10 Rare Beauty Foundation Video Reviews You Need to Watch

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Considering trying out the trendy Rare Beauty Foundation but not really sure if it’s right for you?

We could give you an in-depth review with the pros, cons, and features, but let’s be honest- what you really want to know is how it will look on YOUR skin type, not mine.

So, with that in mind, we rounded up video reviews from 10 diverse influencers with every skin tone and type imaginable, which you can watch below.

First, though, let’s make sure we’re on the same page and check out the different Rare Beauty foundation options discussed in these videos.

Rare Beauty Foundation at a Glance

Want to Try Rare Beauty Foundation? Check These 10 Video Reviews First!

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for years now. I’m not talking about just any foundation, either.

I’m talking about a foundation that will suit my skin type, that will last all day, and that won’t break the bank (although I’m willing to pay a bit extra for a REALLY great brand).

I think I finally found it with Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez, but to be really sure, I needed to see it in action. So, I turned to the top influencers to find out what they thought of it.

Here are some of my favorite Rare Beauty Foundation video reviews so you can do the same! For my own skin needs, #8 was a huge help to me.

1. Trying Rare Beauty Foundation on Textured Skin

2. Vianney Strick’s RB by Selena Gomez Foundation Review

3. See How RB Holds Up After 6 Hours

4. A FULL-DAY Test Run With RB

5. RB Liquid Touch on Oily Skin Review

6. Samantha Jane’s Wear Test & Review

7. How it Looks on Darker Skin Tones

8. An Honest Rare Beauty Review for the Over-40 Crowd

9. Up-Close Look at the Rare Beauty Color Swatches

10. Selena Gomez Herself Trying Out Her RB Foundation

As I said, I could talk all day about whether Selena Gomez‘s Rare Beauty Foundation works for ME, but unless you have my pale and sensitive skin, that doesn’t really help YOU, right?

I hope one of the videos above did the trick, though! If you’ve tried Rare Beauty, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have you used Rare Beauty Foundation? Tell us how it worked for you below!

Is Benefit Truly A Cruelty-Free Makeup Brand in 2021?

Is Benefit cruelty-free as of 2021?

Short answer, NOPE.

Even though they claim that they don’t test on animals, some of their practices (and their parent company’s) are enough to knock them right off my cruelty-free beauty list.

Read on to learn why.

Benefit Animal Testing Policies

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I have to admit, I was a bit shocked by Benefit’s animal testing policies. Seriously, when I learned that they weren’t cruelty-free, my face did this sort of “wait, what???” jaw-drop.

Out of all the “is it cruelty-free” topics we’ve covered, I really expected more from this particular brand. I can’t explain why. I just did.

However, their animal testing policy reads like every other “we’re hoping you don’t notice the big fat ‘but’ in the middle” statement. Here it is, tell me what you see (bolding is mine, the typo in the bolded text is theirs):

Benefit does not test our products on animals.

Since 1989, the Perfumes & Cosmetics companies of LVMH group (including Benefit Cosmetics) have not performed any tests on animals for our products – this was implemented long before the 2013 official ban set by the European Union.

We are deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing. We’re playing a leading role in developing alternative methods through our support of the “Fund for Alternatives to Animal Testing” in the United States. We also actively participate in validation studies of new alternative tests in the framework of the European cosmetics association, Cosmetics Europe. We are one of only a few companies to have invested in creating our own internal department to test raw materials and ingredients to further ensure the quality of our products and the satisfaction of our customers, which is our top priority.

As a result, all Benefit products undergo very strict tolerance tests using non-animal methods during the development of each product to ensure quality and safety prior to market.

Some customers expressed concern regarding the situation in China. Our products are made in Europe and for imported cosmetics, the Chinese health authorities order some test on animals: they require companies to make their products available to be tested in state-certified laboratories for registration purposes only, as it is currently their only recognized method to demonstrate product safety.

We are hopeful that alternative testing methods will be adopted worldwide and we will see an end to animal testing.

Sure, that first part sounds really great! I mean, it’s all right there upfront in a single separated sentence so you don’t miss it: “Benefit does not test our products on animals.”

They go into a long explanation about everything they’re doing to stop animal cruelty. It’s wonderful, it makes me want to buy their blush and eyeshadow.

Then comes the kicker, towards the end, buried amidst all the “we’re kind to creatures” talk.

While they don’t come right out and use the word “except,” it’s right there in bold letters: they sell in China, where animal testing is still required by law.

That’s actually changing a bit for 2021 and beyond. China no longer requires cosmetics bought through 3rd party websites (like Amazon) to undergo animal testing.

However, anything sold in stores in their country still has to be tested for now. At the end of the year, they’re supposed to phase that out, if I’m reading the super complicated law right.

Even then, though, if someone has a reaction to, say, a blush, China can require animal testing on the product. It’s called post-marketing testing, and it still counts.

So, we know that Benefit’s China sales are enough to knock it off our cruelty-free list. There’s more, though.

Let’s take a look at their parent company- LVMH- to understand why animal testing isn’t the only problem with Benefit.

Who is LVMH and are they cruelty free?

LVHM is one of the world’s largest “luxury goods” companies. Along with Benefit, they own Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tiffany & Co, Sephora, Fendi, Fresh, and other high-end brands.

If you read that statement above, you’ll note that LVHM is part of that deep commitment to ending animal testing.

When we discussed whether Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free, I cut the brand some slack even though their parent company- Clorox- issued a very similar statement (mainly due to their zero-tolerance for animal testing for Burt’s).

So, why doesn’t Benefit get the same, well, benefit of doubt? One word: fur. Also, two more words: crocodile skin.

Fur & Crocodile Leather: The Dark Side of LVMH

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See, while LVHM may be going above and beyond to end animal testing, they own companies that make crocodile-skin purses and other highly unethical products.

Now, not being a vegan company isn’t usually enough to make me accuse a brand of animal cruelty. I’m not vegan myself.

I don’t eat cow, so I don’t personally wear leather. However, I understand that a great many people do eat beef, so until that stops, it makes sense to use all of the animal’s parts (like in cow leather).

However, like many, I draw the line at killing an animal simply for its hide. LVMH owns several brands that sell fur and crocodile-skin purses.

No matter how much LVMH claims to use “ethical” sources for these products, the simple fact is they’re killing these creatures just to make purses and coats. That’s a non-starter for me.

THAT, my friends, is why Benefit doesn’t get the same pass that Burt’s did.

Now that we’ve covered why Benefit isn’t cruelty-free in 2021, let’s look at some alternatives that are.

FYI, the next part of this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, we earn a small commission at no extra charge to you.

3 100% Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Benefit

Benefit makes a pretty wide range of makeup products. We’ve covered some good alternatives in our article, “Is Morphe Cruelty-Free?” Here are a few others that I love.

All of these products are available on Safe and Chic, my new obsession. Literally EVERY SINGLE product in their store is 100% cruelty-free, so it really takes the guess work out of shopping.

1. Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Brow Envy Gel

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If you need a great cruelty-free alternative to Benefit’s brow gel, try this one by Juice Beauty. It’s roughly the same price ($2 cheaper, actually) and comes in three different shades.

Plus, it’s made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.

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2. Aether Beauty Summer Solstice Eye Shadow Palette

Aether Beauty Summer Solstice Eye Shadow Palette benefit cruelty-free alternative

I’m madly in love with Aether Beauty’s eye shadow palettes, with their mystical crystal-inspired names and shades.

This one is a good swap for Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette. Fair warning, it’s a good deal pricier, but between the high-quality ingredients and cruelty-free status, it’s worth it.

Oh, and did I mention they’re infused with actual crystals? This palette actually has ruby powder in it, among other nifty ingredients!

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3. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush

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Safe and Chic has a ton of cruelty-free alternatives to Benefit’s different blushes, but this one by Kjaer Weis is my favorite.

I prefer cream blushes because I can use them on my lips as well as my cheeks. Plus, the creamy texture just glides and sits better on my dry skin.

The Kjaer Weis blush comes in 8 shades to match all skin tones. It’s CCPB Certified Organic and contains no fake or chemical ingredients.

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Benefit Cruelty-Free FAQS

We answered most of these questions above in more detail, but here’s a quick rundown of the most frequently asked questions about Benefit’s cruelty-free status.

Is Benefit Cruelty-Free?

No. While the brand itself claims that it doesn’t test on animals, they do allow testing on their behalf in China.

Who owns Benefit?

LVMH owns Benefit. They also own Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tiffany & Co, Sephora, Fendi, Fresh, and other luxury brands.

Is LVMH Cruelty-Free?

No, not even remotely. The company owns brands that sell- among other things- crocodile leather.

Does LVMH test on animals?

Like Benefit, they only test on animals where required to do so by law.

Is Benefit Sold in Mainland China?

Yes, their products are sold in China and other countries that require animal testing.

Is Benefit Vegan?

No. While they sell some vegan products, they also sell many products made with animal-based ingredients.

Does Benefit have any cruelty-free certifications?

No. They’re not certified by Leaping Bunny or PETA, because they’re not actually 100% cruelty-free despite claims that their products on animals.

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What are your thoughts? Is Benefit cruelty-free enough, even with a parent company like LVMH? Share below.

Is Burt’s Bees A 100% Cruelty Free Brand in 2021?

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Is Burt’s Bees cruelty-free as of 2021?

Short answer- yes…but only about 99.9% so.

What’s the deal with that last .01%?

Read on to learn about their animal testing policies, parent company and more to find out.

Burt’s Bees Animal Testing Policies

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Let’s start with our top question: Does Burt’s Bees test on animals. The short answer? No, the brand does not test on animals AT ALL.

In fact, that’s what drew me to them so many years ago when I first discovered them.

Back then (I know, that makes me sound old), there were literally like two CF beauty brands- Beauty Without Cruelty and Kiss My Face.

So when any new brand came on the market, I did the dance of joy!

Today, all these years later, the brand still stands by their “against animal testing” roots.

They’re also as passionate about using high-quality natural ingredients in their products today as they were 20+ years ago.

Overall, they’re an AMAZING brand! That said, there’s one thing that holds me back from calling them 100% best cruelty-free beauty brand.

We’ll get to that in one moment, but I want to tell you why that 0.01% has NOTHING to do with them selling their products in China. Bear with me, it’s important.

Wait, if Burt’s sells in China, doesn’t that automatically make them NOT cruelty-free?

If you read ANY of our posts on this topic, you know that selling in China almost always knocks a brand out of running for CF beauty brands.

However, in Burt’s case, they’re only selling direct-to-consumer. China’s newest laws let consumers buy non-animal-tested products online, such as through a brand’s website.

As of right now, products sold in physical stores throughout China are still tested on animals by law. However, that’s supposed to change by the end of 2021.

Pre-market testing will no longer be required. Unfortunately, if someone complains about a product, China could require animal testing post-market. So it’s not a total win, but it’s progress!

In Burt’s Bees’ case, though, it’s moot. As of now, they only sell direct-to-consumer, so they retain their cruelty-free status even though they sell in China.

So why aren’t they 100% cruelty-free, then???

The main reason why Burt’s loses its CF status in my book has nothing to do with the brand itself and everything to do with the parent company.

Back in 2007, Clorox bought Burt’s Bees. Yes Clorox, as in the same company that cleaning products (and NOT the happy earth-friendly natural kind).

Clorox actually owns quite a few rather surprising brands, including a few vitamin and supplement lines, and- perhaps the most shocking- Hidden Valley (the people who make salad dressing).

I digress, though. Let’s look at Clorox’s animal testing policies to get a better understanding of how it cost Burt’s it’s former “100% cruelty-free status” in my book.

Clorox, Burt’s Bees Parent Company is NOT Cruelty-Free (but they are trying)

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I have to give Clorox credit, they really are trying to put their animal-testing days behind them.

I remember when Burt’s first sold out to them, I was SO disappointed because Clorox was at the top of “not kind to animals” list.

That’s changed quite a bit over the years. Today, I’d go so far as to call them “industry giants who lead the mission to stop animal testing.”

However, according to their policy statement, they still test on animals “where required by law” when no other alternatives exist.

Here’s a snippet from their statement (I bolded an important point that we’ll discuss in a moment).

Clorox does not conduct — or cause a third party to conduct on its behalf — any animal testing on products or formula ingredients that Clorox develops internally, unless the testing is required by law and there is no viable alternative to such testing. When the law requires such tests, Clorox only selects highly qualified contract research facilities that comply with all applicable animal welfare standards. Additionally, for our Burt’s Bees cosmetics and personal care products, we have a zero tolerance for animal testing for both formulation and ingredients.

I know I’ve said before (and I’ll probably say it again)- there’s no “but” or “except” when it comes to animal testing. You either do or you don’t.

If we were talking about any other parent company, I’d cross Burt’s off my cruelty-free list and move on.

However, let’s discuss that bolded section, because it’s pretty important.

Clorox has ZERO tolerance policy for Burt’s Bees

While some Clorox products are tested on animals (when required by law), they do have a zero-tolerance policy for Burt’s Bees.

This means that there are NO exceptions, no ifs, ands or buts. To me, that’s enough to make them “cruelty-free enough” in my book.

Burt’s Bees Cruelty-Free FAQs

We covered some of these above, but I like to do a very quick summary, especially for all you skimmers out there.

Is Burt’s Bees vegan-friendly brand?

No, as the many of their products contain beeswax and other bee-centric ingredients.

What Parent Company Owns Burt’s Bees

Clorox, which is NOT cruelty-free

Is Burt’s Bees Certified by Leaping Bunny?

Yes, but with a note that their parent company is NOT cruelty-free

Final Words About Burt’s Bees Cruelty-Free Status

I usually close with a few cruelty-free alternatives, but given all that we’ve learned, I feel like Burt’s Bees deserves our hard-earned money.

Typically, I hold parent companies against brands. If said parent has even the loosest connection to animal testing, it’s usually enough to knock ALL of their “children” off my cruelty-free shopping list.

However, Clorox goes farther than some of the other parent companies that we’ve discussed.

For example, when we talked about whether or not Neutrogena is cruelty-free, we saw that their parent company is Johnson & Johnson, a company that does an excruciating amount of animal testing in their pharmaceutical brand.

So, between Clorox’s zero-tolerance policy Burt’s and the company’s overall dedication to putting an end to animal testing, I feel comfortable continuing to purchase Burt’s Bees products.

I feel like if we say, “Sorry, Burt’s, but since your parent company is only 99% cruelty-free, you’re off our shopping list,” we’re sending a message that their efforts don’t matter, and they may think “why bother?”

Does that make sense? What do you think?

Related: Is Aveeno a 100% Cruelty-Free Brand?

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Is Burt’s Bees cruelty-free enough for you, given who their parent company is? Tell me below!

5 Best Tingle Tanning Lotions for Perfect Tan (2021)

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Looking for the best tingle tanning lotion?

There are so many options on the market, but I only narrowed it down to the top 5.

It took me hours of research (and a few testing) to pick the best, just for you. 

Start with a quick glace at my favorites below, then keep reading for complete reviews.

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Check this comparison table for a quick guide. Read the review for further details.

5 Best Tingle Tanning Lotions for Perfect Tan

I’ll be honest with you. The first time I tried a tingle tanning lotion, I wasn’t really doing it for the perfect tan. 

