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I know you don't want to hear it again but gurl please, put on your sunscreen!!☀️ And to make sure you don't have any excuses for not wearing sunscreen every damn day, here's a list of cruelty-free and vegan sunscreens for UNDER $16! 🍉 Find the full list with product descriptions and links on my blog, link in bio! 🌞 
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List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Sunscreens:
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⛱ @albabotanica Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($6.35)
⛱ @kissmyfaceusa Vegan Face Sunscreen ($10.78)
⛱ @goddessgarden Mineral Sunscreen Stick ($7.84)
⛱ @barerepublic Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30 ($14.99)
⛱ @jasonnaturalcare Vegan Sunscreen ($9.23)
⛱ @thinksport Safe Sunscreen ($12.11)
⛱ @livecleanusa Mineral Sunscreen ($12.79)
⛱ @babobotanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen ($13.29)
⛱ @allgoodbrand Sport Vegan Sunscreen ($12.89)
⛱ @mychellebeauty Sun Shield Sunscreen ($13.60)
⛱ @pacificabeauty Sun + Skincare Mineral Sunscreen ($16)
⛱ @dermae Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen($15.80)
⛱ @attitude_living Natural Care Mineral Sunscreen ($14.99)
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Look at how pretty @lovemissfrankie’s nail polishes are! 🌸✨ loving this pale grey lilac nude color called I Prefer Champagne! 🍾  all of Miss Frankie nail polishes are cruelty-free, vegan, 10-free, breathable, and made in Australia! 🇦🇺🥂✨ #veganmanimonday #missfrankie

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@callitspring is committed to going fully vegan! ✌🏻🌱 Starting from their spring 2019 collection, all new shoes, handbags, and accessories will be entirely animal-free! ✨🌸
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Unilever Acquires Cruelty-Free Beauty Brand Tatcha for a Reported $500 Million 
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Tatcha is still considered to be cruelty-free (as of right now and we'll be closely monitoring any updates to their animal testing policies) however, Unilever is definitely NOT cruelty-free as their products/ingredients are tested on animals when required by law in 2019. 
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For those of you who choose to boycott CF brands that are owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free, then sadly Tatcha should be avoided. However, if you choose to support these CF brands and want to know which of Tatcha skincare products are also vegan, you can find a vegan product list below! 
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Tatcha isn't a 100% vegan beauty brand however they do offer some vegan options 💜

Tatcha Vegan Products (2019):
❁ Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm
❁ Cherry Blossom Lip Balm
❁ Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
❁ Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
❁ One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
❁ Red Camellia Lip Balm
❁ The Essence
❁ The Water Cream
❁ Violet-C Brightening Serum
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📸 via @tatcha

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We’re just awful, aren’t we? 😁💕✨
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"Passion is energy, feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you” ~ Oprah Winfrey ❣️ This is 𝓹𝓪𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 by @siennabyronbay , an intense vermilion red creme nail polish color ❤️ #veganmanimonday
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All of Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Water Permeable & Breathable, Non-Toxic: No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene, No Tosylamide and No Benzophenone-1. 💅🏻

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Another cruelty-free makeup brand is now available at Sephora!! 🐰 @meltcosmetics' popular cruelty-free eyeshadow palettes + stacks, lipsticks, blush, highlighters, eye and lip liners are now sold in-stores and online at @sephora! 💄 Most of Melt Cosmetics' products are vegan but some shades do contain carmine. If you're curious, I've got a vegan product list up on my blog (link in bio)💋 So proud to see more and more cruelty-free and vegan options available at Sephora! ✌✨ // 📸 via @meltcosmetics

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Tech Tuesdays: Review of Animal-Free Mobile App

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Animal-Free mobile app has been around since 2011 and is “an online product checker and pocket reference guide for identifying common and hidden animal ingredients.” I’ve used the app for both food and beauty products although the app description doesn’t specify if its more suitable for one over the other.

The app is available to download for free for both iPhone and Android users.

Tech Tuesdays is a weekly feature review of the latest tech gadgets and apps specifically designed for the conscientious consumer in mind!

