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Transitioning to Cruelty-Free Makeup and Beauty Products

It's been about a year since I decided to really go for 100% cruelty-free makeup. The start was typical bright-eyed excitement over making an ethical change, but the complicated nature of what's considered cruelty free, various certifications, and parent companies settled in quickly (read the article at the bottom of this post if that's got you dizzy already.)
This is all to say that this past year has been more about research and looking through dozens of reviews for replacements of my staples, more than actual shopping. Though tedious, it's something I've gotten used to and trying out new products can be a lot of fun. Here are some of my thoughts on what I've been trying out lately: 

Yes To shampoos and conditioners have been the biggest surprise on this journey. With very curly, dry hair I thought I'd never find a drugstore combo I'd like and haven't even tried one for years, sticking to salon favorites whenever I run out. I was in a pinch a mont…

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