March Favourites: The Cruelty-Free Products You Need This Spring!

It rained, it snowed, the sun poked its bright eyes out from behind the grey clouds… March 2018 was quite the month here in Ireland! Throughout the ever-changing weather conditions, Flawless and Pawless tried out exciting cruelty-free as well as vegan products from incredible brands.

This month, these were the stand-out cruelty-free brands and their products that I tried and tested to share with you guys:

  • Dr. Konopka – 100% VEGAN! – Thick Nourishing Body Soap, Restorative Hand Cream
  • Elave – Sensitive Skin Defence, Lip Defence, Eye Cream, Sensitive Body Oil
  • Organic Shop – 100% VEGAN! – Belgian Chocolate Body Scrub, Vanilla Creme Brulee Body Butter, Neroli Bath Salt
  • Kripa Venezia – Blusher in Golden Peach, Lip Gloss and Lip Liner
  • KEVIN.MURPHY – Angel Wash and Angel Rinse
  • Nía – Vitality Vitamin Facial Mask
  • Essence – A Million Nude Faces Eyeshadow Box, Lash Princess Mascara
  • Phil Smith BEGORGEOUS – COCO-Licious Shampoo & Conditioner, Argan Cream
  • The Konjac Sponge Company – 100% VEGAN! – Angel Cloth, Mini Pore Refiner
  • Makeup Revolution – Iconic 3 Redemption Eyeshadow Palette
  • Wet N’ Wild – Photo Finish Foundation, Creme Brulee Eyeshadow, I’m Getting Sunburned Eyeshadow Palette

… and I loved ALL OF THEM!

However, there were a couple of products that really made me fall in love:

Best Skincare

Elave Skin Defence Face Cream and Lip Cream

Because I use so many fragrant skincare products, it’s nice to use one that is fragrance-free within my skincare regime. Elave is an Irish cruelty-free brand based in Dundalk that is free from sulphates, perfume, toxic chemicals, colour and parabens. The range is ideal for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin, and is suitable for intimate cleansing as well as baby care.

I have fallen in love with Elave’s Sensitive Daily Skin Defence cream, which has a broad spectrum of SPF45. Although the Irish weather is never particularly sunny, it’s still important to protect your skin against any UV damage which can shine through the clouds and even through windows.

The oil-free formula is infused with Zinc, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, which all work together to protect the skin against environmental damage while enriching the skin with powerful antioxidants.

Elave/Ovelle is also certified cruelty-free by PETA.

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Elave Skincare Sensitive Daily Skin Defence 50ml, €22.95 and available in pharmacies nationwide.

Best Bath & Body Product

Organic Shop Belgian Chocolate Body Scrub and Vanilla Creme Brûlée Body Butter

If you want to not only delight your senses but make yourself smell like dessert, these two products are a must-have for your shower.

Organic Shop’s Belgian Chocolate Scrub is the first cruelty-free body scrub I have tried that is actually effective. The sugar-rich scrub has a honey-like consistency, disabling it from quickly rinsing away in the shower before you’ve actually had the chance to scrub your skin. This is the ultimate scrub to get your skin ready for warmer weather!

Organic Shop’s Vanilla Creme Brûlée Body Butter is the perfect complement to the Belgian Chocolate Scrub. The delicate vanilla scent stays on your skin for hours after application, and the formula is LITERALLY like butter! Only a tiny amount is needed per use, too.

All Organic Shop products are free from mineral oils, polyethylene, SLS, parabens, silicones, are certified organic by Cosmos Natural, and are 100% vegan.

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Organic Shop Body Scrubs and Body Butters 250ml are all €5.50 and available at Skinfull Affairs, Exchequer Street, Co. Dublin.

Best Haircare

KEVIN.MURPHY Angel Wash & Conditioner

A cruelty-free salon favourite, KEVIN.MURPHY hair products are a luxurious treat for tresses in distress. In March I tried the Angel Wash and Angel Rinse, and I am already hooked. Specifically designed for fine, coloured hair (ME), the formula is infused with hard-working ingredients; hydrolysed oat and wheat proteins contribute towards generous volume of the hair, sunflower seed oil protects against free radicals and environmental damage, Rose Canina Fruit Extract calms scalp inflammation with its generous dose of Vitamin C, and Sulcate-Free Surfactants and Superoxide Dismutase help to gently cleanse without removing any hair colour.

KEVIN.MURPHY is also certified cruelty-free by PETA.

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KEVIN.MURPHY ANGEL.WASH SHAMPOO 250ml, €23.50, available at here.

