One of the most popular beauty treatments these days is to get eyelash extensions. There are three types of lash extension sets you can get; classic, volume, or hybrid. With a classic set, it is more natural looking, but can have a little bit of drama depending on the curl and length. A volume set is high drama, and a hybrid set is a nice blend of the two. There are also different lengths, techniques, and styles of lash extensions that you can get, and of course there are a variety of different prices.
Usually it will cost less to go to someone who does it themselves rather than going to a salon to get them done. I personally prefer not to go to a salon to get mine done when I do, just because I know that the majority of the cost is going to the salon and not the individual, which is also why I do not work in a salon doing lash extensions either. It is also always important to ensure the person you are going to see is professionally certified. Never go to see someone who has not been professionally trained because they most likely will not know all of the safety precautions that need to be taken when it comes to the glue and tools. Better to be safe then sorry and see someone who is certified.
The first thing to know before getting lashes done is what look you are going for. Your lash technician should be able to let you know which look will be best for your eye shape, if you would like a cat-eye effect, natural, tapered, etcetera. It is also important to ensure that you are wearing no eye makeup, especially mascara, so that your lash technician does not have to remove it because the glue may not properly adhere to your natural lash.
While getting your lashes done, it is extremely important to not open your eyes. The slight fumes from the glue are not pleasant and will sting the eyes if you open them. Do not open your eyes unless your lash tech tells you to. Also, do not consume caffeine if it makes you jittery before your appointment. I have had clients with jittery eyes come in because of caffeine and it makes the application a lot more difficult, and due to that, makes it a longer appointment.
After the appointment, try not to get your lashes wet for about 24 hours as it may make the glue loosen and the lashes may fall off faster. It is important to also brush your lashes daily. Your lash technician should provide you with a mascara wand for you to brush your lashes which you should do when you wake up, after a shower, after a swim, basically any time you get your face wet, and before you go to bed. Do not rub your eyes or pick at your lashes, if your eye is itchy and you have the urge to rub, try to do it around the lashes. It is important not to use strip lashes on top of the extensions or use mascara. You can wear eye makeup as long as it is not oil-based and when using makeup remover, do not aggressively rub your eyes and use oil-free makeup remover because the oil will loosen the glue.
When you get your lashes done, your lash technician should go over the aftercare with you. This is why it is important to go to someone who is certified, because they will give you the most accurate information on how to take care of your lashes so that they last as long as possible.
Eye lashes fall out naturally and re-grow so depending on how long your natural lashes last, will also determine how long you will need to go between fills. Make sure to properly take care of your lash extensions and follow the instruction of your lash technician for how to take care of them to lengthen the amount of time they last.
With so much emphasis on the importance of cruelty-free, it is so great that there are so many brands out there that follow this position regarding animal testing. It is crazy that animal testing still goes on today. Personally, I think it is great that brands are taking a stance against animal testing and are doing their part to ensure their products are even vegan friendly! This is a list of 10 beauty brands that are 100% cruelty-free. They do not test on animals or sell their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law. The list is not in order from best to worst or anything like that, but just ten of the brands out there that follow this great policy.
10. Lush Cosmetics
Lush is a brand that is very well-known, and is also well-known for being cruelty-free. The brand makes products for skincare, makeup, haircare, and anything to do with cleansing the body. The brand is probably most popular for its bath bombs and bubble bath. Walking by a Lush Cosmetics store, the intoxicating scents of natural ingredients can be smelled and it indices the customer to come into the store. Everything that is sold in the store is handmade and is full of natural ingredients. One of the best things about this brand is that the brand is 100% vegetarian, with quite a few vegan options, as well as every single product they sell is cruelty-free.
There is the symbol of two rabbits on every container symbolizing that the brand is part of the fight against animal testing. The containers can also be returned to the stores for recycling. This brand is all about helping people as well with their campaigns, like the Charity Pot, and there are a number of articles on their website explaining what they do, how it works, and to bring awareness to human and animal rights.
9. The Body Shop
This is another brand that carries vegetarian products and fights against animal testing. The Body Shop carries lines for skincare, makeup, body wash, and perfumes. Similar to Lush, except the products are not handmade. If it was not enough that they were the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in 1989, they have recently had 8 million signatures on a petition they started to end animal testing in the industry. They will be taking this petition to the UN to get animal testing banned globally, not just in certain countries.
This is a huge step and while it is the biggest campaign The Body Shop has, they also work towards fighting other things such as sustainability. The Body Shop, along with Lush, is a brand that really encompasses the fight for not only animal rights, but human rights and recognizes the need for change in the industry.
