Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Winter is here and you know what that means... the good old fashioned fur jackets are coming out of the closet. It blows me away that these jackets come back season after season and more specifically the jackets with the fur trim collar. So many have purchased or will purchase a jacket with fur that I seriously have to wonder what happened to the idea of being unique! 

Millions of animals such as cats, cogs, fox and raccoon are being brutally tortured (skinned alive, electrocuted, beaten) and killed for their fur. One does not have to look far on the internet to find the video footage and literature that will verify these truths. 


We know that most of our clothing is manufactured in China, but are you aware that China has no law which governs what is printed on clothing labels? For example, a jacket labeled as being made with fox fur is often in actuality a jacket made of dog fur.  Another example is that of coats, boots and gloves with fur labelled as fake or synthetic when in reality is real. Over 90% of faux fur is real. 

Fur Farms

50 million animals are killed for fur worldwide every year. Approximately 74% of that fur comes from fur farms. China produces 85% of the fur on the planet and has no animal welfare laws to protect animals. 

In these fur farms, animals such as mink, rabbits, cats and dogs are forced to spend their entire lives breed and confined to filthy cages, constantly pacing back and forth from stress and boredom. They exhibit stress behavior such as self mutilation and cannibalism, demonstrating that intense confinement drives them insane. 

Of the 50 million animals killed, over 2 million are dogs and cats. Investigators documented 50,000 to 100,000 cat pelts stockpiled at animal byproduct factories in China. At least ten dogs are slaughtered to make a single coat, more if puppies are used. Up to 24 cats are slaughtered to make one fur coat. Dog and cat fur is used in trims, linings, hats, decorative figurines, and fold remedies. Skins are used in dog chew toys and shoe leather.

My thoughts in closing

I observed one day at the mall how nearly every 5 in 10 people had a jacket with a fur trim collar. I thought if only these people knew what they were wearing! It's so important that we get this information out there.
I strongly recommend no assumption be made as to whether an item with fur is real or not. In order to truly verify authenticity, a fur analysis is required. My personal feeling is that even if it were truly fake, what a poor example it is to sport any clothing with fur. I would encourage anyone with a fur jacket to donate it to less fortunate. 

Please choose to not wear fur. 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dermalogica Skin Care Treatment Experience

Whether it's a complication with dry skin, aging skin or a type of skin disorder, most of us are looking to remedy a facial skin concern.  

Dermalogica is a skin care company that has a range of facial products such as moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliants, masques, toners etc. They also have professional dermatologist you can visit for hands on facial treatments. 

Personally I'm not overly fond of the idea of someone poking at my face (or so I envision) but when I was given the opportunity to have a facial done by a nice lady who works on behalf of Dermalogica  as a dermatologist... I took it. 

Some may be surprised to discover that many ULTA beauty salons have a small spa room catered to giving people Dermalogica skin care treatments. It's a very relaxing atmosphere and not what I expected. The lights are dim with soft music playing which takes you away from the hustle of the salon and store itself. 

The lady removed all makeup except around the eyes as she gave me the option to leave it on. I figured I didn't want to walk out of the store looking like a complete freak, haha.

 The treatment was to address any skin concerns. As always, my biggest concern was my dry skin. As facial techniques were preformed, she talked her way through so that I would understand what she was doing. To my relief there was no poking involved and treatment was very gentle and soothing. By the end my skin felt pampered and above all fresh and clean. A substance was applied that seemed to slightly tighten my face and also left my skin feeling dewy.  

To get a visual on the type of treatments provided please see:

Below you can view the skin treatments menu offered in ULTA salons. I was given the 20 minute "Dermalogica Micro Zone Targeted Treatment" valued at $25.

For anyone interested in getting skin treatment, my brief experiences says to go for it. You and your skin deserve to be pampered at least once in a while! 

Don't forget that Dermalogica is entirely cruelty free! Make sure to try out their products for your skin concerns. I am greatly looking forward to doing that myself.

Friday, November 14, 2014

As much fun as it can be to discover new cosmetics and share them with you, it often hits me as to the real reason I do makeup reviews. It is for purpose of educating people about the reality and truth of the cosmetic industry and the hope of encouraging people to go cruelty free.  It may be hard to fathom that eyeliner or lipstick could really put an animal through tremendous suffering, however when you dig deeper you will find the cosmetic industry holds despicable dirty secrets.

Most lab animals are born into captivity. They never breathe fresh air, see sunshine, experience any form of freedom and are never loved. They are helpless to the forced experiments they must endure almost always resulting in death. Some of these experiments include breathing in fumes, pouring liquid into eyes and vivisection.

Director of PETA'S Laboratory Investigations Department Justin Goodman says, " They have chemicals dripped into their sensitive eyes and applied to their raw skin and often without any pain relief". He further stated, "Animals are force-fed increasing amounts of a substance until 50 percent of them die," and "Animals in the highest-dose groups may endure severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, convulsions, seizures, paralysis, and bleeding from the nose, mouth and genitals before they ultimately die."

Communications director Wendy Higgins of Humane Society International says that an estimated 50,000 animals die annually. She states, "The law doesn't recognize laboratory birds, rats and mice as "animals" that require recording in national statistics. As mice and rats make up a very large proportion of the animals typically used in cosmetic testing, you can imagine how much this affects the figures".

Is there hope cosmetic testing will end?

The Humane Cosmetics Act is seeking to ban all animal testing for cosmetics in the USA. To date 130 companies have pledged full support against testing. The United States however is lagging behind as 28 countries in the European Union as well as, India, Noway and Israel all have banned animal testing.

PETA is working with China to end animal experimentation. As you can imagine a great number of companies manufacture their cosmetics in China of which by law the Chinese government requires cosmetic animal experimentation.

Next time you spritz on your perfume, touch up that lipstick, spray your hair curls into place, spare a good moment to think of the innocent creatures in laboratories awaiting the next agonizing test. It is my sincere hope that we will leave our conscience clear by purchasing from companies that know what true beauty is. If our Eastern brothers and sisters can make this happen, so can we!

To check if your cosmetics are cruelty free please visit:

The Balm Cosmetics are Cruelty Free!!

I often say that I was born in the wrong era. I absolutely love the 50's! So when I discovered the balm cosmetics, I was immediately drawn to the adorable packaging. Better yet is what's inside each cosmetic pack. Today I'm going to share with you some of the beautiful blush selections the Balm has to offer.

First up...                                          

                            "How about them Apples"

Anyone for some apple cider? I seriously have to say that I find this palette comical.  I mean look at these hotties, don't they just make your day;) This multi functioning palette is designed for both cheeks and lips. How cool is that! The formulae for each pick contains apple extracts and delivers a luminous finish that won't smudge or streak. Palette contains 6 colors. 

Cider: A light peach with a hint of pink with luminous shine
Pie: Pinky-red color with luminous shine
Candy: Bubble gum pink with luminous shine
Cobbler: Bright and sticking orange toned red with shine
Crisp: Warm coral with shimmering finish
Caramel: Orange-brown with luminous finish

Retail $32.00 for 0.70 oz   

Next we have "Instain" blush beauties by the Balm. Look how gorgeous these are! These are a long wearing, staining powder blush made to last throughout the day. I love how a wide variety of natural looking blushes are available to choose from. My favorite is, Swiss Dot Peach. 

Retail $22.00 for 5.5grams

Swiss Dot (Peach)

Here are 3 other stunning blushes by the Balm. These are a blush and shadow all in one. Rave reviews on these ones...ladies are loving them!

Cabana Boy: Dusty Rose with Plum undertones. Light Shimmer.
DownBoy:  Baby Pink. Detectable Shimmer.
Fratboy:  Coral Color. (Appears a peach color in the pan but once applied is a coral color with punch!)

Retail price: $22 for 8.5 grams
Please see:

I hope this encourages us ladies to check out these beautiful blushes and more excellent cruelty free options the Balm has to offer. Have fun finding cosmetic goodies! xox

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Andalou Body Lotion, Citrus Verbena

Originally I bought this lotion for my husband because he was complaining about his dry hands. Of course being the cosmetic guru in the house I set out to save the day. I wanted to purchase something that contained natural ingredients which I knew he would appreciate. For anyone familiar with Harvest Health Foods, this is where I discovered the lotion although later realized it's available in several common stores.

About this product:
 Renews, repairs and regenerates cells for visible results.  Invigorating citrus verbena, organic aloe vera, apricot and sunflower oils, effectively hydrate and replenish to nourish, soothe, and soften dry skin. Non GMO. Organic. Leaping Bunny Certified. 11 oz. Retail price: $11.00 (Health Food stores tend to be more expensive but I did get in on sale for $8.00)

As I have become more familiar with the cosmetic benefits of fruit, the idea of using products with fruit extracts continues to intrigue me. Fruit ingredients include:

  • lime extract which is nourishing and protecting. 
  • Apple and Grape cells cultivated with a new cell technology by PhytoCellTec. These cells contain  antioxidants and anti aging properties.  
  • An 8 berry complex of certified Organic Acai Berry, Bearberry, Black Elderberry, Aronia Berry, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Rosehips and Sea Buckthorn Berry.  These super berries combat environmental stressors, cell turnover and strengthen dermal immunity.

I love the benefits of fruit!

Review: What first attracted me to this product was the way it felt when I applied it to my hands. I received immediate results of soft, smooth skin which felt and looked nothing short of miraculous (I'm not exaggerating). I absolutely love it's unique fresh citrus scent. I say unique due to what must be the natural smelling ingredients contained with in.

The other day my husband discovered his bottle of lotion in my vehicle. Apparently he wondered where it had tip toed off to. Oopsy! I have yet to find a product that helps recover my dry skin so well as Andalou. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The above picture says it all... with a growing number of vegans on the rise, we are further being catered to!

Here's a list of some of the best vegan and cruelty free foundations available on the market today.

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation: Leaping Bunny and PETA approved. A highly pigmented, long-lasting innovative foundation that provides buildable coverage with a natural satin finish. Silicone-based Ultra Foundation is sheer enough for younger women, yet can meet the needs of anyone that requires more coverage. It’s an out-standing performer on mature, troubled or sensitive skin. Due to its unique blend of silicones in the formulation, Ultra Foundation forms a delicate, lightweight and flexible second skin with a natural breathing ability. Retail Price $34 

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation: Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.  Retail Price $42

Too Faced Beauty Balm: Instantly impart a healthy glow and improve skin's appearance with sheer luminosity and a concealing, buildable tint. Soothing, oil-free moisture, antioxidants and SPF protection help to improve skin's condition and prevent future damage. This super-advanced, multi-benefit time saver from Too Faced streamlines your routine, giving you 'better than real' skin in just one step! Retail Price $34

Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation: A breakthrough liquid to powder formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish—without the need for touchups. In a consumer study, Immaculate’s advanced formula has been shown to improve the appearance of oily, acneic skin. Available in 16 shades. Retail Price: $55

Obsessive Compulsive OCC Tint: A highly-pigmented, tinted moisturizer that evens skintone with buildable coverage. 
Featuring a unique moisturizing complex made from purified water, coconut, and wild berry extracts, this foundation product nourishes as well as hydrates skin. Formulated from the finest vegan ingredients available, this product is also formulated with aloe leaf extract and vitamin E for coverage that feels as good as it looks. Retail: $29.50

Tarte Full Coverage Foundation: Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural with this supremely blendable liquid foundation that delivers up to 12 hours of matte coverage while protecting the skin from powerful UVA/UVB sun rays. Retail Price: $38

Cover FX Cream Foundation: An antioxidant-rich, two-in-one foundation and concealer offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection with medium to full, buildable coverage. This foundation provides an all-day radiant finish that nourishes and protects with antiaging benefits. The buildable formula can provide medium to full coverage and offers SPF 30, full UV protection, and all-day wear. This clinically tested, vegan product does not contain gluten, mineral oil, or talc. Retail Price:$42

