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Urban Decay California Store

I love Urban Decay, they make such great quality products and have a large offering of vegan products too. Their continued stubbornness over making their products accessible to the Australian market has been infuriating but with Sephora’s Australian store opening in Sydney soon, I think we will have UD on our shores before 2014 is over. So while I’m excited about that, those of you in the USA can get excited about a store opening that has never been done anywhere else in the world …. a freestanding Urban Decay store.  Continue Reading

VeggieGrill USA Food

Discovering delicious food has to be one of the greatest joys in life. It’s a common misconception that vegans mustn’t like eating, or that we don’t care if the food tastes good ….. WRONG. I care. I love food, I love the act of eating and I love exploring restaurants and eateries. My favourite time to do it is while travelling, so you can imagine what was high on my priority list during a recent visit to West Hollywood, USA.

Los Angeles is one of the world’s holy lands for vegans, and West Hollywood (the cool kids call it WeHo) is even more so a mecca. Any food you can imagine is available vegan in WeHo. There are so many great eateries dedicated to vegetarian and vegan food but you’d never know it just by looking at them. They aren’t in your face and they barely mention the word “vegan” (if at all). Other eateries are still super-vegan-friendly and have something fantastic on the menu.

Today I’m sharing with you the places that kept me full during my stay. Bookmark this list so if you find yourself in Los Angeles you know where to find some great eats. Continue Reading

Natural Grains Biodegradable Microbeads

As a passionate beauty consumer and an equally passionate animal rights activist, I like to think I know a little something about nearly everything but I’m also aware that the beauty industry is ever changing and thus I’m always learning something new. Usually, I love what I learn but on this occasion I do not love what I’ve learnt. I don’t like it at all. In fact, I’m horrified.

I read on Slashed Beauty (one of my favourite beauty blogs) about the Beat The Microbead campaign, an international campaign against the use of microbeads in cosmetics. I know exactly what you are thinking because I thought it too, “not another ‘bad guy’ the hippies want to ban”. I put my quick judgement aside and read what the deal is, and the result was my jaw on the floor. Shocked is an understatement.

Microbeads are bad, I’m going to tell you all about this secret killer we are all using everyday, why some cities are moving to ban them and what you can do/buy to avoid the ‘bad guy’. I’ve recruited Michelle Wong, Science PhD and Blogger at Lab Muffin, to break down the science speak for us.  Continue Reading

One of the many companies displaying their exciting new launches at Cosmoprof North America was CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.). What engaged my interest in particular was the addition of 6 new shades in the Shellac range.

Shellac has been everywhere and is still super hot, but you may remember that one thing I felt let Shellac down a bit was the lack of colour variety. Yes, all the colours are layerable and can make new colours, but I felt like the colours were rather simple and plain. I wanted pizzazz. Well, CND must have heard my pleas because pizzazz is what I got!

The New Colours

Did you know you can do textures with Shellac? I didn’t. For the first time CND have released a Shellac colour with a bit of texture, Zillionaire. Ok, so it isn’t texture you can feel ….. Continue Reading

Yesturday I heard some breaking news that NP Set, the diffusion line of Napoleon Perdis, has opened it’s first ever stand-alone retail makeup bar. How excitement?!?!

What Is NP Set

The diffusion line from Napoleon Perdis came about as a collaboration with Target in 2008. Designed for stylish girls on the go, NP Set brings together on trend colours with great quality all at an affordable price. The range includes cosmetics, makeup brushes, skincare and bath & body products.

A little sneak peak at the displays. Gosh, I love makeup stores!

The Makeup Bar

Until now NP Set was only stocked in Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser

Face cleansers are seen as quite an underrated product in terms of our overall skincare needs, but they’re actually really important. The correct cleanser for your skin should remove dirt, debris and build-up that otherwise gets in the way of your other skincare products delivering their best results. A vast majority of skin issues can be activated simply by using the wrong cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging, it’s essential to not use a face cleanser that is drying or stripping. Hydration is key, and that’s one of the major claims behind the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser.

As I continue my fight against aging and dry skin I’ve tested the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser. Is it worth the price tag? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

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