Posted in Cruelty free brands, Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Makeup

Chi Chi Super CC Cream

Chi Chi is a brand that I have been buying for years. When I was younger I would buy their christmas kits and I remember thinking they were the bomb.com. Recently, Target in Australia had 40% all of Chi Chi Cosmetics… YIPEE! I went a bit cray, not going to lie. Was I the crazy lady who got all of the lipstick swatches on my hand onto my t-shirt…. yes, do I regret it? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

The Chi Chi Super CC Cream was one of the items that I bought. I was hesitant to buy this product as I have combination skin and I almost always get super shiny in my T-zone. I thought I would give it a go, it has a lot of claims that I thought would be amazing if the product lives up to its hype.

These are the claims:

  • A moisturising and colour correcting formula that is suitable for all skin types.
  • The formula contains “powerful caviar extract” that is high in antioxidants, is moisturising and smoothing.
  • Soothe’s and protects dry skin
  • “Super healing with Allantoin, Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen” – will leave skin “feeling and looking amazing”.
  • “make up meets skin care” including SPF 30 – “light foundation with benefits” or can be used as a primer to help reduce “redness or sallowness, blemished and other skin imperfections.
  • ” Its silky, light weight texture will let your skin breathe whilst radiating a healthy lustre and will help improve uneven skin tone with its unique light-diffusing pigments.”

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Did the product come through?

I would have to say YEEEEEESSSSS! This makes me really happy 😀 The following dot points cover my thoughts on the product:

  • Extremely moisturising formula that held up well with my oily T-zone. I do on most days have to blot once during the day, however it is nothing major. I must disclose that I am a very active teacher (dance) and am moving quite a lot during the day.
  • Left my skin looking very smooth and almost had a brightening affect. This related back to the claim of it getting rid of the sallowness in the skin whilst wearing the product.
  • Definitely feels silky on the skin, it did not transfer and kept me looking healthy all throughout my work day.
  • I had a lot of red scaring on my chin from hormonal acne and I feel like this product assisted in healing the redness on the skin.
  • The coverage can be light or built up to a close medium.
  • Dewy finish that did not slide of my face.

Would I repurchase the product?

HELLLLA YEAH! I wouldn’t even wait for another 40% off sale, I would pay full price… now that’s saying something 🙂

This product is 100% cruelty free, Chi Chi only tests on friends and family.

Price: $29.95

Colour Range: Fair, light, medium, medium to tan.

Rating: 8/10

 

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Posted in Cruelty free brands, Mecca Maxima

100% Cruelty Free Brands – Mecca Maxima/Cosmetica

The mission to find 100% cruelty free brands has begun at none other but Mecca Maxima. As online shopping is more convenient, I decided to jump onto their website and dig in.

The lovely staff on the other side of the computer were very helpful in providing me with information on brands that are 100% cruelty free. The lady I spoke to stated that all brands stocked in store and online are cruelty free, but as I requested brands not sold in China, she narrowed the list down.

Before we get into the list of brands, I want to clarify what I mean by ‘100% cruelty free’. If brands are sold in China, the brand is not cruelty free as the country requires all cosmetics to be tested on animals by law. If you are researching a brand and their answer to ‘are you cruelty free’ is something along the lines of ‘we don’t test on animals unless required by law’, it is a cop out and most likely means that they sell to China.

Thank you to Mecca Maxima for providing the following list:

Companies with an * means that they have a sister company that tests on animals. These sister companies either do sell to China and/or still test on animals.

Cosmetics 27http://mecca.com.au/meskinlab/

Eyekohttp://mecca.com.au/eyeko-london/

*Omoroviczahttp://mecca.com.au/omorovicza/

Une Nuit a Bali http://mecca.com.au/une-nuit-a-bali/

Codagehttp://mecca.com.au/codage/

Apot.Carehttp://mecca.com.au/apotcare/

By Terryhttp://mecca.com.au/by-terry/

*Too Facedhttp://mecca.com.au/too-faced/ – They sold out. DAMNNNNNNNNNN

Josie Maranhttp://mecca.com.au/josie-maran-cosmetics/

Mecca Signature Linehttp://mecca.com.au/mecca-cosmetica/

Kit Signature Linehttp://mecca.com.au/kit-cosmetics/

Nude Skincarehttp://mecca.com.au/nude-skincare/

Verso Skincarehttp://mecca.com.au/verso-skincare/

Korreshttp://mecca.com.au/korres/

Ren Skincarehttp://mecca.com.au/ren/

*Chantecaille http://mecca.com.au/chantecaille/ *Their website states that some products are tested on animals. I find this confusing, however, still feel like this should be pointed out.

