My decision to go cruelty free in my beauty and pampering routine, was solely based on the fact that if I am going to be spending more money for better products anyway, I want to feel good about the company I’m supporting in that they are not harming something to give me a good product.
My main resource in researching was Cruelty Free Kitty. Honestly, I love her website, and she is super helpful having created this one place to reference who is or isn’t cruelty-free, and policies, and other information pertaining to cruelty-free company vs. Those who are not. I learned a lot reading through the information she provided, and I really recommend visiting her website if you’re interested in learning more.
I chose the products that I did, based on my previous experience with some of them, as well as what I wanted, and what I felt comfortable spending and on myself.
The first thing that I did was get rid of all of my makeup that was older than the recommended use for the product. I didn’t realize until a couple of years ago that make up could really even go bad, but I generally follow the recommendation printed on each product. There is typically a symbol like the one pictured below, an open jar with an amount of time the product should be used by for best results.
Then I thought about what products I needed and what I loved to use in the past that made me feel confident and comfortable to wear. I also thought about some of the things that I wanted to address in my personal care routine, like my hair being out of control and frizzy a lot of the time because of the humidity and living in Florida. I also, wanted to get clearer and softer skin back. So I made a list of the few things that I thought I wanted to get and I made sure to find products that matched what I was looking for while staying cruelty-free and without spending too much.
For My Hair:
I started with the conditioning treatments, and as I run out of my other products, I will add more Shae Moisture products to my haircare routine. The rose scent is super strong and gorgeous and I adore rose, so I was so happy with this masque. I did find that while my hair gets super dry and is delicate, the first day after using either mask my hair is very heavy and I don’t like the feel of my hair until after the first wash. After the first wash, it’s light and soft, and stays perfect for about a week and I start again. A little goes a long way with these for my fine, medium/long length, baby hair. I am able to use the packets pictured below for up to 4 times, completely covering my whole head and combing it through per the instructions.
First Aid Beauty
I’ve used First Aid Beauty for quite some time, probably about three years now, and I adore their products, I feel like my skin is refreshed and clean when I use each step regularly.
For body lotion I love Acure Body Firming Lotion! I love the smell, even though when I first started using it, over two years ago, it took some getting used to. I can almost always find it at Target and it makes me feel good about putting it on my body even if the tightening factor is maybe just a perception.
I just love the way Bare Minerals lays on my skin and how I don’t feel like I have a face full of makeup with their products even if I do have a full face of makeup on.
Pacifica — I found a dense gorgeous holo top coat. (Or Taco if you follow Cristine of SimplyNailogical) “Rainbow Gloss” is my super happy find. It’s so pretty anyway but displays a stunning prismatic color show when the right light or sunshine hits it. I am totally in love with it.