This time last week I was tagged by the lovely Sarah from The V Nice Life to answer the questions from the Bunny Friendly Beauty Tag. I thought this would be a nice post to get myself back into blogging after a week away from the blogosphere.

Cruelty Free

How long have you been on your cruelty free journey?

I have known about animal testing ever since I came across Lush back in 2010. Something just didn’t really settle well knowing that animals are being used for product testing. I tried to buy from mostly cruelty free brands until this time last year when I found the vegan lifestyle and decided to stop buying from brands that tested on animals all together. I still have a lot of non cruelty free branded products left which have never been opened or used that I am currently looking to donate to charities.

What made you decide to go cruelty free?

Everyone loves their pets right?! I couldn’t imagine what it is like to harm a pet and I personally think anyone who thinks it is okay needs to carefully consider what they are doing with their lives. I was asked to write an article for my first University degree back in 2013. I decided to write about the Angora Fur which lead to researching how products are tested on animals. After watching a couple of videos, it made me feel sick and very upset about the whole situation, what made things worse is that the testing side of the industry is very well hidden from the public which I think is completely wrong!

What has been the hardest product to find a cruelty free dupe for?

Base products like foundation, concealer and powder. I was obsessed with Rimmel’s Wake Me Up before going cruelty free and vegan but even today I am struggling to find a good coverage foundation. I don’t like dewy foundations and I love those that give an extreme high coverage. However, this has made me apply less foundation and become more confident with my skin even when I am having a major breakout. I love the Colour Supplements from Lush but at the moment the Extra Minerals Liquid Foundation is working well for me, you can read more about that here.
What’s the best cruelty free dupe you’ve found?

The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum really helps my frizzy hair and I love the perfumes that Lush offer. I have heard that Eden Perfumes are really good at matching designer brand fragrances which I would love to try sometime soon. I think my favourite is definitely the Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, it does wonders to my hair and always leaves it feeling soft and nourished.

What product or brand do you wish was cruelty free?

I would have to say Rimmel. They used to be my favourite brand right through from lipsticks and mascaras to foundation and concealer. They were really affordable and have a wide range of shades. If they can go vegan too then that would be even better!

What’s your holy grail cruelty free brand?

It has to be Lush. I am addicted if you can’t already tell! It’s where I pick up my haircare and skincare products from, the bath bombs are amazing and the toothpaste works well especially when paired with one of Superdrug’s mouthwashes. I just trust them out of any other brands available to the cruelty free and vegan community.

Name one cruelty free brand might not have heard of?

I have worked with a number of small brands who are both cruelty free and vegan however my favourite so far has to be Lippy Girl. There will be a review on Friday with more of thoughts about the company and the lipstick which I was lucky enough to get sent. All their products are cruelty free and vegan friendly as well which is an added bonus.

Are you a vegan? If so, for how long and have you had any struggles? If not, why not?

Yes, I am a vegan! I went vegan nearly a year ago and it has been a rather difficult transition at first. I am known as world’s fussiest eater between friends and family which means my diet consists of mainly fruit and veg but I do like the good bar of chocolate or vegan cake now and again. Once you have lived the vegan lifestyle for a while then you really do find out that a lot of products are accidentally vegan already which means it isn’t to bad. As for the dairy industry, I am past it now. I watched Earthlings and Vegucated and hated what they do to the animals. I don’t even miss cheese or yogurt because they are some great alternatives out there already. I do struggle to find a reliable makeup brand that I love which is cruelty free and vegan so if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. I can also eat many Oreos and Party Rings because they are both suitable for vegans!

What’s your favourite local vegan friendly venue?

First of all, I want to move to Brighton or London because there are so many different options for vegans down there. However I am stuck in the North East of England but that doesn’t mean vegan friendly venues are limited. My favourite is definitely The Good Apple Cafe in Sunderland. I have wrote about it here but their food is delicious, especially their bagels and cupcakes offerings; I highly recommend taking a trip if your ever lost for vegan friendly places in the North. Other than that I do love good vegan friendly Nando’s but there is also Mamma Mias in Newcastle which have a vegan friendly menu too.

You have 30 seconds to convert someone to a cruelty free lifestyle – what would you say to them?

Do you know your pet dog/cat/rabbit (*delete as appropriate*)? Could you stand there and watch someone strangle them or hurt them with their bare hands and not be able to do anything about it? No?! Well stop supporting brands that test on animals. Stop eating animals products when there is so many alternatives to use. There are plenty of resources out there to help you with this lifestyle change including bloggers. It’s not difficult to save lives!

I am now going to tag Libby from Gingerbread Buttons and Lauren from What Lauren Did Today, looking forward to reading your answers girls!

If you haven’t already done this tag and fancy taking part, feel free to answer the questions yourself.