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Liquid Foundation: Works hard to keep skin healthy with both a UVA /UVB sunscreen, organic herbs, and antioxidants. Organic aloe vera quenches thirsty skin, while saccharide isomerate, a natural sugar bind water to the skin acting as a reservoir for continuous moisture. Organic herbs and vitamin E rejuvenate, protect and soothe skin. Gluten, vegan & paraben-free. Retail $29.95

All Natural Face Foundation:  Leaping Bunny Approved. This line of cosmetics uses organic and natural ingredients. Choose from over 50 shades each of mineral powder or cream foundation. I encourage those who are seeking organic and natural products to check out the All Natural site. Please see:   Retail price pressed powder: $16.10 

Purely Cosmetics Mineral Foundation:  Another line of cosmetics using all natural ingredients. Mineral Foundations vailable in 9 different shades. Please see:  Retail Price: $18 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Kitty Cat Makeup

I love this time of year...the crisp smell of autumn, leaves changing to an abundance of beautiful colors and the fact that I get to dress up for Halloween! I'm going to be a Black Puma Cat. I know it's a pretty typical costume but I love the idea of doing this at least once. 

To achieve this look I'm using Butter London cruelty free cosmetics. First up, "Gobsmaked" nail polish. I have never in my life purchased such dark nail lacquer but I'm loving the look this season. Not only is it fun for halloween but it's a trendy color currently in style for a variety of fashion statements from business casual to rocker chic.

About this product:  A heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter nail lacquer with a slightly textured finish. Butter London's polishes are created for the the catwalk and help to protect and nourish nails. Gobsmaked is just one of over 60 colors they have to offer in addition to a variety of indulgences for your hands, feet and lips. 

Review: I really love Butter London. I suggest using 2-3 coats to make it last longer. They have a great variety of colors to choose from and the fact that they don't use some of the typical chemical found in polishes is a huge bonus. Dries quickly which is great. Retail price $14 for  0.4 oz. I wish it was cheaper! 

Another one of my cosmetic favorites is Butter London's Lippy Lip Gloss in, "Tea with the Queen". 

About this product:
Butter London's nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter and vitamin E.  Lipstick and lip gloss all in one. 

"Tea with the Queen" is a light tan color. It's texture is smooth and moisturizing. Some may think the liquid to be rather thick so a little goes a long way. It has a soft sweet scent and I love how it has a gentle shine unlike glosses that contain lots of glitter. Retail price $18. 


(Whiskers, under eye diamonds and "meow" are all facial stickers).
Cheeks: Too Faced, Sun Bunny Bronzer
Mascara: Elf, Volume Plumping Mascara in Black
Eye liner: Elf eyeliner in Black

Faux leather heels to purr...fect the look.
Purchased at RUE 21 on sale for $18
I'm aways looking for a bargain because
 momma taught me well. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Vegan experience at Cheeky Strut Salon

It's been years since I last went to a hair salon. To be honest I'm no fan of having people do my hair. I know that partially stems from some bad experiences I've had with hair dressers. Regardless, I decided I needed something professionally done with the color of my hair. 

Before I took a step further I knew I had to see what my options were as far as salons which catered to those searching out cruelty free options.  I discovered a while back that Paul Mitchell Salon and beauty products are 100% cruelty free. I thought this would be a great place to get my hair done because Paul Mitchell has an excellent reputation. Shortly after probing for other possible options it was suggested to me to look into a Salon called, "Cheeky Strut" located in Grand Rapids, MI. According to some online reviews they are regarded as one of the best salons in town and offered a cruelty free line of hair dye. Awesome! I called them up and arranged my appointment having confirmed they did offer cruelty free hair dye to which I was also informed was vegan! I was off to a good start.

I arrived at the salon and discussed what I was hoping to achieve with the sweet lady who was to do my hair. I kindly made aware to her that I wanted my hair done with the cruelty free vegan line to which she told me the brand name was called, "Professional Color". She then proceeded to formulate the dye and begin her magic. 

