I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
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Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
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Shoes: old from @callitspring

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Makeup Geek Vegan Product List

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Makeup Geek Vegan Product List

For a full list of Makeup Geek vegan products, we got you covered!

Since Makeup Geek uses the same ingredient label across multiple shades of their color cosmetics, you’ll often find “Carmine” listed as an ingredient under “May Contain +/-” but that doesn’t necessarily mean all their shades contain Carmine. This makes it a little difficult to know which ones are vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

Thankfully, on Makeup Geek’s website, they list all of their products and shades that contain Carmine and are not classified as being vegan. But I always find it helpful to have a list of products that are considered vegan instead of the other way around!

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Makeup Geek has over 100 makeup shades that are vegan-friendly! To help you figure out which of their colors are carmine-free (and therefore vegan), I’ve created this handy list of Makeup Geek vegan products!

Makeup Geek Vegan Products

Makeup Geek Vegan Eyeshadows


Makeup Geek Vegan Foiled Eyeshadows


Makeup Geek Vegan Duochrome Eyeshadows


Vegan Sparklers

Vegan Duochrome Pigments


Makeup Geek Vegan Pigments

Makeup Geek Vegan Foiled Pigments


Makeup Geek Vegan Blush


Makeup Geek Vegan Contour Powders


Makeup Geek Vegan Highlighters


Makeup Geek Vegan Plush Matte Shades

All of Makeup Geek Plush Matte shades are carmine-free and vegan.

Makeup Geek Vegan Plush Creme Shades

All of Makeup Geek Plush Creme shades are carmine-free and vegan.


Makeup Geek Vegan Iconic Lipsticks

All of Makeup Geek Iconic Lipsticks are carmine-free and vegan.


Makeup Geek Vegan Foiled Lip Glosses

This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.

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5 Comments
  • Shaz
    June 13, 2017

    I ordered cocoa bear, frappe, latte and creme brulee having researched that they are carmine free and vegan friendly but was surprised to see carmine included in ingredient -listing. So these shades and others listed on ur page are definitely vegan friendly?

    • Vicky Ly
      June 13, 2017

      I checked the 4 eye shadow colors you mentioned and I didn’t see Carmine listed as an ingredient. However if you see Carmine in the ingredient list under “May Contain”.. this doesn’t necessarily mean that the particular color contains carmine. They sometimes use the same ingredient label across multiple shades. If you want extra reassurance whether the colors you bought are carmine-free, Makeup Geek themselves have a list you can check out here! https://www.makeupgeek.com/content/makeup-geek-cruelty-free-and-vegan-info/

  • Jennifer
    November 7, 2016

    This is so helpful! Thank you!!

    • Vicky Ly
      November 7, 2016

      Glad you found it helpful, Jennifer! =) If you end up getting anything from Makeup Geek, I look forward to reading about it on your blog and/or watching one of your videos! =D

  • Marie-France
    September 8, 2016

    Awesome (and beautifully designed) list! Thank you Vicky 🙂

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