Tuesday, December 16, 2014

QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar 24-pc. Collection: Day 16

Post by Beth

It’s so much fun opening up the Beauty Advent Calendar everyday and sharing with you the surprise.

Today we have a Doll 10 Beauty Lip Wardrobe Lip Gloss and Lipstick in “In the Spotlight,” a bright, red color.  This is quite the tool for bold lips!  The lipstick go on smoothly and the gloss has a bit of sparkle to it that gives lips a “wet” look.

I have used Doll 10 products back when it was Dalton, and they are pretty solid products, though definitely not natural!

Doll 10 animal testing status could not be determined.

Monday, December 15, 2014

QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar 24-pc. Collection: Day 15

Post by Beth

Day 15 of our Beauty Advent Calendar has is an eye opening surprise… 

A tube of TULA Revitalizing Eye Cream with Probiotic Tecnology.  This is an anti-aging eye cream from TULA, a brand I hadn’t heard of before—bad beauty blogger!  TULA, sanskrit for “balance,” is a skin care line developed by healthy living guru, Dr. Roshini Raj, a gastroenterologist.  This eye cream is very thick, but goes on very lightly and is hella moisturizing.  Also, I think it smells like creamsicles.  Yum.

While not wholly natural, it contains Nutripeptides, Vitamins A, C, E, Fruit and Vegetable extracts, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil and Squalene. It is free of: Parabens, Mineral oil, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol and Fragrance.

TULA is not tested on animals

1,000 Mascaras No. 29: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Post by Beth

I am loving Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara!  I received two of them in my Tarte 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection from QVC, which I posted about here

This mascara boasts that it is a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara and I absolutely agree with all those claims.  I am particularly struck with its lengthening power.  This lengthened my lashes so much, I actually have to coat the bottom half first and then the top half.  The mascara also pumps up the volume of my lashes plumping them up at the root and fanning out at the top.

The brush coats all of the lashes well and gives good separation allowing the mascara to really pull out all of the length of the lash. I experienced minimal clumping and very little smudging with this formula.

The mascara is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, or gluten.  It contains olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes.

Tarte does not test on animals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Mani

Post by Rosie

QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar 24-pc. Collection: Day 14

Post by Beth

Our Beauty Advent Calendar gives another “philosophical” offering for day 14.

It is a philosophy amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel.

Though it can tend to be a bit too “perfume-y,” I like the smell of amazing grace; I just don’t like the smell on me.  In general, the philosophy shower gels lather up nicely and are scented nicely—enough to notice, not enough to linger.  I have never used them as a shampoo, though you can if you are so inclined.

Please read our previous philosophy post about ingredients.

Philosophy claims on their website that they do not test on animals, but they sell products in China, which as we know, requires animal testing; so I cannot consider the brand cruelty-free.