Beauty Bunnies! I have discovered a new site that sells natural, organic and cruelty free beauty products. They specialize in indie brands, so this is a great place to find unique goodies that may be completely new to you. The site is called Navago and I happily tested out a selection of cruelty free indie makeup from some of their brands.
I had never heard of the indie brands that Navago sent for me to review, and I was pleased to discover some really great stuff that I may not have found elsewhere. Let’s start with the product that caught my eye first – the Dome Beauty Eye Jewels in “24K Gold” ($31). If you follow my Instagram stories, you probably saw me gushing over this one. (Check out my InstaStories and you’ll see my honest reactions to everything as soon as it comes into my office!) The Eye Jewels eyeshadow mousse in 24K gold had me ohhing and ahhing as soon as I saw it. It comes in a small glass pot and it has a spongy, mousse-like feel to it. I tried applying with my finger and a brush. Both worked, but the brush gave me a little more control. You only need a little bit. It goes on wet but once it’s dry, it doesn’t budge. It was very easy to blend. It’s SUPER metallic and shimmery. This baby could go toe to toe with Urban Decay any day of the week. In addition to gold, it also comes in Chocolate Diamond (a deep coppery brown), Platinum (looks to be a light plum from the photo) and Ruby Red (a brownish red). I think I need to get all of these now – I’m in love!
Navago also sent me the Baiser Beauty Glow Stick Moondust Highlighter ($25). This stick highlighter has super cute packaging. If I saw this in a store, I would be drawn to it immediately. The formula is majorly hydrating thanks to shea butter and avocado oil. It’s 100% organic and vegan. It gives a sheer glow to dry, winter-ravaged skin – with an iridescent pink shimmer that mermaid makeup fans will love. You can apply it directly to the tops of your cheekbones, tip of your nose, cupid’s bow and under your brows for a lovely goddess glow. You can even apply it to your décolleté, legs, or anywhere you want a little extra shimma!
Let’s talk lippies! I tried the GIA Minerals Nourishing Matte Organic Lipstick in “Party Girl” ($27). Oh wow! This is 100% my kind of lipstick. It’s super creamy and hydrating, blends easily, and is highly pigmented. Natural doesn’t mean boring, and this is proof! Party Girl is a really pretty raspberry pink that is definitely going into heavy rotation in my lipstick collection. It’s Winter and I need hydration so my lips don’t get chapped and fall right off my face (my skin is so dry right now). I’m definitely going to be trying more of these lipsticks!
I tried two nail polish shades ($14) from AILA Cosmetics (pronounced “eye-luh”). I love everything about these polishes. The brush is not too big or too small (seems insignificant but it can make the difference between a professional looking or amateur polish application), the polish went on smoothly without being too thin or too thick, and there are a ton of gorgeous shades to choose from. The polish is ultra-luxe: 8-free, vegan, gluten-free, made in the USA, and designed by a doctor (podiatrist Dr. Cary Gannon). I tried Namaste – a light mauve neutral “nude” shade and My 2 Jeffs (named after Dr. Cary’s ex-husband and current boyfriend!) – a deep navy with purple shift. I found them to be very long-lasting and they didn’t chip. They kept their shine well, which made some people think they were gels!