NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

The latest NCLA collection is the Jet Setter collection. This collection is four shades that are perfect for spring and summer. Two bight colors, one pastel, and one dark and vampy shade. I got to try the whole collection and will be sharing my thoughts on the shades, and swatches, individually. I Only Fly Private is a bright coral creme.

Claims: “The only thing more bold and fabulous than your personality is this make-no-apologies bright orange nail lacquer.

NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Nitrocellulose, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, May Contain (+/-):, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Blue 1, Aluminum Powder, Red 34, Red 6, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Violet 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin

Pros: DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Formaldehyde free. Cruelty free and vegan. Wears well with or without a top coat. Very pigmented shade. Chip resistant.

Cons: I did not feel that there were any cons with I Only Fly Private.

The Verdict: I Only Fly Private is, hands down, one of my favorite shades for summer. It is just such a fun and pretty color! It works well with fair skin but also really makes tan skin stand out. I have actually had to tear myself away from this polish because I have been wanting to wear it so often.

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Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque Review

Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque Review

I have long, color-treated hair, and often use heat styling tools. I also admit that I don’t trim as often as I should. To help me go longer between cuts, I rely on deep conditioning treatments to keep my hair in top shape. When fellow cruelty free beauty blogger Phyrra told me that she was releasing a hair masque, I knew I needed to get my hands on it! She colors her hair often and if it would work for her, I knew that it was worth trying.

Claims:Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir has the right cocktail of ingredients to reduce the signs of external damage and return hair to its lustrous, soft state.

Ingredients:  Aqua, Quaternium-91, Behentrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl, Silanetriol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance.

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Gluten-free. Very moisturizing. Lightweight formula. Light scent.

Cons: Only comes in the 8 ounce size.

The Verdict: A good deep conditioning treatment can make dry and brittle hair smooth and shiny. Unfortunately that often only lasts until the next day or the next wash. With Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir, the smoothness lingers for days! My hair felt soft, smooth and healthy days longer than it does with any other deep conditioning treatment or hair masque. I am now a huge fan of this product and will definitely re-purchase it.

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Lulu Blossom Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder Review

Lulu Blossom Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder Review

Bath bombs are one of my great indulgences. There is just something so relaxing about a good soak with ingredients in the tub that are beneficial to your skin and can make the process even more relaxing. When Lulu Blossom sent me their Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder to review, I was really curious to try it out. I have used  a lot of bath bombs, but never a bath bomb powder before.  Lulu Blossom is a cruelty free line with a lot of vegan options.

Claims:Bath Bomb Powder is a treat every man, woman, and child should experience. It smells of Rustic Amber and bold Parisian Lavender combined with Black Myrrh, Tonka Beans , and a hint of Egyptian Musk. It nourishes the skin and is just plain fun for the tub.

Ingredients:  Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride (sea salt), Fragrance, Mica

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Sulfate-free. Very soothing formula. Light and relaxing scent. Light color. Dissolves completely in the water. Comes with a scoop for easy use. Easy to close and store container.

Cons: Because it’s baking soda based, this formula may be a little drying for some skin types. That being said, it’s nothing a good moisturizer won’t fix!

The Verdict: I really enjoyed this bath bomb powder! It had all the perks of other bath bombs, without any of the mess that they sometimes come with. The scent was really soothing and relaxing, but not at all overpowering. I used the Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder in hopes that it would help soothe my sore muscles after a hard workout day and it definitely did the trick. I would suggest this product to other bath addicts as it’s a great addition to any soak in the tub.

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Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie Recipe

Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie Recipe

As the weather is getting warmer, I have had crazy cravings for watermelon. One of my friends told me about a de-bloating juice she had with her family that was from Dr. Oz. I gave the original recipe a try and, as always, modified it a bit to fit my own tastes. It’s so refreshing!

What you will need to make a Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie:

  • The juice of 2 lemons, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • One 1-inch piece of ginger

How to make a Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I use my Vitamix for this and it blends perfectly on the low speed setting. If you are using a regular blender, you may need to add an additional 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Enjoy!

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This recipe is based off of Lea Michele’s Debloating Juice from Dr. Oz.

Milani and Jordana Are No Longer Cruelty Free

Milani and Jordana Are No Longer Cruelty Free

After receiving a few reader inquiries about Milani and Jordana, I decided to check in with the brands on their animal testing stance. Both drugstore brands are very well known and very popular because they have a large range of products at great prices. Milani is owned by Jordana. It has been a couple of months since I have done so and brands can change their stance quickly. Sadly, Milani and Jordana can no longer be considered cruelty free.

What has changed is that they now use ingredients that have been tested on animals. Despite their statement that these ingredients were tested on animals to comply with local laws and regulations, there are many cosmetic ingredients that do not need to be tested on animals. The large list of cruelty free brands shows that animal testing for any reason is unnecessary. Both Milani and Jordana have now been listed as Brand to Avoid on this list.

Below is the email that I received from their customer service department.

Hello,

All Milani finished cosmetic products and formulations have not been subjected to Animal Testing or Re-testing for Cosmetic purposes by or on behalf of Jordana/Milani Cosmetics.

Animal testing for Cosmetic purposes-any animal test or retest carried out on a primarily developed for use in the cosmetics industry or on a material primarily developed for use outside the cosmetic industry where the test is for a cosmetics purpose to provide cosmetic safety or efficacy data or in undertaken for positive listing in EU, for example as a preservative. 

 All animal testing performed with ingredients were done to fulfill the requirements in one or more of the legislations listed below:

  • Chemical legislation and Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC
  • Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC
  • Regulation EC No. 1233/2009 (Chapter V, Article 18) (formerly Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC)
  • Existing Chemicals Regulation (EEC) No 793/73
  • Risk Assessment Regulation (EEC) 1488/94 as currently in force, and  Technical Guidance Documents
  • The term Animal is as defined by the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act UK.

However, an ingredient may have been subjected to be tested on animals (if it is deemed inevitable or no other alternative method has been validated) by the ingredient manufacturers to comply with environmental regulations/safety efficacy such as TSCA, CEPA, ELINCS, EINECS, REACH, NICNAS, SCCP, etc.

Since the animal testing was done to comply with regional laws and regulations, the brands can still be sold in the EU despite their ban on animal testing. Please read What Does the EU Ban on Animal Testing Mean for Brands Selling Where Testing is Required by Law to learn more. In addition, REACH is a law within the EU that requires animal testing on ingredients used for household items. A lot of these ingredients are also used in cosmetics.

It is very sad that the brands have made this change. Hopefully they will reconsider this change and find new ingredient suppliers that do not test on animals.

Update: Milani is now stating that this information was incorrect and that the team member who was providing it to consumers was doing so in error. However, I cannot get a full and consistent statement from the brand. I will be sure to keep everyone updated.

Another Update: Milani has now added a new FAQ statement about animal testing to their website. “Milani Cosmetics is opposed to any kind of animal cruelty. We are firmly committed to the belief that animal cruelty has no place in the development of effective products. Our suppliers, manufacturers, and outside partners understand Milani’s company philosophy, and we have their confirmation that they do not test our products or formulations on animals.” This statement is inconsistent with the several statements they have been posting in response to consumers in Facebook. It also only addresses products and formulations, when the original issue was the ingredients used and neither the products or the formulations.