Month: November 2013

UPDATE ON PEPALOVES

I LOVE THIS BRAND.
Here is their Newsletter. I wish all designers could think the same way.
Respect . I’m really impressed. Way to go PepaLoves.
If you have gifts to make, I couldn’t recommend enough this amazing brand. Keep this brand in mind when you do your Christmas shopping.
Judge by yourself :

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Website:
PepaLoves :

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Coming soon : TRUTH BELTS.

I’m so excited to have discovered Truth Belts .
Truth is a 100% Canadian company started by Renia Pruchnicki
The guiding philosophy is to create durable, ethical, high-quality vegan fashion while having fun and to make a difference in the world.
Using her savings, determination, and experience, Renia created her own company and started making belts from the solarium of her downtown apartment.
Having never worked with leather she took her knowledge of technical materials and started making belts that just happened to be vegan.
And people took notice! Other vegan belts on the market tended to fall apart within months while Truth vegan belts lasted for years. It was the combination of longevity & unique fashion that made Truth successful.

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Beauty Without Cruelty

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I’m so excited to tell you about this awesome brand. I’m honored to own Beauty Without Cruelty products. Let me tell you why.

THE BRAND:
Beauty Without Cruelty started the Cruelty -Free cosmetics Movement. BWC is a pioneer.
Back in 1959, Lady Dowding became concerned about the use of live animals for testing of cosmetics. She decided to do something about it. What a wonderful person!
This is what she had to say: “Of all the terrible cruelties perpetrated on animals by man, perhaps the most calculated and obscene is that known as vivisection—experiments on living animals. By its very nature it is cruel. Pain, suffering and distress are inseparable from this method of research.” — Lady Dowding

Her action started the “cruelty free cosmetics” movement and changed the way we think about cosmetics testing today, close to 50 years later. She started a non-profit trust to take up the issue, and subsequently, in 1963 she teamed up with Kathleen Long, a cosmetician and animal rights advocate, to start the Beauty Without Cruelty Cosmetics brand. The brand was meant to provide a viable alternative to the use of cosmetics tested on animals. That brand continues to lead the way today both in the UK and, since 1989, in the United States.

Beauty Without Cruelty has expanded to include a complete range of hair, facial care and body care products in addition to the extensive range of color cosmetics that the original company started with. Today the Beauty Without Cruelty brand in the USA is under the stewardship of Lotus Brands, a majority woman-owned, family business, and it remains focused on and dedicated to continuing to stand for cruelty free, effective and value-oriented natural personal care and cosmetics products.

Beauty Without Cruelty Provides value-oriented Products:
The brand focuses on providing outstanding products that are priced to provide you with “budget-conscious” pricing.
BWC has always tried to be a leader in formulation. All of the hair, skin and facial care products are both SLS-free and Paraben-free. The product line has always been Vegetarian in its ingredient selection. The brand is also now entirely Vegan.

Formulation Principles:
• Cruelty Free – No Animal Testing
• Vegetarian — Vegan Formulations
• Complete Ingredients Disclosures
• CCIC / Leaping Bunny and Vegan Certifications
• SLS/SLES-Free and Paraben-Free Formulations
• Extensive Selection of Gluten-Free products
• No synthetic or engineered fragrances
• Pure Premium OshadhiTM Essential Oils For Fragrancing

The packaging is absolutely adorable.

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Mineral Duo Pressed Eyeshadow
I have it in Moonlight.
Eyeshadow in moonlight.

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The eyeshadow is great, it has a nice consistency and is not too powdery so it does not fall under your eyes which is good as many eyeshadows do that and it can be very frustrating to fix. The white looks very pretty on its own but my daughter mixed it with the black eyeshadow to create a nice grey color. The possibilities are endless with the two colors. You can also use it on top of your eyeliner to create more definition. You can use the light color under your eyebrows and on the corners of your eyes if you want to.
with this particular color, you can create long lasting and intense smoky eyes.
My daughter used it in a subtle way and it looked amazing.
I love this eyeshadow .I haven’t tried the other colors yet but I’m sure that the colors are amazing too.

