Dear Sephora,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Both eyes.
Give it a try sometime.

A breather

As you may have noticed with the half-arsed posting over the past week or so, I’ve been quite busy with midterms &etc recently. So for today’s post, I am instead linking to a few other lovely bloggers. Hope you enjoy their posts as much as I did, and I hope to see you with a regular post (a review, perhaps, to make up for it?) tomorrow!

Still looking for more reading? The comments of yesterday’s YOU are well worth a read, and here are some reviews you may have missed recently…

  • Bobbi Brown Heather Buff: a surprising MLBB shade {review}
  • Coral Crush, from summer to fall {review}
  • Annabelle Hush mineral blusher {review}
  • L’Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant: better than the real thing {review}
  • Marcelle Power Volume mascara powers right through the workday! {review}


Sephora Friends and Family 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

US/online only. The code is FF2010, and it’s valid until Nov 3rd! Happy shopping ;)

For those of you who (like me) are fans of combining really great deals with (a) other really great deals, or (b) really great products, may we recommend… 


YOU: animal testing

I read an article on BellaSugar a while back about how the numbers of animals involved in testing has dramatically increased in recent years due to things like Botox — each batch must be tested on our furry friends. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, so I wanted to open a thread to ask you how you feel about animal testing. Please do share your thoughts!

Personally, my take on this is very lax. (I used to only use products not tested on animals, but not anymore… we’ll get into that in a moment). When it comes to pharmaceuticals, I am definitely in favour of animal testing — it’s selfish of me, but quite frankly, I’d rather have a family of mice suffer consequences than myself or my own family. When it comes to cosmetics and skincare, I’m a little more pro-animal…
…but not much. From where I’m standing, there are three options: 
   (a) The company tests on animals,
   (b) The company doesn’t test on animals, but the ingredients they use have been tested on animals, or
   (c) The company doesn’t test on animals, but their formulas (or the formulas of their ingredients) have been based off of formulas previously tested on animals.
adorable little guys via Getty Images.
Perhaps I’m a pessimist, but it does seem like one of those things that is very hard to avoid in its entirety. If a company takes a stance against animal testing, it definitely does work in their favour for me (I’d buy a product not tested on animals if it was just as good as the one tested on animals, even with a little price increase), but I wouldn’t stop using one of my favourite products just because it was tested on animals. The way I see it — really, what hasn’t, at some point in time?
Would I be able to test on animals, though? Doubtful. Which may pose some problems later in my schooling, but we’ll deal with that when we must!
For more information, I encourage you to check out the PETA site, but remember to take everything with a grain of salt. Most of these articles have been written with a very strong bias, and if you really are interested in going animal-testing-free, I’d also recommend reading pro-testing articles (try googling terms like “animal testing pros” or “animal testing beneficial.”)

Again, I do encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments! However, we do not tolerate name-calling, cheap shots, etc. Arguments for and against testing are definitely allowed, but please remember to keep them polite and academic — not rowdy and un-based ;) Remember, too, that you can include links to studies and articles in the comments with a href tags, or simply by pasting in the url!

IKEA’s take on Christmas

Sunday, October 24, 2010

“Christmas? Oh, yay! It must be time for horse-shaped cakes!

But of course.

New at… Sephora

Does not include Holiday collections; we’ll have a larger post on those soon! (Not all of them are online yet).

Oh, and because this one was just too exciting to fit in a box with other products — lip butter tubes! I wonder how the formula of these compares to the original?
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