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My London Cosmetic Haul

Before venturing to the United Kingdom, I fantasized about what cosmetic brands I wanted to buy.  Besides learning about a country or culture through its food & drink, I learn via its cosmetics.  The obvious choices were brands that were not readily available in the U.S.  I had narrowed the list down to Sleek, Gosh, Me Me Me, and Barry M.

It was off to London’s shopping district!  First stop, Boots =)  I ended up buying a cute owl necklace and hair scrunchy; surprising not one makeup item.  A few Boots associates were kind enough to point me to the right direction.  It was really SuperDrug that I wanted.  The next morning I happily trotted into Holborn’s SuperDrug and shopped to my heart’s content.  This was what I bought…

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

*Picture to follow soon.

PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics

I was introduced to this wonderful brand after a visit to my local natural market one year ago.  I picked up their gorgeous Paint Me Stunning Nail Paint (a mauvy iridescent polish) and also fell in love with their lip paints.  Seen below are my Paint Me Stunning, Forgiving, and Non-Violent Nail Paints.  Do check out their website and support Peacekeeper Cause-Metics. I have included this excerpt about Peacekeeper which can be found on their website:

“Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues. PeaceKeeper builds a bridge between extraordinary women in the land of plenty and extraordinary women who, by chance of birth, don’t have our resources or opportunities.

Here are the ideals that we pledge to uphold in our business practices:

1) Slavery-free labor

PeaceKeeper is building a slave-labor free company, so if we believe there to be any  exploitation in hours, safety, or health-care and retirement benefits, we are out.

We are consulting with www.newstandards.com to monitor this.

2) Fair wages

PeaceKeeper makes sure that the companies we are working with, here and overseas, pay a fair wage to their employees.

3) Cruelty-free products

PeaceKeeper does not use any products that have been tested on animals. We also provide 100% vegan products for animal lovers who do not use ingredients such as carmine.

PeaceKeeper strives every day to practice the ideals of truthfulness, non-stealing, and non-violence, as found in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a text which outlines the ways in which a yogi can find ethical balance throughout their life.

When a yogi practices truthfulness, ultimately anything they say will come true.  If they practice not hoarding or stealing, people will feel so safe around them that they will reveal unimaginable treasures. When we truly practice non-violence, then no negative energy can harm us. Like the Buddhist monks who can safely walk through a battlefield, we can face each day unaffected by the negativity in the world. Now that’s powerful!

As a company, PeaceKeeper strives to promote greater peace throughout the world by the practice of these traditional concepts. We hope that you can help us achieve success by practicing truthfulness, non-stealing, and non-violence in your own everyday lives!”

*Reference: PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics

Nail Polish Storage Solutions

For those of you with large nail polish collections, the solutions below may be right for you.  It’s a shame that I haven’t seen more companies making train cases for nail polishes available to the public like the black and silver damask pictured below by OPI.  I do like the acrylic stands by OPI a lot.  They look very professional to me and can hold quite a bit.  You do need ample desk space if you feel the need to display your collection.  Nail polish is also best stored upright; even if you choose to store it in tall Sterilite or wooden drawers.  I like to give them a good shake from time to time so they don’t settle for too long.  Always remember to re-cap after use or they will dry up quickly.  I’ve seen people add polish thinner to rejuvenate their nail polish.  Even my nail salon does that occasionally.  Any thoughts on this?  I haven’t tried it myself yet so I cannot attest to whether or not it’s a good method to use.   My favorite brands include OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Sinful, Milani, Revlon, Brucci, and L’Oreal.  I love all colors and finishes.  Brucci (Black Cherry) will always be very special to me since it’s the first brand of polish I ever owned.  Currently I’m wearing Minted by Revlon and have received so many compliments already.  It’s a pretty color- I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet.

Over the years I’ve given a bunch of my polishes to charitable causes.  It makes so many people happy (beauty therapy is always a good thing!) and I get to pare down my collection.  I don’t want to own too many bottles or have colors which are too similar to each other…  To each his own.   I’m also gearing up to swap on Makeup Alley for colors I’m interested in and would have eventually purchased.  These are two good ways to scale down and update one’s collection besides giving them away to family or friends.  My mother, sister, MIL, and SIL don’t wear nail polish as often as I do.   I also have a feeling they like much more subdued colors than I do e.g. ivories and pale pinks.

If you have any comments, storage ideas, or personal polish favorites, please feel free to post a comment.  I would love to hear from you =)!  BTW, I’ve included pics of fantasy storage (last three pics) for your viewing pleasure.

*Photocredit: Transdesign & eBay