Classy & Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Before I begin this post, I need to remind you of the subtitle of my blog, “A granola girl’s guide to the good life.”  I spent Sunday in my favorite shoes, a 6-year old pair of Keene hiking boots.  I love being outside.  I don’t even mind getting dirty…like really dirty.  But on days when I’m not immersed in nature, I like to look good!  I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but I care about the stuff that goes on my dermal layer.  It’s important that the stuff I layer on my skin doesn’t cause any long-term damage to my skin, and it’s equally important that no other sentient being was hurt in the production and testing of my precious cosmetics.  Admittedly, until recently I didn’t think of the second half of this equation.

It didn’t take me long after receiving my first grown-up paychecks to make the switch from Covergirl to Clinique.  There is usually a significant difference between most drug-store cosmetic brands and their department store counterparts.  And beyond the quality of the products themselves, there is a lot to be said about having the opportunity to get a mini-makeover in the store, and having a semi-professional try out all sorts of products on your face before you buy them.  Additionally, it’s super rad when they let you take generous samples to try before you commit to buying the products.  I have avoided some pretty disastrous and expensive mistakes when it comes to the purchase of my cosmetics by taking advantage of the samples that the ladies of Clinique provide to potential buyers.  I have used the whole range of Clinique products – from toners and moisturizers to eye liners and lipsticks.  But then I came across this list.  Both my beloved Covergirl AND Clinique products are tested on animals!  I’m a monster!

powderNow keep in mind…I’m an animal advocate, but I’m also an environmentalist.  I already
own these products, and I am not going to throw them in the trash.  The damage has already been done.  But going forward I’m determined not to support animal cruelty through my purchase of cosmetic brands!

There are several handy lists of cruelty-free cosmetics brands on the web.  I particularly like the list provided by  This list is awesome because it is broken down by price category.  As it turns out, there are quite a few drugstore cosmetic brands that are offering wonderful cruelty-free cosmetics at a reasonable price!

After dissecting this list, I headed to the nearest ULTA.  I was ready to drop some serious cash on new powder/foundation and blush that would make me look good without harming any beautiful bunnies.  The ladies at ULTA were super helpful.  They listened to my concerns and my skincare needs, and pointed me in the direction of IT Cosmetics.  I have never heard of this brand, but I was willing to give it a try.  I purchased a super amazing medium coverage powder and a cheek-stain, which I was told is similar to blush, but better.  They tried the products on my skin, and I felt ready to take the plunge.

The powder is REALLY great.  It is a little heavy for me because it’s more of a full coverage base, but it hides flaws and evens skin tone with ease.  Plus, it comes with a little brush that fits nicely in the compact.  This is a HUGE plus for me, because I hate carrying an over-sized extra brush or buff for my makeup.  I LOVE the cheek stain.  A little goes a long way, and it stays on all day.

As I mentioned, the powder is a little heavy for every day wear for me.  One day, while perusing the aisles of the mecca that is Target, I ran across the ELF cosmetics listed on the CrueltyFreeKitty website.  They offer a powder compact for only $2.00!!  I had to give it a shot.  I spend more on seltzer water in a day.  And guess what??!?  I LOVE the ELF powder!  It’s great for everyday wear!  It’s cruelty free, and it cost me less than a regular coffee from Starbucks.  Admittedly, it does not come with a brush or a buff, but at that price, I will gladly tote an extra applicator for this awesome product.  Since my epiphany in the ELF section of Target, I’ve also purchased one of their lipsticks.  I like the texture of the product, but I totally botched my color selection.  I look like I should be working on the corner instead of in the corner office for sure.  But I’ll gladly try another shade of the ELF lipstick because that tube only set me back $3.00!

I’m working through my last bottle of Clinique toner.  I love how this magic liquid appears to remove the last bits of makeup and grime that my regular Philosophy (cruelty free) cleanser leaves behind.  What should I use in place of the Clinique toner?  I’ll definitely need to do more research, but I’m interested to hear what the other animal activists in the world would recommend!

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