Thursday, 22 February 2018

How to: transition to cruelty free

If you're reading this, you're at least a little bit interested in transitioning in to cruelty free or  interested in hearing what it's all about.

Honestly, I cannot believe I didn't do this sooner. When it's not in your face, it's easy to not think about and push aside what goes on behind the scenes of making some beauty products. But let me tell you, it's not pretty and it's really cruel (hence why we are going cruelty free). Unfortunately, a lot of companies still test their products on animals.

Whilst I wish we lived in a world where Elle Woods was real life and testing on animals was illegal, unfortunately we don't. And that's where we come in. It's our jobs to be the Elle Woods' of the world and stand up for those who have no voice.

Transitioning to cruelty free means that we no longer support companies that test on animals and the more of us that just support companies who don't involve animals in the making of their products, the more the bigger companies will see that consumers won't stand for the cruelty and hopefully they will follow suit!  It's actually so much more simple than I thought. I took it really slow and within a year, I am now completely cruelty free in my home. Please don't think it's something you have to do overnight, it really is a process but it can actually be a really fun one which allows you to discover so many wonderful brands that have amazing ethics and are really the kinds of brands you want to support.

Here are my tips to anyone wanting to start the transition to cruelty free!

Don't throw anything away

This one is really important. Going cruelty free doesn't mean suddenly disposing of everything in your home that tests on animals. The products that I loved that weren't cruelty free, I used up. Whilst continuing to use those products, I researched cruelty free alternatives so that when I ran out, I could purchase a cruelty free product. Other products I wasn't too fussed on, I sold, gave away or donated. Using up products you have paid for whilst researching alternatives at the same time will make you feel more confident in your transition and not make you feel like you've wasted money. As I said above, this isn't something you do over night, it is a transition and transitions take time. I just committed to not making any new purchases of products that I knew were not cruelty free.


I can't tell you how many hours I have put in to cruelty free research and it's actually really fun. Whilst I personally do not research what actually happens to the animals when they are tested on because it would upset me too much, it may be something you want to look in to if you want to completely understand the importance of making the cruelty free movement a big one.
I really enjoy learning about which companies do and do not test on animals. Every time I am in a store and see a product I am interested, I whip out my phone and learn more about the company behind it.
I have also built a list of my own of my trusted brands that I love to purchase from (I will be releasing this list in my next cruelty free blog post).

Have a support network

I was lucky enough to have a few of my beauty blogger friends also transitioning to cruelty free at the same time. We were able to have discussions about brands and products and we even made our own Facebook group which you are more than welcome to join by searching "Cruelty Free Bloggers Australia" - every one is welcome. Having friends making this change with you really helps. We are always supporting each other in the transition and it really makes it not only easier but fun as well.

Know the best websites and Apps!

Here is a list of websites and apps that have gotten me through the last year.

Cruelty Free Kitty

Choose Cruelty Free

Peta Beauty List  (don't sign up to their mailing list unless you want emails every day with confronting images)

Know the bunnies

Although some cruelty free companies are smaller and can't afford the bunny certification, these are the only three bunnies that are certified cruelty free. Please note it is perfectly legal for a company to claim to be cruelty free when they aren't. It makes things tricky for us but its why research is important. But you can be assured, if one of the bunnies below is on the product, then the company is cruelty free! 


Know the big companies to avoid

Some big companies can claim to be cruelty free but most of them will have a clause along the lines of "except where required by law". This means when big companies sell to countries like China (which requires all products to be tested on animals), they actually pay to have their products tested on animals, therefore, making them a company that tests on animals. HERE is a list of the big companies that DO test on animals that you may want to avoid in the future. It really is such a shame, these companies have the means and the money to really change the world of animal testing but instead, they are more interested in making more money by selling in China. Recently, NARS (previously cruelty free) took a GIANT leap backwards and decided to start selling in China, rendering them a non-cruelty free company.

Don't forget about other products

When we think "cruelty free" we immediately think of beauty products. But don't forget about everything else. Toothpaste, hand wash, body wash, shampoo, dry shampoo, cleaning products, laundry powder and even the products you use on your children and pets! Yes, all of these products can also be tested on animals unfortunately.  THIS website is AMAZING for finding products in each category that are cruelty free!