I was just really intrigued by the idea of the tingling sensation! But, I’m very glad I tried one because I got more than a tingle.

The tan was darker, and I got it faster. It’s like next-level tanning, and it feels like unlocking the next level of candy crush after waiting for so long. 

And today, I want to pass that gift to you by reviewing the best tingle tanning lotions for the perfect tan so that you can enjoy the experience.

So, Let’s dive in. 

1. Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer (Winner)

When I first heard of tingling lotions, I tried several of them, and I didn’t really feel the tingling effect. 

And then, I tried the Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer, and oh boy! I’m yet to use another lotion that can match the intensity I felt with the lotion. 

So, fair warning, I ONLY recommend this tingling lotion for three groups of people. 

  • People WITHOUT super sensitive skin.
  • Experienced tan addicts who want to take their tanning experience to the next level.
  • And daring newbies who want to start the experience from the top. 

If you fit that description, then continue reading to know the features, pros, and cons of the Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer.

If you’re just looking for something mild, I got you. Just check out my other product recommendations. 

Here is more information on the Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer. 

 Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer tingle tanning lotion

Features 

As mentioned earlier, this is the hottest tingle tanning lotion on my list.

But the good news is, if the intensity freaks you out, you can mix the lotion with other products to dial down the tingling effect a bit.

You can mix the lotion with a bronzer or intensifier, and you’ll still get the golden tan. 

Due to its intensity, you’re likely to end up with visible skin reddening, and many people really freak out.

Well, I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to worry; the reddening fades away eventually. I had read multiple reviews and researched a lot, so I was relaxed when I began experiencing side effects. 

So, what ingredients in the Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer cause this impact? It has bronzers that are made from natural and cosmetic tingling ingredients.

For instance, this lotion has Mangosteen, which amplifies the tingling.

 Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer tingle tanning lotion with mangosteen

Mangosteen has other benefits such as dehydrating the skin, which is critical during tanning, protects your skin from free radical compounds, and facilitates microcirculation that helps keep your skin radiant after tanning.

The lotion also has Vitamin E and C, which delays aging and protects your skin from oxidative damage. The vitamins also restore any damaged skin. 

When it comes to the scent, it’s nice before you start tanning and I didn’t smell burnt after tanning. 

PROSCONS
Ultimate tingling sensationSome people don’t like the extreme tingling effect 
High moisturizing effectIt’s not suitable for sensitive skin 
It has an anti-aging effect May have an itching effect 
Protects your skin from sun damage
It gives you a lasting golden tan 

Who needs this lotion? 

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This lotion is for those who want a dark, long-lasting tan. And those looking to experience an ‘extreme’ tingling effect. 

If you’re a newbie in tanning, I highly recommend starting with other products on this list. 

Ready to join the tingle freaks? Buy the Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer on Amazon

2. Devoted Creations Ignite Noir

This is my pick for the second-best tingle tanning lotion for tanning beds. It still has a hot tingling effect, but it’s a bit mild compared to Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer. 

As the name suggests, it really ignites noir (which means black in French). 

And it’s worth a trial; the first time I used it, I was shocked at how fast I got a tan. It literally reduced the time I take in the tanning bed by half. 

And since I mostly prefer suntanning, reduced time in a tanning bed is really a big bonus. 

So, what are the ingredients and special features of Devoted Creations Ignite Noir? Here you go. 

Features 

Obviously, the first feature is the super-advanced oxygenated tingle responsible for the dark tan you get and the burning sensation.

One Amazon user compared the sensation to being pepper-sprayed. In my experience, it was not that intense. 

Devoted Creations Ignite Noir also has high levels of DHA as well as natural and cosmetic bronzers.

The DHA reacts with dead cells on the skin’s surface, which causes the skin to darken temporarily, giving you a dark tan. 

Besides tanning, the lotion contains Kollaren and Freshtek that ensures you don’t smell gross after tanning. The lotion also reduces the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles, and leaves your skin toned.

And for tattoo lovers, this lotion has a tattoo and color fade protecting technology, so you don’t have to worry about your tattoos fading during tanning. 

Lastly, the tingling tanning lotion has a starfruit and aloe vera fragrance, so the smell isn’t so awful.

Well, I really don’t like the aloe vera fragrance, but the smell wasn’t a turn-off. I simply wear perfume after tanning with the lotion. 

Since this tingling lotion has zero sunscreens, I highly recommend only using it with tanning beds. If you want to use it for outdoor tanning, be sure to use sunscreen.

Or simply use the outdoor tanning lotion; I mean, it’s best to use the right products for every occasion. 

PROSCONS
It has a tattoo and color fade technologyIt has a high tingling effect (some people don’t appreciate this)
It reduces wrinkles and cellulite appearance 
It enhances microcirculation

Who Needs This Lotion? 

This lotion is great for those who want to reduce time spent in a tanning bed. Due to its high burning sensation, it’s best for tanning experts. 

You can buy the Devoted Creations Ignite Noir from Amazon. 

3. Devoted Creations White 2 Black, Tingle, Ultra-Fast, Darkening Lotion

I know I started the list on a high note recommending products that have a high tingling effect. 

If the first two sound too intense for you, I’m dialing it down a little bit just for you. 

The Devoted Creations White 2 Black, Tingle, Ultra-Fast, Darkening Lotion only has a moderate tingle. 

If you’re used to intense tingling lotions, you may not even feel any burning sensation with this lotion. 

Features 

Well, the first thing you should know about the Devoted Creations White 2 Black, Tingle, Ultra-Fast, Darkening Lotion is that it has a very moderate tingling effect. 

It also has zero bronzers, so if you’re looking for a tanning lotion with bronzers, this isn’t for you. 

So, does it really get the job done? Yes, the lotion turns you THREE shades darker! 

But how? Although it doesn’t have bronzers, it contains tanning accelerators that facilitate melanin production. 

The lotion also contains high levels of black tea and cranberry extracts. The latter keeps your skin hydrated and ensures your tan lasts longer. 

PROSCONS
It has high hydrating powerIt has no bronzers 
It turns you 3 shades darker It has an extremely low burning sensation 
It gives you a long-lasting tan

Who Needs this Lotion?

This lotion is for people with sensitive skin who don’t want to expose themselves to intense tingling lotions. 

It’s also great for tanning beginners. 

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4. Onyx V8 Dark Indoor Tanning Lotion with Tingle Factor Bronzer 

To be honest, I only used this tingling lotion once. Is that because it doesn’t work? Absolutely not. 

It’s simply more moderate than what I’d normally go for when it comes to tingling lotions. Also, it gives you a tan after at least three uses, which is good for beginners or those with pale skin. 

That said, this lotion has multiple great ingredients, which makes it worth mentioning. Take a look. 

Features

The lotion has a very powerful bronzer that causes the tingling effect and gives you a dark, deep tan. 

If you have dry skin, this tingling tanning lotion will work for you since it contains aloe vera that locks moisture leaving your skin hydrated. 

Another essential ingredient includes shea butter that leaves your skin very silky and smooth. 

The lotion also contains jojoba seed oil and mango seed oil that leaves the skin rejuvenated and radiant, giving you a youthful look. 

Lastly, the skin has green tea extracts that help the skin appear more toned and tightened. 

PROSCONS
It has a powerful bronzer It has a low tingling effect 
It has high hydration powersThe tanning process is relatively low 
It leaves the skin smooth 
It has anti-aging properties 
It tightens and tones the skin 

Who Needs this Lotion?

This lotion is best for tanning beginners or those who prefer a low-tingling tanning lotion. It also works best for those with sensitive skin. 

