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#ManiMonday – The Body Shop Just Peachy

Today for Manicure Monday we have a shade from The Body Shop. It is called Just Peachy, though I have no idea why. It’s what I would call a tomato orange because it’s mainly orange with a tinge of red. No peach what-so-ever. Regardless, it’s a really pretty summer shade and I love it! The formula is nice, though somewhat chip-prone on my nails. It is pretty even and opaque in just 1 coat, though I used 2. Really nothing of note about the formula or brushes of these polishes, but they do have some beautiful colors. I should point out that these full-size bottles are babies, containing 0.22oz / 6.8mL of polish, while other brands are typically 0.5oz / 15mL. Still, the colors are great and I’m not one to use the same shade repeatedly so I don’t mind the smaller size. It’s quite deceptive though so I wanted to point that out! I really enjoy the Colour Crush polishes and they are nice cruelty free polishes!

On Wednesday I should have another polish-related post. We’ll be hunting for the perfect nude! Hope to see you then and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Spring Polish Picks for 2015 ~ Priti NYC, Pacifica, LVX, Butter London, Flower & More!

The birds are chirping, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and bright green buds are popping up all around. That can only mean one thing – Spring is finally here! I absolutely love Spring and probably one of my favorite things to do in the Springtime is to bust out all of the fun colored nail polishes I have…and trying to resist buying more. J So I’ve dusted off my polishes and spent hours whittling down my favs (literally) so that I can share my Top 10 Spring Polishes with you this year! J (And please excuse my rough nails and somewhat messy painting job.)

The first polish I have is a continual favorite because it’s a nice neutral metallic that really could work anytime of year. I love it for Spring in particular because it’s a neutral that’s neither too boring, nor too dark and has that added interest with the subtle metallic flash. It is Flower Beauty’s “Fanatical Botanical.”It is shown painted with 2 coats (and the horrible imperfections are on my actual nails, not from the polish itself).

Moving on to a more traditional Spring pastel, we have Butter London’s “Kerfuffle.” This polish is just a nice pale peach that’s not so pale that it either blends with my skin tone or looks too stark against it. This can be painted in 2 coats if you’re careful, but since I had 10 to get through, I rushed it and 3 coats are shown.

Continuing up the price scale, but sticking on the lovely pastel train, we have Build Me Up Buttercupfrom Deborah Lippmann. Every time I look at this polish I get the song stuck in my head! It’s a lovely pale buttery yellow. I love this for Spring because it’s not too bright and for a yellow, it applies really well. It is not a streaky mess, and it doesn’t get all gloopy and streaky. This is shown with 3 coats, but 2 is probably workable when not holding your nails in the sunlight. Photos really show the imperfections in painting!

Sticking with the Deborah Lippmann, my next favorite is called Blue Orchid.” Again, this is just the perfect Springtime blue! Not too light or too dark, and not too bright and in-your-face. The formula is fantastic and is shown with 2 coats, though you might even be able to get away with one. This entire collection (I think it is from Spring 2014) is just superb – both colors and formula.

Next we have a shade from LVX which a 5-free vegan polish. The color is called Mynt and is subtly different from a traditional mint green. It’s a touch brighter with more of a “spring green” kind of tone to it. It’s a gorgeous polish and the brushes on the LVX polishes are really fantastic as well – not too thick or too thin and distribute the polish beautifully! This is shown with 3 coats, but should be perfect in 2 if you take more time between coats.

A pastel blue-green hybrid of sorts is Crown of Thorns from Priti NYC. I suppose this is a perfect Robin’s egg blue. It’s not quite blue, not quite green and just plain beautiful! JI think this might be possible to have evenly painted in 1 coat, but it is shown with 2. Priti NYC is also a 5-free Vegan polish brand with fantastic brushes.

