All posts tagged: cruelty free

NYX, BarryM & SleekMakeUp giveaway

OMG you guys, I know it took me so long to get to it but everything is finally on its way. If you don’t know, I reposted the poll results on the blog a day or two ago and you guys voted for a cruelty-free makeup giveaway. So on my way back to Barcelona,  I ordered my 2016-2017 favourite makeup items for one of you to try. All of them, except one, are products that I frequently use and have featured on the blog. I heard great things about the new Sleek Makeup Distorted Dreams palette and thought that it would be a nice touch (why not jump on the holographic trend right?) The Rules: Be subscribe to the blog and leave a comment on this post That’s it. Two comments will not count as two entries since I want everyone to have a fair chance to win. This giveaway is open to people in Europe, I will contact the winner personally and provide tracking info once everything has been sent out. Make sure I …

My summer skincare routine feat B.Skincare & The Body Shop

Hi Everyone, Welcome to another random post for this lovely month of June. I hope you are all doing fantastic. I am flying to Barcelona very soon so I thought that it was about time I share with you, my cruelty-free summer skincare routine. Here is what I use every day (pretty much): The Body Shop – TEA TREE Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser B.skincare Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz B.Skincare – B.Confident night serum B.Skincare -Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil Rituals – Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren body cream I start my day with The Body Shop Cleanser. I used to have an exfoliator thing you find for next to nothing at Boots and Superdrug but this foaming cleanser is actually softer and more respectful to my skin. Once the first step is completed, I dry my face and move on to my moisturiser. If you follow the blog, you know that I’ve been trying out some B.Skincare products. I absolutely love them which is why I have also included the brand in my giveaway …

June & the Blog: Picking items for the Giveaway

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing amazing. I am currently in Paris visiting my family and friends and I thought that it was the perfect time to finally announce when the giveaway would be happening and give you a chance to choose (from the list of items I have talked about before on the blog) what you would like in it. I am pushing back the giveaway to the end of June because I have tons of stuff to do in Paris, I have to start my dissertation, I will be leaving for Barcelona in about two weeks and I want to make sure I buy products that are in line with what I like, what you would like and my blog. The giveaway will be open for one week and all of Europe. To participate, you will just have to be subscribed to my blog and comment anything under the giveaway post. I wish I could include more of you. Hopefully, some future changes will allow me to do so. I was initially thinking …

Sephora cruelty-free list – K to Z

Hi Everyone, How are you? Here is the second part of the Sephora cruelty-free list. I’ll link the first part at the end if you’re just catching up now. Let’s just get into it, shall we! Kat Von D Official Statement: Absolutely not! Kat Von D Beauty has, (and always will be) 100% cruelty-free. And this is something Kat has always been extremely proud of! Vegan products:  Although the FDA hasn’t established a regulation for what it means to be “vegan,” we define it as as a product that does not contain any animal products or by-products, and has not been tested on animals. Kat Von D Beauty products marked #VeganAlert indicate that the finished product is vegan. Kat Von D Beauty never tests on animals—and never will. Lollipops  Official Statement: Like all of our brands, Lollipops is 100% Cruelty-Free, which means that no product or ingredient has been tested on animals. Vegan products: Nothing specified on the website. NARS Official Statement: NARS does not test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as …

Sephora cruelty-free list: A-J

Hi Everyone, How are you? This post will be in two parts as I have other posts I want to write before the end of the month (and going through the whole damn website also takes ages). Let’s just get into it, shall we! Amazing Cosmetics Official statement: AmazingCosmetics has always maintained a commitment to being cruelty-free, and has never tested any of its ingredients or finished products on animals. BUT, and I know that it can be a big but for some. The company sold its products in China until 2015. However, the brand decided to discontinue its line in China and consider itself 100% cruelty-free now. Vegan products: Check products in store as the website does not provide any information. Amore Pacific Official Statement: AMOREPACIFIC has voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, we expanded the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers. AMOREPACIFIC brand is sold in Hong Kong, not in mainland China. Read more at Cruelty Free Kitty At Amorepacific, developing safe and healthy …

Spring 2017 MakeUp: Keeping it simple

  Hey Everyone, I hope it is not too late to make a little spring makeup essential. I have been working on reducing the amount of makeup (and packaging) I wear. I want to focus on skincare more as summer is approaching (too fast) and the sun will damage my skin big time (just doing a little prevention you know). So lately I have been keeping it simple. Mascara, red lips and a touch of highlight. It has been amazing to let my skin “breathe” and let’s be honest, a touch of red on the lips always make you look put together. Here is what I have been using pretty much every day for the past months: Aromazone Mica Poudre D’or  (£2.10) KIKO Eyebrow Wax Fixing Pencil (£5.90) E.L.F Aqua Beauty Gel Lip Stain in Rouge Radiance (£4.00) Barry M Matte Me Up (POP UP) (£4.99) The Body Shop Lip Balm in Honey Bronze (£6.00) Rituals Hand Balm: Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil (sample but the big bottle costs £9.50) I talked about the …

B. Skincare: Cruelty-Free and Affordable

Hi, you guys! How are you? I am very excited for this post! Finally, 100% cruelty-free skincare products (with the little bunny everywhere) that deserves to be talked about. I bet you all remember my huge flop post with the brand Simple. Today is the day I redeem myself and show you some real-ass cruelty-free skincare goodies that I have been using for about a month. B. is a certified cruelty-free brand. I was actually browsing Superdrug’s website when I stumbled onto B. I think that if after this post, if you consider looking into the brand, do your research online first as in stores, the products kinda get lost within the sea of brands available. What is interesting about B.skincare line is that you can either shop by age range or targeted solutions and cleansing. For example, you can choose from 20s to 30s (Phase 1), 30s (Phase 2), ect to 60s and beyond or scroll down to browse all their products. Naturally, I started with  20s to 30s. I picked up several products which I thought …

Superdrug cruelty-free makeup 2017

Hi Everyone, How are you? I said I would do Sephora after Boots but Sephora will take a lot more time as I want to do skincare as well.  Fingers crossed I’ll be done with it by the end of this month. I hope this list will help some of you out. As always, I am not a reference at all in terms of cruelty-free makeup. I am mostly writing this post as a reminder that cruelty-free makeup is everywhere and not as expensive as people like to say. PS: I have tried to leave the one I have even the smallest doubt about (could be lack of official statement, a blogger contacting them or PETA and getting a standard/vague answer) Let’s just jump into it! Barry M Official statement:  Here at Barry M, we love cosmetics but we love animals too. Beauty with compassion has been at the heart of our company since 1982 so that’s why we’re proudly supporting Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in history to achieve a …

Is Primark make up​ cruelty-free?

Hi Guys, I hope you are all doing okay. When I was in Bournemouth, I needed a quick lipstick to go to dinner and I honestly didn’t feel like spending an enormous amount of money (not that I usually do but you know what I mean). I went to Superdrug and almost bought another Barry M liquid lipstick (I already have the bundle) when I thought, why not check out Primark. I knew Primark had makeup and in my mind it was cruelty-free. So on my way there, I checked the web for an answer and here is what I found: Primark does not conduct and does not commission any animal testing. Our terms of trade with suppliers make it clear that cosmetic products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals. Following concerns about animal welfare and the use of angora in clothing, the company has ceased ordering all products that contain angora. So I bought their £3.00 liquid lipstick kit in the shade “Chocolate Brownie”, similar in terms of color to my …

Cruelty-Free: Why does it matter?

Hi Everyone, Our first guest post is here. Kara from The Book and Beauty Blog, wrote an interesting piece on cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare. Take the time to check out her blog if you are interested in the cruelty-free lifestyle, beauty and book reviews.  Why does buying cruelty-free cosmetics and skin care products matter? Most people know the difference between cruelty-free and not cruelty-free. One is obviously tested on animals while the other is not. For most, myself included, that is reason enough to strive to purchase only products not tested on animals. For others, they either don’t care or they don’t realize the extent of the harm done to these animals in laboratories. Over 100 million animals are tested on in United States labs every year. These tests can burn, cripple, poison and kill the animals. The most popular animals for testing are mice, birds, and rabbits. However, dogs, cats, and monkeys are used as well. Mice and birds are popular because they are not covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA is a federal …

Going dark for Valentine’s Day 2017 – Cruelty-Free Lips

Hi Everyone, Happy Happy Happy Valentine’s day (way in advance). For V-day, I will be in Brighton. I will take the time to relax but also, hopefully, get enough pictures to do a hotel review for you guys. I had my collection of bright red lipsticks out in order to make this post and in the middle of my swatches, I decided to change everything and pick four dark lipsticks. I have been wearing really bright eye looks lately and I thought why not just pair a blue eyeliner or bright orange eyeshadow with darker lips for once. I know, for some of you, it’s not a big deal but I am super traditional when it comes to lipstick. I am so afraid to be tacky that I tend to follow stupid unspoken rules and stay in my lane. Anyway, enough BLABLA. Hope you like the colors I selected. I apologize in advance for the pictures, they looked better on my phone (still saving for a camera). NYX Lingerie – BEAUTY MARK I am a …

Promote your blog!

