Article: Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide for Canadians

In , / 11/24/2014
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I'm delighted to host this guest post by Cruelty-Free Kitty, a beautiful blog about cruelty-free products and lifestyle. Read on for her wonderful suggestions on shopping cruelty-free in Canada.

Choosing ethical and animal-friendly cosmetics when you’re in Canada can be hard: in stores, the availability of cruelty-free brands is limited, and online, shipping prices are often sky-high when ordering from American stores. Whether you’re interested in budget brands, vegan products, high-end makeup, or eco-friendly beauty, I’ve put together a list of my favorite cruelty-free sources for Canadians, both in stores and online!

If you're looking for cruelty-free brands in Canadian drugstores, the options are limited, but Shopper's Drug Mart carries the most well-known animal-friendly brands such as Wet'n'Wild, Physicians Formula, Marcelle, Annabelle, Yes to Carrots, and Burt's Bees. Marcelle and Annabelle are Canadian brands owned by the same cruelty-free company:  Marcelle offers more polished makeup, while Annabelle offers bold or vibrant colors and glittery products at an affordable price range. Both of these brands are good quality -- especially look into their face powder, eye shadows, and lipsticks. You can also visit my list of cruelty-free drugstore brands for a full list as well as parent company information. Please note that Quo, Shopper's Drug Mart's mid-range makeup brand, is not cruelty-free.

My absolute favorite retail store for all my budget-friendly makeup, skincare, and household essentials is Target!  They carry Sonia Kashuk, NYX, Pixi, and recently started stocking some ELF items as well. Target also has an entire aisle of "green" skin and body care brands, and most of them are cruelty-free and have vegan options: Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica, Giovanni, Burt's Bees, Desert Essence, Andalou Naturals, Jason, Weleda, Yes To Carrots, and my personal favorite multi-purpose product: Dr. Bronner's castille soap! Target also carries Attitude and Method cleaning products, which are both cruelty-free and non-toxic.

If you're looking for higher-end brands, Sephora does offer animal-friendly alternatives, some of them being excellent: Hourglass, Urban Decay, Bite Beauty, Cover FX, NARS, Tarte, and Too Faced stand out -- you can see my full list of cruelty-free brands available at Sephora. If you're shopping online, Sephora offers free shipping to Canada on orders over 75$. Another great online retailer for those who love green and natural beauty is Eco Diva Beauty, a Canadian site offering all the top green beauty brands. Cruelty-free makeup brands they carry include W3ll People, ILIA, Vapour Beauty, Kjaer Weis, and Alima. As for skin and body care, they carry May Lindstrom, Tata Harper, One Love Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Schmidt's deodorant, and more. Something worth mentioning about Eco Diva Beauty is that they list all their vegan products, and shipping is free over 75$!

Last but not least for cruelty-free Canadian shoppers is this little gem called Nail Polish Canada, which offers not only a wide array of nail polish brands, but also hard-to-find cosmetics such as ELF, theBalm, 100% Pure, Everyday Minerals, and Real Techniques brushes.  Some of the cruelty-free nail polish brands available are China Glaze, Seche, Orly, Zoya, Deborah Lippmann, NCLA, Scotch, and SpaRitual. The best thing about this online shop is their free shipping over 25$!

For more cruelty-free resources, reviews, and how-to’s, visit Cruelty Free Kitty!

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Review: Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Eye Pencil

Delft Blue Pencil
When it comes to eye makeup, I look for some of gentlest products available. I wear contacts and have sensitive eyes, so I can't tolerate harsh products. Fortunately, there are some eyeliners on the market that are both gentle and high-quality. One of these is the Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) Natural Eye Pencil.

Pros:
  • Smooth, creamy texture
  • Sharpens easily
  • Rich color
  • Will smudge if desired
  • Gentle ingredients
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Mercenary Makeup Artist Available for Free!

In / 11/12/2014
My Kindle book, The Mercenary Makeup Artist, is available for FREE today and tomorrow!

Just what is The Mercenary Makeup Artist?

Stylish. Efficient. Professional. These are the hallmarks of a distinguished mercenary — and if your mission is to make money as a makeup artist, then your success will be judged by the same criteria. Seasoned pro Kaylin Johnson equips you with the tools you need to complete your mission, covering everything from basic training to establishing your business repertoire. Think you've got what it takes?

Available for FREE 11/12 and 11/13 on Kindle and currently $9.89 in paperbackClick here to see this book on Amazon.com.

The Mercenary Makeup Artist is a great way to learn more about the beauty industry, or learn how to get your foot in the door. Want to make $100/hour or more? Can you only work on the weekends? No problem - this is a flexible career option. Check out a preview on Amazon today.

If you do pick up the book, I'd love to know what you think. I'd greatly appreciate honest reviews on Amazon.com, your blogs Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else. Whether or not you own the book, you can also check out my free Mercenary Makeup Artist resources section with dozens of website links, book recommendations, and downloadable bonuses. Click here to check it out.

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Article: Going Cruelty-Free

In / 11/10/2014
If you're new to cruelty-free makeup, sometimes it can be tough to know where to start. Or perhaps you have friends you want to introduce to your fabulous new lifestyle. Whatever the reason, today is a great day to go cruelty-free.

Check out my guest post on The Joyful Organizer for a cruelty-free tips for beginners.

Here's a quote from the article:
If your products were purchased in a drugstore or superstore and are not considered “natural,” there is a good chance that they were tested on animals. Many higher-end cosmetic brands (such as those sold in department stores) are not tested on animals, but policies vary. Look up your company on PETA’s list, check the company’s website for an animal testing policy, or write to the company. 
Click here to check out the full post on The Joyful Organizer!

For more info, check out my posts on switching to vegan beauty products and how to dispose of makeup.

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Review: Au Naturale Organic Creme Foundation

Creme foundation in Sand
There are dozens of vegan powder and liquid foundations on the market, but what if you want something with a little more coverage? Whether you're looking to spot-conceal, hide pigmentation imbalances, or simply like a creamy formula, sometimes the ordinary foundations won't cut it.

Cream foundations are versatile products, but they are often hard to find in gentle formulas - let alone vegan versions. Fortunately, Au Naturale offers a Creme Foundation made with organic lavender oil that is gentle and offers full coverage.

Pros:
  • Gentle formula
  • Includes organic ingredients
  • Can double as a concealer
  • Offers SPF 15
  • Buttery formula
  • Full coverage
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Article: Vegan and Eco-Friendly Fall Beauty Tips

In , , , / 10/20/2014
You might not know it's fall here in Texas, with temperatures still in the 80's. But autumn is in full swing, and stores are filled with Halloween candy and pumpkin-flavored everything. If, like me, you aren't quite feeling the season, it might be a great time to swap in some new colors for fall.

Looking for some fresh ideas? Check out my guest post on Green Bride Guide.

Here's a quote from the article:
Pumpkins are high in vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A. They are also said to both help reduce redness and brighten the skin. No time to DIY? Try MyChelle’s Pumpkin Peel or their Pumpkin Renew Cream.
Click here to check out the full post on Green Bride Guide!

Disclosure notice: Companies mentioned in this article may have sent me products free of charge for review purposes. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns. This post contains affiliate links.

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Review: Furless Black Beauty Makeup Brush Set

I've been eyeing Furless brushes for a long time. With their sleek designs and affordable prices, this all-vegan company really stands out from the competition. I was thrilled when the Australian retailer offered to let me try out their Black Beauty Brush Set.

Pros:
  • 100% cruelty-free
  • Hand-crafted
  • Sturdy construction
  • Soft, fluffy bristles
  • Affordable prices
  • Well-balanced set
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