So! Luckily, I have been fortunate to be sent another of the Cruelty Free Beauty Boxes. I received my first Beauty Box in June 2018 (full review here) and instantly fell in love with everything that The Cruelty Free Beauty Box stands for. A monthly subscription box that includes completely Cruelty Free products for just £14.95 per month (the value inside the box is WAY more!) – plus, if you prepay for 2 or 6 months it is even cheaper! What I loved most about this was the opportunity to discover Cruelty Free brands that I may not have come across on my own. This being said, with Christmas on the way (too early?) the December Box is available as both a subscription box or a gift subscription box, or as a One Off Box for a gift! Use code TREATME for a bonus item!)
On top of this (as if that wasn’t enough) they have added loads of new products for gifts to their shop, including a Men’s range! So with all this in mind, let’s dive in to the November 2018 Beauty Box and see what goodies we have!
“A must have handbag essential this winter! This Rose & Geranium Lead Hand Cream is bursting with the heavenly fragrance of enriching Rose and balancing Geranium pure essential oils. Expertly blended with botanical extracts of Aloe Vera and Calendula Flower with added, moisture-rich Jojoba oil, this 100% naturally fragranced hand cream helps to protect & soother delicate skin & strengthen nails.”
I LOVE this! The scent is absolutely delicious and it feels SO nourishing!
“This Eco Friendly Blending Brush has been carefully designed to work with both concealers and eyeshadows. The long densely packed bristles are designed to diffuse powder, cream, gels and liquids for an airbrushed finish. So whether you use it for your favourite eyeshadow palette & want to create a smokey eye or you just want to conceal an area, it’s the perfect multi tasking brush!”
This brush has been a game changer for me. I’m not a makeup artist – at all – and blending is always a bit of a mission. But! This brush is so soft and makes any look I am trying to attempt look a lot more seamless!
“Clear is a powerful compound which leaves skin smooth, radiant and clear. Using a special blind of 12 herbs and organic bio dynamic alcohol, this tincture is the ultimate blemish control for leaving your skin flawless. With party season just around the corner & the stress of Christmas, Clear is the perfect essential to keep your skin calm & flawless. You can either us the product directly from the applicator or use a cotton bud to apply (preferably eco friendly ones). Don’t make the mistake we did of putting a cotton bud into the tube as the end came off & it’s impossible to get back out! Apply to area & hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3 times.”
While I don’t particularly have any “spots” at the moment ( a rarity in itself) I did have one of those annoying “under the skin” types. I say did, as its gone. I can definitely vouch for this product, a life saver especially with the Christmas events coming up!
“These Matte Liquid Lipsticks will all all day or night. Not only with last, they’re also waterproof! Keep and eye on our website as they’ll soon be some seriously quirky palettes by Spoiled Lips too!”
So I was pleasantly surprised by this, not so much the formula or quality (which I must say is so comfortable and lasts such a long time!) but the shade! While I would usually gravitate towards nude shades, this gorgeous rich brown-red-plum is so wearable and perfect for the season!
“Gently exfoliate & buff away dead skin cells with these Body Scrubs. harnessing the power of naturally abrasive exfoliants or pumice stone & crushed walnut shell powder, this formula is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin. Exfoliate in circular motions, massaging the skin to help stimulate circulation. Another winter essential that will add a touch of luxury to your bathroom routine! Urban Veda are also making the movement to help our planet, their packaging is made from recycled plastic & they are also recyclable.”
This body scrub is an absolute joy. It is super soft and doesn’t feel like it’s attacking the skin, it just smooths the surface leaving baby soft skin behind. Genius!
As always, I have loved every product I have received in this box. The value as a subscription is just astounding, but now that they have a shop!? Off I go!
In no particular order as always!
To be honest I am obsessed (no pun intended) with this whole collection in general. But if I had to choose a favourite it would currently be “Ginger”. This shade is so stunning! It is the perfect transition shade that I use pretty much constantly now.
Full Review & Swatches
Again I was pleasantly surprised by all the products I tried from this brand, but this bronzer is just phenominal. It is on the natural side, but gives such a gorgeous and subtle bronzey glow that also looks epic on the eyes. Another winner!
Full Review & Swatches
I may have gone a little crazy with this product since I tried it (how often is too often to exfoliate.. I mean really…?). This scrub is heavenly. It is not scratchy or too intense, but the super fine exfoliant leaves skin SO soft and healthy looking – seriosuly addictive!
Another brand that so far I have loved everything I have tried… I suffer with dry lips a lot (I’m not sure suffer is the right word, it sounds a bit dramatic), but this lip balm has been a knight in shining armour. It leaves lips so moisturised and soft and the results last for ages!
This is the first product I have tried from Madam Glam and I am already obsessed. I always use gel polish as it lasts longer (a normal polish would struggle to make it through a day on my nails), and this shade is literally bang on. A pale pink that is not bright but not boring. More on the nude side than Barbie, I can’t wait to try out more of their shades!
