I try to live my life by causing the least amount of suffering, and this often affects many daily lifestyle decisions. Trying to live as compassionately as I can, of course, extends to humans, so I always try not to perpetuate the ‘stress’ when approaching animals or the environment. However, there’s one thing I can’t quite wrap around myself with and that is animal makeup testing. There are mainstream products and brands that still test on animals, and I think consumers should resist and steer clear of cruelty. There are plenty of beauty products out there that are not tested on animals that are mainstream, gorgeous, and of impeccable quality. Surely one can find a perfect trick free from the harm of an innocent fuzz ball!
“It’s always about doing your best”
But first – what does testing cosmetics on animals involve? And why is it not necessary? The animals tested are usually rats, mice, guinea pigs, and rabbits that have been bred for a specific purpose. They live their lives in uncomfortable little cages, watching only artificial light and receiving food within the confines of a laboratory. I’ll refrain from gratuitous details, but what the animals go through is torture and fright, and it includes chemicals, skin tests, shaving – and when the testing is over, the animal is killed. I think makeup (at least one, if not) is the only reward for terrible treatment towards animals. quotes beta: “When you consider the biological differences between humans and animals commonly used in toxicity tests and the abnormal and stressful conditions these animals are forced to endure, that adds up to meaningless results that fail to protect humans.”
My Favorite Brands Certified Not to Test on Animals
For a better choice, I absolutely love very face And the urban decay! Both specifically have beautiful eyeshadow palettes—my favorite is Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Vegan formula. I also can’t get enough of Too Faced lip gloss and blush. I’ve also heard that Urban Decay prefixes are very good. Smashbox It’s also cruelty-free and is known for its wide variety of primers and foundations, as well as highly rated eyeshadow palettes, and other minis and pops! They also have several vegan makeup formula options.
“One can find a perfect trick free of innocent fuzz ball damage!”
However, staying away from cruelty shouldn’t mean breaking the bank. I buy most of my makeup from Boots brand No. 7. I love their eyeshadow, and I have their water based, which gives a beautiful natural glow! No.7 also contains shimmering lip lacquer with amazing powder and shimmering nail polish with many beautiful colors. I buy my liquid eyeliner, different colored eyeliners, and my own mascara from there. I have also tried Rimmel, which, while not entirely cruelty-free, has launched a new “nice and free” line. I’ve just tried the mascara and love it, and can’t wait to try the rest! I also buy a lot of my makeup from Body Shop. I love lip stains, matte lip butters, and eye shadows—I currently own one called Own Your Naturals, and it’s beautiful. The rest of their store is cruelty-free, too.
As for the tools, I like to buy my brushes from No.7 and The Body Shop, as well Ecotools And the abundance. I adore Lush liquid eyeliner in all different colors, and the rest of their makeup, fragrance, and products are all cruelty free! Two more of my favorite brands nicks And the bare metal. Nyx has so many fun options for creative, funky makeup, and Bare Minerals is a great, great quality brand. Some of the other brands I like are: tartAnd the Charlotte Tilbury (amazing setting powder), natural group And the Jane Iredal. Other brands to mention that are cruelty-free are: Barry M, Fenty Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, Elf, Real Techniques, Stila, and Sleek.
It is important to note that sometimes if brands state that they are cruelty-free, they technically state that and are not; Parent companies may test or rely on other countries’ animal testing. The brands to avoid are: MAC, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Dior, Makeup Forever, and OPI. While Garnier is cruelty-free, neither is L’oreal, nor is Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Clinique. It’s also important to note that not all cruelty-free makeup is vegan, so if this is important to you, always make sure.
Finally, I try to make sure my products are vegan and cruelty-free, but it’s also easy to slip sometimes, so always be self-compassionate! Once you buy a product, you have bought it – so use it, or give it to a friend – just don’t throw it away! It is better for the environment if we reduce consumption and use already purchased items. Overall, it’s always about doing your best, and I think in terms of helping mitigate some of the harmful treatments towards animals, I think it’s a good place to start – with makeup. If you ask me, bunnies don’t need eyeliner to stay adorable.
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