New Beauty: Jouer, Tarte & Sara Happ

I recently picked up some new goodies to try out on the makeup front. After going cruelty-free, buying makeup has become a bit more of a challenge. There are a lot of products that have caught my eye that I have had to skip out on due to their animal testing practices. Regardless of the challenge, you can still find an overwhelming amount of makeup that IS cruelty-free! Once you get into the habit of it, it's not that difficult! 

Aside from Tarte, I had never tried these brands before. Perhaps one of the benefits of going cruelty-free is that it has led to trying out new brands and products! 

Jouer, Matte Moisture Tint ($40 @ Nordstrom) - This is a product that I have wanted to try for awhile now, but just never got around to picking up. Finally I decided to give it a go as I was in the market for a new foundation/moisturizer. I fell in love with this product after just one use! It's lightweight, doesn't leave my skin greasy or cakey looking and applies really well (I use my fingers, but sometimes use a real techniques brush to buff it out). It also contains SPF which is something I try to look for in products when possible. I picked up the shade linen and it works perfectly for my skin right now. My only complaint is that I waited so long to finally give Jouer a go! 

Jouer, Powder Eyeshadow in Peach ($22 @ Nordstrom) - another Jouer product that I picked up was one of their eyeshadows. I've been searching high and low for a peach eyeshadow that was cruelty-free and not too shimmery and when browsing the Jouer line on the Nordstrom website, I came across this shadow. Proof that when you're not looking, you often find what you're looking for! I love this shadow for numerous reasons. It's the perfect shadow for quick makeup looks when you have little time or interest, it gives the eyes a nice pop without looking overdone and the formulation of the shadow itself is fantastic. It's not too creamy or powdery and has decent staying power even without a primer on the eyes. I can't wait to try out more of their shades!! Jouer - you have earned a new fan! 

Tarte, Amazonian Clay 12-hour Skintuitive blush ($28 @ Sephora) - I have always been a lover of Tarte as a brand so when I saw this new blush on the Sephora website I knew I wanted to give it a try. The descriptions claims that the blush works with your skin's "natural energy and pH to create a custom blush shade for your skin. This seemed like a pretty hefty claim to me, but after testing this little guy out for a few days, I have fallen in love! It provides you with color, but not too much color and is actually quite buildable. I would suggest that anyone who might be wary of blushers or for those who are just starting to dabble in makeup, that this is definitely a blush worth checking out! 

Sara Happ, The Lip Slip lip balm ($24 @ Nordstrom) - last up is this lip balm from Sara Happ. I'm not sure if this has been said yet on the blog, but just in case...I am a lip balm addict! I have always been a sufferer of chapped lips and because of that, have always been on the lookout for the perfect, holy grail lip balm. Unfortunately, when I made the choice to go cruelty-free, I had to let go of a significant amount of lip products, so I've been on the hunt for some new ones to try. I like the texture of this balm, though I will say that it is a touch greasy. Because of that, I often save it for night time when that wont bother me as much. Regardless of how it works, the smell of this balm has totally intrigued me because it smells just like a solid perfume that I had as a kid that came with a barbie I had! Talk about throwback!! 

It's always fun to try out new products, and I am always on the prowl for new things to try. It might seem that cruelty-free beauty items are harder to find but you can find them in nearly every store if you just know what to look for! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have tried any of the items I've mentioned, and as always, please share any product recommendations you might have!!

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