Cruelty Free Cosmetics and the best Lipsticks.

I was looking for some cruelty free cosmetics and in particular some really nice shades of lipstick or lip gloss to go to my works Christmas celebrations. At first I thought I would have to settle for some dull shades but to my surprise there was lots of satins and gloss lippys along with the matts in lots of sparkling colours to match all skin tones.

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The range of lipsticks currently available online are quite affordable at entry level prices however don’t be fooled by the price they can be really good quality for the little you are paying and are definitely worth trying.

The formulas for creating these lipsticks are quite interesting too with lots of quality ingredients such as plant extracts and aloe vera. These ensure that your lips will feel hydrated throughout the evening. I was also concerned that the cruelty free products wouldn’t have the long lasting effect and I would need to keep reapplying. However these innovative lipsticks where fantastic and to my surprise lasted all evening even though I had a couple of drinks.

If you prefer a more of a vinyl lippy the there are also an number of brands available with a range of hues and shades. These I found were much nicer that the lip glosses as they didn’t have the stick feeling. The easiest way I found to apply these was by using a lip brush rather that the applicator supplied with the lippy as this gave me more control and also enabled me to get the thickness of the application just the way I like it. But a further tip I would give you for enhancing the shade would be to use a lipstick and then a lip vinyl together as that give you a really vibrant colour.

Can you get Cruelty free cosmetics in Matte Lipsticks.

I have found some brilliant products that are Cruelty Free Cosmetics and they convert your satin or gloss lipstick into a more quiet matte finish that is exactly the same shade as your sating or gloss lippy.

The product naturally is called a Mattifier. The way it works is you put on your lipstick whether it is satin, shiny or glossy finish as you normally would then you apply the mattifier over the top and as you watch it you will see the gloss finish calm down into a flat matt look. The magnifier is used as a cream and has the additional benefit of adding extra moisture to your lips which means you no longer get those dry or cracked lips which give you the lipstick bleed look.

Do vegan candles exist?

We all like to have some nice scented candles in our home especially coming up to Christmas when we like to have those cinnamon fragrances filling each room. You have to admit that snuggling in on a cold winters nice with some flickering candles is a lovely feeling. However what we don’t realise is that most candles are made using animal derivatives and therefore not many suppliers or producers will give you a clear list of the ingredients used in making the candles. So if you are looking for some Vegan Candles then you may find that this is a bit of a challenge.

If you look at the content of the majority of candles on the market you will find that the main ingredient is generally paraffin and to this is added an acid which enables the wax to harden. Now the paraffin is vegan friendly however the acid used is called stearic acid and this is where the problem starts as stearic acid is made from animal fat. Suppliers could use and alternative stearic acid which is derived from the coconut however this tends to be more expensive and so they revert to the cheaper animal fat which they get from slaughterhouses.

Another type of candle that we often see on the market is of course the old fashioned beeswax candle. It is easy to find and it is easy to recognise that it is not vegan friendly either as it is derived from the bee.
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What are vegan candles made of?

After reading this article you may be asking the question what then are vegan candles made of? Well the answer is easy they are made from the stearic acid from the coconut or they use 100% of organic soy wax.

The soy wax is 100% gm free and is derived from the soya bean. This means that the wax is also biodegradable. But if you are buying these candles and thinking you are getting a substandard product then think again as the soya wax is renown for hold the perfume and will provide you with a beautiful aroma from start to finish. Moreover the soya wax is a lot cleaner that the paraffin wax and you will not see the smokey residue on the ceiling above. This means that those toxic carcinogens are no longer in the atmosphere making them far healthy and more suitable for those with breathing difficulties or allergies.

It is even possible to make your own soy candles but I leave that to another post and tell you how to do it.