“Thanks, but I don’t shop at The Body Shop”

I was reading another blog the other day by a vegan author.  She reviewed a lot of products on her page suitable for vegans which I 100% applaud.  One of these blogs was on make-up brushes by ELF.  If you flick through my blog you will know I like ELF products and own some but I thought I would ask if she had ever tried The Body Shop brushes as those are by far my fave brushes for softness and the response was “Thanks, but I don’t shop at The Body Shop”.

While I am aware that Loreal bought The Body Shop and this has put some cruelty free shoppers off buying from them, I am not in that group of people.  I believe that when we vote with our feet and buy cruelty free it shows Loreal how important it is that they invest more money into making their business, as a whole, cruelty free.

So that begs the question, where do you draw the line? I wonder if this person still goes to a supermarket like Tesco/Asda to buy their vegan butter, cheese, milk etc because surely by the standard that she wouldn’t shop in The Body Shop because that purchase ultimately is with Loreal who do test on animals, then she should not shop in Tesco/Asda as they also retail products by brands which are not cruelty free as well as meat.  Further still, the problem with ELF is that they retail products at such a low cost that we can only assume that those who make these products in China can not be paid an ethical and fair wage.  Is that not worse than shopping from a store which is cruelty free but owned by a larger company which is not?  Or do our ethics only apply to animals?

I didn’t push her on the issue because I felt it would be futile but I just wanted to voice my opinion on the matter and say to people, if you want your cosmetics to be cruelty free then please buy from cruelty free brands to show that cruelty free is what we want.  It is my opinion that this is the only way to encourage more brands to change their ways.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you deem The Body Shop as a store you should not shop from? And if so do you still do your grocery shop at a store that defy your own morals?

(I will also add that I did make sure Younique were cruelty free before I signed up with them and they are seeking their leaping bunny – but please note that their range is not 100% vegan)

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LGNS London goodies in the post!

I’m sure I am not alone in loving when I get a parcel in the post.  This morning was no exception when the order I placed on Sunday evening arrived from LGNS London! Super speedy delivery saying as it was free and could only have been posted yesterday.

If you read my Sunday evening blog, you will know I was excited to recieve this one.  Ethical perfume isn’t exactly something easy to find on every high street.

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Well packaged items all securely wrapped in pretty tissue papers.

Everything was so well wrapped, right down to the card which was scented with Serenity to let me sample it.  It’s a beautiful scent and I will definitely be buying it soon.  I might even go as far as to say I think I like the sample more than the Roses and Diamonds (but both are beautiful scents).

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This was in the pretty blue paper and was scented in Serenity (which was beautiful!)

Even upon opening the perfume there was yet more pretty pink paper surrounding the bottle to keep it safe in transit.

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This is how the bottle was wrapped inside the box

The perfume itself is lovely, quite sweet and almost a bit of coconut in there behind the rose scent? Regardless, it smells exactly like the family of scents I normally like.  To give you an idea, I love Miss Dior Cherrie and La Vie Est Belle and thinking about it, the bottle is actually quite similar to that of Miss Dior Cherrie.

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The lip gloss and Mascara that I was surprised to be getting free are also fantastic.  The lip gloss isn’t sticky when going on (I hate sticky lip gloss!) and looks very natural.  The item looks quite asthetically pleasing too which is nice as who wants to own a cheap looking lip gloss?

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Lip gloss opened

The mascara has a nice rubbery mascara wand tip rather than the bristle ones which I tend to find clump after a few months of being used.  They really made a good difference to my lashes.  I would say the effect is better than that of my previous one from Lush but that may be down to me finding it easier to build the layers with the longer wand this mascara offers (the Eyes Right Mascara wand is very short and stubby) or the fact that this one has a rubbery tip while Eyes Right has bristles.

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Mascara wand

I would happily give LGNS London 10/10 for their service, both speed and customer service skills with including my sample scent in with my delivery as per my email request.  They may be a small company when compared to the big wigs in the cosmetics industry but they offer quality products that I would not hesitate to recommend.  I am also in love with the fact they are supported by the BUAV and that their products are made in the UK, thus supporting the local ecconomy.

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The all important leaping bunny was easy to photograph on the mascara

Check them out for yourself and I guarentee you will not fail to be satisfied.

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Make-up brushes and nail art!

As we are currently doing make up in college and brushes didn’t come in our kits, I need to buy myself a set.

I have to say, I didn’t realise it would be so hard to decide on what brushes to get.  I know some people in my class are going for the like of Mac but my problem is I want to buy from an animal friendly company…which Mac is not.  My desire would be:

  • Animal Friendly
  • Eco Friendly
  • Cost Effective
  • Good Quality Brushes

With my list in mind, I managed to shortlist two companies, they are The Body Shop and EcoTools.

Knowing that I have a few brushes from The Body Shop in my own make-up bag that are so soft and enjoyable to use however they do work out quite costly to buy a full set.  I also don’t love that The Body Shop despite all their positives are owned by Loreal.

I also have been browsing the EcoTools brushes.  The reviews look great and with them being on a 3 for 2 offer in the store I work in along with staff discount I would get a fairly good price for them.  I also love that they are made from recycled materials and are not tested on animals.  However I am yet to use these brushes and don’t know what they feel like?  If I can find somebody with a few of these brushes that would let me test them out they could be perfect.

I had checked Ebay for inspiration and the prices seem to be fantastic for the EcoTools brush sets, but there is always the worry that they are fakes.

I know not all beauty therapy students will struggle so much to come to a conclusion of what brushes to buy and will go straight to the best value or biggest brand they can find at a good price.  However I find it important to start as I mean to go on and am trying to build my kit with all the things I will want to use when I am fully qualified.

On another note, I was browsing some Halloween nail art ideas to get inspiration from other folks designs and I came across a lady called Robin Moses.  Wow, this lady is amazing at what she does! And so I want to share her YouYube channel with you all www.RobinMoses.com

Enjoy and be inspired!