• Katie & Amanda

Clean, Cruelty-Free Makeup (That's Actually Good)

In our opinion everyday should be and is Earth Day, but we happen to celebrate on April 22! Earth Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own ecological footprint and consider options to reduce our impact. One switch we have made to lessen our carbon footprint is using clean, cruelty free beauty products.


You may be wondering if changing your beauty products can really help the environment. The answer is ABSOLUTELY! By making smarter, more informed and eco-friendly choices we can truly make a difference. Opt for clean beauty products that use sustainable packaging, do not test on animals and use clean biodegradable ingredients. Everything we use has an impact! Plastic packaging can takes hundreds of years to decompose and is often found in our oceans, landfilles and harmful to animals. Cosmetic ingredients aren't well regulated and can actually be unsafe not only for ourselves but for the earth. Our personal care products do the most damage as they are being washed down our drains and entering our water supplies.


Our newst beauty obsession, Carlucee, checks all the clean beauty boxes! Their products are organic/natural, 100% vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified, gluten free, and paraben/parfum free. They are dedicated to using only the most natural and beneficial ingrediates for your skin. The Carlucce beauty product packaging is sustainable too! In the past we have been less than impressed with the clean, cruetly-free foundation products we have used. We finally found makeup we can trust and love! See what we have to say about Carlucce CacheCream:

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Amanda's Review (Color Match: Faultless): I’ve searched for years for a foundation/concealer that is vegan and cruelty free that I love. CacheCream checks all the boxes and exceeded my expectations. It looks amazing, feels incredible on your skin and is an all-in-one product. I love that it replaces the need to prime my skin, use a concealer and foundation. Even though I save time on application and money from purchasing additional products I’m not sacrificing anything! CacheCream is buildable and versatile. I get the perfect dewy glow after each application. It can be used everyday for a natural makeup look or a full-blown glamorous night out. It never feels caked on and actually hydrates my skin while I'm wearing it. Another bonus... is it’s made in America from ingredients that are actually beneficial. As a mom it is important that the skincare and beauty products I use are clean and safe for my child. I didn't hesitate to use Carlucce products when I was pregnant, nursing and beyond!


Katie's Review (Color Match: Raw):

I always find it difficult to color match. When I am searching for a new concealer or foundation the colors tend to be off and don't blend well into my natural skin tone. Carlucce's website makes finding the perfect shade a breeze too! They have their own Shade Matching Quiz that takes under 5 minutes by simply uploading or taking a selfie. Not only do they have the best all in one concealer and foundation, but their brushes are phenomenal too. My skin tends to be on the dry side so this foundation is a perfect fit and hydrates while preventing that flaking and "cakey" finish.

We have both the Cache Cream and Hush-Hush Brushes. The brush was designed with a unique curve that serves a function while applying to your skin. We've been so impressed with CacheCream that we can't wait to try the other Carlucee products like their highlighter (Curve Cream - Awaken), contour (Curve Cream - Ignite), and Umpteen Cream (all-in-one multi use product for your lips, cheeks, and eyes).

Carlucce Product Ingredients and their benefits:

  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil - Fractionated coconut oil that helps control bacteria and naturally moisturizers

  • Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (Organic) - Help fight signs of aging and reduces pigmentation

  • Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla ) Wax - Vegan binder and smoothes texture

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Organic) - Helps oil control and can reduce the appearance of irritation

  • Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Organic) - Help protect skin and improves elasticity

  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter - Can help skin issues including blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburns and irritations

  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract - Provides hydration across layers of skin

  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract - Can protect skin from sun damage and free radicals

  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract - Rich in vitamin e

With ingredients like this it's no wonder their trademark is "makeup with benefits"! We had the opportunity to collaborate with the founder of Carlucce, Carla, to do an Instragram Live Tutorial and give our followers a promotional code. Use HHBLOG15 when checking out to recieve a 15% discount off your order. Don't miss out on this opportunity to try our favorite makeup!


Interested in more clean, cruetly-free beauty products? Trust us, you can look good while doing good with the following product recommendations.



For even more cruelty-free brands check out Cruelty-Free Kitty and Leaping Bunny Program!


Environmental Pro-Tips: always choose larger size products to reduce waste. According to the EPA containers and packaging make up the majority of waste totaling 82.2 million tons (2018). Instead of purchasing travel size products buy reusable containers that can be refilled with your favorites! There is still major debates over what is better glass or plastic for the environment, but glass can be recycled over and over and never lose its integrity unlike plastic. We prefer glass containers! Always check the ingredients list and try to purchase products with certified organic/natural ingredients.

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