Barcode Scanner

The app description says you can “scan a barcode to lookup products in an online database and find out what users think.” I tried scanning a few products at the store but it wouldn’t read any of the barcodes. I tried it again at home and it worked but the app froze every time while loading the database and I had to close and restart the app.

The Animal-Free mobile app allows you to instantly and quickly scan a product's barcode to see if it's vegan

Several other users also experienced similar problems with Animal-Free’s scan feature as noted in the app’s reviews. Perhaps it’s just a bug issue. Your best bet is to use their product search functionality which I’ll get into in a bit.

Ingredient Database

Complete breakdown of all the features available on the FREE Animal-Free mobile app

The list of ingredients is ordered alphabetically and you can easily scroll through the list or tap and drag on a letter displayed on the side to jump to the section of the list you want to view. They do have an impressive database with over 400 ingredients.

There’s four different ways users can browse the list of ingredients, by:

  1.  ALL: All ingredients that may have animal sources
  2. ALWAYS: Ingredients that are always animal derived
  3. SOMETIMES: Animal Ingredients that may also have possible vegan-friendly sources
  4. (V)EGAN: All vegan-friendly ingredients

How I used it: I first look to see if the ingredient is listed as vegan in the “V” tab . If it’s not listed there, then I would move onto the ALL animal ingredients and see if it’s listed there.

I didn’t think it was necessary to have the two list of animal ingredients that are always animal derived and a list for sometimes animal derived. It’s important to note the difference between the two but probably not required to have separate lists.

Ingredient Descriptions

The ingredient descriptions are accurate and concise, perfect for someone on the go! I also like how the app gives you examples of products that commonly contain the ingredient.

Screenshot of the vegan ingredient: Carrageenan from the Animal-Free mobile app

I liked how the vegan ingredients were easily distinguishable from the animal ingredients with a bright, vibrant green and vegetable background along with the V symbol. This is helpful because sometimes I don’t want to read the full ingredient description and just want to know if its vegan or not.

However there’s no way to distinguish between an ingredient that is always animal derived versus sometimes. The only way you can tell is if you scroll to the bottom of the ingredient description and see that it says “may also have vegan sources” or by the small asterisk on the animal derived symbol.

Screenshot of an animal ingredient: Arachidonic Acid from the Animal-Free mobile app Screenshot of an ingredient: Taurine from the Animal-Free mobile app

For example, for the ingredient “Taurine”.. at first glance, it looks like its an animal ingredient but if you read the description, you’ll see at the bottom that it’s “often made synthetically”

Search Functionality

Users also have the option to type into the search bar to quickly find ingredients or products and determine if they are vegan-friendly or not.

Ingredient Search

I prefer to just enter the ingredients than going through the alphabetic list of ingredients because it’s a lot faster. I found that you have to be very specific and there’s no room for spelling mistakes or typos when using the search function. Nothing comes up when I type “insect” although it’s in the ingredient description for “carmine”

Product Search

There is a bit of redundancy in the product database; 6 different results showed up for my product search for ‘Redbull’. Each Redbull also had different ‘status’ and ‘ratings’ so there was a lack in consistency.

Screenshot of product search in the Animal-Free mobile app  Screenshot of product search result in the Animal-Free mobile app

I think the biggest flaw in the database is that it is user-generated and depends on app users to add new products to the database and vote whether they consider the product to be vegan or not. This makes me doubt the credibility of the app and I find that I get more accurate and up-to-date information from opening my browser and Googling “is Redbull vegan?” than using this app.

Final Thoughts

The app definitely has some bugs and room for improvements here and there. The scan feature needs to be fixed and they need to simplify the whole user experience if they expect people to use this as a “full-featured pocket reference guide.” The app’s intentions are clear and the ingredient database is accurate and reliable. The major drawback is their product database needs to be closely monitored and updated.

Who should use this: This is a free app, so I encourage everyone to download it and try it out for themselves! How often you will rely on this will depend on your individual lifestyle and goals. This is a great vegan starter tool to get you familiar with the different animal vs. vegan ingredients but some follow-up research is required.

Have you tried the Animal-Free app yet? What were your thoughts on the app? Comment below with your experience =) 

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