Buy the Onyx V8 Dark Indoor Tanning Lotion with Tingle Factor Bronzer on Amazon

5. Onyx Very Sexy Legs Tingle Indoor Tanning Bed Lotion for Hard-To-Tan Body Parts 

Is this my go-to tingling lotion? No. Do I think it’s awful? No, otherwise, I wouldn’t be recommending it to my beloved readers. 

As the name suggests, the lotion helps you tan on parts that normally take time before tanning, so if you want to rock a miniskirt, then you need it. 

Here are some of the best features of this lotion.

Features

The lotion has a great bronzer that gives you a warming tingle effect and tans your hard-to-tan body parts. 

If you don’t like an intense burning sensation, you’ll be glad to know that the lotion contains mango extract, shea butter, and panthenol that eases irritation. 

And if you have dry skin, the aloe in the product will help lock moisture to ensure you’re hydrated. 

The product also has green tea extracts that are known for reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

And last but not least, the lotion has algae extract and jojoba oil that improves skin appearance. 

PROSCONS
It helps tan hard-to-tan body parts fast It has a burning sensation 
It has a great bronzer Not as “tingly” as other options
It has hydrating powers 
It reduces the appearance of cellulite 

Who Needs the Lotion?

If you have a tough time tanning some body parts such as legs, this lotion will serve you well. It works even better for those with dry skin since it has aloe that blocks moisture. 

But if you’re looking for the ultimate tingling experience, then this lotion isn’t for you. 

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Tingle Tanning Lotion FAQs

Here are the popular questions about tingle tanning lotions

Does tingling tanning lotion work?

Yes, tingling tanning lotion work. They increase your skin cell’s microcirculation and oxygenation to give a dark tan.

Does tingle lotion make you tan faster?

Yes, tingle lotion facilitates fast tanning. Some bronzers contain bronzers that work like sunless tan, which fastens the tanning process. Besides the bronzers, the tingle lotion also has other ingredients that increase the skin’s absorption power that makes you tan faster. 

How do I stop my tingle tanning lotion from burning?

If you need to reduce the tingling effect, gently wash off the lotion using soap and cool water. Moisturize your skin to help it cool down. 

Best Tingle Tanning Lotion for Perfect Tan (Final Verdict)

Tanning is fun, but tanning with tingle tanning lotion is exciting and effective. 

I honestly love the burning sensation and the results that I get. But is the tingling tanning lotion for everyone? That depends with the tingling lotion in question.

Tingle tanning lotions have different intensities when it comes to the tingling effect. It’s advisable for those with pale or sensitive skin to go for the lotions with a low burning sensation. 

I hope you enjoyed my best tingle tanning lotion review. 

Have you used any of the lotions I discussed? 

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Is Aveeno a 100% Cruelty-Free Brand: Fact Check & Definitive Answer

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Is Aveeno cruelty-free?

The quick and dirty answer: nope.

Read on to learn more about Aveeno’s animal testing policies, their parent company, and other factors that play a role in that answer.

Then, check out my top three favorite  cruelty-free beauty alternatives to Aveeno.

Aveeno Animal Testing Policies

Let’s start where we always do when discussing the cruelty-free status of a product: Does Aveeno test on animals?

While most brands just pop the answer into their FAQs, Aveeno actually has an entire page dedicated to it.

Of course, on that page you’ll find just one paragraph. It reads:

We want you to feel good about how we make AVEENO® products. You can only do that if you have the facts. The fact is, AVEENO® doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in the world, except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it. At AVEENO®, we won’t ever compromise on the quality or safety of our products or stop seeking alternatives to animal testing.

If you read my post last week-“Is Neutrogena Cruelty-free“- those words will look very familiar. There’s a reason for it, which we’ll discuss in a moment.

First, though, let’s break it down a bit, just in case you haven’t read our other posts on the topic.

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What do they mean by “except in the rare situation”?

As I’ve said before, the word “except” is very important. You can’t say that you don’t test on animals, then throw that word out there. You either do or you don’t.

Aveeno, like many other brands, sells in countries that require animal testing by law, including China and Brazil.

We’ve talked about why this is such a big deal before, so I’m not going to rehash the entire conversation. If you’re curious, take a look at our post about CeraVe’s animal testing policies.

Bottom line, if a brand sells their products in those countries, they CANNOT be called cruelty-free, period. No ifs, ands or buts.

What do they mean by “we don’t test our cosmetic products?”

When you’re researching cruelty-free beauty products, you really have to look more at what a brand doesn’t say than at what they do say.

For example, Aveeno writes that it doesn’t “conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products.”

What does this mean? Basically, the brand does not test its final product on animals. Wait, that’s a good thing, right?

Well, yes…but what about the ingredients that go into the product? Are they tested on animals?

Another watch-for is the way they worded it. Let’s look at it again.

The fact is, AVEENO® doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in the world…

What do you see? I see what translates to “Aveeno itself does not test our cosmetic products on animals.”

What I don’t see is some sort of verbiage indicating that they also don’t use animal-tested ingredients period. Nor do they say that they don’t allow others to test on their behalf.

When I look at my favorite cruelty-free beauty brands, on the other hand, their FAQs always include this extra information. They want to make it VERY clear that they’re kind to animals, after all.

Now, I’m not saying vague wording like that is always shady, but it definitely gives me pause and makes me take a MUCH closer look at a brand’s overall policies.

In this case, while I already knew the answer, I found more concerning news just by scrolling to the Aveeno website footer.

There, in small text, you’ll find the words “This site is published by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc…”

Why does that matter? Keep reading to find out.

Aveeno’s Parent Company DEFINITELY Tests on Animals

Johnson and Johnson is many things, but cruelty-free is NOT one of them.

Not only does Aveeno’s parent company use almost the same exact verbiage when asked about whether they test on animals, but the brand also makes pharmaceuticals.

In fact, if you’ve been keeping up with COVID vaccine news, you know that they created one of them. All of the COVID vaccines (and pretty much all vaccines in general) undergo animal testing.

While I won’t touch the vaccine debate with a 1,000-foot pole, I will say this: as much as I abhor the fact that animals are used for medical research, I recognize that we NEED vaccines and medicine.

However, we DO NOT NEED beauty products. Sure, they’re nice, but we can live without them.

For me personally, I can deal with (not like, barely tolerate, but deal with) taking a vaccine that was tested on animals. I cannot, however, justify using mascara that was jabbed into a bunny’s eyes.

So if Aveeno was more like Morphe– who is cruelty-free themselves but has connections to the medical industry through their parent company- I’d be on the fence about using their products.

However, since we’ve already established that Aveeno isn’t cruelty-free, it’s a moot point. I don’t even have to think about it beyond the word “except.”

Aveeno Cruelty-Free FAQs

Is Aveeno certified by any cruelty-free organizations?

Since Aveeno is decidedly NOT cruelty-free, no, they’re not certified by any of the major organizations (like PETA and Leaping Bunny).

Is Aveeno a Vegan-Friendly Brand?

No, nor do they claim to be vegan. They do offer a few products that are free of animal-based ingredients, but on the whole, they are not vegan-friendly.

Now that we know Aveeno is not cruelty-free, what can we use instead? Keep reading for my favorite alternatives.

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3 100% Cruelty free alternatives to Aveeno

Aveeno has a pretty wide range of beauty products, including cleansers, face creams, sunscreen, and more.

However, they’re best known for their gentle hypoallergenic lotions. So, for our cruelty-free alternatives, we’ll focus on those.

1. Eco Tan Coconut Body Milk

Eco Tan Coconut Body Milk

Although the name makes it sound like a tanning lotion, Eco Tan Coconut Body Milk is actually a whole-body, everyday solution for those who need a safe and gentle moisturizer.

