Posted in Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Makeup

Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara – Worth It?

This mascara is hyped up A LOT in the Youtube world. It is something that I wanted to try since its release. I have been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara since December 2015, so I have a deep understanding on the pro’s and con’s of the product. I use the original mascara that is not waterproof. I have outlined my experience with the product below.

Pros – 

★     Volume – Creates a very voluminous effect of the lashes. Extremely thick and black, just how I like them.

★     Length – The product creates a large amount of length. You almost get that ‘spidery’ affect but it is extremely wearable.

★     Colour – Extremely black and very pigmented.

★     Lasting power – The lashes stayed curled, lengthened and full of volume for a long period of time.

Cons –

  Flaky – The product flakes on me pretty dramatically. This happens after a short time of wear.

  Smudges – I use the original mascara which is not waterproof. It smudges quite a lot. If you have watery eyes, you may have a problem.

Would I repurchase the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara?

It produces beautiful fluttery long lashes. It does everything I want it to do, minus the flaking. So yes, I would repurchase it.

Rating

7/10

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Posted in Hair removal

Shaving Your Face – Worth It?

Shaving your face, another phenomenon taking over the YouTube space. Let me start by saying, as someone who suffers from excessive hair on my face, I can’t help but shake my head at this trend.

I have now had laser removal that has been very successful, thank god, but prior to that I had to shave the hair to ensure for successful treatment. When I use the word shave, I don’t mean I got out shaving cream and a razor and went to town. There are specific ‘face shaving’ tools that you can use.

Here are my thoughts on shaving facial hair:

  • It 100% grew back thicker and darker. I can’t comment on peach fuzz as my hair was dark, however it was thinner before I shaved in comparison to after. It grew back really  thick, and caused ingrown hair due to the hair follicles being thicker and trying to make their way through my pores.
  • It was IRRITATING. My skin did not feel good during the process or afterwards.
  • It was a negative experience overall and I would not recommend anyone doing it.

What would I recommend instead?

If your hair/skin type qualifies for laser hair removal, DO IT! It is the best thing I have done in regards to hair removal. The process may be painful (depending on individual pain tolerances) however, the finished product is very satisfying. The money you pay to get the hair removed via laser is worth every dollar. Having my facial hair removed had the following positive outcomes:

  • Increased self- esteem: I no longer felt like people were staring at my facial hair. I do have to say that it wasn’t even that big of a deal, not a lot of people noticed it, however, I did and it made me feel uncomfortable.
  • Morning routine time slashed as I no longer needed to decide whether I needed to wax or shave (pre laser).
  • Overall, it was a great experience, not only removing facial hair, but also body hair.

If you do consider laser hair removal, please do your research and go to a reputable and registered clinic that have their qualifications. I go to eden laser clinics, as recommended by my dermatologist.

I am not 100% sure whether I am being hypocritical in recommending laser hair removal as it was most probably tested on animals prior to being available to humans. I do have to say I made the decision to get laser prior to deciding to convert to cruelty free. I now am looking into whether it is still being tested on animals and will update this space when I have enough evidence.

Of course, if you want to shave your face, go ahead…. however, please remember that there are other options out there. If you just have peach fuzz, I personally wouldn’t risk it purely due to the fact that you are giving it an opportunity to grow back thicker. If you have shaved your peach fuzz and have had a positive long term experience, let me know in the comments below.

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Posted in Cruelty free brands, Makeup, Miscellaneous

Is Australia Banning Cosmetic Testing?

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The Australian Government has made plans to ban cosmetic testing on animals, only if the  coalition are re-elected. If the coalition are not re-elected the chances of this happening is low. I am hoping that this will push the other governments to step up and give animals a voice. Let’s make this happen no matter what government is elected. We need to stand up for these animals who are forced into horrific situations that we would never put ourselves in.

The Australian view of animal cruelty is one large contradiction: 

I find it quite contradicting that animal abuse is punishable as a crime in Australia, but we are still allowing animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

According the RSPCA, these are the penalties for animal cruelty in Australia:

NSW 5 years* $22,000 for natural person

$110,000 for corporation

Crimes Act 1900,

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

The positive outcome of this discussion:

The fact that abolishing animal testing is being discussed is a small step towards a more ethical approach to the cosmetic industry in Australia, however it is still a bit of a controversial subject.

Why is this only a small step?

Even though animal testing may disappear from Australia, please remember that these companies may still sell to countries that require testing or allow testing (for example China).

What do you think about this new topic of discussion circling the internet? Let me know in the comments below!

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