The most important thing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟโœจ
(via @kevinfarzad)

The most important thing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟโœจ...

vegan & ethical at-home manicure essentials featuring some of my favorite colors from @kesterblack ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ
From left to right:
๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ป - Greyed Purple Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข - Sandy Pale Pink Nail Polish
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ - Blush Pink Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ - Hazy Blush Nail Polish
๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ - Rose Nude Nail Polish
๐ŸŒธ Kester Black is a high-performing, ethical & sustainable beauty brand! All of their products are:
๐Ÿ’— 100% vegan + cruelty-free
๐Ÿ’— 10-Free nail polish formula
๐Ÿ’— water permeable & breathable nail polish
๐Ÿ’— beautiful & thoughtful packaging using recyclable materials
๐Ÿ’— manufactured in small batches to minimize wastage
๐Ÿ’— the first beauty brand in the world to be B Corp certified
๐Ÿ’— all products are manufactured in Australia
๐Ÿ’— office uses renewable energy and is paperless
๐Ÿ’— carbon-neutral; carbon footprint is zero! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
#kesterblack #kesterblackcolour #mykesterblack #gifted

vegan & ethical at-home manicure...

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and I hope you are too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ #alonetogether
๐šƒ๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š๐š‘, ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž.
(๐Ÿ“ธ via @theeverygirl)

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and...

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ (๐Ÿ“ธ via @gabbois)
I actually wouldn't be surprised if they started making vegan ice cream out of cauliflower soon! ๐Ÿ˜ฌโœจ๐ŸŒฑ

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ฎ-๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š โœฆ
(๐Ÿ“ท via @theveggiest)

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™...

If youโ€™re new to vegan beauty or makeup, I highly recommend giving a seasonal subscription service, like @vegancuts Makeup Box a try! ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒปโœจ
Every 3 months, youโ€™ll receive a box full of vegan makeup delivered right to your doorstep ๐Ÿ“ฆ
Reasons to subscribe to #VegancutsMakeupBox:
๐ŸŒผ you get to experiment and try new vegan products and brands!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s cheaper than buying each product on their own โ€” you get full-size products (not dinky samples), usually over $100+ in value but you only pay $37-$55. The price depends on where itโ€™s being shipped to (US, Canada, or International) and the length of the subscription.
๐ŸŒผ in addition to all of the products being cruelty-free and vegan, theyโ€™re also natural and non-toxic.
๐ŸŒผ you get to customize the box and pick colors that suit you best!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s a seasonal subscription so youโ€™ll be sent products that go with the change in season and weather.
๐ŸŒผ do good while looking good โ€” partial proceeds from each Vegancuts Spring Makeup Box goes towards Wildlife Victoria rescue in Australia to help animals affected by the horrific bush fires.
๐ŸŒฟ Use #Vegancuts Coupon Code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT' to receive $5 OFF your order.

If youโ€™re new to vegan...

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any recommendations for low or zero-waste + vegan skincare brands? โœจ
(illustration ๐ŸŽจ via @nicolajanecreative)

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any...

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ Weโ€™re in this together ๐Ÿ’– (๐Ÿ“ธ via @glitterguide)

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง Now more than ever, they need our support. You can always show your support without spending๐Ÿ’ฒby leaving them a review, liking, commenting, sharing their posts, or just simply sending them an encouraging note during these uncertain times. ๐ŸŒฟ Show some of your vegan businesses some love by TAGGING @ them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ
Some of my cherished vegan businesses ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @siennabyronbay @nclabeauty @motd_cosmetics @nolaskinsentials @kesterblack @inikaorganic @elatecosmetics
๐Ÿ“ธ Also, be sure to check out ใ€ฐ๏ธ @brightzine ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
Community is everything, and in these uncertain times, we need it more than ever. Thatโ€™s why we have launched the Support Vegan Business Hub; a space to help vegan businesses with key information, news and resources to safeguard their businesses through this pandemic. Weโ€™ll be sharing resources to help businesses, as well as ways that we can all support our vegan traders at this time. Stay tuned for lots of information as this progresses over on โšก๏ธ

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง...

