Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My letter to Urban Decay

Urban Decay, my heart flutters ...

This summer, you've announced that you were going to attack the Chinese market.
You told us that you knew that meant abandoning your policy against animal testing.
You said it was worth it ...

But what you did not see coming was the wave of protests on social medias.
What am I saying!? A tsunami, a tornado!!!!

You've unleashed our fury...

You bent..
You came back to reason...

That even earned you PETA's Courage in commerce award.

My heart was filled with hope.
Hope in mankind.

So I forgave you.

But now I hear that you wanna sell yourself, like only a whore knows how, to L'Oréal ...
Why ? Money. The thing is it is full of vices...

But perhaps you just don't know ...

L'Oreal is one of the most cruel brand that the earth has ever carried.
A monster.
Yes, torturers are monsters. Animals are the victims.

Be careful, it's like a pact with the devil.
You may well lose your soul ... if ever you have one ...

Monday, 26 November 2012

Give me some Attitude !

Attitude already impressed us with their household products.

Now, there's the bodycare line, I'm sure you saw it in stores.

It goes from deodorant to shampoo & conditionner to the body wash & body lotion. Also let's not forget the soap.

This Montreal brand is expanding and certified cruelty free by CCF.

I have long used their laundry detergent , their dishwasher pouches and their disinfectant.

I am very satisfied, and this is the reason why I tried one of their new products.

Their shampoo.

It is just amazing !
It makes a lot of foam & leaves my hair soft every time.
Even my mother asked me what I did to my hair. No more secret!

The bottle costs $ 8.99 for 355 ml. A bargain!

A little plus:
We may read on the bottle it is completely free of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, two known and proven carcinogens that often contaminates bodycare products.

I strongly encourage you to try Attitude products which are of course not tested on animals. :-)
I've never been disappointed.

I hope you'll like it.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Illamasqua : Take 2 !

I told you about Illamasqua few days ago.
The polish chipped on the first day, and 3 days later the polish was chipped on all fingers.

However, I did not put a topcoat on it - I know, shame on me!

That's why I decided to give a second try to the brand.
And you know, I gave 18$ to Sephora for the little bottle...

Also, the color is really beautiful + the varnish applies easily.
It was worth another try.

Illamasqua - Color : Serenity

I applied it again WITH a GOSH topcoat. (I adore that last brand by the way!)

The result :
No chipping before the 3rd day...
A little chip on one finger only.
Better than having one on the first day! But still...

If I compare to some other polish brands, I find the Illamasqua's one to be to expensive.

Even with no topcoat on my first try, a 18$ polish should not chip on the first day.
As simple as that.

Spa Ritual doesn't have to fear to lose my heart's first place.

Talking about that last brand, I will post pretty soon about it.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

NYX vs China


NYX confirmed to PETA they won't sell their products in the country that requires animal testing, China.

That's what I call a good news!

And that's because they choose compassion over profit by refusing to do animal testing that PETA gave NYX the Courage in commerce Award!

And it really does need courage for a brand to turn its back to profits when their competitors don't give a damn about animal suffering as long as the money gets in...

This is why I'd like to invite you to thank NYX for their courageous decision.
You may do so through Twitter, Facebook or by email (sales@nyxcosmetics.ca).

(By the way, you may also subscribe to this blog on Twitter & Facebook! Or on the right side of the screen!)

Here is a link where you'll be able to see many NYX's colors as good as MAC*'s ones.

*selling in China & more expensive!

I guess I'm going to order some NYX pretty soon.
You may also get their products in stores such as Jean Coutu.

If you already tried that brand, I'd like to know about it!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Mavala & their animal testing policy

When a brand says they don't do animal testing, you have to be careful.
Brands do know how to make you understand what they want.

I saw someone ask Mavala if they use animals for their tests.
The answer that person received would make you believe the brand is cruelty free.
The thing is that the answer wasn't complete.

So I decided to ask Mavala for the missing information.

Here is the email I sent to Mavala

Hello !

I'd like to know if your products, and the ingredients and formulations are tested on animals either by you or a third party ?
Do you make sure your suppliers aren't testing on animals (ingredient, formulations and finished product) themselves or by a third party?
Also, do you sell your products in countries that mandate animal testing? 

Thank you and have a nice day !


And their answer

In yellow, you will see a disturbing information : they do not test on their finished products...

Dear Mrs Manuela Lima,

We thank you for your e-mail and for your interest in MAVALA products.
We have been aware of ethical issues concerning animal experimentation for a number of years. Therefore, our policy for a long time has been very clear and we can assure you that we do not perform any animal tests (nor us neither a third party). And we chose our suppliers which comply with European Legislation that prohibits animal testing on ingredients.
This policy is valid for all countries in which Mavala is commercialised.
Please note that even if we do not test our finished products on animals, the mention "not tested on animals" does not appear on our products, because it is a European legal requirement for all cosmetic manufacturers since 2004.
We hope to have answered you satisfactorily.
Kind regards.

When you get an answer that ain't so easy to understand, and that talks about the laws, 
think again...

Usually, a brand that doesn't do any animal testing don't hide behind long and non-understandable answers... 

I do not believe they are cruelty free and hope you don't!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

My first product from Illamasqua!

For my very first incursion into Illamasqua's world, I decided to try a nail polish.

I chose a color named Serenity.

I was surprised to see it was a matte finish.
But it's a good surprise.
(If you prefer a shining finish, I suggest you choose a top coat accordingly.)

+ + + : this polish dries quickly, so you don't need to use drying drops .

Two coats are enough since the color is bright. Also, the polish applies easily.

But it is a little bit expensive. We are talking about 18$ at Sephora, for a 15 ml bottle.
Added to the fact that it started to chip on day 2.
I thought it could happen.
But within 3 days, the polish on all my nails chipped...

It's unacceptable to me.
I have to admit I haven't use any topcoat.
Still, it's 18$...

Because the color is so gorgeous, I'm going to give it another try WITH a good topcoat.
I plan to use GOSH topcoat, I'll give you some news in a week.

Sephora is the only store I know you can find Illamasqua.

The brand is on My Beauty Bunny's cruelty free list.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Hold on, there's hope!

''Yes To'' did confirm me less than a week ago they don't do animal testing "except where required by law" & that they removed themselves from PETA's cruelty free list.

Seeing they were off the list made me write to PETA for more information but I was still waiting to hear from them.

I just got their answer today :

This sounds like a good news!!

But since ''Yes To'' just told me ''except where required by law'', I sent them a new email :

''Yes To'' gets usually back to emails within 3 business days.
Be sure I'll tell you asap what answer I get!!