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In my November favorites and December favorites, I mentioned some of my current favorites in makeup, such as the Black Pine concealer by Korres and the lavera loose powder. As I said in my December favorites post, I bought quite a few lavera products when I went to Hamburg last month, and, after using them all regularly, I wanted to post about my favorites.
I like lavera because all their products are organic, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. They have a lot of vegan products, but you should check the labels because there are several products that contain animal-derived ingredients.
Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow - Matt'n Copper
I have very hooded eyes so I really have to contour my eyelids with a matte, natural color. This mineral eyeshadow is intense but blends very well. The texture is very soft and lasts quite long and also works well to define the bottom lash line. It is ophthalmologist approved and doesn't cause any irritation when wearing contact lenses as I always do.
Eyebrow Pencil - Brown
Eyebrows have become the main focus of my eye makeup. I used to wear eyeliner when I was younger, but it's always been a difficult process with my very hooded eyes. These days, it just takes too much time, so I don't even bother. For the same reason, I keep the eyeshadow very simple and only focus on highlighting and contouring. Eyebrows are, therefore, an easy way to still define the eye area. Everyone who knows even a little bit about makeup knows that beautiful eyebrows are the key to framing the eyes and can completely change the way people perceive you. As a teenager in the 1990s, I completely over-plucked my eyebrows so having a good eyebrow pencil is very important to me. The brown in this pencil is quite dark, but I really like it for a more defined look that brightens the eye area.
So Fresh Mineral Rouge Powder - Plum Blossom
Blush was something I really needed to get into because I'd always seen so many women with too much blush on their faces. It was only later that I realized that no blush at all will make you look completely washed out if you wear makeup on the rest of your face. I still believe that it should be very subtle, however, and I really like the soft shimmer this blush adds to the face. It feels very soft on the skin and freshens up the complexion instantly, even if you use very little product which means it should last a long time. The soft pink color is beautiful and applies very well. I also bought it in the shade Pink Harmony, but have been wearing Plum Blossom more frequently up until now.
Soft Glowing Highlighter - Shining Pearl
I am not the kind of person who uses a lot of highlighter, and I'm definitely not into the current look focused on heavy contouring and highlighting. I do, however, like the aesthetics of a bit of highlighter on top of the cheekbones, and it took me a long time to find a nice vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic highlighter in cream form. This highlighter adds soft shimmer pigments to the skin when applied with fingers which create a pretty glow. I haven't used it for highlighting the eyes yet, but I think it would work really well in the eye area as well given that it is ophthalmologist approved.
What are your favorite vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic makeup products? Have you tried anything by lavera? Let me know in the comments below.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.