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Colourpop: Lippie Stix & Pencil

Here we are again, talking about another hyped up product by Colourpop. I am happy to say that I am actually OVER THE MOON pleased at this product. If you didn’t know, Colourpop is a cruelty free brand that originated in LA. A lot of their products are also vegan, in exception of a few.

Here is the 411 on the Lippie Stixs:

Colour Pay Off & Lasting Power

AMAZING! Super pigmented lip products that stick to the lips and last for a very long time. I can eat, drink and sleep in these things and they are still hanging on there for dear life by the end of it all. Although the Lippie Stix do transfer, they don’t slide of the lips, therefore I am not scared that I’m going to end up smearing them all over my mouth.

Moisture Level

I am the first to admit that these products are not the most moisturising on the market. They can dry out your lips. To combat this I always apply a non greasy lip balm first and then the Lippie Stix on top. If you do have naturally dry lips I would recommend exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub, moisturising with a lip balm and then applying your Lippie.

Colours and Swatches

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Fancy
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Lumiere
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Gossip
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Heart On
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Frenchie
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Grind

*All colours are switched with the matching Lippie Pencil

Would I Repurchase?

YES YES YES! They also seem to have finally introduced a set price for shipping Australia… YIPPEE! $25.

Rating

8/10

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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

❤ Cruelty Free Love

 

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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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.