We need to change!

Animal testing has been something on my mind recently whether i’m in the shower or on the bus I try to mentally think of all the brands in my makeup collection that test on animals and I come to realise my favourite products are actually made by companies that test of animals.

In an ideal world this wouldn’t be something I need to worry about because in this ideal world the big, respectable companies wouldn’t be so cruel to animals where there are alternative methods. I know that I shouldn’t be so vain and I should just stop using products from companies that test on the poor animals, but it’s taken me years to find products that work with my dry skin. I do live in guilt that i’m selfish enough to keep these products and use them everyday but it’s something I want to work on.

My aim, for the end of 2018, is to have found replacements for all of my animal cruelty products. It may seem like a while but I think swapping out products for other brands will be a lot of trial and error. Not many foundations work with my skin at all and I think this is going to be the biggest issue. Another issue I know i’m going to struggle with is actually finding out what companies test on animals and which don’t. There are loads of websites out there which give you straight, simple answers as to which brands do and which don’t- but they’re a few years old. There’s also the fact that when you read up on animal testing on companies websites, their words are contradicting and confusing. It may say they’re cruelty free but by law for some countries they’re required to test on animals for the ingredients of their products which is mainly China.


From my understanding, companies like Rimmel don’t test on animals for the products we receive in the UK because there’s no law that all ingredients have to be tested. However to sell in China they do, this then means that although the products we get aren’t tested on animals, the brand itself still condones it because of the fact they have to test on animals to be able to sell in China. Or the products are produced in China and therefore still test on animals? It’s such a confusing concept and companies really need to be more clear. If anyone can clear this up then I’d love more information!

This journey of mine may take 9 months or it could take 3 months, it just depends on how well I go about researching companies and finding alternatives. I do really wish that I was less selfish and that I could easily be able to just throw away or stop using products that the companies test on animals but that’s another whole self-discovering journey for me. Peta have a good little feature that allows you to search and see what products or companies test on animals from cosmetics to household products, if you click here, it’ll take you to it.

The main products that I want to swap out is foundation. I currently use the Rimmel London Match Perfection and it’s a really good foundation for the cost and for my dry skin, but of course Rimmel aren’t ethical. I want to find a foundation of the same coverage and something that does the job just like this one does- I think this is going to be the hardest task. I ended up buying a new bottle of this a couple weeks ago and my aim is to use it all up but in this time I want to start searching for a drugstore alternative!


For Christmas I received the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and although it is a nice foundation I think it’s too expensive to be an everyday foundation and I find that wearing it all day really causes my skin to dry up. It’s a good foundation for special occasions but not something I can replace my Rimmel with.


One of my all time favourite drug store mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. I feel as though it’s such a great drugstore product and makes my lashes look so good. But… Maybelline tests on animals. I also love the Badgal Bang & They’re real mascara’s from Benefit but again, they aren’t cruelty free.


I always used to think I wouldn’t be able to live without the Benefit They’re real mascara, but after trying ones from Too Faced and Tarte i’ve already stopped using those Mascara’s so I don’t think that getting rid of my Benefit and Maybelline mascara’s is going to cause me any heartbreak.

In terms of other products which I love and live by that are luckily cruelty free include Too faced liquid lipstick, MUA’s eye primer, NYX metallic liquid lipstick and the Too Faced better than sex mascara.


I hope that this journey for me goes well and I hope if you’re on your own journey like this that you find success- i’ll be back with an update near the end of the year. Thank you for reading!


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36 thoughts on “We need to change!

  1. glowsteady says:

    I think about this sometimes but realistically I don’t think this is an option for me. My skin is so unbelievably sensitive and dry that switching up products easily just isn’t an option for me. As far as makeup goes, I have a hard time finding foundation light enough for me and can’t wear any with SPF. It’s a shame because I’ve found a few nice cruelty free formulas over the years but they just aren’t compatible with my skin issues. Good luck finding replacements! Makeup Revolution are cruelty free so that’s a good cheaper option for you x


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  2. Fran says:

    Good on you girl, good luck on your journey! I would love to have a completely cruelty free makeup collection but brands make it so hard for WOC. A lot of the cruelty-free brands have the worst shade range, hopefully, this is something that will change in the future!

