Monday, November 24, 2014

Cruelty-Free and its Importance in Buying Cosmetics

Hey lovelies, I just wanted to share a quick post with you that hopefully most of you will find interesting and helpful too. Being a beauty blogger, I'm constantly reviewing makeup, cosmetics, and skincare. Being a vegetarian, Animal Cruelty is a huge issue for me, and although I blog about fashion and beauty (which tends to be the worst possible culprits for animal abuse) it's a constant battle for me. Buying animal cruelty-free products has become extremely important to me over the years. I am moving more and more towards more cruelty-free fashion, and of course cruelty-free cosmetics.

In fashion, its usually pretty easy to see what you're buying and wether its coming from an animal or not. (Don't be persuaded by the industry to believe that buying wool-free is cruelty-free, because the sheep lives. This is certainly not always the case! In fact, lots of abuse is reported each year from companies using wool!) You can buy the faux and vegan leather, and make sure fur is always faux. Sometimes labels can be sneaky though. For instance if that supposedly faux fur handbag says "Angora" o the label, its actually made from rabbit, and the fur industry is by far one of the worse for the pain and suffering animals go under, having their fur painfully ripped off of them, often while they are alive!

What has really amazed me is how sneaky the beauty industry is. Which is the whole purpose of this post today. I recently got lash extensions, and was told I need to use oil-free products to preserve the life of my extensions. Being a beauty blogger, I am lucky enough to receive so many products to review, (most of which I make sure are cruelty-free before ever agreeing to review) I rarely ever have to buy them. Going through my bathroom closet though,  I realized quickly I didn't have oil-free products and was going to need to buy some.

I got on amazon to start comparison shopping and found lots of Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, and other acne fighting, oil-free products. What I didn't realize, that nearly all of the brands listed in this category are not cruelty free! Yes Neutrogena and Clean and Clear test on animals! I was shocked to learn this! Even Revlon, and Revlon owns nearly everything! So be extremely careful when buying!

I used the handy Cruelty-FREE app to plug in name brands and find out if they are indeed cruelty-free or not. You can upload this app to your iPhone or droid HERE, and look for the leaping bunny or "vegan" listed on the label of product to know you're buying cruelty-free.

Also, think its just bunnies getting tested on for cosmetics? Nope, its cats and dogs too! Lots of different lovable, perfectly helpless animals are subjected to this horrible cruelty daily! It's not harmless by any means, either! Over 100 million animals are devastated by this testing yearly, and suffer ruthless infections, poisoning, crippling, burns, and abusive treatment, and even death.

See the facts on Animal Testing from here.

(* I stole this poor bunny image from PETA)

Also, I recently had this argument with my husband, so I know a lot of people are under the misconception that animal testing is absolutely necessary so that people aren't exposed to harmful effects of products. 

This is an absolute LIE the industry is telling you! Scientific research has advanced so much that there is absolutely no need to test on animals to be sure products are safe for human use! Duh! That's why there are already plenty of wonderful cruelty-free brands out there not testing on animals, because you don't have to!

Also, I found this fabulous blog with lots and lots of cosmetics companies listed, to let you know wether they are cruelty-free or not. Check out Never Too Much Glitter's fabulous post HERE. I found this amazingly helpful for finding oil-free, cruelty free products (which I went with Natural Beauty for Life's Green Tea Cleanser!)

Here are some of the brands I will be shopping in the future from now on:

Lush Cosmetics
Bath and Body Works
Kiss My Face
Hard Candy
Physicians Formula
Too Faced

and many, many more! You can always check the brands website and most will list if they are cruelty-free.

Happy life-saving shopping!

xo xo

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Video Hair Tutorial - The Ultimate Mermaid Tail Braid in 9 Steps

You don’t have to be a mermaid to have a tail! "I am here to tell you that the mermaid braid is the newest thing in hair," explains guest contributor Melissa Cook. "
They’ve been all the rage this season! Just think of it as the upgraded French braid. This beautiful hairstyle can be dressed up for a night out or worn in a more casual way for an everyday hairstyle."

"What is neat about this type of braid is that if you already know the basics of braiding and have mastered the French braid, then it’ll be a piece of cake to do. The technique behind the braid is exactly the same as French braiding, but when strands are pulled in, they are thinner and smaller so that the hair underneath shows through. This gives it a more intricate and detailed look since the individual pieces are showing up a lot more."

The Ultimate Mermaid Braid Tutorial:

1. Start with a deep side part and pull all the hair over the opposite shoulder.
2. Divide out a section of hair at the back of the head on the heavy side of the part.
3. Divide this into three pieces for the braid.
4. Cross the back strand over the middle.
5. Cross the front strand over the middle.
6. Cross the back strand over the middle, then bring in small section of hair directly below where the braid began.
7. Cross the front strand over the middle and add in a small section of hair directly in front of the braid.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7, pulling in skinny sections until the braid reaches the bottom of the hair.
9. Once all the hair is braided, tie off the end with an elastic band.

Watch the Video:

Happy Hair-Styling!

Get Stocked up for Christmas Winter Weather with DressVe

Thanksgiving is here this week! Can you believe it?! I don't know where the time goes! Snow and winter weather has been hitting a good part of the country lately, and I don't know about you, but I've pretty much skipped most of my fall clothing and went right to warm winter clothing so I don't freeze in these negative temps we've been having here in Wyoming!

If like me, you like to add a few new seasonal pieces to your wardrobe (and what Fashionista doesn't?) DressVe has got a great selection of warm winter, super stylish clothing at a price that can't be beat!

Right now shop the DressVe Christmas Sale and get 5$ off when you spend $50 or more, with code: dressve5,  or get $10 off when you spend $80 or more, with code: dressve10

Here are some of my favorites I want to update my wardrobe with this winter! Of course, lots of jackets and coats! I love this lapel front coat (and its only $17! What!) And all though most of us see leather jackets as a fall piece, they are a great layering piece for winter to keep you warm. Wear over a light sweater, then top your coat over for a really cool look. I love this because I tend to still be freezing in restaurants and movie theaters, so I can take off the coat and still have a nice warm vegan leather jacket to keep me warm! 

I'm particularly loving this vegan leather jacket in this fun mustard color. Totally unexpected for winter but when layering to stay warm, will bring a cool pop of unexpected color to your outfit! 

I haven't forgotten about you chic office ladies! Check out this cool menswear-inpsired style blazer for the office. I love the unique look of this tuxedo-style blazer, and if you tend to have the same lady-like blazers in your work wardrobe rotation, this blazer will really bring some cool edge to your office look and have people wondering what cool place you're shopping this season, that they need to know about! 

I love the look of this blazer for a casual night out with these really cool zippered leggings. Regular plain ol' colored leggings and print leggings are on their way out, but these leggings with this cool rocker-chic edge thanks to the fun zippers, will look more like some cool trendy denim but with the comfort of those fabulously warm leggings most of us just can't seem to let go!

Don't forget the fabulous sheath dress for the office holiday party! I love this basic black long sleeved dress from DressVe. The unexpected buttons give the plain old LBD something exciting, that will make you sure to stand out in the sea of black, which is often what dons the work holiday parties!

Last but not least, I have to have a warm chic cardigan each winter, that I end up wearing everywhere: Around the house, to run errands, out to dinner, wherever. This Cool zebra asymmetrical striped cardigan totally fits the bill for me! I'd wear it everywhere this winter! 

You can shop all of these cool looks right now from DressVe, and stay warm this winter without breaking the bank!

Shop today!

Happy Shopping!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Palette Review + GIVEAWAY

Being a huge beauty lover, you can bet I was thrilled to learn about the New Markwins One Direction Limited Edition makeup palette tins.

Markwins has teamed up once again with the fabulous UK Hit Boy Band, One Direction, to give us girls super hot, super bold, edgy makeup, (Picked out by the band members themselves) along with a dreamy band member collectable tin.

I've tried out some Markwins One Direction makeup in the past and have absolutely loved it. The makeup is always so playful and inspiring, I feel super creative just using it to come up with new looks! It's no wonder the cosmetics are influenced by such inspiring musicians!

When I recently got the new limited edition palette, upon opening it to see the super bold, playful colors, I couldn't wait to give it a try! This palette is what you expect coming from the worlds biggest band who themselves are fun, bold, and a tad bit mischievous, and of course, so is the makeup! What's not to love?!

Each palette comes with the the same colors, so you can pick your favorite One Direction Band Member and get a fun collectible tin to hold your makeup in now, and once the makeup is all used up, use the collectible tin to stash come cash, store your jewelry, or whatever! The Possibilities are endless!  Personally, I'm keeping Harry right where I can see him, by placing this tin on my office desk with my post its and pens inside! After All, who doesn't want a super hot british musician, right where you can see him?!

