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    Best Budget Cruelty Free Brands at Target

    Raise your hand if you’re addicted to shopping at Target? Yes, girl, ME TOO! And do you need to shop the beauty aisles every time you go — even though you only went there for cleaners and paper towels? ME TOO! I love that I have so many cruelty-free options to explore whether I’m shopping online or in-store. I think Target has done a great job at expanding its cruelty-free options and wanted to make sure all our readers knew all the great budget-friendly choices we have available to us!

    Pixi Beauty – I have sung the praises of this brand for just about forever! Pixi Beauty really can do no wrong in my eyes and I’ve tried just about every single line of skincare they put out there. I’ve got an almost embarrassing amount of their makeup in my vanity organizers and I’m pretty obsessed with their rose-infused line. But lately, I’ve turned into a total sucker for their Jasmine oil and Retinol Eye Cream. I enjoy using the antioxidant-rich Jasmine Oil in the evening as a final step in my skincare and the Retinol cream is working hard (but gently) to keep my eyes looking young.

    Milani – Milani carries just about everything you need cosmetics wise while delivering a luxurious feel but at WAY affordable prices — a combination I’m all for! If you’ve tried any of their blushes you would know what I’m talking about.  The rose powder blushes will always have a special place in my heart but I’ve been wearing their Baked Blush in “Luminoso” lately and it feels like the perfect Summer-y peach for my complexion. Peach not your thing? Their high pigment baked blush comes in lots of other colors to choose from. P.S it’s also vegan!

    Burt’s Bees – You really can’t go wrong with a basic set of Burt’s Bees lip balm. I mean, they’re just like chips — can’t have just one! Stash those balms everywhere! Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balms always apply so smooth and I love the peppermint scent — especially helpful when your lips feel super chapped and burned. Prefer a lip balm with a little color? Their Tinted Lip Balms are super pretty and give some subtle color.

    Honest Beauty – I love Jessica Alba and her Honest Beauty line! She created Honest Beauty when she couldn’t find products that worked well for her and her reactive skin so she sought out to make a clean beauty line that was simple, easy, and beautiful to use. I’ve watched some of her makeup tutorials and I always love how she does her eyes. The finishing touch? Her Extreme Length Mascara and Lash Primer makes a noticeable difference in lashes with its gripping primer and smooth, rich black mascara. I’m all about definition and this one is a winner!

    Pacifica – if there is one brand that will always catch my eye with it’s beautiful packaging its 100% vegan and cruelty-free Pacifica. There are almost too many favorites from Pacifica, but their wipes always get two thumbs up from me! The Moisture Rehab Makeup Removing Wipes in rose & coconut scent smell so good and are a great first step to removing the day’s makeup away for a clean slate at night time without drying out or irritating the skin.

    E.L.F – E.L.F has been one of those brands I’ve been buying from for ages! It was one of those brands where you could buy a TON of product to try things out and has blossomed into a more refined brand today. I’d even venture to say that some of their products rival some of the prestige brands out there. They always have good makeup brushes and this new set from their Retro Paradise Collection makes me have heart eyes for it. Can’t go wrong with a couple of face and eye brushes to create a full look!

    Bliss – The Bliss brand is cruelty-free, and carefully formulated to be free of over 1,300 harmful substances following the strict European Union standards for skincare. If I need a spa night, I know I can always reach for a Bliss spa-quality face mask to wind down the evening with. One of my favorites (and repeat purchases) is their Mighty Marshmallow Bright & Radiant Face Mask which goes on smooth and leaves my skin glowing, and their supercooling Mint Chip Mania Cooling & Soothing Face Mask. Trust me when I say these are bomb!

    NYX – Did you know that NYX started out at a professional-only brand? Lucky us that it finally trickled down to the mass consumer because their products are amazing and affordable all in one! I might have owned a drawer full of Butter Glosses over the years, but their Filler Instinct Plump Lip Color is getting some serious applause right now. This glossy lipstick is vegan and available in 6 semi-sheer shades.

    CoverGirl – It was so exciting to see when CoverGirl announced they were Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free because their mascaras are a staple in so many beauty bags! Want volume? Their LashBlast Volume formula is a favorite! Hate clumps and want definition? Go with their LashBlast Clump Crusher that has a silicone wand to define and separate with its all-in-one primer and mascara formula.

    Coloured Raine – Black-owned, cruelty-free beauty brand, Coloured Raine sits on our radar for having some gorgeous, pigmented products that don’t break the bank. Their vegan Matte Lip Paint can be precisely placed on with its doe foot applicator and comes in ten budge-proof shades.

    Derma E – If you’re looking for good skincare, Derma E has something for all skin types. Not only are they cruelty-free, but they also are 100% vegan and eco-conscious. Their Hydrating line that incorporates hyaluronic acid into all of its products is amazing. I love using the mist but their sulfate-free Hydrating Cleanser is a MUST have for my combo and sometimes sensitive skin!

    Undone Beauty – If minimalist makeup is your thing, then you’ll want to get acquainted with Undone beauty. Simple, straight-forward and ultra-wearable, Undone Beauty made sure to make vegan and cruelty-free products that remain affordable but with a luxurious touch to them. Their Lip to Cheek 3-in-1 Cream Tint and Warm Up 4-in-1 Radiance Bronzer give you multiple ways to create customizable looks with these compact palettes. You’ll love how these will fit in your bag and work for an on-the-go lifestyle. 
    Do you have a favorite cruelty-free brand that you purchase at Target? Share in the comments section below!
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    iHerb Beauty Haul – All This for Under $100!

    This post is sponsored by iHerb, a retailer I’ve been using for years. All opinions are mine – you know I keep it real!
    You guys know I love iHerb.com – I talk about them all the time. I have been buying a lot of my supplements and natural products there for years. I’ve also purchased beauty products from iHerb, but I didn’t realize until recently that they carry major beauty brands, the kind you’d find at the big chain beauty stores!
    I recently bought a Strivectin skin care product at a huge discount. In today’s cruelty free beauty haul, I’ll be sharing what I got with a $100 gift card from iHerb. There is something for every budget – they also carry cruelty free drugstore makeup brands like CoverGirl and ELF.
    Before we get to my reviews, just a reminder for my international friends that iHerb ships to over 150 countries! They also carry products from the U.S., Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, the UAE, etc. You can get your favorite K-beauty and J-beauty brands here too!
    Okay, so let’s get to the good stuff! I was given $100 to shop, and I got ten beauty items!
    Unite Boosta Volumizing Spray

    It’s been a while since I’ve tried Unite hair products, but I have really enjoyed them in the past, so I was excited when I spotted their Boosta Volumizing Spray at iHerb. I have long, wavy, fine hair, but I always feel like I need more volume at the roots. This product did exactly what I wanted it to! It gave me some volume without being heavy, crunchy or greasy. I tried it as an all-over spritz on damp hair too and found that it enhanced my curls and made them more defined (when used with my regular hair gel).
    Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

    I’m never going to stop raving about Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch hydrocolloid patches. You use them after you extract (pop) a zit, and they soak up all the gunk while protecting the wound. Sounds gross, but truly a holy grail for anyone dealing with acne. They are not treated with anything that would dry out your skin. They are just magical!
    Bulldog Shave Gel

    Bulldog is a British brand that is certified animal-testing-free by Leaping Bunny. My husband and I share this rich cruelty free shave gel. It’s made with camelina, green tea and aloe to soothe the skin and prevent razor bumps. It’s also Vegetarian Society approved.
    Grandpa’s Apple Cider Vinegar Body Wash

    I took a chance on this one. I have been loving vinegar for the oily skin on my face, and I thought this might help with my bacne (back acne). So far, I’d say Grandpa’s Apple Cider Vinegar Body Wash is a winner. It doesn’t smell bad like my DIY apple cider vinegar recipes do – it smells more like apple juice than vinegar. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and moisturized – not dried out. I can actually use it all over – even on the drier areas (like my legs). It is sulfate-free, artificial fragrance-free, paraben-free and gluten-free.
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe is one of my holy grails, so I was happy to try the Brow Definer that I found on iHerb. It’s got a triangular tip so you can shade or draw individual hairs. And there’s a spoolie on the other end to groom hairs into place. In my opinion both products are great – it’s just a matter of the style you’re more comfortable with.
    Sierra Bees Organic Lip Balm