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  3. Annie says:

    I think it’s really great what you’re doing! It is quite a tricky process because there’s so many different things to consider but I think it’s really worth it in the end. Good luck with everything! 🙂

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  4. perrinevautour says:

    This is a great change! I really need to do this too, when it comes to skincare and toiletries I nearly only use cruelty free products, but haven’t looked into makeup yet. Will have to do this this month too. Thanks for the motivating post 🙂


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  5. Creative Nails says:

    Wow, it’s amazing you are doing this! I hope you are able to find make-up that works well for you that are cruelty free. I’d definitely love to do this more in the future with other parts of my make up. The hardest part is finding something that works well for your skin and isn’t too expensive. I recently bought a mineral based foundation, and the company is cruelty free. The best part also is that it works so nicely on my skin so it’s great! I wish you the best of luck 😀


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  6. astrobeks says:

    I love this and this is something I’ve been thinking about recently, too. It’s such a lovely thing you’re doing, and that I think more people should do too, and maybe it would force companies to re-think product testing! I’d love to completely re-vamp my make up collection and use only cruelty-free products!

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  7. Lupe says:

    I’ve always been aware of cruelty free makeup, and my older sister has helped me make sure that’s the only brand I buy. There is a couple of items that aren’t but I will make sure I replace those with products from companies that do not test on animals

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  8. Bexa says:

    This is a really interesting post Ellie and made me think about the makeup products I use too! It sounds like you are being realistic and giving yourself plenty of time to research this well. Good luck on your journey and looking forward to read how it goes! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  9. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Unbelievably I haven’t really thought too much about the make up products I use. My skin care tends to all be Origins which is cruelty free but reading your post has made me realised I need to take a look at where some of my make up comes from too. Good luck on your journey, I hope you can find some really good alternatives! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  10. Bookinggoodread says:

    Good for you trying to make a change in the products you use. You can tell you are putting a lot of thought into which ones are good to use. I don’t buy much make up to be honest and I don’t really look to much into what I buy, I really should start x

    Emma x http://www.bookinggoodread.com

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  11. Zoë says:

    I love that you’re doing this! I use to love The Body Shop, and although they don’t test on animals for the products sold in the UK, they do in China. This is so sad because they use to pride themselves in being cruelty free, but they chose money over ethics and expanded into China, meaning they now test on animals 😦 xx


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  12. catherinexeliza says:

    Yes lady! Navigating cruelty-free make-up is so tough! You have to look so closely and research in depth; parent companies etc on some of the stuff in the drugstore! As a rule of thumb I try to avoid anything that is marketed in China due to their cosmetic regulations! If you’re after a cruelty free foundation, check out Make Up Revolution! They have an entire vegan range and they’re so affordable! I’ll definitely check back to see how your journey is going and to get some more inspiration!

    Cat xxx http://catherinexeliza.com

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  13. phoeberjames says:

    I use the ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara and I love it so very glad it cruelty free. I find it so difficult to find products that are right for me, particularly foundation so when I find one that is perfect but turns out to be tested on animals is so annoying! I don’t want to be funding a company/brand that actively makes the decision to part take in it. Would love to see a post full of good dupes for products or just good cruelty free products in general x

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  14. Kat (@femenish) says:

    This is such an amazing journey to go on – it is hard finding replacements, and most of the products I use are cruelty-free. I hope to be able to have all cruelty free products soon! I’m looking forward to reading your update post!

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  15. Fifi says:

    I love love LOVE this post. animal rights are my number one cause, animals are so often overlooked and they can’t speak for themselves. This is something that’s so important to me and I love that other bloggers are starting to pay attention to cruelty free products. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about brands or anything like that, the cruelty free lifestyle rocks!

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