Going cruelty free really made me see the beauty industry in a different light. As a beauty blogger, of course this meant that the products I received from companies drastically reduced. But my morals and ethics are worth so much more than getting free shit. Now, I work with companies I love and that carry their testing out on humans! I think its also important to note that you shouldn't now judge others who use non-cruelty free products. Remember, we all have to start somewhere and the more we post about using cruelty free products, the more people we will encourage to do the same! We must not push our thoughts on to others, rather put them out in to the world and let everyone take them as they wish.

The most important tip I can give is to HAVE FUN with it! And don't get discouraged if you think its all a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to think of but you don't have to do it all at once. Take it one product at a time if you have to.

Keep smiling

Tahana xo

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tips for Surviving a Major Break Up

Any break up is pretty horrible no matter the circumstances. Some are worse than others but they all hurt.

Here are some tips that have helped me along the way and some tips I wish I had taken on instead of putting myself through hell.

Do not compare your healing process with someone else's

Sure, I posted some pretty real and raw photos during the time when I was hurting. I posted a photo of me crying. It has to this day, been my most popular photo I have ever posted. The most likes, the most comments and the most reach. Why? Because its relatable and its honest. But if I was completely real and honest with everyone during those days, I would have been posting photos like that every day. Social media is such a great platform for so many things but not everyone will share their darkest days with you. So don't think just because some look like they have it all together that they necessarily do. I admit, I dealt with everything much better than I thought I would but I certainly had a lot of days of struggle. Everyone deals with things in lots of different ways. Find a way that works for you and go with that. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Focus on you and getting through your darkness into a new light. 

Be Kind to Yourself

Most breakups (not all but most), when you actually think about it, are no ones fault. There is nothing either person could have done to change the eventual outcome. Sometimes, love just isn't enough. Don't think about the what ifs. "What if I had done this" and "What if I didn't do that"...those thoughts will lead you no where but in to a pit of depression and sadness which does horrible things to ones soul. Be kind to yourself and accept that this is the end of one chapter BUT think of all the beautiful things yet to come in your life... which will only happen if you're open to them. Be kind to yourself. It is OKAY that this relationship didn't work.

Make Plans

Do not... I repeat... DO NOT spend too much time alone during the initial period of your break up. I didn't speak to or see anyone for weeks and it was the worst thing I could have done to myself. Call on all of your closest friends to visit you, call you and go out with you as often as possible. Trust me, I know that all you want to do is be sad and alone but this will fast track your healing process and allow you to move on and be happy instead of trying to hold on to something that no longer exists.

DO NOT look for someone else.

Stay OFF Tinder. Men are the absolute worst for this! They have a major break up and they freak out about being along and immediately seek another relationship.
Any relationship you force, WILL NOT WORK and you will end up hurt (or hurting someone else) again. It's just not worth it. Take the time to be alone, and deal with your break up instead of trying to push the issue aside and cover it up with another one. Being alone isn't as bad as some people think. It is actually quite liberating when you're able to secure happiness within yourself and not depend on anyone else to make you happy. Embrace that feeling. I know I will sound cliche in saying this but honestly, the more you take the time to love, honour and respect yourself, the more others will too.

Self Love

When I say self love, I don't mean go get a facial and a manicure (although that will probably help too), I mean really sit down and appreciate yourself. Going through a breakup can be incredibly hard and sometimes, soul destroying. Practice self love by taking care of your body. Feed it well, keep it active and work on your mind as well. I've been using meditation as a tool to calm my mind. I find it really helps on the days where I am overwhelmed. Everyday, write down what you are grateful for to remind yourself that there are still so many things to be thankful for in your life: family, friends, health, a career...just to name a few.

Realise the situation 

This will sound a little "tough love" but think about it. There are so many bigger issues in the world (and your world) than a break up. You were lucky enough to experience a love strong enough that it hurt to end it. Some people never experience a relationship. There is so much more to life than love and you will love again and you may get hurt again... but so what... you're one step closer to maybe finding the one and if you don't? Is it really the worst thing? I have come to terms with the thought of never finding the one. Does that thought hurt? Yes... but it doesn't make me not want to enjoy my life as it is right now. There are so many things in life to be grateful for that you already have. Health. Family. Friends. Opportunities. Jobs. A roof over your head (just to name a few). Focus on the bigger picture and you will see how little this matters in the world. Being hurt is a part of life but it allows us to learn more about ourselves and grow.

Keep smiling

Tahana xo