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27th-Aug-2015 03:54 pm - Seeking Recommendations
Since LJ is so dead in general these days, I'm not sure how many people will actually see this. There were more items I intended to inquire about, but I can only remember three at the moment. I'm looking to replace three items, and wondering if there is anything new-ish to check out (new, as in the last year maybe?).

I want:

A daily moisturizer with SPF30 or more, something for combination skin is best. If it has a primer quality to it, all the better.

An effective lip plumper, preferably clear.

A night treatment with anti-aging properties of some sort (acids, ceramides, whatever), but not insanely greasy.

Thanks for any product advice you can contribute! :-)

EDIT: I remembered the other two!

A stick concealer (again, something new-ish, as I've tried some in the past).

A clean-rinsing body scrub that does not cost a fortune.
14th-Jan-2013 05:47 pm(no subject)
Strawberry Pancake
Has anyone tried Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics? I am particularly interested in primer, foundation, and concealer, but any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

31st-Aug-2012 04:43 pm(no subject)
I'm looking for something to replace Smashbox's Halo. Any suggestions? I use it over liquid foundation for just a little extra coverage/slight glow. Now that Estee Lauder is testing again, I need to find replacements for a few things.


P.S. I prefer something pressed. :-)
10th-Jun-2012 12:31 am - Urban Decay
Pirate duck
In case anyone missed the shocking buzz, Urban Decay decided to start selling their cosmetics in china, thus it will be tested on animals!

UD changed their press statement, but their new one can be found here:

There is an online petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/urban-decay-refuse-animal-testing-in-china#

As well PETA created an email campaign:

Or if anyone wants to raise their concern, customer service email is info@urbandecay.com

Spread the word!

On a side note, Urban Decay isn't alone on this. Just recently Estee Lauder (MAC, Smashbox) and Avon made the same move. Making trips to Sephora quite fruitless for us.
10th-Sep-2011 10:51 am - Avon mascara
Has anyone tried any mascara from Avon? Do they make a vegan one, and would you recommend any?

Posted via LjBeetle
3rd-Sep-2011 02:54 pm - Max Alchemy
Have any of you used Max Alchemy products. I'm mostly interested in hair stuff, but I'd be happy to hear about any of it.

20th-Dec-2010 12:37 pm - $2 Urban Decay sale
Pirate duck
There's a 48 hour sale over at HauteLook for $2 Urban Decay items.
It's old stock but there are few vegan items on there for only $2!!!

Vegan items on sale:
-Ink for Eyes- Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter, clear base)
-Loose Pigment- Rockstar, Protest, Goddess, Baked, Smog, Shag, Yeyo, Graffiti, Shattered, Gunmetal.
-Matte Eyeshadow- Chronic, Narcotic
-Smoke out eye pencil- All 4 colors
-XXX shine lip gloss- All 4 but only 1 remaining in stock
-Ultraglide lip gloss- Deep, Gash, Heat, O
And looks like the old brushes are sold out :(

If anyone is interested, go for the sale now, some items are selling fast. Also, items in cart are only kept for 15 minutes, after that they go back to stock. So fill up cart and hit place order. Then you have another 15 minutes to complete the paymet.

Sale ends on the 22/12.
12th-Dec-2010 12:48 am(no subject)
Pirate duck
At Sephora today spotted this set; Synthetic Antibacterial brush set. Us $60, Cdn $78.

They felt less soft than the older UD brushes (look wise similar too) but got 5 good reviews on the website. I'm curious to know how they are 'Antibacterial', and if they will go on sale after the holidays.

11th-Dec-2010 02:53 am(no subject)
Pirate duck
In case someone missed this, Urban Decay is having Friends and Family sale, 25% off everything! Use Code 1FFNF for the sale. Also shipping (in the states) is free on all orders over $15!
Sale ends on the 12th, but it's a good time to buy the vegan palette. Or just stock up for the holidays.
28th-Nov-2010 11:16 pm - Urban Decay
Pirate duck
Anyone else noticed Urban Decay removed eyeshadow primer potion from their vegan list a while back?

I'm really hoping they can make it vegan again, it's a staple item.

