Category: Beauty


Urban Decay has decided to not sell in China where the government requires animal testing.


I’d like to think that public outcry on the internet had something to do with their decision to pull out of China. There was a whole lot of angry floating around and I hope they learned their lesson.

In other news, I currently suck at and do not give a shit about blogging.


Suck it, Urban Decay

Oh hi, I’ve been off rescuing injured south African ponies from very high tree branches. Crazy ponies. It’s been very hard to blog.

The boyfriend’s parents were in town actually. I was busy exploring the Oregon coast with them and gobbling up all the free food that I could shove in my face. Blogging was not on my to-do list.

I have over 10 posts that I need to write but only moments ago I received a text from my dear Anja that read:

“Have you read Urban Decay’s press release about starting to sell in China?”


Not even a month ago, I wrote this article about my quest to use cruelty free make-up brands. Urban Decay and Smashbox were two of the high profile companies that were adamant about not testing on animals. One week later, Smashbox starting selling in China where the government requires it.

Now Urban Decay has joined the bunny beating party,


They reached out to some beauty bloggers and let them know that they would answer any questions that the public may have. Sounds like a fat load of crap to me, UD. Better to just own up to it and say, “While we value animals and oppose testing on them, we love money way more. Therefore, we’re totally willing to to kill some bunnies in order to make a fat pile of cash off of the Chinese.

Dick eaters. Bullshit spewing cock punchers.

So kids, add Urban Decay as one more on the list of brands that you shouldn’t buy!

Review: Tarte Gifted Mascara

In accordance with my efforts to buy cruelty free, I tried a new make-up line that, so far, I absolutely LOVE.


Not only are they cruelty free but they’re all natural and their make-up actually strives to enrich and improve your skin. Oh, AND the packaging is so fantastic. Every time I pull out my new mascara I can’t stop smiling about how damn cute it is.

Check this info:

 Tarte is the leader in earth engineered™ beauty offering the widest selection of natural cosmetics full of skinvigorating™ ingredients including our proprietary t5 super fruit complex™ (a blend of the five most active, free-radical fighting super fruits), vitamins, minerals and natural fruit and plant extracts. But it’s not just about what’s in our healthy formulas; it’s what’s not in them that really sets us apart! Our products areformulated without parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

So cool!

The mascara I bought is the Gifted: Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.

I’ve never loved a mascara. I don’t think I’ve ever even bought the same kind twice. I was using DiorShow before but hated the way it when on for the first month, for some reason once the product gets a little thicker (older) it goes on better. But at $24 a tube and an unclear answer on whether they test on animals, that shit had to go. Gifted is only $19 which ain’t too shabby for high quality, healthy make-up.

The Tarte mascara isn’t goopy at all. It separates the lashes fantastically and gives them great length. It’s not the best if you really want thick lashes. For me the sheer length makes up for the lack of chubbiness. Even with two or three coats there’s no icky spider leg effect.

You know what I’m talking about. 

I also bought some foundation but haven’t tried it yet since I’m still using up my old Laura Mercier bottle. That’s another thing, just because you go cruelty free, don’t throw away unused product! You already bought it, so you might as well use it. Don’t be wasteful. If you just can’t stand to put it on, give it to a friend.

I can’t wait to try more Tarte products. I’ll have to wait until I’m less of a broke ho. Unless I can figure out a way to score free swag.

On a scale of 1 to 10 puppies (that I don’t eat), I give this mascara:

9 puppies

Be Pretty, Not Shitty

I’m a make-up whore. I’ve never been loyal to one brand. I’m constantly on the lookout for better products, the ones that will finally work the magic to make me look like an air brushed, photo shopped version of myself. Shockingly, I’ve yet to find anything that does that. As much make-up as I buy, I generally don’t purchase that many things that have me shitting my pants with excitement.

Now that I’m trying to be more conscious about what I put in my mouth, I’m also trying to do so with what I smear on my face. There’s really no excuse for buying make-up from companies that still test on animals. As much as we’d all love to ignore that our beloved mascara is poked into bunny eyes, it’s a fact and it’s not cool.

I don’t like to be preachy. I just don’t understand how empathetic, animal loving women aren’t bothered by the things being done to rabbits, rats and dogs (yes, dogs) in order for us to look pretty.

Granted, up until a few months ago, I didn’t think about it either. I didn’t want to think about it. It was so much easier to buy whatever I wanted. Now I feel like a big ol’ asshole for that.


The other day I went to Sephora armed with the knowledge that Urban Decay and Smashbox are cruelty free. That made my shopping experience a whole lot less overwhelming. I know there are a ton of all natural, vegan, cruelty free lines out there but since Sephora has been my addiction forever, I started there. I don’t like buying make-up online unless I know for sure that I’ll love it.

Leaping Bunny provides a huge list of cruelty free companies. PETA always has good info as well but I’m more iffy on them in general.

MAC and Avon used to be a-okay but recently resumed animal testing in China, where the government requires it.

Along with recipes and my “oh fuck, I failed” stories, I’ll be posting some reviews of cruelty free make-up. I’ve already found some amazing stuff!

Got any cruelty free products that you ADORE that I should try out?

*Update* Shitballs, Smashbox is no loner cruelty free. ASSHOLES!!!!!!