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What's On Her Face?

Contributed by Jillian Bliss

In my last post, readers were greeted by my smiling face sans makeup. If that didn’t scare y’all away from reading, then in this post, you’ll find me all dolled up.

This summer I took family photos with two of my ponies (read: children) and managed not to sweat my entire face off in the July Texas heat! One of the things I worried most about in switching to entirely cruelty-free cosmetics is they would not be of the same quality as the more well-known makeup brands, and though I’ve worn exclusively cruelty-free brands for a few years, this fear was officially put to rest after a few hours of a photoshoot. As this series aims to promote cruelty-free cosmetics also relatively easy to get your hands on, I thought I’d highlight exactly what’s on my face. While none of the following will ever make it to the heights of the Kylie Lip Kit, they are affordable, easy to find, and, stick with you throughout the day, whether spent indoors or out.

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Foundation – Physician’s Formula, “The Healthy Foundation” with SPF 20. I love this brand and have been using it for a long time. The foundation was an easy switch from whatever I was using before, since like most of my favorite purchases, it’s available in Target! I also liked the handy applicator in the lid, and the SPF 20 was a nice addition since I absolutely abhor putting on sunscreen.

Price Point: $$

What’s in it: Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Evodia Rutaecarpa (Wu-Zhu-Yu) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Retinyl     Palmitate, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bht, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Where to get it: Amazon, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, and believe it or not, Walmart!



Blush – Did you know Cover Girl is cruelty-free? While their parent company, Coty, Inc., does test on animals, I was pleasantly surprised to find the drug store makeup every girl grew up with doesn’t. This color is “desert rose” or something. It’s been my go-to blush since my third grade holiday choir performance, and while my makeup application skills have (hopefully?) changed since then, it’s nice to have one thing in my bag that   hasn’t.

Price Point: $

What’s in it: Talc, Calcium Silicate, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Octyl Hydroxystearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethylene, Zinc Stearate, Polyoxymethylene Urea, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Eucalyptus Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Camphor, Menthol, Propylparaben, Clove Oil, Methylparaben, BHT, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red No. 6 Barium Lake, Ultramarines, Red No. 7 Calcium Lake, Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake, Tin Oxide.

Where to get it: Literally anywhere that sells makeup, on Amazon here.



Highlighter – Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer looks and smells amazing! A sorority sister got me into it in college and I haven’t been able to drop it since. Easy to blend without setting dry on your face, I’ve also been able to transition it from summer to winter without going through that awkward orange bronzer phase.

Price Point: $$

What’s in it: Talc, Synthetic Sapphire, Mica, Dimethiconol Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Octyldodeyl Stearoyl Stearate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Fragrance/Parfum, Polybutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).

Where to get it: Amazon, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart



Concealer – I’m going to out myself for being cheap again, but at least I’m being honest. I’ve found the e.l.f (eyes lips face) brand HD powder works far better at minimizing my dark eye circles while also blending appropriately than any concealer stick I’ve ever had. I buy it in “sheer.” Sure, eventually I’ll splurge for fillers, but for the time being, $6 every two or three months for a similar effect is a steal.

Price Point: $

What’s in it: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

Where to get it: Target, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and even HEB.


Eyeshadow – Urban Decay is cruelty-free! Finally, a brand well-known and well-liked with its own Instagram models makes its way onto this list. I love the Naked3 palette and tend towards the darker shades because I’m tan and brunette and of course I do.

Price Point: $$$

What’s in it: Each shade contains a variety of ingredients. See the website for the complete list!

Where to get it: Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, etc.

Eyeliner –Liquid e.l.f brand eyeliner might be $3 at Target, but it also didn’t melt off my face! This, along with my go-to mascara, I’ve been wearing since college. Liquid eyeliners are supposedly better for dry eye and allergies, and don’t break or crack or melt in their containers like pencils or crayons do. I always buy it in black, but it comes in brown too.

Price Point: $

What’s in it: Water (Aqua), Styrene / Acrylates / Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, PVM / MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), DC Black #2 (CI 77266), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035).

Where to get it: Target, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and even HEB.



Mascara – Physician’s Formula “Organic Wear” mascara made its way into my life in college when I started experiencing dry eye and was told organic eye products can be helpful. To be completely honest, I could by more thrilled with its length and volume, so if anyone has suggestions, feel free to pass them along. Even so, it’s tried and true, and didn’t melt off my eyes in the Texas summer sun.

Price Point: $

What’s in it: Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit water*, glycerin, iron oxide, microcrystalline cellulose, glyceryl stearate, water, beeswax (apis mellifera)*, jojoba esters, tapioca starch*, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*, stearic acid, glyceryl caprylate, aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice*, cellulose gum, cucumis sativa (cucumber) fruit extract*, glycine soya (soybean) oil*, oryza sativa (rice protein (hydrolyzed)), leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, magnesium aluminum silicate, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract*May contain: Titanium dioxide.

Where to get it: Amazon, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart.


Lipstick – I have always hated “lip wear.” I’ve always found gloss too gooey, lipliner too attention-seeking, lipstick something for old ladies, and lip crayons something for middle schoolers. But then one day at Target (are you sensing a pattern yet?) Burt’s Bees products were on sale, and since I love everything else they make, I gave the lipstick a try. I’ve been in love ever since. This color is “brimming berry” and can be mellow enough for work or flirty and fun for weekends and dates. Warning: it will melt in the car! But it didn’t melt off my face this summer, and its mostly-natural ingredients actually help nourish your lips rather than dry them out like the more generic brands.

Price Point: $

What’s in it: diheptyl succinate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, cera alba [beeswax], candelilla cera [euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax], oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, lanolin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, mica, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, moringa oleifera seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, citric acid, glyceryl caprylate, sorbitan tristearate, lauroyl lysine, arome [flavor]*, linalool. May contain [+/-]: CI 77891 [titanium dioxide], CI 77491•CI 77492•CI 77499 [iron oxides], CI 75470 [carmine]

Where to get it: Amazon, Target, Ulta, Central Market, Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart

This post is part of a new regular feature on cruelty-free skincare and beauty contributed by Jillian Bliss. Please note that this post is not sponsored, however it does contain affiliate links that may earn Pink Granite a small commission for referrals.

Cruelty Free Beauty: Oh K! Chok Chok Eye Masks

Contributed by Jillian Bliss

If you’ve seen the ultimate-power-move-chick-flick, female-empowerment-long-before-it-was-trendy, cult classic Legally Blonde, you’ve likely seen its sub-par sequel, Legally Blonde 2. I wasn’t trying to walk in Elle’s footsteps when I went to law school and started making a point to use cruelty-free cosmetics.

I started following the Beagle Freedom Project (@BeagleFreedom) on Twitter for the cute animal photos and adoption success stories and learned more about the actual cruelty in the cosmetics industry and how easy it is to shop cruelty-free, even at places like Target and Wal-Mart. Since law school, I’ve successfully transitioned my makeup bag to exclusively cruelty-free products, without resorting to products which wear off after one hour or make me look like I’m in eighth grade.

So naturally, I’ve sought to do the same in my skin care line as well. Last week I was perusing Target for some baby shower items and came across these eye masks by Oh K! for $3.99. I’ve always heard great things about Korean skin care and decided to give them a try. At a price like that, what’s the risk, right?

The masks contain aloe vera and vitamin c, both which are supposed to brighten and smooth skin. I put them on for 30 minutes before meeting up with a friend on Saturday night and think the results were worth the try. Though they did nowhere near what Restalyne or Dysport might do, for $3.99, I do think my skin looks a little bit smoother and a little bit brighter. Check out the before and after (yes, I also put on eyeliner) and decide for yourself, but I think for an impulse buy at Target cheaper than my usual at Starbucks, these cruelty-free Oh K! eye masks were worth the price.





If you’re interested in learning more about shopping cruelty-free, I hope you’ll follow along as I share some of my favorite finds and brands. And when you’re ready to take it to the next level in your shopping, Beagle Freedom Project’s “Cruelty Cutter” App makes it really easy to shop these kinds of finds.

Price point: $

What’s in it: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Butylene Glycol, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylate-13, 1,2-Hexanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polysorbate 20, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tin Oxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance).

Overall effectiveness: **

Where to get it: Target, Ulta, CVS

This post is part of a new regular feature on cruelty-free skincare and beauty contributed by Jillian Bliss. Please note that this post is not sponsored, however it does contain affiliate links that may earn Pink Granite a small commission for referrals.