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

A quick and easy way...

Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

Never too late for a...

The Eden Collection – Sienna Byron Bay Vegan Nail Polish

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For this week’s Vegan Mani Monday, I wanted to share Sienna Byron Bay’s Eden Collection!

All of Sienna Byron Bay nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic.

Since they’re based in Australia, it’s Spring/Summer season during this time of year and so the Eden Collection features 5 Spring nail colors.

The inspiration behind Sienna Byron Bay’s Eden Collection is they wanted to keep it simple and look to the native Australia flora for their palette.

Eden Collection – Sienna Byron Bay

Below are the swatches of each nail polish on my nails.

Fleur – Sienna Byron Bay

Described as a Blushing Bride Pink Creme.

Opaque after two coats but because of how light the color is, it can look a little streaky. So I like to apply a third coat to even it out and get a fully opaque coverage.

This is a beautiful pale baby pink color.

Elm – Sienna Byron Bay

Described as a Misty Jade Green Creme.

Opaque after two coats. This is a little thicker formula but it does have a nice and even application.

Loving this pale moss color on my nails!

Helena – Sienna Byron Bay

Described as an Apricot Blush Creme.

It appears to be a sheer formula at first but it can work up to an opaque coverage with 3 coats. I have on 3 coats of Helena in the photo.

This is a gorgeous nude nail polish color with an orangey undertone.

Peony – Sienna Byron Bay

Described as a Cherry Blossom Pink Creme.

This is definitely one of my favorite colors by Sienna Byron Bay. It’s a pretty pink color. An opaque formula that applies evenly. Full coverage after 2 coats.

Florence – Sienna Byron Bay

Described as a Magenta Plum Creme.

Opaque after 2 coats. A very nice and even application, I had no issues with staining. It’s like a vampy purply-red with a high gloss finish.

Review: Sienna Byron Bay Eden Collection

What’s in each nail polish? All of Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes contain No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor , No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide. They also do not contain Benzophenone-1.

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Polyethylmethacrylate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Etocrylene, Silica, Diacetone Alcohol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Phosphoric Acid, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Mica.
May Contain +/-:
Ci 15850 Red 7 Lake, Ci 15850 Red 6 Lake, Ci 77499 Black Iron Oxide, Ci 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Ci 15880 Red 34 Lake, Ci 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, Ci 77491 Iron Oxide, Ci 77510 Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ci 19140 Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 77000 Aluminium Powder, Ci 60725 Violet 2, Ci 47005 Yellow 10, Ci 77007 Ultramarine Blue

What do they smell like? Although Sienna Byron Bay claims to be the cleanest nail polish formula available, they still do have a nail polish smell to them. It’s not nearly as potent or strong as traditional nail polish but it’s still there.

How long do they last? I’ve worn Sienna Byron Bay nail polish up to 5-6 days without chipping.

Made and Shipped from? Sienna Byron Bay is based out of Australia. That’s also where my package was shipped from.

Packaging: Zero-waste and Plastic-Free. All of Sienna Byron Bay packaging was recyclable. The polishes came in small individual boxes and the parcel box was stuffed with paper filler. No plastic was used whatsoever.
Sienna Byron Bay wooden nail polish caps are made from local non-native sustainable timber. 

How much do they cost? USD$19.50 or AUD$25

Where can I buy them? On Sienna Byron Bay’s website but if you’re in the US or Canada, I would recommend buying them from Petit Vour or The Green Jungle Beauty Shop (Canada) to save on shipping costs.

PR or Purchased? In full disclosure, Sienna Byron Bay sent me all 5 nail polishes. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.

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