I’ve been wanting to cover this for a while so I’ve finally stopped procrastinating and put together a little post featuring some of my favourite and most used make-up products. You could say this is my daily routine, give or take a few products – I don’t exactly rock around in red lippy during the day, although maybe I should. Nothing brightens your day like a lick of the bright stuff.
First up, here is a list of the brands I’m currently using…..
Let’s skip the small talk and get right to it. The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal. This is a fact we can’t escape. Another fact we can’t escape is that Anita Roddick was a great woman who did some seriously incredible work. Anita took a lot of flack when the company was first listed on the stock market and then eventually sold to L’Oreal. Many said she was a sell out and despite all her amazing achievements, this infamous sale would almost (but not quite – thank goodness) become her legacy. To me that is a tragedy – a lifetimes work marred by a decision made towards the end of her magnificent life.
Let me be absolutely clear. I am not anti-capitalist nor am I against big business. In my opinion we can use our consumer power to send a message to these colossal, influential companies that can be a catalyst to instigate real change. Call me naive, a dreamer, an optimist, whatever, but my attitude is more of a ‘let’s work together’ one and in this case I believe it is slowly working – L’Oreal have said they are committed to a future without animal testing (hasn’t happened yet but it will – see, optimist!) and I really believe the purchase of The Body Shop had a huge part to play in this. Yes, actions speak louder than words and all that but still I remain hopeful.
Given the choice most people will always choose the product which is not tested on animals. It’s just that, for the most part, they’re not aware what is and isn’t a cruelty free product. Labelling has a lot to answer for – I had to go on the Simple site to discover their products are deemed suitable for vegans. Wouldn’t it be easier to just put it on the bottle?
Mac is a difficult one. It’s recently been removed from the PETA cruelty free list but the details are unclear. Reading between the lines it would seem that the only products that are tested on animals are those sold in China – apparently they are required by law. I purchased this particular concealer before the announcement was made and was so disappointed to discover that, along with Urban Decay, they would be testing some of their products on animals.
Okay, so I’ve briefly touched upon some of the more contentious issues. I wish I could devote more time to them but this is a blog post, not an essay but I’ll return to these topics hopefully at a later date.
Onto the other brands. Barry M is definitely not tested on animals and have a huge range of vegan cosmetics. I won’t list all the suitable ones here but suffice to say double check each product prior to purchase if you are in doubt. Another brand that has a huge range of vegan products is e.l.f. I’ve become a fan recently and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re so reasonably priced – stop sending me emails why don’t ya, I’m finding it hard to resist buying more stuff I don’t need!
Of all the brands mentioned, the one that truly is safe (not tested on animals, 100% vegan) is Beauty without Cruelty. They have a small but brilliant range of quality cosmetics that I can’t get enough of. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for me, my local health store happens to stock it.
Oooh, and before I forget, all my brushes are synthetic – not all of e.l.f.’s brushes are made from synthetic hair, so do check before buying.
Here’s an uber quick run down of my ‘routine’…elf tinted moisturiser followed by a dab of mac concealer on my chin, nose and under eye area. Then I use an eyelid primer, a slick of pixi’s lid last shadow pen (this stuff is AMAZING!) and a double dose of eyeliner – Barry M’s wink marker pen and e.l.f.’s liquid eye liner. My preferred mascara is Barry M but I do use e.l.f. too and like their ‘exact lash’ mascara for my bottom lashes. After that I dab a little bit of The Body Shop’s radiant highlighter around my out eye area, I dust some powder (either ‘beauty without cruelty’ or e.l.f. although I’m almost out of both!) all over my face and finally apply blush – peachy matte for day and shimmery for evening (both Body Shop). Occasionally, I might put a slick of red or orange lippy on otherwise I go au natural. And that’s it!