Monday, 12 December 2016

Looking Good On Cruelty-Free Products: A Guide

 
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Let's face it: we all want to look our best as much as possible. Looking good on the outside can make us feel great on the inside too, and many of us take many different measures by which to do so. This could be anything from dressing fancy to taking extra care over your makeup - and a lot of it lies in the products we use and wear. But what do you do if you're an avid fashionista or beauty queen, but are also eco-conscious? Unfortunately, most mainstream clothing and beauty brands are not cruelty-free - often using animal hide or testing the products on animals before they hit the shelves. For the cruelty-conscious among us this can be very distressing, but it is also very hard to find affordable brands which ARE cruelty-free. To make things easier, here are some of the top branded picks to help you live a more eco-friendly life. 



Haircare
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Everyone dreams of voluminous, swishy hair like we see in television ads. The good news is that vegan shampoo and conditioner is probably better than you think! There are now lots of different companies that are producing cruelty-free haircare ranges, and it's so much more than simply 'one size fits all'. If you struggle with dry, frizzy hair, inject some moisture back into your locks with this smoothing sea kelp conditioner. Soapbox Coconut Shampoo is recommended if you want hair that smells amazing, and there is even a vegan dry shampoo on the market to help you stay fresh between washes.


Skincare / Make-up 

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More women than you think wear makeup every single day - and most of us wear it at least a few times a week. With that in mind, it makes sense that we lust over fancy products and also spend a lot of time taking care of our skin. After all, you wouldn't build a house on rocky foundations - so with that in mind, having fresh clean skin is a must before you even think of applying makeup. But finding both makeup and skincare that hasn't been tested on animals can be difficult and expensive. Organisations such as PETA generally have frequently updated lists of the companies which are and are not cruelty free, so you can easily alter your shopping habits to suit. Some brands such as Tropic Skincare combine a range of both skincare and makeup, so you can source all your products in one place.

Clothing 

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Shopping for cruelty-free clothing isn't as hard as shopping for makeup - after all, most of the eco-conscious among us know not to wear real leather or fur. But there are other lesser-known types of materials that still use animal products. Silk, wool and down are also far from cruelty-free, and this can mean you become much more limited in what you can buy when out at the mall. Thankfully, most major retailers offer fake alternatives to leather and fur. As for the rest, there are specific vegan retailers who operate a 'no animal produce' ethos. Some of these brands include Doctor Couture and Alternative Outfitters, to name just a couple.

Not only think before speaking, but think before wearing!
Love,
Ieva

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