Hello, and welcome to ‘Pretty with Principles?’! There is a question mark in the header, and this is because I am currently questioning my views surrounding makeup. I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian. I buy free range eggs and try to recycle plastic, but that is really the extent of my world saving efforts. I am a student, and can’t afford to spend a lot of money on designer clothes so as not to succumb to ‘fast fashion’, or eat healthy acai bowls every morning. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could. But after talking to a few friends, some who held very strong views on this and some who couldn’t care less, I realised that what I could do is pick something that is important to me and my daily life, and use it ethically. Makeup is important to me, but it is a choice; it is not fundamental to anyone’s life (except perhaps beauty bloggers, sorry) and therefore I do not think we should ever test it on animals, or exploit human workers, in order to produce it. This blog is about me discovering the ethics behind the brands I use every day, and deciding for myself whether I want to continue using them. I will also have to decide what I believe in and am against, and to help with this any feedback, comments, and opinions you have are welcome! xx