LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

 

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Finding fun and fresh polish colors can be a challenge. LVX is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish line that strives to bring the latest trends in fashion into the beauty world. They strive to bring seasonal colors to life in a way that also makes them timeless. I picked up a bottle of the color Deco – a cute coral shade from their summer 2013 collection.

Claims: “Long lasting, chip resistant, smooth finish-high shine, chemical free & non toxic.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Formaldehyde free. Formaldehyde resin free. DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Made in the USA. Color is very true to that in the bottle. Does not chip easily, even without a top coat.

Cons: Limited color shades in each collection.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

The Verdict: This is one of my favorite polish shades! I also love the LVX formula. It holds up well, with or without a top coat. You also only need a couple of coats to get color that matches what’s seen in the bottle.

After trying LVX, I am interested in trying more of their shades. While the collections released each season are small, they are carefully curated. Each one contains great colors that are perfectly on trend, but also still hold up in later seasons.

You can stay up to date with LVX on Facebook and Twitter.

Tarte Cosmetics Bought by Kose – How Does It Impact Their Animal Testing Stance?

Tarte Cosmetics Bought by Kose - How Does It Impact Their Animal Testing Stance?

Today an announcement about Tarte Cosmetics shocked the cruelty free beauty world. Long known as a cruelty free brand with lots of vegan options (and a favorite here at Logical Harmony), Tarte has now been bought by Kose Corp. WWD announced yesterday that Japan’s Kose company has purchased a 93.5% stake in Tarte Cosmetics. Kose is a Japanese cosmetics brand that also tests on animals.

Tarte made the announcement today via Facebook -

To all of our tartelettes: As you may have heard, tarte has recently been acquired by Japanese company KOSÉ. It’s truly been an amazing ride, from the little venture Maureen Kelly started in her bedroom 15 years ago to the global powerhouse we’re privileged to join. Our vision has always been to create beauty products that are ‘healthy treats for your skin,’ foster the highest level of customer service and give back to the community and the environment. By joining the KOSÉ family and adding to that rich portfolio, we can build on what we’ve already accomplished with powerful products and explore expanding the tarte brand in new and exciting countries. And rest assured, we are committed to remaining a cruelty-free brand and will not test on animals. Maureen will stay on as the CEO and looks forward to continuing a lasting relationship with our tartelettes.

xo, the tarte team!

After many questions from readers who expressed serious concern over them being bought by a non-cruelty free company, Tarte also issued an update via Facebook -

Hey tartelettes – It’s Maureen

I’ve been reading your comments and concerns over the past hour and wanted to let you know I hear them all loud and clear. I promise, I’m not going anywhere. I started tarte out of my one bedroom apartment and I’m still just as passionate about making innovative, eco-friendly products that deliver real results. I’ll still be in the office every day working with my team to develop new products I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Remember, tarte will NOT be testing on animals, or EVER test on animals. We are a cruelty-free company and will remain one. KOSÉ is completely on board with our position as an eco-friendly, cruelty-free company and has given tarte such a great opportunity to grow and expand around the world. It’s really an exciting time and we can’t wait to reach more tartelettes worldwide. Please look at the checklist below and be assured tarte is in great hands.

xo, Maureen

· We will remain a cruelty-free beauty brand focused on high-performance naturals™
· We will continue to manufacture our high-quality products to our exacting standards, which means our formulas will continue to be formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten
· We will continue to formulate with good-for-you ingredients like Amazonian clay, maracuja, minerals, colored clay, superfruits and vitamins
· With my team, we will continue to innovate and create products we believe tartelettes will love
· We will continue to expand internationally where are our high standards are met—we can’t wait to reach more tartelettes worldwide!

Tarte is currently certified as cruelty free by PETA. Leaping Bunny has informed me that they are not Leaping Bunny certified because they inquired into, but didn’t finish, the application. They will stay on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony, but it will now be noted that their parent company does test on animals. I am very disappointed by this news.

Here at Logical Harmony, I like to let readers decide what is best for themselves. I strive to provide you with the best education out there so that you can be an empowered consumer. Each individual should do what works for them and I think it’s important for consumers to be aware of their options and choose wisely. I think it’s better for a consumer to understand that Tarte is cruelty free and their parent company is not than to think animal testing is a thing of the past and purchase directly from Revlon or L’Oreal.

While Logical Harmony will no longer be featuring Tarte cosmetics due to the changes with their parent company, I do hope that they continue to remain certified as cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. I will also continue to check in on the brand for future updates.

