Research: Simple, Ethical Vegan Shoes for Decoration

I want to paint my next pair of shoes, looking for ethical vegan options that are simple and made of canvas!

Research: Eco-friendly Terms

Eco-friendly: not harmful to the environment.
Organic: involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.

Activism: Alfredo Meschi

Wow. In an intersection of two of my interests (veganism and tattoos) this man, Alfredo Meschi, has covered himself in 40,000 xs, that cover his entire body.

“Why do I have 40,000 tattoos? Because 40,000 non-human animals are slaughtered in the world every second, just to satisfy our appetites.”

What an incredible human being.

Eco-Friendly Candles and Candle Making

Today I am doing some research on eco-friendly options of candles! Thinking of decorating or making some candles myself.

There are several different types of candles: beeswax, paraffin, and soy. Beeswax is not vegan, so we can cross that off already. If you want to know why bee products are not vegan, here is an article on PETA. Basically the bees are often mishandled and killed.

So what are the differences between paraffin and soy?

  • Paraffin is made from petroleum, and is the most common type of candle wax. Paraffin can have negative side effects to your health.
  • Soy is natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable.  It burns longer and cleaner. It is softer than paraffin so soy candles are usually inside of jars.

Soy is clearly the most eco-friendly option, though some people dislike that soy is often genetically modified. Maybe I can find non-gmo soy candle wax? I don’t mind that soy needs to be inside of jars, which would mean if I decorated the jar the wax could be refilled if they burn the candle down – then my art wouldn’t go to waste. Soy candle making itself seems very simple! I need to order some ingredients. Here is a tutorial that looks good.

Eco-Friendly Candle Brands:

  • Goodlight is the first brand I came across while researching – I also saw them for sale in Whole Foods! Goodlight candles are made from palm wax. They are vegan, non-GMO, and the wicks are cotton. If I did feel like painting a candle directly, I would probably go for their pillar candles. I love that they have birthday candles too!
  • Pure Integrity Soy Candles. So many scents! They sound luscious.
  • Looks like there are lots of soy candle brands!


Review: Aromi Liquid Lipstick

Let’s continue on our adventure of my favorite vegan cosmetics! Other than mascara and liquid eye-liner, my absolute favorite makeup product is LIQUID LIPSTICK. I have… probably 50 different ones. I have tried many vegan brands, and my absolute FAVORITE MOST OBSESSED MUST HAVE EVERY COLOR brand is Aromi. Aromi specializes in lipstick, they also have some perfume I haven’t tried (my nose is too sensitive for perfume, I can’t handle wearing any scents). They have classic lipstick tubes, matte liquid lipstick, metallic liquid lipstick, in too many colors to count. Just go look at their swatches, it’s like art. Black Cherry, Red Dahlia, Rose Gold, and Sugared Mauve are some of my favorites. They even have greens and blues… oh my, they just came out with a teal color called “Mermaid Tail”. I must have it!

All the vegan liquid lipstick brands I have tried, in order of personal favorites:

  1. Aromi!
  2. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick: All the girls I know love this lipstick, even non-vegans. I also love the sets of tiny lipsticks, you can try all the colors for a cheaper price – I have a whole set!
  3. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick: Jeffree Star has some of the must unique colors! My favorites are Blow Pony (I wear this constantly) and Weirdo, which is an inky black I admit I have totally subbed as liquid eyeliner.
  4. Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick: I want to do a separate post on Ofra, which is another great vegan makeup brand. Killer liquid lipstick, a million awesome colors.
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: I have a few of these, they are a little too sticky for me! I prefer matte to gloss.
  6. Lime Crime: I’ve heard a lot about Lime Crime, and was excited for the colors, but wasn’t impressed with the consistency. Too watery and not enough coverage- maybe it was just the color I tried. I may give them another chance sometime.

I’ll add to this list if I try any more, but honestly I’m so obsessed with Aromi, Kat Von D and Jeffree Star I probably won’t be trying any new brands anytime soon. 🙂


Review: Medusa’s Makeup and November Beauty Box

So I ordered this beauty box last week, and then realized when it arrived that IT IS DECEMBER NOW AND I GET ANOTHER ONE. YES. I can’t wait.

