Cruelty-Free Beauty: Why it Matters and How to Make the Switch

I enjoy the use of makeup as it boosts my confidence, but I strictly use products that do not harm animals. Although I am not a blogger who solely uses cruelty-free products, I do use some beauty and skincare items that are not cruelty-free. Nonetheless, in 2019, I aim to be more mindful and purchase products from brands that do not participate in animal testing.


To simplify, being cruelty-free for a product/brand means that none of the ingredients used have been tested on animals. I could elaborate further, but this is the basic definition.

Ensuring a product/brand is genuinely cruelty-free requires some additional steps. These include:

  • Ensuring none of the ingredients used have been tested on animals.
  • Ensuring the final product or ingredients used in the product have not been tested on animals, either by the brand or by a third party. (Unfortunately, some brands still use third-party testing on animals and can still claim to be cruelty-free. This is a disappointing loophole.)
  • Checking whether the brand is sold in countries like China that require animal testing by law.


It’s very easy to think that cruelty-free and vegan products are the same, but they are not! Vegan ingredients used won’t be the same ingredients used in cruelty-free products. Here is a list of ingredients that are commonly used in cruelty-free beauty products but aren’t used in vegan products:

  • Gelatin
  • Cholesterol
  • Albumen
  • Carmine
  • Honey 
  • Beeswax
  • Lanolin
  • Collagen


Some time ago, I came across a YouTuber who raved about Tarte foundation and concealer. Since then, I’ve become a big fan of the brand and its products. The only drawback is that it’s not easy to find in the UK. Although you can purchase from their UK website or a few select items from QVC, there’s nothing like seeing and trying the products in person.


While I may not be well-versed with the brand ‘Pixi’, I absolutely adore their makeup collection, especially their amazing blushes. Their skincare range is also quite impressive and would make a great addition to anyone’s skincare collection.


I really enjoy the packaging of ‘Too Faced’ products. It has a playful and fun vibe that appeals to my love for all things beauty. Their dreamy formulas are also very satisfying. My ultimate favorite product from them is the ‘sweet peach’ eyeshadow palette, which has a lovely peach fragrance. Although the price is a bit high, the quality of their products makes it worth the splurge.

What is your favorite brand or product? Additionally, do you make a deliberate effort to exclusively purchase products that are cruelty-free?


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