Before I begin, I watched this video by Dana over at The Book Hoarder which inspired me to make this post since I love books AND I love makeup. Imagine! You should definitely sub to Dana’s channel, I love her vlogs.
Makeup Book Tag
I’m going to list each part of the tag, the makeup I use, and the book that goes with it. I’ll try and let you know what is and isn’t cruelty free as I am also transitioning all my products over as well. I forgot a few products in the first photo but I have added them on at the end. This is also a before picture of the makeup that I use. Overall, this took about an hour to photograph, but in reality it only takes me 10 minutes or less to do my makeup. I also don’t use all of this on a daily basis. Below I also didn’t have a tag for my pre-makeup. But I use Simple SPF Moisturizer ($10) on days I’m going to be outside for long periods, like work. Simple doesn’t test on animals where not required by law. I also try and use Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream ($15.99) every morning and night. Yes to products are cruelty free.
Primer – Pick a book that left a lasting impression.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36 : I got this product in a subscription box, I cannot remember where, but it’s just a small .25 fl oz bottle. Smashbox’s Parent Company is Estee Lauder which DOES test on animals when required by law, so on products sold in China. However, apparently that means US sold products are not tested. That’s not as specific as I’d like and that mostly means they aren’t fully cruelty free. Regardless, it has a really dry feel to it. It looks like it would be moisturizing, but it dries almost immediately when you put it on. I’m not sure that it works THAT well and it’s rather expensive. I haven’t noticed a difference.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak: I have gone on about this book forever as it’s my favorite of all time. I just think everyone should read it, as it’s narrated by Death and set in Germany during WWII. I love historical novels and you end up following a young girl as she’s adopted by a man and a woman after her brother dies. It’s gorgeous writing, and hits me in the heart everytime. A book about friends, family, and death.
Foundation – Pick your favorite first book in a series
Clinique Acne Solutions liquid Foundation – Fresh Alabaster $27 : Clinique is also an Estee Lauder brand and so as I mentioned above, it’s not completely cruelty free. I have been using this foundation for the last 5 years and I’m sure I can find a replacement, it’s just going to take time. I really like this product because it is acne reducing and I feel like it does a great job. It goes on extremely light, but still gives me full coverage. I sweat more than I would like, so it does come off if you’re working outside a lot. I don’t find it feels oily or heavy throughout the day, even if I am getting really hot. It also comes off fairly easy. One bottle lasts me around 4-6 months or longer.
Unwind – Neal Shusterman : I LOVE the Unwind Series and it is definitely the best dystopian series that I have ever picked up. While I do love all the books, nothing can surpass the original, which was perfectly written. I also like that one of the settings is Joplin, Missouri which was near my University. This book is chilling and scarily realistic for our time and age, but it’s also a super easy read.
Concealer – Pick a character you wish you could get rid of
E.l.f. HD Lifiting Concealer in Fair $3: I have an obsession with ELF Cosmetics specifically because they are well-known for being cruelty-free and offering vegan products. ELF has also substituted Beeswax for synthetic beeswax. Plus their stuff is incredibly cheap and are great products. I love the HD Concealer specifically because of the applicator and the amount of product included in the container. I can use this for about 2 months.
Mr. Collins – Pride and Prejudice: Honestly, nobody can disagree with me on this one. He’s just a creep stalking his own cousins to marry and tries to take Elizabeth for his own less the Bennet’s lose their entire land. He’s just a pompous rich man.
Powder – Pick your favorite last book in a series.
L’OREAL True Match Super Blendable Powder Natural Ivory $11 : I don’t hardly wear powder, but if my face is looking oily, I’ll put some of this on before I go out. I will also take this to work sometime to put on during break when I’m getting pretty gross. L’Oreal is also a company who doesn’t test on animals unless required by law, so China. Therefore it’s not specifically cruelty-free. I’m not attached to this powder and would like to pick up the Too-Faced Brand version eventually, but for the time being it helps my skin look less shiny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Other than the epilogue, I loved every minute of this book and that’s pretty obvious because of my dire love for Harry Potter. It was an epic finale and I believe it did everyone justice.
eyeshadow – pick a book with your favorite color on the cover
Nyx Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer $7: I don’t really wear Eyeshadow, but I do wear primer for my eyeliner. It seems from my research even though NYX is owned by L’Oreal that it is still completely cruelty free. The primer works decently, I don’t know that it is super important to wear, but I try to when I am going to work outdoors and know that my eyeliner isn’t waterproof. It goes on clear, but you can put any color eyeshadow over it.
Binge – Tyler Oakley: This book is just a rainbow of color and I absolutely love the cover. This is also my favorite biography by a booktuber, not that I’ve read a lot. Tyler is an amazingly talented writer, I love his videos and the work that he’s done. This book is just as colorful as his personality and if you need a laugh, check this one out.
Eyebrows – A Book you think everyone should read.
