Friday, December 21, 2012

MAKEUP TUTORIAL: Purple Sparkles

Purple Sparkles
HOLIDAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL

I joined forces with NYCGeorgette and Rosie from The Beauty Files to create a Beauty on a Budget holiday inspired look using only cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands. My New Years Eve party makeup look was inspired by the glitz and glamour of my hometown, the Gold Coast.

Products featured in this look: 
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (white) 
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Purple Violet 618
  • NYX Single Eyeshadow - Luxor 94
  • NYX Single Eyeshadow - Dust Sparkle 131A (used as a cheek highlight) 
  • NYX Eyeshadow Palette - For Your Eyes Only - Mysterious Brown Eyes
  • NYX Eye Pencil in Seafoam Green 908
  • NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Gold Pink 131
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection - Petal Pusher 
  • ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder 
  • Essence Lipliner - Satin Mauve 06
  • Sugar Baby Glitter Eyeliner - Purple Rain



Lauren's Holiday Makeup Tutorial: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L13aumOAz0

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HOW TO: Depot NYX Jumbo Pencils

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
How To: Depot NYX Jumbo Pencils 

Hello Beauties

It's How To Tuesday! So it's time for my latest how to beauty video... in this episode I discuss the major dilemma of the having too many NYX jumbo pencils in your makeup collections. 

The Benefits: 
  • Works very well as an eyeshadow base! 
  • Long lasting highly pigmented colour 
  • 32 shades to choose from (a rainbow of vivid hues)
  • Creamy glide on formula

The Dilemmas: 
  • Very difficult to sharpen because it's designed to fit with NYX Sharpener 
  • Sharpened excess product gets trapped in sharpener (unable to use this) 
  • Plastic cap often splits and breaks (or you lose it) 
  • Base of the pencil casing falls off (often the glue unsticks over time) 
  • Product seems to never run out! (extremely long lasting i.e The Terminator) 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils $4.50
http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-6-jumbo-eye-pencil.aspx

NYX Sharpener $4.50 
http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-118-sharpener-sh.aspx



Cruelty- Free  *NYX Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free! They do not sell their products in China! :) 
The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are not Vegan as they contain beeswax and carmine. 

Depotting
I choose to depot some of my used NYX Jumbo Pencils because for several reasons: 

  • Multiple application methods - slim pencil, eyeliner brush, cotton tip or finger tips! 
  • They last longer as the product is stored in an air tight container. 
  • No sharpening needed - Yippee! 
  • Saves room in your makeup case especially if you depot into stackable containers

My NYX Jumbo Pencils Colours:
  • Hot Pink a medium fuchsia pink 
  • Strawberry Milk  a pearly pink
  • Gold a yellow/orange gold
  • Black Bean a rich black
  • Milk  a true white
  • Purple Violet a purple violet
  • Ice Mocha a frosty deep cool bronze

Watch me discuss the NYX Pencil dilemma and my step by step depotting demo: 





Monday, December 10, 2012

BEAUTY TAG: 4 or More

TAG: 4 or More 

When I found this tag online I knew it would be such a fun video to record! I didn't realise until I was sorting out my makeup collection that I actually had alot of 4 or more products! I also discovered a strange pattern... Some of my all time favourites I only had 3 of, so I included those in this video as honourable mentions! 

Products featured: 

Lime Crime Lipsticks * *

Napoleon Perdis *
NYX Megashine Lipgloss *
NYX Lipliner Pecils *
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils *
Essence Lipliners *
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters 
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze 
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows *
Too Faced Eyeshadow Palettes *
Mirenesse Velvet Lip Lift Moisture Shine *

Napoleon Perdis Color Disc *
NYX Eye Pencil *
Sugarpill Chromalust Eyeshadows * * 
NYX Round Lipsticks *
Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara
Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick * 

* Cruelty-free * Vegan





Pretty Pink Pout 
To create this fun bright fuchsia lip look I first lined my lips with Essence lipliner in Cute Pink, then applied my Lime Crime Lipstick in Centrifuchsia and finished with NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Pink Style 
I'm wearing my Strawberry and Vanilla Coffee SMILE tee by Javaboi Industries
Earrings by Diva. 

