So, Shepard is still on vacation, which means we use this free time to do things we rarely get to do when he works. This includes climbing mountains (or whatever the Netherlands think are mountains), going shopping and travelling to Germany.
Two days ago, we went to Kleve, in Germany, where I study. The plan was to explore the city a bit more, buy some of the wonderful cheap German products and get some amazing vegan/vegetarian burgers from Mama’s Pizza Place.
I wanted to use this trip to check out the higher end cosmetic products that I want to acquire for my 72nd goal:
72. Buy my make up basics in vegan, cruelty-free and expensive (0/5)
Maybe I should explain this one a little bit. Usually I am so poor that I buy from the lower end of the usual drug store brands. Ever since discovering EyesLipsFace, however, I have complete indulged in their products – mostly the vegan ones. I have to say that I still use blush that contains carmine, but if you realize I pay less than 5€ per two months(!) for make up and am happy with it, it seems reasonable to accept that you can’t get everything vegan.
But with this cheap vegan and cruelty-free make up at arms length, I also have more budget left over that I could invest in something proper. Something with more pigmentation than what I got over at E.LF.’s (with them it’s hit-or-miss with every product and not everything is vegan, so I am limited) and better overall quality. Given that I am jumping into cosplay any day now (…) and that I go on stage several times a year, it seems like a good idea to find that make up brand that I can rely on when I need it most. Can’t be to hard to find a decent brand that will help me out, right?
But, oh boy, was I wrong.
First of all: When I say I want to invest in a good, more expensive brand, I did not mean Channel. The mere thought of paying more than 50€ for one products (50€ is approximately twice my weekly budget for food, clothes and everything nice) is very, very hard for me to accept. My financial situation does not allow for me to invest that much – and I doubt I could do it without feeling sick. I could buy so much good food for that amount, haha.
Instead, I set myself a limit of a maximum of 35€ per product (which still seems insane) or 40€ if it really is the one. That probably leaves me more at mid-range (or even still low-range for some), especially if we consider that I want to buy vegan and cruelty-free. Which brings me to my next point:
Vegan /= cruelty-free
There are a lot more affordable and mid-range cosmetic brands that are cruelty-free, but not all of them are also vegan. Some offer vegan options (such as E.L.F.), but there is no option, at least from what I have found, that is consistently vegan. Or, if they are, I found out about them from a U.S. or U.K. b/vlogger and they are not available in Germany or the Netherlands. Yea, one might think finding a suitable make up brand is easier if one can search two countries, but nope.
After doing a lot of research, I have decided to not go for the one and all vegan and cruelty-free brand, but to do research for each individual product that I want to buy. This will probably lead to individual posts on every item I want to buy, the research I did behind it and when and how I got it.
Here are my criteria for make up brands:
- Has to be cruelty-free
- Has to be vegan
- Ideally does not sell in China (Why not in China as explained by blogger Vicky Ly over at Ethical Elephant)
- Ideally not a sub-brand or owned by a company that is primarily not vegan or curelty-free (byebye, NYX)
- Price ranges from 35€ to 40€ (except if it’s the one)
Expect a research post in the near future, probably about contouring palettes! (: