Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

Mink eyelashes are not cruelty free. In fact, they are just the opposite! I believe that one of the first local articles I read about this was back in 2012 from Boston Magazine. The article was entitled, “Mink Eyelashes: Buyer, Beware.”

Mink Eyelashes

The writer, Anne Vickman, was contacted by a salon in Boston and was touting their supposed, “PETA friendly” mink eyelash extensions. Fortunately, like all good reporters, Ms. Vickman first contacted PETA about mink lashes. She wrote that she was, “skeptical — and having a hard time imagining anyone “gently brushing” these relatively aggressive animals (related to weasels and badgers) and returning them to a natural habitat.”

 

Mink Eyelashes Are Not Cruelty Free

I know no one is going to be surprised that PETA responded by writing, “These lashes are not PETA-approved. Even if the companies that sell mink eyelashes claim to obtain the fur by brushing live minks, those minks still suffer on farms and ultimately will be killed for their fur. We encourage consumers to choose alternatives to any materials that are derived from animals, ensuring that they are not contributing to an industry that causes suffering.”

As a blogger, I’ve been contacted to review mink eyelashes. The disturbing thing is that for bloggers, and the general public alike, many companies are usually not the ones that are being blatantly dishonest. Like, I’m sure most of us would not ever buy mink eyelashes in huge lots from China. However, if a United States company was advertising cruelty free mink eyelashes, and was showcasing how they were “featured” in well-know, popular magazines, you might start to believe their claims. First, they’ll let you know that you can reuse your mink false eyelashes many, many more times than you can your synthetic ones. Also, they’ll let you believe that if you really want natural, soft looking lashes, you should be wearing mink.

Mink Eyelashes

From Gettyimages

I’m not going to show you any horrific photos, or share horrific YouTube videos. However, I am hoping you will think about some things. No one is going to be gently brushing a mink so they can provide you with mink lashes. Also, minks are not like chickens where you could even try to claim that they’re peacefully roaming around before they’re killed. The claim that there is no harm done to the minks doesn’t even make sense. They’re captured, and from all that I’ve read, they put the minks in a very, very small cages that do not even have a floor. It’s just metal wires.

Mink is semi-aquatic, so being in a cage means that it’s not spending part of its life in the water
 Mink Eyelashes

The truly horrific footage of how minks are treated, to their eventual (equally horrible) death—by poison, or suffocation, etc. is appalling!

Please, there are enough cruelty free mascaras on the market that can actually make your lashes look amazing. If you want to go for false eyelashes, there are plenty of beautiful, truly cruelty free companies that you can buy your faux lashes from. Georgie Beauty and Ardell are two such companies. I’ll have another post about cruelty free false lashes soon. 

 

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Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush Nail Polish

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Today’s manicure is Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush, a cruelty free and vegan nail polish. It’s a very pretty soft, pale pink, and it has a bit of cool silver shimmer in it. I have applied two coats of polish on all my nails, and a top coat to all, except my ring finger. I applied holographic glitter to that one.

All of the photos in the post were taken outside, at various times during the day.

 Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

I have written several previous reviews, but here is a quick summary about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, and vegan company. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish. When she was little, she would frequently set up her own nail salon in the garage and paint her grandmother’s (and other family members’) nails. By the age of fifteen, she was obsessing over the newest nail trends so much that she would put nail polish shades in color groups and, during the hot summers, stalk out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

Some “well meaning” adults advised her to go into a career (other than the nail industry), and she graduated college and started her medical career journey. However, like most people that don’t pursue things that excite them, she found that “something was missing.” Fortunately, the hair care guru Philip B. is her uncle, and they worked together. Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish that was  just the right combination to produce a line of cruelty free, vegan nail polishes, without the horrible chemicals of formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

 

 Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

 

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

The nail polish brush contains twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes. The Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hill Blush glided on smoothly, and because each of the bristles are pre-lacquered, the brush is just the right width to easily paint my fingernails.  I also like the fact that the .50 fl oz/ 14.8 ml glass bottle has a special over-cap, which means I was able to use either a square handle or a cylindrical handle, for more control.

 

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Here’s what I found, as a busy mom, wife, and being being owned by two big dogs. The Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush looked so pretty, even before I applied a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, after one and two coats of polish. I really don’t pamper my nails at all, although I always wear gloves when I garden, and when I do dishes. So, when I write that I have been wearing the polish for almost 6 days, and  my nails still look great, it’s pretty impressive. Between the amazing quality, and the soft pink shade, it has really held up well!

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush

Lauren B. Beauty Beverly Hills Blush is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish hue that will work well with every outfit, and in every setting, including the workplace.

