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Part Two of the “Best Of” Vegan Cosmetic Series: Best Eye Makeup Remover, Overnight Moisturizer, and Eyeshadow Primer

In Part One of this series, I outlined my journey to find vegan toiletries that are free of harsh chemicals.  Here is what I’ve found so far.

Best Eye Makeup Remover

First to run out was my eye makeup remover.  After reading several articles and trying various DIY eye makeup removers, I found that the best for me was plain ol’ extra virgin olive oil.  You can read more about using olive oil here.

In the past, I always had a tough time finding eye makeup remover.  It had to be unscented and non-comedogenic (meaning it wouldn’t clog pores).  It turns out that I could have simply walked into my kitchen instead!

Olive oil mimics your skin’s natural oils, so it is absorbed and won’t clog your pores.


Best Nighttime Moisturizer

In fact, I started using extra virgin olive oil as my night cream, applying it to my whole face before going to bed.  In the morning, I then would wake up with soft, smooth skin and no break-outs.  Olive oil breaks down makeup too.  Some folks even use is as primer.

Best Eyeshadow Primer

After watching several of Sam Schuerman makeup videos (I love her and think we might have been good friends in a former life!), and seeing her use “eye shadow insurance,” I realized I needed a good eye makeup primer.

As usual, making things difficult for myself, I didn’t want just any eyeshadow primer.  Mine would have to be vegan, with none of the harsh chemicals mentioned here.

And I found one!!  It’s the Vegan Oily Lid Eyeshadow Primer in Buff from the All Natural Face.  I love this stuff.  It’s inexpensive (only $3.50!), works well, lasts all day, and does not have the harsh chemicals mentioned earlier.  All products from the All Natural Face are made to order, which means they’re fresh.  It also meant that I had to wait several weeks to receive it in the mail.  It was well worth the wait though!!

As you know, this series will be published sort of slowly, because I’m taking a more economical approach. I’m using up what I already have, before going out and buying new products.

Do you have any recommendations or great products you’ve tried?  Please leave your comments below!




Part One of the “Best Of” Vegan Cosmetic Series: Introduction

Part One of the “Best Of” Vegan Cosmetic Series: Introduction

I’ve always loved makeup.  I remember my 13th birthday when my mom took me for my first makeover.  We ended up buying most of the products they used on my face.  I was thrilled, and the products stayed with me for a long time.

Now, here I am, in my 30’s, and I still love cosmetics.  I generally use makeup to hide my rosacea and dark under-eye circles (I’ve worked long hours in the military=not enough sleep).  In the photo below, I am sporting a more natural makeup look.  One that is office-appropriate.


As I get older, I care more about what is actually in my cosmetics and how they’re made.

Since I try to eat mostly vegan and gluten-free, I want the same in my cosmetics.  I was already gravitating towards vegan toiletries for a while; my favorite companies were Arbonne and Simple.  However, after I read this article, it made me think.  What was lurking in the products I was using?  After a few ingredient searches on the products I was using, I did not like what I found.

As a result, I started seeking out new products, ones that pass both tests: 1) to be vegan; and 2) to be free of harsh chemicals.  Equally important is that they need to work!

And, as if that wasn’t difficult enough, I have another restriction.  I’m trying to do this on a budget.  As in, without spending a small fortune replacing all of my products at one time.  So, I’m replacing my products as they run out.

Do you have any suggestions for the “Best Of” Vegan Cosmetic Series?  Products that meet the strict standards above?  If so, please comment at the bottom and I will check them out!

Up Next: Part Two of the “Best Of” Vegan Cosmetic Series: Best Eye Makeup Remover, Overnight Moisturizer, and Eyeshadow Primer