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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 March 25, 2020

            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

            When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

            So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

            1. Exercise

            It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

            2. Drink in Moderation

            I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

            3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

            Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

            4. Watch Less Television

            A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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            Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

            5. Eat Less Red Meat

            Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

            If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

            6. Don’t Smoke

            This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

            7. Socialize

            Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

            8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

            Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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            9. Be Optimistic

            Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

            10. Own a Pet

            Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

            11. Drink Coffee

            Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

            12. Eat Less

            Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

            13. Meditate

            Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

            Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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            14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

            Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

            15. Laugh Often

            Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

            16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

            Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

            17. Cook Your Own Food

            When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

            Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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            18. Eat Mushrooms

            Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

            19. Floss

            Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

            20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

            Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

            Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

            21. Have Sex

            Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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            Reference

            [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
            [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
            [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
            [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
            [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
            [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
            [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
            [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
            [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
            [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
            [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
            [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
            [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
            [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
            [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
            [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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