Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Favorite Vegan Makeup


When I went vegan, I ended up throwing out and giving aways a lot of my cosmetics.  There's a few factors to consider about makeup and finding ones that are vegan friendly.  I got rid of my products that were:

Tested on Animals.  Many large makeup, skincare, and beauty brands test on animals.  If they manufacture in China, they are actually required by law to test on animals.  Cosmetic testing on animals can often result in burns, injury, infection or even the animal's death (estimated 100 million+ animals are killed in animal testing each year.  I know, that's a huge number, definitely more than I ever expected to learn.)  There are a multitude of non-animal testing options that are safer and readily available for beauty companies to test their products on, yet most continue to animal test because of the cheap manufacturing and testing cost.  Many brands have eschewed their animal testing in favor of cruelty-free practices, but some brands such as Maybelline, MAC, L'Oreal, Aveeno, Dove, and more still test on animals.  

Animal Ingredients.  Many commercial makeup products use animal ingredients that most people don't even think about.  Substances like carmine (crushed beetles, used to pigment lipstick and blush), tallow (rendered animal fat, used in foundations, eye makeup, etc.), estrogen (used in restorative creams and perfumes), and beeswax (in lipstick) are commonly used, just to name a few.  

These are my new favorite products in my makeup bag.  Not only are they animal friendly, but they are amazing quality!  I admit, there are some crappy products out there, many that I've unfortunately wasted my money on, but these are the cream of the vegan crop.


Pacifica is my new favorite brand.   Their 100% vegan cosmetics are readily available at Target, and work so wonderfully.  Their Power of Love lipsticks go on smoothly, apply even pigment, and last forever (you only need to reapply after meals).  I have Compassion Passion and my favorite, Super Love.

I also love their Stellar Gaze mascara- it provides a ton of volume and noticeable nourishment to the lashes with vitamins and mineral to keep them soft and strong.  It also features a vegan brush! Their Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter is extremely hydrating, and gentle enough for my sensitive skin.  I'm in love with the scent- so much that I had to get the Indian Coconut Nectar perfume rollerball.  The Color Quench Lip Tints are great for smoothing onto chapped lips for a hint of color and shimmer.  I love throwing them in my bag.

On the back of Pacifica packagings, they are stamped with a "100% vegan" certification and the PETA cruelty-free bunny logo.  Their ingredient list also is starred to indicate that the ingredients come from a plant source.

Look for the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA's Cruelty Free bunny, or the CCF Rabbit on cosmetics to certify them as 100% vegan.  Some products might not have these vegan symbols, just as some vegan food products don't have the certified vegan stamp (like Oreos, for example!) 

Urban Decay is awesome for high-end vegan makeup.  They have an entire section on their website of vegan cosmetics, and this Sheer Revolution lipstick is one of my favorites.  This Sprout's Vegan Lip Balm is my new go-to.  I love the coconut scent, and it's incredibly nourishing.  It was only $1 at Sprout's Farmer's Market.


E.L.F. is just about the cheapest you can get- their starts at $1!  They went fully vegan, using no animal hairs or furs in their brushes or ingredients in their makeup.  They were already a favorite before I went vegan because of their amazing prices and good quality products, but now I love them even more.

Here's a video that I posted on my Youtube!  It's short (less than a minute).  I did post a little disclosure in the caption section because I was misinformed about one of the products in there from Origins.  But hey, everyone makes mistakes!

Hope you enjoyed this post!  I'll probably be doing more in the future like this as I find new vegan makeup staples to share.

16 comments:

  1. I don't wear makeup often, but you can bet that I'm going to look for these products when I do! Vegan makeup rocks, especially when someone else (you!) has done the research and already found the best products :)

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. They're the best! I try and keep my makeup minimal for day-to-day, but the best beauty look is whatever you feel best wearing. :-) You always look gorgeous, Alecz!

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  2. I love Pacifica products!! They are so great & good for you and the environment
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

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  3. I didn't even know there were vegan makeup products! Thanks for sharing!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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    1. I didn't either until I became more aware. It's crazy to think now that I had no idea what I was actually putting on my face, haha!

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  4. I love Pacifica products!! I actually didn't know Urban Decay was vegan--makes me like them even more!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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    1. I think UD is mostly vegan- they have a vegan section on their site, but they might carry a few non-vegan products. I'll have to do more research. I am getting better on background checking!

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  5. Wow, this is definitely an eye opening post. Thanks for sharing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  6. Elf brushes are the best and I love that they are vegan! That body butter sounds amazing too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. They are so great, especially for the price!

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this! I want to try Sprout's Vegan Lip Balm! Xx

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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    1. It's so luscious and very inexpensive- only $1 per stick.

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  8. That red lipstick is gorgeous! I'm sure it looks lovely on!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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