Beauty

Covergirl is Now Cruelty-Free. Here’s What’s on my Wish List!

Hey everyone!  Hope you all are doing well today!  It is the day before the American Thanksgiving and boy am I ready for that!  Tonight I’m making the pumpkin cheesecake that I mentioned in Monday’s post and prepping the green bean casserole for tomorrow night.  I have a few more things to take care of tomorrow, but luckily I don’t work tomorrow, being that it is a holiday.  But let’s get into why we are really here today.  Covergirl is officially CRUELTY-FREE.  I remember seeing a Twitter post from a few different Vegan handles, but until it was officially verified by Tashina and Justin from Locigal Harmony, I was not going to get my hopes up or purchase any products.  If you have not checked out the 2 Part Series Tashina and Justin did on their YouTube channel, I will link both Part 1 and Part 2 for your convenience.  Seriously, if you have not watched it, go watch it now!  But enough chatter, let’s get on with it!

Please Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.  Thank you!

Before I went cruelty-free, there were a few items here and there that I had tried from Covergirl and remember enjoying.  However, I genuinely think it has been a couple of years since I’ve used any items.  I will say I picked up two of their Advanced Radiance Pressed Powders when I went to Fred Meyer the other day because I am actually running low on face powders and they were buy one get on half off.   Today, however, we are going into the items that I would like to purchase from them in the future, of course after I have worked through several similar items in my collection!

There are a couple of mascaras I’d like to give a go to.  One of them being the LashBlast Volume Mascara (the one in the orange tube) and the Professional Super Thick Lash Waterproof Mascara.  It has been a while since I’ve used Covergirl mascaras and I feel that is some of the products they are known for.  One mascara that has been my favorite for years was the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara but sadly L’Oreal is not actually Cruelty-Free, although they like to throw around that term lightly.

Something that caught my attention from the line was the Farewell Feathering Lip Liner.  I remember trying the Urban Decay Ozone Lip Liner a long time ago, but I can’t remember what I thought about it.  This seems like it is a good alternative to that product and clearly much cheaper!  I know Mariah Leonard likes to multitask that product so I’m curious to see if the Covergirl one will do the same.

Next is an oldie but hopefully a goodie.  Tati has mentioned loving the Cheekers Blush for years on her channel.  Even though I’ve seen them, heard about them, I somehow kept passing them up.  Granted they are on the lower part of the shelf and new releases tend to be placed at eye level.  Soft Sable and Iced Cappuccino are a couple of shades that really caught my attention.

Then we have the Micro-Fine + Define Pencil.  This I have heard several beauty YouTuber’s talk about on their channel and end up loving.  The downfall is they only have 3 shades available, so hopefully, I can find a shade that doesn’t run too warm.   Soft Brown seems like the ideal shade match for me, plus it comes with about the standard size of product (0.003 oz) and at $7.99 per pencil, I will definitely give it a go.  Like I said, once I move through what’s in my current collection.  Side note… there are quite a few eyebrow pencils in there.  Haha.

Last up is a foundation.  Now, if you have been reading my blog for a bit, I did an inventory of my foundations.  It has since grown a bit, so clearly I don’t need another foundation.  However, this one is going to be on the back burner for now.  It is the Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation.  The problem I remember having with Covergirl foundations in the past is for one, their lightest shade tends to run too dark and two, the foundations oxidized like a mother fucker.  I’m not talking about the dry down.  Oh no.  With every foundation, I expect about a half a shade darker dry down shade.   No, with Covergirl foundations I have tried in the past, they have oxidized around 2 shades deeper AND, AND mind you!  They turned ORANGE.  I don’t know about you, but I am not an Oompa Loompa… even though I love them.  So, that is why this product is at the bottom of the list.  I would like to try it, but I don’t have high hopes more-so about the shade.

So that does it for me guys.  Those are some of the products offered by Covergirl that I am interested in trying.  With Covergirl now being Cruelty-Free, Certifiable Cruelty-Free by Cruelty-Free International and Logical Harmony, I hope that opens eyes of other major brands showing that you don’t need to test on animals in order to make money or keep afloat.  It is a barbaric and archaic practice that we should no longer need to employ.   I also love that this gives more availability of cruelty-free products readily available at the drugstore and larger supermarkets, making cruelty-free beauty more accessible!

With that being said, I would love to hear about what products you’d like to try out from Covergirl, or if you have always used Covergirl, what are some of your must-have, highly recommend products!  I’d love to jot them down and try them out in the future!  Well, gang.  I really need to walk the girls and get ready to make dinner.  Although, if I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what I’m going to make since I’m already doing so much prepping for Thanksgiving.  I might say fuck it and order cheese pizza, which is what I did last year haha.  If you celebrate the American Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday, whether it be spent with loved ones, friends, or co-workers just in case you are having to work.  Until we chat again Friday, thanks for stopping by!

Beauty, Reviews

Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love!  However, that’s not what I came to talk about today.  Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation.  So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!

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FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta.  The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product.  On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades.  Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.

With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we?  For the application, I prefer using a sponge.  I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product.  With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less.  The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal.  Everything applied evenly and smoothly.  Right away I noticed how dewy it was.  My skin looked so glowy but not greasy.  I have normal to combination oily skin.  I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.  I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder.  I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day.  Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there.  I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy.  I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil.  HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere.  Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere.  It stayed fully intact.  I was THOROUGHLY impressed.

Fast forward to roughly 2 months later.  I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned.  For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer).  I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation.  My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate.  When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy.  However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay.  Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light).  Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!

