This spring, I will have been fully vegan for two years. Almost: one time I got a cow’s milk latte at the coffee shop and I didn’t want to throw it away… and some other times like that I think where people served me “plant based” food for which I had doubts. You sort of taste it, after a while, the animal taste I mean. That latte, jeez, it tasted like an udder smells, not that I have ever smelled an udder, but I think you get my gist.
I’m pretty good now with my food, and most of my body products. I had a lot of backup of shampoos and soaps, so I’m slowly going through them; toothpaste is good, conditioner right now is good, main face cream is good (eye, serums and other stuff, no). I have faith that one day the transition will be full in that department.
Clothing department, I still wear leather articles that I had acquired before the switch; same thing with silk, I have a couple of scarf with some silk in it. No wool, never liked wool. It’s itchy. I’m fine with that (not the wool, the whole wearing things like that in general at this stage in my journey).
Now comes makeup. I have a lot of makeup. Not Youtube beauty guru massive collection type of a lot, just a lot for most normal women I would think. And I’m not wearing so much of it. I’ve decluttered, but since I haven’t found any place in Montreal where they take use products to give them away – which I understand completely – I mostly threw these products away. I don’t want to continue to do that: I kept the products that I enjoyed for their colour, texture, ease of use etc, their problem is the company’s stance on animal testing and usage of animal byproduct. So I decided to do what was so popular a couple of years ago and previously mentioned Youtube beauty world, to help me out evacuating these products.
The thing is, I kinda feel guilty about all of it: the makeup, not using it, keeping it, not having a fully cruelty free / vegan makeup stash. I’m giving myself time, but after two years, I think a bit of strategy is in need. A bit more planning. A bit more panning 🙂
So here are the ten products I chose:
Inglot – Matte eye shadow #355 (doesn’t seem to be vegan according to this list) – I just needed a basic skin coloured matte for eyeshadow looks
Nars duo in Portobello – I just needed basic mattes for crease
Clinique duo in beach plum #18
Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze #25 – Can’t believe this thing is still creamy…ish
Clinique Blush Pop in Nude Pop 05 – At least I’ve used this one a lot, can’t see the flower on top
Cover Girl Eye concealer #205 – soo old… I think I screw the caps of my products super tight because they are all still in perfect condition
Lancôme L’Absolu Nu Lipstick in 101 (I’ve had this one for sooo many years, I think I was doing my Master at the time – that’s 10 years ago people)
Lancôme Lip Lover in 321
Clarins Volupté Sheer Candy in 07
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02
It smells very high end. And I feel like I’ll never see the end of this project, although I am determined to transition all my product consumption to more ethical ones. So it’s either that or I continue to feel bad about it and just rant alone, in front of my makeup drawer.
Of course these do not make a makeup look entirely. My mascaras are vegan and cf (yeassss!), foundation/bbcream, it’s coming quickly. Eye pencil I have all sort, but since my eye shadow looks are pretty limited in my P10P, I’ll play with my pencil a little more freely. I’ll post periodically where I’m at, and when I finish around 4-5 products, I’ll probably do a new project, just adding new products to the mix.
If you stumble upon my blog and I’ve gone through the same thing, trying to slowly get rid of all your non vegan/cf products, let me know what are the lessons you’ve ended up with, so I can’t benefit from your experience and wisdom!
I’ll add a few resources for other people like me, the in-betweeners. These websites have become major resources for me in the past years; there many others but I always come back to these ones which are easy to use, clear, helpful…everything!
Cruelty-Free + Vegan Makeup Brands (the whole website but especially this list)
I’ll probably post a cf/vegan skincare/makeup haul next, for some positive reinforcement.