Best Makeup

Essence million nude faces Eyeshadow Box

Everybody loves Essence due to their insanely good quality and their budget-friendly prices. I think everybody will love Essence even more once they get their hands on this palette! Since I got the palette, I haven’t stopped using it. The pigmentation in the eyeshadows is out of this world. From mattes to shimmers to coppers to onyx, each of these eyeshadows has the same superior quality as those of high-end brands. Unfortunately, there is a slight bit of fall-out when sweeping the shadows on your brush from the palette, but the great pigmentation and easy-to-work-with texture, as well as the amazing price, make this palette an absolute must-have.

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Kripa Venezia Blusher

I was introduced to the Kripa Venezia makeup range in March, and it is one of the most innovative makeup brands I have seen in a long time. The range is of professional quality but is free from everything that could possibly irritate your skin.

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I have become obsessed with Kripa Venezia’s blusher in Golden Peach. The blusher restores a healthy glow in the skin, enhances green eyes and the colour is just beautiful. The blusher lasts all day long and has a tiny bit of shimmer in the formula to contribute towards a healthy sheen on the skin.

 

Skinfull Affairs is the sole supplier of Kripa Venezia products in both Ireland and the UK. All Kripa Venezia products are available in store in Skinfull Affairs, 34 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

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This Hair Styler is Every Blogger’s Favourite Irish Styling Tool

I’ve no one but myself to blame for the damage ten years has done to my hair. Since my ‘emo’ days when I was fourteen, I’d been using the same Remington hair straightener to banish any natural waves from my hair in attempt to get long, straight, Russian-like hair. While I was in love with my straightener, I could never master either a healthy-looking straight hairdo or even hold a curl. So this year, when my straightener finally said goodbye with a huff and a puff and a buzz in the wire, I decided it was time for something new.

Why was I scared to part from my beloved, average straightener? I strongly believe that styling tools work at their best when they’ve got quite a hefty pricetag, and for years I simply put my money aside for other things and not a new styler- which, I totally regret now, as my hair really became so damaged over the years due to using my straightener.

This bring me to my discovery of the incredible new Instyler, a favourite of beauty bloggers and gurus including Chloe Boucher and Rosie Connolly. I don’t know how I lived without it- it’s both a straightener and a curling tong that works at a sensational speed!

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The Instyler clasps the strand of hair with a built-in straightening brush and a rotating heated polishing cylinder. The ionic bristles of the brush separates each strand of hair to prevent frizz while the rotating heated polishing cylinder smoothes, polishes and styles each strand, leaving you with healthy-looking, silky and shiny hair.

The Instyler doesn’t bake your hair like many straighteners/curling tongs on the market. It actually uses less heat than traditional hot styling tools, and its maximum temperature is 200, which allows effortless but non-damaging styling. The heat works with the motion of the rotating polishing cylinder to care for each strand of hair so that your hair isn’t left crushed, but is left bouncy and shiny. Its innovative 2-way rotation technology means you can change the barrel rotation according to the natural direction of your hair growth, meaning you don’t have to change hands or the position of the Instyler.

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The Instyler is best worked with slowly, but that said, it still styles the hair much quicker than other styling tools. It pretty much does all of the work for you at a convenient pace, meaning you can get up and go a lot faster than you normally would with any other styling tool- especially as it only takes thirty seconds to heat up!

My personal favourite style to achieve with the Instyler is a straight, curled inwards look. To achieve this, I simply roll the Instyler down each strand of hair slowly to then curl inwards at the end. This has become my go-to hairdo as it’s so quick and easy, but still sophisticated enough for work and glamorous enough for a night out.

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What I love about Instyler is that they are Irish. They do not have products that endorse animal testing. Their styling tools are easy to use and reasonably priced, and are suitable for all hair types.

www.instyler.ie have an array of different types of Instyler tools to suit your styling preferences and needs, though my recommendation is the Instyler Max which retails for a very reasonable €99.00.

How to Ban Irish Fur Farms: Release Mink from Torture and Cruelty

Did you know that Ireland has a secret fur-farming trade? Did you know that every year a total of 250,000-300,000 animals on these farms are killed?

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NARA (National Animal Rights Association) are the leaders of this movement to ban this evil trade in Ireland.

In 2007 until 2009, NARA toured around the country to campaign against Irish fur farming. They set up information stalls in many Irish towns, they did leaflet drops, they ran petitions and they canvassed members of the public. NARA’s actions were taken seriously by Green Party, who listed a ban on Irish fur farming upon joining Fianna Fail in a coalition government. At the time, Fianna Fail had no problem with these terms.

