Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Makeup Rules For Anyone New to Makeup

When I say new to makeup, I meant anything from the twelve year old who's school allows visible makeup this year, to the thirty year old who has never worn makeup but is interested in learning.  You can learn how to apply makeup at any age, and you are never too old.  The thing that shocks me is not how many grown women don't know how to apply makeup, but how many of them are embarassed to ask.  Applying makeup is not some inherit skill that you were born with (unless you actually are a makeup artist by trade; and even some of the people that do makeup had to learn it, it didn't come naturally).  It's not like learning to walk or remembering to eat.  It's something you learn, and if no one ever shows you, you may not know how.

I spend a lot of time teaching people about makeup.  Whether s/he is brand new to makeup, or just struggling to get her eyeliner to stay on like how it seems to stay on everyone else, I really have seen almost everything.  I've taught transgendered girls how to make their faces more feminine, and I've taught forty year old women how to look pretty and polished before re-entering the dating world or starting a new career.  I will rarely say that there are rules in makeup, but if there are, these are five things I would tell you to follow.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lavanila Deodorant is the best!

I had long been on the search for a vegan deodorant when I started working at Sephora.  I had tried many of the drug store ones.  I often found products that left me sticky, smelly, or otherwise let down.  Then when I started working at Sephora, I decided to give Lavanila a try.

I bought the Trio ($36) back when it launched in May, then bought Sport Luxe ($16) when it launched in June!  I keep the little guy ($8) around for hot, sweaty outdoor events that I might need to touch up.

Cruelty Free Brands at My Sephora

Disclaimer: This post is specific to my location.  There may be more options at your local Sephora.  If a company is on this list, they, nor do their parent companies, test on animals.  If you see any mistakes, please let me know immediately!  This post actually exists as a reference point for a co-worker on my days off.

Color Brands:
1. Too Faced
2. Josie Maran
3. Hourglass
4. Cover FX
5. Tarte*
6. Kat Von D**

Skincare Brands:
1. Dr. Dennis Gross
2. First Aid Beauty
3. AmorePacific
4. Drunk Elephant
5. DERMAdoctor
6. Murad
7. Lavanila
8. Sunday Riley
9. NUDE Skincare
10. Korres***

1. Alterna
2. WEN by Chaz Dean

I have more research to do on haircare.

For a more thorough list, check Cruelty Free Kitty's Sephora list.  She is diligent and constantly updates it.

Tarte*: has been bought by Kose.  I am having a hard time finding any information on this brand in general.  They are a Japanese brand so I'm assuming they sell in mainland China, but I honestly don't know.  If you have helpful information on the brand (in english), please link me!
Kat Von D**: is a Sephora brand.  There for, it is Kendo, and falls under the LVMH umbrella.  I list her here because for some reason a lot of people are still totally comfortable buying her despite this.
Korres***: Korres has taken control of their company again and become independent. The worrisome thing is their products have been seen on websites that operate in mainland China.  The brand is claiming it's unauthorized and is working to get the items removed.  For now, I believe them, but we'll have to see what the future holds for Korres.

Friday, July 3, 2015

L'Oreal Ultimate Straight Hair System

Disclaimer:  I received these items to review from Influester.  This doesn't change my opinion; you guys know I'm brutally honest.  Also, these items are not cruelty free, and they are not vegan.

I received the Influester Voxbox for the Ultimate Straight hair system from L'Oreal Paris USA.  It's a four piece system including your usual shampoo and conditioner, but also a pre-conditioner and a smoothing balm.  I really like the packaging for these products because I can tell what they are without having my contacts in, which is not unheard of when I shower.

The packages are easy to tell apart when I'm half blind.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Cruelty Free Routine for Adult Acne

Before we get started: Sadly, a handful of these brands are no longer cruelty free due to buy outs or expanding to the Chinese mainland market.  As I run out of their products (which I often buy in multiples), I will find new, cruelty free products to replace them.  Items that are not cruelty free will have some sort of alternative offered in their description.  Also, many of these items were gratis from my work.  This does not effect my opinion on them; if it works, it's here.

Please note: Shortly after writing this post, I found out that Kate Somerville had been bought out by Unilever.  Sadly, she is still a cruelty free brand, but her parent company is not.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Madd mail!!!

Easter presents, essentially!!  My mom made me cookies, Clancy and I bought a blanket, and we went out to dinner tonight.  Other than meeting my cousin's new baby, that was about it for this weekend!

Emerald City Grab bag:
Good Witch Glitter
Bad Witch Glitter
Emerald City e/s
Wishes & Wonders e/s
Great & Powerful e/s
Winkie e/s
Ruby Red Hot Slippers lippie

Cinderella Grab bag (partial):
Cinder Girl e/s
Glass Slipper e/s
Enchanted e/s
Charming e/s

everything else:
Stawberry Shortcake lippie
Banana Pancakes lippie
Iced Chai lippie
Peppermint Mocha lippie
Ice Queen glitter bomb
Party Monster glitter bomb
Sea Siren glitter bomb
Foxy Lady glitter bomb
Material Girl glitter bomb
Halloween button pack
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