One for the curly girls, Cantu is a brand I am working my way through and are becoming staples in my hair care routine. This cream smells incredible, keeps my hair soft (but not fluffy) and encourages my curls to be curlier! Super affordable.. Love it.
As a super fan of the Solait Express Tan (1 hour) I couldn’t exactly not buy this. 10 minutes? Like, for real? And the answer is yes. For real. It is definitely a lighter tan but is so quick and easy and has a really nice olive bronze undertone – no orange in sight! Oh, and its £3.29!!!
So! What products have I been loving in June 2018!?
In no particular order as usual…
Eden Perfumes is a brand I have loved for a long time, and their new candle release got me all in a tizzy! This scent is not your typical candle scent, but it is absolutely beautiful and the unusual scent reminds me of a spa! I keep mine in the bathroom and it literally makes every bubble bath perfect!
Saaf is a fairly new brand to me, but I have become obsessed. This *Facial Oil is my absolute dream product that is not only a monthly favourite but definitely a new holy grail product.
Another product from Saaf, their & Cleanser is so buttery and nourishing but still manages to completely clean the skin. Using this with the exfoliating cloth is definitely my new cleansing power couple.
This candle not only smells incredible but it looks beyond amazing. The whole range from Filthy Candles are ridiculously stunning, and this Bone China Tea Cup Candle is just perfect. There are also crystals and real flowers in it!
It is no secret that the first palette from the Makeup Revolution / Soph collaboration is one of my all time favourites – but the new Extra Spice Palette makes the most amazing partner for it. It has similar vibes to the first palette (which I love) but offers completely different shades to make this whole collection just the best collab ever!
This stunner has kind of transformed my skin. Moisturising my body on a daily basis is not something I usually remember to do. Not only does this fast drying mist make it so quick and easy to use every day, but it is so moisturising it leaves skin literally feeling like silk. Just amazing.
Another eyeshadow palette this month, the Morphe 25A Copper Spice Palette is a product I have had my eye one for a while, and lucky old me received this as a birthday present! I have been obsessing over it ever since!
While the e.l.f. Tinted Lip Balms aren’t particularly new to me (I am a true e.l.f. super fan!) with the weather being the way it has been lately these are brilliant to add a comfortable pop of colour AND are super moisturising. Win win!!
The ZAO Silk Foundation is another product I have been probably a little too obsessed with lately. While I don’t tend to wear full foundation every day, on the occasions that I do wear foundation this is my current go-to. It has such a beautiful natural finish but still makes the skin look flawless.
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So finally we have the Revolution Conceal & Define which I started out using on occasions but now use pretty much every day. The coverage of these is so build able that they are perfect for every day “no makeup – makeup” or built up with a full face for super bright under eyes. They are ridiculously affordable and there are so many shades to choose from!
Here are my current favourite Cruelty Free Foundations – in no particular order!!
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When I first decided to make the transition to become Cruelty Free, I genuinely assumed if a brand was certified as Vegan then that would mean it does not involve animals – at all, right? Wrong. Bizarrely, just because a brand is certified as Vegan does not mean that its’ products are not tested on animals. Crazy! To me that defeats the whole idea of being Vegan in the first place if the products then go on to be tested on animals! And on the other side there are brands that while they claim to be Cruelty Free also sell their products in China or only state that their products are not tested on animals… but do not mention their ingredients or third party involvement.
It is not always clear what is Cruelty Free or Vegan, so here is a rough guideline on what these actually mean:
– products are not tested on animals – at all. Not just the finished products, but the ingredients or any third party involvement. Also, if a brand sells its’ products in a country where animal testing is required by law (such as China) then the brand as a whole is not Cruelty Free.
– products are 100% free of any animal ingredients or ingredients that are derived from animals. These brands will find alternatives instead, such a Glycerine. However, a brand that is Vegan Certified is not neccesarily Cruelty Free.
Basically, they are completely different concepts. Brands that are Cruelty Free are not necessarily Vegan, and vise versa. On the whole, brands tend to be pretty proud if they have received certification for being either of these and will display their certified logo on their website and products. Not always though, so I tend to look in their “about” pages and they will usually clarify their status there. If I find I am having to hunt a little too hard to find some sort of clarification, then I start to become suspicious and doubtful. There is also the Parent Company situation for some brands, but that is a whole issue in itself that is down to personal opinion – I have a full discussion post on this – Where To Draw The Line?
The main and ultimate mission of Belles’ Bunnies is to highlight cosmetic animal testing and create awareness of just how many brands are still testing on animals. The Cruelty Free Brand List on Belles’ Bunnies is constantly updated, which hopefully makes the whole process of shopping a lot easier! Overall, an official certification such as Leaping Bunny or PETA is a clear way to ensure a brand is Cruelty Free, and in my experience brands that are genuinely Cruelty Free are proud and display this for all to see!