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However, in 2012, at the start of Ireland’s dreadful recession, Fine Gael’s Minister of Agriculture at the time, Simon Coveney, diminished the ban on Irish fur farming. This was after two of Ireland’s fur farms had already shut down prematurely in anticipation of the ban.

Now, there are three fur farms left in Ireland;

  • Stefan Kolon: Willow Herb Ltd, Dromkeare, Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Una & Michael Heffernan: Vasa Ltd, Vicarstown, Stradbally, Co. Laois
  • Sven & Monica Sjoholm: Tazetta Ltd, Drumnalough, Glenties, Co. Donegal

What Happens on the Fur Farms?

Thousands of mink are kept in disgustingly dirty cages. Being solitary creatures, they are crammed into a space that is just two shoe boxes in size with other mink. Mink are naturally semi-aquatic animals, but in these fur farms they are given absolutely no access to water. The only thing these mink are fed is liquidized fish organs, which they eat through the cages.

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These horrendous living conditions not only fuel severe misery in these creatures, but also psychosis, self-harm and cannibalism.

At the end of its shitty life, at the young age of 6 months, a mink is put into a ‘killing box’ along with 39 other mink, and they are all gassed to death as well as unconsciousness. Many of the mink are skinned alive when they are unconscious, not dead.

How you can help this horrible practice come to an end:

  • Attend one of NARA’S weekly leafleting events and protests outside the Department of Agriculture
  • Email Minister Michael Creed, who is responsible for licensing fur farms in Ireland, asking him to ban fur farming immediately:
    • michael.creed@oir.ie
    • info@agriculture.gov.ie
  • Send a letter to Minister Michael Creed:
    • Office of the Minister for Agriculture & Food, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  • Contact your local TD and ask them to do everything they can to help ban Irish fur farming

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Check out NARA’s amazing work and campaigns at NARA’s website
You can contact the organisation directly at naracampaigns@gmail.com.

Cruelty Free Crash Course: ANIMAL TESTING

PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THIS FEATURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.

Every year, over 100 million animals are killed from animal testing (including cosmetic, neurological, medical and other forms of testing such as for AIDs, Toxicology and Hepatitis).

This statistic is bone-chilling. Nobody wants to read that. Nobody wants to accept that. There is no justification for the practice of animal testing. You are very welcome to this feature, where I will be telling you everything you need to know about the horrors of animal testing. Please be warned that this post is not for the faint-hearted, contains graphic descriptions and reveals the unpleasant truth behind our cosmetics.

What animals are tested on?

When we think of animal testing, it is easy to assume that the usual culprits are smaller animals like rats, hamsters and rabbits. While this is heartbreaking enough, I think many people are more affected when they become aware that every year nearly 70,000 dogs die from animal testing and nearly 30,000 cats die from animal testing in the USA alone.

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The Beagle breed of dog is the most tested on due to its gentle nature. Beagles show the most distress and pain out of all dogs. They are involved in cruel experiments for cigarettes, hairsprays, bleach, oven cleaner and many more products; the beagles are forced to inhale toxic substances through a piped mask, and the test is only complete once 50% of the animals have been killed.

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Any animals that do survive testing are killed.

Other animals who are tested on are ferrets, monkeys, baboons and gerbils. Many baby animals are tested on as well, and sometimes even witness their mothers dying from the tests, leaving them in a vulnerable and terrified state.

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These animals are handled in the most inhumane manner; they are dragged around, pulled by the ears, shoved into cramped cages (even with injuries from tests). They are not cared for whatsoever in these laboratories. Many of these animals are bred in these hostile environments too, which apparently gives them ‘no rights’.

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But with the evolution of science, why is animal testing for cosmetics still mandatory?

Well, it’s not. There are many brands out there who create their products from the already approved 7,000 ingredients and from natural sources. There are also alternative methods of testing new ingredients such as in-vitro testing and computer testing- hell, we’re even able to replicate human organs at this point!

It has been proven time and time again that animal testing is NOT RELIABLE. Animal tests provide accuracy results of 40%-60%, whereas non-animal testing methods provide accuracy results of 80%.

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So, why do brands choose to test on animals?

To put it bluntly: these f**ktards are more hungry for money than creating ethically-produced products.

If a brand decides to sell in China, they are then required by law to have their cosmetics tested on animals. This is because the Chinese authorities require all foreign cosmetics to be tested on animals, which is contributed partially by the fact that China does not have any legal animal welfare laws.