Switching to the pinker side of purple, we have Crystal Orchid from Pacifica. I really like this shade partly because it’s so unique! It really doesstraddle the line of a pink and a pale lilac. I don’t think I have anything else quite like it. Again, beautiful formula and a fantastic brush from a 7-free Vegan company. This can be opaque in 1 coat, but I have shown it painted with 2 coats. Another weird little love about this polish is the handle – not only is it pretty, but it gives a bit of “grip” too, which really does seem to help with polishing.

If you’re looking for a slightly cooler pale lavender, check out A Grape Affair from The Body Shop. This definitely falls into the purple category, but is a beautiful pastel shade that is stunning in the Spring! I have painted 2 coats here, but this is another one that might be possible in just 1. And again, the brush is perfect!

For a bit of a transition from Spring into Summer, I have an orange that is definitely bold, but not quite as full-on super intense as I might pick in the dead of Summer. It is Tiddlyfrom Butter London. I kind of feel like it’s what you’d see if an orange creamsicle met an orange popsicle and they melted together. Whatever you want to call it, I love it for Spring because it’s just softened enough that it doesn’t quite feel Summery…yet! This is shown with 3 coats, but may be fine with 2 if you let the coats dry more between.

Last but not least, we have a gorgeous (and highly affordable at 99¢) strawberry polish. The color is appropriately called “Grasping at Strawberries” from Wet n Wild’sWild Shine range! Again, it makes me think Summer is nearly here, but it’s not quite a tomato red that would seem more summery. It looks mostly red in the photo, but there is a definite pink undertone in person. It’s one of those shades that sometimes looks pink, other times looks red. This is shown with 2 coats.

That’s going to do it for my Spring Polish Picks this year! I hope you’ve enjoyed this pastel candy-coated love affair. J If you’d like to see some of my earlier Seasonal Polish Picks, they are linked below. Surprisingly this is my first installment for Spring! Please leave a comment with some of your favorite shades because I always love hearing about new polishes! Apparently a girl can never have too many. JThank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!!

Best of 2014 – Lips & Tips (Lots of Pics!) – Lipstick Queen, Bite Beauty, Butter London, Burt’s Bees & MORE

For better or worse, we have reached the end of the Best of 2014. Today we are focusing on Lips & Tips (aka Nails). This is probably my favorite, but most challenging category because I switch my lip and nail colors almost constantly. Having said that, these colors may not have been worn a ton, but they definitely had more frequent repeats than others. And I should also note that I’m focusing more on the color than the formula in this post. However, if I don’t like a formula, I’m not likely to wear the color very often either so these all have at worst, a decent formula. Enough of the chit chat, I bring you the Best of Lips & Tips for 2014!

I’ll start with what has probably been my favorite new release this year. I didn’t give these a try until maybe October, but from that point on they were practically the only lip colors I wore. They are the new Butter London Moisture Matte Lipsticks. I am not a huge fan of matte lipsticks, but the formula of these is incredible! They are incredibly comfortable and remain so all day long. They wear well too, but I’m not a huge fan of the color range. I love the two shades that I have, but the rest just don’t look that exciting to me. After just explaining that I was focusing on color not formula, I’ve managed to ramble on about a formula and not even mention the colors. J The two I have and adore are, Loved Up and Ruby Murray. They are both great Fall/Winter shades in that they are deep, berry-ish shades. They are absolutely stunning and I really cannot rave about the formula enough. Excellent job on the Moisture Matte Lipsticks!

Loved Up & Ruby Murray

My next favorite is unfortunately not available anymore. I feel kind of bad including it, but it was definitely a repeat offender in my makeup bag this year. It is the shade Damaskfrom Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose Lipstick collection. Again, the formula of these lipsticks is incredible, but Damask is just such a nice, wearable pink that is pretty much always appropriate. To see swatches and learn more about these lipsticks, check out my post with all 4 shades here. Love, love, love the Bite Beauty Lipstick in Damask.