So while The All Natural Face is the most versatile vegan/cruelty free makeup brand, Medusa’s Makeup is the most fun!! They have my favorite mascara and the best part is all of their stuff is EPIC on the glitter. Level of glitter that I as a professional glitzer rarely encounter. Here are my favorite products:

  • WITCH LASH MASCARA. Witch Lash Witch Lash Witch Lash! This is great, dark, thick mascara I wear every day. The only thing it could do better is be “waterproof” but it lasts plenty well and I’m not crying all over the place (usually) and it’s better in quality than the water-proof vegan mascaras I have tried. Lies, I can only find one: Aquarian Gaze by Pacifica, which does not have the UMPH of Witch Lash, which I prefer. It also has more Umph, durability, and darkness than The All Natural Face vegan mascara.
  • Deluxe Eyelashes. They only sell one style of eyelash: my absolute favorite shape and thickness. And it comes in a cute heart box with a little bit of vegan lash glue which is great for gifts or retail.
  • Eye Dust, with the best fixer to keep it in place. SO MUCH GLITTER AND SHIMMER. SO MUCH.
  • Neon Pigment. This neon dust glows under blacklight. I am a blacklight body painter – need I say more? One of my must-haves.

I’m also really fond of their lipstick in Lydia purple, but in general I’m more of liquid lipstick. Their lip paint is pretty new, I haven’t tried it it yet. Not sure about the colors but I’m sure they will add more. I had hoped some would come in the November Beauty Box, but you can’t pick! I have wanted their beauty box for SO LONG because it’s all vegan and cruelty free, and right as I am at am my absolute broke-est I decided I could wait. Here’s what I got!

  • “Sex on the Peach” Mineral Blush – I don’t see this on the site! It must be new! The other blushes are all $12.
  • “Karma Chameleon” Eye Dust, $8
  • “The Fix” Glitter Adhesive, $9

Total: $29 value I got for $15.95 at the Beauty Box subscription. Nice.

I love how well these items go together. The fix is obviously to maximize the eye dust, and the mineral blush is similar in tone. So you could base a whole look off of these pretty, peachy red-pink tones. They are unique colors a lot of people may not have, though it does clash a bit with my hot pink hair – OR DOES IT??? Rules are made to be broken and I like adding the eye dust on top of the already sparkly mineral blue for EXTRA SPARKLE.

Hopefully I get the next one soon – can’t wait!


Review: The All Natural Face

At this point in time, I would like to express my eternal love and devotion toward the company The All Natural Face. If I could only use one makeup brand for the rest of my life, this would be the one. Everything on their site is as natural, vegan, and non-toxic as their busy little hands can make them. They have the widest variety of foundation skin colors I’ve ever seen, and the prices are so fair it’s unreal. Don’t expect everything to come in fancy packaging, they keep things simple for price reasons which I appreciate. Some of them items like their beautiful bamboo makeup brushes are naturally elegant and their magnetic cases are so incredibly practical. The All Natural Face literally has everything you need. Do I prefer a few select items from other companies? Sure, but this is such a solid brand you could get all of your makeup from them. As a vegan makeup artist, 90% of my kit is from this brand and I really want to promote and sell these products as much as possible.

All of my foundations, concealers, powders, highlighters, bronzers, eyeshadows, fixers, makeup brushes, brow wax and powder, and eyeliner sticks are from this company. I do prefer to get liquid eyeliner, liquid lipstick, and mascara from other brands – but that’s hardly anything! They have eyeliner and mascara which are entirely adequate as well as some pretty nice silky nail polish. I just have a few other brands I like to get those things from.

On to my favorite items!

  1. Vegan Fairy Dust. VEGAN FAIRY DUST. So much glitter and shimmer. I give these as gifts all the time! I need it on my face every day for skin like a baby fairy rolling around in magic.
  2. THIS Sweet Jasmine Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover. Light, lovely scent, removes makeup well and leaves my skin moisturized and fairy baby butt soft.
  3. Angel Dust Bronzer. What this golden glow? My skin naturally glitters bronze, duh.
  4. Vegan Shimmer Cream Blush: Goes on with a quick swipe of my finger, stays all day long. They have these in shimmer, matte, a large variety of colors, and you can ALSO use them on your lips. What??
  5. Pressed Shimmer Vegan Eye Color: I have every color (lies. need more) and the nice magnetic cases. One of the most practical and necessary collections that I own.
  6. Cream Foundation: I prefer the cream foundation over the liquid. The only problem is SO MANY COLORS to choose from! Luckily you can buy samples!
  7. Diva Stix for Eyes: Great variety of creamy eyeliner sticks.
  8. Eyebrow wax and powder: comes in a tiny kit with a perfect brush, in colors that match your hair!
  9. Super handy bamboo brushes! Makeup brushes can be SO EXPENSIVE, and these are so great.

They have SO MUCH MORE stuff! Foundation primers, hydration mists, fixatives, powder sunscreen, lipstick, lip-gloss, chap-stick, and that doesn’t even get into all of their shampoos and body washes and something they call face food. I could go on forever but really you just need to do some exploring at