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Have any cruelty-free brands had their cruelty-free status revoked?

There have been several cases where a cruelty-free brand has had its cruelty-free status revoked upon deciding to move into the Chinese market. In some cases, the brand is owned by a parent company that tests on animals, and is hence encouraged to follow suit.

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Is there any hope that the Chinese authorities will change its regulations?

YES! There is always hope! This brings me to the European ban of animal testing and marketing.

Cruelty Free International, the coordinators of the Leaping Bunny Program, have been the main organisation behind the European ban of animal testing and marketing. After campaigning against animal testing for twenty years, the European parliament agreed that animal testing and marketing is completely unnecessary, and hence Europe took the landmark movement to ban the horrible practice in March 2013.

Five years on, and other countries have followed in Europe’s footsteps, including Israel, India and Norway. China makes up 20% of the world’s population, but Europe makes up 15% – if Europe can ban animal testing, we can push an extra 5% to encourage China to do the same!

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My favourite brand says they’re cruelty-free on their website. Why does Flawless and Pawless say they’re not?

This is a topic for an entire feature on its own, but I will touch on it in this one all the same. Many brands claim they are cruelty-free through using various loopholes that can completely mislead a consumer. Some loopholes to look out for and what they mean are:

  • “We don’t own any animal testing facilities!” – which really means “we allow third parties to test on animals on our behalf!”
  • “Our finished products aren’t tested on animals!” – which really means “Our ingredients were all tested on animals!”
  • “We don’t believe in animal testing!” – which really means “We don’t believe in it, but we do it any way so we can make more money!”
  • “We love animals, and never test on them!” – which really means “We love animals, but we let other test on them for us!”
  • “We love our fans and don’t want to exclude them anywhere!” – which really means “We sell in China, where it’s required by law to test on animals!”
  • “We are in partnership with *names some association that finds alternative methods to animal testing*” – which really means “We test on animals, but let’s show our customers that we have some form of ethics”
  • “We never ever test on animals, except when required by law!” – which really means “We never ever test on animals, but we sell in countries that require by law to test our products on animals!”

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How does Flawless and Pawless know a brand is definitely cruelty-free?

A cruelty-free brand is only added to the Flawless and Pawless list if the following points are confirmed:

  • The brand itself does not test on animals
  • The brand does not allow its suppliers and manufacturers to test on animals
  • The brand does not allow third parties to test on animals on their behalf
  • The brand does not sell in China, where it is required by law for all cosmetics to be tested on animals
  • The brand offers vegan-friendly options, and strives to eliminate animal products and by-products from its formulas

A simple statement on a brand’s website that simply says “We are against animal testing” or “We never test on animals” is not enough for Flawless and Pawless to be 100% sure the brand is cruelty-free, particularly if they do not have a cruelty-free certification.

The only official cruelty-free certifications are by The Leaping Bunny Program (which is coordinated by Cruelty Free International), PETA and Choose Cruelty Free. Official vegan certifications are provided by The Vegan Society and Vegan.org.

So, how can I stop animal testing?

I am so pleased to tell you that there are many ways that you can become cruelty-free TODAY. The more people who become cruelty-free, the more likely it is that non-cruelty-free brands are to remove themselves from the Chinese market. The consumer market speaks loudly in business, and by choosing cruelty-free products, you are telling non-cruelty-free brands that you want ethically-produced products.

  • Stop buying non-cruelty free products
  • Follow Flawless and Pawless to keep up to date with shopping guides and lists of cruelty-free brands available in Ireland. Share the site and social media platforms with your friends and family to encourage them to become cruelty-free.
  • Sign the petition by Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop to help end animal testing worldwide here.
  • If you are working with an uncertified cruelty-free brand, please encourage them to become Leaping Bunny certified. This is the world’s only internationally recognised certification program, and your customers will love you for it!
  • Donate to and fundraise for Cruelty Free International. Donations go towards the organisation being able to lobby with governments to introduce non-animal testing methods, send undercover investigators into laboratories worldwide to expose the truth, run global campaigns and fund research into alternative testing methods.

I wish you the best of luck on your cruelty-free venture. Let’s make Ireland cruelty-free.

Ailsha x

 

Cruelty Free On A Budget: Take Your Hair On Holiday With This Luxurious Haircare Range

As the blizzards and the baltic weather conditions begin to disappear at last, the residue of Ireland’s coldest winter has been left in our dry, damaged hair. The cold hair has stripped essential moisture from our locks, and no hair mask seems to fix it.

