National Lash Day

Choose cruelty-free lashes today. These lashes are sold online only at Ulta. You can also find them at their site lasplashcosmetics.com

❤️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.

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! ❤️

Look for these logos

* hat purchased from EverythingVegan

KVD Beauty Sale

Sephora is having a sale on a selection of Kat Von D beauty products as well as the KVD site. They are cutting down on certain collections to make room for new ones at Sephora retail stores. KVD beauty made it clear on their Instagram that they’re not going anywhere so they’ll remain in business.

Say goodbye forever to their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick that will be discontinued in:

A-Go-Go, Armageddon, Ayesha, Bachelorette, Bahau5, Beloved, Crucifix, Dagger, Damned, Dreamer, K-Dub, L.U.V, Malice, Melancholia, Muñeca, Noble, Ophelia, Requiem, Sanctuary, Susperia and Woolf.

Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in:

Crush, Coven, Crucifix, Gold Blooded, Ludwig, Mercy, Nayeon, Ophelia, Ozzy, Piaf, Prayer, Poe, Sanctuary, Zero

Everlasting Glimmer Veil is $5!!! (Reg $22)

Cute bundle that makes a great Christmas gift

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Oh My Lashes!!

If you’re like me with little lashes then you understand the struggle of having to reapply false lashes constantly. Lashes have become popular throughout the years, lashes became a fascination because they made the eyes appear bigger and brighter. It wasn’t until 1911 when a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash; creating the strip lash. Hers was a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs and adhesive according to The New York Times. 1911-taylor.jpg

Nineteenth century hairdresser, Charles Nessler (1903) began selling boxed pairs of artificial strip eyelashes made from human hair attached to ‘fish-skin’ – also known as isinglass – made from fish swim bladders. Later versions of his strip lashes, became known as Nestolashes which were available in Brown, Dark Brown and Black shades.

The first person that comes in mind when I think of false lashes is Twiggy. Fast forward to the 1960’s, this trend took a turn when cultural icon Lesley Hornby also known as Twiggy began wearing both top and bottom faux eyelashes (a strip on top and painted out lashes on the bottom). It increased the demand for false eyelashes. The 1963 release of the film ‘Cleopatra’ also stimulated sales.

In 1962, Eylure introduced fur lashes often labeled as ‘mink’ made from seal skin. They were heavier and hotter to wear so they weren’t recommended to wear generally  during cold climates or used for evening wear.

Mink lashes have become popular in this century that many cosmetic companies have been releasing their own. I have noticed many different brands of mink lashes and most of those are labeled as “cruelty free”. But are they really cruelty-free? Mink eyelashes can never be “ethical.” The majority of the lashes may be labeled as cruelty free but suppliers of mink fur serve one purpose and that is to deceive consumers.

Most brands marketing mink lashes refer to them as being ‘cruelty-free’ made from hair collected by brushing minks or by collecting fallen hair.

Truth is, these animals are naturally scared of humans so being forcefully held to have their fur combed would be terrifying for them and likely lead to aggression. The reality is that minks are kept separately in cramped wire cages on fur farms in highly unsanitary conditions. A typical mink cage measuring 70cm by 40cm. Minks that are trapped on fur farms are electrocuted, bludgeoned, or gassed, or have their necks broken, and their skins are torn from their bodies while they’re still conscious. European minks have become endangered species due to negatively being impacted by human activities. Minks are always kept in those conditions because they are ‘aggressive, solitary animals,’ meaning that those ‘free-range’ claims are a lie.

According to a PETA investigation, minks were denied the opportunity to bathe, swim, burrow, or do anything else that’s natural and important to them and often denied even basic necessities such as food, water, and medical care.

Although you may not be directly purchasing lashes from a fur supplier, mink eyelashes and eyebrows support a terrible industry and animal suffrage. There is nothing humane or “ethical” about depriving these animals of their behavioral and physiological needs. Fur-farming is nothing more than a horror movie. So before you apply your lovely lashes, make sure they are ‘Faux Mink’ or synthetic. We are living in a new century where fur is no longer needed not even in eyelashes.

Here are some brands that sell cruelly obtained mink lashes:

  • Cosmetic Laser Clinic
  • Flirty Lashes
  • Klepki Lashes
  • Lash Bar Australia
  • Lash House
  • The Lash Store
  • MINK MINK
  • Velour Lashes by Redefining Beauty
  • Lily Lashes (Faux mink option available)

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There’s many great alternatives available like

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These are my favorite by far

Make the right choice and ditch mink lashes, trade them for cruelty-free faux mink lashes, featherlight or human hair lashes.

 There’s many more selections available as long as it’s not “(real) mink lashes”. Beautify yourself the ethical way.

 

Ulta is having a great deal on certain lashes for 30% off until Nov 17th. Get this deal now!!

National Lipstick Day 💄

In celebration, here’s a little history on lipstick:

According to the book “Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick,” Queen Schub-ad of Mesopotamia made a paste from white lead and crushed red rocks to color her lips, from there she created a lipstick. It made its way to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Somehow it survived through the Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance.

In 1927, French Chemist, Paul Baudercroux invented a formula he called ‘Rouge Baiser’ considered to be the first kiss-proof lipstick. Ironically, Rouge Baiser was long-lasting that it was banned from purchasing after being considered too hard to remove.

In the 1930’s another element of lipstick formulas’ was invented by cosmetic company Max Factor. The lip gloss!

By the 1950s, chemist Helen Bishop invented a new version of long-lasting lipstick called ‘No-Smear Lipstick‘.

