Dr. Anisa Shomo,
Herald Beauty Contributor
When I was a teen, I used to enjoy playing in different makeup kits and lipsticks. In college, I was the girl who took too long to get dressed for class. Everyone always wondered why I was so dressed up all the time. It was mostly because we had to wear dress code in high school. I was finally free to wear whatever clothes I wanted. It was also because I have 5 older sisters who love to dress up, so it was all that I knew. Over time, while in college and in medical school, I learned a different way. I learned how to rock my natural beauty. Part of it has been with the encouragement of my now husband who loves me in glasses, sweats, and natural hair. The other part is that I now exercise daily. I would rather spend that time on a workout. Health has become my main priority over the years so, of course, when I do decide to wear make-up, it must be healthy. I also like for my makeup to look natural. Keeping all of this in mind, I headed to CVS.com to learn more about their vegan make-up selection. I wanted to try new products for accenting the eyes since we are in pandemic times. I found 3 vegan, cruelty-free, eye products that I really enjoyed:
- NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil, 10.99. A very well-made brow pencil. Having a fine point made it easier to apply in the areas that I intend and avoid mistakes.
- Flower Beauty Shimmer and Shade Eyeshadow Palette, Gimme Gold, 16.99. I love the colors of this palette and the included brush. It includes a numbered instruction guide which featured a lot of great options for different eye looks.
- Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, 4.99. My wish for this product was a curled brush. It made my lashes stick straight out. After a few hours, my lashes went back to their natural curl but with new definition. This effect lasted for days, which was surprising and welcomed.
It’s the natural, health-focused beauty for me. I love that there are now plenty of affordable products that cater to this demographic.