Archive: Skincare

Avon and Estée Lauder under fire as Peta reveals cosmetic brands ‘ordered animal testing’

PETA has lashed out at Avon and Estee Lauder after finding the cosmetic companies are paying for animal testing. The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals announced on their website today that the skincare companies are no longer “cruelty-free” because they are being forced to follow regulations enforced by the Chinese government.

According to PETA, Mary Kay was also included in the list of companies that “harm animals” in the Asian country.

British brand Avon, who recently hired Alesha Dixon as the face, branded the claims ‘misleading’ but admit they are forced to conduct testing in China due to health laws.

A spokesperson said: ‘Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency.

‘In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.

‘When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products.’

‘There have been some incorrect and misleading claims made by animal rights organisations. Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing.’

Estée Lauder have yet to comment.

Both brands have been ‘cruelty-free’ for two decades following campaigns by Peta in the late 80′s.

Does this new revelation by PETA make you want to stop using the brands? Does it affect your decision making?

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New set from Votre Vu: On Holiday!

Book your “playcation” today with no regrets or extra baggage! A veritable pleasure trip, this fantasy-inspiring foursome transports your senses to a virtual beach even faster than a mouse click. Pop up in Bali, Monaco, Cabo or Tahiti with these seductive, seaside-inspired spa essentials that pamper and prepare your form. This skin-softening set of French-crafted scrub, cleansing gelée, nourishing body oil and luxe lotion makes it très easy to “stay another day or two.” Why, everyday, your email reply could say you’re ON HOLIDAY!

Items included in this set*:
On Holiday Gentle Scrub de Corps
On Holiday Gelée de Corps
On Holiday Huiler Pour Le Corps
On Holiday Lait Pour de Corps

I’ve been making my way through this set for the last couple weeks or so, and I can’t even tell you how much I love it. I think my favorite is the moisturizing body spray. It just makes my skin feel so amazing. After hitting the gym, and then the shower – this is the perfect end to a stressful day! Treat yourself to this set today!

$69 for the whole set!

Caffeine-infused tights that reduce cellulite while you wear them?

Look what I came across today! While surfing around, I saw an ad for Skin Kiss tights.  Apparently, they are tights that are impregnated with microcapsules of caffeine to break down cellulite. Women wear the tights daily for a three week period, and during that time, wearers have reported a 2cm reduction on each thigh, and their skin appeared smoother!

Speaking about the product, a spokesperson for the UK brand said: ‘The demand that we have seen for these tights is truly unprecedented.

‘The technology and clinical tests have shown positive results.’

But due to the ‘technical sophistication’ of the product, the spokesperson added that the tights – priced at  £25.48.for a pack of three – are ‘by no means cheap’.

These revolutionary tights use caffeine as an active ingredient, which is introduced into the fibre using micro capsules and the body temperature causes them to act on the skin. Wearing SKIN KISS on a daily basis for up to 28 days, it has been shown that the caffeine can reduce the thigh measurement by up to 2 cm and tightens the tissue of the legs in particular. Further results seen are smoother and suppler skin, improvement of the skin elasticity, visibly improved appearance of the skin and comfort.

Dermatological tested. The effect lasts up to 5 washes.

What do you think? Interested? Go here for more info!


Emma Stone reveals her $5 beauty secret!

One thing is obvious about Emma Stone. Her porcelain skin is flawless. While most A-List celebrities turn to expensive treatments and products to have perfect skin, Emma takes a rather low-budget approach!

The 23-year-old actress has revealed that grapeseed oil is the key to her perfect skin!

The oil, which costs around $5 a bottle, is available at most stores. She claims that splashing it on her face several times a day leaves her skin soft and silky.

Almost odourless and light in texture the natural product is said to be easily absorbed by the skin and is commonly used as a massage oil.

The product is often made from wine grapes, since the seeds are discarded when alcohol is made.

She told Style.com: ‘I just use natural grapeseed oil from the grocery store on my face as moisturizer.

‘After the shower, I pat it on, and then I’ll use it throughout the day and at night.

‘I pretty much smell like grape all the time.’

She also uses Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum on her ultra-sensitive skin – which she claims is allergic to ‘everything’.

The actress has had a busy year, scoring critically acclaimed hits in comedy Crazy Stupid Love and drama The Help.

She also appeared alongside Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in romantic comedy Friends with Benefits.

Along with Spider-Man, the star will also team up again with her Crazy Stupid Love co-star Ryan Gosling for new movie Gangster Squad.

Love it! I’m always looking for all-natural, healthy and affordable skincare solutions!

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