CRUELTY-FREE & REUSABLE PRODUCTS I'VE BEEN TRYING
If you've been following my Instagram for a while (I'm assuming that's how you got here), you may remember quite a few months ago I shared a ton of different makeup and cleaning companies that do and do not test on animals, as well as some different reusable products such as grocery bags and metal straws (also, a couple of blog posts containing the same content - links at the end of this post).
Since it's been a while that I've been using these products and the year is coming to a close, I thought I would let you know how it's been going.
This post is not in any way sponsored; I'm just sharing my personal opinion on and experience with these products. Everything I can find will be linked in each section, and check out the end of the post for more links!
Without rambling too long about my skincare journey (see this blog post for a more detailed story), I'll just say that I started using Tarte's skincare line back in May and it completely changed my skin for the better.
If you're looking for an effective, cruelty-free skincare regime, I highly recommend Tarte's products. Obviously, everyone's skin is different and we all have different needs, so be wary of that; as well, keep in mind that it can take a few weeks (even months) of consistent use to see results, but it's worth it! All of Tarte's products are gentle, cruelty-free, and a great deal of them are vegan, so that's a nice bonus, too.
I've been using Tarte cosmetics for a few years now, but over the last year or so, added even more of their products to my everyday use. I also wanted to see what other makeup brands are cruelty-free, because I just never thought to look into it. It's safe to say I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the brands I already love (or was interested in testing out) are cruelty-free. Check out the links at the end of this post for all of the cruelty-free makeup I use, love, and definitely recommend!
See this blog post for more on that.
OTHER BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Lush shampoo bars
I've been using Lush shampoo bars on and off for a couple of years now, because one winter, my scalp got super dry and itchy and I wanted something that would be much more gentle than mass produced, chemical-y shampoo.
I first tried Soak and Float, and it definitely helped my dry, sensitive scalp (because that's what it was made for). The only downside was the physical pieces of rose petals that kept getting stuck in my hair, so if you try this one, be wary of that. I've since tried Lullaby (online only, at least in Canada) and Jason And The Argan Oil and really like both of them. They feel nice on my hair and both smell great.
I love the idea of shampoo bars, because they don't use gigantic plastic bottles; the only downside is, for someone like me that doesn't have a Lush in my town, I'd have to either stock up when I'm physically in a store or order them online... which kind of defeats the purpose of being less wasteful. Ordering isn't as bad as using a plastic shampoo bottle, because they ship in cardboard boxes, packaged in Lush's signature paper bags ... except they fill the box with packing peanuts to avoid the products breaking (which I appreciate, but the waste...).
So, shampoo bars are a bit of a 'your call' product; as with most products, you have to weigh the benefits and negatives out for yourself. But, in terms of if I like the products itself, I do!
Facekins reusable cotton rounds
I spent so long trying to find some kind of alternative to cotton rounds because, at the time, I was using them to take off my eye makeup everyday. After searching for what felt like ages, I stumbled across this Etsy page for a small company in California that makes what look exactly like cotton rounds, but you can wash and reuse them! So, I ordered some! Again, it sucks having to order stuff and create more waste and so on, but it saves on waste in the long-run.
If you're looking for a reusable alternative to cotton rounds and even makeup wipes, I'd definitely recommend these. They are super soft and get the job done. The only downside is some makeup products may stain them, so keep that in mind.
EVERYTHING ELSE (grocery, home, etc.)
Metal straws, mesh bags, grocery bags, reusable cups.
I don't have a lot to say about these products other than they get the job done, you just have to remember to use them! There's a ton of places you can purchase each of these, so try to find somewhere local before ordering (to save on waste).
Laundry detergent and dryer ball
I started using Nellie's detergent and dryer balls because they were the most readily-available to me in terms of cruelty-free laundry products (I get them from Winners). I don't have much to say about them, honestly. The detergent (a powder) lasts a long time, and the dryer balls all smell amazing. I would definitely recommend these products.
*Apparently it's also available in bulk at Costco
Treatment: blemish bully clearing treatment
Eye Cream: Maracuja C-brighter eye treatment
Moisturizer: drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer
Oil: maracuja oil
BB Creams and Foundations
Setting powder: Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder
Mascara: BUXOM Lash Mascara - loved this for years now, seriously amazing
ABH Brow Wiz - perfect for a simple brow and mascara day
Setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Note: I didn't include highlight because I've been using the same one for a while and I have no idea what the brand is (I got it in a past Ipsy bag). If you're looking for a good, cruelty-free highlight, I've previously tried Tarte's and really liked it. The only reason I'm not still using it is because I smashed it. Love that for me!
GROCERY AND HOME PRODUCTS*
I got my metal straws from Bulk Barn; reusable cups from Spencer's and water bottles from various places; my main grocery bags are from Pier 1, Marshall's, and a local business in my parent's town; laundry products from Winners.
If you're trying to avoid creating waste by ordering a ton of products, check out places like Winners/HomeSense/Marshall's, WalMart, Spencer's, and small local business for any and all of these items.