Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Is Your Makeup Bag Cruelty Free

Guess what I should be doing right now? Homework. Guess what I’m not doing right now? Homework.

I’ll get to it….eventually.

But in the meantime, I wanted to write another post regarding animal testing. I’ve mentioned previously that there are brands out there that are cruelty free (an amount that seems to be increasing!) so a post about those brands is long overdue.

Before we dive into the beauty that is cruelty-free makeup, however, I want to briefly mention some of the well-known  brands that AREN’T cruelty-free in hopes that you will steer clear of them from here on out!

DRUGSTORE BRANDS THAT DO TEST ON ANIMALS:

CoverGirl

L’Oreal

Revlon

Maybelline

Rimmel London

NYC

HIGH-END BRANDS THAT DO TEST ON ANIMALS:

Clinique

Make Up For Ever (MUFE)

Stila

Yves Saint Laurent

Estee Lauder

As you can tell, there are a lot of popular drugstore brands that aren’t cruelty free. I know it can be frustrating and difficult to avoid these brands when you’re on a budget, but have no fear! There are many more cruelty-free drugstore brands that are not only ethical, but affordable and of good quality.

DRUGSTORE  BRANDS THAT DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS:

E.L.F. Cosmetics

Pixi

Sonia Kashuk

Wet’N’Wild

Pacifica

Physicians Formula

BH Cosmetics

ColourPop

NYX*

*NYX is owned by L’Oreal, so although they’re cruelty-free, their parent company is not. So essentially your $$ and business is going to L’Oreal. It’s totally up to you whether or not that affects your purchasing!

HIGH-END BRANDS THAT DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS:

Too Faced (my personal favorite!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills

IMAN Cosmetics

Becca Cosmetics

Hourglass Cosmetics

Cover FX

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Lush

Tarte*

Urban Decay*

NARS*

BareMinerals*

Bite Beauty*

*Again, these brands are each owned by companies that are not cruelty-free.

If I didn’t mention a brand that you’re not sure about, you should definitely check out the

PETA and Leaping Bunny shopping guides!

Cruelty free kisses

Lush Products & Reviews

Happy summertime! The birds are chirping outside my window, the sun is shining, and life feels pretty darn good.

Since it’s summertime and my skin gets a little extra loving from the sun, I thought this would be the perfect time to make a post about some of my favorite products from Lush. I’ve said this many times before, but Lush is a GREAT COMPANY! Seriously, if you haven’t checked them out yet you’re missing out!

So, without further ado, welcome to my little Lush collection!

Love Lettuce

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 Love Lettuce: $6.95 (in stores only)

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Love Lettuce was the first ever fresh face mask that I bought from Lush, and it’s perfect for my sensitive/dry/acne prone skin! It’s calming and gentle while still being a scrubby mask. I give it 3 stars out of 5 based on the fact that it doesn’t necessarily create much difference in your skin–it’s just nice to use every once in a while to give your face a little extra lovin’ and attention!

Jackie Oates

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Jackie Oates: $16.95

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This is a colour supplement that can be used as either a tinted moisturizer, concealer, or foundation. I typically use my Jackie Oates as a foundation because it’s incredibly lightweight and it has wonderful coverage! It never looks cakey and it genuinely feels like I’ve just got a bit of moisturizer on my face. It also gives off a more dewy look, which is great for dry skin that’s in need of hydration! This product earns 4 stars from me because the only negative about it is the price; it’s a little steep for the amount of product you get (0.7 oz) but I just make sure to use it wisely!

Aqua Marina

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Aqua Marina$12.95-$31.95

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First of all, this just might be the strangest hygienic product I have ever encountered! I decided to give Aqua Marina a try after reading the positive reviews on it, and I am extremely pleased that I did. This is what’s known as a “cleanser roll” and you essentially just take a chunk out of it and add a bit of water to it, rub it into your hands, and apply it to your face (or anywhere else you desire). The seaweed in it helps to nourish the skin, while the pink extract is useful for sensitive/irritated spots. I’m a huge fan of this cleanser and I’ll definitely be restocking whenever I run out! The only “bad” thing about this product, in my opinion, is the slight smell it gives off–it’s not awful, but it’s certainly not my favorite scent.

Celestial

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Celestial$24.95

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Prior to Celestial, I had struggled to find a facial moisturizer that suited my skin type, but now I can’t imagine myself using anything else! Not only does this product smell wonderful (vanilla and almond, mmm) but it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Since it has almond oil as an ingredient, there is a tinge of “greasiness” that comes along with it, so if your skin is naturally oily I would check out the many other Lush moisturizers that could better suite your skin type. Just a dab of this does the trick after each face wash, and your face will be thanking you in return!

Mask of Magnaminty

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Mask Of Magnaminty$12.95-$24.95

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Minty, minty, minty! This face mask is one that will definitely wake you up and liven up your skin! Much like the Love Lettuce face mask, it is an exfoliant that goes on easy and is a sure treat for your skin. I use this mask once or twice a week because I don’t want it to overdo it (trust me, just a few times a week is plenty) and I always end up feeling rejuvenated and awake. I love everything about this mask, especially the fact that my dull skin comes to life whenever I use it.