Over the Spring and Summer, my lipstick shades were much brighter and more colorful. I managed to step out of my comfort zone this year and go for some more orange-y toned shades. My favorite of the bunch was probably from the NYX Butter Lipsticksand it was the shade Fireball. I could not get enough of this shade in the Spring/Summer. The formula is ok, but the color is just a perfect dip-your-toes-in kind of orange. Not too opaque, but still definitely with good color payoff. And much to my surprise, I loved the way Fireball looked on my lips! The NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball was definitely a winner this year!

Keeping with the Summer Lovin’, I could not stop reaching for a lipstick from the Endless Summercollection by Lipstick Queen. It is the shade Stoked and it is another one that’s a bit out of my comfort zone. It’s kind of a pinky-coral that, like the Butter Lipstick, is a bit more sheer. There’s definitely still plenty of color there, but it’s not 100% in-your-face opaque. I definitely prefer that when going for a shade I’m not quite accustomed to. I should add that the Lipstick Crayon in “Chase” is quite similar in color and another absolute staple this past Summer, but the Lipstick edged it out by just a hair. The Lipstick Queen lipsticks that I have tried are all quite comfortable with good lasting power and this year I not only fell in love with the brand, but Stokedwas in heavy rotation. J

Finally on the lip color front is one of the Lip Crayons from Burt’s Bees. Actually, I have a number of favorite shades (I’ll mention them all), but one really stood out as a great every day kind of pinkish-nude shade. It is the color Sedona Sands. Not gonna lie, I actually thought this color would look awful on me from online swatches, but much to my surprise it is the color I have worn the most! JIt is a matte formula that’s not the creamiest, but it’s not uncomfortable in any way either. It is by no means my favorite formula, but I really love pretty much all of the shades – they’re kind of unusual as well. My other favorites are Redwood Forest – another one that I thought would look terrible, but it’s a gorgeous brownish-reddish hybrid that totally works – and Napa Vineyard, which is an appropriately named wine shade. The formula of the Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons is nothing spectacular, but the colors are truly worth checking out. Sedona Sands is my perfect nude and I absolutely love it!
Clockwise from Left Center: Sedona Sands, Redwood Forest & Napa Vineyard

Sedona Sands, Redwood Forest & Napa Vineyard

Sedona Sand & Redwood Forest

One more notable mention more for formula than a specific shade are The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks and Lip Shines. I really like these formulas. They are both very creamy, hydrating and so comfortable on the lips. There are tonsof shades to choose from, though the online swatches aren’t terribly accurate. The Lipsticks are just that – opaque lipsticks, while the Lip Shines are a bit more sheer. The Body Shop was definitely on point in 2014 with their lipstick formulas.
Clockwise from Left Center: Lip Shine in Fuchsia Flirt, Lipstick in Coral
Blush & Lipstick in Hot Date

Lip Shine in Fuchsia Flirt, Lipsticks in Coral Blush & Hot Date
Hot Date

So, now we move into nails. Since my nails would be even more of a disaster without a base coat, I will start with one that I absolutely cannot live without! It is the new Nails Inc. NailKale Base Coat. I won’t waffle on about it too long since I reviewed it here, but it is infused with Kale – kinda weird, I know – and it really does seem to add some strength to my brittle, peeling nails. Aside from the gorgeous packaging, it has what is my perfect brush too – paddle shaped in a medium width. So perfect! It also dries really fast which I appreciate. Anything to speed up the manicure process is good in my book! So excellent work on the NailKale Base Coat, Nails Inc.!

Sticking with the basics, I found a surprisingly excellent Top Coat this year from Flower Beauty! I had been hunting for an affordable top coat that actually dried quickly, was glossy and didn’t flake off immediately. Well, Flower managed to achieve it! My most important criteria was the dry time and this stuff dries fast. I feel like within a minute or two, I can actually touch my polish – gently – and not worry about it smudging. That might be an exaggeration, but basically by the time I finish one hand, it seems dry to a gentle touch. To read more about it, check out my review here. Absolutely love the Flower Beauty Top Coat.

