Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Companies

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

This week I wanted to write about cruelty-free makeup and hair products. This isn’t a comprehensive list of all companies who are cruelty-free but are just some favorites of mine. The cruelty-free movement isn’t new to me, however, I am not an expert in this area. The reason why I wrote this post is to bring awareness to others who may not know about this topic.

What does cruelty-free mean?
A company that claims that they are cruelty-free, claims that they do not test on animals. Sometimes there are government regulations across the world that require companies to test on animals before they can sell a product in that country’s market. This means that if a company wants to sell something in the USA and China market, they would not be required to test on animals for the US market since the United States currently does not require companies to test on animals. If they wanted to sell that same product in China however, they would be required to test. Some animal activists still see this as a problem and will still not support a company who sells their product in a market that requires testing on animals.

How do I know if a company is cruelty-free?
As of right now, companies are not required to state whether or not they test on animals. Many companies pride themselves on not testing on animals, so look for a statement saying “not tested on animals” or an official ‘cruelty-free’  or leaping bunny logo. If you would like to search for companies that are cruelty-free you can do so by visiting PETA’s website. They have lists of companies who are NOT cruelty-free, as well as companies who are. You can even search by product type. Visit that website here. Another great company that gives you a list of information is Leaping Bunny. Both companies have different standards for other companies who use their logos on products.

What do the different cruelty-free logos mean?
Vicky over at Ethical Elephant has a great post regarding the differences between cruelty-free logos. The logos all mean different things and companies who use them sometimes have to follow strict guidelines in order for them to appear on their product. One logo could mean that a company ‘pledges’ to be cruelty-free and another could mean that the company actually has to be followed up on their pledge.

Does cruelty-fee mean that no animal products are used?
Although cruelty-free means that companies do not test on animals, the company could still be putting animal ingredients in their products. If a company does not have animal ingredients in their products, that would make them vegan and would have a different set of requirements for logos and claims. For this post, I am just focusing on cruelty-free companies, but I can write a blog post at a later time on companies that are also vegan.

My current favorite cruelty-free companies:

  1. Too Faced
  2. Aveda
  3. Well People
  4. Tarte
  5. Kat Von D Cosmetics
  6. Milani
  7. Wet ‘n Wild
  8. Bath & Body Works
  9. Lush
  10. Basin
  11. Bite Beauty
  12. ColourPop Cosmetics
  13. Ole Henrikson
  14. NYX
  15. It Cosmetics
  16. Bare Minerals
  17. The Body Shop

Companies that still test on animals:

  1. Benefit
  2. MAC
  3. Sephora Cosmetics
  4. Bobbi Brown
  5. Clinique
  6. Dove
  7. Estée Lauder
  8. Origins
  9. GLAMGLOW
  10. Bumble and Bumble
  11. Lancôme
  12. L’Oreal
  13. Maybelline
  14. Mary Kay
  15. Shiseido Cosmetics
  16. Sinful Colors
  17. Victoria’s Secret

When I went through the list of what companies still tested on animals I was shocked because I have used at least 10 on this list. The fact that companies still decide to test on animals even though there is no regulation forcing them is beyond me.

I’ve been trying to be more conscious of what products I use, so I’ve started focusing on what companies are cruelty-free first. I would love to switch over soon to vegan beauty and hair products, but I know that will take a little more work!

Do you have a favorite company who is cruelty-free and/or vegan? Please share down in the comments! I would love to hear 🙂

Influenster + Lancôme Collab

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Hi there everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

I’m here today with an exciting product review! I received my first VoxBox from Influenster last week and I was so excited my jaw literally dropped when I opened it. They have recently done a collaboration with Lancôme.

I have been pretty familiar with Lancôme products since both my sister and my mom used to work in the makeup industry when I was younger. Since being an adult, I haven’t purchased a whole lot of Lancôme products so I was super excited to try these products out.

Influenster & Lancome VoxBox

The following items were in my VoxBox:

  1. Lancôme Visionnaire Yeux – Eye On Correction™
  2. Lancôme Définicils Mascara
  3. Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil™ (I received two colors: Noir which is black and Ampoulé, which is a pretty purple )
  4. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
  5. Lancôme Le Sharpener

The amazing thing about Influenster, is that the eyeliners and mascara were full size products, which is a great value to receive for free!

Lancome & Influenster

I have tried the Bi-Facial Makeup Remover before, and it is one of the best formulas out there. It gets rid of layers of mascara, eyeliner and high pigmented eye shadows with no problems. I also feel like it nourishes your eyelashes as well instead of stripping them dry.

As you can tell from the photo, I had already used up the New Visionnaire Eye Cream by the time I snapped this photo. It helps with dark under eye circles (which I have) and also dries to a powder like consistency which is great because it also acts as a makeup primer. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and also absorbs relatively fast.

The two eyeliners are amazing! Although I would not wear the purple everyday, it is a great color for fall to smudge under the eye. I have worn the black one a few times already this past week and it goes on like butter. It melts into your skin which is great since it does not tug on your eye area. Once it dries, it stays on all day and is smudge proof. I also love the fact that they gave me a new pencil sharpener. I have some already, but I think it was definitely time to refresh and get a new one!

The Definicils mascara is also an amazing product. It does not clump up, even after a couple of coats (because who can apply just one layer of mascara?). It also feels like you have nothing on your eyes. Sometimes when I apply more than one coat of a mascara my lashes feel hard and dry. This mascara formulation lengthens and volumes which is what every girl needs in a mascara!

Are you a part of Influenster? What has been your favorite box that you have received so far? Have you also tried these Lancôme products? If so, what did you like or dislike about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Never heard of Influenster and would like more info or would like to sign up? You can do all of that by clicking on my link here.