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Feel Good Inside and Out: The Cruelty Free Makeover



When we experiment with makeup and pick out a lipstick, we don’t really think about the story behind it. Sadly many companies still sell products that test on animals, and a lot of what goes into a lipstick and other makeups isn’t always healthy. There many toxic chemicals listed with funny names on the ingredient labels, often leave us baffled and confused. Rather than drive yourself crazy trying to figure it all out, why not make that switch to cruelty free cosmetics!

How to Spot Cruelty Free Products

To be sure that you’re using products free of animal testing, look for cruelty free certifications. This is shown with the pink bunny PETA logo. Sometimes a product can be misleading by saying that their ‘final product’ isn’t tested on animals. That doesn’t mean that the ingredients are cruelty free. It’s important to know the difference.The leaping bunny logo means no animal testing was carried out throughout the whole production process. Another AMAZING source is Logical Harmony!

Dispelling the Cruelty Free Myths

You may be thinking, “I don’t know, cruelty free cosmetics sounds great, but I just don’t have a big budget that allows me to make that switch”. Well, this is where many consumers are misled into thinking that cruelty free means twice the price. Not necessarily! It’s not like it used to be with only only a select few niche brands. Nowadays, the list is endless – and we’re talking cost effective prices too. Cruelty free products are now getting the spotlight and appreciation they deserve.


Knowing Where to Shop

Huge cosmetic stores like Sephora stock a great choice of cruelty free beauty brands like Butter London and NudeStix. If you like to shop online places like Vegan Cuts and Credo Beauty have an extensive range of animal friendly products. (LoveGoodly is my current fave sub box for cruelty free products!) Lush Cosmetics is another great brand with nationwide stores. If you’re not sure about a particular brand, you could always email the company about where they stand in terms of animal testing. Make sure you ask specifically about ingredients and not just the final product. Also ask them if they sell in China…if they do, that means that they aren’t cruelty free! Some cruelty free claims by brands can be confusing since there are loopholes, so I totally recommend using Logical Harmony as a source.

Visiting a Salon

If you’re unsure about what the best hair salon for you is when it comes to cruelty free products, just pop into your favorite local and ask if you can bring your own for them to use. The staff are there to help you and will be happy to offer advice. You could even try calling anonymously to ask over the phone.

Transition Gradually

If you decide to make the switch to cruelty free cosmetics, you don’t have to throw away your current products in defiance! That would be a waste. Donate them to a friend or family member. Evaluate your current products and see how they stack up. Transition gradually – there’s no rush. As long as you know you’re in it for the long haul, you can take your time to incorporate gradual changes. Over time you’ll discover new brands you never knew about and will be able to identify cruelty free cosmetics much more easily.

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something new! Are you transitioning to cruelty free beauty? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

February 22, 2017

How to go Cruelty Free on a Budget | Pt. 8



PT. 1 (Skincare)| PT. 2 (Foundation)| PT. 3 (Eyeshadow & Liners) | PT. 4 (Mascara & Brows)

 PT. 5 (Lips) | PT. 6 (Shower Hygiene) | PT. 7 (Everyday Hygiene) | PT. 8 (You are here)

It’s been a lonnnnnnnnnng time since my last CFOAB post, I do apologize. I hope you didn’t miss them way too much, but I think this may be the last post in the series unless I find something else to add. (Maybe haircare if you’re interested?)


Some of the brands that carry cruelty free toothpastes are Eco-Dent, Jason and Dr. Brite. (I’m sure that there is more, but these are all that I’ve heard of!) I didn’t put Dr. Brite in this collage because at the time that I made it, I hadn’t heard of them before. These toothpastes go for $10 or less, so they are a bit pricey but if you are trying to be a conscious consumer, I do suggest them! I purchased the natural toothpaste from Dr. Brite and I do enjoy it. I find it to clean my teeth very well and I have noticed them becoming a bit whiter since it is a whitening toothpaste 🙂 Let me know if you want a full review on the Dr. Brite products I purchased.


So, the brands that I mentioned above also carry mouthwash. Jason has quite a few different types of mouthwash, so you definitely will be able to find one targeted for your oral care needs, while Dr. Brite only has one type of mouthwash (which I use!). Eco-Dent also has a couple different types, but the bottle they have are 8 oz and cost you about $9, while you can get a 16 oz bottle of Jason mouthwash for about $13. So I guess it’s up to you for what you’re looking for. Dr. Brite’s mouthwash is also $9 and is 8 oz, so Jason is definitely the better deal.

