Sunday, 4 February 2018

Coty: Which Brands Test On Animals?


Hey guys! It's time for another cosmetic company to be examined so we can see which brands they own test on animals and which are cruelty free. This is the third post in this series. To see my recent Estée Lauder post and L'Oréal post, follow the links. But today, we are going to look at this global company to see how ethical they are in terms of animal cruelty. For those of you who are unsure, Coty are a beauty company that own a lot of big and popular brands in the cosmetic market. Sadly, the results of this search is the worst yet.

Cruelty Free Brands: 

  • GHD
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Philosophy 
Brands Tested on Animals:

  • Covergirl
  • Burberry 
  • Wella
  • Calvin Klein Cosmetics 
  • OPI
  • Clairol
  • Gucci
  • Rimmel London
  • Hugo Boss
  • Bourjois Paris
  • Chloe
  • Nioxin
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sassoon
  • Max Factor
  • Sebastian Professional 
  • Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • Miu Miu
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Londa
  • Kadus
  • Bruno Banani
  • Balenciaga
  • Playboy
  • Lacoste
  • James Bond 007
  • Mexx
  • Lancaster Beauty
  • Stella McCartney 
  • Roberto Cavalli 
  • Escada
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Everyday Glow: Current Makeup (Cruelty Free)



Hey guys! So today I want to share my current favourite makeup look. Everyday I've pretty much been obsessed with this glowy, warm makeup look. Sometimes I'll swap round the products I am using, but I love the way this makeup looks. So am I going to share with you how I achieve this makeup! 




Base
  • Use a moisturising/glowy primer to make sure you have the best base to work with. I have used Too Faced Hangover Primer.
  • Use your favourite foundation. I wanted to go with something full coverage today to give myself a blank canvas, so I used Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. However, if you want to create even more glow, use something more dewy or with less coverage. 
  • Use a brightening concealer. I've used Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in a lighter shade to highlight my under-eyes. 
  • *Optional* I cream contoured and used a liquid highlight to get a naturally sculptured look. For cream contour I used the NYX Wonder Stick and for highlight I used the Iconic London Highlighting Drops. 
  • Lightly powder to set any of the liquids on the skin. 
  • Bronze! Use a bronzer to add more depth to the face - I used the Makeup Revolution Ultimate Bronzer. 
  • Highlight! The main event - the way to gain glow is by using a good highlighter. I used Becca Champagne Pop. 

Eyes & Brows
  • Fill your brows in using your normal products. I used the Freedom Brow Pomade in Medium Brown. 
  • For the eyes I used a mixture of the Juvia's Place Magic Palette and the Morphe 35O. These palletes have perfect shades, but just use any that you have to hand. 
  • Start off with a warm brown shade. Use it as a transition by using a fluffy brush and blending it into the crease of the eye. 
  • Repeat the same motion but with a nice orange shade, and a deep reddy-brown shade. 
  • Get a dark brown shade and use a smaller/more precise brush to add darkness to the outer corner of the eye. Blend any excess product through the crease and on the bottom lash line. 
  • Use a shimmery bright golden shade on the eye lid. 
  • Use a shimmery white shade on the inner corner and brow bone to highlight. 
  • Use a black kohl liner to define the eyes and add some mascara. 
Lips
  • Finally, use your favourite lip shade. Because this is an every day look I went for nude. 
  • I used Urban Decay in Stark Naked (my favourite nude). 
  • For added glow, add a bit of gloss to the centre of the lips. I used a Soap & Glory gloss.  
Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Worth The Hype? The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review


Hey guys! So before I crack on with today's post, I just want to let you know I've finally made a Facebook page. If you want to give it a like and keep up to date with all my latest posts, just follow this link.

Now, a few months ago there was a swarm of YouTube video's and blog posts about the new foundation from The Ordinary blowing everyone's minds. The product in question is The Ordinary Coverage Foundation SPF 15 priced at only £5.95! I wanted to try it out ever since and I only just got my hands on it this month. Due to the huge popularity, I've been waiting until I can get it in a shade that would suit me. I thought I'd do a little review to let you know if it was worth all the hype. 

So I hate to disappoint, but I really do not like this product. I know, I am just as gutted to be writing this as you may be shocked reading this. But for some reason, this just does not work for me. I've tried it twice on its own now and both times led to the same result. 

So the main reason I hate this foundation is because of the way it sits on my skin. I have never come across a foundation this unflattering! It looked like it had gone patchy and it sticks to all my dry skin. The second time I tried it, I made sure to prep my skin so it was as smooth as possible. But again, it separated and stuck to all my dry patches. I actually just wanted to take it off straight away but I did my best to make it work. 

