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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