Going Cruelty-Free: A How-To Guide!

Going cruelty-free can seem daunting, I know! But everyone goes through the exact same transition, so you're not alone. If you start small, you'll lessen the chance of feeling overwhelmed & quitting all together. Also, every little bit helps so don't be discouraged by an all or nothing approach, it rarely works straight from the get go! 

Going Cruelty-Free: A How-To Guide! - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (Too Faced)

Step 1: De-Clutter
I think this is an often overlooked but vital step to going cruelty-free. You'll be less overwhelmed & more focused if you can narrow your collection down to products you love & use. De-cluttering doesn't mean binning every product you have that isn't cruelty-free either! If you use a product, keep it. Products you don't use can be given to friends, family, or even local shelters. The only products that should be trashed are those which have gone off.. & you're done, onto the next step!

Step 2: Project Pan
Start a project pan with 10 products which aren't cruelty-free! If you lack motivation or feel you won't be able to stick to this make sure to choose products which are almost empty. You can include anything from shampoo to nail polish to toothpaste in this challenge. The rules of the game are that you don't purchase anything new until all 10 products are used up (unless of course you run out of something)! It's a great way to make room for products that are cruelty-free in your collection.

Going Cruelty-Free: A How-To Guide! - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (La Vanila & Lush Cosmetics)

Step 3: Replace As You Go
This one's ridiculously simple. When you run out of a product, replace it with one that's cruelty-free! Much easier to do than overhauling your entire collection at once. The next two steps simplify this even further by helping you navigate the cruelty-free from the not.

Step 4: Make Use of Apps!
I just discovered Cruelty-Cutter & was previously using Leaping Bunny, though I know there are quite a few more! Apps are a lifesaver, needless to say, especially in our fast-paced world. It'll soon enough become second nature to check if a product's cruelty-free & eventually you won't even have to, you'll just know!

Going Cruelty-Free: A How-To Guide! - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist (Urban Decay)

Step 5: Cruelty-Free Guides
Logical Harmony, Cruelty-Free Kitty & Ethical Elephant are always my go-tos because they're always current. I'll link my favourite guides down below. 

Logical Harmony - Ultimate Cruelty-Free Brand List
Ethical Elephant - 100% Vegan Makeup & Skincare Brands
Ethical Elephant - 40 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Nail Polish Brands
Cruelty-Free Kitty - The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Hair Care Brands
Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands for Every Budget

& that's it.. You'll be cruelty-free in no time! The important thing is not to stress about being there already. You have more power in your wallet than you realize, so use it for the better! & if you're ever unsure if a brand is cruelty-free or not, don't hesitate to reach out to them. They'll gladly get back to you (if they're cruelty-free), or most likely beat around the bush if they aren't. Share your tips below, I'd love to read them & am always looking to improve!