8. Anastasia Beverly Hills
One of the biggest names in the brow game is now a full makeup line, which is also cruelty-free with regard to their product formulation, development, and testing. Anastasia has expanded from brows to a full line in the last couple of years, which has brought more attention to the brand and it is so great that they do not test on animals. The line has even expanded to offer vegan options as well, which a lot of bigger name brands are starting to do so that they can cater to the growing number of people who do not want to use animal-based products.
While there is no current program for professionals in the beauty industry, Anastasia Beverly Hills has a Pro program coming soon with amazing benefits.
7. First Aid Beauty
This brand is focused on skincare and they have vegan options available for everyone. This is a huge brand that is sold in stores like Ulta, Walmart, Sephora, etc. They have a line for every skin type, which makes it even more great that they do not test on animals. The brand even has a “no-no” list of over 1300 ingredients that they do not put in their products because it is either harmful to the skin, or just plain unnecessary.
First Aid Beauty is PETA certified Beauty Without Bunnies and does not test on animals or use third parties who test on animals. They are owned by Procter & Gamble, which is unfortunately not cruelty-free, but First Aid Beauty continues to be 100% cruelty-free. While the brand is a larger one, they do have an application for anyone who would like to be an affiliate, although it is a bit more difficult to become one because the brand is so well known.
6. NYX Cosmetics
NYX is a huge brand that is cruelty-free. The company was purchased by L’Oreal back in 2014, which caused a stir as L’Oreal sells products in China, which allows animal testing. L’Oreal ceased testing on animals in 1989, however due to laws in China requiring testing on animals, the company is not completely cruelty-free but claims to work towards not testing on animals in mainland China.
NYX Cosmetics will remain 100% cruelty-free even though the brand is now under the ownership of L’Oreal. NYX also has quite a generous selection of vegan products available for their customers, and of the big name makeup brands, one of the largest selections of vegan products on the market.
This is a brand that was started by Jenny Frankel and her two daughters, Ally and Taylor, who are the face of the company. The three of them believe in natural makeup looks with a pop of colour and it shows in their products. The products are meant to be easy to use and give a fresh-faced look. Jenny Frankel is a former product developer for MAC and is the co-founder of Cover FX, and her two daughters helped her start the company while they were both in high school, which is pretty awesome on their part.
The brand’s products have no preservatives, no parabens, no gluten, and are cruelty-free. Nudestix is perfect for anyone who does not like to wear a lot of makeup and who loves the natural, no-makeup, makeup look. Their products are very natural in colour with some being pop of red or pink.
4. The Ordinary
This brand is owned by DECIEM, and as the website states, it is ‘focused on advanced, functional beauty’. The Ordinary is a brand that is honest and takes special care to ensure that they are not only a brand that values honesty, but integrity as well. They do not use ingredients that would be harmful to the skin, and if there is a product that their customers don’t see as part of their lines, they encourage people to reach out to them and request it. Customers can purchase all kinda of products from skincare and haircare, to makeup and even suncare products that have antioxidants in them, and the products are very reasonably priced.
DECIEM is the umbrella company for The Ordinary, and does not support or take part in animal testing. They also do not sell their products in mainland China because of that, which not a lot of brands do.
3. Bite Beauty
Bite is a brand that sells all things lip-related. The products they have range from lipsticks and glosses to lip scrubs and balms. While there is unfortunately no ‘About Us’ section on their site, they do have a disclaimer at the bottom of every page that they are Leaping Bunny certified as this is a cruelty-free brand that does not test on animals. The brand is not vegan, however they are paraben-free as well as gluten-free in most products.
The products are sold in Sephora, not heir own website, online at Beautylish, and they have what they call Lip Labs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto where customers can go in and work with experts to create their own signature lip colour. There is also free international shipping on products that are $50 or more before taxes, which is great for anyone placing larger orders.
2. Dose of Colors
Dose was launched by Anna Petrosian in May of 2013 and has become a huge brand since then. The products are highly pigmented and used by makeup artists, beauty bloggers and vloggers, and non-professionals alike. The brand has some vegan options and the entire brand is cruelty-free, being Leaping Bunny and PETA certified. The ingredients for all of their items is listed on their website and along with some products being vegan, they also have gluten-free and paraben-free products as well. The brushes they sell are also made with synthetic fibres instead of animal hairs, but work as well as animal hair brushes when it comes to applying products.
Dose of Colors can be purchased directly on their website, or at ULTA in stores and online. On their website, they also offer payment instalments for orders through Afterpay, which is great for customers who can’t afford a huge order all in one go. After pay is available for orders anywhere between $35.00 and $1000.00. The brand also only allows no moe than two of any one item to be purchased so that it limits the chance of popular items to run out quickly.