 

You can check out one of my previous reveiws:

http://moxiereviews.com/2016/05/09/lauren-b-beauty-house-of-blues/

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NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo is now available only at Sephora stores, and online. This is a great cruelty free multi-tasker, so keep reading to find out more!

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

The NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo is a cream product, and as you can see, is in stick form. There are two shades on each stick. The darker shades blend to create a contour to enhance your face’s natural features. The Sculpting Multiple Duo illuminating shades give sheer color that illuminate the high points of your face. The NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips.

This multi-tasker product is double sided, can be used on several locations, (as mentioned above), and it’s really easy to take in your makeup kit, or in your handbag.

Check out each of the Sculpting Multiple Duo sticks. I’m sure they’re beautiful, but I need to swatch them in person. They’re $39.oo.

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

Hot Sand / Laguna
Peach champagne, bronzed brown

 NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

Playa Flamenco / Oahu
Sparkling soft gold, deep bronze

 NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

Copacabana / Sidari Beach
Shimmering pink silver, rose bronze

 NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo

Just in case you’re not aware, NARS, is a cruelty free company. However, NARS is owned by a parent company that tests on animals. This is a very personal decision, and I know that some people will never buy products/support a company that is owned by a parent company that still tests on animals.

Do you think you’ll try the versatile looking NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo to brighten up your features?

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LVX Prussian Review and Photos

LVX Prussian Review and Photos

LVX Prussian, a deep blue green hue was chosen for my Monday manicure. LVX is cruelty free, vegan, and a Leaping Bunny approved brand. In addition, it’s seven free and in their words, “socially responsible.” That means it’s made without Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens. LVX is also TPHP free and Gluten Free. It is made here, in the USA.

It’s August, and where I live the hot summer will soon be gone, and the crisp fall weather will arrive. The LVX website describes it as the, “hottest color for the Fall and Winter seasons…and the perfect transition as we enter the dark nights of the autumn season.”

The photo below is taken in my family room, as the sun shines in the windows.

LVX Prussian

I think that the LVX Prussian is a gorgeous teal!  I have applied two coats of the LVX Prussian, and one coat of a top coat. This is my first attempt at nail art stamping.

 

The photo below was taken outside in very bright sun, and it was very hot and humid when I took this.

LVX Prussian

Trying to take a photo out of the direct sunlight.

LVX Prussian

LVX Prussian

LVX Prussian is one of the LVX shades that I have in my polish collection, and I have always found that it has lived up to it’s advertised claims. LVX Prussian is rich and creamy, and it’s easy to apply, with a smooth finish and a beautiful shine. I’ve been able to get 5 days out of my manicure–so far.  I believe that I purchased the 15ML – 0.5OZ glass bottle for $18.00, but always consult their website for the current prices, and further information. I highly recommend LVX Prussian!

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As a bonus to those who have read my whole post, here’s an interesting tidbit. LVX is a noun, and it means lux in Latin; Light. The essence of all color. I took Spanish in school, but apparently, had I taken Latin, I would have immediately known that a U in Latin is written as a V.

 

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Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap Review

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is a cruelty free product that is almost empty. A previous post reviewed Dr. Bronner’s Lemongrass Lime pump soap that was completely finished. I purchased this in a 24 fluid ounce bottle. There is a 12 oz. version.

I bought the Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap because I knew that it was truly organic, and could be used on my body, face, hair and hands. Hence it being called a 4-in-1 product. Dr. Bronner’s formulated it with pure Castile soap base with organic shikakai, and other natural oils. I bought it in a pump form, because of the convenience: I wanted to be able to quickly pump out the soap.

Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Organic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Pump Soap combines pure Castile soap base with organic shikakai and other natural humectants. That made it feel very moisturizing, but definitely not oily! There is also organic lemongrass oil and organic lime oil. In case you haven’t used this product before, you may not know that organic shikakai comes from the seed pods of the South Asian Acadia Concinna tree, and has a long history of being used in India to very gently clean the skin and hair.

Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Organic Soap

As you can see from the clearly labeled bottle (above), Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is certified from, among many organizations, including Leaping Bunny.

I have to admit that I did not try this on my hair, although it does smell amazing!  Dr. Bronner recommends that after washing your hair with the Tea Tree Organic Soap, you should then use a lightly acidic conditioning rinse–not surprisingly, they recommend their own: Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Organic Hair Rinse.

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Soap is in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. So, far, I love the scents in the 4-in-1 line!

 

Yes, I most definitely would purchase this again, but I would try other scents firstsince I’m very curious.

 

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