Brand Overview


Stila Cosmetics – Mini Profile & Animal Testing Policy

*** Stila has changed the wording of their animal testing policy and is no longer considered cruelty-free***
Stila Cosmetics is a cosmetics brand that was created in 1994 by a celebrity makeup artist. Distinguishable by their eco-friendly, no-frills brown cardboard packages, the brand has become a bit of a cult favorite for products like its Lip Glazes and Convertible Color for cheeks and lips, as well as their eye shadow in the fan favorite shade “Kitten.” Also popular are the many palettes Stila creates each year. “Known for its fun, fashion-forward approach to beauty, Stila encourages women to celebrate their own unique beauty and to have fun doing it.” A Stila girl is modern, approachable and, most importantly, individual.

The goal of Stila Cosmetics is to “help every woman celebrate her own unique beauty, to look and feel like the best version of herself and to have fun doing it.” The company also believes everyone should have access to the same top-quality products and tools as professionals so they can look their very best. The brand mixes high style with accessibility by making professional quality formulas that are incredibly easy to use, multi-tasking and available in a variety of fashion-forward shades.
Stila is a cruelty-free eco-friendly company. To help reduce its carbon footprint, Stila strives to formulate and produce its products locally. Their eye shadow trios come in refillable compacts that contain a biodegradable additive that allows it to dissolve over time. The packaging is made from kraft paper which is created by a special process that reduces the amount of wood used to create the paper. The packaging is also 100% recyclable. Stila is a cruelty-free company and they never test their products on animals. They are also on PETA’s list of “Companies The Do Not Test.” And if all this were not enough, the company gives back to the community by working with charitable organizations.
Stila products can be found many places, including: and retail locations and retail locations
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Stila Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

Sexy Hair – Mini Profile & Animal Testing Policies

Sexy Hair is a California-based company focusing on a variety of professional hair care products. The company was founded over 10 years ago by Michael O’Rourke and is headed by Karl-Heinz Pitsch. Sexy Hair has a reputation for creating a wide range of products that, according to the company, actually live up to their claims and the company is committed to meeting the needs of its diverse clients. Sexy Hair products can be found in over 36 countries around the world with a line that includes over 60 different hair care products. Sexy Hair does not test its products on animals.

There are eight different lines within the Sexy brand, each with its own unique focus and including Shampoos & Conditioners as well as a wide range of styling products.
Big Sexy Hair is perhaps best known and is notorious for its red cans. Big Sexy Hair focuses on creating volume and fullness while keeping hair moisturized.
Short Sexy Hair is designed specifically for creating unique, high-impact styles giving the customer endless styling options.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy was created for dry hair and provides nutrition and moisture to combat dry locks.
Healthy Sexy Hair Reinvent caters to those with color-treated hair and is intended to help extend the life of color while caring for and repairing slightly to very damaged hair.
Healthy Sexy Hair Scalp Care creates a well-balanced and healthy scalp.
Curly Sexy Hair nourishes hair with extra-moisturizing ingredients to create smoother, bouncier and more defined curls.
Straight Sexy Hair was created to smooth even the curliest hair while still protecting the hair and locking out humidity and combating frizz.
Silky Sexy Hair provides great conditioning, softness, smoothness and shine for all type and textures of hair.
Sexy Hair also has a “Caring is Sexy” campaign which, in 2010, partnered with Look Good…Feel Better®, a non-profit organization helping over 50,000 women dealing with cancer cope with the traumatic appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The company produces Special Edition cans that include a code that can be entered to donate $1 to the cause up to $5,000 as well as holds a Walkathon to raise money for the cause.
Sexy Hair Products can be found at salons and Ulta retail locations, as well as Look for Ulta’s Buy 2, Get 2 Free deals that occur once in a while!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Sexy Hair in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, or OCC – Mini Profile and Animal Testing Policy

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, or OCC, is a fairly new New York City-based cosmetics company with a product line that includes lip color (called Lip Tar), Loose Color Concentrates, nail polishes, tinted moisturizer, airbrush foundation, cosmetics glitters, pure pigments, brushes and a multi-functional primer and a multi-functional mixing medium. ALL of OCC products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free! The company has pledged to NEVER use animal-derived ingredients, including common ingredients like Lanolin, Beeswax and Carmine. Aside from believing that animal testing is unnecessary, OCC points out that animal ingredients can be among the most allergenic and skin reactive. Not surprisingly, OCC is PETA-approved as both a cruelty-free and a Vegan company. So can a Vegan and Cruelty-Free company really make great products? ABSOLUTELY!
OCC Lip Tar

OCC Loose Color Concentrates
Unfortunately OCC products are not currently widely available to view in person. OCC does have a retail location on Ludlow Street in New York City and select retailers around the US also carry their products. To see if there is a retailer near you, check out their website here. If you still cannot make it to see OCC’s gems in person, they can be purchased online from and a few items are available from
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

Inglot Cosmetics – In the Spotlight & Animal Testing Policy

Inglot Cosmetics is a Polish cosmetics company that has recently become more readily available to the US market. The company began about 25 years ago by Wojtek Inglot who worked in the R&D (research and development) department of a pharmaceutical company. The company philosophy aimed to develop high quality products at reasonable prices while using the best possible ingredients from reputable suppliers. Sounds like quite a lofty goal, but all these years later, Ingot seems to be doing just that!

