Since my decision to go Cruelty Free I’ve been meaning to post on what products I’ve swapped over and what impact this has had on me – today is the first part of that. I will be sharing some cosmetics swaps, and this post will be followed by two more – skincare and toiletries. Over the coming weeks I’ll also review the majority of the swap products and link back. I haven’t included everything, just some of the main changes I’ve made – but if there are any other products you’re curious about then leave a comment – I’ve researched pretty much everything over the past few months. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve probably found a good cruelty free alternative for most common products…
I’m not going into the politics of cruelty free – I know its a heated discussion for some people, but I don’t want to be guilty about what I put on my face. I don’t want to think about bunnies, dogs, chickens, mice etc in pain so I can have super long lashes – especially when its not necessary anymore.
Without further ado…
I used to use 2 different types – NARS Sheer Glow for a light coverage, and Estee Lauder Doublewear for fuller coverage. Both are condemned for animal testing (although NARS used to be cruelty free) so I had to ditch the duo.
I switched to Barry M Foundation for a light, everyday coverage and Illamasqua Skin Base for a heavier coverage. Fair enough, Illamasqua isn’t cheaper, but Barry M foundation retails at just £6.99 and lasts for ages. I wear it daily and I am just at the bottom of a bottle bought in late April.
I used to be a huge fan of Benefit’s blushers & tints, but sadly Benefit test, so they had to go! I’ve substituted with Bourjois little round pots, which are really versatile and varied – and good quality!
I also previously used NARS Orgasm, which I haven’t yet found a substitute for. If you have one, holla!
Eyeliner / Mascara.
I used to be a big fan of Benefit eye products – Bad Gal was the winner for me in eyeliner and mascara, so I was sad to have to toss them aside. However, I switched up to Neve Cosmetics kohl pencil and Barry M Lash Modelling in Extra Black.
Lipstick and balm is the least tough of all – and I thought it was going to be a total nightmare. Obviously Burts Bees is a huge brand in Cruelty Free Cosmetics, and I’ve loved them forever. I invested in a handful of their tinted balms whilst in Tennessee last year, plus you can find a pretty good supply of them in most UK pharmacies. For a more dressed up lip I can’t recommend Soap and Glory’s Fabulipstick enough! Just try it.
Brows & Bronzing.
So, I have quite good brows anyway – they’re dark and full, but I do like to fill them in. I have both the Barry M pencil and the Barry M Brow Palette, both are great and have varying levels of intensity for creating a great brow. I don’t often bronze, but I have a really old pot of bronzing pearls from The Body Shop which are beautifully subtle and have lasted me a good 5 years (with use in summer months only).
This is kind of simple, but something worth mentioning. I’ve never bought animal hair brushes before, and never would. I stick with Real Techniques for the most part, or The Body Shop. I wouldn’t pay MAC prices to begin with – but after discovering they test on animals, they’re totally out of bounds.
So there is the bare basics of how I swapped out cruel cosmetics and replaced it with guilt-free beauty products – and in most cases for much cheaper than I was paying in the Department stores from companies who can afford to fund responsible alternatives to testing on animals.
On the whole I’ve found going CF cheaper – most of the brands above are much more inexpensive than the premium brands I was buying before (although my new picks don’t skimp on quality) plus I’m saving money on Beauty Box subscriptions which can’t guarantee CF products, so I’m already £25 per month up before I’ve bought anything!
Do you/will you buy cruelty free cosmetics instead? Do you have any great CF recommendations?