What’s inside my makeup bag (cruelty-free)

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 27, 2018

cruelty-free makeup, vegan makeup, plant-based makeup, cruelty-free, vegan skin care

I recently did a poll on my Insta Stories to see if you would be interested in a “what’s inside my makeup bag” post, and 95% of you said “heck yes!!!”, so here it is! Putting this post together has also been a good way of filling the lack of recipe creation lately. I’m currently on an elimination diet to test for allergies (the worst!!) and basically can’t eat anything fun, so there hasn’t been much testing going on over here. It isn’t forever though! I keep telling myself that I will be a normal human being again someday, hah. But I’m soooo grateful that I’m already seeing improvements in my allergic reactions since cutting out the ingredients that my test found I’m sensitive to. I’ll keep you guys posted if you’re interested.

Read on for the deets on my current go-to makeup products. If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to read my Favourite Skin Care Products post too.


I’m going to kick this off with my favourite category—lips!

HURRAW! Tinted Lip Balm

Shade: Black Cherry

Cruelty-free, vegan

This tinted balm is perfect for kicking around the house! I love the subtle hint of colour this black cherry hue adds.


Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint

Shade: WCW

Cruelty-free, vegan (Note: Tarte is now owned by a parent company, KOSÉ, which is not cruelty-free.) :(

One of my fave lip gloss colours of all time. *heart eyes for berry tones* Biggest gripe? The tube is messy and lip gloss always explodes out the sides when I close it.


Couleur Caramel Lip Gloss

Shade: 805 Raspberry Red

Cruelty-free, vegan

This is a close runner-up for my favourite gloss shade. I actually like this one’s ingredients and packaging better than Tarte’s (no explosions!).


Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy

Cruelty-free, vegan

Ohhhhh yeah. You know I’m obsessed with this gloss. I talked about it in my Favourite Skin Care Products post too. I think of it as a 2-in-1 product because it’s a good lip moisturizer when you’re just lounging around the house (a little bit goes a long way), and it works as a fantastic “top coat” on top of lip colour to add a glossy sheen.


Dr. Hauschka Lip Gloss (*new)

Shade: 03 – Blackberry


Silky soft and made with mineral-based pigments, this is my newest go-to lip colour! It’s long-lasting and the Blackberry shade (03) is just perfection!

Foundation + concealer:

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer

Shade: Glow


This is a primer, but I use it on top of foundation as a highlighter on my cheekbones, temple area, and bridge of nose. I love how refreshed it makes my skin look even when I haven’t slept much. I tried it as a primer and wasn’t overly wowed, so I prefer to use it on top.


Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation with SPF 20

Shades: LN4 and MN4 (I mix the two shades in the summer)

Cruelty-free, vegan

Oh BOY have I tried out a lot of vegan foundations. So, so many misses. This one was good enough to keep using, so that’s progress! My biggest complaint is the packaging (it’s awful, quite frankly, because it’s hard to get the product out and I’m not a fan of the applicator stick). Their shade selection is also quite limited. I have to mix two shades in the summer to get my perfect match! I also wish the ingredients were more natural, so I guess you could say I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail vegan foundation! This one will definitely do in the meantime.


Physicians Formula Concealer Twins Cream Concealers

Shade: Yellow/Light


I don’t use the yellow shade as I find it’s too noticeable on my skin tone, but I do use the light shade for around my eyes. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase this concealer as it’s super light and doesn’t cover that much. I also wish they had more shades!

Blush + brush:

Benecos Natural Powder Blush

Shade: Sassy Salmon


I don’t normally go for such a bold blush shade, but I fell in love with this one! It really pops off my cheeks and a little bit goes a long way. It’s my new go-to.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Shade: Paaarty


This blush was sent to me as a free sample from Sephora a year ago, and I used it until every last bit was gone! I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase because I’m loving the Benecos so much.


Tarte Bronze & Glow Double-Ended Contour Brush

I love this double-ended brush. I use the small end for blush and the large end for translucent powder.


You might be wondering…Ange, where is the bronzer? The contour powder?! Lol. I don’t use them because anytime I have tried to apply them I turn out looking like I have dirt on my face. So I just kind of gave up! But this tempting 50% off sale at Sephora is making me want to try the Tartiest PRO Glow Highlighter & Contour Palette!


My brows have always been light and pretty much nonexistent (thank you to my dad for those genes!), so if I want to feel put together, I will ALWAYS do my brows. I first use the Benecos pencil to fill in patchy areas, and then I use the Tarte mousse with the bamboo angle brush (which is included!!) to bring it all together. Really love this combo for my brows! So easy, long-lasting, and doesn’t smudge.

Benecos Natural Beauty Eyebrow-Designer

Shade: Blonde

Cruelty-free, vegan


Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse

Shade: Ash Blonde

Cruelty-free, vegan

Eyeshadow + eyeliner:

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio

Shade: Warm Nude


I don’t use eyeliner everyday, but I always use it when I’m going out somewhere special, especially in the evening. I love this trio because it comes with black, brown, and bronze shades, which are the ones I normally gravitate toward.


Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Nude Palette For Face & Eyes

Shade: Natural Nude


I love this all-in-1 palette because you can use it as a cheek bronzer, over your eyelids, or anywhere you want a pop of shimmer on your face!

Mascara + eyelash curler:

Pacifica Beauty Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara

Shade: Supernova (black)

Cruelty-free, vegan

I’ve tried out a lot of vegan mascaras and this is my favourite “everyday” mascara that I’ve been using for a few years. It’s light and perfect for daytime, but you can layer it for a slightly more dramatic look too.


My eyelash curler is by Sephora!

Powder + concealer:

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-free Mineral Face Powder

Shade: Translucent Light


I have to say, this isn’t my favourite setting powder by any means. In fact, I find it goes on too powdery and I wish it were more dewy, so I use a very light hand when applying it. In the past I would use powder all over my face thinking that I had to get rid of any and all shine, but lately I only use a bit on my nose and a tiny bit on my forehead. I find using less powder really lets my natural (and makeup-accentuated!) glow shine through.

Update: I’ve been using 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder and I quite like it! It is vegan, cruelty-free, and free of 1,000 toxins.


Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick, Light

Shade: Light


I use this occasionally if I need to cover a pimple. I think the shade is a bit too light for my skin tone though so I probably won’t repurchase.

PS: My black and gold makeup bag is from Shoppers Drug Mart!

Do you have any fave makeup products to share? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Kirsten August 5, 2018 at 7:19 am

I am always looking for great cruelty free products. Thanks for the suggestions. I am excited to try some of these!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Hope you enjoy some of them Kirsten! I’m always nervous sharing products I use because everyone’s skin/tastes are so different


Marta August 5, 2018 at 9:15 am

I LOVED this post!! It’s so great! Like many others, I’d love to hear about the results of the elimination diet… those are never fun but are necessary. The downside is the “trial and error” part of it. Blech.
I wanted to recommend the Tarte Glow highlighter and contour palette… I don’t even contour and I adore mine. You can use the shades as eyeshadow as well as highlighting and contouring, and the colours look good on pretty much every skin tone I’ve seen. I love Tarte, so I’m sad to hear their parent company isn’t cruelty free :(


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 5, 2018 at 5:43 pm

So glad to hear you loved the post too Marta…thanks!
That’s great you love that glow highlighter kit…and god to know you don’t need to be a contouring pro to use it. heh


Stephanie August 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

You should check out FitGlow Beauty! Hands down the best natural/cruelty free makeup and skincare I have ever used, and I’ve tried A LOT! They are a Canadian company, the lip serums in particular are AH-mazing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

Thanks Stephanie! I will check them out.


Lisa is Planted365 August 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Nice! Pretty stuff. & I love Hurraw!


Janine August 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Kosas (not to be confused with KOSE) just launched a tinted face oil that I LOVE. I have moderate acne, and it covers most of the uneven tone/post acne marks on my face while not being too heavy. I hate heavy foundation. Even though it’s not strictly speaking “foundation,” you should totally check it out — cruelty-free, vegan, AND nontoxic. I follow it up with BeautyCounter setting powder to keep it in place and a little concealer for my active zits.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Tinted face oil?? Now that’s genius!! I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks Janine :)


Katryna Benedik August 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I’m obsessed with Elate Cosmetics based out of Victoria, BC – I think you’d love their brow balm! And their mascara, lip glosses, lipstick, foundations, everything lol.


Pam August 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm

I’m trying to switch over to cruelty free products. Thanks for the ideas!


Lisa La August 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Have you tried The All Natural Face (TANF)? I used to use that infomercial stuff, Bareminerals. But its $$$ and that was before going vegan. I am happy with their products, as I work my way thru them!


Ray L. August 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Cruelty free is the way to go, thanks for sharing the products you use! Do you use any type of facial oils during your routine?


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 20, 2018 at 5:40 am

I used to use argan oil a lot and a couple others (if you check out the link in my intro it’ll being you to the skin care page), but since having allergic reactions this year I have cut everything out (for now!!) to try to find out what was causing the skin reaction. I definitely don’t think it was the oils though so I should probably bring them back. :)


Ray L. August 21, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. It can possibility be a mix of products and oils that caused the reaction, but hope you figure it out and can start using them again!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Thanks Ray! It’s been great motivation to clean up my skin care products! Still a few more to swap but I’ve made some great progress this year with it.


Leanne August 21, 2018 at 8:22 pm

I’m going to suggest you try PÜR cosmetics. Happy to send you some samples.
Exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart.


Elizabeth August 25, 2018 at 1:41 am

I don’t think Sephora brand is cruelty free.


Momstarr September 15, 2018 at 5:56 pm

I like Juice Beauty CC cream, sun kissed shade!!! Best I’ve tried!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2018 at 7:53 am

Thanks for the tip!


Anna September 27, 2018 at 11:18 am

Thank you for this! You might like to try Pur Cosmetics which are available at many Shoppers Drugmart and online. Their products are cruelty-free and, in my opinion, high quality and readily available!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2018 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the product tip Anna!


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