Oh My DeVita Baby Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm Review

 Oh My DeVita Baby Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm Review

A skincare brand that I love, DeVita, just launched a brand new line of baby products called On My DeVita baby! I received a couple products from this line for review and asked my neighbors to test them out on their little one.

Claims: “For times when diapers cause rubbing and chapping in those super sensitive areas, “oh so soothing” Butter Cheeks Baby Balm calms, revives and helps rescue the stressed skin. Providing an army of ‘good guys’ seeming to fight against wetness and all the bad nasties, while helping to protect and balance baby’s delicate skin.”

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (candelilla) wax, Lavandula spp.* (lavender40/42) essential oil, L. Plantarum (vegan probiotic), Tocopherol (vitamin E – derived from sunflowers), Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) seed oil, Limmnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) butter, Simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis* (Roman chamomile) essential oil, Chamomilla recutita* (German chamomile) essential oil, Aloe barbadensis* (aloe vera), Calendula officinalis* (calendula) extract in Olea europaea* (olive) oil.
* asterisk denotes certified organic ingredient

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Fragrance free. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free. Very moisturizing. Helped calm irritated skin and prevent future irritation.

Cons: The packaging and formula don’t work well together. The product didn’t last long.

The Verdict: I was told that DeVita’s Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm was an overall great product. It worked really well and lived up to it’s claims. Not only did it calm irritated skin, but it worked exceptionally well in doing so and in moisturizing. The downside was the packaging. The stick would be handy for on the go, but isn’t functional for normal use. The formula of the balm doesn’t lend well to a stick form as it warms up during use. They used the product at every diaper change and it lasted less than one week. While they loved the product, they didn’t feel that this size and packaging made it cost effective. They would love to buy the product if it came in a larger tub packaging instead of the smaller tube.

You can stay up to date with DeVita Natural Skin Care on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe

Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe

Chia seed pudding is a healthy way to have your deserts. I love this coconut vanilla chia pudding in the morning with some fresh fruit on the side. It’s delicious, filling, and just sweet enough to satisfy any sweet craving. I like to top mine with shredded coconut, blueberries, and raw cocao nibs but it’s also great plain.

Did you know that one-ounce of chia seeds contains 18% of your recommended daily intake for calcium, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 28 grams of fiber, 30% of your recommended daily intake for manganese, and almost 10% of your recommended daily intake for protein? Chia is a super food for good reason.

What you will need to make Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds (2 tablespoons is one-ounce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Optional toppings – unsweetened shredded coconut, fresh blueberries, raw cocao nibs

How to make Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  1. Combine the chia seeds, vanilla, and agave and mix well.
  2. Add in the coconut milk.
  3. Let sit 15 minutes to several hours, until the milk is absorbed by the chia seeds. This can easily be made in a jar overnight (put it in your refrigerator) to be enjoyed in the morning!
  4. Top with shredded coconut, blueberries, and cocao nibs before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Do you make breakfast quinoa? What are your favorite add-ins?

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Oh My DeVita Baby Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo Review

Oh My DeVita Baby Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo Review

When it comes to cruelty free and vegan skin care, it’s not just all about us. DeVita just launched a brand new line of baby products called On My DeVita baby! I’ve tried and reviewed some DeVita products before and was very impressed with them. When they offered me this line to try and review, I immediately thought of my neighbors who have one of the most adorable babies out there. I know that they are conscious consumers when it comes to products that are often full of chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. They agreed to give this bodywash and shampoo a try.

Claims: “No tears at bath time with this “oh so gentle” bubbly shampoo and body wash. Made with love, soothing oils and nourishing vitamins to tenderly cleanse delicate skin without irritating or drying. Keeps your baby’s skin silky smooth.”

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis * (Aloe vera) gel, Saponaria officialis (Soapwort) extract, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (derived from coconut), Persea gratissima* (Avocado) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Tropaeolum majus (Cress) extract, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Capric/Caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil, Cinchona calisaya (Cinchona) extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E – derived from sunflowers).
* asterisk denotes certified organic ingredient

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Fragrance free. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free. Tear free formula. Concentrated product.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: I was told that the Bubbly Babies Bodywash and Shampoo was a big hit in their house! Not only was it gentle and effective, but also completely tear free. My neighbors have been using it for their daughters regular baths for a month and still have a lot of the product left. They are really happy with it and said that it is a product they would consider purchasing in the future.

You can stay up to date with DeVita Natural Skin Care on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.