Mar 10, 2012

why you should switch over to cruelty-free makeup

Hi Ocean Dreamers!

I hope you are having an amazing weekend.

It finally warmed up here and it's so nice to enjoy the warm weather! I was able to exercise outdoors and it was so refreshing. The crazy thing was that there were about four different deer just hanging out in my backyard and they must be getting used to people because they didn't move very far. Part of me was frightened, but the other part of me was enjoying their company. It's pretty amazing how wild animals can get used to their surroundings sometimes. :)

This whole Kony 2012 pledge has really gotten me thinking about how I can make a change. If you haven't seen the video or have no idea what I am talking about please head to the website ASAP. I promise you won't regret it and it will open up your eyes to a horrible injustice that has been taking place without people even knowing about this, until know.

I don't want to be a blogger that's focused on popularity, fame, numbers, or anything of the sort. I want to use my writing and blogging to help change people and to change the world. So I'm going to make more of a conscious effort to write about things that matter to me and that will hopefully shed some light on some topics that need to be addressed too.
{Thanks My Beauty Bunny!}

Today I'm going to address cruelty free makeup. 

Recently I've switched over to organic makeup and cruelty free makeup after learning more about the truth behind the makeup I was using (Lancome). After finding out that companies like Lancome and more were allowing animals to suffer, I decided to switch over completely to cruelty free cosmetics. Cruelty free makeup essentially means investing in cosmetics that do no do any testing whatsoever on animals. explains cruelty-free makeup well and I'm going to quote them here:

"Every year, millions of animals are poisoned and killed in barbaric tests that were crudely developed as long ago as the 1920′s to evaluate the toxicity of consumer products and their ingredients. Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of a test substance or endure the pain of a chemical eating away at their sensitive eyes and skin– even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans.

There are many misconceptions that animal testing is required on products or that it is the most effective way to see how a product works on humans. That is simply not true."

The lovely Michelle at The Vintage Apple first educated me about how animal testing is affecting poor sweet animals and I was both touched and saddened when I watched this video from Beagle Freedom Project:

Watch and learn why these poor sweet pups had NEVER been outside of their cage for their entire lives and how they reacted to their freedom when they were finally able to set foot outdoors for the first time.

If you're curious what makeup brands 
DO NOT test on animals,
 here are a few of my favorites:
 {Tarte is the powder that I use & love.}
{I was really happy to discover that MAC does not
participate in animal testing - hooray!}
{Soap & Glory}
So as you can see there are still a lot of amazing cosmetic brands that have animal cruelty free makeup worth investing in and wearing on your pretty face. Unfortunately sometimes it is hard to tell who is cruelty free and who is not. How can you tell for sure? Well, the company only knows for sure but many companies have registered with Leaping Bunny, which proves that their ingredients have not been tested on animals. Also look for this sweet picture on the bottom of your favorite cosmetics website for a quick reference.

Two great blogs/resources
 that I go to and trust are
to get the facts straight and find out 
who is cruelty free and who is not.

I hope I shed some light on how many cosmetics unfortunately cause harm to poor sweet animals. But - by making a pledge to be cruelty free you can make a difference. Help educate people too!

Have you heard of cruelty free makeup?

What are your thoughts on this subject?


  1. I had no idea that so many amazing cosmetics brands were cruelty free. I always thought it was smaller brands. I'm definitely going to look in to this some more and hopefully switch entirely to cruelty free brands. I already use a lot of these brands anyway.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Im now following yours. Yours to totally cute! :)

    I love this post. It has really got me wondering if the make up I use is "cruelty free"? I totally hate animal cruelty :(


  3. Great post girl!!! :) sometimes we simply don't think about what we use on our faces/bodies. ;)

  4. I love Beauty Without Cruelty mascara! Their makeup is cruelty free and completely vegan : )

  5. All of my favorite brands are good to go and I think it's great that you are bringing awareness to this.

    PS Thanks for visiting my blog. You always leave me the sweetest comments. xoxo

  6. Great post lady. I think animal cruelty conscious products are always great

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  7. Great, informative post. And you seem so knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. I'm always careful about this when buying cosmetics. And, like you, I was ecstatic to know that Mac doesn't participate in animal testing! Love Mac!

  8. Thanks for sharing those, I hate not being informed.

  9. Cruelty free is awesome!


  10. I use MAC and I love Urban Decay. I do have other brands of makeup that I've used for years (mainly because the stuff has lasted forever) but I need to make an effort to ensure I support more cruelty-free brands. I was a vegetarian for nearly 3 years so I should do a better job than I am doing now.

  11. This is a great post! I support cruelty free make up too.

  12. Cruelty Free is the way to go!

    If you don't mind :) Check out my blog and facebook page!
    My purpose is also to bring awareness to people who don't know this is happening and share my love for beauty! :) I post regularly about cruelty free brands and cruelty free beauty news! :)

    Have an awesome day!


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