Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vegan & Cruelty Free Nail Polish Remover



Most nail polish removers do not contain animal ingredients and are vegan. The trick is finding a remover by a company that does not test on animals. 

Here is a list of cruelty free & vegan nail polish removers:
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  • Karma Organic ($12) - Leaping Bunny certified. Peta approved. Soy based. Acetone free. Excellent polish remover. They also have a Tea Tree Soy based remover or the unscented remover.








Monday, January 12, 2015

BEST CRUELTY FREE ACNE TREATMENTS




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LOOKING FOR HIGH END, CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS TO HELP WITH STUBBORN ACNE?
Here is a list of some of the best rated cleansers and serums to help kick that acne good bye!



DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehaving' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser - $27 (7 oz)

AHA/BHA acne cleanser is formulated to clear blemishes and work synergistically with you daily acne control regimen. Ideal for anyone looking to reduce excess oiliness, mattify shine or simply refresh their complexion. Skin stops acting out and blemishes are rapidly brought under control. Continued use provides positive reinforcement. Appropriate for most skin types. Soap Free, Oil free. Contains Witch hazel, high level of salicylic acid (helps prevent acne), and polymer technology that soaks up access oils.

DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Acne Control Serum - $48 (1 oz)

This serum helps treat, clear and prevent future outbreaks. Helps mattify, clarify and keep skin feeling fresh. Ideal for most skin types.
MURAD CLARIFYING CLEANSER - $26 (6.75 oz) 

This powerful gel cleanser combats acne and skin breakouts. The rich lather strips away pore-clogging grime, oil and irritants as it helps treat and prevent acne breakouts with the time released medication (Salicylic Acid 2%) that remains active for hours, even after rinsing. Shown to reduce 99.9% of irritating surface bacteria in less than one minute.

Dermatologist developed. Tested on people, not animals.


MURAD ACNE SPOT TREATMENT - $16 (0.5 oz)

Sulfur and Salicylic Acid give Acne Spot Treatment the power to deliver effective, on the spot acne control the moment you feel a blemish developing. Convenient size makes it easy to provide extra attention to a stubborn blemish anytime, anywhere.

Dermatologist developed. Tested on people, not animals.





 DR. DENNIS GROSS CLEAR SKIN SOLUTIONS KIT
-$45 to $80

Works preventatively and immediately to treat all forms of breakouts. It works to flatten existing blemishes, absorb oil and replenish moisture. You'll see a reduced appearance of enlarged pores, post acne marks, dark spots and overall complexion redness. 30 day supply. As seen in Allure magazine. www.dgskincare.com




SIRCUITSKIN FIXZIT- $30 ( 50 oz/15ml)

Fixzit + blemish drying serum helps to fight against the ongoing conditions that can occur with blemished skin. Fortified with a potent, new encapsulated form of Vitamin A (Retinol) and combined with 2% Salicylic Acid, it exfoliates skin and helps to decongest pores. Also enriched with Azelaic Acid, from the potato tuber, which naturally brightens and assists in keeping the skin clear. PETA certified.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LEATHER INDUSTRY


LEATHER 
Most people believe that because farm animals are slaughtered for their meat, it would make sense to use their skin remains to manufacture leather so that "leftovers", are not wasted. The truth is that much of the leather sold comes from animals killed primarily for their skin.

Leather is made because of the high demand for it and not as means to prevent or reduce waste. It helps sustain the meat industry as skins are more profitable than meat itself.

WHERE DOES LEATHER COME FROM?
In the U.S., leather often comes from cows used for meat or milk. However, if you wear leather chances are it came from China or India where the majority of leather is produced.

CHINA
China is the leading exporter of leather where 2 million dogs and cats are skinned annually. These animals are often skinned alive.
Because China has no law that forces an accurate description of material origins on it's product labels, many consumers are mislead. Although a product is labelled as having been made in the US or Italy, it more than likely has come from China or India.

INDIA
Because India prohibits the slaughter of cows, the animals are forced on an agonizing journey. If traveling by train, the animals are crammed into carts where 400 to 500 out of every 900 die because of strenuous circumstances. If traveling by foot, they are whipped in their protruding hip bones where no fat or "cushion" is found. They are not aloud to rest or drink and upon exhaustion, their tails are broken as means to force them to rise and move on. Hot peppers and tobacco are rubbed into their eyes as means to torment the animal when they collapse from exhaustion.

USA
Some leather comes from cows farmed in the US. The life and fate of a US cow is no less agonizing. The majority of US cattle is subject to mass abuse including beatings, castration, branding, dehorning, electric pod shocks and confinement to name just a few.  Cows are taken to the slaughter where they receive a bolt to the head to stun them. Regardless of the stun, they are alert as their bodies are forced to endure a frightening and torturous kill by machine. These machines tear, rip and cut their bodies piece by piece. Other cows are slaughtered by means of hoisting their bodies by rope and slitting their throats. Undercover investigations have video footage of these animals skinned alive before they are dead.

ANIMALS SUBJECT TO THE LEATHER INDUSTRY
Cows, cats and dogs are not the only animals subject to abuse and use of their skin. Sheep, goats, pigs, snakes, alligators, deer, kangaroo, horses and elephants are all victims of the leather industry. These animals are often skinned alive, beaten, electrocuted, tossed in boiling water so that skin "falls off" etc.

ALTERNATIVES
I personally love faux leather options. Here are a few stores of many which offer leather alternatives.
  • MooShoes
  • Beyond Skin
  • Vegan Essentials, 
  • Vaute Couture
  • Alternative Outfitters
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LINKS:
STELLA MCCARTNEY TALKS LEATHER
14 THINGS THE LEATHER INDUSTRY DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE 
LEATHER CARE2.COM
HELL FOR LEATHER
ONE MANS STORY, "I CAN STILL HEAR THEIR SCREAMS"
CAT'S AND DOG'S SKINNED ALIVE FOR FASHION ARTICLE #1

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vegan Nail Polish Brands



Here is a list of vegan nail polish brands which are also cruelty free.

  • a.dorn ($11)
  • a England (Sold in England)
  • AILA Cosmetics ($17)
  • Authority Cosmetics ($17)
  • Beauty Without Cruelty ($17.95)
  • Butter London vegan nail polish ($15) (All polishes are vegan but treatments are not)
  • elf ($2)
  • Flower Beauty ($5)
  • Hard Candy ($5)
  • LVX ($16)
  • Manic Panic ($8)
  • Milani ($4.99) (With exception to the One coat Glitter polishes and Jewel FX")
  • NCLA ($16)
  • No Miss (7.95)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics ($10)
  • Orly (8.50) (All polishes are vegan but treatments are not)
  • Pacifica ($9)
  • 100% Pure ($12)
  • Sante (Unknown)
  • Scotch Naturals ($12)
  • SpaRitual ($12)
  • Wet N' Wild 
  • Zoya ($9)

If you know of other vegan/cruelty free brands please feel free to share them! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

STARFISH TRADE


I'm sure many of you have seen dried starfish ornaments or perhaps a beach themed bathroom and it's creative decor. I saw this very theme at a dentist office not long ago and thought how fun it would be to decorate my bathroom at home in the same way. Of course the trademark of beach theme decor is often the beautiful starfish. I knew exactly where I could purchase these dried starfish because for years I have seen them sold in stores. However, the thought dawned on me that I probably had a misconceived idea as to where these starfish come from. Originally I imagined that perhaps they were all collected from the beach after having had the misfortune of naturally being dried out when the tide receded and left them behind in the shallows of the water. I recall such an incident when I was in the Bahamas and found a large, half dried out starfish during low tide. 
As I momentarily pondered about these beautiful sea creatures I thought how naive I was to not realize sooner there must be a starfish trade. With a few clicks of a button on my Mac, truth was quickly confirmed. Sadly, a huge starfish industry is alive and thriving. 

