Simple Vegan Beauty

Hi, friends! If you’ve been following me on social media (IG – @calynb_xo) then you probably already know that recently I adopted a vegan diet! That’s right, I gave up eggs and dairy products, along with the fish/shellfish that I had been consuming over the last few months as a pescatarian. Can I tell you that minus my body’s detox, I feel amazing? I have so much more energy and it’s easier for me to wake up in the morning. I’m feeling a little thinner, too, which is exciting! Anyway, I’ve always been vigilant about purchasing cruelty-free beauty and skin care products, but I’m taking it a step further and looking for vegan, cruelty-free products! After all, what I put on my skin is just as important as what I put in my body, right? Ulta just so happens to be on my way home, so I stopped in yesterday and picked up a few new products that fit the description. Let me just tell you – I am not disappointed with my choices, friends!


Too Faced Hangover Face Primer – bareMinerals Original Foundation Powder
bareMinerals Gen Nude Copper Eyeshadow Palette – Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing Mascara

After my moisturizer, (I’m currently using Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer) the first thing applied was the Too Faced Hangover Primer! Infused with coconut water, it left my skin smelling incredible, feeling hydrated, and ready for foundation!

Now, I have never thought of myself to have “great skin.” I have uneven tone and texture, freckles on my cheeks and around my eyes, and the occasional blemish that I can’t keep my hands off of. Needless to say, liquid foundation followed by setting powder has been my go-to for a great while. I wasn’t super confident that bareMinerals powder foundation would provide the coverage I wanted, but I decided to give it a try. Y’all…..I freaking love it. I am a believer in this stuff now! My skin looked even and smooth, but still natural. Does that make sense? It wasn’t dry or cakey, but it covered up the imperfections while allowing my skin to breathe. Obviously I’m late to hop on the bandwagon, but I officially love bareMinerals powder.

Next, I created a simple eye look with the bareMinerals Gen Nude Copper eyeshadow palette. There are four palettes in the Gen Nude collection – Copper, Rose, Neutral, & Latte. I really liked all of them, but decided to go with the Copper because of the color Gypsy. I used Truth as my lid color today, while applying Wild Child on my upper and lower lash lines and dabbing Bonfire in the center of my lids for a pop of shimmer.

Finally, I applied the Pacifica Dream Big mascara to my upper and lower lashes. Something unique about this mascara is the adjustable wand! You turn the handle of the wand one direction to stretch out the bristles, allowing you to cover each lash, and then the other way to bunch the bristles out and create volume! My lashes looked great, if you ask me!

I am so happy with my mini-haul of vegan beauty finds! Do you have any favorite vegan beauty or skin care products I should try? Leave me a comment below & let me know!



Summer Skincare MUST HAVES!

We made it past Memorial Weekend, y’all–SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY UPON US! That means long, sunny days and hot summer nights! Woohoo! As we bask in the sun, we can’t forget to make our skin a priority! Protection from sun damage, staying moisturized, and exfoliation are all super important when it comes to skin care. I have a few favorites when it comes to summer skin! Keep reading for all the deets ❤

Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer

So, I purchased this amazing moisturizer at Sephora a little over a month ago, and as the weather has warmed up, I love it even more! Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, this creamy moisturizer minimizes pores while simultaneously delivering lasting hydration and balancing oily to combination and acne-prone skin! I love the way it provides hydration to my skin without feeling too heavy, which allows me to apply a tinted moisturizer with SPF on top! As always, Korres is dermatologically tested and cruelty free.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte – Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

Recently, I’ve turned to tinted moisturizer over full coverage foundation due to the heat (and lazy me wanting to sleep in! 😉 ) During the VIB Sale, I purchased a sample kit with a super cute boho makeup bag from Sephora, and it just so happened to contain the Umbra Tinte by Drunk Elephant. Not only does this tinted moisturizer provide SPF protection and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, but also provides a beautiful even tint for a gorgeous, glowy finish. This is a must-have for beach days or anytime that you don’t feel like “full-coverage.” Drunk Elephant is a supporter of the International Elephant Foundation and is also cruelty free.

Milani Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment

Obviously lips are made of skin, too, right? I just stumbled upon this amazing product the other day at TJ Maxx, and I had to snatch it right up! I grabbed the shade 05 Repairing Primrose, and I have literally used it every day since the purchase! Not only does this lip oil provide optimum moisture, but it leaves a clear, glossy sheen that takes the place of sticky gloss and looks absolutely kissable.

Dirty Lamb Turkish Coffee Mask

Okay, so obviously blackheads, uneven skin tone, and dry skin patches are a concern of mine. Originally I set out to find a scrub that could potentially help combat all of these issues, but instead, I found something better. Dirty Lamb is known for being a vegan, cruelty free, and high performance skin care line that focuses on the use of natural ingredients, which I love. I recently discovered their Turkish Coffee Mask, which contains 100% pure Turkish coffee powder combined with turmeric to vanish blackheads and fade acne scars, leaving your skin bright and smoother than ever. Not only is this an awesome mask, but it acts as a scrub as well, due to massaging it in a circular motion with warm water during the removal process. I am obsessed with the way this makes my skin look and feel, and I’m hooked for life.

