My Go-to Skincare Ritual (Featuring Some Vegan Goodies!)

Greetings again, all! And hopefully you’re all having a happy 2017 so far! I like to think that all of us make statements like we’ll make 2017 our year, but I hope to make that statement a truth. I have worked hard for the past year and a half to improve my quality of life slowly, but surely, and I only intend on trying to get myself where I want to be in other parts of my life which could use some advancement. Keeping my page updated is one of those, and I have been hard at work with my nose and pen in my three-ring binder drafting up new stuff for you guys; it feels great to be back.

Today, I want to let you all in on my skincare routine that not only works well for combination, sensitive skin, but that also leaves out all of that animal testing crap many of us do not enjoy about the beauty industry. While most of the beauty products I use on the daily are not necessarily vegan, I do my best to incorporate some amazing vegan products into anything involving beauty so I can share them with all of my vegan friends.

With that, let’s get into it! (I also split this into sections/steps for your enjoyment and ease.)


Beauty Faves On a Budget #1: e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

I only began pursuing my interest in makeup artistry about a year ago, so I lacked a variety of products in the beginning. (Hell, I never even used base makeup like foundation until this past October.) The only things I owned were a few lipsticks (mostly red and a nude and purple), Kat Von D’s eyeshadow palette, one eyeliner pencil, one Sonia Kashuk mascara, and five travel-sized brushes that I didn’t completely understand how to use. However, my vanity got a stock improvement once Christmas rolled around.

Of course I got some higher brand names from my family like the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette I wanted so badly and two Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. But I was surprised when a co-worker told me that she received some makeup that she wouldn’t use and offered to regift it to me. The next time we worked together was the day she handed me this 96-piece eyeshadow palette from e.l.f.

While the shadows in this palette may not be top quality, they are still very pigmented and blendable for the price ($20, but now unavailable). I’ve created quite a few beautiful eye looks with this palette, and the variety of different colors almost pushes me to experiment with colors I never thought I would wear before. You can decide on a simple and quick day look just as easily as a dark smoky night look (Though if I’m going for a darker rocker/goth look, I tend to use a different palette with deeper pigmentation.)

The shadows themselves are super soft, which makes it easier to get onto an eyeshadow brush, but also increases any chance of fallout while blending them out. So do be careful with that one.

Other than risk of fallout and the layering you may have to do for certain lighter/less opaque colors, this palette is a great budget alternative to binging on several palettes from brands like Morphe (though those are fantastic, as well). As a company alone, e.l.f. has seldom failed to impress me, and I highly recommend checking out all of their cruelty-free (and vegan!) products.