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Mineral Pressed Blushers
Mineral Eyeshadow : Caramel Fudge

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The blusher is great, it has a nice peachy color and looks great on the skin. The two colors can be mixed or used   separately, when they are used together the blusher gives you a bronzed and tan look and a really nice glow.The application is easy due to its compact form. You can use both colors separately if you prefer.
My daughter and I have olive skin so this color is perfect for us but the other colors are so beautiful too. It was really difficult to choose.
The packaging is lovely with its little mirror integrated. The little swans form little hearts. It’s so pretty.

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Ultrafine Loose Powder
I have it in Light.
Loose powder

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The powder is truly amazing. It is light and smooth on the skin, it does not appear bulky and does not leave the face looking powdery. My daughter says that it covered up all her imperfections and made her skin an even and natural color without making it look like she was wearing makeup. It is easy to use, my daughter simply tapped the powder into the lip then used a brush and the fluffy pad included in the box to apply the powder evenly on her face.
Again with all loose powders , be careful not to breath in them.Read Stephanie Greenwood’s article.
http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/4/7/mineral-makeup-dangers.html
I love this powder but I prefer all make up in form of compact.
The old formula could contain parabens, it has been reformulated. Be careful when you purchase it.

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I truly love this cosmetic line. Even more knowing the history of the brand. You will find the whole fantastic collection on the website.I would love to try everything. I love this make up brand. I could tell you about is for hours. let me know if you have any question.

Where to purchase :
http://www.beautywithoutcruelty.com
On this website international customers can purchase Beauty Without Cruelty and thousands of other products:
http://www.internatural.com

Please watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77XxeOmZJXg&sns=em

I was not financially compensated for this post.I received samples of the products for review purposes.All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own

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From Beauty Without Cruelty website:
FOR MORE INFORMATION: We maintain an extensive and detailed informational website :
Website
On our website you can find out more about our individual prod- ucts, view images, read the label copy, and see our complete ingredients disclosures, as well as learn more about our mission to bring awareness about the cruelty perpetrated on animals in the name of “beauty” which we are committed to helping bring to an end. We are also happy to reply to your inquiries by email or by phone during normal business hours.

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RICOCHET the SURFice dog

It truly is an honor for me to introduce you to Ricochet.

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Ricochet is the world’s most famous surf dog.
Check out this video! It is so inspiring and so beautiful:

This video is very emotional and I recommend that you watch it:

All the links are at the end so please have a look. You will find wonderful Christmas gift ideas and you will help important causes at the same time. Please don’t forget to like Ricochet’s Fb page.

Ricochet is a top, international surf and therapy dog, who helps people all over the world. This amazing dog has raised over $300,000 for human/animal causes, and is ready to raise more! “Because of my unique, and highly skilled background of service/therapy/surf dog training, Ricochet is the only known dog in the world who surfs with special needs kids, and people with disabilities as an assistive aid and SURFice dog™.”
This multi skilled dog has won several top dog awards, including the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award, and Dog of the Year from the ASPCA.
How fantastic is that? Ricochet surfs for fun too, and typically places in the top three during contests.

Ricochet has been featured in hundreds of media sources all over the world showcasing and raising awareness of my causes, and my surfing, such as the Associated Press, Associated Content, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Evening News with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, USA Today, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, Animal Planet, and many more.

Even though her name sounds like a boy… Ricochet is a GIRL!! (A golden retriever).

Ricochet is a multi faceted SURFice dog™ that has raised thousands and thousands of dollars for charitable causes. She also inspires millions of people with herSURFice dog™ video, which went viral and has over 4 million views!