Getting on to the colors, I wore this combination for Christmas – I know, a late entry, but it’s flippin’ fantastic! – and I am so in love that I’m trying to convince myself why I shouldn’t paint it again already. (Too late. I did it!) It starts with a rather unremarkable color that is Zoya’s Kristen and is topped with the most amazing of toppers – the Snowflake Effect Polish in Whitechapel from Nails Inc. Oh. My. God. So beautiful and so perfect for Winter. It’s like a sparkly snowy day on your nails. The greyish blue underneath the white bar glitter and microglitters in white and iridescent-y gold is just unbelievably beautiful. You need Zoya’s Kristen and Nails Inc. Whitechapel for the frosty Winter weather.

Zoya Kristen

I’ll do a few quick mentions of some of my other favorite shades this year. My perfect Fall shade came from Pacifica and it is the shade Red Red Wine. It is such a beautiful deep reddish-wine polish. The formula is fantastic as well! For the Summer, I loved Illamasqua’s Collide which has almost a jelly finish in a neon pick hue. Really pretty and so summery. I also really enjoyed Butter London’s Stroppy this Summer for it’s crazy purple-y fuchsia glittery-ness. Also a definite standout. Finally I have to include a baby blue because I was obsessed with baby blues in 2014. My favorite was probably Deborah Lippmann’s Blue Orchid, though Priti NYC’s Baby Blue Eyes and Julie G’s Santorini (a limited edition shade) were also fantastic. I am such a total nail polish junkie that my favorites will probably change in 10 minutes, but as of this moment, these were the standout shades of 2014. J
Clockwise from Left: Butter London Stroppy, Illamasqua Collide, Pacifica
Red Red Wine & Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid

Butter London Stroppy

Illamasqua Collide

Pacifica Red Red Wine

Priti NYC Baby Blue Eyes

I guess we have reached the end of my Best of 2014 Series. I could include a lot more products, but each installment is plenty long enough as it is! I hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting 2014 with me and will follow along some more during 2015. Things are still a bit crazed in my world so I’m not sure how regular my posting will be, but I’m going to do my best. This blog is a nice way to escape into something a bit more fun and relaxing, so it’s definitely a nice escape and a much needed break from the daily grind. I wish you all the best for the coming year…well, the current year now…and I thank you so, so much for coming along on this little blog journey with me. I hope I will see you again soon for my next post…whatever it may be! J

For more Best of Picks, check out these posts:

Best of 2014 – Skin Care, Body Care & Hair Care

Best of 2014 – Face Makeup & Tools

Continuing on with the avalanche of annual favorites, today we have the Best in Face Makeup & Tools. Kind of a strange grouping but trust me, it works. J Since the Tools are pretty much all used with Face Makeup, it actually makes sense. So, now that we know what we’re waffling on about, let’s actually do it! J

Probably the best product in the face makeup category that I have tried in 2014 comes from IT Cosmetics and it is the Bye Bye Redness. I guess you’d call it a color-correcting concealer because it really shines for covering up redness, but it can really cover up any kind of imperfection with ease. It’s meant to be used under foundation since it is only available in one shade, but because my skin tone is pretty similar, I often wear it over foundation as well. I have to a bit careful with it because it is quite thick and can emphasize pores, but I find if it’s used sparingly in targeted areas it doesn’t become much of a problem. Since this past year has been filled with red, angriness on my face, the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness has been a life saver (you can read more about it here)!

I’m going to switch things up a bit and move on to a tool! Not only that, it’s a new entrant into the brush realm. I’m talking about Flower Beauty’s new Lip Brush! I don’t actually use it for lipstick, but for concealer (usually the Bye Bye Redness). It’s a nice, dense small flat brush that works perfectly for covering up any pesky trouble spots. I’m torn about the handle because it is a rather cheap feeling plastic, but that also means it’s quite lightweight. Plus I really love the shape of the handle. It looks really gorgeous and it’s affordable as well! J Well done with the Lip Brush, Flower Beauty!

