Is Too Faced still cruelty free? I've heard that they weren't and then ibe heard that they were. I'm not sure if they are or not so I haven't purchased anything yet. And the same for tarte, I was told they are now.owned by a parent company:(

@Anonymous

Too Faced does not test on animals, no. Tarte does not test on animals but is owned by a parent company that does test on animals.

Brand Review for elf!(sorry for bad photo quality, my camera is out of commission and my phone is meh)
So these are the 14 products I own from elf (I actually have a brush but I’ve never tried it so I’m not going to review it).
First my overall feelings: I know people have very different opinions on elf - either it’s fantastic or terrible, but I just feel like this line is FANTASTIC but for two main reasons: 1. it’s vegan and 2. it’s inexpensive. Those two things don’t come together very often and here they exist in the form of very formidable products. Some of them are misses for me and for others, but others do exactly what they say they will for a dollar or three. I will always pick up some elf products when I’m at my local target and the next time the studio line is on sale I’m probably going to buy nearly everything.
My top five picks from the brand are: 1. elf Eyebrow kit2. elf Essential Clear Eyelash and Brow Gloss3. elf Clarifying Pressed Powder4. elf Blushes5. elf Flawless Finish Foundation
Now, I’m just going to do a quick run through by what the product of what I own:

From left to right, top to bottom:
elf Studio Lipsticks in Pink Mink and Rosy Go -Round - Pink Mink is more pigmented although I initially hated the color when I bought it, I now wear it regularly and like it. Rosy Go-Round is much more like a tinted lip balm in my opinion, so it was a little disappointing. For the price, though, great. 4/5
elf Under Eye Concealer and Brightener - This actually one of my favorite products. I don’t use it for under eyes, I actually use it for my eyebrows to really make them look neat and sharp. 5/5
elf Lip Lock Pencil - So, I’m not exactly sure if this is a good product or not, honestly. I’ve tried it a few times but only with OCC’s Lip Tars. I realized later on that I was using way too much product which is why my feathering was out of control, I think this did add to longevity, though. 4/5?
elf Clear Eyelash and Eyebrow Gloss - This is my second time purchasing it, they make a great eyebrow gel for $1, sold. 5/5
elf Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara - I’ve always feltlike a mascara is a mascara so whatever, that was until I found Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara and now shell out way too much for my lashes. This product is fine, I don’t reach for it except to maybe use on my brows sometimes. 3/5
elf Flawless Finish Foundation - This part is going to sound a little bit nutty. This is one of the best foundations I’ve ever worn. I have very, very dry and flaky skin so that is still apparent with this (as it has been with 60 dollar, 30 dollar, 1 dollar foundations my whole life) but for 6 bucks, I really like this. It matches my shade well (this is their lightest color) and it lasts for a long time with their primer. This might become my go-to foundation? Who would have thought! 5/5
elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium - I use this product every day for my eyebrows and prefer it over Tarte’s eyebrow mousse. The absolute best, even though I only use the wax part and not really the eyeshadow. 5/5
elf Blushes in Twinkle Pink and Candid Coral - Most of these blushes are meant to be dupes for NARS. I bought Twinkle Pink because it was a sort-of dupe for NARS’ Orgasm which was my favorite blush. I actually like the coloring in this blush better, it’s slightly more pink, the pigmentation isn’t as good (obviously) but this is still my primary blush. Candid coral is a really nice, subtle color on me and just great! 5/5
elf Mineral Face Primer in Redness Reducing - I read a lot of reviews that “this does nothing,” on their website, but I have a feeling that people expect to wear just this and have their red skin magically gone? It’s a foundation primer, and under my foundation it gets rid of my redness. Great dupe for the non-vegan, animal tested Smashbox primer which is what I used to use. Very happy. 5/5
elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer - Meh, I don’t really like this product that much. The blush is nice, all of elf’s blushes seem nice, but the “contouring” bronzer has so much sparkle in it you can’t contour with it and that’s what I bought it for. Supposed to be a NARS dupe of Laguna or something? For me, the mirror is the best part of this product. 2/5
elf Clarifying Pressed Powder - First, this is ONE DOLLAR. Second, it’s great! Fantastic! I carry this with me in my purse if my face is looking a bit red and this gives a nice natural finish. I adore it! 5/5
elf Everyday Brush Cleaner - Maybe if I was good at remembering to clean my brushes, I’d use this every day, but, I don’t. It’s fine though, I’m not going to rate it because I don’t think I can give a fair rating.

