5 Things You Need For A Cruelty Free Makeup Routine

Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes

urban decay makeup brushesTime to ditch those disgusting, old makeup brushes from the drugstore and replace them with high performance, artist-quality, cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly makeup brushes from Urban Decay. With 12 different Good Karma Brushes in the collection, you are sure to find the perfect brushes to suit your needs.

Bonus number one – Each brush comes encased in a magnetic box fashioned out of recycled egg cartons. Super cute.

Bonus number two – The super-soft synthetic brush hair is made from recycled PET bottles, and the sleek gunmetal brush handles are recycled aluminum. (Synthetic hair on makeup brushes are actually a huge bonus because the fibers don’t hold on to stinky bacteria the way porous animal hair does so these brushes stay cleaner!)

Bonus number three – Their line of brushes have actual names that tell you which brush to use for what/where. No more guessing!

Price: $20 – $39 each

Buy It: Macy’s, ULTA, Beauty.com, and UrbanDecay.com

Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Tinted Perfector Moisturizer

alba tinted moisturizerTime to get some good and healthy, leafy green goodness into your makeup routine with Alba Botanica’s new Tinted Perfector Moisturizer. It’s perfect for combination skin, is oil-free and contains 100% vegetarian ingredients. No parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Just a touch of color to lightly cover imperfections and healthy ingredients like kale, spinach and swiss chard to make your skin happy. Um, yeah… I seriously just listed green garden goodies as some of the remarkable ingredients they packed into this multi-tasking product. It’s straight up nutrition for your skin.

Price: $9.99

Buy It: albabotanica.com

La Fresh Eco Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

la fresh wipesEco-Beauty® line of wipes are perfect for anyone who is looking to swap out their chemical-filled convenience wipes for some eco-friendly ones. The La Fresh line of wipes include waterproof makeup remover wipes, facial cleanser wipes, body soother wipes, and nail polish remover acetone-free wipes. All are made with natural ingredients, are biodegradable, compostable, free of questionable ingredients, and cruelty-free.

I also love that they are USA-made and are packaged using clean, renewable solar energy.

Price: $9.99 for 24 wipes

Buy It: LaFreshGroup.com

true natural Lip Plump Treatment

true natural lip plumpWant to plump up your lips naturally without all the harsh chemicals found in drugstore lip plumpers? Check out this anti-aging lip plump treatment from true natural that plumps lips naturally, with cinnamon, vitamin B, and anti-aging super ingredient: hyaluronic acid.

Over time your lips will appear more plump full and smooth from using this product consistently. PLUMP is most effective worn on its own, or under lipstick. Apply throughout the day as needed. You will be happy to know that this product has been certified natural by the NPA (Natural Products Association) and it also vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free.

Price: $30

Buy It: TrueNatural.com

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral fusion nail polishAdd a pop of Spring color to your nails with Mineral Fusion nail polish. While there is no truly “natural” nail polish, this is about as close as you’ll ever fine! The long-wearing and chip-resistant formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate and developed with the highest ingredient standards to ensure it’s a safe and effective product. Best of all it has an extra-thick brush for flawless application.

New spring colors include Treasure (golden yellow iridescent), Lagoon (teal), Blaze (burnt orange), Tiara (nude pink shimmer), Trinket (berry) and Bublbe (semi-sheer lavender).

Price: $7.99

Buy It: Whole Foods Market and online at Ulta.com, Amazon.com, MineralFusion.com

Get Green With Envy Over These Yummy Treats!

Whether you are Irish or not, everyone needs a little GREEN on St Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of our favorite brand’s GREENEST and finest offerings…


Green With Envy
Green With Envy by thehousewife featuring Caroline Hill Collection & Urban Decay


TJ Maxx Style Scout Blogger Challenge – Stripes!

TJ Maxx Style Scout

The Fashionable Housewife teamed up with A Few Goody Gumdrops recently to take part in the Maxx Style Scout Blogger Challenge. We were given a $100 gift card to shop at T.J. Maxx (our FAVORITE store!) and were sent on a mission to create a designer outfit for less based on the spring trend of black and white stripes.

