Tuesday, 21 February 2012

GOSH Cosmetics - List of vegan friendly products

Normally, when emailing cosmetic companies regarding their products, I usually ask for a list of their vegan products as opposed to vegetarian products. The reason for this is that in the past I've found that numerous companies regard a number of ingredients (such as carmine, among other things) as vegetarian when personally I believe otherwise. However, it's usually a good idea to specify 'no animal or insect derived ingredients' as companies can be both naive and sly when it comes to this.

Therefore, when I emailed GOSH Cosmetics a couple of days ago, I asked them to provide me with a list of their products that are suitable for vegans that contain no animal/insect derived ingredients. Here is the email and list they kindly sent me (accurate as of 21st February, 2012) -

All cosmetic products must have the ingredients listed on the label. If the space is limited the list may be on the back side of a removable label. The ingredients list is a good help for people who want to avoid specific ingredients - for instance because of allergy or for ethical reasons.

I can inform you that GOSH Cosmetics does not test any products on animals. Neither do we commission others to do animal testing of ingredients or finished products. European law has banned animal testing of cosmetics.

Several of our products contain ingredients of animal origin. For instance bees wax, lanolin, carmine, silk protein.

Please find attached a list of GOSH products that are free of animal ingredients. 

 Cosmetic products for vegans 

Following GOSH products do not contain ingredients of animal origin. This applies to all colours 
within the mentioned categories and if no so the colour codes/names are specified. 

- Precious Powder Pearls 
- Volume Lip Shine 
- Mineral Colour Pigments 
- Intense Eye Liner Pen 
- Long Lasting Lip Marker Pen 
- Natural Touch Foundation 
- Click’N Conceal. 
- Mono Eye Shadow (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16) 
- Matt Duo Eye Shadow (Brown Base, Melting Pale, Dark’n Dusky, Blue Moon & Green Zone) 
- Trio Eye Shadow (20 & 21) 
- Smokey Eyes Palette (1 & 2) 
- Intense Lip Colour 
- Velvet Touch Lipstick (60, 66, 82, 86, 122, 134, 145 & 146) 
- Mineral Waterproof Eye Shadow 
- Kohl/Eye Liner. 
- Eye Liner Pen (Liquid). 
- Long Lasting Eye Liner Pen. 
- Extreme Art Eyeliner (7, 7, 10, 11, 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26) 
- Velvet Touch Eye Liner Waterproof (Black Ink, Truly Brown, Hypnotic Grey, Metallic Brass, - -- Pretty Petrol, Woody
- Green, Lemon Soda, Blue Moon, Alligator, Silver Screen, Sky High, Pure Natural & Classic Grey) 
- Let´s Twist Eye Liner Waterproof (Grey Mink, Carbon Black, So Blue, Blue Grass & Aqua - Line) 
- Eye Brow Pencil. 
- Velvet Touch Cream Primer. 
- Velvet Touch Lip Primer. 
- Velvet Touch Eye Primer. 
- Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. 
- Velvet Touch Apricot Primer. 
- Amazing Length’n Build Mascara 
- Effect Powder (Sky, Mink, Glamour, Gold Dust, Plummy, Merinque, Aquatic & Holographic Silver)
- X- Ceptional Wear Make–Up. 
- Touch Up Concealer 
- Pressed Powder. 
- Giant Sun Powder. 
- Bronzing Powder. 
- Velvet Touch Lip Liner Waterproof. 
- Eye Dust. 
- Cheeks’n Lips. 
- Defining Brow Gel. 
- Long Lasting Brow Pen. 
- Nail Lacquer. 

Products not mentioned above may contain ingredients of animal origin. 

What do you think? Will you be purchasing any of these products? :)

Hurraw! Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm Review

I'm sure many of you have heard of the brand Hurraw! If you haven't (where have you been?!), they're a company specialising in 'all natural, organic, vegan and raw' lip balms. I find that tinted lip balms don't generally offer much in the way of pigmentation, so I was excited to try out the Black Cherry flavour as this appeared to be the deepest shade of the brand and looked like building up the colour would be fairly easy.

Personally, I find that there is a little to be desired in terms of packaging. I feel it's been marketed and designed simply in order to correspond with their stance on being all natural and organic, however it's not generally a design that shouts 'pick me'. The casing is practical enough - a fairly flat, plastic shaped oval. The secure lid makes it perfect for throwing into my bag without the worry of it ending up a mess by the end of the day.
Left - One swipe. Right - Built up. 
I would say the colour is more on the red side with pink and orange undertones. That said, it's very natural looking and is perfect for a little pick me up which I find it brightens my whole appearance. Scent wise, it reminds me of Cherry Bakewells (although I find that there is no taste at all). Nice and fresh but not too sweet. 

The consistency is smooth and silky. It glides on easily and feels moisturising and hydrating. The texture is very buttery when first applied, but unlike other lip balms which tend to sit on top of your lips (thus creating a barrier between harsh winter weather and your lips), this one sinks in after a few minutes, leaving your lips feeling natural and balm-free. I wouldn't use this as my main lip balm in the winter, but for the rest of the year it's perfect. Not too heavy and a nice wash of colour.  
Left - One Swatch. Right - Built up.
I find that the colour lasts an hour or so before having to reapply, but for a lip balm I wasn't expecting long staying power. 

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend Hurraw! This particular product lived up to my expectations and the fact that it's natural, organic and vegan makes it even better. 

Hurraw! Lip Balms are available at supersmoocher.com for £3.45 with free delivery.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

This is my first blog post here, so please bear with me! I just thought I'd start by saying (briefly) what I stand for (and don't!) in the cosmetics world.

I've been a vegetarian for close to 6 years, so it makes sense that I'm nowhere close to being oblivious to the nasty ingredients that infiltrate many food and drinks products in everyday life, even more so if you're vegan. However, it's only been over the past year or two that I've began to understand that many of the same ingredients are present in a LOT of cosmetics. I'm talking primarily of Carmine (I'll get to that in a bit), but understand fully what nastiness can be found lurking in a long list of ingredients in small print on the bottom of that little tube of lipstick or that pot of moisturiser sitting on the dressing table, disguised under long and seemingly foreign names or presented as a long series of numbers that most nobody would know other than those in the labs.

How many of you know what C.I. 75470 actually is?
C.I. 75470, Cochineal, Crimson Lake, E120, among one or two others are, in fact, different names for the ingredient Carmine. For those of you who are still unclear as to what Carmine is, see the dictionary.com definition below -


  1. A vivid crimson color.
  2. A vivid crimson pigment made from cochineal.

It doesn't exactly tell us what it is, so let's Google 'cochineal' -


  1. A scarlet dye used chiefly for coloring food.
  2. The dried bodies of a female scale insect, which are crushed to yield this dye.
That's right, crushed insects are being used to give that lovely shade of red to lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, eyeliners, liquid and powder foundations, among other products. However, it's a little more complicated - this ingredient is not limited to red shades and hues, and the only way to be sure of avoiding it completely is to either check the ingredients list (keeping in mind it can be listed as a 'natural colouring') or email the company themselves. 

Right, back to the purpose of this blog. I aim to research and review various products, ranging from makeup and skincare to hair care and nail products to find the best products on the market that offer value for money, and above all, are free from animal testing (I'll save that for another post!) and have no Carmine in them. Let's be honest - who wants to be knowingly wearing crushed insects? 

What do you think? Do you share the same opinion?
Let me know if you've found any amazing products in the comments section!