Updated: Oct 10, 2018
The Body Shop, NYX, Lush, Too Faced, Kat Von D, E.l.f. and Tarte.
These are just a few of the many brands that sell beauty products in Canada that are cruelty-free* and vegan**. The first few months of my lifestyle change were mostly focused on food. However, being vegan also means not using and buying products that use or hurt animals, such as leather, beeswax and shellac.
Once I realized this, I began to do research into the products I'm currently using: things like makeup, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap. Looking closer at the ingredients and methods used to make a lot of my products made me realize that in time I'd have to shift some of my spending habits.
I had decided early on, thanks to my friend Meghan Newman, to start by using up the products I currently had instead of simply throwing them out.
But once I began running low on makeup at the end of the summer, I decided it was time to start seriously looking at switching to new brands.
I was lucky to have my friend Haley around at this time, who had already started on this journey a few years ago. She directed me towards an amazing blog and YouTube channel called Logical Harmony, which reviews cruelty-free and vegan beauty and lifestyle items hitting the market.
By the end of August, I'd picked out my products and was ready to buy a new haul. Here's what I bought:
Better than Sex Mascara, $31.00 by Too Faced
Matte Liquid Liner, $10.00 by NYX
Lip Lingerie, $10.00 by NYX
Flawless Finish Foundation, $6.00 by ELF
Lock on Liner and Brow Gel, $4.00 by ELF
Long Wear Baked Highlighter, $4.00 by ELF
250ml Strawberry Shampoo, $11.00 by The Body Shop
250ml Strawberry Conditioner: $11.00 by The Body Shop