L’Oreal Signs Agreement to Acquire NYX Cosmetics

L'Oreal Signs Agreement to Acquire NYX Cosmetics

Last week rumors were circulating that L’Oreal was in talks to buy NYX Cosmetics (read NYX Cosmetics May Be Bought by L’Oreal). Today it is being reported by Reuters that L’Oreal has now signed an agreement to acquire NYX.

French cosmetics group L’Oreal (OREP.PA) said on Wednesday it had signed an agreement to acquire Los Angeles-based NYX Cosmetics as it builds up its stable of U.S. brands.

L’Oreal did not release the price it was paying for the company, but said the U.S. firm had sales in the year to the end of May of $93 million, up 57 percent on the previous period on a comparable basis.” – Reuters

NYX Cosmetics is currently certified by both PETA and Logical Harmony as a cruelty free brand. They also have a lot of vegan options available.

As many cruelty free consumers know, L’Oreal has a reputation for testing on animals. This acquisition is shocking news to many consumers. If you have been keeping up to date, you have likely seen that many people have been reaching out to NYX Cosmetics via Facebook, Twitter, and email to express their opposition to the brand being purchased by L’Oreal.

While some brands purchased by L’Oreal in the the more recent past, such as Urban Decay, have been able to maintain cruelty free certifications this seems to be the exception and not the rule with L’Oreal brands. Sadly, the majority of L’Oreal brands do test on animals. For many consumers NYX being owned by L’Oreal is enough to no longer purchase their cosmetics even if they do maintain their cruelty free certifications.

As always, I will do my best to keep you up to date on news of this acquisition. Thank you to Jen from My Beauty Bunny for letting me know about the article!

Pacifica Crystal Orchid Nail Polish Review & Swatches

Pacifica Crystal Orchid Nail Polish Review & Swatches

When I first found out that Pacifica was releasing a line of nail polish I could not have been more excited. Pacifica is a brand that I grew up with. They are also proudly free of any and all animal cruelty as all of their products are both cruelty free and vegan. I purchased several shades of the nail polish and am eager to share swatches and reviews of each shade here on Logical Harmony.

The first shade that I wanted to share is called Crystal Orchid. This is a more subtle version of Pantone’s Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid.

Pacifica Crystal Orchid Nail Polish Review & Swatches

Claims: “Our new 7 Free Nail Polish is long lasting and void of many chemicals that one would find in traditional nail polish. Amazing vibrant colors that go on smooth and stay put. Plus we have added a custom wide 100% vegan brush for easier application.

Ingredients:  Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Oxides (CI77499 / CI 77491), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 11 (CI 47000), Titanium

Pacifica Crystal Orchid Nail Polish Review & Swatches

 

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Free of parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin. Pigmented color. Chip resistant. Shiny finish formula.

Cons: Those who want a bold color may need 3 coats of polish to achieve that look. Be sure to let each coat fully dry before applying the next as it can effect the finish.

The Verdict: I really love this shade! It’s so pretty! Pictured here are two coats of Crystal Orchid. I also felt that it held up well. I was able to go four to five days without chips, which is pretty impressive for me. The formula went on smoothly. I admit that I applied the second coat when the first was not quite 100% dry and as a result I ended up with a slightly uneven finish. Normally, I am able to smooth that out with a top coat but I was unable to with this polish. Overall, I am glad that I purchased Crystal Orchid and several other shades. I also plan on buying more shades in the future.

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Lulu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm Review

Lulu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm Review

Taking good care of my skin is a big priority and part of this means keeping it well moisturized at all times. I love lotions and body balms that I can toss in my purse and take with me. When Lulu Blossom sent me their Dreamsicle Body Balm to review, I really excited to try it. I love a good body balm!

Claims:Dreamsicle Body Balm is a deep moisturizing balm that can be used just about anywhere on the body. It’s rich and creamy with nourishing Shea butter making it great for cuticles, cracked hands, feet, and elbows. It can also be used as a hair pomade or just for those frizzy fly aways.

Ingredients:  Euphorbia Careifera (Candellila) Wax, Butyrosperosperum Parki (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Fragrance

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Travel size, re-sealable packaging. Goes on smoothly. Moisturizes well. Smells delicious!

Cons: This body balm is a firmer formula than most, which may not be ideal for all users.

The Verdict: I liked this body balm. It smells so good!! The scent is spot on for a creamsicle and it really brings me back to childhood (and makes me a bit hungry). The formula is a bit more firm than I generally like. This makes it a bit harder to get out of the packaging. That being said, I think the formula helps it to do a better job of moisturizing. The Dreamsicle Body Balm kept my skin moisturized and smooth for hours after application. I would recommend the Dreamsicle Body Balm to anyone who is already a fan of body balms or anyone looking for a great, multi-purpose balm to carry with them in their purse.

You can stay up to date with Lulu Blossom on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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.

 

Logical Harmony featured by We Heart It

Logical Harmony featured by We Heart It

Recently one of my favorite social platforms, We Heart It, asked if they could feature me on their blog. I have been using We Heart It for longer than I can remember – at least five years! Because of this, I was very excited to have this opportunity. I was asked about what inspires me, my favorite beauty products, and my favorite quote. If you’re not already following me on We Heart It, you can find my boards here.

You can read the full interview on the We Heart It blog – We Heart It Community Spotlight: Tashina Combs.

Raw Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Raw Banana Ice Cream Recipe

I admit that I haven’t had real vegan ice cream in quite a while. I’m addicted to making my own raw fruit “ice cream” in my Vitamix! Usually I love to use frozen mango as the base, but recently I wanted to give frozen bananas a try.

What you will need to make Raw Banana Ice Cream:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • Toppings: frozen raspberries, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, goji berries, 

How to make Raw Banana Ice Cream:

  • Combine the frozen banana, PB2, and the almond or soy milk in a blender. I use my Vitamix and strongly suggest using a high speed blender if you can. If you are using a regular blender, you may need to add more liquid.
  • Turn the blender on to it’s lowest speed setting.
  • Blend until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. You may occasionally need to turn the blender off and stir so that it doesn’t get stuck around the blades.
  • Top with toppings if desired and enjoy!

This is one of the easiest and most delicious deserts I’ve made! If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.