Keeping It Cruelty Free

Keeping It Cruelty Free

Skincare from 5 Companies Dedicated to Cruelty Free Products

by Sabrina Talbert                                   Beauty Contributing Writer

What’s New in Beauty

If you’re like me, you’d rather spend a decent amount of money on skincare products before makeup. Keeping my skin healthy has always been my priority, and a lot of the time if can be difficult to find what works best. It can also be difficult to find effective products that are also made ethically. With Millennials leading the market, the demand for organic and cruelty free skincare products are higher than they’ve ever been. So, if you’re looking to change up beauty regimen or add more products to your collection, here are five beauty buys every girl should put on her list.


If you follow beauty gurus on Instagram, this product may seem very familiar to you. For the past couple of months, Anese has been promoting its scrubs and masks all over social media. The LA-based company is currently known for its five elixirs and has expanded into masks and scrubs. Anese’s products not only smell good but also come with some pretty clever product names. From scrubs labeled “That booty tho.” ($28) to facial toners like “Can I speak to your manager?” ($23), Anese serves all the realness you need for your beauty routine.

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If you suffer from dry skin in the winter or need that extra boost of hydration in the summer, Kopari is the perfect solution that will leave your skin glowing without giving your skin a sticky feel. Its coconut melt ($38) is 100% organic with no toxins or GMO’s. The melt absorbs into skin fast, leaving it soft, light, and glowing.

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Every girl needs her morning coffee, right? Frank Body offers a variety of coffee-based body scrubs that are also vegan. Its line consists of other scrubs for lips and face that are made to stimulate blood flow and consists of grapefruit abstract. This Aussie skin care line is the perfect detox to fight dry skin.

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If your skin is suffering after a long day and you need a quick pick-me-up, the Mario Badescu Rose Water ($7) is guaranteed to give you the boost you need. Although the product is labeled “Facial Spray”, it can double as a hair spray, leaving hair smelling amazing all-day long.

Bonus Tip: Spray your brushes with rose water before applying eyeshadow to enhance the pigment!

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Looking for the right products to help you get the ultimate dewy look? Glossier is known for its simple yet effective products such as its Haloscope crystal highlighter. Infused with vitamins, this product is the perfect mix between makeup and skincare. Another Glossier go-to is the Lightweight Coverage: Perfect Skin Tint. This dewy tint comes in five shades and is great for skin discoloration.

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Beauty News - Pretty Pastels and Peppy Tunes

Pretty Pastels and Peppy Tunes!

What’s New

So FACE Stockholm has a new line with Reebok – not at all their first collaboration with this well known sneaker company; actually, it’s their seventh. What makes this one stand out aside from the pretty pastel footwear is the addition of a playlist available on Spotify! 24 loungy tracks to be exact.


Makes sense. FACE Stockholm is a Swedish company and so is Spotify. It’s rare that a makeup line includes a three-way collaboration with a freemium music company as well as a global athletic footwear company.


I have to admit: although I prefer heels with pouty red lips, I really do like the pastel trainers! They’re a great look for sprinting around this busy city in the Spring and Summer seasons. This is of course, until they’re eventually covered with the ubiquitous city grime.


I began to wonder if the aim of FACE Stockholm was to have the shopping listener browse their online site with the loungy, feel-good-feels that these tracks evoke. We all know that music affects our mood. Since their boutique store on Prince Street in New York is no more and their boutique kiosk made a quiet exit from the first floor of the fancy-schmancy Columbus Circle mall, best bet for New Yorkers, who dislike traipsing into salons, is to buy FACE online. (I, myself am an avid fan of their lipsticks and nail polish! I actually preferred buying them in-store)


Since online shopping tends to be more transactional and in-store shopping a more tactile experience, what better way to mimic the mood of being in the boutique stores while shopping online but to compile a playlist of songs they would actually play while in the stores! It actually gives a bit of that in-store-feel while you’re browsing the site trying to match the, ‘Parla’ or ‘Ginger Matte’ lipstick to the pastel shoe of a similar hue. That is, of course, if you CHOOSE to listen to the playlist whilst browsing.


I’m most surprised that the link to the sound track list of 24 songs comprised of American and European artist is solely about the music. For example, not even the ads that interrupt the playlist are for FACE Stockholm products… that made me curious. Curious enough to browse the FS website directly. I found myself comparing the shades of the punchy new pastel makeup colours to the powdery pastels chosen for the shoes. If someone is into being, ‘matchy-matchy’ they can definitely pastel themselves from face to feet!


This is definitely not a paid endorsement. As a Beauty Editor it’s my task to stay abreast of what’s new and share it with my readers as well as write a review. Having been on the retail end of the cosmetic spectrum for quite a few years, I’m not easily impressed. I know when it’s just the same old product with new packaging.


When I see sometime as clever as a makeup company collaborating with an athletic footwear line to produce Spring colours and slips in a music track that sets the tone, then I I simply have to roll back from my shade of New York jade and openly say… “Ahhh… the beauty of good marketing!”



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