Brand overall: 4.5/5.
Hope this helped people who are interested in elf! Remember, the essentials brushes are *not* vegan. Some essentials products are packaged with them, so those products aren’t vegan either!
Edit: Also their makeup removing wipes & nail polish removing pads are great!

Brand Review for elf!
(sorry for bad photo quality, my camera is out of commission and my phone is meh)

So these are the 14 products I own from elf (I actually have a brush but I’ve never tried it so I’m not going to review it).

First my overall feelings: I know people have very different opinions on elf - either it’s fantastic or terrible, but I just feel like this line is FANTASTIC but for two main reasons: 1. it’s vegan and 2. it’s inexpensive. Those two things don’t come together very often and here they exist in the form of very formidable products. Some of them are misses for me and for others, but others do exactly what they say they will for a dollar or three. I will always pick up some elf products when I’m at my local target and the next time the studio line is on sale I’m probably going to buy nearly everything.

My top five picks from the brand are: 
1. elf Eyebrow kit
2. elf Essential Clear Eyelash and Brow Gloss
3. elf Clarifying Pressed Powder
4. elf Blushes
5. elf Flawless Finish Foundation

Now, I’m just going to do a quick run through by what the product of what I own:

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • elf Studio Lipsticks in Pink Mink and Rosy Go -Round - Pink Mink is more pigmented although I initially hated the color when I bought it, I now wear it regularly and like it. Rosy Go-Round is much more like a tinted lip balm in my opinion, so it was a little disappointing. For the price, though, great. 4/5
  • elf Under Eye Concealer and Brightener - This actually one of my favorite products. I don’t use it for under eyes, I actually use it for my eyebrows to really make them look neat and sharp. 5/5
  • elf Lip Lock Pencil - So, I’m not exactly sure if this is a good product or not, honestly. I’ve tried it a few times but only with OCC’s Lip Tars. I realized later on that I was using way too much product which is why my feathering was out of control, I think this did add to longevity, though. 4/5?
  • elf Clear Eyelash and Eyebrow Gloss - This is my second time purchasing it, they make a great eyebrow gel for $1, sold. 5/5
  • elf Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara - I’ve always feltlike a mascara is a mascara so whatever, that was until I found Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara and now shell out way too much for my lashes. This product is fine, I don’t reach for it except to maybe use on my brows sometimes. 3/5
  • elf Flawless Finish Foundation - This part is going to sound a little bit nutty. This is one of the best foundations I’ve ever worn. I have very, very dry and flaky skin so that is still apparent with this (as it has been with 60 dollar, 30 dollar, 1 dollar foundations my whole life) but for 6 bucks, I really like this. It matches my shade well (this is their lightest color) and it lasts for a long time with their primer. This might become my go-to foundation? Who would have thought! 5/5
  • elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium - I use this product every day for my eyebrows and prefer it over Tarte’s eyebrow mousse. The absolute best, even though I only use the wax part and not really the eyeshadow. 5/5
  • elf Blushes in Twinkle Pink and Candid Coral - Most of these blushes are meant to be dupes for NARS. I bought Twinkle Pink because it was a sort-of dupe for NARS’ Orgasm which was my favorite blush. I actually like the coloring in this blush better, it’s slightly more pink, the pigmentation isn’t as good (obviously) but this is still my primary blush. Candid coral is a really nice, subtle color on me and just great! 5/5
  • elf Mineral Face Primer in Redness Reducing - I read a lot of reviews that “this does nothing,” on their website, but I have a feeling that people expect to wear just this and have their red skin magically gone? It’s a foundation primer, and under my foundation it gets rid of my redness. Great dupe for the non-vegan, animal tested Smashbox primer which is what I used to use. Very happy. 5/5
  • elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer - Meh, I don’t really like this product that much. The blush is nice, all of elf’s blushes seem nice, but the “contouring” bronzer has so much sparkle in it you can’t contour with it and that’s what I bought it for. Supposed to be a NARS dupe of Laguna or something? For me, the mirror is the best part of this product. 2/5
  • elf Clarifying Pressed Powder - First, this is ONE DOLLAR. Second, it’s great! Fantastic! I carry this with me in my purse if my face is looking a bit red and this gives a nice natural finish. I adore it! 5/5
  • elf Everyday Brush Cleaner - Maybe if I was good at remembering to clean my brushes, I’d use this every day, but, I don’t. It’s fine though, I’m not going to rate it because I don’t think I can give a fair rating.

Brand overall: 4.5/5.