On a side note, they're having $6 sale on the website right now with vegan glosses and eyeshadows.
11th-Nov-2010 10:30 pm - Facebook
Pirate duck
I've decided to open a Vegan Makeup page on facebook, since it's more active these days. Still prefer the set up of livejournal better, easier to track and find.

Anyways, welcome to join in :)

9th-Nov-2010 04:41 pm - IMATS
Pirate duck
Last weekend was IMATS toronto, and managed to buy some new vegan makeup.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip tars are awesome. High pigments, blend together easily to form new shade, look smooth on, and stay on longer than glosses. My biggest con with them is how they stain everything that comes in contact quite strongly. And lip liner is a must.


The new Obsessive Compulsive brushes are super soft. Much softer than Urban Decay vintage ones. Only tried the angled shading brush, and so far prefer UD's vintage blender brush. May take time to get used to them.

Haven't tried yet the OCC eyeshadow and glitters I bought.

Also Royal & Langnickel launched a newer brush line, Silk, where some of them are synthetic.
I started using the eyeshadow one and its decent. A bit bigger than UD old eyeshadow brush.
The price on these brushes is decent too; $5-$15/brush. They also seem to have brush shape variety like a pointed liner and fans.

The website is confusing, at the show they were separated from natural and synthetic. To make it a bit more confusing, some brushes Taklon on back.

A search for synthetic and taklon will bring up the brushes.
5th-Nov-2010 08:39 pm - Manic Panic
Pirate duck
According to their website, Manic Panic is now 100% vegan

"All products are 100 percent cruelty-free, meticulously crafted of high quality vegan formulations that apply flawlessly, have staying power, feel light and airy on the skin; all with shades that perfectly complement Manic Panic‘s most popular hair colors."

While they are more known for their bright haircolors, they also make some bright and dark coloured makeup and eyelashes with prices in the $10 range. I am looking forward to trying their mascara, eyeliner, eyelashes, and likely one of the face kits in the future.

24th-Sep-2010 06:17 pm(no subject)
Pirate duck
Looks like Urban Decay ain't alone with newer expensive vegan makeup brushes:

Nvey Brushes;
'Your secret weapon? Any professional make-up artist worth their weight in glamour know-how realizes that a quality set of brushes makes all the difference to a finished, professional result. The World's First Compostable Makeup Brush Handle and only available from NVEY ECO! The eco-friendly makeup brush handles do not leave traces of toxins and are cruelty-free hairds are made of fine and soft synthetic fibers. Developed by an international, technical, production and creative team led by NVEY ECO's artists and educators in Australia, and tested by both professional makeup artists and consumers, has resulted in a professional brush range that meets both the professional and consumers' needs. The brush heads use cruelty-free synthetic fibers shaped and blended for optimum application, with the soft fibers being crafted and refined over months of testing, including the fine-tuning of the brush heads and the testing of new corn resin based compostable handle materials for both its durability and use in makeup artistry. Brushes can be purchased individually or as a set; complete brush set includes: Concealer, Foundation, Powder, Blush, Eyeliner, Small Shadow, Large Shadow, Brow Comb, and Lip Liner brushes.'

18th-Sep-2010 01:37 am(no subject)
Pirate duck
Came across this website when investigating a new book ("The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets, and More"); http://www.crueltyfreeface.com/

And the YouTube link; http://www.youtube.com/user/crueltyfreeface#p/u/5/RuuOOpB8Iiw

ps, there is a list on there for vegan items from non vegan companies like MAC.
7th-Sep-2010 07:39 pm - Vegan dental floss?
pic#53219875 coffee
Is all waxed dental floss vegan? I kind of assumed it was probably synthetic, but Desert Essence boasts that their waxes come from plants.
19th-Aug-2010 07:30 pm - Defining Curls
Hello! So, I just chopped my hair off (before/after posted here, if you're interested), and I was so swept up in it/running late to the place I was going afterwards/trying to figure out public transportation for leaving the salon, I did something I never do: I bought the salon shampoo. And I didn't even check ingredients. So, I ended up using it twice, realized it wasn't vegan or anywhere near "natural," and am giving it to a friend. However, (I hate to say this) I love how it made my hair look! It defined the curl and got rid of the frizz (of course, upon further inspection, I realize this is due to the cones, etc in it). For reference, it was Kevin.Murphy Hydrate Me shampoo. 

