Cruelty Free Makeup

This New Years I made the decision that I wanted to be a more informed consumer. My goal included being more aware of the products I am buying, where they are coming from, what their ingredients contain, what is the process behind which they come to market, i.e. animal testing and why animal testing was still necessary.

So what does Cruelty Free mean? Cruelty free means that the manufacturing of products does in no way involve experimentation on animals. Simply, companies that are cruelty free do not test on animals.

When I first started researching this process I couldn’t believe everyday products I was using that resulted in animal testing, deodorant, toothpaste, lotions, fragrances, skincare and most influentially makeup. I wanted to understand why these companies were animal testing, were they using such harmful chemicals/ingredients that they had to make sure they wouldn’t harm consumers? Was it required by law? Was it the companies choice? All of these questions I hope to answer for you below and help you to understand my reasoning and also most importantly to educate you as my readers, education is power and the more we know, the more informed decisions we can make regarding the products we are spending our hard earned money on.

One of the most prominent answers I found when it came to animal testing was that Mainland China requires animal testing on all cosmetics and skincare products sold in the country. This means if you are a cosmetic or skincare company and you want to sell to the 1.3 billion people living in the country, you require legal documentation proving you have tested on animals to legitimize the safety of the products. This also means that it comes down to each individual company to decide whether or not they choose to test their products on animals.

This also led me to question the reasoning and justification behind this, how can companies like The Body Shop, Kat Von D Beauty, Tarte and Urban Decay produce extremely high quality makeup and skincare, in my opinion some of the best on the market and be cruelty free? Through resources like Cruelty Free Kitty I found that there are over 7,000 safe ingredients that do not require animal testing because they have already been proven safe to use, which means there are other options, options that are not compromising the quality or safety of the product and do in no way need to harm animals in the process.

Cruelty Free Kitty has been an amazing resource for me in starting this process, her information is logical, precise and well researched and I appreciate forums like this that exist for individuals like me who wish to start this process. The Cruelty Free Shoppers Guide that she provides is an amazing resources for beginners and something that has really come in handy for me! If you are looking at making this change I highly recommend taking a look at this guide to help you navigate products and also suggestions for products you may be struggling to find!

In closing I realize there is so much information out there and it can be very overwhelming to process. I am no where near an expert and I am not trying to preach or convince any of you to make this lifestyle change but it is something i think is really important even if you just become more aware of the products you are buying I feel like I have done my job! I also don’t want to imply that every single product I am buying is 100% cruelty free, I am still in the very beginning and learning stages but I am realllllllly making an effort to avoid products (especially makeup) and not purchase products that result in cruelty to animals. In embarking on this journey it also became very clear to me that we as consumers dictate the market and what is being sold, if we don’t start to educate ourselves and ask these questions we are going to damage our environment and its inhabitants. Even a very small impact, is still intact an impact!

Below I have included a small list of companies that are and are not Cruelty Free as well as Makeup tools that are Cruelty Free. I will also be talking about Cruelty Free Skincare, Haircare and Fashion in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

 

Cruelty Free Makeup

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • BareMinerals
  • Beauty Blender
  • Becca
  • BH Cosmetics
  • Bite Beauty
  • Buxom
  • Coloured Raine
  • ColourPop
  • Cover FX
  • Dermalogica
  • Dose Of Colours
  • E.L.F.
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Gerard Cosmetics
  • HourGlass
  • House Of Lashes
  • It Cosmetics
  • Jane Iredale
  • John Russo Beauty
  • Jordana
  • Josie Maran
  • Jouer
  • Kat Von D
  • Kylie Cosmetics
  • LIT Cosmetics
  • Makeup Geek
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Marcelle
  • Melt
  • Morphe Brushes
  • NYX Cosmetics
  • OFRA Cosmetics
  • PUR Minerals
  • Real Techniques
  • RMS Beauty
  • Smashbox
  • Stila
  • Tarte
  • The Body Shop
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Wet N Wild

 

Makeup Brands That DO Test On Animals

  • Almay
  • Artistry (Amway)
  • Avon
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Borghese
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Chapstick
  • Cle de Peau
  • Clinique
  • CoverGirl
  • Demeter
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Estee Lauder
  • Flirt
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Guerlain
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • L’Oreal
  • Lancôme
  • MAC
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • OPI
  • Pat McGrath
  • Prescriptives
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • Sinful Colors
  • Sephora (brand)
  • Tom Ford
  • Tony Moly
  • Yves Saint Laurent

For a complete lists of companies that test on animals click here

 

Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes:

Real Techniques– Available at Walmart at very reasonable prices they also have the best beauty sponge in my opinion, the miracle complexion sponge, just as good as the beauty blender but 1/3 of the price!

