DermaDoctor Giveaway

Preen.Me is giving away thirty bottles of DermaDoctor’s cruelty free and vegan Kakadu C High Potency Evening Oil.

Enter the giveaway here.

XO, T

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“Cruelty Free” Beauty Brands Sold in China

OPI and Origins aren’t the only companies who’ve broken my heart by deciding to start testing their products on innocent animals.

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I decided to go with this cute bunny ink painting instead of some graphic laboratory torture photo, since we’ve yet to recover from the polar bear video. (You’re welcome)

Unfortunately, many formerly cruelty free brands have decided to forego their supposed principles in favor of profiting in the Chinese market.

In order for their products to be sold in China, cosmetic companies are required to fund cruel tests (vivisection) administered to innocent critters.

Therefore, the following companies cannot be considered cruelty free:

  • Almay
  • Aveda
  • Avon
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Batiste
  • Benefit
  • Boots Botanics
  • Burt’s Bees
  • By Terry
  • CeraVe
  • Chanel
  • Clarins
  • Dermablend
  • Dr. Brandt
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • EOS
  • Essie
  • Estee Lauder
  • Eve Lom
  • Foreo
  • Lancome
  • Lorac
  • L’Oreal
  • Mac
  • Makeup Forever
  • Nars
  • Nivea
  • No. 7
  • Nudestix
  • N.Y.C. New York Color
  • OGX (Organix)
  • OPI
  • Origins
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Revlon
  • Sinful Colors
  • SK II
  • St. Ives
  • Tom Ford

This is in no way a comprehensive list of brands to avoid, just a few big ones that either used to be CF but now sell to China or otherwise mislead consumers into thinking they’re CF.

To learn what makeup is tested on animals, you should conduct your own research with at least some regularity.

Please note that Urban Decay is not on this list.  There’s been a bit of confusion since 2009 when the company announced  plans to expand to the Chinese market but ultimately decided against the move because of the country’s laws [and consumer response] regarding vivisection.  So UD remains cruelty free.

Does any of this information surprise you?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

XO, T

Free $10 Gift Card from Ebates

I’m something of an avid shopper, and I’m kind of obsessed with using Ebates to receive cash back on all my online purchases.

Ebates is a free, no-strings-attached rebate program. Why not earn free money from something you’re already buying anyway?

Through my affiliate link, you can receive a $10 gift card free just for signing up for Ebates.

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Do you do much online shopping?
Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

XO, T

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Christmas Makeup Look 3: Green Liner + Mauve Multistick

Merry Christmas.

In the spirit of the holiday, I’m wearing a little, green feline flick, which barely peeks out past my lashes.

I also received a Sephora order from Santa and obvi had to try out my new Multistick and Lip Luminizer, so maybe this was a little extra for Christmas day with my (extended) family.

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Definition Liquid Makeup (in 4.0)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (in Light Neutral)
  • NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana
  • NYX Colored Felt Tip Liner in Teal (which is actually much more green than teal)
  • Bite Beauty Multistick in Mauvember (limited edition shade to support the Movember Foundation) on cheeks and lips

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

What do you think of this look? Have you gotten in on the statement eyeliner trend?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

XO, T

Christmas Makeup Look 2: Simple Olive Eyes + Two Lip Options

Happy Christmas Eve.

I’m generally very anti matchy makeup the same color as an outfit, but this golden olive eyeshadow doesn’t count as matching my emerald top, right?

Products used:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
  • NYX Banana Powder
  • Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Eye Shimmer Powder in Emerald
  • Wet n Wild balm stain (first picture)
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park (second picture)
This sheer red lip paired with the olive eyeshadow reminds me of something Drew Barrymore might’ve worn in the nineties, which is a vibe I’m all about.
Please ignore my skin; I’ve been eating absolute crap and not drinking nearly enough water.

What do you think of this look?
Do you prefer the red or neutral lip?
Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

XO, T

Christmas Makeup Look 1: Red Lip Classic

This lashy, dewy look creates the perfect canvas for a red lip, if you’re looking for inspiration to wear to a holiday party or really any evening out, especially this time of year.