Hope this helped people who are interested in elf! Remember, the essentials brushes are *not* vegan. Some essentials products are packaged with them, so those products aren’t vegan either!

Edit: Also their makeup removing wipes & nail polish removing pads are great!

tagged as: vegan elf eyeslipsface eyes lips face review rowan

Is the only way I can know if my trader joes products are vegan and buying them in the future to look up every ingredient? Cause they all say no animal testing with a bunny and I thought other than honey they didn't use animal products in their stuff :( I thought this face lotion was okay but then I read hydrolyzed silk ugh. I've seen food labeled vegan there but not the other products

@Anonymous

You could look up the individual product, but yes? Sorry, I’m not really sure what to tell you! When searching vegan products you really can’t just assume things about products, I wouldn’t just assume some chili was vegan, you know?

You can bring a list of common non-vegan ingredients and check them and then once you know, you know. There are applications for smartphones that do this as well. But here’s a comment from a follower: “I used to work at Trader Joe’s and ingredients are changed often in their products. One should always read labels all of the time, an item that was vegan a month ago, may not be vegan today.” Sticking to all-vegan brand will help avoid this!

Label reading gets easier and eventually you just spot the non-vegan ingredients right away. Often I’ll pick something up and “carmine” is the first ingredient glaring at me, my partner experiences the same thing. I usually just pick up what I’m interested in and google “vegan” + the product name and someone else has already done the work for me. If not, I avoid those products and just buy brands I know are vegan.

Best of luck!

tagged as: vegan trader joes is it vegan trader joe's rowan

sootu:

I bought these two palettes from LunaTICK Cosmetic Labs during a 30% off sale of theirs. They are 100% vegan and offer custom palettes as well. I purchased them in Relic and Supernatural which are their two more neutral palettes.

Breakdown: They are $35 US dollars each, with a pressed or loose option. The pressed palettes have 5 pots with 1.3g of product in each. They are vegan, cruelty-free, and talc free.

First, let me just say that I absolutely adore the packaging on these. The occult motif is lovely and these are so adorable. 

Second, the product quality is incredible. I think this are sincerely the highest quality makeup products I have ever purchased and I’ve purchased a 60 dollar makeup product before. If I had more money I would buy all of their palettes and maybe even a custom one. I cannot recommend these too highly, honestly.

I’m just going to give them a 10/10, A+, 100%. The colors are soft, blendable, pigmented, creamy, and even without a primer. The swatches above have no primer underneath. I paid a good amount of money for these, but I think they are honestly worth more.

The color combinations they put together are also great. I love buying from 100% vegan companies and this is no exception. I have nothing bad to say.

Vegan palettes are much more difficult to find, so this is great!

tagged as: eyeshadow lunatick labs palettes review swatches

sootu:

DYK: There’s more product than just what’s in the tube in ELF lipsticks?

If you remove the little plastic color indicator at the bottom, there’s actually lipstick inside! If you have a lip brush you can have even more product after you run out!

I can’t believe I just realized this, anyone else know this!?

tagged as: elf tips lipstick

I noticed 7th generation tampons and also products from Trader Joes aren't on your vegan and cruelty free brands list and I wondered why and if I should avoid them? I buy a lot of my soaps, hair care, and facial care at trader joes because I thought they were cruelty free I hope I'm not missing something here.

@Anonymous

Seventh generation on it’s own is vegan and doesn’t test on animals, but they recently came out supporting a new law that would require animal tests and thinks that animal tests “sometimes” are acceptable. They fund/lobby for this law and I would not personally support them.

And Trader Joe’s brand isn’t entirely vegan… that’s why! A lot of the products are but not all of them. They usually label.

tagged as: vegan trader joe's seventh generation 7th generation rowan

What ingredients do you need to check for in nail polishes? Found a brand that doesn't test on animals, but I wanna be sure of the ingredients before I buy them.

@Anonymous

Traditionally, most nail polishes are vegan, you need to be careful that they also do not test on animals, first. Then, ingredients-wise, you should be careful of: pearl, guanine, serica, silk, and carmine primarily. But, there are such extensive lists of vegan nail polish brands that it would be better to just only shop from those to be sure and email other brands that aren’t on those lists.

tagged as: vegan nail polish nails rowan

My partner recently received an online subscription shaving service box called Harry’s. They are an entirely vegan company! Here’s his review:

I bought the Truman Set, which comes with the Truman handle (which he received in orange), three razor heads, one tube of shaving cream/gel, and a protective blade case for $15 US Dollars.