Morphe Brushes – These are my most favourite brushes, I use them daily and was sooo happy to find out they are cruelty free!

Sigma – They have started to process of converting their brushes to cruelty free, the SigmaTech line and SigMax line are both vegan and cruelty free

Too Faced’s – made with their signature “teddy bear hair” bristles, they grab and blend color without any of the cruelty or hygiene problems associated with animal-hair brushes!

Tarte – Easily one of my favourite cruelty free brands, their brushes are formulated without paragons, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium laurel sulphates & gluten

The Body Shop – My favourite skincare brand and dedicated to using synthetic, cruelty-free bristles with sustainably sourced wooden handles.

 

 

Every makeup product I used on this look is cruelty free!

Primer: Tarte 2hr Primer

Foundation: NYXCosmetics Stay Matte

Concealer: NYX Cosmetics Concealer Wand

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Bronzer: Too Faced Matte Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

Blush: Too Faced Blushing Bronzer

Lips: Lipsense

 

Outfit Details (All YEG Businesses!!)

Earrings: Eliasz & Ella

Necklace: Bodhi Soul Bead Works

Sweatshirt: A Beautiful Inspiration

 

6mths Post Partum

I honestly cannot believe my little baby is 6mths old, I feel like I blinked and here we are!  The past couple months have been amazing, watching our little baby grow and develop into this little man with such a great personality and always huge smile on his face!

Cash is growing like crazy, rolling from side to side and front to back flawlessly and even sitting on his own however his balance from side to side still needs some work! He loves to have conversations especially after he finished his bottle and he absolutely loves his skip hop activity centre, I swear he could enjoy it for hrs if we let him! He’s also taken a much bigger interest in Cali and watches her constantly! He even smiles when she starts to walk towards him and she has also started to be much more interested in him, giving him kisses and joining us in his room for feedings and story readings!

Another big change is we have started solids, I seriously can’t believe I have a baby old enough to eat real food! We started with baby oatmeal (Holle) just after 4mths and he has been doing very well with it so our paediatrician recommended we go ahead with starting foods! As you can tell in the picture below he was really digging the yams!!

One negative over the past few months was that our breastfeeding journey ended sooner than I had hoped. Cash had a reaction to his 4mth immunizations and at that time would not take a bottle or nurse. Since he recovered he would take a bottle but still wouldn’t nurse. I tried going back to a nipple shield, changing my diet but nothing seemed to work and because I wasn’t quite ready to give up hope I continued pumping for another month (serious credit to all the moms who pump full time, it is exhausting and so time consuming) and after a month finally decided it was time to exclusively formula feed. Part of me was devastated because I had hoped after all the hard work establishing my supply/overcoming latching issues early on that we would atleast get to 6mths however part of me was relieved. It is such a difficult journey but in the end I am so proud to have breastfed for as long as I did.

We started sleeping training shortly after 4.5mths and this has been THE biggest game changer. We followed the 3 Day Sleep Solution (which can be found in the files of the Respectful Sleep Training Facebook Group). Cash was napping maximum 30-40mins about 3-4 times a day and he is now napping 1-2.5hrs 4x a day and sleeping through the night with 1 or 2 feeds per night! In a nutshell it is teaching the child to connect their sleep cycles! It has given me time to myself, time to blog, time to relax and also time to nap haha!

Lastly an update on my fitness, I just recently started BBG (Sweat App on Apple Store By Kayla Itsines) I was finding after we started sleep training it was easier to have the flexibility to work out at home or outside so I am really enjoying this app so far. It has a workout schedule you have the option of following, tons of workout sequences and meal planning. I am still walking almost every day on top of my daily workout and am about 10pounds away from my goal weight! The human body is so amazing, I gained almost 35 pounds during my pregnancy and 6mths post partum I am feeling amazing, definitely not at my goal weight yet but my focus is on enjoying my son, watching him grow and fitting in my workouts around his schedule! Moms can be so hard on themselves and I think we all need to remember just how much the women’s body goes through when growing and birthing a child and give ourselves a little credit and time to work out way back to pre pregnancy weight whether thanks in 2mth, 6mths or a yr!

Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

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29 Years Young

Today I celebrate turning 29 and the last year in my 20’s ahhh!!! I cannot help but feel so unbelievably grateful for this past year, easily the best year of our lives! We found out we were expecting our little man, took trips, spent quality time with family and enjoyed our little family of 3 before we added another set of feet! Cash arrived in January and our lives have forever changed in the most amazing way! Its funny how I now cannot imagine our lives without him!!

I remember talking about being in my late twenties, all the plans and expectations I had for myself in all aspects of my life and although I’m not totally all together (there is still lots I want to do) I am SO glad my life did not turn out the way I expected or anticipated to. I have the most beautiful little family and without the hurtles and humps it wouldn’t have led me to this exact moment sharing my life with the loves of my life Clayton, Cash and Cali<3

I hope you enjoy this little collage of my 28th year<3

Sarah xo

My First Mother’s Day

My first mother’s day is tomorrow and I am so excited about it!

Most days I still can’t believe we’ve been blessed with this little miracle,  a spitting image of his dad and an attitude like his mom! I still catch myself being referred to as his mom and relishing in the fact that its real!!

Even through the sleep deprivation and the difficult days, becoming a mom is the most amazing adventure I’ve ever been on. Watching this little being grow and develop has given my life a new purpose and I consider both Clayton and I so blessed to be Cash’s mom and dad.

I also have to note what a gift it has been to watch my mom become a grandma. Our relationship has evolved into such a beautiful connection, I so respect and admire her and what she did for us growing up. I also fully understand the sacrifice both of my parents gave us to make sure we never went without and were always, no matter what, loved and supported! Cash is also so lucky to have his Grandma Pankiw and Grandma Sloan, both so amazing and loving, it truly takes a village and can’t thank all the grandparents enough for their love and support of our little man.

I wish every single mama out there THE best day, I hope your day is filled with love and endless praises because you deserve it<3

Sarah xoxo

 

 

Getting Back On The Fitness Train

This mama is jumping back on the fitness train! When Cash turned 3mths I decided it was time to start eating healthy and exercising again. At 3mth I felt like my body had had enough time to heal, that being said the first couple weeks i took it easy as it was a huge transition for my body and mentally as well! When you are dealing with a lack of sleep its easy to sit around in your pjs all day but I am one that goes crazy if I am cooped up inside too long!

During my pregnancy I gained just about 35 pounds. Right after having Cash I was just over 200 pounds which scared me because i had never weighed more than 200 pounds. When I started working out at 3mths I weighed 194 pounds and weighing myself last night I weighed 185!! Progress!! Now I should note I am not a huge advocate of using a scale, I prefer to go more by how I am feeling and listening to my body but its really helped a lot and I’ve noticed a big difference. Ive added two before and afters, first photo is just after when we found out we were pregnant at 8 weeks and the second is me at 38 weeks! The second photo is me at 40 weeks/5 days and me two months post baby.

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One of the first steps I took was just walking, Cash was born at the beginning go January and I remember the week we brought him home the average temperature was -20C (way too cold to take a newborn out haha!) Once it started to warm up to the point that it was ok for us to walk outside for 20-30min we were going! At that point I wasn’t even thinking about myself physically or getting back into shape, for me it was the mental break I needed, the fresh air and getting out of the house kept me sane haha!

This past month we started strollercise and bootcamp at our local recreation centre and man was it a wake up call as to how out of shape I was! Let me tell you my ass was dragging those first few weeks and oh so sore!! These classes run 3 times a week and due to sleep regression and easter so far we have only made it twice a week however starting this week we are committing to 3 times a week now that our little mister is sleeping more consistently! We are also still going on daily walks with little miss Cali who loves her walks haha and Im hoping to eventually end at the park once its nice enough for a little picnic!

One fitness item that I have been looking at and finally committed to buying after being gifted a credit, was a fitbit. A couple years ago I had the fitbit flex (i think thats what it was called, 3 little dots lit up) and to be honest I didn’t use it that much. When I started looking at fitness watches I wanted one that would track my steps, heart rate etc but also a watch that would connect to my phone to allow me to disconnect from my phone and the Fitbit Charge 2 was it for me (I also looked at the apple watch but could not justify the $$) Through the fitbit app you can set goals for yourself, how many steps a day you’d like to reach, track your meals/calories, exercises, water intake, sleep patterns (this has been very interesting as a new mom!) I absolutely love it! You can also set reminderss every hr to move, the fitbit will recognize if you haven’t been active and send you a little vibration to remind you to get moving!

Some of my other fitness necessities are good runners, a House of Koopslie headband, wireless headphones and a great playlist!!

Lastly, diet is probably the biggest challenge and change I’ve made. Ive attached a link to one of my favourite bloggers (here) where she links her three week slim down as well as a fantastic meal plan I have been following! One of my favourite meals to make is a turkey pesto and avocado wrap! Just buy pesto, smooth over the wrap, turkey, peppers, and avocados with a side of carrots and hummus, put in your panini press and

 

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Cash’s Birth Story

I have been a  little MIA lately, we welcomed our son, Cash David John Pankiw on January 4th weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces!! We have been relishing in everything newborn baby and loving every second of it! Ive had so many inquiries about Cash’s  arrival that I wanted to share the best day of our lives with you all!