Recently I discovered UK celebrity hair stylist Phil Smith.  Having worked for Toni & Guy for two decades, alongside styling the hair of the likes of Michelle Keegan and Tess Daly, Smith has earned many award-winning titles throughout his career. However, what has remained a priority throughout his successful stylist life is his passion for cruelty-free beauty.

The Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS haircare range is officially certified by the Leaping Bunny Program by Cruelty Free International, which is the world’s only internationally recognised cruelty-free certification program. Flawless and Pawless favours this certification over the likes of PETA and Choose Cruelty Free as the process requires independent audits from the company and their suppliers.

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The luxurious haircare range offers a variety of products to address all haircare concerns; blonde/brunette colour care, soothing care, volumnising and texture, dry shampoo and many more. This brand is a fantastic cruelty-free alternative to John Frieda.

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I have spent the last week in a coconut cocoon having been sent the Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS COCO-LICIOUS range to try. I can’t stop using it. I even washed my hair twice in one day on the day I received it, just to try it again.

The COCO-LICIOUS Coconut Oil Range promises to:

  • Give hair a weightless feel
  • Replenish moisture
  • Provide a lightweight but nourishing cleanse
  • Leave hair soft and shiny

The scent of these products is to-die-for. Personally, I would tend to avoid coconut-scented haircare products as I usually find them too sweet and overpowering, but I can honestly say this is the first coconut haircare range that I LOVE.

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The Phil Smith BEGORGEOUS range’s prices start from €2.85 and is available at Sainsburys stores across the U.K. and to order online to ship to Ireland.

 

These Cruelty-Free Eyeshadow Palettes Are Drugstore Dupes For High-End Palettes!

The amazing thing about cruelty-free drugstore eyeshadow palettes is that they are often formulated to be dupes for high-end palettes. While Flawless and Pawless has many eyeshadow palette favourites, recently there have been three drugstore palettes that have become both my day and nightime favourites!

Essence All About Bronze Palette

I’ve been using this palette both on myself as well as in my professional kit for nearly two years now. I fell in love with the affordable and radiant colour combination around the same time as Charlotte Tilbury’s limited edition Legendary Muse eyeshadow palette was launched, which was priced at a luxury tag of €50. The colours in the All About Bronze palette are an exact dupe for Legendary Muse, consisting of highly-pigmented golds, rose golds, copper tones and both cool and warm-toned browns. When I worked at the Charlotte Tilbury counter in BT2 once upon a time, I used to wear the Essence All About Bronze palette and say it was the Legendary Muse one- and I always got away with it!

You can buy Essence’s All About Bronze Palette for €4.46 here.

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Wet N’ Wild I’m Getting Sunburned Palette

Wet N’ Wild recently upgraded all of their cosmetic packaging to display their certified PETA bunny logo on their products. This is an amazing brand for all ages, but I have used Wet N’ Wild products personally since my early teens. Super affordable and amazing quality, one of the brand’s standout products are their eyeshadow palettes. While I love ALL of the palettes that I have tried, my favourite at the moment is their I’m Getting Sunburned eyeshadow palette. A mini, pocket-sized palette with just three shades and a tiny applicator, this palette is perfect to bring with you on-the-go. The brow shade is a very pale iridescent pink colour, the crease shade is a perfect, warm chocolate brown, and the eyelid colour is a shimmery copper shade (which is also one of the closest dupes I’ve found for Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita ‘pop’ shade). This highly-pigmented palette just never disappoints!

You can buy Wet N’ Wild’s I’m Getting Sunburned palette for €9.73 here.

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Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette – 100% VEGAN!

You may have seen many YouTube stars rave about this palette… It’s an EXACT DUPE for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette! Makeup Revolution are known for making drugstore versions of high-end eyeshadow palettes (which, of course, presents the brand with some backlash) that are often of superior quality to the originals. The Iconic 3 Palette is the exact same as Naked 3, except that the formula in the shadows is much more buttery and easy to work with. There is a little bit of fall-out upon application, but the gorgeous pigmentation makes up for that. This is my absolute go-to palette for day and night!

You can buy Makeup Revolution’s Redemption Iconic 3 Palette for €10.46 here.

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Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide: Debenhams

Debenhams is one of Ireland’s largest luxury department stores. The main cosmetic products sold in the store are makeup, skincare and fragrance. Unfortunately, Debenhams isn’t nearly as good for cruelty-free shopping as Harvey Nichols is, but there are a good few cruelty free cosmetic brands sold in the store. It is also unfortunate that Debenhams do not stock 100% cruelty-free and vegan brands, however there are some vegan products within the cruelty-free makeup brands that are available.

Debenhams Locations in Ireland:

Republic of Ireland:

  • White Water Shopping Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  • O’ Connell Street, Co. Limerick
  • Eyre Street, Co. Galway
  • The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Frascati Shopping Centre, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • Patrick Street, Co. Cork
  • Henry Street, Co. Dublin
  • Manor West Retail Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Co. Cork
  • City Square Shopping Centre, Co. Waterford

Northern Ireland:

  • Unit 34 Castlecourt, Co. Belfast
  • Fairhill Shopping Centre, Co. Antrim
  • The Quays Shopping & Leisure Centre, Newry, Co. Down
  • The Foyleside Centre, Londonderry, Co. Derry

 

MAKEUP

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Cruelty Free Makeup Brands

  • bareMinerals (owned by Shisheido)
  • Buxom (owned by Shisheido)
  • Kat Von D (offers some vegan products)
  • Marc Jacobs
  • NYX (owned by L’Oreal)
  • Nude by Nature
  • Laura Geller
  • theBalm
  • Too Faced (owned by Estée Lauder) (offers some vegan products)
  • Urban Decay (owned by L’Oreal)

Makeup Brands to AVOID

  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Burberry
  • Chanel
  • Clarins
  • Clinique (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabanna (owned by Procter & Gamble)
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Estée Lauder
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Gucci
  • Guerlain
  • Lancome (owned by L’Oreal)
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Tom Ford (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Yves Saint Laurent

SKINCARE

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Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands

  • Buxom (owned by Shisheido)
  • ELEMIS
  • Laura Geller
  • Too Faced (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Ted Baker

Skincare Brands to AVOID

  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Chanel
  • Clarins
  • Clinique (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabanna (owned by Procter & Gamble)
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Estée Lauder
  • Givenchy
  • Glamglow (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Guerlain
  • Kiehl’s (owned by L’Oreal)
  • Lancome (owned by L’Oreal)
  • L’Occitane
  • Mugler
  • Origins (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Tom Ford (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Yves Saint Laurent

FRAGRANCE

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Cruelty Free Fragrance Brands

  • Ted Baker

Fragrance Brands to AVOID

  • Acqua di Parma
  • Burberry
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabanna (owned by Procter & Gamble)
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Estée Lauder
  • Givenchy
  • Gucci
  • Guerlain
  • Hermes
  • Hugo Boss (owned by Procter & Gamble)
  • Jimmy Choo
  • L’Occitane
  • Marc Jacobs Fragrance
  • Michael Korrs (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Prada
  • Ralph Lauren (owned by L’Oreal)
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Tommy Hilfiger (owned by Estée Lauder)
  • Viktor & Rolf (owned by L’Oreal)
  • Yves Saint Laurent

VEGAN Products from Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

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Kat Von D

 

  • Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
  • Studded Kiss Lipstick
  • Alchemist Holographic Palette
  • Tattoo Brow
  • Tattoo Liner
  • Lightning Liner
  • Ink Liner
  • Metal Crush
  • Lock-It Concealer
  • Lock-It Concealer Creme
  • Lock-It Liquid Foundation
  • Lock-It Powder Foundation
  • Lock-It Setting Powder
  • Lock-It Featherweight Primer
  • Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist
  • Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes

theBalm

  • Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder
  • Bahama Mama Bronzer (AMAZING dupe for Hoola by Benefit)
  • Read My Lips Lip Gloss
  • Overshadows Eyeshadow
  • What’s Your Type? Mascara
  • Schwing Eyeliner
  • INSTAIN Blushers
  • balmShelter Tinted Moisturiser
  • Put a Lid On It Eyeshadow Primer
  • Stainiac Lip Stain

Too Faced (owned by Estée Lauder)

  • Hangover Primer
  • Primed & Poreless Pure/Face Primer
  • Born This Way Foundation
  • Cocoa Powder Foundation
  • Absolutely Flawless Concealer
  • Primed & Poreless Loose Powder/Pressed Powder
  • Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
  • Bronzed & Poreless
  • Cocoa Contour Palette
  • Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer
  • Soul Mates
  • Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
  • Love Flush Blush
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  • Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Perfect Eyes
  • 3 Way Lash Lining Tool
  • Instant Attitude Brow Bone Highlighting Pencil
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  • Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
  • Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick
  • Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick
  • La Créme Colour Drenched Lipstick (not including Lollipop and Mean Girls)
  • Lip Injection Extreme/Power Plumping Lip Gloss
  • Lip Insurance Glossy
  • Lip Insurance Lip Primer
  • Tinted Beauty Balm
  • Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil
  • Perfect Lips Lip Liner

 

The Must-Have VEGAN Tool You Need in Your Skincare Regime

The Konjac Sponge is a fast-growing Korean beautifying tool in the cosmetic market. The unusual dome-shaped sponge has become available in many department stores worldwide, but did you know that these are all poorly and unethically-made copies of the original product?

