Saturday, March 29, 2008
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Where to buy: Target
Cruelty Free: Yes
Overall: 5 out of 5
I had 3 blush brushes before, but they were either too scratchy (the ELF blush brush) or they shed too much (Studio Tools), or both. So I saw the Sonia Kashuk brushes for 10% off at Target and decided to try the blush brush (white handled, not black) in hopes that it would not shed like a cat or scratch like... well, a pissed off shedding cat.
I wasn't disappointed. The Sonia K blush brush is so soft, I just want to cuddle with it. It hardly feels like I'm brushing anything against my face. The brush is wide enough that it covers the right area without any hassle, but it doesn't apply too much. The best part is that it picks up just the right amount of blush so I only have to do one stroke from the apples of my cheeks to my hair line and one back, then I'm done. It doesn't look splotchy and I don't have any harsh lines to blend. I haven't noticed any shedding hairs either, so I'm in blush brush heaven!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Cheeks: Avon Swoon blush
Lips: WnW 551 lipstick
NYX Jumbo e/s pencil Yogurt
all e/s from theshespace.com
Patant Leather Baby (all over lid)
Slumber Party (crease)
LE Ideal Elements (brow bone)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is Yogurt. I got it saturday, been wearing it ever since. It last 8-9 hours on my oily lids before it starts to crease.
Here I used them over UDPP, the NYX e/s pencil, and with a mixing medium. The mixing medium was the most vibrant, but after it dried it was flaky and if I touched it with my finger a lot of pigment came away. When I touched the e/s over the jumbo pencil little to no pigment was on my fingers.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
NYX round lipstick in Hebe ($1)
Charlotte Russe ($5 each)
My whole Charlotte Russe mineral collection.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Just so you don't get confused, the names of the colors are within the rows (hopefully that makes sense). I didn't feel like numbering them.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Fyrinnae Oil Contol Mineral Veil
Cheeks: Jane Blushing Petal
Lips: Softlips chapstick with WnW 510 Light Beige Frost over
TSS = theshespace, LE = limited edition
TSS LE Blue Eyed Hottie (inner corner of lid)
TSS LE The Boy Can Kiss (outter corner)
Fyrinnae Equality (lining top and bottom lashes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara
Monday, March 3, 2008
Much of animal testing includes this:
- Putting harmful products in their eyes. Clamps are used so they can't blink. They'll be left like this for days. This is very painful and often leaves animals blind.
- Ripping away layers of skin with tape, and then putting chemicals on the raw skin.
- Forcing poisonous chemicals into their stomachs. Reactions can be convulsions, vomiting, paralysis and bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth or rectum.
If the animal makes a lot of noise, they will cut their vocal cords. Test subjects sometimes kill themselves struggling against their restraints. If they haven't been killed in the testing process, the animals are killed after so their organs can be studied.
Here are a few of the majoy companies and their brands that do test on animals:
- Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Pearl Drops)
- Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble)
- Coty (Adidas, Davidoff, Glow, The Healing Garden, JOOP!, Jovan, Kenneth Cole, Lancaster, Marc Jacob, Rimmel, Stetson)
- Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC),
- L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
- Playtex Products (Baby Magic, Banana Boat, Ogilvie)
- Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Pantene, Physique, Tide),
- Sally Hansen
- S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525
- Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave
- The Body Shop (just bought by L'Oreal)
- NARS (just bought by Shiseido)
Here are some of the brands that do not test on animals:
- Alba Botanica, Alima Cosmetics, Almay, Aquaphor, Avon (mark)
- Ban, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, BeneFit (?), Bobbi Brown, Bonne Bell, Biore, Burt’s Bees
- Citré Shine, Chanel, Clarins, Clinique, Conair
- e.l.f. Cosmetics, Estée Lauder
- Jane Cosmetics, John Paul Mitchell
- Kiss My Face
- Laura Mercier, Lorac, LUSH
- M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mary Kay
- Nexxus, Nivea, NYX Cosmetics, New York Color (NYC)
- OPI Products, Origins
- Palmers, Physicians Formula, Pout, Prescriptives, Prestige Cosmetics
- Queen Helene
- Sephora, Smashbox Cosmetics, Sonia Kashuk, Stila Cosmetics, St Ives, Sally Hansen
- Too Faced Cosmetics, TREsemme
- Urban Decay
- Victoria’s Secret
- Wet n Wild
For more detailed list see here:
Companies that don't test: http://www.caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDontTest.pdf
Companies that do test:http://www.caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDoTest.pdf
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_testing (I couldn't get through the page, it really upset me)
- http://www.navs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ain_pt_whois This has a really helpful search engine, just type in the brand and it will tell you if they test.
If you see anything that is incorrect or know something that should be added, please let me know. I hope this is helpful to someone. I'm going on almost a year of buying only cruelty free products. On some things I slip up (like dental care, almost all major brands test) but at least I'm trying.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Shallow Sleep, Dragon Tears f/s, Prof. Embrace, Japan
Newcastle f/s, Equality, Rapunzle f/s, Melty (free sample)
Plus I got the rice primer and mineral viel samples.