Vegans wear makeup too

I’m getting ready for a trip and, as a light packer, I’m already planning what to bring. I only use products that are vegan and haven’t been tested on animals. Here’s a look at what’s coming with me.


My Arbonne day cream isn’t makeup per se, but it’s got SPF 20 and is an important way to start my make-up routine. I’m also bringing a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This Josie Maran is a great substitute for foundation and has SPF 30. It’s a great no makeup look. I find it really natural-looking and they have shades for almost anyone.

I’ll definitely need a concealer and this little tube (lower right) by Too Faced is perfect for under my eyes or to cover a blemish.

I light dusting of powder foundation is optional, but I like to be prepared. The Bare Minerals foundation also has SPF and is a nice way to mattify is sunscreen gets me shiny.

This Stila kit has five shadows that I can mix and match for day or night and a convertible lip and cheek cream. It includes a mirror and folds flat. Update: Stila is not longer a cruelty-free company.

I’m packing a dark brown eye liner by Jordana (proving you don’t have to buy from higher-end brands to get a good product). I buy Jordana because it’s inexpensive, goes on smoothly and gently, and is available in a myriad of colors. Plus, just about any drug store carries it.

I can’t live without my Stila liquid brow liner. Since Stila stopped being cruelty-free, I’ve discovered Milani. Not all of their products are vegan, but their site has an entire vegan section. I love Milani’s mechanical brow pencil. The secret to a natural look is the right shade. I use taupe, and I make tiny brush strokes in the direction of my brows. It’s great to fill in and define. Well-defined brows really frame the face and are youthful looking.

My BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) mascara is also a must. If I had to narrow down my routine to three products it would be brows, lashes and lips.

I packed a bright red lip stain from Stila because it’s an easy way to go from day to night and the cheek cream in the kit is pretty neutral.

Finally, Booda Butter keeps my lips moisturized day and night. I have one in my purse at all times.

As for my other skin and body care, here’s what I’m taking.

skin care

If I were going to a hotel, I’d skip the shampoo and body wash, but I’ll need my own so I’m packing a solid shampoo from Lush (just lather like soap and apply to wet hair like you would a liquid shampoo). It’ll be nice to pack a solid because I won’t have to worry about it in my carry-on (or at security checks).

I’m taking 3 ounces or less of hand sanitizerbody wash, a small tube of sunscreen (when I went to Hawaii I packed four little tubes instead of one big one–to make my bag carry-on approved), night cream, a bit of hairspray in a carry-on spritzer, hand sanitizer and a face cloth. My Norwex face cloth removes makeup better than a makeup remover so it’s one less liquid I have to pack.

So there you have it. What are your travel makeup essentials? Are you a light packer like I am or to you prefer to be prepared?


8 thoughts on “Vegans wear makeup too

  1. I am glad to see you don’t use products tested on animals! I don’t either anymore. As I started reading about animal testing last year I decided to make a fresh start and now only use products I know haven’t been tested that way ^^

    • Thanks! I’m with you. There’s no need for animal testing and there are so many cruelty-free options. I used to buy brands that I thought were okay but some tested! I do my research now. My next project will be writing to the companies I used to support and asking them to stop testing! I miss some products, but luckily I’ve found replacements.

  2. Definitely going to check-out BWC. I am a bit obsessed with e.l.f. (eyes. lips. face.) products at the moment but keen to add new brands to my make-up bag! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Oh, e.l.f. is a great, affordable brand. I was so happy to find out they’re cruelty-free! The only reason I’m not packing my e.l.f eye shadow is because I have a 100-shade tray! Fun, but not compact. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m a bit obsessed with vegan beauty products so this was an exciting post for me. I’m totally interested in that Jose Maran TM. And I’m all about affordable cosmetics like e.l.f. I just recently discovered that a lot of wet n’ wild nail polish shades are vegan so I’ve been on a nail painting kick lately.

    • Oh, I’m glad! I was worried I’d be writing about something frivolous that no one was interested in 🙂 Thanks for the tip about Wet ‘n’ Wild–I’m always on the hunt for affordable goodies. One of my main concerns initially, when switching to cruelty-free, was that everything would cost more. But e.l.f, Jordana, and Wet ‘n’ Wild is proving me wrong!

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