First year at Download Festival and now I better go every year without fail… I didn't really know what to expect from Download because I'd always known it to be more of a Metal music festival rather than a pop punk festival which is more my kind of music. However loads of bands that I do like were there, so at the last minute my friend Jess and I decided to get tickets for the Friday and Saturday (shout out to Jessie for lending me the money).
So, we left my house at about 10:30am then went the wrong way which set us back a little (totally my fault) and then spent a while getting ready. We left the hotel to get the bus to Download and after it being half an hour late (thanks Skylink) the bus finally arrived and we were on our way to Download. Getting in wasn't too bad seen as everyone was in by the time we had got there. After struggling for a little while (because of the lack of signage at Download) to find the Avalanche stage, State Champs – one of my favourite bands were just finishing. Obviously I was devastated, but the amount of bands I saw this weekend kind of made up for it.
So, after missing State Champs (honestly I'm fine) we headed over to the Zippo stage where Good Charlotte were just starting The Anthem is my all time favourite Good Charlotte song so for them to come out with that was a win. Alas we couldn't stay for all of them, as Sleeping with Sirens were about to start back at the Avalanche Stage so we headed to watch them. I've seen SWS once before at Warped Tour where they were pretty awesome, but they were actually amazing at Download. Kellins vocals, energy and the atmosphere of the arena all contributed to my favourite show of the day. Also I saw Tyler and Derek (State Champs) stood at the side of the stage. Once they'd finished we went to watch Sum 41. Then we went to go and get a drink – the only reason I'm mentioning this is because they charge you £2 for a reusable cup and apparently if you took the cup back you got your £2 back – I forgot to take mine back so I still have it. However I thought that was a pretty good way to avoid people littering so much. So well done Download.
After we'd go our drinks we headed to watch System of a Down on the main stage – whom I was a little apprehensive to see as I'd only really ever listened to Chop Suey and not much else by them, but they were the headliner act and my friend Jess wanted to see them so over we went and I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised – they were awesome live.
Day 2: We got up early(ish) checked out of our hotel, went to the nearest shopping centre for food and then headed to Download. After arriving there a lot easier than the previous day we got into the Arena and had a little walk around looking at all the stalls before heading to As It Is, who were great. Patty had so much energy it was amazing to watch and made it a great show. After that we headed over to the main stage for Pierce the Veil who I have loved for years, but had never gotten the opportunity to see live, so this was a pretty special one for me and as expected they did not disappoint. Once PTV was over we had a little while to wait for A Day to Remember, so we just went and found somewhere to sit. I plaited Jess's hair, we just listened to one of the bands that was playing within earshot from us (and a random man bowed to us). Unfortunately we also had to leave A Day to Remember early as The Story So Far were starting, another band I've wanted to see for ages again they were awesome as to be expected. Then we saw a bit of Simple Plan and then headed to watch Biffy Clyro the headline act who were great, loved their stage. After such a great weekend we had to get on the road because we both had work the next day…
Anastasia Beverly Hills – emailed. Peta certified.
bareMinerals – Emailed. Some brushes are made of Goat and Pony, although they state no animals are harmed in the process. Some products contain Carmine and Beeswax.
Bondi Sands – Emailed. Applied for accreditation from choosecrueltyfree.org.au, source palm oil from a sustainable source.
Colourpop (one of my favourite brands) – Emailed,
Kylie Jenner Cosmetics – Emailed.
MUA – Emailed. cannot confirm whether their products contain animal by-products.
Makeup Addiction Cosmetics (one of my favourite brands) – Emailed and vegan suitable.
Makeup Geek – Emailed. Early stages of discussing getting Peta and Leaping Bunny approved. New eye shadows contain sustainably sourced Palm Oil.
NYX – Statement on website states they’re 100% cruelty free. Peta certified. Owned by L’oreal who are not cruelty free.
Sleek – emailed.
The Balm emailed. Some products contain Beeswax or Carmine. Do have a list of vegan products.