Cruelty Free Cosmetics are becoming more popular in the beauty industry, however it is so upsetting to see so many brands and major brands still testing their products on animals. Campaigns and petitions are constantly fighting to spread awareness, although it does still surprise me just how many people are still unaware that the brands they buy from still do this. The cosmetic industry is worth over £66 billion, and while over 60% of the population are “against” animal testing, over 250 of the top selling cosmetic brands still test on animals.
What specifies on whether a brand is classed as cruelty free?
Brands must meet the following criteria:
Basically, no products or ingredients from the company or its suppliers are tested on animals. As there are so many beautiful cruelty free brands out there, I just don’t see why other brands still allow it! So what alternatives do these brands have? In countries where cosmetic animal testing is banned, manufactures do still have to show that a product meets health, hygiene and safety standards – this is required by law. However, the simplest way is to avoid ingredients that have already been shown to be unsafe, and many brands test their products on human volunteers or in clinical trials – causing no suffering or pain to any animals! So! Let’s focus on the wonderful brands that are Cruelty Free and proud!
There are a number of sites listing brands that are cruelty free, such as Peta & Cruelty Free International to help out if Cruelty Free Cosmetics is a new chapter in your life – it can seem a little overwhelming. When deciding to make the transition it became difficult to find out which brands were cruelty free and which brands tested on animals, and when I did find a brand I wanted to try they were usually an American or European brand meaning I had to find ways of getting these products online (which also usually resulted in high shipping costs and import taxes).
There is a Cruelty Free Brand List which is constantly updated, and all the brands are available to purchase in the UK!
Making the change to be cruelty free can seem daunting and expensive. Not knowing where to start can make the whole process just too much hassle, and most of us are not in the position to be able to throw away almost every product we have and buy everything from new. If this relates to you, there is a Guide For Becoming Cruelty Free, to help break down the transition and make the whole process a lot easier! Breaking this down makes it a lot simpler to switch out your every day items such as moisturiser or foundation, down to the less obvious products like laundry detergent.
So What else can we do?
In March 2013, a ban was passed in the UK and all members of the European Union, making it illegal to test products or their ingredients on animals – this was HUGE! Since then, there are many countries now fighting to introduce the same regulations all over the world. While this may sound like incredible progress (and in so many ways it is!), unfortunately over 100 million animals are killed every year, with many more still experiencing the torture of animal testing . Beauty is an insanely profitable industry, and there is such a long way to go. In my opinion, cosmetics are a luxury that we as humans choose to use and wear, and how anyone can justify putting innocent animals through agony for our vanity is beyond me.
As someone who is passionate about this issue, I tend to focus on the positives and the ethical brands rather than inserting images of the devastating effects cosmetic testing has on animals. Although if you are interested there are a few sites that can give more information and statistics on this such as Speaking Of Research, About Animal Testing & Cruelty Free Int Statistics.
Numerous charities and petitions are committed to this cause, and honestly every little helps! If this is something that interests you, you can check some of these out here.
There are so many ways to help to protect our animals from cosmetic testing, and anything you can do at all – as small as it may seem, will help to make a difference.
Where did this award come from and what is it?
It was started to give newer and smaller bloggers like myself recognition and support whilst giving bloggers the chance to connect and discover other blogs.
Quote: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
What are the rules?
3 Things About Me!
I used to own a Hair & Beauty Salon but now work with animals in kennels!
My favourite food is cheese!
I think everything is meant to be, and is always better with a cup of tea!
What is your greatest achievement?
I recently relocated across the country to move in with my boyfriend. We bought our first home, and I have been fortunate enough to make the career change from hairdressing to animal care!
What made you become a blogger?
Cruelty free cosmetics and animal testing is something I have felt strongly about for years. It was a difficult transition for me when I first made the change to cruelty free as there was so little information out there on brands and animal testing policies. I had kept saying that I should start a blog with all of the information I had managed to find to change so that it would be easier for others! It also still amazes me just how many people aren’t even aware that brands still test on animals. It took me almost a year to build up the courage to even start this blog! But I am loving it and want to spread awareness of animal testing and promote brands who are cruelty free and proud!
Who is your inspiration for blogging?
I recently came across LynSire . LynSire is an * based Cruelty Free Living blog, and although we are in completely different parts of the world seeing someone else trying to spread awareness and being SO successful in the process is so inspiring. Her blog is clean and stylish, and after a DM on Twitter she is such a lovely and helpful person!
Besides blogging do you have a hobby? if so, what is it?
I have been a musician since a child and still play piano. I work alot at the moment and work on my blog every chance I get, but I still love all things music and have my piano (my 21st birthday present!) proudly standing in my living ready for me!
Weird/Fun question: What would you do if the whole world got overrun by zombies or some other post apocalyptic being?
Hide. I would be awful in this sort of situation, I would like to think I would attempt to “blend in” and hope to go unnoticed, but I’ll keep it real – I’d probably just hide!!
Go go go! I can’t wait to see what you make of this award, and if you do participate I would love it if you would tag/mention me so I can see your post!