Monday, October 22, 2012

NYX Cosmetics

UPDATE (June 19, 2013): NYX has emailed me assuring me of the compliance of their raw ingredient manufactures. This is what they said: 
Thank you for reaching out! NYX Cosmetics is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a cruelty free brand. NYX is committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics. NYX does not test any of its raw materials or finished products on animals.
Kindest Regards,
NYX Cosmetics
I will be adding them back to My Cruelty Free list.  

UPDATE: (June 11, 2013) 
I have heard some unsettling news from one of my lovely readers (Deani). Please click here, she linked me to this article. I'm going to be calling them. I will keep you all updated!!

Hey guys. 

HOORAY!! I finally received a reply from NYX cosmetics. After countless attempts, I decided to get more assertive and demand a reply. This is what I send out to them: 
 "I have read your FAQ's page and have looked the PETA's DO NOT list [click here to check it out] . I am aware your   company does not test on animals; however since I am conducting my own research I would like a reply from a representative reinforcing that fact. This is my third effort in trying to contact you guys. IF i receive a reply I will be sharing it on . I know you must receive many of these emails; but as a customer I think I deserve to have my question addressed on an individual level. -Camila A." 

Clearly, you can note my impatience, but come on, how hard is it to reply? Well, by-gones be by-gones! NYX is still one of the few big brand companies that is cruelty-free and I will forgive them just for that fact :) <3 

This is what I received in reply: 

"Hi Camila,
We do not test on animals and choose our vendors who know our commitment to being animal cruelty free. We do not sell our products in countries that require animal testing. We renewed our PETA symbol as shown on our website. We hope this helps. Sorry for the late reply.
NYX Cosmetics"

So what do I think?

I am esthetic, I held off on purchasing from NYX because I really felt that in order to make my research something "scholarly" or more credible, I needed something official from the company. I feel completely safe buying from them, and I will be doing so soon. ;)

Email me at if you want to share your NYX research or if you have a question for me. Comment below, I would love to know your opinion.

-Camila A. ☼

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sleek Makeup

April 23, 2013 UPDATE: I published the article below on October 19, 2012. After at least five + attempts to try to contact them, I don't know how I would feel about supporting such an inconsiderate company, even if they are cruelty-free. I will however, keep you updated. 

Hey guys.

     I've been relentless in trying to contact and have been unsuccessful. Big surprise!! Since the people at Sleek are ignoring me, I have taken my own measures. I have been snooping around, checking their status with animal rights organizations. What I have found is...well you decide for yourself. 
     First, they are not listed in either PETA's DON'T list and PETA's DO list; or on LeapingBunny's list. Wanting to give Sleekmakeup a chance to redeem themselves I ventured on to ; which is a UK animal rights website, that gives list of various other company's animal testing policies.
   Companies that are highlighted in orange, are those : "Companies yet to respond or who have ambiguous policies (i.e. Those that do not clearly state that both the finished products and ingredients are not tested on animals)" 

     When you scroll down to Sleekmakeup, there is a statement from the company ; which is: ""[We] confirm that we do not test any of our products on animals during any phase of the product’s development, and therefore declare that all cosmetic products comply with the EEC Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC that are not tested on animals."

    They do not have a parent company. 
     If this is true, why not become certified by a credible organization, like PETA or Leaping Bunny???
     Companies like this make me think "SHADY!" Although, I hate companies like Revlon, Maybelline, Burt's Bee's (Clorox), etc... but at least those companies, in their conservative ways, either state they are testing on animals, or "indicate" they are. 
     It's really disappointing. I have tired three times now to contact them, no reply so far. I will keep trying! Even if it means taking a trip to the UK. 
     Leave your opinions below, or contact me privately at 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wet N' Wild

Hey guys.

     I have tried to communicate with Wet N' Wild for some time now and have been unsuccessful. Although, I have a good idea of their animals testing policy, I want a representative to reassure me. So far this is what I know:

On (Wet N' Wild's website), if you search under contact, you will find a Q & A section. This is their answer in regards to their animal testing policy:

"What is wet n wild's animal testing policy?

As a Peta-certified, cruelty-free brand, we're proud to say we have never and will never test on animals. We also make it a point to work with cruelty-free, third-party vendors. wet n wild loves our furry, scaly, and feathery friends!"

Wet N' Wild is on Peta's List of Companies that DO NOT!!! test on animals. They are not on LeapingBunny's list, however. When you look at Peta's list you will notice that in parenthesis it says (Markwins). That indicates the parent company. Meaning Wet N' Wild is owned by Markwins International. If you scroll down to the m's, you'll also notice that Markwins International is also on Peta's List of Companies that DO NOT test on animals. When you are fighting for animal rights and to end animal testing, you have to look at the parent company. Take a company like Burt's Bee's who claims to be natural and cruelty-free; however, it is operated by Clorox a company that does animal testing. If you are supporting one company you are also supporting its parent company. Be careful and do research, triple check if you must.

