Over this past year, I've been focusing on living a more natural beauty lifestyle. What exactly does that mean? It means I've been educating myself about the products I've been using and making better choices in the brands and products I purchase. It came to my attention last year that almost all the beauty products I use are tested on animals, and I honestly had no idea. I also had no idea you could search to confirm cruelty-free companies and products on Peta's website. Thank you, Peta! My heart instantly cracked knowing innocent animals are tested on, and some of the products are in my beauty collection and throughout my home. If you're an animal lover like me, that's enough information to make a change for the better. I began researching and decided to support these companies no longer; it's not worth it, and in this New Year, it's all about making positive choices. I decided to go through all my beauty products and slowly began replacing them with new cruelty-free brands. If you decide to do this, it takes some time so don't feel rushed or like you have to throw out everything and go shopping. I mean, you could do that, who doesn't enjoy shopping, but realistically it's a process.
Today, I've teamed up with Emily Hurtin, my friend and go-to beauty expert in Seattle, to share some insight on our love for cruelty-free products. We both share the same passion for spreading the awareness of cruelty-free products so let's kick it off with Emily's personal message and makeup tutorial featuring all cruelty-free products. Enjoy!
"Urban Decay, NYX and Too Face are all cruelty-free but owned by parent companies that are not. Elf, Kay Von D, Milani are not and completely cruelty-free. I believe in purchasing from CF companies even if they are owned by non-CF companies because it is important to show these companies that they will have more success if they stop animal testing. By stopping the purchasing of other brands and increasing the purchasing of CF brands, they will see a drastic change in their numbers." - Emily Hurtin
When it comes to makeup brands, the two I have loved and held on to are NYX and Smashbox Cosmetics. I've been a fan of Smashbox Cosmetics for a couple of years and last year became a fan of NYX. It's a little bit of a turn off to know that both of these brands are cruelty-free company partners with companies that do test on animals; however, it's sending a positive message that the cruelty-free product is more the consumers' favor. NYX is a cruelty-free company partnered with L'Oreal and Smashbox Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company partnered with Estee Lauder. So like I said, it's a little bit of a turn-off, but I love NYX and Smashbox Cosmetics products. That won't stop me from trying other new cruelty-free brands, but for now, these are my two go-to's.
As Emily mentioned in her video above, Kristen Leanne is one of her favorite YouTubers, and she created a video sharing her message about cruelty-free products and companies. It's a great reference video, and I too can agree, Kristen Leanne says it all, "every dollar is a vote."
As Emily stated in her video, not all of her beauty brushes are cruelty-free at the moment; however, she's currently in the transition process. We all know a good beauty brush can be expensive and finding the beauty brush collection that's right for you, can take some time and some research. I personally only had about four or five beauty brushes, all by MAC, but were a few years old. One night while drinking wine, I took a sip and tossed all my brushes away. Goodbye old, hello new. My new beauty brush collection is by EcoTools and oh my god, I'm in love. The bristles of the brushes are very soft and blend makeup evenly. The wood handles make them easy to grip, and I love the natural style of the product and packaging. I thankfully had a friend recommend EcoTools for beauty brushes, and I'm certainly not disappointed with the switch.
Another example of how I'm living a more natural beauty lifestyle, I had acrylic nails for over ten years because I bite my nails when I'm nervous. I took the chance and had them taken off about two years ago. I've been switching out using a nail growth and a hardening polish by Sally Hansen whenever I paint my nails. Sally Hansen thankfully does not test on animals so if you're looking for any nail care products, they've got it. Biting my nails was and has been a hard habit to break but having beautiful nails is rewarding. I try to keep a color polish on them at all times to prevent me from ruining them. They get stronger and healthier every day, and I highly enjoy adding nail polish colors to my collection. As I'm in search for a new favorite cruelty-free nail polish brand, the one I've recently tried is by Milani Cosmetics, and I'm obsessed with the color; Mauving Forward. The polish has stayed on for about four or five days before beginning to chip at the edges of my nails. I can agree with Emily when she mentions in her video how Milani is underrated, and not a lot of people know about their cosmetics. I'm looking forward to trying new colors and products by Milani Cosmetics so stay tuned for an update later this year on this brand.
Thank you to PETA again for providing the confirmation of one of my favorite products as it too is in fact tested on animals. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes has been a product I've been using for probably about four years or so. Little did I know that Neutrogena is a product of Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson is a company that tests their products on animals. As this news came to my immediate attention, I decided to visit my local Ulta Beauty Store to search for natural and cruelty-free face cleansing products.
It didn't take long until I came across a bold and colorful collection of products by a company called YesTo. Honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of products the collection has to offer, but I decided to go with the cucumber collection to help with my sensitive skin. The YesToCucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes gently removes dirt, sweat, and makeup, including eye makeup without the need to rinse. The smell is amazing. It's fresh and leaves my skin smooth. The YesToCucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser and Daily Calming Moisturizer are not only dermatologist tested but also the best face products I've ever used. The milk cleanser is perfect for my needs when my skin has been in the sun too long and feels a bit irritated. One use of the milk cleanser and my skin instantly feel moisturized and soothed. The daily calming moisturizer is a great product to use before applying makeup when your face feels dry. Once you apply a thin layer of the calming moisturizer to your face, your skin feels and smells like soft cucumber heaven. Uh, yes, please!
To conclude today's post, this has been one of my most favorite topics and collaborations yet. The importance of spreading awareness of cruelty-free products will be a topic I plan to continue discussing throughout my blog and lifestyle moving forward. The transition to cruelty-free products in your beauty collection and household takes time but is well worth the switch. So what are you waiting for? Join Emily, myself and many others out there in making the switch to cruelty-free products today!
Makeup Tutorial Products
Cover FX foundation
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Setting Powder
NYX Contour Palette
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm
Urban Decay Electric Palette
Kay Avon D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
NYX Black Pencil Liner
Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner
Socialeyes Lashes in Lady
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Nude
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick