As you may already know, I only stock cruelty-free products in my kit & in my personal collection. I firmly believe that beauty does not have to equal pain, ever. So below are five of my favourite hidden (or not-so hidden) makeup gems!
#1: Nars Blush
An absolute dream to work with, long-lasting with a wide shade selection & if you're lucky enough you can score a gorgeous palette in the right season! My personal favourite colours include Exhibit A (vibrant red), Sin (golden plum) & Desire (hot pink). Of course the cult favourite shade, Orgasm, deserves attention as well! It's perfect for beach babes & glowing brides alike.
#2: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders
I especially love these as finishing powders for dull or dry skin & for under eyes, as they provide a smooth, almost blurred finish to the skin. Just be sure to use a setting powder underneath for ample long-wearing capabilities. These powders can also be used as bronzers & highlighters as well, but apply sparingly to prevent flashback!
Pro Tip: The shade Dim Light is especially perfect for pale-skinned beauties in place of bronzer.
#3: The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
I just discovered this beauty & am even happier to say that Deciem is a Toronto-based company. Everything from The Ordinary range delivers results with little fuss & this primer is no exception. Incredible for softening fine lines, texture & pores. It is one of the few primers that I've used that I actually believe helps rather than hinders the end result. Less is more with this guy too!
#4: Nars Audacious & Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks
Excuse my well-loved lip palette! Lipsticks from Nars & Bite Beauty are among my favourites because they provide pigmentation & are long-lasting, without being overly drying. As an added bonus, Bite Beauty is also Canadian!
Favourite Bite Shades: Pepper, Honeycomb & Thistle.
Favourite Nars Shades: Claudia, Anna & Michiyo.
#5: Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palettes
(Shown Here: Artist, Self-Made & Modern Renaissance)
I have an excessive amount of eyeshadows depotted for my kit, but somehow always end up grabbing these too! From sheer shades to pigmented & from matte to shine, you're covered. They're incredibly blendable & can be easily built up for drama.
Favourite Shades: Pink Champagne, Warm Taupe, Dusty Rose & Metallic Plum.
For the most up-to-date list of cruelty-free brands, I trust Cruelty-Free Kitty! Skincare's up next.