Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stop Cruel Cosmetics Tests on Animals in the U.S.

The international community has made some significant changes to protect animals from being poisoned and killed in product tests—just last year, the European Union banned the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world! Animal testing for cosmetics is now banned in the EU, Israel, and India—and India is currently considering a proposal that would follow in the footsteps of the EU by banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world as well as end animals tests for household products. This news may leave you wondering, What progress is being made to protect animals from cruel product testing here in the U.S.?

Disappointingly, the U.S. has failed to keep pace with the international community. In fact, the U.S. is currently at risk of backsliding into requiring archaic methods of product testing in which animals are poisoned and killed for cosmetics.

We need your help to urge Congress, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the cosmetics industry's trade group—the Personal Care Products Council—to put a stop to this. No cosmetics product or ingredient justifies inflicting harm on animals, and it's time for the U.S. to take a stand.

Thank you for speaking up for animals.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Poppy Austin Rosehip Oil

Post by Beth

PR Sample

My skin has been so dry lately.  It must be the changing of the seasons or something.  Whatever is causing it, I am very glad that I happen to have Poppy Austin Rosehip Oil.  I reviewed the Poppy Austin Vitamic C serum here and I remain impressed by their commitment to source their products in natural and sustainable ways.

This is a wonderfully smooth oil that soaks easily into the skin.  I have been applying this after my nightly serums and it penetrates my dry skin leaving it feeling hydrated and supple.

Poppy Austin does not test on animals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today’s Tidbit: Loopholes in Labeling Laws

Still another labeling loophole is that products designated as “For Professional Use Only” and sold to salons do not need to have their chemical ingredients labeled.  That means consumers, as well as the owners and employees of salons, are completely at manufacturers’ mercy when it comes to ingredient safety; they don’t have the ability to exercise choice because they have no way of knowing what contaminants products contain. (p61-62)

Epstein, Samuel S., MD. (2009) Healthy Beauty:  Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books, Inc.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The All Natural Face Monthly Beauty Box

Post by Beth

I’ve been receiving the Monthly Beauty Box from the All Natural Face for a few months now and I have been impressed with the selection and quality of the items received.

The All Natural Face is a mineral cosmetics company.  They do not use any artificial ingredients. No bismuth, no talc, no carmine, no silk powder, no d & c lake colors and no parabens.

For $15/month The All Natural Face ships a box with at least $20 worth of product (by my reckoning, the value is even more) and free samples.  They do a good job of varying the product, it’s not the same thing month after month, which I appreciate.

The box this month had an animal print theme, coming wrapped in a giraffe print scarf and featuring a nifty tiger print fan.  The products this month were eye shadow, a shadow primer and a synthetic brush.

The three eye shadow colors were to me, evocative of the African Savannah.

True Gold:

Mauve Shimmer:

Swiss Chocolate:

Magic Vegan Eyeshadow Primer. This eye shadow primer is different that the one I reviewed hereThis is a liquid version, very similar to Urban Decay Potion Primer and I think I like it even better than the one I tried from The All Natural Face before.  It is very smooth and blendable.

The brush is also a nice addition.  I have used them before and they perfectly adequate and vegan.

I think the Monthly Beauty Boxes are very thoughtfully curated and are a wonderful way to experience the wide array of natural products offered by TheAll Natural Face.

The All Natural Face does not test on animals.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Post by Meagan

Ok, I'll admit it.  I've wanted to try this foundation for a while now.  It has won "Best Foundation" awards in every major beauty magazine and poll on the planet.  The price tag, however, is a daunting $63.  Now that wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have ultra-sensitive skin that breaks out at the mere thought of a new foundation.  But there is a laundry list of foundations I've had to returned,  given away or relegated to the bottom of my makeup kit.  Hundreds of hard-earned dollars down the drain.  This summer, I tried a couple BB creams and tinted sunscreens with no luck--irritating, red rash.  Talking to my aesthetician, we decided it might be the high SPF of those products causing the irritation.  Knowing I prefer a liquid foundation, she suggested Giorgio Armani which has no SPF.  It is:
            --buildable coverage
            --natural finish

Armani foundation mixed with the Chanel primer from yesterday's post

I love this foundation.  It isn't cakey at all and it doesn't crease.  I put it on with a brush or a sponge.  It has a natural finish that isn't too matte or too shiny.  And bonus--a little goes a long way.  One pump mixed with primer will easily cover my whole face.  I've been using it daily for a month and no breakouts!!!  For me, easily worth $63.

Armani claims no animal testing, but it's parent company, L'Oreal does.