Beauty Should Not Be Painful For Anyone

Beauty Should Not Be Painful For Anyone

Although the U.S Food and Drug Administration do not require it, animals are consistently utilized for animal testing
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After Henry Spira took up a full page in the New York Times decrying why animals should not be tested on in 1980, campaigns sparked all over the world protesting the usage of animals in cosmetic testing. The most disturbing fact is that although the U.S Food and Drug Administration do not require it, the inhumane act it is still being consistently utilized.

In the past three decades, scientists have made immense progress in designing alternative methods that can detect harmful chemicals in cosmetics such as shampoo, makeup, soap, etc. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even established a program known as “Tox21” where scientific tools of the 21st century are utilized to identify toxicity without the usage of animals, the most common being bunnies.

Arguably, Americans seem to make decisions by weighing the pros against the cons. In this case, the alternative technology testing is less time consuming, cheaper, and most importantly humane. Animal testing is extremely expensive, unpredictable, and cruel.

Therefore, animal testing is entirely unnecessary. If it is not required, and the benefits of alternative methods are far greater, why is there still cosmetic animal testing in America? By passing the Humane Cosmetics Act, (H.R 4148) Congress would be accentuating the need for more compassion towards animals, while instilling the knowledge that no living being deserves to be tortured for human ‘gain.’

Another fact to consider is that individuals are often ignorant in knowing which brands test and which do not, which is why consciousness is crucial. Additionally, there is this myth that cruelty-free products are more expensive and less effective, which is false.

Here are a few brands, most of which can be found in your local drugstore (and will not break the bank) that do not test on animals:

-Alba Botanica

-BareMinerals

-Bull Dog

-E.L.F Cosmetics

-Kiss My Face

-Lush

-Milani

-NYX Cosmetics

-Paul Mitchell

-Physicians Formula

-Too Faced

-Tarte Cosmetics

-Wet N Wild

Be conscious while you shop; beauty should not be painful to anyone!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*

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Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

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3. Meet as many characters as you can.

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4. Get as many autographs as you can.

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5. Stay in the parks from open to close.

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6. Visit the parks alone.

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As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.

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8. See as many shows/parades as possible.

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Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.

9. FIREWORKS!!

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10. Character breakfast.

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What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.

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Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.

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14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.

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15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!

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Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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