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Zhu Zhu Wants to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Ban China’s Cruel Animal Testing for Cosmetics

China still has a law that new products must be submitted for testing to authorities before they can go on sale, and that involves a range of animal tests.

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Flower Beauty Nail Polish Review, Photos & Swatches

I have four Flower Beauty Nail Polishes to share with you today! I was going to just try one, but when I saw that they were priced at $4.98 each, I decided to treat myself to four of them.

Here’s the entire Collection, which I was tempted to buy ….

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 Keep reading to take a look at what I bought from the Flower Beauty Nail Polish Collection:

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Flower Cosmetics by Drew Barrymore: Review, Photos, Swatches

Flower Cosmetics, Drew Barrymore’s new cosmetics line, is now available exclusively at various Walmart stores, and at Walmart.com. Here’s a link to my previous post.

Flower Cosmetics Links:

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Flower Cosmetics: Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad

Drew Barrymore has four shades of the Flower Cosmetics Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad now available at certain Walmart stores, and online at Walmart.com. The Flower Cosmetics eyeshadows all include an applicator, and are advertised as having “color that blends evenly and flawlessly on the eyelid.” Each is priced at $9.98.

Here are the four Flower Cosmetics Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quads that I have for review:

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Each quad photographed separately:

 

Blue Lagoons

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Foxy Browns

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Face the Grey

Drew Barrymore Flower

 

Smoke and Mirrors

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Flower Cosmetics Details:

I like that the quads are easy to look into and see the colors. It’s great that’s there is a magnetic closure on each quad.

There is a piece of tape covering the quad so you can see that it has not tampered with; although some pieces of tape at my local Walmart looked like they were half-on, and others clearly had the tape broken.  Of course, that is not the fault of Flower!

I know that all of Flower Cosmetics are made in the USA, and each of the eyeshadows has this on the back: Flower Cosmetics

However, I have still not seen a full statement that there is no animal testing by Flower Cosmetics, or their suppliers.

Peel back the label above, and there are the ingredients listed and directions/suggestions on how to use the eyeshadows.

Flower Cosmetics Swatches:

Flower cosmetics swatches

Blue Lagoons

Flower Drew Barrymore

The eyeshadow that gave me some trouble was the top one– it was chalky.

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Foxy Browns

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Face the Grey

Flower Cosmetics Drew Barrymore

 

Flower Cosmetics Drew Barrymore

 

Smoke and Mirrors

Flower Cosmetics Drew Barrymore

I swatched these colors several times, (and under different lighting conditions) and the third color down, the lightest of them, really blended into my skin color.

Flower Cosmetics Drew Barrymore

My favorite of the eyeshadow quads was Face the Grey. So, that’s what I used  in my photo below:

 

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Drew Barrymore Flower

You can use the applicator that is provided; I used my own eyeshadow brushes. The directions are to apply the lightest shade as a base color to lid up to the brow bone. Apply colors to lid, with darkest shade in the crease. Blend well. You can use the Flower eyeshadows dry (as I did) or wet, for more intensity.

First, I applied an eyeshadow primer. I used #1 on my brow bone, #2 on my lid, #3 in the crease and eyeliner on top lash line, #4 eyeliner on bottom lash line

 Final Thoughts on Flower Cosmetics

I watched Drew on the Katie Couric show. Here’s a tip about the applicator: use the large end of the applicator (that is included) for lids, and the smaller pointy tip for liner and crease.

makeup applicator

 

I really liked the Eyeshadow Quads. With the exception of the one chalky one in the Blue Lagoons palette, I found them all to be of high quality, no fall out at all, and the color lasted all day! At a price of $9.98, I felt that it was money well spent.

Disclosure: I purchased three of the eyeshadow palettes, and received one for review. All links are for your convenience only.

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True Beauty Box Cruelty Free Skin Care & Cosmetics

True Beauty Box

I’m really excited to share with you the newest True Beauty Box. The review of the previous Box can be found at this link: True Beauty Box Cruelty Free Cosmetics & Skin Care 

True Beauty Box

True Beauty Box is for you if…

True Beauty Box is for you if you love to try different natural and cruelty free cosmetics and skin care!  This monthly service launched in December of 2012. Unlike other beauty boxes, where you may or may not receive items that are cruelty free, Love True Natural is the company that is running the True Beauty Box. Love True Natural is a 100% natural and cruelty free beauty company.

While I strongly recommend that everyone always double-check, True Beauty Box does guarantee that all of the products that members receive in their True Beauty Box will be free of Parabens, PEG, Phthalates, Petrochemicals, and synthetic colors.

Every month the True Beauty Box will contain three to four FULL size products, (this month there are four), plus you will receive samples.  In addition, True Beauty Box members will have exclusive access to sales and special prices on the Love True Natural website.

It starts by completing a beauty profile quiz at www.truebeautybox.com, and then choosing the style of box you want (Flirt, Veganista, or Indulge). After the quiz you simply submit the information, and your box will arrive soon.

As a member, you will receive a “sneak peak” of each beauty profile on the 12th of each month. True Beauty Box strives to make you happy, and they want to make certain that you’re going to love what you receive.  Therefore, you not only don’t have to make a commitment, but each month you have the option to re-take the beauty quiz for a different beauty profile and box style. Of course, there is also the option to skip, or cancel by the 15th of each month. The only thing that you need to remember is that after the initial charge (for your first Box), you will automatically be charged on the 16th of each month if you do not notify them.

Of the three options, Flirt and Veganista are both currently $30; Indulge is $40. The Beauty Box that I received is as follows:

True Love Beauty Box: Flirt

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True Beauty Box with Benecos Natural Baked Colour Eyeshadow

 

Benecos eyeshadow

The gluten free eyeshadow in Chocolate is gorgeous! The formula is really smooth, and that’s because the organic plant oils provide a creamy application. You can apply the eyeshadow wet or dry, depending on the effect you want. Since they are baked, Benecos writes that their mineral shadow won’t crumble or shatter.

Benecos eyeshadow

 

Benecos eyeshadow

I love the sparkles. I think it’s just the right amount for a nice elegant look. I used eye shadow primer and the eye shadow stayed put, even with a trip to the gym (see the end of the post for picture).

 Benecos eyeshadow

 

 

True Beauty Box with Benecos Natural Kajal Eye Liner

Benecos eyeliner

This is a gluten free, matte black kohl pencil that is nice and creamy, and I had no trouble with thick or thin lines. It’s no surprise, since they are formulated with organic plant oils and pure minerals. Use along upper and lower lash lines.

Benecos eye liner pencils are safe for those who wear contact lenses. I applied primer on my eyelids, and this eye liner lasted– even with a trip to the gym (see photo at the end of the post).

 Benecos eyeliner

True Beauty Box with Benecos Maximum Length Mascara

This gluten free mascara is in the color carbon black.

Benecos mascara

This naturally hydrating Super Long Lash Mascara adds length and carbon black tone to lashes without any chemicals. With Vitamin E.

 Benecos mascara

I liked that the mascara did add some length to my lashes, and I liked the wand. Here’s a swatch of the black color:

benecos mascara

 

The mascara is made with organic Jojoba, sunflower oils, and Vitamin E for hydration. I wore the mascara to the gym and the photo is at the end of the post.

 

True Beauty Box with Benecos Baked Blush

This gluten free, mineral blush is baked for color so that it lasts. The ingredients of Cupuau butter and Sacha Inchi oil will keep skin hydrated and provide anti-aging benefits.

Benecos blush

 

I received coral, one of the two colors that the blush is available in:

 Benecos blush

The shimmery coral color is recommended for fair to medium skin tones.

Benecos blush

 

Here is a great visual from Love True Natural for how to apply:

rouge

Round Face Shape

Apply directly to the cheek bones as flat as possible.

 

 

 

rouge square

 

Square Face Shape

Apply the rouge between the hairline and cheeks. To begin at the far end of the cheek bone, apply the rouge in one stroke down gently and run out to leave the temples. So the distinctive shape of the face looks softer.

rouge oval

Oval Face Shape

Apply the rouge near the top approximatelly at the level of the temples and run diagonally to the corners of the mouth down. This gives the face more contour.

rouge

Heart Face Shape

Begin in the middle of the cheeks: Apply blush and run out from there to the temples.

True Beauty Box with Lavera Foundation

The following are two (2 ml) sample sizes of the Lavera Trend Sensitive Organic Natural Liquid Foundation

 Love True Natural Foundation

Porcelain 01- is for fair -yellowish undertones

 

Love True Natural Foundation

Ivory 02- is for fair -medium rose undertone

 

Love True Natural

Lavera Trend Sensitive Organic Natural Liquid Foundation is Vegan Society Certified. It is designed to lightly cover your imperfections. This is not a heavy foundation! It contains organic oils with conditioning properties, Vitamins A, C and E to help fight against free radicals. The Foundations have been tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists.

 

I decided to put the mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner to the test. I worked out at the gym and this is the after shot:

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The Flirt Box was an excellent value at $30. Here is the price of each item if purchased  separately

Benecos Baked Eye Shadow is $13
Benecos Baked Blush is $16
Benecos Natural Eyeliner is $9
Benecos Maximum Length Mascara is $17
Lavera Foundation Samples 1 & 2

Grand total: $55.00, if purchased separately!

Here again is the True Beauty Box website; and of course, you can always let me know if you have any questions.

Disclosure: I received the True Beauty Box for review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Painted Earth: Cosmetics From Nature That Are Cruelty Free & Vegan

Painted Earth

This is the second time I am writing about products from the company Painted Earth. The previous post, concentrating on some of the scrubs that are available, can be found by clicking on the link: Painted Earth. Just a reminder that Painted Earth is comprised of all organic and natural products. They are cruelty free, have no parabens, and do not use animal by-products (vegan).

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Here is a photo of all the Painted Earth items I will be reviewing:

Painted Earth

I’ll start with one that is listed as being a limited edition:

Painted Earth Mineral Silk Radiance Powder

Yes, it’s a blush, but looking at it, it’s certainly beyond your typical blush. Check out the beautiful compact, with mirror:

Painted Earth

 

Painted Earth

 

 slightly different lighting:

Painted Earth

If you saw this on display in a makeup counter, you would expect to pay more than Painted Earth is selling it for: $34.50.

The Mineral Silk Radiance, is more of a highlighter, than a blush, per se. I used this on my cheeks, over my blush, and on my brow bone right under my eyebrow. Wait until you see how it will make your eyes really “pop.”  You will have a nice subtly luminosity.

Worried that this will accentuate any lines you may have on your face? This is formulated with argan oil, so it will help set your foundation and blush, and not settle into fine lines. Rice Silk in the product will help to absorb excess shine and  Multi-Mineral Complex and antioxidant Vitamin A, C and E help balance and protect skin from “environmental aggressors.” It is talc and mineral oil free. Get it while it’s available, as it’s listed as being a Limited Edition. There are absolutely no cons to this, except that it’s not a permanent item– and I admit, it was so beautiful, I really didn’t want to “mess” it up to test it! :-)

Painted Earth Boo-Boo Gel

The Boo-Boo Gel is one of Painted Earth’s best sellers. Fans of this product have written in to add to the list of what this natural and organic gel has been successfully used for: acne, cuts, bruises, mosquito bites, and to prevent razor burn after shaving,  You can also try it to reduce the appearance of pores. If you have other suggested uses, let Painted Earth know.

Painted Earth

To describe it…it’s very cooling, and the texture is sticky, but once you let it soak in to your skin, it dries smooth.

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera Gel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green/White Tea), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Oil), Laevo Menthol (Menthol), Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Ethylhexyl Glycerin

The Boo-Boo Gel does not have to be refrigerated, but it can be for extra cooling as it soothes.

$25.00 for 2oz/ 60ml (includes free shipping in the US)

Painted Earth Endelible Gel Liner

Here’s the warning from Painted Earth: “Lash addicts beware: Painted Earth’s Gel liner is highly habit-forming.”

No joke, this Liner is amazing. I have Black Cherry to share with you.

Painted Earth

 Black Cherry:Painted Earth

 Black Cherry swatches:Painted Earth

Totally gorgeous color!! As you can hopefully see from the swatches, Black Cherry is a stunning color, and even a thin line gives you vibrant color and has a beautiful shine. I love that there is a glitter, even in a thin line.

The eyeliner formula is very smooth, so you can achieve a very precise thin line. Once dry, I had no smudging whatsoever.

It’s a nice bonus that Painted Earth supplies an eyeliner brush.

This may seem like a silly reminder, but…don’t forget to completely close the gel liner after use so it doesn’t dry out!

There are eight other gel liner colors in addition to Black Cherry. Check them all out on the Painted Earth Website.

Each liner is $17.80 (price includes free shipping in the US).

Painted Earth SuperWear Gel Liner

Once you let this eyeliner set, it is true to its name; it is not only smudge proof, but also waterproof. Simply use varying amounts of pressure on the liner for the look you want to achieve. I was able to test the color Noir, but there are also four other colors available.

Painted Earth
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Great black color! The reason that there is a nice shiny effect is due to the fact that the moisturizing and hydrating ingredients included are Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. That’s why you’ll find that this pencil is very soft on your delicate eye area, and the creamy pencil will give you a smooth application.
I’m sure you already have one, but just in case…an eyeliner sharpener is required. The $18.50 price includes free shipping to the US.

Painted Earth Lips: Baby Hint of Mint

 Painted Earth

 

 Painted Earth

Baby Hint of Mint has a taste of, yes, mint, and it is not sticky!

The lipgloss is enriched with anti-oxidants, and Vitamin E and is priced at $6.50 There are 19 different colors to choose from at this time on the Website.

As indicated, all Painted Earth products include FREE shipping in the US.

 

Last thoughts…

When I was asked to review Painted Earth products, I just couldn’t believe all the products that were available. Not only should you check out other colors (that I didn’t test), but look at the other cosmetics and skincare products available. Painted Earth is great for cruelty free, one-stop shopping!

Disclosure: I received the products for review. All links are for your convenience only.

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