In 1973 Bonnie Bell introduced, ‘Lip Smackers’, flavored lipstick. These became an instant hit for the younger consumers.

In modern times, the variety of colors and formulas of lipsticks available are outstanding. According to a survey, on an average, women in U.S. spend more than $3500 dollars on lipstick in their lifetime.

National Lipstick Day is an annual event that falls on July 29th. As of 2016, award-winning beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern-day founder of National Lipstick Day. Lipstick wearers like to celebrate this day by purchasing a new shade of lipstick or just wear an old favorite.

Check out these smoochy deals👇🏼

Note: not ALL lipsticks listed on Ulta offers are cruelty free!

Free lipstick??

Certain stores and brands are giving away free lipstick or offering great deals such as Urban Decay, Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverley Hills, ColourPop, Target and Macy’s.

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” -Coco Chanel 💋

National Ice Cream Day 🍨🍦

National Ice Cream Day falls on the 3rd Sunday in July.

Did you know? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month making National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.

Fun fact: In the United States, the Quaker colonists opened the first ice cream shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Celebrate this day by applying some ice cream inspired makeup using #NationalIceCreamDay in social media.

Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Sale Must Haves

Sales, who doesn’t love them?! It’s like Christmas in July. I picked out some can’t miss out beauty finds. Grab ’em before they’re gone.

A two-piece set by HOURGLASS featuring everything you need for gorgeous, voluminous lashes and lips. The set includes Caution Extreme Lash Mascara and Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss in exclusive, limited-edition Spark

Jumbo-size Moisture Repair Shampoo (16.9 oz.): a shampoo that restores hair damaged by chemical processing, color or heat styling.

– Jumbo-size Moisture Repair Conditioner (16.9 oz.): a conditioner that detangles and conditions to leave hair hydrated, strong and manageable.

– Travel-size Treatment (0.5 oz.): an award-winning, revolutionary hair product that created the buzz on argan oil.

– Ceramic Paddle Brush: a brush for all hair types made with high-quality materials and ionic and ceramic properties that combine cutting-edge construction with a comfortable, effortless experience whether you’re styling your own hair or someone else’s.

A flawless trio of Laura’s favorite skin-perfecting bestsellers for primed and perfect skin.

Foundation Primer primes skin for a natural finish and helps your makeup last longer, too. Translucent Loose Setting Powder mattifies, reduces and controls shine and sets your makeup for 12 hours. Secret Brightening Powder for Undereyes sets and brightens your undereye makeup.

– Travel-size Foundation Primer

– Travel-size Translucent Loose Setting Powder with Velour Puff

– Full-size Secret Brightening Powder for Undereyes

A three-piece set that features everything you need to set your makeup look for 16 hours of just-applied wear.

– Bounce + Blend Makeup Sponge

– All Nighter Setting Spray (8.11 oz. jumbo-size and 0.1 oz. travel-size)

A set of ultra-luxe makeup essentials that includes Pretty Rich Diamond Light Eyeshadow Palette, filled with dazzling colors. The set also includes Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Raisin The Roof and, for the richest lashes possible, Better Than Sex Mascara.

A trio of skin-revivers with coconut water that work together to boost radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate skin. Includes a full-size Hangover Good in Bed Ultra-Replenishing Hydrating Serum, full-size Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray and travel-size Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.

A limited-edition set of full-size nude lip products, GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor in XYZ (cinnamon beige) and GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick in Crush (soft neutral pink) plus a double ended lip brush for perfect application.

A trio of full-sized Liquid Eyeshadows by Stila in iconic shades to create a long-wearing, lustrous eye look. Shades are in Kitten (shimmering vibrant nude pink), Jezebel (shimmering rose gold) and Twig (shimmering warm chestnut brown).

A rose ritual set that delivers petal-soft perfection to your face and lips from start to finish. Beloved for its luxurious, artisanal products, Fresh® combines natural ingredients—rose, sugar and soy are its most iconic—with modern technology in order to make each and every product thoughtful and effective. The set includes Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, Rose Face Mask, Rose Deep Hydration Cream and Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen.

A two-piece set featuring a facial oil and roller to help hydrate skin and ease the effects of aging.

– Full-size Emerald Cannabis Sativa Deep Moisture Glow Oil (1 oz.): a THC- and CBD-free facial oil where deep oil meets flash absorption to calm your skin and sooth irritation and environmental stress.

– Jade Roller: a facial roller that can help to improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, ease facial muscle tension and help your products absorb better.

A set of three bestsellers by Living proof to cleanse, condition and style, all while turning up the volume of your hair.

A lip-perfecting set featuring everything you need for a polished, pretty pout.

A pretty, pink and purely feminine eau de parfum that will warm your heart and make you feel like royalty.

Frida Collection at Ulta

The Frida Kahlo collection was released on July 6th in honor of Frida’s birthday.

The Frida Kahlo collection includes a 12 eye shadow palette, Frida Canvas Blurring Primer, Frida Heart of Gold Liquid Illuminator Highlighter, Frida Brow Master Palette, Frida Perfect Cheek Duo, Liquid Lipstick in four shades, Frida Brush Set, Frida Flower Headband, and finally, the Frida Cosmetic Bag. The best part, the items range between $10 and $30.

“Frida Kahlo continues to be an iconic and inspirational figure and it is such an honor to have created a collection that captures her passion, free spirit and unapologetic approach to self-expression. This collection proves that bold is beautiful and we hope it will empower our guests to express themselves with the same confidence that Frida embraced.” said Monica Arnaudo, the senior Vice President of merchandising at Ulta Beauty.

Available online now, in stores on July 21st!