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Gifts For Mother’s Day

Posted in budget shopping, non-animal testing, personal shopper, shopping on a budget with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

Fullscreen capture 4302017 123441 PMYikes! Mother’s Day is two weeks away and you have no idea what to get Mom. She’s been giving you hints but you just haven’t picked up on them. Have you been listening?

What she really wants, above all, is your time. That costs absolutely nothing, but your time. It’s free. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a memory that she will hold dear.

I could list all the perfumes she would enjoy, or shoes or clothing she might wear but in reality? As children mature, leave the nest and begin their own lives, Mothers miss them. They’d love to just enjoy an afternoon with them that didn’t involve their children rolling their eyes because they think they’re better than them, because they think their parents are out-dated or because they believe their parents are old-fashioned.

I remember when I was raising my children and swore to myself that I would never say these words to myself that my parents/in-laws were saying: “Back in my day…it was a better time because…”.  But now, I watch my children and yes, grandchildren and think those words. Oh My God. It’s happened.

I was recently sitting with the other Grandmother at a function and the words came out of our mouths. We sat there talking about our grandchildren’s futures. About our children and how their lives were compared to ours were in relation to employment and raising children. We reminisced. We wondered how our world had evolved into this tech world for our grandchildren who rarely go outside to play. We wondered about their freedoms or lack thereof.

See, we’re not old-fashioned. We understand what our world is turning into. We have decades of experience. You, who are younger,  don’t yet. You’re still in that continuum of today where you’re accepting. We grew up in a world where 1984 by George Orwell was required reading, Ray Bradbury made us wonder and Rod Serling pushed us over the edge. Well, some of us. And we’d like to share that with you. If for no other reason than to make you think and wonder.

We want you to realize that this technological world that you embrace without thinking may not be so wonderful. That all those posts and photos you share aren’t in the best interest you think they are. We want you to know that fresh air, sunshine, green grass and our environment is important.

But some of you may not know this if you don’t spend time with your Mothers. If you don’t choose to listen anymore because you believe your Moms are old-fashioned and just not savvy enough.

This Mother’s Day, give your Mom your time. Just spend the day with her, talk and listen. Discuss the world. Discuss issues. Don’t argue. Give her the gift of being a Mom. That’s the best gift in her world you could ever give her.

Oh, one more thing.  It’s a gift that’s not tested on animals, so that should make her happy, too.

“Teach Your Children”


You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara by Pure Escentuals…Social Consciousness Done Right.

Posted in cosmetics, cruelty-free, cruelty-free skincare, non-animal testing, skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara, Bare Escentuals.

Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara, Bare Escentuals.



As of right now, Buxom Amplified Lash mascara is my HG of mascaras. I’ve tried plenty of mascaras in my lifetime. I’ve seen plenty of brushes. Whether it’s the two-timing brush or the formulation that Bare Escentuals has created for their Amplified Lash, it definitely works.
My lashes are shorter since I’ve become older. It’s a fact of life. But there are also others that may have reasons for shorter lashes and Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara may just fit the bill for them, too.

I have to use a really good mascara that creates volume. And I have rules that my mascara must adhere to. Especially if I’m going to pay $22 for it. It had better perform for what it cost me.

I want the wand to be the right size and have the correct bristles so that I don’t have to constantly use a q-tip to clean away the black drops that didn’t quite make it to my lashes. You’ve seen those mascara wands that are so full you figure they’re going to make your lashes absolutely voluminous by the time you coat them. But all you wind up doing is painting your lashes black and leaving little black dots under and above your eyes, also. That’s an incorrect amount of bristles. It’s an illusion.

Buxom has that covered with this mascara. You have a choice. You can twist the end of the brush to extend it to a full position for volume and thickness. One or two swipes coats my lashes with layers and just enough darkness for my fair eyes. Twist the wand back down into the compact position for lengthening and defining. Some short sweeps across your lashes and you’re done. How simple is that? No clumping, either. I’m not perfect, I have my q-tips handy. I mess up. Just remember to roll the q-tip in a circle against the black dot you’re erasing and don’t try to smudge or erase it. You’ll be easier on your under-eye area.

The formula is creamy, not runny, not clumpy at all. It’s a rich, dark black that highlights your eyes beautifully. It dries quick enough. The waiting time is hardly noticeable and besides, I put my coats on immediately after each other.