Ricochet has inspired me. When I’m feeling down after seeing so much animal abuse every day and fighting the best I can against it,
I watch Ricochet’s video to put a smile on my face.
My son Jesse who is 11 loves Ricochet. He said to me :” mom , have you thought of writing a post on Ricochet?:
And I have said to him: Of course and I will be honored to do it.

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This link is if you are planning to buy Ricochet or Rina:
http://www.tabsite.com/SurfDogRicochet/Survey/Surveys/183277/420491?disregard=1

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This is the shop where you can find fantastic items. I bought the teeshirts and the bracelets when I was still living in England.
http://www.surfdogricochet.com/stuff-for-sale.html

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Ricochet’s website:
http://www.surfdogricochet.com
Ricochet’s Fb page:
https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet
Ricochet:
“I was born on January 25, 2008, and was the 9th puppy in a litter of 10. I was born, and raised as part of the Puppy Prodigies Neo-Natal & Early Learning Program with hopes of becoming a service dog for a person with a disability. But, they tell me I’m a little too interested in chasing birds, and other small animals. So, my career path changed, and instead of becoming a service dog, I became a SURFice dog™! Now, I have a personal initiative called “Surfin’ for Paws-abilities” which raises awareness, and funds for human/animal causes. Puppy Prodigies carved out this new job for me, and I’m so happy I was able to stay involved in the program.

From the moment I was born, I wanted to surf. For fun, in contests, and most of all with special needs kids & people with disabilities. But, it took 15 months to get someone to listen!

I defied the odds!! I escaped the fate many innocent animals have to endure. My life could have ended up very differently… maybe even tragically… if my human mom didn’t allow me to be who I truly am. I could have been like millions of animals reliquished to animal shelters every year because they didn’t live up to their owners expectations. If I can influence one child, change one mind, save one life… or inspire millions, I will have accomplished what I’m on this earth to do.”

If you want to be a part of this beautiful adventure, just go on the links I have posted and if you want to be updated on Ricochet’s amazing actions , like Ricochet’s FB page. I did it a long time ago.Ricochet is my inspiration.
My dream is to meet Ricochet in San Diego and all his adorable family. This is also my son Jesse’s dream.
Now that we have moved to Arizona, this dream could happen anytime.
My other dream is to meet Daniel.
Joe ( Daniel’s dad ) has met Ricochet.
We are all connected when we love animals.

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Here are the pictures of the lovely “Surf Dog Ricochet’s surf bracelet”
The link to order it:
http://www.sarahdipiti.com/

I totally feel in love with “Surf Dog Ricochet’s surf bracelet”. It’s adorable and for every hand-knotted surf bracelet sold, SarahDipiti will donate $5.00 to the Helen Woodward Animal Center to help save animal lives. I have ordered mine, and I will post photos when I receive it. I can’t wait.
Scroll down to see the pictures of this gorgeous bracelet.
This beautiful hand-made hand-knotted hemp themed surf bracelet (see below) truly captures the spirit of Ricochet with it’s pink and gold glass beads, sterling silver surfboard and paw charm and cute puppy dog button closure.
Here is the link to order it:
http://www.sarahdipiti.com/
For more information about Helen Woodward their link is
http://www.animalcenter.org

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You can get these adorable Paw it forward wristbands and other adorable items :

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By following this link:
http://www.surfdogricochet.com/stuff-for-sale.html

Update on my blog contest for Pendants For Paws. RileysStar pendants.

Marianne and London have received the gorgeous pendant that they have won when I did my first giveaway.
Rileystar pendants are so beautiful. I have a collection myself and I love them. You can find them on:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RileysStar
I just want to tell you about the beautiful review that Marianne has written on her fantastic blog: Morning Dew:

Morning Dew:

Here are the pictures:

The price:

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This is what Marianne has written:
“Isn’t it pretty? And I love the message….Unconditional Love. That is what animals give to us, without question.”

