Join Mayim Bialik to End Animal Testing!


Actress Mayim Bialik has joined Cruelty Free International‘s campaign to end animal testing in the United States. Read more here and sign the petition asking legislators to co-sponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act Bill (introduced March 5 as H.R. 4148).

It is very important to me to speak out on behalf of animals who cannot protest their suffering and ask the compassionate people of the United States to join me, and Cruelty Free International, to call on the U.S Government to end the outdated use of animals for cosmetics testing once and for all. It doesn’t take a genius to know that using animals for these cruel and unnecessary tests is unjustifiable.

Mayim Bialik

Some Too Faced Cosmetics are 100% Vegan*


A kindred spirit blogger, Sunny at Vegan Beauty Review, has compiled this complete list of Too Faced cosmetics that are vegan. The Too Faced brand is cruelty free, and some of their products are 100% vegan. It offers tons of great cosmetics, including, as Sunny pointed out, brushes made with “teddy bear hair.” I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but I just ordered the Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection (which will replace pretty much all of my old eye shadows), and I will let you know how it works! And check out Vegan Beauty Review for lots more cruelty-free product reviews.

* Updated 4/18 thanks to a well-informed commenter. Previously I had written that ALL Too Faced cosmetics are vegan, which is false. The company does not claim that–I must have skimmed over all the important stuff on their site in my frenzy to order eye shadow kits. 🙂

Support Legislation to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals


This is the big one, folks. The Humane Cosmetics Act, which would prohibit animal-tested cosmetics from being manufactured and sold in the U.S., was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Urge your Representative to support this groundbreaking legislation! Click on this link to send an e-mail, and click here to find the phone number of your representatives to give them a quick call.

Can you imagine if we didn’t need blogs like mine? If we didn’t have to check the back of every bottle or package? If we didn’t have to scour drugstores, grocery stores, and the web for products we trust? Think of all the flippin’ free time we’d have! My novel would practically write itself!

Arbonne Translucent Loose Setting Powder


Arbonne makes such great natural, plant-based, cruelty-free products. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I wish I could afford to use to more of them on a regular basis!

I am in love with Arbonne’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I use mineral foundation, blush, and bronzer from Carley’s Clear and Smooth (holla!), and I love it all. But I have not yet found a better setting/finishing powder than this one.

Unlike most supposedly translucent powders, this powder is *actually* not going to lighten your make-up. There’s not much that I hate more than painstakingly choosing a foundation that matches my skin tone (even having different ones for winter and summer based on how tan I am) and carefully applying the foundation so that it looks natural only to dab on finishing powder that makes me look like an 18th century dandy. Or a geisha. You get my drift. This powder will not do that, and it seems to set my make-up well. I apply it after I’ve put on my foundation, blush/bronzer, and eye liner and shadow (not the mascara! That goes on last). And at $33 for 8.5 grams, it seems like a good amount of product for your money.