2019 Beauty Brand Anti-Haul

Hey everyone! In today’s post I thought I would do something a little different. Instead of a normal Anti-haul where I share the latest beauty releases that I’m not going to buy I wanted to focus on brands I will not be purchasing from. I have a lot of different reasons for not wanting to purchase some of these brands, some are simply cost related and others go into ethical reasons. Please keep in mind that I am not telling you to boycott any of these brands or even that their products are bad, so if you love them please don’t take offence that I’m not interested. Life would get boring if we all like & disliked the same things. Let’s get into my 2019 Beauty Brand Anti-Haul.

Brands I won’t Buy in 2019

#1: Tom. Fucking. Ford.

I feel justified dropping an f-bomb since they came out with a fragrance called “Fucking Fabulous” last year. And get this, it’s three hundred and ninety five fucking Canadian dollars. NO. Just NO! Okay I promise, no more f-bombs in this post.

I have a lot of makeup that I absolutely adore and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. If you’re a minimum wage earner in Alberta you would have to work in excess of 26 hours to afford this. After taxes it’s likely over 30 which for a lot of us is a full week of pay. Their lipsticks cost $70 which would be around 5 hours minimum wage. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY should need a lipstick that costs 5 hours of your time. sure if you don’t make minimum wage it’s less, but I still feel like this brand is ridiculously expensive.

I was shopping at Costco for new glasses and the sales person kept trying to steer me towards the luxury frames brands and there was a pair of Tom Ford Frames that cost over $300. That doesn’t include lenses. It should go without saying that I bought a pair for $95 and I’m completely happy with that.

#2 Charlotte Tilbury

This is another brand with Luxury written all over it. Charlotte Tilbury isn’t nearly as expensive as Tom Ford but it’s still up there in terms of price point. I have a large problem with spending $66CAD of my hard earned dollars on a luxury eyeshadow palette that consists of four shades. Why would I ever spend $66 on an eyeshadow Quad!? Why!? I know that lots of my favourite instagramers love CT products and I do agree that they’re beautiful, instagramable and the quality must be good if people will pay for them but… I can’t even.

#3: Kat Von D

I’ve never worn Kat Von D Makeup but her brand was on my wish list up until she announced that she wasn’t going to vaccinate her child. This has caused a lot of strife in the makeup community. Many people are saying “who cares, it’s just makeup” while others including myself are now boycotting her brand.

She did wrote a follow up post on instagram to her original post which honestly made me roll my eyes. She states that she is not an anti-vaxer but said she needs to follow her “motherly instincts” about some vaccines. Also in her words: “There are plenty of studies that show some vaccinations can work wonders. And there are also studies that show some people [including mothers, and babies] may be more susceptible to vaccine injuries more than others.”

She continued with the statement: “Our personal medical records are no one’s business, and why we would feel it important for us to explore all our options when it comes to vaccinating our child, is also no one’s business – regardless of what I post on Instagram.”

So my question is why did she put it on instagram in the first place? I feel very strongly that vaccines are necessary and that by not vaccinating herself or her children she’s endangering everyone around her family. It’s absolutely Kat’s right as a parent to decide to vaccinate or not, but as a prominent figure when she put it out on instagram I feel that she became a public advocate for anti-vaxing. Or “selective vaxing” I should put it, because she totally has a pharmaceutical or medical degree and should be an authority on the subject (sarcasm). If I buy her products I would be supporting that decision. She will never see a cent of my money.

Il Makiage

Image courtesy of Ilmakiage.com

#4 Il Makiage

I’m sure many of you have heard your favourite social media infuencers talk about Il Makiage. But have you guys seen their brand website? I was absolutely aghast at the marketing of their products. Product names like “High Maintenance” and Christmas slogans that say “I’m your Holiday Miracle”. I know Tati has gotten a lot of negativity lately but I applauded her when she reacted to this and said “No, Jesus is!” That’s what this time of year is about for many people and I personally found that slogan to be in bad taste.

The High Maintenance marketing annoys me because I do often wear a full face of makeup but why the hell should that label me as “High Maintenance?” That’s a saying that is rarely said in a good way, and the amount of makeup I wear doesn’t define my personality. I’m a voting, contributing member of society who works out 5 days a week and does cool things like paintball, snowboarding, playing video games and going to metal shows. Let THAT speak for if I’m high maintenance or not, not the makeup on my face.

I also find their PR packaging to be ostentatious, I’m someone who recycles everything, I’, someone who will fish my family’s recycling out of the trash and recycle it properly so it  makes me angry when they send influencers GIANT PR boxes containing a single lipstick.