Please read till the end ๐ŸŒฟ I recently bought these plant-based scour pads from @fullcircle, they're made from walnut shells and non-toxic materials ๐Ÿงฝ They work almost as good as plastic/synthetic scour pads and does the job of gently removing most dirt while not scratching my pans โญ๏ธ They were also made in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Full Circle is certified B Corporation with a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, claiming their products use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production. ๐ŸŒฑ This all sounded great, which was why I bought them as I wanted a plastic-free and compostable alternative -- BUT, upon further research.. their website states their walnut shell scour pads are made of: Walnut shells AND recycled plastic! ๐Ÿ˜” Making them actually NOT compostable.
Ahh yes, I should have done more research before buying and also, why wasn't recycled plastic listed on their packaging!?
On the surface, these may be a better option than other synthetic scour pads or sponges on the market as it's made from *recycled* plastic but I totally fell for the greenwashing here. Yes -- I, too make mistakes! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm posting this mishap of mine to show you that living sustainably is a journey, and lessons will be learned along the way. This has taught me to do more research than just reading the product's packaging or an online retailer's product description before buying... And now that I know better, I can do better! ๐ŸŒฟ
๐ŸŒป What eco-friendly or plastic-free sponges do u recommend?

Please read till the end...

List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Lashes

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I want to believe as much as you all do that adorable minks are getting fresh fades, trims, and haircuts and whatever falls to the ground is washed and then used to make our falsies. Or that there’s some sort of mink spa where the animals get massaged, shampooed, brushed and the hair that sheds off is used to make our eyelashes. But let’s be real, that’s not how it happens.

There’s a reason why there isn’t any images of these “cruelty-free mink farms”

When manufacturers are proud and transparent of how they source their ingredients or how they make their products, they’ll often proudly show us with images of organic lavender fields or assembly lines of people smiling while packing their products.

If you Google “mink eyelashes”, it’s just images of eyelashes. But if you Google “mink farms” you’ll see the inhumane truth behind how those mink eyelashes came to be.

Mink Eyelashes are Not Cruelty-Free

And any mink eyelash brand claiming their products are “cruelty-free” is a blatant lie. Here are some deceiving claims made from mink lash brands trying to paint a pretty picture of an unrealistic mink farm:

SJ Lashes claims,“Our real animal fur lashes are totally cruelty free, obtained by gently brushing live animals, without harming them. This gentle, meticulous procedure ensures that no animals are harmed during the entire harvesting process, while preserving the quality of the harvested fur. ” – SJ Lashes (NOT Cruelty-Free Brand)

Lotus Lashes claims, “you can rest assured that the minks aren’t harmed in the process of collecting the hairs for our beautiful lashes! The manufacturers simply get the hairs from brushing and collecting the hairs from the animals.” – Lotus Lashes (NOT Cruelty-Free Brand)

Sadly, there are no organizations or third parties that audit or regulate such claims of “cruelty-free mink farms” and “cruelty-free mink lashes“, so we’re left to trust and believe the words of the people who are trying to sell us their products. Don’t fall for these deceiving claims.

Let’s get real here. Mink lashes are not cruelty-free. If you want truly cruelty-free lashes where absolutely no animals are ever harmed in the process, then opt for synthetic or human hair lashes instead. This is the only way to guarantee no animals were harmed or killed for our falsies.

Here are a few cruelty-free and vegan false eyelashes available today!

Cruelty-Free & Vegan False Eyelashes

MOTD Faux Mink Vegan Lashes
MOTD Vegan Lashes

MOTD Cosmetics – Faux Mink Silk Lashes

I’m a huge fan and user of MOTD vegan makeup brushes and on May 1, 2019, MOTD launched their collection of vegan lashes!! This 100% vegan brand released 3 faux mink silk lash collections that include a range of lash styles from Natural, Full, to Extra!

Price: $15/each

Where to buy? and Use coupon code: โ€˜VICKYโ€™ to receive 15% OFF your order.

Ardell Vegan & Cruelty-Free Lashes
Ardell Vegan & Cruelty-Free Lashes

Ardell Lashes – Cruelty-Free Lashes

Ardell is my go-to brand for false lashes because they’re super affordable and they come in a variety of different styles! You can find Ardell at just about any drugstore and they’re also readily available on Amazon too. All of Ardell lashes are 100% animal-free so you can choose from their different styles without having to worry about animals being harmed for your falsies!

I love Ardell multi-packs, get four of their lashes at a sweet price and their Demi Whispies are my absolute fave ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Price: around $5/each

Where to buy? Most drugstores and on Amazon

ELF Vegan Lashes
ELF Vegan Lashes

ELF – Cruelty-Free Fake Eyelashes

ELF seems to make just about everything! and super affordable vegan false eyelashes is another product ELF has mastered! You can grab a pair of ELF false eyelashes for under $5 in a variety of styles from individual false lashes, natural, to dramatic and full glam lashes. Glam on a budget? ELF’s got your back.

Price: $4 – $5 /each

Where to buy?, Ulta, or some drugstores.

House of Lashes - Synthetic Lashes
House of Lashes – Synthetic Lashes

House of Lashes

House of Lashes are 100% cruelty-free, all of their false eyelashes are hand crafted using 100% sterilized premium human hair and cruelty-free synthetic fibers. I especially love how House of Lashes are beautifully packaged in recyclable packaging!

