My October 2018 Clean + Cruelty-Free Beauty Wish List
This is my current beauty wish list. I love my job because I get to sample a lot of products, but I'm always on the lookout for exciting new launches, re-formulations, or the good old cult-favorites that set the standard in the industry. (Then, I find the cleaner, greener, more holistic alternatives). My tastes are for non-toxic, cruelty-free formulations — and the more luxurious, the better.
Here are 15 splurge-worthy products in skincare and cosmetics that I'm dying to try right now. My list grows by the moment, so stay tuned for more!
Kosas Tinted Face Oil ($42) — New Launch!
This clean, skin-nourishing oil is tinted, provides medium coverage using mineral pigment, and hydrates with botanicals. Ten self-adjusting shades will match 30 different skin tones, making it a "smart cosmetic" worth trying. Six different botanical oils — avocado, jojoba, meadowfoam, raspberry and more — join up with skin-loving extracts — tea seed, sunflower, and rice bran — to nourish and correct without ever looking cake-y.
Gressa Skin Organic Minimalist Serum Foundation ($62)
This luxury green brand Gressa makes another minimalist foundation serum to try. It is supposed to be fabulous for oilier skin types. My skin has actually been ultra-dry lately so I'm not sure when I will get around to trying it. Please let me know if you do!
Natural Arnica Concealer ($27)
I am dying to try the line's sensitive skin-friendly arnica concealer, which I can imagine works wonders in cosmetics by providing coverage and calming to the skin. Nourishing avocado oil makes Ere Perez Natural Waterproof Avocado Mascara ($28)'s clean formulation good for your lashes.
Crunchi Luxury Vegan Brushes (Prices Vary)
I want to check out Crunchi's entire line of cosmetics, but I have had my eye on these brushes for months. They're supposed to be phenomenal. My most recently purchased brushes are from Sephora — but they shed all over my face! I'm also so particular about my brushes that I have been using two of them for an embarrassingly long time (and they are in bad shape). So long, in fact, that I don't even shop from the lines they're form anymore — MAC and Chanel Beauty.
Antonym Certified Organic Baked Blush ($36)
Organic, clean, vegan — and a promising shade to serve as a replacement for my lifelong cult-favorite by Laura Mercier. I have been hooked on this particular Laura Mercier shade for years for so long that it evolved from one base shade to a four-shade Mocha Spice Quad over time. It's my go-to blush and I've been meaning to find a new pressed powder alternative and angled bush for contouring. If you're into cream blush/bronzers, a favorite of mine is Twinkle by Amareta Beauty ($25).
Verso Micellar Water ($40) — New Launch!
I love Verso and recently ran out of their redness-eliminating, skin tone brightening Turmeric Booster ($95). I also love luxury micellar waters and recently ran out of Girl Undiscovered Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water ($40). It only makes sense to kill two birds with one stone and buy some luxury micellar water from the Swedish skincare line with fabulous minimalist-chic packaging. The skin-calming blend contains barrier-protective Niacinamide, as well as anti-inflammatory Turmeric.
Akar Skin Lush Toning Mist ($40)
I ran out of my toner — Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner ($39) — and have been wondering what to try next. My beauty-loving cousin, Juliet, also asked for a toner recommendation. I haven't tried this one yet, obviously, but I definitely want to. I love this ultra-pure, Tibetan-sourced line! I have their Nutrient Boost Eye Serum and one of their tinted lippies and they both seriously rock. The toner I'm using right now, but haven't gotten a sense of yet, is Puristry Flower Water Toner ($32). It's vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and gluten-free, providing plumping hydration with hydrosols and hyaluronic acid. It's great for inflamed or thirsty skin.
Stacked Skincare Calming CBD Elixir ($120)
Hemp seed oil helps soothe the skin. Seeing as how I just ran out of my former anti-inflammatory favorite by Verso (see above), this could be the perfect form of topical valium to make room for on my vanity.
BTW — I actually found a cannabis-sourced CBD skincare line called Rad Ritual!
Orveda Firm Brew Botanical Cream ($410)
Since this baby is so expensive, I also want to point you in the direction of another best-selling product from the luxury vegan line: Orveda Healing Sap ($150). Expect contouring lift, potent antioxidant protection, anti-pollution coverage, and non-irritating ingredients. It also helps that it's ultra-luxe and many products come with beauty tools.
I believe in this line wholeheartedly because the founder is brilliant. Sue Y. Nabi is French, living in London, and has the most impressive beauty experience I have ever heard of — former CEO of L'Oreal and Estée Lauder, an MBA, and a Master's in Agricultural Engineering. She is one of my favorite skin experts because she believes that vegan beauty is the way of the future, but as used her extensive resources and knowledge to seek out the most potent botanical alternative.
Hint: She told me the most potent anti-pollution ingredient in skincare for an upcoming Brit + Co. article!
Votary Intense Night Oil ($196)
Retinol and rosehip oil, which is rich in natural retinol AKA vitamin A, means you'll get ultra-potent anti-aging benefits that come with the skin-soothing protection of barrier-nourishing oils. It also contains tomato seed — and the skin-reparative ingredient lycopene — with sensitive skin-soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients. I really love this line.
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion ($39)
All I can say is that my editor swears by this stuff. Her skin has the glow of an angel. 'Nuff said.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow ($58) — New launch!
As much as I love Good Genes and am eager to get back on my Sunday Riley regimen, this product promises morning-after glow — and I must see for myself. Plus, it contains their patented collagen-enhancing active ingredient, Echinacea GreenEnvy.
Hanacure All-In-One Facial Starter Kit ($29)
This isn't green, but it's clean. It's gluten-free, hypo-allergenic, vegan, and made without parabens, sulphates, or phthalates. It is supposed to be extremely tightening while it dries — to the level you might think something is wrong if you don't realize — but leaves your skin detoxed, healthy, and bright. Celebs love it! I recently read a review that swore with regular use, it leaves your skin in great shape.
Go-To Beauty Mulberry Silk Pillowcase ($65)
Not only is it silk — and therefore better for your skin and hair — but it says "Hi, Cute Face," on it. The only problem is, I don't know if it's available in the United States... yet. Either way, you can definitely try their facial oil, lippie, etc.
Kevin Murphy Young Again Wash & Rinse ($66)
I actually bought these at my last haircut (at Neighborhood Salon in Echo Park) and love them! You really cannot go wrong with Kevin Murphy. Plus, most of the line is vegan!
Kevin Murphy Lotion Motion ($32)
I don't normally encourage curl in my hair but my hair stylist recommended it for air drying and I decided to try it. (I'm learning to trust the experts.)
I already feel a shopping spree coming on! What splurge-worthy beauty finds do you want to try? Tell me on Instagram!
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