It’s been over a year since I decided to go cruelty free. I’m not going to lie and say that it was really easy (which to be honest I was actually expecting) because it wasn’t. I can hardly buy any toiletries in the shops anymore, hair dye is basically a no go and I realised most of my favourite make up products were made by companies who test on animals.
However, it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve learnt more about the ingredients used in make up products, the benefits of putting these ingredients in make up and also a few certain ingredients to avoid (eg salicylic acid – found in lip balms, causes irritation to the lips so you have to apply more.) I’m also really enjoying discovering brands and new products such as; The Balm, Makeup Geek and Colourpop to name a few.
A few tips on going cruelty free:
- Don’t throw away the make up you already have – just finish it you’ve already purchased it no point wasting it.
- Download the cruelty cutter app (best for people in the USA) you can scan a products barcode and depending on whether they have it on their system it will tell you if it is cruelty free or not.
- Buy online. Easiest way to get the best and sometimes cheapest cruelty free make up.
- Be aware that companies aren’t going to be 100% honest (most of the companies that I have emailed asking them their animal testing policies tend to beat around the bush a little “we do not conduct animal testing unless required by law” so basically they test, but aren’t going to outright admit it.
- Another thing to be aware is that companies animal testing policies are forever changing a lot of companies start selling in China as the company gets bigger which means they will no longer be cruelty free.
- Just because they are cruelty free doesn’t mean they are vegan – a lot of companies use beeswax or carmine, however a lot of companies do have a list of their vegan products if you do a little digging on their website. If you require your make up to also be vegan that is.
- Always check the labels when buying in the supermarket, a lot of cruelty free companies will state so on the back – normally with the leaping bunny logo if they’ve been verified.
I’ve now tried enough cruelty free brands to come to the conclusion that it is fairly easy to stay cruelty free once you have tried enough different brands, so I’ll be writing a few posts on my favourite products and brands, trying out some new products and attempting to find dupes for my old favourites over the next few months.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love animals. In fact people are often surprised to find out I’m not a vegetarian. The reason why I’m not a vegetarian or vegan is a completely different issue. … although I have decided vegetarian/veganism is not right for me at the moment, I did think what can I do? This is when I started researching make up brands that are/aren’t cruelty free and the results shocked me. I feel I have been so ignorant to the fact that the big name brands I had been purchasing my whole life were not cruelty-free such as; mac, estee lauder and maybelline to name a few. Although many of these companies will state they do not test on animals unless required by law, there are no laws in the UK or USA that states companies have to test on animals. What this normally means is that they are selling or being manufactured in China where up until 2014, it was required by law that all products sold and manufactured in mainland China must be tested on animals. This has unfortunately not eliminated all animal testing.
So, what are good brands to switch to that are cruelty free I hear you ask? Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to be quite possibly the top pick for everyone wanting to go cruelty free. Their products are pretty well established in the beauty industry and aren’t overly expensive, but that’s just one brand as others include; sleek, elf, the balm, too faced, nars, urban decay, tarte and many many more. If you want to do some research to find out if the brands you’re using are cruelty free or not, I suggest using Leaping Bunny or Peta, or of course just typing the brand into google. There are also plenty of blogs out there from people who have dedicated their time to find out if brands are cruelty free.
Now although I have decided to commit to only buying cruelty free products, it’s not going to happen over night. Instead of throwing out all my make up and starting again (which if you can do, go ahead!), I have a lot of make up and unfortunately don’t have the funds to start all over again. I’ve divided my make up drawers into sections with all my cruelty free products organised in the drawers I normally keep my make up in, then all the items that aren’t cruelty free in the bottom drawer, I will use up and not be re-purchasing.
Obviously, the first step of going cruelty free will be adjusting my make up products and my next step will be to tackle my other beauty products I use on my hair, teeth, body and general household products. So watch this space and I’ll continue to keep you updated on how going cruelty free is benefiting me and hopefully encouraging other people to do so too.