Dental Floss

This may be a strange topic, but in order to keep all your daily products cruelty free, dental floss needs to be from a cruelty free brand! Eco-Dent has dental floss that comes in eco friendly containers (so no plastic – win win). 100 yards will cost you $5.49, a littttttle pricey but won’t you feel better about using something eco-friendly? I know I do. Desert Essence also carries dental floss that has tea tree oil (an antiseptic) so you know that your gums will be super clean and free of yucky germs. This floss will cost you about the same. Then lastly, another option for you is a Waterpik. I don’t know if a brand that tests on animals owns the company/products, but it is a good alternative if you want to reduce your waste. It may be a big investment for you, but it’s less money you would have to spend daily and less waste on your part.


Just like dental floss, buy toothbrushes from companies that don’t support animal testing! That means no Reach, Oral-B or Colgate toothbrushes. Instead, grab an eco-friendly toothbrush from companies like Charbrush, which carries eco-friendly toothbrushes with charcoal bristles that help to whiten teeth, fight plaque and prevent bad breath. The toothbrush will cost you about $10. Another brand that carries bamboo toothbrushes it Brush with Bamboo, you can get a 4 pack of brushes for $20, so that’s $5 per brush which isn’t too bad.

Gum & Mints

I thought I would just throw these here in case you were looking for some options to keep your breath nice and fresh throughout the day. I personally only know of two vegan gum brands Simply Gum and Pur Gum. I haven’t had them personally, but Rhian HY (from YouTube + WifeLife) talked about Simply Gum in one of her videos. As for mints, Hint Mint is a vegan brand that carries mints that are also aspartame free but it seems like all of their products are on backorder right now 🙁

That’s all for the (maybe last) post in the CFOAB series! I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out all of the past posts.

Xoxo, Rae

August 8, 2016

My Favorite Cruelty Free Products Under $10



Hey lovelies! I’ve been kind of in a blogging funk lately, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to have back up posts so that when I really can’t think of what to blog, I can just post those instead. I’m thinking about either making a video or a blog post (or both) about why I want to go on a spending ban (mainly for beauty products), does that sound interesting to anyone?

But anyways, here I’m going to show you a few items $10 and under that I love and that are cruelty free!

Milani Prep + Set + Go Transparent Powder ($9.99)

I bought the Milani powder a couple months ago to replace a non-cruelty free translucent powder that I had and I really really love it. It’s a great setting and mattifying powder that doesn’t overdry the skin. I try to focus this underneath my eyes to set my concealer, just because if I put it all over my face it does make it feel dry and tight (but I think that’s just because I have such dry skin). I think it would be great for those of you with oily skin or if you have an issue with your makeup sliding off.

Hask Hair Bamboo Oil Shampoo + Conditioner ($6 each)

I love love LOVE Hask’s products and now my sister has found a new love for them too. I love how inexpensive their products are. The quality is absolutely superb for what you pay and I don’t think I’ll ever switch to another hair care brand. I’m currently using up the Bamboo Oil collection that I have and I think I will be purchasing the Keratin collection once I use this set up!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6) Stockholm is pictured above.

NYX is extremely affordable and they have a wide variety of products. I’m a huge fan of their lip products, especially their soft matte lip creams. They have decent lasting power and come in a ton of different colors. I love them because they aren’t drying on the lips and aren’t too matte (to the point where you have cracking lips). I think they’re a staple lip product.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter ($8) Stole The Show is pictured above.

Colourpop has been one of my go to brands lately, because of their price and quality. I picked up one of their highlighters and fell in love and now I’m always reaching for it. They have a ton of unique colors and a couple different finishes so I definitely think they’re worth checking out!

Pacifica Kale Detox Face Cleanser ($10)

Pacifica is my favorite skin care brand. They have masks, cleansers, and moisturizers and they even have some makeup products. I love love love their cleansers because they aren’t too drying on the skin, they smell great & they do their job. Definitely worth the money!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip ($6) Echo Park is pictured above.

Again, I love Colourpop and their Ultra Satin Lipsticks are my go-to now. I have a couple different colors from them and I love every single one of them. I feel like they’re super wearable and comfortable on the lips (I didn’t like the ultra mattes – so these are the

What are your favorite products under $10? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post & thanks for reading <3

Xoxo, Rae

June 29, 2016