Happy National Lipstick Day!!!

A glimpse into my world down here...

Did you know that July 29th is National lipstick day? I didn't either until I opened Instagram this morning, and being a huge lipstick fan I was thrilled to have a day dedicated to open of my favourite things.

Initial lipstick collection

Interesting lipstick fact for you, the British Parliament banned it in 1770 calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage. I am not going to comment on the men that could be so easily persuaded, but part of me thinks it wasn't the lipstick that did it.

I've had the idea for this post a while now, but today seemed like the perfect day to write it. I have been a vegan now for 7 months, and although I am getting more careful about the products that I buy I haven't once stopped to think about those that I already own. Let's face it, have you ever finished a lipstick? I have approximately 30, which I know compared to some collections is pretty small but I am not going to get through them all.

My collection includes a number of Kylie Jenner lipkits (not sure if they all are genuine), far too many from Urban Decay and then a couple of oddments like Charlotte Tilbury and The Balm.

Some of these brands claim to be cruelty free, but what I recently discovered (how naive of me) is that not all of the ingredients are vegan. So I am taking this opportunity to inform myself, (and you guys) what makes a lipstick vegan and possibly reduce my collection a little.

So let's start my looking at ingredients;

I have stayed away from the red food colouring E120 for years because this is Cochineal, but did you know that it is also called Carmine when it is included as an ingredient in lipsticks and eyeshadow. Carmine is derived from the Cochineal beetle. So this means that a lot of my favourite red lipsticks and a few of my eye shadow pallets aren't vegetarian or vegan. Sometimes they don't even use the name in the ingredients, but use its code which is Cl 75470 so watch out for that one.

The second ingredient that I want to mention is beeswax, now obviously your opinion on this will differ if you are a vegetarian or vegan. Personally being vegan, and wanting to do it properly I will be avoiding any lipsticks that contain beeswax.

The lipsticks that will be remaining in my collection are:

What's left

The remaining lipsticks have either been disposed of (some of them were getting a bit old really) or they will be finding a new home with either my sister or my mum. And as for me, well now my lipstick drawer is looking a little empty. I think I might have to buy a new one...


Emma x

P.S. If I have made any mistakes I'm sorry, and please let me know as I really don't want to be using non-vegan products. And if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them as well.