Roots to My Cruelty-Free Lifestyle

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It’s been a month since I’ve shared a new post with you. Now I know this blog is intended for beauty products but I wanted to share the root as to why I became cruelty-free in the first place.

The past months have been very difficult ones especially last month. I was focusing on my little pumpkin, my dog, who passed away from cancer. He passed away three days before his birthday since the cancer had spread rapidly. You’re probably wondering what does my dog have to do with my cruelty-free lifestyle or you might have already guessed he’s the reason I went cruelty-free. As a teenager, I would use products carelessly not knowing if an animal had to suffer or die to have those products made. Products like Garnier Fructis or Herbal Essences. Those commercials made it seem like a shampoo can do more than make your hair smell good. My young self thought that if it were featured on tv then it must be helluva good product. Well, mainly because my mom purchased the products first and so I’d use them out of curiosity but before using P&G or Garnier products I started with L’oreal for kids. Such a fun deceiving packaging that attracted a child’s attention when shopping at the shampoo isle with mom. Our young minds are not aware of this kind of information if we are not educated on it first.

The unfortunate reality is that to have a product sold in the market it must first be approved by FDA after passing safety tests. Here is a graph of the process cycle based on my own market research.

After I got my dog, so many thoughts and questions came to mind. I slowly started educating myself on animal rights and that’s when my passion was born. I’d stare at my pup and wondered if dogs out there are loved the way he was. It became obvious to me that animals have feelings after hearing his cries, barks or growls as a way of communicating with me. As I continued my research, I learned more about animals being used for experiments, food, clothing, entertainment and such. Disgusted and enraged with the fact that companies pay to have their products tested before a consumer uses it. I began to look at every product in my household (including my dog’s stuff) to see if the back of the label had “Not Tested on Animals” printed on it. Well, well, well, to my surprise Herbal Essences did not have that printed and so I was in the search for a new product and found V05 for my hair and St.Ives* for my face. My aunt was selling Avon and decided to give it a try after learning they are also cruelty free. I was hooked on the shower gels and shampoos/conditioners that I couldn’t believe how quickly I had replaced a product that continues to torture animals, to a product that not only worked but was cruelty free.

I credit my dog for making me the person I am today. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been vegan and cruelty-free. He helped open my mind into learning more about other living beings. It took strength and tears to write this post after reminiscing memorable moments with my pumpkin.

Every year, an estimate of 115 million animals are tested on, let alone 1.5 million animals are tested on cosmetics.

*St. Ives (no longer cruelty free) is now owed by Unilever, a company who continues to perform animal testing on it’s products.

Sephora To Stop Selling Mink Lashes

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Cruelty-free beauty consumers can finally celebrate some good news this year. Sephora has just vowed to stop selling mink lashes both online and in-store. After receiving some pressure from PETA to end the sale of mink lashes, Sephora has decided to phase mink lashes out of its stock.

PETA shared the great news on their Instagram page with the following statement: “After a powerful PETA campaign and more than 280,000 emails from concerned shoppers like you, Sephora has BANNED fur eyelashes! The world’s leading beauty retailer will only purchase synthetic or faux-fur lashes going forward.”⁣


PETA’s campaign also included a video of a fur farm highlighting the horrors minks endure for false lashes.

“As we pointed out in our letters to Sephora, mink fur typically comes from fur farms, which are often laden with maggots, feces, and dead animals (along with COVID-19 now, too). PETA’s undercover investigations have revealed that on these hellish, filthy farms, stressed minks frantically pace and circle endlessly inside small wire cages—during one eyewitness exposé, a mink even chewed through a cage until her face was bloody.” a statement from PETA reads.

Sephora confirms its remaining stock mink lashes will be the last it ever carries. “At Sephora, we have always been committed to upholding the highest standards of beauty, and we take our responsibility to communicate transparently and honestly with our clients about the products we carry seriously,” the statement reads. “As we shared with PETA, earlier this year we had already decided to begin phasing mink products out of our assortment in 2020. We have only ever offered products our clients can trust and we stand by the people and partners who have made the Sephora experience what it is today.”

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You can also read a past blog post on mink lashes published a few months ago.

New elf x Jkissa Collection

e.l.f collaborates again, this time with Jkissa.

New elf x Jkissa Collaboration Launching Dates:

Early access May 25th on elf’s site for beauty squad members only

May 27th for everyone 

May 29th Ulta Online Only

May 31st Ulta stores 

This limited edition collection is vegan and cruelty free.

To The Rescue Palette features 18 shades for $20 
Tsuki To My Heart Eyeshadow Duo $12
Furever Brush Set features 6 brushes $25

For every photo posted in June 2020 on Instagram w/ hashtag #eyeslipsfacepaws, e.l.f cosmetics will donate $1 (up to$25,000) to Angel City Pit Bulls (ACPB), Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for pit bulls through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support. To donate click here

Hand Sanitizer

Pro Sanitize Hand Sanitizer – 8oz Bottle

A friend of mine found this hand sanitizer in 7-Eleven for $6. I decided why not give it a try. I must say, if you use an excess amount it may cause hands to feel sticky. My hands are very sensitive and using this dries them out even more, although right now it is not the time to be picky when it comes to hand sanitizers.

Pro Sanitize cruelty-free Hand Sanitizer is formulated to kill most common germs that cause illness. All necessary measures have been followed for the product to comply with PETA and FDA guidelines. Pro Sanitize promotes clean and healthy hygiene for you and your family, literally at your fingertips.

Pro Sanitize premium 8oz Hand Sanitizer gel helps stop germs in their tracks.

– Formulated & Made with Care in Gardena, California, USA.

– Waterless Hand Sanitizer Gel

– Active Ingredient: 70% Ethyl Alcohol – Helps Kill Germs

-Vegan

-Sulfate-Free

-Paraben-Free

-Cruelty-Free

❤️Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas❤️

Whether if it’s for your valentine or your “gal”entine, here are some must haves for this special day.

Nest New York
Collection starts from $16-$72
This scent features Rose de Mai and smoky oud combined with hints of incense, black leather, and patchouli.
THE RITUAL OF SAKURA
Renewing Treat
$20.80 $26.00
This wonderful luxury wrapped gift pack contains a shower foam (50ml), body scrub (70ml), body cream (70ml) and hand soap (110ml). Enjoy the fabulous aromas of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. Keep the gift box to store great memories of love day. 💕
Intimate Health Kit
$52.49

Combines essentials for your well-being, pleasure and intimacy every step of the way.
The Killer works to maintain your vaginal pH within a normal acidic range, balancing yeast and odor-causing bacteria.
pH Balancing Cleanser is an OB/GYN-recommended, safe and gentle external cleanser that won’t disrupt vaginal flora.
Sex Stuff is a personal lubricant formulated for women made from good-for-you ingredients.
Gentle ingredients in our Do It All Wipes help maintain a woman’s healthy microbiome.

COCONUT CRUSH IT KIT
$22.50

Made with clean, crisp tones of coconut and lime and packed with a blend of natural emollient oils and antioxidant rich fruit extracts like pineapple and cranberry, our washes and wipes nourish skin and won’t disrupt your natural pH so everything stays in check.

SweetSpot Coconut Crush It Kit includes:
Coconut Lime Gentle Wash (8.0 oz.)
Coconut Lime On-The-Go Wipes (30 ct)
Travel Size Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash (1.0 oz.)
Lilly Lashes
Miami Faux Mink Lashentine Set
Only at Ulta Beauty
Price$26.00
Kiko Milano Magnetic Attraction line
Starts at $9-18
Le Labo ROSE 31
Notes: rose absolute, cumin, vetiver, musks, cedar, agarwood, olibanium, amber, guaiacwood, cistus.

