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Always keep a bottle of wine in the fridge for special occasions...
You know, like Wednesday. ๐Ÿทโœจ
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Always keep a bottle of...

My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ
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My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ...

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m off to Club Bed featuring DJ Pillow and Mc Blanky ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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Who else is an unapologetic homebody? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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// ๐Ÿ“ธ via @niu.body

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m...

Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant thing baby!
๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟโ˜€๏ธ
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Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant...

No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in the making of @vegancuts Summer Makeup Box! ๐Ÿ’„โ˜€๏ธ Here's a peek inside this season's box, it's PACKED FULL of amazing cruelty-free + vegan makeup products! Ranging from a fruit pigmented lipstick ๐Ÿ’, 100% natural lip balm ๐Ÿ‘„, a multi-use roll-on highlighter โœจ, and more!
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๐Ÿ’‹ What is this Makeup Box?
It's a quarterly subscription box, curated by @vegancuts, where every 3-months, you'll receive 4-5 ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก-๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š (not sample sizes) vegan makeup products to match the season! โ˜€๏ธ
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๐Ÿ’‹ How much is it?
Quarterly Plan (1 box): US$39.95
Annual Plan (4 boxes): US$37.45/box ($10 SAVINGS!)
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Heck yes! This Summer Makeup Box includes $103 worth of products alone! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
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๐Ÿ’‹ Who is this box for? 
Perfect for yourself or as a gift! ๐ŸŽ Whether you're new to cruelty-free + vegan makeup or just love makeup in general, you'll definitely enjoy discovering all the goodies in each season's box! ๐Ÿ’•
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No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in...

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ
some cosmetics labeled as 'vegan' doesn't necessarily mean they're also cruelty-free.
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How? the term '๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ' is generally used to imply the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals, whereas the term '๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š—' is generally used to imply the products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products (like carmine, beeswax, lanolin, honey, etc.)
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๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ: I'm saying 'generally' here because this is how the cosmetic industry is generally using these two terms, that's not to say these are ideal or perfect definitions and tbh, if it were up to me, there wouldn't be a difference as almost all animal-derived ingredients cannot be obtained in a 'cruelty-free' manner, but I digress.
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๐“ฎ๐”๐“ช๐“ถ๐“น๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ผ: swipe โžก๏ธ to see a couple of real-life examples of products that are vegan ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ cruelty-free.
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1๏ธโƒฃ Garnier claims their Ultimate Blends and new Fructis hair products are โ€˜veganโ€™, explaining these products do not contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. But Garnier is actually not a cruelty-free brand, as Garnier does test on animals when required by law
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2๏ธโƒฃ In 2017, Lโ€™Orealโ€™s EverPure Shampoo and Conditioners were spotted with a โ€˜100% Veganโ€™ stamp on the packaging. Lโ€™Oreal claims these products are โ€˜veganโ€™ in which they donโ€™t contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products, but Lโ€™Oreal is definitely not a cruelty-free brand. Lโ€™Oreal does test on animals when required by law.
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๐Ÿ” Look for products that are both cruelty-free ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ vegan to ensure the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ it doesn't contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
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Do you know of any other brands/products that claim to be vegan but isn't cruelty-free?๐Ÿค”

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ some cosmetics...

CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to the millions of animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‡ It's not ๐’ฟ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ a mascara. And it may not be a life or death decision for you but it is for all the innocent animals used for product testing. 
You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. Which side would you like to be on? 
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Choosing cruelty-free matters & You CAN help to make a difference โœŠ๐Ÿปโœจ
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CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to...

Beating the Monday Blues with this gorgeous bluish-purple pastel nail polish color from @nclabeauty called ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿน All of NCLA nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 7-free! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿปโœจ #veganmanimonday

Beating the Monday Blues with...

Pretending to look busy is hard work. // ๐Ÿ“ธ via @rabbitsrealm

Pretending to look busy is...

Yess. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Letโ€™s bake it happen!๐Ÿงโœจ

Yess. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Letโ€™s bake it...

