Colgate and Animal Testing


Colgate Toothpaste wwarby Colgate and Animal Testing


A few months ago, I noticed a new category on PETA’s Cruelty-Free Search feature: “Companies Working for Regulatory Change.”  Hmm… what exactly does that mean?

According to PETA:

[box]“Working for Regulatory Change” is used to recognize companies that test on animals only when required by law, that are completely transparent with PETA about which animal tests they conduct and why, and that are actively working to promote development and validation of non-animal methods.[/box]


PETA currently has only one company on this “working for regulatory change” list: Colgate-Palmolive Co.


Colgate and the many Colgate-owned brands make tons of common household products, but of course what first comes into my mind is toothpaste. Cruelty-free toothpaste can be one of the harder products to find – I know I haven’t tried one I really like yet. Before I switched to cruelty-free products, I mostly used Colgate. While I don’t mind spending extra effort to make sure I get cruelty-free toothpaste, I think it’s one of those products that’s such a necessity, affordability and ease of access are extra important. The average customer may choose a cruelty-free toothpaste if it’s sold in their local grocery or drugstore. But I’m not sure how many people would  order online or make an extra trip for a specific brand of toothpaste.


Does this categorization affect whether you’ll buy from Colgate? On one hand, part of me feels like– if they’re still testing on animals, I don’t want to buy their products, end of story.  On the other hand, I want to support the changes they’re making, which will end up saving lives and reducing suffering. It’s a tough call and there’s not a black-and-white answer. I think personally, Colgate may be an option for me in the future, if/when they become cruelty-free. It does make me more willing to support them once they completely stop animal testing.


As always, these sorts of decisions are definitely something everyone has to come to an opinion on for themselves. I’m interested to hear others’ take on this. How do you feel about the Colgate situation?  Are you ready to support them?



Update: For more information on what “Working for Regulatory Change” means, you can check out PETA’s original blog post about it.

For specifics on Colgate’s animal and non-animal research (e.g., in what instances they test on animals) and their work for and use of alternative methods, check out Colgate-Palmolive Product Safety Research Policy.

Photo by William Warby

Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

Zoya Ava Melodie Gia Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…

Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

The second of my Inglot Nail Enamels is 718, also from the Matte Collection. Feel free to check out my post on Inglot Nail Enamel 715 for more about the Matte Collection formula.

718: a mid-tone bubblegum peach-pink. It’s similar in color to Essie’s Van D’Go, but I find application much easier with Inglot’s formula. It’s darker and the slightest bit more pink than Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach.


Inglot 718 2 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718


Inglot 718 3 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718


Inglot 718 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

 The photos are with two coats and no base/top coat.

Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Nail Polish 715

Ever since I discovered it about a year ago, Inglot has quickly become one of my favorite cosmetic brands. I’m most interested in their face and eye products, but they do have great nail polish. There are multiple polish types – the two I own are from the Matte Collection. The finish of the Matte Collection polishes is actually more like semi-matte. I like the finish – I think it looks modern without being completely flat. If you like the color but prefer more shine, adding a top coat makes the finish more like a standard creme.

The formula is easy to apply and lasts well. It dries faster than any other nail polish I’ve tried. And their shade range… calling it extensive feels like an understatement.


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715: an opaque taupe-pink. It’s similar to Essie Topless & Barefoot and Zoya Melodie (without the shimmer). It’s a little like OPI Tickle My France-y but lighter and less brown.


Inglot 715 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715


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Inglot 715 4 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715


Inglot 715 3 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

 Have you tried any Inglot polishes?  What did you think?

Urban Decay NOT Selling in China


As you may have heard, Urban Decay has changed its mind and will NOT be selling in China.

This is an amazing success and it absolutely shows the power that we have as consumers. The choices we make matter!

To read Urban Decay’s full statement: Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China

One Step Glitter Nails

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: LA Splash Nail Polish in Sparkling Jellyfish


It’s glitter nails without the hassle.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nail polish quite like Sparkling Jellyfish.

The base is a pink jelly formula, with lots of fine glitter. The sparkles totally change color depending on the light, but they appear mostly silver, light blue, light green, and pinkish red. They almost have a sort of ultra-violet glow. They’re like tiny electric crystals.


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Despite the glitter, the formula is really smooth, which makes application easy. The brush is on the wider side (more like OPI’s than Essie’s) which I like. It takes fewer strokes to cover the nail evenly. If you have very small nails, you may not like it as much.

It can be worn on its own or layered over other polishes. It works over creme finishes and those with fine glitter or shimmer. For some reason, I got the idea that it might be glow-in-the-dark (it’s not…) It looks like it could be. It actually does have a transluscent jellyfish-style glow.

The best part about this nail polish is that, even though it’s glitter-filled, it’s extremely easy to remove. It didn’t leave any traces of glitter stuck to my nails, which has happened with other glitter polish formulas. I think I did one extra swipe with a cotton square and nail polish remover, but otherwise it came off the same as a regular polish.


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Sparkling Jellyfish is the only LA Splash product I own. Judging from the LA Splash website, they have a large selection of unique shades and textures (seems like glitter is kind of their thing). Have you tried LA Splash? Any color or product recommendations?


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Photo by Giorgos

6 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Favorites

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Nail Polish

I used to wear nail polish non-stop for years.  I remember I was so used to having it on that when I didn’t, my hands would look weird to me!  Last year, my schedule got super busy, and I consciously decided to stop wearing nail polish on my fingers, because I really just didn’t have time to deal with keeping it up. I’d still always paint my toes though (why does polish last triple as long on toes?). Anyway, I’m just starting to get back into wearing it on my fingers regularly. But, because I’d been out of the polish-loop, I wasn’t up-to-date on brands’ testing policies. When I checked into two major brands, OPI and Essie, I found disappointing news.

Up until a year or two ago, both Essie and OPI were cruelty-free, but both have since been bought by parent companies that do test on animals. While I don’t necessarily write off a brand for that reason (I actually want to write a post on that topic), I do err on the side of caution. So until I hear definitive confirmation that OPI and Essie will maintain their no animal testing practices, I won’t be purchasing from them.

Frankly, with brands like Inglot and Zoya as cruelty-free alternatives, I’m definitely not sacrificing quality or selection.


So, here are six of my cruelty-free nail polish favorites! I’ll warn you, I’m definitely partial to certain colors for nails.  Light pinks, taupe-y neutrals and nude tones, occasionally red. As much as I love seeing everyone else’s blues and greens, I personally tend to keep it pretty basic.

As with my 7 Top Foundations post (clearly I’m not so great at sticking to the “top 5″ format), reviews are coming soon. I’ll link to them once they’re posted.


1. Inglot Nail Enamel #715

2. Inglot Nail Enamel #718

3. Zoya Gia

4. Zoya Melodie

5. Zoya Ava

6. LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish


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L-R: LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish, Zoya Ava, Zoya Melodie, Zoya Gia, Inglot #715, Inglot #718

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free

UPDATE 7/6/12: Urban Decay will NOT sell in China, which means they remain cruelty-free!


Mac, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Avon, Urban Decay… in the past six months, we’ve lost a lot of previously cruelty-free brands. If you’re like me, you’re left needing to find some good replacements.


So I’m going to highlight some of my favorite makeup that’s still cruelty-free. I’m thinking this will end up being multiple posts, as there’s a lot of ground to cover!