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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Beauty Products with Conscience

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Beauty Products with Conscience

Ricky Gervais one said, “…you can’t justify torturing an animal for shampoo”, and the same could be said for any other personal care product. In our modern era, there’s really no need to test cosmetics on animals, and as more people choose vegan products over conventional ones, many companies are taking notice and changing their practices to cruelty-free methods.

If you’ve been pursuing a more compassionate lifestyle but have been loath to give up some of your favourite products because you’re afraid you won’t find vegan items of equivalent calibre/value, fear not: there are brilliant alternatives to be found everywhere. You won’t be relegated to smearing ash on your eyelids in lieu of shadow, or rubbing beet root on your lips instead of using lipstick. Instead, you can try out some of the incredible, stunningly beautiful, ethical products out there that are just waiting to help you get to the next level of beauty and glamour.

Below are 12 companies that create gorgeous cosmetics that are as fabulous to use as they are kind to animals.

Urban Decay

Stunning, gorgeous makeup in every colour imaginable. Urban Decay eyeshadow is wonderful to work with, and they have a great array of lipsticks, mascaras, and more. You can find their products in Sephora stores around North America, or via their website.

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E.L.F.

E.L.F.

    “E.L.F.” stands for “Eyes, Lips, Face”, and you can be certain that this company’s makeup is perfect for all three. They have an enormous selection of eyeshadows and lipsticks, and their mascara is incredible to work with.

    Lippy Girl

    As the company’s name implies, the main focus is on lip products: they have 8 scrumptious lipstick shades to choose from, as well as glosses, shimmer, and conditioning balms. Not only are their products free of any animal products, they’re gluten-free as well! Score.

    Ecco Bella

    This company has one of the largest selections of organic, vegan beauty products on the market. From liquid foundations and powders to blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara, their products are as gentle to your body as they are to the earth. Using ingredients such as carnauba wax, clay, corn starch, sweet almond oil, aloe vera, and tea extracts, they’re able to create a stunning palette of shades to suit any skin tone.

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    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

    Obsessive Compulsive

      Professional and absolutely gorgeous, all products from OCC are vegan and cruelty-free. They have items for airbrush effects as well as day-to-day wear, and their product line has items to suit every skin tone and type. Whether you’re looking for the perfect tinted moisturizer, or long-lasting lip colour in the most incredible hues imaginable, this is the place where you’ll find it all.

      Glam Girl Naturals

      Both gluten-free AND vegan, Glam Girl Naturals makeup is made with natural plant-based butters and waxes, and contain no parabens or synthetic dyes. Their mineral-based bronzing powders and shimmer dusts are spectacular, and their eyeliner is sleek, precise, and long-lasting. 8 shades of lipstick are available (from nude to crimson),

      LVX

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      LVX Polish

        If you’re a fan of nail polish, this is the place to check out. Cruelty-free, vegan, and made without formaldehyde, these polishes come in over 30 shades. Whether your tastes lie in mattes or metallics, nudes or bright, radiant colour, you’ll find the perfect hue for you.

        Too Faced

        This company creates some of the most elegant, vibrant cruelty-free makeup on the planet. Ethical glamour queens and fashionistas everywhere can find the exact products they’re looking for, from eyelid primer and concealers to lipsticks and blushes.

        Afterglow Cosmetics

        Afterglow Cosmetics

          The first certified gluten-free cosmetic line, Afterglow creates products that are mineral-based and gentle to the body. Free of any synthetic dyes or petrochemicals, these beauty products nourish the skin while still creating gorgeous makeup effects.

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          Origins

          Created without parabens, pthalates, petroleum products, or any animal ingredients, Origins products are full of organic goodness and body-pampering delight. In addition to their large selection of makeup products (including eyeliner/shadow, lipstick, concealer, blush, etc.), they also have an extensive collection of body care items. Check out their website to learn about their body scrubs, moisturizers, shampoos, deodorants, and more!

          Face Atelier

          Face Atelier

            Used by celebrities such as Madonna and Lady Gaga, and on shows such as True Blood, makeup by Face Atelier takes glamour to an entirely new level. There isn’t a single “regular” product that isn’t found among their creations, and every single item is cruelty-free. They have foundation makeup for every skin tone, and it’s customizable in case yours is between standard shades, and they have over 30 eyeshadow colours and 27 lipstick hues to try out.

            Adorn

            Based in Australia, Adorn cosmetics are vegan/cruelty-free and certified Halal. They have moisturizers and other skincare products in addition to their extensive makeup line, and they’re committed to planet-friendly practices as well as organic, healthy beauty products.

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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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