I've been a vegetarian for quite a few years. Lacto-ovo, not a vegan, and - aside from my mother, who likes her meat rare and bloody - I don't say anything to anyone who eats meat. And really, I don't say anything to her, I just build a wall of condiments or whatever is handy so I don't have to look at it.
Anyhow, I am a huge animal lover (admittedly, I'm not so fond of most people). My decision to go veggie started off with red meat, because it was gross and hurt my stomach, but quickly expanded to all meat because I felt bad for the animals. I always adopt from shelters rather than a pet store or breeder. A portion of my paycheck goes to the ASPCA.
So of course, I abhor the idea of animal testing. I'm trying not to buy any products from companies that perform animal testing. And by trying, I mean being an educated consumer and researching every brand before I make a purchase. Unfortunately, even if a company purports to be cruelty-free, that doesn't mean the suppliers of all their ingredients are (sometimes the company buying the ingredients doesn't know that). But I'm trying as best I can.
Previously, I hadn't done much research, I had no idea so many companies still actively test on innocent animals. L'Oreal is one of them and they own so many brands. If you're interested, you can do a search and get a ton of results or check out this site
I went to Target the other day, intent on replacing items I was running out of with cruelty-free options. As far as make-up, I'm pretty good. I use MAC eyeshadows and eyeliner and they're safe. I was using Maybelline eyebrow pencils and just happened to replace them with Revlon (safe!) recently. Unfortunately, I had been using a "good" mascara - DiorShow - but recently switched to CoverGirl LashBlast a few weeks ago. I'll probably finish the tube, but will definitely not buy the same kind again. I also use NARS blush, which I understand is safe.
However, all the other little toiletries and whatnot is a different story, and it seems that it's somewhat hard to avoid the bad ones without making a conscious effort to avoid them. I'm going to need a new shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. I'll have to find a new antiperspirant/deodorant and I sure are hell am not going to rub a crystal over my pits. And - the product I was so sad to find out wasn't safe since I finally found something I loved - a new toothpaste. Not to mention moisturizer and cleanser for my face - there's a 99% chance whatever you use is not cruelty-free.
I spent an hour and a half at Target. First, I went through the entire aisle of facial moisturizers and realized every single one was not cruelty-free (and got so frustrated, I literally told every single one to "fuck off" and weirded this other lady in the aisle out). Then I found that Target has this natural/organic aisle! (Though you have to be careful - they had some line of Neutrogena there & they are a no-no.) I did have a little "episode" there when some poor woman came to grab her shampoo & conditioner and I immediately started asking her about a ton of other products. Unfortunately, she only tried the shampoo & conditioner she was buying. But she said they were good. Then I realized in my overwhelmed state, I had put 4 different moisturizers in my basket. For the record, I tried Yes To Carrots. I'm not thrilled with the residue feeling on my face, but it smells amazing.
So I still need a hairspray (I'll try hitting up Whole Foods for that) but I've been looking into my options for other stuff. I'm excited to try some new stuff and I'll post it here when I do. Pretend to care, okay?