Thursday 19 May 2016

Going Cruelty Free

Make-up is a big part of any girl's life. For some it's an absolute essential (like me, hello my face needs it). Recently I've been trying to change my lifestyle; make myself much healthier and consider what I'm indulging in, what I'm exposing my body to. Now I've always been against animal testing but as the ditsy child I am, I was not aware of what make-up brands tested. It's become a highlighted subject in recent months with people making the switch to vegan lifestyles and so on. 

Before you ask, I'm not going vegan. That may sound bad to some of you or it may not, but for my own personal reasons I've not decided to go vegan (yet, I won't rule it out completely, you never know). However I have decided that I want to convert to vegan and cruelty free make-up and skincare products. 

It's quite a big switch, baring in mind that many of the products I do use come from certain make-up brands such as MAC, Maybelline and Rimmel.  Not to call them out and place blame (I do like their products), but I'm not pro-animal testing, therefore I'm taking them out of my make-up bag. 

Changing everything in your make-up bag can be difficult because honestly the stuff doesn't come cheap, however there are certain brands that are affordable if you're ready to make the switch. 

As I've been making the transition and researching, I've found that some of the great make-up brands can remain in my daily routine. Brands such as NYX, Barry M and Illamsqua that I already use can remain, which makes me happy because I absolutely love these brands. Even Kylie Cosmetics are all vegan and cruelty-free, so yes you can splurge on lip kits if you want. They're definitely worth it, I've bought 5 of them and I'm in love. But there are also a bunch more that I didn't know about and am quite happy to switch to, such as NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced and Urban Decay, which I was planning to purchase anyway. 

The reason I want to share this lifestyle change is because I think it's a really important thing for us girls and women to discuss. Animal testing should not be carried out just for the purpose of putting products on our face. It's not right. If you want to make the change like I do, I want to share with you that it's not difficult but it will be gradual for some. 

Obviously you can't go out and a whole set of new make-up because it is costly, but doing so gradually is perfectly fine because you've made the decision. 

Here's a list of brands that are cruelty free and vegan that may help you make the switch. 

When I make the complete switch, I will vlog it for you so you can have a look at what I'm using. I hope that this post helped any of you that was thinking about making the switch!

Lots of love, 

Emily xx

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