#5 Jeffrey Star

I don’t like Jeffrey Star. He’s not a human being I would want to be friends with, or even be in the same room with for that matter. He products do look beautiful and I can’t deny that he know’s what he’s doing with makeup but I’m so tired of all the drama surrounding him and all the awful racist things he has tweeted in the past. Jeffrey will never have a place on my makeup shelf. I know a lot of you love Jeffrey star products, and I’m not telling you that you can’t love them or shouldn’t. But for me I just can’t support him or his business, I’m sorry.

What brands do you avoid purchasing from?

Thank you for reading! Once again, if you love these brands I’m not telling you that you can’t keep on loving them. These are all my personal reasons for not supporting these brands or featuring them on my blog, and once again that is a personal preference. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Talk soon! xx







  1. January 20, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    Same for Kat Von D. I always have wanted to try out her products. But since that Instagram post, I no longer am planning on buying anything from her… And indeed, I don’t want to spend an arm or a leg on a cosmetic product. Though I must admit, the Natasha Denona pallets are so pretty!! xoxo Sarah

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 21, 2019 / 11:55 pm

      I think she’s lost so much revenue from making that post! I’m glad that there are so many people who will stand up for what they believe when they buy products.
      The ND palettes look so beautiful! I did buy one of her mini palettes but I don’t think I could drop the cash on one of the full $100+ palettes. Thanks for reading! x

  2. beautybyraji
    January 14, 2019 / 1:43 am

    I own some of the Charlotte tilbury makeup and was expecting to me blown away. I honestly am not. I think it’s a lot of hype and I’m yet to find something from the brand that I can’t live without . I had no idea she was behind Tom Ford
    Either. I do own if their lipsticks and it was ridiculously expensive and by far not my fave at all so kicking myself really

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 16, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      I feel like the packaging might be where the extra money goes. The packaging is beautiful, but I haven’t heard if the formulas are really anything special. I didn’t know that about her and Tom Ford until someone else commented on this post, I was very surprised! At least CT isn’t as expensive as Tom Ford.

      • beautybyraji
        January 17, 2019 / 2:12 am

        The packaging is beaut so it may well be ! X

  3. January 13, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    I definitely am not a fan of KVD, never bought one of her products before, and I don’t think I ever will. I’ve considered buying Charlotte Tilsburry, but like you said the price point is a little high. We’ll see if I ever get my hands on anything. I gotta say that I actually love Jeffry Star. He’s definitely made some mistakes in life, which he’s apologized for. Then in Shane Dawson’s series, you can see that he was trying to really change, make a positive difference in life and the makeup community. I can understand why people wouldn’t be his biggest fan though! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 16, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      I was really interested in the tattoo liner and her liquid lipsticks before the vaccination thing, but I can live without her products. Plus there are so many great brands that are affordable and good quality that I don’t want to spend my money on expensive products!
      I can see the appeal of CT for sure, and it’s not nearly as expensive as Tom Ford. I just can’t at this point in life, especially now that I’m about to have a mortgage (we’re so excited for our first house!).
      I haven’t watched the Shane Dawson series yet, but lots of people are telling me I should. I’ll probably sit down and watch it one day. I’ve also heard that he is trying to change, I just don’t know… I just don’t feel right about buying his brand personally, but I wouldn’t hold it against anyone who loves his products!
      Thanks for reading!

  4. January 8, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I pretty much agree with all your points here. I’m slightly interested in Charlotte Tilbury blushes, but not interested enough to drop the $$$. Definitely not interested in such expensive quads!

    As for KVD, clearly the intent behind her original post was to stir up drama, but she was clearly delusional about what kind of drama would really result. I was actually raised by an anti-vaxxer, and wasn’t vaccinated until I chose myself to get vaccines two years ago. Back in the 90’s (when I was born) much less was known, information wasn’t as easily accessible, and e-mail chains with conjecture about the harms of vaccines ran rampant, so I don’t blame my mom at all. Growing up for me, it was awesome because everyone else would have to go get their updated vaccines and would complain about getting stuck with a needle, and I didn’t have to (child’s POV clearly). But I knew as I got older that not being vaccinated was not a normal thing so for my own safety, and for the safety of immunocompromised peoples, I did get my vaccines.

    The difference with KVD is that this knowledge is so incredibly widespread at this point, that there is no excuse. And it’s not only about the safety of your child, but the safety of others and herd immunity. You would have to be a total idiot not to realize that this was a tricky topic that should only be discussed behind closed doors. Go ahead and have that opinion, the best part is that no one has to know. I knew when I was 16 that I shouldn’t mention I wasn’t vaccinated. And it wasn’t a source of shame, but I knew it was a hot-button topic and I didn’t want my mom to be put on trial. So for a successful business owner to not have a clue that this would become a real issue is laughable and just straight up ridiculous. The funniest part is that in that instagram post she equated veganism and anti-vaxxing to be of the same level of “unacceptable” to the general public. Uhh no, no one real gives a F* about you being vegan, and those two things are not equal lol.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 13, 2019 / 3:52 pm

      I think I’d feel better about buying a foundation or something for the price, but those quads are ridiculously expensive!

      That’s so interesting! I’m glad you decided to get your vaccines eventually. But as a kid I hated getting them, vaccine days were the worst. I always get lightheaded when I get shots even now so I would totally be laughing at everyone else if I didn’t need to get them as a kid!

      Yes exactly. It’s like KVDs choosing to be ignorant and I’m not ok with endangering others because of it in 2019! And yes veganism isn’t even close to the same thing 🙄 Sorry for the late response, It’s been an extra busy week.

      • January 18, 2019 / 10:11 pm

        Uhg, no sorries required, I’m always late responding these days :'(.

  5. January 7, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    I would never buy Tom Ford or Charlotte tilbury. I will never be able to justify spending that kind of money. I’m happy with my drugstore purchases.
    As for KVD, tried her makeup from sub boxes, the tattoo liner didn’t impress me at all tbh lol. I like the fine tip but it drags and skips and it doesn’t look smooth at all. I agree with what you said about addressing her opinions/decisions on her social media, she shouldn’t have said anything if she didn’t want the backlash. Though I’m the kind of person that believes people in the public should still have some privacy, I can’t deny that she brought it on herself for posting it lol.
    And I have bought from Jeffree because everyone talks about how good his makeup is and I wanted to try it for myself. Also because his blood sugar palette just seemed extremely unique in my eyes, and I can never find good, pigmented, red shades, so that’s what drew me in. Lol. As for him, yeah he has said racist stuff in the past, it seems like he wants to be better, we’ll see only time will tell I guess. I do believe people can become a better version of themselves but talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words, I’m still waiting for that shift lol. Makeup wise, he really does know what he’s doing.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 8, 2019 / 11:58 am

      Tom Ford especially is way over priced! Who can afford those products? 😕
      Oh no, I’ve never heard that about the tattoo liner. Now I’m glad I never bought it! I don’t know what she thought would happen making a statement like that on social media.
      I remember you sharing your blood sugar palette! His products are definitely good, and you’re right that he has made steps to apologize for his statements and actions. I can Totally see why people would still use his makeup!
      It’s also hard to get his products here in Canada, I think I’d have to order online. But I’d just rather not lol

      • January 8, 2019 / 1:35 pm

        Rich people only 🤣 honestly the way you put it, sums it up. Having to work 5 hours of your day just to buy a lipstick? Nah thanks lol.
        Yeah it wasn’t that great like I was excited when I got it on my sephora because everyone was like “it’s so good! It’s my holy grail!” Uhm, no. Lol.
        Oh man that’s right, I forget that you have to pay extra just to get stuff! If you ever want something from like ulta let me know haha! Speaking of, do you know how expensive it is to ship to Canada from the US? Like has your family here ever sent you something? I’m trying to figure it out because I would love to open my giveaway to Canada but I cant actually find it anywhere lol. And because it may vary on weight, that’s another thing. AND, because its makeup, I may have to fill out a customs form or something and idk if the person receiving stuff would have to pay for that? I’m just curious if you know. It’s okay if you don’t. That’s literally the only thing delaying my giveaway I can’t figure it out and I really want to open it to Canada and possibly the UK if its more or less the same. Lol.

        • AlwaysCleia
          January 10, 2019 / 11:41 pm

          Aka not us 😂 I should really tally up all makeup purchases to see how many hours I would have had to work to afford it. I think I would buy a lot less lol
          I should have also included La Mer skincare, I’m so tired of people who get sent free PR raving about it. It’s incredibly expensive!
          There are so many other great eyeliners that I’m sure the tattoo liner can’t be the best.

          Umm I don’t know unfortunately, my in laws are snow birds so they go down for the winter and drive back up in the spring. They usually fly back for the holidays too so they usually just bring back anything I ordered in their suitcases or car. Sorry! It also might differ depending on which state you’re shipping from . Do you know Linda from Lindatalksbeauty? I won a giveaway from her two summers ago and she shipped to me from Texas, so you could ask her?
          And yes the person receiving could have to pay customs because I was sent a customs notice. It wasn’t too bad though!