Ulta Ultimate Brows Shaper and Shade Pencil in Golden Ash $2: I was under the impression that Ulta didn’t test on animals, but checking online it looks like they don’t really have a definitive answer, so I’m assuming they do in China and other countries required by law. Kind of a sad because I do have a few products from them, but I am okay with finding something new. I have used this pencil for a couple of years. It matches my brow color well and I don’t wax or shape my eyebrows often so I just use it to fill. One pencil will last a few months. I also think they dropped the price dramatically.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn. I love Gillian Flynn because she grew up in Kansas City and a lot of her books take place in Kansas. Her book Gone Girl was the first one from her I ever read and I was totally hooked. I’d never been biting my nails at a book before this one and almost fell over when I read the plot twist in this one. It went 100mph and I never knew where it was heading. Her other books are great as well, but this book AND the movie adaptation are flawless. If you need a psychological thriller, this is it.
Eyeliner – Pick a dark and mysterious book
Elf Precision Liquid Eyeliner $3: I just found this specific liquid eyeliner at Target from ELF. As I stated earlier, ELf is a cruelty free brand. This eyeliner goes on really well and does the job nicely. I’m not overly incredible at applying eyeliner and I also don’t put a lot of work into it. It seems to stay on fairly well while I’m at work, though sometimes it seems to turn a little blue. I do use an eyeshadow primer to help it stick.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black: I loved this fast-paced YA fantasy novel. Right now it’s a standalone novel, but I’d love to see this turn into a series. This follows a young girl who finds all of her friends slaughtered by Vampires and attacked herself, she starts off towards the nearest Coldtown (or areas where Vampire lives). She meets some interesting people along the way and overall it’s just a really fun and fast read with great writing.
Mascara – Pick a Long Book
Wet n Wild Max Fanatic Cat Eye Mascara $5: I got this product in the recent Target Beauty Box and like it enough. I was swearing by Benefit Roller Lash, but this is honestly pretty good. I’ve used Wet N Wild Products before and I know it’s kind of a starter for people trying out makeup, but this is actually fairly impressive. The applicator is pretty good and while it isn’t waterproof, it stays on fairly well otherwise or if you’re sweating. I’ve been using this for about a month. Wet n Wild is also a cruelty free brand and does not test on animals.
The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare: This is kind of cheating, but I don’t actually tend to read that many really long books. Surprisingly, even though this series is forever long, it’s actually incredibly well written and continued to impress me through every installment. This is one of the only series that I absolutely love outside of Harry Potter and the Unwind series. It’s just a really fun read with great world-building.
Blush – Pick a book that had a cringe-worthy romance
Too Faced Something About Berry $30: Too Faced is a cruelty free brand that I absolutely love. Their makeup is fairly expensive, but amazing quality and lasts forever. I’ve been using this blush for about 6 months and it’s super pigmented and you have to learn how to use it without being overbearing. It’s a great product that I would highly recommend.
The Selection – Kiera Kass: This one isn’t that fair either because regardless of how I feel about books that are based around romance or a love triangle, I just couldn’t put this series down. That doesn’t mean that the relationship was good or swoon-worthy, which is why I put it as cringe-worthy. It’s mostly to do with the characters’ separate personality traits that make this so ridiculous. But, I can’t even defend myself because I love it.
Highlighter – pick a book that brightened your day
Elf Illuminating Palette $6: This is a recent purchase, about 2 weeks ago, but I’m really pleased with it so far. Elf as I said earlier is cruelty free. I’ve only used one color out of this palette but I think it does a great job. I have to watch where I apply it, however, or it might make my skin look more oily than illuminating.
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery: I distinctly never reading this when I was younger because I just kept looking at it, thinking it was boring. About a year ago, Puffin came out with their In Bloom Collection and I absolutely lost it. I bought almost all of them, including Anne of Green Gables and fell in LOVE. It was one of the sweetest, simplest stories I had ever read and I was so upset that I had missed out on it for so long. It will never fail to put a smile on my face.
Lipstick – your favorite book kiss
Colourpop Matte in Beeper $6: Colourpop’s website has a PETA Cruelty Free Rating and they have a list of all their none-vegan lipsticks, but it’s very few. Beeper is a vegan product, though unfortunately it is sold out at the moment. I wear this almost every day and liquid lipsticks is where it’s at. I’m definitely a matte lipstick kind of girl and I love dark taupe colors. This doesn’t come off AT ALL, unless you use an oil makeup remover or toothpaste to scrub it off. You can drink anything after it dries and only need one coat. Best purchase ever.
Saga Vol. ALL – Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples: I’ll never stop talking about this graphic novel series and I am so in love with our two protagonists so much that I will ship them to the ends of the earth. Anytime they are together with their daughter, everything is right in the world. I don’t necessarily really care about a favorite kiss, but that is definitely the biggest power couple that I love.
Here are a few more photos. I felt like you couldn’t see some of the colors in the Highlighting palette. At this point I mostly just use the top right color. I also didn’t include bronzer because there wasn’t a tag, but I use the ELF. On most days, I’ll just use Concealer, Foundation, Mascara, Eyebrow Pencil, and Eyeliner. If I know I’m going to be outside all day I’ll skip the eyeliner because it does tend to come off after long periods. The whole set here I’ll usually only wear on my days off when we’re going around town. Here is a before and after: You can see how tan I’ve gotten from working Photopass. I think my foundation has gotten to be too light because of this, but I really don’t think I like the tan look for me so I’ll probably keep it as is.
Do you have any favorite cruelty free brands or suggestions? Do you agree with some of my book answers?