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lipSTICKS – Part 4: Just Bitten and Twisted Up

Revlon – Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains


(Image by: Carina under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

What Revlon is saying: “It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

  • Available in 12 Shades.
  • Doesn’t require sharpener.
  • £7.99
  • NOT vegan, NOT cruelty-free
  • Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, BIS-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Microcrystallina ((Microcrystalline Wax) Cire Microcristalline), Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyamide-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mentha Piperita ((Peppermint) Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil), Limonene, Sorbic Acid, May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)].

For swatches of the colours head over to Milly from Pearls and Poodles, Kelly from Vampyvarnish or Allura Beauty. A German review can be found at Roselyn’s blog Roses of Beauty. My personal experience with the shade “Lovesick” is, that it is slightly drying on my lips. It has a very good colour payoff though and is easy to apply, which is why I like using it anyways. I either use a lip balm or similar to keep my lips moisturised.

Isadora – Twist Up Gloss Stick


(Image by: British Beauty Blogger under a CC BY 3.0)

What IsaDora is saying: ”The creamy feel of a lipstick combined with the shine of a lip gloss – treat your lips with a full dose of moisture and glossy color! The soft creamy texture with hydrating properties melts onto the lips and helps to lock in moisture so that the lips stay comfortable and hydrated. Lip filler action: Collagen pre-peptides and hyaluronic acids act plumping and firming, making the lips look fuller and smoother. Moulded chubby twist-up pen – just twist up the pen for more lip color.

  • Available in 8 Shades.
  • Doesn’t require sharpener.
  • £12.95
  • fragrance free
  • vegan, cruelty-free
  • Ingredients?

Find some impressions on the Twist Up Gloss Sticks at Swedish bloggers Viola and Linda.

lipSTICKS – Part 2: No. 7 and Pixi

No. 7 – Lip Crayon

Boots says: “No7 High Shine Lip Crayon glides on sheer and glossy colour for a lightweight, moisturised feel in an easy to apply crayon format.

  • Available in 5 shades.
  • Doesn’t require sharpener.
  • £9.00

The Pixiwoo sisters talked about them recently on their blog. Also Laura writes about her first impression of the Lip Crayon in Berry.

No. 7 – Poppy King Lip Crayon


Boots says: “Poppy King Lip Crayons give a smooth, sheen of moisture rich colour. The new easy to use crayon format allows for instant definition of lips.

  • Available in 5 shades.
  • Requires sharpener.
  • £11.50
  • Ingredients: Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lanolin Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl, Hydrogenated Rosinate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Silica, Tribehenin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape ) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mica ( CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850). [Also includes pigments; for details please visit the link above]

Find more information over at Julie’s blog PDXBeautiful.

Pixi – Tinted Brilliance Balm


Pixi says: “Super-nourishing, lip-staining balm that keeps lips in optimum condition while giving them lush colour. (…) Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips).

  • Available in 10 shades.
  • Doesn’t require sharpener.
  • £12.00
  • Cruelty-free
  • Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil (Olus), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phospholipids, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Dipropylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tripeptide-29, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Red 27 (CI 45410). May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380)].

Read what Mandy at PrettyMaking and Karen at MakeUp and Beauty Blog think about the Brilliance Balms.

NewIn: NYX Products

NYX Blush in #11 Taupe

NikkiTutorials compares her favorite blusher NYX Taupe with MAC Taupe. She uses this blush for contouring, which is why I decided to give it a go as well. Absolutely love it, especially during winter when I am extra pale.

NYX Lipliner in (from top to bottom) #817 Hot Red, #836 Bloom, #838 Purple Rain and #54 Pale Pink

Interesting comparison of NYX Lipliners with the ones by Mac at Crueltyfree Kit.

NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in #604 Milk and #623A Purple Velvet


Bathroom Confessions – March 2013

SuperdrugLavender & Camomille Shower Gel #vegan #crueltyfree #buav #soapfree

I don’t like too sweet scented shower gels, so this one is lovely for me. It has a rather natural scent of lavender, not too obtrusive. They have some other shower gels available, so maybe I have look at them next time.

SuperdrugRaspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo #buav #crueltyfree

SuperdrugRaspberry & Macadamia Nut Conditioner #buav #crueltyfree

Both, the shampoo and conditioner just smell amazing! They are for coloured hair and I with my currently reddish hair it works just fine. I think I will buy them again, once they are empty.

St. Ives – Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub

When I first started using it I was amazed by its results. My skin just felt so much cleaner and soft, however now that I have been using it for a few month I feel that this benefit has worn off a bit. Therefore I am not sure if I will re-purchase it.

EU goes cruelty-free

Today a new EU regulation has taken affect, which bans the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing within the EU.

The announcement at BUAV’s website describes the regulation as follows: “After 11th March, no company can carry out new animal tests for cosmetics purposes outside of the EU for products to be sold in the EU. Cosmetics companies can, however, continue to sell in the EU products with ingredients that have been animal tested in the past.” (View Source)

The Independent has a more in-depth article called ”Today the EU goes cruelty-free, but is the beauty industry’s commitment more than skin deep?” (View Source)

More information: (11.03.2013)

How much is too much?

Recently I have been investigating cruelty-free alternatives to conventional makeup and body care products. As I spend quite a lot of money for these products I would like to know what I spend my money for.

However, it is not as easy to decide which brands to choose. Of course, I would like my products to be cruelty-free. But is it enough that the company I am buying from states that they do no animal testing? Nowadays it is quite common practice for big enterprises to take over the smaller ones and thus collect good selling brands. There has been quite some controversy last year, when Urban Decay announced they are being taken over by L’Oreal. The same happened to The Body Shop in 2006, yet there are rumours of Lush being interested in buying The Body Shop now. So what does this mean? If I buy from a brand like The Body Shop who promotes their products as being cruelty-free my money still goes to L’Oreal who does not follow the same standards.

Further, it is rather difficult to stay up-to-date with all the regulations as well as with company’s policies. For myself I have decided now to use up the product I still have currently and if I purchase new ones try to find those that are cruelty-free (and also their parent company does not engage in animal testing). I think, in the end what counts is to make an informed decision and trying to do the best you can. It is impossible to always do everything right and there is no point in beating yourself up about it.

Here are some websites that could help you find products that are cruelty-free: