The title of this post seems hyperbolic, but at the same time perfect. At any rate, it’s what I’m going with. I’ve been struggling for quite a while with whether or not to write this, or how to. It’s a tough thing to tackle. See, mainstream beauty blogging doesn’t meet up with a lot of my ethical standards. But I also don’t want to change what I do – I love testing out new products, I love the excitement of seeing new products dropping at the drugstore, Sephora, high end counters. Nothing gets me quite as excited. But then I go back to the ethics and I feel conflicted and guilty. What to do?
Going Cruelty Free
I have been playing with the idea of going cruelty free for over a year now. At first I said I was going full cruelty free, and then I chickened out because it was hard. Recently I’ve tried to take the plunge again because animal welfare is so important to me – I can’t imagine a poor puppy being tested on just so I put some makeup on my face. But…some of my favourite makeup brands aren’t cruelty free. It’s so hard to watch them release cool new things and telling myself I can’t buy it. It’s ridiculous, the choice should be easy, but I don’t want to miss out. And I feel like part of being a beauty blogger is trying out everything I can get my hands on so that I know what is actually the best. How can I do that if I can’t try everything? I know there is a cruelty free beauty community, and independent beauty companies are usually cruelty free, but it’s very difficult.
And then there’s the extent I go cruelty free. Do I go all in? Everything from cleaning supplies to body care to makeup? Or do I only change my cosmetics? Do I only buy cruelty free products, but still work with brands that aren’t for the blog? That feels like cheating. But I don’t want to miss out on amazing opportunities either.
On Sustainable Beauty
This is a big one for me – possibly even bigger than cruelty free cosmetics. I practice sustainability in a lot of my life, though of course I could always be better. But cosmetics is one place I truly don’t. I have an excessive amount of cosmetics, I’m constantly getting more so that most of it goes unused. The amount of plastic in my house is ridiculous because of it – and that doesn’t even count the packaging that the products came in or externalities like gas used to get it to me.
I know my beauty blogging lifestyle isn’t sustainable in the long run and having too many products can be daunting and burdensome. But once again I have this horrible fear of missing out on the next best thing or a cool opportunity with a brand because I’m trying to cut my footprint back.
Agh, I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know what the point of this post is, other than to share my thoughts. Maybe if I get my thoughts out there I can process better?