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing fantastic. I thought I would give you a little update. Two things made me want to write this blog post: A comment about the brand Simple A comment about veganism Simple has always been an eco-friendly brand, promoting healthy looking skins and natural-ish ingredients. At least, that is how I have always seen it. I went onto their website and was glad to see that they were cruelty-free. I have to admit, I took this information for granted and didn’t double check (which is something I usually do) to make sure I was passing on the right information to you guys. You know I am just getting into cruelty-free skincare and it is true that yes, I went with the stereotype: what is being promoted as natural must be cruelty-free, right? One of my lovely followers commented under this particular post: My favorite cruelty-free skincare products (so far), to let me know that Simple was actually not cruelty-free. You know me, I am more than willing to have …

Best body washes, body scrubs, body everything for animal lovers (and everyone else) + 500 followers

I know, I know. This post should have gone up earlier this month.  I just have been a bit annoyed at myself for many reasons and haven’t been updating the blog much. For this, I apologize and I hope you won’t hold it against me. The blog has reached over 500 followers and I wanted to thank all of you for commenting, liking and getting to know me on here. I wish I could do a giveaway for you guys. Some of you have been here from the beginning and I see all of you! (but for real, do you want me to organize a giveaway?) Original Sources Body Washes I am sure, if you live in England, that you have come across Original Source before. The brand is everywhere: Tesco – Boots – Superdrug. Every time I am out of Body Shop shower products, I run back to Original Source. Their shower gels are cheap (£1.80 with Tesco), you can find them anywhere in central London, and they are vegan. My favorite scents are Limes, …

My favorite cruelty-free skincare products (so far)

Hi Everyone, I want to do a full cruelty-free makeup routine soon and I thought, why not show you some of my favorite skincare products first. I wanted to include bath & body products as well but I have so many that I will write a full post about it (probably before February). Let’s just jump into it, shall we? Simple Soothing Facial Toner & Revitalising eye roll-on I have, to be honest. I had never used toners before this one. I just did not see the point of using them. I was afraid that it would make my skin super dry. My forehead and chin are oily I am very dry around my mouth and nose. I don’t use the toner every day, more like three times a week, right before bed, and I do have noticed a difference. I don’t know if it is the work of the toner only, but my skin looks younger and tighter. So If you are looking for a natural toner that will not damage your skin, try this one. …

Best of cruelty-free sparkly glitter dust (2016)

Hi Everyone, It feels good to be back! I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write a very long post so I am pumped. As you all know, I love love love makeup and transitioning to all cruelty-free was not easy at first. Now, I have to say, I don’t even question it anymore. Just like being full-time vegetarian (doing Veganuary right now), it does not even cross my mind to even look at something other than cruelty-free makeup. I know I will probably sound cliche (right about now), but if there is one thing you can do to help in 2017: ditch fur and makeup products that have been tested on animals. On to the fun stuff now. I was looking for glitters online last year to avoid buying another eyeshadow palette. Yes, there are tons of palettes that I wish I had right now but realistically, I only use three to four shades per palette. Unless there is a palette which I absolutely need to buy, I focus on buying either single shadows …

What should we do next?

Hi Everyone, First of all, Happy New Year! I know it’s already January 5th but I wanted to say it on here. I hope you all had a great first week. I wanted to catch up a little bit and let you know what would be coming this month, on the blog. As you all know, I am doing Veganuary so I try to post what I am eating (if anyone is interested) on my Instagram. I will try to write an update around the middle of the month just to let you know how I have been doing. So far, so good. I must say. It is super easy when you work and write from home. I think it will be interesting to see if I find it more challenging when I have to go back to uni next week. I have three blog posts that I absolutely want to write: I want to talk about cruelty-free makeup from Barry M Best of skincare products of 2016 for me Best body wash, body scrub of …

I need your help !

Hi loves, I hope you are all doing okay. I would really appreciate it if you could participate in the poll I created down below. I have been really interested in people going “dairy-free” lately and I was wondering if big brands like Nescafe Dolce Gusto could launch capsules with milk alternatives. Your opinion does matter to me and the more answers I get, the more I will be able to contact brands and understand why such alternatives haven’t been introduced yet. Lots of love Alicia

What is the best policy when it comes to animal cruelty ?

