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Our intern Sharri Lembryk explains how she made her cosmetics cabinet fit with her ethics.

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By Sharri Lembrk, Green Lifestyle magazine intern

When I was first asked to write a blog about cruelty-free make-up, I’ll admit I was a little embarrassed. I mean, I knew that animals were experimented on for cosmetic purposes, and I knew that it was wrong, but my knowledge of the subject until this point in time was limited to just that – a very substandard awareness.

As an outspoken animal-lover (and vegan, mostly) who is conscious of the impact that our food choices have on the lives and living conditions of fellow sentient beings, I was amazed at the depth and prevalence of this problem. Our animal friends are being poked and prodded and effectively tortured so that somebody, somewhere, can paint their face and feel pretty. A quick peek in my make-up bag, and I realised that person was me.

Feeling incredibly guilty, and after getting myself better informed by reading Green Lifestyle's piece here, I began my foray in to the world of cruelty free cosmetics.

Fortunately, long before my personal epiphany, many others had realised the need for an alternative to make-up tested on animals. Choose Cruelty Free (a member society of Animals Australia) has a super long list of beauty products ranging from those not tested on animals to vegan and certified cruelty free (there are stringent requirements for this certification, which can be read here).

The good news for humans is that most of these products contain natural ingredients, bypassing the widespread parabens and icky chemicals found in a lot of make-up (not to mention hair products and creams!).

Lush is a guilt-free brand which has a beautiful range of handmade products ranging from body butters to lip balms which smell, feel and look amazing (I'm loving their bath bombs and delectably-scented soaps).

Inika cosmetics has a variety of goodies including vegan applicators (the Kabuki brush is a personal favourite) and organic eye cremes in gorgeous shades.

jane iredale has a new powder eyeliner called Mystikol which works beautifully and is not tested on animals.

Peachy Clean organic online beauty boutique is another amazing site, which features ONLY cruelty free (and mostly vegan) cosmetics, food and products for the bath and body. I love their AEOS sky blue eyecolour, bright and pretty and perfect for the impending spring.

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For a more comprehensive list of cruelty-free products available in Australia, check out this feature.