Following the trend, Erin of Cruelty Free Goddess (linked) and Nicole of Reasonable Raven (linked), have recently posted their answers to The Cruelty Free Tag. I figured it would be a fun post to put up, in case anyone wonders what my go-to's are. And possibly even help you, with recommending my favorites in each category.
Let's get to it.
What is your favorite cruelty-free face product?
In the summer I rarely wear makeup, I only put blush, highlighter, brow mascara and mascara on. With that said, the brow mascara is a recent discovery, and I can't imagine not using it on a daily basis now. My eyebrows are pretty nice in general, but the Wet N Wild Brow Mascara just fills it in and keeps it in place. It makes my eyebrows 100X nicer. I always recommend this to my friends and family. Can't be without it.
What is your favorite cruelty-free eye product?
Again, I don't wear makeup in the summer, but in the winter I do go all out with my eyeshadow. With that said, I'm going to have to say the Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Primer. Prior to this one, I used the Too Faced one, but it didn't make my ColourPop eyeshadows last, and they would crease. This primer is seriously bomb.
What is your favorite cruelty-free lip product?
This is a tough one, because despite not wearing makeup in the summer, I do spruce up my face with lipsticks or tinted balms. My FAVORITE in my collection hands down goes to Fairy Girl lipstick in Sabrina. This is a stunning shade and I wear it the most out of all my lipsticks. Second goes to ColourPop lippie stick in Contempo.
What is your favorite cruelty-free skincare product?
This is a hard one for me, because growing up with bad acne, it's taken me a long time to get to a point where not only do I rarely break out, but I've been told I look 10 years younger than I really am. Skincare has been a viral part of that, so hands down, my favorite cruelty-free skincare product will go to the S.W. Basics Serum. I have seriously noticed amazing changes since I started using it, and will continue to purchase it. I think that throughout my entire skincare journey, this has been my favorite product.
What is your favorite cruelty-free body care product?
This is another tough question because it can include scrubs, soaps, lotions...etc. I've gotten really into handmade soaps lately, and continue to buy them over store brand body washes/soaps. But my favorite discovery has been Southern Comforts body scrub in Mama Tried. Oh my. It's seriously my favorite body scrub ever. Prior to that, I loved Lush's Ocean Salt. This one is finer, sweeter and silkier. Also, doesn't strip away my skin. Love it.
What is your favorite cruelty-free perfume?
If you know me or have been following me for some time now, you know that I am completely OBSESSED with Harvey Prince perfumes. Actually, obsessed might not even cut it. I have so many of their perfumes, that it's getting ridiculous. My #1 though, Eu So Divine, hands down!
What is your favorite cruelty-free nail polish?
This is like asking me who my favorite child is....even though I don't have children and there is ALWAYS a favorite. But if you know me, you know I have over 200 nail polishes, with an extensive amount of different brands. With that said, I'm going to say my mainstream favorite and my indie favorite.
Mainstream hands down goes to Zoya. It's the brand that stayed in my collection when I went cruelty free and their polishes are amazing. There is no mainstream brand that does what they do.
Indie goes to Supernatural Lacquer, which should come as NO surprise to my friends, family and followers on IG, since it's usually the brand I buy, and use. It's the brand I own the most of, and honestly, I have debated destashing all my polishes and just owning hers.
Would you give away/throw out products that aren't cruelty free?
When I first went cruelty free, it was really hard letting go of some products that I loved, that tested. So I finished them out and tried to find dupes or products that were even better. The one thing I've had a problem with and I'm torn on the situation, is companies that are cruelty free, but are owned by companies that do test. I'm going to be doing a post on this soon. Be on the look out.
Which brand, that isn't cruelty free, do you miss the most and why?
I don't really think that I miss any of them to be honest. With the indie market getting so big, and natural/cruelty free skincare and makeup brands getting into more stores, it's easier now than ever, to buy products like any other brand. Plus - to be honest, prior to going cruelty free, a majority of the products I owned and used, weren't tested on animals.
So there you have it....my favorites, broken down, to hopefully help you out in any way. I think the point I seemed to have made with this tag, without noticing until now, is that being cruelty free really is simple.
People seem to believe it's more money, or that it's inconvenient and difficult to find brands that don't test....but they are sold at Sephora, Target, Ulta, Wholefoods, Trader Joe's, drugstores....etc. And a good majority of them are actually cheaper than most drugstore brands. EX; Wet N Wild, Jordana, Milani
If you have a CF blog, go ahead and do this fun little tag. And if you don't, name some of your favorite CF items in the comments below!