          • January 11, 2019 / 9:39 am

            Omg no lol! You’re already pretty conscious about your spending I think. No need for that. I thought about doing that once and it almost killed me just thinking about it haha. Honestly just doing it for my Boxycharm I was like “aaahhhh”. I don’t wanna know how much I have in ny vanity because even the small and affordable stuff adds up lol. Not to mention the stuff I’ve emptied and finished lol.
            Oh yeah that’s right!! La Mer is one I always forget because anytime someone mentioned it I’d roll my eyes and take the video off lol.
            That’s okay! It was worth asking just in case! Lol. And no I don’t think I’ve seen her blog yet, but I will find her and ask, hopefully she doesn’t think it’s a super odd question haha. Thank you!! 💜

  6. January 7, 2019 / 7:57 am

    I love when you do posts like this! I completely agree with everything you’ve said! I can’t imagine spending such a huge amount of money for something, let alone a fragrance! I always find CT’s makeup products beautiful, I’ve tried their brow gel and it was really good. I’ve been saving money to buy their products but every single time, I try to buy – I just can’t justify the price. But I’m definitely planning on buying at least one product from them haha!

    As for KVD, I used to love her liquid eyeliner and lip products but after the whole ‘vaccination’ thing – I can’t support her. If it was a personal decision for whatever reason, I don’t get why she shared it with the entire world in the first place. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I know many people love Jeffree Star after the whole Shane Dawson’s series (which I watched) but I still don’t like him. There is something off about him and there are some things he has said/done that can never be justified in my opinion.

    New Lune | http://new-lune.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 8, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      I’m glad you like them!
      I think Charlotte Tilbury is a better choice than Tom Ford at least! I’m like that too, I’ll save and save but when the time comes I just don’t want to buy something that expensive 😄 At least her products are good!

      Yes exactly! I don’t know why she put it out there on social media of all places. I haven’t watched the Shane Dawson series, I’ve been meaning too but I keep forgetting to watch it. But even if a person says they’ve changed I don’t think it always cleanses them of their past actions 🤔
      Thanks for reading and discussing!

  7. January 6, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    Great list, and I totally agree with you on most of these! Never have supported Jeffrey Star and never will. I do believe that people can change, but I’d rather just stay away from that mess, haha.

    I have a KVD concealer that I’m trying to use up, and then I’m done with her brand. I’ve bought many of her Tattoo Liners but I can live without them. I do agree that as a parent she should be able to do whatever she wants with her child, at the same time, NOT vaccinating her child puts other people at risk. While people like you and I wouldn’t be affected because we get vaccinated, there are people who can’t be vaccinated due to a weak immune system (people going through cancer treatments, the elderly, newborns) or other reasons like pregnancy – and these are the people that she and her unvaccinated children put at risk. ANYWAYS. I totally love reading the IG comments on any of her new releases though, “can’t wait for her to drop the Polio Palette”, “does this come with a free sample of measles?” lol the jokes never get stale to me.

    I must be living under a rock because I’ve never heard of Il Makiage!

    Totally agreed that Tom Ford is ridiculously expensive and that I don’t plan on buying from the brand. However, I think that luxury brands just aren’t targeted towards the average person making an average salary. Out of curiousity, we went to go see how much a Tom Ford suit costs when we were planning our wedding, and they were around $5-6K – that’s more than some people’s entire wedding budget! I would hope that for people buying a $70 TF lipstick, that it’s just a drop in the bucket for them, and not someone frivolously spending their minimum wage on an overpriced lipstick. Admittedly I do want to try Charlotte Tilbury though. Still ridiculously expensive but not quite Tom Ford prices.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 8, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      He’s so much drama! I don’t need that in my life lol

      I look through all of her makeup releases on Trendmood and see those comments, they make me laugh 😆 But it’s actually a serious issue that now we have diseases coming back that people SHOULD have been vaccinated for. I wish there was legislation on it…

      I’ve only heard of il Makiage recently but for a month or so all the influencers I followed were posting hauls and PR unboxings of their products. I think they might be a newer brand? I could be wrong.

      That’s a good point, I guess most of us just aren’t luxurious people 😂 Holy crap a suit that costs $5k!? Eek! I suppose if someone can afford that a lipstick is nothing. And CT isn’t nearly as expensive as Tom Ford, I can understand spending money on her products. They look beautiful and from what I have heard they work well. But for me Personally it’s just a bit too much money.