The Konjac Sponge Company are the genius business who originally created this multi-award winning skincare tool, and are the world’s number one Korean sponge brand. The pure vegetable fibre sponge is made from the Amorphophallus Konjac plant root, which has been used since the 6th century in Asia for its medicinal properties.

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The sponge is rich in many vitamins including vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12 and C. It’s also rich in amino acids and minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc. The sponge is also naturally alkaline, which helps to balance the pH levels of the skin.

What Does the Konjac Sponge Do?

This revolutionary skincare product has a broad range of properties:

  • Cleanses and exfoliates the skin, even the delicate eye area
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Softens and smoothens
  • Removes all water-based makeup, without the need for additional cleansers
  • Drains eye puffiness and brightens the eye area
  • Removes excess oil, dirt, bacteria and blackheads
  • Stimulates cellular renewal
  • Proven to create an ‘airbrush’ appearance on the skin after a few weeks of regular use

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And if those reasons weren’t enough to try the product, the Konjac Sponge is also made of 100% natural and organic ingredients, is 100% certified VEGAN by the Vegan Society, is 100% certified cruelty-free by The Leaping Bunny program, and is 100% biodegradeable.

One of my personal favourites would have to be the award-winning 100% Pure Konjac Angel Cloth. The innovate cloth is originally shaped like an angel, but unfolds in water into a soft cloth. More effective than a muslin cloth, this wafer-thin product is perfect for daily use and can be used to remove face masks.

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The Konjac Sponge Company 100% Pure Konjac Angel Cloth, €14.65, available at http://www.konjacspongecompany.com 

Another of my absolute favourites from this brand would be the multi-award winning Mini Pore Refiner Rainforest Sloth. This adorable little sponge is from the brand’s limited edition mini sponge range that features rainforest creatures. The sponge is made from pure Konjac as well as powerful charcoal powder, which work together to banish impurities from hard-to-reach areas.

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The Konjac Sponge Company Mini Pore Refiner Rainforest Sloth, €7.88, available at http://www.konjacspongecompany.com

The Konjac Sponge Company’s range of different sponges and cloths cater to all skin types, including teen skin, acne, babies and infants, and irritated skin. Flawless and Pawless gives these amazing tools a big thumbs up. Let me know if you try these trending beauty tools a go!

Buy the original Konjac Sponge, €10.55, by The Konjac Sponge Company from Amazon here:

 

Become a Mermaid with Dublin’s Ultimate Beauty Package!

If you are in serious need of some TLC after that freezing cold blizzard, then a spa day at Castleknock Hotel could be the perfect retreat for you. Part of FBD Hotels and Resorts, the hotel recently completed a €7 million redevelopment, and now hosts one of the most luxurious spas that Dublin has to offer.

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The Spa at Castleknock Hotel offers a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating beauty treatments, including cruelty-free treatments by brands like VOYA and ELEMIS. There is a treatment for everyone’s desires; facials, body wraps, body scrubs, massages and more.

The standard costs of these spa treatments vary from €55 to €320, and can steal you away from the stresses of the world for twenty five minutes to over two hours. Whatever treatment you choose, The Spa at Castleknock Hotel is the ultimate beauty retreat!

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Flawless and Pawless recommends the VOYA Majestic Mermaid treatment. Lasting 135 minutes and costing a luxury price of €320, this treatment is an entire body restoration in itself.

VOYA firstly provides its signature seaweed treatment for the face and body, indulging you in organic ingredients in a deep exfoliation. Finely-ground seaweed scrubs off any dead skin cells to reveal brighter, more youthful-looking and softer skin.

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Then, prepare to be enveloped in a soothing blanket of Laminaria seaweed leaves. The leaves are full of nutrients which calm and nourish the skin. To finish, let every last glimmer of stress disappear as you are treated to an expert scalp massage and an aromatic body massage using VOYA products.

Voya Majestic Mermaid – 135 minutes, 320

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For more information on the Spa at Castleknock Hotel or to make a booking visit www.castleknockhotel.com or call (01) 640 6300.

