Mascara, Mascara, Mascara, Mascara!

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I was with my mum over the weekend and since I have started my blog, every time I have seen her she has asked about the beauty products she owns (which I think is awesome). She will proceed to ask about certain products, show me packaging and await my response. She is pretty good at using cruelty-free products and has been conscious of her purchases for a while now. This time, she asked about her mascara; she uses L’Oreal Double Extension mascara. She loves this mascara and is wary of giving it up. In my opinion it is an excellent mascara.

However, L’Oreal test on animals, they sell their products in mainland China and, by law, China requires all cosmetics to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold. As long as any company or brand sell their products in mainland China, it is tested on animals. It is a legal requirement, there is no way around it. If a company say that they only test when required by law, it implies they sell in China and are therefore not cruelty-free.

Now I don’t want you think I am judging my mum for using a product she loves. I’ve been there. Mascara is the be all and end all of make up for me. I used that mascara too and I loved it. I have long eyelashes and I want to make damn sure my lashes are looking great. If nothing else, my eyelashes are going to look good! And that particular mascara made them look fantastic. But, I made a decision to only use cruelty-free make up and I chose to give up my favourite make up product. I know it sounds silly to get so attached to make up. But I guess sometimes people may not understand the confidence make up can give a girl, or a woman or a man. I am a reasonably confident person, but if my skin is breaking out or I am feeling particularly unattractive, it will ruin my confidence. Last year, my skin got really bad and I felt something I had never felt before; shame. I was embarrassed of what I looked like. I was in the pharmacy one day and I vividly remember not being able to make eye contact with the girl who was serving me because I was so conscious of how bad my skin had got.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that make up can be a really powerful thing and it does wonders for self-esteem and confidence, so I am not going to judge anyone for not being able to give up their favourite make up product. I may suggest a couple of alternatives that you can try, and you never know, you might find a new favourite and it’s totally okay if you don’t.

When I first changed to cruelty-free my research wasn’t the best and I understood Benefit to be cruelty-free and bought their They’re Real! mascara. I then bought their BAD Gal Lash mascara. I was devastated when I later found out that I had made such a rookie mistake and discovered that they are not in fact cruelty-free. But I learnt from it and that is what I was able to take away. I then bought Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara which had a lot of hype; but for me, it didn’t live up to expectations. I am currently using Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, which has grown on me a lot. I really like this now. I would definitely buy this mascara again, but I have a few others I want to try first. My next mascara is going to be Eye Of Horus’ Goddess mascara. I have been wanting to try this mascara for a couple of years and am FINALLY going to buy it.

And just so you know, I am yet to find a mascara I love as much as L’Oreals Double Extension.

I wanted to share this post with you today to let you know it does suck giving up some of your favourite beauty products, especially when you have worked so hard to find them. And also; who cares if you make a mistake? You will learn from it, you’re trying to make a change. Don’t let it get you down. Just remember that there are so many cruelty-free products out there just waiting for you snap up and fall in love with. I have fallen in love with so many, and I am so excited for you to do the same.

Again, if you have any questions about products or want some help, please just ask. I started this blog as I want to help anyone who is wanting to make the change to a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Until next time,

Anita xx




  1. Benefit definitely sells their products in China… and so does Chanel, YSL, Dior and a bunch of other brands. It is a crazy large market that few beauty giants will give up. I don’t know how people manage to source cruelty free make up. Like how to confirm?


    1. Hi Joyce, thank you for your comment. So many mainstream companies test on animals, its crazy eh! I read a lot of blogs to find out which brands are cruelty free and there is the Leaping Bunny website which has a list of cruelty brands, as does Choose Cruelty Free and PETA. I sometimes buy my makeup online, or use some local shops that stock cruelty free products. Lots of supermarkets sell some products that are cruelty free. Whereabouts do you live? Do some research and you will be able to see which cruelty free brands are accessible to you. Or if all else fails, online shopping is great 🙂 sorry for the late reply, I have been away on holiday the last few days.
      I hope that is helpful

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      1. Thank you for replying, Anita. I live in London, where wearing fur is still quite popular 😅 (I don’t support). I don’t actively seek to buy cruelty free cosmetics, but I do hate companies/brands that pretends to be ‘clean’ by their lack of labeling.


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