Here is a snippet from our experience:

“Sarah received a T.J.Maxx gift card and we shopped til we dropped. We choose to style Sarah in one of this season’s hottest trends….black and white stripes. T.J.Maxx provided us with endless possibilities to find our personal style. We sought a very cool fashion-forward look.

If you ask me….Sarah and I did an amazing job with the designer outfit and accessories we chose. Sarah’s hair, makeup and cutting edge black and white nails were the perfect compliment to her ultra stylish outfit.” [Source]

TJ Maxx Style Scout

TJ Maxx Style Scout

TJ Maxx Style Scout

Here are the items I found at TJ Maxx that were a LOT less than if I had shopped anywhere else.

  • Jacket: Steve Madden – on sale for $40.00 (originally $78)
  • Shirt: Express – $7.99
  • Shoes: DKNY Casual Flats – $34.95 (originally $75)
  • Clutch: $16.99

TJ MAXX Total: $100

Other items from my personal closet…

Click here to see the rest of the pictures on A Few Goody Gumdrops!

I am SO honored to have had the opportunity to work with A Few Goody Gumdrops and TJ Maxx. I had an awesome time shopping in TJ’s (as I always do!) and I’m so amazed that we put together this fabulous outfit for $100! I am most excited about the ultra cool denim and leather biker jacket that was on sale. It’s so gorgeous and I will be able to style it in a million other outfits!

I saw so many things in TJ Maxx that were both totally on trend and very affordable. I could have spent many more hours in the store than I did because there was just so much to see! I will definitely be heading back there this coming week to grab a few more things including some home decor items for my living room that I am re decorating.

TJ Maxx has amazing designer items for a lot less than department stores, so you can leave knowing you will look like a million bucks but didn’t have to spend a million bucks! :-)

My 15 Minute Everday Makeup Routine

Sarah-Jean Ballard - Editor in Chief of The Fashionable Housewife

My go-to eyeshadow palette for the past few months has been Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. It’s part of my 15 minute, everyday makeup routine and my results are always stellar. (At least I think so!)

If you follow me on Instagram and check out my outfits, you see I’m always always wearing a mix of at least 2-4 eyeshadow shades from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. It’s my go-to palette that has the best mix of colors for everyday wear. It’s easy to look classy with any of the neutral eyeshadows in this palette.

Here is my 15 minute beauty routine…

  1. I start with a BB Cream (like UD Naked Skin or Miracle Skin Transformer) or a liquid foundation (like Covergirl)
  2. Next I dab Urban Decay eyshadow primer potion on my eyelids
  3. Then I use 2-4 colors from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette on my eyelids
  4. I line my upper and lower lids with Tarte EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner or Line Fix Gel Eyeliner Pencil from Cailyn Cosmetics
  5. My favorite mascara is definitely Covergirl Lashblast Mascara although I have a few others I like too like Boots No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara in Black, CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara.
  6. Finally, I finish with Mally’s Perfect Red Lips kit. If I’m going for a less dramatic look, I opt for a lip stain.

What does your everyday beauty routine consist of?

Outfit Ideas: Neon Jeans with Oxfords

chambray oxfords and neon jeans

chambray with neon jeans

urban decay naked palette

red hair

red oxfords

I surfed Pinterest to get some ideas of what to wear with oxfords and decided I would just do my own thing… No use in searching for how to wear oxfords when I can just put them on with something cute and see if it works! It’s sunny, in the 50′s outside so it felt like a neon jeans kind of day. Enter a cool motorcycle tee and a chambray button down for my casual weekend look. I think the oxfords work with this outfit, how about you?

I went “all out” and spent 20 minutes doing a smokey eye with Urban Decay Smoked Palette and my new favorite mascara – Boots No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara in Black – $8.

Let me know what you think!

Today’s Outfit

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* Some of the items seen in this post were provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing and review. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

BB Beauty Balm Cream – What’s The Best?

Are you looking for the best BB cream for oily skin? Which BB cream brand is the best? Have you been searching for the best rates BB cream in the US? Well, we tried a bunch of Beauty Balm Creams to see which ones rated the best in our book!

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

UD BB cream

At the number one spot is Urban Decay! It is hands down the best BB cream tinted moisturizer I have ever tried. Period. It is the perfect shade, blends into skin seamlessly while minimizing the appearance of pores, lines, wrinkles and redness instantly. It even promises significantly firmer, more lifted skin in 8 weeks. Hell, I don’t even care about that part! I just LOVE how my skin looks after I put this on. It’s the main component of my 5-minute 5-product beauty routine. It’s a must-have for ALL skin types! I highly recommend it!!!!

Get it: Sephora.com – $34

2. Miracle Skin Transformer BB Cream

miracle skin bb cream

Really not in second place at all, this is truly another favorite of mine and I would buy it in bulk if it were just a tiny bit more affordable! This five-in-one formula is designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify, and protect skin in a single step. It goes on smoother than any other BB cream I’ve tried, looks totally natural, protects your skin with SPF 20 and leaves your face looking refreshed, rather than weighed down. I also like this one because it’s available in 8 shades!

Get it: Sephora.com – $48

3. Stila Stay All Day® 10-In-One Beauty Balm

stila bb cream

I like this one because it has a touch of shimmer to it that illuminates the skin and gives you an amazing “glow” that looks natural – not sparkly. It’s an all-in-one, high-definition, age-defying beauty balm that is packed with broad-spectrum SPF 30 and ready for action. This would be my “date night” BB cream pick because the added touch of shimmer that illuminates skin is my idea of “dressing up” considering my busy-mom lifestyle. I found that this one was also good for oily skin and did not clog my pores. Bonus! I recommend this one for sure.

Get it: Sephora.com – $38

4. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

clinique bb cream

If you have mature skin (35+) and you are looking for a double-duty BB cream that will not only make you look great today, but help improve your skin for tomorrow, then you will want to try Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream. I am a huge fan of almost ALL CLinique products and this one is no exception. Expertly shaded to match so many skin tones and yet, it’s available in three shades, just in case you want to get picky. Goes on smooth, hide fine lines and feels light as a feather. Perfect for the spring and summer months. I definitely recommend it!

Get it: Sephora.com – $37

5. Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel

perfekt skin bb cream

Last but certainly not least is this multitasking all-in-one vitamin enriched, sweat-resistant and water-resistant skin perfector that is a lot like a BB cream. It glides on skin effortlessly to instantly improve your skin tone all while reducing redness and helping to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines. It’s one of my favorites but I have to put it in spot number 5 because of the price alone! It’s $57.50 for just 1 oz!!!! Still, it’s one of my favorites and I recommend it for all skin types.

Get it: Sephora.com – $57.50

Disclaimer: Some of the products in this post I received to review and some I purchased on my own. I only write about products I personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Urban Decay’s ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Eyeshadow Palettes


I know I’m not the only one that is excited to see the new Disney movie Oz The Great and Powerful. The commercials have been on practically every station and I am just so excited! I can’t wait to see the movie!!

Making anticipation worse, Urban Decay just introduced the Glinda and Theodora Palettes inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful movie!!!!

Urban Decay first partnered up with Disney back when Alice in Wonderland came out in 2010 and the Alice in Wonderland Palettes sold out within days. I suspect these palettes will be JUST as popular!!


Urban Decay had the genius idea of making these limited edition palettes with the Build Your Own Palette feature inside each case so you can keep reusing the package forever and just switch out the shades whenever you want.


Each utterly adorable palette features 8 exclusive eye shadows, a clever “get the look” card that features a look from the character, a travel-size 24/7 Eye Pencil and a full-size Super Saturated Lip Color that is absolutely stunning (and addictive I might add!).

Each palette retails for just $49 and can be purchased online at urbandecay.com or sephora.com and in stores now.

Hurry and get yours before they are sold out!