Dilemma: Cruelty Free Brands Owned by a Company that Tests on Animals

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This is a hot topic and I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should continue toย support cruelty free brands owned by a parent company thatย doesย test on animals or to boycott them allย together.

My motto isย ethical yet practical lifestyle choices. So boycottingย all cruelty free brands owned by a company that tests on animals isn’t practical in some instances. For those who live in remote areas and unfortunately don’t have a variety of cruelty free brands to shop from, it’s unreasonable to suggest you don’t buy anything until cruelty free brands become available in your area.

I’d rather encourage you to buy fromย NYX and Urban Decay despite being owned by L’Oreal, than buying from brands that have admitted to testing on animals like Almay, MAC, or Neutrogena.

At the same time, there are so many incredible cruelty free brands that are independently owned that make quality and affordable products. So if given the option- there’s really no need to support brands that are affiliated withย a non-cruelty free company.

Before you decide which side you’re on, here are some points to consider for and against supporting cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

Reasons to Buy from These Brands

1. They’re still cruelty-free!

Some of these brands are still deeplyย committed to their no animal testing policy despite being acquired by a parent company that tests on animals. Some brands have even maintained theirย cruelty-freeย certification with Leaping Bunny which means they have to meet a set of standards and show proof of documents that they don’t test on animals anywhere in their supply chain.

In order to be certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, these brands must promise to operate as stand-alone subsidiaries with their own supply chainsย and must continue to meet the requirements of the Leaping Bunny Standard in order to remain on their list.

2. Sends a message to the parent company!

Some caring consumers believe that if the parent company can see first hand that there is a growing demand for cruelty-free products and that it can be incredibly profitable, then they might want to consider going cruelty-free overall.

3. Still working towards eliminating animal testing!

When it comes down to it, if these cruelty-free brands are telling the truth and not testing their ownย products and ingredients on animals, then this ultimatelyย means fewer animals are used in labs and for testing. As we mentioned earlier, we’re better off supporting these cruelty free brands thanย unconsciouslyย buying from other brands that do continue to test on animals.

Reasons to Boycott These Brands

1. Our moneyย is financially supporting the parent company!ย 

When purchasing from these cruelty free brands, the money from our purchase are essentially going into the pockets of their parent companyย and financially supportingย them.

2. We are indirectly funding animal testing!ย 

At the end of the day, whichever brand (cruelty-free or not) you purchase from a parent company… the money is all under one big ass umbrella and you have no control over how and where they spend that money, which can go back to funding more animal tests!

3. Support more independent cruelty free brands!

Some of these giant cosmetic brands have ridiculous amount of resources and marketing budgets and they’ll strive with orย without our support. Instead, we should really be giving our money to independent cruelty free brands that need our support in order to survive!

4. They’re sell-outs!

Some people believe that these cruelty free brands sold out for a fat paycheckย and that if they really do care about animals as they originally claimed, then they shouldn’t have accepted anย offer to be bought by a company that is doing something they don’t agree with.

Ultimately, It’s your Decision

We want to encourage you all to make your own decision of whether you want to support these brands or not. Consider which of these points speak to you and are aligned with what you believe in. Also keep in mind that your opinionsย mayย change as you grow more comfortable and mindful about being and shopping cruelty free –and that’s okay.ย We’re all evolving and trying to be a better, kinder person.

I also want to make an incredibly important note here that we need to be more kind and gentle with one another when it comes to people’s personal choices.ย There is absolutely no need to degrade someone who is consciously trying to make better choices; we’re all entitled to purchase whatever the heck we want soย don’t scare people away with discouraging comments or pointing out how they’re making the ‘wrong’ choices. Show compassion and kindness!

