Ethical Brands

This is a picture of all the ethical brands that have NO known ties to Israel. This list is by no means exhaustive. These are the main ones. The new or very small companies can safely be assumed to have no links to Israel or a quick Google Search can give you your answer. 

When you first start to boycott, it will be tough especially if you have been using certain products for a while. The hardest products for me to let go of was L’Oréal mascaras and the Lancôme Hypnose mascara but whenever it began to bother me, I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture. That picture puts everything in perspective.

I refuse to support genocide. I refuse to watch videos of children being hurt and killed knowing that I have played a part in it. It might sound extreme but this is reality. 

💔 Start slow and begin by choosing the product you use the most and try finding an alternative.

(You’re welcome to message me and I can help you find another product) 

💔 If you have products that are on the boycott list, don’t throw them away. Finish them off before you buy something else. 

💔 S P R E A D – T H E – W O R D

Picture Credit: http://www.theblushinggiraffe.com

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BDS List

A few people have asked me for the list of makeup companies to boycott due to their involvement with Israel. 

Brace yourselves – it is quite an extensive list. The big brands are L’Oréal and Estée Lauder. They are are umbrella companies with lots of other smaller companies falling under them.

If you haven’t already seen the list, you’re in for a little shock. However, I can assure you there are other brands out there that are just as good, if not better. 

I am going to post another list of all the ethical brands if you choose to boycott, so you’re aware of the alternatives and to soften the blow! 🤗

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Companies to Boycott

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder brands:

* Aveda

* Coach cosmetics

* Smashbox

* Tom Ford

* Aramis

* Bumble and Bumble

* Aerin

* American Beauty

* Clinique

* Bobbi Brown

* Darphin

* Donna Karan

* Ermenegildo Zegna

* Flirt!

* Goodskin Labs

* Grassroots Research Labs

* Jo Malone

* Kiton

* La Mer

* Lab series skincare for men

* MAC

* Michael Kors

* OJON

* Origins

* OSIAO

* Prescriptives

* Tommy Hilfiger

* Tory Burch 

Ahava

Revlon: 
Revlon also owns Almay.

L’Oreal
L’Oreal brands:

* Lancome

* Giorgio Armani Beauty

* Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

* Biotherm

* Kiehl’s

* Ralph Lauren

* Shu Uemura

* Cacharel

* Helena Rubinstein

* Clarisonic

* Diesel

* Viktor & Rolf

* Yue Sai

* Maison Martin Margiela

* Urban Decay

* Guy Laroche

* Paloma Picasso

* Vichy

* La Roche-Posay

* SkinCeuticals

* Inneov

* Rogers&Gallet

* Sanoflore

* L’Oreal Paris

* Garnier

* Maybelline New York

* Softsheen.Carson

* Essie

* The Body Shop

* L’Oreal Professionnel

* Kérastase

* Redken

* Matrix

* Pureology

* Shu Uemura Art of Hair

* Mizani

* NYX (recent acquisition)

If you want further details about the brands and their involvement with Israel, then read more at: http://artofpalestine.tumblr.com/post/93450017607/boycott-israel-cheat-sheet-cosmetics-health-and

S P R E A D – T H E – W O R D

L.A Girl – PRO Conceal Concealers/Correctors


I’ll be honest, I saw all the YouTubers raving about this so I jumped on the bandwagon to join in the fun. 

I have a correcting palette by Kryolan but it never hurts to add to your collection. Right? 😬

I bought the correcting concealer in orange for pigmentation/dark circles and the green concealer for redness. I also wanted a normal concealer for my under eyes so went with Light Ivory. A lot of people use these concealers for contouring and highlighting but I was more concerned about their concealing factor! 

So let’s begin with the concealer. It is meant to be a dupe for the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I’m not sure I would call it a dupe though. I’ve used the MAC concealer before and there are quite a few differences, one of them being the consistency. MAC is more of a liquid concealer whereas this is more creamy. 

I rarely buy a foundation/concealer online because it is so difficult to go in blind and try to establish the right shade for your skin tone but I decided to be brave and after looking at the swatches, I went for Light Ivory. 