    Sierra Bees is an iHerb-exclusive brand, and I was thrilled to get a pack of four for $4! I got Mint Burst, but there are tons of flavors to choose from (I was torn between mint and creme brulee). The lip balms are smooth and non-greasy. They’re made with sustainably-sourced beeswax, olive oil, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. They are certified USDA organic and GMO-free.
    Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash

    I discovered Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash at iHerb a while back, and I’ve been buying it ever since. It’s alcohol-free so it doesn’t burn. It has a ton of Ayurvedic plant extracts (neem, peelu, and many more) that clean your mouth and nourish your gums. It has a licorice/herbal taste that may take some getting used to, but I love it. My mouth feels much cleaner and healthier with this brand, and I notice that my gums don’t bleed when I use it (even when I forget to floss some days – eek!).
    Hello Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

    Since we’re talking about oral health, coconut oil and tea tree are also great ingredients for a healthy mouth and gums. I found these in Hello Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste. It whitens naturally and contains no artificial sweeteners, dyes, SLS, preservatives, etc. Hello products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and vegan. It has a nice minty feel but is not overpowering.
    Indigo Wild – Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap

    I tried Indigo Wild’s Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap recently and I loved it so much, I had to stock up at iHerb! I tried the Lavender-Mint scent, and it’s SO nice on a hot summer day! There are a lot of natural soaps that don’t lather, and I just need some lather in my life. Thankfully Zum Bar lathers very nicely without SLS! It’s a natural soap, made with 100% food grade olive, coconut, palm & castor oils, in a goat’s milk base, with pure essential oils and mineral pigments.
    Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion

    And last, but certainly not least, I picked up a refill of one of my favorite hand and body lotions. Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion in Refreshing Lemon is the perfect consistency – not too heavy or too light. And the scent is DIVINE – it’s like sugared lemons. It’s cruelty-free and vegan, and GMO-free.
    So all of that for under $100 is not bad at all! I am so impressed with how many amazing cruelty-free products iHerb carries – high-end and budget. You can find everything you need there – go check them out! More

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    The Best Cruelty Free and Vegan Beauty Products

    in Acne-prone, Body, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Hair, Lifestyle, Makeup, Misc, Nails, Oily Skin, Skin, Vegan on 07/27/20

    My editorial content has been sponsored by RetailMeNot, however my review and opinions are my own.

    People always ask me what the BEST cruelty free and vegan product in (insert category here) is. That’s a very hard task because there are so many great products out there! And there are a lot of factors involved (skin type, hair type, scent preference, etc.).
    When RetailMeNot asked me to write an article on the best products out there, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pick! I decided to go with my favorites, while also taking into account which products are popular with friends, family and the online “hive mind.” I also took into account which products could be purchased at major retailers like Amazon, Sephora and Target.

    In addition to sharing my favorites in several categories like “best cruelty free lipstick”, “best cruelty free hair products”, “best splurge”, “best value”, and others, I also included several of my favorite Black-owned cruelty free brands (most are woman-owned as well).
    I would love for you to check out my article, and share it if you like it! You can view it here. Let me know what you think of my top cruelty free beauty picks, and if you like this type of article, I’ll try to do more of them here on My Beauty Bunny! More

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    Cruelty Free Summer Beauty Favorites

    Unpopular opinion – I DO NOT like summer! I am not good with heat – I feel like my brain is melting. Summer in Los Angeles with a crappy air conditioner that can’t get the room cooler than 84 degrees is such a bummer. I need a summer home in Iceland or somewhere north of the equator!
    My family and friends call me the polar bear because I can’t deal with hot temperatures. But this polar bear still wants to look cute in the summer, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite cruelty free summer beauty must-haves for ya!

    When it’s hot, and I’m dehydrated, my hair gets super dry and easily tangled. I have fine hair and don’t want to weigh it down, but I also have curls that need a little more moisture. I have found the Ivy & Elder Wave Spray and Leave-In Hair Mask to be the perfect combo.
    The Wave Spray is a quick and easy way to get those beachy waves without a lot of fuss. And the Leave-In Hair Mask feels like a body cream in texture, which scared me at first. I put about a nickel-sized amount on damp hair from mid-shaft to ends, and surprisingly the cream is EXACTLY what my hair needs! It curls up beautifully and is not weighed down in the slightest.

