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Beauty News: EU Ban on Animal Testing

By | Beauty News, Body Shop, E.L.F Cosmetics, Green Spotlight, OCC Cosmetics, Uncatagorized, Urban Decay | 3 Comments

Animal Testing EU Ban

Hello fellow beauty junkies.

This is a great week for all my fellow animal-loving-makeup-wearers! The European Union has finally banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics. This means that all cosmetic products and ingredients in the EU and more importantly outside the EU can no longer be sold here.Testing finished-cosmetic-products on animals has banned in the European Union since 2004, as with animal testing of ingredients since 2009. In addition to these prohibitions, from March 2009 there had been a marketing ban on selling cosmetic products within the EU containing ingredients that have been tested on animals after this date, irrespective of the place of testing. However, because of some very complex tests for which there was no alternative method available (apparently) they were allowed to continue in certain cases until a later deadline the 11th March 2013 which was yesterday! Happy Days 🙂

I thought I would share the following image with you to demonstrate why this is SO IMPORTANT, I really am sorry if you are disgusted by this, but there is just no reason that I can sugar coat what actually happens when companies test on animals.

Animal Testing Horrible Images

I just really feel strongly that it is not necessary to test on animals for the cosmetic industry, I don’t care if it means that the best anti-wrinkle cream or lipstick will never be invented. How we look and the products that we use to make ourselves feel better pale in significance in comparison to the value of an animal’s quality of life.

I would like to give a shout out to the many companies that paved the way against animal testing and that have had it in their ethos from the very start even before it became mandatory. The Body Shop, Urban Decay, ELF and OCC Cosmetics.

ELF Cosmetics Ireland

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The other good news is that the European Commission is not going to stop there. They intend to continue supporting the development of alternative methods and to engage with third world countries to follow our European approach.

So how do you guys feel about this issue? Is it something that is important to you?

Lots of love,



Stop Animal Testing

Irish Times: Get Cher Lloyds Look: I Want you Back

By | Barry M, Bobbi Brown, Brands, Lancome, MAC Cosmetics, Music, Uncatagorized, Urban Decay | No Comments

You might of seen this already but for those of you who didn’t I had a little article on the Irish Times Blog: Fash Mob you can check it out here. I also posted it here incase you are too lazy to click the link 😉

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Cher is rocking a beautiful fresh faced look with soft pastels, but has given it a modern twist, with a pop of lavender on the lip.

Cher Llyod Foundation

To create this look yourself you need to start with luminous flawless skin. To get the glowing base, prep the skin with an iridescent primer like MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. If you have oily skin they now have a light version. To even out the skin tone use a foundation on the centre of your face blending up and outwards. Lancome Teint Miracle is the perfect foundation to create this beautiful fresh look. Cher has no hint of undereye circles, but for those of us that might not be as well rested, a heavy duty concealer like Benefit’s Erase Paste is just the ticket. Use a soft sheer powder like MAC Mineralise Skin Finish to set the make-up but not lose any of the luminosity. To recreate Cher’s envious bone structure contouring with any matt bronzer or taupe eyeshadow is essential. Lightly sweep this on with a soft blusher brush in a C-Shape going from the side of the forehead around and under the cheek bones. Blend this out to avoid the heavy look popularised by the 80s! After this is applied use a subtle peachy blusher like Benefit Coralista on the apples of the cheeks to keep the skin tone healthy looking.

Close up of Cher Llyod Eye Makeup

With Urban Decays 24/7 Eyeshadow pencil in Delinquent generously line around the top and bottom lashline, smudge this out gently with a dense brush, I love No.7s Smokey Eyeliner Brush (which happily is free with the €7.50 Boots vouchers). This creates a soft wash of purple. Layered on top of this is a dramatic black eyeliner. Use a waterproof gel liner like BobbI Brown Black Ink and a very thin brush (I like to use a small watercolour paintbrush from the Art and Hobby Shop). Thickly line the eyes on top, coming to a slight point at the outter edges. Then line the bottom waterline with an Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. This is by far THE BEST black eyeliner out there, as once dry it is waterproof and doesn’t budge. To finish of the eyes, apply feathery lashes that add volume and density. The Illamasqua No.16s are great, although there are no Illamsqua stores in Ireland anymore you can still buy their products online. Top this with lashings of mascara to blend them in.

Cher Llyod Eye Makeup

Complete the look with a fantastic lippy from Barry M called Palest Lavender. Top this up with YSL Golden Lavender lip gloss to create sparkle and shine. It is a more unusual choice for the lips, but is a great alternative to a nude lip and surprisingly suits most complexions, so go on try it!

Cher Llyod Purple Lipstick