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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 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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