Monday, April 8, 2013

Splurge Vs. Save: A Cruelty Free Skin Care Product Guide


Body Wash/Lotion

Lip Balm


Acne Spot Treatment


Nail Polish

In my fur/leather in fashion post, I talked about wearing 1st hand leather in moderation. Besides that though, I was thrilled with all the opinions and points of view written in the comments. I already shared with you guys that I had made the switch to almost all cruelty-free skin care products, so I thought I'd let you know exactly which products I use! All of the products above I have sought out, bought, and used on my skin. I'd recommend them to anyone who isn't a leper or the like. (In that case, please consult a professional). 

I know I listed Arcona twice, but I am a BIG advocate of them. I love their line, and it saved my skin after it went berserk from the treated water and dirty air in LA. I had been using the same face wash for almost 5 years, and when I moved out here it stopped working. I broke out like a 15 year old. As soon as I started on the Arcona skincare line, my skin balanced itself out.

However, Arcona, like a lot of the cruelty free stuff I use is kinda pricey so I thought I'd share the lower priced stuff I've tried out too! People need options, ya know? I know the Prada at the bottom may be confusing. The company that makes their perfume, Puig, is entirely cruelty free. 

FYI: My skin type is if you look at me wrong I get a rash. 

(This is NOT a sponsored post, I truly like and use all of these products)


  1. Thanks for sharing your products! I too am an advocate for cruelty free products...and even going to try to incorporate more organic materials as well. It's a bit more time consuming in hunting products and finding good ones but it's been worth the effort! =D

    1. Hey Nancy,
      I've been trying too. FYI, I think almost all of these are at least paraben free! :)

  2. I'm really a fan of Arbonne... you have to buy it through a distributor but their products are all without animal by-products or being tested on animals... Formulated in Switzerland for higher quality standards than FDA.... ...Amazing skincare and makeup!

    1. Good for you Hope! Thanks for the tip. I'm always trying to keep my eyes peeled for good cruelty-free brands!

  3. Great post! :D

    xx MJ

  4. Aww, thank you Love! And I am following you back!

    Btw, I'm shocked you notice my Vans! I bought those AGES ago, and they don't make those anymore! Apparently they stopped making those (they're called super high skates) and they go past the ankles. I'm bummed!


  5. Such a great post, I really love all tips about good skincare products. While I've always had sensitive skin it wasn't until I moved to an apartment in Brussels that my skin started to be as bad as when I was in my teens (and me thinking I was finally over that phase). Ever since I've been searching what products work and what don't (and it doesn't help if you get a gift and that makes your skin completely scream 'don't ever use that product again'). I've always thought it was also due to the water and your post shows that different water does have an effect on your skin.
    Gonna see if some of these products help :) Maya - Archistas

  6. This is awesome link Skinlastin. I’m totally going to find this for my Family.

  7. You can't go wrong with a little burts bees. :)

    ▲_▲ HYENA


  8. This is SUCH a great post. I never find people comparing beauty products like this. I'll have to look into some of these.

  9. Chels and I are Lush lovers! Their face masks are amazing and have such fresh ingredients that they must be stored in the fridge! Cruelty free and all natural is the way to go.


  10. What an amazing post! I'll definitely have to try out these products~ Thanks so much for sharing!
    Twitter: Sensiblestylist

  11. Though these products are not available locally to me ( India) but I am very glad to see that more and more of us are becoming aware and shifting towards cruelty free cosmetics.

    Also would like to compliment you on the idea of including both Splurge and Save. Makes sense to all readers then !!

    Swati @ The Creative Bent

  12. I've been trying to use more natural and cruelty free products so thanks for sharing! I already love rosebud salve and mario badescu drying lotion and love them both!

  13. Love that all of this is cruelty free! Great post :)

  14. I am definitely going to have to try some of these!

    Maria xxx

  15. I just favorited this post so I can remember these when i go shopping next! i've recently became more conscious of the products i use, too, and doing the research sometimes can be overwhelming. And this seems to be a theme today- this is the third post i've seen that promoted animal-cruelty-free products :)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  16. I am digging this post about cruelty-free products. I am a HUGE advocate for this as well. I use organic (John Master's Organics Hair & skin stuff is pretty amazing) whenever possible. For about 1 1/2 years now I have been super passionate about eating all organic (seriously, about 90-95% of my food) utilizing cruelty-free & organic make-up, skin & hair products. It is more expensive sometimes, but I love you point out the importance & meaning of it. I love your bravery on these common sensitive have some serious balls! KEEP IT UP!!! XO!



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