Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu makes a dizzying array of skin care products–seriously, whatever your skin complaint, this company addresses it–and everything it makes is cruelty free.

This Drying Cream is a miracle of those of us whose main skin concern is acne. I use lots of Mario Bacescu acne products (I’ve already reviewed the facial cleanser and healing cream), but this might be my favorite. I put it on zits to minimize their appearance and shorten their duration. The zits go away quickly (maybe 2-3 days depending on when I start using the cream), and during that time the zits are less red and swollen.

The cream is a light green color, which helps to minimize the red inflamed skin. This cream is also super duper thick. Like caulk or plumber’s putty. I’m trying to think of an example not from home improvement, but that’s clearly where my head is at. Anyway, it’s really think and cakey, so you only need a minuscule amount.

Side note: I hate it when people say “Oh yeah, this eye cream is $1,000, but you only have to use a little bit, so this .01 ounce jar will last years!” That is usually complete bullshit. Also, I really don’t want to be thinking about if I’m using the appropriate, not-too-much-but-not-too-little amount of product when it’s 3 AM and it’s all I can do just to scrape off my make-up and splash some water on my face. So trust me when I say that at $14, this .5 ounce jar is expensive, but you really will be able to use it for a year. I’m worried that mine will expire before I use it up, and I use it almost every day.

Bill Gates Backs Vegan Meat Start Up

Michelle Neff

When billionaire philanthropist is investing in a faux meat start up, you know the future of meat is, well, fake meat. Bill Gates (who has said before that plant based meat is the future) is now investing in Beyond Meat, in a vegan meat start up.


Earlier this year, Bill Gates named Beyond Meat–a startup that’s aiming for the mainstream, non-vegan market–as one of three companies that he thinks are shaping the future of food. Backed by Obvious Corporation (an incubator created by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and the company’s former VP of Product, Jason Goldman), Beyond Meat makes a variety of fake chicken strips (my personal favorite is the “grilled” flavor) that taste surprisingly like real meat–enough so that you might not be able to tell the difference if someone stuck it in, say, a burrito.

No word yet on how much Gates is…

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3D Printing: The End of Animal Testing?

Courtesy of LiveScience

Courtesy of LiveScience

Could 3D printing be the answer to cruelty-free drug testing? The U.S. Department of Defense thinks so. It is spending $24 million to back a project run by The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (with input from many others) to print miniature solid organs and vascular structures. Tony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, says

“The question is whether can you have a better system to test these drugs, so that you can bypass cell testing and animal testing by going straight to miniature organs.”

It could also speed drug development and save drug research companies millions of dollars, perhaps making our medicine cheaper. Read more about it here (my apologies for the Fox News link).

Diva Curl No-Poo Quick Cleanser

As I’ve mentioned, I have oily hair. I have to wash it every day or risk looking like I’ve been hiking the Appalachian Trail for a week. But as everyone knows, between having a full time job, graduate school classes, a baby, a volunteer commitment, a second job, or just a really healthy fondness for staying up late drinking, it’s not always possible to get yourself 100% percent clean and gorgeous everyday. Sometimes it’s all I can do to rub a soapy washcloth across my pits, gargle with mouthwash, and put on a hat.

So I’ve been trying to find a good dry shampoo for those in-between days. I used to use one that Dove makes. It worked really well: light spray, not too wet, not at all powdery, smelled nice, and disappeared after brushing. Now, of course, I want to find a cruelty-free version. The first one I’ve tried is Diva Curl’s No-Poo Quick Cleanser. I have raved about Deva Curl and its No-Poo cleanser and One Condition conditioner. They are both staples in my hair care routine. I am sad to report, however, that I was not thrilled with the Quick Cleanser. I followed the directions and sprayed the roots of my hair. The spray was really wet, and no matter how much I rubbed it in and brushed it out, it never seemed to dry. Now, two disclaimers here:

  1. It’s possible I misunderstood what this product does. It is, after all, called “quick cleanser” and not “dry shampoo.” Maybe it’s meant to be wet and I’m an idiot for expecting it not to be.
  2. I have only used it once. I plan to give it a couple more tries (but how do I find a day when I don’t mind looking greasy?)

I will edit this post if subsequent uses prove more successful. Until then, I am on the look-out for something else.