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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

BEAUTY: Why I'm trying to be cruelty-free

Cruelty Free Make-Up

I've always loved make up. As a teen I went through the obligatory stage of brightly coloured eyeshadows with too much glitter and electric blue mascara. It was cheap and cheerful.
I followed strict rules from my parents - no make up at school. I then followed my mothers make up routine for much of my late teens - coloured eyeliners and concealer, and I added mascara and the occasional lipgloss. I went through the goth stages of too much dark eyeliner. I played with neon brights, and most recently developed a true love for blending eyeshadows, usually nudes, browns, golds and the occasional smokey eye for a night out.
My every day look includes brows, eyeliner, mascara and a lip colour (oh I do love lip colours). I'm relatively low maintenance when it comes to make up.

I've never been one for big name brands and expensive make up counters. I lived on natural collection as a teen. I have a serious nail addiction to Barry M. And I love the eye pallettes from Make Up Revolution. I'm budget friendly because in all honesty I just know now or love make up that much to be willing to spend out on it.

But in the last year I've met a group of girls that really truly know their stuff when it comes to make up and beauty. And gradually they've peaked my interest. I actually like looking at make up counters and reading reviews of high end brands.
However there is a downside to the high end names, many of them are not cruelty-free.
Now this isn't something that has really bothered me before, because I didn't really know anything about it. After a chat with the girls, we found that a name of household and blogger favourites just aren't as ethical as we thought or had hoped. Big name brands like Clinique, Clarins, Rimmel and MAC are not cruelty-free. This means they test their products on animals prior to putting the products out to market.

Animal testing is NOT required by law in the UK. It is however a requirement of law if a brand wishes to sell in China.

Cruelty Free Make-Up

Personally I just can't see what the need is? I'm not vegetarian or vegan, and am most definitely a meat-eater, but I know the health benefits of eating meat, and personally I'm ok with it. I don't eat heaps of meat anyhow. But animal testing in cosmetics just doesn't sit right with me. Maybe I'm a little hypocritical and being choosy over my ethics but I don't see the benefits of putting lipstick on a rabbit or cat.

I'm thankful to say some of my favourite brands are cruelty-free, including Barry M and Make Up Revolution. They don't sell in China, and are not owned by a larger parent company that does either.
The likes of The Body Shop are cruelty-free in themselves, but are owned by a larger company who do allow animal testing in their other brands.
I'm not going to lie, it is a massive mine-field when it comes to cruelty-free beauty, and skincare (FYI Bee Good is cruelty-free, as is Sainsbury and Tesco own brand) but I'm going to be working harder than ever this year to be as cruelty-free as possible when it comes to beauty.

This also applies to any baby products I pick up too, so if you have any recommendations for cruelty-free baby product brands, let me know in the comments below.

Are you cruelty-free? What are your favourite brands, both beauty and skincare? Levae you blog links, or recommendations below. 


  1. It's so hard to know who you can and can't use, like you said, though some companies seem great on the surface, their parent company isn't as cruelty free! Good luck in finding more products =]

  2. Try own brands from Superdrug, M&S and the Co-op. All their skincare, makeup, toiletries & cleaning products are cruelty free.


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