Kat von D Beauty
The Kat von D brand is probably the best known brand that is cruelty-free. The brand is not only 100% cruelty-free, but also 100% vegan. Kat von D herself is a vegan and an animal activist who believes in delivering the best and most effective products that are entirely free from animal testing as well as animal-derived ingredients. The brand is hugely popular and a lo of the products are considered some of the best not he market. Her brands products can be found at Sephora and online on the Kat von D website.
There is also a Pro membership available for anyone who is in the industry, whether they are a student, or working professional. There are obviously some requirements to prove that the individual applying for the membership is working in the industry and certified, but there is also a chance for anyone who is an artist on YouTube or Instagram to apply. The program also states that $5 of every pro purchase will be donated to an animal rights charity, which is awesome and just further proves that the Kat von D brand is really working to change the industry and support the fight for animal rights and the fight against animal testing in the beauty industry.
A few other notable mentions for brands that are cruelty-free are CoverGirl (newly cruelty-free as of November 2018), Tarte, Jeffree Star, Ardell, Buxom, Charlotte Tilbury, elf, Hourglass, Marc Jacobs Beauty, MILK, Stila, Too Faced, and Urban Decay.
Some big brands that are not cruelty-free, whether they are required by law to test on animals (such as in China) or not are L’Oreal, Sephora, NARS, MAC, Benefit, Rimmel London, Yves Rocher, Nuxe, Clinique, and Makeup Forever. Nowadays, brands are starting to pull out of China, where the laws require animal testing, so that they may gain cruelty-free status. There has been talks in recent years that China will move towards changing their laws to slowly eliminate animal testing, however those changes are not actively being implemented.
I will start this post off by saying what Amazon is for those people who have been living under a rock and don’t know what it is. Amazon is a website where you can buy anything, literally. There is regular Amazon, and Amazon Prime, which is a paid membership but gives you access to Prime Music and Prime Video, as well as free shipping. My lovely boyfriend is obsessed with Amazon and has a Prime account, whereas I only have the regular kind because I did not see a point in having two Prime accounts.
At first, I never understood people’s obsession with Amazon, until I went on it and next thing you know an hour had passed and I was so deep down the rabbit hole. I started to understand why there is a couple packages a week that arrive at our door because my boyfriend orders everything off of this website. It is so convenient! You can get clothes, tools, household items, beauty products, and even groceries!
So I thought; why not dabble in this ordering excitement. It was exciting, and the anticipation for my package(s) to arrive felt like torture because I just wanted my items to come. To be honest, I prefer to shop at a store so that I can have my items immediately because I am the most impatient person on the planet, but waiting almost made it even better. It was like a present for myself that I got to unwrap when it arrived. I ordered supplies for lash extensions (which I do as a service) and they came in a decent amount of time which was great. I don’t like waiting for things so it was nice that you get options for regular delivery or different express shipping. While it is not offered on all items, and with Prime you CAN get items within a day or two, I just chose regular because I did not want to pay too much shipping (also because I am trying to “save”).
The first time I ordered off of Amazon and got my supplies for lash extensions, I got the products in a decent amount of time, packaged well, nothing was damaged, and I was super happy. The second time however, was not so great. I had ordered some beauty supplies to try out and the order came and the Rose Toning spray had shattered and the entire box was soaked. Needless to say, I was not happy. It had ruined a couple other things that came with the order. It was clear that Amazon had packaged the items and not the company who sells them, which was super disappointing, but also that this had happened to me but every time my boyfriend gets a package delivered from Amazon it is fine. I was so not impressed and left to wonder if this was going to happen again.
I have to say, the company I ordered from was not helpful. I reached out to a contact I had with them letting them know what had happened and got a “whatever” type of response. Seriously?! I asked if I could have the products resent and they have yet to respond. This was about a month ago. Not cool. Now, I know that its the companies fault and not Amazon, but what a disappointment this was! The worst part? The company I had ordered from had reached out to me initially to order free products and write reviews on them!! This was my second time ever doing something like this and it had left a bad taste in my mouth, which is why I am so picky when it comes to companies reaching out to me to be an affiliate.
Needless to say, I will order from Amazon again, but I find it so important to read more than just a couple of reviews that people post. Writing reviews on products that you purchase is super helpful to future customers because it gives them an idea of what to expect. Obviously there will be people that have bad experiences and people that have great ones, but it helps to read through reviews and get a better understanding of what to expect so there are no surprises.
Amazon is a great site to find anything and everything, but remember to read reviews to get a better feel for the products on the site! To be honest, I could spend hours on Amazon and find absolutely everything I am looking for, but hopefully in the future I have as great a delivery experience as the first time and there is no repeat of this last ordering experience!
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