Price: $12/each

Where to buy? Ulta

Sugarpill Lashes - Vegan False Lashes
Sugarpill Lashes – Vegan False Lashes

Sugarpill Lashes

Sugarpill lashes offer a beautiful range of luxurious and dramatic false eyelashes, all of Sugarpill’s cruelty-free and vegan lashes are made with synthetic hair or natural human hair. My fave is Halo!

Price: $9

Where to buy? Amazon and Beautylish

Eylure Cruelty-Free Lashes
Eylure Cruelty-Free Lashes

Eylure False Lashes

Eylure has an impressive range of cruelty-free lashes including natural, volume, dramatic, luxe, and even magnetic lashes! Eylure lashes are made with premium synthetic fibres that look and feel like animal hair but without the cruelty!

Price: $5-20

Where to buy? Amazon and Ulta

SocialEyes - Vegan Lashes
SocialEyes – Vegan Lashes

SocialEyes Lashes

SocialEyes was created by animal-lover and popular Youtube vlogger, Karissa Pukas. Her premium cruelty-free and vegan eyelashes are handcrafted and made with a perfect blend of synthetic and human hair.

Price: $5-15

Where to buy? Amazon

Black Moon Cosmetics Vegan Lashes
Black Moon Cosmetics Vegan Lashes

Black Moon Cosmetics

Black Moon Cosmetics are known for their gothic cruelty-free and vegan makeup products, but did you know they also have vegan lashes? Black Moon Cosmetics’ Fur Free Collection of vegan lashes are made with poly-synthetic fibers that mimic the “mink” look and feel without the cruelty! They claim their cruelty-free lashes are comfortable, reusable, and lightweight, they come in a variety of lash styles named after each zodiac sign.

Price: $12-14

Where to buy? and Riley Rose

Dare Lashes – Truly Cruelty-Free & Vegan

Dare Lashes

Dare Lashes offers high quality, affordable, cruelty-free eyelashes aimed at revolutionizing the eyelash game. “Like mink but better, eyelashes no longer need to abuse animals for our beauty. With 5% of each purchase of Dare Lashes is donated to WWF to help eradicate the cruel fur trade. Together, we will make a difference.

Price: ยฃ7-8

Where to buy?

Jolie Beauty Cruelty-Free Lashes
Jolie Beauty Cruelty-Free Lashes

Jolie Beauty Cruelty-Free Lashes

Slayin Lashes by Jolie Beauty are luxurious & cruelty free lashes that are completely handcrafted and made from Faux Mink. There are soft and luxurious styles with a natural finish. Yet also lashes for dramatic, vampy effects. Made from the highest quality faux mink: a synthetic material that is comparable to silk – without the worms! Our cruelty-free, vegan eyelashes are so well made, they can be worn up to 20 times.  Keep it ethical and say no to mink, with these vegan eyelashes.”

Price: ยฃ9.99

Where to buy?

Feline Lashes - Vegan False Eyelashes
Feline Lashes – Vegan False Eyelashes

Feline Lashes

Feline Lashes are hand-made to perfection where each pair is truly unique! Their eyelashes are made out of vegan and cruelty-free synthetic silk. Feline Lashes come in a range of flirty, full, or dramatic lash styles.

Price: $27/each

Where to buy?

Lorum Lashes Vegan Lashes
Lorum Lashes Vegan Lashes

Lorum Lashes

Lorum Lashes was started to bring customers luxury false lashes that are cruelty-free, super easy to apply and most importantly affordable. All of Lorum Lashes are made out of 3D Faux fur which is synthetic fibers that are made to look and feel like fur, but aren’t. We do not use animal fur in any of our products and we never will, making us 100% cruelty-free and vegan. We aim to bring you the best quality lashes at the lowest prices.”

Price: $10-15

Where to buy?

Tigress Beauty Vegan Lashes
Tigress Beauty Vegan Lashes

Tigress Beauty Lashes

Tigress Beauty is committed to providing glam lovers all around the world 100% cruelty-free and vegan lashes. Tigress Beauty was created upon an undying passion felt towards beauty and cruelty-free practices towards all animals. Our lashes are individually designed to create a myriad of different looks and complementary finishes with our supreme quality synthetic silk. Experience the Tigress Beauty difference.”

Price: $21-27

Where to buy?

