Friday, May 18, 2018

Riley Rose - Cruelty Free Beauty Haul

Last weekend I spent a few hours shopping at Riley Rose in Chicago. If you are not familiar with Riley Rose, don't worry, I've got you covered!  Riley Rose is a makeup, beauty and home decor store. The brands are a mix of on trend favorites and cult classics. One of the things that drove me through the doors of my local store was the fact that they carry so many cruelty-free brands. Many of the makeup brands I saw there are ones that I have been curious about, but thought their products were available only through their own website. 

I loved seeing so many familiar cruelty-free brands under one roof. 

Here is the entry to the Riley Rose store in Chicago:

As soon as I walked in to the brightly lit entryway I noticed familiar brands like Sugarpill and Beauty Bakerie.

They also sell a nice selection of Sigma makeup brushes for those who like to feel the bristles and handles before purchasing. 

I could go on forever writing about all the amazing brands, colors and textures before my eyes. I truly felt like a kid in a candy store. 

I took the opportunity to swatch eyeshadow palettes from a cruelty-free brand called Pinky Rose. I had never heard of this brand before, and was truly impressed with the pigmentation as well as the color variety in their palettes. 

After swatching and playing with as many new products as I could, I decided to purchase an eyeshadow palette from Coloured Raine

I have read great things about their eyeshadows and was lucky enough to snag the last of the brand's Beauty Rust palette in the store. 

This warm six-pan palette is stunning! Swatches above from left to right: Natural, Dream, Nighty Night, Daisy, Recharge, and Dusk. 

Here is a quick eye look I did using every color in the palette:

My next purchase was from a brand called Winky Luxe. This brand is known for their lip colors shaped like pills. I picked up their 24K Glimmer Balm, which softens and nourishes the lips leaving behind a unique shade of pink. 

I also looked through the shelves at brands I have used for years like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Lime Crime. After swatching all of the highlighting palettes in the Lime Crime display,  I chose one with a pink, peach and gold iridescent powdered trio. 

Below is the Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals palette: 

The above swatches truly do not do this product justice.  These look truly stunning when blended on the high points of the face, catching the light like revealing an iridescent glimmer reminiscent of the magical sheen seen on freshly made soap bubbles.

Many of my readers have asked me about brushes from Lottie London. At Riley Rose, I finally came across a display that carried this brand. They are quite affordable with most brushes around $11 each, and a value set available as well. I opted for their bronzing brush. 

This brush has a lightweight handle and a full brush head. The bristles are angled, fitting the curves of the face and neck quite well. I find the bristles to be soft, and the right density for bronzer. Due to the brush being so large, I find it works well as a body brush,  bringing color onto the shoulders and chest area. 

My final purchase was from a company called Static Nails. The box I bought contained matte finish press-on nails, a glue that is designed to be easily removed by soaking in hot water, and a mini nail file/buffer. 

As you can see from the above photo the nails are long and come to an exaggerated point. While this may look lovely in photos, I found them a bit too long for everyday life. As the instructions suggested,  I cut them down and filed them with the enclosed nail file. 

I have not had any of these products long enough to write any type of a thorough review. I thought sharing my buys and a bit about Riley Rose might be fun in case you want to do a little shopping as well.

You can find your local Riley Rose at

*All products in this post purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own.

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