Cruelty Free Roundup – 4 month to catch up!

An in depth update of everything that's happening in the cruelty free world and the progress being made on all fronts

Hey there cruelty free lovers!

Before writing this post I went back to see what were the last updates and when the last roundup was. I am ashamed to say it was 4 months ago! There hasn’t been a cruelty free roundup since MARCH.

Since then a lot of stuff has been going on though, so let’s dig in deep and start catching up. Some is good, some is bad but we’ll take it all in stride.

Here we go: Continue reading Cruelty Free Roundup – 4 month to catch up!

Hot Tresses Hair Rehab

Hot Tresses Rehab Plan will completely change your hair. It is also cruelty and vegan!

I have a Samson-like relationship with my hair. It is my best feature and I have always relied on it.
But recently, maybe for the last year or so, my hair and I haven’t been on the best of terms. Why? Because since moving to Italy the constant humidity and tough water have made my hair completely unmanageable!
It’s become dry and frizzy and all around miserable. I sensed I was losing my power!

So, after 6 months of only wearing my hair up I decided to really invest and ordered the Hot Tresses Hair Rehab Treatment. I came across Hot Tresses on Instagram when someone mentioned they were in the 2015 Oscars swag bags for all the stars. The appeal of using the same products as Jennifer Lawrence was just too strong. Continue reading Hot Tresses Hair Rehab

June LaRitzy Box

The LaRitzy monthly subscription box was packed full of cruelty free and vegan skincare and makeup in June 2016

June has come and gone and the LaRitzy July subscription boxes will be shipped out in a week. But just as June was ending my box arrived (it did have to get all the way to Italy).
So, even though this is a little late, I’m going to review it for you anyway.

Quite a big piece of news before we get started – this week LaRitzy subscribers received an email explaining Continue reading June LaRitzy Box

Cruelty Free – Am I Doing it Right?

Are you cruelty free enough? are you using the right brands? consulting the right lists? The answer is there is no such thing, everyone is doing it out of love for animals, the only piece of information you need.

Hi amazingly patient readers!
Popping in during a small study break for a short post and then I dive back into my books. One more month of exams to go!

I wanted to talk today about something I’ve have been thinking of for a while. Lately I have been seeing a sort of hesitation going around regarding going cruelty free. People don’t know if they are doing it right? who can they trust? one person says a certain brand is cruelty free and another says it isn’t. It all gets very confusing.

First of all, being cruelty free is a choice one doesn’t make lightly. The decision usually comes following a period of some thought about the process. You might go back and forth, have some thoughts about it, wonder how difficult it would be.
But that’s always what it is – a process. Continue reading Cruelty Free – Am I Doing it Right?

Lily Lolo Mineral Blushes

Mineral blushes by Lily Lolo come in 13 shades, are highly pigmented and have a reasonable price tag

Lily Lolo is a brand I have already talked about (remember?). They are based in the UK but have been spreading like crazy internationally. They have a UK site, a USA/Canada site and are sold by various distributors throughout the world.
Their popularity stems from them being a much trusted green beauty brand with mostly vegan products (not all).
I found them after looking to switch foundations and fell in love. I now use their mineral foundation all the time and have difficulty switching to liquid on the off occasion more coverage is needed (reminder).

First time I went on their site I was so mesmerized I almost bought everything, including some very good mineral blushes. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading Lily Lolo Mineral Blushes

Make Me Blush by Barry M

Barry M Make Me Blush cream stick blushes - easy to use, compact, long lasting and Cruelty Free/Vegan

As it turns out – I am in love with cream blushes. They are so blendable, easy to use and most times I just use my fingers instead of a brush. There are no powders flying everywhere when traveling and they are much more durable for an accident prone person like myself who can barely take two steps without tripping, let alone maintain the integrity of my makeup. Things crash to the ground all the time!

If you recall, the first ones I tried were by Neve Cosmetics. Then one day while browsing Asos (my favorite site), I came across the Barry M Make Me Blush cream blushes. I thought the idea was excellent, since they come in a stick form and can be applied directly to the cheeks without even using fingers or a brush.

Let’s see if they are any good.
Continue reading Make Me Blush by Barry M

April LaRitzy Box

A full review of the April LaRitzy subscription beauty box. All vegan, all cruelty free!

For anyone who doesn’t know about the LaRitzy box yet, it is a vegan and cruelty free subscription box. I started my subscription in February (go here to remember) and really liked the box contents then. Plus the value was crazy.

For the April box I was so so on the content. The product quality is great as always, and a few items surprised me, but some items I could live without. Although, when getting a subscription box, that’s a risk one has to take.

Funny story: when I went to get the box from the post office the guy at the counter shook the box and said it sounds like there’s something broken inside. If it sounds broken WHY CONTINUE SHAKING IT?? Continue reading April LaRitzy Box

Just Chill! (Why Stress is Bad)

Everybody knows that stress is bad for the mind and the body. Here's an in depth explanation why

In the modern world stress is practically inevitable. People rushing to make deadlines, do a good job, pass that oh so important test or impress someone who really couldn’t care less.
It’s something we burden ourselves with on a daily basis without realizing just how traumatic it is, not only to our minds but also to our bodies.

Doctors are always saying we should relax more and that many are suffering as a result of the constant, daily pressure we out upon ourselves. But why exactly?
How does that stressed out feeling in your head translate into your body’s physiology? Continue reading Just Chill! (Why Stress is Bad)

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer

The Primed and Poreless Primer by high end brand Too Faced is one of the best around

If I’m honest I didn’t understand why primers existed and why I should use one.
My morning makeup routine has already made me late more than once to classes, so adding another step would just make everything take longer.

But after hearing so much about the Too Faced primers (and receiving a nice paycheck) I thought I would give one a try. The one I chose was the Primed and Poreless primer because I tend to have an oily T-zone and was afraid the Hangover one, boasting moisturizing properties, would be too much.

That being said, let’s get to reviewing. Continue reading Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer

Cruelty Free Mascara

A comparison of 3 cruelty free mascaras from 3 leading brands

Today lets talk about mascaras.
Who doesn’t love a good mascara? I know I do because it really is such a makeup basic. Even if you don’t own anything else you probably own at least one mascara. It’s like the perfect pair of jeans – no matter what you pair it with you’ll look great.

Now, if you allow me a moment to be vain, I can tell you that I give good lash. My lashes are long and thick so just a smidgen of mascara makes them look great. The ones I typically look for are those that separate well and lengthen because I love long doll lashes.

But with every good there is a bad. Although my lashes are great, a couple of years ago a horrible thing happened – my eyes became very allergic to many cosmetics. I don’t know what component I’m allergic to exactly, but every product that goes near my eyes has the potential to make them swell. Which is why I go through so many mascaras trying to find THE ONE. Continue reading Cruelty Free Mascara