Casually we made conversation to which she asked me what dye I had been using on my hair. I mentioned I had originally been dying my hair with poor quality drug store L'Oreal dyes for many years and was seeking out cruelty free options. I then asked her a question I should have asked her two minutes earlier, "So who owns the Vegan Professional Color brand line?". As she put the next stroke of dye on my hair she replied, "L'Oreal". 

L'Oreal! This cosmetic company is at every turn! It almost seemes a mock to me that such an animal testing company could have a vegan line of hair dyes. While one could argue that it's a positive option for L'Oreal to provide such, profits made are replenished back into the company keeping it alive and thriving. This reenforces other brand lines owned by L'Oreal to continue cruel animal experimentations. 

All said and done, here's how my hair turned out. Although I'm a little overwhelmed at having lost my brunette locks to an ombre color with and abundance of blonde, it turned out quite nice. 
Let me add that Cheeky Strut Salon came with a Cheeky price to pay. $190.00 + 15 to 20 percent tip! Total cost $210.00. I guess that's what they're charging these days. I think they should have thrown in a mani and pedi freebee! 

On my way out the door they had a buy 2 get one free deal on hair care products. A nice lady made aware to me the products I could choose from not tested on animals. Though it made me smile to note that salons are offering these options, I didn't purchase anything as I would like to further investigate into these products. Many products are labelled as, "Not experimented on animals", but ingredients contained with in are often experimented on innocent creatures. In such cases it would not make for a true cruelty free product on the market in my opinion.  

Though I appreciate Cheeky Strut for their kind customer service, next time... a Paul Mitchell one hundred percent cruelty free Salon it will be!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Animal Testing Company L'Oreal purchases cruelty free makeup artist brand NYX

I LOVE NYX! I have been purchasing their makeup for a couple years now and love how each product sports the PETA,  (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) bunny logo...but will the PETA logo remain?  

      PETA logo

It breaks my heart to have found that animal testing company L'Oreal has purchased NYX cosmetics as of late 2014. My understanding is that NYX will remain cruelty free and although that is wonderful news, what does this really entail?

Much controversy is found on the internet in regards to cruelty free brands owned by parent companies that test on animals. Let me give you a couple examples. Urban Decay is cruelty free however, owned by L'Oreal as of 2012. Burt's Bee's is cruelty free but owned by animal testing company, Clorox. It is up to us individually to contemplate whether we should purchase from particular cosmetic lines deemed, "cruelty free". We must keep in mind that profits made from our purchases are replenished back into the parent companies who do own makeup lines that test on animals, keeping animal testing thriving ever more.  

My personal thoughts: I make great effort to stay clear from cruelty free lines owned by animal testing companies. I encourage people to do the same. It is not always easy and takes courage at times to let go of makeup we love. The good news is that we have varieties of plentiful cruelty free options available to us. I look forward to finding out what my next cosmetic favorites will be. Hugs!

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer

I would love to share with you one of my cosmetic favorites! 

"Sun Bunny" Bronzer by Too Faced. 
Retail price: $30

About this product: 
Too Faced's most popular, dual-toner bronzer is a silky combination of rich, golden bronze and classic bronze with a touch of pink undertone to achieve year round bronzed perfection that mimics a natural tan without any of the orangey ick!

More to Love:
Universal Shade: Perfect for all skin tones to provide a medium to tan tone.
Muti-use: Easy to apply shades can be used to shape and contour, or to produce and over all rich glow.
Protect yourself : Stay away from the suns harmful rays by faking your bake!

Absolutely fabulous bronzer! I use it in my daily makeup routine and year around. I love how it's a perfect combination over summer skin and brightens up my washed out cheeks during the winter.  All you need it a light dusting to help result in  a healthy sun kissed glow.

I'm wearing, "Sun Bunny" bronzer by Too Faced.
"Abu Dhabi" by NYX
"Tanned" High Shine Lip gloss by NYX
(Note: NYX is cruelty free however purchased by animal testing company L'Oreal as of 2014.)