Now, on to the makeup! Each palette comes with the same six beautiful shades of eye shadow. A beautiful silver (Nobody compares), Dark Rich Brown (I Would), champagne (Tell Me a Lie), a pretty navy blue (Summer Love), a gorgeous shade of mint green (Same Mistakes), and a deep black (Everything About You).

Eyeshadow Swatches:

Besides some gorgeous, super highly-pigmented shades of eyeshadow, like you can see from the swatches here, you also get a true matte black eyeliner (Eye Want), Silver sparkle lip gloss top coat (Over Again), and two shades of gorgeous nail polish in hot pink (Stole My Heart) and glitter flake polish (Alive).

You also get four beautiful shades of lip gloss in hot pink (Loved You First), coral (Irresistable), pale pink (One Thing), and a pretty nude beige (Heart Attack), as seen in the swatches below.

Lipgloss swatches:

What I love about this makeup (besides the super mischievous and flirty names taken from the band) are the super high pigment you get in each of these gorgeous shades of eye and lip colors, as well as the polish.

You will find quickly you only need a little bit of color and it really goes a long way! I love this, because that means this palette is going to last a long time! What I also really love is that often you buy a palette of makeup only to use about half the colors or less, because a lot of the colors really don't fit your style or just don't look that great. I have loved and used every one of these gorgeous eye and lip colors and I will be using them all until they are gone! This palette really fits my style and the colors are so absolutely rich and exquisite, I'm sure you will find you can't live without any of them too! The colors are so fun to play with and I found each shade incredibly inspiring to create new looks.

Here are some of the looks I created below using this beautiful makeup palette from Markwins.

Hot Pink (Loved You First) lip gloss:

My Ice Queen look: using the Champagne (Tell Me a Lie) under my eyebrows and the Silver eyeshadow (Nobody Compares) on my eyelids, the black matte, winged eyeliner, yellow mascara, and pale pink lip gloss (One Thing).

For another look, I decided to go with the gorgeous green mint (Same Mistakes) eyeshadow on the eyelids, the champagne again (Tell Me a Lie) under my eyebrows, and the black matte eyeliner pencil. I then finished the look with the nude-beige lip gloss (Heart Attack). 

Here's the nude-beige lip gloss (Heart Attack) topped wit the silver sparkle lip gloss top coat:

and the Pale Pink lip gloss (One Thing).

These are just some of the looks I've created using this gorgeous One Direction Limited Edition makeup palette, but the possibilities are endless. Use the black, navy, and or/brown eyeshadows for a dramatic smoky eye, paired with the pale pink gloss. You can also go with the hot pink lip gloss, and keep the eyes neutral with the champagne and brown eyeshadows.

I've had so much fun playing with this makeup palette, and I've actually gotten excited each morning thinking about the new, playful, or bold look I would create for the day! I can't wait to continue using this beautiful makeup to create more inspiring looks!

Check out just how hands-on One Direction was in coming up with these beautiful shades of eyeshadows and lip glosses to represent their Limited Edition Makeup Tins. Here you can see Liam and Niall going through the makeup:

If you would like to pick up this gorgeous One Direction makeup tin for yourself or perhaps that beauty  and/or One Direction lover on your shopping list, shop the palette today at Sears, Kmart, Walmart Canada, or Target!

Also don't forget to check out the Makeup by One Direction Facebook page to stay up to date on new products!

You can also ENTER TO WIN some One Direction Makeup for yourself right here! Good Luck Lovelies! xo xo

Leave a comment and let me know you entered! 

*MyStyleSpot is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

**I was given these products from Markwins and for the purpose of review, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers,  I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.

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Holiday Wishlist from SheInside

I can't believe Thanksgiving is already next week! The holidays are coming full force, and if you haven't already made your wish list, well what are you waiting for? 

I just complied a bunch of my favorite fashion from one of my favorite bargain fashion shopping sites, SheInside. For these insanely low prices, you can get nearly all of these pieces for Christmas! 

What's on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below! 

Shop today and start stocking up on fabulous fashion for the winter season, or perhaps pick up some chic, on-trend clothing and accessories for the fashionista on your holiday shopping site!

Be sure to follow MyStyleSpot on Facebook and Google Plus to stay up to date on all things fashion and beauty! xo xo

Happy Holiday Shopping!