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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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Avon and Reese Witherspoon at the “This Means War” premiere!

 

I had the chance to pre-screen “This Means War” last week and I LOVED IT! Such a great romantic comedy I was laughing to the point of tears. Reese looks absolutely gorgeous in the movie, her legs are amazing!

 

Robin Fredriksz using products from Avon to give Reese Witherspoon this gorgeous look at her premiere. Robin put the focus on Reese’s eyes, starting with a subtle cat eye and using four different shadows to blend out a smoky eye. To complete the look, Robin layered on the mascara and applied a soft pink cream blush and lipstick to give Reese a natural glow.

EYES:

· Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black ($9.00)
· True Color Smokey Eyes Quad ($9.00) – includes shadows in Steel, White Pearl, Moonlight, and Privately Pink
· SuperShock Max Mascara ($9.00)

LIPS:
· Shine Attract Lipstick in Fuchsia Flare ($9.00)

FACE:
· Be Blushed in Pink Melon ($8.00)

You can find and purchase all the products used for this look at Avon.com

New Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pallettes

Let’s face it: makeup trends come and go. But the one constant is that we all want to simplify our makeup routine, yet still look ravishing and red carpet-ready. With that in mind, Jillian Dempsey has created a Professional Perfect Eyes Kit and Perfect Contour Powder Palettes for Avon, so women everywhere can achieve a flawlessly fabulous face without the fuss.

A Sexy, Smoky Eye, Simplified
Pro-Perfect Eyes:

Who doesn’t dream of creating the perfect smoky eye look? This wonder palette makes a sultry, smoky eye simple to achieve, thanks to its four shades that perfectly complement one another to highlight, accent and line eyes with foolproof application. “My new eye palette from Avon actually separates the colors into sections that mimic the shape of an eye, so you know exactly where to apply each color,” explains Jillian.

Now available in 4 shades: Deep Purple, Cinnamon, Smokey, and Aqua.

 

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Pro-Perfect Contour Powder:
When it comes to makeup, they say less is always more. Who wants to apply layer upon layer of bronzer, blush and highlighter, only to end up with a cakey complexion that’s far from natural-looking. With this convenient compact, your routine is supremely simplified. Featuring bronzer, blush and highlighter that you can pick up with one smooth swipe of a brush, this compact makes it easy to add dimension for professional, sculpted cheeks every day.

Available April 2012 in 2 shades: Angelic and Blissful


Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Smokifier.

The Professional Eye Smokifier makes a dark smoky eye so easy to create. It’s much easier than a liquid or gel liner the smooth sponge tip is easy to handle and the softer look means no stressing over a perfect line. I tried the Very Black I love how dark it is and the little silver sparkles, definitely makes your eyes pop.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Smokifier

Jillian Dempsey (wife of  McDreamy Patrick Dempsey)  has been working with Avon as their Global Creative Color Director and Celebrity Makeup Artist and has a couple amazing products.

The Professional Eye Smokifier is a powdered eyeliner that comes in a tube with a soft sponge-tipped applicator.

It currently comes in four colors including Very Black, Khaki, Bronze and Blue Grey.

 

$8

 

Disclosure: MHU received a complimentary sample of the above referenced product but all opinions are 100% our own.