I am pretty obsessive about beauty products. I like things "supernatural." So, I know that going off -cones/parabens/sulfates might require a detox period, but I was no-pooing/cold-process soap low-pooing for a while before I decided it wasn't quite working for me (getting a lot of build-up. maybe I was doing something wrong) and decided to switch back to shampoo after the haircut. 

Anyway, I picked up some John Masters evening primrose shampoo, thinking it might be a good substitute. It had a couple of -eh- ingredients, but I decided to give it a shot. It made my hair super frizzy and pulled out the curl. I don't know if I have to re-detox or something since I used the evil shampoo a couple of times, but I wouldn't think so? Maybe someone knows...

So I decided maybe John Masters wasn't for me (I'm returning it) and tried something called Alaffia Shea and Virgin Coconut Enriching Shampoo. I'm giving this a chance. The curls are definitely more defined, especially when damp. So I'm definitely giving this a chance. But there's still some frizz with it. By the way, I'm using Aubrey Organics Swimmer's Conditioner and a bit of coconut oil. 

I tried doing an olive oil treatment last night. That made it greasy, but I've got it mostly washed out now. It might have helped? 

Anyway, all that is to say: I would love suggestions on how to make my hair behave a bit more like it did with the evil shampoo. Store-bought/diy/whatever. Shampoo/conditioner/leave-in... Only thing: I don't like feeling anything on my hands when I touch my hair. 
13th-Jul-2010 02:03 pm - Urban Decay $5 sale
Pirate duck
Urbandecay.com are having $5 sale for Loose Pigment, Smoke Out Eye Pencil, Ultraglide Lip Gloss, and 50% off vintage brushes. Most of the $5 items are vegan!
Pirate duck

Their fall items should be avalible in few weeks times.
11th-Jun-2010 08:16 pm - carmine-colored lipstick?
I am trying to replace my Besame Carmine lipstick and I haven't been able to find that color in any vegan cosmetic lines. Carmine is the "original" red color lipstick and was tremendously popular in the early 20th century. It is a bright warm orange-toned red. Sometimes you'll still see old ladies wearing it because it's the same color they've been wearing since the 40's. It's the same color that Bette Davis wears in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex http://www.themakeupgallery.info/period/c16/elizabeth/lizessex.htm

Has anyone ever seen a vegan lipstick in this color??
28th-Apr-2010 12:44 pm - Scarlett Cosmetics
lady gaga
I don't remember seeing this on here, but I wanted to share with you all the cool company I just found:

I wrote to them asking about the vegan-ness of their products and got this reply back:

Hi sorry this is not on my computer but blackberry. Glamo-Glitz are totally Vegan. They are the amazing mineral eyeshadows and are all inorganic. My cosmetic chemist who happens to be my cousin has been totally Vegan for 12 years. Thanks Scarlett

Their Glamo-Glitz look pretty fun and sparkly. I don't know if their other products (lip sticks, etc) are vegan, but their site does say this so maybe there is hope?

No Animal Testing
Scarlett Cosmetics does no animal testing or uses ingredients that have been tested on animals. We test on human beauty guinea pigs such as Holly, Susan and Pat, never Jab or Mickey. Scarlett Cosmetics stands behind it's products as the finest quality available in the beauty industry.

x-posted to veganpeople
21st-Apr-2010 08:03 pm - Marcelle
In Canada Marcelle cosmetics can be found at any Shoppers Drug Mart, Zellers, and Wal-Mart (and a few other locations) and are a relatively good price. Here's their website. They are never tested on animals.

I've been using their matte foundation, blush and eyeliners for about a year now, and love them, but had no idea if any of their products were vegan or not. Since I just ran out of my foundation I decided to e-mail them, and got a very satisfying reply. The first e-mail is just about some general products, and the second e-mail is about the products that I use.

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