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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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Happy Friday ! Stud Nail Art

Whilst I’m not sure if my boss agrees, I think that Friday is a great excuse to wear slightly more ‘edgy’ make up/nails to the office. Within reason of course, but I love this combo !

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You’ll have to excuse all of the photos, I knew I loved I Theodora You, but I didn’t realise just how much !

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… And I love the jelly texture against the shiny studs!

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I found these studs at a very reasonable price, but just tapped them into the polish before it was dry, I’m hoping to be able to re-use them… Remains to be seen, of course !

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You can see my nail beds have a very deep C-curve, I’ll keep you updated on how many times I snag these during the course of the day…

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O.P.I. – Suzi’s Hungary Again ! – NL E73

Wow, this polish is pink ! Like, hot pink with barbies melted into it, but neon, and really, really pink! Totally love this colour !

Application was okay. I went for a clear base coat, and this is 3 coats but you can clearly see my smile line. So I should have worn a white base polish !

It dries with a semi-matte finish, as neons often do, and it is a fast drier. Can totally see myself rocking hot pink tips this summer 🙂

O.P.I. - Suzi's Hungary Again!

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Swatch – O.P.I. – Can’t Find My Czechbook – NL E75

I’m a total sucker for pale blue polish this spring. Can’t Find My Czechbook is from the O.P.I. Euro Centrale Collection and totally scratches that itch.

The formula is okay, you can see it streaks a bit – especially on my middle finger – you need to get the brush loaded just right, since it sets pretty fast. But since blues are always tricky to formulate, and pastels are usually streaky, I think it could have been a lot worse ! I’m sure top coat would have evened it out.

This is 3 coats, you can see the finish is pretty nice. A great, standard pastel blue for sunny days 🙂

O.P.I. - Can't Find My Czechbook

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O.P.I. – I Theodora You

I was totally lemming over this polish for a while. And it’s pretty nice !

The formula is pretty good, it doesn’t dry very fast but does have a glossy finish. However, it did streak a bit, which was especially noticeable on my super-white tips, so I did 3 1/2 coats to get this effect. Admittedly, I’m crap at applying gellies, I just coat them too thin so they don’t level too well. Anyway, I would recommend 2-3 thick coats on this instead of going with skinny layers.

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Anyway, very happy with this one, it’s summery, girly and office friendly 🙂

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Rave Review – OPI – I Saw… U Saw… We Saw Warsaw – NL E81

Before I even show you a photo, I have to say, this is a total rave review. I splurged out on a few O.P.I. nail polish on the boat over to the UK (well, on the way back, too!) – mostly from the Euro Centrale Collection from this spring. I wasn’ t so hot on this collection to start with, but it’s actually totally growing on me !

I reviewed My Vampire is Buff – a great pale neutral for nail art, and have another couple of reviews coming, but … Warsaw is my total favourite!

I Saw… U Saw… We Saw Warsaw is a deep, inky blue creme. It’s a bit like Midnight Cami by Essie without the shimmer. Except Midnight Cami is a total drag-monster !

Application was especially great. It went on in two coats, no dragging at all, it self-levels beautifully and it dries fast to a high-shine finish. Plus, you get the classic O.P.I. brush, which I totally love – flat, wide, flexible and an even spread.

O.P.I. - I saw... U saw... We saw Warsaw

LOVE IT !!!

Coming up tomorrow – Can’t Find my Czechbook & Suzi’s Hungary Again, they will be more balanced reviews, I promise 🙂

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