Watch my 4 or More Tag video here: 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdCJkyjFACc 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

How To: Choose Cruelty Free

Save the Bunnies! 

So you have made the pledge to go Cruelty-Free - What next? Here's my guide to buying cruelty-free beauty products!


Refer to online Cruelty-Free Lists
This is your best and most reliable resource when it comes to purchasing only cruelty-free beauty products. There are 3 major companies that provide these lists. I refer to Leaping Bunny first as they have the most comprehensive list. I also check the PETA list however this can be a little tricky to find information quickly because of their navigation. But they do have a list of all the companies that do test on animals. 
If you're in Australia you will want to also check out Choose Cruelty-Free. This resource is great especially when looking for Australian beauty companies. 


Download the Cruelty-Free mobile apps
There are two free apps that I love for cruelty-free beauty shopping on the go! Leaping Bunny's Cruelty-Free app for iphone and android has all the cruelty-free brands right at your finger tips. Choose Cruelty Free also has a mobile app, which comes in handy for finding Australian brands that aren't listed on Leaping Bunny's list like Eco Tan. PETA also has a free app that I have on my iPhone too, although I don't use this one as much as the other two. 

Choose Cruelty-Free app                                Leaping Bunny app 



Read the Product Label 
Many companies will list on the product's labelling/packaging "This product is not tested on animals" or "cruelty-free".  Before purchasing a product read the label and look for the information. If the product has no information about animal testing then don't assume that it's not cruelty-free. Due to different laws in various countries some brands are unable to print on their product packaging that their product is cruelty-free for example Mary Kay was a cruelty-free company for over 40 years but never listed this on their packaging. So check the cruelty-free lists or companies websites for more info. 

official PETA logo

Look for the Bunny Logos 
Companies that appear on Leaping Bunny or PETA's cruelty-free lists get a cruelty-free license which they can use to help their customer's make the choice to purchase their products. Many beauty companies will also have bunny symbols on their products next to words like "cruelty-free". Beauty companies pay an annual fee for the use of the official bunny logos.  Look for these logos on products - it's one of the quickest and easiest ways to find out if a product is cruelty-free. Also some beauty brands will use cute (non-official) symbols of bunnies to catch your attention.... this is ok too but know that the brands that truly care about their customers and meet the strict criteria that Leaping Bunny, PETA and Choose Cruelty Free set are the brands they are allowed to use the official bunny logos. 


      
official Leaping Bunny logo     official Choose Cruelty Free logo


Look for the official Vegan Logo 
For a product to be classified as "Vegan" it must not be tested on animals and it must not contain any animal or insect bi-products. For example: honey, beeswax, lanolin, milk, carmine, etc. Many cruelty-free lists will also include a criteria that specifies that these "vegan" products must not contain any bi-products or ingredients from the fur industry or slaughter houses. 


official Vegan logo

Visit official animal testing policies
If you can't find a beauty brand listed on one of the cruelty-free lists and the product labelling has no information about animal testing, then you can visit the brands official website and look for the statement regarding their animal testing. You will find their policy usually in the FAQs section, about page or customer service page. Don't be surprised if the beauty brand doesn't list this information or make it easy to find. Companies like Revlon, L'Oreal and Maybelline don't want you to know they test on animals and therefore will not print a statement about their animal testing online. 

Email companies to ask if they are Cruelty-Free
So you have checked the lists, product packaging and the official website and can't find the cruelty-free info you need about a particular product or brand. Then you can always email the company and ask them directly if their products are cruelty-free.  Here are some examples of questions you might like to ask. 
  • Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals?
  • Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party?
  • Do your manufacturers test ingredients or products on animals?
  • Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
  • Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country?
View my List of Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands that I support. 

Watch my How To: Choose Cruelty-Free video for more info and examples of cruelty-free product packaging.