The following is a guest post review of e.l.f. Cosmetics by Pocket Your Dollars reader Emily Rinke. She loved these products so much that she asked us to let her write a post about them. Thanks, Emily!
As an ethical vegan and animal rights activist, finding products that are both vegan and not tested on animals is a huge challenge for me. Even something as simple as beeswax makes a product ethically inadequate for my family and me. Until recently I have been forced to buy makeup from a co-op or Whole Foods or from various vegan-friendly web stores. There were some good products I tried but I just couldn’t get over how expensive they were! Everything is more spendy when you go vegan and I was having a difficult time justifying buying a $30 mascara or $24 concealer.
Then I discovered e.l.f. Cosmetics when PYD posted about a fabulous new deal where I could get “up to 75% off and free shipping on $35+.” I did some research and found that e.l.f. is vegan and does not test their products on innocent animals.* Hallelujah! Plus, their prices are amazing! So I decided to take advantage of this deal.
I have been blown away by what I received. I ordered:
- Face Primer
- Zit Zapping Concealer
- Acne Fighting Foundation
- Cream Foundation
- Mineral Foundation
- Get the Look Set (includes faux lashes)
- 3-in-1 Mascara
- Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
- Powdered Blush
- Hypershine Gloss
- Mist & Set Spray
- Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Every single one of the items, save for the faux eyelashes (I can’t figure these out for the life of me), have impressed me. They work together to truly improve my look. They minimize my flaws and accentuate my positive features. I’m beyond pleased!
I highly recommend trying e.l.f. – it is sold at Target, and while super inexpensive, your best deal will be by reading Pocket Your Dollars and jumping on the next online e.l.f. deal (like this one!). Thanks, Pocket Your Dollars, for turning me on to this great company!
*Note: There is no universal organization evaluating companies for animal ethics. PETA and Leaping Bunny are two of the main organizations who try to do this. Currently, e.l.f. is cruelty-free certified by PETA. They have not yet gotten certified by Leaping Bunny, although I do believe this will happen in time. Also, while e.l.f. is made in China, China requires products that will be sold there to be tested on animals. Therefore, e.l.f. has chosen not to sell their makeup in China.
About the Author: Emily is a nanny, wife, and avid animal and human rights activist. She and her husband are trying to adopt and have taken to networking in order to expedite the process. You can help by visiting www.facebook.com/babyadoptus or www.babyadoptus.com.