Another concealing tool that I have absolutely loved this year is simply called the Concealer Brush from ELF. This brush is ideal for blending concealer under the eyes. The size and shape is perfect for that area. The bristles are soft and splay out just enough to seamlessly blend without wiping away product. It’s genius – and it’s even more affordable than the Flower Brush. Run, don’t walk to grab the ELF Concealer Brush!

My last tool entry for the year is one that I use for pretty much anything and everything. I’ve used it for blending eye shadow, setting powder, applying both liquid and powder concealers, wiping away fall out. You name it, this brush can do it! It is the Setting Brush from Real Techniques. Again, an affordable brand too! JThis brush is a real powerhouse and is a must-have for anyone.

Getting back to face favorites, I have a few blushes to share. I tend to swap out blush rather frequently, but these formulas definitely deserve a mention. The first set of blushes I fell in love with over the Summer and they are the All-In-One Blushers from The Body Shop. My favorite shade is probably Guavabecause it’s just a nice, bright, pigmented matte pinky-coral. It’s a beautiful color and the formula meshes nicely with the skin. It also wears well and it definitely deserves more attention!

Next, there are the much-hyped Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. These blushes have the most incredible silky smooth texture and on the skin, they just make the healthiest looking glow. There’s no glitter or shimmer, just luminous goodness. I really love Ethereal Glow for a blush topper that gives that “kissed by an angel” effect (you can read more of my thoughts here). I also love Mood Exposure, which is a surprisingly beautiful neutral plum that works with any look. I have it in the Blush Palette, which you can read more about here. The Ambient Lighting Blushes get a lot of hype, but it’s well deserved because they truly are beautiful.

A perennial blush favorite that needs inclusion this year are the NARS Blushes. Everyone raves about them and they definitely deserve it. The powders are soft and blendable, nicely pigmented and they wear well. In the Summer I could not put down the shade Torrid, which is a nice shimmering peach-leaning pink. Then in the Fall, Outlaw was never far from my reach. It’s a gorgeous almost duo-chrome shade of berry-plum laced with a golden sheen. It looks a bit scary swatched, but it is absolutely stunning on the cheeks! A common favorite among beauty lovers, the NARS Blushesdefinitely found a permanent place in my heart in 2014.

Finally I have my last face favorite. I’m not a big highlighter person, but this year I may have been converted…at least a little bit. JThe Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight is just absolutely stunning! Depending on how it’s applied, it can look incredibly natural, or it can be built up for a more intense glow. It’s not glittery or sparkly, just a beautiful natural looking highlight. If you’re a bit frightened by highlighters, or just want one with a buildable natural finish, definitely check out the Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight.

So that does it for my Face Makeup & Tools Favorites of 2014. See, they actually do make sense together! As with the last installment, my prior annual picks will be linked below as well as the other posts for this year. I hope you are enjoying them and I hope you have the strength to return for the next installment in a few days! J

Best of 2014 – Skin Care, Body Care & Hair Care

Well, 2014 has come to a close and if I’m completely honest, I think I’m really glad about that. It’s been a bit of a rough year. It started strange and ended equally odd, though there were plenty of highlights in the middle. But now is that time where we put all that to the past and look ahead to the fantastic future that must surely be awaiting, right? J However, the year wouldn’t be complete without a roundup of the Best Products of 2014 now, would it?! Because it’s so hard to include everything in a single blog post without it becoming an epic novel, I’m going to break this up a bit. Today I’m going to share my favorite picks for Skin Care, Body Care & Hair Care. I am trying not to repeat things from previous years (all of which are linked at the bottom of this post), but if I do it will be noted and it will only be done because I really haven’t found anything better. I don’t have items to fit into specific categories either – for instance, I don’t have a favorite foundation for 2014 so you won’t see one. I have just stuck to products that truly stood out to me regardless of their categories. So, without further ado, I bring you the Best Skin Care, Body Care & Hair Care of 2014! J

Something that I’ve actually never ever mentioned that has become a definite staple in my routine is up first. It is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop. It is by far the best makeup remover I’ve tried. I use it for my entire face, including my eyes, and it makes everything disappear with the littlest of effort. Of note for quick touch-ups is the Camomile Eye Makeup Remover. Works like a charm as well, but without any oil left behind to ruin further makeup application. The Body Shop is definitely a fantastic choice for removing makeup.

I have discovered an eye cream that I absolutely adore this year as well. It is from Ole Henricksen(which is cruelty free to the best of my knowledge, but I cannot get a response from the company directly). Their Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Cream SPF 15 is everything I needed in a daytime eye cream. I am such a fan of the fact that there’s SPF included because it seems so rare that eye creams include it. I don’t need sun damage and wrinkles around my eyes when they’re already prone to such ailments! If that’s not enough for you, I swear it immediately brightens and lightens the insanely dark circles under my eyes. It’s a fantastic cream – a bit on the thick side, but it blends beautifully. I definitely recommend the Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Cream from Ole Henricksen!

Moving on to body care, my absolute must have, cannot live without find of the year has to be Coconut Oil. Any brand will do, just give me some Coconut Oil if you expect me to have smooth, hair-free legs! I cannotshave my legs without it. That’s really the main reason I use Coconut Oil, though it has about 1 million additional beauty uses. For me, shaving my legs is just a no-go without Coconut Oil (I wrote all about it here).

Another fantastic find this year has been the Hang Ten Sunscreens. I mainly use them in the summer because I’m super lazy in the winter, but Hang Ten makes the best sunscreens I have ever found – and I’ve tried all of their variations, each with fantastic results. They are just so easy to blend, non-greasy, no white cast, great protection, and so on. If you’d like to read more about Hang Ten Sunscreens, I have written more about them here, here and here.

My favorite body moisturizer this year comes from Deep Steep. It’s a product that I wasn’t at all sure I would like using, but it has proven to be the nicest, quickest way to hydrate and soften my skin! What is it? It’s the Dry Oil Body Spritzer! They come in the most amazing scents – my favorite is the Brown Sugar Vanilla – and are so easy to use. Just spray, rub in and go. They actually are dry oils, so no grease here and I can’t say enough great things about the Deep Steep Dry Oil Body Spritzers (for more about them, check out my full review here).

Perhaps the weirdest find of the year comes from a brand called Flexitol and it is the Diabetic Foot Balm for Rough, Dry & Cracked Feet. Yup, you read that correctly. I still have not actually tried this on my feet, but I love it for my insanely dry and flaky elbows. It works wonders. If you want to read my full rave, check it out here and then run out to find the Flexitol Diabetic Foot Balm for all your troublesome dry spots! J

Sticking on the dry skin train, I have a hand cream love of the year. It’s not a new find this year, but I definitely fell in love with it this year. It is from Out of Africaand it is the Pure Shea Butter Hand Cream. I love the Verbena scent because it’s light, fresh and clean with a bit of zest. The cream itself is a nice thick and nourishing texture that manages to melt into the skin nicely without leaving behind a lot of grease. If your hands are dry and even cracking, the Pure Shea Butter Hand Creamwill soften them right up! It’s fantastic stuff!

Lastly, we have a lonely hair care item. I would add a couple more, but check my December Favorites here if you’d like to hear more about them and the reason I didn’t really want to include them just yet. But back to the definite hair go-to for 2014 – Giovanni’s Don’t Be Flaky! Soothing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Since I seem to get a touch of the white flakies now and then, I add a bit of this Anti-Dandruff Shampoo in with whatever other shampoo I may be using at the time to nix the white bits. I like to combine it with another shampoo because my hair is heavily bleached and I try to stick with color care type products for the best results (lately it’s with a purple color-correcting shampoo). I find that even without using this full strength, it does a great job at controlling dandruff. Plus it is mighty difficult to find an affordable cruelty free anti-dandruff shampoo! But this fits all bills. JIf you’re suffering from dandruff, or even just a dry or irritated scalp, definitely look into the Giovanni Don’t Be Flaky! Soothing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