The colour turned out to be darker than what I was expecting but as I blended it out it wasn’t as noticeable. Did it cover my dark circles? I’ll be frank – my circles aren’t bad and it struggled to cover them. I suppose you can build coverage but the initial coverage was quite sheer even though the concealer has a creamy consistency. I used a damp sponge to work it into my skin and it blended in nicely. I was concerned it would crease or fade and it didn’t, which was a nice surprise.

Finally, I just want to mention the applicator. I know many have complained about it being unhygienic but my issue was with the excessive amount of product that emerges after a light squeeze. I found that frustrating – more so with the correctors, as you only need a small amount. 

Would I buy it again? No. It’s a good concealer for youthful eyes that require very little help in the under eye department. I wouldn’t buy this if you’re wanting to cover dark circles! 

On to the Green Colour Corrector, which is a light green and if too much is applied, it’s difficult to blend out. You only need a very small amount and I mean tiny, as this bad boy is quite pigmented. Like I said before, you have to squeeze the tube quite gently to get the desired amount. However, once blended and foundation is applied on top, it really does help to alleviate redness. 

Lastly, the Orange Corrector, which helps with covering dark circles. I need to point out that this corrector is most suited to those with medium to dark skin. If you do have fair skin, you need to go for a corrector that is pink/peach in colour. I’ve recently learnt that LA Girl are now selling a peach corrector for lighter skin tones.

This is very pigmented so, once again, a tiny amount is sufficient to cover dark circles/hyper pigmentation. The correctors are also quite creamy and easy to blend which helps with application. 

The correctors are brilliant – especially being so inexpensive. Plus you can pick and choose what shade you want as opposed to buying an expensive palette of colours, in which most shades are useless to you. 

The concealer on the other hand was more ‘you-get-what-you-pay-for’. If you’re after light coverage, then this will work for you. 

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Sigma – E06 Brush

Technically, it’s an eyeliner brush but I have also been using it as a brow brush to draw in hair that doesn’t exist. Over-plucking as a teenager was the biggest mistake I ever made. (Were pencil thin eyebrows ever in fashion? 😳🙈) 

Back to the E06 – it’s a small angled brush that’s designed to give you ‘precise control’ for winged liner. 

I think if you struggle with liner – this brush is brilliant at making the whole process of application less stressful! I found it very easy to use and is becoming one of my favourite brushes to apply liner with. 

The tiny brush allows you to create a thinner line which is perfect for smaller eyes. 

I find it works best with a gel liner although I have used it with powder without any issues. 

All in all, it’s a great brush, especially for beginners. 

I bought mine from Cultbeauty.com for £11.25. 

Picture credit : activeskin.com.au


Castor oil has numerous benefits and promoting hair-growth is one of them. The oil boosts blood circulation to the follicles, leading to faster hair growth. The oil also has omega-9 essential fatty acids that can penetrate into the pores of the skin and hair follicles. 

Many people apply it to their scalp. It can also be used to thicken and lengthen lashes. I know a few people that have used it claiming it works.

This is where my brows come in. I’m always boring you all about my brows or lack of them! Over plucking has caused some hair not to grow back. This is a common problem but I want to find a solution.

So…

For the next three weeks I am going to apply castor oil to my brows every night. I will post the before/after pictures once I’ve completed the three weeks. I’m not holding out much hope to be honest with you but let’s hope it proves me wrong. 

Sigma – E25 Blending Brush

This brush is for ‘controlled’ blending, in particular the crease. It works really well for small eyes/lids. I also have the Real Techniques blending brush but I find it can be too big so this works better for those smaller areas. 

One of the reasons I bought this brush was because its a well-known ‘dupe’ of the popular MAC 217 brush. I wanted to see if it lived up to all the good reviews! 

It did. 

I find this brush so versatile. You can use it to sweep colour all over your lid. You can also use it to apply directly to the crease and blend. It’s one of those brushes I would take with me if I am going away, as it does 3 jobs in one. 

The bristles aren’t scratchy and it keeps its shape after washing. Sigma brushes are not as expensive as MAC (half the price) but that doesn’t mean they lack in quality. They’re good quality brushes at an affordable price. I paid £10 for it on beautybay.com

If you don’t want to buy lots of brushes or pay an extortionate amount for a brush, this, really is, one you should consider.