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20 Animal-Friendly Beauty Brands That Are An Alternative To Kat Von D’s

If you love Kat Von D beauty, you’re not alone. Sure, her tattoos are super awesome but what’s even greater is her beauty company’s commitment to vegan and cruelty-free makeup (which means that none of her products use animal products or are tested on animals), making Kat Von D Beauty one of the most animal-friendly beauty friends out there.

But if you’re a beauty junkie like me, then you probably use more than one beauty brand to create your overall look, amirite? Well, you can now rest easy because Kat Von D Beauty is not the only animal-friendly beauty brand out there. In order to celebrate the cruelty-free lifestyle, we’ve done our research and collected 20 other animal-friendly beauty brands that are an alternative to Kan Von D’s. From Stila (which makes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s favorite lipstick) to bareMinerals, here are your new fave cruelty-free beauty brands.

1. Cover FX

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What can you expect from the former chief chemist at MAC? Why the amazing brand we now know and love as Cover FX. Their brilliant and innovative makeup is vegan and cruelty-free, which means that their products are not tested on animals. The best part is that they are also all about customizing so you can definitely find the share that’s right for you. 

2. SheaMoisture

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First started in a nut stall in a Sierra Leone village is now a body, skin and hair care line that is completely cruelty-free, all natural and organic. Yes, I am talking about Shea Moisture. They’ve been providing incredible moisturizing products for all of your needs since 1912 and, as a bonus, 10% of their Community Commerce sales go to support women-led businesses. 

3. e.l.f. Cosmetics

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If you’re looking for a budget makeup line that’s cruelty-free, then look no further than e.l.f. cosmetics. Almost all of their makeup, body washes, and facial products are under $10 and still ethically made. As if you needed even more incentive, they also offer 15% off for all students (and other daily discounts).

4. Arbonne

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This eco-friendly company specializes in beauty and health products and, according to them, they have been on a “green journey” for over 35 years, which means that their products have never been tested on animals. Arbonne works similarly to Mary Kay of the past where you’ve most likely met individuals who sell their products. However, you can also buy everything online. 

5. Wet n Wild

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Another great budget beauty brand that you can find basically everywhere, including your favorite drugstore, is wet n wild. They’ve been around ever since I can remember so I was thrilled to find out that they’re cruelty-free. This means that you can “stay wild” with their bright colors and fun makeup without feeling like you’re hurting any animals in the process.

6. Pacifica

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Okay, if what you’re really looking for is 100% vegan and cruelty-free products in a wide range of products, then you might want to check out Pacifica. They offer everything from natural makeup to skincare to perfume to bath bombs to hair products and everything in between. They have a line of gem and crystal-infused items which might also make perfect gifts this time of year. 

7. Alba Botanica

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For an excellent brand that specializes in cruelty-free skin and hair care (including a phenomenal shampoo that smoothes frizz), then you’ll want to check out Alba Botanica. If you want to feel even better about supporting this brand, then you should know that they have joined forces with CARE for the “Empower Her Through Education Campaign”, which is “a 3-year partnership intended to help break down the barriers of education that too many girls in developing countries face.”

8. Milk Makeup

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Possibly one of the newest brands on this list, but one that you should definitely be paying attention to. Milk Makeup launched in 2016 with the goal of providing “clean” and cool products that you can love. They are also now 100% vegan and cruelty-free, meaning that they use “alternatives to animal-derived ingredients including beeswax and collagen.”

9. Garnier Fructis

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Garnier Fructis is a drugstore brand that’s been a favorite for years and they are moving in a healthier direction lately by ensuring that all of their hair care products are vegan. They also believe in “beauty responsibility in that they are “committed to sustainable sourcing, reducing the environmental impact of our packaging, improving the biodegradability of our formulas and supporting vulnerable communities.”

10. SpaRitual

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If one of your favorite self-care routines is focusing on your beauty, then you should check out SpaRitual. That’s actually their whole motto: Slow beauty for a fast world! But beyond that, their whole philosophy is based on organic ingredients that are also vegan and cruelty-free. You’ll really feel like you’re living inside of a spa when you indulge in their body care or mani/pedi products.

11. ColorProof Color Care

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It’s not easy to find vegan and cruelty-free products that are also friendly to color dyed hair (trust me, as someone who frequently colors her hair, I would know!). Thankfully, ColorProof is here to the rescue. Their full line of hair care products is good for you AND good for our animal friends. Their products are also ultra-concentrated, which means that an entire bottle of ColorProof lasts twice as long as their competitor brands. 

12. EcoTools

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EcoTools, which you can buy at places like Ulta and Target, is all about providing animal-free cosmetic brushes for all of your makeup needs. You’ve probably never considered whether your makeup brushes are vegan-friendly or not but now you can feel safe knowing that you’re using eco-friendly ones. Plus, you can shop for their fake eyelashes, hair brushes, bath and spa products too. 

13. Aveda

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Aveda has long been known as one of the best brands out there, especially if you’re looking for expert hair care products and even haircuts at their locations, but I bet you didn’t know that they are cruelty-free too. The Aveda Way is all about how they don’t test on animals (only on people), use naturally derived ingredients and all of their products are manufactured with 100% wind power. 

14. Smashbox

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Smashbox Cosmetics is cruelty-free as of 2017, which is good news for those who are already fans of the popular beauty brand. Their products include everything from all that you need to make your eyes sparkle to lip and cheek products to all kinds of face care (contouring, primer, foundation and more). You can even sign up for a loyalty program and earn cash back when you purchase more Smashbox products.

15. bareMinerals

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Although their parent company Shiseido does test on animals, bareMinerals does not (thankfully!). The company that first brought us light coverage and encouraged us to try natural mineral makeup and skincare is dedicated to their cruelty-free products. If you buy their products in January 2019 and after, then 1% of those sales will also go to “charities that champion women’s education, entrepreneurialism, and mentorship.”

16. Bumble and Bumble

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Bumble and bumble is a hair care brand that is beloved by many and with GOOD reason. Not only are they cruelty-free and don’t test on animals (or sell their products in countries where it is required by law) but they also have phenomenal products for anyone that has hair trouble. Or even if you don’t, you can still indulge in their varied collection of shampoos and conditioner, masks, sprays and so much more.

17. Le Labo

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One of my favorite parts of getting new beauty products is the smell. Is there anything better than a new something that smells absolutely wonderful? Well, you can now have that in the vegan and cruelty-free brand Le Labo Fragrances. The perfume company offers scents for the body and the hope, plus other body products such as oil, shower gel, and lotion. 

18. stila

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Stila cosmetics (which has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and my personal favorite lipstick, EVER) gained cruelty-free status earlier this year when they pulled out of selling in China. Now you can buy that Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso” and give kisses all year long without feeling guilty. At least, that’s my plan…

19. LUSH

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LUSH Cosmetics is all about the cruelty-free lifestyle. In fact, they have a guide to cruelty-free shopping on their website which just spells out their own commitment to helping YOU buy better this holiday season (and every holiday season, really). Not only can you buy their products and be rest assured that they’re cruelty-free, but they make it easy for you to do so with other brands as well. Now THAT is what I call a commitment to our animal friends!

20. IT Cosmetics

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Some had concerns when IT Cosmetics sold to L’Oreal, which tests on animals, but they’re actually not the only beauty brand under L’Oreal’s umbrella to still retain its cruelty-free status even after being bought by the beauty giant. But have no fear, you can still get all of their makeup, skincare, and brushes (and even help them donate to Look Good Feel Better in order to “help women face the effects of cancer with confidence.”)


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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time is the Instagram Content We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time is the Instagram Content We Didn’t Know We Needed

There are few things more delicioso than pan dulce. Whether it’s served with café con leche or grabbed as a quick breakfast indulgence, it really is the perfect treat. This variety of sweet bread has become a big part of the Latinidad.

When we’re talking pan dulce, conchas, puerquitos, orejas and empanadas are just a few of the mouthwatering options. No matter which sweet bread is your fav, you can relive your first taste over and over again with every fresh bite.

Thanks to social media, we can also see the adorableness that comes with baby’s first sweet bread. Hashtags like #BabysFirstConcha or #BabySweetBread are where to go to find cute pics of babies taking their first bites of sweet pan dulce.

Here are some super cute pictures of babies eating their first pan dulce.

1. Enjoy your matching concha, preciosa.

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Just like the color pink, conchas are perfect for every occasion. This little preciosa doesn’t hold back as she takes a mighty chomp out of her pan dulce. From the looks of it, this first bite won’t be her last. Enjoy, mija.

2. Matching concha costume = GOALS.

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Pan dulce-themed birthday parties are now a thing — and we really wish they were back when we were kids. What better way to celebrate your special day than to dress like your favorite food. That frosting-covered face confirms how awesome pan dulce birthdays can be.

3. You don’t need teeth to enjoy pan dulce.

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Not having teeth doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the goodness that is pan dulce. If you’re a babe taking your first bite, just working that sweet treat with the gums you’ve been given is good enough. Just imagine how much pan dulce this cutie will take down once he actually gets those baby teeth in.

4. Just a little nibble for now.

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While some babies might go mouth-first into their conchas, this little lady prefers to nibble. In her matching concha onesie, this sweetie is more proper with her first bite. However, once she gets a taste, there’s no doubt this little conchita will go pan dulce-crazy.

5. That smile says she knows this is going to be good.

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Look at the awe on her face. Look at that little grin. This baby knows she’s got something special in front of her. This pic was taken before the big chomp but that look on her face tells us it’s coming soon.

6. Nothing beats twinning with your pan dulce.

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Can you really claim conchas are your favorite food if you don’t regularly dress up like them. Twinning with your favorite pan dulce is an awesome look no matter what day it is. Top it off with a concha cake and you’ve got a party.

7. Pan dulce: the perfect party food.

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Piñatas and decorations are all well and good, but a real party needs one more ingredient — pan dulce. This little lady knows what’s up as she snacks on her vanilla concha. What’s even better is the absolutely gorgeous photoshoot she had to immortalize her first bite.

8. If you are what you eat, eat lots of conchas

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Have you ever seen a cuter conchita in your life? The answer is obviously no. This giggly little sweet bread is just as lovable as the pan dulce that she’s dressed as. Of course, her happy face could have something to do with all that colorful sugar.

9. Sweet like pan dulce.

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Those sweet, soulful eyes and that face buried into a soft concha are guaranteed to make you say, “Awwww.” This adorable shot doesn’t need any extra props or colorful backgrounds to make us swoon. If you don’t have baby fever yet, you probably do now.

10. Waiting for the sugar to kick in like…

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Her face is telling us a lot. Namely that this little chula is lost in the flavor of her delicious pan dulce. We can admit that this state of pre-sugar high is super relatable. At least baby will be able to enjoy a nice nap after that sugar hits.

11. When you can’t wait to get home to start digging in.

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Sometimes you can’t wait to get home from the panderia before you start digging into the pan dulce. This sweetheart didn’t even wait to get out of her car seat to start snacking. Also, did anyone else notice that this concha is as big as her head? That’s a big project she’s working on.

12. Conchas are serious business.

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Although this little preciosa has a serious look on her face, those puffed out cheeks give away her secret. They’re stuffed with yummy concha. She’s obviously contemplating which piece of pan dulce she should take down next.

13. Go ahead and take a big bite, mija!

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For her “Coco”-themed birthday party, this little cutie has everything from flower crowns to guitars to complete that mood. Of course that means she also has the ultimate treat, pan dulce. We wonder if she waited to blow out the candles before she dug in.

14. We know that feeling, baby girl.

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That feeling when the pan dulce hits that sweet craving just right. This little cutie looks like she’s experiencing just a bit of euphoria with that first bite. The matching concha tee and pink tutu really complete this adorable look.

15. Her face says it all.

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As perfect as pan dulce is, it’s also pretty messy. However, that mess is just proof that you’re thoroughly enjoying that sweet treat. This baby isn’t at all worried about the sugary mess on her face; she’s got her eyes on the prize.

16. Never too young for pan.

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While many babies have pan dulce parties for their first or second birthdays, this little lady just couldn’t wait. As a celebration for her nine month b-day, she not only had a taste of delicious pan dulce, she also had a little photoshoot to commemorate it. After all, you’re never too young for this sweetness.

17. Now that’s a mouthful!

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Some babies nibble, some take a practice bite before they jump in. This baby isn’t afraid to take the plunge and go at it with a big ol’ bite. We hope he approaches every challenge in his life with the same bravery and commitment.

18. La Princesa de Conchas.

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First of all, we LOVE this look. Secondly, this little princesa looks absolutely in love with that sweet bread. No doubt, this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between conchas and this little cutie pie.

19. The look of true love.

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This sweet smile can only mean one thing: this little one is in love with pan dulce. The sweet simplicity of her first bites is what this list is all about. It’s a reminder of what pan dulce is all about: sugar, bread, and all things good in this world.

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

Yes, we know. Makeup maven Kat Von D has been long been on the outs with fans who once adored her. In addition to the slew of offenses stacked up against her, Von D’s recent declaration that she would not be vaccinating her son after his birth certainly has not done her any favors.

Now, the tattoo artists’ latest controversy means she’s enduring another fall from her fans’ graces.

Beauty enthusiasts are currently accusing Von D of scamming them out of their money with the Trooper Tattoo Liner

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At the end of last month, Facebook user Cheyenne Vaughan accused Von D’s makeup brand of “putting a sample-size eyeliner into a longer-shell tube,” and then selling it to customers for “triple the price.”

Vaughan shared a photo of the eyeliner in her post that showed the dismantled product in three pieces. One was a long tube, the other a cartridge that holds the actual product, and the last piece: a cap.

“Yall I’m about to lose my mind right now,” Vaughan wrote in the post. “Kat von D really been putting a sample size eyeliner into a longer shell tube and selling to my dumb ass for triple the price. I’M ABOUT TO LOSE MY MIND RIGHT NOW.”

Facebook users who saw the post were quick to respond to Vaughan.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” wrote on user.

Others came to Von D’s defense, asking Vaughan to support her claims with actual facts.

“Did you actually make sure this is factual, by weighing the amount of liquid in each one? I didn’t think so. Wtf is wrong with people??”

And of course, many didn’t waste time in bringing up the fact that Von D is anti-vaccinations.

“Y’all need to stop supporting the anti-Vaxer,” one wrote.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” replied another.

Six thousand shares of the post later, and Von D responded with her defense.

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In a post to her Instagram account, Von D asserted that she wasn’t cheating customers. In fact, according to her, while the cartridge is the same size for every liner, the amount of ink inside of it differs depending on the liner size.

“The cartridges in both full size liners and mini liners are the same — it’s the amount of product inside each cartridge that is different. So, for example, the product fill on our full size Tattoo Liner is 0.55 ml, while the product fill for the mini is 0.2 ml – thats over DOUBLE the amount of product! Any brand who has an eyeliner with similar component on the market will tell you the same thing. You need that much cartridge space for the pigment to flow out,” she wrote.

See for yourself in the comments section of Von D’s post on whether or commenters are satisfied. Hint: people remain stanning their anti-Vanti-ant-vaxx position.


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