Can you tell us about yourself?
I have been Vegan for almost 3 years and I have been a makeup artist for as long as I can remember. It is something that I have always loved and my love for it has never changed, it has only grown. I guess I am a fairly creative person, I enjoy projects that are hands on and the makeup industry allows me to do that everyday. Apart from makeup I love sports, especially soccer. I enjoy being outdoors, dancing, drawing, eating and throwing myself into new and exciting projects.
Mallysa in makeup
Why did you go vegan?
I actually had been interested in vegetarianism for a long time. I had tried a million and one fad diets including the Atkins diet which is crazy now that I think about it. I began doing research and came across Meet your Meat, 12 minutes and 30 seconds that changed my life forever. I became Vegan instantly, and have never looked back.
Becoming Vegan changed my life, I became aware of so many things and it wasn’t just about the food I put into my mouth. Life wasn’t about brand names, how I looked or what was going on with the latest celebrity anymore. Life was about the climate crisis, speciesism and everything else that is wrong with the world. Everything else just lost its importance. Veganism turned me into a better person and that is my favourite part about being vegan. You don’t sweat the small stuff.
Did you encounter any difficulties? If so what were they and how have you dealt with them?
My main difficulty has been the makeup industry, I have thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in my makeup kit and most of it was purchased before I became Vegan. I believe that if it has already been purchased I should use it as long as I am not continuing to put my money towards the industry.
While it is difficult to find Vegan makeup, it is not impossible. As with everything, research is the key and if you love a certain brand all you need to do is contact head office and they should be able to provide you with a list of products that are vegan. I always look out for ingredients such as beeswax, lanolin, lard, lactose or whey. Some products also have glycerine which can be animal or plant derived, you can easily find out be calling the company.
I guess it is difficult for me because I need so many products, but for the every day person you just need to find out your key products and stick to them if they work for you.
Chemicals don't need to be poured into rabbits eyes for your makeup
Could you talk a little more about why some makeup products aren’t suitable for vegans?
A lot of cosmetics contain animal products or have been tested on animals. It is important not to purchase these products because it means we are supporting these industries. As consumers we speak with our wallets and certain industries wouldn’t exist if we didn’t purchase their products.
It is really important to support companies that have decided to create cruelty free products. It is very easy to think what can I do? What I am doing is not going to make a difference. That is where we are very wrong. We have so many tools to help us research and find the perfect products to compliment our skin.
How difficult is it to find makeup products that aren’t tested on animals or contain animal ingredients
As I said earlier, it has been something that I have struggled with but it is not impossible. It takes a little bit of time and research. I always tell people what works for one person might not work for someone else. Makeup is quite personal and there are many things you need to consider when buying skin care or foundations. For example your skin type, tone and the look you are trying to achieve. I love what I do and I am always wanting to hear about new products or give advice so feel free to contact me if you have a specific question.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - all vegan
What are some products you particularly recommend for anyone interested in cruelty free beauty?
I love Paula’s choice, for those who don’t know she is the author of Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me. She rates every brand under the sun and over time has started her own cosmetics and skin care line. On her website www.paulaschoice.com.au she lists the products that aren’t Vegan and what they contain. I have tried the foundations and they are good. You can order samples to make sure you are purchasing the correct colour or you can drive to the warehouse to check them out.
I am also loving OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) at the moment. They have an amazing liptar that stays on and doesn’t budge, It has the strength of a lip stick and a nice gloss. It is truly one of the more amazing products I have ever come across. They also have an amazing primer that I am obsessed with; I have tried many primers and this is the only one that I have found to work. They also have some loose dusts that are nice. You can find some products on www.makeupandglow.com.au which is good because they are in Australia but they don’t have the full range. You can also go straight to the source on www.occmakeup.com for the full range. You can find this in the FAQ section of the website:
What’s with the ‘Vegan’ thing?
In a time when many cosmetic companies make the claim that their products are “Cruelty Free” simply because Animal Testing has become less cost-effective, OCC felt it was necessary to raise the bar on this issue. We pledge not to use Animal-Derived Ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine, etc.) in our products, ever. We simply believe that it’s unnecessary, since there are alternatives that are just as readily available, and equally effective in the formulation of our products.
Other brands you can try are Inika which can be found in most health stores. Natio and MAC also have a lot of vegan products. Choose Cruelty Free also have a list of vegan makeup.
How have your family and friends reacted to your veganism? Have you influenced anyone else to go vegan?
Since I became Vegan, my parents, sister and best friend have turned vegetarian and i have influenced a lot of people that are close to me.
How do you feel switching to veganism has impacted your health?
My initial reason for becoming vegetarian was to lose weight, which seems silly to me now because there are so many more important things going on in the world. But in saying that, becoming Vegan has helped me maintain a healthy weight and it has done wonders for my health. I am rarely sick, I feel a lot more energetic and I can honestly say that I am happier, which is so important. I really believe that food has a lot to do with the way we feel inside and out.
What are some of your favourite meals?
My favourite thing to do is go to either Vegie Bar, Soul food cafe or Las Vegan cafe on Smith street. On my days off I take a sketch book, some pencils and draw while I eat, then afterwards I’ll go for a shop. When I am at home I love cooking with fresh vegies, tofu, wholegrain carbs and yummy sauces.
Have you encountered any absurd stereotypes, comments or negative attitudes?
I am very lucky when it has come to this, I rarely encounter negativity. Most people I meet are intrigued and want to know everything I know. The most absurd stereotype is that I only eat vegies, tofu nuts and berries. If I cook for these people or take them to a Vegan restaurant I can instantly change their minds.
Is there anyone who has particularly inspired or helped you?
I gather inspiration from everywhere and anywhere. In my transition period I had to learn everything on my own because I didn’t know any other vegans, but I have helped a lot of people and accompanied them food shopping to point them in the right direction.
What do you think are the most effective ways of helping veganism to become more mainstream
I find that people are intrigued by the unknown. Most people think that we are all crazy hippies that’s why this campaign is so important and such a good idea because a lot of vegans are normal people, with normal careers.
As vegans we are the voice for animals, they cannot speak to defend their lives or their bodies, we are the ones who need to help people understand that there is no difference between a cow and a pet dog; they are just as important and they feel just as much pain.
Passing on our knowledge and always being well informed with subjects that are close to our hearts. Passion speaks volumes.
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