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#NailLinkup – Easter themed pastel & black nails for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! I have a huge case of the Sunday Night Blues, personally. It’s hard when you work long hours during the week. I have been so tired this weekend, that I don’t feel like I really made the most of it… And it’s already over 😦 #Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Illamasqua  - Copy

Anyway, we’re now only a week away from Easter! Which was very fun when I was living back home in a big family, I remember carting home dozens of chocolate eggs for the kids! But now I’m older and living far away from home, it’s not so much fun. Until nail art gets involved! So, this mani was inspired by the Illamasqua Speckled Egg polishes, which I bought last year and wrote about here. They’re still my only Illamasqua polishes, since they are very hard to get hold of here in France.

#Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Ciaté Candy Floss  - Copy

 

I wanted to do an Easter bunny, but without being too ‘cute’, so a black silhouette seemed perfect! I did it over two Ciaté polishes – Candy Floss and Ferris Wheel – with a Barry M Nail Art Pen.#Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Ciaté Ferris Wheel  - Copy

And, although I loved wearing this mani glossy, it was even better once mattified… Well, I think so, anyway!

#Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Matte Easter Bunny Nail Art  - Copy

 

What do you think? Matte or shiny?#Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Mattified  - Copy

 

If you do Easter nail art this year, we would love it if you added your mani to our linkup! You don’t have to be a blogger – there is an option to upload a photo from your computer, too!

The link is here (click on the little blue fella) : 

Nail Art Ideas Linkup April 2014 480

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I believe in beauty without cruelty

So call me naïve – 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’Oréal, 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 Estée 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
Bourjois
Butter London (though I’ve contacted them to be sure)
China Glaze
Ciaté
Color Club
Kiko
Illamasqua
Models Own (but not all of their polish is three free)
Nails Inc
Orly
Ozotic
Picture Polish
Zoya

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’Oréal 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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Monday Macros – Illamasqua I’mPerfection collection

Illamasqua - I'mPerfection

Happy Monday… It’s not my favourite day of the week (I work a Monday-Friday 9-6, so that’s pretty normal), so I’m just hoping it goes well 🙂

I’ve been really inspired by Chalkboard Nail‘s gorgeous macros. She has started putting up some freebie macros you can use as wallpapers, how generous is that?! Do check them out, they’re perfect for any nailista.

Now, as my first post shows, I’ve never been great at photos. I’m very proud at having got as far as I have for respectable nail shots! To start with, colour accuracy was my only goal, now I can even get them without being blurry… 

So so far, I have been using a fairly basic lower mid-range digital camera for my shots. Well, the boyfriend loves his photos, and has some high-range camera gear. Which can do macro shots! 

Long story short, involving telling him off for not letting me take my own photos, I have some macro shots for you, now too ! I thought I’d start with my Illamasqua I’mPerfection collection, since when I googled that, there were less than 150 results ! Whoah! 

So do let me know what you think, and if you know anything about shooting macros, advice would be (as always) very welcome 🙂

 

Illamasqua - Fragile

Illamasqua - Scarce  Illamasqua - Mottle 

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Illamasqua I’mPerfection – Mottle, Fragile and Scarce

Hi guys, I’ve got some quick swatches for you today, from the Illamasqua I’mperfection collection. These are designed to imitate wild birds’ eggs, and I couldn’t resist getting some for Easter !

The polishes are pretty pricey (about £15 / 20€ / $16) but I splashed out on 3 – Mottle (the greeney one), Fragile (the bluey one) and Scarce (the pinkey one). I’m mostly happy with these, but will I wear them outside the Easter period?

The first thing that underwhelmed me is the bottle. The brush is pretty average, but I hate the fact that, when firmly closed, it doesn’t line up. I can live with that in a cheap polish, but at this price, it’s a bit irritating…

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