Firstly, I should mention that these items were part of my first ever makeup haul earlier this fall. I am 23 years old, but had never had the desire to experiment with makeup past the occasional eyeliner until a few months ago. Makeup simply seemed a bit frivolous, very mysterious, and a little intimidating.
Etsy is generally my first choice for anything nowadays- from fabric or clothing to special occasion gifts- because I love supporting the creative entrepreneurs on the site from all over the world. Most of these things were purchased through Etsy, save the highlighter purchased through Aillea and the lipstick that I already had.
While I always try to avoid plastic whenever I can, I gave myself a pass on these because I knew next to nothing about makeup at the time and just wanted to try some simple plant-based products.
None of the ones that I picked were tested on animals- though the Vapour Halo Illuminator does include beeswax and carmine. Normally, I’d steer away from those ingredients for ethical reasons but I somehow missed them as I was reading through the ingredient list. Oh well, I enjoy the product anyway 🙂 I also do recommend it, if you aren’t vegan.
Here are the natural products I use and enjoy 🙂 along with their ingredients.
Brows Pomade by Addictive Cosmetics
Ingredients: Candelia Wax, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Sericite Mica, Oxides, Magnesium Stearate
I’m starting this off with brow filler because it might be the single best way to accent your eyes- I think so, anyway. I had never tried this before but after a brief search on Etsy, I came across this pomade and have been very impressed with it!
I really like that it has a straightforward ingredients list, is vegan, and stays on so well. It is packaged in plastic, but I believe it should last me a very long time given how far it goes.
Foundation Serum and Tinted Moisturizer by Pure Lips
Ingredients: (*Organic) – Aloe Leaf Juice*, Cucumber Distillate, Vitamin C Ester, Multi-Fruits Extracts* (Cranberry, Red Raspberry, Blueberry), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, White Willow Bark Extract*, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Neem Oil*, Jojoba Oil, DMAE, MSM, Meadowfoam Oil, Carrot Oil, Rosehip Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Emulsifying Wax, Rose Distillate, Coconut Oil*, Glycerin, Witch Hazel, Citric Acid, Multi-Botanical Extracts Blend* (Cucumber, Ginko Biloba, Camellia, Shiitake, Goji Berries), Titanium Oxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Allatoin
These two have the same ingredients, just different coverage levels based on the tint. I’ve been using the tinted moisturizer since springtime and it has been kind to my skin all the way along! The witch hazel makes them especially refreshing.
Both smell lovely due to the cucumber distillate and fruit extracts 🙂 And, both blend well with other products (such as powder or blush) without looking cakey. However, as they are mostly juice-based, they do wash off VERY easily so if you’re feeling teary, it would be better not to apply it that day.
Halo Illuminator by Vapour Organic Beauty
Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Mica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Oil), Organic Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E – Soy), Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Açai Berry) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, [+/–: Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)].
I love this stuff for a cupid’s bow highlight! This was really a big step for me because I’ve hardly ever worn foundation, much less considered blush/highlighter/bronzer/contour accenting. I don’t use it everyday, but it is a nice accent
It smells amazing, and has a light sparkle to it. The only thing that may be concerning to some is that it is not vegan, as it does have beeswax and carmine.
Natural Botanical Mascara by Moonrise Creek
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), *Matricaria Recutita (Roman Chamomile) Hydrosol, *Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Mica (CI 77019), *Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Powder, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin (Plant Based), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Origanum Vulgare (Oregano Leaf) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Flower) Extract, *Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Leaf, [+/- May Contain]: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. (*Certified Organic)
This is actually the first mascara I have ever purchased. Never have I gone beyond just a little bit of liquid eyeliner, until this year. I suppose that I simply didn’t understand the purpose of mascara, given that I already have black lashes.
However, I’m pleased to report that this product works very well! It smells like coffee and vanilla ❤ and isn’t too thick or heavy. It gives just a bit more density to my lashes. I don’t use any special makeup remover to take it off, just warm water on a wash cloth and leave it over my eyelids for a few minutes.
Okay, e.l.f. isn’t sustainable by a long shot, but at the time I was purchasing lipstick for the second time in my life and has no idea what to look for.
All I knew was that I wanted it to be vegan, or at least not tested on animals. In that way, I moderately succeeded, but this product has some very questionable things in it. I haven’t included a link because I’m definitely not recommending this product and won’t be purchasing it again due to e.l.f. not only using many synthetic ingredients, but palm oil-derived ingredients.
However, I’m sure I can find a nice, plant-based lipstick on Etsy.com 🙂 That being said, e.l.f. is definitely vegan, so if you are in need of some makeup in a pinch, at least they don’t harm the animals directly……though, it is debated as to whether or not palm oil can be considered vegan given all the ecological damage that it’s production causes.
All in all, it has been fun experimenting with makeup for the first time 🙂 Do you have any plant-based makeup brands that you use?