I love lipstick. Some time ago, my friend Veronica at Vegan Beauty.com.au sent me some lovely Lime Crime eyeliner and lipstick to try. I’ve since thrown out my old reds and invested in another tube of Lime Crime- Retrofuturist. Then Veronica sent me several sample pots of OCC “Lip Tar” in her picks for my coloring. Veronica is a devoted vegan, and also a very talented makeup artist- her picks for me have never gone wrong:
I’ve been tweeting my morning lipstick lately. I wear lipstick every day, even when I don’t leave the house. When I wear lipstick, I feel more “together”- like I’m at work. I am at work. It’s good because if I have to drop everything and rush out to get proofs printed, or someone drops by to consult, I’m ready to go. My morning twitter lipstick conversations are fun, too, a little light chatting with other lipstick buddies about color.
I’m not vegan, but I don’t like what I found when I looked into the ethics of makeup manufacture. It seems to me that in the modern world almost everything we do is somehow unethical- hurting the environment, hurting animals, hurting sweatshop workers in developing countries. I try to find ways to make the ethical switch where I can, and not beat myself up too much about the other stuff.
So far, I can say without reservation that the vegan lipsticks and other makeup I’ve tried have been extremely high-performance. For me, choosing to use cruelty free makeup is easy. It’s not more expensive than regular drugstore brands (here), and, well, I know a rabbit wasn’t tortured to give me my red lipstick. That’s my choice, my experience.
When Veronica first sent me a sample pack of Lip Tars, I sloshed the whole sample pot on my lips with my fingers and to my dismay watched the Lip Tar feather all over my face and my hands and fingers and any surface I walked near. It’s packed with pigment. When I wrote to Veronica, she gently suggested a drop of Lip Tar on a brush would go a long way. I prefer a brush anyway, and discovered the tiniest bit of Lip Tar gave me great coverage. I apply a thin layer, blot, apply another layer, blot, and then dot a bit on my cheeks and blend. Marvelous. Once the Lip Tar settles, it’s a very soft and lasts nearly all day (not like tar at all).
I love Lip Tars (and playing with new-to-me colors) so much, I asked Veronica to put together a few sample packs for us! I have these lovely little sets to send out to y’all over the next week! I’ll choose two winners a day and announce the winners in each post this week- two a day. (I’m so hooked on giveaways…) Each pot holds enough for 3-5 applications. At least.
Get In On the Goods
If you’d like to play, the rules are simple. Leave me some comments (each bullet point is a potential comment):
- What’s your usual color?
- link to an article about animal testing (I need to be educated)
- Extra 2 points for Australian readers- Vegan Beauty is an Australian online retailer
- Tweet this post
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I’ll pick two winners using the Random Number Generator each day this week, Monday-Friday.