STARFISH TRADE FACTS
  • Live Starfish are most often, "fished" from natural habitat or farmed 
  • Dehydrated/Dried alive
  • Bleached to remove original color and smell
  • Dyed different colors 
  • Dried body or skeleton of starfish is used for decor, souvenirs, ornaments etc. 
  • Some varieties of starfish are used as food


Starfish Ornament

Starfish food


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WOOL INDUSTRY



When I went to purchase a new rug for my living room a few months back, I recall how beautiful the rugs made of wool were. I can see how it could be easy during those moments of want to get caught up in desires of material possessions and make such a purchase. But to what expense? The expense that animals must be abused, suffer and die for my wants? I'm so thankful I know what I do about the wool industry. I wouldn't dare want my money going into the pockets of those who abuse, torture and violently kill animals. I went with a gorgeous twine rug instead. ~ Sarah

WOOL
Most people do not give second thought to purchasing wool products because it's assumed that no cruelty could be involved with what is imagined to be the simple act of sheering sheep for their wool. The unfortunate truth is that there is much cruelty involved.

NATURAL SHEEP
Sheep in their natural habitat produce just enough wool to protect them from temperature extremes. During the appropriate season, wild sheep shed their wool naturally.

DOMESTIC SHEEP
Domestic sheep are genetically manipulated to produce unnatural thick coats so heavy that many of the animals die from heat exhaustion during the hotter months. Unlike sheep found in the wild, domestic sheep cannot shed their fleece. As the wool continues to grow, fly's burrow deep into the wool and lay their eggs on the skin of the sheep. Maggots can eat the sheep alive.

MULESING
To prevent the sheep from being eaten alive by maggots, ranchers perform what is referred to as mulesing. Large strips of flesh are cut from at the back of the lambs around the tail area without the use of anesthesia.

There are other procedures performed without anesthesia which include punching holes in the years of young lambs, cutting off their tails and castrating baby males between 2 and 8 weeks of age.

Mulesing


SHEARING
Shearing takes place in the spring and most often when the temperatures are to cold. An estimated one million sheep die each year due to pre mature exposure of the cold.

Shearers are not paid by the hour but by volume therefore encouraging fast work without any regard to the welfare of the animal. Ears, tails, teats and strips of skin are cut or ripped off during the shearing process.

HOLDING PENS AND TRANSPORTATION
When sheep no longer produce enough wool they are sent to the slaughter house. Millions of sheep are exported for slaughter each year. Many must travel long distances without food or water dying on journey or in holding pens. Lambs born during trips are often trampled to death. When they reach the slaughter houses many sheep are conscious while being dismembered alive.

INVESTIGATIONS
Many investigations have gone underway to reveal what goes on in the shearing sheds. Shearers punch, kick, stomp on sheep and zap them in the face with electric clippers. Shearers have been caught purposely breaking a lambs neck and another hitting the animals head with a hammer.

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VIDEO FOOTAGE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9gKaB3pssY&list=PLV2RDOhiGtcQifRWg8Qs-E2nMhPGHQL3T

VIDEO FOOTAGE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DPdgOWnz1w


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IT COSMETICS ( IT-02 Liquid Foundation & IT CC+ Cream) REVIEW

IT -02 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation
RETAIL $38 USD

About this product:  This liquid foundation gives and airbrushed look that works on all ages and skin types. Formulated to deliver oxygen to the skin, IT-CO2 Ultra Repair Liquid Foundation gives sheer to build able full coverage. Proved to increase skin hydration buy 71%  and packed with anti aging ingredients including, peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, niacin, hyaluronic acid, grapes oil, plus vitamins A,C& E. Paraben-free, talc free, sulfate free, fragrance free. 

Review:  I'm really impressed with this foundation. I love that it is full of good for your skin ingredients. Leaves my skin feeling hydrated and for that I am ever grateful. I highly recommend this to anyone who has dry skin. I find it to be medium coverage which I love. Of course you can build more coverage if you prefer. It does have a bit of a dewy glow after applying so you may want to dab on a little powder. In my case I dab on a little of my cruelty free Younique matte cream foundation to cut that hint of glow I'm currently not after. I highly recommend anyone looking for a good foundation no matter what your skin type to try out the IT Cosmetics line. It is by far one of the best cosmetic brand lines available. 






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IT CC+ CREAM SPF 50+

RETAIL PRICE $38 USD

About this product:  Developed by leading plastic surgeons, this all in one multi tasking product that gives full, flawless coverage. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a Full Coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti Aging Serum. Infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. Highly pigmented to cover  and camouflage skin imperfections. Does not crease or crack in fine lines.
Comes in shades Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Rich. All It Cosmetic products are PETA approved and not tested on animals. 

