Be Cruelty Free! Don’t weaken the animal testing ban!

Be Cruelty Free!

Please, Be Cruelty Free! Be Cruelty Free condemns industry’s “greedy” legal bid to weaken EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban.

Recently, at the High Court in London, England, a legal challenge was heard that could have a huge impact on thousands of rabbits, mice and other animals subjected to cosmetics testing.  The case was brought by a trade association you most likely have never have heard of, the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients; but it represents more than 100 specialty chemical producers who supply ingredients to cosmetics companies. They are a major link in the chain of the cosmetics industry and they are legally challenging the historic European Union ban on selling newly animal-tested cosmetics that was implemented in March 2013. Humane Society International’s (HSI) Be Cruelty Free campaign (#BeCrueltyFree) was a driving force behind securing that ban, so I caught up with HSI’s Wendy Higgins, to explain what this all means for cosmetics animal testing.

Here’s a a photo of the lovely Wendy Higgins:

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Be Cruelty Free Wendy Higgins

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Moxie: What’s the basis of the legal challenge?

Wendy: European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients is claiming that when new animal testing is conducted in countries outside the EU, such as the United States for example, in order to meet non-EU product safety regulations, cosmetics companies should be allowed to use those animal test results to develop or sell cosmetics in Europe, even if the animal testing was done after the EU ban came into force.

Moxie: What did the judge decide?

Wendy: Unfortunately, the judge didn’t decide to dismiss the case, but instead has referred it to the European Court of Justice for advice on legal interpretations. ECJ referrals can take a long time, as long as two years in some circumstances, but ECJ guidance will enable the judge to make a final ruling. HSI will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

Moxie: What is the European Court of Justice likely to say?

Wendy: It’s very hard to predict. On the positive side, in a previous case before the ECJ (again, brought by EFfCI, in 2004) the Advocate General (who assists the judges) gave a strong opinion in favour of a robust ban, preventing any ingredients tested on animals in these circumstances from being marketed in the EU. However, that case was dismissed on a technicality so the ECJ never gave a definitive ruling. This time, the Advocate General’s opinion is likely to be reconsidered, and we hope the judges will agree with it. However, litigation can be very unpredictable, and it’s entirely possible that the ECJ will reach a different conclusion, favouring a much narrower interpretation of the ban.

Moxie: Why would the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients have an interest in challenging the ban in this way?

Wendy: Ultimately the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients is seeking an interpretation of the ban that will allow it to sell a wider range of ingredients to more companies, so it’s a clear case of putting profits before animal welfare, or the clear wishes of EU consumers who overwhelmingly supported the ban.

Moxie: If the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients wins, what will this mean for the EU ban?

Wendy: We’re very much hoping that the ECJ will rule in favour of a strong, meaningful and comprehensive ban. But if it doesn’t and the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients is successful, it could be a disaster for animal welfare because it would allow companies to continue testing on animals in other countries to sell in the EU. In practice, this would erode the impact of the EU sales ban, and mean that once again animals would suffer for cosmetics sold in the EU.

Moxie: What global impact could it have?

Wendy:  The good news is that consumers around the world are increasingly keen to see an end to animal testing for cosmetics, so even if the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients companies get what they want in the EU, other markets for animal tested cosmetics are closing all the time.  It is hugely gratifying that both India and Israel have already banned animal testing for cosmetics, and the import or sale of cosmetics containing newly animal tested cosmetics ingredients.  These victories are a sign that whatever happens in Europe, animal testing for cosmetics will end, and the momentum behind HSI’s global Be Cruelty Free (#BeCrueltyFree) campaign is unstoppable! 

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Thank you to Wendy Higgins for taking the time to explain everything to me and my readers! Wendy provided the photo above of the Be Cruelty Free (#BeCrueltyFree) campaign outside the EU Commission building in Brussels. This is when the HSI was campaigning to secure the 2013 sales ban.

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Alba Botanica AcneDote Review

Alba Botanica

The first time I tried Alba Botanica AcneDote Clean ‘n Treat Towelettes was when I received it for review from the Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit. Alba Botanica I loved that the Alba Botanical AcneDote was cruelty free, 100% Vegetarian, had no Parabens or Phthalates, and was Leaping Bunny certified. Alba Botanica After I finished the sample size, I purchased the full size package of the Alba Botanica acne-fighting towelettes, which contains thirty. As advertised, they are terrific at removing make up and grime; and I was sold on the fact that the towelettes are free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances. The towelettes feel very soft, and are at a good price point (approximately $6.oo).

Alba Botanica

Because there are ingredients that can be drying to your skin, the directions are to use one application per day, and then gradually you can increase to using the towelettes two or three times a day. If you have too much dryness or any peeling, check with your doctor and reduce how often you use it! I have only used this once a day, and I never use it anywhere near my eye area. I just think it’s great for my cheeks, forehead and neck area, and excellent after working out– before I get to the shower. Cons?  The Alba Botanica towelettes have 2% salicylic acid, which is great to fight acne, but there is also witch hazel, which can be really irritating on some guys and gals skin. Also, learn from me: if you’re not careful to make certain you have tightly resealed the package, they will very quickly dry out! Alba Botanica

 Alba Botanica

alba botanicaThe Alba Botanica towelettes are also available in a pack of ten, which is great to throw in your handbag or gymbag. While the thirty pack is easy to find, the pack of ten has been difficult for me to locate, so I’ve had to order that size online.

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Sweet Heart Polish Review and Swatches

Sweet Heart Polish

Sweet Heart Polish is all hand-blended by the owner Cassandra LeBeau. Sweet Heart Polish is cruelty free, vegan and 5 free. Just a reminder that 5 free means that Sweet Heart Polish does not  contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, and camphor. In addition, back in March, Cassandra started to donate $1.00 from each bottle of Sweet Heart Polish sold to an autism charity.

Now that you know some details about Sweet Heart Polish, I’ll share some photos and information about the two polishes that were sent for review by Gloss48. The Sweet Heart Polishes that were sent: Mystery and Dazzle.

 

Sweet Heart Polish

 

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Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

As requested by a few readers, I have Urban Decay Vice 3 Eyeshadow Palette swatches. This a limited edition palette, and here is a photo of it:

 Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Swatches Colors

Truth is matte, Undone is pearl, Downfall is matte, DTF is pearl

Dragon is shimmer, Freeze is metallic, Heroine is pearl, Brokedown is metallic

Vanity is metallic, Lucky is metallic, Reign is satin, Bobby Dazzle is metallic,

Alien is shimmer, Alchemy is satin, Bondage is shimmer, Sonic is metallic

Last Sin is shimmer, Angel is metallic, Defy is satin, Revolver is pearl

 

There isn’t a shadow in the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette that I don’t like! They are all well pigmented, some are shimmery, some sparkle and some are matte. They have balanced them all beautifully.

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

 Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

Below is the list of shadows from left to right in the photo:

DTF
DOWNFALL
UNDONE
TRUTH
DRAGON
FREEZE
HEROINE
BROKEDOWN
BOBBY DAZZLE
REIGN
LUCKY
VANITY
ALIEN
ALCHEMY
BONDAGE
SONIC
REVOLVER
DEFY
ANGEL
LAST SIN

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

urban decay nice 3 palette swatches

 

urban decay nice 3 palette swatches

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

As you know from my previous post, Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Look, I do use BOBBY DAZZLE as a highlighter as well as a shadow. It might be my number 1 favourite because it’s so versatile and sparkly and shimmery all at once!! However SONIC the “red” is more of a deep bronze shimmery shadow and it is beautiful, especially for this time ofyear. It’s also one that a little goes a long way.

urban decay vice 3 palette swatch

 

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

So this is a slightly better photo for SONIC you can really see the bronze. REVOLVER is gorgeous as it’s a black shadow with a navy shimmer and I’m lovin it! The last colour LAST SIN is also a lovely colour however, it does get a little lost on my skin as it’s almost a match but if you have it on the lid with darker shades around it, it really pops and is a lovely sparkly shimmery shadow. Also if your not a ghost like me you could use it as a highlight too. :)

 

 Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

urban decay vice 3 palette swatch

 

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches

Thank you to the lovely people who have left comments on Jackie’s beautiful “Look” posts; Jackie reads all the comments!  A huge thank you to Jackie for doing theses requested Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Swatches!

Please be sure to follow Jackie on Twitter.  If you haven’t already, please check out her last post, Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Look

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Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Look

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

This is the third post with a look that I am doing for Moxie Reviews.  My two other posts were Urban Decay Electric Palette, and a Halloween Look. In today’s post, I’ll be using the new Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. That Palette, as well as all of the other cosmetics that are listed in this post are cruelty free.

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

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