By: Jessie Gable
There’s some pretty exciting news in my house these days. We’re in the process of getting a foster beagle that has been released from a test lab near my house. I’ve been on the Beagle Freedom Project foster wait list for a year but they haven’t had any rescues in my area. Since I found this group, I have learned how terrible animals have been (and still are) treated in testing facilities. I’ve been trying my best to only use cruelty-free products.
If you’re a redhead, you might be thinking, “I already have difficulty finding products for my skin and hair, now I have to dig deeper to find ones that are cruelty-free?!”
It’s really not as hard as it sounds. This is how to start:
1. KNOW YOUR SYMBOLS: On the back of the bottle, you can find symbols (like the recycling one we all know). I always look for the Leaping Bunny mark. This organization makes sure all products with its stamp undergo strict verification that there is no testing on animals. The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) logo is another one to look for. This organization works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns to end animal cruelty.
2. WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: This is where it can get tricky. When you simply see, “Not Tested On Animals” or a simple “Cruelty Free” stamp, this isn’t a stamp of approval. So you just have to trust–or not trust–that they’re doing what they say.
3. DOWNLOAD THE CRUELTY-FREE APP: It’s free on iTunes and you can scan the barcode on a product before you buy it to verify it’s cruelty-free.
Since my cruelty-free quest, I’ve found many ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved beauty brands that I love! Here is my ultimate list and some of my favorite products:
HARD CANDY: Their $6 Glamoflauge concealer will cover anything. It also comes with this little tattoo-covering pencil that works great for bumps. Dab a few dots in the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop.
URBAN DECAY: I’ve said about this before, but their De-Slick Mattifying Powder is the best. Because it’s made from rice powder, it’s lightweight, super-absorbent and banishes shine.
WET ‘N WILD: This is the only polish that stays on me. TheirMegaLast lipstick is also really good. It’s like therapy, really. Having a bad day? Go get $10 worth of Wet’n Wild stuff and you’ll feel better.
NARS: I love their Orgasm blush. You can order it online if you’re too embarrassed to go in the store and ask for it, like I do!
HAIR CARE BRANDS:
ACURE ORGANICS: This brand has a wonderful ‘redhead friendly’ skin and hair care line. Their Mega Moisture line is great for those with dry, damaged hair.
SHEA MOISTURE: I’ve been using their Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Conditioner for about a month and my hair is noticeably stronger.
Which brands are your favorite? Comment below.
Rock it like a Redhead!