Stila Cosmetics – No Longer Cruelty Free – 2013
November 7th, 2013 » Beauty .

It is a sad day for me folks. I just recently found out that Stila is no longer truly cruelty free.

I routinely Google the brands I use most often about their cruelty free status. I do it every few months so that I am up to date. It saddened me greatly when I read about Stila’s change in policy from MyBeautyBunny and LogicalHarmony.

Stila is a company pretty near and dear to my heart. I started my make up collection with their travel-sized palettes that featured different countries and different girls. It included 4 eye shadows and one lip/cheek color. Their dual lip/cheek products are one of my favorite products ever. Although I didn’t entirely fell in love with cosmetics because of Stila, but their products was one of the catalyzing players in my adventure into beauty and cosmetics. So it truly saddens me when I found that Stila is now planning to enter into the Chinese market.

For those of you who don’t know, by entering the Chinese market, companies need to test their products on animals before they can sell to Chinese consumers. Many companies gave up their cruelty-free status to enter the Chinese market. (Urban Decay was really close to selling into China, but with consumer backlash, they pulled out from the potential market venture.)

In fact, right before I found about their new animal testing policies, I had recently received an order from Stila that I made a few weeks ago. I still plan to use the products I bought (because I can’t return them and some were intended to be gifts for people for Christmas) but I will no longer purchase from Stila, and I encourage the rest of you to do the same!

Cruelty Free Companies
October 27th, 2013 » Beauty, Cruelty Free .

Here is my personal list of cruelty free companies. I will update regularly.

This issue with parents companies that test on animals – This is a tough one. I think it’s up to your own discretion about where you buy your products and what you personally believe when you buy these products. Personally, I will still buy from a sister company even if they are owned by a parent company that tests. Why? Because I believe that buying from a sister company company will help make a statement: people LIKE cruelty free. People WILL buy cruelty free. I hope that when a parent company see the numbers from their sister companies that don’t test, my hope is that they will see the potential market in it.

Also, please if you find out that your products aren’t cruelty free, DON’T THROW THEM OUT! Use it all up or give it away. It will be simply a waste otherwise and a creature’s sacrifice were all in vain.

Leaping Bunny is the best place too look for companies that are cruelty free. I highly recommend looking into this site for products!! (However, not every cruelty free company are on this list, but they have a VERY large list and very high standards.)

I will not and companies that claim to be cruelty free, but are selling in China (as the law there requires companies to test on animals before selling it to consumers).

And please feel free to comment to update me on my own list.

  • BareEssentials
  • boscia
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Evolution of Smooth (eos)
  • Eyeko
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Juice Beauty
  • Josie Maran
  • Melvita
  • NYX
  • Stila no longer cruelty free – post coming soon
  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • The Balm
  • The Body Shop
  • too faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)

Drugstore Brands

  • Almay
  • Burt’s Bee
  • e.l.f.
  • Jordana
  • Milani
  • Physician’s Formula
  • Wet n Wild

Korean Brands

  • Amore Pacific
  • Etude House

Nail Polish Brands

A Change
October 27th, 2013 » Beauty .

Hi Guys. I’m back! I know, I know — I let this blog die. Of course, the usual excuses apply: School, work, loved ones, stress, etc. But now I am really motivated to get back into blogging about beauty products and to share with others what I have learned the past few years.

However, things are going to be different: I’m going to post purely about good and wholesome products meaning I will only post about products that are cruelty free. Cruelty free, otherwise known as products that haven’t been tested on animals or companies who don’t test on animals. I will also talk about eco-friendly products, or companies who value free trade ingredients, fight for women empowerment & rights, paraben-free, 3-free, etc. You get the gist, right?

My goal is to simply educate (and entertain) others about beauty and makeup that is good for you, animals, the environment, everything! So I hope you guys return to read more from me! :)

Tarte’s Blush & Bronzer On The Go for $15!

Tarte is my go-to brand for cosmetics. Every time I wear make up, I have some sort of Tarte product on. So you can imagine my excitement when Tarte released these awesome beauty minis that are total bargains!

Can you believe this duo goes for just $15? Keep in mind these products are deluxed sample sized, meaning they aren’t the full sized product. A full-sized blush and bronzer from Tarte retails for $54. And if you do the math correctly, this duo is definitely well worth your money!

I actually quite enjoy the fact that they’re deluxe sample because I can throw it into my purse if I wanted to. (Not that I would need to since the staying power is also pretty good!) This duo is certainly great for travel too or even as a gift to a friend!

Downside is that these compacts don’t have mirrors in them, but that doesn’t mean much since I have a ton of compacts lying around. It’s the product inside the packaging that counts!

The pigments in both products are very rich in color and payoff is absolutely A+. The blush is matte and the bronzer has a golden luminescent glow to it.  The blusher is great for any skin tone, and if your a deep-toned skin toned gal the blush would most definitely show up on your skin because of it’s great pigmentation!

If you’re looking to buy some go to you local Sephora and search for it at the To-Go section in front of check-out. You can order these on Sephora.com and Tarte.com. I would honestly stock up on a few of these myself. Here’s my rating of this duo:

10/10 stars! :)

How long can you use your cosmetic products?
December 30th, 2011 » Beauty, Tips .

So how many of you actually know what this symbol means? It’s actually (and should be) on all of your cosmetics products. It may be on the product itself or the packaging, but it should always be there unless the product already has an expiration date printed on the label.

If you guessed it, yes, it’s the Period-After-Opening symbol. For those of who you didn’t guess right, let me explain what it is. After opening your product, your product will be exposed to the air AND bacteria, which will slowly lead to having your product going ‘bad’. The symbol will contain a number and a letter ‘M‘ indicating how many months or years you can use the products before it goes ‘bad’. For example, a lot of mascaras typically has a ‘6M‘ indicating that your mascara will be good for use for 6 months. Sometimes the letter and number will be written besides the symbol.

This symbol also isn’t restricted to just your cosmetic products, but it could be on your shampoo bottle, hair styling products, and many others. Take a look at a lipstick or an eyeshadow pan right now too see if you can spot this symbol!

But of course, the longevity of your products is also determined by your own personal habits with using the products. Always make sure to have clean hands when applying your make up, and keep your products securely shut from air or debris. Take extra care in using your products because a bad product can lead to problem such as irritation or something much worse.

Keep in mind, this is JUST a guideline! If your product is much older than the POA date and it causes you no problems, chances are your product is still okay to use!

So the next time you buy or use your products, check the packaging! There’s a lot more information then you think there is.

Sources: [1][2][3] image taken from Wikipedia.