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This is London who is going to wear the pendant at school. I love when my friends find all ways to speak about compassion everywhere and especially at school.Compassion and respect should be taught at school. This is so important.
This pendant will look so beautiful on you London. You are an amazing young lady.What you are doing for our animals , your mom and you is fantastic.
It’s so wonderful to see the next generation standing and speaking up for the animals. Way to go London!

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I’m so so happy when I get feedback. Thank you Marianne.I enjoyed so much reading your post and seeing the gorgeous pictures.

Coming soon: Beauty Without Cruelty.

For over 40 years BWC has been a company with a mission – ethical, cruelty-free products that are made with natural, safe ingredients, are superior in performance, and are an exceptional valueAll BWC color cosmetics are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and are fragrance free.

The History of Beauty Without Cruelty

Every once in a while, the human spirit is gripped by such intense passion and commitment that it changes the course of history. Such was the case with Kathleen Long and Lady Dowding, whose love and concern for animals altered the course of cosmetic history forever. What began as the philosophy of one small company eventually effected every major cosmetic house worldwide and set a new standard for consumers and manufacturers alike.

In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.

After Katherine’s death in 1969, Beauty Without Cruelty almost closed its doors but Lady Dowding, a founding trustee, was determined to keep the company and its purpose alive. Lady Dowding, a warm, open-hearted person, was a charismatic leader and BWC continued to grow and influence others.

In 1978, after tireless efforts, Lady Dowding appointed Joseph Piccioni as managing director of BWC. Joseph had considerable business experience and was dedicated to animal rights. He contributed his expertise, vision, and personal assets to develop BWC into one of the most sought-after cosmetic brands in Great Britain.

In 1989, Beauty Without Cruelty was introduced in the United States. Based on the principles of high quality, fair pricing, and environmental sensitivity, BWC cosmetics quickly became one of the industry’s leading brands. Later that year, a natural skin care line was developed to compliment the color line from England. Its cruelty-free, vegetarian ethic was embraced by American consumers making it one of the most respected and recognized lines in the marketplace.

Today, Beauty Without Cruelty has a full line of cruelty-free, vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products made with the finest natural ingredients and aroma-therapeutic essential oils, and a full line of colour cosmetics to meet the needs of every woman.

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Coming soon: THERA WISE.

Mission
Since 2001, Théra Wise® maintains a commitment to providing the most efficacious bio-active All-Natural Therapeutic Ointments available on the market today. The Théra Wise® commitment to quality provides assurance that these popular products will continue to be industry leaders, always meeting or exceeding the needs and expectations of the informed purchaser.
Company Overview
The team at Théra Wise® is a group of environmentally conscious health professionals committed to creating safe and effective plant based over the counter ointments for improved personal health and wellness. We have pioneered a new direction for OTC therapeutic ointments, combining modern science with time tested “body friendly” natural bio-active plant ingredients, low impact manufacturing processes, and environmental sensitivity.

THERA WISE:

When you choose Théra Wise products, you’ll feel great (and smart) knowing you’ve made the decision to opt for a clean, fast-acting and bio-active remedy. Our natural, plant-based ointments offer soothing relief and peace of mind knowing you can trust our award-winning over-the-counter (OTC) topical products for diaper rash, skin healing, hemorrhoids, acne and cold/flu.

Make sure your family’s medicine cabinet is not only stocked with natural, biodegradable Théra Wise remedies, but free from those nasty petrochemical-based products that can actually damage your skin.

Manufacturing our natural ingredients-based medicines creates unique challenges, especially when sourcing the high-quality raw materials required for each production (year round).

We formulate each Théra Wise treatment to not only quickly address a health condition with healing plant ingredients, but also for its “Balancing” philosophy. Our carefully-selected ingredients and soothing extracts create a healing synergy for your tired, damaged skin. Experience the LOVE from plants to you and your skin.

Every Théra Wise product is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free; all our packaging is BPA- and phthalate-free. We’re also proud to say we never use ingredients from insect and/or animal sources, and there’s been absolutely no animal testing on either our raw materials or finished products.

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