In between the two first coats I use a lash curler and my lashes are the best they’ve been in a long, long time. I used to be a fan of Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara but that doesn’t come close to Buxom’s Amplified Lash. I’m delighted that the brush works on both my upper and lower lashes without a problem. Clinique came out with their Bottom Lash Mascara Long Wearing Formula which is a tiny brush formulated for the lower lashes, designed for ease and I did try that but I found it  more of a gimmick and a waste of a ten-dollar bill.

I’ve had no problems at all with this brush on my lower lashes. As far as all day wear, it stays in place without smudging or flaking. When the day is over, it’s easy to remove with my normal skin care routine. I don’t have to use any special makeup remover to get all of it off. It washes off easily, which is a plus in saving your lashes. All in all, it’s worth every penny. Also, cruelty-free.

Here’s the delightful part about Bare Escentuals. You can feel good about supporting their company while you’re making yourself look beautiful.  The Bare Escentuals story goes on …

“How do you DEFINE a brand that’s based on a feeling?

Love. Understanding. Community. That’s what Bare Escentuals represents. It’s a trusted source. It’s the belief that products can actually be good, makeup can be fun, business can be personal and companies can behave more like communities.

It’s an optimistic outlook shared by women everywhere who believe that while makeup can’t change the world, it can change people. And people who are inspired can make all the difference.

It began when we asked women to imagine a makeup that would actually change the way they feel about their skin and themselves. We encouraged women to take a leap and try something so unique, so unlike anything they’ve experienced before. We started the idea that makeup could actually be considered skincare, and we got people talking. A makeup that could be good for you? The Bare Escentuals community was born. We became friends with our customers, forging deep, personal connections simply by listening and sharing stories.

It became less about makeup and more about what really matters.”*

They really do believe what they say. Not only is Bare Escentuals cruelty-free, they also demand that their suppliers and supply chains are free from human trafficking and slavery. Committed to being responsible in their global business practices they require their suppliers to confirm in writing and regularly visit suppliers factories to assess and inspect factory conditions  to certify that all goods are manufactured in compliance with the wage and hour, slavery and human trafficking laws of the country of manufacture and without the use of children or prison, indentured, exploited, bonded, forced or slave labor.

This is a cosmetic and skin care company that I support without knowing they looking towards a better world. For more information on social compliance see

They also partner with various initiatives such as Girls Inc., Alzheimer’s Association, Smile Train, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lung Cancer Alliance, Autism Research Institute, United Animal Nations, National Breast Cancer Foundation, CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation, Direct Relief International, American Heart Association, Lupus Foundation, National Rosacea Society, and The Sunshine Lady Foundation.

Bare Escentuals Invincible Eyecolor Limited Edition donation to Girls, Inc.

Bare Escentuals Invincible Eyecolor Limited Edition donation to Girls,Inc.


Every purchase of this Limited Edition eyecolor inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through programs that provide guidance on how to stay healthy, manage money, resist peer pressure and more. See,default,pd.html#review_qa to order and help young girls today.

This Sorceress gives Bare Escentuals 5 Wands for their wonderful work and terrific products.



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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? (Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder!

Posted in budget online shopping, budget shopping, cosmetics, endorphins, Euphoryl, hypoallergenic, non-animal testing, oil-free, online shopping, PETA, Physicians Formula, shopping on a budget, spf 50 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
Glow & Mood Boosting Powder, Physicians Formula, KMC2011.

Glow & Mood Boosting Powder,Physicians Formula, KMC2011.

I’ve always been a fan of Physicians Formula products. Aside from not testing on animals, (information from , they are not listed Peta’s list of companies that manufacture products that are tested on animals. ( .

Peta’s list is updated regularly (about every two months). Why is it so important not to test on animals? To quote Peta:

What can be done about animal tests required by law?
Although animal testing of pharmaceuticals and certain chemicals is still
 mandated by law, the arguments against
using animals in cosmetics testing are
 still valid when applied to the
 pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
industries are regulated by the
 Food and Drug Administration
 and the
 Environmental Protection Agency,
respectively, and it is the
 responsibility of the companies
 that kill animals in order to
 bring their products to market to convince 
the regulator agencies that there is a better
 way to determine product safety. PETA is
 actively workingon this front
 by funding development and
 validation of non-animal test
 methods and providing input through our
involvement on government advisory
 committees at both the national and
 international levels. Companies often
resist progress and, instead of using
 human-relevant non-animal tests,
 choose to use animal tests because
 their results can be manipulated.
  Please let companies know how you 
feel about this--consumers have much
influence on company policy!

Physicians Formula brand cosmetics is
 located in your local drugstores or online.
 They are relatively inexpensive and affordable.
They are also dermatologist approved,
 hypo-allergenic,paraben free, non-comedogenic
 and (some are)100% fragrance free.