It’s made with certified organic and natural ingredients and complete free of chemicals, fragrances, and other nasty ingredients. It’s also certified cruelty-free by PETA.

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2. CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion

Aveeno cruelty-free lotion alternative CV Skin labs

CV Skin Labs is a soothing full-body lotion made with 99.4% all-natural ingredients. While only 58.4% of those are organic, it’s still among the best cruelty-free Aveeno lotions.

I’ve actually used this one in the past, and I have incredibly sensitive skin. I like that it’s fragrance-free and devoid of other nasty chemicals.

I also love that it includes turmeric, which is fabulous for your skin.

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3. Nourish Organic Moisturizing Shea Butter

When you need a hypoallergenic moisturizer, you can almost never go wrong with shea butter. It’s one of the few skincare ingredients with ZERO recorded allergic reactions.

While you can actually find just plain shea fairly cheap, I like the consistency of Nourish Organic’s version better.

Nourish organic is a good alternative to Aveeno
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For more alternatives, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Safe & Chic.

Their entire store is all cruelty-free products, so you don’t have to search on one list (Leaping Bunny is what I use), then head to Amazon and try to find the product.

Final Words on Aveeno’s Cruelty-Free Status

Bottom line, Aveeno may be one of the gentlest skincare products for humans, but they’re not exactly gentle towards animals.

Until they stop selling in countries that require animal testing by law, Aveeno can never be called cruelty-free.

Thankfully, there are so many alternatives that don’t sacrifice the lives of animals in the name of beauty.

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What do you think? Is Aveeno cruelty-free enough for you, based on what we’ve discussed? Share below.

23 Gorgeous Minimalist Nail Designs

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When it comes to minimalist nail designs, there are many great styles and colors to choose from.

The easiest way to prep and paint your nails to draw attention without being over the top. Minimal colors, simple designs, and unique looks that aren’t too wild and crazy will help you achieve that minimal look you’re going for. 

The simple nail designs below prove that making a big statement doesn’t have to be with overbearing prints or colors. 

If you’re ready to get some nail inspiration to try out on your own nails, use these simply stunning nail designs to get started! Each is minimalistic and perfect in its very own way! 

23 Minimalist Nail Designs

#1 Power Clutch

Power Clutch Manicure & Applique
Credit: Glamamom

This look is the perfect combination of subtle and fun. Great for a night in or a night out on the town.

#2 Black Tip French

nude pink nail design with black tip
Credit: thenailloft on Instagram

Who says the french manicures can’t have a little pop of color? Check out the super cute black tip french manicure here

#3 Summer to Fall

bright blue minimalist nail design
Credit: April Go Lightly

It’s simple to say goodbye to summer’s bright colors and transition into those cooler fall shades.

#4 Rainbows

combination of nude design colors with glitters on the side
Credit: hpeila_dipnails on Instagram

Colorful nails don’t have to be overly bright and bold. Fun pastels and a bit of glitter go a long way.

#5 Less is More

nude cream nail design with black dots
Credit: passportsandpolish on Instagram

This nail design speaks volumes without being overly busy! Just a little bit of art can go a long way!

#6 Love Your Nails

bright red color minimalist nail design
Credit: Glama Mom

Bright red can be a great way to make a simple statement about love. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or when you want to add a fun pop of color.

#7 Channel Your Inner Disney Fan

Monsters University minimalist nail design
Credit: About a Mom

We are calling all Monster, Inc. fans! These nails are great for kids and adults to have a little fun with.

#8 Nail Art at Home

Check out this super fun look that was created using household items. Thinking outside the creative box is always a good idea.

#9 Gold Foil

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Credit: iramshelton on Instagram

Nude nails and gold foil create such an elegant look. One look at these, and you’re going to be hooked!

Related: 20 Masterclass Memorial Nail Designs

#10 Pink Sparkles

Light pink and sparkles are beautiful and combined, make stellar nails. You’re going to love the look of these beauties.

#11 A Touch of Gold

nail design with touch of gold glitters
Credit: artbyniki on Instagram

Gold is never a bad thing, right? And just a small hint can go a long way in shaping and creating a fun look for your nails!

#12 Ombre Nails

minimalist ombre nail design
Credit: passportsandpolish on Instagram

Just because you want a minimalist look doesn’t mean you can’t add several colors. This look says it all!

#13 French Love

cute nail design with little glitter-like dots
Credit: Glama Mom

Simple and elegant is the theme of these nails, and they’re a fun way to branch out and try something new.

#14 Glitter Tip

nude pink with glitter tips
Credit: _thenailloft on Instagram

Just a dab of glitter at the tip of your nails can make quite a stunning statement.

#15 Love is in the Air

simple nail design with 2 little hearts
Credit: iramshelton on Instagram

Tiny hearts are PERFECT for creating a minimal look. You’re sure to love these nails.

#16 Pretty in Pink

pink minimalist nail design
Credit: _thenailloft on Instagram

You can never have too many different shades of pink on one nail. This stunning nail design is proof!

#17 Winter Blues

light blue nails
Credit: passportsandpolish on Instagram

Love the look of blue nails? See how simple and easily you can make that happen.

#18 Wedding Nails

pink nails with glitters
Credit: hpeila_dipnails on Instagram

Looking for a fun look for your wedding that won’t overpower your dress? These nails are it!

#19 Chrome Nails

pink chrome nail designs
Credit: _thenailloft on Instagram

These nails are EVERYTHING. See how easy it can be to give yourself a whole new vibe and look.

#20 Evil Eye NAILS

nude nails with eye design
Credit: iramshelton on Instagram

The proof is in the “eye” of these nails’ seeker: minimal design, big impact.

#21 Fun and Festive

pink nails with glitter line in the middle
Credit: iramshelton on Instagram

Use your nails to be minimal and create a statement at the same time.

#22 Girls Hang Out

colorless nails with red and black side tip
Credit: passportsandpolish on Instagram

We might have totally made up the name for this design, but it just seemed fitting!

#23 Reverse French Manicure Nails

Outline and then leave the middle without color? Sounds like a perfect minimalistic approach.

Check: Trying a Mandala Nail Art Design at Home

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What are your favorite minimalist nail designs? share below!

Is Neutrogena a Cruelty-Free Brand

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Is Neutrogena cruelty-free?

Short and sweet answer: no, they’re not.

Want to find out why and learn more about their animal-testing policies?

Just keep reading and we’ll break it all down for you; then we’ll check out some cruelty-free beauty alternatives.

Neutrogena Animal Testing Policies

Let’s start with the most obvious question to answer: does Neutrogena test on animals? The short answer: yes, although not in the US.

According to their FAQs,

Neutrogena does not conduct animal testing on our cosmetic products anywhere in the world, except in the rare instance where governments require it. We actively partner with research and advocacy organizations to advance alternative testing methods to ensure a new global standard can be met. 

Notice the exception? That’s pretty important. First, even using the word “except” is enough to immediately take a company off my cruelty-free list.

I mean, you either test on animals or you don’t. There’s no in-between, right?

Now let’s talk about the exception itself. The “rare instances where governments require it” refers to China and Brazil (there may be others, but those are the two big ones).

We’ve discussed the issues with beauty brands selling in China in “Is CeraVe cruelty-free,” but let’s very quickly recap.

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Beauty products sold in China are rarely (if ever) cruelty-free

Skincare and makeup products sold in mainland China’s stores MUST- by law- be tested on animals first.

There’s some confusion about this because the laws changed a bit. As of 2021, goods bought online and shipped to China don’t need to meet this requirement.

In other words, if you live in Beijing and order makeup online through Amazon, the new law allows you to choose 100% cruelty-free items.

However, if you’re buying it at an actual store in Beijing, by law it MUST be an animal-tested product.