Cash’s original due date was Dec 25th, so after deciding he was not going to come on his own I was scheduled for an induction on January 3rd. I was induced using cervadil at 830am and started to experience very light cramping around 4pm. By 730pm the contractions were so intense, it was time to head to the hospital! I can’t even tell you what was going through my mind on that 10minute car ride! First off, it felt like a 45minute drive and I was so nervous, excited and scared I could barely think straight!! By the time we got back to the induction and assessment department I was begging for the epidural, I have never felt that kind of pain before (all the power to the mamas who go through labour medication free!!) Thankfully within a half hour of arriving, I was wheeled into the delivery room and my god sent (anesthesiologist) had started the epidural. I originally had hoped for an unmedicated birth but those wishes went straight out the window when the sensation of a knife being driven into my ovaries started!!

Once the epidural kicked in, i was in heaven. I stayed comfortable until about 245am when the epidural started to wear off. Our nurse checked and Cash’s head was down and it was time to push! That moment was so surreal, the time had finally come for him to join the world!! Pushing was by far my favourite part of the entire labour, it gave me a purpose and something to focus on. I pushed for about 40minutes and at 330am our little Cash entered the world. It was the most amazing and surreal experience of my life, he was here and I was a mom. I don’t think I have ever cried as hard as I did when they laid him on my chest. In that moment our lives changed forever. I watched my husband become a dad, my parents become grandparents and our siblings and friends become aunts and uncles. I also have to commend  my hubby for being so amazing, he was such a rock through the delivery and has been beyond amazing supporting and caring for us both<3

Post delivery, two things I was adamant on (as long as we were both healthy) was immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. I got an amazing 10-15 minutes with him skin to skin before Clayton cut the cord! I also requested the placenta be packed up as I knew I wanted to have it encapsulated (I will update you on this as I continue to take them!)

Overall, our whole experience at the Royal Alex was amazing. All of the staff, nurses and doctors were fantastic and I can’t thank them enough for bringing our son into the world and keeping us both safe and healthy!

Since his birth, he did have a small stint of jaundice which was so scary for us newbie parents but he was such a champ and only had to spend 24hrs under the photo therapy lamps. He is also such a great baby, he only cries when he’s hungry or needs a change! We are breastfeeding (i will talk more about this in another post as i have faced some difficulty because of my breast reduction surgery) and topping up with formula however I am still hoping with the help of supplements I will be able to exclusively breastfeed. As much as I miss sleep, I am cherishing every single moment with him as I know in too soon of time he will grow up.

I also want to thank our friends and family who have been so supportive in helping make this transition period so smooth! I am hoping within the week to get back to blogging and sharing all of our experiences with you guys!

Sarah xo

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Pregnancy Update – 31 Weeks

I was fortunate enough to spend this past week and weekend with my mom and aunt here in Calgary! We took advantage of the work week ahead we had in Calgary and decided some girls time was a must!

Sunday was forecasted to be a beautiful day so we decided we should head to Canmore for the day. We had brunch at the Crazy Weed in Canmore (highly recommend), I had the French Toast and it was absolutely to die for! After walking around the river and snapping some pictures, we decided an impromptu trip to Banff was in order. The Christmas Shop and Fudgery were calling my name!!! It was such a great way to spend the weekend and made the work week in ahead a little less painful;) Throughout the week we also visited some great locally owned restaurants in Calgary including Rea’s and Broken Yolk, I would highly recommend all of them! Ive shared some pictures from some of the restaurants (I was obviously on a french toast kick;))

Pregnancy wise Ive been feeling great, still making several trips to the washroom throughout the night but other than that the time is flying by! We are closing in on 32 weeks and turtle is moving more than ever! Ive noticed his movements are definitely getting stronger and he consistently has dance parties around 2am and 430am;) Ive been continuing chiropractic and massage which I swear is the reason I feel so good. I have however noticed my body shifting more in the recent weeks, it must be preping for birth… ahhh!!!! In preparation for birth I have also started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea which is suppose to help the uterus and other female organs prep for labour, at this point whats the harm and if it helps, yah!! Weekly baths with lavender epson salts has also become a much needed part of my routine.

Fashion wise I am finding myself reaching more for comfy and functionality than anything. C’est Moi leggings and oversized sweaters have become a staple and are really a must for any pregnant women!! I am still trying to avoid maternity clothes as much as possible and this combo makes it so easy and doable!

I hope you guys have a great weekend and enjoy all of the halloween festivities!!

Sarah xo

 

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