I think that’s going to do it for my 2014 Skin, Body & Hair Care Favorites! There are a few other mentions I could add (I’m looking at you Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter!), but I don’t want to repeat too many prior annual favorites. Should you be interested in what some of my picks were in prior years, they will be linked at the end of this post and should open in a separate window. Anyway, I hope you found this enjoyable, as I always love writing these types of posts. It is so interesting to go back through the year and see what I’ve loved and forgotten and what’s stayed a diehard favorite day in and day out. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for other Annual Favorite Categories because more are headed your way soon! JThank you so much for joining me in 2014, and I hope to see you again throughout 2015!!! J

10 Cruelty Free Lipsticks for Fall Under $10 w/ Lip Swatches

I know this may be a bit late, but I’ve been planning to post my Top 10 Cruelty Free Lipsticks Under $10 for Fall for quite a while now. It’s just taken me forever to make up my mind and narrow it down! JTechnically it is still Fall and I would say that pretty much any of these colors are fantastic for Winter as well, so I think it’s still appropriate. And, perhaps best of all, they’re all under $10 (ok there’s one cheat, but it’s oftenunder $10)! Of course they’re cruelty free as well. How can you go wrong? J This post only focuses on the colors and swatches, but I may do a second post discussing the formulas a bit. Let me know if you’re interested in that kind of post. Also, I have included info about parent companies at the end since I know that makes a difference to some as to a cruelty free status. I’m excited to get on with things, so let’s look at the shades and the swatches!!! J

1 – Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands $8.99
matte nude with a touch of pink
2 – Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig $5.00
glossy nude-y brown tinted lip balm
3 – NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops $6.00
slightly glossy pinkish-brown nude
4 – Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Rose Femme $5.99 (I’ve never seen them less than $6.29)
satin rose brown
5 – The Body Shop Colour Statement Lipstick in #335 Hot Date $12.50 (They are always having sales where you can purchase these lipsticks for as much as 40% off!)
slightly shiny plummy brown
6 – Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest $8.99
matte browned red
7 – Flower Beauty Lip Suede Lip Chubby in Berry-more $7.98
matte medium bright berry
8 – Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stain in Cranberry Crush $2.99
glossy cranberry
9 – Flower Beauty High Shine Kiss Stick in Rose Bud $6.98
glossy classic red
10 – Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy $2.99
matte purple-toned berry
So there you have it for my Top 10 Cruelty Free Lipstick Under $10. I hope you enjoyed and please leave a comment with any of your own favorites as well. I feel like I don’t give inexpensive products enough attention on the blog, so I will try to do more posts like this in the future if you’ve enjoyed it. I know it can be difficult to find inexpensive cruelty free makeup, and I must admit that I tend to gravitate to the pricey alternatives that can be easier to find and more consistent in quality. There are many gems out there, and I find lipsticks are some of the most fun! JI hope you enjoyed this as much as I did putting it together and I hope to see you around next time!!! J
Sedona Sands, Fig, Pops, Rose Femme, #335 Hot Date, Redwood Forest,
Berry-more, Cranberry Crush, Rose Bud & Sugar Plum Fairy
Sedona Sands, Fig, Pops, Rose Femme, & #335 Hot Date
Redwood Forest, Berry-more, Cranberry Crush, Rose Bud & Sugar Plum Fairy
Cruelty Free / Parent Company Information:
Burt’s Bees’parent company is Clorox, but Burt’s Bees remains cruelty free.
NYX Cosmetics has been purchased by L’Oreal, but at least for now remains cruelty free.
Milani, which is the parent company of Jordana, has been the subject of some debate recently. On Milani’s website they state that, “Milani Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand. We do not test our products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Our Brand is certified by both PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program (CCIC)as cruelty-free.” Some cruelty free bloggers like Tashina from Logical Harmony take issue with Milani’s & Jordana’s claims. For more on that, check out Tashina’s post here.
The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal, but has remained cruelty free.
Flower Beauty is cruelty free.
Wet n Wild is cruelty free.

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