Unapologetic Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Lashes
Unapologetic Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Lashes

Unapologetic Cosmetics Lashes

Unapologetic Cosmetics’ “aim is to provide the best quality vegan lashes made from advanced silk fibres that closely mimic the feel and look of mink eyelashes โ€“ without involving real mink fur. Extensive research and testing have gone into creating the perfect lashes. Unapologetic Cosmetics is proud to be the first brand to introduce 4D strip lashes into the beauty industry. 4D lashes are the latest advanced development in eyelash technology that provides ultimate volume and glamour whilst blending seamlessly with your natural lashes.”

Price: ยฃ9.95/each

Where to buy?

True Glue Natural False Lashes
True Glue Natural False Lashes

True Glue Natural False Lashes

True Glue luxury lashes are eco-friendly, sustainable, vegetarian and cruelty-free! Our 100% silk lashes feature bands that are a handmade cotton thread for easy peasy application. Re-use up to 20 applications per lash.” True Glue is also a Canadian brand based in Toronto!

Price: $7-25

Where to buy? and Amazon (CA) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Aether Vegan Lashes
Aether Vegan Lashes

Aether Lashes

Aether Lashes are “made from cutting-edge, ultra-thin and soft signature synthetic fibers and are handcrafted in stunning, natural patterns.” I especially love how they donate a portion of each sale in support of helping fur-bearing animals like minks!

Price: $18/each

Where to buy? Amazon

I’d love to know, have you tried any of these cruelty-free and vegan eyelashes before?

What do you think?

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  • Liz
    October 20, 2019

    Hey babe! Thanks for the rec on unapologetic lashes, I just purchased. I was looking for false 3D-4D lashes and these are perfect. Really appreciate the rec!

  • Lauren Voyles
    April 13, 2019

    I use House of Lashes and absolutely love them. I get like 10+ wears out of each. I’m branching out to find more cruelty free indie lash brands.

  • Gracie Myers
    November 27, 2018

    Hi Vicky!

    This is a great blog post. I’m just wondering though, for the companies that provide cruelty-free lashes (House of Lashes, Elf, Lash Lingerie), are they purchasing their lashes from a wholesale company that ALSO makes mink lashes?

    If so, aren’t the “cruelty free” companies listed still supporting non cruelty-free companies? Are they then actually cruelty-free themselves?

    I’m not trying to pick your blog post apart, I’m just trying to figure out there the end of the line is. Have you asked these companies where they purchase their lashes for resale?

    Many thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 20, 2018

    Nice blog and thank’s to share this information…

    • Cecilia
      October 22, 2018


      Do you know if any salon that does lash extensions uses cruelty free vegan lashes? I am trying to find one in Cincinnati.

  • Fernanda O. de Barros
    August 10, 2018

    Hi! Do you know if the LashBox LA lashes are really synthetic? Iโ€™ve contacted them and theyโ€™ve assured their lashes are purely made out of synthetic fiber. But how to really trust it as the boxes are named Cashmere Mink, or Synthetic Sable made of pure Silk… By internet researching I could not find this brand mentioned in any Vegan reference website. Please help!

  • Gina
    August 8, 2018

    Just a thought: at the beginning of this post are quotes from 2 mink eyelash manufacturers that falsely claim to be cruelty-free. My concern is that their claims SOUND very convincing and great, and the names of the retailers link to their websites.

    Unfortunately, there is a possibility that visitors who skim this post (looking directly for the brand names of truly cruelty-free lashes) might make the mistake of following those links to purchase from a BAD company and not realize it.
    To make it worse, inserted below the deceptive quotes are a couple of large ads that push the list of truly cruelty-free brands further down the page, making the distinction between the cruel brands and the cruelty-free list a little less obvious.

    Would it be worth it to add a little note “(NOT cruelty-free)” directly after the retailer name at the end of each quote? Or perhaps removing the two hyperlinks altogether?

    Having made that suggestion, I’m so glad to have found this post. It is thoughtful and well-written and has made my shopping for animal-friendly lashes infinitely easier.

    Thank you! You have a new subscriber ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Vicky Ly
      August 9, 2018

      Hi Gina,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment with your feedback. I’ve made the changes that you’ve so kindly suggested and hopefully this will avoid any further confusion! =)

  • Mkj
    June 29, 2018

    Hi, there are some eyelash growth serums, I think one is Latisse or Latrisse? It’s probably too much to hope that they a. Work and b. Aren’t made with animal testing and c. Are safe for the vision long term. I think I read the Latisse was the most effective of the tested serums, but also could permanently darken your eye color ( like all.over, or like a spot/splotch of pigment on the iris? All.over would be ok, but not splotchy) Also if all it does is darken lashes without lengthening or thickening, I wouldn’t have a use for it as my lashes are already black, just shorter and sparser than I would like.

  • Andreia Mchado
    June 24, 2017

    Hi, do you know if all lashes and glue are vegan too?

โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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