Kahinahttp://mecca.com.au/kahina/

Elemental Herbologyhttp://mecca.com.au/elemental-herbology/

This Workshttp://mecca.com.au/this-works/

Mario Badescuhttp://mecca.com.au/mario-badescu/

RMS Beautyhttp://mecca.com.au/rms-beauty/

Le Labohttp://mecca.com.au/le-labo/

Dr Dennis Grosshttp://mecca.com.au/dr-dennis-gross-skincare/

Sunday Rileyhttp://mecca.com.au/sunday-riley/

Iliahttp://mecca.com.au/ilia/

Eve Lomhttp://mecca.com.au/eve-lom/

*Urban Decayhttp://mecca.com.au/urban-decay/

Hourglasshttp://mecca.com.au/hourglass/

Kate Somervillehttp://mecca.com.au/kate-somerville/

Egyptian Magichttp://mecca.com.au/egyptian-magic/

Perricone MDhttp://mecca.com.au/perricone-md/

Korreshttp://mecca.com.au/korres/

Cargohttp://mecca.com.au/cargo/

*Smashboxhttp://mecca.com.au/smashbox/

Ardency Innhttp://mecca.com.au/ardency-inn/

By Rosie Janehttp://mecca.com.au/by-rosie-jane/

ByRedohttp://mecca.com.au/byredo-parfums/

*Narshttp://mecca.com.au/nars/

* bareMineralshttp://mecca.com.au/bareminerals/

Ellis Faashttp://mecca.com.au/ellis-faas/

Malin + Goetzhttp://mecca.com.au/malin-goetz/

Lea Journohttp://mecca.com.au/lea-journo/

Kevyn Aucoinhttp://mecca.com.au/kevyn-aucoin/

Lipstick Queen – http://mecca.com.au/lipstick-queen/

Radical Skincarehttp://mecca.com.au/radical-skincare/

Mario Badescuhttp://mecca.com.au/mario-badescu/

Soap and Gloryhttp://mecca.com.au/soap-glory/

Kate Somervillehttp://mecca.com.au/kate-somerville/

Ciatéhttp://mecca.com.au/ciate/

I am aware that some of these companies do have ‘sister companies’ that do sell in China. I am currently trying to narrow down these companies. I will upload a seperate post about sister companies and what it means.

If you have not made the switch to cruelty free makeup, I encourage you to open your heart and clear your conscience. Animals should not suffer for makeup, they have a heart and they have a brain, they are capable of love and deserve love in return.

*This post is needing an update – I am waiting on finalising information to ensure that you are receiving the correct information.

Posted in Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Makeup

e.l.f Studio HD Under Eye Setting Powder

e.l.f is a cruelty free brand at affordable prices. The product claims are as follows:

“This light-diffusing powder camouflages fine lines, dark circles and imperfections, perfect for on camera or everyday wear. The silky powder adds a velvety finish ideal for wearing alone or setting in cream concealer. The Vitamin C & K infused formula helps to restore and strengthen skin for a revitalized appearance.”

Read More – e.l.f Website

Photo credit: Makeup Alley
Photo credit: Makeup Alley

Ratings:

Brightening: 3.5/5

Staying Power: 4/5

Pros: My under eye area is quite dry, where I do have a lot of smile lines. Powders tend to dry out my under eyes more and accentuate my extreme dark circles and fine lines. However this product does a great job of not making my concealer look caky and brightening the area.

Cons: The product provides no coverage. This however suits me fine as I use quite a bit of concealer due to darkness. Obvious sparkles are seen in the product, which do disappear when applied to the skin, however sometimes do linger. Do not count on the brush included to apply the product. The brush is not ideal.

Would I repurchase? YES! In fact, I already have 🙂 

In Australia the brand can be found at:

Experience rating 4/5

Posted in Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Makeup

Australis Mega Lash Mascara

Image credit - Australis Website
Image credit – Australis Website

Australis is a brand that clearly states that they are “100% cruelty free” where they are accredited on the ‘Choose Cruelty Free List’.

Claims of the mascara:  

“It’s a mascara that contains special polymers that help curl your eyelashes. It also contains pro-vitamin B5 which helps maintain moisture in your eyelashes.”

Read More – Australis Website

Ratings:

  • Seperation– 3/5
  • Volume and length – 1/5
  • Lash curl – 1/5
  • Added darkness – 2/5

Pros – The mascara did a good job of separating my lashes. If it didn’t sting my eyes  I would keep it around to chuck it on for an extreme ‘natural’ look.

Cons – I have quite long lashes to being with, where usually it isn’t difficult to reach maximum impact quickly. The mascara had no impact on my lashes in regards to volume and length. My lashes practically looked like they did without mascara, only slightly more separated, darker and defined. 

The formula stung my eyes. I have never struggled with sensitivity in regards to eye products. I found it quite strange but did try it out a couple of times to see if it was just the day, unfortunately the sensitivity continued.

Would I repurchase? No. It simply did not work for me, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t work for you.

Experience rating 3/10

Posted in About Me, Cruelty Free Cosmetics, Makeup

Why cruelty free love?

I have always been a lover of animals. If an animal dies in a movie, i’m an absolute mess, if I see a dog walking on the footpath without someone beside them, I always stop, and if I witness any type of deprivation of any animal, I always report it.

My love of make up has always been equally strong. This stems from being a performer. I was always aware of animal testing, but I guess turned some what of a blind eye due to the love of make up. Now I am here to take a stand, to bring awareness to the issue that these poor souls have no voice to say no… I’m here to be their voice.

I am slowly making the transition into using all ‘cruelty free’ makeup, skincare and haircare brands. I am on a mission to find equal, if not better products to those I currently own. I will no longer be buying products from companies that test on animals, nor will I be blogging about them.

I ask you to please join me along the journey of standing up on for these animals and spreading the word amongst your family, friends and community. Remember, be kind, educate others and most of all, be loving.