Do you like my super hip filter? I believe it was called “Emo.”
If you pay any attention to the beauty business, then you may have noticed that the cosmetic industry has been blowing up with BB creams. “BB” stands for beauty balm, (sometimes also refereed to as blemish balms). BB cream’s cousin, CC cream, stands for color control. Both of these cosmetics are meant to be smeared on your face to wear on their own, or to prime for additional makeup . If you’re confused as to which lettered beauty cream would work the best for you, allow me to help:
BB creams are basically roided out tinted moisturizers. They conceal, brighten, even color, hydrate, and most contain sunscreen.
CC cream takes things a step further and works as a foundation. It has all the benefits of a BB cream but offers a bit more coverage, so if you’re suffering from dark spots or acne and you want a little more than a tinted cream a la BB, then CC may be for you.
However, many of the popular BB and CC creams that are available aren’t cruelty-free. I have been making my own tinted moisturizer by mixing a traditional moisturizer with a bit of concealer in the palm of my hand, as I kept on the lookout for a good vegan BB cream. Continue reading
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Growing up following my older brother around, I missed out on a ton of girly opportunities. It didn’t help that my mother, during the time I hit puberty, was on a natural kick and wasn’t shaving her armpits or legs, let alone wearing any makeup.
When those nasty girls at school started teasing me about the fact I didn’t shave my legs yet (I couldn’t have been any older than 11!) I had to sneak a shave with my dad’s face razor—sorry pops!—because my mom would not get me my own razor the necessary shaving accoutrement. Ma also wouldn’t let me wear normal deodorant for a while so I was stanky. Eventually, maybe when she realized I was practically being hazed at school/sneaking a shave behind her back, she got me a nice shaving kit with a note that read “From your hairy but loving mama.” You’re awesome, Ma! Anyways, she has since given up her European look (do French women really not shave or is that some ignorant American belief…when I was in France I didn’t notice any particularly hairy women…).
Where is this rant going? Oh yes, I don’t particularly know how to be a girl. That’s not totally true, I love dresses and frilly underwear. But I have NO idea how to lip balm—sometimes I go a little wild and wear tinted!—and mascara. I also have a bunch of makeup that is probably a good five years old when I went through this I-will-learn-to-wear-makeup phase. It includes foundation, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and eyeliner—all which should be thrown out because it is way too old.
So I have decided maybe I will try to get back into some sort of beauty routine! And now the issue is, where can I find cruelty free makeup that is still quality? So far I have been collecting MAC and Bare Minerals swag. Also I got Alicia Silverstone’s line, Ecotools, variety of makeup brushes. Actually I don’t think it is her line but they just use her as a spokeswoman? Whatever, they got me…
Here is a nifty list by Leaping Bunny that highlights cruelty free cosmetic companies so I don’t have to think.
What cruelty free brands do you use? Please tell me I must know!
I love Alicia Silverstone. I feel like we could actually be friends, like if we met she would be excited to come on over to my house, make chickpea cutlets , knit cruelty-free sweaters and cuddle. Delusions aside, I have always had her back–even when other vegans were ripping her apart for admitting to indulge in a cube of cheese every now and then. However, I must say I am a bit confused at her choice of name for her new bundle of love. Her son’s name, Bear Blu, is a curious choice for a vegan to name their offspring. I understand the naming after an animal–after all, most vegans do adore animals. And while bears are super cool and cute when they’re young, they are also pretty, well, terrifying! Why not name her little boy Zebra or Elephant, or another less aggressive, less carnivoristic mammal. Perhaps Bear Blue is named after Yogi Bear, or maybe a nice cuddly panda? I’m sure the Clueless star has a kick-ass reason for naming her son after a massive, scary but intelligent animal with a knack for getting into garbage cans and mauling the occasional boyscout..I just wish I knew what it was!