Let me know if there are any Lush products that you’ve tried (and love) that I haven’t mentioned here! I hope this summer is one filled with laughter, memories, and happy skin!

My Favorite Cruelty Free Products

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Recently I wrote a post about animal testing and cruelty free products (which you should totally check out if you haven’t already!!!) and today I decided to show you all some of my absolute favorite cruelty free products. None of these are makeup products, but I plan on doing a post about that in the near future!

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Prior to December I would wash my hair every day. Every. Single. Day. At the time I wasn’t aware of how bad that is for your hair, but over the past three month I’ve trained my hair not to need to be washed everyday! I usually shampoo about once a week, so on my off days I use dry shampoo. I’ve never been a fan of dry shampoo before; it always made me feel dandruffy and messy, but I was convinced to try out the Blow Pro Faux Dry  ($20). Long story short-I LOVE IT! It’s a powder substance, much like baby powder and all you do is shake it and then squeeze the bottle directly onto your hair and Voila! No more greasy hair!

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I started using the Yes To Tomatoes face wash ($9.99) and moisturizer ($11.19) only about a week ago, but I can already see major improvements. Not only does it clear up acne really well, but it also helps to get rid of those pesky, blotchy red spots. I use these every morning and night, and I wake up every morning with bright, glowing skin! One of the cool things about the Yes To brand is that they have different lines of products for a variety of skin types: normal/dry, sensitive, oily/acne prone, fine lines/wrinkles and uneven skin tones. And each of them are accompanied with different fruit or veggie based products!

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I’ll be honest with you, natural deodorants are not fun. I’ve tried three different natural deodorant sticks and I’ve been extremely unhappy with each of them-I stunk. It got to the point that I was so fed up with them and myself that I took to google to see if anyone had any advice on this particular subject. Thankfully I found a blog post about it and a lot of the people in the comments were suggesting SoapWalla. I found the SoapWalla shop on Etsy and decided to try out their deodorant cream ($14.99). It has completely changed my life for the better. It’s made of vegetable powders, clays and essential oils so it hasn’t got the most appealing scent, but it is incredibly effective. I went like, three days without showering and I still smelt amazing. Okay, maybe “amazing” is a bit over the top, but I definitely wasn’t stinky anymore!

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I’ve been using the Organix brand of shampoo and conditioner for quite some time now, and it easily trumps any other shampoo/conditioner I’ve used before. My favorite is the Argan Oil ($7.99) one, but there is a HUGE selection of different scents that suit different types of hair. This shampoo has never left my hair feeling greasy or straw-like or anything of the sort. Plus it smells delicious!

 Hopefully this is helpful for those of you who are in the process of adopting a cruelty free life! Have a good weekend!

CRUELTY FREE

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You know what I love? Animals. You know what I don’t love? Animal testing.

Like, really. Animal testing is one of the most aggravating things to me. It also makes me cry. A lot. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve cried while watching videos of animals that had been tested on. My soft heart simply cannot take it.

Over the last year and a half I became extremely conscious of animal testing and in doing so I began to realize how many of the products I had been using were tested on animals. Umm…pretty much every single product I owned.

So with the new knowledge I had of animal testing and doing research onto alternative methods of testing that DON’T involve torturing animals, I adopted a Cruelty-Free life. I will admit that it wasn’t easy; it took quite a while to weed out all of those tainted brands that I had been using for so long (damn you drugstore makeup) but now I am cruelty-free and oh so happy about it!

Here are some links that can describe alternative ways to test much better than I could, so please check them out!

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-animal-testing/

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/facts/alternatives_animal_tests.html

One of my favorite companies is called Lush, and the reason I love Lush so much (besides the fact that all their products makes me feel like a soft, delicious-smelling baby, minus the drooling and lack of teeth) is the fact that they work to fight animal testing. And guess what? Their products work AND they’re very successful! Huh, it’s almost as if animal testing isn’t necessary to maintain a good business….weird…

http://www.lushusa.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Lush-Site/en_US/AboutUs-OurStoryShow?cid=about-animal-introduction

Please check them out and while you’re at it, buy yourself a bath bomb. You deserve it friend.

So how exactly does one go about adopting a cruelty free life? It’s actually quite simple. All you have to do is look for either of these two symbols on any given product:

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If you don’t see these anywhere on the product, try looking to see if there is anything that says “This product was not tested on animals.” Sometimes it’s tricky to find it next to all the writing, but it’s worth the search.

Another method you can use to see if something is cruelty free is to use this neat little shopping guide. Just type in the brand you’re considering and it will let you know if it’s cruelty free or not!

http://www.leapingbunny.org/shopping.php

And if you’re really devoted to finding good products, I recommend the Beagle Freedom Project’s “CRUELTY CUTTER” app for your smartphone.

I have so much more to say about this topic but I’ll leave that for another day. In the meantime, here’s a video of some beautiful babes feeling grass under their paws for the first time since they were rescued from a laboratory.