For those who may not know, the abbreviated "CC" stands for Color Correction. IT Cosmetics designed CC + color correcting formulae to hide skin imperfections, age spots to hyper pigmentation.
It's the same application process as applying foundation to the entire face.  

Review: I personally think it's a great idea to ask for sample cups of the products your interested in before investing a good sum of money into a cosmetic you may not care for. I asked for a sample cup of the Light CC+ Cream at ULTA cosmetics (as pictured above). I got 3 uses out of this sample and found each time it was easy to apply, smooth and left my skin feeling hydrated. Though designed to give full coverage, I found it delivers a light to medium coverage which provides a natural look and subtle glow which I think is much more preferable than heavy coverage. 

My overall opinion is that IT Cosmetics has designed some excellent high end products. 
As much as I think both the CC+ Cream and the IT -O2 Liquid Oxygen Foundation are fantastic,  the IT -02 is what I like best. 

For further information on this product, please see:
https://www.itcosmetics.com/top-10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiaYI1oYaKQ

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty) Cosmetics




IT has been over 50 years that BWC has kept their commitment form the beginning to provide cruelty free cosmetics. "In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. It's goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics."

Product Information

  • No animal testing
  • Vegan-Vegetarian
  • Products made with natural ingredients
  • Paraben, Phthalate free
  • Fragrance, Formaldehyde & Gluten free

Considering BWC is a leading company in the UK, I have observed that in the US we are limited to but a few choice products in local stores. However for those of us who don't mind shopping online, the variety of cosmetics BWC offers is far more abundant than I thought! They have everything from hair and body care to lipstick and nail polish.

Natural Infusion Lip Stick Color Samples 


Attitude Nail Color Samples


To view fantastic product options by this brand please visit:
www.beautywithoutcruelty.com
www.facebook.com/BWCCcosmetics







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DermOrganic 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free


DermOrganic formulations are based around naturally derived ingredients that replicate the elements hair and skin use to replenish, refresh and maintain youthful vigor. Their regimen is based on the idea that less is more and to me this makes complete sense! 

Product Information

  • products made without animal by-products and are never tested on animals
  • products are vegan
  • products contain no sulfates, glycols, DEA, MEA, dyes or food coloring
  • products are Gluten free
  • products contain no artificial preservatives. Paraben free.
  • products made without salt, sodium chloride or other artificial thickeners

HAIR

DermOrganic Argan Hair Oil Treatments are the new beauty ritual for unparalleled performance. Their argan oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the Argan tree, and is rich in omega-6, antioxidants, and vitamin E. It creates a protective barrier against the damaging effects of heat, sun and wind to restore a healthy and natural shine. 

These professional formulas combine the healing properties of the ancient and highly revered argan oil with the advance therapeutic qualities of rice amino acids and grape seed extract to repair, smooth and soften hair. 

Hair Oil Treatements are provided from both Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave in Treatment products. 

SKIN

DermOrganic Skin Care products are both oil and fragrance free. Nutritive benefits of Argan fruit without pore clogging effect. 

Derm Organics can be purchased at Ulta, Target, Walmart, the DermOrganic website (listed below) and from other distributors.

To view fantastic product options by this brand please visit:

www.dermorganic.com
www.facebook.com/DermOrganic






Monday, December 1, 2014

Butter London, Cruelty Free, Cheeky Cream Bronzer


About this product: Cheeky Cream Bronzer is a sheer lightweight formula designed to nourish skin while giving you that sun kissed glow. Contains Grapeseed oil to hydrate and project a natural looking glow. Formulated without use of parabens or phthalates. 

Retail Price $24 

Review:  I'm so happy I found this product because I had been searching high and low to find a bronzer that would deliver a natural hint of color to my skin without creating to much glow or luminosity.  I'm using it in place of blush and love the natural sun kissed look it gives. 
This is also my first time trying a cream bronzer.  I wasn't sure if I would like it in comparison to mineral bronzers and thought it might be somewhat difficult to apply. Turns out it delivers a smooth finish and is easily applied with a few gentle strokes of a brush. I use my ecotools cruelty free blush brush, (pictured below) and it works great. A large buffer brush would work nicely as well to buff cheekbones. If you're looking for a natural bronzer, I highly recommend trying this one out. Go cruelty free!