Through chatting about all things cosmetic online and in person, I’ve realised that a lot of people genuinely do want to start down the CF road and just aren’t sure how to begin. Hopefully my top five little tips and tricks will help!
1. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!
As with anything, making a change can take time and won’t happen over night – nor does it need to! Just taking baby steps can make a huge difference. Next time you run out of a particular mascara or nail polish, just try something new and cruelty-free. You don’t need to vow never to buy your favourite non-CF foundation again, but making a small step can really make a great difference – especially if you can then blog about it here!
2. IT’S NOT “ALL-OR-NOTHING”
To continue on the last point, it doesn’t have to be about buying only cruelty-free (though of course, that would be amazing). If you have a specific eyeshadow, lippie or foundation you adore, you can keep buying that while changing other items to cruelty-free! Make a list of what you love as it is, and what you’d be willing to experiment with. Start looking for CF reviews on these items and go from there.
3. NO TRASH!
You do not need to start a whole new collection again! (Though by all means, use this as an excuse for some retail therapy!) I still have a lot of make-up from brands that I would never repurchase from again. Yeah, some are good and they do the job… but do I feel good knowing where they came from and what went into making them? No. Taking a CF stance doesn’t need to be a massive overhaul… it can start with ONE cruelty-free purchase in every five and go from there.
4. START CHEAPLY
While there are some superb cruelty-free brands at the higher end of the price spectrum (by my price standards, anyway), there are a LOT right down at the very bottom and probably in your drugstore right next to the “tested” products. Brands like ELF and Wet’n’Wild offer cruelty-free at the lowest price you could wish for, so why not start there? You don’t need to invest a lot of money into this. Cruelty-free living should never be determined by your bank balance.
5. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!
Yes, the not so fun bit. While I wouldn’t say to go and watch videos or look up photographs of animal testing (there’s a reason I will never post them here), I cannot emphasise the importance of research and education enough. Whether it’s looking up which companies are cruelty free (listed here) or which test (listed here), or going into the depths of what’s involved, what alternatives there are and what’s being done to stop it, it is so important to know what you’re buying. If you decide not to go cruelty-free, that is absolutely your choice… but it is imperative that you know exactly what you are getting for your hard earned money. If where is was developed doesn’t interest you, what it’s doing to your body, pores and skin should.
So, what tips would you have? What’s your favourite cruelty-free product or company? As always, I love hearing your feedback so let me know!