Oh so Pretty

Though we blog about everything here at RAOP, our team isn’t exactly what you’d call a group of beauty experts. If we’re being totally honest with you guys we’re just as lost as you when it comes to cuticle maintenance and “strobing”. That said we know a good product when we see one, and nothing beats good + cruelty free in our books.

The year isn’t quite over yet, but we’ve made so many amazing beauty discoveries over the course of 2016, and we couldn’t wait to share some of our favourites! The best part? Every brand on this list is cruelty free and vegan friendly, which makes them beautiful inside and out!

1. Annabelle //

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By far the most affordable brand on our list, Annabelle is a super accessible way to shop cruelty-free beauty if you’re scooping up some new products at the drug store. Our current picks are their mascaras and lip liner pencils.

2. Tata Harper //

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We recently went to a Tata Harper breakfast where we had the pleasure of meeting Tata herself, and honestly if you’ve seen that woman’s amazing skin you’ve probably already rushed out to buy her entire all-natural skincare collection!

3. Love Fresh //

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Handmade right here in Toronto, Lovefresh has incredible scents like Key Lime Coconut, and we can’t get enough of their awesome pink pomegranate sugar scrub!

4. Too Faced //

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Sometimes it’s impossible not to judge a book by its cover, especially when the cover looks *this* good! Too Faced always has us melting over their adorable pink sparkly products, and their new holiday-scented palettes basically have us in little puddles on the floor!

5. Charlotte Tilbury //

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Rose gold and delicate details? Yes please! Charlotte Tilbury is one of the only luxury cosmetic brands that guarantees 100% cruelty free ingredients… and it’s all just so pretttyyyy!

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Dear Diary

Ah, February! Love is in the air, and I couldn’t feel more lucky to have so much of it in my life! Don’t worry though, I’m not going to be rambling on about some horrible fairytale romance story: today I’m confessing my love for some super special products!

Before I started beauty blogging, I really had a bare minimum cosmetics collections. I went shopping once a year at Sephora to restock my 5 essentials (eyeliner, mascara, blush, concealer and neutral beige shadow), and that was about it. I loved the pretty look of products, but I never really got into having fun with my beauty routine.

When I started writing for XO Vain, everything changed. Suddenly I couldn’t stop buying beauty products, and companies were actually sending me new products to try too! My cosmetics collection tripled in size over the span of a few weeks, and continues to grow almost daily.

I’ve been super lucky to try so many different products over the past few months, but a few have really stood out in my mind. They’re the products I’ve really come to rely on, to cherish; they’re the products I love!

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From left to right, Too Faced Lip Injection Colour Bomb in “Candy Burst”, Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm, Lush Bubblegum lip scrub

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Davines Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, Davines OI Hair Oil

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Econeco Makeup Rouge Blush Pearls, NARS Orgasm Blush

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Province Apothecary Skincare

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Butter London “Fairy Cake”, Deborah Lippmann “Stairway to Heaven”, Chanel “Frisson”

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Too Faced Pro Essential Teddy Bear Fur Vegan Brushes

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Too Faced Bulletproof Brows, Rose De Versailles Liquid Liner Pen, Buxom Mascara

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Davines Alchemic Red Shampoo and Conditioner

Photos by Brianne Burnell