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Inside Sarah’s Makeup Bag: Lips & Face

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Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles

When it comes to makeup, I like to keep it simple, light and fresh – but most importantly I don’t want products that are tested on animals or full of harmful chemicals. The majority of the chemicals used in cosmetics are not safe for animals or for us, many linking to cancer and other diseases. I find that to be scary and so very sad.

Luckily it is getting easier and easier to find natural products that aren’t tested on animals. Many amazing brands are stepping up to make a difference. I couldn’t love that more! The challenge is finding the products that work for you. After all, we still want to look and feel our best!

Here are the items I use on a daily basis, as well as some very thought provoking facts about the cosmetic industry.

Did You Know?

  • Every year millions of animals are tortured for personal care and cosmetic product testing in the U.S.
  • Close to 90% of the animals used aren’t even counted in the official statistics.
  • The $60 billion cosmetic industry is the least regulated industry in the United States.
  • According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are known to be toxic. Many of these being linked to cancer.
  • The European Union has banned 1,200 of these types of chemicals but the U.S. has only banned 10.
  • On average, women absorb up to 5 lbs of toxic chemicals through their skin from cosmetics every year.

In the bag

  •  Super Salve Co. : Organic Coconut Cream – Last spring I stumbled upon this organic coconut cream at my local health food store. I am so happy I bought it because this is truly my favorite face and body lotion to date. I loved it so much I mailed two jars to my mom and aunt. It’s non greasy and super moisturizing, the perfect combination for face and body. A little bit goes a long way so the jar will last a really long time. I bought mine in May and I am just now getting to the half way mark. Win!
  • RMS Lip2Cheek Organic Blush: Demure & Smile – For those who are currently using a creme blush and are looking for a cruelty free and organic alternative, THIS IS IT. I couldn’t love a makeup brand or product more. It gives a soft healthy cheek glow that every woman loves, and can also be used on your lips. It’s packed with color, so you don’t need very much at all. I just use a blush brush to apply a light layer. It comes in several colors, anything made by RMS Beauty is a winner!
  • Eco Tool Blush Brush – Eco Tool’s cosmetic brushes are earth friendly with bamboo handles and 100% cruelty free bristles! Available in a variety of brush sizes and packaged in reusable, recycled pouches.
  • RMS Organic “Un” Cover-up – I’ve tried a lot of concealers in my time, and this by far is the best concealer I’ve ever used. PERIOD. It’s no wonder it is called ‘un’ cover-up – it looks and feels as if you aren’t wearing a thing, but in a good way. I especially love that it’s filled with organic ingredients. Dab little bit of this under your eyes or wherever needed, add a little of the RMS Beauty blush and you’re set!
  • Savannah Bee Company Organic Early Grey Lip Balm  – Most days, a simple feel good lip balm does the trick for me, especially since I work from home. My go-to balm is this certified organic Earl Grey from Savannah Bee Company. It’s light, moisturizing and smells incredible – all you tea drinkers out there know what I mean!
  • Savannah Bee Company Natural Peach Blossom Lip Tint  – I find this Peach Blossom Lip tint perfect for the days when you want bit more color, while still getting that lip balm feel. It has a subtle shimmer to keep things fresh. This lip tint is also available in multiple shades if you’re wanting a warmer hue.
  • RMS Lip Shine in Sublime – For lip color, RMS Beauty’s organic lip shines have you covered. Available in four shades, this lip shine achieves both pigment and gloss. Sublime is perfect for a feminine pop of pink!

CREDIT: Main image by Chic Sprinkles, Product images by individual brands.


AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

Copy: Sarah Dickerson

Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles

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581 responses to “Inside Sarah’s Makeup Bag: Lips & Face”

  1. ashley says:

    Ooh thanks for sharing, Sarah! I love learning about natural, cruelty-free products! xx

  2. I loved this post so much! I’ve always been a cruelty free advocate but learning about what’s actually in these products that we absorb into our bodies day after day is an eye opener.

    I have to say too – I’m a sucker for PRETTY cruelty free and natural products, your make up bag is the bomb!

  3. Kody says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about the RMS beauty line, so it is nice to hear that they are cruelty free! Another great company for makeup brushes is It Cosmetics, they are synthetic but dreamily soft.

    It really is unfortunate, but as soon as any company begins marketing their product in China they must be removed from the cruelty free list as China requires all cosmetic products be tested on animals prior to distribution. It has taken out so many of my favorite brands!

  4. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for the recommendations.
    I’d heard lots of good things about RMS so bought a few of their products recently and absolutely love them all. The colours are fantastic (especially the lip2cheek range)and I can’t believe how perfect a match the ‘un’cover-up is to my super pale skin….plus it all smells like coconut and fits in my tiny little makeup bag!
    Lush Cosmetics has some great bright colours but the RMS range really works for daily make-up that looks so natural.

    Trying to find cruelty free make-up that lasts throughout the day is a struggle so I’m delighted with these tips!

    Thanks again!

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