Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette

I do believe this will be the palette of 2017. The one we'll all rave about at the end of the year. The one that sold out for the 3rd time on Sephora... and it is limited edition so they won't restock forever.

But what a bank-breaking, "I can't believe I paid this much for eye shadow", beauty it is. This is my first and only ND item... might be the only one for a long while. Need time to fill the hole this purchase made in my bank account :) Regardless of it's cost, I have no regrets... see below.
If you love warm shadow, and have the change to spare, and you find it in stock... then by all means treat yourself... because this one is gorgeous. One of a kind in my collection and definitely a gem I'll get a lot of joy out of.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Fig & Meringue

Found this sweet little duo in the temptation aisle as I was waiting to check out at Sephora one day.  Couldn't resist because I have wanted Fig for a very long time, I just didn't want to splurge on a full sized version... but two minis made perfect sense.
 I love Bite lipsticks. They're soft, creamy, uber comfortable to wear with a light lemony scent (to my nose at least).  Fig on the left and Meringue on the right. I reach for Fig more often, but they are both lovely.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Marc Jacobs Highliner - Deja Blue (57)

I saw this blue, picked it up, drew a line on the back of my hand.. and even knowing that it won't be reached for often I could not leave it behind. Because until I acquired this pencil I truly did not own a blue this pale... and the makeup lover in me just had to have it.

I'm not the only one who loves it. It has sold out online at Sephora (actually most of the shades from the matte collection appear to be out of stock), and in-store stock was low too (the locations I tend to frequent anyways - Eaton Centre, Bloor-Yonge, Eglinton-Yonge :)). Hopefully they replenished the shelves for the spring sale that started yesterday (depending on your membership level).

Because at $31CAD a pop any discount is a good discount.
Even though I'm dangerously close to 40, I'm not about to succumb to some "40+ makeup rule", which seems to be matte-neutrals only.... don't get me wrong I love my matte-neutrals but I also love glitter and colour. My makeup choices might not be yours, but that's what makes makeup fun.

And this shade is all fun, on the lower waterline for that eye opening/brightening effect, or just straight on your lash line because that's what the day called for.
I love it.

The serious drawback is the price, wish it was $10 bucks cheaper; because there are 4 other MJ pencils I'd love to own... but the price makes my almost 40 hands tremble :)

PS. At the time of posting this entry MJ Beauty is cruelty-free.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Going Cruelty Free

Tomorrow Sephora's spring sale starts (for VIB Rouge members at least)... I was reviewing my online basket, and it struck me that I want all my products to be cruelty free. It was sudden  and immediate, and since I have access to high-speed internet, I can not pretend ignorance of "I did not know"...

I don't have a transition period for most things... it just happens all at once, and I can't and don't want to ease myself into it. I just adapt, don't regret and move one. Example, for years I had long hair, and I mean loooong... one day I just could not deal with one more tangle, and just chopped it all off... no regrets... freedom and lightness instead. Yoga... April of last year... signed up started going 5-7 days a week and and still going strong (can't do any kind of arm balance, but here's to someday). Diet... when I'm onto something I'm onto it... when I'm not, I'm not. I don't know if that makes sense... it's just a part of who I am.

So cruelty-free... and I mean completely, because a brand might claim to be cruelty free but if you sell your products in China you're not (there that's the law). Example, Jurlique... one of my (now past) faves. Once China's laws change and Jurlique updates their page, I'll be happy to spend my money on this brand again.

If you're owned by a parent company that tests on animals, you're not (in my books at least). This might be a bit of a grey area... because you can view it as by supporting the cruelty-free brand you're sending a message to the parent, that hey maybe you should re-think your practices. Example, NARS is cruelty free, but they are owned by Shiseido which is not.

If I can't find your position on animal testing, or your status is muddled, you're out. Example, Peter Thomas Roth claims it's cruelty free but can't vouch for any of their ingredient suppliers.

So let me tell you when I made this decision, I felt sudden lightness, and removed everything that did not fit the bill from my basket and loves list. I felt as if I physically decluttered my life. The idea that my future (and some current) makeup/skin care has not been worn by an animal feels right.

Now lets back peddle a bit... because I've been a beauty junkie for years... and my collection includes a lot of products from brands who do test on animals... EL being one of them. I don't plan to trash it, I just plan to be more conscientious consumer from now on, use up what I can, and hope beauty practices change.