SEA-TOX Seaweed Body Cream

Recently, Bath & Body Works (addiction!) came out with a new, mermaid-themed line of skin care products and I had to check them out. The first product I tried was the SEA-TOX Seaweed Body Cream, and I knew I had to have it. With a scent of flowers combined with salty ocean air, this moisturizing body cream leaves me dreaming of the beach, while adding moisture and softness to my skin. I am a fan of many Bath & Body products, but I have to say, this one is a definite favorite.

Calming Clary Sage and Lemongrass Sugar Scrub by Rachelmade Products

Now, exfoliation isn’t only necessary for your face, but for your body, too! Dry skin happens everywhere, ya know, which is why I reach for this incredible sugar scrub! Organic lemongrass and clary sage essential oils combined with sugar and moisturizing shea butter leave your skin feeling soft and renewed after each use. You can even use this as a pre-shave scrub to help prevent razor burn! The smell, the feeling, the results… You have got to try this scrub, y’all!

Smashbox x Nicol Concilio Primer Water

One of my favorite Youtubers teamed up with Smashbox to bring us the holy grail of summertime primer–I’m talking about the Smashbox x Nicol Concilio Primer Water! This stuff is the bees knees when it comes to refreshing your skin! It comes in three scents – So Chill Coconut (which I have) Serene Greens, and Centering Citrus with an electrolyte infusion to give your makeup (and your mood) a boost! This primer water is instantly absorbed into your skin, so it doesn’t leave you looking like a wet mess. It can also double as a setting/finishing spray! Did I mention it’s vegan and cruelty free?

I hope you have a chance to try one (or more) of my summer skincare must-haves! Do you have any favorite summer products that aren’t listed here? Drop me a comment below! I love trying new things! ❤


Review 4 U – Fenty, GlamGlow, & Winky Lux

Holla-holla & welcome to my blog ❤ If you know me, you probably know that I am a makeup FIEND! I am licensed in cosmetology, specializing in esthetics and makeup. In my free time, I also offer professional makeup services for special events, photoshoots, etc. If you’re interested, please visit my Contact page 😉

Anyway, Ulta & Sephora are my weaknesses, like many other females I know. It’s not like I don’t already have enough makeup–but really, is there such thing as “enough makeup?” I think not. Today, I will be reviewing the newest additions to my makeup & skin care collection: GLAMGLOW GlowStarter Illuminating Moisturizer, Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, and the Winky Lux Kitten Palette (received in my November Boxycharm!) I have to say, these products easily became some of my favorite products in my hoard!


First up, Glowstarter Illuminating Moisturizer by GLAMGLOW. Now y’all, I am going to be honest–this is my very first GLAMGLOW purchase. I know, I know. Shocked? Whatev. I’ve heard of the GG mud masks, but my favorite mask is by Posh, so I just never cared….until now. I had my 15% off Beauty Insider coupon from Sephora, and I just so happened upon this moisturizer on the GLAMGLOW feature table. I’ve been using an oxygenated gel cream, but I didn’t feel like it was providing the moisture that I so desired during the day. My skin is pretty dry on my nose and sometimes on my chin, regardless of exfoliation. I purchased the shade Pearl, and I am never turning back! The GG moisturizer with vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and added illuminating pearl particles not only provides serious moisture and creamy softness to your skin, but also leaves your skin with a radiant sheen. Did I mention that it smells amazing, too?! The scent is almost like Juicy Fruit bubblegum mixed with an orange creamsicle! It’s a little pricey (for me anyway) at $49, but the amount of product used in each application (PLUS THE SMELL) make it totally worth it. GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Illuminating Moisturizer gets a 10/10 from me 😉


Next up is…..the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation from the Fenty Beauty line by Rihanna. This one gets ALLLLLL the heart eyes, y’all. My go-to foundation is usually by PUR cosmetics, but recently I’ve been using the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer that I got <FO FREE!!> from Ulta! I’ve read some raving reviews on the Fenty foundation since the collection was launched, and I told myself I would finish out the foundations that I currently have, but…..I couldn’t wait. I have no self control. I’m sorry, mama. Y’ALL. I don’t usually go for matte foundations, because like I said earlier, my skin tends to be kind of dry. BUT Y’ALL. This foundation is a total game changer. The application is so smooth and the coverage is buildable and flawless. I applied mine with a brush this morning, buffing it into my skin. One layer covered my freckles and un-evenness in my skin tone, but two layers was TOTAL coverage, my preference. I didn’t take a photo <I know, I suck> but I told my mom this morning–my skin finally looked like I’ve wanted for so long. It was $34 (my usual is $39) and worth every single penny.  As of now, Fenty is my favorite foundation. 10/10.

Finally, the Winky Lux Kitten Palette!! I received this fabulous palette in this month’s Boxycharm (don’t even get me started on Boxy—-best decision I’ve ever made!) and I am stoked about it. I’ve followed Winky Lux on Instagram for quite some time, but this is my first Winky Lux product. This brand is CRUELTY FREE, so that automatically gets them props from me. The Kitten Palette comes with nine incredible shades, including gorgeous nudes and pinks, but my favorite is the HOLOGRAPHIC shade ❤ called Holographic. All of the shadows are soft as silk <or as a kitten’s fur, should I say?> and so pigmented and easy to apply. This palette runs anywhere from $17-$30 online, but can be purchased on the Winky Lux website for $25. Lucky me, it came in my Boxycharm ($21 a month for 5-6 FULL SIZE products, y’all. Do it!) with a few other amazing products that you may see another review on soon 😉

Have you tried any of these products? If so, what did you think? Leave me a comment below!