Harry’s says this is a month of shaving in a box, and then offers plans to ship new razor heads to you monthly plan. But I doesn’t grow a lot of facial hair, so this will definitely last more than a month.

  • Packaging, 5/5 - The design and packaging of this box is incredible. The individual item’s packaging are also beautiful. Everything has a nice matte finish or a slight shine to it.
  • Shaving Gel, 4.5/5 - The ingredients in the shaving gel are great, coconut oil feels awesome on your skin. It felt nice going on my skin, it’s a cream consistency but foams up a little bit on your face. The smell is also really nice, a little bit minty.
  • Razor Handle, 4.5/5 The vibrant color is nice, the online photo reflects it nicely, so I like that the pictures matched. It felt durable in my hand, sturdy with a nice weight, better than any other razor I’ve ever used.
  • Blade, 4/5 - My facial hair rinsed out of these easier than most others but still got stuck, which was a bit annoying. But, the blade slid nicely against my face, wasn’t irritating and the moisture strip was helpful. For the price, this blade was incredible. I only docked points because I hate spending a while to unclog the facial hair in my razor head. It has four individual blades.
  • Value, 5/5 - The initial handle is kind of expensive off the bad, but it’s an investment into the very inexpensive blades that can come with it.
  • Overall, 4.5/5

In the end, I think some improvements could be made but this is still the best razor I have ever used and provided the best shave I’ve ever had. I will be subscribing to the additional razors in the future, for sure. I’m extremely satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend this. It’s less expensive than those fancy, non-vegan razors you get at the grocery store and the experience and value make this 100% worth it.

This product is marketed towards men but I think the razor would be of good value for all!

tagged as: vegan shaving mens facial hair
veg-heads-unite:

(Review for the products in the august Vegan Cuts beauty box requested by @projectdollface @maryjane418) I received the Emani Mineral Hybrid Cream (in the shade “speechless”) with my august Vegan Cuts beauty box. The Vegan Cuts beauty box is a great way to try out the best vegan and cruelty free products. After watching the sneak peak for the august box, I’ll be Honest, it was the product I was least excited for. After getting the box and trying out this product…. It’s my favorite thing from this months box so far! It is AMAZING! Emani mineral hybrid cream is suitable for lips, cheeks, and eyes. I’ve tried it on all three but “speechless” looks best on my lips and cheeks, I think. It’s a pinky golden color with lots of shimmer. All the pictures I took don’t do it justice. I will definitely be buying this product again when I run out. WOW! I love it!

veg-heads-unite:

(Review for the products in the august Vegan Cuts beauty box requested by @projectdollface @maryjane418) I received the Emani Mineral Hybrid Cream (in the shade “speechless”) with my august Vegan Cuts beauty box. The Vegan Cuts beauty box is a great way to try out the best vegan and cruelty free products. After watching the sneak peak for the august box, I’ll be Honest, it was the product I was least excited for. After getting the box and trying out this product…. It’s my favorite thing from this months box so far! It is AMAZING! Emani mineral hybrid cream is suitable for lips, cheeks, and eyes. I’ve tried it on all three but “speechless” looks best on my lips and cheeks, I think. It’s a pinky golden color with lots of shimmer. All the pictures I took don’t do it justice. I will definitely be buying this product again when I run out. WOW! I love it!

tagged as: emani vegan cuts beauty box swatches rec

Hi, i'm starting to learn how to do special effects makeup but lots of prosthetics that are used are latex based which I know isn't vegan. Do you happen to know of any vegan special effects makeup items??

@Anonymous

Hey!

I don’t actually know a lot about special effects makeup. So I googled a bit and found some suggestions:

"Silicon is an option for making appliances. If you’re just creating textured skin effects, *Watermelon, Green Marble SeLr (in concentrate), gelatine, and Pros-Aide are great alternatives. *Watermelon is a product which is used to make bald caps, wrinkle / aged effects, and small wound effects. You can also purchase pre-made appliances. You can still use toilet / tissue paper with the above products for added effects. White glue will peel after a short while because it’s not made for the flexible texture of skin, also there is the lingering smell, which can cause nausea being so close to the nose to the person wearing it."

Here’s a guide with toilet paper.

This person offers vegan special effects makeup, perhaps you can contact them for advice? Just pretend to be ordering and ask what it’s made of?

Rockeresque has an entirely vegan beauty school that teaches special FX maybe they can help you if you contact them.

It seems that sticking to silicone is your best bet, though!

tagged as: special fx special effects vegan makeup rowan