So today whilst putting on my make up for work, I had the urge to throw every inch of my crappy old make up (I never splurge on makeup especially when travelling) and revamp my make up bag with guilt free, cruelty free products. With an idea of some brands in mind, I headed to Sephora where I did some research and then decided to head into Lush which I love. Knowing Lush are independent and not owned by a parent company who test on animals, I felt good paying that few extra dollars to support their efforts and even support charity.
I had purchased some lip tint from them before which I absolutely love and so I decided to purchase some mascara, another shade of lip tint, a face and body mask and at the counter I opted for the 'charity pot' body lotion which meant that all the money goes to the many charities they support. (Makes me love them more). To top it all off, at the counter the lovely girl gave me a few samples of things I'd tried in store, and big samples of I must say!
I was disappointed by the extortionate prices in Sephora and couldn't bring myself to pay $64 for a Naked eyeshadow pallet. Lucky I didn't, because while I was shopping at Old Navy I came across an eye shadow pallet which I hesitantly picked up, assuming it was like all the other brands who test on animals and sell products cheaply. Nevertheless I just had a glance on the back and noticed the brand E.L.F and their three symbols 1- Charity 2-Recyclable 3- No Animal Testing. I couldn't believe it. The prices were amazing and the products looked great and to make things even better the universe provided me with 30% off the prices at the till. The eyeshadow pallet was $13, the eyebrow kit was $5 and the blush pallet was $10. Bargain and supporting a great effort in the fight against animal testing. How relieved was I not to have spent $64 on the earlier pallet.
Currently E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face) is available in 17 countries in many stores but not in the UK and Ireland as far as I can see. But don't fear because you can purchase products online on this website
(so handy, so affordable and so guilt free)
Apart from make up and body products I did manage to get myself some nice printed chinos for winter, a few nice tops, a pair of moccasin style shoes and an amazing pair of Timberland winter boots almost half price in Winners (North Americas version of TK Maxx). Such a great day shopping and I felt even less guilt because it's my birthday in two weeks.
One last thing before I sign off, I am using Jane Iredale make up right now which I purchase from work at a staff discount and is completely cruelty free and is the best make up I've ever used. It is known as the skincare make up because it treats your skin as its on as opposed to clogging the pores and doesn't look 'cakey' at all. Everything is pure and natural in it and they have so many products on their website. I am using the full coverage BB cream and am due to buy the Compact powder which is pure pigment with no fillers like most make up powders ie. Talcum power etc.very little needs to be used and it leaves your skin looking amazing. It is used after people have cosmetic surgery because it helps to heal the skin at the same time as looking naturally beautiful. If you want to check out Jane Iredale online look here: