Beauty Companies Against Animal Testing

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A couple of days, I came across a YouTube video from one of my favorite companies, Lush. They did a real-life demonstration on what animal testing is like and how cruel and unusual it is. Watch this video.

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Shocking, right? After watching this video, I decided I had to do my part. I signed Lush’s petition here. I also came up with the idea to research and compile a list of the well-known companies that DON’T test on animals. I’m including makeup, skin care, and even clothing stores that sell perfumes or lotions. Here’s what I’ve found:

*When I put something in parentheses like (this) that means where you can find these companies in stores.

**When I put something in brackets like [this] that means that company owns the company that’s not in parentheses

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alba Botanica (Drugstore/Whole Foods)

Almay (Drugstore)

Amazing Cosmetics, Inc. (Sephora)

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Sephora)

Ardell International (Drugstore – Most famous for their false eyelashes)

Avalon Organics (Whole Foods)

Aveda [Estee Lauder]

Badger (Whole Foods)

Bare Escentuals [Shiseido] (Sephora, Ulta)

Bath & Body Works

Benefit Cosmetics (Sephora, Ulta)

Bobbi Brown (Sephora)

Burt’s Bees [Clorox]

butter LONDON (Nail Polish)

C.O. Bigelow (Bath & Body Works)

Carmex (Drugstore)

China Glaze (Nail Polish – Sally Beauty Supply)

Clinique (Sephora)

Dessert Essence (Whole Foods)

Dr. Hauschka (Whole Foods)

Eco Tools (Target)

E.L.F. Cosmetics (Target)

Gosh Cosmetics

Hard Candy (Drugstore)

Hello Kitty (Sephora)

Henri Bendel

Hourglass Cosmetics (Sephora)

IT Cosmetics

Illamasqua (Sephora)

Jack Black (Sephora)

Josie Maran (Sephora)

Kate Spade Beauty

Kiss My Face (Drugstores, Whole Foods)

Laura Mercier (Sephora)

Liz Clairborne (JC Penny)

LUSH Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics

Murad, Inc.

Nature’s Gate (Whole Foods)

Newman’s Own Organics (Whole Foods)

Nordstrom Cosmetics

Nubar Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics (Ulta)

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Inc.

Organix Hair (Drugstore)

Orly International (Drugstore)

Paul Mitchell Systems

Physicians Formula (Drugstore)

Pureology [L’Oreal]

Revlon (Drugstores)

Sally Hansen (Drugstores)

Seche (Nail Polish)

Seventh Generation (Whole Foods)

Slatkin & Co. (Bath & Body Works)

Smashbox Cosmetics

SpaRitual

Stila Cosmetics (Sephora)

Tarte Cosmetics (Sephora)

Too Faced Cosmetics (Sephora, Ulta)

The Body Shop [L’Oreal]

Tom’s of Maine [Colgate-Palmolive] (Whole Foods, Target)

Trader Joe’s Company

Urban Decay

Victoria’s Secret

wet n wild (Wal Mart)

Whole Foods Market, 365

Yes To Carrots (Drugstores)

Zara

Zoya (Nail Polish)

In my next blog post, I will be compiling a list of well-known beauty companies that DO test on animals. These companies you SHOULD stay away from. This list will be up next week.

Are there any companies that I missed? Let me know in the comments below, and I will happily add it to the list!

Any of these companies you’ve never heard of? Check them out! You might be surprised with the results.

 

 

 

 


What’s In My Make-Up Bag – Part 2 (Make-Up Products)

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I always love seeing posts on what’s people’s makeup bags, so I thought I’d do a post myself! Now, I don’t carry much in my makeup bag. Granted I don’t put on my make-up before I go to school or work because I don’t have time. Also, keep in mind I don’t use foundation. This is because I wear contacts and I constantly touch my face. I know if I do, it will easily stain my contacts. I do have dark under eye circles. Regarding eyeshadow, I’m a sucker for sparkley/shimmery eyeshadow. I really this it makes the look. I feel like matte eyeshadow are too boring, and I want to make my eyes pop. I have hazel eyes with gold flecks. Great eyeshadow shades for my eye color are golds, purples, pinks, etc. Here are the things that are currently in my makeup bag:

Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer in #3 I have very bad dark eye circles. I have tried my fair share of drugstore concealers and none of them have seemed to work for me, besides the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. I love that one, but I would use up the darker shade so quickly, and Sonia Kashuk didn’t have that shade in a single pot. So I researched for the best high-end concealer for dark under eye circles that is at a pretty good price. I went to my local Sephora. I was debating between Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier. I talked to one of the employees, and she said that she really likes the Laura Mercier one. She applied this concealer on me, and I immediately saw a difference. Ever since then, I have been using it daily. If you are planning on purchasing it, remember this: A little goes a long way! Just a quick dab on your brush and apply it to your dark eye circles. My shade is #3. It’s a peachy color. This concealer retails for $22 for 0.08 oz. You can purchase it at Sephora or at LauraMercier.com

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Gilde-On Shadow Pencil in Sin I used this as my daily eyeshadow primer. It’s a beautiful champagne shade that goes with any eyeshadow! I have changed primers recently, and I have noticed that this product has had my eyeshadows in longest wear. I have tried the Primer Potion from UD, and the Maybelling Color Tattoo, E.L.F. eyeshadow primer, and nothing compares to this! It’s an underrated product, but I think it’s well worth it! I got the set of 5 for $12 on Hautelook when it’s originally $34  at Urban Decay.  I just checked out the Urban Decay website and the whole set of 5 of these shadow sticks are $12! Each of these sticks individually are $20 a piece. Great deal! If you can check it out now while you can! Unfortunately the set isn’t available at Sephora, but you can buy the individual shades there if the one that you want isn’t in the set.

Laura Mercier Eyeshadow Duo in Plum Spice After I got so excited about the concealer that I got from Laura Mercier, so i started browsing website. As I always do on any makeup site, I browsed the eyeshadows section. I came across the an eyeshadow duo called Plum Spice. It’s originally $22, but it’s on sale for $10. A high-end eyeshadow duo for a drugstore price! My heart leaped! I researched on how the eyeshadow’s pay off is. Is it any good? I scavenged through Temptalia.com and see if it got Christine’s stamp of approval. It did! I looked to see if I could get free shipping with buying just that product, and I did. This may be because this product will be discontinued very soon. If I were you, I would get my hands on it as soon as possible! It’s the best formula of eyeshadows I’ve ever encountered. It’s finish is Sateen, which gives a soft, satin-like finish. It so beautiful and pigmented. You just need to barely touch the eyeshadow with your brush to get the product. The result, fabulous! A must have. You can get it for $10 at LauraMercier.com . If you find that you ahve to pay shipping use the new costumor code: “new2lm” for free shipping! If you try it, let me know if it works out for you! <3

Credit for this photo: BeiArea.com

 

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black I wanted to try a gel eyeliner, and I heard this is a perfect dupe for for MAC’s Fluidline. I had to try it out! It’s good, nothing that special. I does stay throughout the day and it doesn’t smudge which is an advantage. You can get it at any drugstore: ULTA, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid.

 

 

 

Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes First of all, THE PACKAGING! Isn’t it the cutest packaging you’ve ever seen? The thumb imprint (pick background with crown) helps you hold your mascara brush perfectly. If your were looking at the brush head-on, it would look like a compass: West & East have longer bristles while North and South are stubbier and thicker. I love this mascara. If you are looking for a new one, try this one out! You can get it at any drugstore: ULTA, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid. Mascara is one of the products I feel that you should use only from drugstores. This is because you should change your mascara around every 3 months. I just feel it’s a waste of money to spend on a product when there are perfectly good ones at the drugstore.

 

I noticed in this post that most of my makeup products are high-end. That was unintentional. A few of these products are fairly new. (I like switching around my products from time to time.) Usually all of my products are drugstore. I will to a post on Drugstore Spotlights: My Favorite Makeup Products very soon. So, keep checking in!

What’s in your makeup bag? Leave your answer in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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TAG: 7 Deadly Sins

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So, there’s this TAG going around the beauty guru world, so I thought I’d join in! Here are my answers:

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

My most inexpensive beauty item is a blush brush from ELF. It’s from the studio collection and it works really well!

Most of my products are drugstore, but I do have a few high-end products. To date, my most expensive beauty product is my Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Como & the Highlighter in Portofino. It costs around $32. This blush & highlighter is limited edition, and I got it last year, so I believe they don’t have it anymore. I great, because it gives me a pink glow and very nice highlighter. What I love about Laura Geller, is the packaging on her products. If you open up the compact of this blush, Half of the black circle on the lid is a mirror! And that half is all you need! Granted you do need to dust of the powder that occasionally get on there, but it comes off easily!

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

If you’re talking about one specific product, I have a love/hate relationship with my Physician Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow Palette. When I started using it, I love it! But once I started hitting pan, I found a different eyeshadow color underneath it. The color below the color I was using merged into the color I wanted to use! It really upset me. I wish PF would use dividers to separate the different eyeshadow colors! Please, Physicians Formula, hear my cry! I really love your products, especially your eyeshadows, but please use dividers when creating palettes!

But, if you’re talking about a beauty product category, I would probably say lipsticks. I was never a fan of lipsticks. They always seem sticky and not that hydrating! Plus I hate when people try to pull of a lipstick color that doesn’t work on them at all! But ever since the Revlon Lip Butters came out, I’ve been loving them! At first, I started out with Peach Parfait, & when I ran out of that, I got the shade Berry Smoothie. It’s a perfect “lips but better” color for me! But I still won’t wear actual lipsticks I’m afraid I’ll smudge it, and it’ll create a big mess!

I think the products that has been the hardest to get are 1st – the Naked 2 palette, & 2nd – the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I tried ordering the Naked 2 palette when the hype was 1st around it, but the site crashed, & I didn’t get it in time. That was when I was shopping on a whim. And then I reasonably said to myself, “Cynthia, where are you going to have room to keep it?” So, I never got it. I like to carry my makeup on the go, and it wouldn’t be practical. Maybelline Color Tattoos – they are the perfect dupe for MAC paint pots. My eyes wanted a change from my Urban Decay primer POtion in Sin, So I grabbed this one in Bold Gold the other day. I absolutely love it! It brings out my eyes! But, whenever I drop by at my local drugstore, I always see a lot of the collection gone! I don’t know if it’s because Maybelline doesn’t know how to calculate the supply, or they are flying off the shelves like hotcakes. But they seem to disappearing like small hairpins in a big bag.

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

I don’t eat any of my beauty products, but the most delicious scent of a beauty product I own, is my R&B leave-in conditioner from LUSH. It smells so incredibly nice! It smells like a cluster of fruity flowers. And what’s great about it, is that you can put it on your hair, it acts like a perfume! Also, it’s scent that everybody loves. I am absolutely in love!

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Exfoliation(er). If that counts as a beauty product. I know you’re supposed to do it every nigh/day, but sometimes I forget, and just don’t do it. I recently started using the Wild Lime exfoliating gel from Nuance (Salma Hayek). It’s quite refreshing to put on, and I have been better about doing it!

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

For me, it’s concealer. I have really bad, dark circles under my eyes, so if I don’t wear any concealer, I looked tired and my eyes look sunken in. So, concealer really just gives me that confidence boost. I use Sonia Kashuk’s Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. It’s great for concealing anything!

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Okay, so how does this apply to a beauty tag? I don’t get it. Quite random…

I like a guy with a good sense of humor, one that can make me laugh. I like a guy who has confidence. Also I like guys who I get to know before ever asking me out. I would hate to go out with a stranger!

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

As a gift, I would love to receive a NARS eyeshadow duo, or any high-end eyeshadow palette. I’m a sucker for eyeshadows! Especially sparkly, shimmery, pearly eyeshadows.

And now I tag….

YOU!

Do the TAG in the comments below, or if you did it in the form of a video leave a link to the video in the comments below. I would love to see them!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow: Psychedelic Sister – Review + Giveaway!

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My make-up weakness? Eyeshadow. Especially glimmery, shimmery eye shadow. I have hazel eyes as you will see in the pictures below, but sometimes it looks green. I don’t really like matte eyeshadows because it really doesn’t spice up my look or make my eyes pop.

 

 

 

This eyeshadow is a shimmery purple. It can be used for any eye color, but it looks especially beautiful on Hazel, Green, and Brown eyes.

In this 1st picture, I primed my eye with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Sin”, and used a peachy gold color from MAC. I don’t remember the exact shade, but it’s a color than you can find anywhere! A great dupe for this color is from Sonia Kashuk’s eyeshadow duo in True Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I used the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister for the crease. I used a basic short smudge brush to apply this purple eyeshadow then blended the two colors together with a small multipurpose brush from Sonia Kashuk. On the bottom lash line I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Ransom, and I used the 24/7 Eye Pencil also from Urban Decay in Bourbon.

Now that’s the look! How about the actual eyeshadow? Well, it’s no secret that Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are super popular. Especially with all the talk of Naked & Naked 2! But, I think that this shade is one of it’s most underrated eyeshadows. First of all, the packaging is super gorgeous! It reminds me a little of what a genie would keep in her makeup bag. Now the eyeshadow. It’s really pigmented and it stays on all day long! The great thing about this eyeshadow is that the shimmer is subtle. And, when you pack on the eyeshadow you can pack as little or as much eyeshadow as you want depending on what kind of look you’re going for!

Are you a fan of purple eyeshadows? What’s your opinion on Urban Decay eyeshadows? Leave your opinions in the comments below!

I will be giving away this eyeshadow to one lucky reader! To enter you have to bookmark my home page and write 2 things in the comments below: 1) Let me know that you bookmarked this site, and 2) Tell me if you liked this eyeshadow shade or not, and what look you would do using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister.

RULES: 1) When you fill out the form to enter a comment, put the email that you would like to be contacted at if you win this giveaway. 2) You can enter only once! If you want to comment about the review that’s fine, but you can enter only once!

DEADLINE IS Jan. 10, 2012!! So get your entries in!!

May the odds be ever in your favor!