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On Monday night, after watching the color-blocking queen June Ambrose’s show Styled by June, I watched a cosmetics exposé on the CBS 2 New York 11 o’clock news. Asa Aarons of the investigative news series “Ask Asa” did a consumer report on the beauty industry and if cosmetics are truthfully labeling their products “cruelty free.” Below is a summary of his findings, what products are actually cruelty free, and how to differentiate.
Cruelty free refers to the practice of not testing cosmetic products or ingredients on animals. Asa revealed that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the cosmetics industry’s regulatory agency, has no legal definition for the term “cruelty free.” In essence, cosmetics companies have free will to say they don’t do animal testing.
So how do you know if your products are really cruelty free? Simple answer: you don’t know. Due to public outcry, scientific advances, and better knowledge of ingredients most companies no longer test on animals. But some companies still use animals to test outside components that will ultimately contribute to the ingredients in a product – these can still be labeled cruelty free.
To ensure you are using cruelty free products, look for the bunny logos above. Advocacy groups that have taken major strides to tighten the definitions and regulations on animal cruelty include People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (Leaping Bunny). These groups certify products as cruelty free with their bunny logo, stamping approval.
PETA has a search tool to look up almost every consumer product and brand’s status on cruelty free. Below are a few interesting finds:
Companies That Don’t Test on Animals
(yup, even these!)
What are your favorite certified cruelty free products?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
Today is the Spring Equinox, which means pastels and color blocking are officially back! Yet also means it’s time for the dreaded spring cleaning. This season while you’re cleaning those dust bunnies behind the bed and donating those clothes you haven’t worn in two years, make sure you give your beauty drawer a thorough overhaul. Not only will you protect your skin from expired and tainted ingredients, you’ll have more room for the new bright and refreshing spring color palettes!
Here are some tips on how to kick off your make-up spring cleaning:
Dump Products Every 3-6-12 Months
Every beauty product expires and has a limited shelf-life, regardless of its ingredients or when you open it. Unless it has an explicit expiration date, once any item with natural or synthetic ingredients is opened, it should be used or disposed of within three and no more than twelve months. I use the seasons or fiscal quarters as a reminder to throw out my mascaras and lipsticks, the products that capture the most bacteria and can cause infections like pink-eye. Remember, “all-natural” and “organic” products expire faster due to less preservatives.
Below is a quick guide on when to toss your make-up:
Toss Every 3 Months
Toss Every 6 Months
Foundation – Liquid & Cream
Body Wash & Lotion
Facial Wash & Lotion
Toss Every 12 Months
Pencils – Eye & Lip
Wash Your Tools Weekly
Whether it’s a broom, sponge or a make-up brush, start your spring cleaning off right with clean tools. I wash my natural and synthetic make-up brushes every week with a make-up brush cleanser. It keeps the bristles in prime condition and disinfects any residue and old color-distorting product.
How do you remember to update your makeup?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
Yesterday we turned our clocks forward and jumped into the brighter days and warmer weather of spring. While most people are resurrecting their pastels and prints, those with seasonal allergies spend this season hiding red eyes, runny noses, and patchy skin.
In honor of the sneezies and weezies out there, I am posting a weekly series called “SPRING FORWARD,” highlighting different techniques and products to help allergy sufferers enjoy spring through make-up, fabrics, and everyday life.
First up, let’s help those watery eyes. The only thing worse than red itchy eyes, is red itchy eyes with smeared make-up and black mascara-ridden tears. Combat raccoon eyes with these three sensitive skin miracle mascaras that all feature:
- Paraben free
- Sulfate free
- No synthetic fragrances
- No Phthalates
1. Bare Escentuals: Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara
Purchase: $18 sephora.com
This wave shaped brush actually gives both length and curl definition. Internal filters help prevent the brush from clumping which in turn prevents tarantula eyes. It stays all day and won’t flake.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Copernicia Cerifera, (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/ Cire de carnauba), Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Rhodochrosite Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Malachite Extract, Yeast Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauroyl Lysine, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylc ellulo se, VP/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester, PVP, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
2. Physicians Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara
Purchase: $7.99 drugstore.com
The organic line of Physicans Formula contains OrganiSoy® moisturizes and eco-olive(r) “a natural antioxidant, shields lashes from harsh environmental aggressors.” The plump asymmetrical bristles allow you to moderate volume, one coat to separate lashes and 2-3 coats to define.
Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water.* Glycerin. Iron Oxide. Microcrystalline Cellulose. Glyceryl Stearate. Water. Beeswax.* Jojoba Esters. Tapioca Starch.* Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax.* Stearic Acid. Glyceryl Caprylate. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.* Cellulose Gum. Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.* Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil.* Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa (Rice) Protein. Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract.* May Contain: Titanium Dioxide
3. Tarte: lights, camera, splashes!™ 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara
Purchase: $19 ulta.com
Watery eyes, sweat and rain are no match for this conditioning and beeswax-coated waterproof mascara. This gentle formula from Tarte is also great for contact lens wearers who frequently use eye drops, it won’t smudge or cause further irritation.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Aqua, Pentaerythriyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polybutene, Cera Alba, Cera Carnauba, Alcohol, Polyquaternium -10, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).
What are your favorite mascaras?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia