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Nub-nub-NUBBINS! Ft. Different Dimension Inner Goddess & A England Camelot

So I had a nice time in Switzerland. I admit, I wasn’t really looking forward to going, because it’s a work trip that we do every year. It’s kind of a long journey, and there were problems on the train on the way there that meant we arrived over 3 hours late, but we had a giggle and we were really well received (as we usually are). And I had the opportunity to pack my bag full of chocolate before we got back. So overall, it was fun, but exhausting! Sorry for my radio silence since, I didn’t expect to be so worn out.

Unfortunately, I had to leave very early on Monday morning (my bus left at 6.20am), and literally 5 minutes before leaving, I totally snapped all the free edge of my right index finger 😩 but I’ve had some encouragement since (thanks especially to Vic!) and finally feel ready to get back to the blogging rhythm!

This first mani absolutely had to be black. As a kind of sign of mourning for my long nails (yes, I realise how melodramatic I’m being! bear with me). Of course, I used my favourite black, Camelot by A England. But when I saw the all-black nubbins, they looked so tiny, so severe, so… well, manly… that I couldn’t take it. I had to do something to make my hands look more feminine again! Inner Goddess by Different Dimension just felt right. So, my fingers still look wrong (to me, at least), and the ends of my fingers are still really sensitive; but here they are, the nubbins!

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#31DC2013 – Red Nails

Yay, it’s time for a new challenge! The 31 Day Challenge that Chalkboard Nails is kicking off looks like so much fun, I’m going to try keeping up !

It’s very easy to take part, the themes are at the end of this post, and you just put up your nail art with the hashtag #31DC2013 🙂

So here are my red nails :

31DC2013 - Red Nails

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I believe in beauty without cruelty

So call me naĂŻve – I agree that I am. But I was absolutely heartbroken when I found all of this out. It turns out that, in 2013, cosmetics manufacturers still believe that animal testing is necessary.

Before I get too deep into the topic, please note that :
1. I’m talking about testing cosmetics on animals, not medicine. That is a whole other minefield that I don’t feel ready to comment on.
2. This article is about my personal views. You don’t have to agree. You might think I’m overreacting, and I’m not here to judge anyone. I just feel that this is relevant to my blog.
3. When talking about testing products on animals, please do not imagine that they are getting free beauty treatments. I’m not going into gory details here. If you want to know those, you can use a search engine. Just know that I, personally, believe them to be unnecessary, cruel and torturous.

Since March 2013 (yes, only march 2013!), the European Union has banned companies from selling cosmetics that have been tested on animals since 2009/13 (depending on the type of test used).

Whilst I am very grateful that someone finally listened and decided to do something, many international brands are required to submit (and pay for) their products to be tested on animals in China if they wish to sell their products in mainland China. A lot of large cosmetic groups are therefore choosing to test on animals in order to make a profit in the Chinese market.

Again, I’m not saying you have to agree. I’m just saying that I do not believe that millions (or billions!) of dollars justifies causing (even minor) discomfort to one animal, let alone the millions of animals who are subjected to this treatment *every year*. According to this website, 15 million animals are used for testing every year!

Now one thing that I had no idea about – and I feel stupid about that, I should have done my research – is that (too) many of the companies from whom I have been buying nail polish are guilty of this.

Now, I’m not saying that these brands directly test on animals. Some even state that they do not. But their profits go to a corporation that does. Some of these same corporations also fund alternatives, and that is wonderful. But they still test on animals, and I feel totally disgusted that I have therefore (albeit indirectly) funded animal testing.

There is an argument for supporting the parts of these larger corporations to prove that they don’t need to test on animals to make a profit. Personally, I don’t agree. I don’t want a single cent of my money going towards testing cosmetics on animals.

So the upshot is, I’m not going to provide an exhaustive list. But there are some brands I will no longer feature unless they clean up their act. If I thought it would do any good to throw them away, I would. Unfortunately it won’t, so I may use them on manicures. But I will not quote the brand name or trademarks any longer.

Also, if I have made any mistakes, please let me know. It will be my pleasure to correct them, with an apology if appropriate.

Essie apparently does not test directly, but are owned by L’OrĂ©al, who does. O.P.I., Rimmel and Sally Hansen are owned by Coty, who do submit to animal testing to sell in China. So does Procter & Gamble, who own Max Factor. Guerlain and Sephora are owned by LVMH, who have a similar policy. Sadly, so do EstĂ©e Lauder companies such as Clinique and M.A.C.

As far as I’m aware, the following companies do not test products or ingredients on animals at all. Note how many there are! :
Barry M
Butter London (though I’ve contacted them to be sure)
China Glaze
Color Club
Models Own (but not all of their polish is three free)
Nails Inc
Picture Polish

All indie brands that I have featured, including but not limited to :
Black Sheep Lacquer
Darling Diva
Different Dimension
Fanchromatic Nails
I Love Nail Polish
Hungry Asian
Lush Lacquer
Northern Star
Piper Polish
Pixie Polish
Pretty & Polished

These are just some nail polish brands, I hope to discover more! For more info about beauty brands, I urge you to check out their policies and those of their owners. Please be careful, some very clever wording is used – they might say that they do not test the final product on animals (that doesn’ t mean they don’t test individual ingredients on animals). They might say that they don’t do animal testing unless required by law. That means that if they have to test on animals to make a profit in China, they will.

There is a lot of information out there, and it’s evolving all the time, so do check it out. Maybe you’re not against animal testing. That’s entirely up to you, and as I said, I’m not passing judgement, I’m just informing, because I was surprised to find this all out myself, and it directly affects the brands that I will now be using for this blog.

Of course, many chemicals that are currently used for cosmetics were tested on animals a long time ago, and though I don’t think that “everyone else did it” is an excuse, I don’t think it is practical (or, indeed possible) for any cosmetics to be made without them.

If you would like to find out more

PETA (and i’m not endorsing all of their tactics) have some helpful lists.

PETA article on animal testing

PETA database of companies

PETA list of companies that test on animals

The National Anti-Vivisection Society

‘Shop Ethical’ Companies to avoid list

‘Not Tested’ online guide to home and beauty products 

The RSPCA (Royal Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) – section about laboratory animals.

L’OrĂ©al on animal testing

Please feel free to comment openly, but I will remove any comments that are insulting, as there is no place for that here.

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Different Dimension – “Set it Free” Collection – Stronger, Wide Awake & Black Dahlia (the lazy girl’s Supernova Mani)

Hello ladies (and guy, possibly even guys at this stage !)

This evening I have some beautiful Different Dimension swatches for you ! I’ll very soon have run out of indie polishes, so do make the most of them 😉

One of my top nail heros, Sabrina at Polish Alcoholic, went through a phase of holo swatches recently, and then I saw this collection on sale as a lot at Different Dimension‘s Etsy shop, and, well, the rest is history !

The Set it Free collection has 2 matching fine holos in baby blue and baby pink, and a deep grey holo with some fine holo glitter, which happens to make for the perfect lazy girl’s supernova mani !

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Different Dimension Swatches – Inner Goddess & Social Suicide

So I scheduled this post yesterday, not because I don’t love you, but because the weather in the Paris region is terrible right now, and I might have had to overnight at a friends! Today I have 2 more Different Dimension swatches for you – both stunners !

First up, Inner Goddess. This, is a beautiful transparent holo-glitter, here it is, 2 coats over a neutral and an old rose :

Different Dimension - Inner Goddess

Next up, Social Suicide, a stunner! I am so on a black-and-white glitter kick at the moment, and this polish really hits the spot. Here is two coats. One was plenty, but I just couldn’t stop 😉

Different Dimension - Social Suicide

I just love this over bright blue 🙂

Both formulas are pretty great, there are 3 mixing balls in each, the glitter doesn’t sink, stick to the sides or anything, and it’s a pleasure to apply ! Highly recommended, ladies !

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Different Dimension Swatches – 50 Shades and Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

Good evening !

As I feared, I wasn’t able to get into work today. But I did impress myself big-time with my self-discipline, and got loads of work done. Today I have 2 Different Dimension swatches for you – for tomorrow, I am scheduling 2 more, as unfortunately, there is no way of telling if I will get home tomorrow night or not. So this might be it until Friday night, guys !


First up, 50 Shades. This, as you might expect, is mainly grey, black and white glitter. But it’s packed full ! Some holo glitter is thrown in for balance, and the formula is awesome – this is 2 coats over CG Elephant Walk :

Different Dimension - 50 Shades (over China Glaze - Elephant Walk)

I actually got this one for my sister – who jokes that 50 Shades… is the only book that she’s ever read ! But it’s a great polish and I’m tempted to order one myself !



Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty is also grey-based; I paired it with Butter London’s Billy No Mates. The base colour is very jelly-like, and I think I’ll try it over black next!


But this makes for a pretty sophisticated mani, as glitters go ! As you can see in the photo, the larger glitter pieces can settle a bit, but a good shake, and you’re good to go ! But there are 3 balls in there, so you don’t have to shake too hard…


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