Although, I have a good feeling about Wet N' Wild I will put off buying their products until I receive proper confirmation from a representative. I also want to look into Markwins International and check out what other companies they own. If you have any information you want to share contact me at . Comment below, I would love to hear your opinion.

-Camila A.

Friday, October 12, 2012

tarte cosmetics animal testing policy

Hey guys.

I have received an email from a Tarte representative in regards to their animal testing policy. As always I will share it:

"Hello Camila,
  Thank you for contacting tarte cosmetics customer service. tarte cosmetics is not owned by a parent company. We are a cruelty free brand recognized by PETA that does not support animal testing or work with companies that do. Also, our products are not sold in China.  Please email me if you have any other questions.
Thank you!"


Finally a company that cuts the bs and gets to the point. I have watched many YouTube Beauty Gurus, that use cruelty-free makeup, talk about tarte cosmetics, so I had a good feeling about their company; however, I felt inclined to do my own research. Tarte is also in PETA's cruelty free list. (click here to access it) They are not on LeapingBunny's. It could be that they haven't gone through the process, or don't feel like they need to be certified by both companies. As of now I would feel safe about purchasing from Tarte. If you know anything, that might make me change my idea of tarte cosmetics feel free to email me at . Comment and let me know what you think.

-Camila :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

"Tell Revlon to Come Clean About Animal Testing in China" PETITION

Hey guys.

        Yesterday, I posted my correspondence with Revlon. If you read the email I received, you will note that Revlon did not directly answer my question. I was doing more research when I came across this page. It's called The PETA files. I do not have permission from them to share the info but I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. (click here).
       In the article they discuss Revlon's "shaddy" behavior, for lack of a better word. Revlon sales in China, and in order to sale cosmetic products in China, companies must test on animals. There is a LINK to sign a petiton, basically telling Revlon you will boycott their products if they continue to sale in China. In a few days I will have an opinon post on another aspect this website addresses. However, please take one minute and sign this petition. The more people who stand for animal's rights, the louder of a voice they will be given.
To sign the petition just click on REVLON STOP SELLING IN CHINA.


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Hey guys.
Sorry, it's been a while. I've emailed Physician's Formula, Wet N' Wild, Sleek Makeup, and a few more but haven't received a reply.

I did however, receive a reply from a Revlon representative. I would like to share that email here:

"Dear Ms. Alvarez:
Thank you for your recent comments from the Revlon website and for voicing your concern to us.
Revlon is in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to animal testing. All ingredients used by Revlon and all products manufactured and sold by Revlon comply with both U.S. and European Union laws and regulations, including full compliance with all Europe-wide bans on testing of cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients using animals, which are part of the European Cosmetics Directive.

Revlon has long been an industry leader in the elimination of animal testing. In 1986, Revlon was the first beauty products manufacturer to close down its animal testing facilities completely. In addition, Revlon holds its suppliers of ingredients and components to the same standards. All chemical supplier purchase orders require confirmation by the supplier that it does not perform animal testing on materials supplied.

To assure product safety, Revlon relies on the judgment of pharmacologic, toxicologic and medical experts, non-animal alternative test methods and the established safety of formulations and ingredients. Revlon is committed to providing safe and effective products and will continue to comply with all government laws and regulations necessary to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of its products.
Thank you for your interest in our company. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Replies sent to this email address cannot be answered. If you have additional comments about this issue, please click here:
If you have comments on a separate issue, please return to our corporate website:

[names have been omitted]Senior Consumer Information Representative"


This email reminds me a lot of the reply I received from Maybelline. While, it's very factual and gives a lot of "history" it evades most of the questions I asked.

Why do they insist on running away from my question? Its a simple question, the answer is either YES or NO.

My Q: So does Revlon test their final products on animals?

Their Answer: "Revlon is committed to providing safe and effective products and will continue to comply with all government laws and regulations necessary to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of its products."

When companies claim that the government has regulations about animal testing, when the FDA's website (click to go to site) clearly states that animal testing is not required it makes me distrust them. They are evading the question, instead of telling me " Yes, we test on animals." I feel like they are trying to excuse their behavior and make themselves feel better about the horrors they commit.

In regards to whether they do third party testing, meaning if their suppliers test their products on animals, Revlon claims to ensure the suppliers do not. However, even if is true, how is it benefiting animals, when the product that is sold is tested on them? IT DOES NOT!

I will not be purchasing from Revlon. I had a feeling about them in the past, this correspondence just confirms my fears.

Please let me know what you think. Comment below, and contact Revlon for yourself. If you do share it with us. It's important to look at how they respond to different people, which might say more about them as a company.

Email me at

-Camila A


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