      Thank you for reading!

  8. January 6, 2019 / 11:09 am

    This was a great read..I totally agree with you especially the Kat VD issue. Total selfishness endangering other ppl. for her own belief. You can believe in whatever you want as long it doesn’t harm others.

  9. Miki
    January 5, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    Preach! I am so with you on ALL OF THIS. I agree with everything you’ve said. It’s also said that KVD is or was a nazi sympathizer. I have absolutely no idea how true that is, but what with her ignorance towards vaccines, I definitely added to my no-buy-ever-again list. Which is too bad, cuz her liner and concealer were my faves. But I don’t care, there’s more than enough out there for me to look elsewhere (and I found my holy grail with Revolution). I wonder if Sephora forced her to change her stance … as they own KVD. I kind of wish Sephora would just liquidate KVD and be done with it. And I honestly will never try Tom Ford or Charlotte Tilbury (or Natasha Denona … etc) because of their ABSURD price points. I actually really respected Huda Beauty for coming out with mini palettes. I know, some people think it’s expensive for 9 shadows, but it’s 9 shadows that I will actually use (unlike a large palette with 7 that I won’t) and it’s half the cost of a larger palette.
    And thank you for boycotting Jeffree Star. High Five! God I can’t stand him. He acts like he’s above all the people he’s torn down, yet he’s literally NO BETTER. Taking pleasure in ruining someone, and boasting about it … ugh. And he’s done it to so many people. He thrives on it. He is not good people, he’s borderline despicable. I hate how people support this crap!

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 6, 2019 / 1:56 am

      I haven’t heard that she was a Nazi sympathizer but her stance on Vaccines is enough for me. I didn’t actually realize that she was owned by Sephora!
      I’ve been using a Revolution Beauty concealer too and I’ve been enjoying it. Why spend money on KVD when cheaper alternatives exist that work well?
      I hate “Luxury” branding so much. It’s like a status thing to own products from these brands and I don’t think that anyone should have to shell out ridiculous amounts of money to look and feel their best. That being said I did buy one of the mini Natasha Denona palettes just because I was curious to see what the hype (and prices) were all about. I still don’t understand why her palettes are over $100!

      The Jeffree Star drama is such a rabbit hole to dive down, I don’t even want to look at his products because of how much bigotry he represents. Even if the products are great I can’t bring myself to support him. Consumers vote with their money!

  10. January 5, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Charlotte Tilbury products are beautiful but like you say, some of the prices are astonishing! A lot of ‘luxury’ brands aren’t readily available in New Zealand so it makes it easy not to think about them I guess. I’ve never heard of Il Makiage 😛

  11. January 5, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    Something interesting I found out today was that Charlotte Tilbury was the artist behind the Tom Ford cosmetics line before she had her own! I guess thats why they have similar luxury-first branding! Hers are slightly more affordable but still pretty up there!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 6, 2019 / 1:50 am

      What REALLY? I had no idea! But I can see the parallels now that you mention it. Both are just so expensive 🙁
      I’m not really a fan of the “Luxury” label, I think that everyone should be able to look and feel their best without breaking the bank. But I can totally see the appeal of the products just from looking at the packaging.
      Thanks for sharing! x

  12. foundationsandfairytales
    January 5, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    I totally agree with you about Kat Von D, I wanted to try so many of her products until I heard about the vaccination thing and now she won’t be getting any money from me either! I was going to buy a Jeffree Star liquid lipstick the other day but I’m much like you in that I don’t even like him, I never watch his Youtube videos and I never will so why would I spend money on his products?

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 6, 2019 / 1:48 am

      It’s such a shame! I wanted to try a few of her things too but now I just can’t see past it.
      I’ve heard that Jeffree’s products are amazing so I can understand people wanting to use them. You definitely get your money’s worth. But I just can’t 🙁

  13. January 5, 2019 / 11:09 am

    I agree with all of these brands. I have tried KVD before and her products were good, I liked the tattoo liner, but I can live without it. I want to try Jeffery’s products but I disagree with almost everything I know about him

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 6, 2019 / 1:46 am

      I really wanted to try the tattoo liner at some point, but I think I’m okay skipping it now. But I understand that the vaccination quote isn’t a deal breaker for a lot of people so if they do want to use her products I won’t hold it against them. It’s just too much for me lol
      I wish that Jeffrey’s products weren’t supposed to be so good! I don’t like him as a person so I just don’t want to see his products on my shelf. Even though his eyeshadow palettes look beautiful!
      Thanks for reading!

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