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
British Rose Body Wash, $10.00 by The Body Shop
Henna Hairy Dyes, $30.00 by Lush
Handmade Soap by Lush
Bath bombs by Lush
I've only been using these products for just over a month, but so far I'm very happy. A few things have stood out to me, including the mascara from Too Faced. It's one of the more expensive items in my makeup kit, but it's by far the best quality mascara I've ever used.
The shampoo, conditioner and body wash from the Body Shop are also incredible. Since they are a little expensive I use these products a bit more sparingly, but they last a while and they smell super yummy. Although everything from the Body Shop is 100% vegetarian, only about half is vegan. You can find a list of their vegan products on their website, which includes some makeup and body creams as well.
I've really liked the eyebrow gel from e.l.f. This is something I use pretty much every day. I like the colour and it stays on well throughout the day. The container looks quite small, but I've had it for about a month and I've hardly made a dent!
I've also been using the matte lipstick and black liquid eyeliner from NYX for years and I find they both stay on quite well, are easy to find and very affordable!
I'm still learning every day and looking to find products that fit in with my lifestyle. Being vegan is about doing your best for the animals, not being perfect! Like everyone else, I'm only human and I'm doing my best.
From now on I will continue to buy makeup and body products that are cruelty free and vegan. Next time you run out, try out some of these products! Just do your research and start with one thing at a time!
A few months ago the Senate passed Bill S-214 (the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act) which bans testing on animals! The bill is now moving forward to the House of Commons before it becomes law. This means that in the upcoming years, beauty products created in Canada will be cruelty-free!
*Cruelty-free: products are not tested on animals.
**Vegan: products do not contain any ingredients derived from animals.