This video below explains it pretty well:

Long story short, though, if a brand gives a vague answer like “except where required by law” and you know they ship to China, there’s your answer.

Pretty cut-and-dry, right? You could just jump right ahead to the last section to find some good animal-friendly alternatives if you want.

However, I always like to dig deeper and look at a brand’s parent company.

After all, if Neutrogena suddenly decides to stop selling in China (and other countries that require animal testing), their status would instantly change.

So, it’s good to know where their parent company stands, too.

Neutrogena’s Parent Company (Johnson & Johnson) is FAR from Cruelty-free

Parent company Johnson & Johnson gives the same exact statement regarding animal testing as their “child,” almost word-for-word.

According to their Humane Care and Use of Animals Policy,

The Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. does not test cosmetic or personal care products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, except in the rare situation where required by law or where alternative options don’t yet exist.

Again, the word “except” nullifies the entire preceding statement.

Since Johnson & Johnson continues to sell products in countries that require animal testing, they cannot be called cruelty-free. Period.

Also, while J&J may not test their makeup and skincare products on bunnies, the company also manufacturers healthcare items. In fact, they created one of the COVID vaccines.

In that document mentioned above, they’re pretty open about the fact that they do use animals in medical research.

So, even if Neutrogena itself took the necessary measures to achieve cruelty-free status, their parent company will always be an issue.

Before we jump to animal-friendly alternatives to Neutrogena, I very quickly want to touch on one final question.

Is Neutrogena Vegan-Friendly?

Neutrogena is NOT a vegan brand, nor do they claim to be one.

That said, they do use synthetic versions of popular animal ingredients (like lanolin and beeswax) as often as possible.

However, a few of their products- especially those sold overseas- contain dairy by-products.

3 100% Cruelty-free alternatives to Neutrogena

Neutrogena’s product catalog is HUGE, and includes everything from moisturizers to cosmetics.

We already looked at animal-friendly makeup alternatives last week when we discussed “Is Morphe cruelty-free?”

So this time, let’s focus on good moisturizer alternatives. All are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

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1. ACURE Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream

ACURE isn’t just cruelty-free and vegan, they also use organic fair-trade ingredients.

The ACURE Amazon store sells everything from skin and haircare products to hand sanitizers, but I particularly love their whipped night cream.

Aside from no animal ingredients, it’s also free of sulfates, parabens, petroleum, formaldehyde and mineral oil. All that AND it’s super affordable to boot!

2. Badger – Damascus Rose Beauty Balm

I’ve been obsessed with Badger Balm’s products ever since my son was little and their Baby Balm was literally the ONLY thing that worked on his diaper rash.

Since then, I’ve used pretty much every single one of their balms at one point or another.

Their Damascus Rose beauty balm is one of their pricier products, but it works wonders (and it’s the rose that drives the price up, that stuff is CRAZY expensive).

However, this particular product is not vegan, as it contains beeswax.

So, if your definition of cruelty-free includes “no beeswax,” it’s not a good fit. Everyone has different feelings on that particular ingredient (and honey, too), though.

3. Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance-Free Hand & Body Lotion

Back in my early days of cruelty-free shopping BWC was one of a very small handful of brands available (and I could only get it at one little health food store).

Years later, they’re still one of the best. Not only are their products Leaping Bunny certified, but they’re absolutely affordable. Being kind to animals shouldn’t cost a fortune, after all.

I really like their fragrance-free lotion for two reasons. First, it’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin.

Second, I like to make my own scented lotion with essential oils, but I’m too lazy to make the base, so this is perfect.

Final Words on Neutrogena’s Cruelty-Free Status

If you’re looking for beauty brands that don’t test on animals (or allow others to do so on their behalf) under any circumstances, Neutrogena is NOT a good fit for you.

Not only do they sell in countries that mandate it by law, but their parent company is one of the biggest offenders of all, since they do medical research.

Fortunately, while Neutrogena products are great and all, there are plenty of alternatives that treat animals far better.

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What do you think? Is Neutrogena cruelty-free since they don’t test on animals in the US? Share below.

Is Morphe A Cruelty-Free Makeup Brand? [Definitive Answer]

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Is Morphe cruelty free?

Yes…but also no.

The answer really depends on whether you consider non-vegan products cruelty-free as well as how you feel about their parent company.

Let’s take a deep dive into the brand’s animal testing policies and find out what’s holding them back from a straight-up “yes.”

Morphe Animal Testing Policies

Let’s start with “Does Morphe test on animals?” The answer: no, they do not.

As of 2021, Morphe claims that their products are 100% cruelty-free. According to their website FAQs:

“Morphe does not condone animal testing in any way. We do not test any of our products on animals. We also do not test any of our ingredients on animals, nor do we allow our manufacturers to do so on our behalf. Instead, we choose to test drive our products on people (with their permission, of course).”

Also in their FAQs, you’ll learn that they don’t ship to China.

If you recall when we talked about “Is CeraVe cruelty-free?,” that’s a big deal, as China requires animal testing by law.

Anyway, sounds pretty cut-and-dry, right? It ticks off all of the boxes I look for when I’m verifying whether a brand meets my strict ethics regarding animal testing, including:

  • A very clear statement condemning animal testing;
  • Specific reference to ingredients vs. just overall products;
  • Reference to manufacturers (not passing the buck, so to speak).

Basically, I look for words that go deeper than “our products aren’t tested on animals,” which is super misleading.

Just because a brand doesn’t test, say, their latest eyeshadow palette on bunnies doesn’t mean the ingredients that make up said palette are cruelty-free.

Also, saying “we don’t test on animals” means nothing if a brand allows their manufactures to do so.

You really have to look at what a brand doesn’t say more than what they do.

I know it’s confusing at first, but shopping cruelty-free gets a lot easier when you understand these subtleties.

Okay, moving on. So, if Morphe ticks all the right boxes for a cruelty-free beauty brand, why am I hesitating to give them my own personal seal of approval?

Two words (or three, depending on how you count hyphenation): animal-derived ingredients. Let’s discuss.

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Is Morphe a Vegan Beauty Brand?

No, Morphe is NOT a 100% vegan beauty brand.

Now, they do have some totally vegan products in their lineup, including popular items like: Fluidity Foundation, Fluidity Concealer, Morphe Highlighters, & Mega Matte Lipsticks.

However, they also have a pretty wide selection of products that include animal- derived ingredients to varying degrees.

For example, some products contain beeswax, others use sheep wool fat, and so on.

Also, if you’re wondering, “are Morphe brushes vegan,” again, yes and no.

Some use synthetic materials, others use real animal hair. You have to read the labels and ingredients very carefully.

Are they certified by any cruelty free organization

No, they’re not, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Let me explain.

Morphe doesn’t carry any of the common certifications. No Leaping Bunny. No Beauty Without Bunnies (PETA’s certification). No Choose Cruelty Free certification.

They also aren’t vegan-certified, obviously, since they have products with animal ingredients.

Here’s the thing, though: while those certifications are a HUGE help to people like us looking for cruelty-free cosmetics, not having one doesn’t mean…to be blunt…jack squat.

First, each one costs money to get. We’re talking anywhere from a one-time small fee to upwards of $15,000.

So, some brands just plain don’t want to pay for certification. Maybe they’re a small new company and can’t afford the expense, for example.

Then there’s the fact that not everyone uses the same cruelty-free shopping guide.

I’m not a fan of PETA because of their horrific stance on stray animals (look it up, you’ll see what I mean). So, I prefer either Leaping Bunny or Choose Cruelty Free.

So, if a brand wants to really maximize their cruelty-free status, they’d have to pay not one, not two, but 3-4 different application fees.

