in the slightest). This wheel is perfect for blending different shades together for a variety of problem areas. The yellow shade helps with any redness, and mixing a few of the lighter shades creates the perfect color for brightening my undereye circles (which, unfortunately, can sometimes be seen even through my glasses).
I’m very happy with my bhcosmetics order, and now have a minimal makeup collection that can travel with me. 🙂 To start off 2018, I wanted to host a giveaway! Another palette that received great reviews is the Be…by BubzBeauty palette. It’s a cruelty-free palette with a variety of shades, and I have left it unopened with the protective plastic over the outside so that you know it’s completely new. 🙂
You can enter using the form below (US entries only–I hope to expand to international soon!), and the contest will end on December 18th! What are your cruelty-free makeup essentials? I am always looking for recommendations!
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