Inglot produces a full range of cosmetics and nail products and is perhaps best known for their Freedom System Palettes. The Freedom System allows the customer to pick from a variety of different sized palettes and fill them with the colors they want. Perhaps best of all, they actually are VERY reasonably priced! Single eye shadows for the palettes retail for $5.00 each in the US, while the circular products (lipsticks, concealers, brows powders and brow waxes) cost $4.00 each. Also available are pressed face powders for $12.00 each and blushes retailing at $10.00 each. Another area of note is their HUGE selection of nail varnish colors and related nail products. Of the items I have tried, Inglot does not disappoint and I was quite amazed by just how reasonable their pricing is! The selection and value available from Inglot Cosmetics is truly amazing.
According to Inglot, they “do no harm to animals and do no animal testing for reasons of good conscience.” Their suppliers do not test raw materials on animals on Inglot’s behalf and Inglot conducts their own independent tests to insure their products and ingredients are safe.
Inglot products are currently available in over 280 retail locations across the globe, as well as online for customers in the US, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, the UK and South Africa. In the US, Inglot Cosmetics can be purchased online from For purchasing information in other regions, check out

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Ingot Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

Julep Maven – Nail Polish Subscription Boxes – Unwrapped!!!!

I recently received my first Julep Maven box and I could not wait to try it out! I am soooo glad I did because I could not be more pleased with the colors and the quality of the polishes in my introductory box! The polishes come well wrapped in bubble wrap, packed in a shopping bag and then placed in decorative packing shred inside of a sturdy mailing box. So far, I am quite impressed by Julep! Keep reading to see if it is a service for you!

So what in the world is a Julep Maven? Julep is a monthly subscription service that sets itself apart from the others by being devoting to all things nails! For $19.99 a month, Julep brings to your door at least $40 worth of the latest products for hand and foot care, at least two of the hottest colors for nails, and manicure-worthy tips and tricks. Just take a quiz to determine your style which will determine the products recommended for you each month. Unlike other subscription services, you get to preview the items chosen for you. In addition, you can see what choices are available for other profiles and you always have the option to choose among any of the boxes for the month! You can also choose to skip the month (and will not be billed) or send it to a friend! You can even return it in the unlikely event that you are unhappy with it! What could be better?
The nail colors are “3-Free.” You will not find formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP in Julep products and they have not been tested on animals. All the products have been tested in Julep Nail Parlors so they know what works! The polishes are chosen not only for your style, but with the season and the latest trends in mind as well. Julep makes it incredibly easy to always be right on trend!
Do not let all this make you believe that the polishes are simply seasonal “gimmicks.” The Julep polishes are beautiful! They are not too thick or too thin. They dry quickly and seem to cover quite well in only one coat! The brush is a fairly standard width and coats nails quickly and evenly. The bottles are tall and skinny, which made me think they might be tricky to use. I thought they might fall over easily and that the handle might be too long to feel natural while painting on color, but I was wrong on all counts. I actually quite like the slim bottles. They do not take up a lot of space and can easily sit next to each other without taking up excess space. The handle is just right and feels perfectly natural in one’s hand. Julep has a great thing going and you do not want to miss out!

After taking the style quiz, I was branded an “It Girl.” My introductory box came with three polishes. There is a beautiful coral-pink called “Mandy,” which I could not wait to try, a deep fuchsia named “Helena,” and a metallic gunmetal-like shade called “Heather.” All of the colors are absolutely stunning and definitely something I might pick out myself! Each skinny bottle is 8mL or 0.27fl oz which is a great size. It is enough to actually wear more than a few times, but not so much that the polish will dry out long before you near the bottom of the bottle. I could not be happier being a Julep Maven!

2 Coats of Mandy

If you are interested in becoming a Julep Maven, check it out here. Fill out the brief “style quiz” to determine what kind of Maven you are and you are on your way to beautiful and stylish hands, feet and nails! You will not be sorry! Currently there is an offer code to get your first box for only $0.01! Use the Coupon Code “COLOR2012” at check out to receive the offer. You can cancel at any time, so why not give it a shot?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Julep, nor have I been compensated for this review. This post contains a referral link.

Fresh Beauty – Mini Profile & Testing Policy

Fresh Beauty was created by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg in 1991 when they were unable to find “the perfect sophisticated, sweet smelling artisanal soap.” They discovered there were two types of products on the market: ones that worked and ones that looked and smelled pretty. Products that met both needs and also used the best natural ingredients and came in elegant packaging were few and far between. This spawned their Fresh Beauty’s first product – a bar soap that met these criteria.

Fresh Beauty expanded to include makeup, skincare, fragrance, home, and body care products. Fresh’s philosophy is based on the idea that one should not have to choose between attractive products and ones that work well. Fresh Beauty ensures that their products do both! According to Fresh’s website, “Fresh creates modern alchemy by fusing innovative natural ingredients with time-honored beauty rituals for a sensorial experience that is as indulgent as it is effective.”

Fresh also helped pioneer the use of fresh, natural ingredients like sugar, milk, soy and rice that have a long history of use in traditional beauty remedies, but had not been used in many beauty products up until Fresh’s introduction. Today, the company has a variety of lines, each focusing on a different main ingredient. Truly a pioneer in utilizing natural ingredients, their lines now utilize the unique properties of ingredients such as grapes, sake, soy, Umbrian clay and sugar.

Fresh Beauty does not test their products on animals.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Fresh Beauty in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

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