While some are fine with that, others just skip certification entirely and hope that you’ll take their word for it.

So, I don’t judge makeup based on whether or not they have a logo with some sort of bunny in it. I judge based on their statements, history and ingredients, period.

I also look at the brand’s parent company. Which brings us to…

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Who is General Atlantic (Morphe owner) and are they cruelty free?

In August of 2019, General Atlantic announced that they were buying a major stake in Morphe. How major? 60%.

So basically, enough of a controlling interest for me to accurately say, “General Atlantic bought Morphe.”

Usually, when a larger company acquires a smaller beauty brand, it’s pretty easy to find out whether or not said parent company is cruelty-free.

For example, when Clorox bought Burt’s Bees, I knew right away to take them off my “animal-friendly list.” While Burt’s is cruelty-free, Clorox is not.

When an investment company acquires a brand, though, it’s harder to figure out.

Let me save you some time: you won’t find the answer by searching “Is General Atlantic cruelty-free.” Trust me, I tried. So, I looked at other brands that they own or have major stakes in.

According to their website, General Atlantic owns properties in healthcare and life science sectors, among others.

Those two concern me because they almost always involve animal testing. I found at least one in their healthcare holdings that does, then I stopped looking. One is enough.

For me, if even one of a brand’s parent company’s other “children” test on animals, it’s the same as the brand doing it.

If I pay Morphe $100 for makeup and General Atlantic gets $60 of that, then turns around and gives it to a holding that tests on animals, I’m still technically paying for that cruelty.

You may have different thoughts and ethics, and that’s fine. I’m not here to judge. I just want to make sure you have all the info you need to decide.

If you DO decide that Morphe is cruelty-free based on just what the brand itself does, you can stop here.

However, if your ethics line up with mine, keep reading for a few 100% cruelty-free makeup alternatives that I absolutely love.

3 100% Cruelty free alternatives to Morphe (makeup brands)

All of these products below are Leaping Bunny certified. I know I said certification isn’t everything, but it’s still a good way to quickly find some good products to start with.

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1. 100% Pure

If you read my Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands of 2021 list, you know that I’m pretty mad for 100% Pure. They’re cruelty-free, vegan, and Leaping Bunny certified.

It gets better! They take their brand name seriously and keep artificial junk away from their ingredient list (and off your face).

Their Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara is a must-have for me, but I really like pretty much all of their products.

2.AETHER BEAUTY

If you’re looking for a good alterative to Morphe’s eyeshadows, Aether is amazing.

Not only are their products vegan and cruelty-free, but they only use organic fair-trade ingredients.

The packaging itself is also recyclable and refillable, making this practically a zero-waste beauty product, too.

3. Bossy Cosmetics

Bossy is a woman-owned (and Black-owned) beauty brand that mostly makes lipsticks (although they have some other products as well).

I love their super fun names, like BRAVERY and COURAGE, and the amazingly vibrant colors that go along with them.

If you prefer to shop products that give back (or pay it forward, rather), you’ll love Bossy. They partner with organizations that actively support women’s rights around the world.

Related: Is Kiehl’s Cruelty-Free and Vegan-Friendly?

Final Definitive Answer: Is Morphe a Cruelty-Free Makeup brand?

Ok, “definitive” may be pushing it. Like I said, it depends on how deep you want to look for your answer.

If you’re just looking for a brand that doesn’t test on animals itself, then yes, Morphe fits the bill.

In my opinion though, no, Morphe is NOT cruelty-free. While I can get past the non-vegan products, their parent company ruins it for me.

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What do you think? Is Morphe cruelty-free in your eyes? Share below.

10 Colorful & Stylish Summer Nail Designs

Nail art manicure. Summer style red manicure with strawberries and polka dots

If you’re on the hunt for some fun & funky summer nail designs, I have you covered!

I found you cute ideas inspired by watermelons and strawberries, pastels, adorable anchors and more!

With a wide range of the designs below like indie nails, the hardest part will be choosing which one to try first!

Check them out; then keep reading for tips for success!

Our Top Picks

Check out the table for a quick overview of our favorite nail polishes to use for these designs, then read on for more details!

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10 COLORFUL & STYLISH SUMMER NAIL DESIGNS

Summer is all about fun, colors, flowers, and joy. It’s all about pretty nails too, and these amazing summer nail art designs totally prove it!

1: Strawberry Polka Nails

Nail art manicure. Summer style red manicure with strawberries and polka dots

Strawberry nails anyone? Add a pop of summer vibes with the bright red nail color. The polka dots make it appear even cuter!

This strawberry nail art definitely screams summer. You can also add stones to make it stand out more.

If you can’t draw strawberries, use a sticker. It looks equally beautiful and does the job easier!

2: Multi-colored Manicure

MULTI-COLORED MANICURE summer nails

Summer is all about vibrant colors. This flower-inspired nail art is not only easy to do but also quick. You can experiment with different shades!

One can never go wrong with pink and yellow. This multi-color nail is loosely based on the classic French manicure. You can use tape if you mess up creating clear bold lines.

3: Watermelon Nail Art

Watermelon summer nail design

Don’t let the complicated-looking nail art deter you! I know it doesn’t look it, but it’s actually pretty simple to pull off.

All you need is watermelon color nail paints – green, red, and black.

Add some dots with black for the seeds. Play around with green and red. They both will add together to a fun watermelon nail art.

4: Anchor Nail Art

Summer nail designs anchors

Anchor nail art is a popular summer design. It looks super cute and you can choose from various colors too.

The anchor is fairly easy to draw, making this a great option for beginners. In the end, it’s just a line and a curve. You can also add stripes or dots to jazz it up.

5: Pastel Nails

Summer nail designs pastels

Soft pastel nails for summer are an amazing trend to rock!

You can go for one color across all your nails or switch it up and paint each one a different shade. I personally love this soft purple by Essie!

The choice is yours! Pastel nail art looks classy and delicate yet trendy. They’re surely the perfect summer nail design.

6: Color Stripes

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Super cute nail design that’s appealing and simple.

Just draw two stripes on the edges of your nail bed. You can also create this same nail art with a colored or white base coat.

For example, go bold with this red shade from OPI, then add green stripes for an “abstract watermelon” vibe.

Or switch the color combination of the stripes, or draw more than two stripes. Whatever you feel like!

7: Neon Bright Nails

Orange, green yellow neon paints. idea is good for disco

Neon colors look beautiful and popping. Gather all the neon-bright shades, like yellow, pink, and red. You get the picture, basically everything bright and dazzling!

You can also just grab a neon nail polish kit, like this one on Amazon.

Apply the different nail polish onto a sponge. There is no layout or any particular arrangement. Just go with the flow!

Once done, gently press the sponge onto your nail bed. Remove after a few seconds. You can add a white polish as a base coat. This will make the color pop off perfectly.

Clean the edges with a nail paint remover and top it off with a clear coat. You can even add flower stickers or leaves for more summer elements!

8: Flower Power

Beautiful nail design. Woman hands with chamomile flowers

The flower nail art looks pretty and is also easy. You need to create small lines or stripes and a dot at the center. Voila, you’re done!

This one is chamomile-inspired flower power nails. So you’ll need white and faint yellow-colored nail paints.

Hop on to this nail art trend with whichever your favorite flower is.

I personally love sunflowers. They’re so beautiful. So I’ll use bright yellow and black polish for the look. Get your creative juices flowing!

9: Classic Colored Summer Nails

a very colorful and bright summer nail design

Simple, easy, and gorgeous! Yes, please. Just paint your nails with the brightest pink, yellow, and oranges you can get your hands on– like this Sun Kissed shade!

I feel totally connected to my inner child while doing this nail design.