 

The Banniversary: A Celebration For The Bunnies

It was an honour to be invited to Cruelty Free International’s Banniversary event last week at The House of European History in Brussels. As Ireland’s first cruelty-free beauty blogger, I was so excited to represent the growing cruelty-free and vegan platform in Ireland, and to be part of this extraordinary movement to create a global ban on animal testing.

Five years ago, after twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International, the European Union took the landmark step and banned all animal testing and marketing in Europe. This was a monumental move for the European consumer market, which was worth a whopping £75 billion in 2017, and provided two million jobs. Europe makes up 15% of the global population, and because their continental ban on animal testing and marketing has been so significant, other countries have been inspired to make the same move. These countries include South Korea, New Zealand and India.

Last Tuesday, the 6th of March, I entered the House of European History to be warmly welcomed by the Cruelty Free International team. Upon arrival, guests were treated to an exclusive Cruelty Free International goodie bag, which contained some innovative Leaping Bunny-certified products from brands like The Body Shop, hownd, Suma Naturals, Waitrose and COOP.

The room for the event was a large, modern and artistic hall with paintings of animals all over the walls. Bright pink lighting decorated the interior to stay true to the colours of Cruelty Free International’s logo, and posters with animal testing facts stood around the room.

Of course, as an Irish gal, I was particularly excited to see the complimentary booze stands on either sides of the hall. One one side there was wine, champagne and delicious Belgian beer, and on the other side there were hundreds of neon pink Cosmopolitan cocktails. Homemade vegan canapés were served throughout the night, which consisted of vegan chocolate mousse, herby hummus crackers, tiny mushroom pies and more.

Gathered together at the event were MPs from the European Parliament, business owners and fellow bloggers. The panel of speakers were five inspiring women involved in the movement to ban animal testing globally.

English model and singer, Pixie Geldof, gave a heartfelt speech about her cruelty-free adventure. She spoke of her initial discovery of animal testing, and how she was horrified to find out that many of the cosmetic products she had been using had been tested on animals. Geldof emphasised the fact that animal tests are only accurate 40%-60% of the time, whereas non-animal tests are far more reliable as they are accurate 80% of the time, and hence described the ‘need’ to test on animals is simply “an act of evil”.

Michelle Thew, the Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International, passionately demonstrated the global need for a ban on cosmetic animal testing. Her enthusiasm for more politicians to get involved in the campaign to ban animal testing worldwide was inspiring, and Thew strongly encouraged everyone at the event to approach their local MPs to get them to support the movement.

The Body Shop International’s Chief of Global Campaigns, Jessie Macneil-Brown, described the main argument she receives about a worldwide ban, which is that it “would not be good for small cosmetic companies”. She addressed this concern by outlining how the world would see significant benefits with a global ban, especially considering that the European cosmetics market has grown by 8% in the last five years. European cosmetic companies have even continued to refresh 20% of their product lines every year since the EU ban.

Scottish MP, Lisa Cameron, gave a personal speech about her discovery of animal testing. Before her career in politics, Cameron had been working in a door-to-door sales role where she had to sell a certain cosmetic brand face-to-face. She explained that this was simply a job that helped her have a bit of money to have fun at the weekend and that she didn’t really want to look for a different job at the time. However, when one person told her that they refused to purchase their products because they tested on animals, Cameron decided to hand in her notice and advise the manager to help them change their ways. She since has worked closely with animal welfare authorities and has integrated this into her successful career in the Scottish parliament.

Birgitta Ohlosson from the Swedish Parliament discussed her determination to help the global ban on animal testing succeed. She explained the importance of her work in the Swedish Parliament to encourage fellow politicians to support the campaign, and she urged everyone to get more people involved.

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP and President of Animal Welfare Intergroup, gave a passionate speech about the unnecessary need to test cosmetics on animals. She comically dissed the cosmetic industry’s desire to sell in China, where it is required by law to test all cosmetic products on animals. This was a moving speech that emphasised the moronic lack of justification to test on animals.

The evening ended after a few more Cosmopolitans, chats with politicians and some interviews. I felt proud to have represented the cruelty-free movement in Ireland, and thrilled to have been part of such a lovely event.

However, Cruelty Free International’s work is not quite done. We urgently need a global ban on cosmetic animal testing, as still, 80% of the world test on animals. We can change this. Please sign the Forever Against Animal Testing petition that is being campaigned by Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop. With over 4.7 million signatures achieved already in just a matter of months, another 3 million signatures are required to bring the campaign to the UN to make a significant change to the lives of thousands of animals around the world.

Forever Against Animal Testing