You might be surprised to find out that the majority of your hygiene products sitting in your bathroom, even the ‘all natural’ and ‘organic’ ones, were most likely tested on animals. Your typical brands like L’oreal, Maybelline, Aveeno, Neutrogena…they all have a rather bloody footprint.
So what can you do about it? Well, here’s where I come in!
In this new series of blog posts I will give you the scoop on all of the best cruelty free, hair products, skincare, soaps, nail polishes…you name it!
First up: Cosmetics.
I will start off by saying that I used to be a make-up hoarder. I spent a pretty penny on all of these products that were not only full of chemicals but cost a couple of animals their lives. Finding high quality, natural, vegan, cosmetics can be a little bit of a hassle. Once you do though, you don’t go back!
I am a firm believer in embracing your natural features and owning your imperfections. However, a little powder here, a little lipgloss there never hurt nobody! Your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it. Some even claim that the average woman will consume 7 pounds of lipstick during the span of her life! This is why it is very important to be aware of what is really in your make-up, just like you would check the ingredients on a nutritional label.
For a detailed list of companies that test on animals click here.
If you are interested in any of the products I mention, just click on their name and the link will direct you to the companies website!
Out of all the concealers I have ever tried, this one annihilates. I mean it. Emani products are formulated without parabens, talc and gluten and this particular concealer is infused with botanical extracts and Vitamin-C. It is hydrating but will not irritate acne-prone skin or cling to any dry-patches. It will last you a good 8 hours when set with a powder and cover the smallest little bumps, to dark circles and broken capillaries. A little goes a long way with this stuff!
While Emani does make a corresponding powder foundation to the concealer, I love the 100% Pure one as it is not as heavy, and leaves your skin matte for hours! The best part about 100% Pure products is that they are pigmented using fruit. How cool is that? This powder also contains anti-aging vitamins, skin purifying eucalyptus, soothing extracts, and rice powder to absorb excess shine. I wear the shade Peach Bisque for my light/medium complexion.
This blush is the bee’s knees my friends (I always look for an excuse to use that saying)! It leaves you with a coral golden glow, but is a satin finish so it doesn’t look like a unicorn threw up glitter all over your face….what?
Anyways…here are all of the ingredients. As you can see there are no synthetic dyes and ultimately no nasties. If this colour isn’t for you don’t worry, there are 12 others!
It’s funny because I just realized that this is supposed to be a bronzer…but I have been using it as a highlighter all along! It may appear dark on camera, but I promise, it’s a lot lighter. For the record, it’s way too shimmery to be a bronzer! I apply the teensiest bit to my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, inner corners of my eyes, and cupids bow and it makes you look like a glowing goddess! I have had this since december and it’s still goin’ strong. This particular shade is great for fair-medium skin tones. If you are of a deeper complexion, I would try a darker shade such as Malibu.
I love cream-based eyeshadows because they are so fast! The 100% Pure Satin eyeshadows are somewhere in-between a cream eyeshadow and a powder eyeshadow. You can wear it alone and build up to your desired intensity or use it as a base for long lasting colour. This particular colour “Fiji” is a warm golden brown and looks great by itself paired with a light coat of mascara.
I used to wear a lot of eyeshadow, but now I really only wear it when I am going out to an event where I want to look more presentable. I have loved these bareMinerals loose pigments for as long as I can remember. They are slightly messy, but last for eons and make your eyes look like a million bucks! Nude Beach is a universal lid-shade for everyone and look great when paired with…
This shade has slight specks of purple in it and is an overall great crease colour. Both of these shades can be conveniently picked up at Sephora which is a bonus. My only tip when using these is to do your face makeup last.
There are multiple shades to choose from but the gold and white are my favourites and more suitable for a day-today basis.
Urban Decay is a very admirable company for their involvement in speaking out against animal testing. They make wonderful eyeshadows which I love, but this mascara really steals the show! I bought it on a whim, and I really love how it makes my eyelashes look. It doesn’t flake or clump, and is easily removable with some jojoba or coconut oil.
It’s all about the brows! Trust me, eyebrows can make or break a face. When filling in your eyebrows, you want to go with a shade that is lighter than the eyebrow hairs because you don’t want them to look un-natural. I have fairly light, golden blonde hair so I find that this colour works great for me! I have fuller eyebrows and I find that I only need a little bit of this stuff. If you have thinner brows, you may want to look for a pencil otherwise it might be very evident that you drew them on! That is, only if you are looking to dramatically change the shape. I would recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz which works wonders and is of course made by a cruelty free company!
My favourite makeup product is easily anything to do with the lips. Most days I just slap on some lipgloss and head out the door! The NYX Butter glosses are ah-mazing! I prefer glossier lip products as they make your lips appear fuller and accentuate your eyes. I lean towards red shades as I have green eyes and nude-pink colours when I want a more natural look (which is most days).
The Emani lip glosses are pretty wonderful too! Formulated with Vitamin E, they leave your lips very soft and never dry. “Social Climber” is a great staple shade for every day wear, but don’t fear they have lots of vibrant purples and pinks too!
I am not a huge fan of heavy lipsticks and these LipSurgences by Tarte are the best of both worlds. They come in different finishes such as Matte, Lustre etc. so you can choose what suits your needs. The colour choices are endless. They last longer than a lipstick and also have a touch of mint that tingles, but doesn’t burn your lips.
Cruelty happens each second, every minute, it is real. By making small lifestyle changes with little compromises, you too can save the lives of voiceless animals. Be conscious of what goes on behind the scenes and give your best effort to change your habits into better ones!
What cruelty free beauty products would you like me to talk about next?
Have a wonderful day!