It’s just my go-to base paired with a classic red lip. The liner itself is a little warmer, but the gloss is a blue based red, which looks good on basically any skin tone and gives the illusion of whiter teeth.

Products used:

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (in the shade 4.0)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (in Light Neutral

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Faint on brows and smudged along upper lash line)

NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana (only where absolutely necessary)

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight

Jordana EasyLiner For Lips in Sedona Red

NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet

(If you’re wondering why my lips look so juicy, I’ll have an upcoming post detailing my liner/gloss process.)

What do you think of this holiday makeup look?

What makeup look(s) are you wearing to Christmas parties this season?

Please leave your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.XO, T

Autumn ’17 Loves & Let Downs

These were originally going to be my Summer L&L’s,  but (in keeping with my perpetual lateness), they’ve been bumped back until now.

Loves

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Super BB Cream
This product has an SPF of 30, which is pretty unheard of in a drugstore (high street) BB/CC product or tinted moisturizer. It also sets to a demi matte finish, which is great for us combination-oilies.  Physycians Formula does have a notoriously narrow shade range, but the shade Light/Medium happens to suit my skin tone quite well in the warmer months. (I’ll probably be switching to Light in the next couple weeks.) Those with deeper, very fair and/or cool-toned skin may need to pass on this product, since there’s only one additional shade in the range: Medium-Deep.

Colourpop Echo Park Ultra Satin Lip
Colourpop’s Ultra Satin formula wears similarly to a traditional creme lipstick. It feels a thousand times more comfortable than its matte counterpart but doesn’t have nearly as much staying power. (It’s here for a good time, not a long time.)
The shade Echo Park is a warm toned neutral that passes as a darkish nude on me but might appear  more orange-y on fairer/cooler skin tones.

NYX Tiramisu Butter Gloss
Sticky enough to last without feeling uncomfortable, NYX Butter Gloss is basically my ideal gloss formulation. Tiramisu is the perfect neutral nude: light but not white. I’ve been especially loving it popped [onto the center of my pout] over Echo Park. This has been my go-to lip combo since like March, especially with a smoky eye.

ELF  Ravishing Rose Moisturizing Lipstick
The shade Ravishing Rose is a great summer alternative to a classic red lip. As the name implies, it’s a perfectly wearable deep-ish rose hue. My favorite way to wear it is as a stain, which exemplifies that lived-in, (dare I say European?) cool girl aesthetic.

Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax

I’m preferring fluffier, unkempt brows over the crispy look/feel of using brow gel/mascara. I ignore the inner like half of my brows (or even backcomb them),then draw this wax under only the outer tail. This same little stick has lasted forever and is so well loved that I’m honestly just guessing the brand and product name, based on the packaging.

Alba Botanica Coconut Cream Lip Balm
I’ve decided to purge all petroleum products from my routine, and this balm has gotten me through the adjustment/detox period.

Banana Republic Fringe Earrings
These have been my go-to statement earrings since I got them. I love everything from the faceted grey stone to the obnoxious gold tassel. They’re equally lovely for dressing up a t-shirt or full-on with a maxi.

Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt
This is the perfect guilt-free snack to satisfy my sweet tooth before bed. It contains zero calories, zero sugar, and zero artificial sweetener. (It does contain stevia, which I honestly haven’t researched enough to know if it’s secretly killing me ala Diet Coke.)

RawBeautiKristi

When this username first popped up in my recommendations, I was like ‘What is this? Another vegan bitch?’ Turns out not only is Kristi not some pretentious vegan food vlogger, she’s a beauty girl with a hilariously raw brand of honesty regarding products and application. Like, can we be friends IRL?

Stranger Things
Obviously. Dustin continues to be my favorite character, although Bob has my heart.

I Prevail’s Blank Space
This hardcore cover of a beloved pop song is everything I didn’t realize I wanted. (I can make the good girls bad for a weekend.)

Let Downs

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter
I had pretty high hopes for this shampoo and conditioner, but they didn’t deliver the hydration my (admittedly dry) hair so badly needs.

What do you think of my Autumn Loves & Let Downs?
Have you tried any of the aforementioned products?
Please share your lovely thoughts in the comment section below.

XO, T

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