How To Make Sure The Lashes You Buy Are Cruelty Free

I’ll give it to you straight and this’ll only take a minute…if you want to make sure the lashes you buy are cruelty free…DO NOT BUY MINK LASHES! Full stop, end of!

As much as some companies would like you to believe that their lashes are made of ‘sustainable/ ethically sourced’ mink hair, fact is there’s no such thing.

I had to talk about this on the blog this week after reading the FAQ section of a newly launched brand of a huge YouTuber (which I’d otherwise be interested in, so this was a huge disappointment for me) that’s come out with a range of ‘cruelty free’ Mink lashes…no, just no. Claiming that their lashes are made by hair ‘harvested from the by-product of mink hair that has been naturally shedded on sustainable, ethical farms’. You know why mink are on these farms right?? I think it’s really disappointing that in 2019 (especially when there are so many more options available to us and knowledge), that brands still think this is ok. Not to mention thinking their customers are stupid enough to believe this kind of shite, give us some credit!

Anyway…I’m not here to preach and I’ll always encourage everyone to do their own research/ form their own opinions and make their own decisions but this really makes me mad and I needed to vent! Read more about Mink here

I don’t even want to give any attention/ talk about these brands that think we’re stupid, so instead I want to share some of my favourite actual cruelty free/ Vegan lash brands that use synthetic fibres and do loads of super beautiful lash styles…

Baby Doll Lashes – cruelty free Irish brand est. 2013. Over 20 core collection styles and a capsule collection available at Penneys/ Primark. Premium quality faux mink style synthetic fibres, lashes can be worn up to 15 times with proper care (I’ll vouch for that, they last and look great for ages!). Beautiful styles, something for everyone and every look, affordable too…they’re all under €7!! They offer pro discount on their website too. Love! 

Ardell Beauty – cruelty free/ vegan brand, widely available and something for everyone. From traditional strip lashes (I love their Wispies and Demi Wispies so much!) to individuals, faux mink and even magnetic lashes (which I’m generally unsure of across brands, but in case you’re interested)…affordable, loads of styles to choose from…you can’t go wrong.

There are so many other cruelty free/ vegan lash brands out there that are well worth checking out (majority of which offer pro discount too) and here are just a few more…Eldora False EyelashesHouse Of Lashes, Black Moon Cosmetics, Rouge & Rogue…the list goes on and with more indie brands coming through all the time and bigger brands copping on, there is really no need for mink!


What are some of your favourite cruelty free/ vegan lash brands and styles??

Lyd x   


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