So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer.  I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day.  The only thing I changed was my lip color.  Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text.  I did not touch up the photos in any way.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge.  Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose.  I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily.  As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin.  Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair.  It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while.  Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway.  It always goes up in a ponytail.  Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue.  I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

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My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm.  I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable.  At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose.  Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear.  It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point.  It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear.  I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed.  Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day.  My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy.  It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right?  However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me.  My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere.  I could not believe how well this foundation held up.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In - Powdered

I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered.  Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it.  What do you think?

Overall, I really love this foundation.  I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer.  I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do.  I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable.  When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer.  I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations.  I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin.  I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin.  If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours.  I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day.  The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick.  Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.

Well, this was yet another long review.  I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!  If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  So, so?  Let me know!  Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations?  I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try.  I feel I have blabbered on long enough.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Full Face CRUELTY-FREE Drugstore.

LeahERaven.com | Full Face Cruelty-Free Drugstore

Hey guys!!  Hope all is well wherever you are.  Last week, or maybe it was the week before last, I posted my Holy Grail makeup items and I received a comment from Immy.  She asked me if I had any drugstore or inexpensive makeup items that I was surprised by or really liked and it got the wheels turning.  I love drugstore makeup but I think because of YouTube I’ve been sucked into purchasing more high-end products and forget about the wonderful drugstore finds.  So, for today, I thought I would do a full face of drugstore makeup, cruelty-free of course.  If that sounds like something you’re interested in, just keep on reading.  And thank you Immy for the question and inspiration!

 

LeahERaven.com | Base Products

For the base, I started out with the Milani Prime Shield Pore Filling + Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It’s a good, basic primer.  Does help me stay more matte throughout the day.  I must like it somewhat because I’m about to finish off my second tube of it.  It is not very pore filling though, just a good basic mattifying primer.  For foundation, I’m still getting a feel of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  A full review will be coming in the future, but I’m trying to get a feel for wear time, how it mixes with other products, how it works with a primer/without, etc.  Concealer, I pulled out my Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer Wand ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I love this concealer, it works very well for me.  Although not brightening because it does match my skin tone, but does help cover the darkness around my eyes.  To set my under eyes, I’ve been using the Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  For my skin tone, it works beautifully.  To set the rest of the face, I use my much loved, ride or die, Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I won’t stay too long on this part if you want to know more check out my Ride or Die post, but just know I fucking LOVE it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Face Products

Now let’s move on to the rest of the face.  For bronzer, the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer ($12.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is the way to go.  The Light Bronzer shade pulls too orange but Bronzer I can get to work beautifully on my skin.  It blends like a dream, gives enough bronze to the face, and smells divine!  For contour, I’ve been trying out the L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Because ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It works well for my fair skin but on any deeper than me skin tones, I feel it would pull too grey and ashy.  Blush, well, you can’t go wrong with the Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush in Mellow Wine ($2.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Blends great, long lasting, and is $3 PEOPLE!  For highlight, I pulled out a blinding but goodie haha.  The Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is blinding, but oh so gorgeous.  You can blend any shades you want in this to create any type of highlight you need.  To set, I did about 3 to 4 sprays of my Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This stuff is potent stuff, spray too much and you will look super greasy, 3 to 4 sprays are all you need!

 

LeahERaven.com | The Eyes

LeahERaven.com | Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Onto the eyes!  I’m using the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette ($14.97 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  To start, I take the shade “Bare It All” all over the lid with a fluffy brush.  Then in the crease with a smaller fluffy brush, I take “Smokin’ Hot” and sweep that back and forth from the outer part of my eye to the inner part.  On the outer corner, aka outer v, I take “Untamed” and concentrate that more on the outer part of my eye, then lightly bring the leftover product into the crease.  On my lower lash line, I take the deeper shade “Untamed” and run that close to my lash line, then blend it out with a bit of “Smokin’ Hot.”  For my inner corner highlight, I tap in a little bit of “Diamonds & Pearls.”  To finish off the eyes, I take the Physicians Formula Killer Curves Mascara in Black/Brown ($10.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and line my waterline with the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil ($4.49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Brows Baby!

Moving onto brows.  Now, if you have been reading a few of my posts, you know how much I love the Kat Von D Signature Precision Brow Pencil ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), however, that is definitely not drugstore.  However, the ELF Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil ($2 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is most definitely drugstore, one hell of a deal & value, and fucking amazing!  If you can find a shade that works for you (they only have 3, I know, I know) it is a pretty great brow pencil.  The pencil itself is thicker than most other pencils I have tried, so if you have super thin brows you might have difficulty with it, but I have thinner brows and it works great for me.  It is a little waxier than the Kat Von D product, so if you are a beginner you might enjoy this a lot more because I feel it would be easier to work with.  To set those bad boys I used the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eye Brow Gel in Clear ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Luscious Lips

Last, but certainly not least are the lips.  For this look since I went more cool-toned, I decided I wanted to do a regular lipstick instead of my usual liquid lip so I grabbed out the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the matching Suede Matte Lipstick in Moonwalk ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is described as a greige, but it is a deep purple greige shade.  Reminds me a lot of MAC Stone.  And that’s it!

So that complete’s my full face using all cruelty-free drugstore products.  As you can see, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on makeup to look good.  I know on here I have talked a lot about higher-end makeup, but that’s because most I have already had in my collection.  Plus, my goal is to use most of my higher-end makeup up and stick to mostly drugstore products because I truly feel you don’t need to spend that much money on makeup.  Are there any cruelty-free drugstore makeup items that you love and swear by? Let me know in the comments!  I’m always looking to try and find some great drugstore products!  Well, that does it for me.  I hope you found this interesting or helpful.  Also, let me know, do you want me to show my face with the products on the skin, or is how I made this post okay?  I was trying something different, still trying to figure things out, so please, if you don’t mind, let me know what you’d prefer.  Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!