Madam CJ Walker

February is the month when black history is celebrated. African American hair care products wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the legendary Sarah Breedlove, born in 1867 to parents who had been enslaved. She is better known as Madam CJ Walker. In 1905, Walker released her own specialized products after suffering from scalp alignment that later resulted into hair loss. The company became so successful that it soon made her one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She owned and operated her own successful business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

Discovery collection kit at QVC
Newspaper ad from 1915

Before the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture products, there was an original product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, specifically made to condition and heal scalp issues after she started losing her own hair. Though loss of hair was very common due to infrequent hair washes at the time and not many hair products for black women were available then.

Walker explained how her products came to be: “God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”

In 2016, Sundial Brands launched the hair care line Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture which is available at Sephora.

To keep her legacy alive, Sundial, (acquitted by Unilever as of Nov 2017) the company that now owns Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture products, has taken their part in donating financially to continue the mission to create educational platforms and opportunities for women. Sundial announced a fund of $100 million dedicated to support women of color entrepreneurs.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line

“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.” ~Madam CJ Walker

Go Cruelty-Free this Christmas 🎄

Here are some reasons to choose cruelty-free products (in my opinion):

1. You’ll feel glad you didn’t spend money on a product that caused the life of a living being. 🐁 🐀 🐇🐕🐈 That body, bath or cosmetic product will make you feel guilt free.

2. Affordable, well some not all. Depending on the awesome brand of course. 💲

3. Believe it or not, you saved an animal’s life by choosing compassion over cruelty. 🐁

4. Decreased the sales of companies that continue to test on animals 🚫

5. Better results!

6. Smell. Natural smell ahh 😌

7. If don’t mind spending a few cents more, your body will thank you for the natural ingredients too.

8. Animal testing harms the environment 🌎 yes it’s bad for our planet.

Wishing you all,

Choose compassion! ❤️

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* hat purchased from EverythingVegan

SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Collection

The SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Scrub ($11.99) came free with an Ulta purchase. After trying it, I was so amazed with the smell that I decided to get the body lotion and body wash ($10.99 each). I was able to use a 20% off coupon on top of getting the body wash for 40% off the reg price.

img_5178.jpg(Ulta has these on sale for buy 1, get one 40% off until Dec 24th)

What is purple rice water??

The Purple Rice Water line’s key ingredient is also known as “forbidden rice.” This ingredient was once withheld from the public in which only the wealthy and royals in Ancient China were allowed to use. Purple rice originates from Japanese rice and is technically a type of grass seed. Its growth can be traced back as far as 2500 B.C. It has many benefits specially for hair. Rice water is commonly used by Japanese women, also referred to as Yu-Su-Ru and used as daily hair routine for stronger and shinier locks.  This ingredient has high concentration of anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that works to help skin recover from and protect against environmental damage. When used on skin it purifies, brightens and calms skin, which results in a radiant complexion.

This is what Kimberly Paige, the Chief Operating and Brand Officer for Sunidal Brands (manufacturer of SheaMoisture) had to say about the collection line:

“When diving deeper into the benefits of Purple Rice Water, we knew that a full-range collection, inclusive of hair, skin, and body offerings, would be the most impactful. The high content of hydrating vitamins B and E, and amino acids found in Purple Rice Water are powerful yet gentle, making this collection ideal for those with dry hair weakened by color treatments. Purple Rice Water is beneficial for those with dry skin and uneven skin tone. The wild orchid and papaya extracts work synergistically to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells due to naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids, resulting in a clearer complexion.”

Shop more from this collection:
Purple Rice Water Hair
Strength + Color Care Conditioner ($10.99)
Strength + Color Care Masque ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Oil Serum ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Primer & Styler ($12.99)
Strength + Color Care Shampoo ($10.99)
Purple Rice Water Skin
Velvet Skin Cleansing Face Polish ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Facial Mask ($15.99)
Velvet Skin Gel Cream ($12.99)
Purple Rice Water Body
Velvet Skin Bar Soap ($5.99)
Velvet Skin Body Lotion ($10.99)
Velvet Skin Body Scrub ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Body Wash ($10.99)

 

You can save more by using these coupons at Ulta