    Since we’re talking about hair products, I also have to mention R+Co Thickening Spray and Dry Shampoo Mist. I DO NOT want to break out the hair dryer and diffuser when it’s hot. And with the quarantine, I’m not doing much hair styling anyway.
    The Thickening Spray is easy to use and smells good (kinda earthy). I spritz it on the crown of my head when my hair is wet for some extra volume up-top. Sometimes I use it all-over if I want really big, Texas-sized hair!
    The R+Co Dry Shampoo Mist is my favorite dry shampoo at the moment because it’s got a gentle floral/citrus/vanilla scent that is not overpowering. There’s no heavy aerosol spray to make me choke or give me headaches. And it doesn’t leave a white mess. My hair actually feels clean when I use it – not perfumed.
    I’m definitely hooked on this Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free hair brand and I want to try more of their products. Their Watermelon Wave Spray looks amazing!

    Since it’s summer, a lot of you are on team oily skin. Welcome! I live here year-round! Farmacy Deep Sweep is a deep pore cleaning toner with salicylic acid, moringa seed extract and papaya enzyme to exfoliate and clean out those pores!
    I also really like their Daily Greens Oil Free Gel Moisturizer. As an acne-prone gal, I have never been a big oil-fan, and if I do use oils, there are only a few I trust. So in general, I like a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer like this one. It has moisturizing and exfoliating ingredients to keep pores clear.
    Farmacy is clean, cruelty free and these products are vegan.

    The COOLA Scalp and Hair Mist is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” type of products. You spritz it on your scalp (your hair, your part or wherever you’ve got skin showing) to keep it protected from sunburn. It’s easy to use and not greasy.
    It’s vegan, reef-safe, broad-spectrum, 70% organic, water-resistant, and made with natural oils to protect your hair and your scalp from UV rays. It’s a chemical sunscreen (not a physical sunscreen), so just something to be aware of.

    Since we’re on the topic of non-greasy sunscreens, Verabella’s MoistureScreen SPF 45+ is at the top of the list! It is waterproof, broad-spectrum, non-greasy, and smells like cucumbers. Most importantly it leaves ZERO white cast so it’s great for all skin tones.
    It is an underground cult favorite of celebrities and supermodels. I know this because I help the company with their social media (give them a follow!), and I hear about the A-listers who swear by this stuff!
    It comes in tinted and un-tinted varieties. The tinted version goes on easy and doesn’t look like makeup. My husband uses both, and it’s so thin, you’d never notice, even if he applied it in a hurry.

    Milani Fruit Fetish lip balms come in several delicious flavors. They aren’t sticky, but they do feel like a balm (if that makes any sense). They are cruelty free and vegan. They have a sheer tint of color (some darker than others) but not very noticeable once you put them on (for me anyway).
    My favorites are Dragonfruit Peach and Strawberry Lemonade. You can find them at Ulta (but they are sold out as I’m writing this).

    My face is oily year-round, but ESPECIALLY in the summer. Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless powder keeps my skin looking matte and blurs my pores (which is good because I have very textured skin).
    It’s very finely milled and translucent and doesn’t make me look “over-powdered.” Definitely a fan of this one!

    I guess no summer must-have list during the times of COVID-19 would be complete without hand sanitizer. Wild Pure by Ellis Day is the BEST SMELLING hand sanitizer I’ve come across (and I’ve tried many)! It is scented with bergamot, which I think is one of the best scents on the planet.
    It’s cruelty free, vegan, non-sticky and made with 70% ethyl alcohol to keep the germs away.
    I’m also trying out their Phage Serum, which kills the bad bacteria on your face while keeping the good ones happy. I’m hoping it can help clear up my cystic acne, because let me tell you – it sucks to be 40 years old and still dealing with acne! More

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    Vegan Warehouse Giveaway!

    in Acne-prone, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Giveaways, Health, Makeup, Misc, Oily Skin, Skin, TIME SENSITIVE, Vegan on 10/21/19 As promised, I have a WEEK of cruelty free beauty giveaways for you starting NOW! Our first Trick or Treat giveaway is a SWEET one! I have a huge vegan and cruelty free haul to give away […] More