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Holding on to Summer, While Fall is Right Around the Corner: How to Subtly Transition Your Makeup Look

I will start by saying, I’m not the kind of girl who counts down the days till flannels, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes. I hold onto summer for as long as possible. So while everyone bid farewell to summer over Labor Day weekend, I (un)kindly reminded everyone that summer is NOT over. Summer doesn’t end until September 23rd at sunset. That means there is still an entire week left!

I also understand that it’s exciting to embrace the fashion and makeup trends that go along with colder weather, but because flannel and vampy lipstick look a little out of place while the weather is still hot and the leaves are green, I prefer to very slowly ease my way into fall. If you’re interested in easing along with me, I have gathered a list of beauty products from cruelty free brands that will help you hold on to summer a little bit longer and make your transition a little less… dramatic.

Fall Glow: Too Faced Matte Bronzer
Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer

Saying good bye to summer usually means saying good bye to sun kissed skin. Luckily there is bronzer. Transitioning your bronzer look from summer to fall is simple. Instead of shimmery shades, opt for a matte finish to tone it down and create a more natural glow.  I recommend the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer from Too Faced. Not only is the formula creamy and blendable, it smells like chocolate. I repeat: it smells like CHOCOLATE.

Avoiding Chapped Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Reason #85,490,283 why I love summer: no chapped lips. I understand it can still happen, but with the summer warmth and humidity I rarely reach for my chapstick. That is until last week when temperatures dropped and I had my first near chapped lips experience. It was an unwelcome reminder that cold, dry weather is on its way. So in order to keep lips moist as the weather get dry, try the Bite Beauty Lip Mask. It is made with nourishing ingredients such as: organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, and vanilla extract. Apply it before you go to bed for an overnight boost of hydration.

Subtle Vampy Lips: Lipstick Queen (Hello Sailor, Bete Noire Possessed, Medieval)

Lipstick Queen

This fall lips are all about dramatic colors like fire red and almost black plum and burgundy. And while it’s fun to paint on a dramatic lip and pretend you’re a vampire for a day, it’s hard to get into character when you’re trying to soak up the very last bit of summer sun. So instead of using rich, opaque lipstick, try using sheer versions of trendy colors. These three shades from Lipstick Queen not only provide just the right amount of sheer color, but also contain Vitamin E for a super silky feel. For a pinch of plum try Hello Sailor. It may look blue, but the shade work in conjuncture with the pink in your lips leaving a pleasant purple tint. For a bit of a blackberry tint, try Bete Noire Possessed. And for a flattering dash of red, give Medieval a try.

Beachy Waves: Herbivore Sea Mist Texurizing Salt Spray

Herbivore Sea Mist

Messy waves are always in style. But that I-just-went-to-the-beach look is kind of hard to get when it’s too cold to go to the beach. Enter the Herbivore Texurizing Sea Mist. It is made with the same salinity as the ocean and unlike a lot of sea salt sprays, this one doesn’t dry out your hair. It contains aloe vera which leaves hair soft and with just the right about of texture to style natural waves. Bonus: the spray is made of simple, all natural ingredients. Double bonus: you can also use it as a refreshing skin mist and/or toner.

Darker Nails: Zoya (Ryan, Genevieve, Giada, Hannah)

Zoya Fall Nails

The simplest way to transition you nails into fall is to take you favorite summer color and pick a darker version. This summer was all about pops of blue, gray, and mauve. So to take those colors into fall think navy, steel gray, and rich purple. Not feeling any of those colors? A basic fire red is a fall staple that’s bright enough to still feel a little summery. The shades I picked out are from Zoya, which have the added bonus of being 5 free (do not contain: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin).

In the comments below, let me know how you plan to switch up your makeup routine and what fall trends you can’t wait to embrace.


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My Makeup Breakup

For Earth Day I took my own advice and went vegan for the day. During the week I try to refrain from eating meat until dinner, so I thought it would be a walk in the park, but it most certainly was not. I basically ate fruits, veggies, and pasta all day because I wasn’t entirely sure what foods had hidden animal products in them. Also, no milk chocolate.  That’s a deal breaker. So I definitely have a new appreciation for you vegan folks. But this trial also got me thinking about vegan makeup, which got me thinking of cruelty free makeup, which I figured could lead to an interesting tidbit on my blog. But oh man did I open a massive can of worms. There are worms like everywhere.

My research basically started and ended at PETA’s website. I knew they had a search engine for cruelty free products, so I started there. Then I came across an article that listed out cruelty free brands, which I figured would help. So I looked through it and at the verrrrrry end the wonderful author threw in a fairly graphic picture of a bunny that I assume had endured product testing. And that was it for me. Touché PETA. You won me over, but I cannot applaud your method. Don’t worry, I will not be posting any graphic images.

Finding cruelty free companies has actually been a lot harder than I though it would be, but I did find one company that I can confidently recommend. It’s called W3ll People.

W3ll People

W3ll People Social Responsibility

All of their products are free of harmful chemicals and they do not test anything on animals. They offer a variety of face powders and a few eye and lip products. So I looked into buying a few of their products, but finding a foundation that matches your skin online is not an easy task. Luckily the kind folks at W3ll People offer samples of their products for $1.50. And so I practically ordered one of everything. The samples are a good size, definitely at least a weeks worth of use. After trying them all I decided I liked the bronzer the best. I also need it the most because it is SUPPOSED to be spring and the weather is SUPPOSED to be getting warmer. BUT IT’S NOT! At least not up here in Maine. So I am in need of some color.

Anyway, visually you can see some shimmeryness in the powder, which made me nervous at first because I’m usually more of a matte finish kind of gal. But by golly, there must be some witchcraft going on here because when I applied it there was no visible sparkles at all, just a very pleasant glow. Its magic. I will warn you though; a little bit goes a long way! I walked around with an orange face for 2 days before I got used to the intense pigmentation.W3ll People Bronzer

You can look at all the products online here. I will note that their recent popularity has left a decent amount of products temporarily out of stock. But have no fear! Birchbox also offers a few products that you can check out here.  Birchbox has a great selection of natural products and is actually where I first learned about W3ll People. So definitely check them out.

So for those looking to join me in this journey of animal friendliness makeup, one general rule of thumb you can follow is if it is sold in China, it has been tested on an animal. China requires all makeup that hasn’t been manufactured in China to be tested on animals.  That doesn’t mean it is definitely cruelty free if it isn’t sold in China, but it’s a basic rule of thumb to start with. Throughout my research I found many companies try to dance around the subject and say they don’t believe in animal testing blah blah blah…but never state that they don’t actually do it. Very suspicious. Or they claim not to test their finished products, but leave out the fact they test all the individual ingredients on animals. So unfortunately finding actual answers requires a lot of googling.

My next step is to find a new BB cream and mascara. I have had a three-year run with Garnier BB Cream and Dior mascara (which both use animals testing). But it is time we both moved on. It’s not you, it’s me. Well actually it kinda is you…

Those are going to be hard for me to replace. But luckily I found out a decent amount of my other makeup is already cruelty free. So I will definitely share some of my favorite cruelty products/brands in a later post! I would also love to hear any recommendations!

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