Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Bunny Friendly Beauty Tag

I love doing tags and answering questions so I thought I'd do the Bunny Friendly Beauty Tag which was created by Vicki. Read on to find out more about my cruelty free lifestyle and beauty essentials.

1) How long have you been on your cruelty free journey?
I think I went cruelty free in late 2009/early 2010, so around 6 years now. I'm fairly sure it was after I'd finished my beauty therapy training, as during that time we used lots of different products and brands and I was fairly ignorant about animal testing. Once I qualified, I decided to put my newly-discovered skincare knowledge into action and I began researching different skincare companies.

2) What made you decide to go cruelty free?
During my skincare research, I tried out a couple of brands before deciding to use Lush's products. I used to buy their bath bombs and I remembered they did skincare products, so I thought I might see what they were like. I remember browsing their website and reading all their information about animal testing, and I think that's when I realised that it still went on and that not all products were cruelty free. From there I looked into the issue further, with Cruelty Free International (or BUAV as it was then known) being my go-to source and I started replacing all my current products with cruelty free alternatives.

3) What has been the hardest product to find a cruelty free dupe for?
I have to be honest and say that I haven't really struggled to find a cruelty free alternative for anything. Maybe professional beauty products such as eyelash tints (there are probably some that are cruelty free but none that are Leaping Bunny certified) but as I no longer do such treatments it's not really a problem. It's a little harder to find certain things now that I am trying to use more natural products, but I certainly don't mind browsing the Internet for hours until I find exactly what I'm looking for!

4) What's the best cruelty free dupe you've found?
I could not live without Everyday Minerals semi-matte foundation, which I think is a brilliant dupe for Bare Minerals, which I used to use. I know Bare Minerals is regarded as cruelty-free (although their parent company is not), I prefer to use Leaping Bunny certified companies. Bare Minerals also use bismuth oxychloride in their foundations, which is an irritant and used to make my face itch! Everyday Minerals gives just as good (if not better) as a result as Bare Minerals in my opinion and is a lot more affordable too. The only downside is it is a little hard to get hold of since there are only a couple of distributors in the UK. But I love it so much that if I have to, I order it from Ecco Verde :)

5) What product or brand do you wish was cruelty free?
I wish all brands would go cruelty free, especially the most popular brands that are always raved about my beauty bloggers and Youtubers, such as MAC, Chanel, L'Oreal, Jo Malone etc. These companies get mentioned so much in the industry and I think sometimes people don't want to go cruelty free because they don't want to give up the brand names that everyone else is using, even if there are cruelty free alternatives available. If these companies were cruelty free it could only be a good thing, not least because it would make it easier for a lot of people to choose cruelty free. Plus it would mean I could finally try something from the likes of Chanel or Jo Malone (who doesn't swoon over their luxurious packaging?) - but if I never get to, it doesn't matter because nothing looks as good as being cruelty free feels :)

6) What's your holy grail cruelty free brand?
I think it would have to be PHB Ethical Beauty. They are everything I look for in a company: vegan, Leaping Bunny certified and free from harsh chemicals. Their product range is amazing, especially their skincare (which I use in my aromatherapy facials) and their makeup. They regularly have special offers, freebies and discounts available, plus 15% of their profits go to helping people and animals around the world. They are also handmade in the UK, palm oil free, halal certified and ethical. If you haven't tried PHB yet you must go and check them out, I can't sing their praises loud enough!

7) Name one cruelty free brand others might not have heard of?
Live Native Skincare. Their products are handmade in Scotland and are Fair Trade, cruelty-free, toxin-free, raw vegan organic and free from chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. I use their foot balms in my reflexology treatments. Their products are on the higher end of the price range but they are really lovely and luxurious.

8) Are you a vegan? If so, for how long and have you had any struggles? If not, why not?
Yes, I've been a vegan for over 3 years now. I gradually started to make the transition to veganism (having turned vegetarian in 2005) in 2012 and I became fully vegan in the October. It's been so much easier than I thought it would be and I know it's a cliche but my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Around the same time that I went vegan, it started to become more main-stream and I think that made it a lot easier. The only real struggle I have is that it is sometimes tricky to eat out in restaurants as so many people still do not have a clue about veganism. A couple of times I've been really annoyed at having to just have chips and salad while my family tuck into a hearty meal, but then I remember that I'm vegan for the animals therefore I'm willing to put up with the occasional boring meal for the sake of not contributing to animal cruelty.
9) What's your favourite local vegan friendly venue?
Without a doubt the Wildebeest Cafe in Falmouth! It's so amazing to have a completely vegan cafe/restaurant in Cornwall. The food there is heavenly and the desserts are the best I've ever eaten. Falmouth in general is probably the most vegan-friendly town in Cornwall. There are a couple of other veggie cafes there, and vegan cake can be found in several cafes along the cobbled streets! For a non-veggie venue that's vegan friendly, my favourite place is Kota Kai in Porthleven. They always cater for me really well and their food is so delicious. They always have vegan sorbets available for dessert, and I usually have a cheeky cocktail or two when I'm there as well!

10) You have 30 seconds to convert someone to a cruelty free lifestyle - what would you say to them?
If you love animals then you can't knowingly choose to support their suffering. By going cruelty free you can help to make a difference and you will feel amazing knowing that you don't contribute to animal testing. With a little knowledge and by making gradual changes, it is so easy to be cruelty free - I'll show you how!

I'm not going to tag anyone as I think most cruelty free bloggers have already done this, but if you haven't then join in and let me know if you do it :) 

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