This post was supposed to be a really fun beauty haul. Instead, I will be sharing the story of how I learned that cruelty free ≠ vegan the hard way.
So there I was, a makeup addict in her natural habitat, frolicking through the aisles of my local Ulta in search of some compassionate makeup. After much deliberation, I finally picked out some products from NYX. Being the naive little vegan I was, I looked no further than the reassuring cruelty-free bunny stamped on the products.
“Yes! The stamp of cruelty-free approval! I’m set!” Clutching a tube of mascara and an eyeliner, I headed to the checkout counter with confidence, feeling amazing about my new purchases.
Later, I began reading the ingredients lists on each product, and to my horror, both contained beeswax. I felt horrible! How could I make this mistake? I had completely forgotten that just because a product is cruelty-free, doesn’t mean it is vegan! From now on, I will have to make a habit of reading the ingredients lists on my makeup, too, not just my food.
The only difficult part about going vegan for me has been transitioning my beauty routine. So many products are either tested on animals or contain animal products, it’s ridiculous! Honestly, it feels impossible to do my makeup shopping conveniently anymore. There are so many traps to fall into, it’s a minefield! Just picking out a new mascara takes so much label-reading and research. I love being vegan, but my makeup collection does not.
Here is the rest of my sad little haul.
Mineral facial powder from Physician’s Formula
This powder was more expensive than I’d like ($11). Physician’s Formula is a rather pricy drugstore brand.
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer and Eyebright Compact
This has been my favorite concealer for the past year. When I first went cruelty-free, I looked up their animal testing policy and fell prey to this oversight: “We do not test our products on animals nor do we permit others to do so…” Sound’s great! But not so fast! They go on to say: “…except where it is required by law.” Meaning they sell their products in China. This is really sad news. 😥
Let’s end this post on a happy note. These brushes are soft and amazing, perfectly affordable, and completely vegan too. I highly recommend them! 🙂
Your vegan makeup suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Hopefully, I will find some nice vegan makeup soon, or else I will have to begin making my cosmetics out of vegetables…