How To Stop Animal Testing By Using Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

How To Stop Animal Testing By Using Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

We have made progress to end animal testing, but we are far from there. You can support this change just by shopping for these brands.
1132
views

Cruelty-free beauty items have always been labeled as luxuries and not plausible for the everyday person to obtain in their collection. However, organizations like People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Center for Alternative Animal Testing (CAAT) have become more widespread, and larger amounts of people have realized the horrors behind animal testing.

According to Shany Sun of Science in Context, "The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have strict regulations for animal testing. The NIH funds over half of the medical research conducted in the US and regularly visits research facilities to ensure that staff are following animal care regulations. The USDA surveys the total number of animals being used for research and how many of these animals experience pain."

But things do not run as cleanly and ethically as required; there are millions of animals locked into tiny cages! On PETA's website, they explain that "mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals" are included in the testing. They live short, painful and unnaturally inhumane lives. They are pocked and prodded for the entirety of their lives and are forced to experience uncomfortable reactions to cosmetics, like this bunny who will be put down due to its reaction to these products or these 13 animals who are tested on every single day.

Testers claim it is the cheapest option to decipher what is safe for human consumption. However, contrary to common belief, there are multiple extremely cheaper options that are much more successful, and there are dozens of extremely successful companies that are 100% cruelty free. Purchasing from those brands are one step towards ending animal testing.

All cruelty-free products are marked with one of the following:


Drugstore Brands That Are Cruelty-Free:

Not all cruelty-free brands are expensive. There are numerous cheaper brands that still have amazing quality and opt to have complete cruelty-free products. You don't have to pay high dollar for these products. There are always new brands coming to the drugstore so keep your eye out for the cruelty-free options.

Brands that are great quality, cheap and are cruelty-free include: Ardell (lashes), Burt's Bees, Cake Beauty, Ciate, Conair (hair care), DUO (lash glue), ELF, EcoTools (brushes and applicators), Eylure (lashes), Flower Beauty, Milani, Morphe, NYX, Pacifica, Paul Mitchell (hair care), Physician’s Formula, Pixi Beauty, Pureology, Real Techniques, Sonia Kashuk, The Balm, The Body Shop, Ulta Collection, Wet'n'Wild, Yes To (skincare) and so many more.

Here are some common ones below.

High-End Brands That Are Cruelty-Free:

There are also endless options for high-end cruelty-free brands. Many brands have changed where and how production took place to become cruelty-free so the options are constantly increasing.

A small handful of the brands include: Amika (hair care), Anastasia Beverly Hill, bareMinerals, BeautyBlender (makeup applicators), BECCA, Bite Beauty, Butter London, Buxom, Charlotte Tilbury, CoverFX, Dry Bar (hair care), Drunk Elephant (skincare), Feline Lashes (lashes), Hourglass, House of Lashes (lashes), IT Cosmetics, Jeffree Star, Kat Von D, Lush (skincare), Marc Jacobs Beauty, Milk Makeup, Nars, NATASHA DENONA, Ole Henriksen (skincare), Tarte, Tatcha (skincare), Toofaced and Urban Decay.

When shopping in a Sephora or Ulta, you don't need to limit yourself when shopping cruelty-free because the vast majority are 100 percent cruelty-free, and some are vegan as well.


Cruelty-free is becoming very popular rather quickly. It used to be a rare gem, but now it is becoming the norm. Switching shouldn't be seen as a sacrifice. As more have people started shopping strictly cruelty free, brands have noticed. To keep up with their competitors, they start making the changes to become cruelty-free. Also, many countries have changed their regulations on animal testing like India and the European Union.

By simply shopping for these brands, we are one more step to a world without animal testing!

Cover Image Credit: mohamedn / Flickr

Popular Right Now

To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
9673
views

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

1454
views

When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

Personal Photo

Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

Personal Photo

Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

Personal Photo

4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

Personal Photo

5. Cute storage basket

Personal Photo

6. Light up sign box

Personal Photo

7. Letter board

Personal Photo

8. An initial light

Personal Photo

So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

Personal Photo

10. Salt rock lamp

Personal Photo

Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

Fivebelow.com

12. A mini cactus

Personal Photo

Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

Related Content

Facebook Comments