A quick word on being cruelty-free in relation to my blog
As some of you may know, I started to go cruelty-free some time in April. For those of you that don't know, going cruelty-free is only buying from cosmetics brands that do not test on animals. Though I'm pretty much only buying from cruelty-free brands now, I'm not going to throw away the products that I already own from non-cruelty-free brands so as not to waste them, which is why you will still see products that are not cruelty-free on my blog. From the end of April on, all of my posts including beauty products will have a handy little bunny beside their names if the product is cruelty-free.
Knowing what brands are cruelty-free
Now, I know that going cruelty-free can be intimidating at first. I've found that it's hard to simply go to a store and start buying products without knowing what brands are cruelty-free. Something that has been very helpful to me is this List of Officially cruelty Free Brands (2016) and List of Cruelty Free Drugstore Brands from Cruelty Free Kitty. This blog is a total lifesaver, it's obvious how much hard work went into it.
Going cruelty-free doesn't have to be expensive
Another thing that can be intimidating is the price of cruelty-free products. At first glance, you may think that all cruelty free products are from expensive, natural brands. However, many of the products that you bought before are probably cruelty-free!
So, if any of you have been thinking of or trying to go cruelty-free, I thought that it might be helpful for me to share with you some of my favourite cruelty-free products that are under $15 (CAD).
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pure Gold
I love the formula of this, I've been obsessed with cream-style eyeshadow lately. I also really like the highly pigmented colour that it gives off, and I like to use it under a gold powder shadow for a more intense gold eye.
**NYX does not test on animals, but is owned by L'Oreal, a company that does.
Marcelle Ultimate Volume Mascara
This is one of my favourite mascaras of all time, and I dearly wish that it were made in a waterproof formula. It gives my lashes more volume than any mascara I have tried before, and gives them a lot of length as well. It also doesn't clump, like so many volume-based mascaras do, which is a real plus for me.
elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose
I wouldn't call this a moisturizing lipstick, but that may just be my obsession with having my lips as moisturized as possible at all times. I do quite like the formula, though, and I love the rose shade. It also has an amazing vanilla smell.
The Body Shop Born Lippy Raspberry Lip Balm
This is another lip product that has an amazing scent. I don't particularity like lip balms in a pot, but this is a very nice moisturizing lip balm, so I'll forgive it's inconvenient packaging.
elf Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink
I've been using this blush for as long as I can remember. It's a pretty standard pink blush, but it does have a lovely subtle shimmer.
Essence Say No to Redness Concealer
This is the most recent purchase of the bunch. I've been using it for about a week, and I really like it so far, as it seems to do a good job of balancing out my redness. I do always have to be careful to cover it up with my regular concealer, though, and it seems to make my skin slightly more of a ghostly shade than before.
Do you have any cruelty-free favourites?
**The Bunny = cruelty free beauty products**