The Beauty Bohemian: Cruelty Free Favorite with Mira Torres
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Josie Maran Argan Oil Lipstick in Bambolina - I’m a sucker for pink lipsticks and this one is so deliciuosly pink I couldn’t help but fall in love with it at first try. It’s also infused with Argan oil so, unlike other typical high pigment lipsticks, it moisturizes instead of dries out the lips.
Mineral Fusion Tinted Moisturizer in Olive – I just found this a few weeks ago but I can already tell that I probably won’t ever be able to live my life without it. It’s actually improved my acne-prone skin’s condition, keeps away winter dryness, and covers just enough to hide any minor flaws. It is perfect for everyday and it’s available at Whole Foods! Whole Foods has really impressed me with their selection of in-store beauty brands. Everyone needs to get in there and shop the beauty aisle…Oh, if you’re hungry, buy and try some Bolani and Bolani spreads. They’re my favorite vegan munchies.
Qupid Faux Leather Revive Lace-up Boots – With the exception of a few high-end staple items in my closet, I’m a stickler for only using and wearing faux fur. I have an arsenal of man-made material shoes but my particular favorite this winter is my Nordic Print-lined boots by Qupid. They were actually featured in a shoestalking slideshow on San Francisco’s refinery29.com! They can be worn two ways and They’re also a total steal for under $50.
Fleece-lined Leopard Print TOMS Shoes- I’m a sucker for TOMS. Alongside my Converse’s, they fast became one of my favorite go-to shoes for errand running.They’re incredibly comfy and backed up by a wholesome and charitable concept. I don’t have these fleece-lines ones yet, but I want them, terribly! I’m getting them for Christmas. Santa said so.
I adore Vaute Couture! Vaute Couture anything, really. I worked with an Eco Fashioin website for years and was exposed to a billion eco and cruelty-free fashion labels. Two years later and Vaute Couture is still one of my personal, front running favorites. Their materials are incredibly soft and every design is completely comfortable, flattering, and fashionable. Founder and designer, Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart is actually a model turned revolutionary Chicago-based, eco-designer who started one of the first cruelty-free, 100% vegan clothing companies on her own. The coats are to die for but I am in love with her tees. Especially the Oversized Sweater Tees which are perfect for San Francisco’s crazy unpredictable climate.
Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers. Fragrance-free. Powder-free. Oil-free. All-natural, biodegradable and absolutely no animal testing. The pretty, geisha-clad envelope is so easy to just store and have at the ready in one’s clutch or purse. They’re incredibly amazing at soaking up excess oil. I can avoid having to reapply makeup when I’m crunched for time and they are especially handy for days when I’m running from one place to another… or some nights one event to another.
It’s a complete misconception that it’s expensive or inconveniencing – Going cruelty-free is so easy! Everything nowadays is usually labeled or placed in their own seperate eco-centered spaces and most companies are striving to reach for a better, more earth and animal-friendly code of ethics making cruelty-free living far more accessible than it once was. Honestly, a lot of people are already using cruelty-free products (like MAC, Revlon, Bare Escentuals, and Smashbox) and they don’t even know it! Which I think is fantastic! Being eco and cruelty-free should be a norm for products and companies. Not just an option. Personally, I believe that being “good” counts most in the little things. Recycling bottles, vintage shopping, going local with groceries, using cruelty-free products – It’s important that we do all these little things everyday. They add up and lead to the main goal – Which is for a better life and living for everyone now and in the future.
@MiraTorres of The Beauty Bohemian
(Photo by Shaun Tiangsing)