External Link – L’Oreal, Bloggers at Center of Latest FTC Violation Mess


Bloggers of any kind, please disclose whether your posts are sponsored! Not only is it deceiving to your followers not to, it is illegal!

Just so you all know, if I were for some reason ever paid to do a post I would most certainly disclose it!

Personally, I don’t think I could ever do something along those lines because I would not give you guys anything but my own opinion.

China’s Animal Testing Laws

Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty has a very informative article about the laws and regulations surrounding cosmetics sold in China. You can view the article here.

I’m providing a brief overview because it’s something that isn’t well explained or understood. I didn’t know a lot of this info, which is why I’m doing a post on it now.

The People’s Republic of China requires that all foreign cosmetic and other such products (such as nail polish and hair products) undergo animal testing if they are to be sold in the country. This does not include Hong Kong, a factor to consider. This only applies to products physically sold in China. It does not apply to online shopping.

Cosmetics manufactured in China are also not subject to this law.

Makeup brands selling in China include –

Please note that this does not mean all of these companies’ brands sell in China as well. For example, L’Oreal sells in China but Urban Decay does not. As always, it is up to you as to which companies you support.

Estee Lauder
Calvin Klein
Rimmel London
Mary Kay
La Roche Posay
Michael Kors
Dolce & Gabbana
Tom Ford

EOS is selling in China

Ok, again I’m behind the times and JUST found out about EOS selling in China. So ignore me if you already knew.

I’m sure there’s others like me who are not aware of this. Of course, it is up to you whether you still support EOS and other brands that are selling in China.

Also, if you’re not aware – animal testing is required by law in The People’s Republic of China for foreign beauty products to be sold there. This does not include Hong Kong (in which companies such as LUSH sell in), and also now does not include cosmetics that are manufactured in China.

You can see a lot of info from Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty here

Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation Swatches

Full size $11.99 (sample size $0.99) at silknaturals.com

I purchased samples to determine which shade would be best and to test out before I committed to buying. They come in little clamshells that hold quite a good amount of product actually.

These samples are obviously swatched on my hand, so it’s not a clear picture of what shade I match with. The 20s are too dark, and personally I believe that C10 is the best match for me, although N10 also works on my skin tone.  I have pretty pale skin but I am in no way towards the warm side, but honestly neutral works for me as well.


I am still experimenting with this foundation, but so far the results don’t seem very good. It seems to be just too heavy of a foundation for my skin. I’m having much better luck with BB Creams and tinted moisturizers for my skin than actual foundation.


Cruelty Free Hair Brands Part 1 – Drugstore

Originally I was going to do an all-in-one post of some cruelty free hair, deodorant, oral hygiene, and other personal products that we all know can be very difficult to find.

I’ve decided to do individual posts now so I can go more in depth and waste less of anyone’s time if they’re only interested in one or two product types. Plus, I figured it would be easier to organize, even if I’m mentioning brands more than once.

I like to feature brands that are commonly found in drugstores as well as other, high end brands. This particular post is gonna cover some drugstore hair products, with another post coming soon.

So, hair care. It’s definitely not the hardest of products to find cruelty free alternatives for, but it can be tricky. A LOT of hair companies boast about “natural” or “organic” ingredients, but that isn’t always true and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s cruelty free!

Bottom line, do your research! PETA and others have lists of cruelty free products and there are links to them and other websites in my “Cruelty Free List and Resources” page.

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Trying Indie Beauty Again

About 6 or so years ago I tried some Indie beauty brands and wasn’t too happy for several reasons. One was that I didn’t have a good job at 18 and I considered it expensive. I also wasn’t really well informed on who to buy from and who to not buy from (I had a bit of an issue with a shady business. Thankfully for me nothing came out of it but I can’t abide by repackaged products.) I quickly fell out of it.

Recently I’ve been viewing Phyrra‘s videos and I think I might give it a second try!

I’m particularly interested in foundations, as my skin has grown suddenly dry.

Soon I’ll do a post with a list of Indie companies I’ve come across and heard about.

The Great Ulta Salon Hair Debacle

My birthday was at the end of April and I received money from my mother as a gift. I decided to get my hair done professionally as a gift, and my boyfriend chipped in as well.

I made an appointment at my ‘local’ Ulta online and I was super excited to get my hair done. I chose Ulta because I figured they would be the best place and they also had Pravana hair color, which is cruelty free.

Let me first point out that my stylist was super nice and friendly, so this obviously isn’t a bad review because she was rude or anything.

This was the photo I showed her that was along the lines of the color I wanted –


A nice light orangey red. Nothing too bright because of my job.

This is what I ended up with –



I didn’t say anything (mistake obviously) because I really liked the color, I didn’t want to cause a fuss or bother her, and I was also afraid that I’d have to pay more to get it fixed. I ended up paying $108 for it BTW, she originally told me it’d be around $70.

Also, though it was bright, I figured that my hair was going to be under a hat so it wasn’t a huge deal. Everything was great until I actually got to work 2 days later and realized just how bright my hair actually was.

In the lighting at work, my hair looked fluorescent and almost pink! That was definitely NOT what I wanted or paid $100 for. After washing it a few times with no results, I sent Ulta an email explaining my situation.

Pictures don’t really do the color justice


I eventually got a call back and made an appointment to get it fixed. The day of I get a call that the stylist called out ill and rescheduled me the following Monday, despite me saying that I had to get my hair fixed because of work (HR person saw me without a hat before I was clocked in and complained, sigh….) I sent another email to Ulta and shortly after I got a phone call from the store saying they could get me in the next morning.

So after all this back and forth, I finally got into Ulta last Wednesday and got my hair fixed, yay!

Here is the final result!


I am actually very in love with this color! It’s been about 10 years since I’ve had dark hair and I didn’t think I’d ever go back to it.
I cannot say I’ll ever go back to Ulta (or to any other professional place for that matter right now) but I’m really glad they fixed their mistake, even though it took a bit of effort and complaining to actually get results.