I've discovered some amazing products this month including these BANGIN' lippies that give MAC a run for their money!
I've always loved the creativity of make-up, especially after did a course at the LA MakeUp Academy when I thought I wanted to work in special effects make-up a few years ago! My dresser was stacked with colourful products and I never really thought about what went into making these. I am now making a conscious effort to shake up my make-up bag with fantastic cruelty-free products.
I am not suggesting throwing out everything in your make-up bag in the morning, let's be honest - what benefit is it to chuck your old MAC lipsticks in the bin at this stage? What I am advocating is the decision to make more informed decisions about the products you buy. I believe that every step in the right direction helps bring about change. Many make-up stores (including Sephora & Mecca) have lists of products that are cruelty-free and the staff there are more than happy to help :)
LIPS - VONBLU
I discovered VonBlu at the Sydney Vegan Market and fell in LOVE. I have been wearing the coral shade ('Ode') all week and it's super nourishing and long-lasting with a great colour pigmentation. This brand is 100% vegan and cruelty free. Click HERE to check them out.
HAIRCARE - AVEDA & ORIBE
So harecare is a tricky one, especially if you have bleached hair like me as you really need great nourishing products. I blogged about using LUSH products in a previous post, as I was searching for a purple shampoo to brighten my locks. However, after using it for a month I decided it wasn't really doing the job and I always felt like it didn't get my hair quite clean enough! Now, I love LUSH for bath & body but I think I have found what works best for my hair after lots of searching!
I had used ORIBE back in the UK and didn't even realise that they are vegan and cruelty-free so was delighted when I found out. I have been using their purple shampoo Bright Blonde for blonde hair and LOVE it. Friends have even asked if I have dyed my hair again as it totally freshens up the blonde and takes away brassiness.
AVEDA is my favourite brand for giving my hair some extra TLC. I use their Damage Remedy mask as a conditioner, followed by their Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. Their dry shampoo is my new go-to, as is their dry condition which has genuinely transformed my frazzled ends.
- Marc Jacobs - their velvet noir mascara is the one and I've been using it for a few months now!
- Kat Von D - ink liner, love this felt black liner
- Anastasia Beverly Hills - (complete with bunny logo on all the packaging!) is my new favourite eyebrow brand. I bought their dip pot and eyebrow pencil
- Fenty - (new product from Rihanna, research online and staff in beauty stores have told me it's cruelty free) I got a Match Stix to use as a colour corrector before concealer
- Hourglass - my new fave concealer to replace my Bobbi Brown concealer, which isn't cruelty-free as Bobbi Brown sell in China as law requires products to be tested on animals here. This concealer from Hourglass is absolutely fab and saves me from looking like a panda.
- BareMinerals - Serum concealer for those days where my undereye area needs some extra OOMPH (I apply this over my Hourglass concealer)
- Huda - I am OBSESSED with this brand's eye palettes and matt lip glosses.
At times it can be tricky to figure out which products are cruelty-free, and the list is constantly changing! I have had products before that are listed as cruelty-free that are no longer listed as this (sometimes because the new parent company isn't cruelty-free). My stance on this is that as long as the individual company is cruelty-free then they get my support. For example, Hourglass is a cruelty-free brand, that was bought by Unilever in 2017, and Urban Decay, another of my cruelty-free faves, is now owned by L'Oreal... this may divide some people but my view (right now, because I am constantly learning about products) is that I am buying from the companies whose views I am aligned with and thus showing the marketplace that I value brands with morals.
The Ethical Elephant has written an AMAZING blogpost on brands that are cruelty-free that you can check out HERE, she lists which ones are themselves cruelty free but have parent companies that test on animals so that you can make a decision based on your values.
Let me know your favourite products!