Best Cruelty Free Make-Up Brands

It’s 2017 and were somehow STILL supporting brands that test on animals. So why do companies test on animals? In most cases it’s a cover… Not to say that their products are safe, but to say “Hey! At least it was tested!” and other time it’s just the way some markets work. On Tuesday Nars took to social media to address why they will start using animals to test their products:

“WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HEAR YOU. THE GLOBAL ELIMINATION OF ANIMAL TESTING NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PRODUCT AND INGREDIENT SAFETY CAN BE PROVEN BY NON-ANIMAL METHODS, BUT WE MUST COMPLY WITH THE LOCAL LAWS OF THE MARKETS IN WHICH WE OPERATE, INCLUDING IN CHINA. WE HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE NARS AVAILABLE IN CHINA BECAUSE WE FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING OUR VISION OF BEAUTY AND ARTISTRY TO FANS IN THE REGION. NARS DOES NOT TEST ON ANIMALS OR ASK OTHERS TO DO SO ON OUR BEHALF, EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW. NARS IS COMMITTED AND ACTIVELY WORKING TO ADVANCE ALTERNATIVE TESTING METHODS. WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES (IIVS), A GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCING NON-ANIMAL METHODS IN CHINA AND AROUND THE WORLD. NARS IS HOPEFUL THAT TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TOWARD A CRUELTY-FREE WORLD.”

I know I’m not alone when I tossed my beloved and oh-so-good Nars products in the trash, but here are some cruelty free brands we can love:

Available at Sephora:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Beauty Blender  (%100 vegan)
  • BECCA
  • Bite
  • Buxom
  • Cover FX
  • Farsali (%100 vegan)
  • Hourglass
  • Kat Von D (%100 vegan)
  • Smashbox
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay

Available at Drugstores:

  • Anabelle
  • Ardell (%100 vegan)
  • e.l.f
  • EcoTools (%100 vegan)
  • NYX
  • Wet’N’Wild

Strictly Vegan:

  • Cover FX
  • Inika
  • Axiology
  • Spectrum
  • Kat Von D
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • B. Beauty
  • PHB Ethical Beauty

If you’d like to put an end to animal testing, sign the petition by clicking here!

The Best Luxury Consignment Stores

Every woman’s closet has a secret- and I’m going to share mine with you: you don’t have to entirely break the bank to look bad and boujee.

We can’t all dress like Beyoncé. Most of us can’t even afford rent (hello, Vancouver housing market) let alone be able to dress head to toe in Gucci! Now,  I’m not talking about hitting up your local Value Village for those Gucci Princetown slippers you’ve been eyeing up since last fall. Let me introduce you to my favourite luxury consignment stores that will leave you and your bank accounts happy!

The Ritzy Secret

$50 off any online item, use code: RENCHRIST 

  • Based in Vancouver
  • Worldwide shipping
  • App coming soon

The Ritzy Secret is run by a very sweet woman who has a passion for fashion. If you check out the website you will learn it all started trying to sell her own pre-loved items, and it became so natural. She is so up-to-date on inventory that she has coming in that most of her items are sold before they are posted. Although I haven’t consigned with them yet, I have bought from them before and I was not disappointed! Keep your eyes on this one:

https://theritzysecret.com/

https://www.instagram.com/theritzysecret/

Ace Consign

  • Based in Vancouver
  • New client deal
  • Worldwide shipping

Ace consign is relatively new to the game, but since they’ve started they have been slaying. They have a very diverse inventory that is continuously growing every day and if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will track it down for you! I chose to consign with Ace because they are local which makes pick-up and delivery easy, and they have amazing customer service. You can check them out online or follow their insta:

https://www.aceconsign.com/

https://www.instagram.com/aceconsign/

Luxe du Jour

  • Based in Calgary
  • Worldwide shipping

This shop sells faster than I can blink. With such a high-following you really have to turn your post notifications on to keep up. Although I haven’t bought or consigned with them yet I find myself constantly drooling at their Instagram. They offer amazing deals and flash sales so you better get your wallets ready..

https://www.luxedujour.ca/

https://www.instagram.com/luxedujour/

Beccas Bags

  • Based in Vancouver
  • First purchase shipped free
  • International shipping
  • Authentication Services

If you’re all about high standards then this is the one you need to check out. She is constantly bringing in tons of like-new inventory for a fraction of the retail price (dreams do come true). Becca is super personable and very accommodating while making consigning so effortless. Her customer testimonials really show how amazing she is!

https://beccasbags.ca/

https://www.instagram.com/beccasbags.ca/

My Go-To Playlist (25)

Can be used for:

  • Singing in the shower
  • Driving in your car
  • Cleaning your house

1. Kodaline – Love Like This

(there’s also an acoustic version!)

2. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

3.  Britney Spears – Work B*tch

4. Galantis – Runaway (U & I)

5. The Wombats – Greek Tragedy

6. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

7. The 1975 – Girls

8. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

9. The Killers – Mr. Brightside

10. MisterWives – Reflections

11. G.R.L – Ugly Heart

12. Brett – Golden

13. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

14. Disclosure – Latch

15. MGMT – Kids

16. M83 – Midnight City

17. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling

18. Lorde – Greenlight

because that piano is a 10/10.

19. Young Empires – White Doves

20. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

21. Virginia to Vegas – Lights Out

22. What So Not – High You Are

23. Tove Lo/Hippie Sabotage – Habits (Stay High)

24. Mother Mother – Monkey Tree

25. Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man