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Do you know how hard it was to get my hands on SheaMoisture’s Jamacian Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave In Conditioner? Or anything from this line? It’s only available at CVS and ULTA. And guess who’s local CVSes (how do you pluralize CVS?) doesn’t carry it? That’s right. Mine. And guess who’s local ULTAs don’t carry it in house? Mine. To add insult to injury, when I was hunting for it online, it was always out of stock. ALWAYS.

The worst part? I’m not even mad I worked so hard to track this guy down. Not even a smidge. Why? Because it’s awesome.

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Kat Von D: Tattoo Eyeliner

Sephora Link (retails for $23.00 USD)

Shade: Trooper

Category: Eyes, Eyeliner, Keepsies

Cruelty Free?: Yes, all KVD products are cruelty free.

Review: 

Kat Von D is a pretty well-known makeup artist and tattoo artist. In 2008, she created a makeup line exclusively for Sephora, and her most well-known items include her liquid lipsticks (especially the notable shade ‘Lolita’ and ‘Underage Red’, sparking controversy) as well as her eyeliners. I had before picked up Autograph (which I still own and will be reviewing next) and decided to try her renowned felt-tip liner pen.


The Tattoo Liner only comes in one shade, Trooper, which is described as being an ink black. The shade is matte and doesn’t provide any gloss or sheen. It’s the darkest liquid liner I have ever used because it actually dries black, rather than grey or shiny (which takes away from the impact.)

It’s also waterproof. Seriously, I’ve showered in this baby, and it doesn’t budge. This makes it pretty hard to get off, but a Q-Tip and coconut oil have no problem.

The only issue I have with KVD Trooper is that the felt-tip picks up your eyeshadow and this clogs the tip. It’s easily cleaned off, but it gets to be bothersome when you’re trying to build up the liner and you continually have to wipe it off. I’ve found no solution around this. In my opinion, it’s not something which warrants a return. The felt-tip is brought to a precise point which makes liquid liner effortless.

I suck at liquid liner. Seriously. With Trooper, in about four or five strokes, I’m set.

(You’ll need to ignore the rest of my face, because I’m tired and didn’t apply anything else except Maybelline’s Rocket Mascara.)

All in all, Trooper is a keeper. However, I don’t think I would repurchase it. The felt-tip thing is a borderline nuisance. At it’s price, Trooper is considered “mid-range” and it’s definitely worthy of the cash you pay for it, but I believe other liquid liners within that price range wouldn’t have the clogging issue.

I’ll definitely use Trooper up until it’s last dregs. There’s no doubts about that. I’ll just have to find a suitable upgrade afterwards!

I asked one of my favorite beauty bloggers Vegan Beauty Review to guest post on her favorite vegan friendly hair dyes:

 
For cruelty-free, vegan, alternative hair dyes (blue, pink, green, etc.) 

◦ Special Effects
◦ Jerome Russell’s Punky Colour (#1 and #2 have the longest-lasting formulas In my humble opinion)
◦ Manic Panic
◦ Paul Mitchell’s Ink Works
◦ Splat
◦ Hot Topic Raw
◦ Stargazer (UK)
◦ Directions (UK)

Note: These are all semi-permanent hair dyes (which work best on bleached hair), and they fade with each wash. Also, be sure to use gloves when dying hair to avoid purple/pink/blue hands and fingernails. And… these dyes tend to smell a bit like candy. :)

For natural colored cruelty-free hair dyes
◦ Herbatint - has a pleasant licorice scent, available at Whole Foods, other health food stores, and Amazon.com (best deal)
◦ LUSH henna (in red, brown, black, and chestnut) - all-natural, plant-based, and infused with cocoa butter for extra conditioning
◦ Aubrey Color Me Natural - Available in dark brown and mahogany.

For more on vegan, cruelty free hair dyes check out Sunny’s website VeganBeautyReview.com #VegansofIG

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You probably recognize some of these products. You probably use some of these products. But did you know all these brands test on animals, when your Axe body wash was being made the ingredients were put in bunnies eyes and skin to see if it hurt or irritated them. Then after their injurys were recorded, they were killed if the experiment didn’t already kill them. Stop buying these brands. There are alternatives for all your necessities, from laundry detergent to shampoo to makeup. Go to veganstore.com or look up on google ‘cruelty free shampoo’, ‘cruelty free makeup’ or ‘cruelty free household cleaner’. It will only take seconds and it could help save a life.

REBLOG this so others will see it and make a change! It’s a matter of life or death.

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The Lord of Misrule bath bomb from @lushcosmetics is a limited edition, holiday product that costs $6.95! This warm, spicy bath bomb is packed with vanilla, black pepper, and patchouli oils! Lord of Misrule’s green exterior starts the water off bright green! Once the exterior fizzes away in a spectacular show of colors, the center turns the water deep pink! Patchouli oil is said to be a natural anti-depressant; a great bath for anyone who is having a rough day and needs to relax! If you’re interested in trying this product, be sure to stock up now before they’re gone!

Alba Botanica SPF 45 sunscreen.
I love this stuff. It is all natural; without all of the chemicals most sunscreens have. It also does not contain any animal products, nor is it tested on animals! It even has a great smell to it, not the generic sunscreen smell. It goes on great, without leaving your skin with that greasy feel. I will definitely buy this again!

Thinking of going vegan for lent? These sites can help!

Vegan Kit

Vegan Outreach

Vegan Starter Kit

30-Day Vegan Challenge

21 Day Kickstart

List of Food Substitutes

Cruelty Free Product List

Online Shopping Guide

Top 10 Vegan Podcasts

Happy Cow - search for veg restaurants and health food stores in your area

Barnivore - vegan beer, wine and liquor guide

Vegan Foody Tips

Would anyone be interested in a post about vegan, cruelty-free body care products that I use (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)? I would also include lists of other vegan, cruelty-free products that I can find already compiled online. Let me know!

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Cruelty Free Dish Detergent

So, what if you are an animal loving vegetarian or vegan who strives to make their kitchen cruelty free, but you are unwittingly washing the dishes dirtied by your delicious veg-based meals in dish soap that was tested on animals? Not cool! Here is a handy list of companies producing cruelty free dish detergents from the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). (I’m a Seventh Generation girl, myself).

All of these products meet the guidelines for the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals. As explained by the CCIC, “Aproved companies have done far more than simply issue a testing policy, which can so often be misleading. If a company is listed here, it’s because it has been able to prove, according to CCIC’s Standard, that its products and ingredients are not tested on animals.” Products which have met the standard carry the leaping bunny logo.

Cruelty Free Dish Detergents

Allen’s Naturally

Aspen Clean

Biokleen

Citra Solv

Earth Friendly Products

Earth Natural Essentials

Eco-Me

EO Products

The Good Home Co.

Greenwood Naturals

LFT Group

Magick Botanicals

Martha Stewart Clean

Method Products

Mia Rose

Mountain Green

Nature Clean

Planet, Inc.

Seventh Generation

Sound Earth, LLC

Sun Feather Natural Soap Company, Inc.

V.I.P. Soap Products

You can find a downloadable PDF Compassionate Shopping Guide on the CCIC’s website, leapingbunny.org, which covers cosmetics, personal care products, household products, and animal care products. (Yes, there are products made for animals, that are tested on animals—how twistedly cruel and ironic is that)!? You can also request a pocket sized version of the Compassionate Shopping Guide to be sent to you via snail mail. They even have a free iPhone app that allows you to check products while you are shopping.