It works OK with some mixed with dewy foundations if I want it to be more of a matte finish. I've mixed it a few times with my LA Girl foundation and it works OK. But I didn't buy this foundation just for it to just be 'OK' mixing with others. If you have dry skin like me, maybe avoid it. However, if you have oily skin it might work a treat at staying matte all day. For me, it is just a no.

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Estée Lauder Group: Which Brands Test On Animals?


Hey guys! So I am carrying on the cruelty free series with another brand examination. We will be discovering which brands owned by the parent company, Estée Lauder, are cruelty free and which are tested on animals.  So, let's get into it. 

Cruelty Free Brands: 
  • Aveda
  • Becca
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Kilian
  • Le Labo
  • Smashbox
  • Too Faced
Brands Tested on Animals: 

  • Aerin Beauty
  • Aramis
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Clinique
  • Darphin Paris
  • DKNY
  • Donna Karan
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Estée Lauder
  • Glam Glow
  • Jo Malone
  • La Mer
  • Lab Series
  • Mac
  • Michael Kors
  • Origins
  • Tom Ford
  • Tommy Hilfiger 
I hope this was interesting and helpful! 

Love Rebecca Ashley x

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Year, New Hair



Hey guys! So today I have a big change. I've took my long brown hair and cut it short! I've had it cut into a Lob style with blonde balayage. I had it cut at Mark Leeson with the lovely Laura. I absolutely love how it turned out. Here are the before and after photos! 

Before


So as you can see, my hair was pretty damn long. It had a few layers and had some grown out balayage. 

After







So it is a big change! The length has been cut to finish at my collar bone and it has been coloured. I love it so much and the difference is incredible! 

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The L'Oréal Group: Which Brands Test On Animals?


Hey guys! Sorry that I've been quiet lately but I've been super busy with my deadlines. But I am back and it is actually one of my deadlines that has inspired me to write this post. I want to update you all about which brands do and don't test on animals. 

As a reminder, a brand isn't cruelty free if they sell their products in China, as it is required by law. I'm going to do a series where I talk about a particular parent company and let you know which brands they own that are/are not cruelty free. I'll also be updating my main list of cruelty free brands soon, so keep your eyes pealed. 

L'Oréal is a parent company that own several brands. Some of these brands are cruelty free, some not. However, it is good to note that the company is not considered cruelty free as a group, because not all of their brands are cruelty free. 

Cruelty Free Brands: 
  • NYX Professional Makeup
  • Urban Decay
  • IT Cosmetics
  • Pureology
  • Decléor Paris
  • The Body Shop
Brands that test on animals: 

  • L'Oréal Paris
  • Garnier
  • Maybelline New York
  • Essie
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Magic Mask
  • Lancôme Paris
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Kiehl’s
  • Biotherm
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Shu Uemura
  • La Roche-Posay 
  • Vichy
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Roger & Gallet
  • Redken
  • Matrix
  • Kerastase 
  • Carita
  • L'Oréal Professional
  • Clarisonic
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Diesel
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Cacharel
  • Yue Sai
It is quite astonishing to see the amount of brands they own that do test on animals, compared to their cruelty free brands. However, some of their cruelty free brands are my favourites and I am so happy that they have made the ethical decision as a brand to stay cruelty free. I hoped this helped and enlightened a few of you. If you have any questions about animal testing feel free to leave a comment or contact me! 

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Best Affordable Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliner?!


Hey guys! So as some of my more frequent readers may know, I've been on the hunt for a good, cruelty free liquid eyeliner. I've tried some pretty awful ones (some of which I've done previous reviews on.) Finally, I think I may have found one that is worthy of my makeup bag. 

So the liner in question is the BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I know that BH Cosmetics is not widely available in the UK, however it is stocked on Beauty Bay, which is where I purchased this product. Even better, this liner is only £4.00!

 I stumbled across this product a few months ago when I was shopping online and saw how good the reviews were. For £4.00 I thought it was at least worth a try, even after my previous disastrous attempts. However, I am very pleasantly surprised. The liquid is very black, which is something a lot of cheaper liners lack. I also find the formula to be really long lasting and it barely ever transfers. It is quite easy to get a nice line with the nib, however it can be more difficult to get a precise point to a wing. 

Nevertheless, this liner is really really good for the price point of £4.00. To make it even better, it is cruelty free! If you are in the market for a new liner, I would recommend picking this one up. 

Love Rebecca Ashley x

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