Cruelty-Free is More than Not Testing on Animals

We all have the same types of images that go through our head when we hear “Cruelty-free cosmetics”; the pig with lipstick on it, the monkey wearing nail polish, rats dyed with different hair colours and more.

There has been a big swing in the right direction as cosmetic companies have been switching to more ethically based testing and becoming cruelty-free. Many countries are banning testing on animals at all (Canada is one of them!) “43% of consumers are even willing to pay more for products that are not tested on animals.” – businessoffashion.com Though I do find many companies (such as Dermae available for order and sale in spa) still keep their prices reasonable, because being nice shouldn’t come at a price.

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But did you know that there are lots of other ways for estheticians, nail techs and hair stylists to be cruelty-free?

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Product Review: Spiny Brush Cleaner

Okay hold onto your Bunnydeer Hatbox hats ladies…. for once….. I DON’T HATE SOMETHING!

I saw this advertised on instagram, by which I mean the instagram robots told me to look at it probably 100 times over the past few months. It spins your makeup brushes clean and then dries them. Of course I first thought… probably wreck my brushes so I shrugged it off. This past weekend a bride brought it in for her trial just to show me and I tried it and absolutely loved it! Though of course testing any makeup the internet shows me requires me to rigorously test it.

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Product Review: Younique 3D Fiber Mascara

I know this product is old, its not a new thing and most of you have probably tired or heard of it already. This is the reason why I didn’t even bother with it purposefully in the first place, but my sister in law had some and I asked to try it. I already knew it’d be garbage, and for its original price that was 70$ it was to much for all this hassle for a meh product. Even now that it is 34$ on their website now its still not really worth it.

As a makeup artist of 15 years I have seen many different combos of extra extending lash mascaras. Clear sealers,extra waterproof, extra fibers inside, extra nourishing oils, different pigments, glitter.. you name it, I’ve seen it.

Read on further to see why this I give this product a 3/10

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Cosmetic Labels

Ever get really excited about a product and can’t wait to use it…

Then your phone dies and your stuck in the bathroom reading labels like it’s 1998?

How the Hell do you read these labels?

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Lets try it: internet black mask

Sometimes I see beauty products on instagram and facebook that I just shake my head at. I know it won’t work, I see their little close ups on the skin and whats left on the mask/pad/cloth and just have a bit of a rage-attack.

The Black Mask was one of these.

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Why You Need a Professional Makeup Artist at Your Wedding

Lately  I have had a influx of brides dropping out of booking with me, losing their retainer and all.

Why?  —  “Because my friend is really good at makeup and will do it for free“.

Which is a super nice gesture and that’s fine it’s your choice. But I want to ask: why did you think of booking me, a professional in the first place?

photo by Shannon Lepere 2016

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Questions for scotia: how to spot fakes

Recently I was asked by Sarah:

“Can you explain the difference when you get a fake makeup product from that wish app or any sites like it?”

can you tell which ones are the fake Lime Crime Velvetine?

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Questions for Scotia: What to do with Hooded Eyelids

Angie asks: “How to do smokey eye or cat eye make up on hooded eyes.”

I will teach you Angie is 6 easy steps to a perfect cat eye!hood-1

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Questions for Scotia: “Young Ladies Starting Makeup”

Questions For Scotia: this month’s question for me was from Nikki.
“how do you go about introducing makeup and skin care to a 13 year old?”

yGreat question because as we know from so many studies and documentaries like “Killing Us Softly”, that the media starts early and hits hard at our young women with the massive media presented image of “WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE”. Which to all us grown ups shake our heads, and shed a tear for all the pain we know our young ones will go through and for some, may never get past.

 

I will give you my last answer first: the best is always take them to someone who is a professional: a makeup artist at a store or spa, an esthetician, or a hair stylist. They can point you in the right direction for answers.
But now I can in detail answer you.

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Product Review: Colour Changing Lipstick

The other night I finally got to try it: Frog Prince lipstick!

My bff has been talking about this lipstick for months and I wanted to try it so badly. It is a colour changing lipstick that is unique to your own skin.

It’s a neat idea that your lipstick could show the inner you for a unique colour but is it really ph and that unique or is it like mood rings that just change with heat?

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