Over a year ago, I vouched to stop buying makeup that was tested on animals. I made a decision to purchase cosmetics more consciously and it also extended to skincare, hair and body products, toothpaste, hand soap, etc.
Slowly, I replaced my ’empties’ with cruelty-free or vegan options and went on to discover pretty cool brands along the way.
I revived my love for Lush and even turned it into a semi-addiction, re-explored my Urban Decay and Too Faced collection and tried Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Charlotte Tilbury makeup for the first time.
Going completely cruelty-free comes with its challenges and sacrifices, but I wouldn’t go back.
I won’t go into details about the treatment animals receive when beauty products are tested on them but what I would say, is that there are so many great cruelty-free brands out there so I don’t see why we should continue to encourage this practice.
As a self-proclaimed make up addict and beauty junkie, I do miss my luxury options such as the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks, Chanel foundations and Nars blushes amongst other things. I also have to double check every time I am interested in a drugstore product to make sure it doesn’t test on animals and sadly, my go to mascara brand – Maybelline had to go too.
Throughout my cruelty-free journey, I traded many of my all time favourites simply unaware for many years that they were testing, or have agreed to have their products tested on animals. While I have been able to replace most items, there are some products I am yet to find suitable alternatives for.
Below is a list of makeup, skin care and ‘ shower’ favourites (current and cruelty-free in bold, previous options in italic).
- Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes – Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara and Lash Sensational. I was also occasionally reaching for Max Factor and Dior mascaras.
- Eyeshadow: Urban Decay palette, Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette ‘Beauty Glow’, Sportsgirl ‘Stars in her eyes’ palette – Various Mac Cosmetics, Sephora, Maybelline, Revlon
- Foundation: Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation, The Body Shop Fresh Nude foundation & cushion – Chanel Vita lumiere Aqua, Benefit Oxygen Wow, Bourjeois Healthy Mix, Revlon ColorStay, Garnier BB Cream
- Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid and Nude by Nature Liquid Mineral Concealer – Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and Bobby Brown Intensive Skin Serum concealer
- Blush: Chantecaille, Tarte ‘Hamptons Weekender’ and Sleek Blush by 3 ‘Pink Lemonade’– Nars powder blush and Multiples
- Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – Bourjeois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder, Guerlain Terracotta light
- Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury has to be my go to now – Loads but my all time favourite was YSL Rouge Volupte Shine and Revlon
- Brow products: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in taupe – Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and Dior Diorshow Brow Styler
- Body cream: The Body Shop Body Butter, Mango and Grapefruit – Vaseline Intensive Care Body lotion and Palmers Cocoa Butter
- Shower gel: Lush!! – Drugstore brands
- Shampoo: Lush Purple shampoo ‘Daddy O’ – Shwarzkopf, John Freida, TRESemme, etc.
- Hair treatment: Maui Moisture Shea Butter Hair Mask, BRITE Organix– Mostly Shwarzkopf & L’Oreal
- Face scrub: Lush ‘Cup O Coffee’ and Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Scrub – GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
- Face mask: Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask, Lush Bunny Moon Jelly mask – Garnier, 7th Heaven and other drugstore products
- Makeup remover: Ren Evercalm Gentle cleanser and pure coconut oil – Garnier micellar water and wipes
- Moisturiser: Lush Shangri La or Skin Drink and Caudalie Grape water –
- Eye cream: Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream – Benefit Firm It Up Eye serum
- Serum: Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot– Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Serum
- Deodorant: Mitchum – Dove
- Toothpaste: Grants or White Glow – Colgate
If you are interested in cruelty-free beauty, the first thing to do is to educate yourself.
You can find an updated list of products on Cruelty Free Kitty, visit Peta to understand why animal testing is such a big issue, and I also suggest you familiarise yourself with the signs and labels (although sometime brands don’t show the cruelty-free or vegan sign but are still complying). If you are vegan, beware that cruelty-free products may still have ingredients deriving from animals and therefore not suitable for you!
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