Skin Care

Cruel to be Kind

Before I jump into this review, I just wanted to say  I know that Clinique is not cruelty free and I won’t be repurchasing these 2 items after I have finished them. I strongly support brands that are cruelty free and having volunteered with shelter animals for years now, I am striving to move to all cruelty free brands. Don’t get me wrong, I own a lot of cosmetics that are not cruelty free and this is a more recent effort on my part. That being said, it really irks me that brands who are well-known for being cruelty free are owned by larger brands that aren’t. To me it is the same thing – the profits still fuel animal testing. Just one example is the notoriously non-cruelty free L’oreal who owns at least a couple of cruelty-free heavy hitters (and this is just a snapshot of who they own). It definitely makes it tough to navigate when you are working to make the switch!


Anyway, I mentioned in an earlier post that my skin has been lovely lately and it is due in large part to finally finding a gel daytime moisturizer that works for me and a perfectly hydrating night cream. I have been wanting to try a gel moisturizer for ages and just couldn’t find one that didn’t seem too oily but the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is perfect. This gel is quick absorbing but keeps my face moisturized and feeling supple all day. It wears really well under pretty much any makeup and it works wonders on my pores. An issue that I have with many regular lotions is that I feel like I can see the product on my face, it either looks dull or it looks shiny. This is not so with a gel, you get a matte finish with all of the moisture of a lotion. I also appreciate that this product is totally fragrance free and does not irritate my skin or clog my pores. Honestly, for all of the hydration it is extremely lightweight. The price point is totally affordable and the bottle lasts a long time. My skin is loving it.


I have been pairing this daytime routine with their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream as my evening one. This is not a gel formula and feels mostly like your regular, heavier creams  but it is very quick absorbing. Many night creams I have found moisturize my pillow case better than my face as they just sit there and won’t absorb. I love the way this cream soothes and smooths my face overnight, it leaves my skin glowing and vibrant. Again, totally fragrance free and doesn’t clog my pores. The price point is pretty average but a little goes a long way, I have had this jar for over 2 months.


Both have definitely become fast faves and my skin loves them but my conscience doesn’t. I will be looking for alternatives as I get closer to hitting empty. I will definitely share my findings, unfortunately many organic/all-natural face products can be chalk full of nut oils and that is a quick trip to anaphylaxis for yours truly.

Thanks for stopping by <3


  • katrinasade

    I’m so glad I read this! I did not realize NYX was owned by L’Oreal 🙁 I’m so mad and bummed at the same time! I loved NYX but I feel the same was as you and prefer not to by from brands that are owned by parent companies that still test on animals.

    • stella

      I didn’t know either – it is a bummer! I think they get a lot of notoriety for being cruelty free and it seems deceptive. Thanks for reading 😘

  • Liv

    I know the struggle you’re facing with cruelty free. Just when you think you’ve found a brand that’s cruelty free and works for you, you discover their parent company is still testing on animals! I’m still using makeup that’s tested on animals while I look for cruelty free replacements but it’s such a huge challenge. Luckily, I’ve found skincare that’s cruelty free and really natural, plus it works for me. So that’s one big thing off the list. Great post 🙂
    Liv x

    • stella

      It is a challenge but glad to hear that you have found some success! I know that there are brands out there and will keep working at it. Thanks for reading 😘

  • Selena Hannah

    I’m in a quandary. I don’t believe in animal testing for cosmetics, but I do believe in animal testing for medical purposes. Most people get mad at me, because I’m not cruelty free, but I am. Most of my skin care is cruelty free and I’m working towards collecting cruelty free makeup. Just because I see the necessity of testing medically on animals, doesn’t mean I approve of all testing.

    • stella

      I can see how that would be tricky – it is easy to say that one simply does not need trivial products such as makeup that have been tested on animals. But to find a cure for cancer or eradicate AIDS? I can see both sides of the argument, I don’t think that all species are here to improve the existence of mankind but have also never been impacted by a serious, rare illness that may someday be cured due to animal testing. I wouldn’t tolerate people getting mad at you though! How many people would skip on life saving treatment knowing that it exists thanks to animal testing? Interesting thoughts, thanks for sharing!

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