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing fantastic. I want to chat with you all about something that has been bugging me lately. You probably don’t know but I am a post graduate student in marketing and I love love love content creation and analyzing any content that comes my way. Whilst I am not really active on Twitter and Facebook ( I mostly retweet and like ), I am still on it every day, constantly connected, watching what’s going on and scrolling through an enormous amount of posts and information. I do follow PETA on Twitter just because I like to know what’s happening in “my world”, and PETA is also one of the most regular vegan news/ animal cruelty related account that I have found so far. I do have to say something. I do not appreciate being exposed to violent/gory videos of animals being tortured and killed. I understand the idea behind it and the shock value they are striving for but it is not the best way to go. In my …

What is the difference between Vegan & Cruelty-Free MakeUp ?

Hi Everyone, I thought I would pop on here to share some important information with you guys. I know that some people think that because a product is cruelty-free, it is automatically vegan. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Cruelty-Free defines a makeup product which has never ever been tested on animals from A to Z. This includes the product as a whole but also the ingredients. For example, people tend to think that L’Oreal is cruelty-free when in fact, the brand has been misleading its customers. “The Group no longer tests on animal, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others. An exception could be made if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.” ( taken from L’Oreal website FAQ page ). For more deception, please check out this amazing post from Cruelty Free Kitty. A product which hasn’t been tested on animals doesn’t mean that it does not contain animal ingredients such as beeswax. If you have a look at your packaging and it says : gelatin, …

MakeUp & Fashion : Fall Inspiration

Guess what I grabbed today ? InStyle – Special Anniversary Issue. I have to say, InStyle is not my favorite ( I have a strong preference for Dazed ) but it was there, I was bored and I ended up finding some cool new stuff inside. Since it is a special issue, they also included a Hand Cream from a brand called NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES. I had never heard of the brand before so I had to do my research but I will come back to it in a little bit. I often read magazines before I go shopping. Yes, it is very cliché but it does help if you easily get overwhelmed. I always get so distracted when I go shopping and end up never buying anything.  Buying two or three magazines first helps me collect my thoughts and it has become my pre-shopping ritual. The pictures below summarized what interested me the most. I am not a fashion icon or fashion blogger. I appreciate fashion and beautiful clothes. Please don’t take what I say too seriously, my …

Fall MakeUp – Lips Edition ( and always Cruelty-Free )

Hi Everyone, How are you all doing today ? I am so excited for fall this year. I am not a fan of pumpkin everything ( I actually hate pumpkin ) but I am definitely into darker shades, for my clothes and my makeup. I have selected the four lipsticks I will be wearing this fall. I will definitely purchase more but, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my fall starter pack. The first one is by far my favorite. It goes on like butter. It is very creamy and pigmented which is how I like my lipsticks. It is a matte lipstick available online and at Superdrug ( for my lovely English readers ). It costs £4.99 and comes in this black tube. I am not going to lie, it looks tiny compared to my other lipsticks. But for the price and long-lasting lip color, I am in !  The second one is from KIKO. I bought it a while ago, thinking it will be perfect for a hot date but I am looking forward to wearing …

Moving Forward ?

Hi Everyone, This post is going to be a quick one. As you know my blog is about my vegetarian lifestyle. I focus on cruelty-free makeup or products worth talking about, vegetarianism & veganism and veggie recipes. I will be running a poll on my blog (it should be on your right, on the main page) and I would really appreciate it if you could participate. I will also add it at the end of the post just in case. I want to write a bit more and was thinking about a post on economic vegetarianism but ultimately, even if I decide what my blog is about, I would love to help people out, get your opinion and write things you are interested in as well. The poll will be up for 3 to 4 days. Please check it out if you have some time to spare. PS : I updated my post about Huel if you want to check it out. Much love to you all

Best Cruelty-Free MakeUp brands

I do not know if it’s because I wasn’t paying attention when I was younger, but when I was growing up in Paris, the market for cruelty-free makeup seemed to be non-existent. I believe that you do not need to be vegetarian or vegan to buy cruelty-free makeup. This has nothing to do with your diet or lifestyle but should be an obvious step to take in order to reduce animal cruelty. I would also recommend that before you go to a drugstore to buy your makeup, you have a list ready of cruelty free products you want to buy.  I go out to buy make up every month and I like to ask questions. Most of the sales assistants I have spoken to (in Paris at least), will assure you that the brand is cruelty free without actually knowing for sure or understanding the meaning of it. If the brand is cruelty-free, it does not mean that their suppliers ( where they get the ingredients from ) do not test their products on animals. …