What can I say? I love new beauty, so many of my birthday gifts this year were beauty related buys from my friends and family. Please keep reading for a recap of all the new beauty items I was gifted this month for my birthday in this mini Cruelty Free Beauty Haul.
Cruelty Free Beauty Haul
The gifts I received in Cruelty Free Beauty haul represents my beauty tastes. I was gifted a mix of prestige, indie, and affordable products. Of course, a few eyeshadow palettes were thrown in the mix.
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina Palette | $45.00 USD, CF
The Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina Palette caught my attention when I saw Jackie’s announcement on YouTube. This is a half colorful, half neutral eyeshadow palette. I was thrilled to receive the Jackie Aina Palette for my birthday because I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula.
Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette | $65.00 USD, CF
My boyfriend’s family gifted me the Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette in early November. When this palette first released I was skeptical, but over the course of a year I’ve fallen in love. Given how this palette has stayed in my mind, I was very excited to receive this as a gift.
Lime Crime Venus III Palette | $38.00 USD, CF
The Lime Crime Venus III Palette is a palette I lusted for since it was released. However, I was unsure how I felt about the brand. Lime Crime has a controversial past, but I believe they are working to be better. Check out this interview JKISSA conducted with the CEO of Lime Crime.
I love purple tones like this. I am excited to test the Lime Crime formula for the first time. Please let me know if you’ve tried this palette, or any shadows from the brand.
Milk Makeup x Sephora Collection Studio Brush Set | $58.00 USD, CF
My jaw dropped when I first saw the images of the Milk Makeup x Sephora Collection Studio Brush Set. These look sleek and futuristic. I am always in need of new brushes given how frequently I wear cosmetics.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer | $16.99 USD, CF
The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is my bronzer baby. I love this bronzer. The Butter Bronzer is the only bronzer that I’ve completely panned. I was thrilled to have this bronzer back in my collection.
Pixi Beauty Glowy Gossamer Highlighter Duo – Delicate Dew | $18.00 USD, CF
Countless beauty gurus and bloggers rave about the Pixi Beauty Glowy Highlighter Duos. Unfortunately, Pixi is still harder to get in the United States. I was stoked to receive this pink-toned highlighter duo for my birthday this year. Hopefully, it won’t be too dark for my complexion.
Thoughts on my Cruelty Free Beauty Haul
First, I am so thankful to my friends and family for buying me these thoughtful gifts that I’ve been lusting after for a few months. Believe it or not, I don’t always love receiving beauty products as gifts unless I specifically ask for something.
Does makeup bring me joy? For sure. But as someone with a large collection, makeup sometimes feels like a commodity in that I don’t want to receive it for a gift all the time.
Given that I am embarking on a Year-Long No-Buy, I anticipate that I’ll receive more beauty-related gifts this year. A few items are still on the way to me – my friends and family gifted me with belated gifts.
Is there anything on this list that you’ve tried before? Please let me know in the comments below.