Let us know in the comments below if you’re for or against supporting cruelty free brands that tests on animals and why? Did we miss an important point?ย 

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26 Comments
  • Karen Hancock
    March 27, 2018

    T0 me, total cruelty free is no animal testing on products or ingrediences. Also, if products are owned by company(s) Who are not a cruelty free company)s. Are if their is a third party doing the testing for brand or company. Vegan doesn’t mean cruelty free. I think it is best to buy cruelty free and vegan… more of a chance their is no animal testing…. I have just started the ” IT cosmetics”, but to my understanding, they are owned by L’Orรฉal, who is not a cruelty free company. So, once I finish this product, I will be finding a different cosmetic. I will make sure the product and company(s) are cruelty free also….
    Save the animals,
    Karen Hancock

  • georgia green
    November 13, 2016

    i love this post a lot! i buy from urban decay and nyx but i feel a bit bad do you think i should change what i buy and not buy from urban decay and nyx and nars?

  • Paulomee Deb
    October 18, 2016

    Hi Vicky,
    Lots of love from India. I love your website. It has changed my POV towards so called branded products. I stay in India and not all products are available in our country. Can you please suggest me some good cruelty free products that I can buy in India. I can’t think of stepping out without a good eye pencil /liner and lipstick. Thanks in advance.

  • Summer
    August 18, 2016

    Great post Vicky! I wish I saw this earlier. I have definably bought some products to find out parenting companies test. I am a cruelty free blogger and have been looking more into parenting companies recently. I am personally going to cut them off unless the parenting companies become cruelty free or they leave that company. It’s sad because I would love to try NYX liquid lipsticks and I really liked The Body Shop before I knew about the parenting companies. (It’s so sad, I love my brownzer from there!) I really like how you worded it! It’s amazing. Like, it’s really great! (Sorry I am saying like a lot, haha!)

    I someimes find other bloggers can sometimes be harsh and almost judgy if you do support brands with parenting companies. Not all, but some. It kills me to see people hate on others instagram post because they are using brands with parenting companies that test. I strongly dislike hurting peoples feelings and don’t support anyone being mean to anyone so I would never judge someone for using parenting companies or even brands that do test..

    This is honestly a great post! You seem to have an awesome mind set on this!

    What do you think about Tarte being owned by KOSE? Also what do you think about NARS being owned by Shiseido? Do you consider them as cruelty free? Have you done a 2016 Update for brands that are owned by parenting companies? Will you be doing one?

    Great post again, and great blog/website. It’s so nicely done! Hope you have a great day! (:

    • Vicky Ly
      August 19, 2016

      Heya Summer!!

      I’m so so SO happy to hear that you enjoyed this post! Especially to hear that from a cruelty-free blogger too! =) BTW, I am obsessed with your blog now! Such an amazing resource for finding cruelty-free beauty reviews!! Keep it up, girl!

      I know exactly what you mean! I was a little afraid that this post was going to attract a thread of comments where people were just going to bash on each other and shove their opinions down each other’s throats. But what I’m learning is that we’ve all experienced the same hateful comments elsewhere on social media and people who are probably reading this post wanted to find more clarity on this touchy subject.

      It’s great to see all of us support one another instead of fighting against each other! =)

      I’m in the same boat as you right now.. I choose NOT to support brands that are owned by a parent company that tests on animals so that includes both Tarte and NARS. If you asked me this a year ago.. my answer would have been very different. But I personally feel like there are so many other amazing cruelty-free brands to choose from and since I’m a little more comfortable with shopping only cruelty-free, it makes it easier for me to find alternatives to brands like Tarte, NARS, Urban Decay, or NYX!

      Ultimately, I think it’s important to just do what we feel is comfortable and no knows you better than yourself! So to everyone else out there… just do YOU!

      p.s. I heard Jordana’s liquid lipsticks are equally amazing as NYX! and also
      Physicians Formula has some of the best bronzers!! =)

  • Margaret
    April 11, 2016

    Great points! I prioritize the product being vegan, and work my way from there. I think aiming for progress, not perfection is good for us, and for companies. I only purchase items that don’t contain animal products. As more
    consumers buy only vegan, companies will get the message.

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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