That's a lot for our environment.
 A new product they have introduced 
is called Happy Booster Glow & Mood 
Boosting Powder. 
This intrigued me, on a particularly
 moody day while shopping for some new bronzer.
 I am particularly pale and do not do 
tanning. I refuse to allow the harmful rays
 of the sun to do any damage to my skin if
 at all possible. I'm alwayslooking 
for the highest spf possible in my makeup.
I already use one of their products for the summer,
 called Physicians Formula HealthyWear SPF 50 Tinted
 Moisturizer. It's a lightweight hydrations tinted
 moisturizer that I find leaves a smooth finish
 to my skin that is non-greasy, 
light and natural looking. I find using HealthyWear
 makes me feel safer going out in the stronger summer sun.
 I make sure not only to use it on my face but also on my 
neck and chest area.I was looking for another powder to use
 on top. Physicians Formula does have matching
powders in the HealthyWear line with an SPF 50
 both in a regular color line and a bronzer line
 that I already use 
when I happened across their new product.
The packaging told me "Ultra-smooth, perfecting
 powder in a complementary palette of color blends
 together to even 
out skin tone with a flawless radiance;
 Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of 
color; Infused with our 
Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl,
 natural plant extract which have been shown to promote a 
feeling of happiness by mimicing the effect of Endorphins
 and helping protect the skin from environmental stress;
the sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each 
time you apply."
Sounded good. The compact was definitely mood-boosting.
 It's a highly reflective pink that I could probably use
to flag down motorists on a highway if I broke down. But I
 still like the color. As a matter of fact, since I've
bought it, a few of my friends noticed it in my purse,
 pulled it out, and asked what it is and started playing
it. The compact, installed with a mirror, comes with its 
own little brush to apply the powder.
Now, does it work? The smell of violet is not overwhelming.
 As a matter of fact, I can't smell it at all. That's a 
good thing. I like their products for the idea that they are
 fragrance-free. The mix and blend of the hearts on the 
color palette makes me feel good. (That's in my head, I 
know...but that's all in the power of suggestion and that's 
what it's all about.)
Sweep the brush across the palette and you have a nice blend.
 Drop it across just the pink and you have a pop of pink
for your cheeks. Blend some of the bronze hearts and give 
yourself some glow. It's kind of a fun compact. Odd to say,
but I like it and I'm glad I bought it. The powder is light 
and airy. I purchased it in translucent because I'm pale,
however, the different color hearts allow for some bronzing 
effects. For whatever reason, the color, the hearts, or  
the Euphoryl it works.
As an aside,

”From its inception in 1937, Physicians Formula remains steadfast

in its pledge to create and manufacture high-quality, hypoallergenic

cosmetic and skin care products. It is committed to creating innovative

products that meet your specific needs while meeting the more rigorous

standards of the cosmetic industry. In fact, many Physicians Formula

products are so gentle that they are recommended by allergists,

dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians

Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula

honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control.

In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without over 100 known

irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today.”

Also, the company began in 1937.

“Behind This Makeup Lies A Love Story

Physicians Formula Cosmetics began as a gift of love. He was an eminent

allergist. She had sensitive skin. When Dr. Frank Crandall created a unique

line of cosmetics for his wife, he changed the face of cosmetics.

Physicians Formula was born of a steadfast pledge to purity. A promise

never to allow fragrance, PABA, or any of the 132 known skin irritants into

anything we make. Other makeup and skin care products may have included

these ingredients, but our cosmetics had to be gentle enough that the doctor’s

wife could wear them.

For over 70 years we have maintained Dr. Crandall’s commitment to product

purity and quality. Allergists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and plastic

surgeons recommend Physicians Formula products.”

You can check their site to shop online, see their rebates available, or

see what’s new. I recommend them. I’ve used them for years.

Protecting your skin from harmful irritants is what makeup should be about. Without a thought, you should always protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. That’s included in these three products I’ve mentioned. Now you can add that you’re not harming any animals when you make yourself beautiful. I say kudos and thanks to Physicians Formula for helping to make our world not only a better place to live in but making cosmetics that make us feel good about ourselves.

While you’re at their site, take a look at their eye makeup for specific eye color. It really works. I’ve had so many compliments on my eyes since I’ve tried their color palettes. Since recommending it to my friends, they tell me about the remarks they’ve received, also.

Here’s another good option about drugstore cosmetics: if for some reason you’re not satisfied with the product, most stores will give you a refund. Do check ahead of time on the drugstores policy. Somehow I think you won’t be returning Physician Formula, however.



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