You can also add a dot at the center or some random polka dots here & there.

Whatever you decide to do, this nail design always draws attention and looks pretty elegant!

10: Ombre Sky Nails

Ombre blue sky summer nail design

These nails remind me of the clear blue summer sky. They look great and you can do them all by yourself. All you need is a sponge to create the ombre effect.

To create a contrast, use two similar yet different colored polish. Preferably one slightly lighter than the other.

This creates a wonderful ombre effect. If you’re feeling extra creative, add some clouds using white nail paint.

Tips for success:

Whether you go with a simple ombre effect or over-the-top watermelon design, these tips below will help you paint those nails like a pro.

  • Start with clean, dry hands. I use a sugar scrub first to really cleanse and soften then.
  • Make sure to apply a base coat as it helps to even the base and protects your nail bed.
  • Use a cello tape as a grid line for easy guidance.
  • You can use a pin end or an old ball pen to create polka dots
  • Finish off with a topcoat. They help in preventing chipping away of the nail paint.
Looking for some colorful summer nail designs? You came to the right place! We give you 10 unique and cute styles that will perfectly match your summer outfits!

What are your favorite summer nail designs? share with us below!

Top 5 Best Natural Face Wash Products for Dry Skin

best natural face wash for dry skin and oily skin too

Looking for the best natural face wash for dry skin?

We’ve got your back (or rather, your face!)

Below, we’ll check out 5 amazing natural products to banish that flaky skin in a flash.

Let’s dive right in!

Our Top Picks

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In a rush and need something right away? Check out our top picks on the table below!

All about Natural Face Wash for Dry Skin

Most people with dry skin reach for moisturizer first and don’t even think about face wash.

While a good lotion can really help, it is equally crucial to wash your face to keep your skin looking healthy.

In fact, I’d argue that a good cleanser is even more important than what you put on afterward.

The right one removes all that dead skin that leaves your face looking dull and flaky.

Below are some of my favorite natural face wash products for dry skin.

The Top 5 Natural Face Wash for Dry Skin

#1 Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

 Tata Harper  dishes out some of the best natural beauty products and this regenerative face wash is no exception.

It’s a great multitasking product that acts as a cleanser and toner! After using it for about a week, my dry skin was left with flawless results.

This is because it is natural, organic, and is equipped with 16 high performing botanical ingredients to get rid of dirt and gently exfoliate.

The botanical ingredients include; olive oil, calendula extract, apricot microsphere, and much more.

ProsCons
Removes dead skin cell for a brighter complexionIt is expensive
Non-foaming cleanser
It is deeply hydrating
Promotes the regeneration of new skin cells
Clears pores

I would recommend all Tata Harper products as they are highly effective and help keep dirt off your skin.

#2 100% pure argan oil creamy cleanser

Are you looking for a rich, creamy, milk cleanser for your dry skin? Then this is your perfect match.

After reading the reviews, I decided to try out this oil cream cleanser.

The 100% Pure Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser contains moisturizing argan oil that fully hydrated my skin and gently removes excess sebum, dirt, and make-up.

Infused with natural oils like acai, argan, and coconut, this cleanser left my skin feeling nourished.

ProsCons
Perfect for dry skin as the rich Argan oil leaves the skin soft and suppleIt makes the skin a bit oily
It gently yet effectively removes impurities from the skinTends to go out of stock often
It’s a non-foaming product
Moisturizes and nourishes your skin daily
Free from chemical preservatives and sulphates

I would definitely recommend this product to people who fear applying make-up due to their sensitive skin. The product will remove all impurities leaving your skin soft.

#3 one love organics vitamin b cleansing oil

I really like having this cleanser as part of my morning and evening skincare routine.

The One Love Organics cleansing oil is a non-stripping oil cleanser that lifts away make-up and other impurities while moisturizing the skin.

It is designed with dehydrated skin in mind, yet it is effective for all skin types.

It gently glides over my skin and this is a great way for giving my face a little massage while cleansing.

If you are looking for that product that works best for people with sensitive eyes like mine then One Love Organic is the wash for you!

ProsCons
Exfoliates, smooths, and tone the skin gentlyHas a shorter shelf life span
It rinses clean with no washcloth requiredFairly pricey
Has a beautiful aroma of citrus and pineapple
Easy rinse meaning you will look forward to washing your face

#4 osea clean cleanser

Even though my skin is dry, I am highly prone to acne and this product came to work wonders for me.

Wake your skin up by applying OSEA Ocean Cleanser. A cleanser made with algae extract, Vitamin E, jojoba, and sesame seeds.

It has a PH balance formula to remove excess oils, surface impurities and gently exfoliates to minimize the appearance of the pores.

You are only required to apply the face wash to damp skin and rinse off with warm water.

ProsCons
Has a lovely smell and produces less foamNot great as an anti-aging cleanser
It cleanses effectively and doesn’t leave the skin dryCustomer service complaints
Removes impurities while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier
Formulated with a plant-based probiotic
It is PH balanced

This is the perfect cleanser for people with normal to dry skin, but if your skin is oily then I’d recommend you try a different product.

It’s also not really an “anti-aging” product. Some customers felt it did nothing for their more mature skin.

Not sure what results they expected, but if you’re looking for a wrinkle-reducer, look elsewhere.

#5 pai middlemist seven

Pai Middlemist Seven was the 7th product to be born into the Pai Skincare range. It is a gentle cream cleanser that is perfect for people with sensitive skin. 

With sensitive skin, I find it hard to apply make-up since other products are irritating thus clogging my pores.

After reading about this cleanser, I had to go and purchase it. This is because it has a trio of oils that with ease lift away dirt and make-up.

The cleanser ensures that my face is cleansed without stripping my face of its defensive humidity, oil, and PH balance.

The Pai Middlemist cleanser is rich in Omega 6, antioxidants and rose to help soothe and improve your dry skin.

ProsCons
Suitable for all sensitive skin typesIt is expensive
Helps in decongestionMay contain preservatives for a prolonged shelf life
Replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier leaving it soft
Has an exfoliating muslin cloth that lifts away from the dead skin cells

I recommend that you try the Pai cleanser as it is suitable for all skin types including sensitive ones.

How to Select the Best Natural Face Wash for Dry Skin

The best face wash for dry skin is one that takes care of your skin hydration as much as it cleanses. 

Unless a dermatologist tells you otherwise, natural products are best for your skincare routine- be it face masks or scrubs.

While even the most natural ingredient can still cause a reaction in some people, overall they’re far more hypoallergenic than chemical-laden products.

Here is how to choose the best face wash for dry skin;

Get to know your skin type

Confirm that you have a dry skin type. 

To check whether your skin is dry, look out for signs like skin tightness and dryness, roughness, excess flaking, skin cracks, and much more.

learn what to avoid

Before using any face wash, ensure that you read the ingredients and see if they can good or will worsen your skin concerns.

Look out for chemicals that have a negative reputation for worsening dry skin by removing the necessary moisture content from the skin.

Sodium chloride, isopropyl alcohol, ammonium lauryl sulfate, salicylic acids, and several more are found in these chemicals.

The easiest way to quickly “vet” a product is to search for it on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.

what to look for

With a wide range of face products in the market, it can be hard to figure out which product is best for what exactly the skin requires.

Therefore, start by understanding your skin a little more, for example, its PH level.

conclusion

Other than moisturizing and cleansing, there are other important points to follow when dealing with dry skin.

I hope that you have received relevant information on the best natural face wash for dry skin. All the products named above have pros and cons to guide you before making a purchase.

Hunting for the best natural face wash for dry skin? Don’t worry anymore because we’ve got your back with our list that you can try! See for yourself!

what is your favorite best natural face wash for dry skin?

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