A couple of vegan and clean skincare goodies I got from my first order from @thedetoxmarketcanada! 🌿✨ My skin has changed so much in just the past year alone. I went from very oily skin to acne-prone to eczema flare-ups and now surface dryness 😔 So lately, I've been looking into the ingredients of all my skincare products and consciously trying to make an effort to buy clean, non-toxic, and organic products.  This is my second bottle of @oseamalibu's Blemish Balm, it's an amazing lightweight moisturizer that has really helped clear up my skin without drying it out or trigger my eczema. 🌸 I also wanted to try their Atmosphere Protection Cream which claims to hydrate and help provide barrier protection against visible damage caused by environmental stressors such as dry climates, wind and air pollution. 🌍 I’d love to know, what are some non-toxic & vegan skincare products/brands are you currently loving or would recommend?? 💕

A couple of vegan and...

Ain't nuthin but a V-GANG, baby! ✌🏻✨🌱 VGANG: a group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and conscience living. - defined by Will.I.Am
📸 via @jemglo_cosmedx

Ain't nuthin but a V-GANG,...

My lips are instantly and intensely hydrated thanks to @nclabeauty’s [NEW] 100% Natural & Vegan Lip Balm! 💋 They have 8 flavors to choose from including Red Velvet, Almond Cookies, Marshmallow, and Watermelon!! 🍉 🍉 🍉  This watermelon Balm Babe smells and tastes like watermelon candy! Formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil.
I love how light and moisturized this lip balm feels and I especially love how it doesn't leave that waxy feeling behind 👌🏻
Most lip balms on the market contain beeswax, lanolin, or honey, making them NOT vegan. And then there are some other brands that are NOT cruelty-free including Nivea, Chapstick, EOS*, Blistex, Aquaphor, and Vaseline.
*Note: EOS is sold in-stores in China but they claim that since they manufacture their products in China, they do not need to test on animals as required by law. However, EOS' products are still at risk of POST-market animal testing where Chinese officials will pull products off from store shelves and test them on animals, this is often done without the company's knowledge or consent. So at this time, we do not feel comfortable classifying any beauty brand selling their products in-stores in China to be "cruelty-free" to our standards.
#ncla #nclabeauty #balmbabe #nclabalmbabe #nclawatermelon #veganlipbalm #crueltyfreelipbalm #naturallipbalm #cleanlipbalm #gifted

My lips are instantly and...

Let's Get Sheet-Faced!! ✨🙋🏻‍♀️ Some of my favourite cruelty-free and vegan sheet masks include:
🌵 @elfcosmetics (All Vegan)
🌵 @pacificabeauty (All Vegan)
🌵 @acurebeauty (All Vegan)
🌵 @yesto
🌵 @andalounaturals
🌵 @100percentpure
Plans on getting sheet-faced this weekend? Share some of your favourite cruelty-free sheet masks!💕
📸 via @popsugar

Let's Get Sheet-Faced!! ✨🙋🏻‍♀️ Some...

HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not cheating on your diet by eating fries, you're cheating on fries by going on a diet."
📸 via @jiffpom

HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not...

Those Jalapeño Kettle Chips are LIFE!🔥 I also love Takis, Sour Patch Kids Candy, Oreo Cookies in the Carrot Cake Flavor, Dad’s Oatmeal Cookies, and Doritos’ Spicy Sweet Chili chips! 👌🏻✨ — all in moderation, of course 🙂
What are some of your favourite accidentally vegan snacks?
📸 via @livekindlyco

Those Jalapeño Kettle Chips are...

Daydreaming of being on a beach right now with this gorgeous turquoise creme nail polish color called Son of a Beach by @heroine.nyc 🏝
All of heroine.nyc nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 9-free! 💚
#heroinenyc #gifted #beaheroine #beachbabes

Daydreaming of being on a...

Aren’t we all 😔🌱🌍
// #regram 📸 via @thegoodtrade

Aren’t we all 😔🌱🌍 ....

Never too small to make a big difference ✊🏻💕✨
📸 via @theveganbox

Never too small to make...

🎨 via @veronicadearly

HAPPY FRIDAY! 🖤✨ . ....

What’s Up? Cruelty-Free News (November 2016)

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Estee Lauder Acquires Too Faced

I know what you’re all thinking… WHY!? and no, please not Too Faced!! Ughs. Yet another beloved cruelty-free brand sold for a reportedly $1.45 billion to not-so-cruelty-free brand, Estee Lauder!

Estee Lauder has a bad track record of acquiring cruelty-free brands and then changing their animal testing policy to say they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Case in point with Smashbox and Aveda (this post here explains it all).

Although Too Faced says they’ll remain cruelty-free and will not sell in China, lots of cruelty-free shoppers refuse to buy anymore products from the brand as they feel their money is indirectly funding and supporting more animal tests done by the parent company, Estee Lauder.

(Source: Business of Fashion)

China to Approve Non-animal Testing Methods

Careful what you read out there, China hasn’t lifted their animal testing requirements just yet and as of right now, they still do require all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals before they’re allowed to sell in their country.

But we’re all about celebrating every victory here, big or small, so we’re delighted to hear that China is taking the right steps by accepting, for the first time ever, data from a non-animal test method!!

“The government’s acceptance of the 3T3 Phototoxicity assay means that cosmetic companies selling in China will be able to submit data on cosmetics for this particular test, involving exposure to light, without having to harm animals”

Way to go China! Keep it up and we’ll be able to make animal testing for cosmetics a thing in the past!

(Source: PETA)

A photo posted by philosophy (@lovephilosophy) on

Philosophy is Not Cruelty-Free

The lovely Courtney from cruelty-free blog, Phyrra.net posted a rather disappointing response from a well-known skincare brand, Philosophy. When asked multiple times if the brand sells in countries that may require animal testing (ie. China), they couldn’t give a straight answer and instead, they linked to their parent company, Coty Inc’s corporate policy.

When a subsidiary brand that claims to be “cruelty-free” links to their non-cruelty-free parent company’s animal testing policy, that usually never ends well for the brand.

Coty Inc is not cruelty-free and in their policy, it’s implied that they sell in China where animal testing is required by law. Now it appears that Philosophy is following the same policy as Coty Inc.


(Source: Phyrra)

Kat Von D to Release New Vegan Palette

Vegan palettes are sometimes hard to come by as there always seems to be one or two shades that are not vegan. Thankfully, Kat Von D Beauty is delivering on their promise of producing more vegan makeup with their latest Alchemist Palette!

“Tucked inside the beautiful packaging are four beautiful iridescent pigments: [Green] Emerald, [Ultra-Violet] Amethyst, [Blue] Sapphire, and [Pink] Opal. Each shade is designed to be used alone as a highlighter or layered on top of your favorite lipsticks and eye shadows to transform their colors.”

The Alchemist Palette will be available in stores at Sephora on Dec 24, 2016.

(Source: PopSugar)

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  • Tamara
    November 29, 2016

    Isn’t Kat von D’s parent company testing on animals? I just can’t decide what to do. I love that she is vegan and that’s important to her that animals don’t suffer and that she has a lot of vegan options within her makeup line. But I just don’t know.. If you don’t mind I’d love to hear your opinion on this.
    Thanks! 😉

“Make 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.”― Marc Bekoff

Parent Company Animal Testing Explained
What’s Up? Cruelty-Free News (November 2016)