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Cruelty-free beauty and my current favorites

Ever since becoming a minimalist, I’ve narrowed down my make-up collection quite a bit. I love trying new products and also became more aware of animal testing and cruelty. I try to opt for cruelty-free make-up as much as I can. These products are my current cruelty-free beauty favorites.

According to my research all of these products are cruelty-free (The honey bronze highlighter isn’t vegan, since it contains honey), but I am nowhere near perfect, so feel free to let me know if you have any doubts about any of these products. I would love to try out some more cruelty-free brands, so feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

When is a product considered cruelty free?

Testing products on animals can have very harmful effects on them. If you have ever googled some pictures, you know they can’t be unseen. Brands that have a cruelty-free label don’t test their products nor the ingredients on animals. The fact that a lot of great brands are cruelty-free shows that there is no need to put animals through the painful (and/or deadly) proces.

Keep in mind that animal testing laws may differ in different countries. China often requires animal testing by law, therefore products sold in Mainland China can never be considered cruelty-free.


Cruelty-free kitty is a great website to help you discover if a brand is cruelty-free or not.


I’ve been wanting to try the Glossier for so long, but unfortunately they don’t ship to Belgium. When I was in New York, I went to their showroom and finally got my hands on some of these products. I use the Cloud Paint blush in the shade Beam, the rich moisturizing face cream and the Birthday Balm Dotcom and love all of these products so far! Glossier gained PETA-certification and is 100% cruelty free. They don’t test on animals and nor do their suppliers.

By Terry 

The By Terry CC Serum is a total game-changer. It made me stop wearing make-up everyday. The Serum gives your skin a bit of a tint and a lovely glow. By Terry is a luxury cruelty-free brand that doesn’t test on animals.

The Body Shop 

The Body Shop is known for being a cruelty-free brand and usually has petitions that you can sign in their stores. I have been using their foundation for a while, but the HoneyBronze Highlighting Dome is a new favorite. This product does contain honey, which means it is not vegan. However, the honey they use is sustainably sourced.

Too Faced 

Too Faced is a very popular cruelty-free brand. It is supported by PETA, even though it belongs to the Estée Lauder group, which does sell products in China. Too Faced does remain cruelty-free and made a promise not to sell their products in China. I’ve been using the Better Than Sex mascara for years. A cruelty-free favorite for sure!

PETA: “It’s important to support cruelty-free companies such as Urban Decay—owned by L’Oréal—as well as Too Faced Cosmetics, because if their parent companies see that kind and compassionate cosmetics are popular, it may lead to a decision to reject testing on animals permanently.”

Bare Minerals 

Bare Minerals does not test on animals nor do they sell their products in China, making it a cruelty-free brand. The Complexion Rescue foundation is one of my all-time favorites, because it gives you that ‘your skin but better’ result.

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