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On the hunt for vegan eyeshadow? You’re in luck! I’ve managed to track down several companies that offer what you seek – so why not give them a try?

1. 100% Pure Cosmetics Vegan Eyeshadow

All of 100% Pure Cosmetics products are natural and vegan, which means you can feel good about using their products. For eyeshadow, they sell a variety of colors in their powdered shadow line, as well as  a slightly smaller satin shadow line, which are basically cream-type shadows. All of their shadows are made using fruit and vegetable pigments – neat!

($15/each, 100percentpure.com)

2. No Miss All Natural Vegan Eyeshadow

Available in 10 gorgeous shades, these shadows from No Miss are not only beautiful but cruelty-free, too. There’s a healthy mix of neutrals and brights, so whether you enjoy your tried-and-true browns and golds or like spicing things up with a bright pink or purple, you’ll find a shade to match your every mood.

($8.50, Alternative Outfitters)

3. The All Natural Face Vegan Eyeshadow

Let me just say… WOW. I haven’t tried these shadows yet, but I definitely plan to. They have a huge selection of vegan mineral shadows, and the colors are absolutely gorgeous. Not only do they offer a variety of matte shades; they offer a decent selection of shimmery shades, too. I dare you to visit this website and not want to fill up your cart with all the pretty colors. (Matte shade Mint shown)

($3.50-6.50 or $0.35 for samples, theallnaturalface.com)

4. Rockeresque Beauty Company Vegan Eyeshadow

Their website caught my attention and held it from the moment I clicked onto Rockeresque Beauty Company. This cruelty-free and 100% vegan beauty shop sells a variety of gorgeous shadows that range from the blackest black, to neutrals, to vivid purples and lots more. They also have such inventive names, like “Girl Fight” (pictured above.) LOVE!

($6/each, rockeresque.com)

5. Gourmet Body Treats Loose Mineral Eyeshadow

While the priciest on this list, these vegan shadows from Gourmet Body Treats seem to be very popular among those who use them. While I haven’t personally tried these, I am in love with the shade selections – and the fact they can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you’d like your look.

($18, gourmetbodytreats.com)

Have you tried any of these shadows, or have your own vegan shadow brand to recommend? Don’t be shy – leave a comment telling me your favorite vegan eyeshadow of all time.


Shade: Iced Latte

Both Sarah over at Lash Girl and Wendy from LuvLifeBeauty inspired  me to try L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow with their rave reviews of the product, and let me tell you – they are SOOOO right!

This shadow is my new favorite beauty obsession, and I’ve already picked up four shades. It’s so different from the shadows I already own, and I don’t seem to experience nearly as much fallout with these as I do with others in my collection. Soon, I’ll be getting a camera so I’ll be able to swatch these and show you different looks I create. SO excited!

Seriously, if you haven’t tried L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow yet, do it – I purchased mine for $8 at Ulta, but you can try places like Target and drugstores as well. If you have tried these, let me know what you think!

One of the hottest trends for spring seems to be navy eyeliner. Less harsh than black, navy eyeliner can make a smokey eye really stand out. A few to try:

1. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Navy, $4.99, Target
2. Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Navy, $18, Sephora
3. L’Oreal HIP Studio Secrets Professional Eye Liner Pencil in Navy, $8.49, Drugstore.com

Fortunately, navy works well with pretty much every skin tone – so any woman call pull this look off. Even though navy can look softer than black, take care to keep the rest of your makeup neutral to avoid clashing (especially if you are doing a smokey eye.) You can have a lot of fun playing around with navy eyeliner, either wearing it alone or combining it with other colors for an eye-popping look. Normally, I stick with black liner – but this season, I think I’ll be trying navy to switch things up a bit. What about you?

Pastels are always hot for spring, but this year makeup artists are taking it one step further and creating beautifully unique eye looks with pastel liner.

I’ve always thought colorful eyeliner is a huge beauty must, but now I’m even more convinced and will definitely be rocking the pastel eyeliner come spring. I think it’s a wonderfully fresh approach to traditional eye makeup, and you need just a little bit to truly make your eyes pop. Alternatively, you can dip a liner brush in just a tiny dab of water and use a pastel eyeshadow to line your eyes for a more dramatic impact.

A few to try:

Pencil Me In Pastel Shades Eyeliner Set, $38, cosmeticmall.com

Barry M Pastel Turquoise Eyeliner, £2.99, ferobeauty.com

POP Beauty Pastel Eye Shadow Palette, $22, CVS.com

What do you think? Yay or nay on pastel eyeliner?

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If you need a mascara that adds volume, defines lashes, curls and separates – or a combination of all of these – you’re in luck. The following products are some of the best multi-tasking mascaras I’ve found, in a range of prices to fit any budget.

Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara

Arguably the gold standard when it comes to multi-tasking mascaras, this version from Urban Decay offers six different benefits to lashes, including lengthening, strengthening, separating, curling, brightening and thickening even the wimpiest lashes. Plus, the formula helps condition and moisturize so you don’t end up with stiff-as-a-board lashes.

($20, Sephora)

CoverGirl Professional All In One Curved Mascara

For a drugstore mascara, CoverGirl Professional All In One does a pretty decent job at defining and lengthening lashes. The unique curved brush also helps curl lashes for a wide awake, refreshed look every time you use it. Available in four shades.

($5, Drugstores)

LORAC Visual Effects Mascara

If you’re on the hunt for a mascara that curls, separates and lengthens lashes all in one fell swoop, look no farther than this gem from LORAC. The unique comb-like brush helps separate and define lashes, while the naturally plant derived ingredients help fortify and protect lashes without leaving them stiff like other conventional mascaras can.

($20, Beauty.com)

Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara

There are a lot of budget-friendly mascaras out there, but Rimmel Extra Super Lash seems to be one of the best in the price range. Not only does this mascara build wimpy lashes from thin to thick in just two coats, but it also works to separate and define each and every lash. What you get is a gorgeous lash look every single time. For the price, it can’t be beat!

($4, Drugstores)

Which multi-tasking mascara is your favorite?

Estee Lauder has recently unveiled their gorgeous holiday eyeshadow collection, and I am SO in love! The collection features six new shades that are definitely worthy of adorning your eyes this holiday season.

The six shades include:

Cyber Pink, Cyber Green, Cyber Copper, Cyber Lilac, Cyber Teal and Cyber Silver and are packed with shimmery, glittery particles for a truly eye catching look. The shadows retail for $24 each, and can be purchased at Esteelauder.com. Which one is your favorite?

Who says you have to pay a lot of money for eyeliner? While I’ve been known to covet an expensive brand or two, I’ve found plenty of cheapie drugstore eyeliners that do the trick for a fraction of the cost. Keep reading after the break to see my picks for the best drugstore eyeliners around.

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