Pucker up with a PHB Pout

Hello friends and welcome to another blog post. Today i’m going to be telling you about the PHB 100% pure organic lip tint- in Raspberry.

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PHB recently sent me an email asking for a review of their product and I was really excited about this because I’ve been interested in PHB for a while and if you saw my last video you’d know about the many things that I admire this brand for including being:

  • Cruelty free
  • Natural
  • Certified Halal
  • Supporting Charities
  • and I didn’t even mention that they’re palm oil free and handmade!

I have been using their brow powder and eye liner for a few months. I use these products everyday without fail because I look like a foetus without them and they’ve been the best ethical makeup brand I’ve used to date. 

The only thing I would say about the eyeliner is that I use the brush of an old eyeliner to apply it for a smoother look and sometimes do two coats to get it to look as dark as my soul. 

Back to the lip tint which boasts the following benefits:

  • 78% Organic Ingredients
  • Super-hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
  • Softens and moisturises lips
  • Long lasting, natural looking colour
  • With Shea Butter to nourish and protest lips against dryness
  • Gentle sheen which gives a natural glow
  • Free from carmine & petrochemicals
  • 100% natural- great for sensitive skin
  • Vegan, Cruelty Free and Halal Certified
  • Free from nano particles, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, talc, formaldehyde, mineral oils, fillers, gluten, fragrance, preservatives & GM ingredients.  

So I’m interested to see if their absolutely ethical lipgloss could impress me and do the job a brand that isn’t ethically conscious does. Judging from the products I’ve tried before I had high hopes.

I don’t usually wear anything on my lips to colour them because I don’t feel like many colours suit me and I’m also quite shy about standing out with bold lip colours. The only lipsticks I have were bought when I was around 20, when I used to buy the biggest brands. Yes they have lasted me 6 years and I think they still have another 6 years in them. Hopefully they don’t make my lips fall off…

Coincidentally the weekend I received the request from PHB, I had already stated out loud to my friend that I need an ethical lip colour for my growing collection of ethical makeup.

I wasn’t able to choose the colour I wanted but I figured that I’d give it a try anyway! The colours include Blossom, Cranberry, Mulberry, Peach and Petal. When I received the lip tint I loved the casing as it was clean white and a nice size. I was a little bit wary of the colour which at first looks like a metallic pinky purple. It looks very bold and to a wallflower looks a little scary at first glance.

But when I put it on I remembered (literally had an Oh yea! moment) that it was a lip tint and the boldness of the colour transfers lightly on the mouth. It is described as a colour that suits all tones and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was true for me, and when my sister tried it, it suited her too. It has a shimmer and the pink matches my bottom lip so it basically evens out my mouth colour with a pink sparkly tint.

The lip tint is very moisturising and feels really good on the lips for a long period of time. I put it on at 12.30pm and then only reapplied at 4pm because it left my lips feeling really soft and cushiony for few hours. Then again I’m not the sort of person who constantly reapplies lip balm anyway, but I reckon it works as well as any good lip balm. For some reason I’ve recently had dryer lips, maybe due to not drinking my 8 cups a day, and this balm has tackled that.

I think this lip tint is perfect for me because of the hint of colour and moisturising effect. It basically what I create whenever I use my lip liner and mix it with vaseline to create the colour and moisturising effect- except is easier and ethical.

So far PHB ethical have impressed me so I think my next and final mission is to get an ethical concealer. PHB ethical gives two free samples of different products with every order over £5 so I chose a bb cream and foundation. Unfortunately they were too light for me but perfect for my sister, so with my next order I’ll be getting a sample of foundation to figure out my colour, with hopes of buying some from them.

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When looking beautiful becomes ugly

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Let’s explore animal testing in the cosmetic industry! Note that the above photo is not an accurate representation of animal testing.

While the following arguments are made for animal testing:

  • animals are a close match to humans 
  • it can help to improve human health and has contributed to saving lives 
  • animals benefit from this so that we can produce vaccines for them 
  • ETC

We have to ask if it is vital and reasonable to test on animals for the cosmetics industry.

Typically rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice are used for the cosmetics industry.

Tests consist of:

  • rubbing chemicals onto shaved skin
  • chemicals dripped into eyes
  • repeated force feeding to induce 
  • inducing cancer and birth defects
  • determining the dose of chemicals that cause death

The results on animals can cause

  • blindness
  • swollen eyes
  • sore bleeding skin
  • internal bleeding
  • organ damage
  • convulsions
  • and obviously death

Is it really necessary? Do we need to have new innovative make up that could possibly harm us, so it has to be tested on animals first.

Basically, should animals suffer so that we can look our best.

Well, that’s a personal choice! Some argue that animals don’t have moral judgement so we can do what we like *major eye roll*. I’m sure many of us believe that we should:

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There are alternatives to using animals such as using human reconstructed skin. Or using methods that have already been tried and tested and do not require further treatment.

So why do companies continue to test on animals? Well recently NARS admitted they test on animals and their reason?
“We must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China.”

To which many make up lovers responded “animal lives are more important than reaching another market” and eco beauty blogger Ana Goes Green responded “the China market is a bit of a poisoned chalice for beauty brands at the moment”.

Animal testing has been banned in all 28 EU member states, Norway, India and Australia, so it is possible!

So what can we do? Here is a list of actions that Humane Society International suggest:

  • Sign the global Be Cruelty-Free pledge to show your support for banning animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.
  • Support us by becoming a Lab Animal Defender with our monthly donor program, or make a one-time donation to help us expand our Be Cruelty-Free campaign and save more animals.
  • Shop—buy only from companies that say no to animal testing and to newly developed and animal-tested ingredients. Download your own Leaping Bunny Global Shopping Guide.
  • Contact your favorite brands and urge them to make the leap to cruelty-free. Ask whether the company 1) animal-tests its products or ingredients, 2) purchases newly developed ingredients that have been animal-tested by the supplier, or 3) sells its products to countries like China that may require new animal testing. If the answer to any of these questions is yes, put the product back on the shelf.
  • Make some noise—follow us on Twitter @HSIGlobal and tweet about the campaign using hashtag #BeCrueltyFree. Like us on Facebook, too, and share our news and actions with your friends.

If you are interested to switching to cruelty free brands check out these guys:

  • Lush 
  • PHBethical (certified halal too!)
  • Kat Von D
  • Two Faced
  • Bare Minerals
  • Pixi

Find more below in the further reading section!

Brands who aren’t cruelty free:

  • MAC
  • Clinique
  • Loreal
  • Maybelline

Please note that you should look further into the brand to ensure they do not support other unethical practices such as supporting wars, racism, unfair treatment of factory workers.

Further reading:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahhan/cruelty-free-makeup-brands?utm_term=.wtZEjMj75#.jj4mG2G1g

http://www.hsi.org/issues/becrueltyfree/facts/about_cosmetics_animal_testing.html
https://axiologybeauty.com/blogs/our-blog/53155205-why-is-makeup-tested-on-animals
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40440306/nars-make-up-boycotted-after-cosmetics-tested-on-animals-in-china

https://greengarageblog.org/12-pros-and-cons-of-animal-testing-on-cosmetics
http://animal-testing.procon.org