Cruelty Free – Making the Switch

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I didn’t add this idea to my New Year Resolutions, because it’s less of a resolution and more of a continuation of transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle that I started in 2016. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I was scared of going cruelty free.

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Isn’t that silly? I was afraid of not hurting animals, when in every other aspect of my life I was making sure that I wasn’t hurting any. I want to talk about why I was apprehensive about making the switch, in the hopes that other beauty bloggers can relate, and perhaps help them make the decision too.

Quick disclaimer: I’m not judging any person or blogger who currently is using non-cruelty free products. Obviously I am only making this change now, so please don’t take this as an attack on your personal choices or your blogs! I intend to still read and be engaging with my favourite bloggers’ accounts because a lot of you are my friends and I care for you and your blogs! This post is just to inform my readers of my change, and to help you if you are thinking about doing the same thing – Kate x

Limiting my blog.

Honestly the biggest reason I’ve put this off, is because I didn’t want to put limitations on my blog. If you are new to knowing what brands are and aren’t cruelty free, you might not know that a LOT of major drugstore makeup brands test on animals. I will no longer be able to review every beauty release, and I was worried I might not have enough to blog about.

I think while initially this fear will be quite real, in the long term it will be better for me and hopefully my blog. I just recently saw the Rimmel London The One Matte Lipstick collection release email in my inbox, and I had to stop myself. I need to realise that me giving my probably cookie cutter opinion on another beauty release that every other blogger is talking about is not going to make or break my blog. At least, I hope it won’t – stay tuned! (haha).

Offending brands and existing PR relationships.

I am so grateful for the relationships that I have made with PR companies and brands over the past few years of blogging. It really bums me out that I am no longer going to get to talk to some of my favourite PR representatives that have helped me (and vice versa) over the years. I personally feel no hate towards these brands, as the majority of them are keeping their sales in China, which is why they are still testing on animals. At the end of the day, I get it. They are a business. However, I personally can no longer support these brands. If enough of us push for change, we might be able to make a difference.

My existing makeup & skincare collection.

Now, my collection certainly isn’t the biggest. Probably more than the average person, but less than a lot of other bloggers and people in the industry. My collection right now is a big mix of cruelty free, vegan and obviously a lot of non-cruelty free products. I was thinking I might wait until June of this year to clean them all out, but I may just get rid of the majority sooner rather than later. I am thinking about keeping a few items on hand though – mainly for dupe purposes so I can find some awesome cruelty free or vegan dupes to share with you guys on the blog.

So now, I’ve run out of excuses. I’m making the switch. And it feels good.

Do you want me to document the cleaning out of my collection here? I am thinking about making a post, let me know in the comments below.

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  • One of my intentions for 2017 is to educate myself more on cruelty-free brands & try & ease my way further into the cruelty-free beauty spectrum. Whilst I’m neither vegetarian nor vegan & won’t be making that transition any time soon (props to you & everyone else who has or is going there though – it’s a personal decision & I’m hardly one to judge), I do feel a sense of guilt about using brands who aren’t cruelty-free, whether it be by association due to their parent companies or something else. That mostly applies to my polish stash (got a lot of Essie & OPI) as I believe the rest of my beauty stash is good on the cruelty-free front. Of course, I probably won’t get it right & I’ll continue using non cruelty-free stuff until it’s finished, but I guess it all starts with intention right?

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • Kate Flint

      It’s certainly eye opening! I am torn as to whether to support those owned by larger companies, but still maintain cruelty free status by not supplying to China. I personally think that still supporting those companies is important because it shows larger brands how CF is important to people.

      I think even making a small effort to begin with is completely admirable. If everyone does a little bit then we might be able to make a difference 🙂 Thanks for reading Shell <3 xx

  • Love the realness of this post Kate! I look forward to following your journey 🙂

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Maddie!

  • Would definitely love a post about what you’re clearing out! Such a big decision Kate! Good on you!! <3

    Tahana
    http://www.tahanalee.com

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks so much for your support T! 🙂 xx

    • I would love that too!

  • This is such a brave decision and I think it’s so great that you’re doing it!

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Beckie! I appreciate your support! xx

  • Ela

    Such a great decision. I personally cannot maintain this kind of lifestyle, but to each their own, right? And whoever would fault you for doing you is just nuts, imo.
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

    • Kate Flint

      So true, thanks for your support Ela! :*

  • Wow Kate this is truly amazing! I am so proud of you. I really would like to one day make the switch as well. Maybe I can learn more from you and your blog posts as well. I am starting study this year and thought I might include posts about staying organised and studying, just because you are mainly discussing beauty on your blog doesn’t mean you can’t take us all through your journey to going cruelty-free and develop some amazing content from that! I can’t wait to read. It will also give you a great point of difference to your blog!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

  • I whole-heartily support you!Cant wait to see all the brands you discover! <3

    Ironic Minimalist | http://www.ironicminimalist.com

  • Good on you, Kate. DO what you need to do or feel is right. It is YOUR blog! The right people will still support you either way!

    Abby of My Hair Care